Things to Do:
From your hotel, you can explore the Dupont Circle area- shopping, eating at one of the restaurants below, or relaxing. On Saturday and Sunday morning, you can visit the Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market, right next to the hotel. Afterward, visit the Phillips Collection or Hillyer Art Space (if you’re into art) on your walk to nearby Georgetown. You can walk the streets of Kara’s “college town,” check out Georgetown University. and walk, bike, or kayak on the C&O Canal.
Want to visit the museums and monuments? Take the bus or metro downtown. The Smithsonians (Air & Space Museum and Natural History) are on the Mall, along with the White House, Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, and War Memorials. Eat lunch at the Museum of the American Indian– their cafe is fantastic. If you plan ahead, you can arrange for a tour of the White House.
Done all of that on a previous visit? Begin in Chinatown and (grab a drink at The Iron Horse) and visit the unconventional museums. The International Spy Museum, National Museum of Crime and Punishment, and the Newseum (a must-see!) frequently feature admission deals on LivingSocial and Groupon, if you plan ahead.
Prefer to plan on-the-fly or have some free time in your schedule? Check out the popular sites DCist, Free in DC, and 365 Things to Do in DC for interesting events about a week before your stay. Jonathan checks these sites weekly for fun things to do on the weekends.
Restaurants within blocks of The Churchill:
Kramer Books: Cafe, lounge, restaurant and book store, all-in-one! Fantastic place for brunch on Saturday or Sunday.
Banana Leaves (Asian): Right next to her work, Kara often goes here for lunch.
Smashburger (American): The truffle mushroom and swiss burger is ah-mazing.
Bistrot Du Coin (French): Try their mussels (but avoid the foie gras and veal!)
Alero (Mexican): Who doesn’t love a great margarita?
Restaurants in nearby neighborhoods:
El Tamarindo (El Salvadorian, Adams Morgan): One of Kara’s favorite restaurants for 14 years.
L’Enfant Cafe (French, Adams Morgan): Small, cozy French cafe.
Amsterdam Falafel (Belgian, Adams Morgan): Amazing falafels- don’t leave DC without trying!
Diego (Mexican): Craft cocktails and the art of Diego Rivera.
Ben’s Chili Bowl (American): DC loves this nostalgic spot, where you can get one of the best chili dogs around.
The Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, and the U Street areas are the top places to let your hair down in DC.
Bars within blocks of The Churchill:
Board Room: A great bar to grab a drink and play a board or card game!
Maddy’s Bar & Grille: Laid-back atmosphere and great happy hour specials.
Bars in nearby neighborhoods:
Jack Rose Dining Saloon (Adams Morgan): Trendy bar with more scotch/whiskey than anyone in DC.
Madam’s Organ (Adams Morgan): A DC institution, the iconic red-headed lady on the side marks the spot. Live music 7 nights a week.
Local 16 (U Street): Great rooftop bar.
Stetson’s (U Street): Darts and a laid-back atmosphere.
Teaism (Dupont, right near hotel): Asian tea house. Try their chai!
Locolat Cafe (Adams Morgan): Belgian chocolatier with the best hot chocolate ever.
Tryst Coffeehouse (Adams Morgan): Coffeehouse, lounge, bar- this spot has it all.
Bus Boys and Poets (U Street): Eat, drink, watch a documentary or listen to some slam poetry. This progressive bar/lounge/restaurant is popular.