1. Our Month of Romance Returns!

    It’s never too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day and how to “wow” your significant other. From dinner in Plume to a cozy weekend in Washington, DC, The Jefferson’s got you covered.

    Wine & Dine

    A night of romance awaits at Plume! Indulge in our Valentine’s Day menu prepared by our Executive Chef Ralf Schlegel. The evening will feature a multi-course meal with dishes that include Seared Diver Scallop and Elysian Field Lamb Loin. End your meal with something sweet from Pastry Chef Fabrice Leray with the Love Apple dessert, made with Salted Caramel Pain de Genes, Lemon Verbena Cremeux, and Green Apple Compote.

    Plume will be open for this special Sunday service on February 14, 2016. Cost is $155 per person, $255 per person with Wine Pairing. Tax, gratuity and valet parking are not included.

    To make a reservation, please call 202.448.2300 or book online.

    A Weekend Built for Two

    Sometimes a weekend getaway isn’t enough; so we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day all month long! Winter in Washington, DC is the perfect time to get cozy at The Jefferson with our month of romance offer. Whether you curl up with a hand-crafted cocktail in Quill, or dine by the fire at the Forbes five-star rated Plume, we promise to keep you and your Valentine warm during your visit to DC!

    Book this offer between now and February 21, 2016 and receive a night cap for two and a sweet treat, made by our Pastry Chef.

    Book by February 21, stay between January 23 – February 21, 2016. Offer is based upon availability, some blackout dates may apply. 

    For more information, please email reservations@jeffersondc.com or call 202.448.2300

    To view all of our current special offers, please visit us and we hope to see you all at The Jefferson!


  2. Meet Kay!

    Hi everyone, it’s me, Monti, the Executive Canine Officer of The Jefferson! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Since this is the hotel’s first blog of the new year, they asked if I would introduce you to a friend of mine. Let’s make this  the year ALL of my friends at PAW Rescue get their fur-ever home! (the hotel told me I was allowed to make jokes).

    Blogosphere, meet Kay. Kay, meet the blogosphere!

    Kay was surrendered to a local shelter because her previous family had no time for her, which in my mind, happens WAY  too often.  She hasn’t been at PAW for long, so they are just getting to know her but they do know that she is young, very energetic, and very affectionate.

    Kay, like any 2 year old will need some help with training and learning some basic doggie manners, but she promises to be a wonderful companion for an active family.

    If you are a family in Washington, DC and you are looking to adopt this year, I hope you’ll take a moment to meet Kay at any of the PAW dog adoption events in Maryland as that is where they are based.  To learn more about Kay or any of the other dogs up for adoption, please email my old family at PAW Rescue:pawdogs@yahoo.com

    Let’s make this year the year of #adoptdontshop!

    While we’re at it, can we also make this the year that I get all the bacon I want? No? Ok, just thought I’d ask.

    Have a wonderful January everyone!


  3. Winter Wedding Wonderland

    Here at The Jefferson, we feel there is something so elegant, classic and intimate about winter weddings in Washington, DC. The holiday decorations throughout the hotel add a touch of magic to any setting, and we love how the spirit of the holidays are woven through the hotel.


    Our Catering & Conference Services team’s forte is creating unique and personalized ceremonies and receptions tailored to each and every couple. We were able to sit down once again with Meagan Stroud, Catering & Conference Services Manager, to chat about another wedding trend our team is loving right now.

              

    What is your favorite wedding trend of the moment?
    MS: Floral runners!

    What makes them so great?
    MS: With winter approaching us, it’s a great way to bring the feeling of a garden wedding indoors and add a lot of life and color to the table.

    How would you recommend creating a runner?
    MS: There are two different ways to create a runner that I’ve seen work really well. You can alternate large rectangular vases and small square vases down the center of the table, to create a runner look that’s simple and quick to assemble on the table. You can also have fewer rectangular arrangements with more space between them and add large leaves or other greenery to connect them together. It’s important to work with your florist and catering manager to order the right length for your table size. Both styles look great with a lot of small candles on either side of the runner.

    We agree with Meagan, this is a wonderful way to incorporate the ambiance of a garden wedding into your winter nuptials! For more information on planning your wedding or private event at The Jefferson please contact Meagan Stroud at 202-448-3253, or MJ Carbone at 202-448-3259.


  4. Happy Holidays from Lord Monticello

    Hi all, Monti here! Before I head down to Tennessee for the holidays, I wanted to take one last opportunity for a 2015 blog takeover. My passion in life (aside from lounging around boutique luxury hotels), is to give back to the wonderful organization that found me my home at The Jefferson, PAW Rescue!

     Meet Monti

    The holidays are all about giving, and you have the opportunity to give the gift of a loving home to a pup from PAW. On that note, I would like to introduce you to one of my good pals, Bam Bam!

     

    The folks at PAW tell me that Bam Bam is just charming, and everyone who meets him falls in love with him immediately. He is house-trained, very smart and quick to learn! Bam Bam would also benefit and enjoy obedience training as it would give him an activity that allows him to exercise his brain, and help control his energy.

    If you are interested in meeting Bam Bam or for more information about him or any of the other wonderful PAW dogs, please email pawdogs@yahoo.com.

    If you aren’t quite ready for a furry friend, but are looking for a way to support PAW Rescue we invite you to join us in Quill for our Lord Monti Cocktail (great name, I know). One dollar from every Lord Monti cocktail sold will be donated to Paw Rescue! This delicious drink is made with Dewars Scotch, Chocolate Maple Spiced Syrup, Averna, Egg Whites and Chocolate Bitters.


    Whichever way you choose to give back, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and look forward to catching up when I return in the New Year!


  5. Our Annual Jefferson Gift Guide is Here!

    Our halls have been decked in true Jefferson fashion, and our culinary team is prepping for festive feasts. The holidays are officially upon us! Don’t wait until the eleventh hour, our annual holiday gift guide has something for everyone!

    For the Fashion Enthusiast


    No bow tie collection is complete without our signature Jefferson bow tie! Designed specifically for the hotel, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of our bow ties goes to Tie The Knot, a stylish organization founded by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita to advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States and beyond. Our tie features our iconic plume used by founding father Thomas Jefferson and is available for purchase at the hotel for $30. To order, please call 202.448.2300.

    For Someone Who Deserves to Be Pampered

     

    We all know someone who deserves to be pampered, and there is no better time than the holidays to show them how much you care! Book a room this season at The Jefferson with our Taste of the Holidays offer between now and January 2, 2016 and receive a $50 food and beverage credit that can be used throughout the hotel. Indulge in Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Years Eve at the Forbes five-star rated Plume, cheers to the New Year in Quill or recover from all of the revelry with brunch in Greenhouse.

    For the Person Who Has Everything


    There is always that one person on your list who is difficult to shop for. Whether they already have everything they need or just have very particular taste, a Jefferson gift card is sure to please even the hardest person to shop for. A gift card with a value of your choosing can be used in any outlet at the hotel. The recipient can use it to book a room, dine in Plume, grab a drink in Quill or relax in our Petite Spa. For more information, please call 202.448.2300.

    We hope this guide will help cross a few names off your list, and wish you a wonderful holiday season!


  6. Your Perfect Holiday Season

    Each week we like to share tips, tricks and ingredients from our team of experts in the field. Well, today is no different and we’ve got the perfect recipe for your successful Holiday season at The Jefferson! Read on to plan your experience and squash your holiday planning woes.

    Accommodations


    Perhaps you are running out of place to host your extended family, or maybe you are looking to pamper yourself with a holiday away. Either way, a room at The Jefferson is always the right choice! We recommend one of our Deluxe Suites, which feature an enclosed bedroom with a king sized bed and a separate parlor area. To find the best room type for your stay, please visit our Rooms & Suites page.

    Special Offers


    Once you wake up from a few days of tryptophan induced slumber after Thanksgiving (in a Jefferson king bed, of course!) you will be well rested for an action packed Cyber Monday! We are participating in all the fun this year, and beginning on Monday, November 30th, book any room type at The Jefferson and receive 20% off our best available rate! This offer is only available for 24 hours so set your clocks and check out our Special Offers page for more information.

    Feast


    Indulge in our Taste of The Holiday’s package and receive a $50 food and beverage credit that can be used throughout the hotel. Experience Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Years Eve at the Forbes five-star rated Plume, cheers to the New Year in Quill or recover from all of the revelry with brunch in Greenhouse. Book your winter getaway between December 1, 2015 and January 2, 2016!

    Whatever your holiday plans entail, we hope you have a wonderful season full of good friends, family and delicious food!


  7. Another Wedding Trend We Love

    Is wedding season in Washington, DC a myth? While we definitely see an upswing in ceremonies and receptions at The Jefferson between April and October, we are also finding that brides and grooms want to step outside of the conventional wedding date box! A December wedding is a festive way to kick off the holiday season when family members are already beginning to gather, and planning around any three-day weekends in January or February has its advantages as well!

    This trend means that our Catering and Conference Services team always has weddings on the brain. We were able to sit down with one of our Catering & Conference Services Managers, Meagan Stroud, to chat about another wedding trend our team loves. Read on to see how you can incorporate this custom treat into your special day.

              

    What is your favorite wedding trend of the moment?
    MS: Specialty cocktails!

    What makes them so great?
    MS: Specialty cocktails are a great way to incorporate a personal element into a wedding, especially a custom cocktail. You can make “His” and “Hers” cocktails, one designed for the couple, one with your wedding color… They’re also a great way to offer more than wine and beer, without offering a full bar.

    How do you create specialty cocktails?
    MS: Our Quill bartenders are great at making something special and unique, based on whatever inspiration you give them. Sometimes it’s a favorite liquor or wine, such as gin (which inspired a combination of Bombay Sapphire, peach nectar, lemon juice, simple syrup, peach bitters and Peychauds). Other times it’s been a specific color, such as a deep blue (which was created with a combination of gin, lemon, Crème de Violete, St. Germain and simple syrup).

    We’ll toast to that! These days a memorable wedding is all about the details, and specialty cocktails add a signature touch to any bar or table. We love the custom color idea, and are excited by the fun photo opportunities these cocktails present.

    For more information on planning your wedding or private event at The Jefferson please contact Meagan Stroud at 202-448-3253, or MJ Carbone at 202-448-3259.


  8. Halloween in Washington, DC

    Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here at The Jefferson, and we love to see how the different neighborhoods in DC get into the spirit. Whether you’re traveling from near or far to take part in the city’s festivities, here are our official recommendations for a successful Halloween weekend in Washington, DC!

    Día de los Muertos: Family Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian


    Join the Smithsonian Latino Center and the National Museum of the American Indian in their free Día de los Muertos family festival on Saturday, October 31st from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an ancient indigenous celebration that honors our ancestors and the cycle of life. The day’s events will include food demonstrations by the museum’s Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe and a cultural presentation of La Danza de los Tecuanes performing Dance of the Jaguars and Dance of the Old Men.

    Scary League: A Story League Halloween at the Kennedy Center!


    This year The Kennedy Center will host Story League’s special Halloween show starting at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night. Story League puts on comedic storytelling events all around the DC area. This Halloween special will feature scary-funny stories by comedic storytellers in costume! Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. Learn more about this and other shows over on The Kennedy Center’s website.

    Get into the Halloween Spirit at Quill


    If you need some seasonal libations before you hit the town this weekend, then look no further than Quill’s new fall cocktail menu. With innovative new concoctions and updated classics, this menu has something for everyone. We recommend the Tipsy Squirrel or the Ichabod’s Bane to get in the Halloween mood.

    Whatever your plans entail this weekend, we hope everyone has a safe and spooky time!


  9. A Wedding Trend We Love

    If there is one thing our Catering and Conference Services team can tell you, it’s that it is never too soon to start planning your special day. They have seen a lot of beautiful ceremonies and receptions here at The Jefferson, and with that comes a lot of different wedding planning experiences.

    We sat down with one of our Catering Managers, Megan (MJ) Carbone, to chat about a current wedding trend she is excited about. Who knows, her recommendation may take the cake right off of your wedding planning plate!

          

    What is your favorite wedding trend of the moment?
    MJ: Naked Cakes!

    Sounds good… but what is a naked cake?
    MJ: Naked cakes are stripped down versions of wedding cakes. They feature the exposed cake layers, with a small amount of frosting and/ or powered sugar. They are normally decorated with fruit or flowers.

    What makes this trend so great?
    MJ: A naked cake is perfect for an untraditional bride or a bride who is a little more health conscious… or just doesn’t like icing (like me). Who says you need to have pounds of fondant or tons of icing to make a memorable wedding cake? Sometimes less is more!

    There are so many small details to consider as your date approaches, the more you can decide on ahead of time the better. A naked cake is a fun twist on a traditional wedding staple, and we hope this trend gives you some inspiration for your special day!

    For more information on planning your wedding or private event at The Jefferson please contact Meagan Stroud at 202-448-3253, or MJ Carbone at 202-448-3259.


  10. Home Sweet Hotel

    Monti here! As I am sure all of you noticed, I took an extended summer vacation this year (all the celebs are doing it!), but I have finally returned to rightful home at The Jefferson. After all those months of R&R I have the perfect mindset to resume my duties as Executive Canine Officer, or ECO for short!


    Part of my job as ECO is to serve as The Jefferson’s attaché to the canine community. That not only includes making sure things are up to snuff for our canine guests, but also fostering puppy partnerships beyond The Jefferson’s walls. In that vein, I would like to take some time to introduce you to my pal Rocky!


    Rocky is currently staying with the good people over at PAW Rescue, the same organization that found me a home at The Jefferson. Rocky is a 2 year old beagle mix, and he is full of love and affection. Our fiends at PAW tell us that he always seems to be smiling, and that he is very affectionate with people and would make a great addition to an active family.


    If you are interested in meeting Rocky or for more information about him or any of the other wonderful PAW dogs, please email pawdogs@yahoo.com.

    Now that I am back at work my schedule is pretty action packed and I don’t always have time to blog. If you would like to keep up with my adventures head on over to the Jefferson’s instagram and look out for the hashtag #TuesdaysWithMonti!