Capital Gains in Washington, D.C.

By Torie Robinette, November 29, 2017

In a capital revered for its civic identity, historical monuments and famous residents, Washington, D.C., is a melting pot of culture and charm. Now, a handful of new additions are giving event planners even more to love. Here are three new—or newly rentable—attractions to consider.

U.S. National Arboretum

The Arboretum, whose natural beauty precedes its name, has been an invaluable education and research hub for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as a living museum since 1927. While the Arboretum’s grounds are open daily to the public for tours, it is now open for private event rental (event planners, rejoice!). For inspiration, take note of the site’s spectacular collections of flora and fauna, the National Capitol Columns monument and the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Think a dinner party with a menu enhanced with herbs from the National Herb Garden, or a cocktail reception with decor that mirrors the Arboretum’s famous Dogwood Collection.

InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf

One of the most anticipated new hotels in Washington, D.C., rolled out the red carpet to guests for the first time in October. Part of The Wharf, a 24-acre mixed-use complex that rests on the serene Potomac riverfront, the InterContinental brings LEED-certified luxury in the form of 278 guest rooms (including 33 suites), a rooftop pool, spa and fitness center facing the river. Meeting space totals 17,000 square feet, including 11 conference rooms, plus four ballrooms (the largest, the Waterside Ballroom, spans 5,300 square feet) bathed in natural light. The hotel’s culinary options include Kith and Kin, an upscale African-, Caribbean- and Creole-inspired restaurant helmed by “Top Chef” contestant Kwame Onwuachi.

District Winery

As of late August, D.C.’s Navy Yard neighborhood is home to the city’s newest hot spot. District Winery, a 17,000-sq.-ft. waterfront winery, is the (big) sister concept to the successful Brooklyn Winery in New York. Hallmarks of the space are a 360-degree wraparound patio overlooking the Anacostia River that accommodates up to 230 attendees and a mezzanine level encased in glass that can hold another 250. With dark, wood-planked walls and brass lighting, the District’s decor is a reflection of the location’s steamship history. Vino aficionados will love the winery’s 15 varietals, which, when ready, will span from chardonnay to malbec.

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