After a busy day, “wine down” with an old world bottle of Bordeaux or Chardonnay from this busy shop between Logan Circle and the U Street Corridor. The store also sells a fine selection of charcuterie and rare cheeses, like Holland's Beemster. Its sister wine bar and restaurant down the street carries many of the same products, but for a quick fix, grab a Fentiman's Dandelion & Burdock soda and a delectably espresso brownie. Upstairs, a 40-seat private dining room is available for rental. With exposed brick, farm tables and a birds-eye view of bustling 14th Street, it is one of the best kept secrets in the neighborhood.
Find your inner spy with a stay at this stylishly modern, pet-friendly hotel. Named after William J. Donovan, the former head of the Office of Strategic Services (now the Central Intelligence Agency), the hotel encourages the staff to play the part with secret agent names. Members of Kimpton's loyalty program are even given a top secret welcome letter upon arrival. Meeting rooms named after Washington Post investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are available to rent. While Donovan House encourages guests to investigate the city on two-wheels with free Capital Bikeshare passes and helmets, they might stay put happily with cocktails by the rooftop pool. For the weary tourist, the warm-toned lobby features a plethora of seating, including clear, hanging spheres where you can unwind while recharging with fruit-infused water.
Imagine civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune strolling around this residential traffic circle from her former home on Vermont Avenue while admiring three- to five-story Victorian and Romanesque Revival row houses. A large 1888 mansion-turned-condo building at 1 Logan Circle at the southwest corner is one of the circle's main features. Make like a local at the park in the circle's center by reading on a bench, playing badminton or people-watching. It's hard to believe this is where Civil War deserters were hanged, but the statue of John A. Logan, Tennessee's Army commander during the Civil War, pays homage to the country's storied past.
East meets west, white meets black, and contemporary meets vintage at this home interiors shop by Lori Graham Design that doubles as an art gallery. Sit on one of the plush couches and talk trends with the in-house curators and designers, or shop new pieces from boutique companies like Ochra and Little World Design. Once a month, it's out with the hand-carved cabinets, reupholstered rococo chairs and colorful throw pillows, and in with works of art curated by Contemporary Wing founder and art dealer Lauren Gentile. When you can't make the week once a month when the showroom turns into a full-on gallery, check out the permanent selection of rare, vintage art pieces for sale along the staircase.
It is impossible to miss this theatre that takes up almost an entire block in the heart of Logan Circle's lively arts and restaurant district. Inside, theatre meets classroom in the publicly accessible Marshall Atrium. With two-story glass ceilings and windows overlooking 14th Street, acting students hang out in between classes with lattes from the nearest Starbucks. See everything from novel adaptations to shockingly edgy original works on four stages with different configurations and seating capacities through the year