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.
Now that season two of the PBS Civil War-era drama Mercy Street has aired, Alexandria, Virginia has rolled out a new exhibit of costumes from the show plus 12 tours inspired by the series. PBS’ first American drama in a decade is inspired by real events of Civil War Alexandria. Visitors can explore more than 50 Mercy Street-inspired tours, exhibits and events taking place in Alexandria in 2017.