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NCS Currents Sept 2016

Washington Welcome to DC! In 1842, Charles Dickens Fun Things to Do in Our Nation’s Capital Outside of the Annual Meeting By Erin Bosch, PA-C described Washington, DC as “the city of magnificent intentions” with spacious avenues leading nowhere and public buildings without a public. He described a city that was devoid of anything appealing and whose only inhabitants lived here out of obligation – the President and his establishment. Times have certainly changed. DC now draws visitors from around the world and has a depth of diverse and unique activities to offer everyone. While visiting DC, the hardest part is deciding which monument, museum, neighborhood, restaurant, or bar to visit! Follow the official hashtag #myDCcool to see what others are doing now. The National Mall Touring the many monuments in DC may sound… well… touristy, but these tributes to our nation’s history are nothing short of breathtaking. There are many ways to see the memorials besides on your own two feet. You can tour by Segway, rickshaw, trolley, bike, boat, or even by duck! One visitor favorite, Monuments by Moonlight, is a boat tour that leaves straight from The Gaylord Hotel. Check out DC by foot to find free walking tours or simply metro to Smithsonian Station and start exploring. The Museums DC is home to nearly 200 museums! The Smithsonian Institute offers 17 different museums for free. Some of the SI favorites are the Air and Space, Natural History, American Indian, and Hirshhorn museums. In addition to the expansive SI collection, the Holocaust Memorial is a powerful reminder of how fragile freedom and democracy can really be. Politicos are lucky to be visiting DC in the early stages of the upcoming elections and will appreciate the “Like, Share, Elect” exhibit at The Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. Be sure to take in the view from the balcony before you leave. The Food DC is in the restaurant scene spotlight right now after the recent announcement that the city will be awarded the prestigious Michelin Guide rating system starting this October. Those who live in DC know that one of city’s best features is the food but receiving this recognition has officially put DC on the worldwide food map. To start narrowing down your dining options, you can check out some of this year’s top spots on Washingtonian Magazine’s “100 Very Best Restaurants” list. For those who really want to eat their way around DC, check out one of the walking food tours offered by DC Metro Food Tours or Carpe DC. For some local favorites that didn’t make the list this year, try these spots: Old Ebbit Grill and Oyster Bar in Penn Quarter for brunch – it’s DC’s oldest saloon and only steps from the White House, Monocle in Capitol Hill to bump into a senator having a steak, Cashion’s Eat Place in Adams Morgan for a chef recommended and secret VIP spot, Barcelona for tapas in Dupont Circle, Sequoia in Georgetown for an outdoor patio with a water view, Founding Farmers in Foggy Bottom near George Washington University Hospital for farm-to-table food, Thip Khao in Columbia Heights near Washington Hospital Center for Laotian with a twist, Birch & Barley in Logan Circle for a beercentric menu, Chaplin’s in Chinatown for elevated Japanese ramen, Mari Vanna in Downtown for classic Russian fare, District Kitchen in Woodley Park near the Zoo for locally sourced American dishes, Ben’s Chili Bowl in U Street for a quick hearty DC staple, and finally Amsterdam Falafel Shop in Adams Morgan for late night craving. Across the water in Alexandria, Virginia, try Indigo Landing near Regan Airport and The Charthouse for seafood with a waterview. The Bars Beer lovers should head to Church Key, Smoke and Barrel, Sauf Haus Bier Hall, Bier Barron, Roofer’s Union, and City Tap House. Winos should try Cork, Vinoteca, Flight Wine Bar, The Pursuit, Room 11, Bin 1301, and Bistro Cacao. Whiskey and spirits flow from Jack Rose Dining Saloon, Brine, and The Gibson. Anxo Cider Bar is DC’s first of its kind. Rooftop and patio seekers go to Local 16, Lauriol Plaza, Bar Marvin, Red Derby, Archipelago, Bangkok Joe, Citybar, and Hawthorne. For fun and games go to Rocket Bar, Lucky Bar, Board Room, Penn Social, and Atomic Billiards. Music and late night lovers check out Eighteenth Street Lounge, Public, Tree House Lounge, The Hamilton, The Pinch, and Black Cat. Those looking to bar hop the night away can start in Dupont Circle and then make their way down Connecticut Avenue or 18th Street. The Shopping Nearby in McLean, Virginia, Tyson’s Corner Mall and Tyson’s Galleria collectively offer over 400 stores. Also in Virginia is Old Town Alexandria which has many unique and fun shops in addition to many recognizable places. The DC neighborhoods of Georgetown, Friendship Heights, and Penn Quarter have a variety of big name retailers and small businesses. Eastern Market is a long time DC favorite farmers market and Union Station is so much more than a train station with more than 100 stores. 10


NCS Currents Sept 2016
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