Best Hidden Gem

Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens
4155 Linnean Ave. NW, (202) 686-5807
Photograph by Charles Steck
Hillwood Estate in Van Ness isn’t the most famous mansion owned by late socialite and cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post—that distinction goes to current winter White House Mar-a-Lago. But while Merriweather Post’s southern outpost is all gold molding and worryingly public diplomatic negotiations these days, Hillwood takes a more sedate tone, with a postcard-perfect lawn, rotating exhibits on topics like Japanese Art Deco, and a sizable pet cemetery. Until the end of March, Hillwood’s lawn housed Philip Haas’ Four Seasons, giant statues shaped like men’s heads—but if the heads were made out of fiberglass fruit and vegetables. And people say the Renwick is the place for selfies!