Visit the nation’s capital in all its springtime splendor.
With so many major attractions, including national monuments, the Smithsonian museums and of course the White House, there’s always something to see in Washington, D.C. But spring is when The District is at its loveliest, with those delicate pink blooms emerging to be fêted with a plethora of special events during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs through mid-April this year.
Stay: Hotel Rouge
After a long day of sightseeing, this boutique hotel in the Dupont Circle area is a treat to come back to, whether you’re unwinding with a complimentary glass of vino during the daily wine hour or de-stressing with the help of an in-room spa treatment. The adventurous can borrow one of the hotel’s custom-designed bikes to explore the city.
1315 16th St. NW; rougehotel.com
One of celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio’s three Chesapeake Bay-area restaurants, Range is best known for its menu of wood-fired grilled steaks, but vegetarians have options—including wood-oven pizzas—as well. And it would be a shame to miss out on the seafood, since you’re so near the bay: Start your meal by sharing some oysters harvested in the region.
5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW.; voltrange.com
Do: International Spy Museum
Inspect the gadgets of modern espionage, learn about some of history’s greatest covert operations and try cracking codes at the country’s only spy museum. Once you’ve learned about the tricks of the trade, your mission—should you choose to accept it—is an interactive spy adventure where you’ll use your wits to try to evade capture and locate crucial evidence.
800 F St. NW; spymuseum.org
Shop: Urban Chic
This Georgetown boutique brings a bit of edgy style to a part of town known for its preppy, more conservative tastes. On the racks you’ll find a well-curated mix of pieces from up-and-coming designers and established labels (such as Rachel Pally, Vince, Milly and Tibi) alike. Check the website before you set out for your retail therapy—the shop hosts frequent trunks sales and fun events where you can enjoy live music and wine while you shop.
1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW; urbanchiconline.com