TRAVEL – Adams Morgan: A bit of New Orleans charm in DC


February 1, 2013
Brittani Harris
News Writer

As a culturally diverse and nightlife hot spot, Adams Morgan brings all cultures together for a fun time in the city.  Located at the intersection of 18th and Columbia streets in northwest DC, it is the perfect getaway for those interested in a casual setting, boutiques, a late-night party scene and global cuisine. However, Adams Morgan was not always culturally integrated. The city’s name is derived from two formerly segregated elementary schools in the area. Upon desegregation, the all-white John Quincy Adams Elementary School and the all-black Thomas P. Morgan Elementary School formed a neighborhood community council in 1958 that set the tone and brought diverse cultures together under one roof.

DC Spotlight - Photos - Madam's OrganOne of Adams Morgan’s trademarks is Madam’s Organ restaurant and bar.  Primarily known for the bar, as the nightlife place to be, it has a diverse crowd and good live music.  The restaurant has live music on level one, pool tables on the second level, a lounge chill area on the third, and more live music on the rooftop.

“I moved to Adams Morgan, because it was and still is the most economically cultured and diverse neighborhood,” said Bill Duggan, manager of Madam’s Organ.  “I also love the way music brings different cultures together here.”

Another restaurant to visit is the Grill from Ipanema.   Recognized as one of the best restaurants in town, the family-owned business that brings Brazilian cuisine and hospitality to the heart of DC is a city landmark. The menu features Brazilian dishes such as Feijoada, Moqueca a Baiana, Picanha, and Bobo de Camarao.

Another landmark is the city’s beautiful National Zoological Park. It is home to DC’s own giant pandas exhibit, as well as thousands of exotic animals and the Asia Trail. The zoo is designed for all ages and admission is free.

The yoga studio gives Adams Morgan’s locals a place to get centered while communing with others in the neighborhood.   The ballroom style yoga studio offers a free and tranquil place for relaxation before a night of excitement and partying. On Sunday’s, the studio accepts donations, which benefit Joseph’s House, a shelter in the neighborhood.

If you are interested in fine handcrafted decorating accessories and home furnishings, Toro Mata is the place to visit. The entire store features artwork from master artisans of Peru and all the items found in the store are made from natural material used over generations. “I’ve been here seven years, and I like Adams Morgan because I love the idea that this part of the city is the only one that has such a variety and diversity in the culture,” said Hector Zarate, owner of Toro Mata. “From the people, restaurants from all over the world, and many independently owned businesses, there is a feel of residential but also a very strong feel of nightlife and being out in the city.”

For hotel and lodging accommodations, DC offers two hotels that are in walking distance to all of its attractions such as the White House and the National Mall. The Carlyle Suites Hotel prides itself on its classic luxury and contemporary renovations that leave guests inspired by its art and modern day amenities. Rates for the Carlyle Suites Hotel start at $111 a night. For travelers looking for a more business style of hotel, the Omni Shoreham Hotel may appease you. From their large convention and conference facilities to their banquet style ballrooms, it would make work or vacation trip to the DC enjoyable.  Rates for The Omni Shoreham Hotel start at $140 a night.


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