Photo courtesy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival
Known as the country’s “Greatest Springtime Celebration,” the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC is a yearly event that’s a visual feast for the senses. Honoring the friendship gift of the cherry blossom trees from Japan to the US, travelers to the region enjoy numerous daily events that feature traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and foster community spirit. This year the festival runs from March 15 through April 16. There are several inns in the region where guests can stay during the experience, and some of them also have insider secrets to share for making the most of it!
A Victorian B&B made up of three 100-year-old buildings in historic Adams Morgan, the European-style Adam’s Inn is situated on a quiet residential street that borders a lively, multicultural entertainment district. It features over 100 of the area’s most popular restaurants, shops, and music clubs. Guest rooms feature unique, home-style decor. Some include a private bath and 55″ televisions, and many can accommodate up to four guests. All accommodations include air conditioning, breakfast, and WiFi. The inn is easily accessible from Baltimore, Annapolis, and North Virginia by public mass transit. To help guests navigate the festivities, sales manager Kevin Corrigan suggests that they save themselves the hassle of DC traffic by taking public transportation. He also says that those who want an alternative view of the beautiful blooms should opt for a paddle boat on the tidal basin!
Swann House Bed & Breakfast
Situated on a gorgeous tree-lined street in DC’s vibrant DuPont Circle, Swann House Bed & Breakfast Inn is convenient to numerous local outdoor cafes, a short walk to museums, and historical sites including The White House, presidential monuments, and Washington National Cathedral, among others. Guests can relax on the inn’s assortment of decks, porches, patios, as well as a slate courtyard with a swimming pool and gardens. The spacious accommodations include private bath, cable TV and VCR’s, phones with voicemail and data ports, and Jacuzzi tubs.
On March 1 the National Park Service predicted that the peak bloom of the cherry trees will be March 14-17 this year, so there’s no time like the present to head down to DC!