1. A Rose By Any Other Name

    They say April showers bring May flowers but we didn’t want to wait that long. Our Year of the Author continues this month with William Shakespeare. It was so hard to choose just one of his works to feature and after much deliberation; Romeo & Juliet emerged as the front runner.

    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet.” These words were famously spoken by Juliet during her balcony scene with Romeo in Act II, Scene II.  It’s during this scene where these star crossed lovers decide that their love is greater than a name and make plans to meet the following day.

    What would you have done if you were Romeo and Juliet? Would you have gone against the wishes of your family regardless of the consequences for true love? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook and on the blog and be sure to stop into Quill for our William Shakespeare cocktail.

    The cocktail, featuring gin, sherry (a popular drink during the Elizabethan era), lime juice and a drop of absinthe is garnished with a rose petal and served in a martini glass. We hope you get a chance to try it this month!


  2. Taking Pet Friendly Hotels to Another Level!

    Back in the beginning of the year, we added a new employee to our roster, but he’s definitely like no employee The Jefferson has ever seen.

    Meet Monti.

    Our new Executive Canine Officer (ECO) has quickly found his place at The Jefferson after a few short months of coming to us via PAW Rescue, an organization based in Maryland that helps find homes for abandoned dogs and cats.

    You can read all about Monti’s story on our website and learn about some of the pet friendly amenities we offer to our four legged guests at The Jefferson.

    While Monti may have been super lucky in landing at The Jefferson, he still has lots of friends that need homes so we’ll introduce you to some of them on the blog and hope that you or someone you know might find your next ECO!

    This week, we’d like for you to get to know Joey!

    Joey is an American Bulldog mix who is one year old and 50 lbs of pure love. He began his year as a leftover Christmas stray at a local shelter. He does well with kids, adults and dogs and is quite affectionate. This guy is in need of a lot of exercise so walks and romps in a safely fenced yard would be right up his alley. He's young and energetic but really sweet. PAW thought he deserved a chance and we know some lucky adopter out there will agree.

    He had a totally torn cruciate ligament on his left rear leg and weakness in right rear so he recently had TPLO surgery to repair them. His recovery is 6 to 8 weeks with limited movement allowed (strict cage rest) and after he'll need rehabbing.

    To meet Joey, email PAW Resuce at pawdogs@yahoo.com or see him at a weekend adoption event soon.


  3. The Jefferson in Bloom!

    In case you missed it, yesterday was the first official day of Cherry Blossom season in Washington, DC. Sure, it snowed on Monday and the trees along the Tidal Basin have yet to bloom, but DC is in the spirit and ready to celebrate this annual tradition in DC.

    This year, The Jefferson will be celebrating with two new packages created in conjunction with Entertainment Cruises!

    Spend the afternoon taking in the sights from a different vantage point on board the National Elite before returning to The Jefferson for Cherry Blossom cocktails in Quill.

    The Jefferson in Bloom package includes:

    • -Deluxe overnight accommodations for two
    • -Two tickets for a 45 minute sightseeing tour of the Cherry Blossoms on Entertainment Cruise's, National Elite. Enjoy a tour around Hains Point and East Potomac Park on this three-level yacht with a rooftop observation deck. Cruises depart Wednesday - Sunday at noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm.
    • -Two specialty Cherry Blossom cocktails in Quill

    To learn more about this package, please call 202.448.2300, email reservations@jeffersondc.com or book now!

    Your Cherry Blossom cup will overflow with our Gourmet Jefferson in Bloom package that includes:

    • - Deluxe overnight accommodations for two
    • - Two tickets for a 45 minute sightseeing tour of the Cherry Blossoms on Entertainment Cruise's, National Elite. Enjoy a tour around Hains Point and East Potomac Park on this three-level yacht with a rooftop observation deck. Cruises depart Wednesday - Sunday at noon, 2 pm and 4 pm.
    • - Dinner for two in the five star rated Plume

    To learn more about this package, please call 202.448.2300, email reservations@jeffersondc.com or book now!

    Please note that each rate is based upon availability, some blackout dates may apply. Reservations on the National Elite will be based on availability. Please specify your desired time when booking. Book by April 10, stay by April 13, 2014

    We can't wait for those blooms to pop! Until they do, enjoy our Cherry Blossom cocktail, the La Vie en Rouge. Made with Brugal rum, house-infused sour cherry syrup, rose water and prosecco, the La Vie en Rouge is a great way to toast this unique to DC event!

    Cheers to the Cherry Blossoms!


  4. Two Suite Reasons to Stay at The Jefferson, DC

    Psst. Want to know a secret? Our deluxe suites in Washington, DC are pretty sweet. From spacious bathrooms and plenty of room to relax, The Jefferson, DC is THE place to call home in DC and our suites are just the place to do it!

    Spend a weekend at The Jefferson, DC, indulge in one of our deluxe suites and save 30% off our best available rate!

    Did you know that all of our suites feature complimentary WiFi, complimentary phone calls worldwide and complimentary filtered water? Want to learn more about amenities at The Jefferson? Click here.

    Wait, what’s that; you’re coming to DC for business travel during the week? You’re taking some time off of work to explore our nation’s capital? We have a suite for that!

    Receive 15% off our best available rate when you book one of our deluxe suites mid-week and wake up relaxed and refreshed for a day of meetings on the hill or a day taking in the sights of Washington!

    To learn more about our suites, please visit our website or call us 202.448.2300.

    Have a great weekend everyone!


  5. Come and Relax with the Lorax!

    March has certainly been off to a chilly start in Washington, DC. We’ve been keeping warm at The Jefferson by curling up by the fire in our book room and re-reading one of our favorite classics, The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, our featured author in our Year of the Author series. We’ve also been enjoying our Dr. Seuss cocktail in Quill. Quill pays homage to the author with a cocktail of gin, chamomile tea and Homericon, garnished with chrysanthemum pearls. The orange pearls are a nod to the main character in the story, the Lorax.

    The story, first published in 1971 is themed around “going green” and spoke about the dangers of corporate greed; long before either were are hot topic. The Lorax “spoke for the trees” and warned Once-ler of the consequences of cutting down the truffula trees. As the story unfolds, we learn of what happens when Once-ler continues to expand the Thneed industry.

    The Lorax has brought its fair share of controversy over the years as some people believe that the story is and remains too gloomy for children. We want to know what you think! Let us know if The Lorax is your favorite in the Dr. Seuss collection or if you prefer one of his other works.

    We hope you hop, pop or stop into Quill this month and enjoy a Dr. Seuss cocktail!


  6. Make it an Epic Weekend in Washington!

    It’s finally Friday, DC! While this weekend may not be as spring-like as last weekend, there’s still plenty to do in our nation’s capital. Here are some of the highlights of what’s happening this weekend in Washington, DC and at The Jefferson!

    Last Weekend for our Alex Haley Cocktail in Quill

    Our Year of the Author is getting ready to turn the page on February so this weekend is your last chance to try our Alex Haley cocktail in Quill. The base of the cocktail is Applejack Brandy, America’s Oldest Family of Distillers for Apple based Brandy. Mixed with apple and lemon juices, some simple syrup and a dash of bitters, this cocktail is great for sipping while sitting by the fire in our Book Room.

    Visit our Neighbors

    Just across the street from The Jefferson, explore a whole other world. The National Geographic Museum is a great place to spend an afternoon with the family. To learn more about current exhibits at National Geographic, visit their website

    Sunday Supper with a Twist

    The birthday of our next author is this Sunday, the second of March,

    So if you are hungry and thirsty we don’t want you to be parched!

    Stop into Quill for Sunday Supper with a twist,

    Celebrating Dr. Seuss, it is not to be missed!

    For more ideas on what to do with friends and family this weekend, check out the Smithsonian website. Looking for great ideas on where to soak in the DC culture and nightlife? Try, Brightest Young Things.

    Have a great weekend everyone! 


  7. The Jefferson Book Club Has Arrived!

    It's the Year of the Author at The Jefferson, DC and in conjunction with our year-long series of paying homage to some of the greats at our hotel, we are excited to announce our new Jefferson Book Club. 

    Each month, we will post discussion questions on the blog and on our Facebook page to encourage readers of all ages to get involved.

    Throughout the month of February, we've been reading the classic, Roots, by Alex Haley. Roots tells the story of Kunta Kinte who was kidnapped in Gambia in 1767 and transported to the Province of Maryland to be sold into slavery. This work eventually became a popular series on TV and Haley was presented with the Pulitzer Prize in 1977.

    Once Roots had been published, there was a spark of controversy as Haley claimed to be a seventh-generation descendant of Kunta Kinte, while others disputed the fact. 

    To this day, while the accuracy of Haley's claims may still be in question there is no denying that Roots is a classic tale. 

    Our question for the month is: Does reading Roots give you a greater sense of connection to or curiosity about your own family's background? 

    We want you to share your story and your thoughts with us! Feel free to post on the blog or on our Facebook page using #jeffersonbookclub. 

    Happy Reading!


  8. The Jefferson, DC Blog is Back!

    We had taken some time off from our blog, but we're back and ready to keep you up to date with all the special offers and programs that are going on at The Jefferson, DC.

    We're So Over Winter!


    We don't know about you but we are so over the snow and slush so we want you all to curl up by the fire at The Jefferson whether it's for a weekend getaway or a mid week vacation!

    Did you know that all reservations at The Jefferson inlcude: 

    • Complimentary wifi in all guest rooms
    • Complimentary phone calls worldwide
    • Complimentary filtered water in all guest rooms

    View amenities at The Jefferson, DC

    Book by/stay by February 28, 2014.

    For more information on this special offer or to view other offers, please visit us!

    The Year of the Author


    We are celebrating The Year of the Author throughout the hotel. From specialty cocktails in Quill to works by each month's featured author in the Book Room, it's a real page turner at The Jefferson!

    This month, our featured author is Alex Haley. Roots by Alex Haley tells the story of Kunta Kinte who was kidnapped in the Gambia in 1767 and transported to the Province of Maryland to be sold into slavery. This work eventually became a popular series on TV and Haley was presented with the Pulitzer Prize in 1977. Quill’s Alex Haley Cocktail features Applejack brandy from one of America’s oldest family distilleries. 

    Check back on the blog for our newest feature, our Jefferson Book Club where we'll post questions about each author and some of their most famous works!

    So the weather outside may still be frightful but at The Jefferson, DC we're ready for it! 


  9. We Need Your SupPAWort!

    Did you know that The Jefferson is one of the most dog friendly hotels in Washington, DC? We love our four legged guests almost as much as we love our two legged ones!

    As part of our ongoing partnership with The Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW), we are excited to announce our “Paw Prints at The Jefferson” raffle!! The winner of this exclusive raffle (only 100 tickets will be sold) will receive the following:

    • An overnight stay for two in our Canine Suite (four legged friends are welcome)
    • Dinner for two in the five-star rated Plume
    • Breakfast for two in Greenhouse

    Cost to purchase a raffle ticket is $50 per ticket. To purchase, please email marketing@jeffersondc.com. The drawing will be held on February 3, 2014 at The Jefferson at 6:00pm. All ticket holders are welcome!

    All of the proceeds from this raffle will go towards PAW. PAW is a non-profit group of volunteers chartered to facilitate the rescue and adoption of homeless domestic animals, mainly dogs and cats, and place them in loving and stable homes. Adoption shows are held in the suburban Maryland area several times a month. To learn more about PAW and how to adopt, please visit www.paw-rescue.org.

    Good luck everyone!!


  10. Things To Do In DC This Weekend

    The presents have all been opened and there’s not a sugar cookie left in the kitchen, now what do you do with your family? The Jefferson, Washington, DC has your answer. Here are some of the events and attractions going on in Washington, DC this weekend.

    Last Chance to Visit the National Christmas Tree

    Since 1923, the US has held the tradition of lighting a National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC. Open through Jan 1, 2014, on the ellipse near the White House, this is a great night activity for the whole family. Seasonal displays include a Yule log, a large-scale model train and a Christmas manger.

    Choo Choo on Capitol Hill

    Located at the foot of the U.S. Capitol through the month of December at the U.S. Botanical Gardens, see the outdoor train garden, enter the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of poinsettias and other winter-blooming tropical plants, and the National Mall in miniature, a replica created with natural plant materials.

    Have a Historic Holiday

    Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and his family, at Mount Vernon, located just outside of Washington, DC in Virginia. Guests can tour the grounds, meet historic characters and even take a candlelight tour of the estate.

    Whatever your plans between now and 2014, we hope you get a chance to check out all that Washington, DC has to offer!