Dazzling cherry blossoms, world-class restaurants and a treasure trove of cultural gems make this the perfect spring getaway in the nation’s capital.
Flavors of the islands
Dining in the neighborhood? Take a seat at Cane on H Street. Inspired by his native Trinidadian cuisine with his mother, chef Peter Prime and his sister, Jeanine, launched their first restaurant as a modern take on Caribbean island street food. (Their next venture, St. James, promises the same tastes in a more spacious space down the U Street corridor.) The Michelin-winning fare is a melting pot of African, Indian, Spanish, French and East Asian flavors, evident in menu items, including the Herbivore Paratha tiffin box—soft Indian bread served with potatoes and Channa curries and tomatoes and aubergines Chokas. Pair it with a signature rum cocktail such as the Cane Fever, with a pineapple-habanero shrub.
There is no shortage of new hotels in the city, and Lyle in swish Dupont Circle is a standout. Art Deco-chic bedrooms mix a neutral palette with natural materials (see: eye-catching burl wood headboards and trendy rattan seating). Meanwhile, new to 16th Street is the 10-story boutique Kimpton Banneker Hotel. Rooms impress with a collection of local artwork and luxury Frette linens, but it’s the iconic views of the White House and Washington Monument from the year-round rooftop bar, Lady Bird, that you won’t want to miss.
The allure of spring in DC is, of course, the 3,800 cherry blossom trees that line the Tidal Basin. This year the National Cherry Blossom Festival is back in person from March 20 to April 17 after two years of virtual events. Join the 10-block parade on Constitution Avenue or a day of live music at Petalpalooza. And to mark the 175th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institutionmany of its (free!) museums celebrate with special exhibits, such as “Futures”—a speculative look at our future (think: exosuits and underwater homes)—at the recently reopened Arts and Industries building.