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New Trends: Urban Picnics in D.C.

Pack Up and Picnic

It’s nothing like the charm of a picnic. Surrounded by a beautiful skyline, historical statues, and your loved ones makes for an eventful dining experience that will take you out of the typical day-to-day sit at the table kind of lunch or dinner. A picnic combined with the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C. will keep the energy fresh, the conversations flowing, and the people-watching at attention.  

Our Pack Up and Picnic Package includes a picnic basket complete with the essentials: gourmet sandwiches made by our in-house Chef at Station Kitchen & Cocktails, local chips and goodies, drinks, cookies and more. Take our basket and go on an Instagram-worthy adventure through the city.

Here are a four places we recommend for a change of pace.

Dupont Circle Park

The Dupont Circle Park provides the perfect people watching atmosphere. It’s a gathering place for artists, musicians, travelers, and locals alike. From world-renowned chess players just a few steps away to political movements underway by the fountain, Dupont Circle Park is home to the local community, and always an interesting place to be.

Jazz in the Garden

Fridays in the National Sculpture Garden, listen to acoustic music while sipping on a pitcher of strong sangria. Seasonal May through September, Jazz in the Garden features an eclectic mix of jazz performed by top D.C., Maryland, and Virginia artists.  Get your jazz snaps ready, and visit for a full list of activities during this annual favorite.

Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps, named after Rome’s Spanish Steps, were constructed as a solution to a carriage problem in 1911. As one of best kept secrets in D.C., patrons will gain a moment of solace from the city buzz. Sit on the steps and sweep your loved one off their feet at one the most romantic hidden gems in Washington, D.C.

Meridian Hill “Malcolm X” Park

Visit Meridian Hill “Malcolm X” Park every Sunday to feel the vibrant rhythm of the city. Meridian Hill is “fit for an aristocrat, but open to the public” and was designed to be an Italian style garden with history tracing back to President John Quincy Adams. Nowadays, it’s home to one of the longest cascading fountains in North America. At 3 PM you can watch the drum circle, a 40-year old weekly tradition commemorating the Civil Rights Movement.

The weather is cooling and a picnics are all the rage. Ask the front desk about our Destination PICNCI cards outlining these parks. Lead the pack and tag @embassyrowhotel when you out on your picnic adventure! 

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