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From the décor to the special occasion feel, your experience will be a romantic one at Plume, the fine dining restaurant at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. Bathed in hues of light gray and yellow, the space is covered with wallpaper depicting the estate and landscape at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's estate in Virginia. The wallpaper was painted especially for the Five-Star hotel on a single piece of silk, then cut to fit the room at Plume.
Jeffersonian touches are apparent at each table, with small silver birds representing the former president's love of the creatures, but nowhere has he influenced the design more than at Table 10 — the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant's best. Known as "The Nest," this semicircular booth is set into the wall in a curtained-off, curved library. (The books aren't real — just the spines of ones you'll find in Jefferson's library at Monticello.) The table sits beneath an enormous crystal chandelier that was once at the nearby Willard InterContinental Washington hotel, a favorite of presidents past in the weeks before their inaugurations. A seat at this romantic spot is tough to come by, so plan to make a reservation at least two months in advance.
A meal at Plume feels like a special occasion at every table. Ladies place their handbags on tiny, plush purse stools rather than on the floor (a throwback to an earlier time and a definite perk). Then you’ll order from one of two coursed menus, a luxurious, extended dining experience filled with amusing and imaginative flavors that will get everyone talking. If the wine isn't enough to spark romance, the pastry chef's parting gift will: It's a small box of chocolates. After all, dessert is the ultimate aphrodisiac.