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  1. What Are You Doing This Weekend?

    Springtime in Washington, DC doesn’t always last as long as we’d like so now is your chance to get out there and take advantage of the beautiful weekend weather in our nation’s capital. Here are some of our must-do’s for this weekend!

    Cheer on the Runners!!

    Nike’s We Run DC women’s half marathon will be on Sunday, April 27th. Beginning at 7:00am, this 13.2 mile race will begin in downtown Washington, DC near Freedom Plaza and finishes at the same location. Cheering is encouraged and there are plenty of places throughout the course to take in some of the sites of DC while supporting the runners! For more information or to view a map of the course, please visit their website.

    Show Your Natitude!

    Haven’t been to National’s Stadium yet? Don’t miss out on a day at the ballpark. Located in Southeast Washington, DC the stadium is easy to get to and is a half a block from the Navy Yard metro stop on the green line. This weekend, the Nats play the San Diego Padres and tickets are available by visiting their website. Go Nats!

    Join us for Sunday Supper

    Did you know that every Sunday in Quill we offer a three course dinner for $35 including a glass of wine? We don’t know about you, but we think it’s one of the best deals in town and a great way to cap off an epic weekend. The menu is decided by our chef so be sure to check our Facebook page for Sunday night’s menu. This is also the last weekend to enjoy a William Shakespeare cocktail before we introduce our next author for the month of May. Made with gin, sherry, lime juice and garnished with a rose petal, this cocktail has quickly become a must-try when at the bar.

    Whatever your weekend plans entail we hope you make it a great one!

  2. Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson!

    This weekend (Sunday, April 13 to be exact) marks the 271st birthday of Thomas Jefferson! To commemorate the birthday of our founding father and hotel's namesake we've be running a special tasting menu in Plume that will end on Saturday, April 12th. Not going to be able to make it to Plume? Please join us on Sunday in Quill for a special Sunday Supper TJ birthday menu that will feature some dishes that Jefferson is credited to bringing to the US including macaroni and cheese. Our Quill Sunday Supper is just $35 per person and includes an appetizer, main dish, dessert and a glass of red or white wine; we think Jefferson would have been impressed.

    No time to celebrate Jefferson's birthday? Check out some of the other events we have going on at the Jefferson this spring!

    Martin's Lamb Dinner with Blackbird Vineyards

    Please join us in conjunction with Martin's and Blackbird Vineyards on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 for a six course lamb tasting menu paired with Blackbird wines. We will also be joined by Paul Leary, President of Blackbird Vineyards.

    There will be a reception at 6:30pm followed by dinner at 7:00pm. The cost is $220 per person, with wine pairing (tax and gratuity excluded).

    To make a reservation, please call 202.448.3238 or email

    Dinner With Churchill

    "Give me a few well-cooked dishes I can really enjoy"- Sir Winston Churchill

    On Wednesday, May 21, 2014 we will be joined by Cita Stelzer, author of Dinner With Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table for a four course dinner inspired by Churchill's love of diplomacy around the dinner table. We will hear from the author about this unique look at one of the world's most notable (and quotable) figures. There is a reception at 6:30pm and dinner will begin at 7:00pm. The cost is $175 per person, tax and gratuity excluded. To book, please call 202.448.3250 or email

    To view more events that are coming up at The Jefferson, DC, please visit our website. Now get out there and go see some Cherry Blossoms!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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 or see him at a weekend adoption event soon.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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! 

  8. 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!

  9. 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! 

  10. 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 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

    Good luck everyone!!

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