1. 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!

  2. 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).


  3. The Jefferson Official Gift Guide!

    It seems these days that every website has their own guide to the best gifts for the holidays in Washington, DC so we’re throwing out hat into the ring for 2014. Here it is, The Jefferson Official Gift Guide!

    For the Dapper Man

    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 was founded by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita to advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States & 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 the Spa Lover


    This holiday season, let the Petite Spa at The Jefferson help your hands look their best! Book our signature spa manicure and receive a complimentary 15 minute paraffin wax hand treatment. Our spa manicure and paraffin treatment will give your gift wrapping/party planning/dinner preparing hands a much needed break, leaving them moisturized and polished.

    Worry about chipping them before the New Year? Not to worry, we’ll send you home with the Spa Ritual nail color of your choice for any last minute touch-ups!

    This special offer of $55 is available through the end of the year.

    Don’t have time for a manicure but want to send one to a friend? Petite Spa gift certificates are available and make the perfect gift!

    To book your Petite Spa treatment or to purchase spa gift cards, please call 202.448.2300 or email spa@jeffersondc.com.

    Offer valid through January 1, 2015. Based upon availability.

    For the Do-Gooder

    Your best friend has all of the latest electronics and all the hats and scarves they could ever need. Why not make a donation in their name this year? If you are looking for a great cause, Monti thinks you should look no further than his good friends at PAW Resuce. To make a donation to this non-profit organization that is dedicated to finding homes for abandoned dogs and cats, please visit


    Whatever you end up getting that special someone, we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and we hope to see you all soon!

  4. Tis The Season!

    Tis the Season!

    Celebrating Thanksgiving in Washington, DC this year? We bet you didn’t know that the holiday season is a great time to visit our nation’s capital (and, of course, stay at The Jefferson).

    Here are some of the very cool things you can do in DC this season. From our national tree lighting to cozy drinks in Quill, there’s something for everyone!

    Celebrate ICE! At The National Harbor

    Running now through January 4, this award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 1.5 MILLION POUNDS! It’s an interactive holiday attraction you won't want to miss.

    Attend a Tree Lighting Ceremony

     Through early December 2014. See the schedule of lighting ceremonies around the capital region.

    Give Back!

    After you’ve gotten your black Friday deals, why not try giving back this year with #GivingTuesday. On December 2, 2014, take a moment to give back along with other charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world. To learn more about #GivingTuesday, click here.

    Of course, whatever your Washington, DC holiday plans may be, we hope you’ll stop by The Jefferson for a cocktail in Quill, afternoon tea at Greenhouse or dinner in Plume. Or maybe you just want to sit by the fire in the Book Room to get you in the holiday spirit.

    Have a great holiday season!

  5. Time to Talk Turkey at The Jefferson, DC

    The final ballots have been counted and like ‘em or not, the results are in. Now that Election Day is over, we are getting ready for the next event at The Jefferson, Thanksgiving! There are a lot of things to do in Washington, DC over Thanksgiving weekend and what a great time to be at the hotel.

    A Thanksgiving Feast!

    We invite you along with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving in Plume on Thursday, November 27th with a three course meal prepared by our Executive Chef Ralf Schlegel. Haven’t read our recent review in the Washington Post about Plume? Check it out here.

    Seating times for Thanksgiving are between 12:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and cost is $98 per adult and $45 per child (12 and under). Everyone will enjoy dishes that reinterpret and elevate the classics such as  Marinated Butternut Squash, Mâche Salad, Kumquat, Dried Cranberries, Aged Sherry-Vinaigrette, Organic Path Valley Farms Turkey, Apple Stuffing, House-Made Cranberry Relish, Sweet Potato, Chestnut Gravy and Red Kuri Pumpkin Pie, Five Spice, Popcorn Chantilly Cream. To view the entire menu, click here.

    To save your place at the table, please call 202.448.2300 or email plume@jeffersondc.com.

    To view our special rates for those that have made a reservation with us, visit our Special Offers page.

    So you can’t get out of a family dinner at home, but still want to spend the weekend in Washington, DC? Why not spend it at our luxury downtown hotel with our super Suite Weekend rate? Spend a weekend in one of our spacious Deluxe Suites and save 30% off our best available rate.

    To learn more, visit our Special Offers page.

    Gobble Gobble!

  6. So. Much. Halloween.

    We’ve been celebrating Halloween in Washington, DC for a few weeks now! From candy delivery to pumpkin carving, The Jefferson loves to celebrate the most festive day of fall.

    Whether you’re spending the night trick or treating, showing off your costume in Georgetown or handing out candy at home, we hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend.

    Wait, what? You don’t have anything going on? Why not head down to Quill to enjoy one of their delicious fall cocktails, including the Sugared Skull, made with Anejo Tequila, Calvados, Apple Thyme, Lemon Juice, Caramel Syrup and garnished with a spooky apple skull.

    Of course, our resident beagle Lord Monti couldn’t help but get into the holiday spirit…presenting Monti the Martian! 

  7. One More Week to Go!

    We’ve had so much fun showcasing some of the amazingly adorable dogs up for adoption from PAW Rescue in celebration of Adopt-a-Dog Month!

    Last up – meet Hoshi!

    Hoshi means "star" in Japanese and that’s just what this 1 and ½ year old is! Hoshi appears to have strong maternal or nurturing instincts and loves smaller dogs and even kittens.  When Hoshi first came to PAW, they learned about how Hoshi saved a young kitten at the shelter she was at who had gotten loose and wandered over to where the dogs were. Hoshi scooped up the kitten and brought her out of the dog kennel before any of the other dogs could get to the kitten.

    In addition to rescuing kittens, Hoshi loves humans and is playful with other dogs and cats. The temporary foster family she was staying with had nothing but lovely things to say about her and that she was just the perfect houseguest.

    If you are interested in meeting Hoshi or any of the other dogs at PAW Rescue, please email pawdogs@yahoo.com.

    Also, Lord Monti wanted us to remind you that he likes when our guests bring friends for him to play with! The Jefferson is a very pet friendly hotel, catering to our four legged guests with bowls, treats, walking maps and beds. We hope you and your pet will visit us soon!


  8. National Adopt a Dog Month Isn’t Over Yet!

    Still wondering if you should adopt a dog? We know it’s a big responsibility, but look at this face!!

    Faun is such a sweetie. When she came to PAW Rescue she was seriously underweight and had been kept out in the backyard for long periods of time. She wasn’t familiar with living indoors and hated being crated, although she’s getting better about it and can be trained. Her ideal home has a fenced yard and she would thrive in place where someone is around a lot of the time. 

    You want tricks! Faun’s got tricks! When this three year old hound mix meets you, she’ll roll over for a belly rub and sticks her tail in the air. (Kind of reminds us of someone that works here at The Jefferson…we’re looking at you, Lord Monti).

    Best part, if you adopt Faun you can bring her to The Jefferson for a play date with Monti, as we are a pet friendly hotel! If you are interested in meeting Faun, or any of the other ridiculously adorable dogs at PAW, email pawdogs@yahoo.com

  9. Adopt a Dog Month

    So many amazing things happen in October in Washington, DC and across the nation, but one of our favorites (in addition to the Nationals making it to the playoffs) is National Adopt-a-Dog Month!

    In honor of this very important month, we will be highlighting a dog every week from our good friends at PAW Rescue that are in need of a good forever home. PAW Rescue, based in Maryland is the organization where The Jefferson was introduced to our Executive Canine Officer, Monti! Back from a summer in Vermont, Monti is back at work at our pet friendly hotel!

    To kick off the month, we’d like to introduce you to Angie.

    You could not ask for a nicer companion dog than this shepherd mix. Six years young, Angie is a quiet girl who really does not ask for much other than a relaxed environment she can call home. She adores the companionship of her people as well as the older dogs and cats in her current foster home. On the list of her favorite activities: leash walks, patrolling for squirrels, eating and sleeping. Angie is housebroken and gets a little nervous when around unpredictable young children.

    Want to learn more about Angie? Check out this short video or email pawdogs@yahoo.com.

    Happy Adopt-a-Dog Month everyone! We hope you enjoy our month of adorable blog posts as much as we love creating them!

  10. Weddings in Washington, DC Just Got a Little More Stylish!

    Who doesn’t love a good wedding? Champagne, cake, dancing, laughing and now, at The Jefferson, bow ties!!

    We could not be more excited to announce an amazing new partnership in conjunction with Tie The Knot, starting this fall 2014. This stylish organization was founded by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita to advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States & beyond. Together with Tie The Knot, we have created a one-of-a-kind bow tie, the first such custom design collaboration beyond a celebrity designer in the history of their dynamic company. Our tie features our iconic plume used by founding father Thomas Jefferson and is available for purchase at the hotel for $30. A portion of all of the proceeds will go back to Tie Tie Knot.

    But wait, there’s more! Couples getting married at The Jefferson now have the option to choose one of our two new wedding packages that include our Jefferson bowties! Created in conjunction with DC’s leading officiant, Travis Crytzer of Tie the Knot DC (no relation, but a coincidentally fitting name), we are pleased to offer a package that includes a ceremony officiated by Travis in our cozy Book Room and one that includes the ceremony and dinner in the hotel’s Private Wine Cellar. The Jefferson is the ideal location for your intimate wedding where you’ll be surrounded by friends and loved ones and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

    Want to learn more about how we’re celebrating weddings in DC? Visit our website.