I want to get away, I want to fly away! Yeah! Yeah!
The words to Lenny Kravitz's famous song filled my head a few weeks ago, but I knew I didn't want to get on another plane or train so the automobile was what I had in mind. I headed to a relaxing and deserved stay at The Gaylord National Harbor only 25 minutes from my home. I had been to the National Harbor numerous times to eat, shop, and enjoy their free summer concerts, but this time I wanted to enjoy the hotel and spa. "The Don" and I packed our weekend bags and headed to The Gaylord.
The Gaylord is a massive resort and convention center. I know there were at least 2 conventions at the property during our stay. The hotel features numerous restaurants and the area surrounding the Gaylord has shops, restaurants, and a perfect view of the harbor.
The hotel visit cannot happen without a visit to the spa. The Relache Spa at the hotel is in one word – DIVINE. The contrast of black and white has a softness that I normally don't equate to a spa. The spa has an in-store boutique with brands such Kerastase, Spa Ritual, Pure Fiji, Cynthia's Bath & Body, Osea, and many others.
I had such a relaxing spa experience that when it came time to leave I didn't want to go. I spent time in the relaxation room which featured a wonderful view of the harbor. Anytime I am near water I am immediately relaxed.
We decided to head out the hotel and it near the resort instead of the hotel. The next time I will make sure I eat at Old Hickory Steakhouse. We decided upon Ketchup. Thank goodness we had a reservation because the place was packed. The wine list had great selections with a decent markup, but the the sides on our entrees were lukewarm, and could have used a good zap in the microwave. The only saving grace was the crab and corn chowder which was out of this world good. The deserts were great as well and we left full and happy. The perfect way to end the night was to dance at Posh. Yes, ladies the hotel is large enough to have its own club on the 18th floor with views of the harbor. After a few twirls on the dance floor I was spent and retreated to the room where I fell into a deep sleep.
Before we left we had a wonderful breakfast at Pienza Italian Market. At breakfast it hit me why I loved this hotel. I'm a cruise girl and this hotel on land has all the options that you find on a cruise ship. You don't need to leave the resort for entertainment.
I'm planning a girls' weekend there next spring and can't wait for my girls to enjoy the resort as much as I do. I also made a promise to myself that next time I won't forget my swimsuit.