“The West Wing” lives on.

By Jess McHugh
Updated: December 21, 2017
Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Emmy award-winning actress Allison Janney is no stranger to Washington, D.C. Some fans may recognize her from her film and television roles, including “The Hours,” “Juno,” or the new “I, Tonya,” but many devotees first came to know and love the actress in her role as the fast-talking press secretary and later chief of staff on the D.C. drama “The West Wing.”

Over the course of seven seasons, the Aaron Sorkin-created series explored the lives of West Wing staffers in all of their highs and lows. While much of the show was filmed on a sound stage in California, the crew spent a chunk of each year filming on location in Washington, D.C.

As a Rosewood Curator for Rosewood Washington, D.C., Janney recently shared her favorite spots to eat, shop, and explore in the nation's capital, offering fans an insider's look at one of the actress' favorite cities.

“Working on a show like ‘The West Wing,’ I felt like that was a passport to D.C.,” she said. “We showed the Camelot version of what goes on in Washington, and people were really grateful for what we were doing. I always felt I had a sense of belonging.”

What to See

Janney suggests visiting the Capitol building and the White House during the day, before checking out the National Mall at night. “It’s spectacular, the way they’re lit, and the history. It’s a must.”

Among the capital's many museums, she loves The Philips Collection and the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.

Where to Shop

Pick up some gifts from local boutiques on M street before strolling around Georgetown, a favorite pastime of Janney's.

Where to Eat

The actress recommends Rose's Luxury and Komi as some of the best restaurants in D.C. Travelers looking for something more casual can check out the eastern end of U Street for cozy pubs and low-key restaurants.

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