Visiting Mount Vernon for the 2016 Season

Everyone knows about the history of our nation’s capital, but just 35 minutes south of D.C. is another important historical landmark: Mount Vernon, the estate where George Washington lived for the majority of his life.

Mount Vernon is home to some exciting sights: guests can visit Washington’s six acres of gardens, the tomb where he is buried, and a museum with furniture, jewelry and other keepsakes owned by Washington and those close to him.

Besides these year-round attractions, the upcoming spring season will feature some great events for guests making a trip to Mount Vernon in the next few months.

2016 Mount Vernon Events

Here are a few things visitors can look forward to at Mount Vernon this spring:

  • Distilling in ActionMarch 19, 11 AM. Mount Vernon began distilling whiskey in 1797. Over two centuries later in 2007, a fully functioning replica of Washington’s original distillery was opened and licensed to manufacture whiskey. During this VIP tour you’ll get an up-close look at what whiskey production was like in the 18th century and receive a special surprise at the end.
  • Revolutionary War WeekendApril 30 – May 1. During this two-day weekend event visitors can meet soldiers of the Continental Army in full regalia, learn about military medicine in the 1700s, and watch a live demonstration of an artillery cannon.
  • Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour – May 13 – 15. Enjoy a unique variety of wines produced in Virginia and live music from jazz bands playing on the estate lawn. Take a tour of George Washington’s personal wine cellar, then bring a blanket and drink in beautiful views of the Potomac River at dusk.


Finding the best Hotels near Mount Vernon Estate

If you are looking for comfortable hotels near Mount Vernon, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria is the place for you. Located just 6 miles from Mount Vernon, the hotel offers a complimentary breakfast bar, shuttle to the Huntington Metro stop, 24-hour business center and a special Mount Vernon package that includes two tickets to the historic estate. It’s the perfect place to stay while exploring the life of one of our most important founding fathers.

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