Get the Scoop: Best Ice Cream and Cold Treats in Alexandria

Alexandria is known as a sweet destination with nearly 20 artisanal sweets and dessert spots, and when the summer sun is shining, you can cool off with a sweet treat from boozy gelato to liquid nitrogen ice cream and everything in between. We’ve rounded up our favorite spots for ice cream and other cold treats in the Port City, with enough options to keep you cool all summer long.

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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

Weekend Picks: June 20-22, 2014

Work is done and school is out, which can only mean one thing: it’s the weekend! What better way to celebrate than by noshing at a family-favorite food & wine festival, chatting with a former president or getting your comedy on with an improv show? If you’re in search of some great activities for this weekend, look no further:

 

Retrosessionists Comedy Improv
Friday June 20, 2014 at 8 p.m.
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street

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I know you love to laugh (because you’re human), but laughing while amidst an art gallery in a gorgeous Greek Revival building? One, please. At this special nighttime event, enjoy off-the-cuff improv by a local theatre troupe plus a cash bar starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

Alexandria Food & Wine Festival
Saturday June 21, 2014 from 12-5 p.m.
John Carlyle Square, 300 John Carlyle Street

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At this 3rd annual event, foodies can sample dishes from local eateries and sip on Virginia wines while enjoying live entertainment (there’s even a children’s corner to keep the kids content!). Throughout the day, restaurants will compete for the best appetizer, main course and dessert, as voted on by local personalities.

 

Hand’s On History Tent: A Privateer’s Life for Me!
Saturday June 21, 2014 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax Street

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At this free event, stop by Carlyle House for the annual Hand’s On History Tent, where kids can choose between becoming a privateer or a pirate (choose wisely, young grasshoppers) and participate in activities like candle dipping, flag making and boat building.

 

Find more summer events here.

Photo by the Alexandria Food & Wine Festival