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Date Nights DC Itinerary: Michelle, Ma Belle

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EAT
Fuel up at Art and Soul, DC’s home of Chicago-based chef (formerly Oprah’s personal cook) Art Smith. The first lady has eaten here with friends, and rumor has it they ordered off the menu. 

DO
Peep the first lady’s inaugural gown in all its white chiffon one-shoulder loveliness. Designed by Jason Wu, it’s now in the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History. Continue your afternoon workout M’Obama-style: stroll briskly around the White House perimeter.

DO
Take Metro to Waterfront-SEU station and catch “Mother Courage and Her Children”, at Arena Stage. Starring Kathleen Turner, this anti-war play combines satire, politics and music into an unforgettable experience. Performances through March 9, 2013. The first lady and President were the official patrons at the opening gala for the $120M arts complex.

STAY
Since most aren’t lucky enough to call the White House home, snuggle into a suite at the Hay-Adams Hotel - the next best thing. The Obamas stayed here before moving into the White House. Stop by Off the Record and say hello to barman John Boswell. He’s one of the best in the biz.