From exciting new cuisine to a new hotel that ups the ante on luxe, exploring the city has never been more enticing this winter.
SEE Before she became one of the most important abstract artists of the late 20th century, Moira Dryer was a set designer for an avant-garde theater company. This background is evident in the 26 works showcased at The Phillips Collection this winter; in Moira Dryer: Back in Business, visitors will see paintings and sculptures as both real and represented spaces. Dryer was only 35 when she died in 1992, leaving a trove of warm and richly textured pieces that will tease smiles from winter eyes. Feb. 8-April 19, 1600 21st St. NW
RELAX New at the Conrad Washington DC this winter: the terrace-level après-ski experience with fire pits and cozy blankets. Guests will find hot-buttered rum and so-called haute toddies. Bites include charcuterie boards, duck prosciutto and fireside s’mores with chocolate ganache. Groups may opt for the fireside port experience—a tableside decanting of ’94 vintage Fonseca in a traditional glass-breaking ritual. 950 New York Ave. NW
EAT Before he opens a permanent DC venue for El Cielo (joining spots in Medellín, Bogotá and Miami), international superstar Juan Manuel Barrientos offers a tasting menu at the new modern Latin marketplace La Cosecha. The eight-course tasting menu includes bonsai tree-shaped yuca bread, and turbot with coconut rice, tamarind vinegar gel and seawater gel. $125, 1280 Fourth St. NE
STAY Even though the World Series champs Nationals will be in Florida for spring training this winter, plenty will be happening in their neighborhood. The hood’s first luxury hotel, Thompson Washington, DC, opens. With 225 rooms
(17 suites), outdoor terraces, Maialino Mare trattoria and Anchovy Social rooftop bar, the hotel features 360-degree river views. Let the staycations begin! Explore the Neighborhood package from $459, 221 Tingey St. SE
Photography by: from top: phillips collection; albert ting; thompson hotels