3 Meals:Where to eat in Washington DC www.casualtravelist.com

3 Meals: Where to Eat in Washington DC

With some of the hottest restaurants in the country, a dizzying variety of cuisines and good food at every price point there has never been a better time for a foodie to visit Washington DC. One of the most frustrating things for visitors is matching up a tasty meal with sightseeing. Diners in DC are spoiled for choice but if hunger strikes after you’ve hiked the 2 miles of the National Mall it’s nice to know what’s tasty nearby. For this reason I’ve lined up some of my favorite wallet friendly and mid-range dining options in the district as well as including what major tourist sites are nearby. Check out some of my recommendations for where to eat in Washington DC.

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My Gold Level Experience at the Fairmont Washington DC www.casualtravelist.com

My Gold Level Experience at the Fairmont Washington DC

With history around every corner, a growing arts community and one of the most exciting culinary scenes in the country it’s little surprise that Washington DC is one of my favorite stops for a city break. The Capitol is spoiled for choice when it comes to great hotels but I couldn’t pass up a chance to return for a stay at the Fairmont Washington DC. The Fairmont’s location is one of the best in the city, within easy reach of the restaurants and shops of Georgetown and Dupont Circle as well as being convenient to the monuments and museums of the National Mall while being an oasis from the tourist fray.

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Beyond the Monuments: Washington DC Art Galleries to Check out Right Now www.casualtravelist.com

Beyond the Monuments: Washington DC Art Galleries to Check out Right Now

Washington DC is famous for its monuments but visitors are often surprised to find a vibrant art scene in the capital. Shedding it’s buttoned up reputation these Washington DC art galleries are showing off the capital’s creative side. A weekend is the perfect length of time to check out the art scene in Washington DC; I’ve highlighted a few of my favorite museums and galleries that offer a collection of exhibits that range from thought provoking and awe inspiring to fun and whimsical. Here are five Washington DC art galleries to check out right now.

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25 Tips for Your First Trip to Washington DC www.casualtravelist.com

25 Tips for your First Trip to Washington DC.

Once known best for monuments and museums, the White House and the Capitol; Washington DC has shed it’s formerly buttoned up reputation to become one of the most dynamic cities in the country.  A visit to the American capital today finds eclectic neighborhoods, an ever-changing roster of cultural events and one of the most exciting food scenes in the world. Here are a few tips to help plan your first trip to Washington DC.

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The Fairmont Washington DC offers a peaceful retreat in the nation's capital. www.casualtravelist.com

Capital Elegance at the Fairmont Washington DC

I travel to Washington DC often and I’m always on the lookout for the right hotel for the right trip. DC is a large city full of diverse and unique neighborhoods and I’ve spent some time exploring a number of them; Dupont Circle’s lively vibe,the politico airs of downtown, Capitol Hill’s classic meets funky charm and the quiet appeal of Woodley Park. One place I haven’t been was Georgetown and it was high time I explore one of Washington’s most alluring neighborhoods along with one of DC’s most alluring hotels, the Fairmont Washington DC.

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Tips for enjoying cherry blossoms in Washington DC. www.casualtravelist.com

Tips for Enjoying the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

While Washington DC is great destination any time of year, it is particularly magical in the springtime when the cherry blossoms bloom in a burst of pinks and whites highlighting the beauty of our nation’s capital. One of my favorite cities, I try to get to Washington DC as often as I can but I always try to plan a springtime trip in hopes of seeing the cherry blossoms in all of their glory. A gift of friendship from Japan to the American people in 1912, the pastel blooms that line the Tidal Basin explode with color and signal that spring has arrived to the Capitol. Planning a trip during cherry blossom season can be a bit tricky, here are a few tips for enjoying the cherry blossoms in Washington DC.

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Rural Society- A taste of Argentina in Washington DC www.casualtravelist.com

Rural Society-A Taste of Argentina in Washington DC

The dining scene in Washington D.C. just keeps getting better. A number of celebrity chefs along with a wave of creative newcomers looking to make their mark have found culinary inspiration in the nation’s capital leaving me spoiled for choice when looking for a memorable meal. During my recent stay at the Loews Madison I was delighted to find that I didn’t have to go far. Rural Society, the Madison’s flagship restaurant, is Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first foray into Washington D.C and is a new darling among district foodies. Having dined at Tinto and Amada, two of Chef Garces’ restaurants in Philadelphia (the latter of which is solely responsible for my new found love of sherry), I knew I’d be in for a great dining experience at Rural Society.

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The Loews Madison, a boutique luxury hotel in Washington DC just steps from the White House www.casualtravelist.com

The Loews Madison Hotel- My Correct Address in Washington DC

Washington DC is one of my favorite cities for a quick weekend break. History,a vibrant culinary scene, world-class museums and an endless array of festivals and events make DC a perfect place for me to return to again and again. What I hadn’t found though, was the perfect hotel. Each visit I’d stay in a different hotel but none really felt like a good fit; too stuffy, too small, too plain, too far away. Nothing was just right, I kind of felt a bit like Goldilocks. So when a friend recommended I stay at the Loews Madison on my most recent visit I was intrigued, would this be the perfect fit?
The Loews Madison, a boutique hotel in Washington DC just steps from the White House. www.casualtravelist.com

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The Lengths I go to for Sangria and Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

It’s Saturday morning,  68 degrees with clear blue skies and a light breeze, the first truly gorgeous day of spring and I’m stuck in traffic. Inching our way through D.C.’s notoriously snarled beltway traffic we arrive at our destination 45 minutes late after a 4.5 hour drive. What could prompt me and my friend Katie (of Domestiphobia fame and the only person crazy enough to join me) to drive 8 hours round trip on an absolutely beautiful spring day?

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