1. Meet Shandy!

    Hello all, Monti here, reporting live from the field in Vermont! Since National Dog Day was this week, I thought it was a fitting time for one of my wonderful blog takeovers.

    While I am enjoying the last few weeks of my summer vacation, I wanted to take the time to give you an important update from a special friend at PAW Rescue.

    Meet my fellow Beagle pal, Shandy!!!

    The people at PAW can attest to the fact that Shandy is a very friendly girl! When she is taken for a walk, she wants to greet every person she meets. She has been great with all the dogs she has met as well - bowing and "talking" to them, in the hopes that they will want to come and play.

    Shandy came from a very rural area and when she first arrived was startled by all the strange noises and traffic near the big city- however, she is adapting fast and getting more confident every day.

    Shandy has a sweet and loving personality and is a nice medium size - just right for a family dog!

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

    Since my vacation is pretty action packed, 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 hashtags #Vermonti and #TuesdaysWithMonti!

  2. What We’re Doing on Our Summer Vacation

    As the dog days of summer slowly creep to an end, we know that everyone is thinking about the end of summer vacation. We don’t know about you, but every year when we got back to school, our teachers asked us what we did on our summer vacation so we wanted to get a head start and tell you all about some of the things we did this summer.


    Every year Plume goes through an annual summer refresh. This year, it will be taking place beginning after dinner on Saturday, August 15th, reopening on Tuesday, September 8th. What takes place during an annual refresh? Glad you asked! We refinish the floors, fix any chips or cracks that might have happened to the walls or to the tables throughout the year and we give the staff a vacation! Chef Schlegel works on a new fall menu, Jennifer Knowles, our wine director has a chance to see what’s new in the world of wine, our restaurant manager Sean Mulligan travels to see what other five star establishments are up to and our hard working team gets a break!


    Quill has an annual summer refresh as well, though theirs is a lot shorter. Quill is closed from Monday, August 17th – Thursday, August 20th and the bar reopens at 4:00pm on the 20th. During this time, you can find the Quill team behind the Plume bar, and will be servicing Greenhouse in the evenings, beginning at 4:00pm. Peter, our resident piano player will be taking some well deserved time off so there will be no live music during this time.

    Guest Rooms

    You may not have noticed, but every summer our rooms get a little work done. From painting to replacing the carpets, we take the time over the summer to make sure that our guest rooms don’t look a day over a year old, even though we’re almost six!

    If you have a question about any of our summer projects, you can always ask us here, here or here!

    Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  3. Back to School at The Jefferson

    The beginning of August can bring bitter sweet emotions for families with children going off to school. DC is home to many prestigious colleges and universities, and it is true what they say, the city comes alive with the return of its dynamic student population. Whether it is their first time leaving the nest, or simply the annual migration back to school, The Jefferson is here to serve as a home away from home for you and your family during this special time.

    It is no surprise that the move in process can be as stressful as it is thrilling, and we believe the one thing that you shouldn’t have to worry about is where your family will be staying while getting everyone settled. The Jefferson is centrally located in the heart of downtown DC, just four blocks north of the White House and within walking distance of Dupont Circle and many central transportation hubs.

    Our Summer of Adventure offers a variety of packages which are sure to meet your family’s needs. For younger siblings, our Indiana Jones package and Where’s Tommy Experience are equal parts entertaining and educational. For parents our Summer Sizzle and Suite Weekend will provide some much needed R & R.


    Looking for more things to see and do while in the area? Visit our Calendar page for upcoming events and exhibits. Sightseeing is a great way to get to know your student’s new city and our concierge team is happy to make recommendations for your stay. A stay at The Jefferson is a surefire way to kick the school year off right!

  4. Meet My Friend Maggie!

    Hi everyone. It’s Monti, the ECO of The Jefferson blogging from Vermont. My summer is going great. I’ve taken some long car rides, walked on some railroad tracks and even went for a swim with my best camp friends!


    While I’m not spending my summer in Washington, DC, I have a bunch of friends at PAW Rescue that are and they could really use a new place to live.

    Meet Maggie everyone!

    Maggie is about 4 and a half years old and is a yellow lab. She’s super friendly even if she is still kind of a puppy. She needs to learn some manners (not to jump up, not to mouth when playing with people) but the good people at PAW are working with her on that and she’s a quick learner so all this will disappear with a little bit of training.

    This lab has a lot of energy so she’d be great with a family who has a fenced yard or who does a lot of outdoor activities.

    Want to watch Maggie in action? Check her out on YouTube. Look at that tail!

    If you are interested in meeting Maggie or for more information about her or any of the other wonderful PAW dogs, contact my friends at pawdogs@yahoo.com

    Wish I could stay and talk more but it’s time for my daily walk in the woods…vacation is tough.

    Enjoy your summer everyone and don’t forget to follow my adventures on Instagram or with the #VerMonti and #TuesdaysWithMonti!

  5. Summer Activities in Washington, DC

    With so much to see and do in Washington, DC this summer it’s hard to know where to start! From museums and monuments to discovering many of DC’s up and coming neighborhoods there are a number of events and happenings around town at any moment. And the best part – most of them are free!

    Here are a few of our favorite picks for free events in Washington, DC this summer.

    The Smithsonian Museums

    Bet you didn’t realize that every museum in the Smithsonian collection is free to the public. From the Air & Space Museum to the National Zoo, you can spend an entire day wandering the halls and paths of these incredible spaces.

    Listen in on History Being Made

    It’s not truly a trip to our nation’s capital unless you experience something that can only be seen here. When the Supreme Court is in session, their oral arguments are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis.

    Soak in Some Morning Knowledge

    Did you know that The Jefferson has not one, but two in-house historians? Every Saturday morning from 9am -1pm you can find one of them in the Book Room, ready to answer all of your burning questions about Thomas Jefferson, our founding fathers and what do see and do that day around the city.

    Happy Exploring!

  6. Have You Been to Plume Lately?

    If you’re staying in Washington, DC over the summer then you are in luck. That means that you get the opportunity to visit Plume, the only Forbes five star-rated restaurant in the city! Make a reservation before Plume closes for its annual summer refresh in August.

    Our Executive Chef, Ralf Schlegel and his team have created a menu that is a must try for any food lover with dishes like his Beeswax Salmon that is prepared tableside and the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Tea which is presented in unique glassware and is almost too pretty to eat!  


    Once you’ve finished your meal, we recommend capping off the evening with selections from our cheese cart with some of the more rare selections that the city has to offer, each perfectly paired by our Wine Director, Jennifer Knowles.

    Of course, no meal in Plume is complete without a glass of Madeira. Plume has one of, if not the largest collection of this fortified wine in the country with some vintages dating back to the 1700’s.

     Madeira at Plume

    To make your summer dining plans in Plume, book now or call 202.448.2300. We hope to see you this summer!

  7. Summer, Summer, Summertime!

    Have you booked your summer trip to Washington, DC yet? What? You haven’t! What are you waiting for? The summer is one of the best times to visit our nation’s capital whether you’re doing a girlfriend getaway, a reunion with the family or dropping off your kids at school.


    The Jefferson has made your summer planning easy this year with a one-stop shop to all things summer on our website! Our Summer Adventures page helps you plan the perfect trip to DC.


    Not sure what else to do in Washington, DC now that you’re hotel is booked? Visit our Explore DC page to get some ideas on great things to see and do in the district.

    Whatever your plans happen to be this summer, we hope to welcome you all to The Jefferson, DC!

  8. Giving Back This Summer

    It’s been another intense week in the news and while we’re ready for this week to end, we look forward to the weekend for a number of reasons. Time to spend with loved ones, time to catch up on the week that’s just passed, or you can try spending your time with some people who could probably use an extra hand.

    One of the great things about living in Washington, DC is that there is no shortage of amazing organizations that can always use some help. Here are a few around the city if you’d like to check them out!

    A Wider Circle

    This organization, based in DC has one mission: to end poverty for one individual and one family after another. A Wider Circle helps those that may have fallen on some hard times but strive to get back on their feet. They offer a number of opportunities monthly to help those in your community. Check out their 2015 calendar can be viewed here.

    Martha’s Table

    Whether you know it or not, food plays such an integral role in who we are and how we function on a day to day basis. Martha’s Table works to ensure that families in Washington, DC have access to and the proper education of food and are always looking for those that want to help out.

    Dog Tag Bakery

    Maybe you don’t have time this weekend to devote a few hours, but we bet you have time to stop in to this Georgetown bakery and help support our veterans! The Dog Tag work-study program combines education with the experience necessary for vets to succeed post-duty as civilians. This program teaches them all aspects of running a successful business and all of the proceeds from their veteran-staffed bakery go toward the cause.

    We hope everyone has a safe and restful weekend & that all the dads out there have an amazing Father’s Day!

  9. Monti's June Update

    Hey folks, Monti here! I thought I would stage one last blog takeover before I head to Vermont for the summer. I hope you enjoy!

    As any grateful rescue dog will tell you, it is important not to forget the kind people who have helped you along the way. That is why I love spreading the word about my friends at PAW Rescue and the fun-loving pups there looking for a home.

    Today I would like to introduce you to two of the sweetest brothers east of the Mississippi, Butch and Sundance!

    Butch and Sundance lived with a family for the first three years of their lives, until they found themselves back at a local shelter due to circumstances outside of their control. These pups don't have to be adopted together, though if you have room in your home and heart for both that would be icing on top of the cake.

    Butch has the look of a collie but is much bigger and a real looker. He is quiet, well-behaved and peaceable. He is also friendly and affectionate and clearly enjoys being made a fuss of.

    Sundance looks less collie-like than his brother – and in certain lights has the look of a small Bernese mountain dog. Like his brother he is absolutely gorgeous. He is quiet, well-behaved and affectionate with people and other dogs.

    Aren’t they just best? If you are interested in meeting Butch and Sundance, or would like more information please contact PAW at pawdogs@yahoo.com.

    I hope you’ll follow me on Instagram this summer to see what kind of trouble I get into in Vermont. I’ll be using #TuesdaysWithMonti & #VerMonti all summer long!

  10. Celebrating Pride at The Jefferson, DC

    June is Pride Month and as always we are ready to celebrate at The Jefferson! From parties to lectures, DC pride begins on this weekend and runs through June 14th when the annual Pride festival takes place.

    If you’re looking for things to do during pride, here is a great guide for events that are going on around the city.

    Some highlights of the weekend include:

    Flashback Opening Dance Party

    Brightest Young Things and Capital Pride have once again partnered for Flashback, this year’s Official Pride Opening Party. Located at Arena Stage in SW, this event is on June 12th and begins at 8:30pm. Tickets are available here.

    Pride Parade

    The annual pride parade takes place just blocks from The Jefferson and travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street and ends in the Logan Circle neighborhood. 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 and dogs!

    Get parade routes and details here.

    Pride Festival

    The final event of DC Pride is the 40th annual Pride Festival. This event takes place on Pennsylvania Ave and begins at noon.

    To learn more about what you can find at the festival, click here.

    Still looking for a place to stay for the weekend? The Jefferson, DC is a proud member of TAG hotels and Preferred Pride. Visit the Preferred Pride site to learn more about our Preferred Pride program.