This weekend marks an exciting time in the DC area—inauguration festivities, galas and balls plus countless other exciting inauguration-related events. Here's a quick snapshot of what to see, where to go and what to do.
A Hotel Like No Other
Live in the lap of luxury, if only for the weekend. The St. Regis Washington DC is well-known for its luxurious accommodations, stately ballroom and loyal guests. Each room features an interior design that is both classic and contemporary with state-of-the-art technology and custom designed bed and bath fixtures. This weekend the St. Regis, along with Thornwillow Press, will host a pop-up boutique for the legendary luxury brand Montblanc. The first-of-its-kind shop will feature leather goods, time pieces and signature writing pens including a limited edition of presidential writing instruments. The shop will also feature a small chapter book, titled A Presidential Miscellany, that details past inaugurations. Guests who stay at the St. Regis from January 18 to January 22 will receive the book as a gift. The book will also be available for purchase.
Party Like a Rock Star
Inauguration weekend only comes once every four years so why not switch up your usual weekend plans and try something new? Bourbon is known as the opposite of your typical DC bar—it's a bit more upscale yet casual and not overly crowded. Choose from an extensive list of bourbon as well as traditional cocktails, wine by the glass or bottle and draft and bottle beers. Or, head to Breadsoda, a 70's-style bar that features cozy leather banquettes and groovy-looking artwork. Play a game of pool, darts, shuffleboard, checkers, ping pong, backgammon or even the Wii. Friday nights at the Rock and Roll Hotel features a grown-up version of spelling bees known as Spelling Buzz. The caveat? The game calls for plenty of adult beverages. Plus, plenty of bars are pledging to stay open later during the inauguration day festivities including Bravo, Bravo and the 18th Street Lounge.
The Big Day
President Obama will be sworn into office on Monday, January 21 at 11:30 a.m. If you are unable to obtain tickets for the swearing in ceremony, you can catch all the action via 20 jumbotrons that will be positioned along the National Mall. A parade will follow immediately after the ceremony. Other events occurring that day include the Presidential Inaugural Fashion Show, part of DC Fashion week at the Crystal City Doubletree Hotel as well as a special event in honor of the National Day of Service at the National Mall. The Kennedy Center plays host to the Let Freedom Ring Concert, which will feature the legendary Smokey Robinson, and the National Cathedral will stream its national prayer service live via its website as well.