Neighborhood and Culinary Destinations



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This trip is designed to be a relaxing, yet comprehensive, view of some of the best neighborhoods in Washington, DC. There are few tourist-focused items on the itinerary, so this is not designed for individuals that have never seen the Washington monument. This trip also involves a lot of walking, sometimes up to a mile or more between stops, but traveling by foot will give you the best feeling for the flavor of DC that many of us see on a daily basis.

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Day 1 - Washington


Day 1 of this trip is designed to expose you to three of DC’s best neighborhoods, DuPont Circle, Georgetown, and Adams Morgan. Start your day in DuPont Circle. If it is Sunday, head to the farmers market just northwest of the circle. If not, relax at Kramer Books and do some shopping on Connecticut Avenue. After that, visit the Phillips collection, a smaller gallery located just off the circle. Then head to one of DC venerable institutions, Ben’s Chili Bowl. You can get there by simply walking up New Hampshire from the DuPont Circle and making a right once you hit U street. It will be about 4 blocks down. After lunch, hop in a Cab and head to Georgetown. If you like gardens, visit Dumbarton Oaks, otherwise spend some time walking off of M street (north) and check out some of Washington’s oldest homes. Then walk up and down M street, shopping and stopping for a drink, as needed, at any of the local watering holes. After that, enjoy a dinner at Hook (reservations needed), a Georgetown seafood restaurant. Then head back up to Adams Morgan. If it is Thursday-Saturday night, there should be huge crowd, lots of live music options, and many places to relax over a drink or two. One great place if you like live music is Madam’s Organ, or for a more relaxed evening try the Reef across the street. You can walk back to your hotel from Adams Morgan, just head down 18th until you hit New Hampshire and take that to the DuPont Circle.


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Topaz Hotel

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Location:

1733 N St NW
right next to the Tabard Inn btw. 17th and 18th sts
20036 Washington, US

Contact:

tel: +1 202 393 3000 / +1 800 775 1202
fax: +1 202 785 9581


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Dupont Circle

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Location:

Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20036

Contact:

tel: +1 202 789 7000 (Tourist Information)
fax: +1 202 789 7037 (Tourist Information)


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Ben's Chili Bowl

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Location:

1213 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Contact:

tel: 1 202 667 0909


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Phillips Collection

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Location:

1600 21st St. NW
At Q St
Washington, DC 20440

Contact:

tel: +1 202 387 2151
fax: +1 202 387 2436


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Georgetown

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Location:

M Street and Wisconsin Avenue
Washington, DC 20007

Contact:

tel: +1 202 789 7000 (Tourist Information)
fax: +1 202 789 7037 (Tourist Information)


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Dumbarton Oaks

Location:

3101 R Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

Contact:

tel: +1 202 342 3200


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Georgetown House Tour

Location:

3240 O Street Northwest
St. John's Church
Washington, DC 20007

Contact:

tel: +1 202 338 2287
fax: +1 202 338 3921


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Washington Harbour

Location:

3000 K Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

Contact:

tel: +1 202 789 7000 (Tourist Information)
fax: +1 202 789 7037 (Tourist Information)


9

Hook

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Location:

3241 M Street NW
Between Wisconsin Ave. and 33rd St
Washington, DC 20418

Contact:

tel: 1 202 625 4488


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Adams-Morgan

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Location:

18th Street Northwest & Columbia Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

Contact:

tel: +1 202 789 7000 (Tourist Information)
fax: +1 202 789 7037 (Tourist Information)


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Madam's Organ

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Location:

2461 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

Contact:

tel: +1 202 667 5370


Day 2 - Alexandria, Washington


Day 2 is designed to exposure you to the neighborhood of Alexandria, and specifically Old Town, just on the other side of the Potomac. Take the yellow line over the bridge to the King Street station and start heading toward the water. Along the way, be sure and stop at the upscale stores along King Street, en route to the unique Torpedo Factory Art Center. In addition, stop by one of Alexandria’s best stores, Grape and Bean (http://www.grapeandbean.com/). It is located at 118 South Royal Street, just off of King Street as you make your way to the water. They have the best coffee in town, not to mention delicious cheeses and an amazing and inexpensive wine selection. After spending the day in Alexandria, head back to visit Michel Richard’s restaurant Central (reservations required), located in the Penn Quarter (Yellow Line, Archives/Navy Memorial). It was recently named one of the top 10 restaurants that opened in the US in 2007.


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Torpedo Factory Art Center

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Location:

105 North Union St
Alexandria
Alexandria, VA 22320

Contact:

tel: +1 703 838 4565


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Central Michel Richard

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Location:

1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
At 11th St
Washington, DC 20535

Contact:

tel: 1 202 626 0015


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