1. What’s Going on This Weekend, DC?

    Fall weekends in Washington, DC are always full of activities. From street festivals to taking trip out to Virginia’s wine country, here are some of the very cool things you can do in Washington, DC this weekend!

    It’s Festival Season!

    On Saturday, Sept 20th from noon to 6:00p.m. head over to H St, NE for the H Street Festival which was created as part of the revitalization strategy to bring attention to the developing arts and entertainment district spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE. This year's festival is bigger and better than ever featuring more than 500 artists and performances on 14 stages plus an array of local, regional and international cuisine, shopping, arts exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with local entrepreneurs, artists and community organizations.

    Get a Vegucation

    Become vegucated at the DC Veg Fest on Saturday from 11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. at Yards Park. Hosted by Compassion over Killing, a national nonprofit animal protection organization based in Washington, DC the annual festival offers a taste of a wide variety of veg-friendly foods!

    Dogs in Costumes!

    We love anything pet-friendly at The Jefferson so naturally, one of our can’t-miss events this weekend is the third annual Wiener 500 Dachshund Races. The race, open to dachshunds only takes place on Saturday from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. outside of the Regan Building on 1300 Pennsylvania Ave and proceeds from the event benefit the Washington Humane Society. Did we mention there’s also a best costume contest open to all dogs?

    Of course, the best way to end a day of festivals and dog races is back at The Jefferson for a cocktail in Quill! We look forward to celebrating the fall with you!

  2. It’s Great Gatsby Month At The Jefferson, DC

    “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s words have resonated with readers since the book’s publication in the mid 1920’s.  The Great Gatsby follows the lives of Long Islanders in the summer of 1922. The main character, Nick Carraway, moves to the Island for the summer and reacquaints himself with his cousin Daisy and is introduced to his neighbor, Jay Gatsby, a young and mysterious millionaire. He and Daisy share a past that reveals itself as you turn the pages of this classic.

    As part of our ongoing Year of the Author series, we celebrate Fitzgerald’s depiction of the roaring 20’s in Quill at The Jefferson with our F. Scott Fitzgerald cocktail, made with Bourbon, Punt E Mes, Sweet Vermouth, a dash of Peychauds and served in a martini class garnished with Sage and an Orange Peel.

    “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” We look forward to celebrating the change in seasons with you at The Jefferson, DC!

  3. Calling All Brides!

    We’re taking our wedding show on the road! We are very excited to be participating in this year’s Wedding Salon, right down the street at the Lowes Madison hotel.

    Come visit us on Monday, September 8th from 4pm – 8pm! Our catering managers will be there to talk all things wedding from intimate ceremonies and receptions to bridal teas and brunches.

    Want to learn more? Visit www.weddingsalon.com. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here

  4. Meet My Friend Frosty!

    And, no…he’s not a snowman. Hello everyone, Monti here, the Jefferson’s Executive Canine Officer. I’m enjoying my last few weeks of summer at camp up here in Vermont before returning home to Washington, DC. I heard it’s been a beautiful summer in DC and I can’t wait for my first fall in the city!

    You know who else would love to spend the fall exploring DC? Frosty!

    He was clearly named for his fluffy white coat by the great people at PAW Rescue and is very friendly. His pastimes include, sitting on your lap, hugging and cuddling; such a charmer! Frosty was a stray, but now he is ready to put his traveling days behind him and settle down with a family.

    Frosty needs a little training and would love a home that has had some dog experience who will guide him along, and give him lots of exercise. I have no doubt that Frosty would be a great addition to any home!

    If you are interested in meeting my friend Frosty or any of my other furry friends, email PAW Resuce at pawdogs@yahoo.com

    Enjoy the rest of your summer and I’ll see you back in DC soon!

  5. We Just Planned Your Perfect Fall Getaway

    We can’t believe that it’s already mid-August! Soon the leaves will be changing and it will be the perfect time to spend some time exploring DC and the beautiful countryside of Middleburg, Va and what better way to do both than at The Jefferson and Salamander Resort & Spa!

    We’re very excited for our newest partnership with this fabulous property! Located on 340 picturesque acres in the historic village of Middleburg, VA, Salamander Resort is only an hour from DC and features an amazing 23,000-square-foot spa with outdoor treatment terraces and a spa courtyard, not to mention fine dining, a dedicated Cooking Studio, a chef-inspired Culinary Garden as well as a 20-acre Tree Top Zip Tour and a full-service Equestrian Center with unique programming.

    When you reserve our new Town & Country package you will receive 20% off of each hotel’s best available rate when you stay consecutively at these two luxury boutique hotels.

    Enjoy deluxe king room accommodations at The Jefferson, DC which includes:

    • Continental Breakfast for two each morning in Greenhouse
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Complimentary local and international calls
    • Complimentary bottled water in room
    • Complimentary garment pressing (one item per guest per stay)

    Accommodations at Salamander Resort & Spa includes:

    • Luxurious overnight accommodations featuring scenic views of the Grand Lawn or the rolling Virginia countryside
    • Complimentary valet parking
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Full access to the state-of-the art fitness center, indoor heated pool, sauna and family pool
    • Complimentary car service to and from the town of Middleburg and the surrounding wineries within a five-mile radius

    For more information, or to book your urban and country retreat visit our website!

    We’re looking forward to celebrating the fall with everyone!

  6. DC Cool is Here to Stay!

    We already knew that DC was one of the coolest cities to live and to visit. From the Smithsonian museums to the small ever-growing neighborhoods around the city; there is always something going on in Washington, DC.

    But now it’s official, we’re cool!

    Earlier this week, our friends at Forbes declared that “Flooded with politicos and political junkies, Washington, DC, often comes off as a city steeped in raw ambition. But the nation’s capital deserves to be known for something else: coolness.” To read the article in its entirety, click here.

    So, what is there to do this weekend in our very cool city? Who better to ask than DC Cool, the go-to arm of Destination DC for all things cool in our nation’s capital!

    For a round up for what’s going on this weekend, check out what our good friends at DC Cool have put together. From a visit from Jerry Seinfeld to a viewing of Casino Royale at the drive-in at Union Market and a few awesome live music venues, there is something for everyone to do this weekend in Washington, DC!

    So thanks for Destination DC and to Forbes for upping our cool factor! We think Jefferson would have agreed with you. 

  7. Call Us Ishmael This Month!

    One of the most recognizable opening lines in classic literature, Moby-Dick has been spotted at The Jefferson, DC in our ongoing Year of the Author program and we thought it would only be appropriate that we celebrate this work of Herman Melville beginning on August 1, Melville’s birthday!

    The 6th book by Herman Melville, Moby-Dick tells the tale of Captain Ahab's voyage in pursuit of the elusive Moby-Dick. Published in 1851, the novel did not become popular until after Melville’s death in 1891. While Moby-Dick is one of the most recognizable works of literature today, when we asked our staff who had read this epic novel, not many of us had. Have you?

    We celebrate this tale of man vs. sea in Quill this month with a cocktail comprised of Gin, Blood Orange, Vermouth and Aperol; the perfect cocktail to sip while sitting on our patio, overlooking 16th Street, celebrating what’s left of another DC summer.

    So happy 195th Melville! We raise our glass to you today and all month long!

  8. Reporting Live from VerMonti!

    Hi friends! 

    I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer. As many of you know, I’m summering in Vermont and having a fabulous time! So far, I’ve visited the capital, which I think should be renamed “Monti”pellier and have gotten to know the locals.

    But, I know I still have a job to do as the ECO at my very pet friendly hotel in Washington, DC so this week, I’d like to introduce you to Sochi!

    About Sweet Sochi

    Sochi has been through a lot in his first three years. His owner chained him up and often usually forgot to feed him. A kind-hearted shelter worker saw him living outside, unprotected, when the polar vortex hit earlier this year and bought him a dog house but the owner left it just out of reach for poor Sochi to get inside to keep warm.

    Finally, the owner gave him up, now blind, emaciated and with frostbite on his nose and ears. The local shelter got him treated, fed him and looked for a rescue to give Sochi a home. He is completely house broken and crate trained. He is remarkably calm and gentle and even though he no longer is able to see, he is incredibly smart and adapts to his surroundings quickly.

    The ideal home for Sochi would be where he isn't alone. Another dog (or two) would be great but of course Sochi would prefer to be with his humans.

    If you want to meet Sochi or any of my other friends from PAW Rescue contact the amazing people at PAW at pawdogs@yahoo.com.

    Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll be eating ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s – I hope they have chicken ice cream!

  9. Something Amazing is Going on in DC

    There are a number of great things that happen during the summer in Washington, DC. Screen on the Green, paddle boating on the Tidal Basin or just talking a walk through Rock Creek Park; there are so many outdoor activities to enjoy in our nation’s capital.

    But DC gets hot. Like really hot. Like fry an egg on the sidewalk hot.

    Our idea for getting cool this summer? Get lost in a maze at the National Building Museum! The Big Maze, open now through September 1, 2014 is located inside the Building Museum, just a short cab or metro ride away from The Jefferson, DC. At approximately 18 feet high and 60 feet by 60 feet, the maple plywood structure features a series of twists and turns for visitors to weave through and explore.

    The National Building Museum is open seven days a week; Monday–Saturday: 10 am–5 pm and Sunday: 11 am–5 pm and the cost for admission is $8 for adults and $5 for youth, students and seniors.

    So stay cool, Washington, DC and enjoy your summer!

  10. My Big Fish Must Be Somewhere

    Happy July, Washington, DC! Continuing in our Year of the Author series, we spend this month with Ernest Hemingway, one of the most well known American writers of the 20th century. Hemingway is famous for works such as A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises and, of course, The Old Man and the Sea.

    The Old Man and the Sea was published in 1952 and tells the tale of Santiago, an “unlucky” older fisherman has gone 84 days without catching a fish. On the 85th day, he heads out deep into the Gulf and catches a marlin, who becomes Santiago’s quest for three days, until he finally harpoons the marlin. The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Hemingway in 1954.

    The Old Man and the Sea tells the tale of struggle, defeat and determination and is still widely read today. Have you read The Old Man and the Sea? Is it your favorite work by Hemingway? Let us know!

    Haven’t read it? Drop by Quill and sip on our tribute to Hemingway, a cocktail comprised of Bacardi Rum, Simple Syrup, Lime Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Cherry Liquor and garnished with what else; a Swedish Fish!

    Have a great weekend everyone!