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Cherry Blossom Time!

If you are lucky enough to live in an area with these gorgeous Harbingers of Spring, please enjoy their beauty for the rest of us...the Cherry Blossoms of 2015!



Here is a great article on best viewing places from Washington, DC to Japan from the Ritz Carleton:

Cherry Blossoms Reveal Their Beauty From Washington D.C. to Japan


Bonded by a tree rooted in culture and tradition, the Washington, D.C. Ritz-Carlton hotels and the luxury brand's properties throughout Japan have collaborated on an exclusive guide to celebrating Sakura, the iconic Cherry Blossom season. 

 

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 11thThe 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.  ...more



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