USA Today recently named Alexandria one of America’s Top Holiday Towns, where “visitors feel like time travelers to Christmas Past.” And on Old Town’s King Street, you can feel transported by a nostalgic sense of holiday wonder on brick-lined streets twinkling with holiday traditions. We’ve created this guide to help you experience all of the holiday cheer on King Street from cozy restaurants and boutique shopping to seasonal events and much more.
Alexandria’s holiday season is in full swing, and there’s plenty of exciting family-fun to be had by all. To help find the best things to do with kids during the holidays, we asked local parents about their favorite family holiday traditions in this historic city. Don’t have kids? Don’t worry, there’s no age requirement for these fun activities—grab a few friends and find your inner child.
Charles Esten, best known for his role as Deacon Claybourne on the hit series Nashville, returns to his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia on November 26 and 27, 2016, for two nights of performances at legendary music hall The Birchmere. We had a chance to chat with Charles about what it was like growing up in Alexandria, what fans can expect during his shows at The Birchmere, and much more. Here are our five takeaways from Charles Esten:
‘Tis the season to catch up with friends and family you haven’t seen in a while. Whether you have family in town visiting, or just want to catch up with your neighbor, we’ve got you covered with ten places to meet for meals in Alexandria this holiday season. Forget about grocery shopping and celebrate in style at one of these extraordinary restaurants. Looking for restaurants that are open on major holidays? We’ve got you covered, too. Just check out our listings to see what’s open.
Sometimes, all you crave is a mouthwatering burger, and Alexandria has seemingly endless options to hit the spot with an array of burger joints and restaurants with delicious specialty burgers throughout the city. Keep reading for our roundup of the best burgers in Alexandria, including vegan and vegetarian options.
Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood is an eclectic and walkable neighborhood filled with an extraordinary art scene. From the architecture and art galleries to the extensive murals around every corner, Del Ray is a great place to spark your creativity.
Visit Alexandria recently hosted an #InstaMeetALX for a photo walk of Del Ray’s murals, with each one telling a different story about Del Ray and its history and culture. If you missed out, we’ve got you covered with this fun walking tour of murals in Del Ray featuring some of our favorite shots from the photo walk. You can make a day of exploring Del Ray’s street art, with no shortage of awesome restaurants to fuel your adventure along the way. You can start at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center and work your way south on Mount Vernon Avenue, or start at Junction Bakery & Bistro and work your way north.
The highly anticipated Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall on September 24, 2016 to powerful reviews from visitors. Then, beginning October 1, 2016, another thread in African American history began being told at Mount Vernon with the opening of the ground-breaking exhibition called “Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon” focusing on the personal stories of Mount Vernon’s enslaved people.
Alexandria is most known to visitors for historic Old Town, but is made up of many neighborhoods that offer a rich experience of local flavor. Venture into the city’s West End to the Seminary Hill neighborhood for history, outdoor sanctuaries, innovative arts and hidden gems just off the beaten path. The neighborhood is even home to T.C. Williams High School, whose football team inspired the movie “Remember the Titans.” Whether you have a few hours or a weekend, we’ve rounded up our favorite things to do in this West End neighborhood including the best restaurants, outdoor activities and local favorites.
With the 2nd Annual Alexandria Live Music Week coming up September 30-October 8, 2016, we asked some of our favorite local insiders for the best places to catch live music in Alexandria. Whether you’re looking for a place to see big names in music, enjoy a drink with friends, or hit the dance floor, Alexandria has everything from The Birchmere: America’s Legendary Music Hall, named “the best listening club in America” by The Washington Post, to intimate outdoor acoustic sets on the patio in all different music genres.
Alexandria is known for its chef-driven restaurant scene, with endless options for every palate and price range. But sometimes, all you crave is your favorite home-cooked comfort food. Luckily, in Alexandria you can get classic comfort foods with creative culinary twists like a short rib grilled cheese, a fried chicken breakfast sandwich or a banh mi hot dog.