Archive for November 2015

Things to do in Washington DC - ICE at Gaylord National

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town! This year’s ICE! at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is featuring the theme “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and will offer a lot of winter family fun! Open from November 21st – January 3rd at their new location, Orchard Terrace, you and your family can relive the classic television special in real life. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town tells the story of how Santa Claus started giving toys to the good girls and boys, and the journey he took to become the icon he is today. ICE! at the Gaylord National offers ice sculptures, ice slides, and much more.

Just a short walk from National Harbor, ICE! is an indoor winter wonderland featuring two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, five ice slides, and seven individual rooms depicting the story of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. Along with this walk-through holiday attraction, kept at a frosty 9 degrees, there is also The Frostbite Factory, a live carving zone where you and your family can watch as master ice carvers’ show off their skills.

Tickets to ICE! at Gaylord National range from $28-$35 for adults, $20-$28 for children 3-11 years old, and any child under 2 years of age is free. They also offer discounted group tickets as well as military adult and children discounts.

Plan a family getaway around your trip to National Harbor with an overnight stay at a local Alexandria area hotel.  Holiday Inn Express – Alexandria is only 5 miles away from National Harbor and offers family-friendly amenities, like complimentary breakfast, to make your trip a great value! Make sure you get your tickets now, before Santa rides off in his sleigh!

Best Holiday Shopping in DC

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the countdown begins to the busiest shopping season in the United States. With so many shopping centers advertising special holiday deals, choosing the stores you want to visit can be overwhelming. Our shopping picks will point you in the right direction for the best D.C. area shopping malls and markets to maximize your Christmas shopping time!

CityCenterDC: With over 20 high-end specialty stores and dining venues, CityCenterDC offers something special to the Alexandria area. City Center is home to well-known brands, such as Burberry, David Yurman, Kate Spade, and Louis Vuitton. With so many options, you’re holiday shopping will be a breeze! They also have various events coming up for the holiday season, such as their Second Annual CityCenterDC Holiday Tree Lighting. This tree lighting, held on November 28th at 6pm, will include special performances, delicious treats, and fun for all! Come for the lighting and stay for dinner at one of their world-class dining establishments.

Old Town Alexandria: If you’re looking for a downhome feel with upscale shopping and restaurants, then look no further than Old Town Alexandria. This area of the City of Alexandria offers unique establishments that sell home décor, antiques, home restoration goods, art, and much more. With over 50 different restaurants and happy hour specials, there is something for everyone on your holiday shopping list! After the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t stop – there are multiple venues with live music and other nightlife activities that everyone will enjoy!

Tanger Premium Outlets – National Harbor: The Tanger Premium Outlets offer a wide selection of stores that carry everything from apparel, accessories, footwear, housewares, home furnishings, and much more. With over 100 specialty shops and dining establishments, you’re sure to cross of everything on your holiday shopping checklist! For the holiday season, Tanger Premium Outlets will be opening at special times – even at 6pm on Thanksgiving night! They will be offering other holiday deals for your convenience, don’t miss out!

Tysons Corner Center: As one of the largest shopping malls in the United States, Tysons offers a variety of stores to answer all of your holiday shopping needs.  With over 300 specialty shops and restaurants, you’re sure to find everything that is on your gift list, and then some! The Tysons Corner Center is only 13 miles outside Washington D.C., making it an easy trek for locals and visitors to the area. The center also features an AMC movie theater and ice skating rink, perfect for taking a break during your all-day holiday shopping extravaganza. Check the Tyson’s Corner website for information on holiday sales and events.

Downtown Holiday Market: This market, open from November 27th – December 23rd, spotlights more than 150 local businesses selling a variety of holiday items, all in one location: the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, between 7th and 9th streets NW. With an assortment of homemade items, you’re sure to find what everyone is asking for this Christmas! The market features paintings, clothing, jewelry, antiques, and more. They also feature live entertainment, with artists from every genre of music.

Union Station: $160-million later, Union Station isn’t just a tourist attraction anymore! With over 100 shops and restaurants, the station hosts daily trains and buses in and out of the city and shopping and dining for every taste. Union Station also features an outside market and 9-screen movie theater, so there is something for everyone to do during your Christmas shopping outing.  Opened in 1907, Union Station features Roman architecture details, creating a one-of-a-kind environment for your Christmas shopping and daily commute.

After your holiday shopping is complete, you’ll definitely want to find a D.C. area hotel near you and Holiday Inn Express – Alexandria offers a Shopping Package to help you score more holiday shopping deals!

Horses & Hounds at Mount Vernon

November 14, 2015 – 9:00am to 4:00pm

Join us on Saturday, November 14th for Horses & Hounds, Mount Vernon’s exciting new event that pays tribute to the greatest horseman of his age, George Washington!

Experience the rush of a simulated fox hunt demonstration on the estate of the Father of the American foxhound. Unlike in Washington’s time, no foxes will be hurt during this demonstration. A bag containing animal scent will be taken on a course around the 12-acre field. When one hound picks up the scent, the huntsman on horseback will signal the rest of the pack, and the hunt is officially on! During the fox hunt, visitors will learn about the sport of foxhunting and why Washington was known as the greatest horseman of his age.

Observe a cavalry demonstration on the 12-acre field before meeting the horses and hounds that Washington loved so much. Afterwards, learn about the crucial role these animals played in the American Revolution and meet Nelson, a horse similar to Washington’s very own beloved warhorse! Visit the estate’s modern livestock facilities for a chance to meet the horses, dogs, chickens, sheep, pigs, and cattle that call Mount Vernon home (free ticket required). Join Mount Vernon’s curators for Object Spotlight, when objects from George Washington’s 18th century sporting collection are put on display. Close the day by watching The Washington Cup, where horses and riders compete in series of judged skill competitions. The winner will be awarded the coveted Washington Cup!

Horses & Hounds tickets are required, but included for free with your general admission purchase.

Holiday Inn Express Alexandria knows that you’ll need a great DC area hotel after a long day of “hoofing it” at Mount Vernon. Let us accommodate you and yours with our convenience, value, and exceptional service.