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Living at the National Harbor – An alternative to parking your yacht on your driveway

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I visited the National Harbor to meet a friend for lunch at Potbelly Sandwich Shop and was going to write a review about the restaurant.  However, the National Harbor was such an awesome place to visit, that I just had to include that as a Day Trip option.  Sorry Potbelly, you’re going to have to take a back seat on this one.

Approximate driving times to National Harbor

Baltimore, MD – 1 hour

Frederick, MD – 1 hour

Leesburg, VA – 50 minutes

Centreville, VA – 30 minutes

Washington DC – 20 minutes

If you’re on the East Coast, it’s nice to be able to have a large body of water to enjoy within a 1 hour drive.  Fortunately, you won’t have to travel very far to enjoy this fairly new waterfront development that first opened in 2008. Parking is fairly easy, at just $3/hr for the meters or $6 and you basically get the whole day.  There are over 30 restaurants here, ranging from expensive Mexican food (is that an oxymoron?) and steakhouses to good ‘ole Ben and Jerry’s  ice cream.  If you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg for a meal, there are more reasonable options like Baja Fresh and Potbelly Sandwich Shop.  My one sentence review for Potbelly:  Good sandwiches, but nothing out-of-this-world.  I had the Italian Sub and it was very tasty, oily…and spicy!  Next time I will opt for no hot peppers.

There are also many stores to shop at and Tanger Outlets will be opening here later this year.  Although there isn’t much of a beach, there is a sandy area with an enormous cast iron sculpture of a giant coming out of the sand, called The Awakening.  This could be a fun place for the kids to hang out and play while the parent’s soak in the view of the Potomac River.  If you like boats, the Potomac Riverboat Company offers all sorts of cruises and can take you round trip to Old Town Alexandria, the National Mall or Washington Harbor.  If your day trip turns into a night trip, you can crash overnight at Aloft, Hampton Inn, Westin or other hotels that are nearby.

What about your living options?  Well, if you love the hassle-free lifestyle that a condo offers you, there are four beautiful condo communities that are at National Harbor starting at just $200,000.  Shoot me an email if you’re interested in touring these properties and maybe we can meet at Potbelly’s and I can finally give them a dedicated review:)  Ask me about my New Home Builder program that is guaranteed to save you 1% of your next purchase!

Your Favorite HOMEboy, Edward


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