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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.

O Ya Puts Boston on the Culinary Map

If you have been on every “best of” list like Boston’s O Ya restaurant, can things get any better? From being named the number one restaurant in the country by the New York Times to receiving accolades for being one of the world’s 10 best new restaurants by Food & Wine Magazine, the praise is well deserved. This cozy little gem serves up contemporary Japanese fare, including nigiri, sashimi and Wagyu beef. Don’t miss the chilled homemade soba noodles, which can be perfectly paired with some sake. Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation as this Leather District hot spot fills up easily and waits can be long at the intimately lit O Ya tavern, which is located in a former firehouse. Valet parking is available at the corner of South and East Streets in Les Zygomates.

Insider’s Tip: O Ya is expensive, with some entrees running up to $60, but nearly all diners leave happy, saying every bite was worth every penny. Visit oyarestaurantboston.com for more information.

The St. Regis, DC: Royal Accommodations in the Heart of the District

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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!).

Porterhouse Fit for a Prez at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse

With its start as a reputable New York institution, it’s no wonder that Bobby Van’s had to spread the love.  This long-loved classic steakhouse has made its mark on the high-end American dining circuit, serving some serious power diners throughout the years, and now with two locations in DC, there’s no reason to miss out on this cbobbyvanselebrity favorite.  Let’s just say the steaks are so good, President Obama even celebrated his first day in office with a meal at this exclusive downtown favorite.

Outfitted in rich wood paneling with appropriately masculine accents, Bobby Van’s simple design and crisp white tablecloths allow the food to steal the spotlight.  Start off with a refreshing Raw Bar Selection or a decadent taste or two of the traditional Escargot, prepared with butter, lemon, pernod, garlic and fresh herbs .

Select from a variety of hearty cuts of prime beef, from which Bobby Van’s gets its claim to fame.  Pair your luscious cut with a few family-style sides like the Creamed Spinach, Cottage Fries or Prosciutto Mac & Cheese. For those looking for a beef alternative, indulge in the Colorado Lamb Chops or the Sesame Crusted Tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes, pickled ginger and Miso vinaigrette.  Whatever you choose, be prepared to spend –after all, there’s a reason why the President himself decided to celebrate with a Bobby Van’s meal.

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.Picture 87

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.

Prime Dining at BLT Steak

blt steakPower diners and wanna-be politicos are in for a treat with Chef Laurent Tourondel’s Washingtonian edition of his well-known BLT Steak – the self-proclaimed “Modern American Steakhouse” with locations in culinary hotspots such as New York, LA, Miami and Hong Kong.

Located near the District’s most celebrated residence, BLT Steak exudes Washingtonian sophistication at its finest with its nod to a traditional French bistro combined with an updated, urban American finesse.  With rich hardwood accents, an intimate glow, and an all-around sleek appeal, BLT Steak is the restaurant of choice for Washington’s movers and shakers.

Like most conventional steakhouses, BLT offers a variety of prime steaks (USDA Prime, Certified Black Angus, American and Japanese Kobe Beef), paired with decadent condiments and sauces, as well as rich, tempting side dishes, served in Staub cast iron cocottes, that are intended to share.  The chef’s warm, fluffy popovers are an inviting start to a filling meal at one of the best spots in town.  BLT is also known for a great raw bar, as well as other main courses including lamb, chicken and fresh fish options.

Modern Italian at Bibiana

In the mood for a little Italian?  Skip the checkerboard tablecloths and drip candles, and say “ciao” to Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca, a very chic alternative to the typical Italian eatery.  Outfitted in luxe chocolate browns and interesting metallic lighting, Bibiana’s chic interior exudes sophistication, reaching out to power diners and well-traveled patrons alike. Picture 11

A product of well-known restauranteur Ashok Bajaj, Bibiana is led by executive chef Nicholas Stefanelli, who brings a light, updated Italian menu full of traditional classics like decadent pastas and crisp pizzas, as well as unique main courses that modernize the Southern European cuisine.

Start off with the gorgeous Datteri, or Mejool dates stuffed with ricotta salata, salty pancetta and sprinkled with slivered almonds.  For a decadent entrée, try the Anatra, or roasted Muscovy duck breast with creamy celery root puree, dried cherries and rich red wine sauce.  For the adventurous diner, Stefanelli offers veal sweetbreads with rutabaga, and candied oranges, dusted with fennel pollen.

Insider Tip: For a more low-key evening, grab a seat in Bibiana’s mod lounge area and sample the small plate menu, available from 2:30-5:30 PM on most weekdays.

Classic Opulence at Taj Boston

Boston’s a city rich in history and the 5 Star Taj Boston is no exception. Since opening its doors in 1927, the Taj (formerly the Ritz-Carlton) has been welcoming numerous guests, celebrities and the “Who’s Who” of America to its Back Bay location.

The 273-room hotel has an unbeatable location at the corner of Arlington and Newbury Streets, making it the perfect place to start a day of luxury shopping down ritzy Newbury Street or peaceful sightseeing across the street at the Boston Public Garden. It’s also a short walk from Picture 24other attractions, from the Theater District to Copley Square.

The classic hotel, which underwent a complete renovation in 2002 to celebrate its 75th anniversary, updated its already award-winning services and amenities like overnight shoe service, courtesy car service and 24-hour assistance. The Taj keeps with the old world luxury feel; dozens of chandeliers hang from each hallway, antiques compliment every room and every bathroom is equipped with a luxury marble bathtub.

Be sure to have a drink at the famous lobby bar with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the beautiful Public Garden and Swan Boats in the warmer months. Afternoon tea here, served in The Lounge, has been a tradition since the hotel’s opening and comes complete with fine china and silver trays.