1. Our Year of the Author Celebrates Oscar Wilde

    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

    “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

    These are just some of the great quotes coined by Irish writer Oscar Wilde. This month, we celebrate this prolific writer at our historic hotel in Washington, DC as our Year of the Author series continues.

    Wilde is known for many of his works; perhaps the most well known is The Picture of Dorian Gray. The novel tells the story of Dorian Gray, a young man who becomes the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. The artist soon becomes infatuated with Gray, believing his beauty is responsible for a new mode in his art. Initially published in 1890, The Picture of Dorian Gray was criticized for the work’s more mature themes. When Wilde published a longer version as a book one year later, he played to those who critiqued his work adding in additional layers to the book’s already ambitious storyline.

    If you’ve read the book, we want to hear from you! What did you think about Wilde’s novel- was it adventurous for the time period?

    Why not ponder this while enjoying our Oscar Wilde cocktail in Quill made with Beefeater Gin, Martini Bianco, Sweet Vermouth, Absinthe and garnished with a Lemon Twist.

    Happy reading!


  2. One of Our Favorite Weekends!

    The first weekend in June means one thing, Capital Pride weekend in Washington, DC! This annual event actually starts this weekend with a number of lectures and events, but the actual kick off will be on Friday, June 6th, launching a weekend of events, parties and of course, the Capital Pride Parade. Beginning at 4:30pm on Saturday, June 7th, the parade travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street and ends near Logan Circle. The parade will include more than 170 contingents-floats, vehicles, walkers, entertainment-consisting of local businesses, Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirit awardees, politicians, community groups, drag queens, dogs & so much more!

    Did you know that The Jefferson is just blocks from Logan Circle, making us the ideal place to celebrate this fabulous weekend? Also, we are proud to be a part of the Preferred Pride collection; our Preferred Pride package includes all of our room amenities and two signature cocktails in Quill to get the pride party started!

    Have you booked your DC Pride weekend yet? For more information on our Pride package, please call 202.448.2300 or email reservations@jeffersondc.com.

    We look forward to celebrating with you!!


  3. Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC!

    We did it DC! We made it to Memorial Day, one of our favorite long weekends! While some of you are headed out of town to hit the beach, we like to keep it local. Here are some of our favorite to-do’s for those staycationing in our nation’s capital or for those that are off to do some urban exploring.

    Who Doesn’t Love a Good Parade?

    On Monday, May 26th at 2pm, DC’s annual parade begins off at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. The parade features marching bands and veterans units from all 50 states and is sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee and includes patriotic floats and helium-filled balloons.

    It’s Rolling Thunder Time!

    Every Memorial Day, thousands roll into the city on their motorcycles! The ride begins on Sunday, May 25th and departs from the Pentagon at noon. The rally features speakers and music beginning at 1:30pm near the Lincoln Memorial by the reflecting pool. If you’ve never had a chance to see this, it’s a can’t miss in DC!

    Explore the City

    All of DC’s Smithsonian museums are free! You can check out the Natural History Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian or roam the National Mall and check out the Lincoln, Vietnam War Memorial, World War II Memorial, or our favorite, the Jefferson!

    For those staying at The Jefferson this weekend, make sure to pick up one of our Where’s Tommy brochures to help guide you around DC! Learn more about Where’s Tommy here.


  4. Where Would Jefferson Have Spent His Summer?

    After a long and snowy winter, The Jefferson, DC and the rest of our nation’s capital are ready for some summer fun! We like to think of where our namesake would have liked to have spent a summer in DC; paddle boating on the Potomac, cruising the Smithsonian or hanging out on a patio on 14th St. Either way, we know where he would have stayed!

    Whether you’re taking in the sights this summer in DC or exploring outside of the city, The Jefferson wants to be your home away from home and we are offering 20% off of our best available rate when you book your summer getaway to DC!

    Exclusive for Guests!

    Our Where’s Tommy DC program is still in full swing and is perfect for couples and families staying with us this summer! Where’s Tommy is our exclusive self-guided tour of DC visits eight locations in and around the city where Thomas Jefferson stands. You can snap a picture of TOMMY with your phone at each location, upload the photo to Instagram tagging @thejeffersondc with #WheresTommyDC and when you return you can unwind and enjoy cool treat compliments of our chef and receive a bobble head for completing the entire tour. We also have some VERY exciting Where’s Tommy DC news coming up…stay tuned for more on that!!

    Before setting off on your Where’s Tommy adventure, why not spend some time with our in-house historian, available for a casual chat without an appointment regarding the hotel's collection of framed Jefferson autographed documents, the life of Thomas Jefferson! Our hotel historian is available on Saturday mornings from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

    You’ll be hungry on your adventures this summer. Add a Jefferson Mobile Meal onto our summer package, ideal for when you’re on the go! The mobile meal includes a chef’s choice sandwich, Route 66 potato chips, a pasta salad, dessert made in house, a fruit cup and a drink and is $50 per meal.

    For more information about our summer promotion or any of our rooms packages, please visit our website!

    Have a great Memorial Day everyone! Enjoy the long weekend!


  5. The Jefferson, DC Book Club Talks The Catcher in the Rye This Month

    The month of May, or as we like to call it at The Jefferson, perfect Quill patio weather, is here and with that comes our next book in our Year of the Author series, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

    Whether you read The Catcher in the Rye in high school, college or as an adult, Salinger’s well known book follows main character Holden Caulfield after his expulsion from private school and his struggle to find his place as a teenager in the 1950’s.

    While the book was originally published for adults, over time, it became a popular read for teenagers due to their connection with Holden and the themes of adolescence that are interwoven through the novel including identity, a sense of belonging, connections to others and the constant feeling of alienation that so many teens experience. Another book that faced controversy over time, The Catcher in the Rye has been on many “Top Banned Books” lists over time. In 1960, an English teacher in Oklahoma was fired for assigning the book in class, while across the U.S. many other communities banned the book due to its mature content. What do you think? Is The Catcher in the Rye a book that should have been banned or should it have gotten the recognition that it deserved for portraying a real look into some of the issues that teenagers experience?

    We want to know what you think! Post your responses on our blog or on our Facebook page.

    Need a refresher? Pick up a copy in our Book Room or in Quill and enjoy our J.D. Salinger cocktail while re-reading this groundbreaking novel.


  6. And Now, a Word From Our Most Famed Employee

    Hi there everybody! It’s me, Lord Monticello, or Monti as they’ve been calling me here at the (obviously) pet friendly Jefferson Hotel. I’ve really been enjoying my time here in Washington, DC and I really love my new life at this boutique hotel; it’s small and special, just like me!

    My story is certainly one of rags to riches; having been found homeless and eventually being taken in by the amazing people at PAW Rescue, a Maryland based non-profit group of volunteers chartered to facilitate the rescue and adoption of homeless domestic animals, mainly dogs and cats, and place them in loving and stable homes.

    Did you know that PAW holds adoption shows mainly in suburban Maryland a few times a month to allow prospective pet owners to meet with the animals that have been taken in by PAW?

    Since my story has such a happy ending, I’d like to try to return the favor so The Jefferson has allowed me to take some time to talk about my fellow PAW friends.

    Silas!

    So I know what you’re thinking, Silas and I look a lot alike…but I think I might be a little cuter (don’t tell Silas).

    Here are some things that PAW has learned about Silas since he’s been with them: he loves to play with people, dogs and toys, he loves to cuddle and likes to run around the yard. Since he’s a beagle, like me, he always has his nose to ground to pick up interesting scents. Silas is pretty smart, he understands the command, 'sit' and so far, he appears to be housebroken.

    Want to meet Silas or take him home?? Email my friends at PAW at pawdogs@yahoo.com.

    Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget to come visit me at The Jefferson, DC! I’ll be the one in the lobby waiting for you to pay attention to me. 

    Whatever your weekend plans entail we hope you make it a great one!


  7. What Are You Doing This Weekend?

    Springtime in Washington, DC doesn’t always last as long as we’d like so now is your chance to get out there and take advantage of the beautiful weekend weather in our nation’s capital. Here are some of our must-do’s for this weekend!

    Cheer on the Runners!!

    Nike’s We Run DC women’s half marathon will be on Sunday, April 27th. Beginning at 7:00am, this 13.2 mile race will begin in downtown Washington, DC near Freedom Plaza and finishes at the same location. Cheering is encouraged and there are plenty of places throughout the course to take in some of the sites of DC while supporting the runners! For more information or to view a map of the course, please visit their website.

    Show Your Natitude!

    Haven’t been to National’s Stadium yet? Don’t miss out on a day at the ballpark. Located in Southeast Washington, DC the stadium is easy to get to and is a half a block from the Navy Yard metro stop on the green line. This weekend, the Nats play the San Diego Padres and tickets are available by visiting their website. Go Nats!

    Join us for Sunday Supper

    Did you know that every Sunday in Quill we offer a three course dinner for $35 including a glass of wine? We don’t know about you, but we think it’s one of the best deals in town and a great way to cap off an epic weekend. The menu is decided by our chef so be sure to check our Facebook page for Sunday night’s menu. This is also the last weekend to enjoy a William Shakespeare cocktail before we introduce our next author for the month of May. Made with gin, sherry, lime juice and garnished with a rose petal, this cocktail has quickly become a must-try when at the bar.

    Whatever your weekend plans entail we hope you make it a great one!


  8. Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson!

    This weekend (Sunday, April 13 to be exact) marks the 271st birthday of Thomas Jefferson! To commemorate the birthday of our founding father and hotel's namesake we've be running a special tasting menu in Plume that will end on Saturday, April 12th. Not going to be able to make it to Plume? Please join us on Sunday in Quill for a special Sunday Supper TJ birthday menu that will feature some dishes that Jefferson is credited to bringing to the US including macaroni and cheese. Our Quill Sunday Supper is just $35 per person and includes an appetizer, main dish, dessert and a glass of red or white wine; we think Jefferson would have been impressed.

    No time to celebrate Jefferson's birthday? Check out some of the other events we have going on at the Jefferson this spring!

    Martin's Lamb Dinner with Blackbird Vineyards

    Please join us in conjunction with Martin's and Blackbird Vineyards on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 for a six course lamb tasting menu paired with Blackbird wines. We will also be joined by Paul Leary, President of Blackbird Vineyards.

    There will be a reception at 6:30pm followed by dinner at 7:00pm. The cost is $220 per person, with wine pairing (tax and gratuity excluded).

    To make a reservation, please call 202.448.3238 or email mgoldberg@jeffersondc.com.

    Dinner With Churchill

    "Give me a few well-cooked dishes I can really enjoy"- Sir Winston Churchill

    On Wednesday, May 21, 2014 we will be joined by Cita Stelzer, author of Dinner With Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table for a four course dinner inspired by Churchill's love of diplomacy around the dinner table. We will hear from the author about this unique look at one of the world's most notable (and quotable) figures. There is a reception at 6:30pm and dinner will begin at 7:00pm. The cost is $175 per person, tax and gratuity excluded. To book, please call 202.448.3250 or email mgoldberg@jeffersondc.com.

    To view more events that are coming up at The Jefferson, DC, please visit our website. Now get out there and go see some Cherry Blossoms!!


  9. A Rose By Any Other Name

    They say April showers bring May flowers but we didn’t want to wait that long. Our Year of the Author continues this month with William Shakespeare. It was so hard to choose just one of his works to feature and after much deliberation; Romeo & Juliet emerged as the front runner.

    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet.” These words were famously spoken by Juliet during her balcony scene with Romeo in Act II, Scene II.  It’s during this scene where these star crossed lovers decide that their love is greater than a name and make plans to meet the following day.

    What would you have done if you were Romeo and Juliet? Would you have gone against the wishes of your family regardless of the consequences for true love? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook and on the blog and be sure to stop into Quill for our William Shakespeare cocktail.

    The cocktail, featuring gin, sherry (a popular drink during the Elizabethan era), lime juice and a drop of absinthe is garnished with a rose petal and served in a martini glass. We hope you get a chance to try it this month!


  10. Taking Pet Friendly Hotels to Another Level!

    Back in the beginning of the year, we added a new employee to our roster, but he’s definitely like no employee The Jefferson has ever seen.

    Meet Monti.

    Our new Executive Canine Officer (ECO) has quickly found his place at The Jefferson after a few short months of coming to us via PAW Rescue, an organization based in Maryland that helps find homes for abandoned dogs and cats.

    You can read all about Monti’s story on our website and learn about some of the pet friendly amenities we offer to our four legged guests at The Jefferson.

    While Monti may have been super lucky in landing at The Jefferson, he still has lots of friends that need homes so we’ll introduce you to some of them on the blog and hope that you or someone you know might find your next ECO!

    This week, we’d like for you to get to know Joey!

    Joey is an American Bulldog mix who is one year old and 50 lbs of pure love. He began his year as a leftover Christmas stray at a local shelter. He does well with kids, adults and dogs and is quite affectionate. This guy is in need of a lot of exercise so walks and romps in a safely fenced yard would be right up his alley. He's young and energetic but really sweet. PAW thought he deserved a chance and we know some lucky adopter out there will agree.

    He had a totally torn cruciate ligament on his left rear leg and weakness in right rear so he recently had TPLO surgery to repair them. His recovery is 6 to 8 weeks with limited movement allowed (strict cage rest) and after he'll need rehabbing.

    To meet Joey, email PAW Resuce at pawdogs@yahoo.com or see him at a weekend adoption event soon.