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I love style and an international flavor in everything I choose. D.C. has a mixture of these to enjoy. Hope this mini-guide turns out to be useful.

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21 Places

Decatur House

Historic Sites

Lafayette Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Off The Record

Restaurants

Georgetown

Neighbourhoods

Library of Congress

Government Buildings, Libraries

Supreme Court

Government Buildings

The National Archives Museum

Speciality Museums

Embassy Row

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rock Creek Park

Military Museums, Parks, Speciality Museums

Hillwood Museum & Gardens

Historic Sites, Art Museums, Gardens

Dumbarton Oaks

Art Museums, Gardens

Old Stone House

Historic Sites

DAR Museum

Architectural Buildings, Libraries, History Museums

The Hay-Adams

Hotels

Dubliner Restaurant and Pub

Restaurants

ICI Urban Bistro

Restaurants

The Inn at Little Washington

Hotels

St. Michaels Harbour Inn Marina & Spa

Hotels

1789 Restaurant

Restaurants

Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar

Restaurants

StellaPilar's City Tips

  • Get ready for international settings, but also be respectful and enjoy the most local venues.
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    Decatur House
    Historic Sites
    StellaPilar Says:

    They have a wonderful gift - shop. And visiting the house itself is traveling in time. Enjoy both the outside, and the inside.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The ladies at the shop are ever so kind!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #177 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
    • Nice gift shop and restrooms; a warm refuge from the cold! 07/12/2017
    • tour 18/07/2017
    • Decatur House
    Address:
    748 Jackson Pl NW
    Washington DC, DC 20006-4912
    Phone:
    +1 202-842-0920
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Lafayette Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    StellaPilar Says:

    Wonderful, and orderly and clean, be it in the summer or under the snow. Just sit, and enjoy.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Visit it early in the morning, when there is none around, and enjoy the trees.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Closer view to the Whitehouse 06/01/2018
    • 1st Amendment Square 01/12/2017
    • Lafayette Square
    Address:
    16th St & Pennsylvania Ave Northwest
    Washington DC, DC 20006
    Phone:
    +1 202-755-7798
    Other:
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    Off The Record
    Restaurants (American, Bar)
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    StellaPilar Says:

    Most distinguished bar. Staff at the counter is helpful and clever. Tables are mostly set quite apart, so you can enjoy a nice conversation.

    Good for
    • Couples
    Tips
    • I love the way they serve Bailey's.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #120 of 2,533 restaurants in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I like this place 01/01/2018
    • Wonderful cocktail bar 24/11/2017
    • Off The Record
    Address:
    800 16th St NW
    Lower Level
    Washington DC, DC 20006-4102
    Phone:
    +1 202-942-7599
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:30 - 00:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 00:30
    Other:
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    Georgetown
    Neighbourhoods
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    StellaPilar Says:

    The best of D.C., in my opinion, be it for shopping, eating or just window-shopping, whether in the summer or under the snow.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Go down to the alley next to the canal, and you may see a boat pulled by horses: old style.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So much Character 14/01/2018
    • Great shopping, great dining and great strolling 07/01/2018
    • Georgetown
    Phone:
    +1 202-298-9222
    Other:
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    Library of Congress
    Government Buildings, Libraries
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    StellaPilar Says:

    I have been a fan of the Law Library of Congress for the last twenty years, since my first visit. Staff is most helpful, at least in the Law section. Anything you need, from anywhere in the world, related to law, may be found there.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don´t forget to check the catalogue online before dropping in.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating and Beautiful 14/01/2018
    • A must stop when in DC 14/01/2018
    • Library of Congress
    Address:
    101 Independence Ave SE
    Washington DC, DC 20540
    Phone:
    +1 202-707-5000
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:30 - 16:30
    Other:
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    Supreme Court
    Government Buildings
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    StellaPilar Says:

    After renovation, the marble looks brand new. The whole place has a touch of mysticism. You can queue in order to sit in at a hearing. Many famous lawyers may be seen. Hidden gem: the restaurant downstairs: food is not expensive, and delicious. Staff, everywhere, including the bookshop, is superb.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Follow any instructions you are given. And do not dare to sit on the floor/steps, even if your feet are bleeding.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impessive 12/01/2018
    • A scene from TV 10/01/2018
    • Supreme Court
    Address:
    First Street NE
    Washington DC, DC 20003
    Phone:
    +1 202-479-3211
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 16:30
    Other:
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    The National Archives Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    StellaPilar Says:

    This is where the Magna Carta (one of them) is kept. The place is a cathedral devoted to Constitutional history.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Follow any instructions you are given upon arrival, including "no chewing gum".
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Seeing some of the most significant documents in the world 17/01/2018
    • Awesome! 13/01/2018
    • The National Archives Museum
    Address:
    700 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Washington DC, DC 20408-0001
    Phone:
    +1 202-357-5000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Embassy Row
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    StellaPilar Says:

    Any important embassy can be seen along this row. You can walk along it, or ask a cab driver to drive along it.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Compare number of chauffeur-driven cars parked at each embassy.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #92 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • We loved walking Embassy Row! 07/01/2018
    • Nice but.... 13/12/2017
    • Embassy Row
    Phone:
    +1 202-467-9300
    Other:
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    Rock Creek Park
    Military Museums, Parks, Speciality Museums
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    StellaPilar Says:

    Unforgettable place to spend, for instance, a Saturday morning. Tennis shoes are not compulsory: you can keep your style wearing flats, and, perhaps, a hat in the summer.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Zoom in the various birds that can be spotted around, and take pictures you will cherish along the years.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A natural oasis in the centre of DC 07/01/2018
    • We love this park! 03/01/2018
    • Rock Creek Park
    Address:
    3545 Williamsburg Ln NW, Washington, DC 20008
    Washington DC, DC 20015
    Phone:
    +1 202-282-1063
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Hillwood Museum & Gardens
    Historic Sites, Art Museums, Gardens
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    StellaPilar Says:

    Lovely house, full of family history. The Russian objects are a must. Lovely gift-store, good to find things to buy for your own home.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Get ready for a longish visit, because the gardens take at least one or two hours.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place for a cold afternoon! 10/01/2018
    • A grandiose slice of classical Europe in suburban Washington DC 06/01/2018
    • Hillwood Museum & Gardens
    Address:
    4155 Linnean Ave NW
    Washington DC, DC 20008-3806
    Phone:
    +1 202-686-5807
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Dumbarton Oaks
    Art Museums, Gardens
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    StellaPilar Says:

    Lovely home, full of history. Lovely park around it. Good to spend a whole day, strolling around and enjoying a piece of history.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Get ready to walk around a lot.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Place to Visit Nature and See DC's Best Gardens 22/12/2017
    • Great peaceful stop 05/11/2017
    • Dumbarton Oaks
    Address:
    1703 32nd St NW
    Washington DC, DC 20007-2961
    Phone:
    +1 202-339-6410
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:30 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Old Stone House
    Historic Sites
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    StellaPilar Says:

    Lovely house, in the middle of Georgetown. Good to take pictures (or be pictured yourself) in such lovely gardens. Interiors are original style.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Pay attention to decor details.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #102 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth visiting 21/09/2017
    • Convenient Sample of History 31/08/2017
    • Old Stone House
    Address:
    3051 M St Northwest
    Washington DC, DC 20007
    Phone:
    +1 202-426-6851
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    DAR Museum
    Architectural Buildings, Libraries, History Museums
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    StellaPilar Says:

    The most inviting museum I have been to, in the U.S. Staff is superb. The volunteer ladies who walk you around the place are most enchanting. The library is incredible. Do not forget to get a picture of you right there, surrounded by shelves and flags.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Enjoy the decor of each room.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Chris Rock at DAR Constitution Hall 11/01/2018
    • Impressive library 01/01/2018
    • DAR Museum
    Address:
    1776 D St NW
    Washington DC, DC 20006-5303
    Phone:
    +1 202-879-3241
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:30 - 16:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    The Hay-Adams
    Hotels
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    StellaPilar Says:

    Probably the best hotel in D.C. Superb staff, great cookies at the reception in the afternoon, and unearthly housekeeping service. The kind of hotel in which you know there is a lot of service somewhere behind each square inch.

    Good for
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Choose a room overlooking Saint John's church.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful Hotel 14/01/2018
    • Location & Ambiance 11/01/2018
    • The Hay-Adams
    Address:
    16th & H Sts. NW
    One Lafayette Square
    Washington DC, DC 20006
    Phone:
    (202) 618-5480
    Other:
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    Dubliner Restaurant and Pub
    Restaurants (Irish, Bar, Pub)
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    StellaPilar Says:

    Nice pub, excellent Irish food, staff is OK, and an air of "congressmen" around. It gets crowded at non. For tourists and locals, alike.

    Good for
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Do not miss the salmon.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 2,533 restaurants in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great atmosphere 07/01/2018
    • Nice Bar 07/01/2018
    • Dubliner Restaurant and Pub
    Address:
    520 N Capitol St NW
    Washington DC, DC 20001-1510
    Phone:
    +1 202-737-3773
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$50
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 - 13:30
    Mon - Fri
    07:00 - 10:00
    Fri
    11:00 - 14:00
    Sat - Sun
    07:30 - 14:00
    Other:
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    ICI Urban Bistro
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    StellaPilar Says:

    Super French restaurant in D.C. It belongs to the Sofitel hotel. If they have the sampler, order it, and you may marvel at six or more different tiny dishes on a tray. The terrine is also excellent.

    Good for
    • Couples
    Tips
    • All the sweet deserts are superb, especially ice-cream.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #369 of 2,533 restaurants in Washington DC
    • Love this place! 01/01/2018
    • A Pastry for Me? 28/11/2017
    • ICI Urban Bistro
    Address:
    806 15th St NW
    Sofitel Lafayette Square
    Washington DC, DC 20005-1101
    Phone:
    +1 202-730-8700
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$50
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    09:00 - 20:00
    Fri
    09:00 - 06:00
    Other:
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    The Inn at Little Washington
    Hotels
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    StellaPilar Says:

    Unearthly, as if it were a dream. Each room is fabulously decorated, and the bathrooms are astonishing. Restaurant is unavoidable: enjoy the samplers. And if you get a table inside the kitchen, marvel at the cooking ballet.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Take pictures, and imitate some of its decoration, at your own home.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 8 Bed and Breakfasts in Washington
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great second visit at Christmas 08/01/2018
    • All the Good Things you Read about this Place are true... 02/01/2018
    • The Inn at Little Washington
    Address:
    Middle and Main Sts
    Washington, VA 22747
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    St. Michaels Harbour Inn Marina & Spa
    Hotels
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    StellaPilar Says:

    Wonderful inn: everything is tasty. I loved the Armani style decorated suites. A place where to rest, hear the water, and do nothing. We all deserve it!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Dinner at the restaurant is top-quality, and staff is superb.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in St. Michaels
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spa is wonderful! 16/01/2018
    • Our favorite new spot! 07/01/2018
    • St. Michaels Harbour Inn Marina & Spa
    Address:
    101 N Harbor Rd
    St. Michaels, MD 21663-2910
    Phone:
    +1 844-494-6501
    Other:
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    1789 Restaurant
    Restaurants (American)
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    StellaPilar Says:

    One of the best restaurants in D.C. Nothing is more traditional than this restaurant. There are various seating areas. The bar is also nice.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Make sure to make a reservation, and arrive by cab because parking around the can get hard. The, you can ask them to please order a cab for you.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 2,533 restaurants in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Over-elaborate and fussy 06/12/2017
    • They need to be clear when you reserve that there are many different rooms 29/11/2017
    • 1789 Restaurant
    Address:
    1226 36th St NW
    Washington DC, DC 20007-2627
    Phone:
    +1 202-965-1789
    Price range:
    US$50 - US$85
    Other:
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    Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar
    Restaurants (American, Seafood, Soups, Mediterranean)
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    StellaPilar Says:

    Excellent sea catch. But the last time we were there it was a bit over-priced. But many dishes can be shared. Staff is OK.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make sure to make a reservation well in advance.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect Romantic Lunch 30/12/2016
    • Best Seafood in Georgetown. 17/12/2016
    • Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar
    Address:
    1054 31st St NW
    Washington DC, DC 20007
    Phone:
    +1 202-337-8855
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$50
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:30 - 15:00
    17:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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