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.

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.

Alexandria & D.C. Winter Shopping Highlights

The D.C. region is known as a hotbed for museums, politics and dining, but not everyone knows that it’s also a great place to shop! Whether you are traveling to the area or live here permanently, there are some excellent local shops to check out if you want to purchase unique goods and support the DMV’s economy.

Bluprint Chocolatiers

Bluprint Chocolatiers is an artisan chocolate shop in Old Town Alexandria. Founded by the husband and wife team Kim & Bruce Gustafson, Bluprint makes all its chocolates in the company’s hundred-year-old building on the corner of King & N. Patrick Street. Besides selling truffles, bonbons, and chocolates in an assortment of combinations and packages, Bluprint also offers espresso, tea, and hot chocolate in the store’s on-site micro-café. For more info, check out Bluprint Chocolatiers’ website.

American Holiday

American Holiday is a Georgetown boutique specializing in unique home décor, gifts, housewares, and more. Their store’s theme is celebrating the good times in life, whether you have company or not. Items for sale include candles, drinkware, vintage furniture, and more. If you’re looking for something that is both whimsical and functional, check out their store at 1319 Wisconsin Ave NW.

Bishop Boutique

If you’re a woman or shopping for a special lady in your life, Bishop Boutique is a must-visit. Located on King Street in central Old Town, Bishop offers shoes, jewelry, and clothing for the chic, modern woman. With plenty of seasonal choices, lookbooks to help you plan outfits, and an assortment of styles from classic to avant-garde, Bishop Boutique is an ideal destination for women’s fashion.

Choosing a hotel in Alexandria for shopping

If you’re visiting the region and want to stay at a hotel in Alexandria for shopping, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is a top option. With close proximity to the District and Old Town Alexandria, a free shuttle to the metro, and amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi and a hot breakfast bar, the Holiday Inn is an ideal home base for your next shopping trip in D.C. – and be sure to check out the hotel’s Visa gift card special that gives you a free $50 gift card for each night you stay!

Alexandria Holiday Shows 2016

The holidays have inspired some of the most classic stories in history, tales of love, family, and togetherness. In D.C., there are plenty of opportunities for you to catch an exciting holiday play or performance at several locations.

A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre

Until December 31, Ford’s Theatre will be hosting one of the season’s most traditional plays, A Christmas Carol, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his trip through time with the ghosts of Christmas. The show is 2 hours long and is recommended for children 5 and older: tickets can be purchased on the show’s website.

The Nutcracker

Running every day until Christmas at the Warner Theatre, the Nutcracker is a classic Russian ballet with a local twist – it’s set in historical Georgetown. From the dancing to the Tchaikovsky score, you’ll enjoy every element of this wonderful holiday performance. Tickets are available online.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Adults and children alike love the classic Dr. Seuss tale of the mean-spirited Grinch, who plans to steal Christmas from Whoville. With hit songs, elaborate costumes and wonderful choreography, everyone will love this musical running at D.C’s National Theatre until December 31.

If you’re in the area temporarily and need a place to stay while enjoying a show here in D.C., the Holiday Inn Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is an excellent choice. With budget-friendly rates, top-notch amenities and a free breakfast bar, the Holiday Inn is the perfect hotel in Alexandria for the holidays no matter how you plan to celebrate the season.

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MGM National Harbor Opening This Week

If you’re feeling lucky in the D.C. area, this weekend could be a good one – the MGM at National Harbor opens this week! The $1.4 billion casino has been under construction since 2014 and is sure to bring fun and excitement to the DMV region.

MGM National Harbor Features

Representatives from the casino say the new 1 million square-foot MGM will bring “Vegas style gambling” to the nation’s capital. Besides 125,000 square feet of gaming areas, the casino also includes a 308-room hotel, 7 gourmet restaurants, and a 3,000-seat theater.

The casino also has a great lineup of stars opening up its theater. The first act at the new MGM will be legendary R&B group Boyz II Men on December 15th. Pop sensation Bruno Mars will perform on December 27, and classic rock staple Duran Duran will ring in the New Year with a show on December 31.

Traveling to DC for the MGM National Harbor

If you’re planning to visit the DC area to check out the new casino, you may want to seek accommodations outside of the National Harbor. The casino expects 30,000 visitors on its opening night, and room rates will be higher than usual. With competitive rates, close proximity to the National Harbor and a free shuttle to the metro, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is a great place to stay while visiting the capital if you’re hoping to rendezvous with lady luck this December.

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