Shop: Four Seasons Washington

03/19/2014 1:45 PM

03/24/2014 12:33 PM

Sure, you could travel to DC to check out its famed monuments, peruse some of the country’s best art, or even indulge the city’s booming food and drink scene. But these days no visit to the capital city is complete without a stroll through its on-trend boutique scene.

Make the Four Seasons Washington in Georgetown ( your luxe launching pad for this shopping trip. The sophisticated hotel is just steps away from lively shops, bustling designer stores, and convivial cafes, but inside you’ll find a respite from the historic neighborhood’s busy streets. The sleek lobby is filled with museum quality art. Rest here for a moment and you’re likely to spot a DC power player or two on their way to the downstairs Seasons restaurant. Long known to be a favorite for both the political and entertainment crowd (think Hillary Clinton to Beyonce), this bright dining room is a see-and-be-seen magnet for celebrities, especially during the breakfast hours.

The chic rooms in understated tones and the newly renovated spa with cherry blossom mural lined walls should be enough to soothe after a day combing the city’s streets. But for an extra dose of downtime, stop in tENO, the hotel’s adjacent wine bar. Relax in the airy atrium, order a plate of the locally sourced cheese and charcuterie, and sip an option from the expertly curated wine list.

Also adjacent to the hotel is M29 Lifestyle, a shop teeming with an eclectic and gorgeous mix of international treasures and emerging designer lines. Just up the street in the heart of Georgetown, savvy shoppers will find familiar upscale names like Rag & Bone, Intermix, Jack Spade, Bluemercury, Billy Reid, Calypso St. Barth, Tory Burch, CUSP, and Barney’s Co-Op. But be sure to explore the rest of the city for one-of-a-kind local shops as well like 14th Street’s edgy Redeem boutique or Salt & Sundry, a colorful gift emporium inside the city’s Union Market.

And new shops are popping up all the time. Topshop is slated to open in Northern Virginia in October and the new CenterCityDC promises more than 60 storefronts in its ten-acre development. So plan on leaving with your bags brimming—and buying a return ticket soon.

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