Alexandria, Virginia is the Shop Small headquarters of the D.C. region, with what was named “one of the best indie boutique scenes on the East Coast” by Where Magazine. With a mix of independently owned boutiques and national stores, Alexandria is the perfect destination for a shopping trip in the D.C. region, located in a walkable and picturesque historic setting on the Potomac River waterfront. Some of the city’s most unique stores and local favorites are also worth making a trip for, from specialty shops with a following to one-of-a-kind boutiques you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you’re a vintage cocktail enthusiast, a designer shoe fanatic, a yarn connoisseur, or have another specialty interest, you’ll find your niche in Alexandria and you’ll be glad you made the trip.
As “Hamilton” hysteria spreads to Washington, D.C. in anticipation of the show’s run at The Kennedy Center June 12 to September 16, 2018, Alexandria is proud to announce special programming at historic sites “Hamilton” fans won’t want to miss in the city recently named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination for 2018 by Money magazine. Founded in 1749, Alexandria, Virginia is filled with Colonial history as well as new experiences visitors can enjoy at historic sites tucked into 18th– and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown.
Alexandria, Virginia, located on the Potomac River waterfront within eyesight of Washington, D.C., comes to life each spring with an arts scene as vibrant as the cherry blossoms. From gallery parties inside the world-famous Torpedo Factory Art Center with drinks inspired by the artwork to concerts at The Birchmere: America’s Legendary Music Hall, there’s something for every type of art enthusiast in the Port City this spring. Looking for some creative inspiration, the perfect gift, a date idea or a good show? We’ve got you covered with our top 11 can’t-miss spring art events happening in Alexandria in 2018.
Irish pubs, live music locales and a speakeasy hidden inside a donut shop: these are just some of Alexandria, Virginia’s more than 35 bars. Find the perfect spot for any occasion, from quiet conversations in an upscale lounge to a fun night out with friends. Watch our video 5 Places to Get Drinks in Alexandria, VA for a peek at some of our favorites in Old Town Alexandria and nearby Del Ray.
Spring is one of the most picturesque times to visit Alexandria, Virginia, located just outside Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront. This historic city buzzes with renewed energy each spring as hues of pink wash over 18th- and 19th- century architecture and cobblestone streets, signaling cherry blossom season and longer, warmer days. Visitors will find endless ways to explore the wonders of springtime and awaken the senses in Alexandria, whether it’s taking a boat cruise on the Potomac River or jogging alongside it on the award-winning Mount Vernon Trail. You can find new shops and restaurants, attend “spirited” seasonal events, catch spring arts performances, or hop on an historic tour. With so many happenings it can be hard to choose, so we’ve got you covered with our top 10 reasons to visit Alexandria this spring.
Alexandria, Virginia just outside Washington, D.C., is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th– and 19th-century architecture, including many sites important to women’s history. In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up our top 5 ways to celebrate women’s history in Alexandria, from women’s history sites to female art studios and live performances. You can also celebrate Women’s History Month by supporting women-owned businesses in Alexandria, including nearly 90% of the shops in the Old Town Boutique District. Keep reading to learn more about the people and places in Alexandria who helped forge the way for women’s rights.