Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to be invited to The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner to participate in their Stay, Play and Write campaign. My mom and her girlfriends were already planning a trip to Tysons Corner Galleria to do some holiday shopping - so I figured it'd be the perfect time to coordinate with them and have a girls getaway. My mom and her friends arrived from Richmond early to get their shop on, so I wasn't surprised when she called to tell me that they had already checked into the room. I was surprised, however, when she said that we had THE RITZ-CARLTON SUITE... like... all 1800+ square feet!
All I could think is that I might be sleeping in the same bed that Harry Styles
The suite greeted us with double doors, a foyer, three bathrooms, king bed, formal dining room with seating for 8, kitchen, and a spacious living room with fireplace. Also -- the suite offers club access to the concierge lounge with 5 food and beverage presentations each day.
I was treated to a seat at the last class in the Fall Epicurean Series on Saturday with the Executive Pastry Chef, Fred. I posted this before, but each Saturday in October, The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner offered opportunities to cook with their team. I actually ran into a nice lady at the cooking lesson who said she was there because she read it on my blog... pretty cool! If they start this series up again in the future, I'll be sure to post the schedule. For now, you can check their calendar of events
for more happenings.
Anyways, the class was 3-4:30... and I probably would have a lot more to say, but they paired three of the four desserts with cocktails in those 90 minutes and I was just happy I didn't fall off of my bar stool. Chef Fred was pretty amazing and he made everything look SO easy. I am inspired enough to try to make creme brulee at home - his tip was to go straight to home depot and get a blow torch. I think I can handle that! Check out the sweet potato bread pudding, milk chocolate and caramel rounds, sweet potato pie, and pumpkin spice creme brulee:
Aside from enjoying the complimentary food and beverages in the club lounge, we also dined in ENTYSE Wine Bar & Bistro. Since there were 5 of us, we went ahead and made a reservation for 8pm. Good thing we did because it got packed. There was an awesome Latin trio performing - and I've been told that it's one of the only upscale places in the area with live music on the weekends.
For dinner, everyone in our party ordered surf and turf or the filet... you can't go wrong with either option. For breakfast at ENTYSE Bistro on Sunday morning, I had their famous eggs benedict with jumbo lump crab cakes. It was supposed to be a "shopping weekend" in Tysons... but I think we did way more dining then shopping.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway - so close to home, but so far removed from the busy hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia.
I was provided with a complimentary stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The weeklong celebration will be dedicated to enjoying wine, wine education and an opportunity to help support the area’s growing local wineries, wine shops, wine bars and restaurants. Expect hosted themed events throughout the week, paired menus and special oﬀers from participating bars and restaurants. Official events can be found on www.dcwineweek.com
. This year there is Yoga & Wine, Tapped wine from The Coupe, Italian Fest, Oysters & Wine, Wines from Greece and Bocce & Wine to name a few. D.C. WINE FACTS
- D.C. leads the nation almost every year in per capita sales and consumption of wine.
- There are 27 wine trails and over 343 wineries in Maryland and Virginia that contribute to the wine culture of the city.
- The Washington Wine Academy was voted one of the top five places to study wine by Food and Wine Magazine making D.C. a top location for wine education.
- Mayor Vincent Grey proclaimed DC Wine Week 2013, making this the third year in a row that the mayor has proclaimed DC Wine Week.
Event Partners: The Coupe,
DiVine Wine Tours,
Greek Embassy, Kellari Taverna, Mimi Rieger, Ristorante i Ricchi, Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, Tel’Veh Cafe & Wine Bar, Veritas Wine Bar, VIDA Fitness, Vinolovers, Vinoteca
Event Site: www.dcwineweek.com
#DCWineWeek About the DC Wine Week: DC Wine Week is a weeklong celebration dedicated to enjoying wine, wine education and an opportunity to support the area’s growing number of local wineries, wine shops, wine bars, restaurants and merchants. DC Wine Week is brought to you by Pivot Point Communications and Lisa Byrne.
The 38th Annual Virginia Wine Festival
returns to Great Meadow Event Center in The Plains, Virginia September 14th and 15th. The Commonwealth's original celebration of Virginia wine, the Virginia Wine Festival will feature more than 50 Virginia wineries and offer free wine tastings and educational viticulture seminars to festival-goers during the two-day event. The Virginia Wine Festival will also play host to a variety of local musical talents and vendors, allowing guests the opportunity to experience a little of everything Virginia has to offer.
Confirmed wineries for the 2013 Virginia Wine Festival include: Barboursville Vineyards, Davis Valley Winery, Old House Vineyards, Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, Veritas Vineyard & Winery, the Williamsburg Winery
Festival musicians include: Inner Rhythm Quartet, Johnny and the Headhunters, Glory on the Floor and Jr. Cline and the Recliners.
A van shuttle to and from the Vienna Metro stop is also available to guests coming from across the Washington, DC metro area. This and food pairing options are accessible to all festival guests through the variety of ticket options.
Tickets for the Virginia Wine Festival are on sale now at virginiawinefest.com
or by calling 888-VA-FESTS. For more information about the Virginia Wine Festival, including a schedule of events and full list of participating wineries, visit virginiawinefest.com
Enjoying a glass of Barboursville Reisling at the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival.
We spent our time at a picnic table next to the moon bounce and sipped while B jumped endlessly. Quite a perfect Sunday afternoon!
Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd, 2013 is the 32nd Vintage Virginia, featuring the Commonwealth’s best wine, food and music each year during a fun-filled festival at Bull Run Park Special Events Center.
This year’s Vintage promises to be the best in decades, with an emphasis on Virginian cuisine, showcased by free daily cooking demonstrations by TOP CHEFS
from across the country! Additionally, a line-up of nearly two dozen of the Washington, DC-area’s favorite FOOD TRUCKS
will be on hand, making for a perfectly balanced weekend of wine, food, friends and music. Vintage Virginia 2013 - The Best Vintage Yet! Buy tickets online now or enter to win TWO tickets below!
Check out our pics from last year's event
Historic Mount Vernon invites visitors to sip wine while watching the sunset on George Washington’s home! Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon, an event over Memorial Day weekend (May 25 – 26), offers a rare opportunity to visit Mount Vernon after the daytime crowds have departed. Visitors may take evening tours of the Mansion, relax and enjoy wine and desserts available for purchase on the
lawn overlooking the Potomac River.
Delight in 18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and immerse yourself in the 18th century as the sun sets on the plantation with costumed residents like the charming Lady Washington. This family-friendly event celebrates the beginning of summer on the plantation.
Tickets are $18, adults; $12, children ages 6-11; and free for five and under. This event requires a separate ticket from daytime admission. Annual passes are not valid for this event. All activities, with the exception of food and wine, are included with admission to this event. Tickets may be purchased online in advance at MountVernon.org or at the Ford Orientation Center ticket window until
8:00 p.m. the evening of the event. Guests must be prepared to show identification to purchase wine.
Tickets can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/126pxez
I was honored to be invited by The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
to host a Blogger Night Out Event for local social media influencers and their +1s. It was great to connect with old friends and meet and see new faces too! In the world of social media, you can never know too many people!
Iman, the marketing director, graciously invited us into Entyse Bar and Lounge
for a spectacular night of networking, laughter, and of course, food and beverage. I have to admit that Vincent, the wine director, had us all feeling quite fine with his luscious assortment of vinos (my new favorite is the White Haven Sauvignon Blanc
- try it, you won't be disappointed!). The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner is not just a swanky hotel for out of town guests - they offer so much more! For example: there are classes for kids in the kitchen, manicure and martini events for women, and sushi nights every Thursday! Check out the pics below of the night out - Special thanks to The Ritz-Carlton for hosting!
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Cupid’s Bar Crawl celebrates the season of love with a fun group gathering. Join thousands of brightly clad fellow crawlers as they amble from stop to stop on this Cupid excursion. Whether you’re single, taken, or just hoping to get shot by Cupid’s never failing arrow, do so with some of DC’s finest!
A ticket gets you pink, white and red Valentine’s Day/Mardi Gras signature beads, a wristband, and drink specials at some of Dupont Circle’s best bars. Participating establishments include: Ozio, Public Bar, Irish Whiskey, The Mighty Pint and more to be announced shortly! Each bar will feature Valentine’s and Mardi Gras holiday shenanigans and drink specials from 3PM until 11PM! Registration: Irish Whiskey between 3PM-7PM
What you get: Valentine’s Day & Mardi Gras beads, a signature refillable mug, access to some of DC’s best bars, raffle entry for great prizes and free pictures of the event.
Dress Code: Participants are encouraged to dress in whatever best expresses this Valentine’s season, whether it be a full-body Cupid’s suit, a heart shaped costume, or a pink angel sent from the heavens.
You must be 21 years or older to participate. Please drink responsibly. For more event details visit www.CupidsBarCrawl.com
Presented by the Crystal City Business Improvement District in partnership with the Washington Wine Academy, the 1K Wine Walk promises “racers” a one-of-a-kind opportunity to taste and learn about wines as they make their way through the interior walkways and Crystal City Shops.
Select your heat and make your way through the race course in the Shops at Crystal City stopping at “hydration stations” along the way where you’ll find wines instead of water (actually there will be water, too) and cheese and bread instead of bananas. Celebrate your personal best at the end of the course in a fun-filled finish festival that includes more wines, great music and complimentary bites.