Enjoy a Romantic Getaway in Alexandria
With its centuries-old architecture, buzzing waterfront and fresh dining scene, Alexandria, Virginia, offers the ideal setting to be spirited away with your significant other. Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., you’ll find al fresco dining options with stunning views, Instagram-worthy spots for the perfect couple shot, drinks destinations to raise a glass and more. Get inspired with the ideas below.
Things To Do
Stroll Captain’s Row, the picturesque 100 block of Prince Street dating from the 1700s, where sea captains docking at Alexandria wharves once built their homes. Explore historic King Street, Alexandria’s main thoroughfare lined with brick sidewalks and independent boutiques and restaurants. Get pampered with a couples massage at the upscale Lorien Hotel & Spa, Fountains Day Spa or Sugar House Day Spa and Salon. Or hold on tight to your companion during a Ghost & Graveyard Tour or ghostly pub crawl. Then, set sail on a river cruise with the City Cruises for spectacular views of D.C. monuments.
What to Eat
Enjoy a unique culinary experience by trying the tasting menu at one of Alexandria’s many dining destinations. Try Bistro Sancerre or Bastille for contemporary French cuisine and extensive wine lists. In Old Town North, head to Oak Steakhouse for an upscale experience or share bao buns at Yunnan by Potomac Noodle House. Savor a luxurious weekend brunch at Del Ray Café, Fontaine or King & Rye. Discover more restaurants.
Where to Sip
Relax with a craft beer or cocktail inside or al fresco at Virtue Feed & Grain, its rustic décor a nod to its previous life as an 18th-century warehouse. Or, catch up over a cider flight at Lost Boy Cider or glass of wine at Sonoma Cellar. Savor craft cocktails at trendy spots like Urbano 116 and The Peoples Drug and stay for dinner or late-night eats, as all of these spots offer outstanding savory menus.
Where to Stay
Alexandria’s boutique hotels set the tone for a romantic getaway. Tucked away just off King Street in a Federalist-style building is a AAA four diamond hotel, Morrison House, Autograph Collection. If you prefer waterfront views, head to Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria’s only waterfront hotel. For a room just floors above from an upscale spa, book a stay at Lorien Hotel & Spa.