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How Ryan and Heather Zimmerman Would Have a Perfect Day in DC

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In DC Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District.

After a 17-year career in the major leagues, Ryan Zimmerman knows a thing or two about managing a change. When the cornerstone of the Washington Nationals retired this past offseasonthe speed of his daily life has certainly changed – but not in the way one might expect.

“I think baseball is way slower than the life we ​​have now,” says Zimmerman, 37, who welcomed his fourth child with his wife in January. Heater. “Going from being home for a week, gone for a week, that’s definitely been an interesting change, but a good one. To be there and to be able to see the kids grow up to that age, I think a lot of people miss that period because they’re working – 30 to 50 is usually the most important period of your career – so I think lucky to be home and to be there for many of those moments in life.

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As the Nationals host the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend, Zimmerman will return to Nationals Park for a career celebration fittingly billed as Ryan Zimmermann Weekend. Among the festivities: a pre-game Q&A with Zimmerman on Friday and the retirement of the All-Star No. 11 jersey twice on Saturday.

But the Zimmerman family isn’t going anywhere. Ryan and Heather, who both grew up in Virginia, have put down roots in Great Falls, where they are raising daughters, Mackenzie, 8, and Hayden, 6, and sons, Henry, 2, and baby Benjamin. On their perfect day in the DC area, Heather and Ryan enjoy an active morning and afternoon with the whole clan before embarking on a date night on the town.

Heather Zimmerman: We would start the morning by passing astro donuts and fried chicken. Right after the Nats won the World Series [in 2019], they sent a box of donuts with little plastic baby sharks in it which was amazing. So we were getting a dozen donuts of all kinds, and I was also getting the honey and fried chicken sandwich.

Ryan Zimmermann: We would then pass call your mother and get bagel sandwiches – I like the Thunderbird.

Heater: And I would get the Royal Palm, because I like a good smoked salmon bagel. We took everything and had a picnic breakfast in front of the the washington monument. As long as the morning is still cool, we would fly home and take a quick walk. Great Falls Park with the kids and the dogs, because it’s just down from our house and it’s just beautiful.

Ryan: After that, our eldest, Mackenzie, likes the National Museum of Natural History, so we should go there. We would also stop at National Children’s Museum a bit, and head towards the national zoo. We will do a lot.

Heater: Our dream day has more than 24 hours!

Ryan: Then we will go to salt line at the shipyard. [Note: Zimmerman is an investor in the Salt Line.] Our two daughters love the cheeseburger there, and Mackenzie also likes to try the oysters. Heather loves lobster roll, and I love just about anything. So we would do this for lunch, walk around the Navy Yard for a bit and maybe bring some to the girls. ice cream jubilee.

Heater: Then we took a water taxi to Alexandria and shopped in the boutiques. I like Hive there, and ivy lane Living – they have a nice little shop with lots of art and decor and so on. Is there anything else we would do with the kids?

Ryan: No, I think it’s about the time we bring them home [laughs]. They had plenty of food and exercise. From there, there are so many restaurants we’d like to go to, so we’d do a cocktail at one place, starters at one place, and the main course at one place.

Heater: We would start Steak Bourbon to get the truffle butter bread and have a cocktail – I like a dirty martini with stuffed olives.

Ryan: And they have a really good selection of bourbons there, so I usually tell them to just pick something and do it. The wine list is also excellent, but if we did all that, I don’t know if we would have our dream day…

Heater: Our tomorrow wouldn’t be a dream [laughs]. After that, we would pass Shotō and grab some sushi, then walk beside it to The Dauphinegrab some frozen cocktails and dine there.

Ryan: They change the menu so much and they have so many interesting things that you almost have to have an open mind. One thing I tried there was that rabbit dish – they pound and fry it and it comes on a bed of greens – and I would never have ordered anything like that. But we tried a bit of everything, and man, that was one of the best things. The jambalaya is also very good – it’s almost like a deconstructed jambalaya, at least when we were there, so it’s different from what you think it would be. They also have tons of options when it comes to seafood.

Heater: You have to get the puffed potatoes – they are like puffy fries and they serve them with Hollandaise sauce. And you also have to do the cabbage.

Then we were going to an Eric Church concert at the Anthem, since the whole dock is such a fun place. And we love José Andrés – he’s a good friend of ours now – so we’d definitely want to stop by barmini to end the night for the fun atmosphere and some cocktails.

Ryan: So would we go home, or would we stay at the hotel?

Heater: Oh, we’ll have to stay in a hotel – let’s make a trip to the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg. And we are planning to do the spa there the next morning.

Ryan: Yeah, let’s stretch it – it’s actually a “DC Dream 36 Hours”.