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Check In: Cherry Blossom Packages at Washington Hotels

Staying overnight during the National Cherry Blossom Festival? These area hotels are getting into the spirit with discounts and themed packages designed for springtime visitors.

During the cherry blossom festival, afternoon tea at the Willard means cherry-flavored everything—from teas to scones to sandwiches. Photography courtesy of the Willard Intercontinental

The Dupont Hotel
At this hotel in DC’s hip Dupont Circle neighborhood, you can get 20 percent off the best available room rates during the cherry-blossom festival. Use the code CHERRY (all caps are required) when booking online.

The Jefferson
The Jefferson, a hotel near the White House, has two cherry-blossom-themed packages this year. The one-night Cherry Care promotion, starting at $400, includes breakfast and cocktails for two, overnight parking, cherry-themed bath products, and a welcome package with energy bars and a cherry-blossom-festival walking map. The Spring Renewal package, which starts at $930, features overnight accommodations, cocktails, a three-course dinner for two, a pair of 90-minute spa treatments, bath products, breakfast for two, and parking. Call 202-448-2300 to book.

Keswick Hall
Here’s a way to see cherry blossoms without the crowds: Kewsick Hall near Charlottesville, Virginia, is offering a Cherry Blossom Promotion that includes a guided tour of its gardens under a canopy of flowering cherry trees. It also features continental breakfast and a free cherry martini. Rates start at $295 a night. The offer is valid from March 27 through April 11. Call 888-778-2565 to book.

Liaison Capitol Hill

Starting at $169 a night, the Cherry Blossom Getaway package at the Liaison features a picnic lunch from the hotel’s restaurant, Art and Soul; a box of cherry-blossom-inspired chocolates; a pair of all-day Metro passes; and—get this—a commemorative cherry-tree branch to take home. Why? Because it’s illegal to pick the blossoms off the trees. The package is available through April 30, but it must be booked by March 26. Use the code CHERRY to book online; otherwise, call 866-AFFINA.

Loews Madison Hotel
This downtown DC hotel is offering an overnight Cherry Blossom Blooms package that comes with a pound of Haribo Twin Cherry Gummies candy. A donation to the Cherry Tree Replacement Fund, which supports the maintenance of the trees around the Tidal Basin, is also included. The offer is valid March 11 through April 11. Rates start at $189.

Park Hyatt Washington
The Park Hyatt’s overnight Spring Blossom Package includes a stay in a Park Deluxe room, a pot of cherry-blossom green tea, a choice of breakfast for two or valet parking, and a backpack for the kids filled with sightseeing supplies and gifts. The package, available through April 25, starts at $349 a night; additional rooms for the kids can be booked for $75 a night (call the hotel to arrange it). For reservations, call 800-778-7477.

Renaissance Mayflower
The Flower Power package at this historic downtown DC hotel includes breakfast for two and a pair of flower-themed cocktails. The package starts at $199 a night. Call 800-228-9290 to book.

Ritz-Carlton Washington
This hotel in DC’s West End is celebrating spring with the Beneath the Blooms package, priced at $629 for a deluxe room and $729 for a club-level room. The one-night package includes a morning drive to the Tidal Basin, a family-style picnic lunch, a flip camera to record your trip, and overnight valet parking. Guests can also get cones of cherry-flavored cotton candy each night from 5:30 to 6:30 in the lobby. The package is available March 27 through April 7. Call 202-835-0500 to book.

The W Hotel
The W's package includes a cherry-inspired cocktail and Jean-Georges' homemade Cracklin' Cherry Pie for two. The pie is made with Pop Rocks—remember those explosive little candies from your childhood?—so it literally crackles in your mouth. Also included is car service to see the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin. The package starts at $299 and runs from March 27 through April 30. To book, go here or call 877-822-000.

Willard InterContinental

This upscale hotel near the White House is getting into the cherry-blossom spirit with the Very Cherry Willard Package, starting at $359 a night. It comes with a choice of American breakfast for two, a second room at half price for the kids, and an upgrade to a deluxe room or complimentary parking. The package is available March 13 through April 12; call 202-628-9100 to book.

Not included in the package but available at the hotel is a cherry-blossom-themed afternoon tea from 2:30 to 5:30 everyday during the festival. Cherries appear in almost every dish from cherry-infused teas to cherry tarts, scones, and sandwiches. The cost is $39 a person or $49 if you’d like to add a glass of Champagne or a specialty cocktail. For kids ages five through 12, it’s $25; under age five is free. For reservations, call 202-637-7350.

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