Archive for April 2016

Best Parks in DC and Alexandria for 2016

Everyone knows the D.C. region is full of American history and fascinating architecture, but it’s also a great place to enjoy the beauty of nature. In the District and surrounding cities, it’s very easy to find a park to fit your needs, whether you’re looking to go for a challenging run, a leisurely hike, or simply want to admire the natural world.

Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park is a 4.4 square-mile natural sanctuary in the heart of the District. It was established as federally protected land in 1890, making Rock Creek the third oldest national park still in existence today. Attractions in Rock Creek include trails for hiking and biking, tennis courts, a planetarium, and the Thompson Boat Center for kayak and canoe rentals.

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

A part of the larger Anacostia Park located in Southeast D.C., these aquatic gardens are perfect for those who enjoy beautiful flowers and tranquil waters. Plant life here includes lilies, lotuses, royal ferns, and cattails. It’s also an excellent spot for bird watching – bald eagles have been known to hang out here and in other areas of Anacostia Park.

Dora Kelley Nature Park

Towards the western edge of Alexandria is Dora Kelley Park, a 50-acre sanctuary that includes freshwater marshes, streams and beautiful woods. At the nearby Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, you can enjoy interesting exhibits about animals native to the area.

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How to Celebrate Earth Day 2016 in D.C.

One of the highlights of spring is Earth Day, and in the D.C. region there is no shortage of fun activities and events designed to help raise awareness about the health of our planet.

Earth Day celebrates its 50th anniversary on April 22. In the coming weeks, here are a few ways you can have fun and do your part to improve D.C.’s natural environment:

Earth Day 2016 With NASA

From 9:30 AM til 5:00 PM on Friday the 22nd you can celebrate Earth Day at Union Station with astronauts and scientists from NASA. The free, all-day event will include exhibits, live demonstrations, speeches and a chance to get an autograph from a NASA astronaut.

Anacostia Watershed Society’s 2016 Earth Day Cleanup

Over 2,000 volunteers this year will be cleaning neighborhoods, parks and streams at various sites around D.C., Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland. The cleanup takes place on April 23 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM. Following the cleanup, there will be an Earth Day Celebration from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at RFK Stadium. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and complimentary lunch at the post-cleanup celebration. Those interested can register to volunteer at the Anacostia Watershed Society website.

Alexandria Earth Day 2016

The city of Alexandria will be hosting its own Earth Day celebration the week after Earth Day, on Saturday April 30 at Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park. Between 10 AM and 2 PM, attendees can enjoy educational exhibits, live music, food trucks, and the Upcycling Showcase, a demonstration in which students showcase their own personal interpretation of Earth Day using art.

DC Area Hotels for Earth Day 2016

If you’re planning on traveling to D.C. to participate in Earth Day events or are looking at hotels in DC for any other reason, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is a wonderful choice. At this Holiday Inn Express location you can enjoy a complimentary shuttle to the Huntington Metro Station, free Wi-Fi and the Express Start hot and cold breakfast bar. After you take care of the earth, take care of yourself and stay at the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir.

DC Beer Festival 2016

For beer lovers, spring is a great time of year! Many breweries release seasonal varietals that show off their creativity and celebrate the coming of warm weather. In the D.C. area, one of the beer highlights of spring is the DC Beer Festival held at Nationals Park. This year’s festival will be held Saturday, April 16 in two sessions: one from 12 PM to 3 PM and one from 5 PM to 8 PM.

Here’s what you can expect:

Breweries at the 2016 DC Beer Festival

The main attraction of the festival is of course the beer! Over 80 breweries from all over the nation will be in attendance offering samples of their finest beers, including:

  • Port City Brewing Company (Alexandria, VA)
  • Laughing Dog Brewing (Sandpoint, ID)
  • Bold Rock (Nellysford, VA)
  • Ballast Point (San Diego, CA)
  • Goose Island (Chicago, IL)
  • Great Lakes (Cleveland, OH)
  • Heavy Seas (Baltimore, MD)
  • Brooklyn Brewery (New York, NY)
  • Starr Hill (Charlottesville, VA)


All beer samples are unlimited during a 3-hour session with purchase of your $40 ticket.

Other Attractions at the 2016 DC Beer Festival

Besides the huge variety of beers available, the festival will also include lawn games, DJs, and food trucks. A few of the food truck companies that participated last year were DC Slices, Bada Bing, Tasty Kabob, and Red Hook Lobster.

If you’re looking at DC area hotels to stay in for the festival itself or a trip that coincides with it, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is just the option you need. With a complimentary breakfast buffet, convenient location off Highway 1 and free shuttle service to the Huntington Metro, the Holiday Inn Express is the perfect place to drink in the fun of this year’s DC Beer Festival.