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October 2021: Renovating in Washington

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FEATURES

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Washington’s Most Powerful Women 2021

Our 2021 list of the region’s 150-plus most influential women, shaping everything from the arts to the economy. By Jane Recker.

The Vegan Food Wars of DC

Photograph by Jeff Elkins

A new crew of chefs and entrepreneurs have turned Washington into a hub of meat-free fare. Now if only they all agreed about what vegan food should be. By Nancy Scola.

Meet the TikTok Stars of Washington

A guide to the super-TikTokers of the Beltway and their super-DC shticks. By Daniella Byck.

How to Navigate DC’s Insane Renovation Boom

Photograph by Jamie Chung/trunkarchive.com.

Dream-home remodels to get you inspired—plus tons of insight from the pros on whom to hire, what it’ll cost, where to save, and how to avoid a major headache. By Jennifer Barger and Marisa M. Kashino.


CAPITAL COMMENT

Photograph by @Dudewithsign/Instagram.

The Biden White House Is Embracing Internet Oddballs: Inside the White House’s partner­ship with influencers. By Anne Tate.

Honey, We Bought the Exorcist House!: How a couple unknowingly bought the house that inspired The Exorcist. By Andrew Beaujon.

The Trump Hotel Lobby Is Very, Very Quiet: A dispatch from the much quieter Trump hotel. By Jane Recker.

FIRST LOOK: Stunning Images of Life on Tangier Island and Smith Island: Jay Fleming’s new photo book offers an unprecedented look at these unique communities. By Jennifer Albarracin Moya.


IQ

Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Interview: Jonathan Rauch on navigating the tribalized world of modern America. By Benjamin Wofford.

Culture: Service-industry staffers weigh in on the vexations of this mask-and-vax moment. By Daniella Byck and Jessica Sidman.

The Washingtonologist: Our Beltway know-it-all solves your capital-city conundrums. By Washingtonian Staff.


LIFE & TRAVEL

Wild Things: Essential gear for your next camping adventure. By Amy Moeller.

Glass Acts: Wineries that offer private (but affordable) tastings. By Anne Tate.

Thinking Outside: As Covid lingers, private schools are moving outdoors. By Sherri Dalphonse.


TASTE

Levain Bakery. Photograph by Brian OhPhotograph by Brian Oh.

Restaurant Preview: Gorgeous backyards and other outdoor spaces created during lockdown. By Anna Spiegel.

Cosmo Energy: New restaurants, shopping, and other attractions in the Northern Virginia city. By Anna Spiegel.


HOME

Photograph by @The_Morning_Stroll/Instagram.

The Briefing: Capitol Hill: New restaurants, shopping, and other attractions. By Daniella Byck, Maya Pottiger, Damare Baker.

Off the Market: The month’s luxury home sales. By Washingtonian Staff.


FIRST PERSON

Photograph by Patrick McDermott for Washington Nationals Baseball Club.

Singing the national anthem at a Nats game. As told to Maya Pottiger.