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December 2023: Ways to Relax and Feel Better Now

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Unbroken Hearts

Lera (left) and Anya are among the thousands of Russians who have fled home since the war began. Photograph courtesy of Lera.

Before finding refuge in suburban Virginia, Lera and Anya faced personal danger and political repression in Vladimir Putin’s increasingly homophobic Russia–and risked everything for love. By Britt Peterson.


Ways to Relax and Feel Better Now

Splurge on a high-tech facial at the Four Seasons. Photograph courtesy of Four Seasons Washington, D.C.

From enjoying a luxe spa treatment and cuddling with adorable animals to learning how to meditate and battle burnout, here’s how you can unwind. By Washingtonian Staff.


Holiday Gift Guide

Photo illustration by Jennifer Albarracin Moya.

Finding the right present can be a challenge, so we asked gift-giving pros for favorite “quiet luxury” items to give and receive. Here are 41 ideas, including a few for those who like their luxury a little louder. By Amy Moeller.



Photo collage by Niky Chopra; photographs by Evy Mages and Getty Images.

Hard News to Bear: What is DC without its pandas? By Ike Allen.

Fission Trip: This company is pushing small nuclear reactors. By Ike Allen.

Croak Classic: People are buzzing about frog sounds. By Rob Brunner.

Another eatery fee?!: Why using a credit card might cost you more at local restaurants. By Jessica Sidman.



Top left to right: Photograph of Cirque Musica courtesy of Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland; Pretty Woman By Morris Mac Matzen; Girl from the North Country by Evan Zimmerman; Madonna by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images; Thomas courtesy of Live Nation; Folger Consort courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library.

Things to Do: Our 10 picks for the month in culture. By Pat Padua.



Photograph courtesy of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

DC’s New Genius: Ian Bassin, DC’s latest MacArthur Fellow, on his efforts to preserve democracy. By Jessica Ruf.

Can Special Training Keep Reporters Safe?: In the Virginia woods, journalists learn how to protect themselves in dangerous situations. By Sylvie McNamara.



Giving Season: Charitable gift ideas that support local nonprofits. Photograph by Tatjana Zlatkovic/Stocksy.

Doing Good: Give a gift that makes an impact. Here are 20 worthy organizations. By Daniella Byck.

A Boom in Boomer Splits: The rate of divorce among older couples has tripled in recent decades. Why? By Damare Baker.



Good Buzz: El Presidente–Washingtonian readers’ favorite new restaurant of the year–serves Mexican fare and drinks such as this shareable punch. Photograph by Birch Thomas.

Readers’ Choice: Your favorite restaurants for breakfast, carryout, date night, and more. By Washingtonian Staff.

Year of the Lab-Grown Chicken: From fancy food halls to New York exports, here are nine things that defined the food scene in 2023. By Ann Limpert and Jessica Sidman.

Our Top Ten Dishes: Highlights from a very delicious year. By Ann Limpert and Jessica Sidman.

Say Cheers With . . . Cyanide?: Four weird things that showed up in our cocktails this year. By Ike Allen.



On the Move: The opening of four Metro stops in Tysons sparked new residences, retail, and restaurants, including at Tysons Corner Center. Photograph by Evy Mages .

Sorting Through a Life: “Move managers” help seniors who are relocating pare down decades of possessions. Here’s what to know before hiring one. By Daniel Bortz.

The Briefing: Tysons and Vienna: New spots to shop, eat, play, or live in these ever-changing Virginia suburbs. By Harriet Edleson.

Off the Market: The nuts and bolts of some of Washington’s most expensive residential transactions. By Washingtonian Staff.


Young in his pew before being named in 2020 to head the National Museum of African American History & Culture. It has traveled with him through several moves. Photograph by Bryan Meltz.

Museum director Kevin Young on why he has a church pew in his home. By Jessica Ruf.