Happy Birthday America!

Spending the Holiday at the National Harbor

For this Fourth of July weekend I went home to meet my boyfriend’s family for the first time.  On Saturday, America’s birthday, they took us to National Harbor. Which was an hour north of their town of Warrenton. I had never been and after doing some light research on the area, I was so pumped to see this little bustling area!

National Harbor is a waterfront development that is home to a Gaylord Convention Center, 150 unique stores (including a Peeps store!!), 30-some restaurants,  and a 180 foot tall Ferris wheel, appropriately named The Capital Wheel.


The water-front part of the harbor. Featuring the Peeps car, a beach, docks, and a large TV screen, which was playing the US Women’s World Cup game!

On the beach was a large staute named The Awakening. It is six large alumnim pieces that have been buried in the sand to make it appear that a giant is struggling to escape the sand. Mostly it was used by kids for climbing.

On the beach was a large statue named The Awakening. It is six large aluminum pieces that have been buried in the sand to make it appear that a giant is struggling to escape the sand. Mostly it was used by kids for climbing.

The area was for sure an experience to explore! Naturally He and I rightaway searched for a brewery or winery and the National Harbor did not disappoint.

Granite City Brewery is a brewery and restaurant located in the heart of the National Harbor.  The brewery was equal parts good food and amazing beer.  They had a wide selection of beers and offered four different flights (unfortunately there was no option to build your own).  They had dark, light, hoppy, and Granite City classics flights.  They featured  a standard 4 5 ounce pours and we were pleasantly at the low price (under $4)!


The inside of the restaurant was decorated in a great classy style. The staff were all friendly and helpful, which is always a nice surprise on a holiday in a heavy-touristy area.We sat at the bar and made friends with a gentleman next to us, whom we recommended the dark flight to. He was drinking a stout and when his flight arrive it featured four different, very dark stouts! Needless to say he was ecstatic!


Our flights. He got the light flight and I received the classics flight.

When I finished my flight I realized that it was a great idea that they didn’t allow an option to build your own flight from their wide selection of brews.  When I do build my own I always pick types of beers that I like, never really exploring outside that comfort zone.  But in this flight, I received a German altbier, The Bennie, which I have always strayed away from due to the fact that they are strong and quite yeasty (that’s a word right??).  I fell head over heels for this brew though! It was definitely my favorite out of the Classics flight. And now, I’m left eager to search out altbiers at future breweries. So thanks Granite City for making me step out of my comfort zone!

One of the first things we did after eating a delicious lunch in the National Harbor was visit the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center.  He was very eager to show me the grandness and architecture of the building. Gaylord Resorts are all very similar in their infamous structure. The resort features a massive atrium and inside, shops and restaurants galore.


The back view of the atrium


Inside the breathtaking atrium

We spent a few hours shopping, eating, drinking, and escaping the momentary rain storm at the National Harbor in Maryland. However, seeing as we weren’t riding the Capital Wheel or doing some serious shopping we didn’t have much use to stay longer. We basically ran out of things we wanted to see and do.  I loved spending the afternoon there and the weather was nice and the people were even nicer. The streets were clean and even the farmer’s market was exceptional. Next time I go back though, I’m definitely dropping $15 and taking a ride on that wheel!


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