National Harbor

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival 2015

Save water and drink beer this summer at the National Harbor! Head to the Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival from June 19th-20th to enjoy an entire weekend of “beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, and bbq eatin’.” The festival offers 5 different admission options, allowing you to participate in whatever you fancy! Here’s what’s on tap this year:

  • A souvenir glass for tastings
  • Massive BBQ selection of pulled pork, ribs, brisket, chicken, sausage, and all the fixin’s you could want
  • Cigar tent
  • Food and drink exhibits
  • Constant live music
  • Free T-Shirts for the first 100 guests
  • Unlimited all you can taste samples of beer and bourbon

Yes, you read that correctly…UNLIMITED samples of beer and bourbon. That’s 60 beers and 40 bourbons awaiting you at this all-you-care-to-taste affair. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to sip and sing along to the festival’s eclectic live music selection.

This event is suited for rain or shine, with re-entry stamps allowing you to come and go as you please, and part of the proceeds benefitting the Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation. Seriously though, how could you say no?

You’ll need a DC area hotel to spend the night in, and the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria- Fort Belvoir is located just 6 minutes from the National Harbor. Kick start your morning with our complimentary breakfast before heading off to your fun-filled day. Call us at 888-765-6704 to book your hotel near the National Harbor before rooms fill up!

Graduation Weekend in the Washington D.C. Area

The weather is warming, the flowers are blooming and seniors, both high school and collegiate, are ready to walk across the stage that closes one chapter of their lives and begins the next. Yes, graduation season is upon us and the light at the end of the tunnel is firmly in sight for parents AND students.

For most, this can be quite the chaotic time as graduation ceremonies require planning, accommodating family, and ensuring all is in order for what is sure to be a celebration for the entire family and a rite of passage for the student.

With so much going on, there is no better place than Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria-Fort Belvoir to kick back, relax, and save all that energy for the big moment of seeing your student cross the stage!

Here are some of the spring graduations going on in the area along with directions to and from Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria for your convenience:

George Washington University
When: Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 9:30 A.M.
Where: The National Mall
Distance/Direction from HIEX: 11.7 miles
Commencement Speaker: Apple CEO, Tim Cook

Howard University
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015 @ 10:00 A.M.
Where: Upper Quadrangle – Main Campus
Distance/Directions from HIEX: 14 miles

George Mason University
When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 10:00 A.M.
Where: The Patriot Center Auditorium
Distance/Directions from HIEX: 16.9 Miles

University of Maryland
When: Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ 10:00 A.M.
Where: Xfinity Center
Distance/Directions from HIEX: 27.9 miles

Gallaudet University
When: Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 1:15 P.M.
Where: the Field House
Distance/Direction from HIEX: 13.8 miles

Georgetown University
When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 12:00 P.M.
Where: Healy Lawn
Distance/Direction from HIEX: 10.5 miles

High Schools

Mt. Vernon High School
When: Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 2:00 P.M.
Where: The Patriot Center Auditorium
Distance/Directions from HIEX: 16.9 Miles

West Potomac
When: Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 2:00 P.M.
Where: The Patriot Center Auditorium
Distance/Directions from HIEX: 16.9 Miles

Thomas Edison
When: Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 9:30 A.M.
Where: The Patriot Center Auditorium
Distance/Directions from HIEX: 16.9 Miles

T.C. Williams High School
When: Monday, June 15, 2015 @ 10:00 A.M.
Where: The Patriot Center Auditorium
Distance/Directions from HIEX: 16.9 Miles

Bishop Ireton High School
When: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 @ 11:00 A.M.
Where: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Distance/Directions from HIEX: 15.2 miles

Many graduations will take place within miles of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria, allowing you to utilize our complimentary shuttle service to help you get to and from the commencement! Don’t worry about the hassle of driving if you don’t have to, we’ve got ya covered! Before and after the graduation festivities, celebrate by experiencing all of the things to do in Alexandria! Stop by the National Harbor for shopping and dining or celebrate like the Founding Fathers did in Old Town Alexandria at Gadsby’s Tavern!

As a guest of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria, you’ll enjoy personalized service and fine contemporary amenities. Book our DC Metro Package and enjoy free shuttle service to the Huntington Metro Station and two tickets for the Washington Metro Rail to shuttle you throughout the DC Metro area. The package also include free hot breakfast every morning, featuring signature cinnamon rolls, eggs, breakfast meats, Chobani yogurt and fresh fruit!

With a location that sits at the heart of all there is to do and see near Alexandria, Holiday Inn Express & Suites offers DC area accommodations and amenities to make sure you have a worry- free graduation experience.

You have one thing to worry about graduation weekend, and that’s making sure you have enough tissues! We’ll take care of the rest.

Happy graduation!

Uncork and Unwind at the National Harbor Food and Wine Festival

Each year, National Harbor publishes a year round line-up of spectacular events, and our favorite one is just around the corner! On May 2nd and 3rd, world-renowned chefs, culinary pioneers, DC Foodies, and winemakers alike are coming together to bring you the 2015 National Harbor Wine and Food Festival. You’ll enjoy 2 delicious days of unlimited wine tastings, food samples from DC’s trendiest restaurants, an on-site wine shop to purchase your favorite flavors, and of course a souvenir glass to commemorate your trip.

Don’t let the title fool you though, this year’s event features much more than just wine. Guests can find themselves meandering the “Bier Garten” tasting a variety of craft brews or heading to a book signing or meet & greet with the chef. Ladies, while your significant other is lounging with a cigar at the bourbon bar, you’ll enjoy hands-on cooking classes or wine and food pairings that will wow your next dinner guests.

You’ll need a nearby place to crash during your two days of wining and dining, and The Alexandria Holiday Inn Express is located just five miles from the National Harbor. Grab a bite off our complimentary Express Start Breakfast menu before beginning each fun-filled day. Effortless access to the Harbor from the hotel leaves more time for fun in the DC area.

According the US News and World Report, spring has been rated the best season to visit the DC area! The National Harbor Wine and Food Festival is the perfect excuse to book your trip to DC now!