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Old 12-10-2012, 10:13 AM   #16
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$149. plus resort fee of $25. so .... I'm better off staying at the Gaylord the extra night ; )
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:14 AM   #17
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And have fun no matter where you end up staying! We went to the Gaylord Ice a few times (never stayed at the hotel) and it was fun! The National Tree is a fun thing to visit too.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:16 AM   #18
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$149. plus resort fee of $25. so .... I'm better off staying at the Gaylord the extra night ; )
Oh yikes! Yes, sounds like a different hotel is the way to go!
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:18 AM   #19
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National tree --- Take a train into DC?
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:24 AM   #20
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National tree --- Take a train into DC?
We always drove in, and never had an issue with parking (just on the side of the street), but that was probably just dumb luck. I think the general consensus is that the metro is the best way to go.
It is really neat! They have the main big tree, and then a tree for every state circling it (at least the two times we went that's how it was), there is a stage and always people performing, there were big bonfires, and "Santa" is there in his little log cabin (with free pictures).
If you go during the day you can also go to the White house gift shop and purchase the White house ornament for that year.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:26 AM   #21
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Sounds wonderful!!!!

I'm so torn about staying at the Hampton then packing up and moving to the Gaylord... hate packing! LMAO!
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:26 PM   #22
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Well, seeing at Christmas is a Tuesday and a lot of people will take the Monday off, I expect DC traffic to get crazy starting on Friday Dec 21.

The drive down the eastern shore should be less stressful. The Hilton Garden Inn on Kent Island, is nice and is about $109 a night. From there, it should be about 1.5 hrs to National harbor. Island should be lit up nice for Christmas.

On the other side of the Baybridge is Annapolis, and the Double tree is $88 a night. From there, it should be about 1hr to National harbor. The "Old town" section should be lit up nice for Christmas.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:04 PM   #23
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Well, seeing at Christmas is a Tuesday and a lot of people will take the Monday off, I expect DC traffic to get crazy starting on Friday Dec 21.

The drive down the eastern shore should be less stressful. The Hilton Garden Inn on Kent Island, is nice and is about $109 a night. From there, it should be about 1.5 hrs to National harbor. Island should be lit up nice for Christmas.

On the other side of the Baybridge is Annapolis, and the Double tree is $88 a night. From there, it should be about 1hr to National harbor. The "Old town" section should be lit up nice for Christmas.
Kent Island? Hmm!!

Old Town of Annapolis?
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Convenience would win for me. I'd stay at the Gaylord and not have to move for that one day.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:14 PM   #25
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Convenience would win for me. I'd stay at the Gaylord and not have to move for that one day.
Right? Instead of driving myself nuts over it and worrying about packing and leaving, etc...

I'm sure the Gaylord is nice and I won't find a nicer accomodation right?

I just want this experience to be a nice one for us, being over Christmas.

Less hassle the better... We can wake up and not have to worry about driving and rushing to get to our next destination.

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:31 PM   #26
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Spoke to DH and he wants to go to 2 places to eat (by Guy Fieri's Diners Drive in's and Dives)

So we are planning on staying Baltimore overnight and doing both restaurants and then going to the Gaylord

I'm off to price hotels now
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