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Pop Your Cherry: It’s Blossom Time in Washington DC

by Matthew Wexler
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Saturday Mar 22, 2014

Things are looking pink in Washington DC as the annual cherry blossoms are about to bloom, so stock up on your Zyrtec and head to the nation's capital for some long-awaited spring foliage.

More than 30 hotel packages are available, combining exceptional room rates with thematic amenities during the National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 13, 2014). Throughout this season of renewal, the city is abuzz with the nation's largest springtime celebration and a program of world-class cultural events. Discover which one suits you by visiting or by calling 1-877-44BLOOM.

"Destination DC is proud to offer springtime packages by 34 member hotels during the National Cherry Blossom Festival," said Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC. "Walking beneath the famous cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin is a bucket-list experience for many travelers, but there are multitudes of only-in-DC experiences running concurrently with the festival that make DC an ideal spring break destination. Visit a cache of European art saved in WWII by the division known as the Monuments Men, take in some of the 20 plays being featured during a major international theater festival and indulge in a memorable meal on the patio of one of our fine restaurants."

Pick Your Passion

Stand-out packaged include the following:

  • The Fairmont Washington, DC Georgetown: The Pip Pip Cherry-io! Package includes cherry-infused tea with sweet and savory treats; box of assorted note cards featuring scenic views of the capital’s monuments by noted D.C. photographer Jake McGuire. Packages start at $269/night.

  • Kimpton Hotels: "Blossom & Bubbles" package includes a bubble welcome amenity for children; a gift of locally-made cherry blossom soap; complimentary sake at nightly Wine Hour; a $30 room credit per day to use toward parking or dining. Participating hotels include The George, Palomar, Madera, Rouge and Monaco. Packages start at $169/night, depending on hotel.

  • The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel: Two blossom inspired welcome cocktails; one in-room commemorative blooming cherry blossom branch; and two one-day Metro passes. Packages start at $203/night.

    While the actual blossoms can bloom as long as 14 days, the nation’s largest springtime celebration "pinks" the city with free and family-friendly events such as the opening ceremony (March 22); Blossom Kite Festival (March 29); Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival (April 5) and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and Sakura Matsuri Japanese street fair (April 12).

    DC is rich with cultural experiences throughout the year and spring 2014 is no exception. Highlights include American Cool at the National Portrait Gallery (thru Sept. 7); The Monuments Men and the National Gallery of Art at the National Gallery of Art (thru Sept. 1); Washington Nationals’ opening day (April 4); Made in the USA at the Phillips Collection (thru Aug. 31); Chigusa and the Art of Tea at the Sackler-Freer (thru July 27), and World Stages, a 20-country strong international theater festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (March 10-30).

    Dining in the District

    Dining remains a pleasure in Washington, DC. Relax with a casual dine-around at Union Market, the District’s artisanal food market uniting almost 40 regional vendors under one roof in Northeast. Foodies will want to wait in line for the imaginative meals and cocktails at Rose’s Luxury on Capitol Hill.

    Adventurous eaters can tuck into brunch at Daikaya, a modern Japanese izakaya in the Penn Quarter or dinner at Del Campo, chef Victor Albisu’s estancia-inspired dining room where everything from avocados to Nigeria prawns get lapped with smoke.

    Power players will want to follow in Michelle Obama’s footsteps and try Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab near the White House. Beer lovers can sip through the menu at City Tap House or Bluejacket, an imaginative craft brewery near Nationals Stadium, and anyone with a sweet tooth shouldn’t skip Jason Gerhing’s desserts at Menu MBK.

    Additionally, cherry-inspired drinks and dishes will be on menus throughout the city during the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Cherry Picks program.

    Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Style and Travel Editor. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.


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