Tuesday, June 23, 2009

An Afternoon at the Hay Adams

Monday afternoon I had the pleasure of being a guest at an intimate chef's tasting table at the Hay Adams Hotel. I arrived to find the always lovely Alison Okobi waiting in the lobby to take me down to the kitchen, perhaps one of the only places I have not ventured in this hotel. The group was small as we shared a drink and some fantastic new summer hors d'oeuvres Chef was preparing.

After about 20 minutes, we were all invited up to the rooftop with that famous view of the White House, National Monument and Jefferson Memorial. And what a view it was on Monday. It was absolutely crystal clear, not a cloud in the sky, if you can believe that from the weather we have been having!

The exiting feature of the fabulous rooftop was the new summer lounge furniture. Just like sitting out in the best backyard in the country. Chef prepared a fantastic five course lunch right on the rooftop with us. Cantaloupe and Mint Soup, chilled of course, Seared Diver Scallops with Orange and Lemon Risotto and a Pear and Almond Tart were just a few things we dined on.

So, what's in it for you? I learned the Hay Adams is doing some great summer events for all of those who believe in the staycation this year. To go along with the cumfy, casual new lounge furniture, the hotel is offering a package for guests who book a Sunday night stay. The option is to attend the Sunday bar-b-que on the rooftop for dinner and a view. This is such a treat since the roof is not normally open for hotel guests to wander up there. What a wonderful, relaxing getaway, to book an evening outside the home and not have have to worry about what to do for dinner!

If Sunday nights on the rooftop are anything like my lunch was Monday, I'll be booking many a staycations with the Hay Adams this summer!