If you have never experienced the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC then you are definitely missing out. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual celebration of the peak bloom of the beautiful cherry blossom trees that surround the district. In 1910, Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo presented the first trees as a memorial of national friendship between the United States and Japan. On March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Taft and the wife of the Japanese Ambassador planted the first two of more than 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees near the Tidal Basin.
Potomac Park, where a majority of the trees are located, was the first public project undertaken by a first lady. Taft fell in love with the trees traveling to Japan with her husband, who served as governor-general of the Philippines prior to his presidency. Continuing Mrs. Taft’s involvement of the cherry blossoms, each year, the acting First Lady of the United States sits as Honorary Chair of the Festival.
Don’t just read about these beautiful blossoms; experience them for yourself! Book our Pop of Pink package and take in all that Washington, DC has to offer during cherry blossom season. This offer features a welcome cherry amenity made in house by our Michelin starred pastry team and two Pop of Pink cocktails in Quill.
Not looking to stay the night? Join us in Quill for one of our specialty cocktails or fuel up for a day of sightseeing with brunch in The Greenhouse.
We look forward to celebrating this special DC season with you!