Archive for November 2017

Shopping for the 2017 Holiday Season in Alexandria

As we enter the season for caroling and searching out the best Christmas light displays, the last-minute gift shoppers are doing just that: waiting until the last minute! For those of you who still need to finish finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones, we’ve listed some of our favorite shopping destinations in the Alexandria and DC area.

Tanger Outlets at the National Harbor

Located just across the Potomac river, Tanger Outlets is one of the best holiday shopping destinations around Alexandria with an array of clothing, houseware, and specialty stores to choose from. Great deals are popping up as the holidays quickly approach, including:

  • Movado Company Store: up to 75% off select items until December 25.
  • ASICS: buy one get one 50% off select footwear sale from now until December 20.
  • Tommy Hilfiger is also gearing up for the holidays with their Holiday Countdown sale that features 50% off select merchandise until December 10. Plus, expect even better bargains from December 8 to 17 during their 10 Days of Giving sale, where some items will be discounted up to 60% off.


Finding a hotel for holiday shopping in and around Alexandria

If you’re coming to the D.C. area from out of town and will be holiday shopping, be sure to pick a dependable and comfortable place to stay. At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir you can enjoy a complimentary shuttle to the metro to get around, free WiFi in every room to keep you connected, and competitive rates on each night of your stay. Come see why so many travelers in the Alexandria region have chosen us to make their holiday shopping trips less stressful. For the best shopping value, check out our shopping package to receive a $50 gift card for each night of your stay!

2017-2018 Washington Wizards Season Update

Of all the professional sports teams in D.C., few have the kind of expectations placed on the Washington Wizards. Though they’ve made the playoffs three out of their last four seasons, the ultimate outcome has been consistent: After winning their first round series, the Wizards fell in the eastern semifinals in each of their previous three playoff berths.

Will this be the year the Wizards finally get over the conference semifinals hump and make a run at winning the east? With their electric point guard John Wall leading the way and support from rising young stars like Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre, Jr., this very well could be the Wizards’ year.

How are the 2017-2018 Washington Wizards Doing?

The season is young, but so far the Wizards are off to a solid start with a 9-5 record, tied for third-best in the NBA’s eastern conference. John Wall is playing particularly well, averaging over 20 points a game and 9.4 assists, third-most in the league. The Wizards have won their last four in a row including on the road against Miami and at home versus Atlanta, Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Significant Upcoming Wizards Home Games

  • Friday, December 1 vs. Detroit – The Pistons have quietly gotten off to a hot start, with a 10-4 record good for second in the east. This contest between two of the conference’s top teams is sure to have an impact on the east’s rankings.
  • Sunday, December 17 vs. Cleveland – The Cavs have won the east for the last three years, and though LeBron and company may be more focused on winning a title, the Wizards haven’t forgotten about the Cavaliers beating them in the first round of the playoffs three years in a row from 2005 to 2007.
  • Friday, December 29 vs. Houston – Led by star guards James Harden and Chris Paul, the Rockets have the third-best record in the league behind only Boston and Golden State. Chris Paul has only played in one game so far, but is returning to the lineup this week and should be healthy for this matchup.


Need a hotel near Capital One Arena for a Wizards Game?

If you’re a basketball fan in the District for work or pleasure, why not stop by Capital One Arena to catch the home team in action? The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir offers a complimentary shuttle to the metro, easy access to D.C., and top amenities like free breakfast and WiFi. Let our team take care of you here in the DMV area so that you can focus on rooting for yours!

2017 Winter Events: What’s Going on in Alexandria and D.C. for the Holiday Season?

Although it seems like just yesterday we were planning trips to the beach and cookouts, Thanksgiving is just around the corner – it’s safe to say the holidays are here. Whether you enjoy feasts, family togetherness, or festivals, there’s something for everyone to do this winter in the DMV. Here are three of our favorite holiday ideas:

The Museum of the Bible Grand Opening

Just a few blocks from the Capitol building, the Museum of the Bible will be a 430,000 square-foot monument to the most important book in human history. With eight floors, a rooftop garden, and 40-foot-tall front doors made out of bronze, the museum is sure to be a captivating experience that helps visitors understand the Bible’s history and impact on the world. The museum opens on November 17.

Seasons Greenings 2017 at the United States Botanic Garden

The theme of this year’s holiday show at the botanic garden is Roadside Attractions. The model train show will feature train cars moving under, around, and over plant-based versions of some of the country’s most well-known roadside attractions, like the Cadillac Ranch in Texas, the Corn Palace in South Dakota, and Lucy the Elephant in New Jersey.

Christmas at Mount Vernon

George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate is always a special place, but it’s particularly nice around the holidays. Visit the historic Washington family home between November 24 and January 6 to partake in Christmas at Mount Vernon, which includes special events like a chocolate-making demonstration, holiday fifing, and a meet and greet with Aladdin the holiday camel! Tickets are available on Mount Vernon’s website.

Need a hotel in Alexandria for the holidays?

If you’re coming to D.C. this winter, it’s important that you have a place of respite from all the holiday hustle and bustle. At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir, you’ll enjoy comfortably-appointed rooms and excellent amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast, plus easy access to D.C. and a free shuttle to the metro. Stay with us at the Holiday Inn so you can focus on enjoying the many great things to do here this winter.