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Winter Visit

By Traveller December 27, 2018
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Winter Visit

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By Brandi Traveller December 27, 2018

We will be there from December 30th- January 3rd. What are the best eats and events while we are there?

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Hi Brandi,

Check out the lights at Washington Zoo - they will be open through 12/30, 5-9 pm, worth it! Also walk around Adams Morgan neighborhood and stop by some of its ethnic restaurants, as well as get coffee at Tryst - the best coffee shop in D.C. in my opinion :). have fun!
Local December 27, 2018
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Holiday display at National botanical garden on the mall is awe inspiring. The outdoor skating rink at the national gallery sculpture garden on the mall is fun. Artechouse, Georgetown Waterfront
Places to eat breakfast: open city, the diner, buttercream- get the cinnascone. Lunch: federalist pig, El Ray, Glen’s garden market, union market - food and shops, dinner in DC is always busy make reservations or be prepared to wait : Hazel, Barcelona, le diplomate, anything on 14th street or Shaw area or on blagden alley. .
Cocktails: Columbia room- need reservations- plan ahead, bar at the hotel Monaco has outdoor winter garden, grab a glass of wine or beer at the concession stand by the Lincoln memorial and watch the sunset over the memorial.
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Local December 27, 2018
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lots of ice skating rinks at cool locations will be open- National Gallery. Museums are open and free. Many light shows - zoo lights is worthwhile. Georgetown glow not so great this year. Mormon Temple and Brookside Garden light shows should be worthwhile but a bit of a shelp. See a show at the Anthem theater and check out the Wharf area.
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Local December 27, 2018
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Check the Washington Post on Friday’s for “what to do in the city this weekend” it will list any cool festivals, exhibits, conferences, etc. in town. There are so many all the time that it’s impossible to know. Heads up, with the current government shutdown a lot of the city may be closed (museums and/or memorials) to all. Restaurants and paid museums will still be open though.

As for what restaurants to hit up, depends on what kind of food you like to eat. Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street is local legend and worth a visit, get a half smoke there and then hit a jazz club in the evening. There’s a large Ethiopian population in the DC area so you can pretty much throw a stone and hit good Ethiopian food.
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Local December 27, 2018
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This is super helpful. Thank you! I was told to watch fireworks from the mall. Would you suggest that as well? We are staying pretty close to the White House.
Brandi Traveller December 27, 2018
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Depending on which hotel you’re staying at m, they may have a rooftop terrace. I’d watch from there. Less crowds, you can have a beverage, no security, etc. There are other places around the area that do fireworks as well for NYE, like National Harbor and now there’s a water taxi you can take to get ther. You could also do a Potomac Boat Cruise, but that may be full at this point and super dressy.

It looks as though most of the Smithsonians are staying open until January 1 and then will close so hit them up on your first day if the shutdown is still happening.

One of my favorite places that rarely gets visited by tourists is the Belmont House. Look it up, it’s awesome.
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Desiree Local December 27, 2018
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The staff at our hotel says that there are not firework displays in DC. Is this true? We are strongly considering the National Harbor, but want to make sure that we can see fireworks without having to attend a gala.
Brandi Traveller December 31, 2018
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