October 6, 20176 months ago

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.

September 29, 20176 months ago

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.

September 25, 20177 months ago

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.

September 15, 20177 months ago

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.

August 24, 20178 months ago

What’s Happening at the MGM National Harbor for the Rest of 2017?

It’s now been open for nearly nine months, and reports indicate that the MGM National Harbor is a smashing success so far. The Baltimore Sun reports that the MGM did over $50 million in revenue for the month of July, surpassing Maryland Live and the Baltimore Horseshoe as the leading casino in the state.

With gourmet restaurants, an exciting array of musicians and artists performing, and 125,000 square feet of gaming space, it’s no wonder that so many locals and visitors are flocking to the MGM. Here are a few of our favorite things going on through the rest of the year:


  • Military Tuesdays & Senior Wednesdays: Every Tuesday, active duty military members with a valid identification will get 20% off at several casino bars and restaurants. On Wednesdays, guests 55 and older will receive the same discount. Participating locations include National Market, Starbucks, Voltaggio Brothers Steak House, Fish, TAP, Ginger, Marcus, and more.
  • Summer Breeze Slots Tournament: Between August 25 and August 26, buy into this late summer tournament for $99 to get a crack at a $75,000 prize pool.
  • M Life Rewards: With M Life, frequent guests can earn rewards on almost everything they purchase at the casino, from gaming to meals to spa services. For a limited time, new members receive the chance at winning $10,000 in free play.

Upcoming 2017 Shows at MGM National Harbor

One of the casino’s biggest draws is the many huge acts that headline the theater, which has quickly become one of the D.C. area’s top entertainment venues.

Just a few significant upcoming performances include:

  • Tom Jones – the famous crooner with a string of hits over the years like “It’s Not Unusual”, and “What’s New Pussycat” comes to the MGM for a rocking weeknight show after Labor Day on September 12.
  • Cher – The iconic pop diva rose to prominence in the 60s singing with her husband in the duo Sonny & Cher. She later achieved hits on her own, including the smash single “Believe”. Cher will be at the MGM for a total of 6 dates: August 31 and September 2, 3, 7, 9, & 10.
  • Chris Rock – The legendary comedian stops by the MGM National Harbor for his Total Blackout Tour, one of the most highly-anticipated comedy events in years. Rock will be performing four nights in a row, from October 18 through 21.

Other attractions at MGM National Harbor

  • Pizzapalooza – On September 10 between 3 PM and 8 PM on Potomac Plaza, get a taste of Italy in the National Harbor as a top-flight lineup of chefs come together to show off their culinary abilities and share their passion for pizza and other Italian cuisine. The event will also include live music and yard games.
  • Happy Hours – Almost every restaurant and bar in the casino offers a happy hour special on food, drinks, or both. Ginger, Voltaggio Brothers Steak House, National Market, and Tap are just a few venues with daily discounts on tasty bites and relaxing drinks.
  • Retail – Fink’s Jeweler, an official Rolex retailer, is the latest retail brand to carve out space in MGM’s shopping district. Other stores include Ella Rue, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, and Stitched.

Finding a hotel for MGM National Harbor

Staying at the resort itself is an option, but rooms go quickly and are priced at a premium. If you want to enjoy all the great gaming, entertainment, and retail amenities available at the MGM National Harbor while staying at a comfortable hotel with some great amenities of its own, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is your destination. Located just under 6 miles from the casino across the Potomac in Alexandria, the Holiday Inn Express also boasts a complimentary hot breakfast bar, free WiFi in every room, and a shuttle to the metro, perks that will ensure that even if your casino trip is unlucky, you’ll win big with your accommodations.

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