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There are two private dining rooms — one small, one large, both beautiful — at Plume, the fine dining restaurant at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. Jeffersonian touches are apparent at each table, including small silver birds that represent 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 tomes 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 reservations for it at least two months in advance.
There are also bits of hidden presidential history in the Private Wine Cellar, which can seat up to 18 guests. The walls are lined with bottles of wine, reminiscent of the president's passion for viniculture, as well as a floor-to-ceiling portrait of his estate's farm, which you can still visit. And there's one more detail that's delightfully Jeffersonian: A wine bottle dumbwaiter that can be used to bring a new bottle from the onsite cellar of 1,300 bottles, just like the one installed in the former president's fireplace at Monticello.