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RiverView Terrace, the New Outdoor Waterfront Event Venue at Gaylord
National Resort and Convention Center Near Washington, D.C. Opens

National Harbor, Md. [May 15, 2012]
– RiverView Terrace, one of the Washington D.C. region’s most anticipated new outdoor special event venues, made it official debut last evening at Gaylord National Resort. More than 200 VIP guests, including the region’s top wedding planners and event organizers, were treated to an evening party under the stars that ended with a special fireworks show over the Potomac River.

Ideally situated facing west along the Potomac, the 15,000 square-foot RiverView Terrace offers a truly dramatic setting. With impressive nightly sunsets amidst the National Harbor Marina, sweeping views of Old Town Alexandria, and the Washington monuments in the distance, it’s the ideal backdrop for weddings, receptions, concerts, dinner parties and other special occasions.

“RiverView Terrace offers an exceptional setting and atmosphere that is beyond compare,” said Robert Moore, Vice President and Hotel Manager of Gaylord National. “The transformed space, coupled with Gaylord National’s award-winning service, will set a new standard for unique outdoor events and unparalleled experiences for social gatherings in the Washington D.C. area.”


The versatile open-air space – surrounded by a lush landscape of various trees and shrubs such as  American Sycamore, Eastern Redbud, Okame Cherry, Gingko – mixed with azaleas, hydrangeas, and other flora – can beautifully accommodate a variety of functions and special occasions, from galas to receptions and weddings, as it presents a number of layout options.

The smooth, flat surface can accommodate up to 700 guests for a seated dinner or 1,200 guests for a reception. Built-in handicapped access and tent anchor points, onsite electrical hook-ups and designated catering staging areas allow maximum adaptability for meetings and events.  Catering is provided by Gaylord’s onsite, award-winning banquets department.

Planners can customize their event with exclusive, one-of-a kind upgrades such as full or partial tenting to create ambiance or cover from rain, twinkle lights that adorn the surrounding greenery and illuminate the terrace after dusk, and – best of all – adding a private fireworks display over the Potomac River – Gaylord National’s signature “Kiss Goodnight.”


Nothing could be more romantic than a wedding reception that culminates with fireworks over the water.  This summer, event planners can take advantage of an incredible value-added amenity that’s only available at RiverView Terrace.  Every Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. (throughout June, July and August), Gaylord National puts on a free fireworks show for its hotel guests over the Potomac River.  So, for guests attending events at RiverView Terrace, it means they will enjoy a front-row view of this amazing show, and for event planners, it means more bang for their buck without the added expense.

RiverView Terrace is available for booking seasonally from April through October. For more information, visit  To schedule a viewing appointment, contact Rachel Chadderdon at (301) 965-3761 or

About Gaylord National Resort
The AAA Four-Diamond Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center opened April 2008 along the banks of the Potomac River, one mile south of Washington D.C., in National Harbor, Md., a new 300-acre waterfront destination.  Gaylord National is the largest-combined hotel and convention center on the East Coast, offering 2,000 guest rooms, including 110 lavish suites; 470,000 square feet of convention, meeting and exhibit space; acclaimed restaurants; Relâche™ Spa; Pose Ultra Lounge; and a soaring 19-story, glass atrium. For more information, visit


Lisa Pinghera
Linda Roth Associates, Inc.
 (703) 417-2705

Event Planner Contact
Director of Local-Social Events
Rachel Chadderdon
(301) 965-3761

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Also See: Construction Remains on Track for RiverView Terrace, the New Outdoor Waterfront Event Venue at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Near Washington, D.C.; RiverView Terrace to Open Spring 2012 / December 2011

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Near Washington, D.C., Unveils Plans for New Outdoor Waterfront Event Venue, RiverView Terrace to Open Spring 2012 / October 2011

Phillip G. Coffey Named General Manager of Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington, D.C., the Largest Combined Hotel and Convention Center on the East Coast / November 2008

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center Claims One-millionth Room Sold 10 months Prior to Opening; No other Resort in the History of Hotels Has Sold this Many Rooms So Far Out from Opening / July 2007

Five Hotel Projects Join the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor; The Five Properties Adding 900 Hotel and Timeshare Units on Top of the Previously Announced 2,000-room Gaylord National Resort / April 2006

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