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A Romantic Getaway

With its whimsical cobblestone streets and 18th- and 19th-century architecture, Georgetown has an ambiance of bygone eras — an intimate, small-town feel. At the same time, the neighborhood’s fashionable shops, fine restaurants and bustling nightlife keep it firmly in the 21st century. Altogether, it is a place that will enchant you and your sweetheart. And from Georgetown you can easily explore the many surrounding sights of Washington, D.C.,  where you’ll find locales rich with history and excitement, as well as beautiful, quiet places perfect for cherishing your love.

A large space with exposed brick walls, a fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple seating areas

Day

1

Morning
  • Potomac Views.

    Walk along the Georgetown waterfront, part of the Georgetown Historic District that hugs the natural curve of the Potomac River and provides a clear view of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Breakfast Bites.

    Treat your taste buds at Union Market, a year-round communal market of artisan stalls and food stands with an almost overwhelming number of culinary treats — everything from breakfast classics to freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.

  • Natural Wonders.

    The beauty of nature evokes the enchantment of love. In the National Arboretum awaits a living museum of more than 400 acres with cherry blossom trees and gardens, including the National Herb Garden and the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. For added romance, try the arboretum’s guided Full Moon Hike.

MIDDAY
  • Lunch in a Magical Setting.

    Head to the National Mall and the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and dine at the Pavilion Café, with a lovely fountain-side location and a wide selection of meals. 

AFTERNOON
  • Art’s Great Masters.

    At the National Gallery of Art, enjoy a feast for the senses among the artistic treasures that span from the Middle Ages to the present. The gallery’s masterpieces include evocative impressionist works by Monet, Renoir and Degas, and “Ginevra de’ Benci,” the only artwork by Leonardo da Vinci in the western hemisphere.

EVENING
  • Magnificent Monuments.

    Before heading to The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C., take a short stroll to the Capitol Reflecting Pool or hail a cab to visit the Lincoln Memorial, a captivating sight in at sunset. For a more extensive tour, hire a private driver to explore the monuments and memorials.

  • Dinner for Two.

    Settle in at The Living Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, offering an atmosphere that is at once elegant and intimate, featuring a 130-foot wood burning fireplace and exposed brick walls. Enjoy cocktails, light fare of regional cuisine and complimentary butler-passed s’mores.

Day

2

MORNING
  • Café Classics.

    Put some pickup in your morning with coffee or tea at one of Georgetown’s charming bakery and coffeehouses. Baked & Wired serves espresso drinks and signature granola. But if you’re feeling indulgent, try one of their scrumptious cupcakes.

  • D.C., from the Water.

    Getting active together is a wonderful way to connect and do something healthy at the same time. In warmer weather, the nearby Washington Harbour is a perfect spot for water adventures while you soak up the splendid scenery of Georgetown, Roosevelt Island and Virginia.

  • Explore Chic Boutiques.

    After your invigorating time on the water, have fun with a little wardrobe shopping in the amazing variety of Georgetown shops — from boutiques to chains, from expensive to affordable, you’re sure to find something to fit your shopping mood.

MIDDAY
  • Table Tales.

    Lunch at storied Martin’s Tavern, a family-owned restaurant that opened in 1933 and is steeped in the history of Georgetown and Washington, D.C. And how about this for romance: The story goes that then-Sen. John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in Booth 3 in 1953.

AFTERNOON
  • Colonial Beginnings.

    Get a peek into life in the days of the country’s founding by way of Washington, D.C.’s oldest unchanged building, the Old Stone House, built in 1765. Owned by the National Park Service, it’s also Washington’s only remaining Pre-Revolutionary Colonial home, and visitors can glimpse the kitchen, parlor and bedrooms.

  • Forest Hideaway.

    Retreat from the bustle of town with a visit to the tranquil, alluring gardens of Dumbarton Oaks, a historical estate in a residential neighborhood. Truly a magical place, it’s made for wandering among flowering trees and shrubs, pebbled paths and fountains — or you can just sit and savor quiet moments together.

EVENING
  • Culinary Wow.

    Try dinner at Washington’s popular new restaurant Métier. Award-winning Chef Eric Ziebold offers a seven-course tasting menu in a small, intimate setting, accessible by private elevator. Reservations go fast so plan ahead.

  • Jazz, at Its Most Intimate.

    Sit close as you listen to jazz at Blues Alley, an iconic nightclub literally in an alley off Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. Opened in 1965, the small and dimly lit venue is Washington, D.C.’s longest continually operating jazz establishment. 

Day

3

MORNING
  • Linger Over Breakfast.

    Begin with breakfast at the hotel’s Degrees restaurant, which serves delectable American regional cuisine. Your options include eggs Benedict with Chesapeake Hollandaise and signature South Street S’mores French Toast, District Chicken and Waffles and Orange Crème Pancakes.

  • Quaint Pleasures.

    Step into the charm of cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks of nearby Old Town Alexandria, and discover the unique artistic environment in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Sip coffee in the first-floor café while you see artists at work or peruse the building’s six galleries.

MIDDAY
  • Lunch for a King.

    Grab a bite to eat on King Street, Old Town Alexandria’s charming walkable main thoroughfare filled with shops, restaurants and outdoor cafés.

AFTERNOON
  • Presidential Estate.

    Just 8 miles down the road from Old Town Alexandria is Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, where you can walk among his farm and garden, experience interactive exhibits and even view his final resting place. 

  • Unwind, Together.

    Back at the hotel, pamper yourselves with an afternoon treatment at The Boutique Spa, newly reopened with five treatment rooms, including two couple’s rooms and the exclusive ESPA product line and ESPA treatments, curated specially for The Ritz-Carlton Spa.

EVENING
  • Community Table.

    Dine at Farmers Fishers Bakers, a 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant with a cool, upscale vibe. It’s majority owned by more than 40,000 family farmers and supplied by hundreds of family farmers. The menu ranges from sushi and salads to pizza, fresh fish and jambalaya, and there’s a full bar with 24 beer taps.

  • Final Performance.

    Finish your evening with a performance at the Kennedy Center, home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera and dance and theater productions. Afterward, the terrace is a divine spot to gaze at the stars and the gorgeous nighttime views of D.C.