A perfect day in the capital starts with breakfast at Patisserie Poupon in Georgetown, which serves terrific coffee and some of the most outstanding French pastries available locally.
Next, take a tour of the Diplomatic Rooms at the State Department, considered by those in the know as one of Washington’s little gems. These beautiful rooms are brimming with American antiques and beg visitors to imagine the vast array of historical events that once occurred in their very midst. To satisfy an artistic side, head to Dupont Circle to visit the Phillips Collection, America’s very first museum of modern art; the collection houses treasures such as Renoir’s legendary Luncheon of the Boating Party. Lunch at the W Hotel’s rooftop restaurant, POV, offers a chance to relax and take in a million-dollar view of DC before an afternoon of historic sightseeing.
Take a trip to the wonderful Lincoln Cottage to explore the home of the late president’s family; or visit Georgetown’s Dumbarton Oaks, the historic house where the United Nations was born. Muster up the last of your energy to check out the Hillwood Museum, a magnificent preservation of the Georgian mansion and 13-acre estate that was once home to Marjorie Merriweather Post. Wind down from this exhausting day with dinner at the St. Regis’s famed Adour and a private town car or horse-drawn carriage tour of the city by moonlight.