My wife and I will be in the area for a week for a conference (which is in National Harbor) and will be staying in Nat'l Harbor the 3 days of the conference. Other than evenings, we will have 2 days before the conference and a day after to do some sight seeing. I am debating to stay in DC or Alexandria for our first 2 nights. We are staying in Arlington near the airport our last night. We would like to stay somewhere the first 2 nights that is easy to get on the subway to DC but that also is going to provide many options for food, libations and shopping/people watching.
I am also looking for an exciting place to take my wife for her birthday which falls on a Wednesday. Any recommendations for someone who has never been in the area would be great.