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President's Day in Washington, DC

It's easy to celebrate President's Day in style while in Washington, DC. As February tends to bring snow, the best places to go are usually indoors where it is warm and the airs are presidential. And since DC is having a cultural food revolution, with about one new eatery opening each week, you can easily hit the mark by going to places known for their great eats and for great traditions. Two of these great traditions are the Sunday Brunch and Afternoon Tea, with the Washington, DC area offering up some prime choices in each.

President Obama
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If you want to eat where President Obama ate, head to the Lincoln Restaurant at 1110 Vermont Avenue, just steps from Farragut North and McPherson Square Metro stops. You can’t miss by trying the Lincoln Brunch, voted “Best Place for Groups by Bitches Who Brunch.” Try out DC’s best brunch every Sunday from 11am-4pm where you feast on local farm fresh fare and can admire Lincoln’s penny-covered floor and an “Abraham Lincoln’s” chair.

For an afternoon “pick-up,” go to the Willard Hotel for the best afternoon tea in Washington, DC. – one of the city’s unique traditions for over a century. Don't be late, tea is served from 1:00pm-4:00pm, Friday- Sunday.

Feeling presidential? Head over for a stately viewing of presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, located at 8th and “F” streets, NW, in the Penn Quarter district of downtown Washington. Administered by the Smithsonian Institution, this is the nation’s only complete collection of presidential portraits existing outside the White House. The permanent collection features expanded coverage on Presidents Washington, Andrew Jackson, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt because of their pivotal impact on the office. The “don’t miss items” include Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington and the famous “cracked plate” photograph of Abraham Lincoln.

For the sheer fun of it, check out the 44 wax presidents at Madam Tussauds Washington DC, where you can have your picture taken with President Obama – or at least his life-size realistic image in wax. And don’t miss the new Center for Leadership and Education at Ford's Theatre, where visitors can learn about Lincoln’s legacy through a dynamic museum experience.

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