D.C. isn’t just for politics. The travel equivalent of an amuse-bouche, the cherry blossom season welcomes spring to Washington D.C. And it’s last call, as the National Cherry Blossom Festival wraps up this April 15th, 2018. So yes, we have something cool enough to keep us stateside this spring when D.C. erupts with the over 3,000 cherry trees that the mayor of Tokyo presented to the city in 1912.
Where to stay? We’ve got you covered. We love the Jefferson Hotel for its classic D.C. politico feel, with its leather-bound books, historical artwork, and upper-crust vibe. Otherwise, there is never a Mandarin Oriental we don’t like, and the MO brings top-level service and an appropriately Asian-themed cherry blossom package that literally has you looking over the flowering cherry trees.
The Jefferson Hotel’s “Picture Perfect Cherry Blossoms” package extends cherry blossom season until April 30, 2018. It includes lodgings done up in the hotel’s signature Beaux Arts style, breakfast for you and your plus one, and a discounted photography session with Flytographer. Plume, the hotel’s Michelin star-rated eatery pays homage to the Jeffersonian era, including bison strip loin, Chesapeake bass, and an international wine selection. After all, when in D.C.
The Mandarin Oriental’s “Cherry Blossom Picnic” might be even better than Tokyo. Its modern suites overlook the Tidal Basin and flowering cherry trees – kind of like cherry blossoms on demand. Your package includes breakfast at the Muze, the hotel’s restaurant, where the selection ranges from an Asian-inspired Bento box to classic steak and eggs. The hotel also offers a traditional Japanese “hanami” picnic beneath the cherry trees. The package is valid from March 13 to April 14, 2018, with rates from US$485.00 per night.
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