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13 Things to Do Around DC This Week DCist

As part of their continuing History Happy Hour, the Willard InterContinental will turn its gaze to the early days of the National Football League. The talk is focused specifically on the contributions of the owners of the Bears, Eagles, Steelers, Giants, and Washington’s team, and how they pushed the league forward. Moderated as usual by veteran bartender Jim Hewes, the panel will also feature acclaimed sportswriter John Eisenberg, whose new book focuses on the efforts of those aforementioned owners. (Willard InterContinental, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., $54)

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The Fascinating Origins of Your Favorite Cocktails The Daily Meal

After making its way to the Mediterranean, rose petals were replaced with mint, which grew locally. U.S. Senator Henry Clay is credited with bringing the boozy version to Washington, D.C,. at the Round Robin Bar in the Willard Hotel (one of America’s most historic hotels) around 1850.

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Leaders with Lacqua Bloomberg

Francine Lacqua speaks to Keith Barr, the CEO of Intercontinental Hotels Group, one of the world's biggest hotel companies. They talk the future of travel, sustainability, and responsible leadership (VIDEO).

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Where to stay and what to do in every area of Washington DC The Telegraph

If you’re looking for an address with the most famous neighbours in the world, consider a room at the Willard InterContinental on Pennsylvania Avenue. This plush hotel only two blocks from the White House offers airy rooms with a traditional vibe worthy of any presidential candidate.

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A History of the Presidential Turkey Pardon Town and Country Magazine

Since 2004, the birds have gotten to stay at the swanky Willard InterContinental Hotel.

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The Best Things To Do In Washington, D.C. Forbes

Pierre L’Enfant chose the site at the east end of the Mall on what used to be called “Jenkins’ Hill.” Washington and Jefferson convened a competition for the Capitol’s design in 1790, accepting a gracious basic design from a Scottish doctor in the British West Indies, which Washington himself laid the foundation for in 1793. The pesky British intervened yet again by burning the thing during the War of 1812, as they did with the White House, but this was a great excuse for Benjamin Latrobe, who had become the go-to daily architect by that point, to step in and lead a much-needed renovation. All sorts of private tours are possible, but the best is the online booking engine of the Capitol itself, which gets you to the exhibits in the Visitors’ Center, and to the Rotunda, the Crypt and the statuary hall. You’re required to book the Senate and House galleries separately. The Willard InterContinental Washington is not far from the Capitol complex.

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Luxury Ballroom Wedding in Washington DC 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 ballroom wedding Washington DC at The Willard InterContinental Hotel. It purely blossoms in shades of pale pink and white with golden accents. This ballroom wonderland is more than breathtaking, it rendered us speechless and we couldn’t wait to share it with our lovelies. Every detail came with a lush floral touch of Da Vince Florist – even the DJ booth that was draped with cascading crystal curtains. Sara Muchnick Events clearly had every moment planned to perfection and execution was on point from the moment Gabriella stepped out in her Berta gown to the second Ehud took over spinning vinyl for the guests. But, really, we have to tell the story behind this fabulous couple’s glamorous luxury ballroom wedding in Washington DC beginning with the proposal!

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TPG Readers’ Favorite Points Hotels That Don’t Feel Like Points Hotels The Points Guy

“Staying at The Willard in Washington, DC using the IHG anniversary certificate was a nice step into history. It didn’t feel like a traditional hotel.”

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The Best Hotels In Washington, D.C. Forbes

The Willard, the Beaux-Arts ship of state on Pennsylvania Avenue, has hosted ten presidents, including Lincoln, Grant and Woodrow Wilson. Samuel Clemens wrote two books here. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote that it was the corridor of power, far more so than the actual buildings of the government. U.S. Grant, as president, used to take whiskey and a cigar in the lobby. And Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his “I Have A Dream” speech in the Willard before delivering it so mightily to the great march’s people at the Lincoln Memorial. Belonging now to the InterContinental chain and brought to a high sheen, the venerable old five-star is luxe of the old school, with a Peacock Alley of shops, and a splendid view of the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building from its Cafe du Parc

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Washington D.C.’s Hotel Secrets — the Best Places to Stay No Matter Your Politics Paper City

For 200 years, one D.C. property has remained an anchor in a town that has undergone countless transformations. If you stay in the historic Willard InterContinental, be sure to ask for the Mint Julep at Round Robin Bar.It was introduced to the northeastern area in the 1800s and the bar serves 20,000 of them each year. And in that true proud to be an American spirit, be sure to catch the hotel’s newest program, History Happy Hour. Held monthly, the two-hour event distills American history through cocktails, while providing attendees a hands-on mixology class, perfect for both cocktail aficionados and history buffs alike.

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You Voted: Here Are the Results of Our Best of Washington Readers’ Poll 2019 Washingtonian

The Willard InterContinental was voted one of the most stylish hotels in Washington, D.C. by readers of Washingtonian Magazine.

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10 Best Presidential Suites in Washington DC TripSavvy

The Willard is Washington, D.C.'s most famous hotel with its sweeping views of the National Mall and close proximity to the White House. The hotel has hosted premier social events, landmark meetings, and almost every U.S. president since its opening in 1861. The Willard’s Presidential Suites vary in size and most include an oval-shaped living room (like the Oval Office). The Willard’s three Presidential Suites include are named for three of the country's founding fathers: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and George Washington. The hotel has 335 guest rooms and 41 luxury suites, three of which are Presidential. Read more about the Willard Hotel.

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Hayman Island resort has reopened with a $135 million makeover Vogue Australia

Some pretty wonderful things have happened in InterContinental hotels. Film star Grace Kelly met her royal husband, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes in the south of France. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr put the finishing touches on his historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C. As a little girl, Queen Elizabeth loved to ride her tricycle through the garden of her house at 145 Piccadilly – which is now the InterContinental London Park Lane.

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The 23 Best Museums in Washington D.C. Fodor's Travel

Across the street stands the venerable Willard Intercontinental, one of the best hotels in Washington D.C. with a ton of history. Open for 200 years and counting, its lobby is said to have inspired the term “lobbyist,” for the people who came to plead their cases to President Grant as he relaxed there with a cigar.

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Master the Play Day Shape Magazine

Summer is coming. What to do with the kiddos that gets them moving and offer fresh air for all? These pros will sharpen your planning game.

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What's New in Washington, D.C. Passport

Its historic grande dame sister property, located just a block or so from the White House, Willard InterContinental Hotel (1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tel: 202-628-9100. washington.intercontinental.com), unveiled an $18 million renovation in June 2018 to commemorate its 200th birthday. Many of the 335-room hotel’s iconic guests and moments, including Martin Luther King, Jr., who reportedly worked on his “I Have A Dream” speech here, are chronicled in a small museum.

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Washington: Ocio, diversión y culture De Viajes

The Willard Intercontinental. Este alojamiento está Situado a pocos metros de la Casa Blanca, y es uno de los hoteles más emblemáticos de la capital, ya que hapresenciado muchos episodios históricosdesde que abrió sus puertas en 1816. En él, por ejemplo, Martin Luther King Jr preparó su famoso discurso ‘IHave a Dream’ y el presidente Nixon, su campaña electoral de 1968. El hotel garantiza discreciónabsoluta, lujo clásico exquisito y un momento ‘afternoon tea’ realmente insuperable.

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8 of the biggest mistakes you're making with boxed cake mix Insider

Executive pastry chef Jason Jimenez of The Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. warned that certain ovens can have "hot spots" or places where the temperature is uneven, which can result in inconsistently baked cakes. "The tried-and-true way to tell if your cake is ready is by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake to check for doneness. If it comes out clean, then the cake is done for sure.

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10 Hotels Where History-Making Moments Took Place Readers Digest

On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the prolific words to the “I Have a Dream” speech in this hotel.

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The 25 Best Date Spots in Washington D.C (According to Daters!) DatingExperts.com

The Willard Intercontinental is a five star hotel located directly in the heart of Washington, DC. It has 335 spacious and tastefully furnished rooms as well as a cafe, Parisian restaurant, terrace for dinners, full bar, a lounge, fitness center / gym, a banquet room, spa, hot tub and even a laundry service so you don’t have to worry about a thing whilst staying there.

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Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis HBO

VICE on HBO looks at factors that led to the 2008 financial crisis and the efforts made by then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President Timothy Geithner, and Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke to save the United States from an economic collapse. The feature-length documentary explores the challenges these men faced, as well as the consequences of their decisions. (FULL VIDEO)

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Carsen Zarin & Florent Groberg Modern Luxury Weddings

Timing is everything. It's a fact Carsen Zarin, marketing director of Capture2 and Florent Groberg, chief of staff for the president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, knows well (Page 95).

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Ask the Kids-Only Concierge at the Willard Hotel Washington, DC FamilyVacationCritic.com

At the Willard Hotel, kids enjoy the attention of their very own concierge, Brian Thomasson. To ease the stress of travel, families are contacted prior to arrival to identify any amenities they might need. On arrival, children are greeted with a Willard Treasure Chest Card that allows them to borrow games and toys, and a Willard Library Card that gives them the chance to check out a book. Family-friendly history tours of the hotel (previous guests have included Abe Lincoln) each Saturday and complimentary in-room desserts are welcome perks. The location, just steps from the White House, puts you in the center of the city’s best attractions.

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The Best Medicine Modern Luxury Weddings

A healthy dose of Catholic and Hindu traditions was what the doctor ordered for Reema Dedania and Christopher Taylor's wedding (Page 82).

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From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate: The Creation of Truffles & Bonbons WJLA - Let's Talk Live

Today on Let's Talk Live, we met Eric and Crisoire Reid from SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier to learn how to make chocolate truffles and bonbons. This award-winning business is hosting another hands-on truffle making class, just in time for Father's Day. The class will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 3-5pm. Tickets are $65 per person and $100 per couple.

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Cinderella Ball at the Willard Hotel WUSA9

Cinderella Ball at the Willard HotelThe Willard Hotel in downtown Washington hosts many formal balls -- but none like the Cinderella Ball. Sunday marked the 14th anniversary of the National Capital "A Cinderella Ball" which brings together children from military families who live with a life-limiting illness or disability (VIDEO).

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Juleps Were Called Antifogmatics And Consumed In The Morning South Florida Reporter

Henry Clay introduced the drink to Washington in the 1830s The U.S. senator from Kentucky supposedly made the mint julep popular in Washington, D.C. at the Round Robin Bar. By some accounts, the bar at the Willard Hotel still uses Clay’s recipe to this day.

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A Culinary Capital American Libraries

D.C.’s political and social elite—including Woodrow Wilson, Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman—have imbibed here since 1847. Now the walls around this mahogany round bar bear their likenesses.

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D.C. ghost tours give guests a haunted look at the District The Eagle

The tour stopped by the Willard Hotel’s Round Robin Bar, where attendees heard stories about some of the hotel’s famous guests, like former President Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as some details about the young ghost that haunts the hotel elevators.

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16 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend Washington Post

The annual “Bonnets and Bowties” party at the Willard Hotel’s Round Robin Bar has been running for 32 years. The $99 tickets include a southern-style buffet, mint juleps, unlimited beer and wine and entry in the “best bowtie” and “best bonnet” contests.

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Here’s where to watch the Kentucky Derby in DC WTOP

The Willard InterContinental, near The White House, hosts a “Bonnets and Bow Ties” party on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $99 and include a themed buffet, two mint juleps and unlimited beer and wine. There is a contest for best bonnet and best bow tie.

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COCKTAIL BASICS: MINT JULEP ScotchWhiskey.Com

The following recipe comes from Jim Hewes, who’s been tending the Round Robin Bar at The Willard InterContinental in Washington, DC for the past 33 years.

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A wealth of history: Heritage hotels in the US Travel Weekly UK

The capital has a few hotels where power talks are held and deals get done, but none have the heritage of the Willard. The building dates back to 1818, although it has had several changes since, and has hosted virtually every US president since 1853. Former 19th-century president Ulysses S Grant coined the term ‘lobbyist’ here, Martin Luther King Jr finished off his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech while staying overnight and the National Press Club was founded here.Now officially known as the Willard InterContinental, the 335-room and 41-suite hotel has a little museum section delving into its long, distinguished history. The circular Round Robin bar oozes atmosphere, and the lobby is more of a grand alleyway that hosts afternoon teas.

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Mysteries at the Hotel Travel Channel

Two million hotel rooms are occupied every night in America, so it's no wonder that some of the most mysterious, captivating and downright strange stories have occurred in hotels.

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How to Make a Mint Julep Just as Good as the Ones Served at the Kentucky Derby Town & Country Magazine

Despite being one of the most recognizable cocktails around, most people only mix up a batch of Mint Juleps once a year when the Kentucky Derby rolls around. After becoming the race's official drink in 1983, the mint and bourbon refreshment has been closely associated with race day festivities. But long before Derby fanfare, the drink had a special place within the South– it was popularized in Washington D.C. by Henry Clay in 1803 and it's thought that Clay's recipe is still used today at the Willard Hotel's Round Robin bar. Since then it seems Mint Juleps have carved out their own place in American culture, not just as a refreshing cocktail but a Southern staple with a number of variations and twists.

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Mint Julep, Anyone? Here Are 4 Kentucky Derby Parties in DC OurCommunityNow.com

Dine on a lavish buffet of Southern favorites presented by Executive Chef Luca de Marchis and Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez. Unlimited beer and wine will flow, and each ticket comes with two mint juleps per person. See and be seen at this posh event, the 32nd of its kind at this incomparable hotel.

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Best Mother’s Day Getaways for EVERY Type of Mom Travelosity

The Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C. is often referred to as the “Residence of Presidents,” because it has hosted U.S. presidents, foreign dignitaries and celebrities, as well as been the site of many historic moments for more than 200 years. Like famed writer Nathaniel Hawthorne said in 1862, “The Willard Hotel more justly could be called the center of Washington than either the Capitol or the White House or the State Department.” Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, the Willard is less than two blocks from the White House, as well as the monuments, memorials and museums on the National Mall. After a long day of sightseeing, why not enjoy a cocktail in the famed Round Robin Bar, a lively meeting place for D.C.’s political and social elite since its opening in 1847.

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Traditional, trendy, boozy: 7 ways to do afternoon tea in D.C Washington Post

It’s a splurge, but you can live out all your “Downton Abbey” dreams with a weekend afternoon tea service in the Willard InterContinental’s historic Peacock Alley walkway. Lady Mary would feel right at home in this handsome hallway off the lobby, with its ornate carpets and music from a harpist. (The ladies of “The Real Housewives of Potomac” have hosted a drama-filled outing here, too.) Choose from nearly 20 J’enwey teas, including bourbon vanilla rooibos and the Willard’s signature blend of Keemun and Pu-erh black teas. Treats such as mini pimento BLT sandwiches and dried Maine blueberry scones with lemon curd are arranged on tiers of elegant plates.

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The 7 Coolest Things to Do in Washington D.C. Now JetSetter

D.C.’s best hotel bars pair history with fashionable digs and fantastic libations. Tuck into a Mint Julep at the wood-paneled Round Robin Bar inside The Willard InterContinental, rumored to be the first site in Washington where the cocktail was served in the early 1800s.

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How to Enjoy the Cherry Blossom Season in DC Edible DC

On April 6, the Willard InterContinental and SPAGnVola, recognized by National Geographic as one of the world’s best chocolate shops, will host a two-hour hands-on chocolate truffle making class. Guided by Head Chocolatier Crisoire Reid from SPAGnVOLA, participants will learn the artisan technique of tempering chocolate, the process of making chocolate ganache, and the steps to using ganache to handcraft your own delicious truffles to take home. Attendees will also have the opportunity to taste a variety of SPAGnVOLA’s signature bon-bon’s and truffles all while hearing from Eric Reid co-owner of SPAGnVOLA, on his experience as a cacao grower, and chocolate maker. Time: 3-5 p.m. Price: $65 per person or $100 per couple.

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Giant Cherry Blossom Centerpieces Hint at This Couple’s Springtime Wedding Theme Washingtonian Magazine

Jan Vega Rivera(Carla) was hosting a cookout when she first met Corey Shelton. Carla’s cousin was a co-worker of Corey’s and had secretly wanted to set the pair up, but when Corey tagged along to the cookout, there was no need for intervention—it was love at first sight.

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Love baseball? Unique DC exhibit shows off deep, crowdsourced history WTOP

At a recent event at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, Library of Congress “Baseball Americana” exhibit curator Susan Reyburn dispelled some of baseball’s greatest myths, including its origin story. In so doing, she extolled the Library’s much more evidenced-based findings about the history of the sport.

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The 20 Best-Designed Hotel Bars in the U.S. Architectural Digest

This Washington, D.C., institution is home to early mixologist Jim Hewes, who has been serving presidents and other foreign dignitaries at the hotel bar for more than 25 years. Come for a drink, and stay for one of his many stories.

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Before Marrying at The Willard Intercontinental, This Groom Was Awarded The Medal of Honor by President Obama Washingtonian

In November of 2015, President Obama presented retired Army Captain Florent(Flo) Groberg with the distinguished Medal of Honor for his selfless acts during his service in Afghanistan. Three years later the war hero married Carsen Zarin at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel.

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11 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend Washingtonian

In advance of the National’s opening day next week, the Willard InterContinental has chosen a baseball theme for its monthly History Happy Hour. Susan Reyburn, curator of the “Baseball Americana” exhibit at the Library of Congress, will take attendees through the complex history of the sport on Thursday from 6 to 8 PM. Veteran hotel bartender Jim Hewes will show guests how to make cocktails inspired by the game. Tickets ($54) include three cocktails and light snacks.

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Episode 5: The Proof Hurts BRAVO TV

Watch as the Willard InterContinental welcomes Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to their historic property.

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Famous Hotels in Washington D.C. USA Today

The Willard opened in 1818 and was quickly dubbed the Crown Jewel of Pennsylvania Avenue by Washingtonians. Located two blocks east of the White House, the hotel is the site where Julia Ward Howe wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and where President Lincoln stayed before his 1861 inauguration. The hotel’s 335 rooms and 41 suites are equipped with mini-bars, pay-per-view television and both wired and wireless Internet access. The nearly 3,000-square foot Jefferson Suite is the largest accommodation in the hotel. Café Du Parc serves classic French cuisine and was named one of D.C.’s "100 Best Restaurants" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009.

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Left DC: The Enchantment Of The Willard Hotel DC Life Magazine

Ok, you got me. I never actually left DC…physically. But I have been transported to a place in time where service is king. The deep-rooted history of The Willard Intercontinental Hotel is something I always wanted to experience but instead found myself appreciating from a distance. Situated as a neighbor to the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, one of the lusters of this attractive property is how great it is for a weekend retreat.

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9 Gorgeous and Historic Hotels in the US That Will Immerse Kids in the Past Family Traveller

There’s no hotel that swims in political history quite like the Willard. President Franklin Pierce was the hotel’s first presidential patron, Abraham Lincoln took up residence for 10 days prior to his inauguration and Martin Luther King Jr. edited his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in the lobby. The Willard offers children a touch of pint-sized luxury. Each child is greeted with a welcome packet that includes a personalized library card. The Willard’s children’s library highlights various individuals and events that shaped the nation’s history and played a role in the hotel’s past.

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The Luxe Guide to Spas in Washington, DC The Dining Traveler

The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden at Willard InterContinental is the perfect place to a midday escape. The spa in Washington, DC is collocated with the fitness center of the hotel if you’re motivated to get a workout before your treatment. From facials to massages, it also has a wide selection of treatments available. If you need a quick escape, take advantage of their mini-facials or 30-minute massages. Dining Traveler Tip: After your treatment, head to their Cafe du Park terrace on a sunny day for a latte and people watching.

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Mensch, amerika! Phoenix

At the beginning of the new talk show "mensch, amerika!" Burgard speaks in Washington with the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the Willard InterContinental. As the first head of government in Austria for 13 years, Kurz was welcomed to the White House on Wednesday. In the 15-minute phoenix interview, he shares insights into his conversation with US President Trump at the Oval Office and explains how he tried to prevent Trump from engaging in a trade war with Europe. (VIDEO)

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Meets Austrian Staff at The Willard Kleine Zeitung

Im "Hotel Willard", das der Kanzler besuchte, traf er übrigens auch auf andere Österreicher. Hotel Direktor Markus Platzer links, Felix Schwarzl, Kanzler Kurz und Michael Gerlach. Felix und Michael sind Absolventen Tourismusschule Bad Gleichenberg und arbeiten derzeit im Hotel.

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Hotel-Direktor Markus Platzer im Interview. Heute

Säulen, vergoldete Decken, elegante Zimmer, High-End-Küche und Spa mit Komplettservice: Das "The Willard Hotel" in sechs Gehminuten Nähe zum Weißen Haus und mit Blick auf das Washington Monument bietet alles, was ein Luxushotel braucht, ist aber auch so viel mehr. Es gilt als geheimes Machtzentrum Washingtons, wo Präsidenten wie Abraham Lincoln und Senatoren wie Henry Clay unterkamen.

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10 Luxurious Hotel Amenities for Kids That Will Make Any Adult Jealou Departures Magazine

Tailored to children 11 years and younger, The Willard’s Kids Concierge offers a selection of amenities and activities to ensure that even the youngest of guests have a luxury experience to remember. Concierge Brian Thomasson will reach out to families before their arrival to ensure everything they want is set up upon their arrival. This includes a complimentary in-room dessert, a Children’s Library where kids can “check-out” a book during their stay, and a treasure chest containing a variety of board games and toys that children are welcome to borrow with their Willard Treasure Chest Card. Like their parents who are earning valuable reward points, children also have the opportunity to earn “Millie Bucks” during their stay that can be redeemed for a sweet treat at Le Bar inside of Café du Parc.

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IHG's $300 Million Acquisition Of Six Senses Makes It A Power In The $60 Billion Luxury Market Forbes

"With more and more mixed-use developments, often with multiple hotels, IHG is now a significant competitor to go up against Marriott International and Accor, the two largest players. Many will say it still needs to figure out what to do with Intercontinental where hotels range from run of the mill four-star stops for business travelers to top-end luxury in places like London at Hyde Park or The Willard Intercontinental in Washington D.C. One former luxury hotel CEO I was chatting with put it this way, “If you look at Six Senses, Kimpton, Regent and Intercontinental, you have four very different and complementary brands. This really gives IHG a lot of options,” he said."

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A Delicious Holiday at the Willard La Chaine DC

The Bailliage of Greater Washington welcomed the holidays on December 6, 2018 with an evening of tradition, elegance, and superb food and wine at a black-tie gala at the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel. There are few locations more festive than the Willard at Christmas. Wreaths and greenery adorn the exterior of the beaux-arts building, which opened in 1901, while inside, the lobby is bedecked with traditional garlands, bows, and a magnificently decorated tree that reaches nearly to the 22-foot ceiling. A chorus singing traditional carols in a lobby alcove added the sounds of the season, making it impossible to not be in the holiday spirit. The Willard is known for its extravagant gingerbread displays of the monuments of Washington each Christmas. This year, Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez demonstrated his skill, creativity, and whimsy by recreating Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, featuring a gingerbread control tower, gingerbread terminals, and aeronautically accurate fondant runways.

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5 Valentine’s Day Picks Modern Luxury

Feb. 9, get sweet at The Willard InterContinental Washington, DC’s delectable class. You’ll craft handmade truffles from fine cacao handpicked at the chocolatier’s farm in the Dominican Republic, then roasted in Maryland. Crisoire (a master chocolatier from SPAGnVOLA) will lead you through the specifics of making chocolate ganache, tempering chocolate and hand-rolling truffles. A last taste? You’ll take home your Valentine’s Day treat. 3PM, tickets $65 per person, $100 per couple, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

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Historic Hotels of America Announces The 2019 Top 25 Historic Hotels for a Romantic Proposal Historic Hotels of America

The setting, the ambiance, the storied past, the luxurious touches, amenities, and the staff that work with guests to ensure their time is as memorable as possible is what sets apart The Willard InterContinental. The most romantic place for someone to pop the big question is in the grand lobby of the hotel, particularly during the holiday season around the beautifully decorated Christmas tree. When it comes to memorable moments, whether a proposal, a wedding or an anniversary, the staff work incredibly hard to ensure no detail goes unnoticed.

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5 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend Washingtonian Magazine

The Willard Intercontinental is hosting a Valentine’s Day truffle-making class on Saturday from 3 to 5 PM. For $65 per person (or $100 per couple) you can learn to craft hand-made truffles out of Dominican cacao. Master Chocolatier Crisoire Reid will teach guests how to create ganache, temper chocolate, and hand-roll truffles while imparting wisdom on cacao growing and the history of chocolate.

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15 Best Hotels in Washington, DC U.S. News & World Report

The massive Willard sits at the heart of everything D.C.; the National Mall and all of the most recognizable monuments are within walking distance. And recent guests say The Willard InterContinental's inside is just as impressive as its surroundings, particularly the massive marble columns and intricate chandeliers in the lobby.

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30 Ultimate Things to Do in Washington, D.C. Fodors

Washington, D.C., may be the epicenter of American politics, but these days you’ll find so much more. You’ll discover an innovative foodie scene, award-winning theater, and booming neighborhoods offering charms all their own.

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The perfect Valentine's Day gift: Chocolate Truffles WJLA

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, what better way to say I love you than through homemade chocolate truffles. This Saturday, The Willard Inter-Continental is offering guests the perfect pre-Valentine's Day activity a chocolate truffle making class. (VIDEO)

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Pints with a Past: Must-See Historic Bars Across the United States Frommer's

Instead, our nationwide historical pub crawl sidles up to those bars where the past feels especially present. These 10 watering holes are worthy of being destinations unto themselves.

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A Cocktail Writer’s Life: The Pentagon by Day, a Barstool by Night The New York Times

It was the perfect Philip Greene anecdote, equal parts military and mixology.“John Philip Sousa was the director of the Marine Band,” Mr. Greene began, nursing a rye manhattan in a far corner of the Round Robin Bar, a historic lounge just a stone’s throw from the White House. “His successor was a fellow named Fanciulli. Fanciulli was leading a Memorial Day parade right outside here” in 1897.

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Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says true leadership is about character CBS News

Doris Kearns Goodwin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Lincoln, Roosevelt and other revered presidents, said that presidential leadership was defined by character in an interview with CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett on this week's episode of "The Takeout" podcast. Goodwin praised President Abraham Lincoln because of his integrity and his character.

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The true story behind MLK’s iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech WTOP

The night before the march, in a cordoned-off area of the Willard Hotel lobby, a final meeting was planned to go over the final details of King’s speech.According to Jones, along with he and King, the other attendees at the meeting were Cleveland Robinson, Walter Fauntroy, Bernard Lee, Ralph Abernathy, Lawrence Reddick and Bayard Rustin.After a vigorous debate in which Jones took notes, he went to his hotel room and turned his notes into words King could recite. A short time later, he delivered his draft to King. As was customary in their relationship of speechwriter and speech-giver, King took the draft to tweak it and make his own. Jones didn’t see the final draft.

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The Story Behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s Historic ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech US Weekly

The Kings arrived in Washington around 10 p.m. the night before the momentous rally. They checked into the Willard Hotel, and Martin told his aides in the lobby, “I am now going upstairs to my room to counsel with my Lord … I will see you all tomorrow.”

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