It is unbelievable that four years have rolled by and yet it’s time again to get the ball gowns ready for the impending inauguration.Â Last inauguration was unbelievable. The frigid (and I mean freezing.Â Like frighteningly freezing) air didn’t scare anyone away from the busiest few days this town has seen in quite some time.Â Well, it was a landmark moment in time: our first African American POTUS.
The 57th Presidential Inauguration will take place on January 21, 2013 and our Partner the Park Hyatt Washington invites its guests to celebrate American talents, culture and ingredients with four nights of sophisticated and patriotic living in its spacious Presidential Suite at a special, all-inclusive rate of $57,000. From January 18 to January 22, 2013, guests of the hotelâ€™s exclusive American Style package will toast the New Year and joyful occasion in the nationâ€™s capital with the following:
AMERICAN ACCOMODATIONS: Park Hyatt Washington will reserve its signature Presidential Suite beginning Friday, January 18, with late check-out on Tuesday, January 22, and personal butler service throughout the stay. Located on the hotelâ€™s penthouse level with views of M Street and stylish Georgetown in the distance, this 1,632-sq. ft. top-floor corner suite provides the ultimate in luxury accommodations. The suite features one king bedroom, living room with sitting area, baby grand piano, executive work desk with high-speed Internet, and multiple balconies. Enjoy an additional lounge area, dining table for six, wet bar, travertine carved stone tub with dedicated â€˜bath butlerâ€™ to provide a soothing drawn bath, walk-in rain shower with tatami flooring, limestone double vanity, and custom-designed bath amenities. (I’ve toured this space and it’s unreal!)
During the four-night stay, guests of the American Style package will receive daily turndown amenities, including Blue Duck Tavernâ€™s award-winning apple pie, a set of hardcover books highlighting American crafts, heritage and art, and a collection of photography from Park Hyatt hotels worldwide.
The guests will also enjoy chauffeur-driven roundtrip airport transfers and daily sedan transportation, based upon guestsâ€™ preferred travel times.
AMERICAN WINE: A signed, magnum bottle of the hotelâ€™s signature wine placed in the suite will welcome the esteemed guests to Washington. The special blend of Cabernet Franc was crafted by winemaker Jed Steele at his winery in Northern California exclusively for Park Hyatt Washington, in celebration of the partnership between the hotel and the winemaker.Â The Cabernet Franc grapes used to produce this wine are from the Floyd Silva vineyard in Lake County and offer a balance of flavors, structure, and tannins.
AMERICAN CHEESE: While in Washington, the guests and their friends (up to 12 people total) are invited to an exclusive tasting of cured meats, pinot noir and American cheese in the comfort of their suite.Â The private gathering, led by Park Hyatt Washingtonâ€™s Cheese Specialist Lisa Hviding, will include a selection of charcuterie all paired with pinot noir wines.Â The combination is enhanced with a selection of American artisanal cheese varieties presented on a wood cheese board, and accompanied by housemade pinot noir jelly and Vidalia onion jam, honey, dried fruits, and bread.
AMERICAN INGREDIENTS: Based upon availability, the private Chefâ€™s Table at the celebrated Blue Duck Tavern will be reserved for the guests and their friends (up to 12 people total) for one evening during their visit.Â Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault and Chef de Cuisine John Melfi will prepare a five-course menu specially written using fresh ingredients from regional farms to create the President-electâ€™s favorite dishes.Â The dinner will be complemented by special vintages from American wineries.
AMERICAN BREAKFAST: Throughout their stay, the guests will receive a decadent American breakfast to be enjoyed in either the privacy of their suite or at Blue Duck Tavern, where Washington elite meet to see and be seen over an influential breakfast gathering.
AMERICAN TALENTS: As the nationâ€™s center for the performing arts, the John F. Kennedy Center is a true emblem of Washington and the culture of America.Â On January 18, 2013, the guests will be chauffeured to the Kennedy Center for a VIP backstage tour of this historic facility, followed by a live performance of the National Symphony Orchestra, while sitting in two of the Kennedy Center Concert Hallâ€™s prestigious box seats.
AMERICAN PAMPERING: Before departing for the Inaugural galas, the guests can enjoy personal pampering with an in-suite couples massage, followed by rejuvenating facial, and deluxe manicure and pedicure.
AMERICAN CRAFTSMANSHIP: After returning home, the guests will receive a historic piece of American art shipped to them â€“ a classic, Windsor-style timber rocking chair, like those found in Park Hyatt Washington, handcrafted by talented Vermont cabinetmaker and chairwright, Timothy Clark. This lasting piece of furniture, engraved with the guestsâ€™ initials and an Inuagural seal, will remind them of their stay in Washington for years to come.
AMERICAN HEROES: In celebration of the Presidential Inauguration and the opportunity to help those who serve America, Park Hyatt Washington will contribute a minimum of $500 to the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO). The USO is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type activities to U.S. troops and their families around the world.
American Style is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind package that must be booked in its entirety, for a four-night stay, January 18, 2013 to January 22, 2013. Celebrating the 57th U.S. Presidential Inauguration, American Style can be reserved at a special offer rate of $57,000, inclusive of tax and gratuities, through January 1, 2013.
*all photos by Len de Pas
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene, which she founded in November of 2006. In 2012 she launched Pacific Punch, based in Los Angeles. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and when she’s not out on the town, she’s reading or writing while sipping fine wine, or traveling the country and the world ISO adventures, beauty, fun, food, style, libations, music, and the good life. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.