New Specialty Tours in Alexandria, VA

Visitors seeking uncommon tour experiences will find a wealth of options in Old Town Alexandria, a neighborhood steeped in history while humming with a cosmopolitan feel, located just outside of Washington, D.C. Joining a robust calendar of history, ghost, and boat tours are new niche tours including Fetching Photos, which presents walking photo tours for both smartphone and SLR users (and dogs are always welcome!); Nightly Spirits, featuring a “Frights and Pints” tour for beer fans who love a scare; Manumission Tour Company, which explores Alexandria’s rich  African American history through curated heritage tours; and Discover Alexandria, presenting tours such as “Virginia is for Runners,” visiting iconic sites while on a brisk run, and “Sweet History,” combining history with the city’s best dessert spots. Keep reading to learn more about new niche tours in Alexandria.

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10 Ways to Explore Women’s History in Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, Virginia just outside Washington, D.C., is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th– and 19th-century architecture, including many sites important to women’s history. To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up our top 10 ways to explore women’s history in Alexandria, from sites associated with abolitionist Harriet Jacobs to new waterfront restaurant Vola’s Dockside Grill named after Alexandria’s first female city manager and local Civil Rights leader Vola Lawson. You can also celebrate Women’s History Month by supporting women-owned businesses in Alexandria, including almost 90% of the shops in the Old Town Boutique District. Keep reading to learn more about the people and places in Alexandria who helped forge the way for women’s rights.

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Spring Tours, Costume Exhibit and More Bring PBS’ Mercy Street to Life in Alexandria, VA

Now that season two of the PBS Civil War-era drama Mercy Street has aired, Alexandria, Virginia has rolled out a new exhibit of costumes from the show plus 12 tours inspired by the series. PBS’ first American drama in a decade is inspired by real events of Civil War Alexandria. Visitors can explore more than 50 Mercy Street-inspired tours, exhibits and events taking place in Alexandria in 2017.

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How to See the Cherry Blossoms from Alexandria

Soon we’ll be seeing the hallmark of spring in the D.C. area, when nearly 1,700 cherry blossom trees color Washington’s Tidal Basin in shades of pink, with peak bloom expected from the National Park Service between March 14-17, 2017.  Continue reading

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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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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Explore the Medicine of 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.

As seen in season two of PBS’ Mercy Street, medicine advanced at a fast pace during the Civil War due to high demand for doctors, nurses and new treatments. There weren’t just wounds from the war to worry about, but also diseases spreading rampantly throughout the country. The high-stakes and fast-paced drama seen in Mercy Street was not so different in real life, with over 30 hospitals in Alexandria during the Civil War and an Apothecary that remains open as a museum today, medicine serves as a fascinating lens into the complex experiences different people had during the war. In this post, we explore real people and places that inspired PBS’ Mercy Street and the role of medicine during the Civil War.

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