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Have an all American Winter Vacation in the Nation's Capital.

If you're thinking of a festive destination for a memorable winter getaway, we highly recommend that you consider Washington, DC. Filled with rich history and culture, it also offers an incredible line-up of holiday events, shows, events, and local markets that will keep the entire family entertained.

Make a stop at Georgetown, a charming neighborhood in the Northwest of DC. Here, you'll find an array of cafes, bars, restaurants and unique shops, including Kramer Books & All Day Café, where you can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while browsing through a wide selection of books and gifts. Georgetown is also home to the ever-famous Georgetown Cupcake, where you can indulge in their seasonal flavors and witness their impressive holiday-themed displays.

Visit one of the long-running pop-up holiday markets in DC located in Penn Quarter, it features over 150 vendors & live music in a festive lit up open-air environment.

Head to the charming neighborhood of Capitol Hill to experience one of the most popular & beloved farmer's markets in the city. The 150-year old Eastern Market is a trip back in time, it offers fresh, seasonal produce, local artisan crafts, holiday festivities and a chance to shop with the locals. Treat yourself to delicious food from local vendors, hunt for antiques and mingle with the locals, before exploring surrounding buzzing bars and restaurants.

For a taste of classic DC experience, stroll around the National Mall, home to the iconic monuments and memorials. The Christmas tree at the National Mall is a special tradition that draws thousands of visitors every year. The Smithsonian museums offer incredible exhibits and will transport you to a world of history and science.

But what could be more classic than watching a show at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts? This iconic center hosts world-renowned acts and spectaculars, concerts, movies, musicals, and improvised theater acts. Catch some seasonal shows like A Candlelight Christmas concert, a Christmas Brass Spectacular, or Disney's Frozen musical. Make sure to check out their calendar and plan ahead.

For a unique winter activity, head to the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink. While DC has plenty of other ice skating rinks throughout the city, this one stands out. It has a romantic vibe with the beautiful Gallery building & magnificent towering sculptures in the backdrop and cozy warm lights all around. 

In the evening, head over to a local cocktail bar such as the fun & lively Board Room in Dupont Circle, where you can pick-up one of the numerous board games and spend hours sipping on beverages and enjoying family time. Visit the renowned Le Diplomat bar & restaurant for delicious french cuisine and buzzy upscale atmosphere. For a nightcap, try something new like a Japanese whiskey bar called Dram and Grain.

To top your winter vacation experience in DC, stay at Swann House in the heart of Dupont Circle and within easy reach to every popular destination in the city.  Swann House is also conveniently located near 4 major universities of Washington, DC, Georgetown University, American University, George Washington University and Howard University. It is a perfect place to stay for those who come to visit during winter school break. 

The mansion, built in 1883, has been recently renovated to offer luxurious airy guestrooms and plenty of beautifully decorated common areas to mingle with your family, friends and other guests in a warm & cozy atmosphere. The complimentary Continental breakfast served in the elegant Dining Room will set you up perfectly for a day of exploring in DC.

Book your trip now and experience the winter magic of Washington, DC.

Thank you for reading,

The Team at Swann House

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