Plus a historic cemetery self-guided tour.
October 21, 2021
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Almost Too Pretty to Eat. Almost.

We're fully prepared to go all I Love Lucy on these chocolates and start hoarding them in our shirts. Chocolatier star Ashleigh Pearson is opening her own brick-and-mortar business, Petite Soeur, on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 1332 Wisconsin Ave NW. The chocolate and confectionary shop will feature a mix of classic and contemporary sweets, from Ashleigh's signature hand-painted bonbons, to pastries, buttery sablé cookies, and chocolate bars. Flavor highlights include passion fruit, hazelnut, an almond butter and jelly featuring almond butter ganache and homemade strawberry jam in milk chocolate, and a s'more-inspired variety made with vanilla marshmallow, graham cracker sablé, and salted dark chocolate ganache. A graduate of Paris' Cordon Bleu, Ashleigh first perfected her skills as a pastry chef at Marcel's, then as head chocolatier at the three-Michelin-star Manhattan restaurant, Per Se. Learn more about Ashleigh's story here.

Over the (Oak) Hill 

Who's up for a fun fall existential crisis over your own mortality?! October is a beautiful time to visit Georgetown's Oak Hill Cemetery. The 22-acre garden park cemetery serves as a significant example of the 19th-century romantic movement to blend in with nature rather than view it as a building imposition, and is anchored by the Renwick Chapel - noted as one of the finest specimens of Gothic Revival chapels. Other areas of interest include the historic Bigelow Iron Fence, Gatehouse, Italianate-style Superintendent’s residence, the Ellipse, and several of the cemetery mausoleums. If you're looking for something that's a little sweeter but still historic and educational, join Tudor Place tonight from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm for Cocoa, Colonialism and the Chocolate Pots of Tudor Place. Learn how Mesoamerican chocolate consumption practices influenced the way Europeans and Americans enjoyed the hot beverage, and view the rarely-seen Tudor Place collection of chocolate pots, cups and spoons. 

If We're All Gonna Die Anyway, Time for Pie!

Nothing like a nice cemetery blurb to really whet your appetite. Pinstripes (1064 Wisconsin Ave NW) is welcoming back seasonal favorites this fall with pumpkin cheesecake pie and a Lil’ Pumpkin Chai cocktail. Their housemade pumpkin cheesecake pie is infused with organic pumpkin, on a brown butter sage graham cracker crust, and served with whipped cream, caramelized pecans, caramel sauce, and crispy sage. If you prefer to drink your calories, Lil’ Pumpkin Chai is a little sweet and creamy, but spiced for the holidays. Add a soundtrack to your sips and snacks with live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 pm - 9 pm, as local musicians cover an array of genres through December.

Need to change up your scenery this fall? Start by shopping the secret boutique gardens of Book Hill, then wander down to an industrial beer hall near the waterfront. For these and more unexpected surprises around every cobblestone corner, watch our video and visit

A Painting That Doesn't Make Us Feel Stupid  

If - and totally not drawing from personal experience here - you made the mistake of taking Art History 101 at 8 am your freshman year of college, and sort of accidentally slept through a lot of it, here's some art you can still confidently interpret. (It looks like a landscape, and it is a landscape.) View Calloway Fine Art & Consulting's newest exhibition, Horizons by Caroline Adams, at 1643 Wisconsin Ave NW. The show features landscapes, both remembered and imagined, from Caroline’s travels. "Seeing the horizon is fundamental to my psychological well being," Caroline explains. "I have found that to feel at ease in my world, I need to look up and out, I need to feel the space - the distant hills or mountains, fading lines of trees, the flat expanse of water. As I travel through the world, I am always seeking the horizon and its landscape building blocks." Horizons is on display through Nov. 13.

We See New Glasses in Your Future

See what we did there? So sorry, we'll stop. Swing into SEE (1261 Wisconsin Ave NW) for their Fall Trunk Show and check out the special collection of new styles in limited quantities. Plus, snag a free gift (while supplies last) with your SEE prescription eyewear purchase, and save $100 on two pairs of SEE Rx eyewear. The trunk show and sale ends October 31; see store for full details. 

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