2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Top 5 Extraordinary Gifts for Foodies

From expertly crafted cocktails to gourmet cheeses and high-end cookware, Alexandria is a foodie’s paradise. So how do you decide what to buy for your foodie friends and family this holiday season? Look no further than our Top 5 Gifts for Foodies, all found in Alexandria! 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

Small is the New Black: Your Guide to Black Friday Shopping in Alexandria

Black Friday: for some people, it spells malls crawling with frantic shoppers fighting over mass-produced merchandise. Not so in Alexandria! If you like supporting small businesses, snagging one-of-a-kind deals and downing free donuts, the DC area’s “Shop Small” headquarters is the place to kick off your holiday shopping spree. Continue reading

How to Park in Old Town Alexandria

Visit Old Town Alexandria and you find cobblestone streets, independent shops–and all the perks of a much larger city. It’s easy to get here and easy to get around: with a Metro stop and Amtrak station, the free King Street Trolley, Capital Bikeshare stations, and a water taxi to the National Mall, all roads (and rails, and rivers, and bikes and buses) lead to Alexandria.

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Holiday Heritage: Your Guide to Alexandria’s 2015 Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade

Want to celebrate Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend but don’t know where to start? Dinna fash yersel! (That’s Scottish for don’t worry.) Sure, there are more than a dozen holiday events in Alexandria December 4-6, 2015, but the number one must-see is the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade. Continue reading

Top 10 #ExtraordinaryALX Fan Photos

Picture-perfect, postcard-worthy – no matter what you call it, Alexandria is one photogenic city! That’s why back in October we challenged you via social media to capture extraordinary moments in Alexandria and tag the photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ExtraordinaryALX for the chance to be featured on Extra Alex. 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

Halloween Weekend Picks: October 30-31

Halloween is “creeping up” on Alexandria, and after a month full of supernatural fun, the festivities are still going strong. If you (or your dog) are still wondering what to do in Alexandria for Halloween, we’ve got the scoop here!  Continue reading

Ghost Post: The Legend of the Female Stranger

Are you ready for an eerie-sistible Halloween in Alexandria? To kick off this spook-tacular week, today’s post is brought to you by Wellington Watts, owner and veteran tour guide of Alexandria Colonial Tours, perhaps best known for his Ghost and Graveyard Tour through haunted Old Town. Discover the story of Alexandria’s most famous ghost below… Continue reading

Weekend Picks: October 24-26, 2014

Why wait until October 31 to celebrate Halloween? Alexandrians sure don’t! This weekend, Alexandria is abuzz with Halloween-themed festivities, from ghost tours to costume parades to trick-or-treating for dogs and kids. Continue reading