Virtuoso Traveler - August/September 2018 - 32
A flurry of new attractions brings fresh energy to the U.S. capital.
By Susan Hanson
tory for Washington, D.C. The
Washington Capitals' recent
Stanley Cup win - the hockey
team's first title in its 44-year history - is
even more cause for celebration in this
dynamic city, which has seen a surge of
new restaurants, entertainment venues,
exhibition spaces, and revitalized neighborhoods pop up in recent years.
"There's a whole new buzz in D.C.
these days," says Jessica Griscavage. The
Virtuoso travel advisor, who hails from
nearby McLean, Virginia, says a wealth
of notable museums, iconic sights, and
buzzing nightlife firmly places the U.S.
capital among the world's most vibrant
and entertaining cities - one that deserves
a second look. "If you haven't been to D.C.
in a while," she urges, "now is the time to
come back and visit." With the lofty RitzCarlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
as your swank base, here's a three-day
blueprint to see what all the buzz is about.
A half century before there was even a
city to explore, Georgetown thrived as
a port along the banks of the Potomac;
today, it's a hub for high-end fashion,
hip cocktail lounges, and luxe hotels.
The neighborhood's historic incinerator sat abandoned for decades until its
rebirth as The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown,
Washington, D.C., which smartly incorporates exposed metal and brick into
its modern design. (The original gantry
crane sits atop the hotel lobby space,
while the 130-foot-high smokestack
now houses a private venue for power
lunches.) Griscavage's room to book: the
2,400-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite,
with a wraparound terrace offering
views of Georgetown and the river.
Ease into the weekend with a Lavender
Frosé and a breath of fresh air in The
Yard, the hotel's multitiered garden patio,
before a little retail therapy along Georgetown's boutique-lined cobblestoned
streets. At Hu's Wear (2906 M Street NW)
and sister shop Hu's Shoes (3005 M
Street NW), owner Marlene Hu Aldaba
handpicks a curated selection of haute
couture she's spotted on runaways from
Views of Georgetown and the Potomac River and (right) The Yard at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
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