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Spring Itinerary: Delicious DC
Start your day with breakfast at one of DC’s power spots. Seasons at the Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC in Georgetown has long been the go-to spot for the city’s politicos, pundits and people watchers. The lemon ricotta pancakes are a favorite.
Spend time shopping the city’s poshest neighborhood. In Georgetown, you’ll find plenty of upscale stores and unique boutiques along M Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW.
That afternoon, head over to the National Mall for a stroll along the Tidal Basin to see the world-famous cherry blossoms and the waterfront monuments, including the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
From there, it’s a short walk to the White House. After a photo op, step into the historic Willard InterContinental for a cherry blossom-themed high tea in Peacock Alley during the festival.
Also during the festival, restaurants citywide offer a “Cherry Picks” menu featuring cherry-infused dishes and drinks like Italian zeppole with preserved cherry dipping sauce and Cherry Blossom Punch – both at Carmine’s in Penn Quarter.
Fill your spirit with the soul-food Sunday Gospel Brunch at The Howard Theatre. The historic theater, which once hosted greats like Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, recently reopened after a multimillion-dollar restoration. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson dreamed up the menu, and brunch includes staples like fried chicken and waffles.
Make it a museum afternoon at the National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection. Then have a light lunch at Tryst Café. The museum café is an outpost of one of DC’s most popular local coffee spots (or indulge in a midday cocktail at the café, such as the Earl Grey-infused Middleton Royale).
Take in a night game at Nationals Park to see the Washington Nationals, the returning NL East Champions. Some of DC’s most popular dishes are offered here, including chili half smokes from the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl and Hard Times Cafe’s hearty soups.
Live like a local and start your day at Eastern Market. Named one of America’s Best Public Markets, the Capitol Hill staple offers local arts and crafts vendors as well as fresh produce. Be sure and sample the famous blueberry wheat pancakes at Market Lunch.
In the afternoon, get a taste of the nation’s capital with DC Metro Food Tours. The epicurean company offers walking tours that allow you to dine your way around DC’s neighborhoods, including U Street and Adams Morgan.
Visit the Folger Theatre at night for a performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (April 30-June 9).
End your evening with a post-theater meal a Metro ride away at Lincoln. The eye-popping restaurant has a floor made of 1 million pennies and a menu with some of the 16th president’s favorite dishes.