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Guide to Cherry Blossom Season in Washington, DC

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Washington DC Spa Sakura Ritual Treatment

Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC

Unwind with a cherry blossom-inspired treatment at the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. The 80-minute Sakura Ritual Body Treatment begins with a dry brushing to eliminate toxins, followed by a personalized full body massage using your choice of green tea oil and lotion or fragrant blossom oil. Then relax with a paraffin hand or foot treatment utilizing Japanese antioxidant green tea. The result is more youthful-looking skin due to the treatment’s reduction of free radical formation in the body.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007, fourseasons.com.

Rosewood

The Rye Bar

Head to The Rye Bar at Rosewood, Washington DC to celebrate the season with a cherry cocktail. The sophisticated setting features a back-lit onyx bar, wood paneling, and floor-to-ceiling windows for views of the canal. The bar is known for its rye whiskey cocktails – particularly the Manhattan.

Named after Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, the woman said to have planted the city’s first cherry blossom tree, Scidmore is a delicious rum cocktail to sip this spring. To create the Scidmore, add 1.5 oz rum, 1.5 oz cherry syrup with cherry herring, 1/4 oz oz yuzu and 1/2 oz lime juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled, then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an edible cherry blossom flower.

Rosewood, Washington DC, 1050 31st Street NW, Washington, DC, 20007, rosewoodhotels.com.

Off the Record

Venture downstairs in The Hay-Adams hotel to its Off the Record bar. Located across the street from the White House, it’s a convenient place for a cocktail after a day of sightseeing. Sumptuous red decor with tufted leather seats, dark wood and an ornate ceiling make this DC haunt an elegant yet intimate hideout.

Bartenders are serving up the Pisco Blossom this season- a sweet and sour cocktail combining fruit and herb flavors for a perfect springtime blend. To create the Pisco Blossom, muddle three cherries with two basil leaves. Then, add 1 oz Luxardo cherry liqueur, 3/4 oz St-Germain, 1.5 oz Pisco, one egg white, 1/4 oz simple syrup and 1/2 oz lemon juice into shaker and dry shake. Server over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a cherry.

The Hay-Adams, 800 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006, hayadams.com.