Travel + Leisure: At this stylish neighborhood addition, a rooftop infinity pool (a rarity for D.C.) raises the hotel luxury bar. Need a last-minute restaurant reservation? Ask your personal concierge.
Travel + Leisure: Enter the lobby of this Tony Chi–designed retreat, and you’ll see photographs of cherry trees printed onto 10-foot-tall glass panels. Upstairs, rooms are decorated with American folk art.
Travel + Leisure: A classic men’s haberdashery if ever there was one, this place specializes in the sort of conservatively stylish suits, shirts, ties, and shoes that are the telltale marks of D.C. movers and shakers.
Travel + Leisure: This boutique in Cady’s Alley—D.C.’s design strip—is run by fashion insider Nancy Pearlstein, who chooses from a short list of notables including Dries Van Noten, Marni, Jil Sander, and Balenciaga.
1033 31st St NW (btw Waters Alley & South St), Washington, D.C.
Men's Store · Georgetown · 6 tips and reviews
Travel + Leisure: Stylist Kelly Muccio carries key brands—Rogan and Band of Outsiders among them—at her men’s store, a converted town house complete with a bourbon bar and a showroom for personal-shopping clients.
140 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW (Upshur Street NW), Washington, D.C.
History Museum · Petworth · 16 tips and reviews
Travel + Leisure: Now a museum, the hilltop mansion was Honest Abe's summer White House, where he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation and coordinated much of the North’s military deployment during the Civil War.
Travel + Leisure: Designed by Philip Johnson in 1963, this petite gallery is as captivating as the Impressionist and Modernist works it contains (paintings by Cézann, and Braque, plus sculptures by Calder and Rodin).
Indian Restaurant · Penn Quarter · 148 tips and reviews
Travel + Leisure: D.C.’s elite, from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to Virginia Senator Mark Warner, flock to this classic Indian restaurant for authentic northern Indian cuisine. Ask the server for guidance, and share everything.
Tapas Restaurant · Penn Quarter · 204 tips and reviews
Travel + Leisure: Spanish-born star chef José Andrés jump-started his career in his new home city with tapas restaurant Jaleo. Sample a classic paella or a tortilla with sobrasada, onions, and Mahón cheese.
Travel + Leisure: A 60-plus-year-old institution known for its no-frills grub. Our favorite: the Chili Half Smoke, a pork-and-beef smoked sausage on a steamed bun with mustard, onions, and Ben’s signature chili sauce.