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Monuments and memorials on the Mall. The Smithsonian and Library of Congress.

United States Congress Building

Eclectic neighborhoods, local cuisine and cherry blossoms. Washington, D.C. is one of the most unique cities in the world. Tour the monuments and be awe struck and humbled by the beauty and history behind it all. Head to the Mall and you will see many of the city’s more than 70 museums. We love The National Gallery of Art for both classic and modern art. Make sure you ride the subterranean, the lit walkway between the two buildings. Art lovers have The Hirschhorn Museum, known for its extensive collection of modern and contemporary art, including works by Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore and Yayoi Kusama. The sculpture garden is a must-see, as it includes the famous Wish Tree by Yoko Ono. The Freer | Sackler Galleries are open to the public as well, so you can do a fully immersive art tour. The National Holocaust Museum is a moving tribute to understand the narrative of the Holocaust through artifacts, videos and personal stories. The whole family will love The Air and Space Museum, and be delighted by the scope here, including Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the Wright brothers’ original 1903 flyer, astronaut space suits and a lunar rock sample. There is the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture. While you are on the Mall, save time for The National Museum of American History with artifacts that tell the American story. Among these, a few crowd favorites, including the flag that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner, Julia Child’s kitchen, Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat, and even the puffy shirt from a classic Seinfeld episode. There is so much to see and do on the Mall, so bring your walking shoes and sense of adventure. We will curate a cultural tour with everyone’s interests in mind.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.

white lounge and dining room

D.C. is a good idea either for an extensive trip or for a quick weekend getaway. An easy drive from New York, Philadelphia or Baltimore and flights into 3 major airports, getting here is stress-free. The nation’s capital has no shortage of topnotch places to call your home away from home. Washington is a city made up of neighborhoods – each with its own character and charm, so let’s first start in the classic Georgetown neighborhood, home to Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C., the city’s first Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond property. It was newly renovated in 2016 and the 222 guestrooms – 58 of which are suites – are luxurious and sophisticated. What we love about this hotel, aside from the legendary Four Seasons service, is the location. You are literally steps away from the historic, boutique-lined streets of Georgetown. Make sure to have us book a table for you at Bourbon Steak, Celebrity Chef Michael Mina’s homage to the classic steakhouse. One of the restaurant’s signatures, Michael’s Lobster Pot Pie, takes this dish to a new level with its brandy infused lobster. The cuisine, the ambiance and the service are all beyond compare and should be on the top of all foodies’ lists. The hotel also has the sunny Seasons where you might spy some of Washington’s movers and shakers over a power breakfast, not to mention Season’s gush worthy Sunday brunch- worth waking up for.

Rosewood Washington, D.C.

green chairs and gold accents restaurant

Also located in Georgetown, on the historic C&O Canal, is Rosewood Washington, D.C. The hotel’s chic and stylish 55 rooms, including 12 suites and 6 townhouses. Perfect for groups or families, with total privacy, the townhouses all come with full gourmet kitchens and separate entrances, featuring interiors designed by D.C. based and internationally renowned designer, Thomas Pheasant. Each townhouse offers approximately 1,000-1,100 square feet of living space. WIT is delighted to offer exclusive amenities for our Rosewood guests that include daily breakfast for two guests per room, $100 food and beverage credit per stay, welcome amenity upon arrival and if available, upgrade and early check-in/late check-out. You might consider using your food and beverage credit at CUT, by Wolfgang Puck, one of the most sought after seats in town. CUT‘s sophisticated design, refined service and the absolute finest selections of beef, will leave you floating on a cloud of meat lovers happiness. After a day of shopping on M Street or visiting the Lincoln Memorial, why not pay a visit to the Rooftop Bar and Lounge. It will be a perfect end of the day respite, with views of the Potomac River, Kennedy Center and Washington Monument.

Park Hyatt Washington D.C.

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Park Hyatt Washington D.C., located in the West End, neighboring historic Georgetown, a few blocks from Embassy Row, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dupont Circle, boutique shopping, art galleries and restaurants. The 220 rooms and suites are warm, modern and comfortable, and boast the largest square footage in the city. Make sure you check out the Michelin Starred Blue Duck Tavern for tasty local crab cakes. Chesapeake Blue Crab is as local as you can get, in addition to other dishes celebrating the local bounty with a central focus on its wood-burning oven. A great diversion after touring the The United States Botanical Gardens on the grounds of the United States Capitol, is to refresh at The Park Hyatt’s Tea Cellar, which feature rare and limited production teas from China, Japan, Sri Lanka and the Himalayas. WIT is here to help you plan a memorable outing during cherry blossom season with the full garden tour complete with dining al fresco and tea tasting at the Park Hyatt. Other exclusive perks are: full breakfast for two per room, $100 food and beverage credit, upgrade on arrival and early check-in and late check-out, if available.

The Ritz-Carlton

broken bridge over creek

Still in the uber fashionable Georgetown neighborhood, we make our way to The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, a luxury AAA Five Diamond hotel, redesigned on the site of the historic industrial building, and is a lovely, pet friendly property that offers classic, casual accommodations in a location that lends itself to total immersion in our history. The hotel features a total of 86 rooms, with about half being suites, and is the smallest Ritz Carlton in the Americas! A great new offering, are the newly launched Wellness Rooms. Located on the spa level, these special guest rooms come with Vitamin C showers, lavender bath salts, ESPA amenities, a yoga mat and a balance ball in place of the desk chair. You will have all the comforts of home with a focus on relaxation and fitness. For our guests, WIT is happy to include a few perks like continental breakfast daily for two, a room upgrade if available upon arrival, $100 hotel credit and early check-in or late check-out, subject to availability.

Conrad Washington, D.C.

hotel in big city

Situated in the heart of downtown, is the contemporary Conrad Washington, D.C. With 360 rooms and suites, outdoor terraces and a rooftop bar, you’ll be able to enjoy a true city retreat. The exclusive, Sakura Club, enables guests to have personalized service, including its own private chef, Japanese whiskey tastings and cocktails, in-room shopping experiences and any last minute needs you might have during your stay. Indulge in the ultimate culinary experience at Estuary. World renowned Chefs and brothers, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, have created a menu reflecting the distinct flavors of Chesapeake Bay, and are bringing this experience to guests. With items including Chesapeake oysters and Maryland crab rolls, you are sure to enjoy their creative and unique twist on all these local favorites. Our clients will enjoy the following amenities with their stay: Upgrade upon arrival and early check-in/late check-out, both subject to availability, $60.00 daily breakfast credit for two and $100.00 food and beverage credit, during your stay.

Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C.

white room with nice furniture and chandilier

Located along D.C.’s southwest waterfront with exceptional views of The Jefferson Memorial, Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C., puts guests within walking distance of some of D.C.’s most iconic attractions. Explore eleven of the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, visit the Tidal Basin for cherry blossom viewing and check out the District Wharf for dining, concerts, shopping and water sports. Guests will marvel at the room views in this 373 key hotel which includes 51 suites and a private 4000 square foot garden. Offering exclusive benefits for those who choose this upgrade, The Club Lounge, is a private space for guests to work, relax and socialize. During your stay you will enjoy special amenities, such as a nightly selection of dim sum paired with specially curated sake, craft beers and wines. Club guests are also offered access to a private meeting room, late check-out and chauffeured car service. When we book your stay, as WIT preferred guests, you will enjoy additional perks like, daily buffet breakfast for two guests per bedroom or continental in-room dining, $100 USD food & beverage credit, early check-in/late check-out and room upgrade, subject to availability. All of this sightseeing can be exhausting, so we recommend you visit The Spa by Mandarin Oriental, the city’s only Forbes 4-star spa, for the ultimate zen experience. The spa menu is a lovely mix of traditional and Asian treatments like Chakra Rebalance Treatment, or a meditative nap on the Gharieni Spa Wave Table. Combining gentle sound waves with a highly efficient vibration massage system, the Spa Wave Table, aligns the body’s chakras for deep relaxation. The treatment addresses stress reduction, vibracoustic frequency healing, chakra balancing and sleep enhancement. For your aerobic needs, the 1,400 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center is equipped with a full range of TechnoGym training equipment and a 50-foot lap pool.

DuPont Circle Hotel

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DuPont Circle Hotel located on its namesake landmark, Dupont Circle, in the heart of the city, is a hip and luxe hotel superbly located between the chic residential districts of Georgetown and Kalorama. Sleek and beautiful, the large guest rooms are comfortable and contemporary. The hotel also has the exclusive Penthouse level floor made up of 12 terrace suites to take in the views from the top. We can offer our guests continental breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom, $100 USD equivalent food & beverage credit to be used at one of the three on property outlets and upgrade at the time of booking, with early check-in and late check-out, if available.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the D.C. food scene, which has become one of the hottest food cities in the country. No matter what part of the city you are in you could stumble upon a James Beard Winning restaurant. We would love to book you into Chef Aaron Silverman’s,  Rose’s Luxury, ode to New American cuisine or Little Pearl, his latest addition, making all the top lists. Venture into one of José Andrés’ several D.C. eating spots. We love Zaytinya, which serves up an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines, or the uber exclusive Michelin Starred, Minibar.   Brunch with kids, a celebratory dinner, a late night cheeseburger, or day-drinking rose on the patio, and Stephen Starr’s 14th Street hotspot Le Diplomate, is your place. Ethnic cuisine abounds with Ethiopian in Adams Morgan, or Komi, Johnny Monis and Anne Marler’s menu-free tasting room in a Dupont Circle rowhouse, is wonderfully unpretentious.

We can’t get enough of Washington, D.C., a city brimming with history and culture. As Abraham Lincoln eloquently stated, "Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." As we look forward to brighter days ahead, we can’t think of a better place to visit than our nation’s capital. We live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Let’s fully enjoy all of Her vastness together. Continue to stay strong and let us know when you are ready for us to plan your star-spangled visit.

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