Top 10 Reasons to Visit Alexandria This Spring

Alexandria is buzzing with more than bees this spring, and this historic city just ouside Washington, D.C. offers endless opportunities to explore the wonders of springtime with new niche tours, restaurant and boutique openings and more ways than ever to see the cherry blossoms. Spring is the perfect time to get outside and explore Alexandria’s outdoor events and tours, Mercy Street-inspired experiences, dog-friendly events and much more. Here are our top 10 reasons to visit Alexandria this spring:

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Discover the Real Green Family From PBS’ Mercy Street in Alexandria, VA

Fans of PBS’ Mercy Street, based on real events of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia, can explore the real history behind the show by visiting Alexandria, located just outside of Washington, D.C. The city is presenting 50 Mercy Street-inspired tours, exhibits and events.

Throughout season 2 of PBS’ Mercy Street, much of the drama unfolds on Green family properties, including their home, known as “the Mansion House,” their hotel, which was expropriated by Federal troops for use as a hospital during the Civil War, and their furniture factory. These sites and stories portrayed on Mercy Street were inspired by the real Green family of Alexandria, who lived at Carlyle House and really operated a hotel and furniture factory in the city. In this post, we’ll explore more about the real Green family and their properties that inspired the series, including opportunities to explore these real sites in Alexandria, Virginia.

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22 New Restaurants in Alexandria, Virginia

The booming dining scene in the historic waterfront city of Alexandria, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., continues to flourish with world champion barbecue, historic recipe beer, and chef-driven concepts with Asian flavors. Increasing trends in creative comfort food and in dessert and sweets spots wind through the city’s largely independent culinary scene, enticing those seeking a crave-worthy experience.

We’ve rounded up the new and noteworthy restaurants in the Port City to keep you in the know of the most buzz-worthy food spots in Alexandria.

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Explore Costumes of PBS’ Mercy Street in Alexandria, Virginia

Fans of PBS’ Mercy Street, based on real events of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia, can explore the real history behind the show by visiting Alexandria, located just outside of Washington, D.C. The city is presenting 50 Mercy Street-inspired tours, exhibits and events.

One of the best things about PBS’ Mercy Street is the attention to detail and historical accuracy, and the costumes featured on the series are no different. Fans can’t get enough of the elaborate Civil War costumes worn by Mercy Street characters from the nurses to the soldiers, doctors and more. In this post, we explore the costumes from Mercy Street including insight from the costume designer, and how the costumes shed a spotlight on gender during the Civil War. Keep reading to learn about visitor experiences in Alexandria, including an opportunity to see real costumes from Mercy Street and try on your own Mercy Street-inspired costume!

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Ask an Insider: Winter Date Ideas in Alexandria

Are you looking for a cozy spot to cuddle up with your partner on a date night this winter? Named the “#3 Most Romantic City in the U.S.” in 2017 by Amazon.com, Alexandria, Virginia, located just outside of Washington, D.C. is known as one of the top spots in the region to take a date. With Old Town’s colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, historic charm, and walkable downtown filled with independent restaurants and bars, it’s easy to stroll and find a hidden gem where you can unwind, enjoy a drink and take in live music nearly every night of the week. Resist the urge to hibernate and get outside with these top winter date ideas provided by those in the know.

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Discover the Real People Who Forged Freedom on PBS’ Mercy Street at Alexandria Sites

Fans of PBS’ Mercy Street, based on real events of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia, can explore the real history behind the show by visiting Alexandria, located just outside of Washington, D.C. The city is presenting 50 Mercy Street-inspired tours, exhibits and events.

The drama continues to unfold on season 2 of PBS’ Mercy Street, and in episode 3 we got a deeper glimpse into the varying statuses and struggles of African-Americans – contraband and free – during the Civil War. In this post, we explore some of these varied experiences and some of the real people who inspired their characters in Mercy Street, including Harriet Jacobs. Keep reading to learn more about these histories and how you can visit the real sites that inspired the series in Alexandria, Virginia, just minutes from Washington, DC.

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