August 16, 20169 days ago

Highlights of DC & Alexandria's Summer 2016 Restaurant Week

The D.C. area is well known for its wide selection of excellent dining options, and the next two weeks will be particularly exciting for fans of eating out. D.C.’s Restaurant Week runs from August 15 through August 21, while Alexandria’s Restaurant Week runs August 19 through August 28.

If you’re looking for a great deal on a meal or an opportunity to try a new place, Restaurant Week is the perfect time. Below are three of our favorite options in D.C. and Alexandria:


The popular French restaurant in Old Town is offering up two great specials for Restaurant Week: a $35 three-course dinner as well as a $22 three-course lunch. Dinner options include soup, escargot, fried oysters, flatbreads, and macchiato, while lunch choices include tomatoes, charcuterie, mussels, roasted salmon with corn and garlic, and braised lamb shoulder with vegetable stew.

China Chilcano

This innovative restaurant fuses Peruvian, Chinese, and Japanese cuisines into a delectable mixture. For Restaurant Week diners can choose a $22 lunch that includes options like grilled noodles, chicken stew, spicy tuna with cucumber and avocado, and shrimp-pork dumplings. The $35 dinner options include red snapper, grilled chicken skewers with potatoes, and sweetened condensed milk custard topped with fruit.


Located on King Street near the waterfront, Carluccio’s is an Italian restaurant and market with a variety of options for Restaurant Week. For $35 diners can choose from delights like sauteed mushrooms over Italian bread, seafood risotto with mussels, calamari and prawn, pan-seared salmon, and zuccotto, a chocolate sponge cake dessert. Carluccio’s also has a variety of great cocktail options and unique wine blends.

Finding a DC Hotel For Restaurant Week 2016

To really enjoy restaurant week, you need a place that is convenient and comfortable. With free wi-fi, a complimentary shuttle to the metro and easy access to both Alexandria and D.C., the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Belvoir – Alexandria will serve as the perfect home base for your summer dining adventures in the District and beyond.

August 9, 201615 days ago

Summer 2016 Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor

Film fans who love the outdoors are in for a treat in the DC region this summer: Movies on the Potomac is back! Through September you can enjoy a variety of action, romance and comedy movies displayed on a massive projector on the lawn at the National Harbor.

Movies are shown free of charge on Sundays and Thursdays at 6 PM and 7 PM, respectively. You can bring a blanket and lawn chair; outside food and beverages are not allowed, but Peeps & Company will be on-site selling Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales, and Peanut Chews candy.

Selected Movies Playing on the Potomac for Summer 2016

Here are just a few great movies showing at the National Harbor this summer:

  • Hook – Sunday, August 21 at 6:00 PM
  • Zoolander – Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 PM
  • Casino Royale – Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 PM
  • Men in Black – Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 PM
  • Zootopia – Sunday, September 18 at 6:00 PM


On August 25 and September 25, the movies showing will be selected by an online poll. Keep an eye on the National Harbor’s social media accounts to vote, and for any updates about cancellations or changes.

Finding a Hotel Near National Harbor

Whether you’re in town for business or personal reasons, you need a hotel that’s comfortable, conveniently located, and provides plenty of value. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir hits all three of those requirements. With a free shuttle to the Huntington Metro, complimentary hot breakfast buffet and easy access to the National Harbor, there’s no better place to lay your head in the D.C. region this summer than the Holiday Inn Express.

July 27, 201629 days ago

Alexandria Neighborhood Spotlight: Port City Brewing Company

One of the most exciting things about Alexandria is the many local shops and businesses in the community. Fans of delicious beers in the DMV probably already know about Port City, one of the region’s most popular breweries.

About Port City Brewing Company

Port City was founded in January 2011 to provide the Mid-Atlantic market with innovative, top-quality beers made from the best possible ingredients. Some of their most popular varieties include:

  • Optimal Wit: a Belgian-style white ale with a crisp and citrusy finish, brewed with Spanish orange peels and coriander.
  • Monumental IPA: an India Pale Ale that strikes a perfect balance between bitter and sweet, designed to represent the East Coast IPA brewing style.
  • Downright Pilsner: One of Port City’s flagship beers, this medium-bodied pilsner has a spicy, hoppy finish.


Events at Port City Brewing

Besides excellent beer, Port City also contributes to the community by hosting unique events. Here’s a few on the horizon:

  • Joggers & Lagers: On Monday, August 1st at 7:00 PM, the brewery will host a 1, 3, or 5-mile run along the Holmes Run stream, starting and ending at the tasting room. Local eatery Old Blue BBQ will be there providing food.
  • Oktoberfest Release: On August 5, Port City celebrates the launch of their seasonal Marzen lager, Oktoberfest. The event kicks off at 3:00 PM – food trucks will begin serving at 5:30 PM. Local acoustic artist Taylor Carson will be performing from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
  • Beer Yoga: Every Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, join Port City for a $15 yoga class with a complimentary pint afterwards. The class is suitable for beginners and experts alike and will help you eliminate stress and tension.


Whether you’re a local or will be staying in the area, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir encourages you to support awesome local businesses like Port City. And if you need a place to stay as you sip on suds and partake in fun events around town, the Holiday Inn Express offers great amenities, complimentary high-speed Internet and a free shuttle to the metro.

July 21, 20161 month ago

Washington Nationals 2016 Midseason Update

DC sports fans are passionate about every club that plays in the area, but the summer belongs to the Washington Nationals. Lead by stars like outfielder Bryce Harper, second baseman Daniel Murphy and pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the Nats are already off to a great start halfway through the 2016 season.

How are the Nats doing this year?

Pretty well. The Nationals are in first place in the NL East, 4.5 games ahead of the 2nd place Miami Marlins as of this writing. Young ace Stephen Strasburg is so far having the best season of his career, with a 2.51 ERA and a 13-0 record. He is the first NL pitcher since 1912 to start the season with 13 straight wins.

Perennial all-star Bryce Harper is also having a great year – he’s already knocked in 19 home runs and has over 50 RBI, while seasoned slugger Daniel Murphy is batting a phenomenal .350 with 67 RBI. Looking ahead, the Nats have big series coming up on the road against the Giants during the last week of July, the Orioles during the week of August 22, and the Mets during the second full week of September.

Things to do Around Nationals Park

Even if you’re not a baseball lover, the Southeast Waterfront area around Nationals Park is a happening neighborhood with plenty to do. Just a few activities in the vicinity include:

  • The Yards Park, which features walking trails, boat docks, fountains and picnic areas
  • Washington Canal Park, a LEED Gold certified park area with fountains, trees and the Il Parco Italian café
  • The Titanic Memorial, a 13-foot granite statue along the waterfront that honors the memory of those who perished in the RMS Titanic


If you’re heading to a Nats game or simply want to check out the southeast waterfront area and need a place to stay, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is the ideal choice. A free shuttle to the metro makes it easy to get into DC, while comfortable beds and furnishings plus a complimentary breakfast make your stay extra sweeter. After spending time at the old ball game this summer, relax and unwind at the Holiday Inn.

July 13, 20161 month ago

Summer 2016 Concerts in DC and Alexandria

Summer is the season for great concerts! In the D.C. region, there are a number of exciting artists and groups performing for music lovers of all tastes. Here are a few choice events for those looking to catch a show in Alexandria or D.C. this summer.

2016 Jazz in the Garden

The beloved Jazz in the Garden summer series is back for 2016, featuring a set of talented local and national musicians performing in styles like fusion, afrofunk, blues and more. Performances are free to the public and take place every Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art. Notable performers this summer include the Caribbean jazz-funk ensemble Eastern Standard Time and Howard University alum and saxophonist Paul Carr.

2016 Honda Civic Tour: Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato

Pop megastars Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato are embarking on a national tour this summer, with a stop at the Verizon Center in D.C. on Tuesday, July 26. Jonas will be performing hits from his 2015 album Last Year Was Complicated, while Lovato will play songs from her new album Confident as well as fan favorites like “Neon Lights” and “Skyscraper.”

David Crosby at The Birchmere

Classic rock fans will enjoy seeing David Crosby at The Birchmere Theater in Alexandria on August 23. Crosby is one-third of the famous 1970s supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. On tour Crosby plays material from his last solo album, Croz, as well as classic hits and rare tracks from his days with CS&N.

Don’t miss out on the great tunes coming to the nation’s capital this summer – book your tickets in advance, and if you need a comfortable hotel at a great price, check out the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir. With a complimentary shuttle to the metro and amenities like free Wi-Fi and breakfast, you’ll love coming back to a comfortable room at the Holiday Inn after grooving to the music this summer.

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