October 20, 201710 hours ago

The Giving Season: Thanksgiving 2017 in Alexandria

Thanksgiving falls on November 23 this year, bringing with it the crisp air that marks the holiday season. As we get ready for the hectic pace that the holidays bring, take time to enjoy the giving nature that Thanksgiving brings out of us.

Here are a few of our favorite events to attend in Alexandria and DC before or after you buckle down and munch on turkey, pumpkin pie, and stuffing.

Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C.

Opening on Friday, November 17, the Museum of the Bible is an eight-story tall, 430,000 square foot building that offers guests an immersive experience into the stories of the Bible. Only three blocks south of the nation’s Capitol, each of the museum’s floors will be dedicated to certain facilities, such as Floor 1 having space for temporary exhibits and two libraries and Floor 5 containing the performing arts theatre. It is expected to be a highly impactful experience like none other.

42nd Annual Turkey Trot in Alexandria

This 5-mile race takes place on Thanksgiving Day and begins at 9 AM sharp, with the starting and finish lines at George Washington Middle School. Bring your canine best friend (short leash required) or a stroller for your child if you wish to have a running companion. Online registration is $5 for children 12 and under, $15 for ages 13 to 21, and $20 for everyone who is 22 and older. The Turkey Trot will have thousands in attendance for friendly competition and will split the $2000 prize between male and female 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall finishers and male and female 1st place masters.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight 2017

Visit Mount Vernon for a candlelit tour of the estate from 5 to 8 PM on November 24 and 25. Listen to stories and learn how holidays were celebrated in 18th century Virginia from a knowledgeable guide, who may be dressed as one of Washington’s family members or hired or enslaved workers. Tickets are $16 for ages 6 to 11 and $24 for everyone 12 and older. See the event page for more information and dates for the December candlelit tours.

Finding a Hotel in Alexandria and DC for Thanksgiving 2017

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is an ideal home for your stay in Alexandria or DC for Thanksgiving. 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 will make this holiday a special one – and be sure to check out our Visa gift card special that gives you a free $50 gift card for each night you stay!

Veterans Day 2017 in Alexandria

November 11 was originally the anniversary of the day that World War I ended. It’s now nationally celebrated as Veterans Day. This memorable holiday falls on a Saturday this year, leaving room for events to fill the weekend. Here are a few of our favorite happenings in and around Alexandria:

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Tours on Veterans Day 2017

To honor the military service members lost in World War I, in 1929 the decrepit buildings that now house Gadsby’s Tavern Museum were bought and restored by American Legion Post #24. To commemorate the special bond between the museum and the American Legion, tours of the museum will be free for all guests on Veterans Day between 11 AM and 4 PM.

2017 Veterans Ball in Alexandria

Revel in English country dancing, live music, and a light dessert while honoring the late veterans of the Revolutionary War during the Veterans Ball starting at 8 PM in Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Tickets are $45 and attire may be cocktail dress or military or civilian 1780s period appropriate.

At least one dancing lesson is recommended for those who are not familiar with 18th century English country dancing. Luckily, dance classes are being held at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum on October 26, November 2, and November 9 at 7:30 PM and are $12 per class or $30 for all three.

2017 Women Veterans Leadership and Diversity Conference

From November 10 to 12, the Women Veterans Interactive is hosting the only conference dedicated to women veterans from all United States military branches at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington D.C. This conference is dedicated to supporting female veterans in their transition to civilian life by reinforcing the leadership skills they learned in the military.

Network and attend leadership workshops all weekend. The Jocks and Pearls Awards Gala, a black-tie-event, is being held Saturday night at 8 PM. Along with inspiring keynote speakers and a Veterans Day tribute, this 3-day conference will be an important event to attend for female veterans looking to make an impact in the world.

Picking a Hotel for Veterans Day 2017 in Alexandria

Even if you’ve already got an idea of how you want to pay respects on Veterans Day in D.C. or Alexandria, it’s important that you arrange for proper accommodations. At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir you can enjoy a complimentary shuttle to the metro to get around, free WiFi in every room to keep you connected, and competitive rates on each night of your stay. Come see why so many travelers in the Alexandria region have chosen us to make their long weekends less stressful in the D.C. region.

October 6, 201714 days ago

Washington Nationals: 2017 Postseason Review

The regular baseball season may be over, but D.C. is buzzing with excitement as the Washington Nationals prepare for their first 2017 MLB playoff game tonight at 7:30. Fans are sitting on the edges of their seats for the upcoming, nerve-wracking 5-series against the 2016 World Series winner Chicago Cubs.

Will the Nats make it through the first round of the 2017 NLDS?

Finishing the regular season 97-65, the Nats are going into the playoffs first in the National League East Division. Some say they had an easy season, but their record against playoff teams is 17-12, an impressive stat to the Cubs’ 11-21 against playoff teams.

Even with winning 4 of their 7 games against the Cubs this season, the Nationals must bring out their best against the Cubs, who won’t give up the round two spot of the NLDS so easily, but it’s more good news for the Nats as they go into the playoffs. Strong players, including right fielder Bryce Harper and outfielder Jayson Werth, have returned to the team in tip-top shape. A bad run with a lot of injuries kept the starting lineup dismantled during the season, but the starting lineup is back to put the pressure on the Cubs.

Things to do around Nationals Park

There are many options to choose from when looking for food or activities around the stadium. Here are a few places to enjoy before or after a game:

  • Justin’s Café – just under a half-mile from Nationals Park is this homely café with excellent sandwiches, soups, and pizzas.
  • East City Book Shop – a gem hides a mile from the stadium in the form of this quaint bookstore. Peruse the stocked shelves in your downtime.
  • Capitol Hill – our nation’s capital resides only a little over a mile from the stadium. Get your fix of our nations heritage while you’re in town for a National’s game.

Choosing a Hotel for the Nationals’ Playoff Games

If you’re planning on coming to see the Washington Nationals play at home, it’s important you have a dependable place to stay. With easy access to D.C. and Nationals Park, complimentary breakfast with your stay, and a free shuttle to the metro, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is the perfect place to run home for any baseball fan this fall.

A Spook-tacular Halloween 2017 in Alexandria

The season of ghostly sightings and goosebump-raising storytelling is upon us in Alexandria. Whether it’s a ghoul or a bowl of candy behind the door, you won’t know unless you ask the magic words: “Trick or Treat?” Here are a few of our favorite spooky events going on in and around Alexandria for Halloween:

Trick or Treat at the Carlyle House Historic Park

Bring your costumed little ones for fun, free, and safe trick or treating from 5 to 7 PM on October 31. The treats and tricks will come in 18th century fashion at this historic home, which is said to be one of Alexandria’s most haunted establishments. In the case of inclement weather, check on the status of the event by calling the museum.

Alexandria’s Original Ghost and Graveyard Tour

Depart from the Ramsay House Visitor Center in Old Town and follow an old-fashioned lantern carried by an entertaining and knowledgeable guide. You’ll hear the best of Alexandria’s unsolved mysteries and haunting tales of vengeful ghosts. Tours take place every evening starting at 7:30 in October, though for an even more hair-raising experience, attend Friday and Saturdays’ 9:30 tours.

Trick-or-Treating at Mt. Vernon

On October 27 and 28 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM, George Washington’s Mt. Vernon will be celebrating with wagon rides, Halloween-inspired craft shops, a costume parade at 5 PM, and prizes for the best George and Martha Washington costumes. Rain or shine, bring your family and go back in time for this trick or treating event.

Need a hotel in Alexandria for Halloween?

If you’re planning on visiting for the Halloween season, you need to choose a hotel that’s comfortable, accessible, and affordable enough to allow you to enjoy all of the ghoulish activities. That’s where the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir comes in. Our hotel is located just 15 minutes away from Mount Vernon and includes a complimentary hot breakfast bar, free shuttle to the metro, and WiFi access throughout the hotel.

To make your visit less complicated, we’re now offering a Mount Vernon Package, which includes two tickets to the estate and at least two nights at our hotel. Come see why visitors to Mount Vernon and other parts of D.C. have consistently chosen the Holiday Inn Express & Suites name for both value and comfort.

Fall 2017 events in Alexandria and D.C.

Summer 2017 is now officially past, but that doesn’t mean the fun (or the warm weather) has gone away in Alexandria and D.C. If you’re going to be in the capital region over the next few months, here is a list of some of the best festivals, shows, and celebrations on tap for the fall:

Das Best Oktoberfest

Want an authentic Oktoberfest experience without crossing the ocean to Germany? Look no further than Das Best Oktoberfest, taking over the National Harbor on Saturday, September 30. The $39 admission ticket includes unlimited beer sampling from over 120 different brewers of wine, beer, and schnapps. There will also be classic German fair foods like bratwurst, knockwurst, and pretzels, team games and contests, live music, and much more.

Art on the Avenue 2017 in Del Ray

Celebrate the thriving local culture of art and diversity at this year’s Art on the Avenue festival, held on Mt. Vernon Avenue on Saturday, October 7. Tens of thousands of visitors flock here to take in exhibitions by hundreds of woodworkers, pottery makers, painters, glass makers, and more. Food vendors sell everything from Indian food to crab cakes to chocolate bananas, while children can enjoy crafts like pumpkin painting and scarecrow stuffing. For full details, check out the event’s website.

The 42nd Annual Virginia Wine Festival

Whether you are a casual wine drinker or an experienced connoisseur, the Virginia Wine Festival at Oronoco Bay Park in Alexandria is the chance to taste some of the best wines in the Old Dominion in a beautiful waterfront setting. Wineries offering tastings include Lake Anna Winery, Notaviva Vineyards, The Williamsburg Winery, and many more. General admission tickets this year also include access to the VA Oyster Pavilion, where you can enjoy freshly-shucked oysters from the Chesapeake Bay region. The event will also feature food trucks, live music, and activities for kids.

Choosing a hotel in Alexandria for fall 2017

If you’re planning on visiting the DMV in the coming months, it’s important you have a dependable place to stay. With easy access to the National Harbor and D.C., complimentary breakfast with your stay, and a free shuttle to the metro, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is the only place you need to consider for a relaxing, enjoyable stay in the D.C. region.

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