Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gaylord National Resort!!!!!!

Get ready for the most amazing adventure EVER!!!!!! On December 6th we headed south in our 4 wheel drive sled, destination.....Gaylord National Resort on the National Harbor/Potomac River, east of Washington DC. We arrived at the resort about 2 p.m., our beautiful room was ready and our exciting adventure began. First we discovered the National Christmas Tree just blocks from our resort. It was windy and really cold so we paid for 10 minutes on the parking meter and ran to get these fabulous shots........

National Harbor Holiday Tree.........

the "awakening" this picture was Chuck's idea.........
but....i had to do it also........

Next it was back to our glorious room to peel off all those heavy clothes and explore the hotel. Let's start with the Tree of Light. A 60 foot tall tree made entirely of synthetic "candy" glass. Each night the atrium comes to life with an extravaganza that heralds the arrival of nightfall with Christmas music, a light show and dancing fountains that shoot 60 feet high (o.k.......so that I copied from the brochure). 

synthetic "candy" glass tree.........

When you look up, you are amazed by the 150 foot tall curtains as they "dance" to choreographed music, just like the real Northern Lights.  

twice nightly indoor snow.........

day time view of the atrium from our room.........

 night time view of the atrium from our room.........

4 restaurants, and lobster (smile)......this. was. amazing!!!!!!

the Christmas Trees in the lobby were beautiful and abundant!!!!!!

Chuck felt it important to mention that we took about 50 pictures in this exact spot, at several different times. It was a busy place, with a lot of people who were completely oblivious to what we were trying to do, which was take a great picture, ourselves, using the camera's timer. Some people stopped to ask if we wanted them to take it (that was after we had photographed their rear ends) we politely said "no". We always sport very fake smiles when we smile at strangers!!!!!

There was an indoor train ride for the kids, visits with Santa (I refrained) and nightly movies by the pool. We tried the movie but Chuck just was not having it AND it was a little warm by the pool. They had the best hot chocolate ever and I will never admit to how many cups I drank!!!!

2 comments:

  1. that hotel looks amazing!! that looks like a really fun trip!!

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