Everyone knows DC is the seat of power, but the city is also home to one of the most unusual thrones in the art world. Marvel at “The Throne,” James Hampton’s only known work, in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The night janitor spent 14 years completing it in secret.
Now that Hampton’s naïve art dazzled your eyes, wow your taste buds and cozy up at Oyamel, Jose Andres’ imaginative spin on Mexican cooking. Reserve table #3 if you’re a party of dos or tres; it’s the window banquet. Solos can belly up to the ceviche bar. Don’t miss eight different types of margarita.
Immediately next door to Oyamel is another beloved DC insiders spot: TicketPlace, home of same-day, half-price tickets for many area theatres, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Score seats for the likes of Woolly Mammoth Theater, Ford’s Theatre, even the Kennedy Center. Be flexible as inventory changes daily and check online if the storefront is closed.
After the final curtain, stroll into the Grand Hyatt and dream of applause. The close-to-everything location is hard to beat, as are the city views and indoor pool.