Reagan Washington National Airport

Washington, DC-area airports celebrate Cherry Blossom Festival

(Washington Dulles International Airport, photo by J. David Buerk)

The month-long National Cherry Blossom Festival is underway in the Washington, D.C. area and even the airports are getting into the spirit with cherry trees in bloom and buildings lit in pink at night.

Pink lighting is illuminating the iconic main terminal of Washington Dulles International Airport and the parking garage stairwells at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Inside the airports, there are cherry blossom-themed promotions and entertainment scheduled through April 16.

There will be Cherry Blossom stilt walkers strolling through airport halls pre-and post-security from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays (March 24, March 31, April 7 and April 14).

Photo courtesy Sidney Woods

Entertainment on tap includes souvenir photos, paint sessions with a Japanese Sumi-E artist (black ink painting) and performances by Cellist Peter Kibbe at Dulles International on Thursday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and at Reagan National on Friday, April 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Several restaurants will be offering pink-themed menu selections and drinks through April 17 and shoppers who spend more than $100 (pre-tax) on food or retail can turn those receipts in for a free National Cherry Blossom coaster set.

Social media followers of the airport Facebook pages can also win free ticket to official Cherry Blossom Festival events. Details here.

 

 

 

Travel Tidbits: Holiday Helpers

Some music, some shopping deals and some other ways to make holiday travel a bit less stressful.

Both Washington Dulles International and Reagan National Airport have a shopping promotion for the holiday: get a free gift with same-day purchases totaling $100 or more at two or more airport shops and restaurants.

Santa will be strolling about both airports and both airports have a full schedule of music and entertainment planned.  Links here for the schedule at Dulles and Reagan National.

And here’s a great idea: a new company – Holiday in a Box Shop –  offers just that:  themed kits filled with everything you need to create a festive space where you are, including a hotel room or – in a pinch – an airport concourse.

This year there are six themed sets – including the Seaglass Beach Collection above – as well as a nice assortment of ‘extra’ items, including a great assortment of bonus Santas. 

And it looks like everything ships for free.

 

 

 

 

Happy 75th Birthday, Reagan Washington National Airport

DCA image

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport turns 75 on June 16, and the party is already underway – with promotions, giveaways, pre-security performances and a special historic aircraft arrival.

In honor of the airport’s founding in 1941, restaurants across the airport are offering “First Class Meal Deal” specials for $19.41 and, as part of a ‘gift with purchase’ promotion, anyone who spends $100 in combined food and retail purchases at the airport can get a free, vintage-style travel bag.

DCA VINTAGE BAG

On Reagan National’s actual anniversary, June 16, passengers on the 75th arriving flight will be treated to music and dance performances and a giveaway at the gate.

The airport will also host the Aero Club of Washington for a lunch on June 16 in the Historic Lobby—the original ticketing area of the airport when it opened—with remarks from Doug Parker, President and CEO of American Airlines.

But wait – there’s more!

dca FLAGSHIP DETROIT

Flagship Detroit, a restored, American Airlines DC-3 aircraft and the same model that opened National Airport 75 years ago will arrive on Wednesday evening, June 15, for display at the Aero Club Lunch.

A full listing of events and promotions is on the DCA website and more details (and giveaways) are already flying on the airport’s Twitter feed.

But for now, here are the restaurants offering $19.41 specials this week:

Sam and Harry’s – Terminal C, pre-security
Legal Sea Foods – Terminal B/C, pre-security
Reservoir – Terminal A, post-security
Page – Terminal A, post-security
U Street Pub – Terminal B/C, post-security
Washington Pour Bar – Terminal C, post-security
Lebanese Taverna – Terminal B/C, post-security
Grill District – Terminal B, post-security
Cibo – Terminal B, pre-security

Shops Offering Promotions this week:

As Kindred Spirits – Terminal B/C, pre-security
America! – Terminal B/C, pre-security
InMotion Entertainment – Terminal B/C, pre-security
Capital Image – Terminal B, pre-security
Landau – Terminal C, pre-security
iTravel 2 – Terminal B, pre-security
Dunkin Donuts – Terminal A, pre-security

DCA 75th logo

Canstruction art at Reagan Washington National Airport

Giant structures made from canned goods are on display at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport through Saturday, November 9.

CANSTRUCTION WHITE HOUSE

Local architectural and engineering firms made the structures, which are on display in the baggage claim level in Terminals B/C. After Saturday, the cans of food will be donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster

Food Truck

Look down – and around – at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Flight, by Michele Oka Doner, a floor medallion at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Next time you’re at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport look down – and around.

The airport has thirty works of art that are part of the building, including 10 floor medallions on the concourse.

The one above, titled “Flight,” is by Michele Oka Doner and, like the other floor medallions, may be hard to see when the terminal is busy.

But all the medallions, as well as all the other art that’s part of DCA airport, is on he website. Click here to take a tour.

Lovely AND fun to say: Hooloomooloo, by Frank Stella.

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