Washington, D.C.

Uncover Washington, D.C.'s Hidden Secrets

Posted November 3, 2010 by Kate Hamman

DC When it comes to a politically charged atmosphere, Washington, D.C., has the market cornered. Not only is it the place our president calls home, but you can uncover hidden secrets by taking a ride through its history or eavesdropping over cocktails in a local lounge. After you've finished your sleuthing, you can dine on organic dishes to clear your conscience.

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Bi-Partisan Tour Company: Honor our country's freedom of choice by choosing to be the driver and navigator of your own tour of the nation's capital. The Bi-Partisan Tour Company encourages either side to ride in their very own red-and-blue electrical roadster, in which historical facts and scandalous secrets are revealed at almost every turn. You can even don a rubber mask of your favorite political figure and hit the streets as a true leader. Tours run a bit steep at $75 per person, but the direction-savvy can ride for $40 without the added benefits of GPS navigation and storytelling. Don't forget to bring along your mobile phone, as the company offers free two-to-four minute recorded tours.

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Lounge 201: With dynamite drink specials Tuesday through Friday, this hip Capitol Hill lounge adds new meaning to "happy hour." On Tuesdays, you can choose from a range of sweet and savory martinis to suit almost any taste, including the Tiramisu Tini and the Red Caramel Apple, for half the original price. Grab a cocktail and listen to the lively political discussions by White House aides who hang out here, because you never know what you might overhear. Martinis start at $9, but don't forget to ask about the daily specials to get the best deal.

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Restaurant Nora: America's first certified organic restaurant, Nora has been enticing the District's environmentalists and politicians with fresh seasonal dishes since 1989. It's rumored to be a Clinton favorite. Originally a grocery store in the 19th century, the main dining room has always been home to food. Antique Mennonite and Amish crib quilts decorate the walls as you dine on dishes such as fragrant Amish veal with cashew curry. Entrees start at $25.

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(Photo: Index Open)

Get Girlie in Georgetown Without Losing Your Purse

Posted August 9, 2010 by Kate Hamman

Georgetown The neighborhood of Georgetown in Washington, D.C., feels worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Its charm makes it the perfect place to meet up with your gal pals and shop for designer clothes, sip coffee in a bakery, and eat your just desserts at a cafe. Plus, a day on the town doesn't have to cost a fortune.

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Sugar Clothing and Accessories: Selling an array of contemporary apparel, jewelry, and handbags, this little shop is just as sweet as its name suggests. Come browse the selection of skirts, dresses, and tops from leading designers such as Nanette Lepore, Margaret Loves Peter, and In the Now. Feel free to try things on before you buy, and then leave feeling like a true fashionista. Most of the items in the store are priced appropriately for high-end duds, but you can't put a price tag on how good you'll look.

Drink
Baked and Wired: If you need a little pick-me-up, especially when gearing up for a day of shopping, Baked and Wired has just the remedy. Come enjoy a latte or a cup of tea in this comfortable coffeehouse/bakery, where you can eye the many tantalizing sweets in the display case, including the ever-so-popular cupcakes. The shop uses fair-trade coffee beans and features a range of teas.

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Cafe Bonaparte: Come experience a taste of Parisian culture at Cafe Bonaparte, where the atmosphere is hip and the food is inventive. The cafe serves a range of savory and sweet crepes, such as the Moulin Rouge, made with caramelized peaches, vanilla ice cream, and berries. However, crepes are just the cherry on top here. You can also indulge in homemade desserts, including the Napoleon, or have a glass of wine. The restaurant offers sandwiches and a full menu for brunch and dinner. Crepes start at $6.95, while desserts cost no more than $8.95.

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(Photo: Georgetown Business Improvement District)

Capitalize on Good Prices While Helping the Environment in Washington, D.C.

Posted January 7, 2010 by Kate Hamman

DC-WashMonument-CVB-Def As the capitol of the U.S., one should hope that Washington, D.C., is a leader in protecting our planet. Come shop at a store for all of your eco-friendly needs, dine at a cafe with a strong organic commitment, and stay at a hotel with environmental awareness incorporated into its artful design. Plus, you won't have to go broke experiencing it all.

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Eco-Green Living: As D.C.'s premier eco-friendly, organic, and fair-trade store, Eco-Green Living is a one-stop shop for all your green home and lifestyle needs. Here, you can find anything and everything under the sun, including bamboo and cork floors, fair-trade jewelry, organic and hemp clothing, and solar attic fans. Items are priced accordingly, but you can't put a price on helping the environment.

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Java Green: From its biodegradable take-out packages made from corn, sugar cane fiber, and potato starch, to offsetting its carbon footprint by purchasing wind power, Java Green is a small cafe with a big eco-conscious heart. The restaurant uses only organic ingredients to create its paninis, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and soups, as well as its smoothies and shakes. The cafe also donates 2 percent of its sales to its partner charities. Most items on the menu cost under $10.

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Hotel Palomar: As part of the Kimpton group, the Hotel Palomar takes great pride in its eco program, which utilizes in-room recycling bins, conserves energy and water, and offers guests an honor bar with organic options. Located on Dupont Circle, just minutes from the downtown area, the luxury boutique hotel features 335 rooms equipped with wireless Internet, plush robes, and 24-hour room service. Rooms start at about $299, but discounts are available.

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(Photo: Washington.org)

Uncover Washington, D.C.'s Hidden Secrets

Posted May 7, 2009 by Kate Hamman

DC-WhiteHouse-DEF When it comes to a politically charged atmosphere, Washington, D.C., has the market cornered. Not only is it the place our president calls home, but you can uncover hidden secrets by taking a ride through its history or eavesdropping over cocktails in a local lounge. After you've finished your sleuthing, you can dine on organic dishes to clear your conscience.

Play
Bi-Partisan Tour Company: Honor our country's freedom of choice by choosing to be the driver and navigator of your own tour of the nation's capital. The Bi-Partisan Tour Company encourages either side to ride in their very own red-and-blue electrical roadster, in which historical facts and scandalous secrets are revealed at almost every turn. You can even don a rubber mask of your favorite political figure and hit the streets as a true leader. Tours run a bit steep at $75 per person, but the direction-savvy can ride for $40 without the added benefits of GPS navigation and storytelling. Don't forget to bring along your mobile phone, as the company offers free two-to-four minute recorded tours.

Drink
Lounge 201: With dynamite drink specials Tuesday through Friday, this hip Capitol Hill lounge adds new meaning to "happy hour." On Tuesdays, you can choose from a range of sweet and savory martinis to suit almost any taste, including the Tiramisu Tini and the Red Caramel Apple, for half the original price. Grab a cocktail and listen to the lively political discussions by White House aides who hang out here, because you never know what you might overhear. Martinis start at $9, but don't forget to ask about the daily specials to get the best deal.

Eat
Restaurant Nora: America's first certified organic restaurant, Nora has been enticing the District's environmentalists and politicians with fresh seasonal dishes since 1989. It's rumored to be a Clinton favorite. Originally a grocery store in the 19th century, the main dining room has always been home to food. Antique Mennonite and Amish crib quilts decorate the walls as you dine on dishes such as fragrant Amish veal with cashew curry. Entrees start at $25.

To search for flights and compare prices to Washington, D.C., please use our price-comparison tool.

(Photo: Index Open)

Get Girlie in Georgetown Without Losing Your Purse

Posted April 7, 2009 by Kate Hamman

DC-Sugar-DEF The neighborhood of Georgetown in Washington, D.C., feels worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Its charm makes it the perfect place to meet up with your gal pals and shop for designer clothes, sip coffee in a bakery, and eat your just desserts at a cafe. Plus, a day on the town doesn't have to cost a fortune.

Shop
Sugar Clothing and Accessories: Selling an array of contemporary apparel, jewelry, and handbags, this little shop is just as sweet as its name suggests. Come browse the selection of skirts, dresses, and tops from leading designers such as Nanette Lepore, Margaret Loves Peter, and In the Now. Feel free to try things on before you buy, and then leave feeling like a true fashionista. Most of the items in the store are priced appropriately for high-end duds, but you can't put a price tag on how good you'll look.

Drink
Baked and Wired: If you need a little pick-me-up, especially when gearing up for a day of shopping, Baked and Wired has just the remedy. Come enjoy a latte or a cup of tea in this comfortable coffeehouse/bakery, where you can eye the many tantalizing sweets in the display case, including the ever-so-popular cupcakes. The shop uses Counter Culture fair-trade coffee beans and features a range of teas.

Eat
Cafe Bonaparte: Come experience a taste of Parisian culture at Cafe Bonaparte, where the atmosphere is hip and the food is inventive. The cafe serves a range of savory and sweet crepes, such as the Moulin Rouge, made with caramelized peaches, vanilla ice cream, and berries. However, crepes are just the cherry on top here. You can also indulge in homemade desserts, including the Napoleon, or have a glass of wine. The restaurant offers sandwiches and a full menu for brunch and dinner. Crepes start at $6.95, while desserts cost no more than $7.25.

To search for flights and compare prices to Washington, D.C., please use our price-comparison tool.

(Photo: Georgetown Business Improvement District)

Eliot Spitzer’s Hotel Choice Further Evidence of Refined Tastes

Posted March 13, 2008 by Heather Gilbert

Spitzerweb_2 Hypothetically speaking, say you were a married man, say even the governor of New York State, and you were going to hire a high-class call girl.  Where would you rendezvous?  Clearly you can’t go back to your place, and I’m guessing that ladies thusly employed aren’t in the habit of taking clients to their bachelorette pads.

Perhaps for a romantic Valentine’s Eve, you’d do as former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer did and treat your 5’ 5” 105-pound petite brunette to a romp at the exclusive and historic Mayflower Hotel.  This four-diamond Marriott property claims to be the largest luxury hotel in Washington D.C., which is a good thing if you’re trying to remain anonymous but still impress your lady.  And according to 145 TripAdvisor ratings , the Mayflower is an all-around standout, with ironically high marks for cleanliness. I can’t help but wonder if Mr. Spitzer booked the Flirt with an Escape! Romance package from Renaissance! during his stay.  I’m sure that "Kristen" would have enjoyed the in-room Champagne and FTD flowers.  And who doesn’t like late checkout? Not to mention that the gentlemanly Mr. Spitzer apparently told his lady friend to help herself to anything form the mini-bar, on him.  How sweet. 

It seems like Mr. Spitzer made a least one good decision amidst a plethora of bad ones.  A lady likes a quality hotel, you know.


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