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Close Encounters

BY Michael McCarthy | September 25, 2017 | Feature Features

For autumn weekend getaways, staying local has never been more luxurious.
The InterContinental Washington DC at The Wharf, which opens this month

It’s easy to fall head over stiletto heels in love with the big shiny tower in the biggest, shiniest part of the new waterfront. The tower in question is the InterContinental Washington DC (801 Wharf Street SW, 202.800.0844), the 278-room, 33 suite behemoth that’s part of The Wharf development opening this month. Guests will soon discover this urban resort has lots of gravitas and, stylewise, is nothing like the other InterContinental-branded space in town, the historic and exceptional Willard. Look for a contemporary vibe, with lots of openness and glass in common areas, as well as brilliant touches like Juliette balconies in every other water-facing room. For a weekend splurge, choose the two-story, 2,000-square-foot presidential suite known as The Constellation (from $5,000 per night). Neighborhood diversion: Stroll to The Anthem to see a show, including Erykah Badu (Nov. 18).

Georgetown Royalty
Tending to details is part of the Four Seasons (2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.342.0444) DNA, of course. But the property’s latest offering also delves into the notion of complete privacy. This fall, check into 4,000-square-foot Royal Suite (from $20,000 per night), featuring a private 1,000-square-foot balcony, Swarovski crystal fixtures and macassar ebony wood lining the space. One culinary perk not to miss includes a customized meal prepared in-room by Bourbon Steak’s executive chef Douglas Anderson. The package also includes a couples massage and a visit from the hotel’s tobacconist, Mason Foster, who will introduce guests to outstanding cigars on the outdoor patio. Neighborhood diversion: Eno sits in a gorgeous brownstone a short walk from the hotel’s entrance. Throughout the fall, look for wine lectures and tastings during Enoversity—cheese and chocolate experts also discuss essential party pairings.

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