Things to do in Alexandria’s Carlyle Neighborhood

Alexandria’s Carlyle neighborhood near the George Washington Masonic National Memorial is the perfect blend of locally-known hidden gems and contemporary conveniences, all in one walkable neighborhood. Home to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum as well as African American heritage sites and locally-loved restaurants, we’ve rounded up our can’t-miss Carlyle stops so you can spend a day exploring the neighborhood. Continue reading

Ask an Insider: Where to get Cocktails and Craft Beer in Alexandria

Alexandria is known in the DC region as one of the best places for cocktails and craft beer, but don’t take our word for it. We’ve asked some of our favorite insiders, including locals and travel bloggers, for the best places to get drinks in Alexandria. Whether you’re planning date night or a low-key outing with friends, Alexandria has everything from creative cocktails in a secret speakeasy to a “Pedals and Pints” bike ride with America’s Best Small Brewery. Keep reading to see what our insiders said:

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Take 5 with: The Bacon Brothers

Last year, The Bacon Brothers stole our hearts when they performed a pop-up concert at Sugar Shack Donuts to support a good cause. This summer, Michael and Kevin Bacon are coming back to Alexandria for a three-night stand at The Birchmere, and we had a chance to connect with the brotherly rock duo to ask what they love about Alexandria and what fans can expect while they play at The Birchmere from July 22-24, 2016. Here are our five takeaways from The Bacon Brothers:

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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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Five reasons Harry Potter fans love Alexandria’s Apothecary Museum

For fans of the Harry Potter movies and books who wish they could step into the potions classroom at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the historic Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Alexandria, Virginia, may be the next best thing.

The Apothecary Museum, which dates back to 1792, is one of the oldest pharmacies in the nation and offers Harry Potter fans a chance to step back in time and see the pharmacy exactly as it was when it closed in 1933. You’ll also learn about the real-life ingredients used throughout the 1800s that are “potion” ingredients in the Harry Potter books and movies.

As fans get ready for both the highly anticipated release of J.K. Rowling’s new book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II”—the script of a play by the same name opening this summer in London—as well as Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31, here are our top five reasons why you will love the Apothecary Museum.

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