Mini Vacay: Gaylord National Harbor

This was our first overnight trip since the pandemic began and also Aria’s first. Hence was extra special for for all of us. We were hosted at the Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland over the weekend and we got to enjoy their summer programming activities.

To be honest we were a little concerned if Aria would like the drive of 3 hours 2 consecutive days and also how well she would sleep in a new crib. Surprisingly she adjusted so well. Actually she loved roaming around, eating and having fun the whole day.

For her meals, we did pack some food from home like sandwiches, curd rice and chapati that she eats well just incase she didn’t eat at the hotel. But she enjoyed that too.

Some tips for you road trip:
1. Carry enough toys (Some new ones so your little one is busy exploring)
2. Quick dry snacks like puffs, biscuits, cheese string keep them engaged
3. Occasional screen times if they get too fussy
4. Take a stop for relaxation if required

This was our itinerary:

Day 1
3PM: Check-in (We checked in early at 2.30 and Aria slept from 2.30-4.30)
5PM: Visited the 80s-themed rooftop lounge, Replay Rooftop! Enjoyed their delicious chocolate milkshake.
5.30PM: Aria did the Shiny Scavenger Hunt!
6.00PM: We enjoyed the Pirate & Princess Academy interactive stage show.
6.30PM: We had a light buffer dinner
9PM: Enjoyed the Summer Atrium Light & Fountain Show

Day 2
10AM: Breakfast at the Potomac District Café & Market
11AM: Enjoyed up-close encounters with amazing animals to learn how they adapt to the summertime
12PM: We visited the Pirate & Princess Art Studio but Aria was a little too small for it
1.00PM: Lunch and head back home

We had lunch from an amazing place called Mezeh. Its Mediterranean cuisine – Absolutely recommend if you are around the place.

We started to head back home arounds Aria’s nap-time and it worked perfectly. She was asleep most of the way back.

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