1. Happy Birthday Tommy!

    For many hotels in Washington, DC April is their favorite month of the year because it typically is when our beloved Cherry Blossoms make their annual appearance. For us, we love April because it gives us a chance to celebrate the birthday of our namesake, Thomas Jefferson! This year, Jefferson would have been 272 years young and what better way to honor the birthday of our 3rd president than with an elegant tasting menu in Plume!

    Our Jefferson inspired menu will be available today through April 18th and features dishes that reflect on the life and times of Jefferson including Stingray Oyster Gratin, Quince Apple Pie and, of course, a chocolate nickel for a sweet ending to your dinner.

    And since Jefferson was a lover of wine, Jennifer Knowles, our Wine Director has chosen two different pairings to accompany this celebratory meal.


    HOMEWARD BOUND PAIRING, featuring all Virginia wines, $65

    Thibaut-Janisson, Blanc de Chardonnay Brut, Monticello MV

    Barboursville Vineyards, Vermentino, Monticello 2013

    Michael Shaps, Chardonnay, "Wild Meadow," Monticello 2012

    Pollak Vineyards, Viognier, Virginia 2012

    Jefferson Vineyards, Meritage, Monticello 2012

    King Family Vineyards, Petite Manseng, “Loreley,” Monticello


    FAR AND AWAY PAIRING, featuring all French wines,  $145

    Krug, "Grande Cuvée," Reims, Champagne MV

    Château Carbonnieux, Sauvignon Blanc/ Semillon, Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux 2011

    S.A. Huët, Chenin Blanc "Le Haut Lieu," Vouvray Sec, Loire Valley 1982

    Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chardonnay, "Les Vergers"

    Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru, Burgundy 2011

    Château Batailley, Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac, Bordeaux 5th Growth 2006

    Château Rieussec, Premier Cru Classé, Sauternes, Bordeaux


    You can view the full menu on our website and can reserve your table here or by calling 202.448.2300.

    Want more Jefferson in your life? Be sure to like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter for a week long series of Jeffersonian facts that we bet you never knew courtesy of our fantastic in-house historian, Andrew Marshall. You can visit Andy and Susan Langon every Saturday from 9am – 1pm in the Book Room!

  2. Crazy for Cocktails This Spring!

    Today we say, “Cheers” to you, Washington, DC with an update on some of the amazing cocktails that our team has been working on at Quill. Wait, what? You haven’t been to our cocktail lounge and bar? We hope you’ll fix that, immediately and come in to try some of the amazing new concoctions that our incredible staff has been working on.

    Celebrating Women Behind the Bar!

    Did you know the March was Women’s History Month? In celebration of all the fantastic females out there, our bartenders at Quill, Rachel & Sophie were recently asked by DC lifestyle blog, Brightest Young Things to create cocktails based on inspirational women.

    Read all about the cocktails here. The Ruth Bader Gin and Juice and the Calamity Jane are both available in Quill!

    A Monster Success

    Last night we had the privilege of attending the opening of Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants at the National Geographic Museum right across the street! This exhibit, which is now open to the public features crazy river fish that you hope to never actually run into.

    We’ve teamed up with the museum at Quill to present What Lurks Below. A cocktail made with Rum, Cognac, Peach Brandy, Lemon Juice and Ginger Syrup and is topped with a Sliced Peach, Sweet Wine Pearls and Blades of Lemongrass. It was a hit last night at the opening and will be available in Quill through the end of April.


    Taking a break from drinking? Check out our Monticello mocktail, featured in this month’s Organic Spa magazine.

    Cheers to a great weekend everyone!


    Spring is DC is here, we can feel it! The Potomac River is finally defrosting and people are out and about again, which means it’s almost time for our most treasured Cherry Blossoms to make their annual appearance!

    The Jefferson will be celebrating Cherry Blossom season through April and we hope that you’ll visit us while visiting these special trees.

    Book your visit to Washington, DC with our Beautiful Blossoms package with rates beginning at $379 and receive:

    • Deluxe overnight accommodations
    • Full American Breakfast for two each morning in Greenhouse or in-room
    • Two Cherry Blossom Cocktails in Quill
    • Coffee Table book keepsake from National Geographic; Cherry Blossoms: The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival (one per room)

    Our Beautiful Blossoms package is available through April 14, 2015. To book your Cherry Blossom experience in Washington, DC, please call 202.448.2300, email reservations@jeffersondc.com.

    Rate is based upon availability. Stay by April 14, 2015.

    Can’t stay with us overnight? Stop into Quill to try the Kaiya Spring, our seasonal cocktail made with Bison Grass Vodka, Golden Falernum, Yuzu, Herbsaint, Grapefruit, Bitters and garnished with Dragon Fruit; a great way to welcome the Cherry Blossoms and spring!

  4. A Moment to Say Thank You!

    Thomas Jefferson once said, "Go on deserving applause, and you will be sure to meet with it: and the way to deserve it is, to be good and to be industrious." On behalf of the team here at The Jefferson, we would like to take a moment to say "thank you" for all of the applause we have received in the past few months.


    We were thrilled to learn that we were included in the lists of two very influential travel publications: Travel + Leisure's World's Best for Small City Hotels and Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice. We are so proud of these distinctions because they are voted on by our guests; those who have stayed with us and experienced the level of service we strive to achieve.

    This past month, we celebrated Plume maintaining its prestigious five stars from Forbes Travel Guide and remains the only restaurant in Washington, DC with this distinction.


    We are also grateful for our placements on Trip Advisor's Travelers Choice Top Hotels in the US for 2015 and have been voted the top hotel in DC for 20 consecutive months. Additionally, we have received a top 10 ranking from US News & World Report's Best Hotels in the US, and most recently was listed as the only hotel in Washington, DC on Condé Nast Traveler's Top 5 US Business Hotels. These awards are all based on past experiences and input from our guests and, in our world, nothing is more gratifying.

    So, thank you to all who have been our supporters and to those who have yet to stay at The Jefferson – we look forward to welcoming you!

  5. Another PAW Success

    And now, a note from the resident beagle at the most pet friendly hotel in Washington, DC; the lord himself, Monti!

    Hello friends and happy almost weekend to you all.

    I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to all who participated in our PAW Raffle on Monday. We had some great prizes and lots of winners and we couldn’t have done it without all of you! Did you guys know that over the years PAW Rescue has been responsible for the saving of over 4,000 dogs?

    We posted some great pictures of the event on our Facebook page, so check them out if you get a chance and hey, while you’re at it, why not meet Jefferson!

    Jefferson was named in honor of my office and the nice people here at the hotel that took me in. He was found running loose in the woods by some hunters who took him to a small rural shelter near where he was found. He was in good shape physically and he clearly loves people - in fact he is unusually affectionate for a hound and will try and climb into your lap. I’m not a big lap person, but I hear it’s a comfortable place to be.

    So if you’re interested in meeting Jefferson or any of my friends over at PAW, please email them at pawdogs@yahoo.com and remember to bring your new friend to come and play with me here at The Jefferson – we love dogs here!

  6. Will You Be Our Valentine?

    February 14th will be here soon, like it or not. The Jefferson is ready to celebrate, are you? Here are just a few ways our hearts will be aflutter this month.

    A Sweet Room Offer

    Indulge in a stay at The Jefferson through the month of February with rates starting at $299 per night. To make your stay even sweeter, we’ve included a box of custom made chocolates and a nightcap for two!

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

    Rate is based upon availability, some blackout dates may apply. Rate is available Thursday – Sundays in February. Must stay two consecutive nights. Book by, stay by March 1, 2015.

    An Effervescent Treat for Couples at The Petite Spa This Valentine's Day!

    Forget the flowers! This Valentine’s Day weekend indulge in a 90-minute couture couples massage at The Petite Spa in our private couple’s treatment room. Enjoy two complimentary glasses of champagne in Quill post treatment and valet parking. This limited time package is available from February 13 – February 16, 2015 at the special rate of $450.

    To book, please call 202.223.4800 or email spa@jeffersondc.com.

    Book by February 1, 2015. Valet parking for one vehicle per reservation.

    The Best Place for a First Date

    Have you heard? Quill is one of the best places to have a first date! Great drinks, intimate space and best of all…great lighting. Read all about it on Brightest Young Things. Also, bet you didn’t know our bartenders make great Tinder wingmen!

    So whether or not you’re spending Valentine’s Day with family, friends a loved one or a potential new special someone, The Jefferson’s got you covered! 

  7. A Raffle at The Jefferson!

    Monti asked if he could take over the blog again today to talk about the raffle he’s hosting on February 2, 2015 at The Jefferson. Please excuse any typos; he’s just a dog after all!

    Lord Monti here! I hope everyone is getting ready for the weekend! I know I have a very busy schedule of a walk, a nap and maybe throwing some chili in the slow cooker. Just kidding! I’m a dog; the chili would never make it to the slow cooker!

    All jokes aside, my good friends at PAW Rescue and my family at The Jefferson have teamed up again this year for our annual “PAW Prints at The Jefferson” raffle. 

    Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by clicking here, by emailing marketing@jeffersondc.com or just by stopping by the front desk at The Jefferson.

    My friends have gotten some pretty awesome prizes this year that include:

    Grand Prize: Overnight stay for two at The Jefferson, DC in their Canine Suite. Includes dinner for two in Plume with wine pairing and breakfast for two in Greenhouse.

    Additional Prizes

    • An overnight stay for two with breakfast at The Park Hyatt, DC
    • A weekend overnight stay for two with breakfast at The Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC
    • Dinner for two in Muze at the Mandarin Oriental, DC
    • Brunch for two at the Hay Adams hotel
    • A $155 gift card for Brasserie Beck (Kentlands, Md location)
    • A $100 gift card from Passion Food Hospitality (Can be used at Acadiana, DC Coast, District Commons, Penn Commons, Fuego Cocina Y Tequileria or Burger Tap & Shake)
    • A 42” Smart TV (out of the box)

    All raffle ticket holders are invited to the drawing at The Jefferson on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 6:00pm where I’ll come down and say hello!

    Good luck everyone and thank you for your support of my friends at PAW Rescue!

  8. A Long Weekend in Washington, DC

    Many of us have Monday, January 19th off in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so we hope you don’t mind, but we planned your holiday weekend in Washington, DC for you! Here are our top picks for this weekend.

    Dining Delights in Plume

    Have you heard the news? Plume was listed at #18 on Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants! Fresh off our annual winter refresh, Plume reopened this week and we hope that you’ll join us for an experience created by our Executive Chef, Ralf Schlegel. To make a reservation for tonight or tomorrow, please call 202.448.2300 or book online.

    Paying Respects to Dr. King

    In remembrance of Dr. King, no trip to DC is complete without a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial located right off the national mall. The centerpiece for the memorial is based on a line from King's "I Have A Dream" speech: "Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope."A 30 ft relief of King named the "Stone of Hope" stands past two other pieces of granite that symbolize the "mountain of despair."  The memorial includes quotes from many of King’s inspiring speeches and is a celebration of this historic leader’s life.

    A Day of Service

    Spend the day giving back! Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is also a day of service in Washington, DC? Want to give back? Check out volunteer opportunities around DC here

  9. Things We’re Excited for in 2015

    Happy New Year, everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday whether you were spending time with friends, family or sightseeing during a long weekend in Washington, DC. So now that the menorahs have been put away, the Christmas trees are ready to be recycled and the ball has dropped, what’s everyone looking forward to in the new year? We put together a short list of some of the great events that are happening at our hotel near the White House and around the city.

    The Lord Monti Experience!

    Monti, our resident house beagle is back from his vacation in Vermont and wants you to come and play with him with our pet friendly hotel package. The package includes

    • Overnight accommodations for two (and Fido) in a deluxe king room
    • Two tickets to the Newseum, featuring "First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets" which showcases images and stories about some of the top dogs who have resided at the nation's most prestigious address
    • All the amenities for your pet including: a dog bed, water and food bowls, treats, walking maps of the surrounding area and bathroom bags
    • A specialty Monti’s Choice in room dining menu prepared in house and includes items such as: Chicken Stock Poached Amish Chicken Breast with Highland Tibet Rice and Amish Baby Carrots, Oatmeal made with Spring Water, Virginia Lamb Heart and Tongue Fricassees and Monti Muchies that include cookies made with liver or cheese.
    • 5% of your reservation will be donated to PAW Rescue so they can keep working to find all of Monti’s friends a home!

    To learn more about this special offer and other offers, visit our website!

    Of course, we aren’t the only ones that have great experiences in Washington this winter, we’ve actually compiled a list of some of the best things to do in January in DC and you can find them all on our calendar page on our website where you can learn more about the Washington Winter Show and the NBC4 Health Expo!

    Stay warm out there – we hope to see you all soon!

  10. Give the Gift of Woof!

    Monti is currently in Vermont where he is spending the holidays, but he had a few words for all of our readers this week.

    Happy Holidays to everyone in Washington, DC! I’m spending the holidays in beautiful Vermont where it will truly be a white Christmas and I could not be more excited. I’ve got my coat and my family and I’m ready to celebrate!

    Two weeks ago, my family at The Jefferson posted their first ever Jefferson Holiday Gift Guide, filled with great ideas for that special someone in your life. Didn’t get to read it? Looking for something a little more exciting? Can I interest you in Mr. Moo?

    About Moo

    Moo is balanced with his ability to be both loving and independent. He is content at your side but also not worried about being in another room with a toy. Moo is learning housebreaking manners and has had no accidents in the house or crate so far. He is well mannered in his temporary foster home, playing with his own toys and not being destructive with things that are not his. He is smart and picking up some obedience skills, like “sit”.

    Moo had a rough start in life, being relegated to the backyard, even at night sleeping alone in the dark and cold so he can be a little skittish at times, but with the right family, Moo will absolutely thrive!

    As a friend of Moo, I know he would love nothing more than to be wrapped up in a bow and put under your tree or presented as a last night Chanukah gift. To learn more about Moo, please email pawdogs@yahoo.com.

    I’ll be back in at my favorite historic hotel in Washington, DC after the New Year, so I wish you all a very happy Howladays! (Beagle joke).