Spring 2017 Events in Alexandria

Old Town Alexandria, with its exciting trails and walking paths just blocks away from the tranquil flow of the Potomac, is a great place to be in the spring. As the weather gets warmer, we’re already starting to think about some of the activities in and around Alexandria that we are most excited about.

Cherry Blossom Wine & Beer Festival

On April 1 & 2, Drink the District is bringing back one of spring’s top events for beer and wine lovers. This 2-day festival takes place at Yards Park, adjacent to Nationals Park and the Anacostia River. This year’s festival offers the same fun games, live music and great drinks you’ve come to expect.

Tastings of more than 100 different kinds of beer and wines, access to the region’s best food trucks, and participation in lawn and social games including Boozy Bingo are included with your general admission ticket.

DC Bluegrass Festival

The 6th annual DC Bluegrass Festival is taking place on March 10 & 11 at the Sheraton Hotel in Tysons Corner. Premiere acts include The Steep Canyon Rangers, Band of Ruhks, and Flatt Lonesome. In addition to workshops, speeches, and open jams, the festival includes a band competition on the 10th with cash prizes available for the top 3 finishers.

Mt. Vernon Estate

The gorgeous waterfront estate where our first president and his family lived for decades is one of the area’s most popular places to visit, especially in the spring. This year’s events include a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra and a special Our American Girl event for fans of the classic children’s dolls – check its official calendar for more details.

Picking a spring hotel in Alexandria

Before you can finalize a trip to Alexandria or D.C., you need to choose a top-quality hotel. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is just the place for you and your family to enjoy a lovely visit to the nation’s capital this spring. With excellent amenities, a free shuttle to the metro and a complimentary hot breakfast bar, why stay anywhere else when traveling to D.C. or Alexandria?

February 9, 201710 days ago

Celebrating President’s Day 2017 around Alexandria

President’s Day began as a way for the young United States to honor the birthday of its first president, George Washington. In 1971, Richard Nixon combined Washington’s birthday with Lincoln’s birthday (February 12) to create a new federal holiday on the third Monday in February.

As you might expect in the city where the president actually lives, here in the District there are some exciting parades, celebrations, and displays recognizing this upcoming holiday, which falls on February 20 this year.

George Washington’s Birthday Parade

This Old Town Alexandria parade takes place on President’s Day from 1 PM until 3 PM and bills itself as “The largest Parade Celebrating Washington’s Birthday in the USA!” It’s been held for over 80 years and features an exciting variety of bands, floats, reenactment troupes, and special performances. This year’s parade begins at the intersection of Gibbon and S. Fairfax streets and runs until Wilkes & S. Royal streets

Walking with Washington Tour

On Sunday, February 19 from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm, this free event allows you to follow in the footsteps of the first president in his hometown. You’ll visit places Washington slept, filled prescriptions, and more. The event begins at the Ramsay House Visitors Center at 221 King Street in Alexandria.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Located in D.C.’s Penn Quarter, Madame Tussauds features a fascinating Presidential Gallery that includes all 45 presidents, including a newly-added likeness of Donald J. Trump unveiled just before inauguration day. The Presidential Gallery lets you experience the history of D.C. and its commanders-in-chief, displaying important historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X in chronological order along with each president.

Choosing a hotel for President’s Day 2017

If you’re traveling to D.C. for the holiday weekend, you’ll need a comfortable place to stay, in a good location, at a competitive price. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir offers great amenities like free Wi-Fi, a complimentary shuttle to the metro and a free daily breakfast buffet, making it the perfect hotel for President’s Day for you and your family this year.

January 30, 201720 days ago

4 Great Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2017 in Alexandria

With beautiful parks, the majestic Potomac River nearby, and proximity to one of the most historic & vibrant cities in the country, Alexandria is a great place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. There’s no shortage of things to do with your loved one here, but we’ve narrowed them down to a list of our four favorites.

Delia’s Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza

Delia’s is a classic brick oven Mediterranean grill in the city’s Eisenhower district serving up regional specials like roasted eggplant, feta, Greek salad, souvlaki, and of course, pizza. A special three-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu will be available for lovers looking for a tasty dinner.

Bastille

At this Old Town wine bar and brasserie, you and your loved one can enjoy a multitude of classic French options, from prix fixe meals to hors d’oeuvres like foie gras and escargot. With a cozy dining area, impressive wine selection and a special Valentine’s Day menu available on the 14th and the weekend before, Bastille is an excellent option for a romantic evening out.

Sweet Treats and Poetry

At the Del Ray Artisans gallery on Mount Vernon Avenue, couples and singles alike are welcome to enjoy free desserts and poetry readings between 6 and 8 PM on February 14. All attendees can also read an original poem or one by a favorite poet.

Founder’s Park

Located in northern Old Town just north of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Founder’s Park is an excellent place for a relaxing stroll with your sweetheart. There are plenty of picnic tables, walking trails, and great views of the Potomac that serve as the perfect backdrop for spending time with your beloved.

Picking a hotel in Alexandria for Valentine’s Day

If you’re coming in from out of town or simply want to stay somewhere else for a romantic evening, the Holiday Inn Express is an excellent option. Guests at our hotel enjoy great furniture and bedding, top-notch amenities like free Wi-Fi, and a complimentary shuttle to the metro.

We’re also offering our Romance Package, which includes a bottle of sparkling wine and box of chocolates for you and your loved one to enjoy.

 

This year, make Valentine’s Day memorable with a stay at the Holiday Inn. Book yours today.

January 19, 20171 month ago

2017 Presidential Inauguration: What to Expect

Tomorrow marks one of the most important global events that takes place right here in D.C.: the presidential inauguration. This year’s ceremony will be a particularly important one, as President-elect Donald J. Trump represents a significant departure from the previous 44 commanders-in-chief.

If you are planning on being in the District on Friday, here’s some information about the schedule of events and the logistics of getting in and out of the city.

Getting to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Because of the many blockades and road closures that will be in effect on inauguration day, driving into the city is a bad idea. The Memorial Bridge, 3rd St. Tunnel, and huge stretches of Pennsylvania, Constitution and Independence avenues will all be closed.

If you’ll be within a few miles of the National Mall, your best bet is to walk or ride a bicycle – Capital Bikeshare has over 400 stations in the city. If you’re coming from further out, you can take the metro, but expect crowded metro cars, long lines, and delays. Trains will run on rush-hour schedule all day; the Archives, Federal Triangle, Mt. Vernon Square, Pentagon, and Smithsonian stations will all be closed for the day. For more tips from WMATA, check their website.

Schedule of events for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Metro will open at 4 AM Friday morning. President-elect Trump will be sworn in at noon on a stage set up on the West Lawn of the Capitol building. The ceremony will be followed by an inaugural address from both Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

After the ceremony, there is a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. Standing on the sidewalk anywhere between 3rd street and 15th street should provide a good vantage point for the ceremony.

Finding a hotel for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Most hotels in D.C. itself will be sold out or priced higher than usual. Consider a nearby alternative like the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir. With a complimentary shuttle to the metro, comfortable room amenities and a free breakfast, the Holiday Inn is an excellent place to stay whether you plan on visiting the District for the 2017 inauguration or any other time of the year.

January 13, 20171 month ago

The 2017 Washington Capitals – Season and Highlights

Attending a Capitals game is a must for any local or visitor traveling to D.C. We’re about halfway through the 2016-2017 NHL season and the District’s favorite hockey team is off to a great start. The Caps play at the Verizon Center in Chinatown, one of the area’s most vibrant and colorful neighborhoods.

How are the 2017 Washington Capitals doing?

The Caps are in great shape at this point in the season. Their 27-9-5 record is good for second-best in the NHL, trailing only their conference rival Columbus Blue Jackets. On Wednesday, the Caps beat their longtime rival Pittsburgh Penguins with a solid 5-2 victory, their seventh in a row. Team star Alexander Ovechkin reached 1,000 points during the game – his 880 game pace makes him the second-fastest active player to reach 1,000 besides hockey legend Jaromir Jagr.

Upcoming home games

The Caps have two big home games coming up: tonight they play at home against the Chicago Blackhawks, and Sunday the 15th they take on the Philadelphia Flyers. In February the Capitals host the Bruins on the 1st and the Carolina Hurricanes on the 7th.

Things to do around the Verizon Center

If you’re heading into Chinatown for a game, there are plenty of other fun attractions nearby:

  • Gallery Place: just across the street from the Verizon Center, this entertainment complex includes a Lucky Strike bowling alley, Regal Cinemas theater and multiple dining options.
  • International Spy Museum: immerse yourself into the world of espionage while learning about the tools, tactics, and stories of some of the most famous spies in history. Package deals available for guests.
  • National Building Museum: this lesser-known D.C. museum is housed in a fascinating 19th century building modeled after the Palazzo in Rome – its collection displays and explains great works of architecture, engineering and design.

Finding a hotel for a 2017 Washington Capitals game

If you need a hotel in D.C. or the surrounding area that’s comfortable, conveniently-located, and won’t break the bank, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is the choice for you. Guests enjoy a free shuttle to the metro, complimentary breakfast and spacious suites that will help make your hockey trip to D.C. one to remember.

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