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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70 Reasons to Love Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week

With 70 participating restaurants—the most ever since Alexandria Restaurant Week was launched—you’ve got 70 reasons to savor some of the best cuisine in the region. Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week is happening February 17-26, 2017 throughout Alexandria, Virginia, located minutes outside of Washington, D.C. Occurring for 10 days and two weekends, you have plenty of chances to cozy up at that new restaurant you’ve been dying to try, indulge at one of our city’s fine-dining establishments or get a great deal on a dinner for two. Restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner for one or a $35 dinner for two. Plus, more than 35 restaurants are also offering lunch specials ranging from $10-$20. Browse the online menu book and make your reservations now.

Read on for even more reasons to love Alexandria Restaurant Week.

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Five reasons Harry Potter fans love Alexandria’s Apothecary Museum

For fans of the Harry Potter movies and books who wish they could step into the potions classroom at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the historic Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Alexandria, Virginia, may be the next best thing.

The Apothecary Museum, which dates back to 1792, is one of the oldest pharmacies in the nation and offers Harry Potter fans a chance to step back in time and see the pharmacy exactly as it was when it closed in 1933. You’ll also learn about the real-life ingredients used throughout the 1800s that are “potion” ingredients in the Harry Potter books and movies.

As fans get ready for both the highly anticipated release of J.K. Rowling’s new book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II”—the script of a play by the same name opening this summer in London—as well as Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31, here are our top five reasons why you will love the Apothecary Museum.

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