Collected by Lara Dalinsky, AFAR Local Expert
150 American Way, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Mayorga is a local coffee chain that roasts its coffee in nearby Rockville, Maryland. The company's founder, Martin Mayorga, was born in Nicaragua and developed his business with a focus on sustainable practices and personal collaboration between...
160 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Customers at Cakelove are greeted by a giant sign that proudly states, "Nothing is fat-free!" I love a shop that gives me permission to indulge. I don't feel so bad knowing that everything here is baked from scratch daily with fresh, quality...
151 St George Blvd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
The National Children's Museum is a fun place to spark the imagination of young kids. The museum is full of interactive exhibits designed to help children learn about the world around them. The Map Zone and World Cultures areas are of particularly...
National Harbor, Fort Washington, MD 20745, USA
The National Harbor Marina is a great place to stroll and enjoy views of the Potomac River. The piers are lined with benches and Adirondack chairs that are perfect for relaxing. At the very end of the East Pier is a viewer that overlooks the...
Fleet St, Fort Washington, MD 20745, USA
For some authentic, wholesome comfort food, check out the Puddin' booth at the American Market at National Harbor on Saturdays. The brown butter bourbon bread pudding puts a smile on people's face as well as the shrimp and grits, and sausage...
140 American Way, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
ArtCraft is a local store that sells unique treasures handmade by American artisans. The colorful space is full of whimsical vignettes composed of furniture, accessories, jewelry and arts. It's a great place to buy gifts for friends or grab a...
171 American Way, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Art Whino is one of the few galleries near D.C. dedicated to showcasing underground artwork from all over the world. The shop also stocks an interesting collection of illustrated skateboard decks, vinyl toys and books and sells its merchandise at...
122 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Imagine that Hemingway and Hepburn had a love child born in a Paris flea market—her name would be Coco Blanca. This lifestyle boutique at National Harbor presents an eclectic mix of furniture, accessories, jewelry, clothing, linens, and gifts all...
137 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
The Tasting Room is the sleek place to go to experience good wine and music at night by the waterfront. Thirty-six wines are available for self-serve tastings with a feature on those from the local Boxwood Winery in Middleburg, Virginia. The...
Fort Washington, MD 20745, USA
Undoubtedly, the heart of National Harbor is its marina and waterfront. You’ll likely spend time here so check out the options. Here is where you can board a water taxi to go over to Alexandria, VA or further afar to Mount Vernon and even...
153 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
I love public art and one of my favorites is “The Awakening,” which was created by the famed American sculptor, J. Seward Johnson, Jr. The Awakening is an iconic sculpture was originally installed by the artist at Hains Point in Washington, D.C.,...
150 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Whether you’re five or fifty-five, you’ll love the Peeps & Co store. You’ll start smiling before you enter the store—there’s a bright yellow VW with a giant yellow Peep on top, parked out front. Stop for a quick photo op. Once inside, the kid in...
180 American Way, National Harbor, MD 20745, USA
If you’re staying at National Harbor and you’re looking for a different kind of dining experience, consider a picnic along the waterfront. Head to neighborhood market, Potomac Gourmet Market to get all food and drink items you need. This upscale...
American Way, Fort Washington, MD 20745, USA
If you’re in National Harbor from May to October, you’re in for a treat that you would only ordinarily find in a city or town—an open air market. On Saturdays, from 10am-4pm, American Way is transformed into a pedestrian only thoroughfare that’s...
145 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
When you enter Capital Teas, the first thing that hits you is a sweet scent. It’s not the scent of perfume, but rather the bouquet from teas. Soon enough your eyes will wander over to the wall, lined with glass jars filled with tea. You would...
152 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
It’s been a long day of work at National Harbor and you’re tired. Your stomach is growling all sorts of nasty sounds telling you it needs to be fed but all you want to do is get into your pajamas and watch TV. What to do to quell the 'growlies?'...
140 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Looking for a fun shopping experience? You need look no further than Hats in the Belfry. This iconic Washington, D.C. store, with its funky, memorable name, now has a branch in National Harbor. The small store is bright and airy even though it’s...
151 American Way, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
If you’re staying at National Harbor and you’re looking for a casual yet classy dining spot, then Thai Pavilion is the place for you. Enter through a pair of ornately carved, heavy metal doors. Inside, the restaurant boasts an elegant décor and...
137 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
I love merry-go-rounds. In this day and age, when everything is fast, faster and fastest, this slow ride is a throwback to a simpler time in family entertainment. Reminds me of my happy childhood. Located on the edge of the Potomac River, the...
180B Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
S.O.A.P. is the kind of place that I can’t help but pick up and sniff everything or dab sample lotions on every part of my hands and arms. I enjoy my shopping experience so much that I completely forget what I’ve applied to myself and I usually...
1138, 149 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Bond 45 at National Harbor is an offshoot of the restaurant by the same name located in Manhattan. When you enter in, you’re greeted by a richly decorated yet warm and cozy place. Bond 45’s menu offers a wide variety of high quality Italian steaks...
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
The Newseum is an interactive, ever-evolving tribute to our First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. Powerful exhibits such as eight sections of the Berlin Wall (the largest display outside Germany) provide...
800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Aside from fictional spies like James Bond, Jason Bourne, and Austin Powers, few of us know much about the world of espionage and that’s probably very deliberate. After all, you can’t expect any good spy to be giving away their trade...
325 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
I have to start out by stating that the clothes and jewelry at Gossypia are not what I would ordinarily consider my style but their loose-fitting cotton shirts do appeal to me; they are perfect for travel, especially to hot, humid places....
134 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
If you were traveling through Alexandria, VA back in the early 19th century and looking for a place for a meal and a good night’s rest, Gadsby’s Tavern and the adjoining City Hotel would have been where you would have dined and slept. Today the...
8405-F Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309, USA
An exceptional experience awaits you beyond the doors of this magnificent Colonial, located on a hill on the banks of the Potomac River. Situated on 8,000 beautifully landscaped acres, the home exudes the style and opulence worthy of a true...
171 American Way, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Serious foodies will be enthralled by the vast selection of cookbooks and kitchen gifts at Salt & Pepper Books. The owner opened the original store in 2007 in Occoquan, VA after discovering that others shared the same passion for culinary books as...
108 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Elevation Burger is a great alternative to the traditional fast food chain. The philosophy here is that ingredients matter. The company sources patties that are 100% USDA-certified organic, grass-fed and free-range and French fries are cooked in...
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