You've seen the pictures of cherry blossomed lined streets in the spring and warm and bustling pubs in the winter, but that hardly scratches the surface of all this city has to offer.
We collaborated with Sarah Vining from Embassy Row Hotel to get the scoop on her favorite things to do in Washington D.C. in this all-access guide to the capital city.
Lunch: Golden Brown Delicious, dubbed GBD to locals, is your one-stop shop for fried chicken, donuts, and beer- it’s vacation, what more do you need?
Dinner: Hop over to Capitol Hill to experience Roses’s Luxury and taste signature dishes like the pork sausage and lychee salad or popcorn lobster soup. Voted “Best New Restaurant in America,” this no-reservations restaurant is a hit so be prepared to wait in line.
After dinner: Grab drinks at 2 birds 1 stone, a hidden cavernous speakeasy on the 14th street corridor. It doesn’t have a sign, just a staircase but once you’re staring at their weekly menu of cartoon sketches and sipping on punch du jour, you’ll know you’ve arrived.
If you’re visiting after March, check out the new restaurant, Station Kitchen & Cocktails in the lobby of The Embassy Row Hotel. Featuring inventive food and drink, you’ll love this coffeehouse by day and social scene by night.
Because you’re visiting D.C. and you can’t go home without saying you visited Ben’s Chili Bowl, you should stop by their original U Street restaurant for their half smokes and chili. Notice the sign – only people who get a free meal here are President Barack Obama and Bill Crosby.
If you want to see the skyline from a different vantage point, head up to The Rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel. Many locals says it’s the BEST view in Washington, D.C., which includes Washington Monument, Virginia, Georgetown and the National Cathedral.
One of the most moving exhibits, is the original American flag, refurbished by Ralph Lauren in the National Museum of American History.
Hop on a Capital Bikeshare outside The Embassy Row Hotel and head up to Capitol building to admire one of America’s most significant landmarks. Ride over to see Eastern Market, D.C.’s oldest market and the destination for fresh food and unique souvenirs. If you want to make it a biathlon, here’s our detailed biking and running itinerary.
If you want a taste of local or a gift to bring back, visit Union Market. This is an indoor market with 40 local vendors in a revitalized market space that dates back to the 1800’s. This community of entrepreneurs is constantly creating new events such as outdoor movies in the summer or nightly happy hours.
Stroll around Dupont Circle. Take a self-guided walking tour of Embassy Row to gaze at the stately mansions and ponder about the diplomatic relations inside. On the weekends, meet local farmers and get a delicious lunch like a pulled pork sandwich at the Farmers’ Market on 21st street next to the hotel. Dupont Circle is filled with private art galleries, including The Phillips Collection. On the first Friday of each month, these galleries open their doors for wine tastings and more.
If you like an action-packed day, visit Georgetown for shopping on M Street, lunch on the Waterfront, and then choose your water sport – kayaking or paddle boarding on the Potomac River. Look out for the Kennedy Center and C&0 Canal and if you stay at Embassy Row Hotel, the metro is just a block away and allows for easy access to all these great attractions.