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The perfect holiday date night: Caroling, cocktails and Christmas lights at the Willard Hotel The Washington Post

This time of year finds bars festooned with garlands and lights, bars covered with kitschy decorations and bars serving seasonal tiki drinks. But no happy-hour experience in Washington immerses you in the holiday spirit like the Willard Hotel’s free holiday caroling performances, which happen nightly.

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What to Do in Washington, D.C. in December 2018 Condé Nast Traveler

Finally, families love the extensive holiday train exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden , as well as afternoon tea in Peacock Alley at the InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C. , which is available every day in the month of December (except, the 25, 26, and 31).

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4 Gingerbread Displays To Visit DC Refined

Let's be honest, the holiday season can't truly start until you've seen at least one giant, over-the-top gingerbread display! Luckily for you, we have four for you to check off your list this year!

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Caroline Horn and Lee Von Schrader’s Patriotic DC Wedding Incorporated their Favorite US Presidents Washingtonian

At their patriotic reception, escort cards featured mini presidential busts that corresponded to tables named for each leader; guests enjoyed mint juleps from the presidents-inspired bar and took home the cocktail cups as parting favors. Other special details included monogrammed linen napkins with the newlyweds’ custom design, and a bar cart decorated with books about DC and presidential history. The DJ amped up the ’80s hits—a favorite genre of the couple, who chose Journey’s “Faithfully” for their first dance.

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12 Places That'll Make You Feel Like You Went Back in Time for the Holidays NBC4 Washington

The Willard InterContinental hotel, located two blocks from the White House, is all decked out for the holiday season. Choral groups from around the area will perform in the lobby from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every night through Dec. 23. As part of the History Happy Hour coming up Dec. 14, White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier will share White House holiday traditions and offer a tutorial on making festive dessert cocktails. Cheers!

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Happy Holidays at the Willard WJLA - Good Morning Washington

The Willard InterContinental is getting in the holiday spirit with a winter wonderland yuletide trimmings, musical fanfare and epicurean delights on display through January 1, 2019.

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The Willard is gearing up for Christmas and the results are gorgeous DC Refined

The Willard InterContinental hotel in downtown D.C. is getting ready for Christmas. The historic hotel features dozens of Christmas trees with decor that matches the already-opulent interior. One of the main draws is the trees in the Lincoln Library, which features the White House Ornament Collection. The collection honors each president or a special event in the White House. The hotel is fully decorated as of this week and it's worth a visit if you're looking to get into the holiday spirit. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/DC Refined)

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How To Have the Perfect Winter Weekend in DC Eventbrite

Not far from the White House is the Willard InterContinental, a hotel with a breathtaking lobby all decked out for the holidays. Stop here before a show at The Kennedy Center for some spiked cider or a piping hot cup of tea at their Round Robin Bar, or to warm up after a viewing of the National Christmas Tree.

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19 festive events to get you into the holiday spirit Travel & Design - Canada

Now in its 17th year, The Willard’s nightly caroling program now include a wide array of highly accomplished choral and vocal ensembles from around the D.C. metropolitan area. Between December 1 and December 23, city dwellers and visitors alike can enjoy the sounds of the season with complimentary, nightly chorale performances from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m in the hotel lobby. The annual holiday gingerbread display at the Willard InterContinental will also be unveiled on November 29 in the lobby of this iconic D.C. hotel. This year, Willard Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez’s picturesque display will pay homage to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) with a detailed replica that will include all terminals, lighted runways, a control tower and even parts of the Washington Metro made from edible materials.

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'Tis the Season for Holiday Getaways Around the World Luxury Travel Magazine

Throughout the season, The Willard InterContinental Washington D.C. will transform into a holiday-inspired wonderland. Now in its 17th year, The Willard’s nightly caroling program has evolved into one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Washington, with a wide array of highly accomplished choral and vocal ensembles from around the D.C. metropolitan area. The Willard will also present a special Holiday Edition of History Happy Hour on December 14. Jim Hewes, legendary bartender at The Willard's iconic Round Robin Bar will be joined by former renowned White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier to share an insider’s perspective of White House holiday traditions all while sipping on holiday-inspired dessert cocktails.

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Celebrating The Willard InterContinential's Rich Washington DC Heritage JustLuxe

Just two blocks from the White House and within walking distance to everything the nation's capitol has to offer, it's easy to see why The Willard InterContinental in Washington DC is known as the "Residence of Presidents" and has remained an anchor in a town that's undergone countless transformations over the hotel's 200 year existence.

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How Pardoned Turkeys Peas and Carrots Spent Their Big Day in Washington, D.C. People Magazine

When Peas and Carrots arrived in the nation’s capital, they once again stayed at the upscale Willard InterContinental Hotel, where the hotel had a room specially equipped for them. The hotel normally hosts American and foreign dignitaries, general manager Markus Platzer says, but they were excited to have the VITs (that’s Very Important Turkeys) back again for the 11th year. This year, the hotel also decided to host a gathering for people to meet the turkeys. Peas and Carrots walked the red carpet and took selfies with dozens of fans

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President Trump pardons a turkey CNN International

Peas and Carrots get comfortable in their room at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, after their arrival Sunday in Washington.

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Presidents didn’t always pardon turkeys. Some birds became dinner The Washington Post

Upon arrival in Washington, the two top turkeys were put up at the Willard InterContinental Hotel until the pardoning ceremony. Following their 15 minutes of fame, they will be sent to live out their short lives at Gobbler’s Rest at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

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Turkeys 'Peas' and 'Carrots' are staying in this specially designed 5-star hotel room ahead of the White House Turkey Pardon Business Insider

Peas and Carrots, the two turkeys chosen to take part in the White House Turkey Pardon, have been living it up at a five-star hotel in Washington, DC while they wait for their big TV moment.

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Two South Dakota turkeys get pampered before Trump's turkey pardon USA Today

South Dakota's most famous turkeys will strut their stuff on the national stage Tuesday as they receive clemency by President Donald Trump in the 2018 Turkey Pardon.

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Feast your eyes on the two turkeys appealing for presidential pardon ABC News

(VIDEO) The midterms elections may have ended earlier this month but another election season is in full flight between the two turkeys vying to become this year’s official National Thanksgiving Turkey.

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The Presidential Turkey Pardon's Weird Roots Go Back To The Iran-Contra Scandal NPR

The birds always get punny names. This year is no different – they are "Peas" and "Carrots," ironic and perhaps confusing considering turkeys are meat and not vegetables. For the first time, the turkeys come from South Dakota and are staying in a luxury hotel room, at the Willard InterContinental, in Washington, D.C., before the ceremony.

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Turkeys arrive in DC for presidential pardoning The New York Post

A pair of gobblers from South Dakota, aptly named Peas and Carrots, were living the high life at Washington, DC’s swanky InterContinental hotel Monday as they await the outcome of a White House website vote on who gets pardoned.

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Turkeys pin hopes on Trump pardon – just don't ask about last year's birds The Guardian

The president can forget his political woes as he reprieves Peas and Carrots, this Thanksgiving’s toothsome twosome

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Meet the turkeys Trump will pardon Reuters

(VIDEO) ''Peas and ''Carrot'', two lucky turkeys to be spared from the Thanksgiving table by President Trump on Tuesday, were introduced to the public on Monday by Willard hotel General Manager Markus Platzer and National Turkey Federation Chairman Jeff Sveen.

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Thanksgiving Presidential Turkey Pardon: Facts About Two Birds Before White House Vote International Business Times

Until the pardoning ceremony, the birds will be staying at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, a five-star establishment in Washington D.C. As the birds await their official names — picked from a list of more than 600 suggestions from South Dakota residents — they have been named Jeff and Ruben respectively. Both of them will be attending a press conference Monday, where they will be “interviewed.”

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Trump to pardon turkey: A look at the White House's Thanksgiving tradition Fox News

Ahead of the pardoning, the two turkeys live large. The turkeys are put up in the Willard InterContinental Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. – a swanky hotel near the White House. Peas and Carrots will check out of their accommodations on Tuesday.

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"Peas" and "Carrots" are the turkeys hoping to be pardoned at the White House Tuesday Gray Washington News Bureau

(VIDEO) Just ahead of Thanksgiving, two South Dakota birds are strutting their stuff on the biggest stage possible. “Peas” and Carrots” are the feathery guests of honor that will be spared the fate of a family feast.

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HOW DOES A TURKEY GET CHOSEN FOR A PRESIDENTIAL PARDON Oxygen.com

The 40-pound birds are scheduled to arrive Sunday at a five-star hotel, the Willard InterContinental Hotel, where they'll be staying until the pardoning ceremony.

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A Soul Mate to Help Heal Wounds From the War The New York Times

Carsen Alexa Zarin and Florent Ahmed Groberg were married Nov. 17 at the Willard InterContinental in Washington. Julian Zarin, the brother of the bride who became a Universal Life minister for the occasion, officiated.

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Midterm Mixology Capitol File

Politics inevitably spills into Washington's after-work life, especially at these popular watering holes.

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Fired, Dumped, or Mourning? We Asked Three Bartenders to Comfort Us with Drinks Washingtonian

Using three scenarios, we asked bartenders to make the perfect comfort drink.

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15 hotels that go all-out for Christmas CNN

In the United States' capital, the elegant Willard InterContinental's lobby Christmas tree is decked out with the entire line of White House Christmas ornaments. Afternoon tea -- with finger sandwiches and pastries -- is served almost daily in December ($65 for adults) in the hotel's Peacock Alley. Local choral and vocal ensembles give free performances in the lobby from 5:30-7:30 p.m. nightly from December 1 through December 23. Right off the lobby, the historic Round Robin Bar will be serving up seasonal cocktails such as the Jingle Bell Julep and the After Eight.

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Cocktail of the Month: The Sidecar The Georgetowner

Today, perhaps the most popular cocktail with WWI origins is the sidecar. This pre-Prohibition cocktail is forged from Cognac (or brandy), orange liqueur (or triple sec) and lemon juice. Its moniker refers to the motorcycle attachment used for transporting passengers.

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Celebrating The Willard InterContinential’s Rich Washington DC Heritage GastroTraveling

Just two blocks from the White House and within walking distance to everything the nation’s capitol has to offer, it’s easy to see why The Willard InterContinental in Washington DC is known as the “Residence of Presidents” and has remained an anchor in a town that’s undergone countless transformations over the hotel’s 200 year existence.

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A mini-tour of Washington sights you’ve probably never noticed The Washington Post

The container was buried on Jan. 12, 1988, and won’t see daylight till 2088. If you’re unsure of your plans for 70 years from now, here’s a preview of what’s inside: the reverend’s robe and Bible, photos, sermons, a mini Liberty Bell and a recording of his “I Have a Dream” speech, which he completed across the street at the Willard hotel bar.

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The Best Places to Book a Healthy Getaway This Year Shape Magazine

The Willard’s Children’s Concierge will call before check-in and set your room up with any necessities (a crib or a microwave, say). Kids will love the library and treasure chest of games, and their gratis room service dessert.

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Lucky Birds: Thanksgiving Turkeys Enjoy Spa Treatments and Gourmet Meals Before White House Pardon People Magazine

An iconic Washington, D.C., hotel used to hosting presidents and other dignitaries is getting ready to once again welcome some VIPs — though technically, hotel staff refers to them as VITs, as in “Very Important Turkeys.”

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South Dakota to Raise Turkey for White House Thanksgiving U.S. News & World Report

The turkeys are treated like royalty — or at least as royally as poultry can be treated. The two chosen birds will start making their way to Washington, D.C., the weekend before Thanksgiving in a van, escorted by handlers Waldner and Peter Gruhl. Once they arrive, they will be checked-in at the Willard InterContinental Hotel. The Monday before Thanksgiving is press day when the turkeys are "interviewed" in the hotel room.

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Top Hotels in Washington, D.C.: Readers' Choice Awards 2018 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—it's time to visit this D.C. grand dame, and fast.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin on leadership The Guardian

But her Guardian interview takes place in another of her favourite haunts, the bar at the Willard Hotel in Washington, where Lincoln lived for 10 days prior to his inauguration, Roald Dahl stayed during the second world war and Martin Luther King made final edits to his “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Georgetown house was built as a wedding present The Washington Post

The mantel is said to come from the Willard Hotel. When the prestigious downtown hotel did an extensive renovation in the early 1900s, many of the castoff mantels ended up in Georgetown homes.The mantel was one of the features that attracted Nancy Robert to the home.

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John Kerry on the Democrats, the Iran deal and whether he’s too rich to run Financial Times

Lunch with the Financial Times at Cafe du Parc featuring special guest, Former Secretary of State John Kerry.

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From east to west, hotels get major renovations to lure holiday visitors USA Today

The Willard InterContinental, is celebrating its 200th anniversary with an $18 million renovation. All 335 guestrooms and suites were revamped over six months. Because the Willard is a historic property, Parker-Torres Design had to blend traditional and contemporary elements. "Our most important objective was to respect the history of this Grand Dame hotel,' says Miriam Torres, principal at Parker-Torres Design.

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5 Fall Date Ideas Live About

In DC, they mix their history with mixology. At the Willard InterContinental Washington, DC, they host a monthly event called History Happy Hour. "The two-hour event distills American history through cocktails, while also providing attendees a hands-on class on the art of cocktail making," says Janet Scanlon, their Senior Marketing Manager. The event is led by Jim Hewes, a venerable mixologist and legendary bartender at The Willard's iconic Round Robin Bar. It features a rotating host of historians, authors and journalists plus a mixology lesson "straight up" with history "served long", a perfect pairing for cocktail aficionados and history buffs.

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14 Stress-Free Thanksgiving Getaways to Book Now Travel Channel

Those visiting during Thanksgiving can indulge in the Thanksgiving Day brunch. This scrumptious presentation offers epicurean delights involving both traditional and original Thanksgiving dishes. This year's highlights include a mashed potato martini bar, carpaccio station, risotto station, plus all the holiday fixings. Then, starting on Nov. 24, the hotel will transform into a holiday-inspired wonderland. A mesmerizing display of yuletide trimmings and musical fanfare will permeate the property through New Year's Day.

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The Willard InterContinental Unveils Newly Redesigned Guestrooms & Suites Travel & Transport

The Willard InterContinental, one of the most historic hotels in America, announces the completion of a six month $18 million-dollar renovation of all 335 guestrooms and suites, including their respective corridors. Designed by Parker-Torres Design, the new room aesthetic blends traditional with contemporary, while retaining the historic charm of the 200 year-old property. Reminiscent of a pied-à-terre, guestrooms at The Willard set a distinct standard for the ultimate luxury experience in Washington, D.C

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3-Day Best of Washington DC Itinerary Moon.com

End with a nightcap at the historic Round Robin Bar at the Willard InterContinental.

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How to Eat Your Way Through D.C. in One Day Eater DC

It’s never been a juicier time to eavesdrop on politically-charged conversations (for better or worse) and one prime spot to overhear chatter is D.C.’s historic Willard hotel. The lobby’s wood-lined Round Robin Bar, which dates back to the days of Abraham Lincoln’s administration, consistently draws a stylish cross section of D.C. movers and shakers — many of whom don’t hesitate to start the party upon its opening at noon. Ask longtime bartender Jim Hewes for a frosty mint julep — first introduced to the hotel by Kentucky statesman Henry Clay in the 1800s. Don’t feel like day drinking just yet? Have a French-themed bite at its newly remodeled Café du Parc, now under the watch of newly hired executive chef Luca De Marchis.

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IF YOU WANT A STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY, HEAD TO ONE OF THESE THANKSGIVING GETAWAYS BestProducts.com

The Willard, a classic in D.C. since 1818, is known for its over-the-top Thanksgiving Day brunch. There are multiple seatings (make your reservation early, because they go fast!), and the buffet-style menu includes a carving station (with items like free-range turkey with pecan stuffing), a pasta station, and a cheese table.

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Washington D.C. Metro is Home to Landmark Venues Meetings Today

Legend holds that the term “lobbyist” originated from the favor-seekers who petitioned and pestered President Ulysses S. Grant in the lobby of the Willard Hotel (1818). True or not, it’s just one calling card at the landmark 335-room InterContinental Hotels property, where 22,000 square feet of group space includes three elegant ballrooms among 19 meeting rooms. Hosting nearly every U.S. president since 1853, the Willard is also where Julia Ward Howe wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King finished his I Have a Dream speech.

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Architectural Power Help Create the D.C. Cachet The Philadelphia Tribune

“They want to experience the room. They want to walk in the shadow of giants,” said Hewes. “They want to sit and drink like a president. They want to be where they’ve heard others have been.”

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SOCIAL SCENE Modern Luxury DC

Take the Rosé Romp at the Willard InterContinental. Some 200 fans of Chateau d'Esclans sipped to their hearts content.

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10 Luxury Hotels Where Famous Historical Events Took Place Architectural Digest

In the wee hours of the morning of August 28, 1963, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was holed up in his guest room at what was then known as the Willard Hotel, putting the finishing touches on a speech that was to be delivered that same afternoon during the March on Washington. This oration, better known as the "I Have a Dream" speech, would become one of the most iconic and important addresses given in our country’s history.

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Glamorous Luxury DC Wedding Strictly Weddings

The question after reading about this couple’s storybook engagement, is how do you follow up an epic proposal with an equally magical wedding!? As you will see in this stunning gallery, Michael Bennett Kress Photography has the answers. To quickly sum it up, you are about to lay eyes on one glamorous luxury Washington DC wedding at The Willard InterContinental Hotel.

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Washington, DC Three Days of Culture - No Politics Town & Country Magazine

The Willard may be one of Washington's oldest hotels - it's turning 200 this year - but after a recent refresh, it's also one of the most inviting. After check-in pop down to the Round Robin Bar, a White House press corps favorite, and have a mint julep before wandering over to the Kennedy Center...

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DC Power Stay: The Willard InterContinental Gets a Swish Makeover BlackBook

What do the Dalai Lama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Abraham Lincoln all have in common? Aside from the notably obvious fact that they were/are all unparalleled visionaries and history-changing leaders, they have have all stayed at the legendary Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C. --a hotel which has left its own significant mark on history.

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15 Best Bars in Washington, D.C. Conde Nast Traveler

We're calling it: this is the Oval Office of bars. Located inside the historic Willard InterContinental hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, the stately Round Robin Bar is a stalwart part of D.C. history. Established in 1847, the handsome spot has polished mahogany, portraits of political figures, leather seating, and its namesake: a literal round bar—the better from which to sit and people-watch (a flagship D.C. pastime), with a throwback cocktail—there's a range, but the classics are what they do best—in hand. According to Willard legend, this is where Sen. Henry Clay introduced the Mint Julep to Washington; learn more at one of the bar's History Happy Hours, which feature authors, journalists, and museum execs as speakers.

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Willard InterContinental Modern Luxury DC Magazine

It's not every day that a legendary hotel turns 200 - but the Willard InterContinental is doing exactly that this year. It's celebrating with an $18 million revamp that includes bringing in 49,900 yards of new wall coverings, reupholstering 300 pieces of furniture and offering custom key cards from local artist Serena Martin. But, first, a look back.

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THE MOST HISTORIC HOTEL IN EVERY STATE FOR A TIMELESS GETAWAY BestProducts.com

When it comes to historic hotels, you can't leave Washington, D.C. off the list, as our nation's capital has plenty of contenders. The Willard, built in 1818, has hosted everyone from Abraham Lincoln to the Dalai Lama, and the Round Robin Bar is still where politicos talk shop — it's just minutes from the White House.

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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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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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