LGBTQ Getaway Guide to Alexandria and D.C.

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Named a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2021 by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, given a perfect score for LGBTQ equality by the Human Rights Campaign Municipality Equality Index in 2021 and recommended as an LGBTQ travel destination by Instinct magazine in 2019, Alexandria welcomes LGBTQ couples, families and friends to our city. Come explore our historic streets, taste our award-winning menus and venture out to regional hotpots. At the end of the day, unwind at  Lorien Hotel & Spa, a proud partner of the LGBTQ community, in Old Town Alexandria. Use our itinerary below to inspire your own whirlwind weekend getaway to Alexandria.

Friday: Old Town Evening and Entertainment

Stroll King Street

Amble through the heart of Old Town along King Street, named one of the “Great Streets” of America. This walkable mile is lined with 200+ independent shops and restaurants set inside historic buildings, red-brick sidewalks and a free trolley.

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Dine at Hank’s Oyster Bar

For an unforgettable seafood experience, head to Hank’s Oyster Bar in Old Town North, helmed by acclaimed restauranteur Jamie Leeds, voted “Best Chef” in Washington Blade’s 2018 “Best of Gay D.C.” awards.

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Enjoy a Pride Night Performance

Take in a show at Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre in Arlington’s nearby Shirlington neighborhood. Every production hosts one or two Friday Pride Night performances during its run, with a lively post-show reception for members of the LGBTQ community, family and friends.

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Sneak Into Captain Gregory’s

Back in Alexandria, blend sweets and spirits with delightful donuts alongside a handcrafted cocktail at Captain Gregory’s, Old Town’s nautical-themed speakeasy.

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Saturday: Day Out in D.C.

Start Your Day at Stomping Ground

Spend a laid-back morning at Stomping Ground, a local favorite in Alexandria’s artsy Del Ray neighborhood. Pair a latte with a flaky buttermilk biscuit topped with a poached egg, Benton’s bacon or fried chicken.

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Discover D.C.’s Dupont Circle

Explore vibrant Dupont Circle, host of D.C.’s Pride Parade and Youth Pride Day, along with some of D.C.’s best dining spots, from Duke’s Grocery to Iron Gate. Peruse the shelves at iconic Kramerbooks, open 24 hours on Saturdays and home of an extensive LGBTQ section.

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Traverse D.C.’s Gallery Scene

Browse Dupont’s intimate Phillips Collection of modern art, with works from Vincent van Gogh to Georgia O’Keeffe. For more art, head to the National Portrait Gallery to say hello to the Obamas’ portraits and decompress in the breathtaking Kogod Courtyard.

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Raise a Glass at a Local Hotspot

For a nightcap, visit A League of Her Own, run by and for queer women and beyond, and located in D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. Or, cross back over the Potomac River to tropical-themed Freddie’s Beach Bar, Arlington’s prime LGBTQ (and straight-friendly) bar, featuring karaoke and drag shows.

Cheers! >

Sunday: Brunch, Biking and Brews

Savor Brunch by the Water

Take it easy and feel the breeze as you enjoy a delicious riverside meal. Try Vola’s Dockside Grill for satisfying seafood fare or Virtue Feed & Grain for waterfront and park-side views on a laid-back patio.

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Meet Local Artists

See art in action at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a former World War II munitions plant, where you can glimpse 82 artists’ studios and even pick up a piece to take home.

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Take an Electric Bike Tour

Riders of wide-ranging ages and abilities can zip through the city in style on a Pedego Electric Bike tour. Cruise on one of the Old Town tours or take an excursion to the National Mall or Mount Vernon.

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Linger at Port City Brewing Company

Spend your final hours in the city unwinding at Port City Brewing Company, an award-winning craft brewery in Alexandria’s West End. Check out the Pride gear as you enjoy brewery tours, a tasting flight and events like trivia night and Beer Yoga.

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