Archive for October 2016

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving 2016 in D.C.

Thanksgiving is a time when friends and family come together to celebrate the things they are grateful for. In the District, there are lots of exciting events and activities for people who want to recognize the holiday.

Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Beginning on November 24, the United States Botanic Garden will hold its annual Season’s Greenings exhibit. The year’s event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Programming includes a display of exotic orchids and poinsettias, an indoor train display, and plant-based recreations of famous national monuments including the Gateway Arch, Mount Vernon, and the Statue of Liberty. Season’s Greening runs every day from 10 AM to 5 PM; admission is free.

Shopping at the Tanger Outlets

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is one of the most popular days of the year. At the Tanger Outlets of National Harbor, you can enjoy significant discounts at popular stores like Under Armour, Pandora, and Calvin Klein. There are also some great shopping deals available for those visiting a hotel near National Harbor.

Volunteering at Capital Area Food Bank

Thanksgiving isn’t just a time to celebrate – many people use the holiday to help the less fortunate. The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest food bank in the D.C. area working to stop people in the District from going hungry. At the D.C. warehouse, volunteers can work a 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM shift or 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM shift, Monday through Saturday. Check out the Capital Area Food Bank website for more info.

Thanksgiving is also a popular time for travel – and if you’re visiting D.C. for the holiday, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is an ideal destination. With top-quality amenities, competitive rates, and a free shuttle to the metro, the Holiday Inn is the perfect place to stay in the area while you give thanks.

A People's Journey: The National Museum of African American History & Culture

The National Museum of African American History opened on September 24, 2016. The idea originated in the early 20th century, but official legislation approving the museum did not pass until 2003. The opening ceremony was attended by prominent members of the African-American community including President Obama, Stevie Wonder and congressman John Lewis.

The museum holds over 37,000 interesting and inspirational artifacts that provide powerful insight into the story of the African-American people.

What’s on at the African American History & Culture Museum

There are collections and exhibits on display from nearly every era of American history, including a bible owned by Nat Turner, a cane used by Frederick Douglass and a bucket that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used to soak his feet after marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. There are also original newspaper stories, videos, and documents from the beginnings of American slavery in the 18th century through to the music and literature of present-day America.

Getting tickets to the African American History & Culture Museum

Due to high demand, visitors must secure a ticket to the museum for admission. You can get an advance pass, which guarantees you access on a certain date, or you can line up outside the museum to receive a same day pass. Same day passes are distributed each day beginning at 9:15 AM on a first-come, first-serve basis. Currently, advance passes are sold out through March 2017 – check the museum’s website for more information about when they will be available again.

Finding a hotel near the African American History & Culture Museum

If you’re planning a trip to D.C. to visit the newest Smithsonian museum, the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is an ideal choice for accommodations. With easy access to D.C., a complimentary shuttle to the metro, and free hot breakfast, there’s no better place than the Holiday Inn to rest and relax after a long day in the District.

Washington Redskins' 2016 Season Update

Sports fans all over the D.C. metro area are getting out their burgundy and gold and firing up their tailgate grills –Redskins football is back! With the team’s hopes riding on quarterback Kirk Cousins and an NFC East division with lots of vulnerabilities, this could be a big year for the ‘Skins. Here’s what to expect:

Changes since last season

The Redskins are coming off a relatively successful 2015 season, which saw them win the NFC East and post a 9-7 record. Since last season, the Redskins have added star cornerback Josh Norman to the roster and hope for the continued development of quarterback Kirk Cousins and tight end Jordan Reed.

How are the Redskins doing so far in the 2016 season?

After a tough season opening loss to the formidable Pittsburgh Steelers and a messy defeat at the hands of Dallas Cowboys’ rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, the Redskins have gotten back on track with two consecutive wins on the road against the New York Giants and at home versus the Cleveland Browns. Next up they face tough challenges on the road against their east coast rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, and a tough home game against division foes – the Philadelphia Eagles, led by rookie phenom Carson Wentz.

Finding the best hotels near Fedex Field

If you’re going to be in the area for a Redskins game and want a comfortable place to stay, look no further than the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir. Located just across the Potomac from FedEx Field, the Holiday Inn also offers convenient amenities like a complimentary breakfast bar and free shuttle to the metro to help you get around. After a long day of football fun this fall, hang your hat at the Holiday Inn.

Halloween 2016 in D.C. and Alexandria

The first days of October mean we are just weeks away from Halloween – the scariest time of year! Whether you like a good fright or want to celebrate the holiday with your favorite libation, there are plenty of exciting events going on for Halloween in the D.C. area

Boo at the Zoo & Night of the Living Zoo

The National Zoo hosts two separate events to celebrate Halloween. Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly attraction with treat stations, animal houses and pumpkin decorating contests. Night of the Living Zoo is a 21-and-up event that offers after-hours access to the zoo, live music, food trucks and an assortment of craft brews. Boo at the Zoo runs for three days from October 21 to 23, and Night of the Living Zoo takes place October 28 from 6:30 to 10 PM.

Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon

On October 22 and October 23 from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Mount Vernon will celebrate autumn with a variety of activities including wheat treading, wagon rides and a straw bale maze. There will also be early-American games, music and dancing.

Nightmare on M street

The longest-running Halloween bar crawl in the District is back for its 18th consecutive year. From 12:00 til 7:30 PM, ticket holders will enjoy great drink specials at over a dozen of the hottest bars and restaurants in D.C. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume and can move freely to and from participating bars in any order.

Need a place to rest after a frighteningly good Halloween in D.C.? The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is your ideal hotel near D.C. Besides a complimentary shuttle to the metro, the hotel offers great amenities like a free breakfast bar, 24-hour business center and Wi-Fi, making it the best place around for a Halloween stay in the DMV.