CHLOE MAGAZINE A MONUMENTAL GETAWAY The Historical Romance of the American Capital words by Jentzen Michael Shea When most people think of Washington D.C. they think of the White House. They think history, monuments and memorials. But the vibrant U.S. capital is so much more than guided tours, politics and patriotism. There is a classic romanticism to Washington, from the picturesque walks through the National Mall to the quaint streets of Georgetown. Cherry blossom-lined streets and historic charm make this city a must see for travelers seeking an extended stay or weekend getaway with their valentine. When looking for accommodations, look no further than Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown. Not only does the hotel offer a luxurious stay in classic contemporary guest suites, but visitors are sure to be wowed by architectural highlights like the stately columns in the Juniper restaurant and the glass conservatory overlooking a stunning, sculptured courtyard. Situated in the city’s fashionable The hotel is within close proximity to the finest museums, theaters and dining. As an added bonus, Fairmont President’s Club members can enjoy the use of BMW guest transportation vehicles to visit the locales and romantic hotspots on your to-do list. For the true romantic, use of BMW bikes provide that extra special touch during your getaway as a means to explore and enjoy the city. Washington is a buffet of cultural, historical and gastronomical pleasures that will both take your breath away and leave you wanting more. Long-time cultural festivals include the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a three week homage to spring with over 200 international performances city-wide and over 90 special events. While it is said that the French do romance best, the Francophonie Cultural Festival held each spring will certainly provide the French flare for romance through culinary tastings, theatrical performances and concerts. Whether you are looking for a quick and easy meal on the go or delicious fine dining, Washington is known for some top-notch restaurants that will impress even the most discerning taste buds. For the avid foodie, 1798 Restaurant offers savoury seasonal American cuisine in an atmosphere full of antique Americana.