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National Harbor – Ft. Washington, Maryland

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Just outside of our nation’s capitol sits a magical place.

A place that one can view from across the Potomac from the shores of Old Town Alexandria, yet a place that still seems so far away to us city-dwellers.

To get there, you can’t take the Subway. Your options are to drive, to cab, or (our personal favorite) to hop on the water taxi. Heads-up: this mode of transportation is $12 dollars each way.

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So what is this magical place you ask? None other than National Harbor in Ft. Washington, Maryland.

Within the past few years, National Harbor has grown into a retreat of sorts, providing the citizens of the Washington metro area an escape from the hustle and bustle without having to venture too far from home.

A newly constructed Tanger Outlet Mall is home to dozens of high-end stores (as well as ones more friendly on the wallet). The 175 ft Capitol Wheel offers 360 degree views of the Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. landscapes, and the waterfront boasts some of the best and most unique restaurants the D.C. metro area has to offer.

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This past weekend, we decided to venture out to National Harbor to check out some of the new developments, and to get a bite to eat. (ok, ok, we really went out there to join all the kids in costume to watch a showing of “Hocus Pocus” on the big screen.) Did we mention that there’s also a carousel close by?

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After watching the movie for a while, we started to get hungry, so we walked up to Waterfront Street to check out the grub hubs. The aromas from restaurants like Bond 45, Old Hickory Steakhouse, Fiorella’s Italian Kitchen, and Redstone American Grill enticed us, but we ultimately chose Rosa Mexicano, a modern Mexican chain known for it’s table side guacamole and chic margaritas. (See below!)

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To top off the meal, we ordered a side of Queso Fondito, corn tortillas, and chicken enchiladas (tip: add chorizo to the cheese! We did not, but we saw people around us do it and it looked delicious!)

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And how about a close up of this bubbly, melted goodness?

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After lunch, we were stuffed, but, as our luck would have it we ran smack into a custard shop (it was like the heavens opened up and said nope, you’re not done yet). So how could we resist?

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We soon discovered it wasn’t any average custard stand. Goodies, which is locally owned and operated, is a 50’s style creamery that also offers seasonal, handmade specialties such as fried chicken, chili, peach cobbler, sweet cornbread, biscuits, and an assortment of freshly-baked pies and cakes a-la-mode. (Check out this “Red Velvet Donutwhich”!! Insane).

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We shouldn’t fail to mention that Goodies is also a food truck (Capitol Hill staff keep your eyes peeled – he parks the truck across from Tortilla Coast!)

Here is another close-up of that Donutwhich just for good measure:

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After scarfing down an entire jumbo doughnut *and* custard we took a walk (of shame) down the rest of the streets surrounding Waterfront and stumbled upon the cutest lil’ market with pumpkins, pies, cider, and gourmet popcorns.

Check out how cute these lil’ guys are!

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We hit up a few more boutiques (a bit out of our price range, but still adorable. Never hurts to window-shop, are we right?)

Since it was late October, it started to get chilly, so we grabbed a coffee and called it a day. (Special shout-out to our Uber driver who took us home and was SUPER nice and fast). If you don’t have a vehicle and don’t want to pay $24-30 dollars for the water taxi, Uber is the way to go (it was about $6-8 per person from the Navy Yard neighborhood.)

National Harbor is a great “day getaway” for people of all ages. It has plenty of children-friendly activities, but also plenty of bars, restaurants, and night-life activities for adults (if you choose to leave the kiddos at home.)

To plan your visit to National Harbor for the holidays, visit http://www.nationalharbor.com/plan-a-visit/.

18 Comments
  1. Fashion Petite says

    Great pictures and delicious food!
    xoxo Lynda
    http://fashion-petite.com/

    1. Karen Hopkins says

      Thank you so much!

  2. Claire'scomfycorner says

    National Harbor looks like a fantastic place to visit, the photos of the food are amazing – it looks so yummy! x

  3. Sorry for the double comment! My last comment had the wrong link!

    I just moved out to the east coast (DC area), so I really love this post! I haven’t gotten out to explore very much, because I don’t have a car, but I love seeing posts about the area that I can now call home! It makes me excited for when I finally do get to go out and explore some more. Also… What is that ice cream?! I need it in my life ASAP. And your flats are too cute for this world, where did you get them?

    Awesome post, I’m going to read through some more posts! I’m happy I found your blog! 🙂

    1. Karen Hopkins says

      Welcome to the east coast!! Thanks for the support! The ice cream is from
      This frozen custard stand called mmm goodies! It’s called a red velvet donut which! Where in the east coast did you move to??

  4. Chel says

    This looks sooo good… I want to go!! SO bad! Thanks for the post! Love it!

  5. Christine says

    That food looks amazing! And what an awesome trip! I’d love to visit there!

  6. positivelystacey says

    I have never visited your neck of the woods! I hope someday to get to DC to see all that it has to offer. It looks like this was supper outing. Yummy food to boot!

  7. Mar says

    Any place that has guacamole is a great place in my book! This looks like a ton of fun!

  8. beccadorr says

    The queso looks DELICIOUS. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  9. Paula says

    Red velvet donut-which!?!? that looks so very good!

  10. Ourfamilyworld says

    That looks like an amazing place to visit. All the food looks delicious! I would love to go there someday.

  11. Cynthia @craftoflaughter says

    Lunch alone look worth the trip! How delicious@

  12. Lexie says

    Love the photos. And that food looks incredible. I’d love to travel up there at some point in my life. I’ll have to put this on the list to travel to! 🙂 LifeAsLex

  13. Anya YaYa Reed says

    I live about 25 mins from the national harbor and always forget that there is so much to do there. AND NOW that you have told me about Goodies, I MUST go there ASAP and try out this red velvet donutwich. I Love red velvet.

  14. Shannon Paige says

    I’m so hungry now- haha!

  15. Elizabeth says

    This looks wonderful! I’ve not spent much time in the DC area and really should! I’m stopping by from #bloggingboosters

  16. Jaclyn Kent says

    Hi, I’ll take a bite of each and maybe a whole order of that bubbly goodness! 😀

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