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The best time of year to visit The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. is during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs from March into April each 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. D.C. 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 each year.
The blossoms often open before the festival does and often don't last through its finish, so arrive early in the month to see their pale glory. The usual green of the National Mall is transformed into a magical backdrop 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 Jefferson's front step).
Inside the Jefferson, the festival is celebrated with a weeklong Japanese-themed tasting menu at Plume, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s Five-Star fine dining restaurant. The menu will also feature a vintage Madeira wine from 1912, the year of the blossoming gift.