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One Trip, Two Cities: Washington, D.C., and Tysons Corner

Article by Kelly Magyarics 12.26.2018

Georgetown in D.C. is as posh and traditional as Tysons Corner, Virginia, is modern and tech-driven. But while these two neighborhoods (one inside the Beltway, one just outside) flaunt distinctly bipartisan identities, both offer easy access to a host of exploration-worthy spots during a sojourn in metro D.C.

SEE LIVE MUSIC

Washington, D.C.: The Anthem

The French indie band Phoenix at The Anthem. Photography by Victoria Ford/Sneakshot Photography

The anchor of District Wharf, an expansive redevelopment on the Southwest Waterfront, this new music venue boasts 57,000 square feet, a movable stage and backdrop, a rooftop bar overlooking the Anacostia River and capacity from 2,500 to 6,000. It’s managed by the same company that oversees the iconic 9:30 Club and has quickly become the city’s most exciting spot to see acts like The Killers, Portugal, The Man, Bob Dylan and Brandi Carlile. Foo Fighters frontman (and Northern Virginia native) David Grohl declared The Anthem “one of the best places we’ve ever played in our entire lives.” 901 Wharf St. SW, Washington, D.C., theanthemdc.com

 

Tysons Corner: Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

The Barns at Wolf Trap. Photography courtesy of Wolf Trap

In warmer months, the Filene Center’s 7,000 covered seats are filled while the adjacent lawn is a patchwork quilt of concertgoers sipping wine and picnicking while watching artists like Harry Connick Jr., Ringo Starr, Demi Lovato or the National Symphony Orchestra. Year-round, the more intimate 382-seat The Barns at Wolf Trap (yes, it’s actually a duo of refurbished 18th-century barns relocated from upstate New York) hosts more than 80 performances — from top jazz acts to chamber musicians to legendary folk singers — from October to May; in summer it’s all about opera. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia, wolftrap.org

 

DINE OUT

Washington, D.C.: Maydan

The interior of Maydan. Photography by Rey Lopez

The follow-up to ambitious restaurateur Rose Previte’s international street food den Compass Rose is a celebration of North African and Middle Eastern cuisines. The unassuming entrance belies the stunning two-story exposed brick dining room whose focal point is a copper-vented open hearth. Order anything on the menu touched by the flame, especially eggplant drizzled with walnut sauce and pomegranate molasses, duck breast kebabs with ras el hanout and lamb shoulder with Syrian seven spice. Go all in on exotic condiments from harissa to chermoula, and wash it down with Georgian wine. Be warned though: Tables at the buzzy spot touted as one of the best new restaurants in the country book up far in advance; if you can’t snag one, try your luck at Compass Rose. 1346 Florida Ave. NW, maydandc.com

 

Tysons Corner: SER

Paella at SER. Photography by Beth Kennedy

“Simple. Easy. Real.” That’s the meaning behind SER, a convivial neighborhood spot in Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood. Specializing in Spanish comfort food, SER is run by the affable husband and wife team of Javier Candon and Christiana Campos-Candon. Sharing is the most fun option here, starting with a bottle of sangria (in red, white and sparkling varieties), followed by mussels steamed with garlic, serrano ham and paprika, then paella or roast suckling pig. (Or why not order both?) Just make sure to save a little room for Candon’s house-infused digestivi and goxua, a layered dessert of strawberry, cream, sponge cake and custard with a brûléed top. 1110 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia, ser-restaurant.com

 

TOUR A WINERY

Washington, D.C.: District Winery

The tasting bar at District Winery. Photography courtesy of District Winery

You don’t have to venture into the Virginia or Maryland countryside to get a taste of the winemaking lifestyle. This urban winery in the Navy Yard (the D.C. outpost of New York’s Brooklyn Winery) is led by winemaker Conor McCormack, who uses varietals sourced from throughout the country to craft bottles like a steely unoaked chardonnay with grapes from the Finger Lakes, a dry rosé with old-vine grenache, and a pinot noir with fruit from the Columbia Gorge in Washington state that’s a perfect balance of fruit and earthiness. Stay for a tour or book a Date Night package, which includes a tour, tasting and dinner at Ana, the on-site restaurant serving seasonal, global cuisine from chef Ben Lambert. 385 Water St. SE, Washington, D.C., districtwinery.com

 

Tysons Corner: RdV Vineyards

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RdV Vineyards and the surrounding mountains. Photography by Jeff Mauritzen

This renowned winery in Delaplane is known for its exceptionally crafted, world-class Bordeaux-style blends — Lost Mountain and Rendezvous — that are indelibly unique to Virginia’s terroir. Guests of The Ritz-Carlton who book the RdV Vineyard Experience for two will enjoy overnight accommodations in a deluxe room or suite, a welcome amenity of charcuterie and wine upon arrival, daily breakfast, complimentary parking, round-trip sedan transfer from the hotel to RdV Vineyards, and reservations for an exclusive tour and tasting. Guests may enhance this package with services at the property’s day spa; the RdV Experience is available through the end of 2018. 2550 Delaplane Grade Road, Delaplane, Virginia, rdvvineyards.com

 

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