Museums, restaurants and Shakespeare Theatre company are must-see stops in Washington, D.C.

Better known as a herding ground for politicians and spring Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C. lures tourists with its prime sightseeing of the Lincoln Memorial and other monuments, the newest being the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. And there are dozens more, such as The Smithsonian and The Newseum, to which the latter explores news history, electronic news, photojournalism, world news and how the media have covered major historical events. And then there’s the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where one might shed a tear or two, and the Crimes & Punishment Museum, an interactive family fun place where you can re-enact crime scenes and learn about the history of criminal punishment.


Although most tourists take D.C. by foot, a traffic halt for a motorcade is hardly uncommon in the area. Not so commonly known about D.C. is that it’s a culinary wonderland — and that its performing arts scene follows second to New York City in America’s most professional theater areas. After spending $189 million on the acoustically sound, glass-front structure of Sidney Harman Hall, the location of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, it is here where you can watch a rewritten (with permission) version of Shakespeare’s most obscure plays in absolute comfort. There’s also the Lansburgh Theatre, next door to Jaleo, a Spanish tapas restaurant run by Jose Andres, named Outstanding Chef of the Year at the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards. It is here where a pitcher of sangria pairs well with an order of pan con tomate y manchego or patatas bravas (simply fingerling potatoes, but fried and dipped in Jaleo’s alioli sauce — heaven sent).


A favorite tapas order for the carnivore is the lomo de buey, or grilled hanger steak with piquillo peppers, paired with espinacas a la catalana (spinach sautéed with pine nuts, raisins and apples) and the chorizo casero tradicional with potatoe puree. Save room for dessert, however, because the flan al estilo tradicional de Mama Marisa will send your taste buds soaring in pleasure.


Brunch and chocolate lovers can head to the contemporary Co Co. Sala for s’mores French toast, a creamy chocolate caramel drink, ricotta pancakes and more unique menu items that are made with Valrhona, a luxurious French chocolate.


Following a day walking around the Capitol, the White House and marching in and out of The Spy Museum, The National Building Museum and more, dinner and a show is mapped out for those who want to take advantage of “Premium A Seating & Jaleo Dinner.” Beginning Nov. 25 and running through Dec. 23, Shakespeare Theatre Company will revisit its passionate and lyrical production of “Romeo & Juliet.” Love, passion and timelessness are all made stunningly physical in this rendition of Shakespeare’s great romantic tragedy. Set within the gears of a giant clock, Synetic’s adaptation explores the untimely nature of one of literature’s greatest love stories. Using shadows, props, mime, dance, sinuous combat and, most of all, passionate acting, “Romeo & Juliet” is a heart-stopping thrill to experience.


To purchase, select your show dates here, and select “Premium A Seating & Jaleo Dinner,” the Dinner & Show Package for $65 per person (offer only valid for Tier A seating, and purchase price excludes tax and gratuity). To view the Shakespeare-inspired pre-theater menu, click here.