Conde Nast Traveler and Dujour both recommend staying at The Jefferson hotel in DC during the annual cherry blossom festival. This seems like a good time to remember that the famous trees (3,000) were a gift from Mayor Yuko Ozaki of Tokyo to Washington, DC. In Japan, the beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life. 

Read more on staying at The Jefferson, an intimate five-star, 99-room hotel just blocks from the White House, and picnicking with the pink and white petals here: and