CHERRY BLOSSOMS

Blossoms without the madness? Yes, it's possible.

Cherry blossom season in Georgetown offers a more relaxed alternative to the tidal wave of people at the Tidal Basin during the National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 15-April 16).

For an off-the-beaten-path experience, check out the following cherry blossom-themed hospitality, cuisine and special events in DC's oldest neighborhood.

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Cherry Picks Restaurants

A number of Georgetown restaurants are participating in the Festival as official Cherry Picks locations, offering cherry blossom-themed menu items, cocktails, and specials during the festival. Restaurants include 1789 (1226 36th St NW), Farmers Fishers Bakers (3000 K St NW), Bangkok Joe's (3000 K St NW), J. Paul's Dining Saloon (3218 M St NW), Old Glory BBQ (3139 M St NW), and Paolo's Ristorante (1303 Wisconsin Ave NW).

Other Restaurant Specials

ENO Wine Bar (2810 Pennsylvania Ave NWis featuring a menu blooming with cherry blossom themed options, available Mar. 20 - Apr. 16. Offerings will feature locally sourced products from Washington, DC, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Specialty menu items are: A duck pâté with dark cherries, pink peppercorn and pistachios from ENO’s Georgetown neighbor, Stachowski’s Market, served with freshly made toasted cherry-walnut bread ($16); ‘Cherrykriek’ Cider from Maryland-based Millstone Cidery ($30 per bottle); and Cherry Blossom Chocolates from Pennsylvania-based artisanal chocolate maker, Zoe’s Chocolate Co. ($11 for a trio / $4 for a single chocolate).

Bourbon Steak (2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW), in a nod to Japan and the restaurant's meat-centric style, is offering a special Duo of Japanese Wagyu available exclusively during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Duo features: two cuts of wagyu reigning from different regions in Japan: Miyazaki and Kagoshima; traditional wagyu accompaniments; a presentation in a stunning Bento Box handcrafted from Cherrywood trees; and complimenting sake pairings. The Duo is priced at $216 and complimenting sake pairings are priced at $74. 

Hotel & Spa Packages

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. (2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NWThe Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC is bringing back a seasonal favorite featuring the scents of spring. The Sakura Ritual Body Treatment is inspired by Washington, DC’s renowned cherry blossom season, and symbolizes renewal for the mind, body and spirit. The 80-minute body treatment includes: a dry brushing technique to prepare the skin and stimulate the lymphatic system to release toxins and encourage detoxification; a paraffin hand or foot treatment to rescue skin from colder weather and to increase blood flow; a personalized full body massage using either green tea essential oil or a fragrant blossom lotion; and a Japanese antioxidant green tea at the treatment's conclusion to reduce the formation of free radicals in the body to keep skin looking youthful and glowing. For an indulgent cherry blossom spa experience that is available year-round, guests are invited to book The Cherry Blossom Champagne Body Treatment. Both treatments are priced at $265 from Monday to Thursday, $285 from Friday to Sunday, and $330 during special events and holidays.

Rosewood Hotel is offering a two-night Cherry Blossom Package for guests. Valid March 20 - April 16, the package includes a cherry blossom amenity upon arrival, daily American breakfast two, in-room tea setup with cherry blossom tea and Senbei crackers, Capital Segway LLC Tour for two with a stop at the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms, kite-flying kit, and complimentary overnight parking for one vehicle. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown (3100 South St NW) has everything from cherry blossom-inspired cocktails to spa treatments this spring. Their Cherry Blossom Room Package includes a packed picnic (Cherry Blossom Iced Tea, cheese & charcuterie, scones, and Chef’s homemade cherry jam!) and tour of the Cherry Blossoms at Haynes Point via pedicab; complimentary breakfast served with fresh scones and Chef’s cherry jam, a cherry blossom welcome amenity upon arrival, a Cherry Bounce cocktail served in The Living Room; and cherry blossom panckakes. Spa specials include a complimentary pink hair and scalp mud enhancement on any 50-minute massage treatment, as well as Cherry Blossom Rose Organic Tea and dark chocolate cherries in The Relaxation Lounge.

Events & Attractions

Dumbarton Oaks (1720 32nd St. NW) One of the best-kept secrets for cherry blossom viewing, beat the crowds at the Tidal Basin and stroll the 10 acres of Dumbarton Oaks' gardens and pathaways lined with cherry trees. During the spring, the gardens are open daily, except Mondays, from 2 to 6 p.m. General admission costs $10; students and kids ages 2-12 get in for $5. Click here for season memberships to the gardens.

Potomac Riverboat Company (3050 K St. NW), an official sanctioned Tour Provider of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival, will offer 50-minute round-trip cruises around the Washington Harbour featuring the beauty of the cherry blossoms and historical sights of Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Cruises will be available on select dates from March 17-April 30. Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-11 for weekday rountrip fair; $30 and $16, respectively, on the weekends. Purchase tickets at the ticket booth or online here.

Tudor Place (1644 31st Street, NW) invites you to celebrate the blooming of the Tudor Place cherry blossoms on Saturday, March 11, with a traditional English tea, complete with tea sandwiches, scones, delicious desserts and tea blends. Before the tea, guests enjoy a guided tour of the estate’s magnificent garden to see sturdy trunks and fragile flowers and learn about the evolution of the 5½ acre grounds. The program is $35 for members or $40 for non-members. To purchase tickets, click here