There are lots of good reasons to start your day in Alexandria—the bustling energy, the very good chance you’ll run into an adorable pup or two, and of course the cozy cafés where you can warm up and fuel up with coffee before you hit the streets. Continue reading
Season’s greetings to our readers! We hope you’ve been enjoying all Old Town Alexandria has to offer this holiday season – from our traditional events like the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, to shopping and dining in more than 200 independent boutiques and restaurants. There’s still time to enjoy Waterskiing Santa on Christmas Eve and First Night Alexandria on New Year’s Eve.
There’s nothing better than cozying up with loved ones to fireside dining when the temperatures drop. If you’re looking to share a warm meal with friends and family, we’ve rounded up a list of Alexandria restaurants with fireplaces that will make any meal memorable.
Just minutes from Washington, D.C., feel transported by an old-fashioned sense of holiday wonder on Old Town Alexandria‘s brick-lined streets, twinkling with holiday traditions and time-honored festivities. Check out our video for the top holiday events in Alexandria from now through New Years, including the Campagna Center’s Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights and more. Named one of “America’s Top Holiday Towns” in 2016 by USA Today and a “Top 10 Christmas Town” by HGTV, Alexandria offers an authentic holiday experience – the way it was meant to be.
In Alexandria, the most wonderful time of the year brings out the best of our city’s historic streets—store windows sparkle with festive displays, Old Town homes boast seasonal greenery and the mayor and Santa Claus will light Alexandria’s holiday tree in Market Square. From the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade to First Night, Alexandria is packed full of authentic holiday traditions, old and new in 2017. Continue reading
Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is one of the D.C. region’s oldest neighborhoods and the third oldest locally designated historic district in the U.S. The local newspaper, the Alexandria Gazette Packet, is even one of the oldest continually published newspapers in America, originally founded in 1784. With such a rich span of history, Alexandria is home to some unique historical sites and discoveries, including old traditions that are worth a new look. We’ve rounded up 10 of Old Town’s oldest spots you don’t want to miss.
Alexandria is nationally known for its historic houses and museums, but a lesser known claim-to-fame has been hiding in the shadows and streets of these buildings for centuries: some of the biggest trees in the country and commonwealth of Virginia. Our city is home to over 100 champion or notable trees. With foliage expected to peak in Virginia over the next few weeks, we’ve compiled an introductory guide to larger-than-life leaf peeping in Alexandria. Whether you’re looking for an all-out “tree-o-caching” adventure or a simple scenic drive along the Potomac, there are extraordinary options for everyone to enjoy the fall foliage. Continue reading