In Washington, where lawyers and lobbyists with large expense accounts regularly wine and dine, there’s no shortage of ways to splurge.
A sky’s-the-limit tour might begin in Georgetown, the epicenter of wealth and status. Founded in 1751, the neighborhood has been home to many powerful and influential Washingtonians, from politicians to socialites and media personalities. Head here for a dose of history while strolling along the zone’s cobblestone streets lined with magnificent mansions.
A precious gemstone’s throw away, Penn Quarter offers even more rarified dining options, including Jose Andres’ restaurant empire (with ultra exclusive Minibar).
For options farther afield, the cash-rich may take their Teslas for a spin in Northern Virginia, where glitzy storefronts offer up pricey goods, and restaurants draw even the President. Read on for more top spots to indulge.
Rest assured, the hype for this James Beard Award semifinalist and Tales of the Cocktail’s “Best American Cocktail Bar” is real. Three areas offer tastes of Derek Brown and co.’s stellar concoctions, but the Tasting Room requires reservations. 124 Blagden Alley NW, 202.316.9396
Located inside the jewel box-like Jefferson Hotel, this Michelin-starred dining room is as elegant as they come. The wait staff even offers a velvet-covered ottoman for ladies' purses. 1200 16th St. NW, 202.448.2300
In addition to offering some of the biggest brands in fine jewelry and watches, this locally owned shop also offers exquisite custom-made pieces. Several locations; see listing and website for details
Aaron Silverman's Michelin-starred spot draws raves for its inventive tasting menu. You'll need reservations (made weeks in advance). Insider's tip: The same menu is available at the bar, for less. 715 8th St. SE, 202.595.7375
Look for standalone shops for Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, among others. Restaurants include Jose Andres’ America Eats Tavern inside Ritz-Carlton, accessible from inside the mall. 2001 International Drive, McLean, Va., 703.827.7730
There’s much to see at Marjorie Merriweather Post’s mansion and grounds, but the heiress’ collection of Faberge eggs are particularly sublime. 4155 Linnean Ave NW, 202.686.5807
Make a day trip out of it and stay overnight in the inn after a sumptuous meal by celebrated chef Patrick O’Connell. Ask for a tour of the “most beautiful kitchen in the world.” 309 Middle St, Washington, Va., 540.675.3800