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Washington DC: Romantic Winterwonderland

Words by Jennifer Stein
Washington DC
By John Roar
Image Courtesy of Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
Forge your own unforgettable history in one of the world’s most powerful cities.
There’s a revitalized energy and excitement in Washington, DC right now, making it a unique choice for romantic travel. The Capital City offers an infinite array of things to do and see, creating one of the premier destinations in the United States. DC is big enough to attract the best restaurants, nightlife and entertainment, but geographically small enough to put everything easily within reach. The history and sightseeing are like nowhere else in the world, and every season brings a wealth of options to suit every age and taste.
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Site of two of the 2009 inaugural balls, the Gaylord National is the largest resort and convention center on the eastern seaboard. But the personalized attention you receive will exceed even the highest standards. Moments away by shuttle or water taxi from all that Washington, DC has to offer, the lavish Gaylord National provides world-class restaurants and an unparalleled resort experience. Don’t miss the “Couple’s Retreat” package at the Relache Spa & Salon, where pampering is elevated to high art.
On-site “wedding concierge” Rachel Chadderdon, CPCE, will help you create the destination wedding of your dreams, where virtually anything is possible (ask her about the elephant). The resort has a number of picture-perfect indoor and outdoor wedding and reception sites, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Potomac River and the Washington, DC skyline.
Old Hickory Steakhouse
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Presenting an unrivaled tribute to the sophisticated palate, the Gaylord National’s signature restaurant embraces the grand tradition of gracious dining. Premium steaks, seafood, organic vegetables and decadent desserts combine for a truly elegant experience. Don’t miss Maitre d’Fromage Carolyn Stromberg, who prepares a nightly cheese course, as tantalizing as it is entertaining and informative.
Rosa Mexicano
Make your taste buds dance with the gold standard in upscale modern Mexican cuisine. Award-winning dishes remain faithful to their traditional roots while incorporating regional accents and inspired innovation. Don’t miss the pomegranate margaritas and Guacamole en Molcajete, prepared tableside in a traditional lava-rock mortar. Located a short stroll from the Gaylord National in the vibrant new National Harbor.
National Mall
From the Capitol Building on the east to the Washington Monument on the west, this historic area includes a wealth of museums, galleries, gardens and monuments. You’ll also be in the neighborhood of the White House, the houses of Congress, the Pentagon and the infamous Watergate Hotel. All public galleries and museums have free admission.
Cherry Blossom Festival
March 27 - April 11, 2010
Each spring, the National Mall is transformed as thousands of cherry trees burst into bloom. Washington, DC's signature springtime event features cultural performances by local, national and international entertainers, art exhibits, fireworks, sports competitions and special events celebrating spring.
Smithsonian Institution
This collection of 19 museums and galleries houses approximately 137 million artifacts. You could easily devote an entire day to each building and still not see it all. In the National Museum of American History, don’t miss the original Star Spangled Banner that inspired the national anthem, and Dorothy’s ruby shoes from The Wizard of Oz. See how your diamond compares to the Hope Diamond at the Museum of Natural History. Admission is free.
Adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, this 250,000-square-foot museum of news offers a fascinating experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. A fun and fascinating place for kids and adults to explore and learn. Admission for adults is $20, children aged 7-18, $13.
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