For tips, top viewing locations and unique ways to bring the cherry blossom experience home, The Ritz-Carlton guide features 21 ways to get the most out of the season.
1. Viewing Locations:
Discover thousands of blooming cherry trees by visiting the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. A multitude of parades, festivals, concerts and events take place at this location through April 11th. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C outlines these events on their website. For an "off the beaten path" view of the cherry blossom trees, visit Arlington National Cemetery located only minutes away from The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, or explore the hotel's top cherry blossom locations in D.C. When at The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka, visit one of the most famous sights in the city, Sakura no Toori Nuke (Cherry Blossom Lane) to see almost 120 tree varieties blooming along the sensationally colorful lane.
2. Sakura Tea and Cocktails:
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo has infused the cherry blossom theme into its delicious food and beverage offerings. Enjoy Sakura Afternoon Tea at The Lobby Lounge or a Sakura Cocktail at the bar until April 30. Find the recipe for 'Spring-pity', the hotel's Sakura cocktail on Pinterest.
3. Cherry Blossom Body Scrub Recipe:
The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner has created a Cherry Blossom Body Scrub Recipe that can be easily made at home. Combine 1 cup of Himalayan sea salt, 1/4 cup of jojoba oil and 2-3 drops of rose essential oil with fresh cherry blossoms or rose petals. The complete recipe and additional tips can be found on Pinterest.
4. Cherry Blossom Wedding Décor:
Amal Zaari, The Director of Catering Sales at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. suggests utilizing natural elements such as tree branches into your centerpieces. Check out the video on YouTube as Amal takes you through some wedding design tips for incorporating D.C.'s stunning Cherry Blossom trees into your springtime dream wedding. The pastry chefs at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto take their creativity to the wedding cake design and suggest a Sakura inspired cherry macaron wedding cake instead of the traditional design to truly stand out.
5. Cherry Blossom Inspired Sweets:
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C. put a 'cherry-licious' twist on their famous French Toast S'mores. Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary butler-passed Cherry S'mores every evening from 6:30pm-7pm in the Living Room. The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner offers simple recipes on their website for some desserts you can try at home. Try the White Chocolate Cherry Blossom Shortbread and Cherry Blossom Ganache.
Visit The Ritz-Carlton Cherry Blossom Pinterest board for more ideas on cherry blossom-themed cocktails, spa treatments and sweet treats. Follow us on Twitter @RitzCarlton or Facebook for insider tips. As you experience cherry blossom season at our hotels around the globe, share your photos with #RCMemories for a chance to be featured on Twitter or Instagram. For more information about Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts worldwide visit www.ritzcarlton.com.
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