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Like the rest of The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. hotel, the interior design of Plume, its fine dining restaurant, is traditional and historically inspired. When you walk into the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant, you may forget that America has endured trying economic times of late. Bathed in opulent 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, such as 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 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 what you'd find in Thomas Jefferson's library at Monticello.) The table sits beneath an enormous crystal chandelier that was once at the nearby Willard InterContinental Washington, a favorite hotel of past presidents in the weeks before their inaugurations. A seat at this romantic spot is tough to come by — plan to make reservations for it at least two months in advance.
In the Cellar room, a private space that can seat up to 18 guests, you'll get a different view: The walls are lined with many of the cellar's more than 1,300 bottles, reminiscent of the president's passion for viniculture. There's also a floor-to-ceiling portrait of his estate's farm (which you can still visit) and one more detail that's delightfully Jeffersonian: A wine bottle dumbwaiter that can be used to bring a new bottle from the onsite cellar, just like the one installed in Jefferson’s fireplace at Monticello.