Discover The Monuments of Washington, D.C.

Living in Washington D.C. is an amazing experience.  I try to never take for granted living in the U.S. capital, which isn’t hard to do when you’re passing by the most historical monuments in our country on a daily basis.  I love that Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is a short walk to The National Mall and I can get my history fix whenever I want.  Taking a tour down The National Mall never gets old, I always end up exploring and finding something new and exciting.  Journey with me as I take you on a tour of my favorite monuments of Washington, D.C..

Capitol Building

Capitol Building

A tour of the monuments is not complete without a visit to the Capitol Building. There are so many intriguing passageways around the historic building like the water well fountain behind the building, the spring garden of tulips in front, and the cascading steps leading into the building.

Insider Tip: The Capitol holds insider tours if you book in advance, you can visit their website or ask your Capella Washington, D.C. personal assistant to make your reservation.

The White House

The White House

There is nothing that can compare to the captivating view of The White House. It’s almost an overwhelming feeling when you think of all the influential leaders that have passed through these halls and of all the monumental decisions that have taken place inside. One of my greatest D.C. moments was being able to visit The White House during their 4th of July celebration and getting to see the President and his family up close and personal!

World War II Memorial

World War II Memorial

One of my favorite views is staring at the gorgeous water show at the WWII Memorial. I love that the memorial splits in half to show you the Pacific Coast states and the Atlantic Coast states.  Visitors often look for their state ledge and gather around for a great photo-op.

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Finally, you must visit the famous Lincoln Memorial. Whether I’m starting my morning with a jog down the infamous Lincoln steps, or daydreaming about life, there is something so magical about the Lincoln Memorial.

Insider Tip: There is a small café off to the side of the memorial where you can buy ice cream or refresh with an iced tea.

Get in touch with all the historic monuments during your visit to Washington, D.C. and share your photos with me! Just tag @CapellaDC on Twitter and Instagram so I can share them with our community.

And one more Insider Tip: After a day of touring the city, retreat back to The Rye Bar and enjoy our signature Barrel-Aged Manhattan cocktails. Cheers!

Valentine’s Day in Washington, D.C.

January hasn’t even come to an end, but I already have February on the mind!  This year I am excited that Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend, meaning we have a couple of days to celebrate our special relationships.  While I think it’s important to make sure your loved ones are well aware of how you feel all year long, it’s nice to dedicate one special day to love, love, and more love.   At Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, I spoke with our Personal Assistants to get their take on some of the best romantic D.C. activities this Valentine’s season.

Valentines Day DC

If you’re looking for a special and unique way to celebrate the romantic weekend, walk on board the Odyssey Cruise line and indulge with a Valentine’s Day weekend tour.  See the monuments in a unique and one-of-a-kind way with their glass-enclosed cruise liner and enjoy live music, dancing, unparalleled service, and fine dining.  Named as Washington, D.C.’s most luxurious cruising vessel, the Valentine’s Day cruises are offered for your choice of either brunch or dinner all weekend long. Toast to the good life with your better half while gliding down the Potomac River and enjoy a new view of our magnificent city.

Odyssey Cruise

One of my favorite way to celebrate is attending a concert with my love.  There are plenty of venues in D.C. that will be having live music to commemorate one of the sweetest days out of the year.  The Hamilton LIVE will host love songs by The Beatles, contemporary jazz artists will be on display at Marion Meadows in Blues Alley, and a collection of Billy Joel to Miley Cyrus love songs will be played at the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda.  With such a wide selection there is definitely something for everyone.

But the night doesn’t have to end there.  After a night of romance and bliss, you can retreat back to Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown and enjoy our Capella Romance package.

Capella Suite #511

I would love to see how you celebrate Valentine’s Day in Washington, D.C., make sure to tag @CapellaDC on Instagram and Twitter so that I can share them with my community.  For more information about our Capella Romance Package, please contact the Personal Assistant team at pa.dc@capellahotels.com or call 202.617.2416.

Cruise Photo Credit Courtesy Of: Entertainment Cruises

Celebrating New Year’s Eve Around The World

New Year’s Eve happens to be one of my favorite holidays.  It involves self-reflection, a moment of bliss, and a commitment to renewal all wrapped into one night.  There is something so miraculous about millions of people joining together to countdown the last ten seconds of the year with the anticipation of a brighter and enlightened new beginning.  No matter what part of the world New Year’s is celebrated, traditions are honored with equal enthusiasm.  Along with the glitz and the glam of how you spend your New Years Eve, I have come to realize the best way to celebrate is to surround yourself with the ones you love the most.

At Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, our Capella family hails from many different countries and nations, each with their own New Year’s traditions.  Here are some of the interesting ways New Year’s Eve around the world is celebrated, as told by my Capella Washington, D.C. colleagues:

Iran by Cameron Nezam: Pastry delicacies are a main focal point in celebrating the New Year.  Families  bake goodies and treat one another to desserts as a way of ensuring a “sweet” New Year.

Cameron Nezam - Director of Diplomatic and Group Sales

Switzerland by Kelly Schneider: Lake Zurich offers the perfect backdrop setting for a magical display of fireworks.  Over 200,000 people gather together to celebrate with live music and entertainment and a sense of community.

Kelly Schneider - Catering Sales Manager

Belgium by Marie Belaen: A thoughtful gesture of gifting your loved ones with small presents as a token of good luck for the upcoming year is often observed in Brussels.

Marie Belaen - Sales and Marketing Intern

Philippines by Michael Katigbak: Part of the fun of getting ready for New Year’s Eve is collecting twelve round fruits.  Each one signifies a month of the year with the round shape being a metaphor for the year coming full circle.  In the tropics the fruit can be a lychee, but with tropical fruits harder to come by in the U.S., grapes are a perfect stand-in.

Michael Katigbak - Director of Sales and Marketing

Cultures and traditions vary geographically but each one, at its root, is meant to bring happiness, prosperity and good luck in the New Year.  If you happen to be celebrating in Washington D.C. this year, Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is having a grand New Year’s Eve celebration.  The event starts with cocktails in The Rye Bar, leading into a special five-course champagne dinner hosted by our Executive Chef, Frank Ruta and Master Sommelier, Keith Goldston in The Grill Room, and finally dancing and musical entertainment into the New Year on our Rooftop Bar & Lounge.  I hope to see you there!

Rooftop Lounge

For more information about our Rooftop New Year’s Eve Party, please email our Personal Assistant team at pa.dc@capellahotels.com or call 202.617.2416.  Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

Thanksgiving In Washington D.C.

The weather has started to shift and autumn is clearly upon us.  But don’t let that get you down! After all, my favorite fall holiday is just around the corner!  Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate every blessing, friend and family member.  Not to mention, the delicious turkey holiday spread.  It is my favorite way to kick off the season and fortunately Washington D.C. knows just how to celebrate.

 

What is Thanksgiving without a themed parade?  Luckily, you have a few parades to choose from within the D.C. Metropolitan area.  The Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade and the Reston Town Center Holiday Parade are two great ways of spending the day having fun with friends and family.  Festivities are kicked off with an annual race for kids at Fountain Square in the Reston community.  After the kiddo’s cool down from their athletic endeavors,  the parade gets going.  It includes the celebrated Washington Redskins Marching band, 50-foot balloons, and amazing colorful floats.

 

Rooftop

If you are looking to enjoy a delicious feast after a long day out and about at the parades, retreat back to Georgetown and spend Thanksgiving in The Grill Room. Enjoy as Executive Chef Frank Ruta’s prepares a family style and plated dinner.  As a special token, each family will receive a signature hot cocoa mix to enjoy during the holiday season, made especially by our Pastry Chef, Aggie Chin.  Continue to get in the holiday mood with seasonal fall cocktails like a Rye Toddy and Hot Apple Cider. I’m ready to curl up by the fireplace just thinking about it!

This year, I am thankful for my supportive team at Capella D.C.  To which I share a million laughs with, share my difficulties with, but above all, gain my support and strength from.  I learn something great and new every single day from this dynamic group.

I would love to see photos of what you are all thankful for as well.  Just tag @CapellaDC on Instagram and Twitter so that I can share it with our community.

Sending warm wishes to everyone this holiday season from the Nation’s Capital!

Fall Cocktails: Capella D.C.’s Jack Rose Cocktail

It’s finally time to breathe in the crisp autumn air! Goodbye sun-kissed tans, sipping rosé on rooftops, spending weekends at the beach, and hello pumpkin spice lattes, scarves, boots, and spending cozy nights by the fireplace. Fall is especially gorgeous in D.C. and wonderful time to visit the city.  I look forward to seeing the beauty and natural surroundings of the C&O canal from Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown.

With the seasons changing, , it’s time to switch out my cocktail list and introduce some cool weather concoctions featuring the flavors of the season.  Rye Bar Bartender Cecilio knew exactly how to indulge my love for fall when he made me a Jack Rose Cocktail. The combination of citrus and pomegranate were so full of sugar and spice, that I knew I had to share the recipe with you.  Luckily, Cecilio gave me an easy, “do-it-yourself” version that you can make at home for your friends and family.

Jack Rose Cocktail

Jack Rose Set Up

Ingredients:

  • Laird Apple Jack Liquor -2 oz.
  • Lime Juice – ¾ oz.
  • Grenadine – ¾ oz.

Directions:

Step One: Combine all ingredients in a shaker

Cecilio step 1

Step Two: Shake the shaker for approx. 30 seconds, or until the shaker is frosted and cold

Cecilio stirred

Step Three: Strain the mixture into a martini glass

Jack Rose Cocktail

Finito! Now you are all set to fall into fall!  If you’re able to visit Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, Cecilio and the team will be sure to have one of these delicious cocktails ready for you in the Rye Bar. I would love to see you share your version of the Jack Rose Cocktail on social media!  Or tell me about some of your favorite fall cocktails.  Just be sure to tag @CapellaDC so I can share your photos with the rest of my followers!

Get To Know D.C.’s DMV Area

With over 20 million visitors per year, Washington, D.C. is one of the most popular places to visit in the United States.  From historic monument tours, to museums, to outdoor festivals, there is always something to do and see.  But the fun doesn’t stop at the city’s borders!  With as many sights and tours as within the city, there is lots to discover in the surrounding area as well.

The nickname, DMV, which represents the District, Maryland and Virginia was created to describe the greater Washington Metropolitan area.  The best part about visiting DC is that both Maryland and Virginia are no more than a twenty-minute car ride from Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown.  And while many visitors stick to the “D” there is lots to do in the “M” and “V” as well.  Below are some of my favorite spots.

The “M” – Maryland

The National Harbor is the perfect destination for you and your whole family.  With over 150 different activities to choose from, there is truly something for every taste.  From Shopping and dining options to the thrilling Capital Wheel, to the over-sized plaza screen, carousel, and gorgeous view, it is easy to spend an entire day here.  After spending the day shopping, paddle-boarding, and exploring, this stunning viewpoint is a fantastic place to take in a sunset to punctuate the end of an eventful day.

The National Harbor

Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland, is also known as a world renowned sailing destination.  If your idea of a great getaway includes being on the waters, Annapolis is the perfect location.  Rich with maritime heritage, and with over hundreds of miles of shoreline, the Chesapeake Bay offers every visitor a sense of serenity as they watch the sailboats cruise on by.  But you aren’t limited to sailing!  Enjoy fishing, water tours, wind-surfing and kite-surfing and much more along these shores.  Another reasion to visit?  Some of the best crab cakes you will ever eat!

The “V” – Virginia

Fairview Lakes located in Reston, Virginia may only be a twenty minute drive from the city, feels like a world away.  An idyllic park, there are activities for all.  From picnic areas to a children’s waterpark to grown up water sports, it is easy to see how one could spend a day enjoying this getaway.  I definitely recommend it for those looking to escape the city for a bit!

Reston VA

 Wolf Trap National Park is currently the only national park dedicated to presenting the performing arts.  Something so special, you have to see it for yourself, Wolf Trap offers multiple amphitheaters that showcase a wide range of performances, including: musicals, dance, jazz, opera, and concerts.  Allow the park rangers to set up backstage guided tours or opt for a hike and explore the park’s natural areas as you can choose from kid-friendly hikes to a bit more advanced.  You’ll be sure to have a day filled with musical muses!

Of course, your Personal Assistant at Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is on hand to set up any of these mini day-trips for you. Allow our team to make your stay an unforgettable vacation by personalizing your own unique activities and attractions that are set up around your preferences. Don’t forget to tag your DMV explorations with @CapellaDC so I can share your photos with our community!