The exquisite St. Regis has certainly opened its front door to history lately, but DC knows that this hotel has long stood adjacent to the President’s House and all the excitement that comes with it — and a new holiday partnership with the White House Historical Association celebrates this longstanding relationship with the White House and its inhabitants. Not political, just Presidential.
From a gorgeous Presidential Christmas Tree and a scrumptious Holiday Presidential Afternoon Tea to a full Presidential Suite experience, there is much to enjoy for enthusiasts of presidential history and everyone seeking a festive unique holiday!
“We refer to this as the President’s neighborhood, and it’s a wonderful opportunity and privilege for this hotel property, the White House Historical Association, and so many of our friends here in the neighborhood to be so close to that iconic building… ” Stewart McLaurin, White House Historical Association President said at a reception to recognize the partnership.
Just inside the lobby stands the St. Regis’s new Presidential Christmas Tree, bedecked with festive trimmings and ornaments from the Association’s 1992-2021 series, as well as a handmade eagle tree topper made by American artist William Adair.
Now in the 41st year of creating White House Christmas Ornaments, each one tells the story about a different Presidency, with 2021’s celebrating Lyndon B. Johnson with a Christmas tree painting of the Blue Room that was commissioned by Mrs. Johnson in 1968 for their White House Christmas party. Each is lovingly made in America by a veteran-founded company in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
The tree will be a favorite gathering place of St. Regis guests (and those in the know) this season as revelers seek out their favorite scenes on ornaments from years past — and also as the luxe hotel reprises its legendary Champagne Sabering ceremony each evening at 6pm, inviting those nearby to toast with a complimentary glass!
The lobby also hosts one of St. Regis’ most cherished holiday traditions — the afternoon tea. This year, however, the Historical Association inspires a stately ceremony with an experience that chronicles the storied Presidential past. Teas from Dammann Frères, tea sandwiches, White House holiday desserts and pastries (and optional champagne pairings) make this an unforgettable experience, though of course it will be commemorated with an official 2021 White House Ornament to take home.
But it’s upstairs in the aptly named Presidential Suite where lucky guests can really experience a White House wonderland.
The spacious 2510 square foot suite has been heartwarmingly decorated for the holidays with official décor from the Historical Association. And not only will residents (two-night minimum) stay swathed in the holiday spirit, but a special White House Holiday Suite Experience includes private champagne sabering in suite, the afternoon tea, reserved fireplace seating at the St. Regis Bar, a four-course private dinner in the suite’s dining room where favorite dishes served at White House holidays will be available, a moonlit tour of DC’s monuments, a private tour of Decatur House with a White House Historical Association staff member to view presidential artifacts, and the FULL White House Christmas Ornament Collection.
Now that’s Christmasing like a Commander-in-Chief!