Last week, we launched our anniversary issue, which meant that it was time for a busy next few days ahead which included some upcoming TV segments (more on that soon) as well as 2 food editorial shoots which will be included in our Feb Issue which will be out later next month! My TV segments were taped in D.C. and when I'm in this area, there is one place that I love staying - the Fairmont Hotel Washington D.C., Georgetown.
A few years ago, I stayed at Fairmont Hotel and had the opportunity to take in a number of gems that are found here including their popular bee-tinis, great fitness center and the fact that their restaurant has a farm to table concept where the food is local, fresh and incorporates (as does most of the food and beverage options) honey from the bees that are on the property's roof!
I love when I have the chance to stay in an area for more then just a few days; however, sometimes you only get 24 Hours In a particular place and I love that when I stay here, I can do everything in the hotel from working out, eating, taking meetings and more. But I also have the option to have great places to go to (SoulCycle, shopping etc in the area)!
When I arrived this weekend, I took in the $27 million renovations that just finished earlier this month! The lobby has a playful mixture of modern and geometric design that runs through the lobby. I also loved details that included carpets and wall art that had various maps from the Potomac. This hotel honors and references George Washington (in our hotel room, there was a cute gold profile of our first president). The lobby is such a hub of activity for those checking in/out, enjoying beverages at the bar (their BeeTini is such a classic drink that you can't stay or visit without having one) and waiting for guests before going to eat, stepping across the courtyard or heading out.
The image at the beginning of this post is from the Gold Lounge which is on the 9th floor which allows you to have a VIP experience! With a separate check in/out area and a lounge that allows you to work outside of your room as well as to enjoy a complimentary breakfast, snacks and more throughout the day - it's a moment of peaceful zen that even for 24 hours was appreciated! Whether you've booked a room on this floor or anywhere in the hotel, the level of service and dedication to the needs of guests are felt throughout!
As we traveled from NYC to D.C., all I could think about were some of my favorites that I would have at Juniper at Fairmont dinner including their use of honey, bee pollen and honey comb (due to the bees that live on the roof) in their dishes such as the Honey Wheat Bread (the honey butter is a must) and the BeeTini (pictured to the right). With sustainable ingredients, it's a pleasure to enjoy a number of the savory dishes - I'm obsessed with the Baby Caesar so that was obvious and as I had traveled quite a bit, Fish and Chips was a must. Finally, ending with the Elderflower Creme Brulee was so satisfying. Although I'm a fan of the BeeTini and have had quite a few on each stay, I always have one of their specialty bourbon cocktails which is a great way to enjoy dinner!
Read more from the Jan issue here.