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Ruth E.

Ruth E.’s guidebook

Food scene
This is next door to us and like a super fun dinner party - definitely recommend going! Unfortunately, because it's so amazing, it's hard to get a reservation, but they take walk-ins, so if you go around 5pm or 5:30pm when they open, you should be able to get in!
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Emilie's
1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
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This is next door to us and like a super fun dinner party - definitely recommend going! Unfortunately, because it's so amazing, it's hard to get a reservation, but they take walk-ins, so if you go around 5pm or 5:30pm when they open, you should be able to get in!
Reliably great food and great for families - try their homemade pop tarts or adult milkshakes!
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Ted's Bulletin
505 8th Southeast
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Reliably great food and great for families - try their homemade pop tarts or adult milkshakes!
This is our favorite coffee spot - best drinks in the city! We also have locally roasted Peregrine coffee beans for you to make your own coffee in the home if you need coffee before you walk to get coffee. :-)
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Peregrine Espresso
660 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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This is our favorite coffee spot - best drinks in the city! We also have locally roasted Peregrine coffee beans for you to make your own coffee in the home if you need coffee before you walk to get coffee. :-)
These folks just got their first Michelin star recently! Great coffee and pastries in the morning and for lunch they have creative sandwiches, pastries and coffee and in the evening they offer a $49 eight-course prix fixe menu every night as well as optional wine pairings to match - they are happy to modify the menu to accommodate dietary restrictions, allergies and dislikes.
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Little Pearl
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
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These folks just got their first Michelin star recently! Great coffee and pastries in the morning and for lunch they have creative sandwiches, pastries and coffee and in the evening they offer a $49 eight-course prix fixe menu every night as well as optional wine pairings to match - they are happy to modify the menu to accommodate dietary restrictions, allergies and dislikes.
Very cute local coffee / tea shop
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Souk
705 8th Street Southeast
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Very cute local coffee / tea shop
In my opinion, the BEST breakfast in DC – try their “bluebucks” (blueberry buckwheat pancakes) or “brick” breakfast sandwich! Extra breakfast options on Saturday – definitely worth the visit! Cash Only (don't forget!)
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The Market Lunch
225 7th Street Southeast
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In my opinion, the BEST breakfast in DC – try their “bluebucks” (blueberry buckwheat pancakes) or “brick” breakfast sandwich! Extra breakfast options on Saturday – definitely worth the visit! Cash Only (don't forget!)
My friends from NYC say these are the most legit bagels in the city
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Bullfrog Bagels
317 7th Street Southeast
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My friends from NYC say these are the most legit bagels in the city
Known for their brunch with an option to order a “bucket of bacon”
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Belga Café
514 8th St SE
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Known for their brunch with an option to order a “bucket of bacon”
Old time diner with reasonably priced food and friendly service
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Pete's Diner
212 2nd Street Southeast
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Old time diner with reasonably priced food and friendly service
This place is unchanged since it opened in 1969 – it’s a no-frills diner serving breakfast all day. Portions are generous and coffee comes in mismatched thrift store mugs. It’s the restaurant that doesn’t care and we love them for it.
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Jimmy T's Place
501 East Capitol Street Southeast
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This place is unchanged since it opened in 1969 – it’s a no-frills diner serving breakfast all day. Portions are generous and coffee comes in mismatched thrift store mugs. It’s the restaurant that doesn’t care and we love them for it.
Recently given a Michelin star and named many years running as a top restaurant in the country - they used to not accept reservations so you would have to line up in the afternoon to get a dinner slot. They do same day reservations now though starting at 9am, which you can access through their website. Definitely a splurge date night place!
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Rose's Luxury
717 8th Street Southeast
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Recently given a Michelin star and named many years running as a top restaurant in the country - they used to not accept reservations so you would have to line up in the afternoon to get a dinner slot. They do same day reservations now though starting at 9am, which you can access through their website. Definitely a splurge date night place!
Creative and delicious Balkan food, served in a small-plate style. Everything is delicious here! The cocktails are also amazing, featuring rakia, the popular fruit brandy of the Balkan region.
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Ambar Capitol Hill
523 8th Street Southeast
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Creative and delicious Balkan food, served in a small-plate style. Everything is delicious here! The cocktails are also amazing, featuring rakia, the popular fruit brandy of the Balkan region.
Authentic and delicious Italian food!
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Lavagna
539 8th Street Southeast
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Authentic and delicious Italian food!
A local favorite, which grew from being a food truck to a DC favorite! The set-up is similar to a Chipotle (build your own burrito or taco). Try the fish/ shrimp tacos!
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District Taco
656 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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A local favorite, which grew from being a food truck to a DC favorite! The set-up is similar to a Chipotle (build your own burrito or taco). Try the fish/ shrimp tacos!
A fast casual “build your own” individual pizza. This is a local chain throughout DC, so you’ll likely see others as you tour around!
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&pizza
405 8th St SE
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A fast casual “build your own” individual pizza. This is a local chain throughout DC, so you’ll likely see others as you tour around!
Chinese/ Korean fusion, with delicious and unique dishes. If you love Asian food, this is a must try!
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CHIKO Capitol Hill
423 8th St SE
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Chinese/ Korean fusion, with delicious and unique dishes. If you love Asian food, this is a must try!
Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives – delicious pupusas and rotisserie chicken
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Tortilla Café
210 7th Street Southeast
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Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives – delicious pupusas and rotisserie chicken
True hole-in-the-wall featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
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Tune Inn
331 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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True hole-in-the-wall featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
If you like bourbon and rye, this is your spot!
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Barrel
613 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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If you like bourbon and rye, this is your spot!
Great oysters and other seafood, and a great spot for happy hour small plates and drinks.
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Hank's Oyster Bar
633 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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Great oysters and other seafood, and a great spot for happy hour small plates and drinks.
Beuchert’s has amazingly creative cocktails and their bartenders are the real deal!
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Beuchert's Saloon
623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
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Beuchert’s has amazingly creative cocktails and their bartenders are the real deal!
Great rooftop happy hour. Wonderful for outdoor months!
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BETSY
514 8th St SE
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Great rooftop happy hour. Wonderful for outdoor months!
Opened by a winner of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network - really delicious cupcakes and macarons.
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The Sweet Lobby
404 8th Street Southeast
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Opened by a winner of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network - really delicious cupcakes and macarons.
So delicious!
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District Doughnut
749 8th Street Southeast
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So delicious!
Tasty pizzas and delicious sliders!
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matchbox
521 8th Street Southeast
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Tasty pizzas and delicious sliders!
So many lovely, surprising and delicious flavors and, once you walk there, you've basically worked off all the calories!
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Ice Cream Jubilee
301 Water Street Southeast
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So many lovely, surprising and delicious flavors and, once you walk there, you've basically worked off all the calories!
Local favorites
Everyone's favorite neighborhood hardware store - been around almost 100 years. If you need something, they most likely have it!
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Frager's Hardware
1323 E Street Southeast
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Everyone's favorite neighborhood hardware store - been around almost 100 years. If you need something, they most likely have it!
Directly next to Eastern Market, this bookstore features floor-to-ceiling stacks of secondhand books. Fun to visit for book lovers!
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Capitol Hill Books
657 C Street Southeast
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Directly next to Eastern Market, this bookstore features floor-to-ceiling stacks of secondhand books. Fun to visit for book lovers!
Eastern Market is a historic market, built in 1873 as part of Pierre L’Enfant’s design for the city to include local neighborhood markets throughout the city. The architect of Eastern Market, Adolph Cluss, was the same architect who designed the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building (the Smithsonian “castle” on the Mall!). The Market is open daily from 7am – 7pm (closed on Monday), and includes vendors who sell fresh local fish, meats, cheeses, flowers, and local goods. The big draw for the Market, however, is the weekend artisan market in which hundreds of DC’s local artists and crafters set up tents to sell their beautiful and artsy products. 7th street is closed down and it is a lot of fun! The artisan market is from 9am – 5pm each Saturday and Sunday. The Market Lunch is a cafe in the Market that serves a great breakfast - be sure to check it out! The “blue bucks” pancakes (blueberry buckwheat pancakes) are amazing and “the brick” is their famous breakfast sandwich.
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Eastern Market
225 7th Street Southeast
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Eastern Market is a historic market, built in 1873 as part of Pierre L’Enfant’s design for the city to include local neighborhood markets throughout the city. The architect of Eastern Market, Adolph Cluss, was the same architect who designed the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building (the Smithsonian “castle” on the Mall!). The Market is open daily from 7am – 7pm (closed on Monday), and includes vendors who sell fresh local fish, meats, cheeses, flowers, and local goods. The big draw for the Market, however, is the weekend artisan market in which hundreds of DC’s local artists and crafters set up tents to sell their beautiful and artsy products. 7th street is closed down and it is a lot of fun! The artisan market is from 9am – 5pm each Saturday and Sunday. The Market Lunch is a cafe in the Market that serves a great breakfast - be sure to check it out! The “blue bucks” pancakes (blueberry buckwheat pancakes) are amazing and “the brick” is their famous breakfast sandwich.
World Series Champions! The Nats Ballpark is slightly more than a mile away and is always fun to catch a game! The Nats have some fun local traditions for the game, including a “President’s Race” at the top of the 4th inning! One great “trip hack” is to get same-day tickets (“Grandstand Seats”) for just $5/ ticket, which must be purchased at the box office two hours before the game begins. Check out https://www.mlb.com/nationals/ballpark/information/guide for more information.
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Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street Southeast
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World Series Champions! The Nats Ballpark is slightly more than a mile away and is always fun to catch a game! The Nats have some fun local traditions for the game, including a “President’s Race” at the top of the 4th inning! One great “trip hack” is to get same-day tickets (“Grandstand Seats”) for just $5/ ticket, which must be purchased at the box office two hours before the game begins. Check out https://www.mlb.com/nationals/ballpark/information/guide for more information.
Grocery Stores
Our favorite!
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Trader Joe's
750 Pennsylvania Ave SE
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Our favorite!
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Harris Teeter
1350 Potomac Ave
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Yes! Organic Market Capitol Hill
410 8th Street Southeast
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Gift Shops
This is the very best example of a local shop, with staff who give amazing recommendations, and lots of unique and/or locally themed games and puzzles in addition to well-known games.
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Labyrinth Games & Puzzles
645 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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This is the very best example of a local shop, with staff who give amazing recommendations, and lots of unique and/or locally themed games and puzzles in addition to well-known games.
Fantastic books, cards, and local knick-knacks, this is a very well curated store with great finds!
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East City Bookshop
645 Pennsylvania Ave SE
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Fantastic books, cards, and local knick-knacks, this is a very well curated store with great finds!
Greeting cards, small gifts, stationery, and other items.
Groovy dc Cards & Gifts
321 7th Street Southeast
Greeting cards, small gifts, stationery, and other items.
So cute!
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Hill's Kitchen
713 D Street Southeast
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So cute!
Exercise
If you do CrossFit, come drop in at my box!
Old City CrossFit
1007 H Street Northeast
If you do CrossFit, come drop in at my box!
DC is filled with neighborhood parks and green space, and the closest park to our home is Lincoln Park. Just walk north on 11th St (turn right out of the house) and walk 6-7 blocks. This is a great spot to take a run or walk, and has a playground for children.
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Lincoln Park
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DC is filled with neighborhood parks and green space, and the closest park to our home is Lincoln Park. Just walk north on 11th St (turn right out of the house) and walk 6-7 blocks. This is a great spot to take a run or walk, and has a playground for children.
One of my very favorite places in the city! I lead an Airbnb Experience in the Arboretum if you want to check it out.
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United States National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue Northeast
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One of my very favorite places in the city! I lead an Airbnb Experience in the Arboretum if you want to check it out.
Sightseeing
The Marine Barracks is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps. It was founded by President Thomas Jefferson and Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, the second commandant of the Marine Corps, in 1801. The Barracks supports both ceremonial and security missions in the nation's capital. It is also the site of the Home of the Commandants (corner of 8th and G St SE), which, along with the Barracks, is a registered national historic landmark. https://www.barracks.marines.mil/ From Memorial Day to Labor Day, a fun activity is to attend the Evening Parade every Friday night, which features "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, "The Commandant's Own" The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, Ceremonial Marchers, and Cpl. Chesty XV, the official mascot of Marine Barracks Washington.The event is free, but requires advance reservations, which you can find at https://paraderes.dcmarines.com/. If you aren’t able to get reservations, there is a General Admission line outside the Main Gate of the Barracks - those gates open at 8pm and allow guests to take any unclaimed seats - and often there are still seats available.
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Marine Barracks
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The Marine Barracks is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps. It was founded by President Thomas Jefferson and Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, the second commandant of the Marine Corps, in 1801. The Barracks supports both ceremonial and security missions in the nation's capital. It is also the site of the Home of the Commandants (corner of 8th and G St SE), which, along with the Barracks, is a registered national historic landmark. https://www.barracks.marines.mil/ From Memorial Day to Labor Day, a fun activity is to attend the Evening Parade every Friday night, which features "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, "The Commandant's Own" The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, Ceremonial Marchers, and Cpl. Chesty XV, the official mascot of Marine Barracks Washington.The event is free, but requires advance reservations, which you can find at https://paraderes.dcmarines.com/. If you aren’t able to get reservations, there is a General Admission line outside the Main Gate of the Barracks - those gates open at 8pm and allow guests to take any unclaimed seats - and often there are still seats available.
Barracks Row is a nationally recognized historic business corridor and is the heart of this neighborhood. Amazing restaurants and shops line each side of the street.
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Barracks Row Main Street
731 8th Street Southeast
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Barracks Row is a nationally recognized historic business corridor and is the heart of this neighborhood. Amazing restaurants and shops line each side of the street.
Near Nats Park is “Yards Park,” which is a fun waterfront park on the Anacostia River. From Memoria Day to Labor Day, the park hosts free Friday night concerts on the lawn and has a wading pool for kids. The Yards Park neighborhood also has great restaurants, whether fast casual such as Sweet Green, Nandos or Takorean (Korean tacos!) or nicer restaurants such as District Winery, Chloe, and Whaley’s. Paid parking spots are available at Yards Park, but it’s also possible to walk (about 25-30 mins; 1.5 miles) by walking down to the end of 11th St (turn left out of the house) and then turn right on the trail that goes along the riverfront (with the Navy Yard on the right). It’s a beautiful evening stroll on the riverfront!
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The Yards Park
355 Water Street Southeast
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Near Nats Park is “Yards Park,” which is a fun waterfront park on the Anacostia River. From Memoria Day to Labor Day, the park hosts free Friday night concerts on the lawn and has a wading pool for kids. The Yards Park neighborhood also has great restaurants, whether fast casual such as Sweet Green, Nandos or Takorean (Korean tacos!) or nicer restaurants such as District Winery, Chloe, and Whaley’s. Paid parking spots are available at Yards Park, but it’s also possible to walk (about 25-30 mins; 1.5 miles) by walking down to the end of 11th St (turn left out of the house) and then turn right on the trail that goes along the riverfront (with the Navy Yard on the right). It’s a beautiful evening stroll on the riverfront!
So lovely!
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United States Capitol
East Capitol Street Northeast
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So lovely!
This place is lovely and had a wonderful train exhibit for the holidays!
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United States Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Avenue Southwest
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This place is lovely and had a wonderful train exhibit for the holidays!
They do regular tours and definitely worth doing!
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Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue Southeast
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They do regular tours and definitely worth doing!
So wonderful and worth exploring!
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National Gallery of Art
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So wonderful and worth exploring!
The Sculpture Garden is marvelous - during the summer there is live jazz every Friday evening and during the winter they turn it into an ice skating rink!
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National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
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The Sculpture Garden is marvelous - during the summer there is live jazz every Friday evening and during the winter they turn it into an ice skating rink!
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Lincoln Memorial
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle Northwest
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You can get tickets in advance now to go to the top of the monument - check out recreation.gov
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Washington Monument
2 15th Street Northwest
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You can get tickets in advance now to go to the top of the monument - check out recreation.gov
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Tidal Basin
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Martin Luther King
1964 Independence Avenue Southwest
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Entertainment
Great spot for live shows and movies in an old theater!
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The Miracle Theatre
535 8th Street Southeast
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Great spot for live shows and movies in an old theater!
Great new venue to see live music!
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The Anthem
901 Wharf St SW
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Great new venue to see live music!
Cute spot for eats and live music!
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Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
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Cute spot for eats and live music!
Folger Theatre
201 E Capitol St SE
Wonderful and check out their website for free shows!
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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street Northwest
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Wonderful and check out their website for free shows!