This beautiful and stunning white mosque serves the Islamic community and is located on Embassy Row. Visitors are required to remove their shoes before entering. The mosque contains Persian carpets, elegantly embellished columns, decorated arches and a huge chandelier. There is a small bookstore nearby that is filled with Arabic texts of the Koran and other Islamic accessories. I would recommend this mosque to those that are interested in Islam.
This museum was founded by Duncan Phillips, grandson of the founder of the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company. The Phillips Collection is housed in the family's former mansion which gives it a personable feeling. The collection includes modern art by renowned French and Italian artists such as Monet, Picasso, Miro, Renoir, and Van Gogh, among other modern masters. I would recommend this museum to art lovers.
The Washington National Cathedral looks like a large Gothic Cathedral in Europe. The church is long and its celing is 100 feet high. The Bishop's Garden, modeled after a medieval garden is facinating to see. There is a Pilgrim Observation Gallery and a wonderful view of Washington from this church. If you love to see beautiful architecture and stone carvings, then this is the church to visit in Washinton.
Built in the 1900 and recently restored, this beautiful monastary is modeled after the Hagia Sophia in Instanbul. The grounds are filled with replicas of shrines and chapels found in the Holy Land. They offer tours through their catacombs and dark passageways while the guides try to scare you with hair-raising stories of Christian martyrs. What fun! I would recommend a tour of this monastary if you want to be spooked!
The East Potomac Golf Course is located in East Potomac Park across from Washington's waterfront area. They offer one 18-hole course, two 9-hole courses, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. This is a nice golf course but you should plan to arrive at dawn on weekends if you don't want to wait since it's the busiest of the courses. This golf course has wide-open fairways, well-maintained greens and great views of surrounding monuments. I would recommend this golf course to anyone that lives in the area.
If you like Southeast Asian furniture and accessories for your home then this is the store for you. They specialize in Southeast Asian furniture (particularly Phillipine and Indonesian) and African-style furniture, jewelry, tapestry, and accessories of wood, art paper, and metalwork. You can find something exotic to accent your home here at Ancient Rhythms.
This mall is located within the city limits near the intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. This extravagant mall has a nice lush Victorian design and some popular retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Papillon, Crabtre & Evelyn, AnnTaylor to name a few. They also have one of my favorite stores, White House/Balck Market which stocks only cream, white ecru or sable clothes and accessories. This is a beautiful shopping center with a food court and a few restaurants includeing Benihana. I would recommend this mall if you enjoy shopping at well known retail stores.
The Chevy Chase Pavilion is located at the north end of the District of Columbia on the border of Maryland and has many new chain boutique stores. Like most malls it has a food court, but is also has my favorite, Starbucks Coffee and a Cheesecake Factory. There retail stores include Everett Hall, J. Crew, Talbots and a Georgette Klinger salon. This is a nice mall to browse around in and eat at. It is also directly accessible by the Metro.
Bethesda has become a magnet area for fine rugs, art and antiques, books, vintage and consignment clothing and trenday home furnishings. This describes the trendy and stylish home furnishing store called Urban Country Designs Limited. This store is crammed with painted, faux-distressed, and gilded furniture, desktop accessories, ceramics, linens, glass, and flatware and they also custom upholster. This is a great store to browse around in.
The Sutton Place Gourmet shops provide one-stop, fine-food shops in the greater Washinton area. Each shop offers a nice selection of wines and an impressive variety of gourmet and ethnic foods. This store sells particularly good Italian red wine. Visitors to the stores from outside the area can buy wine and have it shipped home. I would recommend this for wine lovers.