James McBride

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION TRAVEL - In­sid­ers ed­i­tor: Gra­ham Erbacher Gra­ham.Erbacher@news.com.au

STAY: I love The Jef­fer­son ho­tel, which is chic and ex­em­pli­fies good taste and el­e­gance, but also feels homey. It is the US cap­i­tal’s equiv­a­lent in style to The Low­ell in New York. Another favourite prop­erty is the HayA­dams. The bar there has a great vibe and serves fab­u­lous pear mar­ti­nis. Try break­fast too; be­ing just across the road from the White House, the ho­tel is a per­fect place for spot­ting politi­cos; jef­fer­son­ho­tel.com; haya­dams.com.

DIS­COVER: Visit the his­toric neigh­bour­hood of Ge­orge­town for a walk along the Ch­e­sa­peake and Ohio Canal. Carry on for about a kilo­me­tre along the banks of the Po­tomac River and you’ll feel as if you have been trans­ported to the coun­try­side. For a re­ward af­ter­wards, have a drink at the Rooftop Bar & Lounge at the Rose­wood Washington DC, over­look­ing the Po­tomac; it’s es­pe­cially nice in spring; rose­wood­ho­tels.com.

SHOP: While in Ge­orge­town, seek out a lovely store called Green­works on O Street for flow­ers or small gifts; green­works­florist.com.

EX­PLORE: Most vis­i­tors are in DC to see the great sights — the land­marks, me­mo­ri­als and in­sti­tu­tions — of the Na­tional Mall and there’s no bet­ter way than to rent a bi­cy­cle and ride along the great prom­e­nade to the US Capi­tol; washington.org.

DINE: The “power ta­ble” in the cap­i­tal is still at Cafe Mi­lano. Go at night and see who is at ta­ble No 1 (much in de­mand by the movers and shak­ers). Franco Nuschese, the owner, is the city’s most connected man. For seafood, check out Fi­ola Mare restau­rant in Ge­orge­town, where chef Fabio Traboc­chi runs a fab­u­lous place; cafemi­lano.com; fi­o­la­maredc.com.

LEARN: The new Na­tional Mu­seum of African Amer­i­can His­tory and Cul­ture, part of the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion on the Na­tional Mall, is a must-see for its ex­cep­tional and rich con­tent, as well as ac­claimed de­sign by Bri­tish ar­chi­tect David Ad­jaye; nmaahc.si.edu.

EN­JOY: Visit the new MGM Na­tional Har­bor. This $1.4 bil­lion lux­ury re­sort, re­tail, din­ing, en­ter­tain­ment and gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is a great out­ing, even if you aren’t a gam­bler; mgm­na­tion­al­har­bor.com.

James McBride is manag­ing part­ner of the award­win­ning Nihiwatu re­sort on the In­done­sian is­land of Sumba; he was named by Ho­tels Magazine as the 2016 In­de­pen­dent Hotelier of the Year and has worked in Washington DC. More: nihiwatu.com.

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