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SPRING 2016

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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BALLANTYNE | escape continued on page 86 During the festival, Peacock Alley at the historic Willard InterContinental hotel draws many local residents. frst president also would be humbled that this city named in his honor serves not only as the federal seat of government but a perennial draw for citizens enjoying its wealth of distinctly American museums, galleries and monuments. An ideal time to capture Washington, D.C.'s essence is during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which creates a spectacular backdrop for the mall and nearby area. This year's festival runs from March 20 to April 17. Average peak bloom is April 4, but blossoms last 14 days so there's a good window of time to catch the show. You can immerse yourself in the futtering pink froth by walking, taking the National Mall Circulator bus or riding a bike (rent from Capital Bikeshare or popular Bike and Roll DC, which also ofers tours). For a festival route map and peek at the The Willard InterContinental hosted the Japanese delegation when it presented the cherry trees to Washington. Photo courtesy of Willard InterContinental 84 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE SPRING 2016

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