1. Whether you stop by to grab a quick bite or sit down and spend an hour relaxing with some friends from Residences on the Avenue, you'll likely taste why Capitol Grounds Coffee is a favorite among neighborhood regulars. For over 15 years Capitol Grounds Coffee has been serving hot, delicious coffee to DC area residents, and this family-owned cafe is still going strong.

    Stop by on your way to work for a toasted bagel and your morning cup of joe, or pick up something heartier, like a a breakfast sandwich with egg, bacon, and cheese. You can even take the time to sit down and indulge in an order of pancakes, eggs, and sausage. Capitol Grounds Coffee is also a popular lunch spot, boasting a menu that emphasizes quick sandwiches and salads. The classic turkey club on toasted whole wheat is always a winner, as is the Cuban sandwich, combining turkey, ham, swiss, and a mouth-puckering dill pickle.

    Capitol Grounds Coffee
    2100 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 293-2057

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  3. Instead of purchasing holiday decorations that everyone else might have, make your home at Residences on the Avenue really shine by participating in the DIY Holiday Wreath Workshop at Tudor Place Garden. This unique seasonal workshop is open to teens and adults and provides instructions for creating a professional-looking holiday wreath out of supplies found in nature.

    The ticket price includes a gorgeous supply of cedar, magnolia and holly dotted with colorful red berries to adorn your personalized wreath, as well as pinecones and ribbons to use as the final touches. The Tudor Place Garden’s knowledgeable instructors will provide all of the guidance you need in order to construct a truly stunning wreath, but it’s your own creativity that will really make it shine.

    Tickets to the DIY Holiday Wreath Workshop are $38 for members and $48 for non-members. All materials are included in the cost.

    DIY Holiday Wreath Workshop at Tudor Place Garden
    Dec. 5–Dec. 6 and Dec. 12–Dec. 13
    10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    1644 31st Street
    Washington, DC 20007

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  5. Native Foods is one of the nation's premier fast-casual vegan eateries serving quality, healthful, and ethically sourced meals. Everything at this DC restaurant near Residences on the Avenue is made from scratch, including the tempeh and seitan, sauces and drinks, and desserts, too.

    Try the hearty, double-stacked portobello and seitan sausage burger, topped with caramelized onions, salsa pomodoro, and a creamy, garlicky, pumpkin seed pesto. Or bite into a pair of tasty tacos, stuffed with blackened tempeh with chipotle sauce, salsa fresca, shredded cabbage, and housemade guacamole. Predictably, the salad selection at this restaurant is excellent. You'll find classics like the chopped cobb salad, as well as innovative greens-based dishes such as the slivered kale with avocado and shaved coconut, topped with a mango-red pepper salsa and Caribbean jerk tempeh.

    Whatever you order, you can be confident it is 100 percent plant based, with flavors that have been customer-approved.

    Native Foods
    1150 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 296-1674

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  7. Everyone loves to laugh with a hilarious comedian, and the only thing that makes that experience even better is seeing it live. At the DC Improv Comedy Club, you can catch nationally performing acts by some of the world’s top comedians and local, up-and-coming talent. Comedians like Ellen DeGeneres and Dave Chappelle got their start on the stage at the DC Improv after its opening in 1992, and the club is still one of the most renowned venues in the comedy world.

    There is a full restaurant inside of the club where guests can have dinner before the show begins, as well as a full-service bar that keeps the drinks flowing all night long. The entire club can even be rented out for private events, offering a truly unique experience for your corporate function or private party in the company of your friends from Residences on the Avenue.

    Check the DC Improv Comedy Club website for a full performance schedule.

    DC Improv Comedy Club
    1140 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 296-7008

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  9. A visit to the Spa at the Ritz-Carlton will allow you to relax your body and rejuvenate your spirit, while also offering a break from your busy schedule. Located not too far from Residences on the Avenue, this luxury spa is connected to a larger sports club and offers a full range of luxurious, relaxing treatments. Soothing stone massages are designed to induce deep relaxation, while deep tissue massages employ specialized techniques to relieve muscle soreness—and both massages can be enhanced by adding a soothing aromatherapy session.

    If you want to look your best, try one of the balancing, restorative facials that deliver a combination of important vitamins, antioxidants and peptides to your skin, or spring for one of the oxygen infusion facials that promise to deliver instantaneous results and leave your skin radiant. The spa also offers grooming services for both men and women, including waxing packages, brow and lash tinting, and manicure/pedicure services.

    Spa at the Ritz-Carlton
    1170 22nd Street Northwest
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 974-6601

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  11. If you’re looking for a fast food alternative near Residences on the Avenue that’s better for both you and the environment, give Sweetgreen a try. Sweetgreen was founded based on the ideal that food should be fresh, local and never made with unknown ingredients or chemicals. The store is built with the same ideals, using reclaimed wood, simple, modern design and sustainable energy practices.

    Sweetgreen sources all of the ingredients for its healthy dishes from local farmers and responsible producers, and it even makes a point to use only humanely raised livestock in any meat products. The result is a menu full of fast, healthy options like fresh soups, hearty salads and rice bowls that will keep you feeling full of energy. Sweetgreen also offers a unique frozen yogurt made with live active cultures and a wide variety of toppings.

    Sweetgreen is open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Online ordering is also available for added convenience.

    2221 I Street NW
    Washington DC 20052
    (202) 507-8357

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  13. Lisner Auditorium is a revered D.C. and National Historic Landmark that first opened its doors to the public in 1946. Today this lovingly preserved architectural icon is home to an eclectic line up of world class performances by artists hailing from around the globe and is well known for the quality and diversity of its performances.

    Music lovers might be interested in experiencing Salif Keita's acoustic West African rhythms or hearing trumpets and trombones in the Balkanic orchestral fusion of the Boban and Marko Markovic Orchestra. Ttry attending an evening of comedy with Rosie O'Donnell and Tig Notaro, or witness the beauty of the human form in a dance performance by the Jessica Lang Company, combining both ballet and contemporary movements.

    These are just a small sampling of the kind of performances you'll find at Lisner Auditorium, so be sure to check the website for a full list of scheduled events at this historic venue near Residences on the Avenue.

    Lisner Auditorium
    730 21st Street NW
    Washington, DC 20052
    (202) 994-6800

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  15. Thompson’s Boat Center offers a completely new place to view Washington, D.C.’s most famous monuments: the inside of a kayak. This urban boat rental facility near Residences on the Avenue offers daily rentals for a number of different types of boats, giving area residents the chance to see the city and its surrounding areas from the Potomac River.

    Whether you want to boat with a friend in a canoe, get some exercise in a kayak, or even learn to row, Thompson’s Boat Center offers all three at very affordable prices. All boats are available to rent by the hour or for a full day of fun, and there are even 10- or 15-time “rowpasses” available for those who plan on coming back multiple times. Thompson’s Boat Center also offers lessons and recreational programs that offer a more in-depth way for people of all ages to learn how to row.

    In addition to its boats, Thompson’s Boat Center offers bike rentals.

    Thompson’s Boat Center
    2900 Virginia Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 333-9543

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  17. Burger Tap & Shake is a stylish burger joint in Washington, D.C.. The restaurant is casual, but it’s a world away from your usual fast food burger spot: wall-to-wall windows line the perimeter, a colorful ordering counter is situated right in front of the door, and the sleek, stainless steel-covered kitchen is completely open to the restaurant.

    Burger Tap & Shake guests order at the counter from the chalkboard menu filled with char-griddled premium burgers, sweet potato fries and thick, creamy milkshakes, and there are a number of comfortable dining tables both inside and out. For of-age guests, the “tap” portion of Burger Tap & Shake is equally impressive. It includes a number of local brews and high quality craft beers, and there are also affordable wines by the glass and the restaurant’s signature Shaketails, which include a variety of spirits blended with ice cream.

    If you’re looking for a place to indulge with some tasty food, this might be one of the top places to do it near Residences on the Avenue.

    Burger Tap & Shake
    2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, D.C. 20037
    (202) 587-MALT

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  19. The eclectic restaurant scene in Washington D.C. is one of the city’s best qualities, and RIS maintains this high-class culinary experience. The upscale cafe is refined yet casual, and it's very popular for business meetings, celebratory drinks, or romantic dinners for two. RIS even offers a number of private dining options for large parties of 6 to 50 guests.

    The menu includes imaginative takes on worldly favorites like Portuguese seafood stew, Amish chicken, and decadent charcuterie plates filled with Italian meats and cheeses. The impressive wine list includes pairings for any dish, and the dessert menu cannot be missed, no matter how hearty your meal. In addition to its award-winning dinner entrees, RIS offers a lunch menu filled with smaller portions and a Sunday brunch that serves morning libations, small plates, and decadent breakfast classics to finish a relaxing weekend.

    To make a reservation at this popular eatery near Residences on the Avenue, visit the RIS website.

    75 L Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 730-2500

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