Washington D.C. is an ambitious city by nature. While politicians and CEOs are constantly on the move, so is an evolving culinary and cultural scene. Yet given the city’s claim to some of the greenest spaces and most beautiful historic parks in the country, you’ll also have plenty of time to roam when needing a break from the busy city. Here’s a local’s list of the DMV’s finest.
This celebrity-chef outpost has stood the test of time, and for good reason. Signature dishes pay homage to our nation’s capital — contemporary cuisine with a nod to U.S. history.
If French fare is your temptation, look no further than this classic Washington, D.C. restaurant. Channeling true café culture, it’s a mainstay among D.C.’s resurgence of the 14th Street corridor.
An icon of the city art scene and located in a historic building, the Rubell Family’s extensive contemporary art collection showcases the most intriguing artists of our time.
Blending art, architecture, and nature, this serene environment exhibits post-World War II art. Works are presented in a series of contemplative indoor-outdoor spaces.
Recently reopened in the heart of the city after a large-scale renovation, NMWA advocates for better representation of women artists and is a center for thought leadership, community, and social change.
Considered the city’s most interactive museum and featuring two floors of massive exhibition space, guests will have first-hand experiences with spies and spymasters, spy gadgets, and engineers.
Harnessing the power of language, the world’s first voice-active museum is an immersive language experience in the historic Franklin School in Washington, D.C. (for all ages).
Experience George and Martha Washington’s home. Just a short drive from the city, take a private tour with your personal guide and learn about the life of America’s first president.
The best time to see D.C. monuments is when the sun goes down. Take a privately guided bike tour around the city’s most famous landmarks.
THE MUSIC BUFF
This anticipated venue debuted in 2023, in honor of the original 9:30 Club at 930 Street NW (first called the Atlantis). The original and new iterations are proof of D.C.’s passion for art and music.
Celebrating President Kennedy’s vision for a new frontier for the arts, the REACH stages music, art, dance, and more. Many of the spaces are named after historical and personal moments in Kennedy’s life as a living memorial.
WHERE YOU'LL STAY
Located in the heart of Georgetown along the historic C&O Canal, Rosewood Washington, D.C. easily accesses the vibrant cultural epicenter of the nation’s capital. Featuring interiors by renowned D.C.-based designer Thomas Pheasant, each townhouse provides a living space with luxurious bathrooms and well-appointed kitchens. These retreats are ideal for extended stays or a quick weekend getaway. Connecting townhouses are available to provide a two-bedroom configuration.