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.
Minutes from Washington, D.C., historic Alexandria, Virginia is bustling with energy and endless things to do, and luckily the fun doesn’t stop when the weather is less than ideal. Whether it’s a rainy day, a cold snap or a heatwave, we’ve got you covered with plenty of ways to stay out of the elements and inside soaking up Alexandria’s history, arts and culture, learning a new craft or skill, getting active, and staying cozy. Keep reading for 11 fun indoor activities in Alexandria on a rainy, cold or hot day.
Did you know you’re invited to one of the biggest birthday parties in America? On February 19, 2018, thousands of people (plus some dogs and horses) will march through the streets of Old Town Alexandria to celebrate the 286th anniversary of George Washington’s birthday.
There are lots of good reasons to start your day in Alexandria—the bustling energy, the very good chance you’ll run into an adorable pup or two, and of course the cozy cafés where you can warm up and fuel up with coffee before you hit the streets. Continue reading
In Alexandria, the most wonderful time of the year brings out the best of our city’s historic streets—store windows sparkle with festive displays, Old Town homes boast seasonal greenery and the mayor and Santa Claus will light Alexandria’s holiday tree in Market Square. From the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade to First Night, Alexandria is packed full of authentic holiday traditions, old and new in 2017. Continue reading
Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is one of the D.C. region’s oldest neighborhoods and the third oldest locally designated historic district in the U.S. The local newspaper, the Alexandria Gazette Packet, is even one of the oldest continually published newspapers in America, originally founded in 1784. With such a rich span of history, Alexandria is home to some unique historical sites and discoveries, including old traditions that are worth a new look. We’ve rounded up 10 of Old Town’s oldest spots you don’t want to miss.
Alexandria is nationally known for its historic houses and museums, but a lesser known claim-to-fame has been hiding in the shadows and streets of these buildings for centuries: some of the biggest trees in the country and commonwealth of Virginia. Our city is home to over 100 champion or notable trees. With foliage expected to peak in Virginia over the next few weeks, we’ve compiled an introductory guide to larger-than-life leaf peeping in Alexandria. Whether you’re looking for an all-out “tree-o-caching” adventure or a simple scenic drive along the Potomac, there are extraordinary options for everyone to enjoy the fall foliage. Continue reading