The famous Cherry Blossom festival is set to put the Nation's Capital in bloom beginning March 28, 2009. What a perfect time to grab a friend or two to escape for a girl getaway AND celebrate the arrival of Spring!
Here are a few packages in the DC area that will help with your celebration and pocketbook:
The Beacon Hotel’s Cherry Blossom Weekend Escapade package, includes a deluxe room, breakfast for two, a Sunday brunch buffet with unlimited Champagne mimosas, a sampling of the Cherry Cocktail in the Beacon Bar & Grill. The rate of $195/night is available on weekends, requires a 2-night stay and includes parking and gratuity. Invite another gal pal and upgrade to the larger junior suite for an additional $20 a night. Call 800-821-4367.
Take a trip to the harbor and visit the Gaylord National on the Potomac! They offer several packages to fit your Cherry Blossom needs. My pick for a girlfriend getaway is the DC Sights by Sea Package, offering deluxe accommodations and Seadog Speedboat Tour tickets, an exciting speedboat tour with fantastic views of Mount Vernon, Ft. Washington, and National Harbor itself. Also, don’t forget about the Gaylord’s all-season pool, nightly entertainment and Relâche Resort Spa to top off the relaxation portion of your trip. Room rates start at $199/night.
Book the Cherry Blossom package at Hotel Palomar, near Dupont Circle and your gal pals can share the $40 restaurant voucher at Urbana Restaurant & Bar (try the featured cherry cocktail and dessert) two all-day Metro passes (to visit the Blossoms or shop ;) and a cherry-themed welcome amenity. Package prices starts at $204/night. Call 202-448-1800 to book.
You and your friends can enjoy the blooms while pampering yourselves in luxurious accommodations at the Mandarin Oriental DC with a fabulous water view. The package also includes an American breakfast in Café MoZU, cherry truffles, commemorative Cherry Bloom Guide AND a Cherry scrub from The Spa. Plan the weekend so that you're able to check out the Friday night jazz in Empress Lounge. Packages start at $408/night.
Grab a friend and check out the Morrison House. Cherry blossom guests can enjoy drinks for two—including special cherry blossom-themed concoctions—and breakfast for two at this hotel in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Viriginia hotel. The one-night Cherry Blossom Package, available through April 30, starts at $199 a night.
Want to see the City on your own time? The Westin Reston Heights is offering a one-night Cherry Blossom Package which includes breakfast for two at Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro, a complimentary in-room movie, and cherry-themed amenities, such as a box of Godiva chocolate-covered cherries upon arrival. You'll also get a map of DC and a Westin water bottle to bring to the Cherry Blossom Festival. The package costs $139 a night.
For Dining tips during the Festival: DC Dining Examiner
For even more hotel packages, Cherry Blossom history and events, be sure to check out the Washingtonian's Cherry Blossom Guide: http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/travel/11238.html