Wondering where to stay with your pet when you visit Washington, DC? The Wink is wild about dogs, and we welcome those that are up to 70 pounds to join their owners in one of our pet-friendly rooms – at no added charge. We even welcome your pet with treats from the popular, local dog bakery, and special brews direct from Bowser Dog Beer also available. Best of all, our convenient location near Dupont Circle near Foggy Bottom makes it easy for you and your pet to enjoy your time with us in the Nation’s Capital. Here are a few places nearby that you’ll both enjoy!
Doggy Style Barkery
More than just a delicious specialty doggy bakery, this fabulous place offers a full range of pet services and products. They also feature a full-service dog pet spa using only gentle, soap-free shampoos, a large dog and cat boutique, and even offer cat boarding for those traveling with their other best friend. Your dog will also get to sample their wares when they arrive at The Wink and receive their welcome to The Wink dog bone treats.
Nearby Washington Circle offers dog-friendly space to walk your pet, and lovely flowers to greet you each Spring. Less than half a mile away from the hotel, the circle’s centerpiece is a beautiful bronze sculpture depicting George Washington riding his horse in the Battle of Princeton. The five-minute walk there and back makes this a great place to introduce your pet to the noise and joys of DC.
Francis Dog Park
Situated just half a mile from The Wink, this beautiful, brand new 6,000 square foot public dog park features off-leash fun with ornamental fencing, a concrete pad area designed for easy leashing and unleashing, a doggy watering station, on-hand waste bag dispensers, and accessible litter bins. You and your four-legged friend will also enjoy the beautiful ten-minute walk through the Chevy Chase area of DC on your way here and back.
Glen’s Garden Market
This fabulous local café and market offers a lovely patio that is dog-friendly and welcomes canine companions. They proudly feature lots of locally grown produce, freshly prepared foods, and a wide variety of craft beers. In the summer, they also have cookouts every Thursday night, and they always have a variety of sandwiches and pizzas on hand to enjoy.
The National Mall
If your plans include a visit to The National Mall, you’ll be pleased to know that dogs are all welcome in the nation’s most-visited park. Filled with breathtaking monuments and memorials, The Mall also offers long stretches of open space to enjoy with your pet. You may even want to bring a picnic for the two of you!
We invite you to bring your dog with you to our pet-friendly accommodations with unique boutique amenities at The Wink. You and your pet will be so glad you did!
Jazz in the Garden
This is a one-of-a-kind event that can only be found here in DC. The National Gallery of Art's free Jazz in the Garden concert series runs every Friday evening from May 17th through August 23rd, 2019. Held amid the famed Sculpture Garden's iconic works of art, you can enjoy musical performances ranging from African fusion to energetic go-go, and classic New Orleans Dixieland to salsa. This beloved DC summer festival features fan favorites like Black Masala, Son del Caribe, and the Funky Digs Brass Band, along with new (to the festival) artists including Rob Curto's Forró for All, Adwela & the Uprising, The Bailsmen, and Shannon Gunn. Running from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the event is accompanied by a fabulous outdoor grill menu and the ever-popular Pavilion Café's indoor menu.
Capital Pride Celebration
Let your personality shine through as you surround yourself with celebration! Join the LGBTQ+ community on historic Pennsylvania Avenue for the Capital Pride Festival. This annual DC concert and jubilee includes a fun-filled day jam-packed with an array of music, entertainment, food, drink, education, celebration – and, of course, incredible PRIDE. Enjoy three full stages of national, international, and local artists, along with four distinct beverage gardens and over 300 unique organizations and businesses offering booths with information, services, job openings, volunteer opportunities, and much, much more. The Capital Pride Celebration ends with the Capitol Sunset Dance Party, where you can show your moves on America’s Main Street with the US Capitol itself as your backdrop. This is a free, family-friendly event open to the public.
No place does Jazz quite like DC. Enjoy an impressive lineup of celebrated masters and new artists with various performances located in neighborhoods across the city starting on June 6th, and the main event, DC JazzFest at The Wharf, held June 14th -16th on four fabulous stages. A variety of free events will be presented on the District and Transit Piers, including a marketplace and Education Village, where the acclaimed Meet the Artist series will be held. There are a variety of ticket packages available for events at The Anthem and The Wharf, with VIP options including buffet and drink tickets accompanied by incredible views and even celebrity meet and greets to complement your musical entertainment experience.
To make the most of these incredible events, stay with us at The Wink to discover Washington, DC like a local! Our JAZZ IN THE PARK PACKAGE includes sophisticated accommodations, complimentary valet parking, a comfy blanket and a picnic basket filled with special goodies including sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottles, and snacks. Our PRIDE AT THE WINK PACKAGE features deluxe accommodations, welcome cocktails, a DC Out and About Guide, late checkout, and a handy hangover cure kit. Make your reservations today for your memorable stay with us this summer!
We love to help Washington visitors to find the very best activities and most unique things to do in DC. Of course, everyone has different interests and preferences, so we suggest you browse through this list of our top suggestions and choose one or more of these sunny summer events to enjoy during your stay with us in Washington DC.
Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle
Instead of simply having a cookout, come to the greatest competition in the capital: The Giant National Barbeque Battle. Benefiting USO-Metro and the Capital Area Food Bank, this delicious two-day event also features 30 bands performing live on three stages – along with lots of free food samples as well as fabulous plates of freshly made food from area restaurants. The competition itself has marked the start of summer for tens of thousands of folks who’ve flocked to DC to experience the perfect BBQ for themselves. And don’t worry – there are plenty of wines and micro-brews to sample as well, along with classic Anheuser-Bush beverages and non-alcoholic options.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Since 1967, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has honored today’s living cultural traditions and celebrates all those who practice and sustain them. Produced each year by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival brings together participants from all 50 US states and over 100 countries for a two-week, free celebration that overlaps the 4th of July. Chock full of educational presentations, master artisan demonstrations, traditional foods, cultural song and dance, craft workshops, and games, you’ll find plenty of things to enjoy. The large market features pottery, textiles, clothing, toys, sculptures, books and more – all ready to take home as lasting souvenirs of this incredible cultural exchange.
Washington DC’s own signature professional tennis tournament is coming back for its 50th year at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. The Citi Open is one of just 13 prestigious ATP World Tour 500 tournaments, and it features top-tier tennis talent from all over the world competing for the prestigious trophy. This year, a special charitable option has been introduced, with 25% off of specially discounted tickets going to support the American Experience Foundation, which works to improve the lives of low-income students through inspirational travel and educational opportunities.
Capital Fringe Festival
Held along the scenic Washington DC waterfront in SW, the edgy Capital Fringe Festival offers exceptional, out-there performances from local creatives, featuring plays, improvisational performances, punk rock shows, and colorful artwork. Focused on expanding audience interest in independent theater, music, art, dance, and other unclassified forms of live performance and visual art, the Capital Fringe Festival is truly one of the most unique modern cultural experiences in the city.
Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival
Benefiting children’s charities for NIH, this year the 22nd outdoor film festival returns to Strathmore for four nights under the stars. With a lineup that is sure to please all ages, the free event opens with concessions at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins at dusk – around 8:30 p.m. each night. The inspiring and entertaining films this year include Coco, Black Panther, The Lion King, and Wonder Woman. Moviegoers should bring blankets or low beach chairs and plan to take advantage of the concessions for delicious food, wine, and beer in order to donate to the worthy causes while enjoying the summer nights in DC.
Whatever exciting Washington DC events bring you to the area, we invite you to relax and settle in to our restful, relaxing accommodations close to all the action at The Wink. We’re sure you’re going to have a fabulous stay!