5 Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month in Alexandria, VA

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.

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How to See the Cherry Blossoms from Alexandria

Soon we’ll be seeing the hallmark of spring in the D.C. area, when nearly 1,700 cherry blossom trees color Washington’s Tidal Basin in shades of pink and white, with the National Park Service projecting peak bloom to occur between April 8 and April 12, 2018.

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11 Fun Indoor Activities in Alexandria on a Rainy, Cold, or Hot Day

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.

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Your Guide to Celebrating George Washington’s Birthday in Alexandria

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.

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Morning Joe: Top Coffee Spots in Alexandria

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

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at First Night Alexandria

Looking for things to do on New Year’s Eve? There’s no party like an Alexandria party! Old Town will transform into a giant performance venue for the 23rd annual First Night Alexandria. Continue reading

16 Things to do in Alexandria This Weekend

Want to celebrate Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend but don’t know where to start? Dinna fash yersel! (That’s Scottish for don’t worry.) We’ve rounded up our top picks to keep you covered all weekend long.

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Alexandria This Holiday Season

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

Old Town’s Oldest Spots You Don’t Want to Miss

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.

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Your Guide to Fall Leaf Peeping in Alexandria

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