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Rye bars and roofdeck pools in Georgetown

Thankfully situated far enough from the Georgetown campus that you can avoid conversations about Hoya hoops and the latest from Tory Burch, the Capella Washington D.C.'s a posh, 49-room luxury boutique overlooking the picturesque C&O Canal that boasts an in-house whiskey bar, a continental grille, and roofdeck infinity pool

After debating whether the exterior is built of shale, clay, or pressed mud brick, enter the lobby and get acquainted with your new personal assistant -- every guest is assigned one for the duration of their stay. Then, check in. But not until you want to, as they have a flex check-in & -out policy

Before heading upstairs, enjoy a relaxing libation in the Living Room, a guest-only lounge decorated with a two-story solid onyx fireplace, and antique parquet flooring that's been reclaimed from a European castle

"Cast in pewter and gold tones", your Superior King sports European hand-made upholstery, and a totally complimentary (!!!) refreshment center

Perhaps you require more space in which to enjoy said refreshments? In that case, ask for a Deluxe. All the art is original and modern, in case you were curious.

You saw it out your window, now walk it up close and personal: the historic C&O Canal.

If you're less interested in 19thc raw material shipment paths than lounging around rooftop infinity pools, head upstairs instead for a swim. Or a drink. Or a glimpse of the District's skyline

Wash off that chlorine before dinner with either a soak in this elegant limestone bathtub, or glass-enclosed rainfall shower designed to "nourish the spirit"

Spirit nourished, nourish your body at The Grill Room, an in-house restaurant that "specializes in hand-cut, bone-in, artisan meats and bracingly fresh seafood.

Those meats include 12hr-braised lamb shank, rye- and orange-cured salmon with fennel compote & lavender cream, and a Virginia pork chop w/ honey-glazed carrots

And why dine inside on a nice day when you can discuss famed East Coast shipping routes while supping on the canal-side patio

After following some poor advice and venturing over to the Tombs, settle back into Capella's Rye Bar, which rocks large Chesterfield leather chairs, a marble-topped honey-onyx bar, and..

... barrel-aged cocktails to go with a selection of rare rye whiskies

Oh yea, they also offer delicious roasted marrow bones with a parsley-and-rye-whiskey crust. Looks like you won't be fitting into anything from Tory Burch this season!