The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. Celebrates Spring with the 2015 Celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

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The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. is inviting guests to commemorate Washington, D.C.'s annual National Cherry Blossom Festival with inspired hotel packages, cuisine, cocktails and more.

Included in the luxury hotel's Cherry Blossom Give-A-Tree package, the Sakura dessert amenity was inspired by the beauty of a wind-swept cherry blossom tree.

In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. is offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the most beautiful season in the Nation’s Capital with cherry-themed overnight packages, cuisine, cocktails and amenities.

The Hotel’s Custom Signature Scent: Sakura
Custom made for The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.; the hotel’s signature scent Sakura, meaning cherry blossom in Japanese, is inspired by the ambiance of the hotel and the historic cherry blossoms of Washington, D.C. Built on fresh notes of bergamot and black currant, Sakura’s lush floral notes of cherry blossom, jasmine and lily-of-the-valley are complemented with soft vanilla and white musk. The scent can be found throughout the hotel in the form of candles, oil diffusers, and room sprays and is available for purchase upon request.

Cherry Desserts in The Lobby Lounge and Westend Bistro
Indulge in Executive Pastry Chef John Quinn’s cherry blossom inspired, Sweet Sakura dessert featuring a sweet marriage of tart cherry mousse with yuzu and pandan leaf sorbet, tiny spheres of sake “caviar” and orange blossom meringue. Playing homage to the thousands of cherry trees that were brought over to Washington in 1912 as a sign of friendship from Japan, Chef Quinn was inspired by the history and tradition of the National Cherry Blossom Festival when creating the dessert.

Sakura Tea in The Lobby Lounge
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. brings guests a unique and luxurious tea experience in the elegant setting of the hotel’s Lobby Lounge. Served in traditional Japanese tetsubin (cast iron) teapots and teacups, guests can take part in the timeless tradition of afternoon tea with the hotel’s Sakura tea, a custom tea blend inspired by D.C.’s iconic cherry blossom trees and made exclusively for The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. Created with only the finest teas, the Sakura tea blend is built on fresh notes of bergamot and black currant, lush floral notes of cherry blossom, jasmine and lily-of-the-valley and complemented by soft vanilla and white musk.

Westend Bistro
Westend Bistro will offer cherry blossom specials created by the restaurant’s award-winning culinary team. Guests will have the opportunity to begin their culinary journey on a refreshing note with Chef de Cuisine Adam Barnett’s Japanese-inspired appetizer of Local Fluke Sashimi with Yuzu ‘Vinaigrette’, Micro Shiso, Edible Orchids and Nori Emulsion. Light and airy, Executive Pastry Chef John Quinn’s Sweet Sakura dessert will set the stage for the perfect finale to the meal.

The restaurant’s seasoned bar team has also crafted a “Sakura” cocktail in honor of the occasion. The cocktail is a twist on the D.C. original cocktail, The Rickey, which was created in the 1880’s for D.C. lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey at Shoomaker’s Bar. Westend Bistro’s refreshing twist on this classic cocktail features a house-made Sakura tea infused with G’Vine Gin, fresh lime juice, club soda and Sakura simple syrup.

Cherry Blossom Give-A-Tree Package
Valid March 20, 2015 to April 12, 2015
Starting at $399 USD per night

  •     Overnight accommodations in a deluxe guestroom
  •     Japanese-inspired Cherry Blossom dessert amenity created by Executive Pastry Chef John Quinn – cherry morello bars and chocolate-covered poke sticks with freeze-dried strawberries
  •     Welcome Cherry Blossom Amenity: The National Cherry Blossom Give-A-Tree Card which features the official artwork of the Cherry Blossom Festival. The National Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree in a National Forest for every card that is given
  •     Breakfast for two in restaurant
  •     Overnight valet parking

For more information or reservations for The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., please call the hotel directly at (202) 835-0500 or visit Connect with us on Facebook at

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at, and for the latest company updates, visit The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).


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