Not the usual Washington DC

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Washington DC. Photo by Nicolas Raymond

Baked goods heaven!  Please take me to Baked & Wired now.  I think the trip to Washington would be worth it for this array of cakes, slices, breads and fine selection of coffee (or tea!).  I have already added its babka, focaccia, kick me in the nuts and bee sting to my list of must haves (yes, I do want a bee sting!).  This is a fun place to take a break from whatever you have decided to do in DC but make sure it’s not at the end of the day as you’ll need to do a bit of walking later on to burn off the calories you consume here.

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and so you could head to Ford’s Theatre to see its special exhibition (23 March to 25 May) or to catch one of the evening performances.

If you like your museums, the Smithsonian collection is a good place to start.  If you’re looking for something a little different, try the Spy Museum, dedicated to all things spy.  See James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 which first appeared in Goldfinger, take a look at the Enigma Machine but don’t try the lipstick (a pistol used by the KGB in the Cold War)!

Where to rest your head?  Well, if you want a luxury a small boutique hotel which has just won Traveller’s Choice Award 2015, look no further than The Jefferson.  For a terrific view of the White House during your stay, try The Hay-Adams and for absolute opulence, the Four Seasons will be hard to beat.  If you’re after something more quirky, you may want to find out a little more about The Mansion on O Street (it’s a crazy website but just bear with it).  100 rooms and 72 secret doors….how many will you find?  The hotel is like a museum with hidden treasures everywhere and even provides Gibson guitars to those guests wanting to strum a tune or two.