There's only one DMV worth traveling to,

so sign up here to stay in the loop.

  • Black Instagram Icon

    Meet Karina Carlson

    Karina Carlson

    Name: Karina Carlson

    From: Arlington, VA

    Neighborhood: Columbia Heights, DC

    Instagram: @thisiswellread

    Website: Well Read

    Q: Do you consider yourself booze-free?

    A: Not totally but I love supporting the lifestyle!

    Q: Why is it important to be a booze-free ally?

    A: Personally, addiction runs in my family and I know it's important to celebrate and support those in recovery for making (and continuing to make) the decision to be sober and let people know they are not alone. Being an ally also shows that there is nothing wrong with being sober and that you can be A TOTALLY FUN AMAZING PERSON without alcohol in your life.

    Q: What do you love most about DC?

    A: The architecture of the city is the most stunning I've seen. It's not lost on me how beautiful our city is.

    E A T

    NuVegan Café

    Top 3 restaurants in DC

    NuVegan (where are my fellow vegans at?!)



    Fave ice cream/gelato

    Jeni's Ice Cream (they have plenty of non-dairy ice cream)

    D R I N K

    Columbia Room

    Top three places to get zero-proof cocktails Columbia Room (so swankyyyy in there)

    El Techo

    Iron Gate

    Fave #madeinDC beverage brands

    Element Shrub and Sunomi [Switchel]!

    Fave coffee and/or tea shops

    Elle The Cup We All Race

    Calabash [Tea & Tonic]

    Fave juice/smoothie spots?


    P L A Y

    9:30 Club - A DC Gem

    Fave music venue 9:30 (always my #1)

    The Anthem


    Best booze-free date idea Picnic at Meridian Hill Park! Sundays are fun for people watching.

    Top museum or art gallery pick Phillips Collection (First Friday is my favorite)

    Fave #madeinDC small biz/brand Underbares

    Most quintessential DC pastime

    Running around The Mall!

    R E N E W

    National Arboretum

    Fave nature spot in the DC area The Arboretum

    Fave nature getaway within 2 hours of DC Shenandoah -- hands down

    Fave fitness option Barre3 14th St.

    Fave wellness/woo/substance-free community or thing to do Well Read (duh, haha)

    Fitness classes


    Cooking for friends