Washington, D.C. Travel: Washington Court Hotel
Location: 525 New Jersey Ave., Washington, D.C.
Contact: (202) 628-2100, washingtoncourthotel.com
Cost: $159-$399 weekdays, $109-$199 weekends.
Drive time: Less than three hours.
The scoop: Close to Union Station and just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building and the National Mall, this recently remodeled hotel is the perfect home base for touring. Room views of the Capitol are postcard worthy.
Amenities: Fido is a welcome guest on the VIP (Very Important Pet) floor, where he’ll have his own doggie bed and other appropriate accoutrements. The on-site Bistro 525 serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Don’t miss: The cherry blossoms, which start blooming this month. The International Spy Museum’s interactive exhibit celebrating 50 years of James Bond villains is also great fun.