January 30, 20174 months ago

4 Great Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2017 in Alexandria

With beautiful parks, the majestic Potomac River nearby, and proximity to one of the most historic & vibrant cities in the country, Alexandria is a great place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. There’s no shortage of things to do with your loved one here, but we’ve narrowed them down to a list of our four favorites.

Delia’s Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza

Delia’s is a classic brick oven Mediterranean grill in the city’s Eisenhower district serving up regional specials like roasted eggplant, feta, Greek salad, souvlaki, and of course, pizza. A special three-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu will be available for lovers looking for a tasty dinner.

Bastille

At this Old Town wine bar and brasserie, you and your loved one can enjoy a multitude of classic French options, from prix fixe meals to hors d’oeuvres like foie gras and escargot. With a cozy dining area, impressive wine selection and a special Valentine’s Day menu available on the 14th and the weekend before, Bastille is an excellent option for a romantic evening out.

Sweet Treats and Poetry

At the Del Ray Artisans gallery on Mount Vernon Avenue, couples and singles alike are welcome to enjoy free desserts and poetry readings between 6 and 8 PM on February 14. All attendees can also read an original poem or one by a favorite poet.

Founder’s Park

Located in northern Old Town just north of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Founder’s Park is an excellent place for a relaxing stroll with your sweetheart. There are plenty of picnic tables, walking trails, and great views of the Potomac that serve as the perfect backdrop for spending time with your beloved.

Picking a hotel in Alexandria for Valentine’s Day

If you’re coming in from out of town or simply want to stay somewhere else for a romantic evening, the Holiday Inn Express is an excellent option. Guests at our hotel enjoy great furniture and bedding, top-notch amenities like free Wi-Fi, and a complimentary shuttle to the metro.

We’re also offering our Romance Package, which includes a bottle of sparkling wine and box of chocolates for you and your loved one to enjoy.

 

This year, make Valentine’s Day memorable with a stay at the Holiday Inn. Book yours today.

January 19, 20175 months ago

2017 Presidential Inauguration: What to Expect

Tomorrow marks one of the most important global events that takes place right here in D.C.: the presidential inauguration. This year’s ceremony will be a particularly important one, as President-elect Donald J. Trump represents a significant departure from the previous 44 commanders-in-chief.

If you are planning on being in the District on Friday, here’s some information about the schedule of events and the logistics of getting in and out of the city.

Getting to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Because of the many blockades and road closures that will be in effect on inauguration day, driving into the city is a bad idea. The Memorial Bridge, 3rd St. Tunnel, and huge stretches of Pennsylvania, Constitution and Independence avenues will all be closed.

If you’ll be within a few miles of the National Mall, your best bet is to walk or ride a bicycle – Capital Bikeshare has over 400 stations in the city. If you’re coming from further out, you can take the metro, but expect crowded metro cars, long lines, and delays. Trains will run on rush-hour schedule all day; the Archives, Federal Triangle, Mt. Vernon Square, Pentagon, and Smithsonian stations will all be closed for the day. For more tips from WMATA, check their website.

Schedule of events for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Metro will open at 4 AM Friday morning. President-elect Trump will be sworn in at noon on a stage set up on the West Lawn of the Capitol building. The ceremony will be followed by an inaugural address from both Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

After the ceremony, there is a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. Standing on the sidewalk anywhere between 3rd street and 15th street should provide a good vantage point for the ceremony.

Finding a hotel for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Most hotels in D.C. itself will be sold out or priced higher than usual. Consider a nearby alternative like the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir. With a complimentary shuttle to the metro, comfortable room amenities and a free breakfast, the Holiday Inn is an excellent place to stay whether you plan on visiting the District for the 2017 inauguration or any other time of the year.

January 13, 20175 months ago

The 2017 Washington Capitals – Season and Highlights

Attending a Capitals game is a must for any local or visitor traveling to D.C. We’re about halfway through the 2016-2017 NHL season and the District’s favorite hockey team is off to a great start. The Caps play at the Verizon Center in Chinatown, one of the area’s most vibrant and colorful neighborhoods.

How are the 2017 Washington Capitals doing?

The Caps are in great shape at this point in the season. Their 27-9-5 record is good for second-best in the NHL, trailing only their conference rival Columbus Blue Jackets. On Wednesday, the Caps beat their longtime rival Pittsburgh Penguins with a solid 5-2 victory, their seventh in a row. Team star Alexander Ovechkin reached 1,000 points during the game – his 880 game pace makes him the second-fastest active player to reach 1,000 besides hockey legend Jaromir Jagr.

Upcoming home games

The Caps have two big home games coming up: tonight they play at home against the Chicago Blackhawks, and Sunday the 15th they take on the Philadelphia Flyers. In February the Capitals host the Bruins on the 1st and the Carolina Hurricanes on the 7th.

Things to do around the Verizon Center

If you’re heading into Chinatown for a game, there are plenty of other fun attractions nearby:

  • Gallery Place: just across the street from the Verizon Center, this entertainment complex includes a Lucky Strike bowling alley, Regal Cinemas theater and multiple dining options.
  • International Spy Museum: immerse yourself into the world of espionage while learning about the tools, tactics, and stories of some of the most famous spies in history. Package deals available for guests.
  • National Building Museum: this lesser-known D.C. museum is housed in a fascinating 19th century building modeled after the Palazzo in Rome – its collection displays and explains great works of architecture, engineering and design.

Finding a hotel for a 2017 Washington Capitals game

If you need a hotel in D.C. or the surrounding area that’s comfortable, conveniently-located, and won’t break the bank, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is the choice for you. Guests enjoy a free shuttle to the metro, complimentary breakfast and spacious suites that will help make your hockey trip to D.C. one to remember.

December 23, 20166 months ago

Alexandria & D.C. Winter Shopping Highlights

The D.C. region is known as a hotbed for museums, politics and dining, but not everyone knows that it’s also a great place to shop! Whether you are traveling to the area or live here permanently, there are some excellent local shops to check out if you want to purchase unique goods and support the DMV’s economy.

Bluprint Chocolatiers

Bluprint Chocolatiers is an artisan chocolate shop in Old Town Alexandria. Founded by the husband and wife team Kim & Bruce Gustafson, Bluprint makes all its chocolates in the company’s hundred-year-old building on the corner of King & N. Patrick Street. Besides selling truffles, bonbons, and chocolates in an assortment of combinations and packages, Bluprint also offers espresso, tea, and hot chocolate in the store’s on-site micro-café. For more info, check out Bluprint Chocolatiers’ website.

American Holiday

American Holiday is a Georgetown boutique specializing in unique home décor, gifts, housewares, and more. Their store’s theme is celebrating the good times in life, whether you have company or not. Items for sale include candles, drinkware, vintage furniture, and more. If you’re looking for something that is both whimsical and functional, check out their store at 1319 Wisconsin Ave NW.

Bishop Boutique

If you’re a woman or shopping for a special lady in your life, Bishop Boutique is a must-visit. Located on King Street in central Old Town, Bishop offers shoes, jewelry, and clothing for the chic, modern woman. With plenty of seasonal choices, lookbooks to help you plan outfits, and an assortment of styles from classic to avant-garde, Bishop Boutique is an ideal destination for women’s fashion.

Choosing a hotel in Alexandria for shopping

If you’re visiting the region and want to stay at a hotel in Alexandria for shopping, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is a top option. 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 is an ideal home base for your next shopping trip in D.C. – and be sure to check out the hotel’s Visa gift card special that gives you a free $50 gift card for each night you stay!

December 16, 20166 months ago

Alexandria Holiday Shows 2016

The holidays have inspired some of the most classic stories in history, tales of love, family, and togetherness. In D.C., there are plenty of opportunities for you to catch an exciting holiday play or performance at several locations.

A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre

Until December 31, Ford’s Theatre will be hosting one of the season’s most traditional plays, A Christmas Carol, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his trip through time with the ghosts of Christmas. The show is 2 hours long and is recommended for children 5 and older: tickets can be purchased on the show’s website.

The Nutcracker

Running every day until Christmas at the Warner Theatre, the Nutcracker is a classic Russian ballet with a local twist – it’s set in historical Georgetown. From the dancing to the Tchaikovsky score, you’ll enjoy every element of this wonderful holiday performance. Tickets are available online.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Adults and children alike love the classic Dr. Seuss tale of the mean-spirited Grinch, who plans to steal Christmas from Whoville. With hit songs, elaborate costumes and wonderful choreography, everyone will love this musical running at D.C’s National Theatre until December 31.

If you’re in the area temporarily and need a place to stay while enjoying a show here in D.C., the Holiday Inn Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is an excellent choice. With budget-friendly rates, top-notch amenities and a free breakfast bar, the Holiday Inn is the perfect hotel in Alexandria for the holidays no matter how you plan to celebrate the season.

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