What $500 Buys in Washington, D.C.

Steven Noble

In our nation’s capital, where cherry blossom season is approaching, a new administration ushered in a good year for tourism: Hotel occupancy held strong, with visitors taking advantage of free museums (the Smithsonian reported an almost 20 percent jump in attendance) and falling prices (the average nightly room rate dropped below $200 for the first time since 2006).

Compiled by Sarah Smith

A four-hour personal shopping trip with Tara Luizzi, a ten-year veteran of the D.C. style scene who has connections at top boutiques like Relish and Hu’s Wear. She can also oversee a makeover at the luxury apothecary Blue Mercury. tarastylesdc.com.

Six first-tier tickets to the Signature Theatre’s 20th-anniversary production of Sweeney Todd. Signature, winner of the 2009 regional theater Tony Award, will host the show’s run—which coincides with Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday—through April 4. sig-online.org.

One night in a deluxe room at the Jefferson hotel, which recently reopened after a 2.5-year renovation. No. 810, on the top floor, is the one to book, with its bay window and soaking tub. jeffersondc.com.

A seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings for four at Eola, a modern American restaurant that debuted in October just off Dupont Circle, by newcomer chef Daniel Singhofen. The pumpkin gnocchi is a much-talked-about favorite. eoladc.com.

Eight jars of Kantic Mask, a creamy antioxidant facial made from oats, wild pansies, blueberries, and grapes, from Alchimie Forever, whose Georgetown flagship launched in July. alchimie-forever.com.

Four rounds of drinks (by Sasha Petraske, best known as the mixologist behind New York City’s Milk & Honey) plus snacks and sweets (by Jean-Georges Vongerichten) for four people at POV, the latest It spot, which sits atop the city’s new W Hotel. starwoodhotels.com.