More than 150 varieties of wine, beer, and spirits flow freely into souvenir glasses, slaking thirsty throats with unlimited sips as guests nibble artisanal snacks at the National Harbor Wine and Food Festival's tasting stations. More than 100 international wines and local libations activate palates, and guests venture to the tasting theater to take in a seminar from wine pairers and gourmet chefs. Live steel-drum music sets the beachy airwaves quivering as attendees relax in the whiskey-and-bourbon lounge and experts demonstrate how to hand roll cigars, a skill that impresses friends and stops rival spies from secretly filling the cigar with live wolverines.
The Silver Parrot has been a fixture in Old Town Alexandria, VA since 1977. Our jewelry is handcrafted by designers from all over the world. We offer designs to satisfy every style and budget. From contemporary and modern to ethnic and ancient, we have the widest selection of sterling silver jewelry in our region.
South Moon Under is an upscale retailer that offers an eclectic mix of clothing and home décor for fashion-savvy shoppers. Browse digital or physical shelves stocked with brands and designers including Marc by Marc Jacobs, French Connection, UGG, and more. Women's apparel includes stylish staples such as Michael Stars v-neck tees in a rainbow of season-flattering hues ($39.95 online), and menswear includes shirts such as the whimsical Topo Ranch tour bus tee ($19.50 online). Undercover princesses can peruse jewelry adornables such as a bow-bedecked Robert Rose Floral bracelet, sure to punch up colorless ensembles and add color to ensemble punch parties ($19.95 online). Present the ideal present with a prettily practical Urban Expressions flap clutch ($39.75), or accessorize homes with touches such as an Illume monogram votive, ideal for a thoughtful personalized gift for anyone who still spells their name using the alphabet ($12).
Gallery Lafayette's in-house artisan proffers customized framing treatments, original prints, watercolors, and locally inspired gifts. Using special conservation-glass and acid-free mat boards, skilled frame-ologists protect prized obedience-school diplomas or Ken Burns–autographed placemats from the damaging effects of light, humidity, and Father Time's righteous fists for unblemished wall- hanging. While the cost of custom projects varies based on size and quality of materials, moldings start at $10.95 per foot and an average order is $180. Though your Groupon is only valid toward custom framing, inside the gallery, customers can find an assortment of pen-and-ink illustrations of Old Town landmarks emblazoned upon tote bags ($30), tea towels ($15.95), and more. Secure a set of eight note-cards ($12.95) to start a one-man letter-writing campaign to rename the Route 1 IHOP to William Howard Taft Memorial House of Pancakes.
Though people no longer have to cross continental boundaries to sample exotic flavors, the average spice rack still tends to lack diversity. At the Spice & Tea Exchange of Annapolis, a staff of flavor-seeking specialists stocks gourmet seasonings and spices, cooking herbs, sugars, and sea salts to expand their customers' cooking horizons. In addition to fresh herbs and flavorings, the team designs signature seasoning powders that infuse dishes with medleys of chili, savory hints of cheese, or the essence of smoke. They also carry an assortment of gourmet teas, which are good to keep around the house in case a local king decides to stop by.