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How to Spend the Perfect Afternoon in Dupont Circle

Washington D.C. is full of sites and scenes worth visiting—after all, the nation’s capital is famous for some of the most historical and significant landmarks in the country. However, in all the hustle and bustle of exploring the city, you may not have had the chance to explore one of D.C.’s best hidden gems—Dupont Circle. It’s full of art, culture, and delicious dining options, and of course, it’s the home of The St. Gregory Hotel. Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend an afternoon exploring Dupont Circle.


Brunch at Ellington Park Bistro 

A perfect day in Dupont Circle begins with a delicious brunch at Ellington Park Bistro. Our chefs have created a menu that caters to every palate, but the dish that keeps people coming back time and time again? The Brioche French Toast. With a fluffy interior, a crispy golden exterior, a generous drizzle of maple caramel, seasonal fruit, and whipped crème fraîche, it's unlike any French toast you’ve tried before. Pair it with a freshly brewed coffee or a refreshing mimosa, and you're all set to start your day on a high note. Check out our new seasonal brunch menu here to discover more culinary delights that await you.


Explore the Neighborhood

After brunch, take a stroll through the vibrant Dupont Circle Farmers Market, where you can browse through local produce, artisanal goods, and specialty finds. For art enthusiasts, a visit to The Phillips Collection is a must. This renowned museum houses an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, including works by masters such as Renoir, Van Gogh, and Rothko. If you're in the mood for some retail therapy, Dupont Circle offers a range of boutiques, antique shops, and bookstores with something for everyone.


Celebrate National Picnic Month

July is National Picnic Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a charming picnic in Dupont Circle? Ellington Park Bistro has just the thing for you—our delightful picnic baskets. Enjoy some refreshing wine, assorted cheeses and nuts, charcuterie, macarons, and more, and head out to the beautiful parks in the area. Whether you choose to lay a blanket in Dupont Circle or venture a bit further to the nearby Rock Creek Park, you're in for a memorable picnic experience. To learn more about our picnic baskets and how to order one, visit our website here.


Happy Hour at Ellington Park Bistro

After a day of exploring Dupont Circle, make your way back to our hotel and join us for a fabulous happy hour at Ellington Park Bistro.  New Summer hours are daily between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM, you can enjoy an array of treats from our menu. Sip on $6 beers, $9 wines, or choose from our selection of expertly crafted cocktails priced between $10 and $12. To complement your drinks, we also offer plenty of tasty snacks to tide you over. Cheers to an exciting day spent in Dupont Circle!

Before you plan your afternoon adventure in Dupont Circle, take advantage of our Summer Savings in the City offer. With sunny days ahead, now is the perfect time to explore all that D.C. has to offer. From tasty brunches at Ellington Park Bistro to neighborhood strolls, we’re excited to welcome you to our little neighborhood. Book now and save up to 20% off our best available rates, with this offer available from now through September 5th. Explore all the city has to offer at The St. Gregory Hotel.

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