The opulent dining room inside Marjorie Merriweather Post's Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens (Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens)
In Washington, where lawyers and lobbyists with large expense accounts regularly wine and dine, there’s no shortage of upscale things to do.
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 high-priced 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.