Win A Holiday Fit For The Grinchiest of Grinches! (DC Metro Area)

My family and I were invited by Washington Family Magazine to spend a weekend at the Gaylord National Resort in order to experience the hotel’s much celebrated Christmas on the Potomac.  As former Gaylord employees (My husband and I met, fell in love and ultimately both worked at the Gaylord owned Opryland Hotel in Nashville.) we knew well what to expect: top notch service, personable employees and luxurious accommodations and amenities. And happily the hotel did not disappoint. (The walls in our room were leather tile, for goodness sake.) To quote my nine year old, “We’re living the life, Momma!”

Christmas on the Potomac is, in a word, spectacular. From the 18-story atrium illuminated by “Northern Lights” to their Brightest Star fountain show, from Breakfast with the Grinch, Brunch with Santa, to Dr. Suess themed sculpture gardens, dive-in pool movies and fireworks (Not to mention holiday milk & cookies and hot cocoa!) it is a fantastic family holiday treat.

The decor of the resort is a spectacle in and of itself featuring a whopping two million Christmas lights (12.27 miles of light string) and a 7,000 lb, 60-foot tall suspended Tree of Light made entirely of “candy” glass.

And that, my friends, is only the beginning.

If the resort in and of itself doesn’t propel you into holiday bliss, ICE! will. Gaylord National’s ICE!, a separate attraction, is an interactive indoor wonderland created entirely out of clear, white and colored ice. ICE! features 10 scenes from the Dr. Suess tale “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”  The impressive structure took  40 Chinese artisans no less than 40 days to carve the two million pounds of ice needed for the holiday spectacular.

There have been only a handful of times in my life as a parent when I have had the privilege of seeing my children visibly in awe. ICE! was one of them. They were mesmerized. I mean, when was the last time your family got to travel down a two story ice slide? Or gaze upon the wonder that is the largest PEEPS tree ever created?

So, would any of you like to experience your own holiday adventure at Gaylord National?!

THE DETAILS: Washington Family Magazine is giving away two prize packages to experience Gaylord National’s Christmas on the Potomac and ICE!

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Go to Washington Family’s contest website page and follow their instructions.
  • OPTIONAL WARM FUZZY /Do one of the following:
    • “Like” Hip As I Wanna Be” on Facebook.
    • Tweet out: I just entered to win @gaylordnational ‘s Christmas on the Potomac  from @mammamania & @familymagevents
  • Come back here and leave a comment confirming that you have completed those tasks.  Good luck!

FTC Disclosure: My family and I received the weekend package from Washington Family Magazine. Gaylord National provided us with tickets to Breakfast with the Grinch and Brunch with Santa. All opinions expressed are mine. Really, kids. It is a phenominal experience. The prize is being given away by Washington Family Magazine. I am not involved in picking the winner. And to clarify -  optional warm fuzzy FB & Tweets are just that…optional.  They help spread the word about the giveaway.

65 Responses to "Win A Holiday Fit For The Grinchiest of Grinches! (DC Metro Area)"

  1. Rebecca Matthews
    Rebecca Matthews 1399 days ago .

    ‘liked’….and hope to go to the Gaylord and be ‘iced’!!! (in a good way..!) :>

  2. DiPaola Momma
    DiPaola Momma 1399 days ago .

    We need some awe around these parts. Funny, Marc is known as The Grinch around here. Bet you can imagine that, him looking so mean and such. I even picked him up a pair of Merry GrinchMass PJs this year.. TMI?

  3. JennieG
    JennieG 1399 days ago .

    Gee, really? The PJs are awesome.

  4. JennieG
    JennieG 1399 days ago .

    Good luck!!!

  5. Lia Seltzer
    Lia Seltzer 1399 days ago .

    Yay!!Done!! Thank you!Lia

  6. Sunday
    Sunday 1399 days ago .

    WOOT WOOT! I just tweeted it and now I am heading over to their site to enter.
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  7. Leticia- Tech Savvy Mama
    Leticia- Tech Savvy Mama 1399 days ago .

    I entered on their page and of course I like you on Facebook!
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  8. Sunday
    Sunday 1399 days ago .

    I just entered the contest on the Family Magazine Site!
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  9. michael
    michael 1399 days ago .

    Tweeted! @ACSjacobson

  10. Heather
    Heather 1399 days ago .

    Just entered on the Washington Family site… and of course like you on FB! :0)
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  11. MusingsfromMe/Jill
    MusingsfromMe/Jill 1399 days ago .

    I entered over at Family Mag!
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  12. Heather
    Heather 1399 days ago .

    Just tweeted the contest too! Soooo fun! :0)
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  13. MusingsfromMe/Jill
    MusingsfromMe/Jill 1399 days ago .

    Following you on FB
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  14. Brooke
    Brooke 1399 days ago .

    Looks like a blast! And I have liked you on FB for sometime! Always a fun read!

  15. Jennifer
    Jennifer 1399 days ago .

    I did everything and hope to win!

  16. Tracey Capone
    Tracey Capone 1399 days ago .

    Mike took me here for a romantic weekend last year! LOVED everything about it! Been wanting to take the kids for Christmas! Here’s to a WIN!!! Thanks Jen! HUGS~

  17. Lane
    Lane 1399 days ago .

    I did it!

  18. jodifur
    jodifur 1399 days ago .


  19. Vicky
    Vicky 1399 days ago .

    This is awesome! I tweeted it. Thanks!
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  20. Monyelle
    Monyelle 1399 days ago .

    Tweet completed!

  21. Gwen
    Gwen 1399 days ago .

    Liked “Hip as I wanna be” on facebook!!! Absolutely cannot resist entering this amazing contest. It sounds unbelievable.

  22. Dani
    Dani 1399 days ago .

    Done!! Sounds amazing!

  23. Doree Lynn Miles
    Doree Lynn Miles 1399 days ago .

    Homework done. Thanks for sharing this opportunity!

  24. Molly
    Molly 1399 days ago .

    Just tweeted and I’ve “Liked” you on FB for a while! :)

  25. Safire
    Safire 1399 days ago .

    Entered! This would be SO much fun.

  26. Safire
    Safire 1399 days ago .

    Tweeted…crossing my toes in hopes I get this!

  27. Safire
    Safire 1399 days ago .

    Been liking you on facebook for awhile now…

  28. m brask
    m brask 1399 days ago .

    entered! thanks

  29. Kimberly Osborne
    Kimberly Osborne 1399 days ago .

    Entered and tweeted. Looks fabulous! Thanks.

  30. Lori
    Lori 1398 days ago .

    Entered! I hope I win and have as ice as of a time as you did!

  31. Pam
    Pam 1398 days ago .

    Tasks completed! It looks amazing! Thanks for the opportunity!

  32. Your Mother
    Your Mother 1398 days ago .


  33. Your Mother
    Your Mother 1398 days ago .

    We entered the contest, call me to give me directions!! XXOO

  34. Mommom Mania
    Mommom Mania 1398 days ago .

    We packed our bags and are ready to play!!!!

  35. Tracey
    Tracey 1398 days ago .

    Hi, thank you for the chance of winning this package! I entered the contest and “Liked” on FB!

  36. Sue
    Sue 1398 days ago .

    pick me!

  37. Nashea
    Nashea 1398 days ago .

    I entered the contest and hope I win. Going over to the fb page to “like” it there too.

  38. Cathlena
    Cathlena 1398 days ago .

    liked on facebook and entered on the site. Super excited!

  39. April Sands
    April Sands 1398 days ago .

    Just posted on Twitter, Liked on Facebook, and entered the contest. We went to the Gaylord last year and it’s our kids’ favorite place in the world. More than Disney World!!!

  40. Alisa Decatur
    Alisa Decatur 1398 days ago .

    Hi! I just completed the entry form @ Washington Family’s website and liked Hip As I Wanna Be’s Facebook page. Thanks for the opportunity!

  41. Lucy wall
    Lucy wall 1398 days ago .

    Just entered the contest. Would love to win this for my family!

  42. Erica
    Erica 1398 days ago .

    YAY, just entered the contest! Thanks!!

  43. Reena Singh
    Reena Singh 1398 days ago .

    Completed those two tasks!!!! :)

  44. Bailey
    Bailey 1398 days ago .

    Gosh we could use a vacation (I keep on entering, but so far no luck) ; ) Thanks for hosting this J!

    I already like you on Facebook (duh) so I tweeted, commented and filled out the form.

    Crossing my fingers : )

  45. Heather Evans
    Heather Evans 1398 days ago .

    I liked on facebook :-)

  46. Heather Evans
    Heather Evans 1398 days ago .

    Totally tweeted!

  47. Erika
    Erika 1398 days ago .

    WOOHOO! Signed up, ‘Liked’ & Tweeted =)

  48. Linda Rihani
    Linda Rihani 1398 days ago .

    Can I get a Woot woot! omg my kids will totally flip out if would win this. I promise I`ll put that on film!

    Done all the above!
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  49. Amber Lotocki
    Amber Lotocki 1398 days ago .

    I liked on Facebook…sounds like so much fun!!

  50. amy @teachmama
    amy @teachmama 1398 days ago .

    Just entered, Jennifer! Sounds like a blast–thanks for the fab getaway-giveaway!!

    cheers, friend!
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