Archive for February 2016

Alexandria St Patrick's Day Parade 2016

Break out your horseshoe and four-leaf clover: St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Guests staying at hotels near Old Town Alexandria VA are at the perfect location to partake in the fun and excitement of the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year, the parade will be held on March 5 at 12:30. There are other events before the parade that will make this celebration a perfect outing for all kinds of attendees looking to capture the luck of the Irish in Alexandria.

Invitational Classic Car Show

The car show begins at 9:00 AM at 100 N Pitt Street, with the official “Best in Show” award decided after 10:00 AM. Previous entries in the show have included a 1964 Chevrolet Impala Hard Top and a 1903 Oldsmobile Model R.

Fun Dog Show

Kicking off at 10:30 AM on Market Square is the Fun Dog Show, sponsored in part by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Awards and prizes are given out for Most Outrageous, Most Creative, Dog/Owner Look-alike, and Luckiest Dog.

The 2016 Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The parade itself starts at 12:30 and runs down King Street, beginning at Alfred Street and ending at Lee Street. Last year’s participants included representatives from the Scottish-American Military Society, students at the O’Neill-James School of Irish Dancing, the Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers, the Ancient order of Hibernians, and even stormtroopers from Darth Vader’s 501st Legion.

Whether you’re visiting a hotel in Alexandria VA for the parade specifically or you just happen to be in town, there is no better place to stay than the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir. With a complimentary breakfast bar, free shuttle to the Huntington Metro and a great location only 2 miles from Old Town, guests at the Holiday Inn will feel lucky to be staying in such comfortable accommodations.

Valentine's Day 2016 in Washington, D.C. & Alexandria

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and love is in the air! There are plenty of great things to do for Valentine’s Day in and around the nation’s capital. If you’re staying at one of the hotels near Old Town Alexandria VA or Washington, D.C., check out some of these exciting activities for you and your special someone.

Ice Skating at the National Sculpture Garden

Ice skating is always romantic, but it’s even better when you are on the National Mall surrounded by some of the most exciting sculptures in the country! You can ice skate at the National Sculpture Garden between 11:00 AM and 9:00 PM on Sunday the 14th. Locker and skate rentals are available: for more information check out the website for the National Gallery of Art’s Ice Rink.

International Spy Museum Double Agent Package

If you’re looking to go undercover with your loved one, why not take them to the best espionage museum around? The museum’s Double Agent Date package is available until February 29 and includes a ticket for two to the museum, a special His and Hers gift bag, and admission to a covert Sexpionage scavenger hunt. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria Fort Belvoir also offers an International Spy Package Deal that includes a guest room and free shuttle service to the Huntington Metro Station.

Alexandria Symphony’s The Dramatic

For a more culturally-inspired Valentine’s Day date, the Alexandria Symphony is performing pieces that inspired Nino Rota to compose his award-winning score for The Godfather. The show begins at 3:00 PM with a free pre-concert chat beginning at 2:00 PM.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir also offers a special romance package that includes a box of chocolates, wine for two and shuttle service to Old Town Alexandria. And with great amenities like free high-speed Wi-Fi and a complimentary breakfast bar, there’s no better place to cozy up with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day than the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir.

Celebrating Black History Month 2016 in Washington D.C. & Alexandria


February means Black History Month, and in the D.C. metro area there are many exciting points of interest commemorating African-American history and contributions to society.

If you’re visiting Alexandria or any Washington DC area hotels this month, we suggest checking out these local monuments, exhibits and museums to learn about and celebrate Black History Month in Alexandria or Washington, DC.

Alexandria Black History Museum

Through weapons, photographs, historic city record books and other artifacts, this museum on Wythe street near the King Street and Braddock Road Metro stops explores what life was like for both free and enslaved African-Americans in Alexandria during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Take a guided tour of the 21-room residence where Frederick Douglass lived from 1877 until his death in 1895. Douglass, who published several 19th-century newspapers and was an advisor to presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, is considered one of the most important African-American pioneers of civil liberty. His home is located in D.C.’s Anacostia district on W Street.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

The newest monument on the National Mall depicts Dr. King at the edge of a block of granite, representing hope emerging from the darkness. It is located at 1964 Independence Ave SW in D.C. – the memorial’s address was chosen in honor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Another exciting Black History Month event in D.C. was the announcement that the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture will open on September 24, 2016.

To comfortably visit these and other important sites in African-American history, be sure to choose one of the hotels in Alexandria that has what you need. With great complimentary amenities like a breakfast bar, shuttle to the Huntington Metro station and 24-hour fitness center, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is the perfect place to stay to celebrate Black History Month in 2016 in D.C.