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Mount Vernon Square, Washington, DC

Did you know? The Mount Vernon Square neighborhood was named in honor of the park at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, NW and New York Ave, NW.

Overview of Mount Vernon Square

Located near downtown, Mount Vernon is a vibrant growing neighborhood that reflects the area's cultural diversity and unique mix of modern and historic buildings. The neighborhood has become a popular residential area for urban professionals. Chinatown and the Penn Quarter are situated in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood.

Best of Mount Vernon Square

Check out some of Mount Vernon Square's finest offerings.

Best Place for a First Date: Voted the best place for a first date, Busboys and Poets combines the ambiance and amenities of a bookstore, restaurant, lounge and theater. The venue's name was inspired by poet Langston Hughes, who was a busboy in the 1930s at the Wardman Park Hotel.

Best Dining Experience: Those looking for a fine dining experience before or after a show should consider Corduroy. Rated as the best dine-in restaurant in the neighborhood, it serves an American menu of seasonal items featuring farm-to-table ingredients in a cozy atmosphere.

Best Gym: When it comes time to work off those calories, head over to Vida Fitness, which was voted the best gym in the city.

Top 5 Mount Vernon Square Adventures

  1. Enjoy shows, exhibits, and other events in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center: The convention center includes boxing, the National Book Fair and Otakon, the Japanese East Asian cultural exposition.
  2. Experience a hip, urban lifestyle at City Vista: This award-winning development features a variety of shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and public artwork.
  3. Discover the contribution that women have made to the arts: Dedicated to celebrating the achievements of female artists in various mediums, the National Museum of Women in the Arts houses a collection of more than 4,500 pieces. The museum is housed in the old Masonic Temple, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  4. Immerse yourself in the history of the nation's capital: The displays and exhibits at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., museum chronicle the city's intriguing legacy. The Society is housed in the 1902 Beaux Arts-style Carnegie Library adorning the center of Mount Vernon Square Park.
  5. View contemporary art before it becomes famous: The Touchstone Gallery displays diverse works by various local artists in an elegant setting to enrich the community and promote the abundant artistic talent found in the D.C. area.
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