Archive for August 2015

Labor Day Weekend in Alexandria

Labor Day is just around the corner and Northern Virginia has plenty of exciting events in store for the long weekend. This holiday typically signifies the end of summer, so it is a great time to enjoy the outdoors before the cooler weather sets in. Read on to learn out about some great festivals and events that will be taking place this Labor Day weekend in Alexandria!

Lake Ann Jazz and Blues Festival
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, 1-8 p.m. This free, family-friendly event will showcase a variety of talented local emerging artists and national jazz performers. Lake Anne Jazz Week performances will be held August 30-Sept. 5.

 “Under a Summer Sun” Exhibit
May 31-Sept. 27, 2015. This exhibit takes place at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter in Alexandria, as part of Del Ray Artisans’ Gallery Without Walls program, in partnership with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Artworks include a variety of styles and media inspired by our furry friends’ love of summer.

Movies on the Potomac
Sept. 6, 2015, 6-8 p.m. Nothing says summer like an evening under the stars—and there’s no better way to enjoy the season than Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor. Pack your chairs, grab food to go from one of our delicious dining establishments, and meet us at the Plaza’s jumbo screen for a FREE evening of fun for all ages!

Water Taxi to National Mall
Recurring daily. The Potomac Riverboat Company offers a 30-minute direct water taxi between Old Town Alexandria and the National Mall in Washington, DC. The water taxi effortlessly pairs the experience of the national monuments and Smithsonian museums with Old Town’s fabric of early American history as George Washington’s hometown, amidst a walkable main street brimming with top restaurants and boutiques.

Labor at Lee-Fendall House
Recurring daily. This guided tour will highlight the labor history of the house, in honor of Labor Day. The Lee-Fendall House was home and workplace to numerous free and enslaved laborers, as well as the home of John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers, and one of the most powerful and controversial labor leaders in American history.

Book your Alexandria hotel now and join in on all the Labor Day fun happening in and around the DC area!

Presidential Hot Spots in Alexandria

Being so near to Washington, DC, it’s no surprise that several United States presidents have been spotted on Alexandria’s historic streets. Since its days as George Washington’s hometown, Alexandria has seen the likes of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama stealing evenings away from the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital. So if you’re in search of something POTUS-approved, we recommend these Presidential hot spots!

Restaurant Eve: President Obama and First Lady Michelle celebrated their anniversary here in 2011 in the restaurant’s “Sunflower Room.”

Dairy Godmother: Barack Obama and his daughters Sasha and Malia stopped into this Del Ray custard shop for a Father’s Day treat in 2009, even bringing home some doggy goodies for the family pup, Bo.

The Majestic: Enjoy selections from the First Family’s menu for Michelle’s mother’s birthday, including a classic Caesar salad, fried oysters, fried green tomatoes, and the Majestic’s signature meatloaf.

Union Street Public House: Sample trout and gumbo at this eatery frequently visited by Michelle and Malia Obama.

Vermilion: President Obama and First Lady Michelle celebrated a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at this cozy restaurant in 2012.

FireFlies: After receiving an invite to try the “best burger in town” from the owner, President Obama stopped by for lunch with his secretary of education, Arne Duncan.

Jackson 20: Laura Bush dined here during her husband’s presidency. This tavern was named for President Andrew Jackson and his picture on the $20 bill.

Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant: Perhaps the original presidential hotspot, Gadsby’s Tavern played host to the first five American presidents. It was George Washington’s favorite stopping place between Old Town and his estate at Mount Vernon, and the location for Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Banquet.

Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant: Adjacent to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, and Gardens.

Your Alexandria Hotel needs are covered, so what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Alexandria, and spend your Labor Day in one of the most historic and presidential cities in America. Check out our great Metro Package Deal, which gets you in and around the Washington, DC area with ease.