There are few things as nice as a tall, cold glass of orange juice after a long day of sightseeing around the nation’s capital, especially during the hot and humid summer months. Floridians and others can get that, along with a dose of state culture, at the Florida House, the only state “embassy” in Washington, D.C.
While visitors sip their cold drink, they can learn more about the state and browse a collection of art, antiques and other treasures donated by Floridians. The second-story windows offer a prime selfie spot for a shot with the Capitol Dome, which is just a block away.
The century-old house was purchased with private funds in 1972 and was opened to the public a year later; it is a nonprofit organization, so no state money is used for renovations, upkeep or the salaries for the three-person staff. About 15,000 people ring the doorbell at Florida House each year.