Back from Washington DC

I left on Monday to go to Washington DC for a meeting with my current job. We stayed at the Gaylord National Event Center in National Harbor, Maryland. We also had our meeting there on Tuesday and Wednesday. I have to say this place is huge! You need a road map just to find your room! It was amazing with the beautiful interior atrium and all the interesting landscaping and yes, two townhouses!

While it was really beautiful, as a guest, you seemed to just get lost in the massive amounts of people that were there. The customer service was pretty good, if you ever got to see anyone. But I think after staying there, it reminded me how much I love the intimate atmosphere you get with a bed and breakfast. This was more like visiting Disney World.

Enjoy the Pictures!

Gaylord NationalView from my balcony of the atrium.

Gaylord National
View from my balcony of the atrium.

Gaylord NationalView from my balcony of the atrium.

Gaylord National
View from my balcony of the atrium.

Gaylord NationalView from my balcony of the atrium and the two townhouses.

Gaylord National
View from my balcony of the atrium and the two townhouses.

Gaylord NationalView from my balcony of the atrium.

Gaylord National
View from my balcony of the atrium.

Gaylord NationalView from my balcony of the atrium Window Wall. From here you can see the bridge that crosses between DC and Maryland and the harbor.

Gaylord National
View from my balcony of the atrium Window Wall. From here you can see the bridge that crosses between DC and Maryland and the harbor.

Fountain that "dances to music". Look its blue....

Fountain that “dances to music”. Look its blue….

... no red!

… no red!

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Pathway inside the atrium

Pathway inside the atrium

Landscaping inside the atrium

Landscaping inside the atrium

One of the two townhouses

One of the two townhouses

One of the two townhouses and the cafe

One of the two townhouses and the cafe

View of the Window Wall from the floor of the atrium

View of the hotel from the floor of the atrium

The other townhouse

The other townhouse

Landscaping

Landscaping

View from outside the atrium main gate

View from outside the atrium main gate

Townehouse

Townhouse

Cafe in the atrium

Cafe in the atrium

Another view of the hotel

Another view of the hotel

Outside of the lobby

Outside of the lobby

Townhouse

Townhouse

Townhouses

Townhouses

Spa

Spa

Lobby

Lobby

Townhouse

Townhouse

Steak House inside the Gaylord National

Steak House inside the Gaylord National

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34 thoughts on “Back from Washington DC

  1. gardenlilie says:

    Lovely…I’ve been to a Gaylord hotel in Nashville! Had Thanksgiving there one year. Yes, your B n B will be very nice, except it looks fairly big! How many rooms will you have for sleep?

  2. I’ve been there for a NYE event…it is huge!

  3. terry1954 says:

    the photos are so beautiful, but if you know me at all, i am not a glamor girl nor full of glitz, give me the plantation any day

  4. John says:

    Incredible! Cavernous! Never seen that place before. So cool how the buildings are inside a building. Great photos. :)

  5. seniorhiker says:

    Your pictures remind me of Gaylord’s Opryland in Nashville.

  6. vanbraman says:

    Reminds me of a time long ago when I went to Washington D.C. for a trade show. I spent a lot more time at the hotel and convention center than I wanted to. I finally got a half day to hurry around and visit what I could before flying home.

  7. We have stayed there before for a conference and wow is it incredible!! Great pictures!

  8. I was there last year for the International Conference of Women’s Shelters! And yes, I spent the first two days lost. It was an amazing place as all of Washington was to this little Canadian.

  9. sarahlouisek says:

    I like the lit fountains and the townhouses. Atriums with hotels always seem to overwhelm me though.

  10. This is a city! With population easily comparable to Brussels for sure!

  11. Awesome photos of your stay at the Gaylord! Big and beautiful doesn’t always mean exceptional care and hospitality. You will be taking care of that bit when your B&B finally opens. Getting closer :D

    Leslie

  12. Jane Sadek says:

    Lovely place, but I’m with you. Give me a nice B&B with a lovely hostess any day of the week.

  13. isaiah43123 says:

    These pictures brought flashbacks of visiting Heritage USA many years ago.

  14. Gorgeous photos! It reminds me of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in TN. We actually took a boat ride through it!

  15. Amanda steeves says:

    Good luck with your endeavor! I grew up in historic Annapolis, MD, and there are some beautiful historic hotels and homes on tour that might give you some ideas! My husband and I had our wedding reception at the Governor Calvert House, which is one of the Historic Inns of Annapolis. The Inn has an atrium built off the back of the original home with modern wings on either side, looking down on the atrium. It is much smaller than the Gaylord, but it is a great example of “marrying” old with new. Another idea: maybe you could work a deal with the Fredericksburg paddle wheeler to have lunch cruises from your dock!

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. becky6259 says:

    Beautiful and impressive hotel, especially the colorful fountains! I am a little like you, though, in that I don’t care for heavy-duty crowds in places where I am staying, but it looks like the place where you work spared no expense for this trip!

  17. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Please help! Well, this is a pickle. I tried to submit my cookie recipe for your contest, but I can’t seem to connect to the content. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    • I am sorry, but we postponed the contest because we didn’t have anyone really entering. So we figured we would open it back up as we got closer to the opening date. Please hold on to your recipe! We will be doing it again soon!

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