Between all the hip restaurants, historic structures, and political intrigues, it’s easy to forget that Washington started out as farmland, surrounded by small, rural communities in one of the young nation’s most fertile regions. The Park Hyatt Washington, though, hasn’t forgotten. One soure of inspiration for the luxury hotel is from the artisans and farmers of the Mid-Atlantic, including the purveyors of local foods (listed next to each menu item in the restaurant). Each room includes a collection of books on American crafts and heritage, for those who wish to edify themselves further. Throw in luxury touches like Le Labo toiletries, a town car service, and sleek and private all-glass booths in the bar (for those backroom political deals, of course), and it’s no wonder the hotel is a favorite of culture buffs and high-flying politicians alike.