National Harbor: Family Fun

Back in November, I shared that Travis and I spent a date weekend at the National Harbor. We had such a wonderful time that we decided to return with Jack once everyone was decorated for Christmas. I booked the same hotel (Hyatt Place National Harbor) and once again we ended up with a beautiful room overlooking the water.

We booked the same kind of room too – a king bed with a pull-out couch, so we had ample space for the three of us. On Saturday, we went to the Gumdrop Tavern, which was a fun holiday themed pop-up. We each got a delicious hot cocoa topped with marshmallows and sprinkles. We also got some snacks to take back to the room (totally don’t do this, it was CRAZY expensive for a couple bags of popcorn and cookies). The cocoa was great though!

Anyways, back to the room we went with our snacks and watched Christmas movies on TV. Then, at 5:30pm and had THE BEST view of the evening fireworks:

I mean… holy moly! I couldn’t have asked for a better or more comfortable seat to watch that show!

For dinner, we walked over to the Crab Cake Café for dinner. The food was good, but for the price of it I thought the ambiance was pretty terrible. It felt like a fast-food kind of place with sticky tables… but with $20 crab cakes. We grabbed some ice cream next door at Ben & Jerrys and then took it back to the room to enjoy in our pajamas while watching more Christmas movies.

On Sunday, we knew that breakfast at the hotel was going to be ‘meh’ at most, so I had made reservations for us to have brunch at Succotash. Our last brunch at Succotash in November had us basically swooning, so it was a surprise that our family meal was EVEN BETTER. We decided to do a big smorgasbord shared meal between the three of us and ordered: deviled eggs with bacon jam, pecan sticky buns, chicken & waffles, French toast, and two sides of bacon. And we destroyed it all. The three of us basically had to be rolled out of the restaurant.

From there, we decided to check out the Capital Wheel Ferris wheel. The wheel takes you 180 feet up and we could see Maryland, DC and Virginia from our gondola. It was closed in and temperature-controlled, so we didn’t freeze.

I’m so glad we had our little family overnight getaway back at the National Harbor. The decorations were beautiful, the room was comfortable, the fireworks were spectacular and the Succotash brunch was divine! Even just one night away is such a nice little refresh before we jump back into the craziness of the holidays.

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