5 Ways to Take a Break in National Harbor


Fellow introverts: If you’re worn out by the end – or even middle – of a conference day and need a break from people, I found five things to do near the Gaylord National Convention Center that will help you recharge.

Art Walk

National Harbor features a number of outdoor art pieces, ranging from Paley’s 85-foot “The Beckoning” rising through beach sand, to Weitzman’s terrazzo mural, to life-size sculptures of popular icons like Frederick Douglass, Marilyn Monroe, and Louis Armstrong. Strolling through the art will acquaint you with 10-year-old National Harbor and might be just the reprieve you need from a technology-focused conference.

Bike (or walk, or run) Mount Vernon Trail

Gaylord National is near the Mount Vernon Trail, a popular running, walking, and biking path, stretching from George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate northward to Washington, D.C. Before my workday begins or after it’s over, getting out on a trail always helps me collect my thoughts; and on this trail, you and I won’t run out of landmarks to see.

Kayaking, Paddle-Boarding, and Pedal-Boating

If you’d rather be on the water, National Harbor offers kayaking, paddle-boarding, and pedal-boating along the Potomac River. The boating center is open until seven, so you can get out on the water between ILTA programs and your plans for the evening.

Water Taxi to Alexandria

The trip across the Potomac takes about 35 minutes and offers views of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., allowing visitors to see this part of the country from a unique perspective. For an evening to yourself, the water taxi might add just enough adventure to the solitude.

Rosa Mexicano

A good meal at a good restaurant is always a nice way to recharge. My colleagues rave about this Mexican restaurant less than a five-minute walk from the Gaylord National Resort. If you imbibe and you’re looking for a happy-hour alone, WordRake founder Gary Kinder recommends any of the margaritas and the mashed-at-your-table guacamole.

About the Author

Caroline Engle is WordRake’s Marketing Communications Specialist. She convinced WordRake to hire her as an intern after placing in editing competitions and writing a novel in a month. When she isn’t editing or writing copy, coordinating conference logistics, or helping improve WordRake’s functionality, she’s reading, going on ten-mile walks, or looking up flight prices. Connect with her on LinkedIn here.

Our Story

WordRake founder Gary Kinder has taught over 1,000 writing programs for AMLAW 100 firms, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies. He’s also a New York Times bestselling author. As a writing expert and coach, Gary was inspired to create WordRake when he noticed a pattern in writing errors that he thought he could address with technology.

In 2012, Gary and his team of engineers created WordRake editing software to help writers produce clear, concise, and effective prose. It runs in Microsoft Word and Outlook, and its suggested changes appear in the familiar track-changes style. It saves time and gives confidence. Writing and editing has never been easier.