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One planned activity at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. is afternoon tea on weekends, and the concierge can help plan other activities for your stay. Make a reservation for afternoon tea at The Greenhouse, The Jefferson's dining option for breakfast, lunch and brunch. The Greenhouse sits beneath one of the original details left in the completely renovated and overhauled Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel — the skylights that were once the awning for the hotel's original entrance. The arched glass architectural detail was buried and blackened beneath previous renovations, but has been restored with new glass accenting the original framing and casting a sunny glow on diners. Like many details in The Jefferson, The Greenhouse remains and is named as a nod to the hotel's presidential namesake: At his estate, Monticello, Thomas Jefferson would spend mornings in his greenhouse, singing along with his pet mockingbirds.
Tea is served in this space on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., by reservation only. Tea service is $39, and offers a choice of green, herbal or black teas from Kusmi Tea, a 140-year-old Russian teahouse. This service includes a selection of tea sandwiches, pastries warm scones and homemade fresh fruit preserves. It's a romantic afternoon experience that's more about the experience than the food itself, but the tea (and optional champagne) don't hurt.
For activities outside the hotel, consult The Jefferson's helpful and friendly concierge desk. The staff can do things as simple as plan a tee time or as intricate as coordinate a day trip to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate that inspires and informs much of the hotel's design, a walking tour of the nearby National Mall and Smithsonian Institution or a taxi trip to one of Washington's best-kept secrets, like the sprawling National Arboretum, a celebration of nature that includes a grove of bonsai trees that have been growing for more than a century.