October 7, 201618 days ago

Washington Redskins' 2016 Season Update

Sports fans all over the D.C. metro area are getting out their burgundy and gold and firing up their tailgate grills –Redskins football is back! With the team’s hopes riding on quarterback Kirk Cousins and an NFC East division with lots of vulnerabilities, this could be a big year for the ‘Skins. Here’s what to expect:

Changes since last season

The Redskins are coming off a relatively successful 2015 season, which saw them win the NFC East and post a 9-7 record. Since last season, the Redskins have added star cornerback Josh Norman to the roster and hope for the continued development of quarterback Kirk Cousins and tight end Jordan Reed.

How are the Redskins doing so far in the 2016 season?

After a tough season opening loss to the formidable Pittsburgh Steelers and a messy defeat at the hands of Dallas Cowboys’ rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, the Redskins have gotten back on track with two consecutive wins on the road against the New York Giants and at home versus the Cleveland Browns. Next up they face tough challenges on the road against their east coast rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, and a tough home game against division foes – the Philadelphia Eagles, led by rookie phenom Carson Wentz.

Finding the best hotels near Fedex Field

If you’re going to be in the area for a Redskins game and want a comfortable place to stay, look no further than the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir. Located just across the Potomac from FedEx Field, the Holiday Inn also offers convenient amenities like a complimentary breakfast bar and free shuttle to the metro to help you get around. After a long day of football fun this fall, hang your hat at the Holiday Inn.

October 5, 201620 days ago

Halloween 2016 in D.C. and Alexandria

The first days of October mean we are just weeks away from Halloween – the scariest time of year! Whether you like a good fright or want to celebrate the holiday with your favorite libation, there are plenty of exciting events going on for Halloween in the D.C. area

Boo at the Zoo & Night of the Living Zoo

The National Zoo hosts two separate events to celebrate Halloween. Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly attraction with treat stations, animal houses and pumpkin decorating contests. Night of the Living Zoo is a 21-and-up event that offers after-hours access to the zoo, live music, food trucks and an assortment of craft brews. Boo at the Zoo runs for three days from October 21 to 23, and Night of the Living Zoo takes place October 28 from 6:30 to 10 PM.

Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon

On October 22 and October 23 from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Mount Vernon will celebrate autumn with a variety of activities including wheat treading, wagon rides and a straw bale maze. There will also be early-American games, music and dancing.

Nightmare on M street

The longest-running Halloween bar crawl in the District is back for its 18th consecutive year. From 12:00 til 7:30 PM, ticket holders will enjoy great drink specials at over a dozen of the hottest bars and restaurants in D.C. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume and can move freely to and from participating bars in any order.

Need a place to rest after a frighteningly good Halloween in D.C.? The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is your ideal hotel near D.C. Besides a complimentary shuttle to the metro, the hotel offers great amenities like a free breakfast bar, 24-hour business center and Wi-Fi, making it the best place around for a Halloween stay in the DMV.

Fall 2016 Festivals in D.C. and Alexandria

Summer might be over, but there’s still plenty of fun in store for the rest of the year as temperatures begin to cool down. Fall is a popular season for all-day celebrations in the District – if you’re looking for something fun to do in the coming weeks, here are a few of our favorite festivals:

16th Library of Congress National Book Festival

Reading fans don’t want to miss this free event: on September 24 from 8:30 AM to 10 PM the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C. will host some of the world’s top authors including Stephen King, Lois Lowry and Raina Telgemeier. These celebrity authors will present about a variety of topics including books to movies, graphic novels, teen literature, and more. The festival will also include panels about poetry, contemporary racial issues, and politics

DC Beer Week 2016

From September 24 to October 1, some of the District’s most popular breweries and restaurants are sponsoring a series of events celebrating the capital’s love of beer. Marquee events of the week include Port City’s Commonwealth Classics on September 27 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Heurich House Museum and the 3 Stars Hopfunk Fest on Sunday, September 25 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM at 3 Stars Brewing Company in D.C.

Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour 2016

This October 7 through 9, George Washington’s famous estate will play host to an exciting event for lovers of wine and good music. Guests can take a tour of Washington’s home and enjoy a wine tasting, live music at sunset, and a meet and greet with historical characters of the estate. Festival hours are from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on all three days.

Heading into D.C. for a festival and looking for a hotel? The Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is the top choice for travelers in D.C. and Alexandria. With free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and comfortable accommodations, the Holiday Inn Express is the perfect home base for you to enjoy the fall festivities here in the District.

August 31, 20161 month ago

Labor Day 2016 in Alexandria

August comes to a close this week, and with its end comes the last few days of summer. But this time of year also means Labor Day, one of the most fun-filled holidays of the year in D.C., is on the horizon.

Below, we’re going over a few of our favorite local events for the long weekend:

Lincoln Theater 2016 Labor Day Weekend Music Festival

From Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4, you can enjoy a series of free shows at the Lincoln Theater on U Street. Concerts take place at 6 PM each evening and feature artists in a variety of styles including soul, funk, blues and rock. All shows are free, but RSVPs are encouraged by the venue.

Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival

Are you a fan of theater? This weekend from Saturday through Monday, the Kennedy Center is offering a great chance to see upcoming performances. More than 50 regional theater companies will perform readings, plays and songs they are still working on, covering a range of topics from Peter Pan to the presidential election. All shows are free, but guests are advised to get there as early as possible to secure a good seat.


Bring some Caribbean flavor to your Labor Day celebration! The Carifesta Music & Arts Festival will be held on Labor Day itself from 12 PM to 8 PM at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center near the Federal Triangle metro. The free event celebrates Caribbean-American heritage and includes a food court, beer garden, crafts for sale, and international DJs and musical performances.

If you’re visiting D.C. from out of town for Labor Day and need a comfortable place to stay, look no further than the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Alexandria Fort Belvoir. With a free shuttle to the metro to help you get around, plus great amenities like free high-speed internet and a complimentary breakfast bar, the Holiday Inn is your ideal home base for celebrating Labor Day in the District.

August 16, 20162 months 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.

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