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Date Nights DC Itinerary: Fashionista

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Check into the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown for posh accommodations (and frequent celebrity sightings) just steps away from the city’s hottest shopping scene.

DO
Stroll along M Street, where the cobblestone sand brick sidewalks are lined with stores ranging from international retailers like Club Monaco, BCBG and Diesel to local boutiques like Wink and Hu’s Shoes. Recharge with Strawberry Champagne cupcakes (a special February flavor) from the deliciously famous Georgetown Cupcake.

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Have lunch at Blue Duck Tavern, an acclaimed restaurant as famous for its cuisine as it is for its famous patrons. Richard Gere has been spotted dining there, and the Obamas celebrated their anniversary at the restaurant.

DO
Next, jet over to the National Mall and visit the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where former First Ladies’ fashionable inaugural gowns are on view in the First Ladies exhibit at the Smithsonian.

DO
Arrange your trip during DC Fashion Week, Feb. 17-23, and check out public events highlighting DC’s emerging fashion scene.