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

Take A Hike With The Capella DC Insider

With the holiday season coming to an end the inevitable process of getting my mind and body rejuvenated and back into shape can be daunting.  Fortunately, I’ve found the perfect balance of adventure, scenic beauty, and getting into tip-top shape that isn’t too far from Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown.  I want to share with you my hiking excursion up Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, in hopes to inspire you to venture out and conquer health and wellness.

As much as I love the endurance and stamina challenge I get from hiking, the end result of standing at the top overlooking the mountain you’ve just conquered is the greatest feeling and reward.  Old Rag Mountain is a six-hour journey and is my personal favorite trail from the Shenandoah Valley region.  The strenuous level is just challenging enough to make it a great cardiovascular activity while still remaining enjoyable.

Shenendoah Valley

The beginning of the hike starts out as a 40-minute uphill battle, but I promise you that your surroundings are so beautiful you won’t mind the climb to the peak.  Mid-way you will be introduced to boulders, which makes for great fun rock scrambling and test your mental coordination.  At first the boulders might seem daunting, but the adrenaline that runs through your body is so strong, this ended up being my favorite part of the trek.

Old Rag Mountain

At last, the main attraction is the breathtaking view at the top of Old Rag Mountain!  There is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment when you look out from the highest point.  I went on a day that was a bit foggy and I stood above the clouds gazing out to miles and miles of our awe-inspiring Mother Nature.  Be sure to take a few moments to yourself to capture your thoughts and soak in the feeling.  This is definitely an experience worth holding onto.  I would love to see your triumphing photos, so be sure to tag me at @CapellaDC on Twitter and Instagram.

Top of Old Rag

Discover this and other outdoor experiences during your visit to Washington, D.C.  Your Capella Washington, D.C. Personal Assistant has lots of recommendations!  Insider tip: After a day of hiking be sure to unwind with any of our signature in-room spa treatments or revitalize your body in a luxurious bubble bath and choose from one-of-a-kind bubble bath menu.  You definitely deserve it!

I look forward to hearing all about your hiking adventures, happy hiking!

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!

Get To Know Marie: Sales and Marketing Intern

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Marie, our wonderful Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown Sales and Marketing Intern.  Marie joins the Capella family from Australia and has very quickly made her lasting mark with guests and in D.C.  Coming from a family of hospitality professionals, Marie brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Marie Belean - Sales and Marketing Intern

Tell me about yourself. You are joining us for a 6-month internship from abroad, how has your transition to D.C. been?

I studied hotel management for three years in Brussels in which I gained a Bachelor degree.  During that time I did two internships.  The first internship was during my second year at Marriott Brussels, Belgium in HR and the second one was at Hyatt Regency located in Perth, Australia as an F&B attendant in Event Services.  During my time in Australia I decided to study a second degree, (International Business and Hotel Management) at the International College of Hotel Management in Adelaide.  In order to successfully finish my degree I have to do a 6 months industry placement which brought me to D.C.  So far it has been a very smooth transition although it required a lot of preparations to move to the United States.  This city and country is very different from Australia, but D.C has a lot to offer and I am looking forward to discovering more of its beauty in the next couple of months.

You have a special connection with Capella, can you tell me about this connection and why you are an admirer of the Capella brand?

My brother, Thomas Belaen, used to work for the Capella Hotel and Resorts in Cabo San Lucas together with our General Manager, Mr. Bustamante.  He always spoke with such high passion about his work and how excited he was to be a part of the Capella family.  During one of my holidays in Mexico I got the opportunity to visit and was extremely impressed with the service the staff had provided.  From that moment I knew I wanted to gain experience within Capella Hotels and Resorts.  Because of the connection with Mr. Bustamante, I was able to apply for an internship in D.C.

Sales and Marketing Intern

What do you love most about being a Sales and Marketing Intern? Are there any projects in particular that are especially appealing to you?

The Sales and Marketing department is new to me so every project is exciting and interesting.  There is always so much to learn and everyone on the team at Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown is available to help me get the most out of my internship.

What are your current top recommendations in Washington, D.C.? From museums, to dining, to a night out?

I have been here for a little over two months, and I still want to discover so much more about this fascinating city, but I love Georgetown and everything it has the offer.  I love walking around the National Mall with it’s impressive monuments and museums.  During the weekends, I find myself venturing off to DuPont Circle, as it has a lot to offer in dining and nightlife options, but my absolute favorite restaurant is Barcelona on 14th Street.

What advice can you give to guests traveling to Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown from around the world?

The best advice I can give to guests is to try and get to most out of their visit.  There are so many exciting things to do and see in D.C. and its surrounding areas.  Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown offers many exciting tours and our Personal Assistants will be more than happy to give suggestions and arrange anything you may need to discover the city.

What do your future plans hold?

My main priority is to graduate in September 2016 from ICHM.  After that, I would love to continue working for Capella Hotels and Resorts and expand my knowledge and experience through this amazing hotel chain.

Thank you, Marie for sharing your D.C. experience thus far! I look forward to hearing more!

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!