Archive for January 2016

DC & Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week 2016

It’s a great time to be a foodie in D.C.: Restaurant Week is here! Local eateries will run specials for Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week from January 25 – January 31. From January 29 – February 7, Alexandria celebrates its own restaurant week.

Over 200 establishments near both DC area hotels and hotels in Alexandria VA are participating. Diners can choose from $35 three-course dinners or lunches from $10 to $22 per person. We’ve listed some of our favorites to help prepare you – and your appetite!

Caprese – Old Town Alexandria (Italian)

This Old Town staple offers Italian classics like calamari and flatbread for dinner, but Caprese also serves up creative fare like their spicy Italian jambalaya and a balsamic glazed chicken breast served with fresh mozzarella and salad.

Ambar Capitol Hill D.C. (Balkan)

If variety is your thing, Ambar is offering unlimited small plates for your table for $35 per person. With over 30 different meats like spicy salami and beef prosciutto, plus flatbreads and kebab, Ambar has something to satisfy everyone’s palate.

Zentan Downtown D.C. (Japanese)

For lunch, Zentan diners can choose options like miso soup, sushi platter and pork bowl. Dinner offerings include a kale and beet salad, panko-crusted pork jowl with Japanese-style curry, and several sushi and kushi (skewered meat) platters.

King Street Blues – Old Town Alexandria (Southern BBQ)

King Street Blues is the place to be for comfort food. Their $35 dinner for two includes a choice of southern staples like country-fried chicken and smoked BBQ ribs. Dinner is served with wine or beer and key lime pie for dessert.

Check out the websites for Alexandria and D.C. restaurant week for full listings. With a complimentary shuttle to the Huntington metro stop and amenities like free Wi-Fi and breakfast, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria-Fort Belvoir makes for ideal lodging in Alexandria for diners looking to get a taste of the Washington area during restaurant week 2016.

The International Spy Museum is a great D.C. destination for 2016! Image credit: Marcus Qwertyus, Wikimedia

Top 5 Places to Visit in DC in 2016

For many, the beginning of a new year means it’s time to start travel planning. Whether for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, DC area hotels provide the perfect gateway to all the history, culture, and fun of the District.

Here are five exciting D.C. destinations you’ll want to check out in 2016:

1. The International Spy Museum

In the heart of downtown blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop, visitors can explore the largest collection of espionage artifacts on public display that incudes weapons, hidden cameras, cars and recording devices.

2. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Slated to open in fall of 2016 next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall, the newest Smithsonian museum will use artifacts, photographs and live exhibits to convey the African American story and its importance in American history.

3. The National Gallery of Art

For its 75th anniversary this year the National Gallery is unveiling 160 new works of American art from the early 1700s through present day, plus a new collection of 100 of the best illustrations donated by Paul Mellon, son of the museum’s founder.

4. The 9:30 Club

The landmark music club near Howard University and the U Street corridor celebrated its 35th year of operation earlier this month. Major acts scheduled to play the theater in 2016 include Grace Potter, Lupe Fiasco, Wolfmother and Pusha T.

5. National Archives Fourth of July Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day at the Archives building on the National Mall by viewing the actual Declaration of Independence and enjoying live musical performances, reenactments and a parade.

With top-notch amenities and a free shuttle to the Huntington metro stop, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria is one of the best hotels in Alexandria VA for visitors attending these and other exciting D.C. events in 2016.