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2013 Hotel Deals for the National Cherry Blossom Festival

By Chelsea Boone March 7, 2013
Where to stay during this year’s festivities. more

Visitors’ Guide: One Day in Washington, DC

By Mary Yarrison, Sophie Gilbert July 20, 2012
Only in town for 24 hours? We help you squeeze in sights, entertainment, dining, and more. more

Visitors’ Guide: Two Days in Washington, DC

By Mary Yarrison, Sophie Gilbert July 20, 2012
Only in town for 48 hours? We help you squeeze in sights, entertainment, dining, and more. more

Visitors’ Guide: Five Days in Washington, DC

By Mary Yarrison, Sophie Gilbert July 20, 2012
In town for a five-day vacation? We help you take in all the sights, entertainment, dining, and more as possible. more

Visitors’ Guide: Four Days in Washington, DC

By Mary Yarrison, Sophie Gilbert July 20, 2012
In town for a four-day vacation? We help you squeeze in sights, entertainment, dining, and more. more

Visitors’ Guide: Three Days in Washington, DC, with Kids

By Mary Yarrison, Sophie Gilbert July 18, 2012
Trying to plan a fun-filled, kid-friendly long weekend? We have you covered. more

Visitors’ Guide: Three Days in Washington, DC

By Sophie Gilbert, Mary Yarrison July 18, 2012
Just in town for a long weekend? We help you squeeze in sights, entertainment, dining, and more. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Parks and Outdoor Spaces

By Taylor St. John July 9, 2012
From the Mall to the outer reaches of the District, parks, gardens, and historic areas help turn Washington’s urban landscape into a “city of trees.” Take time from your schedule to enjoy DC’s natural beauty—and some peace and quiet—in one of these outdoor spaces. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Spas and Beauty Locations

By Washingtonian Staff July 9, 2012
Whether you’re in need of a massage, an emergency manicure, or simply an hour or two of  “me” time, you’ll find it at one of these deluxe day spas. We tested dozens of locations in order to compile this list of the best spots for relaxing wraps, reviving facials, and more. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Best Hotels

By Sophie Gilbert July 9, 2012
This list will make sure you’re plenty rested and taken care of no matter where you decide to stay. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Local Sports Teams

By Mary Yarrison July 6, 2012
Although it’s fair to say Washington’s sports teams haven’t been racking up championships of late, games are fun and fans are loyal. Here’s our guide to which tickets are worth shelling out for. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Popular Stores for Gifts and Homewares

By Washingtonian Staff July 6, 2012
Whether you are buying for someone else or just for yourself, these shops have that local touch you’ll love. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Popular Stores for Food and Drink

By Washingtonian Staff July 6, 2012
Culinary delights await you at these Washington shopping locations.
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Guide to Washington, DC: Popular Stores for Accessories and Shoes

By Washingtonian Staff July 6, 2012
DUPONT CIRCLE Proper TopperAt this whimsical shop, you’ll find men’s and women’s hats, dresses, kids’ clothing, gifts, and accessories. Also excellent: the jewelry selection, the coffee-table books, and the colorful collection of Tracy Reese frocks—one of the largest in town.... more

Guide to Washington, DC: Popular Clothing Stores

By Washingtonian Staff July 6, 2012
DUPONT CIRCLE Commonwealth has an extensive selection of funky sneakers and other shoes. Photograph by Yassine El Mansouri. Commonwealth Rapper Pharrell Williams was an early investor in this urban-streetwear emporium, which includes Crooks & Castles tees, Gitman Bros. oxfords,... more

Guide to Washington, DC: Top Museums on the Mall and Beyond

By Sophie Gilbert July 6, 2012
Lions, rocket ships, and spies, oh my! Washington is bursting at the seams with museums (many of them free!) catering to your every interest. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Art Galleries

By Sophie Gilbert July 6, 2012
Washington is packed with galleries featuring everything from modern art to sculpture to the classics. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Best Ways to Tour DC

By Mary Yarrison July 6, 2012
A city like Washington can be hard to get a handle on in just a few days, which is why so many visitors turn to tours to help them get the most out of their stay. We tried out three popular options to see which offers the best experience. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Best Museums to Get Food

By Anna Spiegel July 5, 2012
A museum where you can feed your brain and your stomach at the same time? Here's the museums that offer the best food options. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Trails for Hiking, Biking, and More

By Taylor St. John July 5, 2012
Spring and summer are ideal times to explore the area’s abundant parks. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Our Favorite Area Shopping Malls

By Sarah Zlotnick July 5, 2012
Though most of Washington’s independent boutiques stick to the District proper, Northern Virginia is bustling with heavily concen­trated shopping areas. Here’s the rundown on our four favorites. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Place for One-Stop Shopping

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
If you’re looking to find everything in one place, Friendship Heights’ main drag on Wisconsin Avenue offers a huge range of department stores and luxe labels to burn a hole in any pocketbook. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Cocktail Bars

By Anna Spiegel July 5, 2012
Tired of the same old vodka tonics? Head to one of these A-grade cocktail bars for a totally different drinking experience. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Top Live Music Venues

By Aaron Kraut, Sophie Gilbert July 5, 2012
Don’t be fooled by its stuffy reputation—Washington has some of the country’s best live music venues, from the storied 9:30 Club to the new but well-pedigreed Fillmore Silver Spring. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Local Breweries

By Jessica Voelker July 5, 2012
You can watch beer get made at one of these local breweries. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Popular Happy Hour Spots

By Ann Limpert July 5, 2012
You’ve put in a long day and you’re thirsty—and hungry. Where to go for happy hour? more

Guide to Washington, DC: Dining Out Al Fresco

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
Come spring, it’s finally time to stake out a seat on a patio or roofdeck and watch the world go by with a cocktail in hand. Here are some of our favorite outdoor drinking spots. more

Guide to Washington, DC: 5 Iconic DC Eateries

By Anna Spiegel July 5, 2012
So you’ve trekked across the Mall, schlepped through the neighborhoods, and seen more monuments than Cleopatra. No trip to Washington is complete without a meal at one of these iconic restaurants, where food, history, and atmosphere combine to make them treasured local institutions. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Late-Night Eating Spots

By Anna Spiegel July 5, 2012
When it comes to after-hours dining, Washington is the city that likes to sleep. Good late-night places aren’t abundant, but there are tasty finds in most neighborhoods you might find yourself haunting in the wee hours. If it’s after midnight and you’re starving, check out one of these spots. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Popular Food Trucks

By Anna Spiegel July 5, 2012
Washington has seen a food truck explosion in the past year, meaning you can now find anything from tacos to lobster rolls for curbside noshing. Below are a few favorites known to roam downtown DC and other popular neighbor­hoods. Visit washingtonian.com for our daily guide to where to find them, or follow the trucks on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Spring and Summer 2012 Festivals

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off a slew of spring and summer events, showcasing movies, crafts, books, science, and more. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Quality Entertainment on the Cheap

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
Seeing a show in Washington doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of ticket deals and special offers available at some of the area’s best venues. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Movie Theater Locations

By Sophie Gilbert July 5, 2012
Whether you’re looking for a box-office smash or a silver-screen classic,­ you can find what you're looking for at one of these area cinemas. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Free Activities in DC

By Marshall Worsham July 5, 2012
You don’t need an expense account to take advantage of these wallet-friendly free activities. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Activities for the Kids

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
Educational though they may be, many Washington monuments and museums can be intimidating for smaller visitors because of sheer scale. These six spots are kid-friendly but great for parents, too, combining learning with a healthy dose of fun. more

Guide to Washington, DC: How to visit the White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court

By Sophie Gilbert July 5, 2012
In Washington, you can visit all three branches of government in a single day. Here’s how to do it. more

Guide to Washington, DC: Can’t-Miss Monuments

By Sophie Gilbert July 5, 2012
The Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Jefferson­ Memorial are Washington’s most prominent public monuments, but there are plenty more within walking distance of one another on the National Mall. Here’s our quick guide to which to plan a trip around. more

Cherry Blossom Food and Drink Specials: An A to Z Guide

By Mary Yarrison March 12, 2012
Washington bars and restaurants are serving up dozens of cherry-themed specials—just in time for the festival. more

Where to Drink Sake in Washington

By Laura Wainman March 7, 2012
To celebrate the cherry blossom season, these bars and restaurants are offering specials on that other great Japanese import. more

Cherry Blossom Guide 2012: Our Favorite Sushi Spots

By Washingtonian Staff March 6, 2012
Refuel for the next bout of cherry blossom fun at our food critics’ top-rated sushi restaurants. more

Beat the Crowds: Where Else to See Blooms Around Washington

By Marshall Worsham March 5, 2012
There are lots of other places besides the jammed-up Tidal Basin to see cherry blossoms. We rounded up some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path spots. more

Cherry Blossom Festival 2012: Can't-Miss Festival Events

By Laura Wainman March 2, 2012
We narrowed the field to 19 National Cherry Blossom Festival must-dos. more

Where to Get Brunch After the Cherry Blossom Ten-Miler

By Mary Yarrison March 2, 2012
These ten spots are a stone’s throw from the finish line and will satisfy runners and observers alike. more

Cherry Blossom Festival 2012: Peak Bloom Date Announced

By Marshall Worsham March 1, 2012
Today the National Park Service’s chief horiculturalist answered the question on Washingtonians’ minds. more

All About the Cherry Blossoms

By Marshall Worsham March 1, 2012
Want to brush up on your cherry tree history or impress your friends with some little-known flower facts? Here’s a primer to study before you visit. more

Cherry Blossom Festival 2012: Ride a Bike to the Blooms

By Ali Eaves, Jazelle Hunt February 29, 2012
Seven places in Washington where you can rent bikes. more

Cherry Blossom Guide 2012: Hotel Specials

By Jazelle Hunt, Ayesha Venkataraman February 29, 2012
Pink and white goes beyond the Tidal Basin with these blossom-inspired hotel specials. more

My Favorite Spot in Penn Quarter

By Michael Gaynor December 16, 2011
Four regulars at the Verizon Center talk about the best places to eat and to enjoy the neighborhood. more

Best of Arlington: Local Favorites

By Michael Gaynor November 21, 2011
Eric Schaeffer, Liza Mundy, and Liam LaCivita dish on their neighborhood's best-kept secrets. more

Washington Summer Guide 2011: Fun for Adventure-Lovers

By Matthew Graham May 31, 2011
Take a trapeze lesson, climb a rock, or go deep underground more

Washington Summer Guide 2011: Art and Theater Lovers

By Sophie Gilbert May 31, 2011
Mark your calendars for Silverdocs, the Shakespeare Free for All, and no-charge Saturdays at the Corcoran more

Washington Summer Guide 2011: What to Do With the Kids

By Cindy Rich May 31, 2011
Get the little ones off the couch this summer with baseball games, outdoor hikes, and museum visits. more

Washington Summer Guide 2011: Where to Spend Time on the Water

By Matthew Graham May 31, 2011
Sail on the Chesapeake, float down the river, or cool off in a secret swimming hole more

Washington Summer Guide 2011: Young and Hip

By Sarah Zlotnick May 31, 2011
Catch a play at The Fringe, drink outdoors, or get your dance on at Capitol Skyline more

Georgetown Shopping Guide

By Sarah Zlotnick March 30, 2011
Where to find cute clothes, must-have accessories, and unusual decor more

Georgetown Real Estate

By Zac Farber March 30, 2011
Georgetown is one of DC's most coveted addresses. Here are new condo and apartment buildings with units on the market. more

Georgetown Local Favorites

By Michael Gaynor March 30, 2011
Neighborhood denizens talk about their favorite spots—from an old-fashioned pharmacy to the beautiful gardens at Dumbarton Oaks more

Georgetown Outings

March 30, 2011
Three fun itineraries for an afternoon in Georgetown more

Georgetown Dining Guide

By Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano March 30, 2011
Special-occasion splurges, old-school hangouts, charming cafes, and more more

Cherry Blossom Events to Help Japan

By Laura McKenzie March 24, 2011
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a longstanding celebration of the trees and the friendship between the United States and Japan. Here’s how you can help in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. more

Cherry Blossom Festival Food and Drink Specials

By Anna Spiegel, Taylor St. John March 14, 2011
Washington bars and restaurants are serving up dozens of cherry-themed specials—just in time for the festival. more

Cherry Blossom Festival 2011: Ride a Bike to the Blooms

By Jazelle Hunt March 7, 2011
Seven places in Washington where you can rent bikes more

Can’t-Miss Cherry Blossom Festival Events

By Laura McKenzie February 27, 2011
Nine ways we’re most looking forward to celebrating Washington’s spring tradition more

Cherry Blossom Guide 2011: Hotel Specials

By Jazelle Hunt February 27, 2011
Pink-and-white goes beyond the Tidal Basin with these blossom-inspired hotel specials more

Cherry Blossom Sake-Bombing

By Laura McKenzie February 27, 2011
Our favorite places in Washington to sip on Japan’s other gift to the States more

Cherry Blossom Guide 2011: Our Favorite Sushi Spots

February 27, 2011
Refuel for the next bout of cherry blossom fun at our food critics' top-rated sushi restaurants. more

Best of Rockville: Local Favorites

By Michael Gaynor February 2, 2011
Favorite doughnut shops, parks, toy stores, and more. more

Best of Frederick: Activities

By Gwendolyn Purdom May 1, 2010
There’s lots to do in and around Frederick. more

Warm Weather Fun

By Emily Leaman April 5, 2010
Washington’s spring and summer months practically overflow with festivals and street fairs. Below is a sampling of just some of what our area offers. more

Best of Reston and Herndon: Sweet Spots

By Sophie Gilbert April 1, 2010
Four residents talk about the area’s tried-and-true places to visit. more

Best of Logan Circle & U Street: Cool Spots

By Sophie Gilbert March 31, 2010
A musician, a soccer star, and two business owners on the neighborhoods’ best bets more

Beat the Crowds: Where Else to See Blooms Around Washington

By Elizabeth McNamara March 4, 2010
Did you know there are lots of other places besides the tourist-packed Tidal Basin to see cherry blossoms? We rounded up some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path spots. more

At a Glance: Cherry-Blossom Basics

By Emily Leaman March 4, 2010
Want to brush up on your cherry-blossom history, facts, and trivia? Here’s a brief primer to study before you visit. more

Beyond the Blooms: Activities Near the Tidal Basin

By Emily Leaman March 4, 2010
So you’ve seen the cherry blossoms—now what? Here’s a list of sights and activities near the Tidal Basin to help fill your time. more

Best of Logan Circle & U Street

February 25, 2010
Looking for fun? The area is buzzing with new bars and clubs, lively restaurants, and trendy shops. Get our guide in the March issue, and watch some fun videos of the area here. more

April in Washington

By Emily Leaman February 2, 2010
In April, look for cherry blossoms, Easter eggs, music, films, and more. Read on for what to do throughout the month. more

March in Washington

By Emily Leaman February 2, 2010
Get the first glimpse of spring with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, SunTrust marathon, and much more in March. more

Best of Silver Spring: Cool Spots

By Sophie Gilbert February 1, 2010
Locals recommend places that make their neighborhood special. more

Best of Fairfax: “My Number-One Spot”

By Sophie Gilbert January 25, 2010
Five locals recommend places for a meal, a movie, or an afternoon with the kids more

Who Needs Trendy Food When There's Crisfield?

January 20, 2010
You won't find the latest fad at Crisfield—just fresh, no-frills seafood and lots of atmosphere. more

February in Washington

By Emily Leaman December 22, 2009
Food, wine, and fashion all hit Washington in February. Read on for what to do all month long. more

Video: Best of Penn Quarter

November 23, 2009
Head to the downtown neighborhood near DC’s Verizon Center for wonderful museums, top restaurants, and some very good drinks. more

January in Washington

By Emily Leaman November 10, 2009
Happy New Year! Celebrate 2010 with a visit to Washington, and make a resolution to check out some great area events—everything from craft and antique shows to car and motorcycle expos. more

Best of Vienna & McLean: Where You'll Find Me

By Sophie Gilbert November 1, 2009
We asked four locals—including Newt Gingrich and David Baldacci—where they like to go. more

Best of Annapolis: Hidden Gems

By Sophie Gilbert October 1, 2009
Six locals talk about the places that make their hometown special more

December in Washington

By Emily Leaman September 30, 2009
This month’s calendar is packed with holiday celebrations from a light display at the National Zoo to performances at the Washington National Cathedral. Plus—a Jewish film festival, water-skiing Santa, and much more more

November in Washington

By Emily Leaman September 9, 2009
The holiday season gets under way this month, and Washington has lots in store to get you in the spirit. Plus, read on for Veterans Day activities, Fotoweek DC, and more. more

Best of Arlington: Locals' Favorites

By Sophie Gilbert September 1, 2009
Six residents— including a Caps player—pick their best bets more

October in Washington

By Emily Leaman August 11, 2009
We’ve got a smorgasbord of events this month: an antique car show, food and wine festivals, a horse competition, and much more. more

Rockville Local Favorites: My Rockville

By Erin Delmore August 1, 2009
Locals talk about favorite places for a cappuccino, pre-theater meals, a lively night out, and more more

How We Entertain Visitors

By Judith Snyderman July 29, 2009
Here are some of our favorite things to do in Washington when out-of-towners come for a visit. more

September in Washington

By Emily Leaman June 30, 2009
The start of fall is jam-packed with events about everything from wine and jazz to theater and fashion. Read on for a guide to the don’t-miss events in September. more

August in Washington

By Emily Leaman June 9, 2009
Celebrate the end of summer with an Irish festival, a Renaissance fair, free jazz, and more. more

My Favorite Spot: Georgetown

By Sophie Gilbert June 1, 2009
John Thompson III, the sisters behind Georgetown Cupcake, and four more local experts dish on the neighborhood’s best bets. more

July in Washington

By Emily Leaman May 4, 2009
Beat the heat—or at least make the best of it—with these midsummer activities. From fireworks and free movies on the Mall to theater and hip-hop performances throughout Washington, our roundup of July events has your calendar covered. more

June in Washington

By Emily Leaman April 3, 2009
Plan a visit during this jam-packed month, and take advantage of some of Washington’s most-loved events including the National Capital Barbecue Battle and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. more

Best of Old Town: “You’ve Got to Try . . .”

By Charlotte Safavi April 1, 2009
Five resident experts—including a top chef and Alexandria’s mayor—talk about their favorite places in Old Town. more

Five Fun Outings in Old Town

By Elizabeth McNamara April 1, 2009
In our April 2009 issue, we covered the best shopping and dining in Old Town Alexandria. Here are five ways to enjoy the quaint area’s charms. more

Neighborhood in Focus: Adams Morgan

By Bekah Grant, Ashley Jacobs, Heather Smithco March 19, 2009
Spend an evening in Adams Morgan, a nightlife neighborhood with good ethnic food and lots of bars. more

May in Washington

By Emily Leaman March 2, 2009
How do locals celebrate one of the most temperate months of the year? With outdoor festivals galore. From flowers at Washington National Cathedral to an embassy open house to Memorial Day done right, you’ll have more than enough to see and do. more