Weekend Picks: July 9-12, 2015

Does “the weekend is almost here” sound like music to your ears? Good, because this weekend Live Music Week gets underway, with jazz, country, rock, bluegrass and more taking over dozens of Alexandria restaurants and bars. Continue reading

Top 9 Picks For Alexandria Live Music Week

Alexandria’s live music scene is all over the map—and I mean literally. On any given evening you can find live music on the legendary stage at the Birchmere, at bars, by buskers or at a brewery. And from July 10-19, 2015, Alexandria Live Music Week will showcase our city’s authentic music scene with over 100 acts playing at more than 30 venues throughout ALX. Continue reading

Top 5 Day Trips from Alexandria, Virginia

If you’re long on wanderlust but short on time, Alexandria is the perfect home base for day trips to DC, Virginia wine country or pristine national parks and beaches. From historic sites to mountain hikes, you can find it all in Alexandria’s backyard, with a host of attractions all within a few hours of our extraordinary city. Continue reading

Decoding Historic Details in Old Town Alexandria

Ever wondered why there are cast iron stars on buildings in Old Town Alexandria?  Or what the fire marks on our historic rowhouses mean? Continue reading

Hometown Hall of Fame: Celebrities from Alexandria

Coming up this Sunday is the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony, where celebrities strut their stuff on the red carpet and movie lovers cheer on their favorite films and performances of the year. But did you know Alexandria’s got its own award-winning cast? Continue reading

Alexandria at the Movies

Alexandria is no stranger to the silver screen, from the many movies and television shows filmed in Old Town to cinema inspired by scenes from Alexandria’s past. Continue reading

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Top 5 Extraordinary Gifts for the Home

In a town chock-full of independent boutiques overflowing with artisanal wares, home décor and fashionable accessories for both bipeds and dogs, just where do you start your holiday shopping? We’re here to help! Today we kick off our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Extraordinary Gifts, with our top picks for one-of-a-kind, it’s-a-perfect-fit gifts from Alexandria. Up first: Top 5 Extraordinary Gifts for the Home! Continue reading

6 Things You Didn’t Know about Hard Times Cafe

If it’s true, as Will Rogers says, that “You can judge a town by the quality of its chili,” then the Hard Times Café is proof that Alexandria is one extraordinary place to be. Continue reading

Top 7 Places for Photos in Old Town Alexandria

Old Town Alexandria gives photographers plenty to work with in terms of scenery, color and life: the city is studded with vibrantly colored doors and brick, cobblestone streets and stunning views of the Potomac River. With so much extraordinary scenery and architecture, Alexandria offers sought-after locales for engagement shoots, weddings, family photos, fashion shoots, and of course those no-filter-needed Instagrams. Continue reading

Influence and Inspiration with The Art League

In 1968, a small group of artists was house-hunting in Alexandria. The Art League, founded in 1954, needed more space for its growing school and gallery, and an old tobacco warehouse on Cameron Street fit the bill. 60 years later, this group’s contributions to Alexandria’s then budding art scene would inspire thousands of artists to come. Continue reading