1. Something Amazing is Going on in DC

    There are a number of great things that happen during the summer in Washington, DC. Screen on the Green, paddle boating on the Tidal Basin or just talking a walk through Rock Creek Park; there are so many outdoor activities to enjoy in our nation’s capital.

    But DC gets hot. Like really hot. Like fry an egg on the sidewalk hot.

    Our idea for getting cool this summer? Get lost in a maze at the National Building Museum! The Big Maze, open now through September 1, 2014 is located inside the Building Museum, just a short cab or metro ride away from The Jefferson, DC. At approximately 18 feet high and 60 feet by 60 feet, the maple plywood structure features a series of twists and turns for visitors to weave through and explore.

    The National Building Museum is open seven days a week; Monday–Saturday: 10 am–5 pm and Sunday: 11 am–5 pm and the cost for admission is $8 for adults and $5 for youth, students and seniors.

    So stay cool, Washington, DC and enjoy your summer!

  2. My Big Fish Must Be Somewhere

    Happy July, Washington, DC! Continuing in our Year of the Author series, we spend this month with Ernest Hemingway, one of the most well known American writers of the 20th century. Hemingway is famous for works such as A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises and, of course, The Old Man and the Sea.

    The Old Man and the Sea was published in 1952 and tells the tale of Santiago, an “unlucky” older fisherman has gone 84 days without catching a fish. On the 85th day, he heads out deep into the Gulf and catches a marlin, who becomes Santiago’s quest for three days, until he finally harpoons the marlin. The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Hemingway in 1954.

    The Old Man and the Sea tells the tale of struggle, defeat and determination and is still widely read today. Have you read The Old Man and the Sea? Is it your favorite work by Hemingway? Let us know!

    Haven’t read it? Drop by Quill and sip on our tribute to Hemingway, a cocktail comprised of Bacardi Rum, Simple Syrup, Lime Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Cherry Liquor and garnished with what else; a Swedish Fish!

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  3. Independence Day in our Nation’s Capital

    We can’t believe it but next week is July 4th and there’s no better place to celebrate the long holiday weekend than in Washington, DC!

    Have you planned your weekend in DC yet? We hope you’ll join us at The Jefferson for a few days of sightseeing with Where’s Tommy, fireworks and fun!

    We bet you’ll be hungry on your adventures over the long weekend so why not let us help you out! 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 $35 per person, tax included.

    So now that we’ve got your snacks covered, here are some can’t miss events happening around town!

    Washington, DC’s Independence Day Parade
    Washington, DC’s 4th of July Parade features marching bands, military and specialty units, floats and lots of VIP’s! This is a very popular event so we suggest planning to arrive early to get a good spot. The parade starts at 11:45 am and the route goes from 7th to 17th street along Constitution Ave.

    A Capitol Fourth Concert
    A 4th of July tradition in the nation's capital includes a live concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and several pop artists performing patriotic music on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. The concert is free and open to the public, no tickets needed! Admittance beings at 3pm and the concert kicks off at 8:00pm

    4th of July Fireworks on the National Mall
    Of course, no trip to DC for the 4th is complete without watching fireworks on the mall! The fireworks are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool but can be seen from most vantage points on the mall. The show begins at sundown, usually around 8:30 pm.

    We hope you all enjoy your weekend in Washington, DC and Happy 4th everyone!

  4. A Word From Monti

    Monti here, happy Friday, folks! I asked the marketing department if it was ok for me to take over the blog this week to tell you about one of my friends from PAW Rescue that is in need of a home.

    Meet Beau!

    This guy is about my age, and is super outgoing. He’s pretty laid back for a dog that has spent most of his life chained up in a backyard and eventually taken to the shelter. My friend Beau has some tricks up his sleeve as well; he knows, 'sit', 'down' and 'paw' -he's ambidextrous and will happily show you over and over for treats, a true lab 'chow' hound. He likes nothing better than to lie at a person's side and be petted; such a gentle giant. Beau lived with another one of my PAW friends,  Angie in his former life so he is good with other dogs but doesn’t really get along with cats.

    My friend Beau is not such a fan of being at the kennel and is ready to meet his new family…is that you? I promise he would be a great addition to any home. Don’t believe me? Check out Beau in action on YouTube, playing in the pool!

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

    Thanks for listening guys and have a great weekend!

  5. Where’s Tommy On Vacation: Our Summer Instagram Contest is Here!!

    Summer in Washington, DC feels like it’s here to stay and that means one thing, summer vacation is right around the corner! This summer, The Jefferson, DC wants you to bring along a special guest on wherever your summer travels take you with our Where’s Tommy on Vacation Summer Instagram contest open to all guests!

    How it works

    Pick up our Where’s Tommy brochure when you are checking into The Jefferson and bring him to all eight locations on the map. Tag The Jefferson in your pictures on Instagram @thejeffersondc and using #WHERESTOMMYDC. If you complete our self-guided tour, you will receive a Jefferson bobble head.

    Or, if you’ve visited all of the places on the map and are up for a bigger challenge, take Tommy on a summer vacation!

    We will be giving out three prizes at the end of the summer in the following categories. Enter any of the categories below!

    Monti’s Choice:
    Our resident beagle, Lord Monticello will pick his favorite Where’s Tommy picture. It can be a selfie with Tommy, Tommy at the pool, Tommy with your pet, Tommy relaxing at the beach; Tommy WHEREVER! The winner of this category will receive a gift certificate for brunch for two at Greenhouse.

    Most DC Tommy:
    How DC can you get?? Show us Tommy in all of his DC glory and the winner of this category will receive a gift certificate for Sunday Supper for two in Quill.

    Most Well Traveled Tommy:
    How far can Tommy go? A visit to the Louvre in Paris? An afternoon at Harrods’s in London? Climbing Mt. Fuji in Japan? Take Tommy on your summer vacation and the Instagram picture that is taken the furthest away will receive an overnight stay in a suite at The Jefferson!

    All images must be tagged with @thejeffersondc. Contest ends on September 1, 2014. And while we all know what the Eiffel Tower looks like, please no photoshopping!

    Good luck everyone!!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.