Pack your charcuterie and sips—these local picnic spots take picturesque picnicing to a whole new level.
Meridian Hill Park Lounge the day away at this 12-acre, romantic neoclassical garden featuring a variety of statues to admire and North America’s largest cascading fountain. Designed in 1912, the grassy knolls and architecture of the Columbia Heights park allows picnickers to feel as if they are in the midst of a European oasis.16th St. NW. & W St. NW., 202.895.6000, nps.gov/places/meridian-hill-park.htm
Officina Chic furniture, firepits and greenery set the tone for chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s multi-level dining experience. For panoramic views of the Potomac, head upstairs to the Rome-inspired Terrazza to indulge in saltimbocca di pollo, ravioli and scrumptious cannolis. 1120 Maine Ave. SW., 202.747.5222, officinadc.com
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens Before the midday heat hits the city, take a trip to Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens to view the stunning water lilies and lotus flowers before their buds close. Best seen in June and July, these blooms make for a perfect picnic view. 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE., 202.692.6080, nps.gov/keaq/index.htm
Maketto For an outdoor experience sans possible grass stains, Maketto’s minimalist courtyard festooned with bulb lights is a great option. Enjoy Cambodian and Taiwanese cuisine like duck noodle soup, red pork bao and crystal shrimp dumplings while taking in the fresh air. 1351 H St. NE., 202.838.9972, maketto1351.com