What's new in Washington DC

Politics aside, some hip new hotels and Michelin stars mean the US capital is more dynamic than ever.

By Josephine Price
Published 8 Feb 2019, 08:00 GMT, Updated 19 Jul 2021, 14:09 BST
Eaton DC Bar, Washington DC
Eaton DC Bar, Washington DC

Washington DC is never without its headlines, nor its travellers. But there’s a new crowd in town. Recent events in US politics have led to a fresh wave of activism in the city, meaning politically engaged travellers are well catered for at the moment.

Cue Eaton DC; opened last autumn, the hotel is inviting activists and changemakers to bed down with an agenda. There’s a ‘provocative content’ programme of events, as well as an in-house radio and cinema, with all 209 rooms offering a stationery set for guests to pen letters to members of Congress — with phone numbers and addresses included.

Meanwhile, up in the eclectic and diverse neighbourhood of Adams Morgan, a 110-year old historic church has been rehashed as The Line — a new, 220-room hotel formed from a community effort by local chefs, bartenders, artists and designers. You’ll find a local radio station broadcasting live from the hotel lobby as well as a community centre, designed to empower artistic and philanthropic endeavours.

What’s more, visitors to DC can expect to dine well as a highly lauded array of restaurants has recently spread across the city. They’ve received no fewer than 19 new Bib Gourmand additions and 16 Michelin star accolades this year alone, so you might want to come hungry.

In the ’hood

Make a beeline for District Wharf, a vibrant new neighbourhood that’s full of restaurants, shops and parks strung along the Washington Channel, with a packed events calendar to boot.

Michelin mania

Three stars The Inn at Little Washington is the first in the metro area to receive three stars. It’s worth the journey for enduring classics and surprising inventions. Ceasar salad ice cream? We’ll give it a go.

Two stars Pineapple & Pearls, in the Capitol area, offers the likes of caviar and gummy bears, buttermilk whey caramel and smoked sturgeon.

One star Headed up by Ryan Ratino, Bresca is DC’s first fine-dining eatery to go carbon-free. Expect shifting seasonal fare in an inventive concept, dubbed ‘modern bistronomy’.

Published in the March 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK) 


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