Wash­ing­ton Your Way


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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.

Bud­get Trav­eler

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.

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