Must-See Historic House Museums in Alexandria

Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria stands as a pioneer of early historic preservation efforts and is ranked the third oldest locally designated historic district in the U.S., following Charleston’s historic district and the French Quarter in New Orleans. A host of historic house museums highlight the beginnings of America, weaving the rich tapestry of the city’s history from 18th-century to the present. We’ve rounded up the top must-see historic houses and house museums in Alexandria, from our first president’s home to one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Usonian” masterpieces. There’s a unique story behind every door.
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Things to Do in Alexandria’s Del Ray Neighborhood

Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood is the D.C. region’s hometown, known as the place “Where Main Street Still Exists.” Made-for-strolling Mount Vernon Avenue buzzes with a booming scene of locally owned eateries, while eclectic shops, colorful murals and community events like Art on the Avenue lend an artsy vibe. The neighborhood is also known as “Well Ray” for its thriving scene of holistic health businesses. Del Ray’s the place where neighbors know each other and you can still find an independent butcher, hardware store and pharmacy all on one street. The best way to experience a neighborhood like Del Ray? Like a local, of course. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to do here. Whether you’re spending an hour or a weekend, we’ve got you covered.

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11 Can’t-Miss Fall Art Events in Alexandria

Known by locals and visitors for its vibrant art scene, Alexandria is home to some extraordinary art events and venues for everyone from film fanatics to craft lovers, music enthusiasts to theatre fans and everyone in between. With the fall festival season upon us, we’ve rounded up our top 11 can’t-miss fall art events throughout Alexandria. Looking for some creative inspiration, the perfect gift, a date idea or a good show? Check out our list for fun fall ideas.

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Video: Top 5 Must-Sees in Old Town Alexandria

Minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria’s red brick sidewalks hum with over 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums, dynamic arts and happenings at the waterfront. Whether you’ve got a day or an entire weekend to spend in Alexandria, watch our video on the Top 5 Must-Sees for all the can’t-miss things to do while you’re visiting.

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Alexandria This Fall

Autumn looks good on Alexandria, where fall foliage frames historic red brick buildings, art festivals fill the streets and farmers’ markets overflow with fresh seasonal produce and handmade artisan wares. Continue reading

Gluten-Free Guide to Alexandria, VA

The booming dining scene in the historic waterfront city of Alexandria, Virginia flourishes with independent chef-driven culinary concepts and food from every corner of the world. The crave-worthy experience is easy for anyone in search of gluten-free dining options, with plenty of options for a date night, friends night out, family brunch and more. And since we know you don’t want to spend hours combing through menus, we’ve rounded up our favorite gluten-free restaurants in Alexandria. Plus, as a bonus, we included our favorite gluten-free sweets spots since we know no meal is complete without dessert.

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What’s New at Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week

Some of the city’s hottest new restaurants are taking part in Alexandria Restaurant Week for the first time, among more than 60 restaurants offering special menus August 18-27, 2017. Spanning 10 days and two weekends, you can savor your summer by dining al fresco at that new restaurant you’ve been dying to try, indulging at one of our city’s fine-dining establishments or getting a great deal on a dinner for two.

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The Outdoor Enthusiast’s Guide to Alexandria, VA

Just outside of D.C. on the Potomac River, Alexandria offers visitors a chance to escape to the great outdoors without leaving town. AAA named Alexandria one of the “Ten Most Walkable Cities” in the country, but if a walk isn’t enough exercise, hiking and biking trails wind along the waterfront with breathtaking views of the Potomac River, with plenty of parks, nature trails, and specialty activities like golf, sailing, basketball, volleyball, yoga, birding and more. Whether you’re in town for the weekend or live in the D.C. region, keep reading for a roundup of some of the best activities for outdoor enthusiasts in Alexandria.

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Unexpected Shopping Experiences in Alexandria, VA

Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront, is one of the region’s top destinations for shopping, filled with locally-owned boutiques and national retailers. It’s also a haven for unexpected and hands-on shopping experiences in maker spaces and at specialty boutiques. We’ve rounded up our favorite shops in Old Town where you can do more than shop, with special happenings like workshops, tastings, fitness activities, readings and much more. Keep reading to see our favorites!

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Get the Scoop: Best Ice Cream and Cold Treats in Alexandria

Alexandria is known as a sweet destination with nearly 20 artisanal sweets and dessert spots, and when the summer sun is shining, you can cool off with a sweet treat from boozy gelato to liquid nitrogen ice cream and everything in between. We’ve rounded up our favorite spots for ice cream and other cold treats in the Port City, with enough options to keep you cool all summer long.

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