Other

Yoga Meets Brunch at D.C. Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

Yoga Meets Brunch at D.C. Ritz-Carlton Georgetown



We are searching data for your request:

Forums and discussions:
Manuals and reference books:
Data from registers:
Wait the end of the search in all databases.
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.

The eternal Saturday morning debate: brunch, or yoga? I could get up early, get dressed, walk all the way to the yoga studio, sweat, and then maybe down some food after I’ve down-dogged my face off. Or, I could just eat brunch. Lounging in the ease of my weekend start choice, after I’ve gorged on stuffed French toast (and home fries, bottomless mimosas, and perhaps a cheese plate), I vow to go to yoga next time. And next time turns into next time. But fear not, Washingtonians, this debate is about to become obsolete. The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown now offers a yoga brunch on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead and save your spot.

I went to one of these yoga brunches ($45 per person) in June, and let me tell you that it was a fantastic way to start my Saturday. I actually confused the two Ritz-Carlton hotels in town, and instead went to the one in downtown D.C. — by the time I got to the Georgetown one, I was flustered and sweaty, but ready to get my blood flowing (and my arms burning with lots of chattarangas). The class takes place outside in the hotel’s scenic urban garden. Having never done yoga outdoors, this was a great experience. Smelling the grass as I bent down to start the sun salutation, and feeling the sunshine on my face as I closed the series was definitely a blood-pumping yoga experience.

The Ritz started the program in early April, and judging by the full class, it already seems pretty popular. The all-levels session is suitable for nascent to advanced yogis. Instructor Alexis McCoy directed the class to center energies through an invigorating series of sun salutations, followed by a series of poses on the ground. I wouldn’t ever call myself an advanced yogi, but I have done my fair share of yoga—ranging from hot vinyasa flows to prescriptive Bikram—and I thoroughly enjoyed the class. I especially appreciated the instances where McCoy suggested adjustments for a deeper stretch and even provided hands-on guidance to better align me.

Post-yoga, my grumbly tummy led the way to Degrees for brunch. The space is very cheery and drenched in sunshine and deepened my post-exercise endorphin high. The yoga brunch package offers diners the choice of any three small plates, including a chicken sausage and Belgian waffle sandwich served with cheddar cheese and an egg over hard, or the local crab cake with roasted corn and black bean relish, Meyer lemon aioli, and a fried tortilla — all served with bottomless mimosas or bloody Marys. I opted for the roasted beet salad, the stuffed Texas toast, and the lemon ricotta pancakes. Chowing down on my brunch offerings, I devoured my salad (I should at least try to eat something healthy after exercising), The eternal Saturday morning debate: brunch, or yoga? and dug into my stuffed Texas toast with toasted almonds, caramelized pineapple, and rich mascarpone, but nothing could prepare me for the taste-bud tingling lemon ricotta pancakes. As I sit here writing, my mouth is watering just thinking about them. Light, fluffy, delicate griddlecakes served with a citrusy Meyer lemon curd are easily one of my favorite brunch dishes in town. No need for syrup at all. The pancake was just sweet enough and the lemon curd proved to be the perfect accompaniment to the scrumptious dish. Satisfied, full, and accomplished, I departed to tackle my day. The overall “centeredness” that I felt post-yoga carried through brunch and well into the weekend.

The Ritz-Carlton’s yoga brunch is a great compromise for those who can’t or won’t have that Saturday morning debate. For those suffering from this inner monologue, you don’t have to commit; you can do both. And hey, perhaps the yoga brunch will balance your chakras and you might even make it out for some exercise on Sunday. But do it soon — this brunch ends August 30.

Kruti Ravaliya is a special contributor to The Daily Meal.


By Cori Sue

It’s been an incredible year for Washington’s restaurant scene, which grew in terms of the sheer number of restaurants, the diversity of cuisine and price points, and the neighborhoods offering up great food for the locals. However, we’re most impressed by the increase in the overall quality of options—restaurants are upping their game and foodies nationally are taking notice.

Shaw is surely the mecca for our favorite brunch spots, giving us Hazel, Kyirisan, Convivial, Espita Mezcaleria, and the fowl-centric The Bird. Over on Capitol Hill, Navy Yard offers great options with Whaley’s and its fresh seafood, pristine space, and hearty Southern food. The basic bros will enjoy Due South and you can bring your mother to Osteria Morini.

Restaurants are also getting more inventive: you can now shop at Mulebone and take in a distillery tour at District Distilling Co. For an upscale spot, we’re still loving Blue Duck Tavern and the newly renovated and relaunched Kingbird at the Watergate Hotel, because a Bitch can’t say no to a rosé Bellini.

Advertisement

We couldn’t do all the brunching and the Bitching without our incredible D.C. team, our readers, and our partners. A huge thanks to you for your support.

So, happy holidays and it’s time to start planning your 2017 brunch list. Be sure to stay tuned for our Best Bites of 2016 list as well! Without further adieu, here are our best and worst brunches of 2016.

The Best

Brunch at Hazel is an experience, with 11 courses of creative American fare from Chef Rob Rubba, whose signatures seem to be pairing unique flavors (curried sweet potato doughnuts, zucchini bread with foie gras), and elevating junk food (tater tots with house-made garlic ketchup, bacon cinnamon rolls). We were constantly surprised by each plate that arrived—we never knew what to expect and loved each dish at the Dim Sunday brunch. The space is beautiful, and the service friendly and accommodating. Read our review here.

Best Party Brunch: La Boum at Capitale

We’ve long raved about La Boum Brunch as the premier party brunch in D.C., so we were nervous about its move to Capitale. The larger space gives you more room to dance, but doesn’t lose the intimacy that La Boum is famous for. La Boum brunch is a must-do while you’re young and in D.C. Read our review here.

Best Rooftop Brunch: DNV

Cool rooftops are hard to come by in D.C. And rooftops with a view, pool, and good food are virtually non-existent. That’s why we loved spending a hot summer day at DNV’s rooftop with refreshing cocktails, egg skillet dishes, and a dip in the pool. Read our review here.

Best Dog-Friendly Brunch : Dacha

The pups abide at Dacha beer garden. Bring your fluffy friend for a day out while you enjoy a Bullfrog Bagels sandwich and wash it down with a radler. You can spend all day soaking up the rays with friends here. Read our review of Dacha here.

Best Dim Sum brunch: Maketto. We may joke that Maketto is a hipster Mecca, but seriously you’re going to want to make the pilgrimage here. The Vietnamese and Cambodian influenced dim sum boasts a dynamite char bao bun and the best fried chicken we had all year. Read our review here .

Best Mexican: Espita Mezcaleria

Life is muy bueno at brunch at Shaw hotspot Espita, which mixes up inventive Mezcal brunch cocktails in an an edgy space with industrial meets Dia de los Muertos vibes. The service was great, the tacos were OK, but the Migas, egg skillets, and Torrejas French toast blew our mind. Read our review here.

Best Italian : Osteria Morini

Pasta and cheese are two of a Bitch’s favorite food groups. We went wild for Osteria Morini’s upscale yet homestyle Italian fare. Don’t miss the Battilardo cheese plate, the burrata, and the Cappelletti. Read our review here.

Best Farm-to-Table: Sally’s Middle Name

The constantly changing menu at Sally’s Middle Name puts an emphasis on what’s fresh, seasonal, and local. The inventive dishes are always high quality and delicious, no matter the palate. Read our review here.

Best Tropical Getaway in a Brunch: Hula Girl Bar and Grill. If you’re craving a vacation to the beach, but can’t quite afford it, head to Shirlington for real Hawaiian vibes. The ahi tuna poke and plate lunches instantly transported us back to food truck picnics on Waikiki. Read our review.

Best Vegetarian-friendly Brunch : Zaytinya

We can’t sing enough praises for Zaytinya and its many delicious options for vegetarians. This calming and upscale restaurant offers impeccable food, flavors, and service. We certainly had our list of favorites on the menu for which we would return, but we highly recommend the falafel burger, menemen and goat cheese Loukoumades. Read our review here .


Best Hotel Brunch: Kingbird at the Watergate

The Watergate got an oh-so-fancy facelift with a hefty price tag and relaunched with a bang. The space is snazzy, the service is fancy, and the cocktails incredible. We spent the afternoon drinking delightful rosé bellinis in an incredible ambiance—and those cinnamon rolls were heavenly. Read our review here.

This drag brunch was a welcome change from the usual brunches in D.C. It didn’t just feel like an occasion, but more of a celebration. It was a wonderful start to a fun-filled day with fantastic food, a festive atmosphere, and exceptional service. Read about the party brunch here .

Best Service: Cafe Milano

From the classic Italian dishes to the impeccable service, Cafe Milano is a treat. Whether you’ve been once or are a regular, you are treated like family. We’ll never forget the service at Cafe Milano, it keeps us coming back to Georgetown for more. Read our review here.

Best Decor: The Riggsby

Color us impressed. The unique, glamorous, and vintage-inspired space is not what you’d expect from a hotel restaurant—and that’s why we like it. Enter through a key hole door frame and post up at the hunter green bar for a craft cocktail. Read our review here.

Best Coffee Shop: A Baked Joint

This massive, modern coffee shop is a welcome addition to the ever-growing Mount Vernon Square neighborhood, offering solid coffee drinks with a substantial menu, and delicious house-made baked goods. Read our review here.

Best Roll Out Of Bed Brunch: Bistro Bohem

Unpretentious, friendly, and quirky, this is one spot we frequent for brunch in yoga pants. We never thought we’d consider a central European restaurant to be our neighborhood go-to, but we’re hooked on the comfort, ease, and reliable dishes at this neighborhood bistro. Read our review here.

Best Bro Brunch: Due South

The hearty Southern fare, large space to accommodate groups, not to mention the proximity to Nats Stadium clinches the bro brunch spot of the year for Due South. We even found ourselves lingering around to sample their impressive draft beer selection and it wasn’t even baseball season. Read our review here.

Best Hangover Brunch: Sette Osteria

The lack of curb appeal makes it easy to overlook this Italian-American restaurant on 14th street. While the overall experience was nothing to write home about, the location, $15 bottomless deal, and sizable brunch portions make this an ideal spot for a little hair of the dog with your squad—particularly if there’s a long wait at Le Diplomate. Read our review here.

Best Excuse to Brunch and Shop: Mulebone

A first of its kind to the 14th street corridor and to the D.C. brunch scene in general, Mulebone lures you in with a vintage shopping experience. Shop with a mimosa in hand while you wait for your table at this friendly, Southern spot. Read our review here.

Most Instagrammable: Junction Bakery & Bistro

Even the most amateur of ‘grammers could snap gorgeous photos in this Del Ray locale. The Carrara marble round tables, traditional wooden Thonet chairs, and artsy tiled floor make for a perfect brunch environment and Instagram backdrop. The high ceilings, open windows, and bakery counter showcasing beautiful pastries have all the makings for the perfect picture. The space is nothing short of charming–and the food is delicious! So, head south for the day and make sure your phone is fully charged. Read our review here.


Best Brunch By Neighborhood

Best U Street Brunch: District Distilling

A fresh, unique addition to the often dank, student-laden U Street corridor, we couldn’t get enough of the upscale, industrial decor and amazing food at this local distillery. There is something for everyone on this menu, plus you can make a day of it by capping off your brunch with a distillery tour. Read our review here.

Best Shaw Brunch: Kyirisan

Brunch at Kyirisan began with an inventive cocktail program, bottomless mimosas, and a basket of house-made pastries ranging from cinnamon rolls to Matcha doughnut holes and vanilla custard bao buns. It only went up from there—we loved the French-Asian fare with options for everyone ranging from the arctic char gravitas on a perfect croissant to Panko fried chicken sandwich. Read our review here.

Best Bloomingdale Brunch: El Camino

Casual, unique, and without pretense, El Camino is just so Bloomingdale. We enjoyed the bottomless mimosas, chill service vibes, and food served on mismatched china. We really liked the migas, French toast, and doughnut holes. Read our review here.

Best H Street Brunch: Ocopa

Make your way to H Street for the flavored bottomless mimosas and authentic Peruvian fare at this kitschy, cool hole-in-the-wall. Ocopa slays with roast Peruvian chicken, yucca fries, and more inventive, veggie-friendly Peruvian fare. You’ll knock back plenty of flavored mimosas like watermelon, mango, lavender, and passionfruit (and at that $20 price point you will not feel bad about it). Read our review here.

Best Capitol Hill Brunch: The Garrison

We’re suckers for clean, American fare that’s farm-to-table with French influences. And the Garrison is all that and more. The space is beautiful yet unpretentious, the food inventive, and the service impeccable. We loved the goujeres and the bison tartare—honestly we loved everything. Read our review here.

Best Navy Yard Brunch: Whaley’s

We love the beautiful, airy vibes at the seafood-centric Whaley’s on the waterfront. The fresh-shucked oysters and crudos were incredibly refreshing and the hearty Southern food made for a game-changing combo. Don’t miss the Bloody Marys and the pancakes—oh those pancakes. Read our review here.

Best Downtown Brunch: Pennsylvania Six

This downtown, upscale steak and seafood spot could be boring but was, in fact, anything but. Pennsylvania Six won our hearts with its over-the-top (and adorable) make-your-own mimosa bar, stocked with fresh juices, berries, and other elixirs to mix with your champagne. The meal began with a delicious ceviche sampler and concluded with the mind-blowing Dutch baby pancake topped with whipped cream and fresh berries. Read our review here.

Best Woodley Park: Bar Civita

This casual, cute hole-in-the-wall serves up cozy, comfy Italian fare from a down-to-earth chef from Philly. We love the friendly service, bottomless mimosas, and generous portions. Grab a seat on the patio, make your way through the mimosa flavors, and indulge in the seasonal, house-made doughnuts. The Nutella doughnuts were absolute heaven. Read our review here.

Best Penn Quarter Brunch (i.e. Best Way to Avoid Tourists): Nopa Kitchen and Bar

Despite being located literally in the same building as the Spy Museum, locals can find refuge in the refined American glam space with new American classics. If you must venture downtown on the weekend, make your way here for a relaxed, bottomless brunch. Read our review here.

Best Foggy Bottom : Blue Duck Tavern

Impeccable cuisine in a pristine ambiance is the name of the game from the experts at Blue Duck Tavern. We simply could have not have asked for anything more. The service was fantastic as was every item we tried —from the sorbet mimosas to the sticky buns. Read our review here.

Best Georgetown mainstay: Kafe Leopold

While not a new addition to the restaurant scene, we rediscovered the serene brunch scene at this quaint cafe. With an extensive international menu and patio seating, it’s no wonder this hidden gem has been a long time M Street favorite of ours. Read our review here.

Best Virginia Brunch: True Food Kitchen

It’s hard to believe the memorable and satisfying dishes at this eco-chic Mosaic District stalwart are healthy, and often times Paleo or gluten-free. We’ll always make up an excuse to head to the ‘burbs for this one. Read our review here.

Worst Overall: L’Hommage Bistro

Between the lack of service, burnt entrees, and almost inedible oysters, we were thoroughly disappointed with our experience at this massive Mount Vernon restaurant. In an up-and-coming area where competition is growing rapidly, we’d be surprised if this place survives. Read our review here.

Most Overrated: Masa 14

Masa 14’s time at the top may be coming to an end. The bottomless brunch deal is pretty affordable at $39, but it felt like all of the dishes tasted exactly the same (and it doesn’t include coffee or tea). We’d like to see some innovation on the menu before we recommend it again. Read our review here.

Worst Service: Texas Jack’s Barbecue

The food at Texas Jack’s Barbecue might have been good, but we wouldn’t know. The brunch service was such a disaster severe understaffing and an unexcusable lack of communication stained our entire experience. Read our review here.

Worst Attempt at Italian: Red, White, and Basil

A good attempt at cute decor, does not make an authentic, nor delicious, experience. We wanted to like this corner bistro in AdMo, but the concept, service, and quality just didn’t impress. And we take our Italian very seriously. Read our review here.

Worst Tourist Trap: Plan B Burger Bar

We were right to be skeptical of a place to be named after an emergency contraceptive. You’ll need a Plan B for brunch in Penn Quarter if you hate tourists, tacky decor, and mediocre burgers. Read our review here.


By The Bitches

It’s been a year. We have to be honest: At times it felt like the only thing we could rely on was brunch, which we suppose is fine because at least we can count on something.

Every December, our team gets together for—you guessed it—an annual brunch to deliberate on our amazing and lackluster experiences at our brunches across the city, throughout the year. We’ve endured many late nights, followed by early brunches, countless carafes of champagne, and some serious side eye from adjacent patrons while we stand atop chairs to get that perfect overhead shot.

It’s a tough job, but we’re so fortunate to get the opportunity to taste and judge all that the flourishing D.C. dining scene has to offer. From the best brunch for cheese lovers to the worst hotel brunch, our annual Best & Worst Brunch Guide is not to be missed. (Want the best Brunch Bites of the year? Click here.)

Advertisement

We have so much fun ranking our best and worst experiences that we wanted to let you in on the action, by way of a new category: the Reader’s Choice Award. Thanks to all of you who voted. And, for those who missed it this year, be sure to follow us on Instagram (@bitcheswhobrunch) to keep up with our foodie adventures and giveaways.

Last but not least, we’d like to give a special shout out to our friends and families, our plus ones, and our fellow brunching Bitches: the people behind all of the beautiful hands clinking mimosas and poking poached eggs while their food gets cold. Our brunch lives (and photos) would be incomplete without you.

Cheers to a New Year, Bitches, and to making your 2018 brunch plans the best yet!

Disclaimer: These rankings are based solely on our team’s dining experiences in Washington, D.C., throughout 2017. While we try to experience every new restaurant opening, these honors are based on what we’ve reviewed this year.

Reader’s Choice Best Brunch Of The Year

This authentic Mexican fare with a modern twist wowed us and satiated our sweet, savory, and spicy cravings. And apparently yours too! We would definitely recommend this brunch for anyone with an affinity for high-quality, fresh food with a kick. Special shout out to the churro French toast. Just wow. Read the review, here . 1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Joselito Casa de Comidas

Brunch at this family-owned restaurant in Capitol Hill is a truly authentic Spanish experience. From the vintage family photos adorning the walls, to the homemade sangria and Marcona almond brandy, to the table side carving of fresh Iberico ham , you can feel the passion and attention to detail that goes into every aspect of the experience. Each course, which can be ordered in portion sizes varying from tapas to family style, was more delicious than the next. The smoked cod and olive oil gazpacho took us out of our brunch comfort zone, in a good way. The combination of the beautiful vintage space, charming tropical patio, welcoming service, and inventive presentations knocked it out of the park for us. Read the full review, here. 660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

Best Alexandria Brunch

This is our go-to spot for an upscale brunch south of the city. We loved the special PB & J French toast and cheese platter. This French cuisine was not only well prepared and delicious, but it was also the most immaculate restaurant we’ve been to in a long time. The little details matter, people. Read our review, here . 606 N Fayette St, Alexandria, VA 22314

For an innovative and affordable bottomless brunch that encompasseses both modern and authentic Spanish flavors. The space channels sexy vibes and the bar offers killer libations. This Spanish locale is tucked away in the heart of Clarendon and won us over. This is your go-to spot for quality Spanish fare in Arlington. Read the full review, here . 3100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Head to Ballston’s Kapnos Taverna for the fancy yet comfortable atmosphere, amazing spreads and dips, and wonderful staff. This is definitely a great option for specials dates and family occasions. There’s something for everyone here. Oh, and you can’t forget a great bottomless deal. Read the review, here . 4000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

The stand out dishes were the chicken and waffles, cauliflower, and cheese board. Birch & Barley, and its upstairs neighbor Churchkey, are convenient and solid options for brunch in Logan Circle. We loved how it was affordable, cozy, and welcoming. This is our classic and dependable mainstay brunch. Read the review, here . 1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Best Brunch in the ‘Burbs

The bread basket alone is worth the trip to City Perch, which is located in Bethesda and connected to an iPic movie theatre. You can start with brunch and end with the most luxurious movie theatre experience, before you realize you’ve spent a lovely day in the ‘burbs. Read the review, here. 11830 Grand Park Ave Suite B, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Best New York City Transplant

Like most things in New York, The Smith is unsurprisingly pricey and doesn’t offer a bottomless option. However, the service, the vibe and the fries make it a welcomed addition to the Penn Quarter dining scene. Read the review, here. 901 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Best Brunch on The Mall

National Gallery of Art Brunch

It’s odd there are not more brunch, let alone restaurant, options in close proximity to the National Mall. Luckily the National Gallery of Art capitalized on this void and started serving a lovely buffet brunch in their Garden Cafe. Aside from the fact that you’re dining in a stunning marble museum, the food is tasty to boot. It makes for a unique weekend excursion, even for a local. Read the review, here. 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565

Best Brunch in Ivy City

If you want some of the best seafood in the District, you needn’t go to the waterfront. The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse is a comfortable restaurant attached to the supplier of many of D.C.’s seafood restaurants. Grab fresh oysters, smoked fish, and local beers on the spacious upper deck. Read our review, here. ​1356 Okie Street NE, Washington DC 20002

Best Waterfront Brunch/Brunch with a View

Ana at District Winery

We love a good winery and we love a good view. If you’re looking for a combination of the two, look no further than Ana at District Winery. While the brunch itself had some kinks to work out, the all-glass restaurant overlooking the Anacostia river is architecturally gorgeous. Read the review, here. 385 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003

This cozy, upscale diner offers delicious doughnuts, enormous pancakes, and warm service. It has revamped its menu to fit a “burger bar” mold since we went but the family-friendly atmosphere remains. Read our review here. 7776 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814

Best Northeast Brunch

This minimalist, European-style cafe gives us serious decor envy.The menu is simple Mediterranean fare, sourced from fresh ingredients and well-executed. This would be our local spot, if we lived in the ‘hood. Read the review, here. 2214 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018

Casual vibes, strong mimosas, and a perfect setting for groups, families, or a patio brunch, Duke’s has it all. But, the reason we visit is definitely for the brunch burger, it’s what Bitch dreams are made of. Read the review, here. 3000 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Tapas style dining is always a fun way to share food and drinks. When it comes to brunch, though, it can be difficult to find a spot that has modern, fun vibes while still maintaining that authentic tapas flavor and integrity. Happy to say Boqueria does an awesome job with tapas, drinks, service and dessert. Read the review, here . 1837 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Best Deal in Arlington

Some all you care to eat spots can be overwhelming and overrated, not Cava Mezze. This Arlington restaurant has modified versions of all its brunch specials, so you can get a perfect taste of everything and at the right price. With the perfect mix Mediterranean and classic dishes as well as the Virginia-modified bottomless special, Cava Mezze’s $35 bottomless deal is pretty hard to beat. Read the review, here . 2940 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

This authentic Mexican fare with a modern twist wowed us and satiated our sweet, savory, and spicy cravings. We would definitely recommend this brunch for anyone with an affinity for high-quality, fresh food with a kick. Special shout out to the churro French toast. Wow. Read the review, here . 1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

We loved this upscale and formal brunch filled with live music and prominent Indian flavors. The Bombay Club is great for families or an afternoon date. This is definitely the best Indian brunch we’ve had in D.C. Authentic and delicious. Read the full review, here . 815 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Most Instagrammable Brunch

Both the National Harbor and the D.C. locations of Chef Edward Lee’s southern restaurant have beautiful food, but the Penn Quarter stop takes the cake for aesthetics. Housed in a historic bank building, the sunroof drenches a gorgeous space with nods to its financial past and a mezzanine level perfect for people watching. Plus, the dishes and glassware had us dying to snag some for our own kitchens. Read our D.C. review, here. 915 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Best Healthy Brunch

Fruitive, which offers acai bowls, smoothies, veggie-friendly options, and soups, is a must for any health-conscious bruncher. You won’t feel like you’re missing out with the restaurant’s massive, loaded waffles, like the fluffer nutter with almond butter coconut cream, and sliced bananas. Read the review, here. 1094 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

Leave the brick of Blagden Alley and step into the streets of Hong Kong at Tiger Fork. The stunning space serves up delightful cocktails (like the Bad Girl Mimi) and dynamite dumplings. Read our full review, here. 922 N St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Best Brunch to Host an Intimate Occasion

Our go-to spot for groups, local fare, and killer cocktails., DC Harvest has it all. The H Street spot is now available for private events, like bridal showers, brunch showers, or general brunch-y events. Get more information on their website, and read our review here. 517 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The Yard at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

Our meals were delicious at The Yard and our fare tasted fresh and of the highest quality. Everything from the space to the service to the little details was utter perfection. The attention to detail makes everything better here. The space is beyond adorable. Anyone who can make gnomes cute and kitschy, and not tacky and ugly are truly superstars in our opinions. Read the review, here . 3100 South Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Brunch at Via Umbria is uniquely convivial. Between the family style servings, the friendly staff, the communal table, and the bottomless bellinis you can’t help but feel the effects of the relaxed Italian vibe. Arrive early to shop the market, or leisurely pass through on your way out after brunch. We always lose track of time when we step foot into Via Umbria–and you will too. Read the review, here. 1525 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

We would give the the show an A at this Petworth drag show. We had a blast and loved the inclusive and accepting vibes and energy. Definitely a worthwhile way to spend a Saturday. Pro-tip: don’t forget cash. Tip your Queens, people! Make your reservations now, Bitches–they fill up fast. Read the full review , here . 821 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

If you’re looking for live music on Sunday, a $35 all you can eat brunch and mimosas for a penny, we repeat 1 cent mimosas , head to Oz in Arlington. We’re still humming tunes from a guitarist that was reminiscent of a young Jack Johnson during our bro brunch earlier this year. Read the review, here. 2950 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

A rooftop with shareable Moscow mules and a lively downstairs with breakfast tacos and hash, make this a great spot to day drink or lick your wounds from the night before. Read the review, here. 801 Florida Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Lavagna’s brunch is perfection, and the best place to catch up with friends and revel in the things that change in Washington—and the things that don’t. Read the review here. 539 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Yes, this is across the river in Old Town Alexandria, but we highly recommend making a fun date out of brunch at Hummingbird, the new, nautical space from Chef and restaurateur Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve and Society Fair. We took the water taxi from D.C. and spent the night at the fun boutique IHG property, Hotel Indigo. Read the review, here. 220 S Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Come for a breakfast taco, stay for a tequila shot. The chill, charming rooftop in Shaw is an urban oasis perfect for soaking in some rays and kicking back with your group. Read the review, here. 606 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Best Family-Friendly Brunch

The Spring Valley outpost of this Nantucket icon thrives in the summer. With its spacious patio of picnic tables, families, pups, and kids are at home with its casual, seaside vibes. There’s something for everyone – an ice cream stand for the kids, Triple 8 vodka cocktails for the adults, and dynamite seafood for everyone in between. Read our review, here. 4866 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Best Brunch for Cheese Lovers

We were wowed by every course and experienced great service to boot. This is a spot for you if you like cheese, carbs, and great drinks. Bring anyone from your mom to your significant other. The cheese selection is nothing short of extension, top notch, and delicious. The staff is knowledgeable and will help you navigate the various options. They can even point out a few options for the lactose intolerant–everyone wins! Read the full review, here . 800 N. Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203

Best Brunch for Carnivores

The meat selection, quality, and preparation cannot be beat at this popular chain. If you want meat–and lots of it–Fogo is the only option. Make sure you go on an empty stomach and give yourself plenty of time to pace yourself between all of the various courses of right-off-the-spit meats. Read the full review, here . 1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Best Brunch for Carb Lovers

Hank’s Pasta Bar Alexandria

We loved the space, vibes, and Italian flare at Hank’s. The pasta went above and beyond–they definitely know their carbs. We would recommend Hank’s for a leisurely lunch away from the chaos of the District with girlfriends, significant others, and out-of-towners. Go for the carbs, stay for the atmosphere. Pro-tip: order the side of mac! It’s to die for. Read the full review, here . 600 Montgomery St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Best Service/Experience

Fyve at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City

We give Fyve an A+ for attentive service, and spectacular classic and contemporary brunch items prepared with the freshest ingredients. The mimosa kit is by far the most luxurious we’ve seen to date. We were each given our own bottle of Veuve Clicquot served with carafes of freshly squeezed orange juice. Each bottle was just chilled to perfection. Mimosas are available for a steal, appropriately priced at just $5 since bottomless is banned in Virginia. Read the review, here . 1250 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA 22202

We enjoyed our vegan fare at this beautiful, plant-based brunch. The vegan offerings are truly innovative and incorporate fresh seasonal vegetables and ingredients. A great option for vegans, vegetarians, and plant-hungry carnivores. The service was impeccable to boot. Read the full review, here . 818 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

For a decent boozy brunch served with art deco vibes and a killer music selection. T he service was attentive and the newly renovated space is fun and lively. The sunlight peeking through the covered roof deck along with the interesting artwork truly brought the restaurant to life. Read the full review, here . 723 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

While there aren’t a ton of options to choose from in this category, we’re digging Ari’s Diner’s vibes in the hip Ivy City neighborhood. Classic and greasy fare, like a hearty BLT and Bloody Mary, make this a casual spot for an all day breakfast fix. Read the review, here. 2003 Fenwick St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Best Spot for a Brunch Date

A posh, seafood centric brunch, we knew Siren was a catch from the moment we were seated at the lush leather banquets. One bite into the crab cake and we knew Siren was going to be a real treat. Lure your next brunch date to this upscale restaurant in the Darcy Hotel off of Scott Circle and you’ll have them hook, line, and sinker. Just make sure they aren’t allergic to shellfish. Read the review, here. 1515 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Nestled down an alleyway, away from the busy streets of Georgetown is a gem of a bar. The dark, cozy vibes at the Sovereign make it a welcome respite from the crowds. The bar boasts an impressive beer menu and Belgian classics on the brunch menu. Tap your bartenders’ expertise for what pairs best. Read the full review, here. 1206 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

You want sports playing on TVs and a bottomless special that includes buckets of beer? Hawthorne is your spot. The U Street bar puts up a surprisingly decent crab Benedict and attentive service so your mimosas never go un-refilled. Read our full review, here. 1336 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Calling all snow bunnies! We’re catching major après-ski vibes from this H Street restaurant that is styled after a Swiss chalet. Bring a group of friends to enjoy toasting your own raclette cheese over the stove for a DIY brunch adventure. Read our full review, here. 1324 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

You know those days when you just can’t deal with the hustle and bustle of a brunch restaurant, but you also don’t want to cook for yourself? Quarter + Glory’s brunch menu is a saving grace. The bar is handsome, not overcrowded, and the menu includes favorites like tater tot poutine and a fried chicken sandwich on a jalapeno waffle. Read our full review, here. 2017 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009

Need a little hair of the dog and some greasy grub? Red Apron Burger Bar has the perfect options for you, including a delightful pancake burger and a kick-ass spiked brunch punch. While the Dupont Circle location closed, you can still order off the menu at EatBar. Read our full review, here. 709 D Street NW Washington DC 20004

Best Early Bird Brunch

Six-thirty a.m. is much too early for the Bitches, but early birds can get their worms at Lil B. Chef David Guas’ New Orleans-inspired joint in The Darcy Hotel offers a variety of yummy dishes early in the morning. Stop in for a hearty bite before heading to work during the week. Read our full review, here. 1515 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Non-vegans might be skeptical of an all plant-based diner, but don’t tell them and they likely won’t notice. Fare Well makes food that tastes good and just so happens to be vegan, instead of forcing dishes to meet the dietary restriction. We loved the challah French toast and the chilaquiles. Read our full review, here. 406 H St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002

Best Decor/Best Ambience

Sakerum
While the food is hit or miss at Sakerum, we love the cocktails and the aesthetic. This cool two-floor bar and restaurant on 14th Street has a sleek, sexy and dark downstairs and a bright, colorful Moroccan bazaar inspired patio, designed by Maggie O’Neill of Swatchroom. Read the review here. 2204 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009

We love the cocktails, carbs and chill vibes at this little Italian joint in Columbia Heights. It’ll be a brunch staple for years to come. Read the review, here. 3418 11th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20010

The Most Average Brunch

This no-frills brunch neither wowed us nor offended us. It’s just that–average bar food. The plastic champagne flutes and dozens of televisions make this brunch a good option for clumsy sport fanatics who want a cheap venue to catch the game. Read the full review, here . 4611 41st St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016

We thought parts of our meal were decent but other aspects could stand to be improved. We’d like to see an updated breakfast sandwich and a couple more options on the menu before we revisit brunch. They need to up their Italian food game if they want to draw in the masses. Read the full review, here . 2435 18 St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009

Farmers and Distillers

At first glance, we were utterly overwhelmed by number of buffet stations, ranging from hot to cold and incorporating global cuisines. It’s possible that we may have missed a history lesson or two, but we were unable to comprehend how the Chinese food station fits into the George Washington theme. (Turns out, it’s an ode to the restaurant’s Chinatown location… but still.) The doughnuts, however, were on point. Read the full review, here . 600 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001

Most Overpriced Brunch

Maybe it was the lack of service, maybe it was the acne commercial on TV for the duration of our brunch, but Declaration could use some amendments. At $40 for all you can eat, excluding booze–which clocked in at $11 and $10 for mimosas and Bloody Mary’s respectively, we’d expect the food and drinks to be above average. Read the review, here. 804 V St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001

Hotel restaurants can go one of two ways they can be classy and delicious or odd and bland. The Grill Room, which seems to change management as often as the weather, is currently in an off season. Strange service and overcooked eggs leave much to be desired at the stuffy Georgetown hotel. Read the review, here. 1050 31st St.N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007

Worst Downtown Brunch

Aperto is an old school Washington spot, with a location on Pennsylvania Avenue, white table clothes, and formality on the service. We loved the jazz at brunch, but the decor, hit-or-miss service, and subpar, greasy Italian food made it a bad brunch. Read the review here. 2013 I Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006

Weirdest Brunch Experience

We had been looking forward to Marcus, the restaurant from Marcus Samuelsson at National Harbor’s new MGM Resort and Casino. The space was beautiful—but decorated beautifully in the casino style, in that everything was fake and inauthentic. Unfortunately, the food was not up to famous chef standards, the pancakes were bland and the frittata was just bad. Read the review here. 101 MGM National Drive, MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD

DNV, the rooftop at Kimpton’s Donovan Hotel on Thomas Circle, bills itself as the place to be on summer Sundays. The cocktails, which are awkwardly named for millennial trends—#TBT, NSFW, the Friendzone, etc.—are saccharine, and oddly tasting. The service and vibes we off, but the food was the worst part. Read the review, here. 1155 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C 20005.

Worst Brunch of the Year

Mythology provided us with one of the worst brunches we’ve had to date. Between the confusing decor, the all-over-the-map menu, and the downright disappointing food, we simply cannot recommend this place. At the time, we thought we might go back for the selection of frites, but we can get good French fries in a less weird ambiance with better service elsewhere. Read the full review, here. 816 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Lavagna, Via Umbria, DC Harvest, and City Perch. While this article and these rankings were selected and written independently, we do receive compensation from the companies.


More Washington Hotels with Best Views

The downtown Washington DC hotel, the W Washington DC, previously known as Hotel Washington, remains the top pick for those in the know. This ultra-fashionable, boutique hotel in Washington, DC delivers on its promise for luxury, style and sophistication. Captured in several Hollywood blockbusters, including The Godfather Part II and The Firm, you, too, will feel like a celebrity at this historic hotel. Without a doubt, this is the best hotel in Washington, D.C near the White House, as its whimsical interior, creative design, generous staff and playful atmosphere will energize and inspire you. Guest rooms are cheerful, bright and contemporary with comfortable W signature beds and luxurious amenities. Head straight to the hotel’s acclaimed POV rooftop bar to revel in jaw-dropping views of downtown DC and refreshing drinks. Perfect for both business and leisure travelers, the downtown hotel provides guests with a fully equipped gym, chic Bliss spa, and a business center with computer stations and printers, as well as easy access to the metro station, shops and cafes. At the 317-room W Washington DC, everything you do will be done in style, as the on-site restaurants and bars supply fantastic views of the city and the nation’s trendsetters. Within a few steps of the White House and notable landmarks, you never know who you may run into on your Washington, DC adventure.

HOTEL VIEW: WASHINGTON MONUMENT, WHITE HOUSE, PRESIDENT'S PARK, JEFFERSON MEMORIAL
A Washington DC Hotel View captured by @davidgshort

Looking for a Washington, DC hotel with a pool and a view? Massachusetts Ave Apartment by Zen Hotel, an upscale two-apartment accommodation is exactly what you ordered. It may be pretty difficult to find apartments more exclusive or more perfectly situated than the two amazing apartments at Massachusetts Ave Apartments by Zen Hospitality. Nestled in the heart of the bustling city, these downtown Washington, DC apartments allow business and leisure travelers to easily appreciate gorgeous city vistas, and access the Abraham Lincoln Statue, Gallery Place-Chinatown, the Washington Convention Center, and nearby Union Station metro. The extremely large and modern apartments feel more like "home" than a temporary rest, and you'll undoubtedly wish that home had the same large windows with soft light pouring in and incredible downtown DC views. Although D.C is a city filled with events and excitement, guests may find it preferable to have Zen moments lounging by the hotel's outdoor pool with the cityscape in the background relaxing with a good book in the lush garden re-energizing mind and body in the gym or firing up the grill in the BBQ area with family and friends. Where better to celebrate the freedom of choices than in the city that epitomizes liberty?

HOTEL VIEW: CAPITOL HILL, WASHINGTON MONUMENT
A Washington DC Hotel View captured by @diegoleomora

Ideal for the business traveler, the 3-star CAMBRIA Hotel & Suites provides everything one may need for business or pleasure. The contemporary, oversized suites are bound to please the discerning traveler with their upscale amenities, contemporary decor and entrancing city views. Guests can rejuvenate at the lovely rooftop indoor pool overlooking the cityscape work up inner fire at the upscale gym relax with a cold drink at the outdoor lounge or unwind with a great movie in the guest room. Perhaps, in a city as interesting and enthralling as Washington, DC, there’ll be little desire to rest. The hotel’s prime location, within easy access of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Museums, galleries, attractions and the Mt. Vernon Square metro station, allows limitless choices. The Rooftop Lounge is the place to be as day turns to night pull up a comfy stool, and relish the views of Washington, DC from up high.

HOTEL VIEW: WASHINGTON DC PANORAMIC VIEWS
A Washington DC Hotel View captured by @enzyspice

Let us know if you’re ready to fall deeply and madly in love, so that we can introduce you to the edgy and stylish The Donovan - a Kimpton Hotel. You’ve never met a hotel like this before: self-described as sensual, it is as well as, ultra-luxurious, minimalist, supremely sophisticated, and swanky. To talk about the Donovan - a Kimpton Hotel requires an abundance of superlatives. Guests can’t keep mum about the award-winning hotel’s sleek and spacious guest rooms and suites, which include leather-canopied beds and unbelievable spiral showers in grand bathrooms. Fantastic views of the city can be relished from floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The hotel’s generous staff goes above and beyond to ensure guest satisfaction and if ever in doubt about what to do in the fabulous city of Washington DC, the 24-hour concierge service will point you in the right direction. Ideally situated on 14th Street, art galleries, restaurants, boutiques, and public transportation to the White House, Georgetown, and DC’s major landmarks is steps away. However, nothing on DC’s streets can rival the happenings at the hotel - the rooftop in particular. One of the most popular Washington, DC hotels with an outdoor pool, guests can enjoy a nice dip while surrounded by spectacular city views. On summer evenings, the rooftop bar, the DNV Rooftop Lounge, is open to the public, and all can indulge in smooth music, nibbles, handcrafted cocktails, and stellar views of Washington, DC. You’ll hear this hotel is “sexy,” believe it.

HOTEL VIEW: NATIONAL CITY CHRISTIAN CHURCH, LUTHER PLACE MEMORIAL CHURCH
A Washington DC Hotel View captured by @jesus_lealt

Have you done anything really great for yourself lately? If the answer is no, you can quickly and easily remedy that at the superb downtown Washington, DC hotel, the 3-star Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol. This pet-friendly Washington, DC hotel, a few minutes from the White House, has everything you desire: bright oversized rooms, attentive staff, a perfect location, awesome 24/7 dining options, and an outdoor pool (!). Guest rooms are contemporary, comfortable and well-appointed. (Select a room on a higher floor for unbeatable views of electric Washington, DC). Enjoy a hearty American breakfast at the hotel’s Kitchen Skillet, before venturing out to explore the city’s attractions, landmarks, and historic sites. Prepare to be awed by the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Capitol Building, all seen in countless movies and television shows, but never so close. There’s nothing as special as a hotel rooftop bar, and once again, this amazing downtown delight has you covered. Revel in a cocktail and city views from the Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol’s rooftop bar, and say hello to happiness.

HOTEL VIEW: CAPITOL HILL, WASHINGTON MONUMENT
A Washington DC Hotel View captured by @felipeechagas

Ever thought about having the President of the United States as your neighbor? Well, you can - (kind of) - at the luxurious 4-star AKA White House, which is a mere five minutes on foot from the most prestigious house in the world. The luxurious short-term stay Washington, DC apartments are a dreamy home away from home, so brace yourself for not wanting to check out. Built in 2005, and renovated in 2011, the towering 141-apartment hotel's high ceilings, rich wood floors and contemporary furnishings will blow you away upon entry. As the hotel's attentive staff welcomes you to your new DC home of stainless steel, marble and supreme luxury, you'll try to figure out ways to extend your stay. The one and two-bedroom apartment units are comfortable and spacious, but it's the four penthouse suites that are truly breathtaking with their enviable view of downtown Washington DC, from private balconies. Those traveling for business or pleasure will appreciate the business center, well-equipped gym and top-notch spa. Within walking distance of the White House, Lafayette Square and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, prepare yourself for bumping into a politician or perhaps an artist or two. Views of the city can be seen from the apartments, but don't miss the sunset vistas from the rooftop Washington DC lounge.

HOTEL VIEW: DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON DC
A Washington DC Hotel View captured by @jvkzhou


DC Staycation Guide

Staycations in hotels are inherently luxuries. But sometimes you want to get away and don’t have the time to actually get away. This is the guide for those times. Whether you’re looking for a boutique down the street or are trying to avoid your visiting family, we have a suggestion on where to have a second D.C. area residence for one night. From where to stay to what to eat, what to do to what to drink, here’s your D.C. Staycation Guide.

For the Couple that Wants to Live Like the Obamas

Stay: The Line has been open for less than two years but is already the de facto you-must-stay-here D.C. hotel. It helps that the Obamas ate there before it officially opened. It helps that the outside blends well into the neighborhood. It helps that the lobby is a defacto neighborhood meetup spot with a coffee shop and radio station to boot. It helps that the rooms feature unique decor that doesn’t seem like it’s trying to be hip or cutting edge or of the moment. It’s set the standard for what boutique hotels are trying to be.

Eat & Drink: Plan ahead and make a reservation for A Rake’s Progress or Brothers & Sisters. If you don’t have a reservation, your second best bet is happy hour at A Rake’s Progress. Due to the stained glass, it has one of the best sunsets in the District. But if you’re looking for something outside the hotel, consider Korean street food at Bul and drinks at Middle Eastern cocktail bar The Green Zone. Adams Morgan has a plethora of great dining options but for a staycation, try to expand your palate without leaving the block.

Do: The Smithsonian National Zoo is the best Smithsonian Institution because it’s a conservation zoo and you can see lions and bears and otters for free. We don’t need to sell you on the zoo.

For those that shun The Line, if you can afford to, stay at The Line. It has lived up to the hype. If your wallet is thin, attend an event at The Line. Most are free and if you’re not sure if it’s for you, just look at our coverage of the recent Pow Wow! event that took over the first two floors of 1770 Euclid St NW. -B.W.

For the Person Who Can’t Get Over the VEEP Finale

Stay: Seven seasons later and the story of Selina Meyer (and her cadre of colorful friends / enemies) is over. HBO might have done you dirty by ending VEEP and Game of Thrones in the same month, but you can act like nothing has changed at the Hamilton Hotel’s VEEP suite. Outfitted with more Selina Meyer references than you thought was possible, the suite feels surreal and deeply luxurious at the same time. There are family photos on the desk, real (and fake) Meyer penned books in the living room and a wonderfully placed “New. Selina. Now.” poster above the toilet. It’s weird in all the right ways.

Eat & Drink: A quick 10 minute jaunt away from the fever dream that is the VEEP suite, you’ll find one of the finest (and also the only) Georgian restaurant in D.C. Supra walks the line between fancy and casual the same way it walks the line between approachable and exciting. If you want to wear flip flops and drink rosé, they certainly won’t kick you out, but you’ll have a better time if you treat it like a nice night out and spring for a bottle of orange wine. The khachapuri is a good excuse to eat more cheese than the human body can handle at one time, but the tasting board is absolutely necessary. Packed with a variety of spread and breads, it’s just like the meals you cobble together from different hummuses when you realize you forgot to go grocery shopping and you’re too tired to try… but much nicer and also 100 times more delicious.

Do: While you’re hanging out in this part of town, it’s a good time to ask yourself, have you ever been to the National Geographic museum sober? You might have tripped through the “Queens of Egypt” exhibition after drinking too many Heineken Lights at the last BYT party, but did you actually take the time to learn the secrets of Nefertiti, Nefertari and Cleopatra? Go back and enjoy the beautiful grounds and the fascinating exhibits in a new light. You might even learn something.

A stay at the Hamilton Hotel is a delicious excuse to dig into your worst and best impulses. You can stay inside the suite and start re-watching all of VEEP (they have almost every season available for you to peruse) or you can get outside and try some new things. It’s all up to you. -K.D.

For the Person Who Actually Likes Living In D.C.

Stay: If you’re looking to stumble off of 14th Street and straight into some high thread count sheets, you’ve found the right hotel. Kimpton’s Mason & Rook is perfectly situated on 14th and Rhode Island Avenue, making it a short walk to some of the best dining and drinking in the city. This isn’t a getaway from the District… If you’re looking to pretend you’re not in D.C. any more, Mason & Rook isn’t the hotel for you, but if you want to pretend you’re much wealthier than you are in D.C., you’re going to have a great time here. The Logan Circle views are gorgeous, but if you’re able to score a room with a tub, you’ll also have the luxury of kicking back with a bottle of wine as you watch the city move around you.

Eat & Drink: You’re less than a block away from Birch & Barley (or Churchkey). You’re two blocks away from Estadio. Three blocks away from Le Diplomate. Four from Barcelona. If you really want to treat your trip like a vacation, you’ll bounce from spot to spot, tasting everything the 14th Street corridor has to offer. Kick this culinary adventure off (or end it) with a quick bite (and a cocktail) at Kimpton’s very own Radiator. You can’t go wrong with the addicting croquetas stuffed with serrano ham and fontina or the succulent Rad Burger. For drinks, go with the There Will Be Blood if you’re looking for something to start your vacation right. If you’re winding down the night, Let’s Take It Back to the Classics (which is a long way of saying Old Fashioned) will help you end things on a high note.

Do: Once again, the killer location makes it easy to get out and do something. Catch a show at Studio Theatre (we recommend the deeply creepy show The Children), check out the art at Long View Gallery, treat yourself to a flat file at Transformer or finally keep that promise to your middle school self and learn how to skate at the Shaw Skate Park. No matter what you’re into, there is something within walking distance that will scratch that itch. Or you could do what I would do and just keep eating and drinking. Either way.

Mason & Rook’s delightfully mid-century modern hotel rooms might make you feel like you’ve moved straight into a West Elm catalogue, but they won’t make you feel like you’ve left the city limits. This staycation is for someone who loves D.C., who doesn’t want to leave, even if they can. -K.D.

For the Person that Wants to Stay Calm on K Street

Stay: Eaton DC is a lot of things. First and foremost it’s a hotel, a really nice boutique hotel on a street you wouldn’t expect a boutique hotel. It’s home of one of the best rooftop bars in the city (Wild Days). It’s a co-working space. It’s also a meeting space and a radio station and a movie theater and features a hidden bar and does culturally progressive programming and every day there’s a new reason to visit K Street. It’s a lot. But we’re recommending it for a calming experience. Stay with us.

Eat & Drink: Chef Tim Ma’s American Son is a breakfast, lunch and dinner recommendation we have no trouble giving. We previously enjoyed his food at Kyirisan and American Son also delivers. Whether you’re solo or there on a business meeting, it’s a pleasant place to spend a long meal.

Do: We’re recommending to not leave 1201 K St NW for the duration of your staycation. The Eaton Wellness area is ideal for the person that does yoga and embraces meditation and is curious about infrared saunas. Some people won’t want to consume vacation level calories at American Son and not imbibe at Allegory. For them, there are Eaton Wellness’ vegetable forward detox food and beverage offerings. For someone like me, someone that wants to embrace the indulgent but also wants a body that won’t break down when you bend down, yoga the morning after dinners and drinks is ideal.

Eaton stands out on K Street and in D.C. as a whole. If you’re looking for a break, both mentally and physically (and spiritually if that’s your bag (they offer crystal healing!)) from the most notorious street in D.C., Eaton is your new new age destination. -B.W.

For the Couple That Needs To Workout No Matter How Much They Need A Staycation

Stay: The Fairmont Hotel has been around for a minute. It’s gone through a few renovations and also owners, hence its the traditional, not too crazy, but welcoming and sophisticated feel. Yet, the real gem lays a few floors from the lobby. Enter Balance gym.

The hotel is the perfect place for those who want to relax without neglecting their beach body those who need a break, but not from their CrossFit classes, those who want to kick off their shoes, but continue their kickboxing routine. In all honesty, you might want to book a room just to get to check out their amazing gym.

Sure, you can go, check it out and do the reps just like ‘Frank the Tank’, back at your local YMCA told you, but for those of you who want to step it out a notch, Balance Gym offers actual classes in almost every exercise category you can think about.

Missing your Peloton bike? No problem, they’ve got you covered with their Balance ride class. Always wanted to try those famous stripper moves you saw Demi Moore do back in 1996? They have pole dancing as a workout option. Perhaps you are healing from a recent ankle injury and your doctor recommended low-impact exercise? Balance core class has a space with your name on it. Maybe you’re thinking, “But it’s too hot, I don’t want to sweat all day.” Well, fret no more, they also offer aquatic workouts. They even have classes for the hardcore CrossFit disciples among us. There’s also a sauna and hot tub for those who live for the extra sweat.

Needless to say, if you can’t live without your daily workout routine, this is the hotel for you.

Eat & Drink: The hotel has its own restaurant, Juniper, which offers one of the best crab cakes in the district. Yet, the real MVP is The Beetini, a signature Fairmont drink which is offered throughout different locations at the hotel. What’s most enticing about The Beetini is that it includes honeycombs that come straight from Fairmont’s own pollinator bee hotel, located on the rooftop. Shahan Miah, Fairmont’s chief beekeeper, collects the honey from the beehives on the regular. Besides The Beetini, the honey is also used in the hotel’s honey jalapeño butter, which comes with the cornbread.

If you fancy exploring the area, there’s plenty of other options: from José Andrés’ America Eats Tavern, Stachhowski’s Market which serves humongous and delicious sandwiches, il Canale for some authentic Italian food including wood-fired oven pizza, to Baked and Wired for some ridiculously tasty desserts.

Do: Being at the heart of Georgetown comes with plenty of ideal activities that offer everything your heart desires. Love nature and open-air spaces? Take at look at Dumbarton Oaks. Wanna wear that fancy dress or suit you had collecting dust while enjoying some quality art? Take a look and one of the many events happening at the Kennedy Center or for free entertainment, stop by at 6 p.m. and make your way to the Millennium Stage. Wanna burn some extra calories or just take a nap while cruising on the Potomac? Head to Boating in DC at Key Bridge Boathouse and rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboat. -A.G.

For the Person Who Wants to Like Georgetown

Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown made me legitimately like Georgetown, a neighborhood I’ve stayed away from since moving to D.C. It’s the most tourist trap-y neighborhood in D.C. It features the slowest groups of people walking slowly on a crowded street. For years it had the only Apple Store in the District, making it an unfortunate trap for most everyone on the BYT staff. But it’s also a gorgeous area with great restaurants that I tend to avoid because of all those tourists. Well, guess what? When you’re on a staycation, you’re a tourist! And you will be hard pressed to find a hotel that you’ll ever want to leave than the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown.

Go to the Ritz for the reputation, go back for the service. Incredibly attentive without going overboard. You will feel like you’re on vacation. Which is the entire point of this thing.

Eat: You’re not going to want to leave your room. But let’s say you must. We like Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill. We called it your new Georgetown hideaway when it opened last year. If the bugs aren’t too bite-y, enjoy an evening sitting by the waterfront, eating seafood.

If you prefer to get back to your room as soon as possible, you can’t go wrong with Moby Dick House of Kabob. There’s something wonderful about going super high end at the Ritz and eating one dollar sign Middle Eastern food.

Do: You’re not going to want to leave your room. If you must in order to justify the staycation, run on the canal if you want to get your heart rate up. Or shop at H&M because it’s the only H&M in the area with a home section. Did you know H&M has a home section? It’s actually well curated and reasonably priced. It’ll make you want to decorate. So will the CB2 across the street. Planning home decor is much better when you get to go back to a room at the Ritz.

Remember how we said staycations are luxuries? If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it all the way. The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown is doing a staycation all the way. -B.W.

For the All-American Family

Stay: Sometimes it’s easier to spend time with your family not in your house. If you’re part of an all-American, red blooded family that likes all-American activities and red meat, we like the Capital Hilton. Extremely close to The White House (fun fact: nothing lasts forever and regardless of your feelings on the current administration, some people want to visit The White House regardless of the temporary office holder), it’s difficult to have a better location for the family attempting to check off the must visits on their D.C. bucket list.

Eat: We’ve enjoyed many all-American meals at RARE Steakhouse. Around the corner from the hotel, it’s an easy walk to a restaurant that should please red meat eaters and vegans. Yes, there are vegan options on the menu. In fact, the less red meat you eat, the more you’ll enjoy it when you do eat it. Read our piece, “A Steakhouse Chef on Why You Should Eat Less Beef.”

Do: The White House Historical Association is a non-profit organization enhancing understanding of the White House. Located in view of The White House on Lafayette Square, it’s as close as you can get to a bi-partisan learning experience about a polarizing address. If you need a break from politics, you don’t need to leave the block. The Renwick is beloved Smithsonian Institution. We like their current exhibit, Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery.

A stay at the Capital Hilton is great for either escaping your family or staying with your family not in your own house. You may need a neutral location after a day of tourism based around The White House. -B.W.

For the Couple Registering for their Wedding or Baby Shower

Stay: I never thought I’d sleep in a mall. I especially never thought I’d sleep in a hotel in a mall (figured the only way I’d crash in a mall would be in a Dawn of the Dead scenario). I really, especially never thought I’d stay and recommend The Ritz-Carlton in the Pentagon City Mall. But here we are.

I really wish I thought of staying here when registering for my wedding. Registering for a wedding is a champagne problem but if you’re the kind of person that despises commerce and big stores and teens, going to a mall is a nightmare. Staying at a Ritz-Carlton is the opposite of a nightmare. Their service lives up to their reputation. It’s a Ritz. You’ll love it.

Eat & Drink: The restaurants at the Ritz have just as attentive service as the hotel rooms in the Ritz. If you’re not too full of Cinnabon (there’s one in the mall!), the Fyve is a great option, especially their brunch. Ideally, you’ll stay on a Saturday night, do all of your shopping/registering you remember, crash, wake up, discuss what you forgot to register for over brunch at Fyve, and finally, finish shopping/registering.

Do: Register for your wedding or baby shower via the stores in the mall. Even if you think you don’t need to register for your wedding or shower, you should register for your wedding or shower. Nice people or people that aren’t nice but you still invite to your wedding or shower, will buy you things. If you don’t give them suggestions of what to buy, you’re going to get bespoke stuff you despise and can’t return. I can not stress this enough, register for what you want or at least register for stuff at stores that certain people of a certain age will buy that you can return. Malls have those kind of stores. I know you’re reading a piece about staycations and I’m going on and on about registering for gifts. You know what’s a gift? Staying at a Ritz.

Celebratory events tend to be stressful in ways you can’t predict. A staycation in the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City mall is definitely the best way to tackle the mall. Accept the attentiveness and indulge on the brunch. -B.W.

For the Person Who’s Never Had a Hangover

Stay: The Moxy Hotel wants every stay there to be a party. From their check in desk that doubles as a bar, to the (working) coin operated horse that takes up prime real estate in the lobby, every inch of the hotel is designed to break out the extrovert in you. During check in you’ll be given a coin that grants you a free drink at the hotel bar (which, again, is also the check in desk). If you want to full experience, I’d redeem it immediately and let the booze carry you through your stay. Once you’ve grabbed your drink, hop in the elevator and soak up the K Street views from your floor to ceiling windows. You’re going to have a wild time here.

Eat & Drink: The Moxy’s bar features a variety of naan flatbreads to help you soak up some of that booze, but our favorite was the dessert flatbread. Covered with Nutella, marshmallows, sliced strawberries and fresh mint, it is wildly decadent and definitely the best way to end your night at the hotel. If you’re not a dessert for dinner person, Sfoglina, one of D.C.’s best Italian restaurants is right around the corner. If you’re going to give into the party lifestyle and throw your inhibitions out the door, you might as well kick your diet to the curb and give into the siren song of carbs.

Do: Since you’re here to party, you might as well party. The Moxy isn’t too far from Soundcheck, which features a list of roving DJs from Wednesday to Sunday night, or The Park at 14th, which is known for its wild brunch (think La Boum) and its theme parties. If you’re willing to head a little further, you could swing by longtime D.C. club establishment Ultrabar or you could get a little wilder and check out Cloakroom Gentlemen’s Club (which hosted Stormy Daniels last December). -K.D.

For the Person Who Wants to Make Dupont Cool Again

Stay: In college, you might have spent an obscene amount of time buying books from Second Story, eating cheap and delicious food from Food Corner Kabob House (RIP, I miss you every day) and drinking at Sign of the Whale, but it’s probably been a while since you put in any serious face time in Dupont. Make this staycation an excuse to check in and see what’s going on in the neighborhood. Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar‘s location (and amenities) make it easy for you to get out the door and go exploring. You can walk a block in any direction and find something to do or grab one of the Palomar’s complimentary bikes and take this town by storm.

Eat & Drink: Hopefully you’ve worked up a good appetite after biking / walking around the neighborhood, because you have a lot of fantastic food options all around you. If you’re looking for something super casual (but highly rated) ChiKo is a quick walk up the block. If you’re in the mood for something a little more substantial than counter service, take a few more steps and you’re at Pizzeria Paradiso, one of the best spots for beer and pizza in the city. If you’re not quite sure what you want, Emissary is the perfect in between place. You can get cocktails or coffee or settle in for some food if moving seems too hard.

Of course, if you’d rather stay closer to home, Urbana offers all the Italian food you’re craving. Start off with an order of asparagus served with a zesty romesco sauce and rich dollops of quail egg and then dive head first into the entrees. If you’re going for pizza, the spicy sausage will set you up right with its generous helping of sausage and peppers, but if you want to bathe yourself in pasta, the tagliatelle will set you straight. This is one spot where you absolutely do not want to skip dessert. The Nutella ice cream sundae with its decadent combination of three different flavors of ice cream, candied hazelnuts, chocolate sauce, caramel, cherries and whipped cream is as over the top as it is delightful.

Do: Before you eat your way through the neighborhood, make sure to take some time and soak up everything Dupont has to offer. Visit the Rothkos at the Phillips Collection, catch some comedy (and drink your weight in beer) at Bier Baron, get lost at the Mansion on O Street or learn something new at one of Kramerbooks‘ book talks. Or do it all. The best part about a staycation is that you can always come back and check out whatever you missed.

With Palomar’s easy / breezy location, getting out and enjoying D.C. isn’t a chore. Of course, you could always crawl into one of their lovely beds and spend an evening putting their giant TV’s to use while you order room service from Urbana, but if you want to get out and get active, they make it easy. -K.D.

For the Couple Who Wants To Be Bougie… And Close to Work

Stay: It’s The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world (or the city) The Ritz is always… The Ritz. It’s beautiful. It’s opulent. It’s ritzy. An impeccably dressed woman brought me a glass of champagne while I waited in line to check in. Every time you think the service can’t get better, it does. It should go without saying that the rooms are just as luxurious as the lobby. The bed (with its combination of feather pillows and non-feather pillows, pick your poison) was easily one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in. The shower’s water pressure was strong enough to kill a man. If you have a bad time here, that’s all on you.

Eat & Drink: Depending on your mood, you can easily spend all day eating inside The Ritz. It’s like a luxurious compound you never have to leave! Park yourself in the Club Lounge and spend all day drinking wine, eating snacks and surfing the web on their complimentary wifi. It’s an adult version of a teenage dream. Want something a little more substantial in both the booze and food realm? Head to Quadrant for a sound aged whiskey tasting, where you can learn all about the wonders of science while you drink delicious whiskey.

We’ve written before about how Westend Bistro is one of D.C.’s hidden gems, so take your proximity as an excuse to tuck into the menu. The Mediterranean octopus (with it’s drizzle of smoked pepper honey) and the fingerling potatoes are a must order for the table, but it’s hard to go wrong here. Again, this is an excuse for the service to shine. Let your waiter take the wheel and lead you on a culinary adventure.

Do: If I were you, I would use The Ritz as an excuse to hide myself away from D.C. I’d stay in bed all day long with occasional trips to the Club Lounge for snacks and wine. With its proximity to K Street, you can spend all weekend there and pop right back into work on Monday without anyone suspecting anything. But if you must leave, if you must get out and do something, you’ve got options. Take a stroll on over to Georgetown and spend the day playing tourist. Get lost at Dumbarton Oaks or break out your credit card and shop like someone else is paying the bill.

It’s The Ritz. This is your excuse to live out all your rich person fantasies. Order room service in bed. Always take the glass of complimentary champagne. Live life like you’re pretending to be someone else. -K.D.

For the Person Looking to Upgrade their Day to Day

Stay: Tucked between Dupont Circle and the 14th Street corridor, the Kimpton Carlyle offers a boutique hotel experience in the heart of a residential neighborhood. Sitting on the shoulder of a tree-lined stretch of New Hampshire Avenue, it’s welcoming in the same manner as the stately Art Deco buildings that populate the surrounding area. There’s free wine and hors d’oeuvres in the lobby every afternoon, followed by hot chocolate in the evening. It’s humble and welcoming in all the right ways, and the bar/restaurant on the first floor is inviting and accessible (for a hotel bar). Fun fact: I actually lived at the Carlyle for two weeks at the end of 2014 after my building caught fire and the woman at the front desk remembered me when I checked in. It was an unexpected touch that set the tenor for my stay.

The rooms are well-decorated and the bed was heavenly, with a dense mattress, quality sheets, and plenty of pillows. I sank into it in a slightly short bathrobe and spent most of my evening watching a documentary on CNN and downing a complimentary bottle of pinot noir. Needless to say, my sleep was deep and uninterrupted, and by the time I woke up mid-morning about ten hours had gone by. I felt amazing.

Eat & Drink: Take your pick – you’re within walking distance of 14th Street. Start off with some oysters and a Pearl Cup at Pearl Dive before enjoying Neapolitan style pizzas across the street at Etto. If it’s nice enough, enjoy a frosty mug of beer at Garden District and make the most of people (and dog) watching.

Do: Go see a play at the Studio Theatre. With a focus on contemporary plays, the relatively intimate space puts on productions featuring some of the most exciting up and coming actors and play-writes in the country. However, make sure to check their website for tickets and performances with plenty of time – they don’t put on performances every night. -J.L.S.

For the Person Looking for the Party

Stay: Despite (or maybe because of?) the renovations underway, the W Washington remains as trendy and high-concept as always. Rooms are seemingly made to tease out your adventurous side my suite had a fully-stocked bar, plenty of areas for entertaining, and two gigantic 4k televisions. But despite that, they didn’t cut corners with regards to the amenities for rest: the bathrobes were plush and thick, the personal grooming products and soaps seemed to be high quality, and the blackout curtains helped keep out any light. I did the unthinkable and actually used the hotel gym in the morning, and although small, it had plenty of cardio equipment and weights in good condition. They’ve managed to strike the right balance between debauchery and restoration.

Eat & Drink: With one of the most spectacular views of the Washington Monument and The White House, The W Hotel has long been a destination to see and be seen. The hotel recently renovated POV, its famous rooftop bar, and the facelift is noticeable, with additional seating along the edge of the outdoor bar and with an insane display of overhead lights in what used to be the more subdued indoor bar. And the energy seemingly transmits to guests, who were guzzling down drinks and singing along with abandon to the selection of late 90s anthems. And that was just a Thursday. Enjoy an Orca Platter from Old Ebbitt Grill just a few steps away and you’ve the recipe for a hell of a night.

Do: Ride a bike to the monuments on the National Mall. That way you can visit all of them in short succession and avoid getting caught behind crowds of people (just make sure to let them know you’re “on their left”). Sunset over the Lincoln Memorial is surprisingly romantic, and at a minimum it’s a good way to sweat out all the toxins from the night before. -J.L.S.

For Baseball Fanatics

Stay : If you’re a Nationals fan and want to do a staycation in D.C., the Homewood Suites by Navy Yard might be your best bet. Lucky for you, it’s the official hotel partner for the Nationals and they have packages that come with tickets for home games. If your team isn’t the Nats, this is a great year for you. A sub .500 team means cheaper tickets for every game, giving you more to splurge on for things like a hotel stay in view of the park.

Eat & Drink : Nationals Park is a block away so you might as well eat in the ballpark! Grab a hot dog and drink a cold Devil’s Backbone draft. If you’re not feeling like eating standard baseball food and drinks, you can always hit up ChiKo, get a cocktail from Republic Restoratives or try out whatever Caviar is offering that month. Don’t want to eat and drink in the ballpark? Walk over to The Yards and have a beer at Bluejacket. Eat some Italian food at Osteria Morini. If you feel like cooking for yourself and have a kitchenette in the room, head over to Harris Teeter and make yourself whatever.

Do : Can’t stress this enough – go to Nationals Park and see a game. Cheer on the Nats (or not, see above), have a few drinks and don’t worry about how you’re getting home. The hotel is a block away, so you don’t have to wait in the long line for the bathroom or get crushed on the Metro. You can just leave and use the restroom in your hotel room. Also, if you forgot about that bag policy and bring a backpack, you can walk a block back to the hotel room and leave your bag there instead of renting one of the lockers. Read Brightest Young Things’ coverage on the 2019 Nationals Park season preview tour . Go Nats! Or not! -C.V.

By Kaylee Dugan, Armando Gallardo, Jose Lopez-Sanchez, Clarissa Villondo, Brandon Wetherbee


COVID-19

Do you have any information on COVID-19 cases in your restaurants and what you are doing to keep your guests safe?

Safety and transparency have always been paramount in our operations. When COVID-19 hit our region, we responded quickly with adapted protocols and enhanced safety measures. We have continued to share these efforts with our guests. Our current COVID-19 Health & Safety Dashboard gives our guests and team members a snapshot of COVID-19 testing for our employees, our in-house health screening results, the number of paid sick leave days, as well as other information outlining our COVID-19 health and safety operations.

Can I just arrive for a meal or do I need to make a reservation?

Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Are there limits to the number of people in our group?

We are following the guidelines from our local officials where there are limits for size of parties. Our online reservation system has been updated with those limits by location.

What is the 5% temporary pandemic surcharge?

In order to survive in our current COVID World, we have had to evolve our business model, which includes this temporary pandemic surcharge for dine-in only. We are working to create a long-lasting stable work environment for all of our employees with fair-paying jobs and safe environments for our diners and our teams, all the while continuing to make wholesome, scratch-made food with ingredients from farmers we know and trust. This dine-in only charge helps offset the new additional costs the restaurant has to burden during an already financially challenged time with restricted occupancy and revenue, including: added supply chain costs, health screenings for our team, PPE & corona virus killing disinfectant, food-safe fogging agent, and our ongoing and new community partnerships so we can continue to help those in need in our area, as well as people on the front lines fighting COVID-19. We’re confident once we are through the pandemic, we can simply eliminate this charge.

How do I park?

The parking garages at our restaurants are open. You may notice a queue of cars for our contact-free curbside pick up for our To Go restaurant menus and our Market & Grocery . Do not join this queue of cars if you are trying to park.

Will your employees be wearing PPE?

Masks are now optional for our fully vaccinated team members.

Will I be required to wear a face mask at Founding Farmers Tysons?

Masks are optional for our guests. We hope you are following CDC guidelines and local government rules. Masks are also optional for our our fully vaccinated team members.

Do you have outdoor/patio seating at Founding Farmers Tysons?

After March 31, 2021, we no longer will have outdoor dining at our Tysons locations. However, we do have many outdoor dining options at our other locations. Check out our detailed information on the patio dining available across our restaurants.

Will your patio and dining room have less seats to allow for social distancing?

We are following current government regulations for each location regarding capacity, size of party, indoor and/or outdoor service. Our floor plans have been modified – and in some cases expanded with new patios and tents – based on current policies by location allowing for 6 feet social distance between tables that we are seating. Some tables are being moved or will not be used. We have created patios where we didn’t have them before, and we have added tents. You may notice signage on tables that we aren’t seating. Our online reservation systems will be using our current modified floor plans and capacity requirements when you make your reservation.

How are you sanitizing between parties?

All guest tables will be cleaned, sanitized, allowed to air dry, and preset prior to your arrival. This includes table, table edges, chair backs, armrests, and seats. We are continuing to use peroxide-based, EPA-certified disinfectant against corona viruses. You will be have rolled silverware that has been sterilized and handled only with clean gloves and menus that have been sterilized and are only used once per day. Our host will provide you with detailed information on our dining protocols and what you can expect.

Do you have hand sanitizer in your restaurants?

There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout our restaurant for your use. We will also offer to sell you a small Founding Spirits hand sanitizer spray bottle you can use while you are dining and take home with you.

How will you serve us?

We are continually adapting our service in response to local and federal government guidance to protect your health and safety, as well as our other guests and our team members. We are committed to providing you with a great experience and extending our hospitality within these guidelines.

How will I pay?

When you are done dining with us, one of our servers will bring your printed check to you. We will not be using check presenters. We will take your payment – cash or card. If a card payment, we will return with a receipt and a sterilized pen for your signature, and we will sterilize your card prior to returning it to you.

Can I use your restroom?

Yes. Our restrooms are available for our dining guests only. They are being cleaned and sanitized every hour, and we are providing paper towels as an alternative to air dryers. Our restrooms are not open to the general public or third-party delivery drivers. Our restrooms are sanitized every 60 minutes, as can be seen in our Reopening Resource Guide. Of course, please continue to always wash your hands when using the restroom.

Is your market and grocery still happening?

Yes. We are still making groceries and provisions available for contact-free curbside pick up and delivery at some of our locations. Check out our ordering page to see where our Founding Farmers Market & Grocery is available. All of our operations are following and will continue to follow our adapted health, safety, and sanitization protocols.

Are you doing your full menus for to go and for delivery?

Yes. We have returned to offering our full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus for contact-free curbside pick up and delivery through third party delivery channels. If you arrive to pick up your To Go order, please pull up to our curbside out front and remain in your vehicle. There will be signage directing you to text us to let us know you have arrived and let us know your name, car make, and color. We will bring your order directly to your car trunk or back seat.

How can we help maintain a safe environment in your restaurant?

The best way you can help us keep everyone safe is by following our protocols, and simply be kind and considerate. We appreciate your willingness to join us again in our restaurants and hope we can provide you with exceptional hospitality and even a feeling of something familiar in an unfamiliar new day-to-day.

What are you using to inform your new health and safety protocols and operations?

Our adapted operations are based on current laws and regulations that have been implemented in response to the COVID-19 crisis, as well as recommendations from the WHO, CDC, and local health officials. We had a strong foundation of extensive health, safety, and sanitation protocols, which we quickly evolved to meet current need. Unless explicitly indicated otherwise, federal, state, and local laws that have always applied to our business remain in full force and effect – including, by way of example, our local city’s Health Code, Human Rights Law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – and we are therefore still required to fully comply with any such requirements.

What are you doing differently in your restaurants now that they are open to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

We are following the continually changing guidance of our local and national health officials, as well as innovators across the world, to provide our guests with exceptional hospitality and keep all of us as safe as possible.

Where can I learn more?

For more details on how our protocols and operations have changed in response to COVID-19, please review our COVID-19 Reopening Resource Guide.

Do you have heaters and/or tents for your outdoor patio?

Find our most up-to-date patio information here. In inclement weather, our outdoor patios may or may not be suitable for outdoor dining, depending on location. In our locations with heated tents, we keep tents partially open for adequate airflow. Please check the forecast for your reserved time and contact us if you need to change your reservation to our dining room.

For your weekend brunch, do you have a buffet or a la carte menu service?

We have always had a mix of menus and service for weekend breakfast/brunch across our restaurants. However, we are continuing to adapt our operations in response to changing COVID-19 regulations. Where we are able to offer our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch, we have adapted our operations so guests will be directed to our indoor buffet table — following social distancing measures — and our buffet servers will build your plates at your direction.

Please check our locations pages for each restaurant for the most up-to-date information on when and where we are providing our a la carte menus or our adapted buffet brunch service, as well as where we are currently able to serve you — on our patios, heated tents, or in our dining rooms.

Founding Farmers Tysons – Our adapted, Served Farmers Market BUFFET Brunch Menu (Guests will be guided to our indoor buffet, and our buffet servers will build your plates at your direction.)

Founding Farmers Reston Station – Saturday: A la Carte Breakfast/Brunch Menu with full service Sunday: Our adapted, Served Farmers Market BUFFET Brunch Menu. (Indoor and patio guests will be guided to our indoor buffet, and our buffet servers will build your plates at your direction.)

Founding Farmers King of Prussia – Our adapted Served Farmers Market BUFFET Brunch Menu is available for our indoor diners seated upstairs. Guests will be guided to our indoor buffet, and our buffet servers will build your plates at your direction. If you would prefer our a la carte breakfast/brunch menu, you can call us at 484-808-4008 and ask to be seated in our street level dining room.

Farmers & Distillers — Our adapted Served Farmers Market Buffet Brunch Menu is available for indoor and outdoor diners. Indoor and patio guests will be guided to our indoor buffet, and our buffet servers will build your plates at your direction.

Farmers Fishers Bakers — Our adapted, Served Farmers Market Brunch Menu is available indoors. Indoor and patio guests will be guided to our indoor buffet, and our buffet servers will build your plates at your direction. If you are uncomfortable going to our indoor buffet table, you can remain seated and use our menu to direct servers to create plate(s) with your chosen selections.

Do First Responders receive a 50% Discount?

Yes! We are extremely grateful for all of our First Responders, and we are currently offering 50% off our food and non-alcoholic beverages when you arrive in your uniform or show us your ID. We are also happy to extend the discount when you are dining with your immediate family. To receive the discount for to go orders, please order over the phone and show your ID or wear your uniform upon pickup.

What is your Packaging Fee for pick up and delivery?

The combination of the pandemic, technology, and society has forever changed our restaurant to go and delivery program. Our desire is to use high-quality, recyclable packaging for our guests, our business, and our planet. We’ve added this 4% packaging fee as we continue our sustainability mission to do more good and less harm for the planet across all of our operations.

Amenities

Do you have an elevator?

The upper level of the restaurant is accessible via ramp.

Do you have WiFi?

Yes, we offer complimentary WiFi. Please check with your server or the host for the password.

Are there TVs in the bar area?

We have small televisions located in our bar area. However, they are not easily viewed from all parts of the bar and are not advisable for viewing sporting events.

How well can Founding Farmers Tysons accommodate someone with a disability?

All of our restaurants are well equipped to provide excellent hospitality for all of our guests. Please let us know if you have any access concerns or needs in dining with us. You can make note when making your online reservation, contact us in advance of your reservation, or let us know when you arrive.

Located adjacent to Tysons Corner Center, Founding Farmers Tysons has two levels of dining connected by a ramp and stairs. The bar and restrooms are on the first level. There is paid valet parking Monday-Friday, for lunch and dinner service, and on weekends for brunch and dinner service. There is also an adjacent parking garage with elevator access to the restaurant level. We validate parking for up to two hours for daytime and garage parking is free with validation every day after 3pm. We are located less than a mile from Tysons Metro Center.

Are there other Founding Farmers locations?

Yes, we hope you will visit all of the restaurants in our growing family. In making your plans, please note that each restaurant has different offerings, amenities, and operating times:

    – Foggy Bottom, 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC – Park Potomac, Potomac, MD – 1800 Tysons Blvd, Tysons II, Tysons, VA – 1904 Reston Metro Plaza Drive, Reston, VA – 255 Main Street, King of Prussia, PA – The Washington Harbour, Georgetown Waterfront, DC – 600 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Are you currently hiring?

Yes, we are hiring for all of our locations. Check out all available positions here.

Do you have highchairs and/or booster seats?

Yes, we do have highchairs and booster seats available for your convenience.

Do you have outdoor/patio seating at Founding Farmers Tysons?

After March 31, 2021, we no longer will have outdoor dining at our Tysons locations. However, we do have many outdoor dining options at our other locations. Check out our detailed information on the patio dining available across our restaurants.

Do you offer private event space?

Yes! Please fill out this form for more information. Several of our sibling restaurants in and around the DC metro area also have private dining options available. These include our Founding Farmers Reston Station restaurant that has a 48-seat private dining space off the main dining room and the General’s Parlor, a 16-seat private dining room tucked away on the lower level of Farmers & Distillers.

Do you offer valet parking?

We don’t have valet parking at this time. There is a parking lot right next to our restaurant with parking spots for Founding Farmers.

Do you validate parking?

Yes, at our Tysons location, we validate parking up to 2 hours for daytime (7am-3pm) and garage parking is free with validation on evenings after 3pm until close and on weekends.

How may I purchase gift cards?

Share the gift of Founding Farmers with friends and family. Order gift cards online or in each store at the front desk. Our gift cards, whether purchased in our restaurants or online, are available for use at any of our Farmers Restaurant Group locations.

Is there a dress code?

We like to think of ourselves as smart casual. We are what you want to make us… casual, sporty, pre-Wolf Trap show – we love it all!

Where can I find out more about the art throughout the restaurant?

Within the restaurant you can find gold plaques near each piece of art that will share a tidbit about each artist. You can also find detailed information about each artist here.

Do you have heaters and/or tents for your outdoor patio?

Find our most up-to-date patio information here. In inclement weather, our outdoor patios may or may not be suitable for outdoor dining, depending on location. In our locations with heated tents, we keep tents partially open for adequate airflow. Please check the forecast for your reserved time and contact us if you need to change your reservation to our dining room.

Bar & Beverage

Are there TVs in the bar area?

We have small televisions located in our bar area. However, they are not easily viewed from all parts of the bar and are not advisable for viewing sporting events.

Do you have bar seating?

Yes, we do! However, due to current local guidelines relating to COVID-19 we are not currently seating guests at the bar.

What is your corkage fee?

Guests may bring in one bottle of wine per party without a corkage fee. A $25 fee for each additional bottle applies after that and any wines brought into the restaurant may not be included on our current wine list.

Do you have happy hour?

All of our DC-area restaurants will now be serving Happy Hour, including our sibling restaurants – Farmers & Distillers and Farmers Fishers Bakers.

Every Monday through Friday, join us for Happy Hour from 3:30pm-6pm at any of our DMV locations. At Farmers & Distillers, our Happy Hour is available in our bar area only.

Our Happy Hour menus vary slightly by location, but include $5 craft cocktails, Highballs, beer, and wine, plus a generous range of our guest favorites from $2-8.

Brunch

Do you have bottomless brunch drinks?

We do not offer bottomless drinks for brunch, but we have amazing pre-prohibition style eye-opener libations that are sure to please!

For your weekend brunch, do you have a buffet or a la carte menu service?

We have always had a mix of menus and service for weekend breakfast/brunch across our restaurants. However, we are continuing to adapt our operations in response to changing COVID-19 regulations. Where we are able to offer our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch, we have adapted our operations so guests will be directed to our indoor buffet table — following social distancing measures — and our buffet servers will build your plates at your direction.

Please check our locations pages for each restaurant for the most up-to-date information on when and where we are providing our a la carte menus or our adapted buffet brunch service, as well as where we are currently able to serve you — on our patios, heated tents, or in our dining rooms.

Founding Farmers Tysons – Our adapted, Served Farmers Market BUFFET Brunch Menu (Guests will be guided to our indoor buffet, and our buffet servers will build your plates at your direction.)

Founding Farmers Reston Station – Saturday: A la Carte Breakfast/Brunch Menu with full service Sunday: Our adapted, Served Farmers Market BUFFET Brunch Menu. (Indoor and patio guests will be guided to our indoor buffet, and our buffet servers will build your plates at your direction.)

Founding Farmers King of Prussia – Our adapted Served Farmers Market BUFFET Brunch Menu is available for our indoor diners seated upstairs. Guests will be guided to our indoor buffet, and our buffet servers will build your plates at your direction. If you would prefer our a la carte breakfast/brunch menu, you can call us at 484-808-4008 and ask to be seated in our street level dining room.

Farmers & Distillers — Our adapted Served Farmers Market Buffet Brunch Menu is available for indoor and outdoor diners. Indoor and patio guests will be guided to our indoor buffet, and our buffet servers will build your plates at your direction.

Farmers Fishers Bakers — Our adapted, Served Farmers Market Brunch Menu is available indoors. Indoor and patio guests will be guided to our indoor buffet, and our buffet servers will build your plates at your direction. If you are uncomfortable going to our indoor buffet table, you can remain seated and use our menu to direct servers to create plate(s) with your chosen selections.

Desserts & Celebrations

Can I bring in my own cake?

Yes, we love celebrations! Cakes, cupcakes, or pies may be brought into the restaurant, however there is a $2 per person dessert fee for every person in your party when doing so, regardless of who is having or not having dessert.

Can I order a whole cake?

We wish you would! Yes, you can order one of our original recipe, made-from-scratch, whole cakes below, with a minimum of 48 hours notice, please. Simply email your preferred location below:

Do you offer a free dessert for a birthday or some other type of celebration?

We are not able to provide a free dessert for celebrations but when making a reservation, you can pre-order a special dessert from the menu for the guest of honor and we can provide an acknowledgement of the celebration.

How may I purchase gift cards?

Share the gift of Founding Farmers with friends and family. Order gift cards online or in each store at the front desk. Our gift cards, whether purchased in our restaurants or online, are available for use at any of our Farmers Restaurant Group locations.

Is your brunch buffet or a la carte?

Our Tysons brunch is an indoor Farmers Market style unlimited buffet brunch.

Do you offer to go orders?

Yes, you will be able to order many of our menu items To Go: either in-person at our bar or online.
*Please Note: some menu items are offered for dine-in only to ensure the best quality possible.

Can you accommodate specific food allergies (nuts, dairy, gluten, seafood, etc.)?

Yes, in most cases. Our servers and chefs are trained to address food allergies and can offer menu variations. However, if you have a life-threatening food allergy which can be triggered by cross-contact, our restaurant may not be right for you—we cook almost everything from scratch and therefore the avoidance of cross-contact is not something we can guarantee with 100% certainty. If you have an allergy of this severity, please call ahead to discuss with us, as we may determine it is safest you dine elsewhere. For non-cross contact allergies, we kindly request that you provide your server with any allergy or dietary concerns before you order, and your server will help you select an item that does not contain your allergen we will not remove an allergen from dish as that can lead to errors, but we will absolutely help you select the best dish for you.

Do you have a kids menu?

One of the best things about our menu is that we try to offer a little something for every taste bud out there. We have many “kid-approved” items on our regular menus, and our service team is happy to help you choose the best item for the children in your party.

Do you offer vegan and vegetarian options?

Yes, we do feature meatless offerings for our vegetarian guests, and our servers can recommend vegan dishes as needed. We are also happy to make additional modifications whenever possible. Please be sure to mention any dietary concerns to your server.

What kind of food do you serve?

Founding Farmers is owned by more than 47,000 American family farmers of the North Dakota Farmers Union and is supplied daily by hundreds of family farms everywhere. We offer our versions of all-American and farmhouse classics with modern interpretations and preparations. Our focus is to provide our guests with the freshest, highest quality ingredients that have been grown and harvested, and then expertly prepared by our talented chefs from scratch every day. View our menus.

What time do you start serving lunch?

Lunch service begins at 11am Monday – Friday and runs through the late afternoon the lunch and dinner menu are the same. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch buffet is served until 2pm. After 2pm on weekends, the lunch and dinner menu is served.

Are you doing your full menus for to go and for delivery?

Yes. We have returned to offering our full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus for contact-free curbside pick up and delivery through third party delivery channels. If you arrive to pick up your To Go order, please pull up to our curbside out front and remain in your vehicle. There will be signage directing you to text us to let us know you have arrived and let us know your name, car make, and color. We will bring your order directly to your car trunk or back seat.

Are dogs allowed in your outdoor/patio area?

Our outdoor patios at Moco’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD and Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown allow dogs. We’re pet friendly and will happily host furry friends of any size as long as they are leashed, get along with other dogs, are not barking excessively, or intruding on other guest experiences.

Getting Here

Do you offer valet parking?

We don’t have valet parking at this time. There is a parking lot right next to our restaurant with parking spots for Founding Farmers.

Where is the closest parking?

The closest garage spaces are in the Colonial Parking site at 1750/1800 Tysons Boulevard, directly attached to the PWC Building. We are only able to validate for this garage and there are more than 75 designated, marked spaces for Founding Farmers guests.

What is the closest metro stop?

On the Silver Line, the closest stop is Tysons Corner Metro stop (at Tysons Boulevard & Chain Bridge Road). The restaurant is only a block away!

Do you validate parking?

Yes, at our Tysons location, we validate parking up to 2 hours for daytime (7am-3pm) and garage parking is free with validation on evenings after 3pm until close and on weekends.

How well can Founding Farmers Tysons accommodate someone with a disability?

All of our restaurants are well equipped to provide excellent hospitality for all of our guests. Please let us know if you have any access concerns or needs in dining with us. You can make note when making your online reservation, contact us in advance of your reservation, or let us know when you arrive.

Located adjacent to Tysons Corner Center, Founding Farmers Tysons has two levels of dining connected by a ramp and stairs. The bar and restrooms are on the first level. There is paid valet parking Monday-Friday, for lunch and dinner service, and on weekends for brunch and dinner service. There is also an adjacent parking garage with elevator access to the restaurant level. We validate parking for up to two hours for daytime and garage parking is free with validation every day after 3pm. We are located less than a mile from Tysons Metro Center.

Are there other Founding Farmers locations?

Yes, we hope you will visit all of the restaurants in our growing family. In making your plans, please note that each restaurant has different offerings, amenities, and operating times:

    – Foggy Bottom, 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC – Park Potomac, Potomac, MD – 1800 Tysons Blvd, Tysons II, Tysons, VA – 1904 Reston Metro Plaza Drive, Reston, VA – 255 Main Street, King of Prussia, PA – The Washington Harbour, Georgetown Waterfront, DC – 600 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Is there a dress code?

We like to think of ourselves as smart casual. We are what you want to make us… casual, sporty, pre-Wolf Trap show – we love it all!

Where is the restaurant located?

Founding Farmers Tysons is located at 1800 Tysons Blvd, Tysons, VA 22102 at the corner of Galleria Drive and Tysons Boulevard in the office tower on the corner. The restaurant entrance is on Tysons Boulevard, right next to the 1750/1800 Tysons Boulevard parking garage.

Large Parties

Do you offer private event space?

Yes! Please fill out this form for more information. Several of our sibling restaurants in and around the DC metro area also have private dining options available. These include our Founding Farmers Reston Station restaurant that has a 48-seat private dining space off the main dining room and the General’s Parlor, a 16-seat private dining room tucked away on the lower level of Farmers & Distillers.

Who do I contact if I want to make a reservation for a large party (more than 10 guests)?

For parties over the size of 10, please email our Hospitality Coordinator at [email protected] with information on exact party size, date, and time of your request. You will generally receive a response within 24-48 hours. Please note that due to our weekend Farmers Market Buffet Brunch set up, the largest party we can accept during Saturday and Sunday brunch is a party of eight.

Reservations

Can I just arrive for a meal or do I need to make a reservation?

Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

How well can Founding Farmers Tysons accommodate someone with a disability?

All of our restaurants are well equipped to provide excellent hospitality for all of our guests. Please let us know if you have any access concerns or needs in dining with us. You can make note when making your online reservation, contact us in advance of your reservation, or let us know when you arrive.

Located adjacent to Tysons Corner Center, Founding Farmers Tysons has two levels of dining connected by a ramp and stairs. The bar and restrooms are on the first level. There is paid valet parking Monday-Friday, for lunch and dinner service, and on weekends for brunch and dinner service. There is also an adjacent parking garage with elevator access to the restaurant level. We validate parking for up to two hours for daytime and garage parking is free with validation every day after 3pm. We are located less than a mile from Tysons Metro Center.

Are there other Founding Farmers locations?

Yes, we hope you will visit all of the restaurants in our growing family. In making your plans, please note that each restaurant has different offerings, amenities, and operating times:

    – Foggy Bottom, 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC – Park Potomac, Potomac, MD – 1800 Tysons Blvd, Tysons II, Tysons, VA – 1904 Reston Metro Plaza Drive, Reston, VA – 255 Main Street, King of Prussia, PA – The Washington Harbour, Georgetown Waterfront, DC – 600 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Can I add my name to the wait list over the phone?

Unfortunately, we cannot take names over the phone for the wait list. To be fair to all guests, if you are unable to make a reservation, then you must arrive in person to put your name on the wait list.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

No, we do not have a cancellation policy. We take all reservations in good faith, that our guests will inform us at the earliest possible convenience if a cancellation or change in party size is necessary. So, if you have a change, please let us know!

How can I make a reservation?

We love reservations! Grab a reservation here at any time. This tool reflects the availability of tables and seating times with 100% accuracy. It is the fastest and easiest way to book with us. You may also call us at 703-442-8783.

How long is the grace period if I’m running late for my reservation?

We get it, stuff happens. We offer a grace period of 15 minutes. If you arrive after the 15-minute grace period, even with a phone call, you may be subjected to the wait list simply to be fair to all of our guests.

Is there a dress code?

We like to think of ourselves as smart casual. We are what you want to make us… casual, sporty, pre-Wolf Trap show – we love it all!

Who do I contact if I want to make a reservation for a large party (more than 10 guests)?

For parties over the size of 10, please email our Hospitality Coordinator at [email protected] with information on exact party size, date, and time of your request. You will generally receive a response within 24-48 hours. Please note that due to our weekend Farmers Market Buffet Brunch set up, the largest party we can accept during Saturday and Sunday brunch is a party of eight.

What if I have an outdoor reservation, and/or it is raining or there is a forecast for inclement weather?

Some of our patios are covered or have ventilated tents. Learn more about each locations’ patios here. If you make a reservation on one of our patios – with or without a cover – please check the forecast (for rain or cold temperatures) for your reserved time and contact us if you need to change your reservation. Where we do have tents, we are keeping our tents partially open to ensure adequate airflow. To serve you safely on our patios and inside our restaurants, we are continuing to follow government regulations for reduced capacity and social distancing.


What’s New In… New Orleans

For centuries, New Orleans has lured travelers with its distinctive culture and heritage that spans Cajun, Creole, French history, voodoo culture, jazz, and, naturally, it’s world-renowned Mardi Gras.

A fter hours in New Orleans generally conjures ghost tours, jazz clubs, and French Quarter strolls. A gay traveler might even end up at Bourbon Pub or Oz, the city’s two most famous gay clubs. But I’m standing in the back courtyard of Cane & Table (1113 Decatur St., Tel: 504-581-1112. www.caneandtablenola.com), a dimly lit, off-the-radar lounge in the French Quarter that attracts the hipster set. Outside, under the moonlight, an organized drag show begins. The performance with three bearded drag queens is understated, a little trashy, effortlessly charming, and unarguably engaging. When the show is over 30 minutes later, the mixed gay and straight audience demands an encore, and the three entertainers return for one final number. It’s not uncommon to have these types of events in hetero-dominant establishments, but the Big Easy is on the brink of change, one where the LGBT community is rapidly growing and becoming more visible in the city’s progressive flair. In fact, New Orleans is defying expectations, experiencing a renaissance where contemporary hotels are opening, imaginative chefs are thinking outside the box, and the gay scene is flourishing outside its traditional environments.

For centuries, New Orleans (founded in 1718) has lured travelers with its distinctive culture and heritage that spans Cajun, Creole, French history, voodoo culture, jazz, and, naturally, it’s world-renowned Mardi Gras. With the city’s growth, however, there’s more to offer than meets the eye, and the visitor numbers are dramatically increasing every year. The proof is in the gumbo: according to New Orleans CVB, the city welcomed 9.52 million visitors in 2014 (a 2.6 percent increase from the previous year) who spent $6.81 billion, an all-time record for this quaint city.

A good indication of New Orleans’ whirlwind expansion is the brand-new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, set to debut in 2018. The $826 million project will feature 30 gates, a 2,000-car parking garage, a central utility plant, and ground transportation staging area. The new terminal is so massive, it’s projected to have a $3.2 billion annual economic impact on tourism.

The local streetcar service, RTA, is also getting a major renovation. The Regional Transit Authority is expanding with several new routes and stations with an official grand opening scheduled for September 2016. Visitors and locals can expect new service into burgeoning neighborhoods and historic districts like Treme, Marigny, St. Roch, and Bywater.

Speaking of Bywater District, this quiet neighborhood was the first sign of New Orleans’ renaissance when it was gentrified less than a decade ago. A former “rough” part of town is now brimming with outdoor cafés, yoga studios, a brand-new riverfront park, Crescent Park (which was part of Bywater’s revitalization project), and trendy new restaurants like Mission Chinese and The Franklin. It’s also going to be home to new hotels and hostels, further lending to its metamorphosis. Bywater is notable for New Orleans’ first hipster movement, one where the majority of gay locals outside the French Quarter are moving thanks to the ‘hood’s rich heritage, welcoming atmosphere, and new-found stylishness. In fact, many locals already know the Bywater as it is the home to The Country Club (634 Louisa St., Tel: 504-945-0742. www.thecountryclubneworleans.com), which features a heated saltwater pool, sauna, bar, and casual restaurant. The weekend brunch here is one of the best around and features good food, strong drinks, and fun people watching.

Crescent city bridge over the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

Cari Roy, a nationally recognized psychic and gay rights supporter, has lived in Bywater for 25 years. “I fell in love with the area because it was funky and very diverse with artists, musicians, writers, and other fringe folks. It was a wonderful blend of diverse households. As New Orleans has become a hot spot for tech, films, and startups, demand for housing has become sky high, and Bywater was already a super-cool area.”

Roy, who says you cannot be a real New Orleanian without being tied to the gay community, is happily immersed in New Orleans gay culture. “My clients are gay, my neighbors are gay, and my tenants are gay. Even though we’re in the south, no one in New Orleans is really actively trying to pray the gay away. We embrace it and under- stand it as an asset to our city.”


Willard InterContinental Washington

Welcoming guests and high profile clients since the 19th century, the Willard InterContinental is a grand old school luxury hotel with a rich history including being the site where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr wrote his inspirational "I Have a Dream" speech. Just a few blocks away from The White House and National Mall, the hotel offers 335 spacious guest rooms and 41 luxury suites. Try out the on-site health and fitness center or unwind in the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Check out the dinning and drinking options including the French bistro style Café du Parc and the Round Robin bar. Metro: McPherson Square

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The reported guest list is a 'Who's who' in the celebrity and political world.


What’s New In… New Orleans

For centuries, New Orleans has lured travelers with its distinctive culture and heritage that spans Cajun, Creole, French history, voodoo culture, jazz, and, naturally, it’s world-renowned Mardi Gras.

A fter hours in New Orleans generally conjures ghost tours, jazz clubs, and French Quarter strolls. A gay traveler might even end up at Bourbon Pub or Oz, the city’s two most famous gay clubs. But I’m standing in the back courtyard of Cane & Table (1113 Decatur St., Tel: 504-581-1112. www.caneandtablenola.com), a dimly lit, off-the-radar lounge in the French Quarter that attracts the hipster set. Outside, under the moonlight, an organized drag show begins. The performance with three bearded drag queens is understated, a little trashy, effortlessly charming, and unarguably engaging. When the show is over 30 minutes later, the mixed gay and straight audience demands an encore, and the three entertainers return for one final number. It’s not uncommon to have these types of events in hetero-dominant establishments, but the Big Easy is on the brink of change, one where the LGBT community is rapidly growing and becoming more visible in the city’s progressive flair. In fact, New Orleans is defying expectations, experiencing a renaissance where contemporary hotels are opening, imaginative chefs are thinking outside the box, and the gay scene is flourishing outside its traditional environments.

For centuries, New Orleans (founded in 1718) has lured travelers with its distinctive culture and heritage that spans Cajun, Creole, French history, voodoo culture, jazz, and, naturally, it’s world-renowned Mardi Gras. With the city’s growth, however, there’s more to offer than meets the eye, and the visitor numbers are dramatically increasing every year. The proof is in the gumbo: according to New Orleans CVB, the city welcomed 9.52 million visitors in 2014 (a 2.6 percent increase from the previous year) who spent $6.81 billion, an all-time record for this quaint city.

A good indication of New Orleans’ whirlwind expansion is the brand-new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, set to debut in 2018. The $826 million project will feature 30 gates, a 2,000-car parking garage, a central utility plant, and ground transportation staging area. The new terminal is so massive, it’s projected to have a $3.2 billion annual economic impact on tourism.

The local streetcar service, RTA, is also getting a major renovation. The Regional Transit Authority is expanding with several new routes and stations with an official grand opening scheduled for September 2016. Visitors and locals can expect new service into burgeoning neighborhoods and historic districts like Treme, Marigny, St. Roch, and Bywater.

Speaking of Bywater District, this quiet neighborhood was the first sign of New Orleans’ renaissance when it was gentrified less than a decade ago. A former “rough” part of town is now brimming with outdoor cafés, yoga studios, a brand-new riverfront park, Crescent Park (which was part of Bywater’s revitalization project), and trendy new restaurants like Mission Chinese and The Franklin. It’s also going to be home to new hotels and hostels, further lending to its metamorphosis. Bywater is notable for New Orleans’ first hipster movement, one where the majority of gay locals outside the French Quarter are moving thanks to the ‘hood’s rich heritage, welcoming atmosphere, and new-found stylishness. In fact, many locals already know the Bywater as it is the home to The Country Club (634 Louisa St., Tel: 504-945-0742. www.thecountryclubneworleans.com), which features a heated saltwater pool, sauna, bar, and casual restaurant. The weekend brunch here is one of the best around and features good food, strong drinks, and fun people watching.

Crescent city bridge over the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

Cari Roy, a nationally recognized psychic and gay rights supporter, has lived in Bywater for 25 years. “I fell in love with the area because it was funky and very diverse with artists, musicians, writers, and other fringe folks. It was a wonderful blend of diverse households. As New Orleans has become a hot spot for tech, films, and startups, demand for housing has become sky high, and Bywater was already a super-cool area.”

Roy, who says you cannot be a real New Orleanian without being tied to the gay community, is happily immersed in New Orleans gay culture. “My clients are gay, my neighbors are gay, and my tenants are gay. Even though we’re in the south, no one in New Orleans is really actively trying to pray the gay away. We embrace it and under- stand it as an asset to our city.”


Embrace the healing properties of water and a life lived lakeside. It provides a way to refresh and recharge that can’t be manufactured or store-bought. Through our Ripple Effects programming, discover a new relationship with water that treats mind, body and soul simply by being in, near or on it.


Watch the video: 4k Wharf DC Seafood Market, Washington DC Attractions (August 2022).