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If you go: Washington DC

Lodging

Lorien Hotel and Spa, 1600 King St., Alexandria, Va. Tel. 877-956-7436, lorienhotelandspa.com. Spa luxuries and cool minimalism, nestled in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Rooms start at $220.

Four Seasons, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, 202-342-0444, fourseasons.com. Georgetown at its swankiest is outside the front door, and there's bullet-proof glass in the Presidential Suite. Rooms start at $545.

Donovan House, 1155 14th St. NW, Washington. DC. Tel. 866-538-0187, thompsonhotels.com. Injects an element of sensuality and sleek sophistication into the Washington hotel scene. Rooms start at $129.

Dining

Bourbon Steak, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-944-2026. Sure, there's premium red meat, but there's also organic chicken with truffled macaroni and cheese. Entrees start at $24.

Equinox, 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-331-8118. The best of "enviro-friendly" dining, from chef Todd Gray. Entrees start at $17.

Blue Ridge, 2340 Wisconsin Ave NW, 202-333-4004. Try the shellfish stew, with smoked ham broth. Entrees begin at $13.

Sonoma, 223 Pennsylvania Ave SE, 202-544-8088. Wood-grilled meats and seafood paired with the best American and Italian wines. Don't miss the Shenandoah Lamb with Lemon Balm. Entrees start at $14.

Potenza, Woodward Building at H and 15th streets, 202-638-4444. Exquisite menu of rustic Italian dishes, pizzas and pastas. Entrees start at $12.

Zentan, 1155 14th Street NW, 202-379-4366. A bold and inventive approach to Pan-Asian cuisine. Start with the sushi platter, and then some Singapore Slaw. Entrees start at $18.

Brabo Tasting Room, 1600 King St., Alexandria, Va. 703-894-3440 - Wood-fired items, classical charcuterie, and artisanal cheeses with house-made condiments and country bread. Entrees start at $12.

Spot Lounge, 1214 18th St. NW, 202-785-2922. Washington's prettiest young things, in an underground bar that's lit a brilliant blue. Drinks start at $7.

Attractions

International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW, 202-393-7798, spymuseum.org. Hands-on tour of an invisible profession. Were Josephine Baker and Marlene Dietrich really spies? Find out here. Admission is $15 for children, $18 for adults.

The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., 202-456-7041. Public tours of the White House are available through your congressional representative. Requests must be submitted at least 30 days in advance.

Ford's Theatre and Museum, 511 10th St. NW., 202-347-4833, fordstheatre.org. Site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Ford's Theatre's mission is to celebrate Lincoln's legacy and to explore the American experience through theater and education. Admission is free.

Madame Tussauds, 1025 F St. NW, 888-246-8872. madametussauds.com. Wax figures of famous people from Hollywood, politics and history - Angelina Jolie to J. Edgar Hoover. It's tiptop-tackiness. Admission is $15 for children, $20 for adults.

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, located below the East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues. 202-226-8000, visitthecapitol.gov. Tour this national monument, which is both a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. Admission is free.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History, On the National Mall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, 202-633-1000 Over 3 million objects - everything from the star-spangled flag that inspired our national anthem, to copper pots from Julia Child's kitchen. Admission is free.

Information

For more information about Washington, including hotel deals, visit washington.org.

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