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Budgeted D.C. Area Hotels For Springtime Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration

Springtime is one of the best seasons to experience Washington D.C. Along with enjoying historical sights, treating your gastronomical senses and taking pride in all Washington D.C. has to offer, this year guests can also partake in the Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration- a day that commemorates the 100th anniversary of Tokyo’s gift of 3,000 beautiful Cherry Trees to our Nation’s Capital? The peak bloom is predicted during the week of March 24 – 31; however the Festival has 5 weeks of amazing events and programs to celebrate the occasion and the advent of spring. Here are some budgeted hotel packages to consider during your visit.

The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

Stone throw away from the Union Station, The Liaison Capitol Hill is one of DC’s top boutique hotels. The hotel offers an exclusive Cherry Blossom package that entitles you to

  • Two $10 metro passes
  • a live keepsake cherry blossom branch
  • a bag of goodies from Art and Soul
  • a box of Artisan handmade chocolates

The package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 22 and must be booked by April 21, 2012. Rates from $119

Capitol Skyline Hotel – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

A 10-minute drive from the Washington’s Reagan National Airport brings you to Capitol Skyline Hotel that offers a special Cherry Blossom package to its guests. Along with a stay at the Capitol Skyline hotel, the package includes

  • welcome with chocolate covered cherries
  • breakfast buffet for 2
  • complimentary self-parking
  •  shuttle to National Mall daily

The package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 30. Rates from $99

Embassy Row, Washington, D.C. – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

Along with a stay at The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C, the package features

  • daily full American breakfast in restaurant for two
  • welcome arrival with a Cherry Blossom themed cocktail
  •  Enjoy a Cheery Blossom keepsake in memory of your visit.

Package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 27.  Rates from $109

Capitol Hill Suites – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

With Capitol Hill Suites’ Cherry Blossom package, you enjoy

  • complimentary breakfast each morning
  • internet access
  • gourmet snack basket

The package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 30.  Rates from $116

Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

Located in the Heart of Washington DC, and four blocks from The White House, the package from the upscale Washington D.C. hotel includes

  • full American breakfast for two
  • valet Parking for one car
  • 2 Centennial Blossom martinis or 2 cherry Cokes
  • upgrade based upon availability
  • discounts in restaurants

Package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 26  Rates from $119

L’Enfant Plaza Hotel – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

Located minutes from the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, and the Monuments, the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel’s Cherry Blossom package offers you

  • daily breakfast for two
  • valet parking (one vehicle)
  •  a special Cherry Blossom souvenir

Package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 30  Rates from $129

St. Gregory Hotel and Suites – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package 

When you book yourself a room in one of the Top 100 Best Performing Hotels, you enjoy

  • Full American breakfast for two
  • valet parking (one car)
  • 2 Centennial Blossom Martinis or 2 Cherry Cokes
  • Discounts in Restaurants

Package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 26,  Rates from $ 110

Other budgeted D.C Area hotels to consider:

Sheraton National Hotel 900 South Orme Street · Arlington, VA 22204 –  Rates from $87.20

The Normandy Hotel2118 Wyoming Avenue N.W., Washington D.C. 20008 –  Rates from $103.20

Holiday Inn Washington-Central/White House – 1501 Rhode Island Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20005  – Rates from $108.99

Quality Inn Mount Vernon, 7212 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22306 – Rates from $85

Comfort Inn & Suites Near Univ. of Maryland - 9020 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD, US, 20740 – Rates from $85

Hyatt Regency Bethesda -One Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave), Bethesda, MD 20814 –  Rates from $84.15

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2012 Valentine’s Day Hotel and Bed and Breakfast Packages in North Virginia

Velntine's Day hotel packages

Valentine's Day in North Virginia

Eager to treat your sweetheart to something special on Valentine’s Day? From gourmet chocolates, roses and breakfast in the privacy of your room, North Virginian hotels and bed and breakfasts have geared up with several romantic packages for an unforgettable experience. Check them out and make your reservations now.

Spend time with your Valentine at the historic ten-room bed and breakfast located on a 4200-acre working cattle ranch. Marriott Ranch in Hume. Va. offers a Valentine’s Day package, which includes one night stay, intimate 4-course dinner featuring Philip Carter wines,gourmet chocolates, champagne in room,country breakfast, horseback riding and picnic. Manor House & Suite – $525.00 per couple +taxes/ Carriage Rooms & Cottage Rooms – $430.00 per couple, plus taxes

On Valentine’s Day, spend a leisurely night at Black Horse Inn, a Circa 1850 plantation-style home located in Warrenton, Va. They have several packages to meet every budget.

Indulge in their “Bed of Roses” massage package that features one night stay, bouquet of flowers, bottle of Virginia red/white wine, his/hers massage OR couples massage for an extra $100, after dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray! $399/$150 additional for 2nd night.

Also available is their “Days of Wine and Roses” Virginia Wine Lovers Tour Package that includes 2 night stay, two-hour winery tour, floral arrangement in room, a $50 Gift Certificate for dinner at Iron Bridge Restaurant in Old Town Warrenton, Va. and an after dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray. $899

Black Horse Inn also offers the “Horse Whisperer” package that wows you with two night stay, horseback trail riding for two at Marriott Ranch in Hume, Va., $50 Gift Certificate for dinner at Iron Bridge Restaurant in Old Town Warrenton, VA and an after dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray.$649

Hampton Inn is located in the historic town of Manassas and is close to  The National Battlefield Park. Indulge in their “Just because” romantic package and receive a romantic night for two, a bottle of wine, 2 wine glasses a single rose in a bud vase and assorted chocolates. $109/per night

The Rosslyn hotel Palomar Arlington offers the “Adore Mi Amore” package, featuring accommodations in a waterview suite overlooking the Potomac, strawberries and champagne upon arrival, dinner for two at their exclusive Domaso restaurant ($100 food & beverage credit) and complimentary in-room movie. Price varies with room selection.

Indulge in a Leesburg getaway, when you book the “Roses and Romance package” at Lansdowne Resort. The AAA 4 Diamond Resort offers luxurious accommodations, $150 dining credit, dozen roses, Champagne and Chocolate Covered Strawberries, your way breakfast, valet parking and much more. Price varies with room selection.

Spend a night at the Ritz Carlton, Tyson’s Corner and savor their Romance package that entitles you to overnight stay, bottle of Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, rose-petal turndown and American-breakfast for two at the acclaimed restaurant Michel. Starting at $279 USD per night.

Enjoy total privacy in the House at the Water Street, a 107-year old historic farmhouse  nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Indulge in their Weekend Wine getaway and enjoy a weekend stay along with 7-wine tasting at the nearby Gadino Cellars. $270 per couple

Enjoy a romantic weekend at Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles. Their Escape Romance package includes overnight accommodations for two, breakfast for two in The Palm Court or $25 room service credit towards breakfast, welcome with champagne and truffles, in room movie and valet parking. $149

Savor the peaceful surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains when you book the Relax and Rejuvenate package at the historic farmhouse, Cardinal Springs. This package includes a bottle of fine local wine, 2 nights lodging, 5 hour tour of local wineries in your own car with a professional designated driver/tour guide, and a $50 gift certificate to the awesome Thornton River Grille in Sperryville.

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Pet Friendly Hotels in Arlington, North Virginia

If your pet is an integral part of your travel plans to Arlington, Virginia -fret not! Arlington, offers an array of logding options, including several pet friendly hotels in the area.

Hotel Palomar Arlington

Hotel Palomar Arlington allows pets of all size and shapes! Guests
are required to sign a “Pet Pawlicy” accepting responsibility of
any damage and extra cleaning costs. Hired pet care services can be arranged on request. Note: Pets are not allowed on certain floors.

Hotel Palomar Arlington
1121 N. 19th St.
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (866) 505-1001
Hotel: (703) 351-9701
Fax: (703) 351-9175

Westin Arlington Gateway

The Westin Arlington Gateway allows one dog up to 40 pounds per room. Dogs over 40 pounds may be allowed at the hotel’s discretion. No other pets are permitted. Guest is required to sign a pet waiver.

801 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: (703) 717-6200

Other pet-friendly hotels in Arlington

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
1250 S. Hayes St.
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (703) 415-5000/(800) 241-3333
Residence Inn Arlington Capital View
2850 South Potomac Avenue
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (703) 415-1300


Bed & Breakfasts in Alexandria

Alexandria in Northern Virginia beckons travelers with rich history, colonial charm and contemporary grandeur. Lodging options ranges from an array of quaint bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels and budgeted motels. However, nothing surpasses the hospitality of the bed and breakfasts in Alexandria.

Bed & Breakfasts in Alexandria

216 A City Bed & Breakfast

Newly renovated, 216 is a 1889 townhouse located in the Old Town of Alexandria.

Three bedrooms  that includes two queen bed rooms and one with twin brass beds, two full and one half bathrooms, living room, dining room, reading room, terrace, and garden.


  • Continental Breakfast
  • High-speed Internet
  • Free parking

$225 per night for up to two people sharing the same bedroom, and $50 per night for each additional person traveling with you. Also an additional 5% Virginia sales tax is charged.

216 S. Fayette Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Alexandria Almost Heaven Bed and Breakfast

Located minuted off the Old Town Alexandria, Almost Heaven bed and breakfast is a featured lodging option with modern amenities.

Large sitting area, hard wood floors, antiques, large
bedrooms with new plush pillow top beddings, full kitchen.


  • Private in ground pool/jacuzzi
  • Wireless Internet
  • Hot tubs/whirlpool tub
  • Private Baths
  • Library
  • Free parking

$129 and up

6339 Brocketts Crossing
Alexandria, VA 22310