Archive for September 2017

A Spook-tacular Halloween 2017 in Alexandria

The season of ghostly sightings and goosebump-raising storytelling is upon us in Alexandria. Whether it’s a ghoul or a bowl of candy behind the door, you won’t know unless you ask the magic words: “Trick or Treat?” Here are a few of our favorite spooky events going on in and around Alexandria for Halloween:

Trick or Treat at the Carlyle House Historic Park

Bring your costumed little ones for fun, free, and safe trick or treating from 5 to 7 PM on October 31. The treats and tricks will come in 18th century fashion at this historic home, which is said to be one of Alexandria’s most haunted establishments. In the case of inclement weather, check on the status of the event by calling the museum.

Alexandria’s Original Ghost and Graveyard Tour

Depart from the Ramsay House Visitor Center in Old Town and follow an old-fashioned lantern carried by an entertaining and knowledgeable guide. You’ll hear the best of Alexandria’s unsolved mysteries and haunting tales of vengeful ghosts. Tours take place every evening starting at 7:30 in October, though for an even more hair-raising experience, attend Friday and Saturdays’ 9:30 tours.

Trick-or-Treating at Mt. Vernon

On October 27 and 28 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM, George Washington’s Mt. Vernon will be celebrating with wagon rides, Halloween-inspired craft shops, a costume parade at 5 PM, and prizes for the best George and Martha Washington costumes. Rain or shine, bring your family and go back in time for this trick or treating event.

Need a hotel in Alexandria for Halloween?

If you’re planning on visiting for the Halloween season, you need to choose a hotel that’s comfortable, accessible, and affordable enough to allow you to enjoy all of the ghoulish activities. That’s where the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir comes in. Our hotel is located just 15 minutes away from Mount Vernon and includes a complimentary hot breakfast bar, free shuttle to the metro, and WiFi access throughout the hotel.

To make your visit less complicated, we’re now offering a Mount Vernon Package, which includes two tickets to the estate and at least two nights at our hotel. Come see why visitors to Mount Vernon and other parts of D.C. have consistently chosen the Holiday Inn Express & Suites name for both value and comfort.

Fall 2017 events in Alexandria and D.C.

Summer 2017 is now officially past, but that doesn’t mean the fun (or the warm weather) has gone away in Alexandria and D.C. If you’re going to be in the capital region over the next few months, here is a list of some of the best festivals, shows, and celebrations on tap for the fall:

Das Best Oktoberfest

Want an authentic Oktoberfest experience without crossing the ocean to Germany? Look no further than Das Best Oktoberfest, taking over the National Harbor on Saturday, September 30. The $39 admission ticket includes unlimited beer sampling from over 120 different brewers of wine, beer, and schnapps. There will also be classic German fair foods like bratwurst, knockwurst, and pretzels, team games and contests, live music, and much more.

Art on the Avenue 2017 in Del Ray

Celebrate the thriving local culture of art and diversity at this year’s Art on the Avenue festival, held on Mt. Vernon Avenue on Saturday, October 7. Tens of thousands of visitors flock here to take in exhibitions by hundreds of woodworkers, pottery makers, painters, glass makers, and more. Food vendors sell everything from Indian food to crab cakes to chocolate bananas, while children can enjoy crafts like pumpkin painting and scarecrow stuffing. For full details, check out the event’s website.

The 42nd Annual Virginia Wine Festival

Whether you are a casual wine drinker or an experienced connoisseur, the Virginia Wine Festival at Oronoco Bay Park in Alexandria is the chance to taste some of the best wines in the Old Dominion in a beautiful waterfront setting. Wineries offering tastings include Lake Anna Winery, Notaviva Vineyards, The Williamsburg Winery, and many more. General admission tickets this year also include access to the VA Oyster Pavilion, where you can enjoy freshly-shucked oysters from the Chesapeake Bay region. The event will also feature food trucks, live music, and activities for kids.

Choosing a hotel in Alexandria for fall 2017

If you’re planning on visiting the DMV in the coming months, it’s important you have a dependable place to stay. With easy access to the National Harbor and D.C., complimentary breakfast with your stay, and a free shuttle to the metro, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is the only place you need to consider for a relaxing, enjoyable stay in the D.C. region.

Previewing the 2017 Washington Redskins Season

Now that fall is here, America’s favorite sport is back! All of the capital area is hoping for a strong Redskins football season – but with the loss of talented receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, plus an NFC East division that looks competitive, their path won’t be easy.

30-17 Week 1 Loss to Eagles Recap

Facing their division rival Philadelphia Eagles in the season opener at home, the Redskins lost a disappointing game with a final score of 30-17. Quarterback Kirk Cousins struggled to get the offense going, primarily due to the tremendous pressure the Eagles were able to bring: Cousins was sacked four times and seemed to be constantly scrambling to keep plays alive. On the other side of the ball, the defense gave up over 300 yards and two touchdowns to second-year Eagles QB Carson Wentz.

Notable Upcoming Home Games in the Redskins 2017 Schedule

  • Sunday, Sep. 24 vs. Oakland Raiders – This primetime game at home is the first of the Redskins’ five night games this season, against a Raiders team considered to be one of the top contenders to win the AFC.
  • Sunday, Oct. 29 vs. Dallas Cowboys – This is the first time the Redskins will face their longtime rival Cowboys in 2017. Dallas won the NFC East last year with a 13-3 record and are widely considered the best team in the division.
  • Thursday, Nov. 23 vs. New York Giants – A late season primetime home matchup against a division rival, this game will be the last of three played on Thanksgiving Day.

What To Do Around FedEx Field

The Bud Light Party Pavilion on the stadium’s exterior plaza opens three hours before kickoff and features music, food, and other concessions. The pavilion is only open to game ticket holders. Tailgating before the game is another popular activity – it’s permitted in every parking lot at FedEx field. They’re open four hours before the kickoff of every game. Six Flags America is also located just 15 minutes from the stadium.

Finding a Hotel Near FedEx Field for the 2017 Season

If you want to make your game day experience a memorable one, choose a hotel that offers easy access to the stadium, comfortable accommodations, and competitive rates. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is a quick 20-minute drive from FedEx field – let us take care of you and your guests while you take care of rooting for the home team this year.