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Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival: Spring into the Willard Intercontinental
January 26, 2007By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Cherry Blossoms

Each spring, visitors flock to the nation's capital for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. From March 31-April 15, 2007, the Willard Intercontinental will celebrate the awesome beauty of the cherry blossoms with stunning floral displays, overnight packages, spa treatments, and delicious Cherry Blossom Tea. Centrally located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington, the Willard Intercontinental gracefully combines tradition with contemporary comfort and technology. Ranked among America's best historic hotels, the Beaux-Arts Willard has hosted almost every US president since Franklin Pierce in 1853. It was here that Julia Ward Howe wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic, where Abraham Lincoln lived for a month, where, in the grand lobby, President Ulysses S. Grant popularized the word "Lobbyist" and where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King finished his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. The Willard is a major force in the social and political life of Washington to this day.

The luxurious hotel is transformed into a springtime wonderland for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Willard's lobby and Peacock Alley promenade is decorated with live Cherry Blossoms and a display including historic renderings of the first Japanese delegation to America. (Three ambassadors and their entourage of 74 stayed at the Willard in an historic visit to Washington to ratify the nations' new Treaty of Amity and Commerce in 1860.) Conveniently located near the tree-lined Tidal Basin, the Cherry Blossom Parade route and other festival events, the Willard is the perfect choice for festival enthusiasts. Guests can enjoy seasonal cherry cocktails at the historic Round Robin Bar. Or sip cherry-infused teas and nibble on festive themed edibles such as Petite Cherry Custard Tarts, Dry Cherry and Vanilla Scones with Homemade Cherry Marmalade and Devonshire Cream, and Hand Made Cherry Candy, while listening to live music in Peacock Alley. Or prepare for the Cherry Blossom Festivities with a special facial and massages at the luxurious I Spa at the Willard. Take advantage of the Very Cherry Willard Package, starting at $329, which includes accommodations, a special cherry amenity, plus the choice of one of the following: American breakfast for two, a second room at half price for children under 18, upgrade to a Deluxe room, or parking. This package reflects savings of $250. Prices are per room, plus tax, based upon availability and are available from March 16 through April 15, 2007.

Photo Via Flickr/Mr. DC


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