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By Lauren Hill | March 29 2018
Savor the cherry blossom season in Washington, DC by being a part of the celebrations at the city’s most luxurious hotels. While peak bloom dates have been predicted for Easter weekend, festivities will carry on to mid-April, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the season.
Located within walking distance of Washington, DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival and the city’s flowering yoshino trees, this Four Seasons Hotel is an ideal base at this time. To mark the arrival of spring, the hotel is offering guests customized itineraries based around the local events and incorporating one of the best suites for views of the flowering trees. The Spa at Four Seasons is introducing the Cherry Blossom Champagne Body Treatment combining a body polish, body wrap and application of blossom body butter. And cherry blossom-inspired bites are available at ENO Wine Bar. This specialty menu includes a signature cherry blossom dish of burrata, black cherry compote, petit basil and aged balsamic reduction, which can be followed with a flight of cherry blossom chocolates designed with pink and white blossoms.
This season, the historic hotel The Willard is combining its resplendence with a stunning display of 1,200 pounds of real cherry blossom trees in the hotel lobby and Peacock Alley where afternoon tea is served amid the paintings and lavish furnishings. Further celebration of the cherry blossom can then be seen in the hotel’s restaurants and bars through a special Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea, Japanese inspired cuisine and specialty cocktails. A nightly program of entertainment will introduce guests to traditional Japanese arts and culture. Cherry Blossom room packages include special spring amenities.
The latest of Washington, DC’s luxury hotel openings, InterContinental Washington, DC – The Wharf provides an entirely different experience to its historic sister hotel, The Willard. Located on the city’s recently opened $2.5 billion waterfront, the hotel combines contemporary architecture and stylish interiors with views over the water. To mark its first cherry blossom season, the hotel has created the special Suite Cherries package, combining luxury accommodation with cherry blossom cocktails on arrival, custom cherry blossom flower crowns designed by the local in-house florist and the Blossom in Bed in-room dining. Guests also have access to the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival. The package is available throughout the official Cherry Blossom Festival period.
Honoring the hotel’s oriental heritage, Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC is hosting its own celebration of Japanese hanami – the centuries-old tradition of blossom viewing and welcoming the spring with food, drink and friends under the cherry blossom trees. From the hotel, you can experience hanami with a Cherry Blossom Picnic complete with blanket and gourmet spread just moments from the hotel. Accommodation then comes with privileged views of the Tidal Basin and city’s cherry trees. The hotel’s garden is home to cherry blossom trees that were planted at its opening by the daughter and granddaughter of Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo who gifted the city 3,000 cherry trees in 1912.
As the cherry blossom season comes to a close, Park Hyatt will host a culinary experience inspired by the season. On Saturday, April 14th guests of Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine experience will be immersed in the season with a washoku-inspired tasting menu prepared by chef Troy Knapp, participation in a Kyoto-style tea ceremony featuring a special presentation and tasting led by Urasenke professor Sobin Koizumi, and a tasting of two different rare matcha teas paired with seasonal confectionary from Kyoto. This exclusive event is a part of the Masters of Food & Wine series curated by Hyatt. Tickets are available online.