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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8 Maker Spaces in Alexandria to DIY

You may not know it, but you’re a Maker. If you’ve ever taken something apart, put something together or done a DIY project, you’re part of the Maker Movement that’s become so popular, America was recently named a “Nation of Makers.” And Alexandria, Virginia is a haven for those who want to pursue their passion and spark their creativity. From beginners to experts, the possibilities for DIY creativity are endless in Alexandria with opportunities to make your own wardrobe and jewelry, build your own bike, design works of art, create plateware for your home or get your home-brewed beer on tap at a local brewery. It’s hard to imagine anything more satisfying than learning a skill in a creative community and being able to take home the final product. Keep reading to learn more about some of our favorite maker spaces in Alexandria.

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