The city’s cultural scene takes center stage this September, promising high design, celebratory sips and showstopping performances.The main dining room at The Inn at Little Washington.
In honor of its 45th anniversary, The Inn at Little Washington will give the public a rare House and Garden Tour. Explore the grounds of the five-star hotel, encompassing 26 acres with historic buildings dating back to the 1700s. The guided tour includes walks through Virginia’s only three-starred Michelin restaurant, the property’s new glass-enclosed conservatory, sprouting herb and veggie gardens and the Main Inn, featuring 23 guest rooms and cottages. Sep. 12., 309 Middle St., Washington, 540.675.3800, theinnatlittlewashington.com
Shilling Canning Company recently introduced a bar bites menu.
We love the new bar bites menu from one of our favorite DC chefs, Reid Shilling, at Shilling Canning Company. The menu includes raw bar items like Orchard Point oysters, sourced from Maryland’s Eastern Shore and served with a young ginger mignonette; tuna tartare with avocado, salsa macha and Virginia peanut; and Thomas Keller’s Regiis Ova caviar. Other standouts: thick-cut fries topped with Périgord black truffle, a Virginia wagyu cheeseburger topped with bacon, pickled fresno and garlic aioli, and Shilling’s popular country ham biscuits served with housemade apple butter. 360 Water St. SE, 202.554.7474, shillingcanning.com
A taste of Germany awaits at Alexandria Bier Garden, the revamped Village Haus in Old Town Alexandria. Beer enthusiasts rejoice over the 12 authentic German lagers on tap, including Hoffbrau, Weihenstephan, Schöfferhofer and Paulaner. With extended “Verrückt hours” on Thursdays and Das Boot (a two-liter glass in the shape of a shoe) deals on Fridays, the brick pub offers a spirited spot to watch soccer matches or relax on the new rooftop patio—set to open just in time for Oktoberfest. 710 King St., Alexandria, 703.888.1951, alexandriabiergarden.com
Four polo teams compete on the National Mall for the District Cup on Sep. 30. Proceeds from the matches benefit the local Boys & Girls Club and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
Behold a tradition over a century in the making at the District Cup. On the historic grounds of The National Mall, four polo teams will compete for the esteemed title. Still, all guests will win knowing that the event’s proceeds benefit five local children’s charities, including the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Take in the stately scene and sip Champagne while donning the finest wide-brimmed hat. For a final celebration, celebrants can purchase tickets to an exclusive reception hosted by Children’s Law Center. Sep. 30, thedistrictcup.com
The lobby at the new Westmont Apartments in Arlington offers a gorgeous place to unwind.
Republic Properties welcomes Westmont Apartments, a stunning 258,000-square-foot mixed-use building with 250 residences, ample street-level retail space and inspired amenities. The one-to-two-bedroom floor plans boast spacious kitchens, quartz countertops, Kohler fixtures and private balconies or terraces. Cozy up to the grand lobby fireplace, peruse the library’s shelves or indulge in the outdoors with 14,000-square-foot courtyard space. 925 S. Glebe Road, Arlington, 844.934.1174, westmontapartments.com
The Crossvines is new in Poolesville.
Retreat to the peaceful luxury of sun-soaked wine country at The Crossvines, a newly opened vineyard in Maryland’s Potomac Valley. Dine on seasonal, locally sourced dishes like Chesapeake Bay rockfish dressed in charred tomato butter at The Farmhouse Bistro. Unwind with a walk around the lush gardens. For those intrigued by viticulture, learn from winemaking facilities and demonstration vineyards. With over 380 acres of gardens, ponds and vineyards, The Crossvines also is a great destination to host a picturesque celebrations and events. 16601 W. Willard Road, Poolesville, Md., crossvines.com
DC artist Jeremy Flick’s work is part of Chroma through Oct. 8.
A vibrant new art installation awaits in the Silva DC complex. In partnership with Latela Curatorial, the Silva Gallery hosts Chroma, an exhibition featuring the paintings of DC-based artist Jeremy Flick. Canvases delight guests as they observe Flick’s mastery of color theory, revealed by overlapping geometric shapes in transparent hues. Through Oct. 8, opening reception, Sep. 15, 1630 Columbia Road NW, 202.449.4580, latelacuratorial.com/the-silva-gallery
Reformation recently opened on Bethesda Row.
California-based clothing brand Reformation opened its first Maryland storefront on Bethesda Row. Shop a c hic collection of denim, sweaters, activewear and footwear in the store’s innovative space. High-tech is the name of the game, with touchscreens in each dressing room to send new sizes or styles directly to you, complete with fully customizable lighting (in cheeky shades of Cool, Golden and Sexy Time). The brand’s dedication to s ustainability remains, with the RefRecycling program, vintage furniture and eco-friendly fabrics. 4823 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 240.551.5125, thereformation.com
Grilled giant squid salad at Th e Salt Line in Bethesda
The Salt Line, the DC resto known for its locally sourced oysters, just docked its newest location in Bethesda. Reel in towers of fresh shellfish or try the fan-favorite oyster shooters from the raw bar. The dinner menu features New England classics elevated to top-shelf delicacies with modern flavors. Soft shell crab is finely dressed with hot honey, and grilled swordfish rests atop a luscious cannellini bean puree. Outdoor seating allows for sunset-lit autumn dining, and the nautical-inspired interior gives a taste of coastal summers year-round. 7284 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 240.534.2894, thesaltline.com
ECHO, the latest show from Cirque du Soleil, rolls into Tysons this month for an extended stay through Oct. 22.
Surround the senses with ECHO, the newest spectacle from Cirque du Soleil. Aerial dancers soar in ethereal costumes, creating the story of a young woman named Future as she attempts to restore earth with the help of animal and human friends. Written and directed by Mukhtar Omar Sharif Mukhtar, the 125-minute program will be performed Under the Big Top at Tysons II. Longtime Cirque du Soleil fans and newcomers alike will be enchanted by the choral ensemble, bewildered by staggering stunts and towering puppets and uplifted by ECHO’s call for a more optimistic world. Sep. 6-Oct. 22, 80025 Galleria Dr., 877.924.7783, cirquedusoleil.com
Renée Elise Goldsberry
Broadway powerhouse Renée Elise Goldsberry takes the stage at George Mason University’s annual ARTS by George! benefit. Best known for her portrayal of Angelica Schuyler in Lin Manuel Miranda’s first run of Hamilton, Goldsberry will bring down the house with Broadway hits and American songbook classics. Even better? The event’s proceeds will help support student scholarships, the Mason Community Arts Academy, Green Machine Ensembles and the Great Performances at Mason season. That’s music to our ears. Sep. 30, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, 703.993.2787, cfa.calendar.gmu.edu
Photography by: COURTESY OF BRAND; JENNIFER CHASE; PAWEL KADYSZ; JOYCE NALTCHAYAN BOGHOSIAN; COURTESY OF BRAND; COURTESY OF BRAND; COURTESY OF BRAND; COURTESY OF REFORMATION; JENNIFER CHASE; COURTESY OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL; JUSTIN BETTMAN