Washington, DC comes alive each year as the Cherry Blossoms put on an unbelievably beautiful show. After several years of hotels pulling back from their over-the-top celebrations, they are going all out this year as locals and tourists are eager to enjoy the warmer weather with cherry blossoms bringing a refreshed feel to the District – not to mention the fantastic spa treatments, afternoon tea specials and more promotional opportunities at several favorite DC hotels.
According to the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s website, they are excited to Rediscover Spring throughout Washington, DC and be a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival March 20 – April 17. The four weeks of celebration are to be filled with food, fun, and culture! The 2022 Festival is the 110th anniversary of the gift of trees from the Mayor of Tokyo to Washington, DC. The Signature Events you know and love are back in person, along with a wide variety of ways to experience Washington, DC as you can only see it once a year. Though it looks like peak bloom will occur early this year – the week of March 21st – the celebrating will continue through most of April.
Conrad Washington, DC | conradwashingtondc.com
In partnership with Veuve Cliquot La Grand Dame in collaboration with Yayoi Kusama, the Conrad will feature an original blooming Kusama sculpture in the center of the hotels’ stunning third-floor atrium until the end of April. The piece comes to DC in coordination with the Yayoi Kusama retrospective exhibit at the Hirschhorn Museum. La Grand Dame Kusama Experience includes a two-night stay in a Park View Suite, Sakura Club access, a bottle of chilled La Grand Dame, brunch for two from their Veuve Cliquot La Grand Dame Garden Gastronomie menu, a Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors book, two passes to the Exhibit, a professional photographer during your time at the Exhibit, private transportation to and from the Exhibit and for a tour of the Tidal Basin Cherry Blossoms, and a $100 credit to spend at the Hirschhorn Gift Shop.
Fairmont Washington, DC Georgetown | fairmont.com/washington
Fairmont Washington, DC is located in the fashionable West End and adjacent to historic Georgetown, where they are known to always welcome their guests in capital style. The Fairmont is always a thrill to visit with a beautiful lobby and Fairmont Gold, which offers an elevated level of luxury for guests. For locals and guests, they are honoring the National Cherry Blossom Festival with cherry-infused delights in the Lobby Bar this spring. Enjoy Executive Pasty Chef A.J. Thalakkat’s Sakura and Peach Blossom Gelée made with Peach Blossom Sake and Pickled Sakura Cherry Blossoms. The Cherry Blossom Spritzer made with Stoli Black Cherry Vodka, Cherry Syrup, Sauvignon Blanc and Soda or the Gin & Marasca made with Beefeater, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur and Grapefruit Juice are refreshing springtime libations. Chef Thalakkat’s dessert along with the cherry-inspired cocktails will be served in the hotel’s Lobby Bar until April 17, 2022.
InterContinental the Willard Washington, DC | washington.intercontinental.com
Since 1818, the Willard InterContinental Washington, DC has played host to the world’s social and political elite. An iconic hotel often referred to as the ‘Residence of Presidents,’ the Willard has welcomed US presidents, foreign dignitaries, and celebrities for over 200 years. It is also among the premier venues for Afternoon Tea. Seated among the grandeur of Peacock Alley, guests to Willard’s traditional Afternoon Tea enjoy a broad selection of the finest estate and boutique blended loose leaf teas by the J’enwey Tea Company, savory finger sandwiches, decadent pastries, and Willard’s famous freshly baked scones. Willard’s Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea is one of the hotel’s most cherished traditions, including an abundance of Cherry Blossom decor and elegant sounds of the harp while you enjoy a tantalizing array of spring teas, sandwiches, and seasonally inspired pastries.
Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC | mandarinoriental.com/washington
Welcome the Spring at a beautiful hotel directly overlooking the famous cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin. The level of service here is always impressive, and we can now embrace life in full bloom with their Cherry Blossom getaway, wellness offerings, dining experiences, and sightseeing experiences. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy their special Sakura Pink Afternoon Tea or small bites in Empress (available Thursdays – Sundays until April 17, 2022). For a more intimate experience, stay for a day (or three) and take advantage of in-room Cherry Blossom Tea experience in one of their blissful suites. Or take some time to visit one of the best spas in the area, hands-down, and restore your mind, body, and spirit with a Cherry Blossom Treatment at The Spa – inquire with them about the “in bloom” offer featuring massage and facial (available until April 30, 2022).
Park Hyatt Washington, DC | hyatt.com/park-hyatt-washington
The Park Hyatt is located in the West End neighboring Georgetown, Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House. Savor Michelin distinguished food in Blue Duck Tavern while sipping exceptional wines as you watch a dramatic culinary presentation in the open kitchen and wood-burning Molteni oven. With one of the best tea collections in the District and a staff always ready to go above-and-beyond, it’s always a favorite for tea when it’s available. Inquire about their “Park in Bloom” offer in the coming weeks where you can savor cherry blossom macarons and sip on Moonlight Litchi Flowering Tea during your stay as cherry blossom season blooms. Create lasting memories and keep a piece of the city with a gift of friendship, a cherry blossom tree grow kit (available until April 17, 2022).
St. Regis, Washington, DC | marriott.com/st-regis-washington-dc
For nearly a century, The St. Regis Washington has welcomed world leaders, dignitaries, royalty, and Hollywood icons. Ideally situated in DC’s famed downtown district, the historic luxury hotel’s prestigious address is just steps away from the White House, and within walking distance to the monuments and museums of the National Mall. The lobby experience here is always worthy of a visit, but the Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea is one not to miss. Enjoy the finest selection of teas from Dammann Frères, exquisite tea sandwiches, delicious sweets, and homemade scones. Feel free to lavish your experience with their selective optional Champagne pairings (available Fridays – Sundays until April 24, 2022). If you’re looking for an overnight stay, inquire about their “Cherry Blossom Indulgence” offer that’s running until April 24, 2022.
The Hay Adams | hayadams.com
Steeped in rich history and surrounded by the most iconic institutions of our nation, The Hay-Adams is always a favorite destination for discerning guests. Enveloped by views of the White House, St. John’s Church, and the scenic Lafayette Park, the 5-star accommodations at The Hay-Adams are the embodiment of refined residence. Marked by Washington, DC’s most accommodating amenities and dedicated services, The Hay-Adams is always a great place to visit, but especially during the Cherry Blossom season. Inquire about their afternoon tea that is offered on Sundays through April 10, 2022.
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City | ritzcarlton.com/pentagon-city
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City welcomes visitors to Arlington, VA, with luxury hotel suites and rooms, a chic club lounge and Santé, which is their restaurant that effortlessly transports the ease and elegance of the Mediterranean to you with every visit. Their seasonal afternoon tea experience is available for a limited time and is a delicious option this year (available Saturdays and Sundays until April 16, 2022). Indulge in a glass of sparkling wine and their exclusive Japanese Cherry Blossom-inspired tea sandwiches, pastries, warm scones, and selection of luxury loose-leaf teas. For their youngest tea-goers, enjoy child-friendly, bite-sized treats with your choice of tea or hot chocolate and pick out a teddy bear to take home! The pastry chefs here always do an amazing job, so I’m sure you will not be disappointed.
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC | ritzcarlton.com/washington-dc/dc
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC provides a warm welcome after a monumental day in the downtown area. This elegant hotel is a luxury oasis for guests with so much to offer, including one of the best Club Lounges in the District and prime location for getting around DC. To ensure an exceptional guest experience this season with memories that will last a lifetime, they have curated an exclusive tour through the Tidal Basin and overnight accommodations in their most luxurious suite that will be adorned with fresh blooms. If you are coming to DC and want the ultimate experience, this is it. Inquire with them about the “Luxury Cherry Blossom” offer, which includes accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite that is amazing by itself, but it also includes an incredible list of perks and amenities during your stay that will leave you wanting for absolutely nothing… except perhaps more time to enjoy this luxurious DC experience (available until April 16, 2022).
The Watergate Hotel | thewatergatehotel.com
Step inside a legendary revival at The Watergate Hotel, a luxurious urban resort where modern design blends with an iconic landmark to redefine luxury. A place where travel and business are occasions worth celebrating, attention to detail is the standard, and intrigue can be found just beyond every curve. The team at The Watergate Hotel pull out all the stops for the Cherry Blossom season, so locals and guests to DC both have plenty of reasons to visit. Inquire about the “Cherry Blossom Hotel Package” (available until April 16, 2022) for a great overnight experience. Other opportunities that you should consider here include: the Stay and Picnic Under the Cherry Blossoms with Veuve Clicquot, Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea highlighting a special Sakura blooming tea and imported Sakura Kyoto Cherry Blossom Tea (available Saturdays and Sundays until April 17, 2022), and the Cherry Blossom Cocktail at The Next Whisky Bar (available until April 14, 2022).