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Starstruck at Capella Georgetown hotel, explore Washington's nighttime sky

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Reach for the stars at the glittering Capella Washington D.C. Hotel, Georgetown.

Joining the hotel's rooftop spa and swimming pool is a $2,000 telescope featuured in the new Constellation Series of stargazing and culinary celebrations. Launching January 30th, you can dine and enjoy celestial views for $175.

“For those who don’t know, Capella is the brightest star in the constellation Auriga, the sixth brightest star in the night sky, and the third brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere,” says Alex Obertop, General Manager, Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown.

To celebrate the meaning behind Capella, the hotel's creative team partnered with the University of Maryland Department of Astronomy in College Park. Guided by student astronomers and faculty, the Capella Hotel invested in equipment for the exploration of Washington's nighttime sky.

Using special binoculars as well as an Orion parabolic telescope with 12" mirror, the constellations come into focus above the Georgetown waterfront. Guided by an astronomer, it's a learning experience that inspires the imagination.

Culinary flights of the Capella Grill Room's Executive Chef Jacob Esko open the evening. The three-course menu includes wine pairings plus a nightcap and desert on the roof. At a preview, we sampled Esko's signature selections: Bourbon/maple glazed duck breast preceeded by grilled langoustine salad. After stargazing comes hot chocolate, cider, and coffee with petit fours.

The Capella Constellation Series will take place two times each month when viewing conditions are optimal. For the first quarter of 2014:
• Thursday, January 30th (rain day: Friday, January 31st)
• Tuesday, February 4th (rain date to be announced)
• Wednesday, February 26th (rain day: Thursday, February 27th)
• Wednesday, March 5th (rain day: Thursday, March 6th)
• Wednesday, March 26th (rain day: Thursday, March 27th)

Stargazers are advised to prepare for the experience by dressing warmly and avoid looking at electronic devices (e.g. smart phone, iPad) during observations. The binoculars and telescope are sensitive instruments and you are advised to carefully follow the advice of your guide to use them safely so as to receive the best viewing experience possible. Looking at the bright screen of your smart phone during observations will impair your night vision (and possibly that of others around you) we were told.

Limited to ten participants, exclusive access to the Capella hotel's rooftop lounge is another perk for stargazers.

Including wines like Tattinger's sparkling Domaine Carneros vintage from California, the Constellation Series is the brightest new star in Georgetown.

Reservations: 202-617-2429, elisabeth.thomas@capellahotels.com

Online: www.capellawashingtondc.com

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