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A Capitol Spring

Has this week’s unusually snowy weather dampened your springtime spirits? Find sunshine — and a few perks — south of the Mason-Dixon

Has this week’s unusually snowy weather dampened your springtime spirits? Find sunshine — and a few perks — south of the Mason-Dixon.

Where: Washington Court Hotel. 525 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 800-763-0487

What’s special: The Washington Court Hotel, in the heart of the nation’s Capital, is within walking distance to the U.S. Capitol Building, the National Mall’s museums and monuments, Union Station, and restaurants. Ask about the rooms that offer a view of the Capitol. Cherry blossoms, daffodils, and other colorful flowers turn Washington into a magical spring awakening.

The deal: The “Up, Up and Away” package includes a pink kite to fly among the trees, edible cherry-flavored bubbles to blow through the blossoms, and pink wayfarer-style sunglasses to enjoy the rose-colored view. The hotel also offers free valet parking. Hudson Valley Magazine readers receive an added surprise: a special cocktail for the adults (called the Cherry Lime Ricky) and, for the younger set, pink Shirley Temples (with extra cherries, of course). The rates are $159 on weekends and $229 midweek. Use the code “Cherry.”

When: Through April 30

For up-to-the-minute deals, follow Alice Shapin on Twitter @greatraveldeals
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