Top 10 Reasons To Visit Alexandria This Summer

Against the backdrop of a vibrant waterfront and historic streets, summer in Alexandria sizzles with boat cruises, fireworks, outdoor dining and more. Located on the Potomac River just minutes from Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Virginia has cold brews and summer treats, scenic parks, outdoor tours and new happenings in summer 2017. We’ve rounded up our top 10 reasons to visit Alexandria this summer: Continue reading

Best of Outdoor Dining in Alexandria

There’s no better way to usher in the warm weather than dining al fresco. Here in Alexandria, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. and with a vibrant culinary scene, we’re pretty much pros at dining outdoors. From waterfront seating to courtyard patios to street-side eats, options abound.

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Things to Do in Alexandria’s Van Dorn Neighborhood in the West End

The Van Dorn neighborhood in Alexandria’s West End is filled with hidden gems, outdoor adventures and some of the best craft beer experiences and affordable ethnic restaurants in the D.C. region. The neighborhood, which has received buzz in 2017 with the opening of pre-Prohibition inspired Portner Brewhouse, is accessible via the Van Dorn Street Metro stop on the Blue Line, and is most easily navigated by bike or car. Keep reading for our top things to do in Alexandria’s Van Dorn neighborhood.

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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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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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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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Your Guide to Celebrating George Washington’s Birthday in Alexandria

Did you know you’re invited to one of the biggest birthday parties in America? On February 20, 2017, thousands of people (plus some dogs and horses) will march through the streets of Old Town Alexandria to celebrate the 285th anniversary of George Washington’s birthday.

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Morning Joe: Top Coffee Spots in Alexandria

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