So, I am going to a conference at the Gaylord National Harbor in May and am trying to decide where to book my hotel room, either in National Harbor or across the bridge in Alexandria. National Harbor looks like one giant convention center, and I would expect everything, especially the food, to be overpriced and at least a little boring. I am driving so will have a car either way.
Ideally, I would love to stay at a place in Alexandria where great restaurants and shops, and the Saturday farmers market, are all within walking distance. That way, after driving to and from the conference, I could just park my car and leave it. I don't need fancy, but good food, and I tend to like more eclectic things than I would expect the convention area to have. But maybe I'm wrong?!
I'm also a little worried about traffic if I don't stay in the convention area. If I drive in each day from Alexandria, will I be fighting rush hour traffic, or going in the opposite direction?
Any suggestions welcome - I won't have a lot of free time while I'm there unfortunately, and want to make the most of it.