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Read about the latest news for Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Alexandria. Learn about all the exciting things we have planned during your visit.

Spring 2016 Shopping at the Tanger Outlets

The changing of seasons is the perfect time for shopping! In the D.C. area, one of the best places to stock up on new outfits and accessories is the Tanger Outlets at the National Harbor. If you’re looking at hotels near Tanger Outlets for an upcoming trip, there are some exciting deals and events going on at this top-notch shopping destination.

Top Stores at the Tanger Outlets

Some of the most popular brands that have stores at the Tanger Outlets are:

  • Coach – a luxury accessory manufacturer well-known for its traditional “C” patterns on bags and luggage
  • H&M – a Swedish fashion house that provides runway-inspired looks affordable for the mainstream
  • Michael Kors – an upscale manufacturer of watches, bags, and contemporary apparel for men and women
  • Polo Ralph Lauren – a popular prep-chic clothing brand that makes dress shirts, outerwear, shoes, and other products for men, women and children

Tanger Outlets Spring Events

Not only does the Tanger Outlets have a retail presence from many of the top global apparel companies, they have several events and specials for the spring season:

  • Mommy and Me: Every third Wednesday of the month between March 16 and August 17, mothers can enjoy the Mom’s Lounge at the outlets with free food samples, crafts for children, and other special activities.
  • Shop on the wildside: The Tanger Outlets has partnered with Friends of the National Zoo to offer shoppers an exclusive giant panda tote with a $3 donation to the Smithsonian National Zoo. Donors also receive a free coupon book to the outlets
  • Uber spring promotion: Shoppers using the Uber ride-sharing app can get $5 off their first ride and a free coupon book by using the promo code SPRINGTANGERSTYLEEVENT

Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir Tanger Outlets Package

If you need an accommodating place to stay during a shopping trip at the National Harbor this spring, the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is the perfect place. With the hotel’s Shopping Package deal, you’ll receive a voucher for a coupon book at the outlets, a $25 gift card for each night of your stay, and a complementary shuttle to the outlets. Book your shopping package deal now to get a head start on the spring shopping season today.

Valentine's Day 2016 in Washington, D.C. & Alexandria

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and love is in the air! There are plenty of great things to do for Valentine’s Day in and around the nation’s capital. If you’re staying at one of the hotels near Old Town Alexandria VA or Washington, D.C., check out some of these exciting activities for you and your special someone.

Ice Skating at the National Sculpture Garden

Ice skating is always romantic, but it’s even better when you are on the National Mall surrounded by some of the most exciting sculptures in the country! You can ice skate at the National Sculpture Garden between 11:00 AM and 9:00 PM on Sunday the 14th. Locker and skate rentals are available: for more information check out the website for the National Gallery of Art’s Ice Rink.

International Spy Museum Double Agent Package

If you’re looking to go undercover with your loved one, why not take them to the best espionage museum around? The museum’s Double Agent Date package is available until February 29 and includes a ticket for two to the museum, a special His and Hers gift bag, and admission to a covert Sexpionage scavenger hunt. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria Fort Belvoir also offers an International Spy Package Deal that includes a guest room and free shuttle service to the Huntington Metro Station.

Alexandria Symphony’s The Dramatic

For a more culturally-inspired Valentine’s Day date, the Alexandria Symphony is performing pieces that inspired Nino Rota to compose his award-winning score for The Godfather. The show begins at 3:00 PM with a free pre-concert chat beginning at 2:00 PM.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir also offers a special romance package that includes a box of chocolates, wine for two and shuttle service to Old Town Alexandria. And with great amenities like free high-speed Wi-Fi and a complimentary breakfast bar, there’s no better place to cozy up with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day than the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir.

Things to do in Washington DC - ICE at Gaylord National

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town! This year’s ICE! at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is featuring the theme “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and will offer a lot of winter family fun! Open from November 21st – January 3rd at their new location, Orchard Terrace, you and your family can relive the classic television special in real life. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town tells the story of how Santa Claus started giving toys to the good girls and boys, and the journey he took to become the icon he is today. ICE! at the Gaylord National offers ice sculptures, ice slides, and much more.

Just a short walk from National Harbor, ICE! is an indoor winter wonderland featuring two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, five ice slides, and seven individual rooms depicting the story of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. Along with this walk-through holiday attraction, kept at a frosty 9 degrees, there is also The Frostbite Factory, a live carving zone where you and your family can watch as master ice carvers’ show off their skills.

Tickets to ICE! at Gaylord National range from $28-$35 for adults, $20-$28 for children 3-11 years old, and any child under 2 years of age is free. They also offer discounted group tickets as well as military adult and children discounts.

Plan a family getaway around your trip to National Harbor with an overnight stay at a local Alexandria area hotel.  Holiday Inn Express – Alexandria is only 5 miles away from National Harbor and offers family-friendly amenities, like complimentary breakfast, to make your trip a great value! Make sure you get your tickets now, before Santa rides off in his sleigh!

Best Holiday Shopping in DC

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the countdown begins to the busiest shopping season in the United States. With so many shopping centers advertising special holiday deals, choosing the stores you want to visit can be overwhelming. Our shopping picks will point you in the right direction for the best D.C. area shopping malls and markets to maximize your Christmas shopping time!

CityCenterDC: With over 20 high-end specialty stores and dining venues, CityCenterDC offers something special to the Alexandria area. City Center is home to well-known brands, such as Burberry, David Yurman, Kate Spade, and Louis Vuitton. With so many options, you’re holiday shopping will be a breeze! They also have various events coming up for the holiday season, such as their Second Annual CityCenterDC Holiday Tree Lighting. This tree lighting, held on November 28th at 6pm, will include special performances, delicious treats, and fun for all! Come for the lighting and stay for dinner at one of their world-class dining establishments.

Old Town Alexandria: If you’re looking for a downhome feel with upscale shopping and restaurants, then look no further than Old Town Alexandria. This area of the City of Alexandria offers unique establishments that sell home décor, antiques, home restoration goods, art, and much more. With over 50 different restaurants and happy hour specials, there is something for everyone on your holiday shopping list! After the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t stop – there are multiple venues with live music and other nightlife activities that everyone will enjoy!

Tanger Premium Outlets – National Harbor: The Tanger Premium Outlets offer a wide selection of stores that carry everything from apparel, accessories, footwear, housewares, home furnishings, and much more. With over 100 specialty shops and dining establishments, you’re sure to cross of everything on your holiday shopping checklist! For the holiday season, Tanger Premium Outlets will be opening at special times – even at 6pm on Thanksgiving night! They will be offering other holiday deals for your convenience, don’t miss out!

Tysons Corner Center: As one of the largest shopping malls in the United States, Tysons offers a variety of stores to answer all of your holiday shopping needs.  With over 300 specialty shops and restaurants, you’re sure to find everything that is on your gift list, and then some! The Tysons Corner Center is only 13 miles outside Washington D.C., making it an easy trek for locals and visitors to the area. The center also features an AMC movie theater and ice skating rink, perfect for taking a break during your all-day holiday shopping extravaganza. Check the Tyson’s Corner website for information on holiday sales and events.

Downtown Holiday Market: This market, open from November 27th – December 23rd, spotlights more than 150 local businesses selling a variety of holiday items, all in one location: the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, between 7th and 9th streets NW. With an assortment of homemade items, you’re sure to find what everyone is asking for this Christmas! The market features paintings, clothing, jewelry, antiques, and more. They also feature live entertainment, with artists from every genre of music.

Union Station: $160-million later, Union Station isn’t just a tourist attraction anymore! With over 100 shops and restaurants, the station hosts daily trains and buses in and out of the city and shopping and dining for every taste. Union Station also features an outside market and 9-screen movie theater, so there is something for everyone to do during your Christmas shopping outing.  Opened in 1907, Union Station features Roman architecture details, creating a one-of-a-kind environment for your Christmas shopping and daily commute.

After your holiday shopping is complete, you’ll definitely want to find a D.C. area hotel near you and Holiday Inn Express – Alexandria offers a Shopping Package to help you score more holiday shopping deals!

Horses & Hounds at Mount Vernon

November 14, 2015 – 9:00am to 4:00pm

Join us on Saturday, November 14th for Horses & Hounds, Mount Vernon’s exciting new event that pays tribute to the greatest horseman of his age, George Washington!

Experience the rush of a simulated fox hunt demonstration on the estate of the Father of the American foxhound. Unlike in Washington’s time, no foxes will be hurt during this demonstration. A bag containing animal scent will be taken on a course around the 12-acre field. When one hound picks up the scent, the huntsman on horseback will signal the rest of the pack, and the hunt is officially on! During the fox hunt, visitors will learn about the sport of foxhunting and why Washington was known as the greatest horseman of his age.

Observe a cavalry demonstration on the 12-acre field before meeting the horses and hounds that Washington loved so much. Afterwards, learn about the crucial role these animals played in the American Revolution and meet Nelson, a horse similar to Washington’s very own beloved warhorse! Visit the estate’s modern livestock facilities for a chance to meet the horses, dogs, chickens, sheep, pigs, and cattle that call Mount Vernon home (free ticket required). Join Mount Vernon’s curators for Object Spotlight, when objects from George Washington’s 18th century sporting collection are put on display. Close the day by watching The Washington Cup, where horses and riders compete in series of judged skill competitions. The winner will be awarded the coveted Washington Cup!

Horses & Hounds tickets are required, but included for free with your general admission purchase.

Holiday Inn Express Alexandria knows that you’ll need a great DC area hotel after a long day of “hoofing it” at Mount Vernon. Let us accommodate you and yours with our convenience, value, and exceptional service.

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