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Here's what you need to experience the local side of the District, from hot restaurants to the best vintage shops and Instagram spots.

Dog-Friendly DC: The Best Places to Bring Your Pets in Washington, DC

If you’ve brought your dog along for your trip to Washington, DC, have no fear: there are plenty of places that welcome and cater to canines. We’ve compiled a list of dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, scenic parks and shops that will be perfect for your pup. Places to Eat and Drink Pinea at the W...

@russ_the_bustagram - Dog in front of Lincoln Memorial - Dog-friendly places in Washington, DC
Made in DC: 20+ Local Businesses That Deserve Your Attention

The best keepsake from a great vacation is a product or experience that truly embodies the city that you visited. With that mind, we’re featuring DC businesses that reflect the city’s entrepreneurial streak while producing a notable product for you to enjoy while in town this winter. Each of these...

District Doughnut - Made in DC - Shop Local in Washington, DC
11 Great Spring Hotel Packages in Washington, DC

Spring makes for a great time to visit Washington, DC, as the city comes alive with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and can’t-miss spring activities . Hotels all over the city, and even some just outside of it, are offering awesome packages and deals throughout the coming months. Check out...

@pinkie925 - Spring flowers in front of the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall in Washington, DC
Date Nights DC Sweepstakes

Enter to win a romantic trip for two to Washington, DC, including a hotel stay, dining experiences at some of the city’s best restaurants, exclusive views of the city and much more! Date Nights DC Sweepstakes And don't forget to do date night right with our ultimate guide to romance, exclusive...

Couple at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Romantic date spots, places to eat and more in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Photograph Fall Foliage in Washington, DC

Once the sizzle of summer fades and autumn settles in, DC transforms as hues of yellow, orange and red take over. Between the colorful canvas of leaves and the incredible weather, fall in DC is the ideal backdrop for that picture-perfect shot – no filter needed! Explore these iconic (and...

@ktkreitman - Photographing fall foliage on the National Mall - Fall in Washington, DC
11 Wine Bars & Wineries to Get Your Vino Fix in Washington, DC

Ready for a glass of red? A bottle of white? Maybe some frosé? Us, too. Take your pick of these standout wine bars – where you can have your pick of fantastic bites, too – in Washington, DC.

Pizzas and wine from City Winery in Ivy City - Urban winery, restaurant and event space in Washington, DC
18 Can’t-Fail First Date Ideas in Washington, DC

First impressions matter, which is why we’re here to help with the best first date ideas and spots in Washington, DC. No matter your budget, there’s a date idea for you – from tantalizing culinary adventures to legendary concert venues and cutting-edge productions. So shake off your nerves, you’ve...

Couple walking along theGeorgetown Waterfront - Romantic spots in Washington, DC
10 Cool Reasons to Check Out the By The People Festival This Summer

The By The People festival makes a welcomed, bold proclamation: “We believe that we are more alike than different, stronger together than apart and more connected than it may seem.” This empathetic credo is at the root of the all-new, Washington, DC-based event, unlike any other arts undertaking...

By The People Festival in Washington, DC - Free summer festival in DC
Breweries to Check Out In & Around Washington, DC

When you’re looking for a cold one, look beyond the big beer producers and taste something distinctly DC. Frosty, frothy, heady, hoppy, sour – whatever your preference, you can find it at any of these local breweries.

Shaw Brewpub - Right Proper Brewing Company - Washington, DC
DC Hotel Bars with Character & Cocktails

In its more than 200-year-history, DC has been home to hotels from humble 18th-century rooming houses to grand 19th-century overnighters. Raising a cold glass of something at a historic hotel bar is a time-honored tradition, and it’ll land you both in good company and in atmospheric surrounds.

Off The Record at The Hay-Adams - Historic Bar in Washington, DC