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Old 04-23-2012, 04:58 PM
 
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I've never been here before but I have my first date with someone there. Do you guys recommend it? She's from Andrews AFB so this was a logical choice. Is it a lot like Georgetown, Clarendon, or Fairfax Corner? (which I'm more accustomed to) Also, is it safe? I ask only because it's near anacostia.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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It's very safe. It's a homogenized tourist area. Expensive, though. Figure anywhere you eat will cost you close to double what you would pay elsewhere.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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It's very safe, but sort of sterile. I love going there..Rosa Mexicana is a fav, but it is sort of an in and out kind of place for me. Not like Georgetown. A little bit of window shopping, but not much. Paying to park makes it sort of a pain.

That said, not a bad location for first date, kind of neutral, you can't get lost, if things are going ok and the weather is nice, you can walk out on the pier. Have fun.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:25 PM
 
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Make sure the first kiss isnt as sterile as National Harbor is :P If you want real romance I would suggest heading into the city or Georgetown and dealing with a bit of a longer drive. Heck if you are hell bent on staying in Maryland, go to Bethesda instead, the walk is fantastic.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:30 PM
 
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I went there for a wedding reception. The reception was great but the whole place was kinda disappointed. I guess it was all the hype. It reminded me of Reston Town Center but on the water. I know they haven't filled all the stores yet so not having full occupancy hinders it, for the moment.

I agree with everyone else and the suggestion to drive into DC, Georgetown is great as there are a variety of restaurants to choose from and you can walk along the water if you like. Good luck!
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:37 PM
 
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Make sure the first kiss isnt as sterile as National Harbor is :P If you want real romance I would suggest heading into the city or Georgetown and dealing with a bit of a longer drive. Heck if you are hell bent on staying in Maryland, go to Bethesda instead, the walk is fantastic.
Bethesda is too far. Heck, take her to beautiful downtown Anacostia since its so darn close.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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Or head across the river into Old Town Alexandria.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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I went there for a wedding reception. The reception was great but the whole place was kinda disappointed. I guess it was all the hype. It reminded me of Reston Town Center but on the water. I know they haven't filled all the stores yet so not having full occupancy hinders it, for the moment.

I agree with everyone else and the suggestion to drive into DC, Georgetown is great as there are a variety of restaurants to choose from and you can walk along the water if you like. Good luck!
That's exactly what it reminds me of too. If the OP is looking for an alternative that's close by Old Town Alexandria is a good one as the previous poster mentioned.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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Or head across the river into Old Town Alexandria.
I agree. Go somewhere with charm and character.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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+3 on Old Town Alexandria. It's a straight path from Andrews AFB to I-495 across the Wilson Bridge, it should take you 15 to 20 minutes.
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