The Dupont Circle Hotel Offers a Springtime Escape Near the Main Line

The Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C., offers refined service and classic comfort in the bustling capital city.

Drive Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

The look of this capital city hotel may be bold, with a vibrant mixture of colors and textures. But the comforts are classic and the service refined. Rooms and suites are spacious and airy. Heated floors in the European marble baths will warm up your toes on chilly mornings.

After a busy day of sightseeing, settle in at the laid-back Doyle cocktail bar. For fine dining, the Pembroke offers globally influenced American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s weekend brunch features everything from homestyle chicken and waffles to huevos rancheros to indulgent Benedicts featuring crab or lobster. Ask to be seated on the heated outdoor terrace for a panoramic view of Dupont Circle and the Washington Monument.

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A Floral Feast: The National Cherry Blossom Festival marks the start of the spring season in Washington, D.C., while commemorating Tokyo’s presentation of 3,000 trees to Washington in 1912 as a symbol of enduring friendship. Join the locals in celebrating these beautiful blooms at several citywide events. For the Petal Porches competition, residents decorate their homes and yards with elaborate floral arrangements as they vie for best-in-show bragging rights. Art in Bloom features giant flower sculptures in public spaces in and around the downtown area.

You can get an unparalleled view of the festive flora all around D.C. from the deck of one of City Cruise’s tour boats—or row your own craft out on the Tidal Basin. On April 6, get into the spirit at Petalpalooza, a full day of outdoor stages, interactive art installations, hands-on family-oriented activities and roaming entertainers on the banks of the Anacostia River. This event is free. Cap off the day at the official National Cherry Blossom Festival fireworks display.

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On April 13, the Nation’s Springtime Parade down Constitution Avenue features gigantic character helium balloons, elaborate themed floats, marching bands from across the country, and celebrity performers. Immerse yourself in Japanese classic and contemporary at the Sakura Matsuri street festival April 13-14. The largest event of its kind in the U.S., it boasts over 24 hours of entertainment and culture, including J-Pop, traditional Japanese music, martial arts demonstrations, handmade crafts, tech innovations, and authentic food and beverages.

April Rates: Starting at $249.

1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., (202) 483-6000, doylecollection.com.

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