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Washington DC: The master plan that created the world's most powerful city CNN Travel

"We're in the heartbeat of the nation, right here," agrees Jim Hewes, who has worked at the Willard for 32 years. "We're within 10 blocks of the White House. For over 200 years, the Willard Hotel and its Round Robin Bar have been right in the center of political, economic and social activity."

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The historic hotel and the secrets its keeping CNN - Quest's World of Wonder

The Willard Washington, D.C. sits two blocks from the White House and oh, what a story it has to tell.

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The Top 10 Hotels in Washington, D.C. Travel + Leisure

And at the 200-year-old Willard InterContinental, located in a Beaux-Arts building two blocks from the White House, “you can’t get more historic,” wrote one reader. “The location is outstanding; service is also excellent.” That opinion is seconded by another, who praises the lively bar scene: “Service is great, and the rooms are beautiful.”

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16 Best Hotels in D.C. Conde Nast Traveler

Two blocks from the White House and the National Mall, this historic hotel from 1818 has just unveiled an $18 million restoration. The rooms, common areas, lobby and Cafe du Parc all have new offerings (there's now private dining room overlooking the lobby, like it did many many years ago). The refresh comes right on time: it's also the hotel’s 200th anniversary. With a new GM and new menus at the historic Round Robin Bar that focus on famous figures who have drank there in the past and cocktails of the Presidents, it's time to revisit this capital grand dame, and fast.

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American Hotel Story American Airlines - Celebrated Living Magazine

Properties with narrative flair add tone to the travel experience.

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Washington D.C.'s Best Hotel Restaurants And Bars Forbes

This iconic watering hole bears all the hallmarks of a true classic: a polished mahogany bar, forest green walls, sketches of historic notables (like Eleanor Roosevelt and Mark Twain), and an extremely knowledgeable bartender who’s survived six presidential administrations, Jim Hewes. Drop by when he’s working, so he can regale you with colorful stories of the city over the house cocktail, the mint julep. Feeling peckish? Then beeline over to the hotel’s all-day French brasserie, Cafe du Parc – it recently underwent a spiffy renovation – for tried-and-true favorites, including steamed mussels, steak frites, and salade niçoise.

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A Visual Feast: Hotels with Amazing Art Collections Far & Wide

There are few hotels in America with a more storied history than the iconic Willard Hotel, an InterContinental property in Washington D.C. It opened its doors in 1818 and has since played host to important political figures including numerous U.S. Presidents. Located just steps from The White House, it retains traditional design elements but blends them with modern comforts, setting the stage for a luxurious experience. Gracious traditions such as afternoon tea with live harp music and a bar that’s been attracting politicos since Abe Lincoln’s day, are just a few of its assets.

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National Rose Day (#NationalRoséDay) at the Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC Communities Digital News

Celebrating National Rosé Day, The Willard InterContinental in partnership with Château d’Esclans, a winery in Provence, France, will host the annual Rosé Romp today from 12 – 4 p.m. The Rosé Romp toasts the hotel’s unique history while celebrating the winery’s most exemplary rosé wines and coincides with National Rosé Day.

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The Joy of the Julep Iconic Life

One of the most influential establishments to serve the Mint Julep is the Round Robin Bar in Washington D.C.’s Willard Intercontinental Hotel. It opened in 1847, and their signature drink became a popular beverage for the Washington elite when U.S. Senator Henry Clay famously shipped in a barrel of Kentucky Bourbon. The politician, known for bringing together the North and South, frequented the bar to imbibe juleps during his 40 years in government.

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At the ‘Cinderella Ball’ kids celebrate other kids with special needs The Washington Post

The Willard InterContinental played host to The House, Inc’s National Capital “A Cinderella Ball”, an event that celebrates children of America’s men and women in uniform affected by a life-limiting disability or illness.

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The Willard InterContinental Renovation DC Refined

Just in time to celebrate its 200th anniversary, the Willard InterContinental has revealed their six-month $18 million renovation of all 335 guest rooms and suites. Inspired by a French pied-à-terre, the new room style (overseen by Parker-Torres Design) retains the historical character of the property, while incorporating contemporary furnishings such as gold leaf embroidered headboards, textured wallpaper and marble coffee tables. Classic guest rooms are done up in hues of blue, ivory and cool grey accented with gold, while suites opt for a neutral palette of cream, beige, tan, silver and gold accented with red.

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Willard InterContinental Washington DC Completes Renovation Luxury Traveler Advisor

The Willard InterContinental has a long history in the nation’s capital. (In 1862, National Hawthorne wrote, The Willard "may be much more justly called the center of Washington and the Union than either the Capitol, The White House, or the State Department.”) To mark its 200th birthday this year, the legendary hotel is embarking on a new chapter. This grande dame has wrapped a six-month, $18 million renovation which touched all 335 guest rooms and suites.

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A Washington, D.C. Weekend Getaway For History Buffs offMetro

There’s no hotel in town that swims in U.S. history quite like the iconic Willard InterContinental. President Franklin Pierce was the hotel’s first presidential patron, President-elect Abraham Lincoln took up residence for 10 days prior to his inauguration and Martin Luther King Jr. edited his “I Have a Dream” speech in the hotel’s lobby.

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DC Best Memorial Day Bets Brightest Young Things

Learn some stuff and drink some drinks at The Press & the Presidency: A Complicated History at The Willard InterContinental.

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The Dish: Then Play Washington Life

Gather round the historic circular bar and ponder the types of conversations Mark Twain and Woodrow Wilson might have had over house classics like the Mint Julep, which is said to have been introduced to D.C. here.

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Kick Off Rose Season in D.C. with Whispering Angel Washingtonian

Rosé was meant to be enjoyed al fresco. Café du Parc at The Willard InterContinental happened to be named one of the best al fresco restaurants in D.C. Coincidence? Perhaps, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on the top of your list for places to sip on a glass of Whispering Angel rosé. The location is nothing but convenient—just two blocks from the National Mall—and if you think you’re ready for an elegant dinner, this Zagat-rated restaurant offers French cuisine such as Steak Café de Paris — or you can enjoy a drink in the historic Round Robin Bar.

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Interview: Chef Peter Laufer of Washington, DC's Cafe du Parc The Daily Meal

'Every day is different and comes with different challenges and areas for growth, opportunity and innovation'

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Use Your Credit Card Rewards to Absorb History and Celebrate The Willard InterContinental’s Bicentennial in Washington DC CardRates.com

Anyone who has visited Washington, DC, knows there is no shortage of history within the city’s borders. But among the monuments, museums, and memorials is the Willard InterContinental Hotel, which has been home to as many historical moments as any building in the District.

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History Happy Hour at The Willard Taste & Travel International

The Willard InterContinental Washington DC will be celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018 and to commemorate this milestone the historic hotel will be offering monthly History Happy Hours. Led by the legendary 30-year bartender at The Willard’s iconic Round Bar, the interactive events will be held on the third Thursday of each month and will feature American history as well as hands-on lessons on the art of cocktail making.

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10 Places to Do Afternoon Tea Like a Royal Travel Channel

Just two blocks from The White House, the historic Willard InterContinental in Washington, DC serves Afternoon Tea Friday through Sunday in Peacock Alley, a grand hallway that runs the length of the hotel. As the classical harpist delicately serenades, enjoy a selection of organic teas, finger sandwiches, scones, and tea pastries, like strawberry shortbread cookies and chocolate hazelnut profiteroles. For an extra charge, order a refreshing mid-day cocktail, like the Royal Tea, which blends honey-infused green tea, gin, and basil. From $58 per person.

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Lawmakers mark Mother’s Day, May 11, 1913 Politico

On this day in 1913, many legislators on Capitol Hill first set aside a day to honor mothers by placing white carnations on their lapels. The Willard Hotel near the White House filled its lobby with vases of white carnations, as did many Washington restaurants.

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The Kentucky Derby means mint juleps. Here are four variations. Washington Post

Washington lore states that Kentuckian and U.S. statesman Henry Clay introduced the mint julep to the nation’s capital in the early 19th century at the hotel where the Willard Intercontinental now stands. Here, cribbed from Washingtonian magazine in 2005, is Clay’s Kentucky-Style Mint Julep recipe as interpreted by Jim Hewes, famed bartender at the Willard’s Round Robin Bar.

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10 Afternoon Tea Spots Across the Country Food Network

The Willard InterContinental has hosted almost every U.S. president since 1853, so it’s no surprise that tea service here has been a see-and-be-seen experience for more than 200 years. Afternoon tea is set up in Peacock Alley, the hotel’s luxurious main corridor. A harpist sets the score for the event, which includes tea and sandwiches; you can enjoy the house-smoked salmon club on pumpernickel bread, the organic orange-scented chicken mousse on walnut and raisin bread, and more.

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The Definitive Guide to the Triple Crown Cocktails Sports Illustrated

The story goes that Kentucky politician Henry Clay introduced the julep to the nation’s capital sometime in the early 19th century—to help curry favor before one of his many unsuccessful presidential bids, no doubt!—and it’s been a staple at the Willard InterContinental’s Round Robin Bar in Washington, D.C., for decades. Bartender Jim Hewes says he makes a least two dozen a day during the summer. He usual recipe: Maker’s Mark as his base and, for a twist, two ounces of sparkling water and a lemon peel for garnish.

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10 Best Things About Washington, D.C. Southern Living Magazine

You don't even have to stay at the Willard to enjoy its opulence. Many D.C. visitors detour through the hotel's magnificent lobby for afternoon tea in Peacock Alley or a cocktail (order a Gin Rickey) at the Round Robin Bar.

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On Derby Day: Bourbon, of Course Georgetowner

The signature drink of the Derby — taking place Saturday, May 5 — is the mint julep. If you’re looking to sip on one of these, the obvious place is the renowned Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel. It was here that Henry Clay, who served as secretary of state, House speaker and U.S. senator from Kentucky, introduced the Southern-style mint julep to Washington in the 1800s.

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Want the perfect Kentucky Derby mint julep? Try our recipe northjersey.com

The famed Kentucky statesmen Henry Clay is said to have introduced the drink to Washington D.C. society in the late 1840s at his favorite hangout, The Willard Hotel. By that time, the drink itself was undergoing a transformation.

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Happy Hour with Fritz Hahn Washington Post

My go-to "old school" bars are mostly hotel bars: the Round Robin Bar in the Willard and Off the Record in the basement of the Hay-Adams are good places to start, for the refined "adults-only" atmosphere and the well-crafted (if somewhat expensive) classic cocktails from bygone eras.

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Cocktail of the Month: Hot Buttered Rum Georgetowner

This classic can be found at some of Washington’s first-rate bars and restaurants. The famed Round Robin Bar in the Willard Intercontinental Hotel serves a hot buttered rum made with dark rum, hot water, unsalted butter and spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, with a cinnamon stick and a lemon twist for garnish.

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Washington in Bloom: Cherry Blossom Inspired Luxuries The Dining Traveler

High tea is a luxurious treat during cherry blossom season as many of the luxury hotels merge the theme with their offerings. A favorite is the Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea at Willard Intercontinental. Some menu highlights include teriyaki-cured salmon tea sandwiches, strawberry & sesame shortbread kukki and matcha green tea scones.

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Around Town: How to Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms Inside Washington Life

The Willard is using its monthly historical happy hours to shine a light on the story behind the National Cherry Blossoms. Did you know the first few thousand trees gifted from Japan were destroyed by disease? Fun facts and tasty cocktails to match will be aplenty at the event led by Ann McClellan, author of "Cherry Blossoms: The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival" and the Round Robin Bar's mixologist Jim Hewes.

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10 THINGS TO DO IN D.C. TO CELEBRATE CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON Capitol File

Rosé lovers will adore this afternoon on the Willard’s outside terrace. Enjoy famous rosé wines from Chateau d’Esclans with spring-inspired food from the Willard.

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Cherry blossom fun at The Willard ABC7 - WJLA Washington, D.C.

The Willard InterContinental is offering an array of cherry blossom-themed specials this spring, and Kidd got the full rundown from afternoon tea, cocktails, to happy hour specials. (VIDEO)

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Spring Is The Best Time of Year–And Here's Why Harpers Bazaar

Despite all of the turmoil in our nation’s capitol, the cherry blossoms that sprout along the National Mall are still a gorgeous draw, attracting an estimated 1.5 million visitors each year. The Blossoms are expected to peak next month (April 8-12), giving you just enough time to book a themed hotel stay at the Willard InterContinental, which decorates its lobby and Peacock Alley in celebration of the annual event.

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5 American Cities Where You Can See the Cherry Blossoms This Spring The Robb Report

It’s fitting that the Willard InterContinental goes all out for the cherry blossoms; the hotel hosted Japan’s first ever delegation to the U.S. in May 1860. Don’t miss the pink afternoon tea, where guests can nibble on Japanese-inspired treats like teriyaki-cured salmon tea sandwiches and matcha green tea scones underneath a canopy of cherry blossoms.

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Hotels Celebrating the Cherry Blossom in Washington, DC Elite Traveler

This season, the historic hotel The Willard is combining its resplendence with a stunning display of 1,200 pounds of real cherry blossom trees in the hotel lobby and Peacock Alley where afternoon tea is served amid the paintings and lavish furnishings. Further celebration of the cherry blossom can then be seen in the hotel’s restaurants and bars through a special Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea, Japanese inspired cuisine and specialty cocktails. A nightly program of entertainment will introduce guests to traditional Japanese arts and culture. Cherry Blossom room packages include special spring amenities.

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Cafe du Parc DCMetro

Spring’s coming – so be ready for the “best al fresco restaurant in DC. The Willard Hotel’s newly renovated Café du Parc is by far the perfect place to “power people watch” and savor delicious French cuisine. Steps away from the White House and Washington’s political center.

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With the right design, even ‘background’ buildings can stand out The Washington Post

For most non-architects, two kinds of memorable architecture exist. On the one hand are unique, modern buildings whose physical forms are aesthetically original, iconic, even bizarre. On the other hand are familiar, symbolic, often monumental historic buildings.

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Your Guide To Washington, D.C.’S Cherry Blossom Season Forbes Travel Guide

For more than 150 years, this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended downtown hotel has embraced its rich history during cherry blossom season. In 1860, the first Japanese delegation to the U.S. visited the property, meeting with then-president James Buchanan to sign a Treaty of Friendship. Today, the hotel adorns its lobby and central hall, known as Peacock Alley, with more than 1,200 pounds of Yoshino cherry blossom “trees,” each of which is crafted using real branches.

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The highlights of what’s happening at D.C. restaurants Eater

To celebrate the Willard Intercontinental’s 200th anniversary, the hotel is offering monthly history happy hours. The latest focuses on famous female spies (including Harriet Tubman and chef Julia Child), with a conversation led by the Spy Museum’s Amanda Ohlke.

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Celebrate D.C. cherry blossoms at the Willard’s Cafe du Parc The Washington Times

March is historic for Pennsylvania Avenue’s Willard InterContinental hotel. This month the D.C. heritage property, just steps from the White House, celebrates the city’s annual National Cherry Blossom Festival and the reimagining of its comfortable cuisine restaurant, Café du Parc.

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Newly Updated Café du Parc Goes Even More French Eater DC

French-themed hotel restaurant Café du Parc is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by reopening with a new art deco look and dishes that aim to replicate a modern brasserie found in the City of Light.

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The Willard InterContinental UK Telegraph

Since opening as a hotel in 1818, this Washington DC institution has become a stately must-stop for history buffs visiting the US capital. But come also for the even-keeled friendliness, deliciously strong drinks, hearty food and cosy guest chambers.

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DC's Most Zen Hotels The Native Society

The Willard Intercontinental DC Celebrates 200 Years of Vibrant History While Completing an Impressive Room Renovation. For 200 years, one D.C. property has remained an anchor in a town that has undergone countless transformations and been called home by many a US President. In 2018, the Willard InterContinental celebrates its Bicentennial birthday, bringing with it two centuries of colorful anecdotes, architectural evolution and historical preeminence. To boot, the long-standing venue is currently receiving a substantial room refurbishment, refreshing guestrooms while maintaining the essence and charm of a bygone era.

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If Walls Could Talk Svenska Dagbladet

SvD Travel guide to eight legendary hotels who have been in history.

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THE ESSENTIAL WASHINGTON, DC The Local Palate

Every third Thursday, veteran bartender Jim Hewes, some­times joined by a presidential historian, leads a “History Happy Hour” with political tales paired with the appropriate cocktail. After a late night, join lobbyists fueling up with eggs benedict and fresh squeezed orange juice before heading out to Capitol Hill or their K Street offices at Seasons, in Georgetown’s Four Seasons Hotel. For lunch, try the bean soup served every day at the Senate dining hall. You’ll need a letter from your sena­tor, or must be in the company of a Senate staffer to get in, but the hearty dish made with smoked ham hocks is worth it.

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Say ‘I Love You’ in These Romantic Hotel Dining Rooms on Valentine’s Day — or Any Day Open Table

Formidable façades throughout our nation’s capital reveal the city’s many monuments and passionate eateries. The Willard InterContinental is one of the most iconic, where Julia Ward Howe wrote “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King completed his “I Have a Dream” speech. At the hotel’s Café du Parc, executive chef Peter Laufer crafts a dreamy mix of French fare. Nostalgic diners swoon over the menu, including items crusted lamb loin with poached lobster and truffle potato croquettes. Vegetarians feel the love, too, in chef Laufer’s grilled vegetable strudel of eggplant, squash, and mushrooms atop spaghetti squash. His orange creamsicle with almond dacquoise sponge cake is a sweetheart of a dessert.

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My Washington: 'Reliable Source' Columnist Emily Heil Washington Life

"The lobby of the Willard Hotel. It's my breakfast at Tiffany's place."

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Presidential stay: Hotels that hosted the commander in chief USA Today

Presidents’ Day Weekend is this weekend, and if you are still looking for some inspiration as to where to spend a few days’ getaway, take a look at hotels and resorts around the USA where U.S presidents have stayed before, during and after their time in office for a bit of inspiration.

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View from the Top: Peep the Best Views of D.C. from these Hotels DC Refined

The Jenny Lind Suite at the Willard InterContinental Washington is popular among brides-to-be, but the luxurious accommodations can be enjoyed by everyone. The jacuzzi bathtub overlooks the Washington Monument and the office nook features a view of the Capitol.

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D.C.’s 5 best hotels, ranked by U.S. News & World Report D.C. Curbed

D.C. also had five additional hotels receive a gold badge, signifying that they are in the top 10 percent of the U.S. News rankings.

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Where to Celebrate a Centennial (or 3) in 2018 New York Times

A number of hotels will mark major anniversaries with specials and upgrades including the Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C., which is celebrating 200 years in 2018 by renovating its rooms.

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