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Whether you’re a romantic, a foodie, a traveler on a budget or all three, check out our recommendations tailored to suit your travel style.
With its first Michelin Guide, D.C. has quickly become a destination for top-quality dining. One of nine restaurants to receive a Michelin star, the Park Hyatt hotel’s (1) Blue Duck Tavern offers a seasonal menu of American dishes, like whole-roasted duck (above). In the film “Julie & Julia,” actress Amy Adams pays homage to culinary idol Julia Child at Smithsonian’s
(2) American History Museum, by laying a stick of butter on part of the real-life exhibition there honoring the cooking star. Fans may not be allowed to do the same, but they shouldn’t miss Child’s kitchen, preserved just as she left it (above). On the revitalizing H Street corridor in Northeast, James Beard-nominated Erik Bruner Yang’s hybrid (3) Maketto entices with Cambodian/ Taiwanese food, a coffee shop, plus cool menswear from Durkl and Native.
With picturesque backdrops that include famous monuments and river views, D.C. makes an ideal city in which to celebrate love or even spark something new. The historical setting at Dupont Circle’s (1) Iron Gate restaurant conjures a more chivalrous time. Don’t be surprised if a cozy two-top by the fire and Chef Tony Chittum’s award-winning Mediterranean fare inspires a marriage proposal. Staying in? At (2) Union Market, twosomes find all the fixings for a low-key date night with gourmet foods, sweets and wines to go. After a day of sightseeing, active partners head for an indulgent spa treatment.
(3) Nusta Spa’s “Duo Massage” relaxes tired muscles and refreshes the senses with aromatic jasmine and pink grapefruit oils in a LEED Gold- certified space.
With so many free and low-cost things to do, D.C. makes it easy for travelers to stick to a budget. At (1) Ford’s Theatre, a no-cost ticket (reserve online at www.fordstheatre.org) gets you a tour of the historic playhouse, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, and the museum, which preserves artifacts like the coat he wore that tragic night. Arrive early at the (2) Kennedy Center to catch stunning river views, and then head to the Millennium Stage, where gratis daily performances go on at 6 p.m. Hungry? Filling and wallet-friendly,
(3) HalfSmoke in Shaw takes the city’s classic sausage and kicks it up a notch with different meats and a veggie option, plus toppings. Sweet endings include fanciful milkshakes like the “Beyon-shake,” topped with rainbow sprinkles and edible glitter, naturally.