Celebrate American Art! in Washington, DC with the Renaissance M Street Hotel

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The Renaissance M Street Hotel in Washington, DC's West End, in partnership with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, presents the Celebrate American Art! Package, offering business and leisure travelers access to Washington's world class arts & culture during their luxury hotel stay.

The Renaissance M Street Hotel in Washington, DC's West End, in partnership with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, presents the Celebrate American Art! Package, offering business and leisure travelers access to Washington's world class arts & culture during their luxury hotel stay.

With rates starting at $209 per weekend night*, this Washington DC vacation package includes admission for two (2) to The American Evolution: A History through Art exhibit at the Corcoran from March 1 to July 27, 2008, and an in-room welcome bag from the Corcoran, located a short walk from the Renaissance M Street Hotel. Guests staying overnight on Thursdays can experience the Celebrate American Art! Package, starting at $409, which includes admission for two (2) to the Corcoran's "Celebrate America!" evening reception**, which explores the art, food, and ideas that make America unique. Celebrate American Art! Package expires on July 27, 2008.

Returning to the Corcoran after an exclusive world tour, The American Evolution exhibition goes beyond a traditional chronological survey of American art by looking at the objects through the framework of five broad themes that are central to the American experience. Included in the long-awaited exhibition are outstanding Hudson River School paintings, such as Thomas Cole's Departure and Return (1837); landscapes and figure paintings by major Impressionists like Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent; early 20th-century realism and abstraction; and post-war paintings by Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and others.

The Renaissance M Street/Corcoran partnership is one of the first in Renaissance Hotels and Resort's global initiative to promote the arts through local artists and art galleries. Renaissance has a long standing commitment to the arts community by featuring a wide range of local, modern, classical and unique pieces of art in its hotels.

The 355-room Renaissance M Street DC Hotel has undergone a $25.2 million conversion in 2007, with a total redesign of its guest rooms, meeting space, great room lobby and coffee bar to provide guests and Washington, DC locals with a cozy and cosmopolitan oasis for business and pleasure. Each guestroom is equipped with a cutting-edge plug-in panel that allows guests to simultaneously connect their iPods or MP3 players, digital cameras, video cameras, and laptops directly to the 32" HD plasma flat screen televisions. Hotel guests can start their day at Caffè, serving Italy's finest illy coffee and light fare, or refresh in the inviting great room lobby with M Bar's light contemporary American menu.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, a privately funded institution, was founded in 1869 as Washington's first and largest non-federal museum of art. It is known internationally for its distinguished collection of historical and modern American art as well as contemporary art, photography, European painting, sculpture and the decorative arts. Founded in 1890, the Corcoran College of Art + Design is Washington's only college of art and design offering Bachelor of Fine Art degrees in Photojournalism, Digital Media Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Photography; Associate of Fine Art degrees in Digital Media Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography; a five-year Bachelor of Fine Arts/Master of Arts degree in Fine Art and Teaching (BFA/MAT); and two-year Master of Arts degrees in Teaching, Art Education, Interior Design, Exhibition Design, and the History of Decorative Arts. The College's Continuing Education program offers part-time credit and non-credit classes for children and adults. More information about the Corcoran is available at http://www.corcoran.org.

About the Renaissance M Street Hotel:
Set your sights high on this downtown Washington, D.C. hotel that offers a monumental stay. The Renaissance M Street Hotel, A House of Dreams, A Home for Business, is a West End Washington, D.C. luxury hotel located in the energetic Georgetown and Dupont Circle neighborhoods, minutes from the metro and legendary city sites. Contending luxury hotels in Washington, D.C. cannot rival this cutting-edge hotel's phenomenal renovations. New hotel suites wow visitors with sophisticated style and contemporary amenities. The trendy downtown D.C. hotel flaunts a cosmopolitan lobby bar, al fresco dining and illy coffee bar, conveying class and comfort, while 12,800 square feet of event space appeals to business travelers with state-of-the-art meeting facilities and entices brides-to-be as a great wedding location. Discover a new city favorite, the Renaissance M Street downtown Washington, D.C. luxury hotel. For more information or to make a reservation, call (888) 803-1298, or visit http://www.renaissanceMstreethotel.com.

*14 day advance purchase required. $209 Fridays; $269 Saturdays; Includes breakfast for two at Renaissance M Street Hotel; Admission for two to The American Evolution is valued at $24. Admission for two to "Celebrate America!" reception (Thursdays at 5:30pm on March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; June 5, 19, 26; and July 3, 10, 17, 24) is valued at $50.

** "Celebrate America!" reception reservations are based upon availability.

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