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Exploring Shaw’s Alleys & Offshoots

In the 19th century, hundreds of intersecting alleys existed behind DC’s blocks of rowhouses. The brick-paved zones were home to stables, workshops and working-class dwellings. Today, many of these alleys are gone, but a few remain – and they’ve become some of the hottest areas for bars,...

100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: LGBT DC

Did you know the nation’s capital is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the country? In the 19th century, poet and gay icon Walt Whitman championed his ideals here. The city recognized same-sex marriage in 2009, six years before the 2015 Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage a national...

Pride Parade
15 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Friday Witness the blooming of the Corpse Flower at the U.S. Botanic Garden One of the most distinctive creations in the plant kingdom, the Corpse flower, also known as the “titan arum,” is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, meaning it has hundreds of flowers at its base that come...

DC United Crowd at RFK Stadium
7 Things to Do in Woodley Park

Originally developed as streetcar suburbs or summertime escape from DC’s legendary heat, Woodley Park stars historic appeal, leafy attractions like the National Zoo and a host of cool restaurants and bars.

Smithsonian National Zoo entrance with flowers
Where to Eat on 11th Street in Columbia Heights

Perhaps the homiest restaurant neighborhood in the city, Columbia Heights’ 11th Street serves up indie bars and eateries on the blocks between residential Kenyon and Monroe streets. If you plan well, you could chow down on three meals a day here – and still have spots to go to for a nightcap. A.M...

Maple restaurant Washington, DC
11 Places to Get Cozy in Washington, DC

If you’re not fortunate enough to have a fireplace at your home, or space for a bonfire in the backyard, no worries – DC has you covered. Numerous restaurants and hotels have lounging areas fit for shaking off the burrrr of winter with fireplaces and heaters to go with dishes and drinks sure to...

Barcelona DC
8 Historic 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.

The Dubliner - Capitol Hill - Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Restaurants, Food & Wine

Although you won't find anything completely free on this list, you will discover that DC's dining scene offers lots of affordable options. Check out this list which features some local food upstarts, happy hour heroes and other edible options, including DC's signature sausage, the half-smoke.

bens chili bowl
Cedric Maupillier Dishes on the French-American Mash Up at Convivial

A charming accent reveals Cedric Maupillier’s roots in the South of France. But the ambitious chef (also the force behind Adams Morgan’s Mintwood Place ) recently became an American citizen, and the menu at his new Shaw bistro borrows liberally from the cuisine of both countries. What’s the secret...

Cedric Maupillier of Convivial and Mintwood Place
Discover Eastern Market’s sights, smells & sounds

Nestled in the heart of historic Capitol Hill just north of Barracks Row, Eastern Market is a must-visit for lovers of fresh, locally sourced food and drink, and arts and crafts lovers. Designed to serve as the neighborhood town center, this popular community hub has attracted an eclectic group of...

Eastern Market