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48 hours in Washington, D.C.

Where to stay

Built as an apartment building in the 1920s, The Jefferson Hotel combines old-world charm with luxury amenities. Located in between Downtown, Logan Circle, and bustling Dupont Circle, the Beaux Arts property has 99 rooms including two opulent suites named after Martha and Thomas Jefferson.

The Hay-Adams is another historic hotel, in the heart of Downtown. The rooms balance toile accents with luxurious linens and the impressive Lafayette Park View Suites include views of Lafayette Park and living and dining areas. For a classic cocktail, head to the onsite bar, Off the Record, which features red plush chairs and walls.

Day 1

Start your day at one of the two locations of Slipstream, an artisan coffee shop where the menu changes weekly to reflect the best local fare. Order poached eggs, a hearty breakfast bowl with Carolina Gold rice, or the homemade granola and yogurt.

Choose your adventure:

For lunch, check out Centrolina, in CityCenter. Three-time James Beard Award finalist Amy Brandwein celebrates Italian fare with a seasonally-inspired lineup. Expect antipasti like burrata with fresh berries and basil and chilled carrot soup followed by house-made pastas and entrées that include wood roasted vegetables with white bean crema and a sunny side egg and branzino with tomato and basil.

Return to the hotel for a breather before embarking on a dinner adventure. Book a same day reservation or walk in at Rose's Luxury, which has remained one of the hottest restaurants on the scene since it opened in 2013. The menu changes frequently and takes inspiration from a wealth of cuisines from Italian to Indian to Vietnam.

Day 2

Stroll the streets of Georgetown before having breakfast at the off-the-beaten-path Kafe Leopold. Pick from offerings like yogurt and muesli along with soft-boiled eggs and a Belgian waffle.

Choose your adventure

Afterwards, make your way to Steadfast Supply, a haven for designers, artists, and creatives from D.C. and around the country to share their work in a hip warehouse space.

For dinner, make a reservation at Blue Jacket. It’s housed in the industrial-style Boilermaker Shops building, which dates back to 1919 and was once part of the Navy Yards ship and munitions manufacturing complex. Start with the smoked trout dip to share, a locally-sourced salad, and side of cauliflower, followed by rotisserie chicken or grilled kielbasa.

End the evening under the stars with outdoor entertainment at Yards Park. Every Friday from May to September there is a concert on the waterfront with local bands playing from 6:30 p.m., and Thursday is movie nightBard in the Park screens films adapted from Shakespeare on select Wednesdays.

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