Hubby & I's wedding anniversary was this past Monday!! We are huge foodies, as you couldn't tell from this very site and my social channels lol. So we were extremely worried with our anniversary being on a Monday, that we wouldn't find anywhere fabulous to dine! All of our local favorite yummy spots are closed Monday's. Hospitality folks do need a day off, so I can't blame them for choosing Monday's. Monday is the lamest day of the week after all.
After a good ole' google search, we discovered dina's restaurant in Ellicottville, NY! Then I kid you not, I hop on Instagram and a friend of mine was dinning there! I asked her for the scoop on dina's restaurant & she wrote me back with nothing but raves! She loved dina's restaurant. So we took all of this as a sign from the universe that we were just meant to make the 30 minute adventure to Ellicottville, NY for a delicious anniversary dinner at dina's!
About dina's restaurant
Experience the comforting atmosphere and the unique menu offered at Dina’s Restaurant. Located in the heart of the bustling resort village of Ellicottville, NY, Dina’s prepares satisfying, healthy foods that appeal to a health-conscious clientele. Dina’s selections are made to order from local, fresh ingredients whenever possible. dina's takes pride in what they serve - including their selection of homemade cakes, cookies, pies and other sweet endings. No reservations taken – dina's wants you to be spontaneous!
What Did We Eat?
Hubby started with a ceaser salad and had the ribs for his main course. My daughter had the pepperoni pizza. Yes, our 5 year old daughter came with us on our anniversary dinner. It is what it is sometimes ;-) & I started with the asparagus soup and had the strip steak for my entree. The strip steak came with asparagus, so that's how I made my dinner selection lol. I'm addicted to asparagus!!!
Every table also starts out with bread and an olive oil dip. I was a huge fan of how dina's restaurant added balsamic to the olive oil to give the mixture a even yummier taste! Definitely doing this at home!
INCREDIBLE!! Every last dish was beyond delicious. My steak was so tender, I also had asparagus soup for the very first time ever and left dina's restaurant with plans of concocting my very own version. I also found out that adding balsamic to olive oil makes the best bread dip EVER!!!! The restaurant is also fabulously decorated, so all you Instagramers will have a hoot shooting away. I seriously can't thank the universe enough for bringing us to dina's. Best Monday EVER!!!! Definitely on my top Western New York dinning spots list! If you find yourself in Ellicottville, you MUST check it out!
OPEN DAILY AT 7 A.M.
Breakfast - Monday - Saturday till 11:30 am; Sunday till 12:00 pm
Lunch - Monday - Saturday 11:30 am - 4:15 pm; Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Dinner - Sunday - Thursday 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm; Friday - Saturday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm; Holidays till 10 pm
Have you been to Ellicottville, NY? Have you dined at dina's?
The first week of July, my family took a mini road trip to National Harbor, Maryland. About a 5 hour drive from our home in Western New York. National Harbor has a handful of fabulous hotel options. Everything from casinos, to your basic inns. Since this was a family occasion with a 5 year old in tow, we opted for the super family friendly, Gaylord National! We were just at the Gaylord Texan back in November for Ice! So we were pretty stoked to check the National Harbor location out!
Discover an iconic getaway at our National Harbor hotel
Immerse yourself in an unrivaled stay at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Located on the Potomac River, just steps from the shopping and entertainment National Harbor is known for, our waterfront resort provides you with the best of both worlds. Whether you're enjoying a ride on the Capital Wheel, visiting MGM National Harbor® with the city's complimentary circulator bus or exploring our very own 19-story glass atrium, you'll discover an extraordinary adventure. Bring the whole family to enjoy our fountain show, then make a splash of your own in our indoor pool. Following the fun, satisfy your cravings at one of our seven stylish eateries, then end your evening with exotic cocktails and breathtaking views at Pose Lounge & Nightclub. When it's time to get back to business, host an inspiring meeting or conference, complete with customizable catering and dedicated event planners. Whether you're visiting for work or play, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center provides a memorable stay.
The Gaylord National definitely made us feel welcomed from the second we walked in! Just take a peak at this fabulous welcome package they had waiting for us in our room! They definitely rolled out the red carpet for us that's for sure.
Since I know many of you must be dying for all the details of our hotel stay, here are some of the highlights I would like to pass on to your family!
The Gaylord National is located on the Potomac River, just steps from the shopping and entertainment National Harbor is known for!!! The biggest perk of choosing the Gaylord National is that everything you're going to want to do during your stay is walking distance from the hotel! So save that gas money for a little shopping at the Tangler Outlets which are minutes away!
Obviously National Harbor is on the water. Duh! Harbor! The Gaylord National however is right on the waterfront. Walk outside and bam! The beautiful Potomac River is right there :)
I know splash pads are everywhere in the South, but in the north? Not so much. So when Western New Yorkers like ourselves find one. Omg!! Exciting stuff I tell you!!!! My daughter loved the fact that all we had to do was take an elevator and we were at a splash pad since the Gaylord National has one on site!
I don't think there is a kiddo out there that doesn't love a good ole dip in the pool. Heck, this mama gets just as excited when she hears the word pool! Thankfully, the Gaylord National is home to a giant indoor pool. They even have several
outdoor hot tubs. So you can maintain that active lifestyle by Swimming some invigorating laps or even break a sweat at the fitness center right next to the pool.
You will definitely not want to miss the amazing Atrium Fountain Show. Water shoots 60-feet high to fun musical tunes. If you're kiddo can make it to the 9pm show. I promise it will be worth it! The show is a tad bit more awesome in the dark once the sun goes down.
When: Nightly at 6, 7, 8, and 9pm.
Where: Lower Atrium
Atuim View Rooms
Atrium View sleeping rooms overlook the 19-story glass atrium. You will also have one killer view of the nightly laser show! This is the room we were fortunate enough to stay in and here are its features:
One of the most breathtaking views you will ever see! The sun setting on the Potomac River and the Gaylord National has a front row seat! Traveling without the kids? Once the sun starts to set, head to the Belvedere Lobby Bar for a cocktail. The sunset view from the bar is incredible!
I think when traveling with the family, buffets are always a win! There is something for everyone. When we found out the Gaylord National has a breakfast buffet, we all just looked at each other thinking sweet!
The breakfasts buffet is located at the Pienza restaurant. You will find everything from make your own omelettes, to waffles, favorites like bacon, sausage, potatoes and cereal and yogurt for the little ones.
Shuttle Service to MGM National Harbor, Tanger Outlets and more
Registered overnight guests at Gaylord National can enjoy FREE transportation on the Harbor Circulator Bus as part of the resort fee. This shuttle runs 7 days a week from 11am to 10:13pm on Sunday-Thursday and till 12:53am on Friday and Saturdays.
SummerFest at Gaylord National featuring
Music of AmericaMay 26, 2017 – September 4, 2017
Experience everything from a FREE Scavenger Hunt, to splashin' pool movie fun, delicious summer cocktails, musical entertainment and special events. Throughout the summer celebration, Gaylord National will play homage to American Music – including Jazz, Country Music and more - with first-class musical performers throughout the hotel and restaurants.
Gaylord National’s Christmas on the Potomac: November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Experience Christmas On the Potomac, a magical wonderland with lavish décor, twinkling holiday lights and indoor snowfall. ICE! returns with a new theme, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, plus enjoy Gingerbread Decorating, Build-A-Bear Workshop®, a ice skating experience and an all live entertainment show - JOY A Holiday Spectacular.
The Gaylord National was definitely the right choice for us! If you're traveling with kids, this is THE hotel to stay at while visiting National Harbor. Nightly entertainment, kid friendly food options, a giant pool and a splash pad! The Gaylord was definitely designed with the traveling family in mind that's for sure!
The rooms were clean, mini refrigerators to store drinks and snacks! I can't even think of something the resort can improve on because all of my family's needs were met! We even had bad luck our first night in National Harbor. Rain galore! We assumed we were going to be stuck in our room twiddling our thumbs and nope! The Gaylord had so much entertainment. Hourly laser shows, scavenger hunts for kids, an arcade, pool, cocktails for mom and dad!!!! We didn't even remember we were trapped indoors because of rain.
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CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.