Monday, April 28, 2008

The National Harbor & Gaylord National Hotel - Oxon Hill, MD

So the National Harbor is big news in the DC area. Not to mention vendors are keeping an eye on its development, including photographers :) It will be home to many retailers and residential developments and I am stoked to see it all come to fruition!

Coming from Virginia, it's located just across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on the opposite side of the Potomac river, just southwest across from Old Town Alexandria. A water taxi is already in service connecting both waterfronts making these two locations a haven for first dates, romantic DC area outings, or just hanging out with the crew. You can spend time enjoying the charm and history Old Town Alexandria in VA, then head over for some modern atmosphere at the National Harbor. A water taxi also has a route between the National Harbor and Mount Vernon in Virginia. Check out their interactive map.

The only thing open right now is the Gaylord National Hotel Resort & Convention Center. A very classy looking hotel to say the least. Anyway, I took the fam over to get a sneak peek at the development. Most of it us still under construction, but the hotel and waterfront is open to the public. I foresee this place getting super busy when everything opens up. Plenty of retailers & some nice restaurants already have their place holders.

It was a very cloudy day for pics, but check these out...

There were many of these "lifestyle" themed posters everywhere

View looking west at Virginia's horizon. The WW Bridge is in the right half of the frame.

A shot of Waterfront Street

Another view of the waterfront

One of several neat looking murals at the waterfront

Here 's a look inside the Gaylord

Just outside the hotel

The walkway towards the Westin Hotel ahead

A wide shot of the Gaylord

"The Awakening" sculpture was relocated here from Haines Point (East Potomac Park)

The National Harbor/Alexandria Water Taxi

Fun times with the family :)

Couldn't leave without a portrait could I?


Sally Brewer Photography said...

Cool. I'll have to go check it out too! Thanks for sharing.

Noah Hayes said...

You beat me in posting photos, but you didn't beat me getting there...LOL! Told you it was amazing place! The crazy thing I don't think they had installed that sculpture yet when I went. I was looking for it all over the place!

Sarah Hodzic said...

WOW! I had no idea this was happening in my own "backyard"! Thanks for posting this Armin.
I need to take a field trip and go see all the new development. It looks fantastic!