Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

LuxeGetaways - - Editor’s Note - BY DA­MON M. BANKS

All eyes are on Wash­ing­ton, D.C. this year, and Lux­eGet­aways gives an in­side look at restau­rants and ho­tels to plan

your own get­away.

It is fair to say that Wash­ing­ton, D.C. re­mains in the in­ter­na­tional spot­light, but with a very bizarre pres­i­den­tial elec­tion process that is tak­ing place in 2016, the en­tire world has their eyes on D.C. now more than ever to see what might hap­pen next. For those pre­par­ing their own visit, we wanted to pro­vide the ba­sic es­sen­tials for plan­ning your get­away so that you can be close to all of the po­lit­i­cal ac­tion – or stay clear of pol­i­tics al­to­gether, and fo­cus on the din­ing, shop­ping and other cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

The neigh­bor­hoods of the Dis­trict (and the sur­round­ing ar­eas in Vir­ginia and Mary­land) each pro­vide some­thing en­tirely unique to the lo­cals and tourists alike. In the Dis­trict, dive into the his­tory and pol­i­tics on Capi­tol Hill; walk the streets filled with great bak­eries, bou­tiques and high-end stores in Ge­orge­town; ex­plore the up-and-com­ing ar­eas of trendy Penn Quar­ter and Chi­na­town; nav­i­gate the chaos on foot (or in a car) that sur­rounds the area of Dupont Cir­cle; or en­joy the pock­ets of quiet ar­eas mixed into the in­trigu­ing mu­se­ums and his­toric land­marks along the Na­tional Mall. In Vir­ginia, visit the malls in Tyson’s Cor­ner; min­gle with the lo­cals in Claren­don; ex­plore the his­tory of Old Town Alexan­dria; dine with the lo­cals in a neigh­bor­hood filled with nu­mer­ous restau­rants in Shirling­ton Vil­lage; or ven­ture into Mary­land for great din­ing in Bethesda, or the shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions at Na­tional Har­bor. With so many in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ences and things to see and do; take the time to get to know the area, and then cre­ate your own Wash­ing­ton, D.C. get­away!

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Pho­tog­ra­phy Cour­tesy Des­ti­na­tion DC What To Do… Mu­seum Ex­pe­ri­ences

Smith­so­nian Mu­se­ums www.si.edu/mu­se­ums

In­ter­na­tional Spy Mu­seum www.spy­mu­seum.org

Na­tional Postal Mu­seum www.postal­mu­seum.si.edu

Per­form­ing Arts Venues John F. Kennedy Cen­ter www.kennedy-cen­ter.org

Na­tional Theatre www.then­ation­aldc.org

Arena Stage at the Mead Cen­ter www.are­nastage.org

Spa Lo­ca­tions

Gay­lord Na­tional at Na­tional Har­bor www.mar­riott.com

Man­darin Ori­en­tal, Wash­ing­ton, DC www.man­dari­nori­en­tal.com

The Red Door Chevy Chase www.thered­door.com

Unique DC Ex­pe­ri­ences

The Dum­bar­ton House www.dum­b­ar­ton­house.org

Hill­wood Es­tate Mu­seum & Gar­dens www.hill­wood­mu­seum.org

Tu­dor Place His­toric House & Gar­dens www.tu­dor­place.org The neigh­bor­hoods of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. each pro­vide some­thing en­tirely unique...

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