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Top Luxury Experiences in Washington, D.C.

In Washington, where lawyers and lobbyists with large expense accounts regularly wine and dine, there’s no shortage of ways to splurge.

A sky’s-the-limit tour might begin in Georgetown, the epicenter of wealth and status. Founded in 1751, the neighborhood has been home to many powerful and influential Washingtonians, from politicians to socialites and media personalities. Head here for a dose of history while strolling along the zone’s cobblestone streets lined with magnificent mansions. Shop for art and antiques along M St. NW and Wisconsin Ave. NW, and dine at some of the city’s most coveted tables.

Urbanites with cash to burn may prefer the heart of the city in which to flex their financial muscles. At CityCenterDC, a hub of luxury awaits with stores like Hermes and Louis Vuitton, plus restaurants like Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen and Bar. A precious gemstone’s throw away, Penn Quarter offers the well-heeled even more rarified dining options, including Jose Andres’ restaurant empire (with ultra exclusive Minibar). Near the White House, take the elevator to the top floor of the W Hotel to swanky POV Lounge, where VIP tables include sweeping city views.

For options farther afield, the cash-rich may take their Teslas for a spin in Northern Virginia, where glitzy storefronts offer up pricey goods, and restaurants draw even the President.

Georgetown

Centered at M Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW, D.C.’s oldest neighborhood (1751) still buzzes with activity. Locals and visitors come for the shopping, dining, historic homes, music clubs and riverside recreation. Famous folks from Francis Scott Key to John F.

Minibar by José Andrés

James Beard Award-winner José Andrés’ imaginative Michelin-starred “laboratory” for 30-40 tastes the Washington Post calls “culinary high-wire acts.” Twelve seats. $275 (pre-tax, pre-tip), beverages extra. Reservations required (book online. Two months available at a time, starting at 10 am the first Monday of each month).

The Rye Bar

Handsome marble-and-onyx-decked lounge in the Rosewood, Washington, D.C. hotel with a selection of rare, barrel-aged rye whiskies, plus cocktails, wine and small bites. Outdoor patio beside the C&O Canal. Su-Th 11 am-midnight, F-Sa 11 am-2 am.

Fiola Mare

James Beard Award-winner Fabio Trabocchi’s venture by the river serving up Italian coastal cuisine. Find dishes such as oysters, smoked cod, Maine lobster, yellowfin tuna carpaccio, appletart, Sardinian ricotta doughnuts. Cocktails and mocktails. L (Tu-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). Valet parking available.

Barmini

Adjoining his experimental Minibar, celeb chef José Andrés’ sleek cocktail spot offers 100-plus original creations and fresh takes on classics. Reservations recommended. Tu-Sa beginning at 5:30 pm.

Pineapple and Pearls

James Beard Award-winner Aaron Silverman's elegant Michelin-starred follow-up to next door's Rose's Luxury. Changing tasting menu in dining room or chef's counter, also in the bar with the same menu. Reservations required via website, several weeks in advance. D (Tu-F).

CityCenterDC

Luxury complex for coveted labels including Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Vince, plus restaurants including Daniel Boulud's DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Momofuku, Centrolina and Fig & Olive. Also find a Tesla dealership. Hours vary.

Plume

Ralf Schlegel’s Michelin-starred restaurant with luxe dishes à la Monticello’s gardens inside elegant Jefferson Hotel. Foie gras terrine, lobster gratin, risotto, Angus prime filet, bison with blueberry barbecue sauce. Prix fixe, chef’s tasting. Cozy nooks, 1,300-label wine cellar, landscape murals on silk and fireplace.

DTR Modern Galleries

In Georgetown, contemporary and 20th-century masters from a privately held collection of works by artists like Picasso, Dali, Botero, Mars, Warhol, Basquiat, Hirst. Open daily.

Liljenquist & Beckstead

Since 1979, this shop has offered high end watches by Cartier, Rolex, Chopard and more, plus engagement rings and jewlery of all kinds from brands such as David Yurman. Hours vary by location.

POV

Glamorous hot spot with a rooftop terrace atop the W Hotel draws chic crowds. Panoramic views of White House, Washington Monument and beyond. All-natural drinks topped off with hand-sculpted ice. Full menu of global cuisine, plus late-night bar food. M-Th 3 pm-midnight, F till 2 am, Sa 11 am-2 am, Su 11 am-midnight.

Tysons Galleria

Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue plus upscale shops Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, restaurants and upscale food court (third level). M-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su noon-6 pm.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden

Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post’s mansion and gardens, her czarist treasures, jewelry, portraits. Cafe and gift shop. Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm. $18 suggested donation, seniors $15, college students $10, children (6-18) $5, under 6 free. Park on site, or take a cab.

Kennedy Center

A living memorial to President John F. Kennedy offering performances in the Opera House, Concert Hall, Eisenhower and Terrace theaters plus the Family Theater and Theater Lab. Millennium Stage hosting free shows daily at 6 pm. Tours weekdays. Gift shops and roof terrace with sweeping city views.

Inn at Little Washington

Prestigious Michelin-starred foodie destination featuring a romantic country inn with courtyard and regional cuisine by chef Patrick O’Connell. Prix-fixe ($218, plus $125 for wine pairings). Chef’s table for 2-12 ($595 surcharge). Mon.-Thurs. from 6 p.m., Fri. 5:30 p.m., Sat. 5:15 p.m., Sun.