Monday, May 30, 2011

Our DC Mini-Vaca. in March

After Kacie left, we decided to take a few days, go stay close to DC,  and take in some of the sights we hadn't been able to get to yet. It coincided with the Cherry Blossom Festival which was great!
We stayed at a new resort area east of DC called National Harbor. It is a 300 acre area with hotels,restaurants, shops, residents, offices, & 3 Marinas on the Potomac River. They host lots of concerts & events there also. We have a Wyndham time-share and there is a Wyndham property at National Harbor, so we stayed there.

This is a view from the waterfront looking towards the shops & restaurants.

On the beach by the marina is a sculpture called "The Awakening". It was originally part of a city-wide public art exhibition in DC in 1980. It was part of Hains Point at the tip of the East Potomac Park. In 2008 the sculpture was moved to National Harbor. It is a 5 piece cast iron sculpture depicting the arousing of a bearded giant breaking free from the earth. Dan is standing next to the hand, so as you can see, it's pretty big!!

The Gaylord National hotel covers 41 acres of National Harbor and is 1 of 4 Gaylord hotels in the U.S. It is HUGE!!!

 Inside is an 18 story atrium area so big that there are buildings which look like houses for the shops and also a fountain that changes colors.

We ate at one of the restaurants at the Gaylord, called Moon Bay. For dessert they bring everyone a cone of cotton candy! So we had that WITH our Key Lime Pie!

Once it gets dark out the fountain colors are even more dramatic!

 We didn't take these photos, but I put them in so you could see what the area looks like from the Potomac River.

 Day 2; into DC!!

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