The Local: DC Edit by Alison Gary

With the Gwynnie Bee Inspired by You Tour hitting Washington, D.C. on August 25th, we turned to our stylish and cool host, Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen. She is letting us in on her favorite local hangouts that we shouldn’t miss — and you shouldn’t either! See what she cherry-picked and be sure to comment below to let us know your must-see places in the D.C. area.


Alison is wearing the Corey Marni Dress in Stripe Floral

Since I was a kid one of my favorite places to visit is the Enid A. Haupt Garden outside the Smithsonian castle.  I would walk in and imagine I was in Victorian times, strolling the gardens in a gown with puffed sleeves, carrying my parasol and that the Smithsonian was my home. Though in one of the most tourist-filled parts of the city, this garden feels like a tranquil oasis and a place where you can find a bench or table and relax.


Many D.C. locals tire of The Mall and the museums, but I am not one of them.  I could spend every weekend in The Hirshorn and National Gallery of Art if I had the time.  The Hirshorn Museum is a favorite, with exhibits that always cause me to think and expand my mind and creativity.  Right now they have exhibits from Barbara Kruger and Shirin Neshat that should not be missed.


After visiting the museums, don’t miss the Hirshorn’s Sculpture Garden, another oasis in the middle of The Mall.  Take a few steps down from the hustle and bustle to a quiet garden full of the most varied and fascinating sculptures.  I love taking my daughter and listening to her descriptions of what each piece is, and remembering visiting the same garden when I was a child.


One of the best views in D.C. is at POV, the rooftop lounge at the W Hotel.  To the right is the White House, to the left the Washington Monument, and all this gorgeous décor and craft cocktails.  Though it’s a great place to go in the evening, by day the feeling is far more relaxed and you can get a great table with a view and take your time taking in the view.


When Karl and I go to see a concert, reading, or book signing in the city, we always start with oysters at Old Ebbitt Grill.  A D.C. icon, the Old Ebbitt Grill is known as the oldest saloon in the city and also known for its amazing oysters.  Both the Oyster Bar in back and Grants Bar in front are faves; the bartenders are professionals with amazing suggestions and great stories of the city and what famous (or infamous) person may have sat on that very same stool. Take their suggestions on food and cocktails, they’ve never steered us wrong.

Thanks for the insider scoop, Alison! Remember, we’ll be in Washington, D.C. from August 25th-28th. Be sure to keep a look out for great photos and styling tips from our trip to the capital!

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