January 21st, 2021

Where to Go: March

With March comes a new season and many reasons to explore nearby.

Washington DC

Nothing signals spring in DC like the city’s famous cherry blossoms. The 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival will take place March 20-April 11 with an innovative format incorporating both virtual and personal experiences that adhere to city and CDC guidelines. Programming, which will be free and open to the public, will include locally-curated community experiences that focus on music, cuisine, and visual arts presentations. Of note are the 20 large, vibrant cherry blossom sculptures displayed in dozens of locations throughout the city. For more details, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

The Dupont Circle Hotel reopened in October 2020 following a top-to-bottom renovation including a new bar and restaurant by Martin Brudnizki and a fresh penthouse suite and lobby by Clodagh. Located directly on Dupont Circle, it’s the perfect jumping off point for exploring the city. The property is offering guests who drive to DC an upgrade, $100 food and beverage credit, complimentary parking and a late check-out.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is of course full of natural wonders – and where better to spend World Wildlife Day (March 3)? Just below the Arenal Volcano in the tropical rainforest is Nayara Tented Camp, which opened in December 2019. The property has its own sloth sanctuary that is currently home to 18. Each guest gets their own private, sprawling luxury tent with a large deck and naturally-warm, mineral-spring-fed plunge pool with views of the volcano. A must-do is room service breakfast of local coffee (roasted on property), fresh fruit, and eggs with beans, plantains, and rice.

Costa Rica opened its borders to all U.S. citizens on November 1, 2020. Additional requirements include a negative Covid test result within 48 hours of travel to Costa Rica, medical insurance, and a health pass form – full requirements are listed on Visit Costa Rica’s website here. There are flights to San Jose and Liberia airports in Costa Rica from several US cities including New York, Fort Lauderdale/Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, and Houston.

Napa Valley

Freshly designed spaces and new experiences with an emphasis on privacy are shaking up the scene in Napa Valley. Yountville’s Baldacci Family Vineyards will open a new hospitality center in March, featuring private tasting rooms, a wine bar, and an outdoor patio overlooking wine country. Napa Valley Distillery, the first distillery to open its doors in the city of Napa since prohibition, opened a new speakeasy tasting salon dubbed the ”Hollywood Room” with cocktails crafted from spirits made just a few feet away. The art deco-designed space is punctuated with tiki bar-like decor. Animal lovers will gravitate towards Oasis by Hoopes, where wines are accompanied by an animal sanctuary and regenerative farm. The outdoor space, which opened in October 2020, is dotted with airstreams, lounge areas made with recycled materials, a farm stand (with produce for purchase), as well as rescued chickens, pigs, and goats. Meanwhile, Faust’s new tasting room, housed in a Victorian home originally built in 1878, opened in September 2020 following a four-year renovation. Known for their Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from organically farmed estates, the new space still features the original cellar from pre-prohibition era. And for travelers prioritizing privacy, Charles Krug, the oldest wine estate in Napa, opened five new private WIFI-enabled outdoor tasting cabanas on the winery’s picnic grounds and Trefethen is now offering a nightly after-hours experience permitting only one booking per evening – meaning guests have the whole estate to themselves.


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