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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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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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