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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.

The Giving Season: Thanksgiving 2017 in Alexandria

Thanksgiving falls on November 23 this year, bringing with it the crisp air that marks the holiday season. As we get ready for the hectic pace that the holidays bring, take time to enjoy the giving nature that Thanksgiving brings out of us.

Here are a few of our favorite events to attend in Alexandria and DC before or after you buckle down and munch on turkey, pumpkin pie, and stuffing.

Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C.

Opening on Friday, November 17, the Museum of the Bible is an eight-story tall, 430,000 square foot building that offers guests an immersive experience into the stories of the Bible. Only three blocks south of the nation’s Capitol, each of the museum’s floors will be dedicated to certain facilities, such as Floor 1 having space for temporary exhibits and two libraries and Floor 5 containing the performing arts theatre. It is expected to be a highly impactful experience like none other.

42nd Annual Turkey Trot in Alexandria

This 5-mile race takes place on Thanksgiving Day and begins at 9 AM sharp, with the starting and finish lines at George Washington Middle School. Bring your canine best friend (short leash required) or a stroller for your child if you wish to have a running companion. Online registration is $5 for children 12 and under, $15 for ages 13 to 21, and $20 for everyone who is 22 and older. The Turkey Trot will have thousands in attendance for friendly competition and will split the $2000 prize between male and female 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall finishers and male and female 1st place masters.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight 2017

Visit Mount Vernon for a candlelit tour of the estate from 5 to 8 PM on November 24 and 25. Listen to stories and learn how holidays were celebrated in 18th century Virginia from a knowledgeable guide, who may be dressed as one of Washington’s family members or hired or enslaved workers. Tickets are $16 for ages 6 to 11 and $24 for everyone 12 and older. See the event page for more information and dates for the December candlelit tours.

Finding a Hotel in Alexandria and DC for Thanksgiving 2017

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is an ideal home for your stay in Alexandria or DC for Thanksgiving. With close proximity to the District and Old Town Alexandria, a free shuttle to the metro, and amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi and a hot breakfast bar, the Holiday Inn will make this holiday a special one – and be sure to check out our Visa gift card special that gives you a free $50 gift card for each night you stay!

Veterans Day 2017 in Alexandria

November 11 was originally the anniversary of the day that World War I ended. It’s now nationally celebrated as Veterans Day. This memorable holiday falls on a Saturday this year, leaving room for events to fill the weekend. Here are a few of our favorite happenings in and around Alexandria:

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Tours on Veterans Day 2017

To honor the military service members lost in World War I, in 1929 the decrepit buildings that now house Gadsby’s Tavern Museum were bought and restored by American Legion Post #24. To commemorate the special bond between the museum and the American Legion, tours of the museum will be free for all guests on Veterans Day between 11 AM and 4 PM.

2017 Veterans Ball in Alexandria

Revel in English country dancing, live music, and a light dessert while honoring the late veterans of the Revolutionary War during the Veterans Ball starting at 8 PM in Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Tickets are $45 and attire may be cocktail dress or military or civilian 1780s period appropriate.

At least one dancing lesson is recommended for those who are not familiar with 18th century English country dancing. Luckily, dance classes are being held at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum on October 26, November 2, and November 9 at 7:30 PM and are $12 per class or $30 for all three.

2017 Women Veterans Leadership and Diversity Conference

From November 10 to 12, the Women Veterans Interactive is hosting the only conference dedicated to women veterans from all United States military branches at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington D.C. This conference is dedicated to supporting female veterans in their transition to civilian life by reinforcing the leadership skills they learned in the military.

Network and attend leadership workshops all weekend. The Jocks and Pearls Awards Gala, a black-tie-event, is being held Saturday night at 8 PM. Along with inspiring keynote speakers and a Veterans Day tribute, this 3-day conference will be an important event to attend for female veterans looking to make an impact in the world.

Picking a Hotel for Veterans Day 2017 in Alexandria

Even if you’ve already got an idea of how you want to pay respects on Veterans Day in D.C. or Alexandria, it’s important that you arrange for proper accommodations. 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 long weekends less stressful in the D.C. region.

Washington Nationals: 2017 Postseason Review

The regular baseball season may be over, but D.C. is buzzing with excitement as the Washington Nationals prepare for their first 2017 MLB playoff game tonight at 7:30. Fans are sitting on the edges of their seats for the upcoming, nerve-wracking 5-series against the 2016 World Series winner Chicago Cubs.

Will the Nats make it through the first round of the 2017 NLDS?

Finishing the regular season 97-65, the Nats are going into the playoffs first in the National League East Division. Some say they had an easy season, but their record against playoff teams is 17-12, an impressive stat to the Cubs’ 11-21 against playoff teams.

Even with winning 4 of their 7 games against the Cubs this season, the Nationals must bring out their best against the Cubs, who won’t give up the round two spot of the NLDS so easily, but it’s more good news for the Nats as they go into the playoffs. Strong players, including right fielder Bryce Harper and outfielder Jayson Werth, have returned to the team in tip-top shape. A bad run with a lot of injuries kept the starting lineup dismantled during the season, but the starting lineup is back to put the pressure on the Cubs.

Things to do around Nationals Park

There are many options to choose from when looking for food or activities around the stadium. Here are a few places to enjoy before or after a game:

  • Justin’s Café – just under a half-mile from Nationals Park is this homely café with excellent sandwiches, soups, and pizzas.
  • East City Book Shop – a gem hides a mile from the stadium in the form of this quaint bookstore. Peruse the stocked shelves in your downtime.
  • Capitol Hill – our nation’s capital resides only a little over a mile from the stadium. Get your fix of our nations heritage while you’re in town for a National’s game.

Choosing a Hotel for the Nationals’ Playoff Games

If you’re planning on coming to see the Washington Nationals play at home, it’s important you have a dependable place to stay. With easy access to D.C. and Nationals Park, complimentary breakfast with your stay, and a free shuttle to the metro, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is the perfect place to run home for any baseball fan this fall.

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