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A Perfect Day in Washington: Kristin Guiter

The arts advocate shares her go-to spots for drinks, plays and outdoor sculpture

As head of KKG Arts + Culture Communications, Guiter has an office in the former Wonder Bread factory, but she finds real wonder all over town.

First Thing: Hunting & Gathering

I live in Mount Pleasant neighborhood, and our farmer’s market has fresh produce, live music and flowers. I select hydrangeas and sunflowers for bouquets on my desk.

Plaza, 3200 Mt. Pleasant St. NW

Morning: Weekend Brunch

I’d head to Tabard Inn. It’s Old World Washington (with tables in the courtyard now), always popular with the denizens of Dupont Circle. Chef Dalo De La Paz’s donuts are to die for.

1739 N St. NW, 202.331.8528

Tabard Inn
Tabard Inn courtyard (Courtesy the inn)

Afternoon: Taking a Sculp-tour

I’d stroll around Foggy Bottom [the neighborhood that includes GWU and the State department], because it has a summer-long outdoor sculpture show [download guide here]. Of course, the National Gallery Sculpture Garden is fun for picnics and live jazz every Friday from 5 p.m. Go early!

Sculpture Garden, 7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, 202.289.3360

Foggy Bottom sculpture
A mini-cityscape by Rachel Schmidt (©Dakota Fine, Arts in Foggy Bottom)

Evening: Happy Hour

Within steps of the Mall is a cool cocktail stop, the P.O.V. Lounge atop the W Hotel. As the sun goes down, I order a Dark and Stormy and take in the aerial view—the White House roof and the monuments.

515 15th St. NW, 202.661.2400

Nightime: Performance and Pizza

In June, Cultural DC presents the Source Festival, sets of 10-minute plays that are quirky, original and often very funny, staged by up-and-coming theater talent. After a show, I’d swing by Matchbox for one of my favorite D.C. dishes—the Fire & Smoke pizza.

Source, 1835 14th St. NW, 866.811.4111

Matchbox, 1901 14th St. NW, 202.328.0369

Read our Q&A with Kristin.