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Salted vs. Unsalted Butter: What's the Difference? AllRecipes

These days, you might be picking up whatever butter you can get your hands on at the supermarket. But in times where this baking staple is a bit more plentiful, it's important to know the difference between two major types of butter — unsalted and salted — and when it's best to use each.


Covid-19: Advice from the past Travel Weekly

Covid-19 presents a very different kind of challenge to hoteliers and others in the travel industry, but Platzer identified threads that were common to all his previous crises, and he has developed, if not a plan, a point of view.


12 Pre-Theater Specials That Deliver Deals at High-End D.C. Restaurants Eater

The Willard Intercontinental’s Café du Parc is within a block of the Warner and National Theaters. The classic French brasserie offers a three-course pre-theater menu ($52) full of familiar favorites. Current dishes include French onion soup, boeuf bourguignon, roast chicken, and sesame-crusted yellowfin. There is a nice patio in good weather.


Party Like it's Prohibition Brussels Airlines

Jim Hewes, a cocktail historian and bartender who’s worked at the historic Willard InterContinental’s Round Robin bar for 34 years, has served countless presidents, including Reagan, Clinton and Obama. This cosy, wood-panelled bar, metres from the White House, has always been the preferred watering hole of D.C.’s elite (many of whom frequented the speakeasy hidden on the 10th floor during prohibition).


Required Eating: Washington, D.C.’s Classic Meals AFAR

Located inside the historic Willard hotel, the Round Robin Bar has served as the de facto clubhouse for Washington’s movers and shakers since opening in 1847. The hallowed spot was reportedly a favorite of Mark Twain and Walt Whitman as well as 19th-century Kentucky statesman Henry Clay, who famously shipped in a barrel of bourbon and introduced everyone to the mint julep (which remains the Round Robin’s signature drink to this day).



The Willard Intercontinental Hotel has been a pillar of DC high-society for decades. Just two blocks from the White House, this is where anyone who is anyone visiting DC spends the night. Celebrities, foreign dignitaries, and almost every president since Franklin Pierce, the Willard has hosted more VIPs than almost anywhere in the city. And that truly is saying something.


A Refreshing Mint Julep to Beat the Heat 50Campfires

The drink is a truly American invention, popping up in the south during the eighteenth century. Legend has it that U.S. Senator Henry Clay introduced it to the famous Round Robin bar in Washington D.C. back in the day. There’s just something cool about sipping a cocktail that has soothed minds and bodies for hundreds of years, isn’t there?


These Bars Invented Your Favorite Classic Cocktails Fodor's

Some versions of the drink had been used for various ailments since the founding of America, but Senator Henry Clay is credited with its mass appeal when he ordered it at the Round Robin Bar at Washington DC’s Willard Hotel, a hotel that dates back to 1818.


How a D.C. hotel played an important role in Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech Gray TV

Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. But it was down the street at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel where Dr. King crafted the speech hours before delivering it to 250,000 people. (VIDEO)


Attending a Dressy Casual Wedding? Here’s What That Means The Knot

While the phrase "dressy casual" might sound contradictory, consider it to be the style in between casual attire and semi-formal. "Dressy casual is a modern approach to the dress code that allows the guest to wear special event clothing that is on-trend, relaxed and comfortable but still within the structure and guidelines of etiquette in regards to the time of day and elegance of the event and location," says Steele Haley Stevenson, Director of Catering and Conference Services at the Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C.


Best Winter Getaways in the U.S. Kids Are a Trip

The best time to visit Washington, D.C. might just be the winter. Fewer crowds and cooler weather make it the perfect winter getaway. Spend your days exploring the Smithsonian museums followed by a big bus tour of the Washington monuments (or take a night time trolley tour). Don’t miss these ideas if you only have one day in DC. If you have time, head to Arlington National Cemetery, go shopping in Georgetown, or tour the Capitol (just be sure to book tickets in advance). A couple of our favorite Washington, D.C. hotels for families are The Willard Intercontinental and The Kimpton George Hotel.


American Dreams: How to See Washington D.C. History through Tours Travel Market

The classic tour operator based in Norwalk, Connecticut, includes Washington, D.C., in a trip called “In Freedom’s Footsteps: Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.” The trip focuses on American history with a touring itinerary that includes Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, Jefferson’s home Monticello, Richmond, Colonial Williamsburg and Mt. Vernon, and concludes with three nights at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.


Power lunches, cocktails and Afghan dumplings: Washington, D.C., deservedly earns reputation for world-class cuisine Chicago Tribune

Washington is no stranger to a cocktail culture. After all, it was Kentuckian Henry Clay who introduced the mint julep to the barkeep at the venerable Willard Hotel two centuries ago (they still use his recipe today)


Martin Luther King Jr.’s Famous Speech Almost Didn’t Have the Phrase 'I Have a Dream' Biography

The best-laid plans are often better off ignored — at least that was the case with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.