The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown Is Making a Big Deal About a Duck
For 10 years running, Mother Ritzy Duck has been showing up at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown in Washington, DC, to hatch her brood in style. We guess you could say she has a standing reservation at the hotel (yuk, yuk).
This year, the team at the hotel has taken the utmost care to ensure that Ritzy’s stay is a true Ritz-Carlton experience that exceeds her needs and expectations -- lucky duck! –- and has assigned a "Just Ducky Concierge" to ensure her stay is a good one. A set of SOP (standard operating procedures) on Distinguished Duck Care has been written by the concierge to assist staff in taking care of this VID guest.
First and foremost is that Ritzy only gets Ritz-Carlton bottled water and absolutely no people food. Once a day Ritzy has lunch and then goes for a dip in the pool, which cools her eggs and helps with her baby ducks’ development, but for the last few days before hatching time, mama duck is given gourmet organic duck pellets so that she can eat in comfort while waiting for the little guys to make an appearance.
Ritzy has chosen a tall planter in the courtyard off the main lobby as the place to nest this year (such a trendsetter -- other ducks are sure to follow) and hotel security has been acting as her bodyguards since she arrived.
In honor of her arrival, bartenders at Degrees have brought back her signature cocktail -- the Duck Duck Goose -- with Grey Goose L’Orange, pineapple juice, a splash of grenadine, and a splash of Sprite. And you’ll be happy to hear that the culinary team has temporarily taken duck off the menu.
If you want to pay Ritzy a visit we found summer weekend rates starting at $369 per night.
Mother Ritzy Duck is proud to announce the birth of seven little Ritzy Ducks on Monday, June 2. Duck and ducklings are all doing fine and Mom is already showing them off as they walk around the grounds.
[Photos: The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown]