Our first week in the DC area, my friend Kristen flew up from Florida for a girl’s weekend. We stayed at the Willard InterContinental, a gorgeous historic hotel located next to the White House. Several Presidents, as well as Vice Presidents, have even lived at the Willard! The term “lobbying” is rumored to come from the hotel because people would come to the Willard to try to gain favor with President Grant, who liked to spend time in the lobby.

The Willard also hosts Afternoon Tea on the weekends, which we took full advantage of.  Afternoon tea at the Willard is served in Peacock Alley with live harp music. It was a great way to relax and regroup in the middle of a big weekend of sightseeing. We opted for Jasmine and Mint teas. We also each had a delicious apple cider mimosa, which I keep meaning to recreate at home. The menu changes seasonally and sometimes they offer different themes (like Christmas or Cherry Blossom) depending on the time of year. My favorites were the lobster profiterole and the apple cinnamon scone.

If you are ever in DC, I would highly recommend staying at the Willard. The location can’t be beat for sightseeing and the service is excellent. Our first night, I called the front desk (to Kristen’s embarrassment) at 11:30pm to see if they had any toothbrushes and sure enough, there was a whole tooth care kit at our door within 5 minutes. Success!










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