By Lani Gering
Happy 8th Anniversary!
This is the reason that we have the gorgeous shot of the Capitol Wheel on the cover! It really is hard to believe that National Harbor has been up and running for 8 years. We have watched it grow in leaps and bounds in this short period of time. The Gaylord Hotel and Resort was the first building open for business on April 1, 2008 and now we are awaiting the opening of the MGM Hotel and Casino later this year. We will have two beautiful properties book ending the resort soon.
While there have been several retailers come and go during this time, it appears that things are looking up as retail space continues to be filled on a more regular basis. I am so glad that my favorite store, Stonewall Kitchen, has hung in there over the years. I believe it is probably the oldest store in the harbor. If you are a foodie and haven’t stopped in there, you are missing out on a great experience.
We are anxiously awaiting the opening of Brother Jimmy’s Barbeque and the Irish Whisper Pub in the space that used to occupy Harrington’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. While we were sad to see Harrington’s close, I think this change is much more conducive to the large space. I am very happy that they have kept an Irish bar presence here in the harbor and equally as glad that we now have a well-known BBQ joint to add to the ever growing cuisine choices.
Spring time means that the harbor will be livening up after the winter doldrums. A couple of fun things are mentioned here in the side bar. Be sure to check out the Washington Post Peep Diorama winners – “The Donald” winning entry is absolutely hysterical! There are some creative “peep-le” in the DC metro area that’s for sure. Also, the Wine and Food Festival that usually takes place in the dead heat of the summer has moved up to this month. Smart move as long as that weekend isn’t one where the “April Showers” make an appearance!
As always, if you haven’t experienced the Harbor after these 8 years, do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s a short drive across the Woody Bridge and there is ample parking! Or….take the water taxi from City Dock in Old Town!
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140 Waterfront Street
Washington Post “Peeps” diorama winners on display in the Harbor. This annual contest is a favorite among Post readers from all over the metro area. There are some creative people out there.
23rd and 24th
12 Noon – 6 p.m. daily
A great summer tradition returns this spring to the National Harbor Waterfront on the Potomac with the much anticipated 9th Annual National Harbor Wine & Food Festival. More than just a tasting, the festival brings together award winning celebrity chefs, artisanal craftsmen, culinary pioneers, live music, as well as wine and spirits from around the world. nationalharbor.com/event/wine-food-festival-2/