Romantic Washington: Capital Cuddles – Tips For a Romantic Weekend In and Around Washington, DC



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Washington’s downtown parks and monuments provide a distinctive backdrop for romantic strolls and cozy picnics. But if you’re planning a long weekend in DC with your sweetheart, you have many other, lesser-known options at your disposal. Some are easily accessible via public transportation, and some require driving; if you don’t have a car, then you can stick to the places and activities near Metro stations. One thing most people will agree on, however, is that lugging a suitcase all over the city is not particularly romantic, so this guide recommends establishing one hotel as your “home base” and planning your activities from there.

Author: Torie Castiello


Poste

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Location:

555 8th Street NW
In the Hotel Monaco
Washington, DC 20073

Contact:

tel: 1 202 783 6060
fax: 1 202 783 4222
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Cafe Saint-Ex

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Location:

1847 14th Street NW
Between S and T sts
Washington, DC 20009

Contact:

tel: 1 202 265 7839
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Austin Grill

Location:

2404 Wisconsin Avenue North West
(between Hall Place and Calvert Street North West)
Washington, DC 20007

Contact:

tel: 1 202 337 8080
fax: 1 202 337 2067
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Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar

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Location:

1736 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

Contact:

tel: 1 202 333 0111
fax: 1 202 333 2209
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SEI Restaurant & Lounge

Location:

444 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Contact:

tel: 1 202 783 7007
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Family Theater Kennedy Center

Location:

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566

Contact:

tel: +1 800 444 1324 / +1 202 467 4600
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Kramerbooks and Afterwords

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Location:

1517 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

Contact:

tel: 1 202 387 1400 (Bookstore)
fax: 1 202 232 6777 (Cafe)
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DC Ducks

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Location:

Union Station
Washington, DC 20018

Contact:

tel: +1 800 213 2474
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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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Glen Echo Park

Location:

7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, MD 20812

Contact:

tel: +1 301 492 6229
fax: +1 301 492 5384 / +1 301 634 2260
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Hawk & Dove

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Location:

329 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
(near 4th St Southeast)
Washington, DC 20003

Contact:

tel: 202 543 3300
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The Red & The Black

Location:

1212 H St. NE
Between 12th and 13th Streets
Washington, DC 20002

Contact:

tel: 202/399-3201
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Hotel Monaco

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Location:

7th Street Downtown
East of 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Contact:

tel: +1 202 628 7177
fax: +1 202 628 7277
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Georgetown University

Location:

37th and O St.
Washington, DC 20057

Contact:

tel: +1 202 687 3600
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George Washington University Inn

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Location:

824 New Hampshire Ave Nw
Between H and I sts
20037 Washington, US

Contact:

tel: +1 800 426 4455
fax: +1 202 298 7499
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Tourmobile Sightseeing

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Location:

1000 Ohio Drive Southwest
(Main Office)
Washington, DC 20024

Contact:

tel: +1 202 554 5100
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Eastern Market

Location:

225 7th Street SE
Between N. Carolina Ave. and C St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Contact:

tel: 202-544- 0083
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Domku

Location:

821 Upshur Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011

Contact:

tel: 202 722 7475
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Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Location:

Independence Avenue and 7th Street South West
Independence Ave. at 7th St. SW (on the south side of the Mall)
Washington, DC 20576

Contact:

tel: +1 202 633 1000 / +1 202 357 1729
fax: +1 202 786 2682
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National Aquarium

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Location:

14th Street
(between Pennsylvania & Constitution avenues NW)
Washington, DC 20230

Contact:

tel: +1 202 482 2825
fax: +1 202 482 4946
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National Air and Space Museum at Dulles (Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center)

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Location:

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151

Contact:

tel: 202.633.1000
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Meskerem

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Location:

2434 18th Street NorthWest
(Columbia Road Northwest)
Washington, DC 20009

Contact:

tel: 1 202 462 4100
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National Mall

Location:

900 Ohio Drive, Southwest
Washington, DC 20024

Contact:

tel: +1 202 426 6841
fax: +1 202 737 3400
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Cheesecake Factory

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Location:

5345 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20015

Contact:

tel: 1 202 364 0500
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National Zoological Park

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Location:

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
Adjacent to Rock Creek Park
Washington, DC 20008

Contact:

tel: 202.633.4800
fax: +1 202 225 3393
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Old Glory Barbecue

Location:

3139 M St. N.W.
(near the corner of Wisconsin and M Streets)
Washington, DC 20007

Contact:

tel: 1 202 337 3406
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Corcoran Gallery of Art

Location:

500 17th St. NW
Between E St. and New York Ave
Washington, DC 20240

Contact:

tel: +1 202 639 1700
fax: +1 202 639 1785
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National Gallery of Art

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Location:

Constitution Avenue Northwest
On National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets
Washington, DC 20565

Contact:

tel: +1 202 737 4215
fax: +1 202 842 6948
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National Air and Space Museum

Location:

6th Street and Independence Avenue Southwest
On Independence Ave. SW, between 4th and 7th sts., on the south side of the Mall, with entrances on Jefferson Dr. or Independence Ave
Washington, DC 20576

Contact:

tel: +1 202 633 1000
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Lincoln Memorial

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Location:

900 Ohio Drive Southwest
National Mall & Memorial Park
Washington, DC 20024

Contact:

tel: +1 202 426 6841
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Luray Caverns

Location:

970 US Highway 211
Luray, VA 22835

Contact:

tel: +1 540 743 6551
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Billygoat Trail

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Location:

, 22067


The White House

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Location:

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Visitor entrance gate at E St. and E. Executive Ave
Washington, DC 20502

Contact:

tel: +1 202 456 2121 / +1 202 456 1111
fax: +1 202 456 2461
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Smithsonian Information Center (the "Castle")

Location:

1000 Jefferson Dr. SW
Washington, DC 20553

Contact:

tel: +1 202 633 1000 / +1 202 357 2957
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Verizon Center

Location:

601 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

Contact:

tel: +1 202 628 3200 / +1 202 661 5000
fax: +1 202 661 5083
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National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall

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Location:

17th and M Street North West
Washington, DC 20036

Contact:

tel: +1 202 857 7588
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Location:

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW
Formerly 15th St. SW; near Independence Ave., just off the Mall
Washington, DC 20250

Contact:

tel: +1 202 488 0400 / +1 202 488 0406
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Watergate Hotel

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Location:

2650 Virginia Ave Nw
20037 Washington, US

Contact:

tel: +1 800 289 1555 / +1 202 965 2300
fax: +1 202 337 7915
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Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

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Location:

223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
At 2nd St. SE
Washington, DC 20541

Contact:

tel: 1 202 544 8088
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Kreeger Museum

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Location:

2401 Foxhall Road North West
Washington, DC 20007

Contact:

tel: +1 202 338 3552
fax: +1 202 337 3051
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Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Location:

1050 Independence Ave. SW
Southwest
Washington, DC 20553

Contact:

tel: +1 202 633 4880
fax: +1 202 357 4911
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Freer Gallery of Art

Location:

1050 Independence Avenue
Jefferson Dr. SW at 12th St. SW (on the south side of the Mall)
Washington, DC 20576

Contact:

tel: +1 202 633 4880
fax: +1 202 357 4911
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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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The River Inn

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Location:

924 25th St NW
Between K and I sts
20037 Washington, US

Contact:

tel: +1 202 337-7600
fax: 202/337-6520
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Belga Café

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Location:

514 8th Street, SE
At Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20003

Contact:

tel: 1 202 544 0100
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Blues Alley

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Location:

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW
in an alley below M St
Washington, DC 20007

Contact:

tel: 202/337-4141
fax: +1 202 337 7946
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Day 1 - Washington


The Tabard Inn is a great choice for lodging – it’s walking distance to Dupont Circle and the White House, but is tucked away on a quiet street so that you’ll feel like you’re getting away from the city’s hustle and bustle. Start your day with breakfast served in the Inn’s cheerful downstairs restaurant. Then leisurely wander across Dupont Circle (if the weather is nice, you may want to sit on one of the benches in the Circle and people-watch) and head to the Phillips Collection for a little bit of culture. The fact that this Dupont Circle art gallery is housed in a beautiful mansion adds to its aesthetic appeal, and you’ll find lots of opportunities for huddled murmurings in front of the Collection’s world-class modern works. If you’re feeling peckish afterwards, Teaism (http://www.teaism.com/Restaurant/DupontCircle8.html) is about two minutes up the road and offers a wide selection of nibbles and exotic teas. In the evening, you can get dolled up and catch an early dinner at Mendocino Grille before treating your loved one to a night of theater at the Kennedy Center. Mendocino’s location on the lower end of M Street in Georgetown makes it an easy cab ride (or about a 20-minute walk) to the Kennedy Center. Head back to the Tabard Inn and, if you’re up for it, enjoy a nightcap in the Inn’s snug lounge.


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Hotel Tabard Inn

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Location:

1739 N Street Northwest
Between 17th and 18th sts
Washington, DC 20036

Contact:

tel: +1 202 785 1277
fax: +1 202 785 6173
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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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Mendocino Grille and Wine Bar

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Location:

2917 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

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tel: 1 202 333 2912
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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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Location:

2700 F Street, Northwest
Washington, DC 20566

Contact:

tel: 800 444 1324 / 202 467 4600
fax: 202 416 8421
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Day 2 - Washington


After your day of culture, switch things up a bit by exploring DC’s great outdoors. Rock Creek Park provides lots of pretty, wooded walks (many of which require very little in the way of strenuous effort) and picnic opportunities. What makes Rock Creek Park so romantic is the privacy that it offers; you can walk for miles at a stretch without seeing more than a handful of other people. (Don’t worry – as long as you stick to the marked paths, you won’t get lost!) In Georgetown, you’ll find a nice opportunity to window-shop and have a coffee after your outdoor excursion. (Be advised, though, that it’s packed on weekends and parking is tricky; if crowds aren’t your thing, then aim to visit during the week.) You can wander down to the Washington Harbour, on the Waterfront, and experience more lovely views of the Potomac River (as well as quality people watching); if you’re still in the mood to stroll, you can also walk along the Capital Crescent Trail, which starts in Georgetown. Keep things local in the evening by heading over to Restaurant Nora near Dupont Circle for an intimate dinner. It’s been said that many of DC’s power players like to dine here; regardless of your interest in the clientele, you’ll be pleased by the fresh, organic offerings and upscale atmosphere that Restaurant Nora has to offer. You may want to stop by Veritas (www.veritasdc.com), a charming wine bar, on your way.


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Rock Creek Park

Location:

5200 Glover Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20008

Contact:

tel: +1 202 895 6070
fax: +1 202 895 6015
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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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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)
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Capital Crescent Trail

Location:

Water Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

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Restaurant Nora

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Location:

2132 Florida Ave., N.W
Washington, DC 20008

Contact:

tel: 1 202 462 5143
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Day 3 - Mount Vernon


For your final day in the DC area, head out of Washington and into the outlying areas. There is so much to do at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, that you should allow yourself plenty of time to explore. If you’re lucky, your visit might coincide with a wine festival; check Mount Vernon’s website for the calendar of events. You’ll need a car to get here, as it’s not metro accessible (although Gray Line Bus does run there from Union Station in DC). After heading back to rest and change, venture south of the river again, this time to Old Town Alexandria. Dinner at Vermilion Restaurant is a good option. Vermilion is a restaurant with a decidedly funky feel. The upstairs dining room is particularly attractive – it’s got exposed brick and quirky, interesting artwork – and there are plenty of little corners for sexy conversation in the downstairs lounge. Follow up with delicious cocktails at PX Lounge. It’s exclusive and hard to find, reservations are critical, and wandering in off the street in jeans is verboten. But don’t let this seeming pretention keep you from visiting PX Lounge. The interior is lush, the cocktails are first-rate and the wait staff are all quite friendly (particularly the head bartender, Todd Thrasher). There are few better places in the DC metro area for canoodling with your significant other and to cap off your weekend of Washington love.


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Mount Vernon

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Location:

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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tel: +1 703 780 2000
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