Welcome to Our Washington DC Bed and Breakfast
Traditions are a very important part of the holiday season. Our Washington DC bed and breakfast has traditions dating back from 1893 when it was built for a US senator of that era. The current owners lovingly restored and renovated the inside of this house in 2003, but the character of the home still speaks to a time when Christmas had been declared a national holiday only 3 years prior and new traditions were just being formed.
Christmas trees were just coming into fashion in the US thanks to Queen Victoria. Real candles would have adorned the ceiling scraping tree, as would garlands of strung popcorn made to look like snow on the branches. Thrifty families would keep their trees year after year, often leaving them up until March and taking them to the basement to dry until the next year when they would strip the branches of needles and wrap them in cotton to again resemble snow. To really get the snow effect, families would shake mica on the branches to make them glitter. In the home of our Senator though, there were most likely many fresh trees throughout the house. Walking into American Guest House when it was first built, a guest might have presented the family with a special hand blown glass ornament that had just arrived from Germany, as was the fashion of the time. The scent of mince pies, three months in the making, would be wafting into the parlor from the kitchen in preparation to be offered up to Father Christmas alongside a small glass of brandy!
December in DC is a season of parties and this year we will celebrate with a dusting of snow. Come and celebrate your holiday with us here in our Washington DC Inn and see how the US does Christmas now, 120 years after the Senator and his family first built their home in which we now stand ready to welcome you. Give us a call at (202) 588-1180 or click here to make your reservation online.
Washington DC Getaways
Our accommodations in Washington DC are perfectly located to the delights of the holiday season. Washington DC sights and attractions such as the National Christmas Tree (1.8 miles), ice skating at the Georgetown Waterfront Park (2.9 miles), taking in the extended happy hour (3 pm-7 pm daily) at Hank’s Oyster Bar for $1 oysters and 1/2 price raw bar great other special events in DC will keep you busy for days on end. December is such a special month in our area and thousands flock into the city around the White House to enjoy the Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations. There will be many concerts happening continuously in celebration of these events in the area known as the Ellipse almost through the end of December.