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Washington’s Winter Wonderland

December 6, 2010

You might not always think of Washington DC to bring out the Christmas spirit, but there’s plenty going on here to make planning a special trip worthwhile. If you have a free weekend during the holidays, come see what we have to offer (and it’s more than our special rates).

Concierge Picks

Pageant of Peace – Each year the President attends the lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony in the Ellipse behind the White House. This year’s celebration is scheduled for Thursday, December 9 and includes a concert as well as the tree lighting ceremony. Nightly concerts continue throughout the holiday season.

Holiday Pops – A perennial favorite, the National Symphony Orchesta’s Happy Holidays concert conducted by Marvin Hamlisch includes a sing-along, a Hanukkah song written by Marvin for the occasion, and a host of special guests including Saint Nick himself.

The Nutcracker – The Washington Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker at the Warner Theater casts George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker and England’s King George as the Rat King and has quickly become a Washington holiday tradition.

Holiday Celebrations

NPR’s Jazz Piano Christmas – on Saturday, December 11 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts brings out top jazz artists to perform their favorite holiday songs. The program is recorded for broadcast on NPR.

The National Gallery of Art offers free concerts in the West Garden Court of the West Building on Sunday evenings.  The December schedule includes the Jakov Kakoulov and other Jewish composer, Christmas Carols and a Holiday concert including music by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Washington National Cathedral offers Holiday concerts including The Joy of Christmas on December 11 & 12.

Hanukkah begins December 1 and the National Menorah will be lit on the Ellipse near the White House.


Enjoy ice skating in the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art. Weather permitting, the rink opens in mid-November. Skate rentals are available for $3, and a two-hour skating session is $7 for adults and $6 for children and seniors.

ZooLights – the National Zoo’s annual winter celebration when they light up the Zoo and stay open after dark, offering special keeper talks and live entertainment runs December 3 – January 1.

New Year’s Eve

And of course for New Year’s there’s our very own New Year’s Eve Casino Night at 14K Restaurant. You can come just for the party or enjoy the full package that includes a stay at the hotel, breakfast and late check-out. The party includes:

  • full  open bar
  • hors d’oeuvres
  • table games, prize
  • DJ and dancing
  • souvenir hats and horns
  • champagne toast at midnight.

Thanks to Our Friends & Neighbors

November 5, 2010

We’re so often focused on telling everyone why they should visit Washington, DC, we feel like we don’t pay enough attention (at least in this space) to our wonderful neighbors who live and work here all year. We have a great neighborhood – full of people who come to 14K Restaurant for lunch, happy hour and dinner, who book their meetings with us, and who recommend us to friends and colleagues coming from out of town.

And now we’d like to say thanks. Thanks for supporting us. Thanks for being great neighbors.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at your holiday parties this year. If you haven’t already booked, call us now – our space is booking up quickly. Plus, if you reserve your holiday party now, you’ll receive a complimentary weekend getaway for two (including a 2 night, weekend stay at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, with dinner for 2 at 14K Restaurant & Lounge each night).

We also offer discounted group rates for your staff to stay after the party, so they can relax and enjoy the evening, and later take the elevator home without worrying about driving home.

The fine print:  Eligibility for the complimentary two-night weekend stay at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel is based upon a minimum purchase of $2500, and must be booked on or before November 30, 2010. This offer is inclusive of Room & Tax for two adults with Friday check-in and based upon availability. Certain black-out dates may apply. Dinner for two at 14K Restaurant is inclusive of appetizer, dinner, dessert & tax for two adults. Alcohol and gratuities are not included.

**Take the Elevator Home group rate discount is based upon a minimum booking of 10 rooms per night, and based upon availability.



The Show Must Go On – Top Theater to See in DC

July 8, 2010

This summer and fall, Washington has a great theater season ready to wow you, whenever you’re in town. Here are a few of our favorite current and upcoming shows. If you need help getting tickets, be sure to ask the concierge.

Capital Fringe Festival – All over town, alternative theater and art is happening through July 25th. For tickets to specific events or passes to multiple events, see the box office. See a complete show listing.

Signature Theater – Through July 24th, Signature Theater is offering sizzling summer cabaret before their fall season kicks off on August 10th with the musical Chess featuring the hit single One Night in Bangkok.

Studio Theater – This summer Studio Theater offers Passing Strange, starting July 14th, which follows a rock musician on his quest for authenticity.

Kennedy Center Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way at the Kennedy Center through August 22nd.  The fall season includes Hair, South Pacific, a Chekhov festival, and Wicked.

Arena Stage – Did you miss Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies? Arena Stage has a great season planned including The Arabian Nights, an Edward Albee Festival and the pre-Broadway run of an adaptation of John Grisham’s A Time to Kill.

Woolly Mammoth – Through August 1st, you can see the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy as a one man show performed in 65 minutes – One Man Lord of the Rings.

Folger Theatre and Shakespeare Library – The Folger’s season starts  this fall on October 12th with Henry VIII. And don’t miss their special celebrations on April 25th each year for Shakespeare’s birthday.

Shakespeare Theater Company Shakespeare Free for All – This year’s Free for All will be at Sidney Harman Hall near Chinatown – Gallery Place metro and not at Carter Barron. Tickets will be distributed two hours before curtain time (or become a Friend of Free for All and get reserved tickets).

Better than the Real World

January 7, 2010

Have you been watching the new installment of the Real World on MTV? The house where the cast lived during their time in DC was just a short walk up Connecticut Avenue, and Human Rights Campaign (where Mike worked) is just around the corner from us. If you’re intrigued by the sights of DC, or want to know more about the reality, we’d be happy to show you around.

You can find all the places the Real World crew went in Georgetown, Dupont Circle, plus all the sights like the Smithsonian, the National Zoo, and the White House. Plus there are plenty of great bars and restaurants in the area that are off-limits to camera crews that you won’t see on the show.

We also offer a special I Love Nightlife package that means you can sleep late, enjoy breakfast and a late checkout which will give you a chance to experience any of the clubs in our neighborhood including Lima, Tattoo Bar, and the Black Cat.

Enjoy watching the rest of the Real World DC season and we hope to see you soon.

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