+ Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is dedicated to a continued exploration of Cuban heritage, art, music, flavors and traditions. The open-air setting, tropical ambiance, vintage décor, upbeat Latin music and Concept Chef/Partner, Guillermo Pernot’s delectable menu of ‘Nuevo Cubano’ dishes and traditional favorites, make all of our restaurants a must-see, must-experience dining destination.
+ Look Restaurant Reaches Across The Aisle For Fun Times!
Who says K Street has to be Conventional?
LOOK Restaurant Lounge reaches across the aisle to bridge the gap between Socially Liberal and Tastefully Conservative. Located in the heart of the K Street Corridor, LOOK Restaurant Lounge sets out to shatter traditional stereotypes by taking the “boring” out of business lunch and the “corporate” out of corporate reception.
Enjoy world cuisine through a variety of over 30 small plates from our Executive Chef in a warm, dynamic, open setting. Our 150 seat dining room is open for lunch, dinner, private events, corporate gatherings, and any social events. The Event Director and Executive Chef will work with you to customize the perfect event experience for up to 300 seated guests or 800 standing guests.
Guests are strongly encouraged to be Socially Liberal, yet fiscally conservative in the belief that Washington needs to cut spending. With this thinking, HAPPY HOUR at LOOK starts at noon. From 12pm to 7pm, LOOK offers Absolut kocktails, House wine by the glass and our full beer selection at $5! Visit lookatkstreet.com for more information.
+ Hong Kong’s Best at Full Kee
Recognized for its excellence in authentic Chinese cuisine, Full Kee has been the long-time recipient of the “Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA” award.
Full Kee is definitely one of the most authentic Cantonese (Hong Kong style) fare worth trying in Chinatown. Before you walk in, just don’t be frightened by the full-size roasted ducks hanging in the glassed-in front kitchen.
Other than the whole-roasted ducks, fried or steamed fish can be order whole as well. Served with its head intact, diners can nibble on the sweet, delicate fish cheeks.
The menu at Full Kee is extensive and their dim sum selections available on weekends are worth a try too.
Shhh… If dining in groups, don’t forget to ask about the special price family style sets!
+ Hola at Oyamal Cocina Mexicana
Oyamal Cocina Mexicana has been bringing Mexico’s rich regional diversity with a swirl of modern urban atmosphere of its national capital to the DC Penn Quarter since 2007. With a lively dining room decorated by colorful masks and butterfly mobiles, the restaurant further compliments its originality with a creative menu and cocktail list.
Oyamel is the only place in town that serves insects, as well as, upscale Mexican specialties. Try some grasshopper tacos if you are feeling adventurous. If not, try the antitijitos, traditional snacks or small plates, with guacamole, made fresh tableside.
Shh… Oyamel often collaborates with other partners such as the Wooly Mammoth Theatre or hosts mescal and tequila tastings – check their website for more details!
+ Deutschland on H Street at the Biergarten Haus
Biergarten Haus is the only beer garden in the city! Come year round and enjoy a shaded courtyard in the summer and a heated outdoor winter wonderland in the winter! With thirty-five hundred square feet of outdoor seating, there are plenty of space for parties to enjoy plates of bratwurst, weisswurst, and even wiener schnitzel.
As you peruse through the various choices of German delicacies on the menu, don’t forget to gulp them down with pints of authentic German ale in heavy-bottomed glass mugs.
It’s like Oktoberfest year-round at the Biergarten Haus! Visit biergartenhaus.com for more information.
+ Home Rule
Home Rule embraces the future by serving as a Bed, Bath & Beyond for the young urban set that prefers not to schlepp to the suburbs. Home Rule makes any trip worth the effort by stocking gear for almost every room of the house, all squeezed into a 1,000-square-foot space.
Six different types (coir, coconut fiber or rubber) of welcome mats share space with modern stainless-steel flatware and minimalist desk-organizing tools (pens and pencil holders and push pins). There are clothes pins shaped like sharks (50 cents each) and everything you’ll need to make the perfect martini: shakers, pitchers and ice buckets. Visit homerule.com for more information.
+ Tell Your Secrets to the Jeans Whisperer
Former online-only discount denim dealer, Jan Forman, has relocated to a bigger and better space in historic Leesburg due to growing demands! Cigarette jeans, bell bottoms, skinny jeans, and sleek boot cuts are only a few styles out of her wide selection.
While browsing through the impressive collection, don’t forget to ask for the Jeans Whisperer’s advice. Jan will listen to your preferences, fit challenges, and needs carefully to find you the jean of your dreams that looks and fits the best.
Trust her and chat about your shape, she’ll (softly) suggest the best brand and cut for your booty. Visit thejeanswhisperer.com for more information.
+ Customized, Italian Luxury at Dash’s of Old Town
Striving for the best quality and tip-top craftsmanship of fine menswear, Dash’s been serving their loyal customers at Old Town for over 30 years.
Equipped with a highly knowledgeable, client-first approach to satisfy customers, Dash’s associates provides not only collections from Italian manufacturers, but also fashion strategies to maximize the wearability of your purchases.
Finding accessories to compliment the pieces your wardrobe is easy breezy here at Dash’s. With over 150 ties in store, Dash’s offers a wide array of unique shades and patterns. For a more luxurious look, try Dash’s handmade ties from Italy or the hand stitched and pressed seven-fold ties.
Shhh… for a more personalized experience, schedule an appointment ahead of time at Dash’s website. Visit the website at dashsofoldtown.com.
+ Unleash Your Inner Diva at Diva Boutique
With an obsession with shopping and fashion, Diva Boutique’s owner runs this designer consignment business with a passion for six years straight. Situated in historical Alexandria in a 19th century townhouse, Diva is listed by the Washingtonian Magazine as the consignment store with the “best vibe.”
Carrying high-end designer lines such as DVF, Chanel, Prada and other more affordable luxuries such as Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and so much more… This is definitely a treasure cove for those hunting for bargains.
In order to be a true insider, sign up for Diva’s email list to be alerted of the newest top secrets! Visit divaboutiqueva.com for more information.
+ Save Some Money at Second Time Around
Second Time Around is a lot less expensive than most of the consignment stores around DC, but conveniently located in Georgetown. This store is filled to the brim with vintage treasures – jewelry, shoes, purses, dresses, and a lot more all carefully categorized for your convenience.
Carrying a wide selection of not only high-end designers, but also brands like BCBG or Forever21. Dig a little harder and you can definitely find the true gem that you are looking for.
You can consign easily at STA. Just make an appointment to review your items, then leave the rest to the boutique, and get ready to redeem your earnings after 90 days!
Shh… Any items that don’t sell can be reclaimed within the grace period or the boutique will donate them to the charity for you. Visit secondtimearound.net for more information.
+ Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum opened in Washington, DC on July 19, 2002. It is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events. The Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Many of these objects are being seen by the public for the first time. These artifacts illuminate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions as well as help bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history. The mission of the International Spy Museum is to educate the public about espionage in an engaging way and to provide a context that fosters understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events. The Museum focuses on human intelligence and reveals the role spies have played in world events throughout history. It is committed to the apolitical presentation of the history of espionage in order to provide visitors with unbiased, accurate information.
+ House of Washington – Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Hidden in Georgetown’s Historical District, the Tudor Place was originally built in 1816 by George and Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter. This beautiful estate was home to the next six generations of her descendents over the course of 180 years.
Currently, it is open to the public and exhibits more than 8000 pieces of silver, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, manuscripts, photographs, and furniture dated from 1750-1983. The collection brings to life the cultural and social history of over 200 years of the family and the city.
For those interested in a deeper understanding of the Garden’s history, there are free docent led tours Tuesday through Saturday!
+ Riding Down Memory Lane at the National Mall
Carousel rides have always been a fond childhood memory for many. Who can say no to those colorful, bright horses and fancy round cups?
Just like the good old days, the Smithsonian Castle offers a charming carousel on the national mall for both children and kids-at-heart. The Smithsonian Carousel was built by Allan Herschell in 1947, with brilliantly 60 hand-carved and painted animals.
If touring the National Mall with kids, taking a spin is a refreshing break for the restless kids tired of site-seeing and touring museums. At times, the line may be a bit long, but you can still enjoy the spectacular views of the monuments.
+ Pentagon Memorial – A Day to Remember
The Pentagon Memorial honors lives lost during the 9/11 terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. in 2011.
Adjacent to The Pentagon in Arlington, this outdoor memorial is a beautiful tribute to the 184 men and women who died in the tragedy. With its sleek and simple designs, this memorial helps visitors remember and reflect on the appalling incident.
Every year during the event’s anniversary, an American flag is hung on the section of the Pentagon hit by Flight 77. If interesting in participating to commemorate the event, check online for related events.
+ Reenact Hunger Games at TagParty RECON
An outdoor laser tag game or two would definitely satisfy your fantasies of reenacting scenes from your favorite video game or movie.
Gather your friends, take a ride twenty miles north of Washington, DC and divide into two opposing sides! After a quick introduction and explanation of the equipments, you can jump into 50 minutes of intense plays.
Don’t forget to devise tactical strikes and stratagems. It’s time to hammer out those old grudges.
Shhhh… its only $25 per player and discounts are offered for groups of 8 or more! Don’t forget to reserve and book online!
+ Experience The Essence of Washington At The Hay-Adams
For a true taste of Washington plan your stay at one of DC’s most cherished landmarks, the acclaimed Hay-Adams Hotel. Nestled in Lafayette Square, right across from the White House, the Hay Adams lays claim to an esteemed, central location as well as significant historic roots.
Built in 1927, the Italian Renaissance-style hotel received its namesake from previous residents John Hay (private secretary to President Lincoln) and Henry Adams (descendent of former presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams).
With a recent $20 million renovation by famed Washington designer, Thomas Pheasant, the Hay-Adams showcases classic luxury with intricately carved ceilings and lavish fireplaces. In addition to numerous accolades, including the AAA “Four Diamond Award” for 24 consecutive years as well as Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best 500 Hotels” (#1 for DC), the Hay-Adams has lodged choice travelers such as Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh.
Aside from a comfortable stay, the hotel offers award-winning dining facilities. Enjoy a leisurely brunch at The Lafayette Room dubbed “One of the Nation’s Top Four Power Breakfast Spots” by the Wall Street Journal.
Insider Tip: Wander down to the hotel’s bar, Off The Record (named by Forbes.com as one of the “World’s Best Hotel Bars”) and order a cocktail from John Boswell, named best bartender for four years by the Washingtonian. Hailed as “Washington’s place to be seen but not heard,” you’ll definitely rub shoulders with some Washington power players.
+ The St. Regis, DC: Royal Accommodations in the Heart of the District
Formerly the well-known Carlton Hotel, the St. Regis remains one of the finest hotels in Washington, hosting every President since President Coolidge, as well as royalty, prime ministers and iconic celebrities. A favorite haunt of Ronald Regan, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, the hotel exudes the same level of glamour and refinement as its dignified guests.
With opulent, yet classically elegant accommodations, exceptional butler service and some of the finest dining in the District, the St. Regis raises the bar in terms of luxury stays. Book a suite and take advantage of the hotel’s amazing location, nestled right in the heart of downtown along K Street. Only two blocks from the White House, the hotel’s convenient address is perfect for sightseeing as well as great views of the city’s landmarks.
Insider Tip: Although known for its over-the-top amenities (and appropriately, rates), the St. Regis does offer great Exclusive Offers online. Visit their website for family tour packages and specials to add to your perfect stay (a complimentary night’s stay should definitely allow for a relaxed visit!).
+ Drive and Stay (In Style) at The Madison Hotel
For your next trip to the nation’s capital, plan a simple yet elegant stay at The Madison Hotel known for its exceptional service and welcoming accommodations. With over 350 cozy rooms, as well as 15 luxury suites, The Madison is a great option for those looking to enjoy DC in comfort.
Take a load off and relax in the hotel’s 24 hour sauna and steam room after a stress releasing workout in the hotel’s fitness facility. Finish off with a trip to the spa for a massage treatment to relax even the most stressed traveler.
Dine in or out at the Madison, with 24 hour in-room dining services and the modern, reputable Palette Restaurant & Bar, the hotel accommodates all tastes whether you’re up for a cozy night in or an elegant evening out.
Insider Tip: Take advantage of The Madison’s Drive and Stay Package – a year-round special that provides complimentary hotel parking (a $35+ value) to those road-trippers looking to sleep in style.
+ Zen-Like Accommodations at the Mandarin Oriental
Looking for a little relaxation in the District? Look in to a stay at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, nestled off the beaten path in Southwest DC, overlooking the Tidal Basin with breathtaking views of the Jefferson and Washington Monuments.
Known around the world for its Five Star accommodations, the Mandarin’s DC counterpart is no exception. The hotel includes an ultra chic spa, yoga and fitness center, as well as an award-winning restaurant, CityZen, known for its exceptional Asian-inspired cuisine.
Exuding an apparent Zen-like quality and subtle Asian simplicity, the Mandarin is sure to please even the most discerning traveler. Book one of the Premier Water View rooms, located on the corners of the hotel, overlooking the Washington Marina for a truly upgraded Washington stay.
+ Old World Charm at The Latham Hotel
For a comfortable stay in the District, settle into a room in the The Latham Hotel, nestled conveniently on M Street right in the heart of Georgetown. With European-like accommodations and a hidden, yet elegant exterior, this boutique hotel is the perfect pick for those looking for a charming stay in the midst of a bustling metropolis.
The Latham’s quaint interior reflects simple refinement, typical of historic Georgetown. Take advantage of the hotel’s fitness center or window shop along famous M Street before basking alongside the hotel’s exclusive rooftop pool. Need a little more VIP service? Order room service from famed chef Michel Richard’s award-winning Citronelle, located adjacent to the hotel (or make a reservation for an unforgettable dinner for two!). The Latham also boasts green initiatives and pet-friendly accommodations (for a small fee and deposit).