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

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

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

Around the World in Alexandria

Alexandria’s streets have seen a lot of American history, but they are also home to a wide spread of international cuisine, shops and festivals. From Sri Lanka to El Salvador, authentic ethnic food spices up Alexandria’s thriving dining scene, and just a quick trip to Old Town Alexandria, Del Ray and beyond can give you a taste of Greece, Vietnam, or Ethiopia. Continue reading