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

Description:

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

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

1 202 783 6060


Cafe Saint-Ex

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

1 202 265 7839


Austin Grill

Location:

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

Phone:

1 202 337 8080


Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar

user rating

Location:

1736 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, DC 20007

Phone:

1 202 333 0111


SEI Restaurant & Lounge

Location:

444 7th Street NW
Washington DC, DC 20004

Phone:

1 202 783 7007


Family Theater Kennedy Center

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 800 444 1324 / +1 202 467 4600


Kramerbooks and Afterwords

user rating

Location:

1517 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest
Washington DC, DC 20036

Phone:

1 202 387 1400 (Bookstore)


DC Ducks

user rating

Location:

Union Station
Washington DC, DC 20018

Phone:

+1 800 213 2474


Adams-Morgan

user rating

expert pick

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 202 789 7000 (Tourist Information)


Glen Echo Park

Location:

7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Washington DC, MD 20812

Phone:

+1 301 492 6229


Hawk & Dove

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

202 543 3300


The Red & The Black

Location:

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

Phone:

202/399-3201


Hotel Monaco

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 202 628 7177


Georgetown University

Location:

37th and O St.
Washington DC, DC 20057

Phone:

+1 202 687 3600


George Washington University Inn

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 800 426 4455


Tourmobile Sightseeing

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 202 554 5100


Eastern Market

Location:

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

Phone:

202-544- 0083


Domku

Location:

821 Upshur Street, NW
Washington DC, DC 20011

Phone:

202 722 7475


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, DC 20576

Phone:

+1 202 633 1000 / +1 202 357 1729


National Aquarium

expert pick

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 202 482 2825


National Air and Space Museum at Dulles (Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center)

user rating

Location:

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Washington DC, VA 20151

Phone:

202.633.1000


Meskerem

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

1 202 462 4100


National Mall

Location:

900 Ohio Drive, Southwest
Washington DC, DC 20024

Phone:

+1 202 426 6841


Cheesecake Factory

user rating

Location:

5345 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC, DC 20015

Phone:

1 202 364 0500


National Zoological Park

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

202.633.4800


Old Glory Barbecue

Location:

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

Phone:

1 202 337 3406


Corcoran Gallery of Art

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 202 639 1700


National Gallery of Art

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 202 737 4215


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, DC 20576

Phone:

+1 202 633 1000


Lincoln Memorial

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 202 426 6841


Luray Caverns

Location:

970 US Highway 211
Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

+1 540 743 6551


Billygoat Trail

expert pick

Location:

Washington DC, 22067


The White House

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 202 456 2121 / +1 202 456 1111


Smithsonian Information Center (the "Castle")

Location:

1000 Jefferson Dr. SW
Washington DC, DC 20553

Phone:

+1 202 633 1000 / +1 202 357 2957


Verizon Center

Location:

601 F Street Northwest
Washington DC, DC 20004

Phone:

+1 202 628 3200 / +1 202 661 5000


National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall

expert pick

Location:

17th and M Street North West
Washington DC, DC 20036

Phone:

+1 202 857 7588


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 202 488 0400 / +1 202 488 0406


Watergate Hotel

user rating

expert pick

Location:

2650 Virginia Ave Nw
20037 Washington DC, US

Phone:

+1 800 289 1555 / +1 202 965 2300


Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

1 202 544 8088


Kreeger Museum

user rating

Location:

2401 Foxhall Road North West
Washington DC, DC 20007

Phone:

+1 202 338 3552


Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Location:

1050 Independence Ave. SW
Southwest
Washington DC, DC 20553

Phone:

+1 202 633 4880


Freer Gallery of Art

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 202 633 4880


Dupont Circle

user rating

Location:

Connecticut Avenue
Washington DC, DC 20036

Phone:

+1 202 789 7000 (Tourist Information)


The River Inn

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 202 337-7600


Belga Café

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

1 202 544 0100


Blues Alley

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

202/337-4141


Day 1 - Washington DC


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.


1

Hotel Tabard Inn

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 202 785 1277


2

Phillips Collection

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 202 387 2151


3

Mendocino Grille and Wine Bar

user rating

Location:

2917 M Street, NW
Washington DC, DC 20007

Phone:

1 202 333 2912


4

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

user rating

Location:

2700 F Street, Northwest
Washington DC, DC 20566

Phone:

800 444 1324 / 202 467 4600


Day 2 - Washington DC


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.


1

Rock Creek Park

Location:

5200 Glover Road Northwest
Washington DC, DC 20008

Phone:

+1 202 895 6070


2

Georgetown

user rating

expert pick

Location:

M Street and Wisconsin Avenue
Washington DC, DC 20007

Phone:

+1 202 789 7000 (Tourist Information)


3

Washington Harbour

Location:

3000 K Street Northwest
Washington DC, DC 20007

Phone:

+1 202 789 7000 (Tourist Information)


4

Capital Crescent Trail

Location:

Water Street Northwest
Washington DC, DC 20009


5

Restaurant Nora

user rating

Location:

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

Phone:

1 202 462 5143


Day 3 - Washington DC


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.


1

Mount Vernon

user rating

expert pick

Location:

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Washington DC, VA 22121

Phone:

+1 703 780 2000


© 2016 NileGuide.com   ·   Blog   ·   Facebook   ·   Contact Us   ·   About Us   ·   Privacy Policy   ·   Terms & Conditions