Grab your best gal pals and head to National Harbor for a getaway sans responsibilities.
Westin National Harbor - 3:00pm
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
National Harbor’s eight amazing hotel choices all looked great for girls weekend, each one seemingly better than the last.
After a brief discussion, your friends made a decision: the Westin Washington National Harbor.
Seated directly on the Potomac River, the Westin has it all: gorgeously renovated rooms, heated pool and whirlpool, 24-
hour fitness studio, dining and, most importantly, nearby access to everything National Harbor. All of the waterfront’s
exciting offerings are just outside the lobby doors—and anything not within walking distance is just a few minutes away in a ride-share.
Gathering the crew together was a sight to behold, but at long last, you’re all checked in and ready to party.
Dinner and Drinks — Redstone American Grill - 6:00 p.m.
First stop: Unforgettable Dining
With everyone unpacked and primed for the evening, dinner is agenda item #1. Just around the corner from your hotel is
Redstone American Grill, where savory aromas from a wood-burning rotisserie and open flame grill flirt with your senses.
The girls fuel up on signature chicken, seasonal east coast fish and steaks cooked to perfection.
Your decadent meals are only made better with hand-crafted cocktails and an impressive wine list. While you sip and savor
on the patio, you and the ladies admire the sunset over the Potomac. It’s picturesque—a postcard-perfect view that stuns
everyone just long enough for an unplanned photograph.
As if on cue, the lights along the waterfront beam to life. You and your friends order one more round and make a toast to
friendship and good times.
Nightlife — Fleet Street Entertainment District - 8:00 p.m.
Piano keys, nightcaps and good times
The “end” of the evening starts with a roar. The talented pianists at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar turn request after
request into a head-nodding, smile-cracking live performance. Between the singing and laughing, inventive drinks and unique crowd entertainment, it’s an event you’ll all be talking about for years.
After the show, turning in is certainly an option—but The Irish Whisper is just across the street and a nightcap sounds perfect. The Irish pub’s cozy atmosphere suits the evening just right, as the group winds down with glasses of smooth whiskey next to a bold stone fireplace.
As you and your friends step out into the fresh harbor night air, linking arms as you head toward your hotel, you smile and realize the adventure has only just begun.
Brunch - Sauciety at the Westin National Harbor - 9:30am
Bacon, eggs and hair of the dog
Sauciety, the Westin’s lobby restaurant with gorgeous Potomac views, calls to the ladies of your party. Delightful morning fare arrives at your table plate by plate: Classic Eggs Benedict, Brioche French Toast, Egg White Turkey Wrap and a Chesapeake Omelet. Combined with a medley of coffee and mimosas, the crew is happy, caffeinated and ready for adventure.
Shopping - Tanger Outlets - 10:30am
Shop ’til you (almost) drop
Recharged and ready for retail therapy, you unleash your sisters at nearby Tanger Outlets. It’s a shopping utopia with stops for all the girls and their splurging.
First, a little “treat yourself” vibes. You snag some premium athleisure wear at Adidas before wandering into J.Crew Factory for something more business casual. You exchange ear-to-ear smiles with the girls as you catch them in-between aisles at Vera Bradley and Coach. Rightly so: the deals on designer accessories are almost too good to believe.
Seafood Lunch — Waterfront District - 12:00 pm
The girls decide that it’s a seafood kind of day for lunch! Your party heads to Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls for simple, straightforward seafood goodness. Tried and true, fresh-cooked lobster on split rolls is a crowd pleaser that the girls just can’t pass up.
Dinner - Grace's Mandarin - 6:00pm
Asian fusion with elegant flair
You arrive at Grace’s Mandarin for your reservation with an appetite for fresh, creative fare. As you walk through the
restaurant to your table, you can tell you’re in the right place. The three-story waterfall and 33-foot Buddha statue captivate
your party’s attention. You’ve entered a truly immersive dining experience.
The gang oohs and aahs at a menu full of cross-continental deliciousness. Your meal starts with stylish cocktails, sake
selections, wine and champagne, followed closely by a series of appetizers like Edamame and Pan-Fried Calamari.
Sharable sushi plates hit the table, along with Chinese classics that use fresh coastal ingredients. It’s a dizzying amount of
deliciousness, but the girls’ methodical appetites make eventual work of the Asian smorgasbord.
Sunset Fun - The Capital Wheel & Flight Deck - 8:00pm
Around and around we go
As twilight fades over the Potomac and street lamps along Waterfront Street come to life, the flickering lights from The Capital Wheel draw the girls to Capital Pier. The National Harbor One VIP Experience awaits the group—an exclusive gondola with leather bucket seats, Amazon Alexa integrated technology and a see-through glass floor. With a deluxe photo package to boot, you and the girls capture more unforgettable memories in high definition.
Admiring the uniqueness of the D.C. area’s lights at night is a treat from the height of the Capital Wheel. Everything from the City of Alexandria to Mount Vernon and the harbor itself shines as the marvelous observation wheel turns.
As your soaring over the Potomac comes to an end, the girls call for an early nightcap at The Flight Deck. A round of rosé and a toast of champagne later, the ladies are all smiles on the trot back to the Westin.
Brunch - Westin National Harbor - 11:00am
Alarm clocks be damned
Today is all about relaxation. Sleeping in, late checkout and brunch-in-bed is the perfect opener for your final day at National Harbor.
After individual morning meals, the gang takes their time collecting their belongings and finding room to pack up their purchases. You meet up with your friends in the lobby, drop your luggage with the bellhop and head outside to enjoy some open-air waterfront atmosphere.
Manicure & Pedicure - Divine Nail Spa
You're nailing this trip
A pampering session at Divine Nail Spa is next on the agenda and it feels long overdue. After taking in the waterfront’s variety of public art installations, you turn down Fleet Street and arrive at the salon just in time for your appointment.
With an impressive list of services your party settles in for premium treatments. The ladies sink into luxury with hot stone pedicures, complete with sea salt, exfoliation and scented oils. Spa manicures rehydrate your hands and give the girls’ hands a fresh feel and glow. With fabulous feeling skin and gleaming nails, your squad feels like royalty as you head back out into the harbor.
The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor - 3:00pm
Larger than life art
Before heading back into everyday life, the girls decide on a dose of artistic nature: the MGM National Harbor’s Conservatory. It’s a living display of flowers inside an enormous glass atrium, conveniently seated in the heart of the resort.
Hand curated by the MGM’s horticulture team and frequently featuring creations by prominent designers, these seasonal
installations give you and the ladies a lot to marvel as you walk through the atrium. With themed events and specials taking
place surrounding the Conservatory islands, it’s a perfect sample of culture, artistry and nature.
Diablo's Cantina at MGM National
A spicy conclusion
With the trip coming to a close, happy hour is the only logical place to round out your adventure. After wrapping up at the
Conservatory, Diablo’s Cantina is just moments away inside the MGM. A medley of south-of-the-border scents affirm your
decision as you grab a table with your friends.
With a round of one-of-a-kind margaritas, some fresh guacamole and street tacos, you and the girls swipe through photos from the trip and let laughter pour over the table. There’s no consensus on the getaway’s best event, but everyone agrees: National Harbor with the girls is definitely happening again soon.