Diving into the Harbor at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

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Located just fifteen minutes from Washington, D.C., the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is an ideal place to stay during your D.C. trip. You’ll get the immersion and atmosphere of our nation’s capitol, without being overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the city, making it a great hotel for families, couples, or friends looking for a true D.C. experience. After recently staying here myself, I wanted to share with you my first-hand account of all the perks and amenities the Gaylord has to offer.


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Even with the 1,996 rooms and 110 luxury suites, the Gaylord National is so much more than a hotel; it’s an experience. With fine dining options, shopping, and entertainment on-site, you’ll find plenty to do without even setting foot off the 41 acre resort.


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Family-friendly by week and ready for nightlife by the weekend, your kids will love the arcade and junior-Olympic size pool, while moms, dads, couples, or friends can head to the fitness center, or relax at the Relâche Spa, named one of the “Top 100 Spas of 2011” by Spas of America. Don’t forget to stop by the nightly fountain show for some free entertainment!


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Only 7.4 miles from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and with multiple shuttle, bus, and taxi services to and from the resort and into the city, you’ll have no trouble maneuvering around this area without a car. The Gaylord National offers a private dock with water taxi service to Old Town Alexandria, Mount Vernon, Washington, D.C. and the Washington Nationals ballpark, as well as a free shuttle service to Tanger Outlets and MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino.


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For dining at the Gaylord National, stop at the quick-serve coffee bar for a Starbucks coffee, and for dinner, head to their signature restaurant, the Old Hickory Steakhouse. Offering the highest quality steaks, entrees, and cocktails, you’ll be able to dine-out in luxury without leaving the resort. Stop by their terrace either before dinner for a cocktail, or when you’re finished with your meal. It’s the perfect spot to see the stunning views of the city. Keep in mind that the Old Hickory Steakhouse gets busy during peak hours, so be sure to make a reservation!


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Located right on the National Harbor of Maryland, it’s not hard to spend a full day just walking around this beautiful waterfront area. Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite at Potbelly’s, enjoy fun, family dining at the Cadillac Ranch, or perhaps even indulge in one of their high-end restaurants, such as the Thai Pavilion in the Waterfront District, the dining options are endless. See for yourself!


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If you’re looking for the perfect souvenir or special gift, you’re sure to find it at one of the National Harbor’s 180 stores and specialty shops. While the district offers many chain stores, such as the Eddie Bauer Outlet or H&M, you’ll also discover dozens of one-of-a-kind gift shops, like local favorite, Fire & Ice. For a full list of shops at the National Harbor, take a look here.


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Recently added in May 2017 is the Gaylord National’s 16,000 square foot RiverView Ballroom, where attendees will marvel at the 270 degree, floor-to-ceiling view of the picturesque Potomac River. It’s one of the five ballrooms at the resort, as well as the 89 meeting rooms and 178,787 square foot exhibition hall, making the Gaylord National an ideal spot for your company’s next event.


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As if another reason is needed to visit the Gaylord National, the resort is also part of the Marriott chain, so make sure to use your Marriott Rewards card to earn points. Next time you’re headed for Washington D.C., there’s no need to think twice about treating yourself to the Gaylord National Resort, take it from me!

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