Cambria Style

Washington, DC

Written by Jane Costello / June, 2014

Whether it’s celebrating the nation’s independence, kayaking down the C & O Canal, or enjoying world-class cuisine, Washington, D.C., has something for everyone this summer. “Whenever you spend time here, you’ll find people from every corner of the globe,” says Chris Quinn, commercial rep for Marva, Cambria's local distribution partner. “And you’ll never be bored, because there’s just so much to do. However long you stay, it won’t be long enough to see everything here.”

1. Rasika
Connoisseurs of Indian cuisine can treat themselves to this popular restaurant twice, since it has locations in the West End and Penn Quarter. Diners rave about the Palaak Chaat and the Pork Chop Vindaloo in particular, but it’s hard to choose a favorite. Best to make a reservation in advance. It’s that popular. (633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC,



2. CoCo Sala
A block from Ford’s Theater, CoCo Sala is a seductive cafe that incorporates chocolate and cocoa into most desserts and even a few of the entrees. Try the creole crabcakes with a chipotle chocolate tomato glaze or its signature dessert, the Onyx—think dark chocolate mousse, vanilla crème brûlée and salted caramel. The reasonably priced menu items can easily be shared. Or not! (929 F St., NW, Washington, DC, 207-347-4265

3. Gallery Place
Pass through Chinatown’s Friendly Arch to find a range of funky stores. Muleh is a “must” stop to check out high-end trends in clothing and organic furniture. Keep an eye out for the “Mid City Dog Days Sales” in August when participating retailers put their wares on sale.
(7th and H Street, Washington, DC,

4. Wolf Trap National Park
The only national park dedicated to the performing arts, the Wolf Trap’s outdoor theater features concerts, theater and dance and an opportunity to explore the park’s 117 acres. Summer highlights include outdoor productions by the Wolf Trap Opera Company, the National Symphony Orchestra and the “Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods,”
with Tuesday through Saturday performances starting at 10:30 am. (551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA, 703-225-1917)









5. C&O Canal
This outdoor oasis is located on the north bank of the Potomac, and features trails for walking, biking and hiking in the sultry summer air. Or try paddling your way down the canal, with a canoe or kayak rental from Fletcher’s Boat House at 4940 Canal Road, NW. The Boat House also rents everything you need for fishing. (1057 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Washington, DC, 202-653-5790)

6. Fireworks
If you’re in town for Independence Day, kick back and enjoy the fireworks show. For the most popular spots— the Capitol, along with Lincoln, Jefferson and FDR Memorials—plan to arrive early in the morning. But there are other options: consider the Marine Corps Memorial and Long Bridge Park across the Potomac in Viriginia. (4th of July, Various Locations)

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