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!

Fall Cocktail Recipe: Autumn Punch

There are some exciting changes taking place at The Rye Bar this season – beginning with a new addition to the team.  It is my pleasure to introduce Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown Mixologist, Elli Benchimol.  Elli, is a seasoned bartending veteran with over 20 years of experience.  So what does she have in store?  “I’m really excited for the fall season and the entertaining that goes with it.  I love seasonal cocktails with lots of fall spice and warmth, like our new signature Hot Toddy.  But that is just the tip of the iceberg!  We will be offering more spirits and cocktails in The Rye Bar that are sure to surprise and delight.  In fact, I hope to bring a bit of D.C. history to each cocktail as well as the flair of Georgetown.”

Elli benchimol

Fortunately, being the Capella Washington, D.C. Insider, I was able to get a further sneak peek with a look at one of the brand new fall cocktail recipes, the  Autumn Punch Cocktail.  Find the recipe below.

Autumn Punch

 Autumn Punch Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • Rye – 1 oz.
  • Apple Jack – ¾ oz.
  • Hibiscus Cider – 2 oz.
  • Habanero Spice – 1 dash.
  • Lemon – ½ oz.
  • Pickled Apple (1 cup of each of the following: apple cider vinegar, sugar, sliced apples – refrigerated)

Directions:

Combine first 5 ingredients in a shaker over ice.  Shake vigorously for approximately 15 seconds.  Strain the mixture into a punch glass.  Garnish your drink with picked apples.  Enjoy!

 

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!

Take An Insider Tour Of Georgetown

If you’ve visited Georgetown, you’ve seen the quaint cobblestone streets and know of the rich history this charming D.C. neighborhood holds.  I have always been a very big fan of the beautiful waterfront neighborhood that is unlike any other in the Washington, D.C. area.  Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is fortunate enough to be located right in the heart, next to the historic C&O Canal and a short walk to the Georgetown Waterfront.  For those who have yet to visit D.C. and Georgetown, I wanted to share with you a tour of some of my favorite things to do in this beautiful neighborhood.

I invite you to take a tour of Georgetown with me as I visit my favorite 4 places on a Saturday!

Baked and Wired#1 – Visit Baked & Wired
If you’re like me and you need to start your morning off with an energizing cup of coffee, I have just the place for you!  Family owned artsy coffee shop and bakery located on Thomas Jefferson Street has the best espresso drinks and cupcakes to match.  Choose from over 20 options of creatively baked options while enjoying the local ambiance.

Georgetown Waterfront#2 – Stroll Down The Georgetown Waterfront
When you are all fueled up on coffee, make your way down one block to the Georgetown Waterfront to enjoy boat watching and family fun water sports.  Whether you get behind the wheel of a kayak and steer through the Potomac River or relax on the steps leading to the Waterfront, you’ll be sure to enjoy your time in the sun!

#3 – Visit Dumbarton Oaks
Treat your eyes to a beautiful renowned landscape gardens by visiting Dumbarton Oaks.  Enriched with history from the early 1800’s, the home offers rooms of original art from different eras.

fried duck egg burger#4 – Indulge in a burger at The Grill Room
After walking around town, feast on one of my favorite burgers in The Grill Room made by Executive Chef Frank Ruta, the Fried Duck Egg Burger!  It will satisfy your every craving.

I love sharing the gem of Georgetown with everyone that comes to visit.  There is so much to see and experience while you’re in Washington, D.C., being in the Nation’s Capital has all the advantages any traveler would look for.  I would love to see pictures of your D.C. travels and Georgetown finds.  Share your photos with me at @CapellaDC so I can share them with our community!

Capella Washington D.C.’s Gin Cobbler Cocktail

Nothing says “summer!” like a refreshing iced cocktail on a warm day. Here at Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, our bartenders at The Rye Bar and our Rooftop Bar and Lounge are especially known for their delicious and creative creations. In my opinion, you can do no wrong when it comes to ice cold beverages during the summer, but I wanted to try something unique and different than what I typically make at home.  I knew just the person in The Rye Bar to go to for an easy and fun recipe.

Bartender Andrew always knows just what to suggest and this time he didn’t hesitate in offering a Gin Cobbler Cocktail.  As soon as I tried it, I knew I wanted to serve it at my summer cookout.  Fortunately, our bartenders love to share and I can now pass the delicious recipe along to you.

Gin Cobbler Cocktail

Ingredients:
1½ ounces Gin (The Rye Bar uses London Dry)
½ ounce Orange Curacao (The Rye Bar uses Pure Ferrand)
¼ ounces Simple Syrup
½ Wheel slice of an orange
½ Wheel slice of a lemon
Crushed Ice

Ingredients - Gin Cobbler

Directions:

1. Combine all liquors in a julep cup.

pouring cocktail

2. Lightly muddle the orange and lemon wheel slices together.

Andrew - Muddle

3. Pour mixture over the muddled fruit.

Andrew - Gin Cobbler finished cocktail

4. Fill glass with crushed ice and garnish with mint, berries, and an orange wheel slice.

GIN COBBLER

Et Voila! Now you have a refreshing Gin Cobbler Cocktail, perfect for any summertime occasion! If you want to visit Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, I’ll be sure to save you one of these while we are relaxing and soaking up the Georgetown city views from our gorgeous Rooftop Bar and Lounge! Otherwise, give our recipe a try at home and share your version with us on social media @CapellaDC so I can share them with our community! Hope you’re all enjoying your summer!