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Did You Know?

  • The Jefferson Hotel was supposed to open on November 1, 1895, but at the last minute it was realized that November 1 was a Friday, and it was considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday. So the hotel was opened on Halloween instead.

  • From the time the hotel opened until 1937, rooms were just $1.50 per night.  A room with a private bath was $1 more per night.

  • The Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the hotel in 1949 cost $2.50.

  • When Elvis stayed at the hotel in 1956, he brought his own television and the hotel manager was shocked that Elvis ate his bacon with his fingers.

  • In the mid 1950s, the hotel had a pink limousine to drive guests throughout the city.

  • The Jefferson has been in several movies including My Dinner with Andre (1981), First Kid (1996), HBO's Ironed Jawed Angels (2004), The American President (1995) and the recently discovered Rock and Roll Hotel (early 1980's).

  • Alligators once resided in marble pools in the Palm Court Lobby.  Richmonders would vacation in Florida and bring the baby alligators home as pets.  As they outgrew sinks and bathtubs, residents would bring them to live at The Jefferson.  Tour the hotel’s public area and see how many alligators you can find today!

  • Twelve US Presidents, including Harrison, McKinley, Wilson, Coolidge, Taft, both Roosevelts (Theodore and Franklin Delano), Truman and Reagan, both Bushes (George H. W. and George W.) and Obama have been guests at The Jefferson Hotel.

  • Legend says that Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was discovered by his life-long agent while dancing across the dining room at The Jefferson Hotel. 

  • Frank Sinatra once entertained guests in Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel with an impromptu performance after enjoying his dinner.

  • Artifacts from over a century of the hotel’s history are housed in a museum at the bottom of The Grand Staircase, including a photo of Elvis at the hotel's old lunch counter.

  • The priceless statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands watch over the Palm Court lobby has only left his post on one occasion.  In the 1902 hotel fire, he was rescued from the building only to have his head bumped on the cobblestones.  He took a brief vacation to Edward Valentine’s art studio where his head was reattached.

  • The Grand Staircase at The Jefferson Hotel has long been rumored to be the staircase featured in the iconic film, Gone with the Wind.

  • The Jefferson Hotel is often cited as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture still in existence today.

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Afternoon Breaks

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AFTERNOON BREAKS

Cool And Crispy
Auntie Sara’s Crispy Granola
Low Fat Vanilla and Greek Yogurt
Ginger Peach Compote
Fresh Berries
Dried Fruit and Nuts
Virginia Honey on the Comb
$19

Garden And Gabel
“Excellent Break to Pair with Wine”
(minimum 20 guests)
Vegetable Crudités with Herbed Crème Fraiche
Spicy Cheese Straws
Baked Brie and Dried Fruits
Assorted Crackers and Flat Breads
$18

Latin Style
Gazpacho Shooters
Pineapple Salsa and Salsa Ranchero
House Made Special Tostados
Steak Empanadas and Chipotle Crème Fraiche
Watermelon Agua Fresca
$18

Cookies And Milk
Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin and Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ice Cold Whole, Skim and Chocolate Milks
$14

Sweet and Salty
Brownies and Blondies
Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Peanut Bars
Individually Packed Mexicali Spicy Bar Mix
Caramel Corn
$19

The Mountaineer
Auntie Sara’s Crunchy Granola
Trail Mix Cookies
Chocolate Rocks
Individually Packed Yogurt Ambrosia Nut Mix
Orange Gatorade or Fruit 66 Sparkling Juices
$18

Chocolate Lover’s Break
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Fudge Brownies and Blondies
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Truffles
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Chocolate Espresso Beans
Hershey Kisses
$20

Chocolate Fountain
Dark Chocolate Dipping Sauce
Oreos
Cream Puffs
Fresh Pineapple and Strawberries
Rice Krispies Treats
Angel Food Cake
Marshmallows
$19

The Jefferson Carnival
Cracker Jacks
Candied Red Apples
Mini Pretzel Dogs
Cotton Candy
Mini Funnel Cakes with Powdered Sugar, Chocolate Sauce and Mulled Strawberries
$18

The Healthy Afternoon
Whole Fresh Fruit
Assorted Yogurts
Granola Bars
Pretzels and Raisins
$16

Very Virginia Theme Break
Virginia Ham on Sweet Potato Biscuits with Poppy Seed Mustard
Shenandoah Apples

Choice of Chesapeake Crab Dip with Baguettes;
or
Crispy Eastern Shore Clam Strips

Virginia Peanuts and Route 11 Chips
$21

Add Virginia Sweet Tea or Lemonade
 $23

Make Your Own Sundae Bar
$50 attendant fee
(minimum 25 guests)

Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream
Gourmet Assorted Toppings
Butterscotch and Chocolate Sauces
Fresh Whipped Cream
$15

To The Movies
Warm Fresh Popcorn
Assorted Jelly Beans and Candy Bars
Tortilla Chips with Melted Cheese Sauce
$15

It’s Tea Time
Assorted Finger Sandwiches
Biscotti
Miniature Confections
Iced Tea and Selection of Hot Teas
$14

It’s A Small World
Your choice of two:
Hamburger Sliders, Miniature Corn Dogs, Cordon Bleu Bites, Miniature Assorted Pizzas
and
Fun Size Candy Bars
Miniature Cookie Bags
Brownie Bites
Miniature Italian Ice Push Pops
$21

Island Break
Key Lime Pie
Citrus Mint Salad
Choice of Tiger Shrimp Fritters or Coconut Chicken Bites
Individually Packed Sunburst Tropical Trail Mix
$19