Plus holiday shopping open houses.
December 2, 2021
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This is a Cry for Help

If your therapist is away for the holidays, eating a s'more that looks like a club sandwich seems like the next best way to address your emotions. Stop by the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown's Living Room (3100 South St NW) and cozy up near the fireplace with one of these decadent treats, prepared by the chef daily from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. While you're there, you can also enjoy a rotating selection of seasonal drinks with 25 Days of Holiday Cocktails. The specialty menu will feature a new cocktail every day leading up to Christmas for $10. If you want to make a night of it, the Family Holiday Traditions package includes overnight premier suite accommodations, a $120 breakfast credit for up to four guests per day, a gingerbread decorating activity in the lobby, a complimentary in-house movie with popcorn and soda, and complimentary valet parking.

The Princess and the Avocado 

We challenge you to feel any type of produce under your mattress, thanks to a luxurious (yet affordable) Georgetown retail addition. Organic mattress maker Avocado Green Mattress opened a showroom last week at 3336 M St NW, in Cady's Alley. The most unique aspect of the store is The Sleep Experience - an immersive way to understand what a night’s sleep feels like on an Avocado Green Mattress, with a 5- to 15-minute session that includes sunset, nighttime sky, and circadian lighting and binaural beats to move you into a state of deep relaxation. A wellness cafe is also on-hand, serving locally sourced snacks and kombucha tea on tap. The showroom will eventually host yoga classes and a speaker series, as well. Stop by to check out the mattresses - or simply admire the new custom mural inside by DC artist Rose Jaffe. In addition to mattresses - made from an organic latex rubber farm the company owns, plus raw materials from a wool collective in India - the showroom sells furniture, bedding and bedroom accessories, beauty items, and apparel. One-percent of sales are donated to environmental nonprofits.

Dasher and Dancer on Extended Sabbatical 

Scale of 1-10, how desperate is Mrs. Claus to get her husband out of the damn house? Grab some hot cocoa, cookies, and the kids and join Santa for virtual story time, games, and fun, Dec. 3 from 11 am - 1 pm on Zoom. Hosted by Dumbarton House, each 30-minute time slot will be limited to 10 tickets to ensure everyone gets to talk with Santa. Each kid who joins will receive a personalized activity packet ahead of time, including a signed photo. Tickets cover one household joining from one device. Register today! If you'd rather get out and about to celebrate the holidays, get in the spirit with Christmas at Dumbarton House, Dec. 3 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Enjoy a tour of the museum decked out with period decorations, try the Federal-period holiday punch known as wassail, and partake in a historic craft. Live music and light refreshments are included.

Gift Guides that Rock

"This Red Lobster gift card really makes me feel seen," said no one ever. With the utmost respect to those insane cheddar biscuits aside, get more intentional with this year's holiday shopping, thanks to five new gift guides that are curated with some of Georgetown’s most unique and fabulous finds. A box of intricately painted bon bons, holiday coffee blends, cat cuddling experiences, chakra bracelets, champagne koozies, Swedish dishcloths, locally made bags, and so much more cover every person on your list. Splurge, or spend less than $10 - there's something for any budget. Many Georgetown stores are also offering free gift wrapping, private holiday shopping, and ship-to-home services. Filter our online calendar by "holiday" to see what each shop has in store during this season of giving.

So, So Many Light Strands to Untangle 

Putting up a Christmas tree is like the holiday equivalent of assembling a desk from IKEA or renting a tandem kayak; it's enough to end a relationship. Miraculously, it's nothing but positive collaboration, creativity, and community for Light Up The Season, the annual fundraising event on display through Jan. 2 in the Four Seasons Hotel lobby. Children’s National Hospital patients were paired with notable area designers and artists to decorate five unique holiday trees and one menorah, with proceeds directly supporting programs that improve the health of DC children. Beginning tomorrow and running Fridays - Sundays through Dec. 19, a holiday market in the front courtyard of the hotel will also benefit Children's National Hospital, with market stalls featuring gifts and culinary offerings created by the Hotel craftspeople and local artisans. The market will also feature live entertainment, and light and snow displays. Round out the day with dinner inside one of the new wooden chalet suites on the BOURBON STEAK terrace - each inspired by an iconic Four Seasons ski resort - or extend your stay with a Sweet Suite hotel package.

It's the Harr-, Harried-est Season of All

May your credit card limit be high, your spirits bright, and your shoes cushioned with insoles. It's a busy week in Georgetown. At Bluemercury (3059 M St NW), get 20% off your entire order when you spend $250 or more, plus assorted gifts with purchase, Dec. 2 - 11. If you're in the market for jewelry, take advantage of L. Priori Jewelry's Open Studio Saturdays (1002 Wisconsin Ave NW), 10 am - 5 pm on Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Enjoy treats, hot cocoa and shop the store's holiday collection. For seasonal fashion finds, join LiLi The First (1419 Wisconsin Ave NW) this Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11 am - 7 pm for a holiday open house, where you can discover new international, independent designers and shop their winter collection.

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