Two "Show" Stoppers
DC Design House &
Vermeer at the National Gallery
This year's DC Design House is a stately chateau of captivating elegance and one of the finest properties in the Washington, D.C. area. Located in Potomac next to the exclusive Congressional Country Club, and spanning over 27,000 square feet across the main residence and pool house, Congressional Chateau is an 8-bedroom 12-bath estate offering unrivaled spaces for gracious living and refined entertaining.
Never ones to wait in line, we’ll be warmly welcomed prior to the public opening. We’ll meet with a leading designer who will take us through the design process from inspiration to finished product. You’ll then be free to visit this magnificent home built in 2009, including an owners oasis, ballroom, two-story library, cinema, gourmet kitchen and pool. Whether you’re decorating a new home, giving your old home a new update or just want to admire the creative talent all under one roof, this design house will not disappoint. After plenty of time to speak with designers and explore from top to bottom, browse the Design House Boutiques where you’ll find a unique assortment of women’s apparel, scarves, jewelry, pocketbooks, personalized monogram gifts, tabletop furnishings, furniture, lighting, baby items and a myriad of antique outdoor furniture and accessories.
Back on the coach, we head to the National Gallery of Art for Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting. Hailed as “The Exhibit of the Year”, this highly anticipated exhibition five years in the making arrives at the National Gallery after stops at the Louvre and the National Gallery of Ireland.
“Some artists are so dazzling they reduce all around them to greyness. Their genius is a flame for us moths who queue for hours to see any exhibition with their name on it. Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting is a unique chance to see some of Vermeer’s most stupendous masterpieces in one place. This is by far the biggest and best array of Vermeer’s precious paintings and it makes the show a must for anyone who has ever been entranced by his poetic moments of inner drama.” The Guardian
This exhibition will explore the fascinating network of relationships between Vermeer and Dutch genre painters of the period 1650 to 1675, and will give visitors an insight into how Vermeer and his contemporaries admired, inspired and rivalled each other. It brings together some 60 paintings from around the world, including as many as ten works by Vermeer, which represents almost a third of his surviving paintings. After enjoying the exhibit on your own, you can peruse the National Gallery’s fabulous gift shop or explore other exhibits. What an exquisite day!
Thursday, October 26 @ $125.00 (Sold Out)
Depart 7:15am serving our full breakfast. Lunch on your own at one of 3 spots at the National Gallery – Cascade Café, Pavilion Café overlooking the Sculpture Garden, or Garden Café in the West Building (reservations needed for 4 or more).
Return to Baltimore 4:30pm. Enjoy cold drinks and chocolate-covered apricots en route home.