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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.

137 National Plz
Oxon Hill,
MD
US

THEARC Theater was created out of necessity. The first theater in Ward 8 in Washington, DC, it was founded to provide residents living east of the Anacostia River with expanded cultural opportunities and hide-and-seek spots. Constructed by local nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River, the theater aims to improve the lives of children and adults in southeast Washington through educational, health, and social-service programs such as free theater workshops and youth internships in technical theater management. Noting the tower of glass windows that crowns the entrance, the Washington Post called it "a veritable lighthouse of learning—a $27 million, 110,000-square-foot campus set on 16 beautiful green acres."

1901 Mississippi Ave. SE
Washington,
DC
US

Unlike the vendors who in ancient times ran to the morning trade ships to view the latest fashions from across the sea, Treat is set in modern times and has plenty of affordable products for everyone. Between sea-foam green walls, the spacious and well-lit boutique organizes a well-edited stock of discount designer fashions on brilliant white shelving. Treat's inventory is updated every week or two, just like your mom's Facebook profile, with new dresses and tops from designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Nanette Lepore, Milly, Vince, Trina Turk; denim from Joe's Jeans, J Brand, Seven for all Mankind; shoes from Bettye Muller and Loeffler Randall; and handbags from Kooba, Hayden Harnett, and Marc Jacobs.

103 S Saint Asaph St
Alexandria,
VA
US

Bread & Chocolate hand crafts breakfast and French pastries for patrons throughout the Washington DC metro area and has done so for 30 years. We also serve Washington's "Best Brunch" as well as lunch and dinner in our unique cafe environment. Join us for a coffee and a sweet, a savory or just take in the atmosphere.

1033 W Glebe Rd
Alexandria,
VA
US

Part art gallery, part cocoa bar, Artfully Chocolate was established in 2007 when owner Eric Nelson quit his job as an executive in order to pursue his artistic passions. Needing a little something extra to draw attention to his shop and unwilling to sound a tornado siren after every purchase, Eric called on the services of friend and chocolatier Rob Kingsbury. Kingsbury instantly infused the colorful gallery with the sweet allure Eric was seeking.

Today, the duo's handiwork takes center stage inside two different locations: Eric's masterpieces parade across the walls, and Rob's expertise reveals itself in sips and bites of decadent drinks and pastries. They also host tasting classes, including a wine-pairing class and chocolate-tasting class.

506 John Carlyle St
Alexandria,
VA
US

An authorized AT&T retailer, AT&T Portables sets itself apart from the crowd with customer-service-oriented staffers who guide shoppers through the process of picking phones and accessories from an extensive inventory. Each employee is well versed in the bells and whistles of the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, and Nokia, helping shoppers translate tech specs into real-world pros and cons. Customers’ chosen phones are accompanied by a range of protective and stylish accessories, as well as cellular plans that provide an appropriate amount of minutes, text messages, and bandwidth for sending and receiving urgent cat videos.

5801 Duke Street
Alexandria,
VA
US