There was a time the area south of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was not frequented by tourists. Not anymore. The Wharf, a bustling area along the historic Washington Channel, boasts a growing number of attractions and options for groups. One gem of the area is the 278-room InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf, a waterfront luxury hotel with plenty of meeting space. Successful Meetings sat down with Simon Antoine, general manager of the hotel, to talk about this new area of Washington, D.C.
What's new in the area for groups?
This entire mile-long strip developed on D.C.'s Waterfront is new for groups. There are some who say this is the most exciting new neighborhood in the history of the city.
What's a venue or activity that's a "hidden gem" for visiting groups?
Rooftop spaces at The Wharf are hard to beat. Options include the Dockmaster Building with amazing 270-degree views, District Pier, Transit Pier, 7th Street Park, The Anthem and of course the InterContinetal Washington D.C. - The Wharf. Our 12th floor, two-story presidential suite, the Constellation, offers panoramic views of Potomac River.
What's a good outing for a group looking to get a sense of the area's culture or history?
The Wharf water taxi connects to Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria and National Harbor.
Where should a group go to get a truly local culinary experience?
Union Market, a gourmet food hall in Northeast Washington, D.C., was called one of the five best food halls in the United States by Bon Appétit. Kith and Kin, set in the InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf shouldn't be missed. Helmed by Chef Kwame Onwuachi, it celebrates his heritage from Nigeria and Jamaica to West Africa and the Caribbean, to New Orleans and New York.
Anything else that you think makes your area a great destination for groups?
The Wharf has everything to offer from concert venues, water activities, shopping to restaurants and bars. Take the Pearl Street Warehouse as an example. It features rock, country, folk, soul, bluegrass and rhythm and blues from around the country nightly.