Not pictured above: the cooling cross-breeze that passes through Dumbarton Oaks’ Orangery no matter how still the day.
Stone benches at the grave of Clover Adams—society maven and muse to novelist Henry James—look upon a dramatic depiction of grief by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Ask for the swinging rattan basket seat in the corner. Not only can you survey the scene—including the wild bar concoctions—but a little push will have you twirling.
Dozens of chapels line the Basilica, but Our Lady of Pompeii Chapel boasts a magnificent starry-night ceiling mosaic, with a bench for prayer or contemplation.
Pull the silk curtain and this book-lined half-moon table for two becomes the most intimate spot in the city. Now, this is an anniversary gift.
Once you’ve taken in Arlington’s larger-than-life memorial, walk around to its back side and have a seat below its base for a panoramic view of DC’s marble monoliths.
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This article appears in our June 2016 issue of Washingtonian.