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Alexandria continually makes headlines as a richly authentic, stylish and foodie-forward destination with an arts-minded, independent community. Check out the latest chatter in the media:, May 2024
Visit Freedom House Museum for an Affordable Deep Dive into the History of the U.S. Slave Trade
In a Nutshell: Antebellum U.S. slavery subjugated people on many levels, including relegating them to the status of property. Alexandria, Virginia’s Freedom House Museum acknowledges that reality as it honors the lives and experiences of thousands of Black men, women, and children treated as property in the slave trade. The museum is the City of Alexandria’s careful restoration of a former slave trading house, reminding Americans of their past and challenging them in the present. It offers an affordable and contemplative learning experience for individuals and families visiting Alexandria and nearby Washington, D.C.

TravelPulse, May 2024
Where To Travel in June 2024
On the other side of the country, Alexandria, Virginia will celebrate the Portside in Old Town Summer Festival on June 21-22 with live music, local craft beer and fun for the entire family. Visitors can also stroll the waterfront, explore parks and art installations and sample mouthwatering bites at local restaurants.

Time Out, May 2024
The best last-minute Memorial Day weekend getaways
Spend Memorial Day in historic Alexandria, Virginia, mere minutes from D.C. or a four-hour car or train from New York City. The waterfront city teems with public art installations and murals, many for prime photo ops. Enjoy a picnic in one of eight riverside parks or bask in the river views at restaurants like Ada’s On The River and Vola’s Dockside Grill. While you can easily spend all day eating, drinking, and shopping in Alexandria’s charming cobblestone-lined Old Town neighborhood, we recommend getting out on the water for the city’s best views and surrounding sites. At the end of the day, cool off with a refreshing treat from the nostalgia-inducing Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream or Dairy Godmother.

The Budget Traveler, April 2024
Things to do on a budget in Alexandria, VA
Alexandria captivates visitors with its timeless charm and rich history. As a tourist destination, Alexandria invites exploration of its well-preserved architecture, waterfront parks, and vibrant neighborhoods. Immerse yourself in the city’s fascinating museums, stroll through Old Town’s quaint boutiques, or savor local flavors in diverse eateries. This article unveils the allure of Alexandria on a budget, presenting 10 affordable or free activities that promise an enriching experience for those seeking to discover the heart of this destination.

TravelPulse, April 2024
Every State’s Best April Events
Virginia – Norfolk pays tribute to our nation’s unbreakable bonds with the NATO Festival from April 18-20, which will salute the strongest alliance on the planet. In Alexandria, Cherry Blossom Season will add an extra layer of enchantment to this delightful city as amidst the blossoms, visitors will immerse themselves in the historic charm of Old Town Alexandria. Admire the pretty pink flowers beside the Potomac River, but don’t miss the Historic Homes & Garden Tour, which will show off historic townhouses and lush gardens with stories to tell about Alexandria’s heritage. Lastly, The Old Dominion comes alive with coastal delights this month at the Appomattox OysterFest 2024 in Concord on April 27.

Irish Daily Star, April 2024
Capital Gains
Places to Stay: Shenandoah Mansions, the first boutique hotel in Richmond’s Fan neighbourhood, is also set to open in autumn while a new flagship hotel, Hotel Heron, is opening in Old Town Alexandria and will offer guests unparalleled views of the Potomac River.

Serendipity, April 2024
Washington DC with Kids: What to Do and Where to Stay
Opened last year, Hotel AKA Alexandria is just a quick 20 minutes from DC, but gives you a chance to explore Alexandria, Virginia and be even closer to Mount Vernon, should you want to make a stop with the kids to check out George Washington’s home. The hotel itself, which has a sleek, understated vibe, offers both rooms and suites, including a two-bed deluxe room. If you prefer a stay in DC proper, opening this April is Hotel AKA Washington Circle. Located in the Foggy Bottom/West End neighborhood, there are suites that feature outdoor space and kitchenettes.

Southern Living, March 2024
The South’s Best Cities 2024
Just across the Potomac River from sprawling D.C., Alexandria may feel like a small town when compared to our nation’s capital, but there’s tons to explore in this historic city. Walk the cobblestoned streets that are lined with locally owned boutiques, delicious restaurants, and charming storefronts. When the riverfront is sparkling and there’s a nice breeze in the air, you’ll forget why you ever wanted to endure the hustle and bustle of D.C. in the first place.

Forbes, March 2024
Alexandria, Virginia Serves As A Budget-Friendly, Historical Destination
With over 30 million people residing within a 200-mile radius of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. and its environs serve as ideal destinations for vacations. On the Potomac River waterfront, just minutes from Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Virginia is the perfect weekend getaway destination for travelers who want convenient access to the nation’s capital via Metrorail, water taxi, bike and more. Those flying into DCA can take a 10-minute Uber ride to Alexandria or a train into Alexandria’s Amtrak station for a more affordable option.

Extended Weekend Getaways, February 2024 (in print and online)
Old Town Alexandria – Another Journey in History
Many places become renowned because of the individuals who pass through or call it home, having significant impact as they go. Alexandria, Virginia’s place in history was instead insured by its geographic placement and the events and people drawn there by historic events and circumstances. The earliest instances of human habitation were circa 11,000 BC, as evidenced by a Clovis Point displayed in the Alexandria Archaeology Museum on the Torpedo Factory’s third floor.

Matador Network, February 2024
The Posh Hotel AKA Alexandria Exemplifies Contemporary East Coast Style
Hotel AKA Alexandria is a chic, sultry, boutique-feeling hotel hosting 180 residential-style accommodations in the Alexandria, Virginia’s, Northern Old Town Alexandria neighborhood. It’s an easy 15-minute walk from traditional downtown Old Town Alexandria’s bustling shopping, dining, and attractions and a quick 20-minute drive from downtown Washington. D.C.’s metropolitan atmosphere. But it’s secluded enough and separated away from the traffic and hustle of nearby business districts to offer a nice, quiet respite as a home base while visiting the area.

PBS National, January 2024
Legacy List with Matt Paxton
After spending years caring for her family, an Alexandria, Virginia, woman finally gets the chance to move into a dream home of her own. The problem is she has only a week to move. While she packs, Matt searches the old house for cherished family heirlooms that remind her of the loved ones she took care of for so long.

TravelMag, January 2024
5 of the best Day Spas in Alexandria, Virginia
A quaint city that mixes old-world charm with modern excitement, Alexandria plays host to several day spas designed to melt away your cares. From boutiques that specialize in skin care to specialized massage parlors, the day spas of Alexandria offer bespoke treatments that meet the individual wellness needs of their guests. Creating retreats of quiet, restoration and rejuvenation, these day spas inspire guests to pursure self-care and to embark on a journey of wellness. We’ve selected five top day spas for those seeking luxury skin care, restorative massages, relaxing body treatments and even beauty services such as waxing and nail care.

Philadelphia Magazine, January 2024 (also seen in Dec. 2023 issue)
The Best Long Weekend Trips to Take From Philadelphia in 2024
This quaint Northern Virginia city, about 15 minutes outside Washington, D.C., is known for dressing up during the winter holidays. (It continually earns praise for its festive flair — Condé Nast Traveler has recognized it more than once.) And one of the best ways to experience it is by strolling past its 18th- and 19th-century buildings, which are bedecked in garlands and twinkling lights and themed displays. (Oh my!)

The Travel, January 2024
10 Scenic, Underrated Historic Cities That Are Great Alternatives To Boston
Located 7 miles south of Washington, D.C., Alexandria is a unique travel destination along the Potomac River with bountiful history and plenty of activities. Both Alexandria and Boston are waterfront cities with picturesque green spaces and designated architectural structures from different eras and styles, and the former is dominated by over 140 Georgian, Federalist, and Victorian landmarks. Architecture lovers might want to check out Spite House, America’s skinniest, 7-foot-wide historic house, while those favoring energizing treks can choose between well-paved, family-friendly paths and more challenging routes., January 2024
Alexandria’s New Meetings Program Set to Transform Events
Renowned for its historic charm and vibrant waterfront just minutes from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is set to unveil a new meetings program, “Unlock ALX Perks.” This initiative promises to redefine event experiences, delivering advantages to both meeting planners and attendees who also want a convenient location serviced by three major airports, Amtrak, Metrorail and more.

Fodor’s, December 2023
The Quaintest Christmas Villages Across the U.S.
For an unforgettable holiday dining experience, visit the first weekend in December during Alexandria’s “biggest holiday weekend,” when the Scottish parade comes to town, and the Boat Parade of Lights (rain or shine) illuminates the Potomac River shoreline with its more than 50 brightly lit boats. Book the Historic Holiday hotel package at the newly opened Hotel AKA Alexandria—a luxurious new hotel in a great location in the heart of Old Town, and enjoy complimentary seasonal drinks, guided walking tour tickets, and more.

Thrillist, December 2023
The Best and Brightest Holiday Boat Parades Around the World
From the National Christmas Tree to candlelit concerts, there’s no shortage of holiday cheer to be found in Washington, DC. But one of the most enduring traditions is one that takes place on the water. Now entering its 23rd year, the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights transforms the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront Park into a veritable winter wonderland, even if snow isn’t in the forecast. Part of a whole weekend of events, the festivities get underway in the afternoon, with a pop-up beer garden from Port City Brewing Company, family games and activities, and food, followed by the parade at 5:30 pm.

TimeOut, December 2023
The most anticipated hotel openings for 2024 that we can’t wait for
Known for its shop- and restaurant-lined cobblestone streets and 18th-century rowhouses, Old Town Alexandria is right across the river from D.C. Hotel Heron will become the neighborhood’s newest hotel once it opens in May 2024. Originally opened in 1926 as the George Mason Hotel, which closed in the early 1970s. Several decades later, Hotel Heron will offer 134 rooms spread across two buildings. There will also be a hearth-inspired eatery serving Mid-Atlantic cuisine, a cozy cocktail bar, a seasonal rooftop bar and several multi-use spaces designed for working, eating, drinking and relaxing.

Conde Nast Traveler, December 2023
23 US Cities That Go All Out for Christmas
Located about 20 minutes south of Washington, DC, Alexandria is a picture-perfect place to spend the holiday season. The Old Town’s row houses and centuries-old brick streets look even more charming when adorned with snow and Christmas wreaths, and you can expect a ton of seasonal activities.

Washington Business Journal, December 2023
Visit Alexandria CEO Patricia Washington retiring
Patricia Washington, the longtime head of Alexandria’s visitors and tourism bureau, announced Friday she will step down next June. Washington has been president and CEO of Visit Alexandria since 2012. No successor was named, but the destination marketing organization said Vice Chair Denise Jackson will lead a task force to search for a new CEO.

AARP, November 2023
5 Small Towns That Will Bring Your Hallmark Christmas Movie Dreams to Life
Alexandria is technically a midsize city, with a year-round population of slightly more than 155,000, but this Washington suburb still gives cozy small town vibes, especially during the winter months. Take a stroll down King Street’s brick-laden sidewalks through Alexandria’s historic district, and you may feel like you’re in an old European village.

Southern Living, November 2023
11 Best Weekend Getaways In Virginia For Every Type Of Traveler
Just across the Potomac from the nation’s capital, Alexandria feels distinctly unique from Washington, D.C. As one of the oldest cities in America, the town is brimming with 18th-century history and charm. Soak it in historic house museums like the Lee-Fendall House and Carlyle House.

Good Housekeeping, November 2023
20 Best Places to Visit in December, According to Travel Experts
This historic town just outside of Washington, D.C. packs in the festivities all month long. It’ll be tough deciding when to go — a Holiday Boat Parade of Lights takes place on December 2, while Christmas Illuminations with fireworks at George Washington’s Mount Vernon light up the skies on December 15 and 16.

USA Today, October 2023
10 best Halloween parades in the US, from New York City to New Orleans
Since 1996, this Alexandria, Virginia, neighborhood has hosted one of the most fun Halloween celebrations in the region. The Del Ray Halloween Parade welcomes anyone who wants to march in a costume, adults, kids, and pets alike. Awards are given to the best pet and stroller costumes, and for the best decorated house and business in what has become a very competitive contest. The whole town, plus many visiting spectators, come out to join the fun.

Thrillist, October 2023
The Best Cities to Visit in the U.S., According to a New Survey
Which US city is the best? Well, that depends on who you ask. For readers of Condé Nast Traveler, they seem to have reached a consensus. Look no further than the publication’s just-announced 2023 edition of its annual Reader’s Choice Awards for the answer.

FamiliesGo!, October 2023
12 Wickedly Fun Local Halloween Events For Teens & Tweens
When my daughter hit the age of 10YO or so, she still wanted to do fun Halloween activities in October. Hayrides and face-painting at the pumpkin patch no longer appealed, but she also had no interest intense, gory haunted houses and forests. We needed something in between, and that wasn’t easy to find. So, for my readers with tweens and timid teens, I set out to find local Halloween events across the U.S. for ages 11 to 16 or so. The historic Lee-Fendall House offers an annual tour that blends stories of mysterious deaths and disappearances in the house with explanations of Victorian mourning customs, including clothing, funeral practices and, of course, séances.

U.S. News & World Report, September 2023
19 Most Romantic Getaways in Virginia
Situated on the Potomac River less than 10 miles south of the nation’s capital, Alexandria is an easily accessible destination – one of the many reasons it’s a popular destination in Virginia. Spend your days strolling hand in hand along the cobblestone streets of Old Town, or hop on some rental bikes to glide past rows of charming, centuries-old buildings.

Southern Living, September 2023
9 Southern Destinations To Visit By Train
Just five miles south of Washington, D.C., the riverfront city of Alexandria is brimming with immersive American history and culture. Founded in 1749, its historic Old Town neighborhood is home to brick-lined walking streets and cobblestone alleyways, 18th century row houses, a vibrant arts scene, and renowned restaurants.

Southern Living, August 2023
The South’s Best New Restaurants Of 2023
It’s not always true that more is better, but at Kismet Modern Indian, it definitely is. The team behind Washington, D.C.’s Michelin-recognized Karma Modern Indian opened Kismet in Old Town Alexandria in November 2021 and then expanded with a second location in Richmond only a year later.

FOX 5, August 2023
Exploring Potomac Yard: FOX 5 Zip Trip 2023
FOX 5’s live “Zip Trip” broadcast on August 11, 2023 included 15 segments that highlighted Potomac Yard developments, things to do in Alexandria, and organizations and individuals that make our community special including our first responders and the Animal Welfare League, along with live interviews with Mayor Justin Wilson and Visit Alexandria’s Claire Mouledoux. 

WorldAtlas (Canada), August 2023
Best Day Trips From Washington To Take This Summer
Just a short distance from Washington, D.C., Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, beckons with its charming cobblestone streets, historic architecture, and vibrant waterfront. This quaint, picturesque town offers a delightful blend of history, culture, and modern amenities. Stroll along King Street, lined with boutiques, galleries, and restaurants, and indulge in the vibrant atmosphere.

Zee Zest (India), August 2023
7 Reasons To Visit Old Town Alexandria On Your Next Trip To Washington DC
A gentle breeze whisked me away to a bygone era the moment I set foot on the magic carpet of dry leaves covering the cobblestone lane. For a moment it felt like I could hear the horses’ ‘hooves on the cobbles. The rays of the afternoon sun filtered through the trees and I was transported to the colonial world of kings and queens and sea- faring captains in Old Town Alexandria in Virginia.

Travel + Leisure, July 2023
Travel + Leisure Readers’ 15 Favorite Cities in the United States of 2023
Alexandria is on Travel + Leisure’s “Best Cities in the U.S.” list for the second consecutive year. Votes from T+L readers have again landed Alexandria in the top 10 among 15 heavy hitters including Charleston, Nashville, Honolulu and more. Travel + Leisure says, “Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Alexandria offers the charm of a small town alongside the buzz of the nation’s capital. In this “living museum,” as one reader called it, you’ll find red-brick sidewalks, 18th and 19th-century homes and taverns, and the country’s oldest continuously operating farmers market. Family-friendly ghost tours let visitors travel back to the past, but trendy boutiques, luxury hotels, and vibrant nightlife keep the Port City very much in the present.”

Outlook Traveller (India), July 2023
Vibrant Virginia: A Guide To The American State’s Best Kept Secrets
In contrast to traditional fare, Virginia offers a variety of modern fine dining for global fare—indulge in pan Asian food at Indo Chen by Hyatt in downtown Alexandria and great cocktails and sit-down dinners at the upscale Kismet, part of the many Indian eateries in the gastronomic state. The Torpedo Factory Art Centre in Alexandria is an excellent place to see artwork across various media. Home to the nation’s largest collection of working artists’ open studios, all under one roof, this place has been a landmark for nearly 50 years on the town’s Potomac riverfront. 

Thrillist, June 2023
Where to Celebrate Juneteenth Around the Country This Year
Alexandria, Virginia is a city rich with Black history. This Juneteenth, hop on a Black History Bus Tour with Manumission Tour Company and explore the legacy of Alexandria’s many changemakers. Elsewhere, the historic Carlyle House will host a free Juneteenth celebration in collaboration with regional arts group the Athenaeum, while on June 19, the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices ensemble presents a free Juneteenth concert.

U.S. News & World Report, June 2023
13 Best Places to Celebrate Juneteenth in 2023
Located about 10 miles from Washington, D.C., Alexandria was once home to one of the largest slave-trading posts in the country, Franklin and Armfield. Despite the huge slave-trading firm located in the city, Alexandria had several free Black residents. The first free Black community called “The Bottoms” was located in the southwestern part of the city, and by 1810 a new neighborhood known as Hayti was created in the eastern portion of the city. The free Black population continued to grow in Alexandria until 1846, when the city retroceded from D.C. to rejoin the state of Virginia.

Northstar Meetings,, June 2023
Stepping out of D.C.’s shadow, this city uses its small size to big advantage
Founded in 1749, Alexandria, Va., is the oldest and best preserved of D.C.’s original neighborhoods — a fact underscoring how physically and architecturally close this city is to the nation’s capital. Yet while this proximity serves as a natural advantage for attracting meetings and events, the destination has its own distinct group story to tell.

BuzzFeed, May 2023
Travelers Are Sharing The American Small Towns And “Hidden Gem” Cities That Are Absolutely Worth A Visit
Alexandria, Virginia: “This walkable town on the Potomac River has tons of restaurants and shopping. There’s also a boat taxi to Washington DC, making it an easy day trip from the nation’s capital.”

Money, April 2023
6 Best Places to Travel in the Spring 2023
Located about seven miles south of Washington, D.C. on the west bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria, Virginia is not only a springboard for visiting the nation’s capital but a lively vacation destination all its own. As temperatures rise and spring rolls in, the mild weather brings with it plenty of outdoor festivals focused on everything from food and wine to music and art. In early spring, visitors can also enjoy the iconic D.C.-area cherry blossoms in full bloom.

93.1 WPOC iHeart Radio Baltimore, April 2023
Where To Next – A Travel Podcast With Francesca: Featuring Patricia Washington, President & CEO – Visit Alexandria
On this episode of Where To Next, we take a virtual trip to Old Town Alexandria with Patricia Washington, President & CEO of Visit Alexandria. Named one of the Best Places To Travel in 2023 and Best Cities in the US 2022 by Travel & Leisure, Old Town Alexandria is a premiere destination for travelers near and far. The Potomac River serves as a gorgeous backdrop and focal point to this bustling community, rich in history, art, cuisine, and more. When visiting Old Town Alexandria, strolling the King Street mile and checking out over 200 independently owned restaurants and boutiques is a MUST. And if you’re looking for a hidden gem of an experience, take a “sweets crawl.” Old Town Alexandria is known for their sweet treats so this is the perfect activity to satisfy your sweet tooth!

The Travel, April 2023
10 Most Beautiful Towns Near Washington D.C You Should Visit
Alexandria is on the Potomac River, approximately twenty minutes from Washington, D.C., with a rich history and beautifully preserved historical architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors can visit Oldtown Alexandria to explore antique shops, restaurants, and bars and buy fresh farm produce from the Oldtown farmers market that has opened every Saturday morning for over 260 years. Mount Vernon, the former home of the USA’s first President George Washington, is a must-visit and is open to the public to learn about America’s founding fathers.

Atlanta Magazine, April 2023
Where to Eat, Shop, and Enjoy Art in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia
You might expect nothing more than a cute street with a few “olde shoppes” from a neighborhood named “Old Town,” but this nationally designated historic district is the real deal, founded in 1749 and covering nearly 100 square blocks. Cobblestone roads are lined with charming multicolored row houses; by night, these homes are aglow with flickering lanterns reminiscent of Colonial times. Folks flock to King Street Mile, Alexandria’s main shopping and dining artery, with more than 200 independent retailers and restaurants.

Money, March 2023
50 Best Places to Travel in 2023
Nestled on the Potomac River, Alexandria is a historic city just five miles away from the nation’s capital. For many travelers, it serves as a lux jumping-off point for D.C.-area visits, but it’s also a top destination in its own right. Along the King Street Mile in Old Town, you’ll find charming cobblestone streets lined with lanterns, outdoor cafes, Instagram-worthy murals and trendy bars. There’s also a vibrant art community — explore the many galleries or peek in at artists at work at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Southern Living, March 2023
12 Farmers Markets In The South You Should Visit This Season
When it comes to longstanding tradition, the Old Town Farmers’ Market in Alexandria, Virginia, might take the cake. This Saturday market has been going on since 1753 and showcases local produce, meats, flowers, cheese, baked goods, plants, soaps, and more. It’s America’s oldest farmers’ market held continuously at the same site, and takes places year-round, rain or shine, with more than 70 vendors during the peak season.

Southern Living, March 2023
The Best Places To See Cherry Blossoms In Washington D.C.
Across the Potomac in Alexandria, Virginia, cobblestoned Old Town is a picture-perfect spot to visit. Spend an afternoon meandering through the historic neighborhoods that are decked out in pink petals, and check out the grounds of the historic Carlyle House, where dozens of blooming cherries make this a popular spot for photoshoots.

The Knot, February 2023
What is a Destination Wedding? Here’s What it Looks Like in 2023
While destination weddings do require guests to spend time and money to get to the chosen location, couples have the opportunity to curate thoughtful weekend experiences that make travel worth the effort. “Couples are prioritizing elevated guest experiences and moving away from the traditional norms of a single-day event,” explains Suzanne Thibeault, a wedding specialist for Alexandria, Virginia’s tourism bureau. “What was once your special ‘day’ is quickly becoming a weekend experience reflective of each couple’s personality. The goal is to strike a balance, allowing the unique destination to speak for itself while convening friends and family for organized activities nodding to the couple’s passions and core values.”

SUITCASE Magazine (UK publications), February 2023
Seven Destinations for a 2023 Spring Holiday
Resting on the banks of the Potomac River, just a 25-minute drive south of Washington DC, the city of Alexandria sits seriously high on our Stateside radar. Make a beeline for the Old Town district’s King Street, where an abundance of independent boutiques, bars and foodie startups are housed in historical buildings. 

Forbes, January 2023
Foodies, Rejoice! It’s Almost Restaurant Week In Washington, DC And Alexandria, Virginia
While the weather may tempt you to stay in this season, January is a terrific time to visit Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, especially during the last half of the month when both areas host their respective Restaurant Week events. Discover some of your new favorite restaurants, with $25 lunch and brunch deals in and around the District of Columbia and $25, $35 or $45 prix fixe specials throughout Alexandria. Here’s everything you need to know, and which eateries will be participating this year

Preservation magazine, a publication of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, January 2023
Reclaiming the Past (page 8 of the Winter 2023 issue; online coming soon in February 2023)
Freedom House, a museum located in an early 19th century building in Alexandria, Virginia, reopened on Juneteenth of 2022. Purchased by the city of Alexandria in March of 2020, the newly revamped building contains expanded exhibition space highlighting its role in the domestic slave trade, as well as Virginia’s 400 years of African American history. We spoke with Audrey P. Davis, director of the Alexandria Black History Museum and a senior team leader for Freedom House (both part of the city’s Office of Historic Alexandria), about the site.

NBC Nightly News, December 2022
Small businesses feeling the impact of inflation, higher costs
While many small businesses are seeing more customers after the pandemic, they are now feeling the squeeze of inflation and higher costs. NBC News’ Catie Beck spoke with the owner of Red Barn Mercantile, Amy Rutherford, in Alexandria, Virginia on how the company has been impacted.

The Washington Post, December 2022
How to survive Dec. 3, the most festive day of the holiday season
Who doesn’t love a parade? This is the 51st year of the Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk, which brings marching pipe and drum bands, Scottish terrier groups, and antique cars to the streets of Old Town. The unquestioned star of the 120 parade units? That would be a bagpiping Santa Claus. A band concert at Market Square follows.

Travel + Leisure, November 2022
The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2023
With postcard-perfect cobblestone streets and quick access to the wineries of northern VirginiaAlexandria is an easy city to love. But these days, the reason to go is to see how effectively the city is confronting its own history, as destinations across the American South grapple with the legacy of the Confederacy. Alexandria, which was founded as a tobacco port in 1749, was for decades of the 19th century the site of the country’s largest domestic slave trade.

Voice of America, November 2022
Inflation Worries Turn US Holiday Shopping Into Bargain Hunt
In the U.S., the 2022 holiday shopping season officially begins on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Day. VOA’s Chris Casquejo looks at spending expectations for inflation-battered shoppers.

Washingtonian, November 2022
“Wakanda Forever” Features a Scene in Alexandria
Just a day after we learned that Diane Lockhart is moving to DC, now comes word of another local pop-culture moment: Alexandria, Virginia, features in the new film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. As Insider reports, the characters Shuri (Letitia Wright) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) travel to the DC suburb to seek out CIA officer Everett Ross (Martin Freeman).

BBC Travel, November 2022
The true story behind the US’ first federal monuments
Lying on his back for six nights, 61-year-old Banneker recorded the precise times of the stars’ transits. With these calculations, the first stone marker was installed at Jones Point (on the Potomac River just south of modern-day Old Town Alexandria, Virginia) on April 15, 1791, amid great fanfare.

Southern Living, October 2022
20 Southern Destinations For Your Next Long Winter Weekend
Less than 10 miles south of D.C., Alexandria has everything you need for a charming winter wonderland weekend. Bundle up for a stroll along King Street, where you’ll see lively window displays from local boutiques and shops. Take a history-focused walking tour of town and stop at Gadsby’s Tavern, a favorite haunt of Founding Fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, that’s now a museum, restaurant, and event space.

Forbes, October 2022
Virginia’s Best Fall Activities, From Ghost Tours To Halloween Happenings
Here’s a look at some of our favorite fall and Halloween events happening this year in Alexandria, Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown, all easily reachable from Washington, D.C. by train or car. In Alexandria, history buffs will love the Ghost & Graveyard Tour by Alexandria Colonial Tours, during which a 18th-century costumed guide leads you along the historic city’s cobblestone streets while sharing spooky stories., October 2022
Alexandria: A Historic Virginia City with Contemporary Appeal Earns Recognition as a Top US Travel Destination
As the only city in northern Virginia connected to Washington, D.C., and Maryland by water, Alexandria offers a distinctive waterfront experience. And as George Washington’s adopted hometown, it’s steeped in American history. But Alexandria also has an ever-expanding selection of attractions, restaurants, boutiques, and brewpubs that give its historic Old Town a decidedly contemporary appeal. 

Washington Business Journal, October 2022
Alexandria’s tourism and hospitality industry surpassed pre-pandemic highs last year
Despite an overall uneven recovery, Alexandria’s hospitality industry put the pandemic in its proverbial rearview mirror last year when it comes to one key metric, according to the city’s lead tourism arm. Collectively, retailers, restaurants and hotels generated a record-setting $76 million in consumption taxes for fiscal 2022, which ended June 30, the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association Inc., also known as Visit Alexandria, revealed during its annual meeting Monday.

The Travel, October 2022
10 Of The Most Beautiful Towns In Virginia You Should Visit
Located under half an hour from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is within Northern Virginia along the Potomac River waterfront. It has its share of U.S. history, along with many modern things to do. The historic Old Town Alexandria is aligned with cobblestone streets and Colonial-era buildings, but this downtown spot is happening.

Condé Nast Traveler, October 2022
The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards
Alexandria the #4 Best Small City in the U.S: Washingtonians are all in on the secret, but it’s no surprise the rest of the world is catching up: Alexandria, Virginia, the charming, historic city just across the Potomac River from our nation’s capital, draws travelers and would-be residents alike. Most folks start to imagine moving there immediately after setting foot in Old Town, once they’ve strolled the red-brick sidewalks, clocking street after street of perfectly preserved rowhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries. When you visit, scope out King Street, packed with boutiques, restaurants, and specialty shops; then land at the waterfront.

Good Housekeeping, September 2022
36 Best Places to Spend Christmas With the Family This Year
Get a taste of both American history and European Christmas celebrations in Alexandria, Virginia, a short drive south of Washington, D.C. You can enjoy the well-appointed row houses on King Street while Christmas shopping, then take a trip to nearby Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s historic home, for a candlelight tour and fireworks display.

Thrillist D.C., September 2022
16 Cool Things to Do in DC This Fall
Just 30 minutes on the Metro, and you’ll be transported to a quaint riverside town that feels far from the bustling city. Venture around the cobblestone streets of Old Town, picking out your favorite historic homes, taking in the fall foliage, and shopping on King Street, the main road in town full of charming independent boutiques, quaint cafes and restaurants.

Trazee Travel, August 2022
Best Virginian Cities to Bring Your Pets
Recently certified as a BETTER CITY FOR PETS by Mars Petcare, Alexandria comprises one of just a few dozen cities across the country to receive this certification. Stop by Barkhaus, the region’s first dog-friendly bar, restaurant and dog park.

The Washington Post, August 2022
Brunch? With kids? Alfresco? How to make the most of Restaurant Week.
The next few weeks are big ones at area eateries. Between Aug. 15 and 21, around 250 restaurants are participating in Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week. While much of the focus is on D.C., discounted multicourse meals, which include $25 lunches and brunches and $40 and $55 dinners, can be found from North Bethesda to Vienna to National Landing. Just as that restaurant week is winding down, more than 60 restaurants in Alexandria start celebrating the city’s own Restaurant Week, which begins Aug. 19 and continues with prix fixe meals for $25, $35 or $45 through the 28th.

Forbes, August 2022
Reopened Freedom House Museum Focal Point For Exploring Alexandria, Virginia’s Rich Black History
The Freedom House Museum is what remains of a large complex dedicated to trafficking thousands of Black men, women and children between 1828 and 1861. The museum honors the lives and experiences of the enslaved and free Black people who lived in–and were trafficked through–Alexandria, once America’s busiest domestic slave market. The museum seeks to reframe white supremacist history and provide visitors opportunities to learn, reflect and advocate for change.

Travel + Leisure, July 2022
The 15 Best Cities in the United States
Though many people know it as a suburb of Washington, D.C., this capital-adjacent enclave has plenty of its own merits, including “good food and interesting shopping,” according to one voter. Another encouraged fellow travelers to visit the city’s walking trails along the Potomac.

PureWow, July 2022
11 Easy One-Tank U.S. Road Trips Because Gas Is Expensive and Airports Are Chaos
This small city used to sit in the shadow of Washington, D.C., but with a distinct personality and charming atmosphere, it quickly became a destination on the rise. Walkable and packed with historic Victorian and Georgian architecture à la Philadelphia’s Society Hill, or Beacon Hill in Boston, Old Town Alexandria is home to more than 200 independent restaurants, boutiques and museums.

Shondaland, June 2022
5 Destinations to Celebrate Juneteenth
A short jaunt from Washington, D.C. (where enslaved laborers constructed significant buildings, such as the White House and the United States Capitol), Alexandria is a city brimming with Black history. The Northern Virginia hub is the site of what once was the largest slave-trading operation in the United States.

The Philadelphia Tribune, June 2022
Once a notorious slave pen, it’s now a museum on slavery — and freedom
Freedom House Museum reopened on Monday, to mark Juneteenth, a holiday first celebrated by enslaved people in Texas upon learning that the Civil War was over and that they were free.

Black Meetings & Tourism, May/June 2022
A Conversation with Patricia Washington
The May/June issue of Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine featured Visit Alexandria President and CEO Patricia Washington. Find her story on pages 15 and 16.

Forbes, May 2022
Expert Summer Travel Advice For Your Next Vacation
Keep things in perspective. That’s particularly true of fuel prices, which seem to get a lot of media attention. “Don’t overstress about gas prices,” says Tom Kaiden, chief operating officer at Visit Alexandria. “As long as you’re not driving cross-country, it’s still only a fraction of your total vacation cost.” Instead, focus on the costlier items, like lodging, meals and activities. And if the numbers don’t make sense, you can always downsize your getaway and travel somewhere closer.

Lonely Planet, April 2022
17 ways to feel the charm of Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria offers a mix of historic charm and contemporary style. Established in 1749, this city was a bustling seaport for over 40 years before nearby Washington, DC, emerged as the nation’s capital.

Boston Herald, April 2022
Visit Old Town Alexandria for a tapestry of history and culture minutes from DC
How can a visit to Washington, D.C., visit serve up even more history, fun and culture? By heading next door for a bit. The lovely hamlet of Old Town Alexandria seamlessly intertwines history, architecture, gastronomy, shopping, artistry and beauty, all in one easy-to-navigate spot.

Fodor’s Travel, April 2022
The Prettiest Places to See Flower Fields and Cherry Blossoms This Spring
To see the legendary Cherry Blossoms of the Northeast up close, embark on a bike tour with Alexandria from Pedego Electric Bikes or Unlimited Biking.

New York Amsterdam News, April 2022
Add some Black history stops to your summer journeys
Duke Street Black History Walking Tour, Alexandria, Virginia. This 90-minute guided walking tour along the Duke Street corridor in Old Town Alexandria includes sites connected to the early Alexandria slave trade, such the former site of Franklin & Armfield, and the former Bruin Slave Jail that held the Edmonson sisters as well as sites that connect to early African American’s spirituality like the Shiloh Baptist Church and the Alexandria National Cemetery.

Southern Living, March 2022
The South’s Best Cities on the Rise
Simultaneously packed with preservation and buzzing with novel, locally-owned shops and restaurants, this vibrant small city is more than just a convenient hub for D.C. commuters. Walk along cobblestone streets to soak in the city’s outstanding architecture and take a stroll down King Street to delight in a treasure trove of independent eateries and boutiques.

Forbes, March 2022
How to Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season in Northern Virginia This Year
While all the attention usually ends up on Washington, D.C. during cherry blossom season, there are still plenty of themed events and hotel packages available just across the Potomac River in Northern Virginia, particularly in Old Town Alexandria, Arlington, Pentagon City and Tysons Corner.

Thrillist, February 2022
Spin Right Round Into Spring with These Travel Ideas
If you can’t make it to Washington, DC or nearby Alexandria, Virginia to see the cherry blossoms check out The National Cherry Blossom Festival from March 20 to April 17. It features virtual events that honor both American and Japanese cultures, and is a great alternative should the real blooms make you sniffle.

Condé Nast Traveler, February 2022
The 10 Friendliest Cities in the U.S.
With a charming brick-lined Old Town, a beautiful waterfront, and convenient metro access for commuting to nearby Washington, D.C., the Northern Virginia city of Alexandria has long drawn young professionals and families seeking a more relaxed atmosphere than what you’d find in the nation’s capital.

The Washington Post, January 2022
Alexandria plans pilgrimage to Montgomery, Ala., to honor its lynching victims
A national memorial in Montgomery, Ala., has been honoring the victims of lynching since 2018. Now, the city of Alexandria, Va., is planning a pilgrimage to Montgomery to recognize its place in that history, and the public is invited.

Forbes, December 2021
Everything You Need To Know About Restaurant Week In Washington, DC And Alexandria
About 20 minutes from Downtown D.C. via car or Metro, Alexandria, Virginia, will be hosting its own Restaurant Week from January 21–30, 2022, featuring 10 days of deals from more than 60 area eateries, including $35 prix fixe menus for in-person dining—most places have heated outdoor spaces—and take-out options from at least 50 of the participating restaurants.

USA Today, December 2021
These small cities are getting big tourism ambitions: Spokane, Duluth, Brattleboro
Think differently. A destination that zigs when everyone else zags is a worthy small city for your next vacation. For example, earlier this year, historic Alexandria, Virginia, embraced its status as a smaller, less-crowded destination in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. Its “Think Small” campaign offered visitors a different experience from the district at a slower pace – and maybe a lower price.

Condé Nast Traveler, December 2021
The Best U.S. Cities to Visit at Christmas
Located about 20 minutes south of D.C., Alexandria is a picture-perfect place to spend the holiday season. The Old Town’s row houses and centuries-old brick streets look even more charming when adorned with snow and Christmas wreaths, and you can expect a ton of seasonal activities. The festivities kick off along the Potomac River shoreline with the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, and the annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend (December 3 to 4). Come Christmas Eve, try to spot Waterskiing Santa along the Potomac River.

Forbes, November 2021
6 Ways To Celebrate The Holidays In The Washington, DC Area This Weekend
Whether you choose to view the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on December 4 from The Wharf in Washington, D.C. or along the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront (a 20-minute drive away), you’ll be treated to the sight of more than 60 boats sailing down the Washington Channel, all decked out in holiday lights and decorations.

Only In Your State, November 2021
This Virginia Waterfront Is Officially One Of The Best River Walks In The Country
It’s nearly impossible to imagine Virginia without its abundance of water views. Access to rivers, bays, and even the ocean is undoubtedly one of the very best parts of living in the Old Dominion. Today’s feature destination is a waterfront spot that’s been listed among the best river walks in the country — and we couldn’t agree more! Showcasing a shoreline that has had historical significance for centuries, the Potomac River Waterfront in Alexandria is one that promises to charm.

Globe and Mail (Canada), November 2021
Black Friday travel deals for trips now or in the new year
Virginia has hotel and attraction deals in Alexandria, Quantico, Tysons and more. Head to for the complete list.

New York Lifestyles Magazine, October 2021
Adventures in Alexandria
Goodies custard is but one delice in this charming city on the Potomac. Named Ice Cream Capital of the United States by Forbes magazine, Alexandria offers dessert extravaganzas found in shops like the Lavender Moon Cupcakery, The Creamery, Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, The Dairy Godmother, Nicecream, Casa Rosada, Alexandria Cupcake. So many tantalizing calories.

Forbes, October 2021
The Best Places To Celebrate Halloween Around The U.S.
If you’re looking to make last-minute Halloween plans this year, you’re not alone. From Austin to Alexandria, here’s my list of go-to events, ghost tours, and hotel haunts to check out around the country this weekend.

Condé Nast Traveler, October 2021
The Best Cities in the World 2021
Alexandria, VA lands at #16 with a score of 90.16 on CNT’s Best Cities in the World 2021 list. Just south of Washington, DC., Alexandria is known for the well-preserved 18th- and 19th-century buildings in its Old Town.

Condé Nast Traveler, October 2021
The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards
Alexandria the #3 Best Small City in the U.S.: Washingtonians are all in on the secret, but it’s no surprise the rest of the world is catching up: Alexandria, Virginia, the charming, historic city just across the Potomac River from our nation’s capital, draws travelers and would-be residents alike. Most folks start to imagine moving there just after setting foot in Old Town, once they’ve strolled the red brick sidewalks, clocking street after street of perfectly preserved rowhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries. When you visit, scope out King Street, packed with boutiques, restaurants, and specialty shops, before landing at the waterfront.

Travel Awaits, September 2021
11 Inspiring African American History Tours In The U.S.
The 90-minute Manumission guided walking tour along the Duke Street corridor in Old Town Alexandria includes sites connected to the early Alexandria slave trade, such as the former site of Franklin & Armfield and the former Bruin Slave Jail that held the Edmonson sisters.

Fodor’s Travel, August 2021
The 15 Best River Walks in the United States
The Potomac River waterfront walk offers picturesque rambles along a centuries-old historic shoreline. Discover D.C.’s iconic monuments, ample riverside dining, photo-ready artwork, and more. Check out the African American Heritage Trail, a self-guided waterfront tour highlighting the local people, places, and neighborhoods from the time of Alexandria’s founding through the 20th–century.

The Daily Beast, August 2021
If You Visit Alexandria, Don’t Expect a Ye Olde History Lesson
Alexandria, Va. is a city A. Rich in history, B. Haunted by history, C. Grappling with history, or D. All of the above. Go with D. Neighbored on the north by Arlington and the National Cemetery and on the south by Mt. Vernon, and facing Washington, D.C., across the Potomac River, Alexandria and its environs comprise as storied a piece of real estate as can be found anywhere in the country. Local history and custom are baked into nearly every aspect of city life.

Forbes, July 2021
Explore Art And History, At Street Level, In Alexandria, Virginia
Brick-lined streets and cobblestone alleys in a historic downtown featuring more than 100 locally owned boutiques. An architectural wonderland from Georgian and Victorian to Mid-Century Modern. The largest collection of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. The nation’s oldest farmer’s market. The skinniest historic house in America (seven feet wide). A vibrant foodie scene offering everything from buzzworthy contemporary steakhouses and clambakes to world class barbecue and haute hot dogs. Yes, haute hot dogs. All located on the Potomac River within eyesight of Washington, D.C. and one Metro stop from Reagan Washington National Airport. Alexandria, Virginia, pound for pound, may be the country’s most potent tourist destination.

USA Today, July 2021
Need to Find Out if a Tourist Attraction is Open? Here’s Where to Look for Accurate Info
Online is more reliable than print.  As a former newspaper guy, it hurts me to say this. But when it comes to attraction openings, don’t trust what’s printed. This spring, when I visited Alexandria, Virginia, I had a brochure that listed opening hours. The pandemic had turned everything upside down. Fortunately, Alexandria has a page with updated information and CDC guidance. That’s where to look for the latest info. “We regularly check the websites of local attractions to find their current opening and closing status and make sure we put all the latest information on one page,” says Patricia Washington, CEO of Visit Alexandria.

Prevue, July 2021
Alexandria Evolves its Offering for Meeting Planners
With a newly revitalized waterfront area and expanded hotel offerings in the works, Alexandria offers meeting planners a host of ways to experience what the destination has to offer. Alexandria, Virginia is located on the Potomac River waterfront, just five miles from Washington D.C., and connected by water taxis and the D.C. Metrorail system. Located only 10 minutes from Reagan National Airport, the destination has its own Amtrak station in Old Town, which is a nationally designated historic district and the city’s downtown area.

Inside Hook, June 2021
Alexandria Just Might Be the Craft Beer Destination of Your Dreams
Alexandria, Virginia, is only just emerging as an American center for craft brewery, and given its history, this should come as a surprise. Until Prohibition, Alexandria was home to the largest brewery in the South — and one of the most influential in U.S. history. After its closure in 1916, however, it would take nearly a century for the city to re-establish itself as a center for beer.

Roadtrippers, June 2021
Creating a legacy: How Alexandria’s Black history has helped shape the city
About a 4-hour drive from New York City, Alexandria’s proximity to Washington, D.C., makes it an easy road trip. So in desperate need of a change of scenery, in mid-May, journalist Tracy Hopkins returned to pedestrian-friendly Old Town—this time with her husband—just as face mask and social distancing restrictions were being lifted. During this visit, however, she get a closer look at Black life in Alexandria (both past and present) through walking tours and thoughtful conversations with several Black business owners. Check out Tracy’s A Black history tour of Alexandria, Virginia as well.

Fodor’s Travel, June 2021
How Juneteenth Is Being Celebrated in Small Towns Across America
Alexandria has several events planned. Two highlights: “Day of Jubilee!” on June 17 and “Tell Me Your Name” on June 18. “Day of Jubilee!” features performances of “Sounds of Hope & Harmony” in the Secret Garden at the Rectory; Classical Movements will be hosting this uplifting and festive musical celebration of Juneteenth with the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts. It will feature texts by Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King, Jr. and music by composers Margaret Bonds and Adolphus Hailstork.

The Knot, June 2021
10 Whimsical Garden Wedding Ideas ‘Bridgerton’ Fans Will Love
In addition to fresh flowers, woven greenery will give your venue the ethereal, whimsical vibe that’s often associated with garden weddings. “For those who want a bolder floral presence, a free-standing arbor adorned with flowers and greens is an option,” says Andrea Cochrane Tracey, historic site manager of the Carlyle House Historic Park in Alexandria, Virginia. “Decorating the backs of chairs for guests and the wedding party is another way to add accents of flowers and greens.”

Travel + Leisure, May 2021
50 Best Places to Live in the U.S.
Niche ranked the best places to live in the U.S. according to their overall livability, considering factors like quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities. Alexandria is ranked among the 50 best cities to live in the U.S.

Washington Post Going Out Guide, May 2021
Art Installation in Alexandria’s Waterfront Park is Playful — and Makes a Point
Alexandria’s Waterfront Park appears to be a peaceful spot, but it’s actually a battleground. And while most of the conflicts waged there are safely in the past, one is looming. This imminent struggle between the Potomac River and its banks is one of the implied subjects of “Groundswell,” a sculptural installation by Mark Reigelman.

ESSENCE, April 2021
Meet The Black Chef Who Is Revitalizing Northern Virginia’s Food Scene
Though it just opened in January of this year, Ada’s On The River in Alexandria’s Old Town has already become the subject of laudatory profiles in national publications and dubbed as one of the best restaurants in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The reason? Ada’s secret weapon: Chef Randall Matthews. The Executive Chef and native of District Heights, Maryland, has taken helm of the restaurant’s menu which includes wood-fired prime steaks, fresh seafood and vegetarian fare —  all set to the sweeping views of the Potomac River. In a word, the food is delicious.

Southern Living, March 2021
Meet the Boutique Southern Distilleries You Need to Know About
Many people don’t know that in 1799, a distillery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate was the largest in the country, producing a whopping 11,000 gallons of liquor. Today, a reproduction of the distillery produces small batches of whiskey, brandy, and rum right there at Mount Vernon utilizing 18th-century techniques. The estate is also the site of a working grist mill where the grains are ground for George Washington’s Whiskey.

Condé​ Nast Traveler, March 2021
How to See the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C., This Year
Looking to go in person but to an alternate location? Consider running (like we do) the Mount Vernon Trail to Gravelly Point for a view across the Potomac. A lesser-known spot is the National Arboretum in Northeast, where there’s usually an extended blooming season. Or hop on a water taxi and motor from The Wharf to Georgetown, National Harbor, and Old Town Alexandria, whose 100 block of Wolfe Street has particularly photogenic petals.

Business Insider India, March 2021
Weddings could be safe this spring and summer, experts say – here’s how to go about it
By August of last year, Lindsey and Danny Chase knew it was time to abandon their dream of a church wedding with 200 guests. Coronavirus cases were on the rise in Alexandria, Virginia, where Lindsey works as a sales manager in the tourism industry. “The pandemic wasn’t really slowing down, and we knew that there were restrictions in Virginia and in DC about how many people could be at a private event,” she told Insider. “We just decided not to take our chances.” The couple opted for a small outdoor ceremony at an estate with just 11 guests, followed by a reception in their backyard.

Inside America Magazine (Germany), March 2021
Superhero on the road in the Capital Region USA
Both Washington, DC and the state of Virginia have already made their unique backdrops available to a number of Hollywood films. But the visit of a real superhero was also something special for the US capital region. With the new film Wonder Women 1984 , which is currently being shown on Sky in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is due to be released in cinemas as soon as possible, film fans can experience the US capital and nearby Alexandria, Virginia, in the 1980s. With the follow-up film, Warner Bros. builds on the blockbuster highlight Wonder Woman from 2017.

Travel + Leisure, February 2021
The Best Places to Travel in March
Visitors to the capital might also enjoy staying nearby in Virginia. Alexandria, on the Potomac, boasts cherry blossoms as well as waterfront views from Ada’s on the River, a new restaurant inspired by Ada Lovelace, famed female mathematician. In McClean, Virginia, the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner is a short distance to Washington, D.C.

Forbes, February 2021
Ada’s On The River Brings Imaginative, Wood-Fired Cooking To Alexandria’s Waterfront
Across the Washington metropolitan area, a smattering of restaurants have opened during the pandemic – demonstrating how to pivot and innovate during these uncertain times. But Ada’s on the River in Alexandria’s Old Town is an especially strong example of how to turn challenging circumstances into a unique opportunity. Because in a few short weeks, the new contemporary steakhouse gracing the waterfront by Alexandria Restaurant Partners – they’re also behind area hot spots The Majestic and Vola’s Dockside Grill – has captured the attention of locals and hungry travelers alike.

Saveurs Magazine, February 2021
Virginia, the Culinary Cradle of the United States
The people of Virginia are very attached to their farmers markets; As an agricultural state, its towns and villages naturally saw stalls flourish very early on, selling seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats and fish, breads and cheeses. The Old Town Farmers Market in Alexandria has been welcoming locals and visitors without interruption since 1753! President George Washington sent produce from his Mount Vernon property’s vegetable gardens there to sell. Today, during the summer, some 70 stands are installed there.

Travel + Leisure, January 2021
14 Birthday Trip Ideas for Every Type of Traveler 
To enjoy your birthday to the fullest, head to the underrated and affordable small town of Alexandria, where you’ll find both fascinating history and mouthwatering eats, a happy marriage of Southern hospitality and mid-Atlantic sophistication. Stay in Old Town at Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria, mere steps from easily walkable King Street with a clean, nautical vibe.

Budget Travel, January 2021
Can’t Get to Europe? These U.S. Destinations Will Make You Feel Like You’re There
Founded by Scottish merchants in 1749, this city outside of Washington, D.C. gives off a Colonial English vibe within its Old Town District. Captain’s Row is a cobblestone streetscape, while the brick-lined King Street has many shopping ops. The Old Town Farmers’ Market has been in existence since before the American Revolution; George Washington sent produce grown at nearby Mount Vernon to be sold there.

Travel + Leisure (video), January 2021
4 AMAZING Stories from The Underground Railroad
Explore different stories in Alexandria Virginia’s history of slaves who ran away to freedom using the underground railroad. Join Travel + Leisure as they walk around Alexandria Virginia with John Chapman from Manumission Tours and explore some of these historical moments.

Southern Living (print and online), December 2020
Celebrate the Christmas Charm of Alexandria, VA
Given its close proximity to Washington, D.C., Alexandria offers the best of both worlds: small-town charm and urban access. As you drive in from the city, it’s almost shocking just how quickly the scenery transforms—before the song playing on your radio switches over, the riverfront highway gives way to squat brick town houses and cobblestone streets. The flickering gas lanterns feel like 18th-century relics, and they very well might be. This town’s architecture dates back as far as 1749, when Alexandria was founded. Some of the brick buildings have been treated to a fresh coat of paint, the pastel blue or creamy white offsetting more traditional redbrick facades; each has its own character.

Travel + Leisure, December 2020
Why Alexandria, Virginia Should Be Your Next Winter Road Trip
This is when Alexandria, Virginia enters the picture. An easy four-hour drive from New York and just ten minutes from the nation’s capital, the waterfront city balances the sophistication of an urban metropolis with the neighborly vibes of a small town. Though there’s never a bad time for a getaway here, Alexandria shines especially bright right now by conjuring up the nostalgia of old-world Europe. Historic King Street has a 40-foot-tall tree gracing Market Square with 40,000 string lights hanging from the trees and local businesses kitted out in holiday style are comforting to see during such emotive times.

USA TODAY, December 2020
How ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Took Over an Empty Mall to Create a Rad 80’s Experience
The superhero sequel “Wonder Woman 1984” (in theaters and streaming on HBO Max Dec. 25) takes audiences back to the Reagan era with a new adventure starring Gal Gadot. To do that with an impressive measure of authenticity, two years ago, filmmakers took over Landmark Mall, a still-functional, mostly empty suburban shopping center, and turned it into a retro paradise outfitted with old-school stores like Waldenbooks, a Time-Out arcade, a Tape World record store, a Chess King men’s clothier and many more.

Fodor’s Travel, December 2020
The Quaintest Christmas Villages Across the U.S.
A stroll on historic King Street during Christmas time feels equivalent to being in a real-life Dickens Village, complete with European flair and seasonal delights, such as the 40-foot tree on Market Square adorned with nearly 40,000 twinkling lights. The Colonial Christmas Programming at Mount Vernon includes a meet-and-greet with Aladdin, the Christmas Camel, and the chance to explore the historic estate, lit up with Christmas Illumination displays.

Woman’s Day Magazine, December 2020
33 Best Christmas Towns That’ll Instantly Transport You to the North Pole
This small, old-school town lies on the waterfront just a few minutes outside of Washington D.C. Alexandria’s Old Town is like a real-life Charles Dickens village that makes you feel like you’re in Europe. Christmas at Mount Vernon, Ice and Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run, and holiday markets are just a few ways the town celebrates Christmas, as well as its Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights.

Travel + Leisure, November 2020
The 10 Best Cheap Vacations in the U.S.
Also known as NoVA, the Northern Virginia region spans several cities extending southwest from Washington, D.C. Highlights like Old Town Alexandria provide easy access to the many monuments and attractions of D.C. at a fraction of the price: You can ride into the city on a 20-minute Metro ride for $3, or simply enjoy the view of our nation’s capital from across the Potomac River. But you don’t have to include D.C. on your itinerary — in NoVA, you’ll encounter quaint cobblestone streets, modern art and culture that’s off the beaten path, plus horse country, history, breweries, boutiques, and more.

Condé Nast Traveler, November 2020
30 Best Places to Spend Christmas: The World’s Most Festive Cities
Old Town Alexandria’s brick-lined streets already feel lifted out of a Charles Dickens’ novel. Add to that a serious dose of holiday mirth, with seasonal lights at the indie boutiques on King Street, and it’s the merriest way to get through your holiday gift list. Look out for spirited events like the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and try to spot Waterskiing Santa along the Potomac River.

Condé Nast Traveler, October 2020
The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards
Alexandria the #5 Best Small City in the U.S.: Washingtonians are all in on the secret, but it’s no surprise the rest of the world is catching up: Alexandria, Virginia, the charming, historic city just across the Potomac River from our nation’s capital, draws travelers and would-be residents alike. Most folks start to imagine moving there just after setting foot in Old Town, once they’ve strolled the red brick sidewalks, clocking street after street of perfectly preserved rowhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries. When you visit, scope out King Street, packed with boutiques, restaurants, and specialty shops, before landing at the waterfront.

Essence, August 2020
Best Weekend Escapes From Washington, D.C. 
Nestled minutes outside of D.C., the Old Town Alexandria area has a concentration of preserved buildings, now converted into more than 200 locally owned shops and restaurants. Old Town Alexandria is focused around a mile-long stretch of King Street, with cobblestone streets and red-brick sidewalks. Whether you’re looking to explore Alexandria’s revolutionary roots with your family or taking a romantic trip with your sweetheart you’re sure to love your time in this charming riverside city.

Travel + Leisure, August 2020
The Best Girlfriend Getaways Around the World for a Weekend Escape
Just a few minutes outside of Washington, D.C. sits one of the most charming cities in America: Alexandria, Virginia. Today, it’s home to 200 independent restaurants and boutiques (read: amazing shopping and food) and provides quick access to the big-city perks of nearby D.C. while maintaining a slower-paced, small-town feel. Your girls will love snapping photos in front of the Spite House and Captain’s Row, grabbing cocktails at The People’s Drug and Captain Gregory’s (a speakeasy tucked into a donut shop), and walking the waterfront with a view of D.C. across the Potomac River.

USA Today, August 2020
These Social-Distancing-Friendly, Multigenerational Family Trips will Appeal to the Whole Family
Less pricey and touristy than Washington D.C, Alexandria offers views of our country’s capital and is convenient to highway and airline travel. Alexandria offers multigenerational families loads of history and abundant small-town charm. Children can take the hand of a grandparent and stroll King Street, lined with more than 200 independent shops and restaurants, many in buildings dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. For athletic families, take a casual ride around Old Town, or a trip down the riverside Mount Vernon trail.

Weekend TODAY, August 2020
Peter and Kristen Share How They’re Spending the Summer During the Pandemic
“The Old Town Farmers’ Market is a go-to for my family,” said Peter Alexander, co-anchor of the Weekend TODAY show on NBC 4. “This was our Saturday morning routine – we used to live so close to here with the girls. This place is such a special spot because this Old Town Farmers’ Market is the longest continuously running farmers market in the country since 1753.”

Condé Nast Traveler, July 2020
7 Black History Museums Across the U.S. Worth Visiting
In the heart of the Parker-Gray Historic District, the Alexandria Black History Museum is in a 1940’s structure that was originally the Robinson Library, the Black community’s first public library. Inside, you’ll find stories like that of Ferdinand Day, the first Black chairman of a public school board in Virginia, who helped desegregate higher education. “We tell the deep, wonderful, untold stories and hope mistakes and horrors aren’t repeated,” says museum director Audrey Davis.

Washington Post Going Out Guide, July 2020
The Region’s History Comes Alive in These Immersive Guided Tours
What the Courageous Journey driving tour and the guide do well is recount another side of the city’s story, which has so often been centered on names like Lee and Carlyle. A key stop is the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial, which marks the final resting place of almost 1,800 African Americans who died in the city between 1864 and 1869; many had fled north to escape slavery and the Civil War. Alexandria’s African American Heritage Park is also situated on the site of a cemetery — in this case, the Black Baptist Cemetery, which was the city’s first independent burial ground for black residents.

Forbes, June 2020
Alexandria, Virginia’s Waterfront Park Adds Olalekan Jeyifous Installation ‘Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies’
How can art bridge America’s racial divide? How can it empower underrepresented black voices? How can it encourage productive conversations leading to greater understanding and equality? Alexandria, Virginia finds out this year through the work of Nigerian born, Brooklyn-based artist Olalekan Jeyifous’ whose installation, Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies, was unveiled in the city’s Waterfront Park in March.

Departures, May 2020
Our Editors’ Favorite Cities of the Year
Alexandria is not only a stone’s throw to Washington, D.C., but is rich in history in its own right. Nestled along the Potomac River, Alexandria hasn’t lost its charming 18th- and 19th- century architecture. It really does feel like you’ve been transported back in time to a quaint Scottish town.

Condé Nast Traveler, April 2020
The Friendliest Cities in the U.S.: 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards (Alexandria #2)
With a charming brick-lined Old Town, a beautiful waterfront, and convenient metro access for commuting to nearby Washington, D.C., the Northern Virginia city of Alexandria has long drawn young professionals and families seeking a more relaxed atmosphere than what you’d find in the nation’s capital.

Travel + Leisure, April 2020
Why This Train Route From New York to Miami Should Be Your Next Adventure
After a couple of gluttonous days in the Holy City, we made the nine-hour trek north to Alexandria, a hidden gem of the D.C. region and one of the sweetest small cities in the country (oh, and George Washington’s hometown). Stay in historic Old Town Alexandria — Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria is a fresh and well-located option — to enjoy easy access to the district’s 200 independent restaurants and boutiques plus photo-worthy spots like the Spite House, George Washington’s townhouse, and Captain’s Row.

Southern Living, March 2020
South’s Best Cities 2020
Just a stone’s throw from our nation’s capital, Alexandria maintains its small-town historic charm, and in the hearts of our readers, this city has it all. Stroll down the walkable King Street Mile and you’ll see why—the buzzy, beautiful neighborhood features everything from centuries-old architecture to dozens of independently owned restaurants and boutiques.

TripSavvy, February 2020
48 Hours in Old Town Alexandria: The Ultimate Itinerary
Alexandria, Virginia, was the most important seaport in the United States during colonial times, and today it’s still regarded as one of the country’s most historic cities. Sitting right on the Potomac River waterfront, Alexandria’s Old Town is the city’s beating heart, a nationally designated historic district filled with beautifully preserved 19th-century architecture that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to when George Washington called it his hometown.

Expedia AARP Travel Center, February 2020 
Best Destinations for Baby Boomer Women in 2020
Filled with history and charm, Alexandria is the perfect place to explore with your friends. First things first, get lost exploring all the local history, from Gadsby’s Tavern Museum to the Carlyle House. Next, make a beeline for King Street in Old Town, where you and your girls can have a drink at the Irish pubs, grab a bite to eat, and shop around the boutiques.

Smithsonian Magazine, February 2020
The Must-See Outdoor Art Installations of 2020
The work of artist and designer Olalekan Jeyifous, Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies is the second installation to be featured as part of Alexandria’s “Site See: New Views in Old Town,” an annual public art series. For his site-specific installation, Jeyifous examined Alexandria’s African-American history in relation to its time as an industrial heavyweight, serving as not only a major port city but also home to Franklin and Armfield, the largest domestic slave-trading firm in the nation at the time.

Departures, December 2019
2020 Vision: The Top 20 Destinations You Should Be Traveling to Next Year
If it’s under-the-radar destinations you’re after in 2020 then it’s time to head to Alexandria, Virginia. The quaint city, located just outside of Washington, D.C., truly qualifies as a hidden gem as it’s often overshadowed by the nation’s capital when it comes to vacation destinations. However, the town is absolutely worthy of your days off too.

Forbes, December 2019
Alexandria, Virginia Gives Revelers A Colonial Spin On The Holidays
Our county’s founding fathers (and mothers) celebrated their holidays during Colonial Times in the original 13 colonies with as much revelry (mulled wine and whiskey) as they could muster. Today, there is no better place to recreate their festivities than in Alexandria, Virginia—a charming city of Colonial architecture and layers of history just outside of Washington, D.C. and cheek-by-jowl to Washington’s home of Mount Vernon.

USA Today, December 2019
These are some of the most festive Christmas cities in the USA
Alexandria, Virginia. The historic town of Alexandria has several unique holiday traditions. Its parade of water-skiing Santa (and other Christmas characters) is among the most popular. The Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, which celebrates Alexandria’s heritage, has been around for nearly half a century. Other attractions include fireworks choreographed to holiday music and a meeting with Aladdin, the Christmas Camel, at Mount Vernon.

Redbook, December 2019
25 Cities That Go All Out For The Holiday Season
Alexandria, Virginia: This southern town is so charming during the holiday season that it looks like something straight out of a Hallmark holiday movie. No, really—it was voted the “Perfect Southern Town for a Hallmark Christmas Movie” in 2019. The scenic setting is ideal for enjoying the annual holiday boat parade of lights, main street shopping, and a slew of other festive events.

Fodor’s Travel, December 2019
These are the Most Romantic U.S. Destinations to Spend the Holiday Season
You can’t help but be swept up by the romance of Old Town Alexandria’s twinkling-light, colonial-era streets, filled with street entertainers and joyful carolers. Catch the Scottish Christmas Walk, featuring men in kilts (and Scottie dogs!), take in a holiday performance at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, and skate hand-in-hand in the winter wonderland at Ice & Lights Winter Village.

Condé Nast Traveler, October 2019
The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards
Alexandria the #3 Best Small City in the U.S.: Washingtonians are all in on the secret, but it’s no surprise the rest of the world is catching up: Alexandria, Virginia, the charming, historic city just across the Potomac River from our nation’s capital, draws travelers and would-be residents alike. Most folks start to imagine moving there just after setting foot in Old Town, once they’ve strolled the red brick sidewalks, clocking street after street of perfectly preserved rowhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries. When you visit, scope out King Street, packed with boutiques, restaurants, and specialty shops, before landing at the waterfront.

Southern Living, September 2019
We’ve Found the Perfect Southern Town for a Hallmark Christmas Movie
On an ordinary day, you can enjoy great dining and shopping, a happening Potomac waterfront, and Instagrammable scenics galore. But add Christmas lights and decorations aplenty? You’ll find yourself wondering: “Was that Candace Cameron Bure I just saw crossing King Street?”

Oprah Magazine, August 2019
The Most Magical Christmas Towns Across the World
For a traditional American Christmas, head to Alexandria, Virginia, where the Old Town’s streets and 18th-century row houses bustle with good cheer each December. Festive-seekers can find carolers, hand bell choirs, ample lights and decorations, while close by there’s Mount Vernon, home to Aladdin, a Christmas camel, as well as a Colonial Christmas experience.

Travel + Leisure, July 2019
The Best Dog-friendly Hotels in the U.S.
Alexandria’s Old Town is full of dog lovers and dog-loving venues, and the Kimpton Lorien, on one of its most charming brick-lined streets, welcomes breeds of all sizes at no extra charge.

MSN, June 2019
Alexandria offers history come to vibrant life
Just five miles from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is a history lesson come to vibrant, exhilarating life. You’ll hear the names Washington, Jefferson and Madison bandied about quite a bit and see places associated with our colonial forefathers, but you’ll also find a thriving scene of independent restaurants and one-of-a-kind boutiques housed in beautifully preserved historic buildings from the 1700s and 1800s.

Shape, June 2019
The Best Healthy Travel Getaways for 2019
Best Pet Amenities: Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa, Alexandria, Virginia. Take your pooch on a Canine Cruise throughout the harbor, where dogs on leashes ride free, then take her the VIP (Very Important Pet) Spa for a massage. When the weather is warm, relax with your furry friend for “yappy hour” light bites on the outdoor deck.

Trazee Travel, June 2019
Top 5: Coolest Places To Eat In Alexandria, Virginia
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., with some of the most beautiful views of the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the most endearing small cities in America. From the historic charm of Old Town to the artistic development of the waterfront and the bohemian flair of Del Ray, Alexandria has something for everyone.

Apartment Therapy, May 2019
Why Alexandria, Virginia is one of the Coolest Suburbs in America
Alexandria, Virginia, has the charm of a small town and the food and entertainment scene of a big city. Its well-preserved history, trendy vibe, and proximity to the power of Washington, D.C., afford the suburb its unique flavor.

Forbes, April 2019
Follow This Pawfect Itinerary For A Dynamite Doggy Vacation In Alexandria, Virginia
Just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital, consider Alexandria, Virginia the country’s canine capital. With a dog for every four humans, the 40,000 pups who call Alexandria home are blessed with an elite training school, several doggie spas, their own menus at restaurants across town and a trove of public water bowls on the picturesque brick sidewalks outside the quaint shops of historic Old Town and beyond.

Forbes, April 2019
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Alexandria, The Ice Cream Cone Capital Of The United States
No one’s exactly sure why there are so many artisanal ice cream shops in Alexandria, Virginia, but it’s well on its way to achieving Cone Capital status. With idyllic riverfront rambles and the quaintest cobblestone streets lined with gas lamps above stately brick sidewalks, Alexandria is the perfect setting for an ice cream stroll…

ABC World News Now, March 2019
Planning Your Next Vacation
Just a short metro ride from the hustle and bustle of D.C. is Alexandria, Virginia, a very charming city. Alexandria, when you talk about the best month to be there, year-round it’s quite affordable. It’s really a great destination if you’re looking for a lovely, quick escape in the lower 48 in the U.S.

ShermansTravel, February 2019
5 Affordable, Flower-Filled Cities to Visit This Spring
Out nation’s capital might be full of rancor, but once a year — usually right on cue during the first week of April — the city transforms into a cherry blossom-filled oasis. Room rates in D.C. soar in late March and early April, so escape the crowds and head to Alexandria, Virginia, which is located just 15 minutes away via Metro.

Expedia, February 2019
Most Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations in the US
It takes having more than a few dog parks for a place to grace our list, and it’s no wonder Alexandria made the cut. Stroll down King Street, and chances are you won’t get one block before oh-ing and ah-ing at a dog or a two. Water bowls (and treats!) line the street, where your four-legged one can stop for a sip while you window shop and walk along the waterfront.

Instinct, February 2019
Travel Thursday: Why Alexandria, Virginia is Your Next LGBTQ Destination
This is Alexandria, Virginia, which is located about 20 minutes outside D.C. and easy to get to. It’s a place that I am ecstatically proud and happy to feature for our Travel Thursday this week on Instinct Magazine, as I was left feeling with a sense of superb happiness that I’m still thinking about to this day.

Cuisine Noir, February 2019
Alexandria’s Story Guide to Black History in Virginia
Rich experiences can be found all year long in historic Alexandria, Va., a city steeped in African-American history since its founding in 1749. Old Town Alexandria is located just outside of Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront.

Side Smile Style, February 2019
48 Hours in Alexandria, VA
Alexandria is a stones throw away from all the DC and the surrounding areas have to offer, but you still feel like your are in a quiet small town. As our time was limited, we decided to keep our activities limited to what was walkable from Old Town.

The Active Times, February 2019
The Best Date Spot in Every State
Just 5 miles from Washington, D.C., Old Town Alexandria in Virginia showcases a historic and charming downtown complete with cobblestone streets, picturesque row homes, red-brick sidewalks and flickering gas lamps.

AM New York, January 2019
Celebrate Black History Month at These Destinations
In honor of Black History Month, take a road trip to explore the significant social and cultural contributions of African-Americans. Discover this Northern Virginia city’s rich African-American history through a tour of sites including the Freedom House Museum and the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial.

NPR’s All Things Considered, January 2019
Tourists in D.C. Head to Unlikely Places as Government Shutdown Continues
In the nation’s capital, the partial government shutdown has left tens of thousands of federal workers shut out of their offices, and tourists shut out of museums. Alexandria’s little-known apothecary museum, which long ago filled orders for the likes of Martha Washington, is now holding back-to-back tours, a rarity for January.

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