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The restaurants at The Jefferson, Washington, DC ring in the holidays with special menus. Along with decorations, there are holiday menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter at Plume, The Greenhouse and Quill, the hotel bar. These include distinctive, seasonal dishes and signature cocktails to represent the season.
There are also special menus for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a D.C.-area holiday running from March to April every year. In 1912, Japan presented the United States with a gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees, which remain a national treasure as they bathe the National Mall in pale pink for several weeks and signal the arrival of spring in the capital. The city teems with throngs of tourists and international visitors during this time, and there are daily art and culture events throughout the city during the festival, which runs from late March through most of April.
The blossoms often open before the festival does, and often don't last through its finish, so arrive early in the month to see them at their height. The usual green of the National Mall is transformed into colorful magic that is perfect for a long walk or leisurely bike ride using the ride-and-drop Capital Bikeshare rental system. (Two stations are in nearby Farragut Square, within two blocks of the Four-Star hotel’s front step.)
Inside the Washington D.C. hotel, the festival is celebrated with a weeklong Japanese-themed tasting menu at Plume, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star fine dining restaurant. The menu also features a vintage Madeira wine from 1912, the year of the blossoming gift.