WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether visiting lush aquatic gardens, stand-up paddling on the Potomac River or discovering a hot neighborhood restaurant, Washington, DC has plenty to offer urban explorers from around the world. To get the inside scoop on things to do, Marriott International associates at the company headquarters and its D.C. area hotels we're asked to share their favorites and local knowledge.
"We have considered the Washington, D.C., area our hometown for more than 85 years and have seen it grow into a premier global destination," said David Marriott, chief operating officer, for Marriott International's Eastern Region. "There is a lot to experience right here in our backyard and our local associates are our true ambassadors and experts on new and cool things to do in D.C."
The ideas come from hundreds of Marriott associates area who responded to a special survey aimed at identifying the best insider tips on what to do in D.C. include:
Dupont Circle's First Fridays "Gallery Crawl"
On the first Friday of each month, Dupont Circle art galleries keep late hours, open new exhibits, and offer wine and hors d'oeuvres free of charge. - Jillian K., Front Office, Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown, 3 years of service
The Market at Union Market is a new lifestyle culinary destination featuring DC's top local artisans such as Salt& Sundry, Rappahannock Oyster Co. and Red Apron Butchery. -Allison M. Financial Reporting, Marriott International Headquarters, 3 years of service
Key Bridge Boathouse
In spring and summer, kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddle boat rentals are available at this boathouse on the Georgetown waterfront. -Aaron S., Culinary, Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 10 years of service
This Indian restaurant, situated in the picturesque Cleveland Park neighborhood, is known for its very spicy Lamb Vindaloo and frequented by politicians and Supreme Court Justices. -John B., Concierge, Washington Marriott, 5 years of service
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, National Gallery of Art's hosts "Jazz in the Garden" every Friday night. BYO picnic, cheese and fruit and pitchers of sangria are available at the pavilion. During the winter months, the fountain turns into an ice skating rink. -Erin Sousa, Group Sales, JW Marriott Washington D.C., 6 years of service
The Columbia Room @ Passenger
The Columbia Room, tucked away in the hip bar, Passenger, was created by celebrated mixologist and owner, Derek Brown. Experience the hand-crafted cocktail tasting menu. Cocktail classes are offered for budding mixologists. -Jason R., Beverage & Food, Mayflower Renaissance, 23 years of service
Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
If you miss the summertime full-bloom of the lotus and water lilies, come to tour some of the most beautiful gardens in the region. -Dennis Hawkins, Information Resources, Marriott International Headquarters, 8 years of service
With more than 105 hotels across several brands including JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Courtyard, Spring Hill Suites and Fairfield Inn& Suites, visitors to Washington, D.C., have a wide selection of accommodations and amenities to suit their own travel needs and style. A special springtime advance purchase offer is available, with rates as low as $99 per room, per night, if you book by January 15, 2014. Call Marriott reservations at 888-812-1132 or visit http://bit.ly/HJh2xa
"Our hotels in Washington, D.C. offer great deals and have plenty of availability; we look forward to hosting our guests who travel to the area," Marriott said.
SOURCE Marriott International, Inc.