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11 Unique Meeting Break Options in Washington, DC

Unique meeting breaks in Washington, DC - Meeting and event at Nationals Park bullpen

Gone are the simple meeting breaks with catered pastries, coffee and sodas. Kick it up a notch in DC with these brilliant break ideas.

Meeting attendees can have a wide span of interests – from the foodies and the active go-getters to the yoga pros and history buffs. The challenge arises when you’re looking for a break that is both nourishing and energizing, while also being conducive to networking. DC offers some new break ideas that will keep your attendees from constantly refreshing their email in the corner of the room.

1 Mix your own sweet and sour spritz

Make your own cocktail at The Darcy - Unique meeting break ideas in Washington, DC

When it comes to meeting breaks, The Darcy, Curio Collection by Hilton brings meeting attendees a quite refreshing option. Guests can create their own fizzy drinks with seltzer and shrub from a customized shrub bar, featuring flavors such as chai-pear, cranberry-hibiscus, blood orange-saffron and honeydew-jalapeño from Charlie Berkinshaw’s Element [Shrub]. Berkinshaw makes his shrubs with organic apple-cider vinegar out of his home in Arlington, Virginia.

2 Can you throw like the pros?

Unique meeting break at Nationals Park - Meeting and event venues in Washington, DC

Speed pitching in the Nationals Park Bullpen makes for a cool, interactive addition to just about any event. Let your guests test their arms in the same space as the pitchers or feel the thrill of being a Major League Baseball player with batting practice inside the Nationals’ batting cages.

3 Give your mind a quick breather

Yoga at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC - Unique meeting break ideas in DC

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group offers a global initiative called Mindful Meetings by Mandarin Oriental. Examples of wellness enhancements include healthy menu choices, such as energizing welcome shots upon arrival for all participants, yoga sessions, guided meditation, digital wellness and jet lag tips, massage and movement breaks, custom spa events, expert health talks and group exercise activities. All options can be customized and made available for participants either in or out of the meeting room.

4 Did someone say cheese and wine?

Cheese cart at Charlie Palmer Steak - Best meeting and convention break ideas in Washington, DC

Charlie Palmer Steak DC offers a delightful table-side element to its dining experience with Chef Ellis’ cheese cart. Each evening, the mahogany cheese cart is wheeled through the dining room and features 10 small-batch cheeses – half from East Coast purveyors and the other half from the West Coast. Chef Ellis has thoughtfully selected a bi-coastal wine and spirits pairing list to complement the menu. Cheese selections can be customized, making for a light and delicious meeting break away from meetings in the various private dining areas such as the Landscape Room, Chef’s Room, Ninth Floor Terrace and more.

5 Check out the chef behind the scenes

'Raid the Kitchen' meeting break at The Hay-Adams - Unique ideas for breaks during meetings and conventions in Washington, DC

The Hay-Adams provides a “Raid the Kitchen” meeting break option for small groups, approximately 10 guests or less. On the Top of the Hay, participants can mingle with the chefs at work and might even get the chance to sample a few bites.

6 Indulge in the ultimate relaxation session

Sound bath and tea experience at the Park Hyatt Washington, DC - Unique meeting breaks in DC

Park Hyatt Washington, DC is offering a new Sound Bath Meditation Session for groups up to 75. Guests can experience a personalized relaxation experience called a "sound bath," which is a live meditative experience with Tibetan singing bowls. Afterwards, a tea from the hotel’s Tea Cellar is offered by the in-house Tea Specialist to further the calming and soothing effects of the meditative experience. The experience can be hosted in the guest’s room for ultimate relaxation.

7 Solve a mystery

Escape Room Live DC - Unique meeting break ideas in Washington, DC

If you’re up for a little adventure during your next meeting break, Escape Room Live DC has you covered. The interactive game in Georgetown unites attendees to solve a mystery and engage in a team building activity for the ultimate networking experience.

8 Grab your apron and make some pasta

Chef making pasta at Urbana - Food-related activities for meetings and conventions in Washington, DC

At Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC in Dupont Circle, Executive Chef Ethan McKee of the hotel's Italian restaurant, Urbana, gets meeting attendees moving and tasting with a custom pasta making course. Chef takes the team through the process from scratch, creating multiple types of pasta utilizing a hand crank pasta maker. Sampling is encouraged, as is the sips of paired seasonal wines by course.

9 Get active and explore Washington, DC by bike

Private bike tour with DC Cycling Concierge - Fitness excursion for meetings and conventions in Washington, DC

If time permits, it’s always nice to take a fitness break before a meeting or during a meeting break. DC Cycling Concierge and Bike and Roll DC guide guests through the best trails, back roads and cycling routes to explore the city. The bike experts arrive right at your meeting spot ready to roll on a tailored route.

10 Admire women in the arts

@jackie.bird - Women viewing art at the National Museum of Women in the Arts - Women-focused attractions in Washington, DC

Not only can you have your meeting in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, but you can take an amazing art-filled break only a few steps away. The first major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts brings collections, exhibitions and more for your viewing pleasure.  

11 Run off some steam up the ‘Exorcist’ steps in Georgetown

Running up the Exorcist Stairs in Georgetown - Fitness-related breaks for meetings and conventions in Washington, DC

One of the city’s most notorious landmarks is the set of stairs used in the popular horror film “The Exorcist.” Bring good walking shoes and make your way up the 75-step climb to the top where a Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC chef is waiting with a Mad Science fruit and juice bar. Since the stairs are located about one mile from the hotel, attendees can explore the historic Georgetown neighborhood on their way, taking the scenic C&O Canal route or window-shopping at high-end stores in Cady’s Alley.

Once you're done reading about these great meeting break options, discover even more reasons why you should plan your next meeting or event in Washington, DC.