lAlexandria, VA an Inauguration Destination for Hotels, Dining January 8, 2013

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Alexandria, VA:
Inauguration Destination
for Hotels, Dining and Celebrating

(Alexandria, VA) - Alexandria is the place to call home for the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Located within eyesight of Washington, DC, the city's hotel collection offers quick access to the inaugural ceremony and parade without the hassle of traffic. Take a water taxi across the historic Potomac River or a short Metro ride from the King St-Old Town station to the National Mall. Dine at presidential hotspots during a special edition of Alexandria Restaurant Week and see why presidents from Barack Obama to George Washington have made Alexandria their dining destination and a place to celebrate.

Go to www.visitalexandriava.com/ to book a hotel room, restaurant reservation, and discover presidential connections.

Hotels Minutes from DC
Hotel rooms are still available in Alexandria. Booking is easy at www.visitalexandriava.com/Hotels. More than 25 hotels represent all the major brands, from limited service to upscale boutique.

Metro and Water Taxi to Inauguration
Alexandria offers easy access to DC for the ceremony and parade. The Metro offers an easy 15 minute ride from King St-Old Town Metro station to L'Enfant Plaza near the National Mall. More Metro information for Inauguration:
http://www.wmata.com/getting_around/metro_events/inauguration.cfm?nocache

The Inaugural Water Taxi service will depart from the Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron Street) hourly 7 am to 6 pm, and will depart from Washington, DC (Gangplank Marina, 600 Water Street SW) hourly from 8 am to 7 pm. Tickets are $30 per person roundtrip; reservations are required. Trip is approximately 45 minutes each way. Presented by Potomac Riverboat Company. Tickets and info:
http://www.potomacriverboatco.com/inauguration-water-taxi.php

Presidential Dining
Alexandria Restaurant Week: Inaugural Edition
From January 18 - 27, 2013, Alexandria celebrates the inauguration with a special edition of Restaurant Week. Kicking off inaugural weekend and lasting for 10 days, Alexandria's presidential hotspots and more than 50 eateries are offering $35 three-course dinners or $35 dinners for two. See why presidents from Barack Obama to George Washington have made Alexandria their dining destination. Find menus and presidential connections at www.visitalexandriava.com/ or http://www.visitalexandriava.com/restaurants/restaurant-week/

Obama Date Nights
Revelers can celebrate in style at top Alexandria restaurants chosen by Barack and Michelle Obama for their romantic milestones. The First Couple celebrated their 2011 wedding anniversary at Restaurant Eve, where they were treated to delicacies by Chef Cathal Armstrong. Patrons can enjoy their own complete meal experience or visit the finely appointed bar for handcrafted cocktails by preeminent mixologist Todd Thrasher. Vermilion was the Obamas' selection for Valentine's Day in 2012, when Chef Tony Chittum crafted a meal in his signature style with farm-to-table, seasonal ingredients. Patrons can also enjoy the Vermilion lounge serving fresh cocktails that are also driven by seasonal ingredients with a different theme each month.

Shopping with the First Family
Michelle Obama has been proclaimed a fashion icon and the entire Obama family represents the best of American style. For the perfect inaugural souvenir, visit Old Town's wealth of unique boutiques. Zoe Boutique carries Tracy Reese, one of Mrs. Obama's favorite designers, including the blouse Mrs. Obama wears on the current cover of Washingtonian magazine. Consignment boutique Mint Condition offers many of her favorite labels, including Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors and J. Crew. And the Sugar Cube stocks Smoked Salt Caramels from Seattle's Fran's Chocolates, one of the president's favorite candies. Bo Obama, the family dog, is sure to find treats he likes at Olde Towne School for Dogs, where he's been to get his glossy coat groomed.

For information on hotels, transportation, dining and more, go to:
http://www.visitalexandriava.com/calendar-of-events/presidential-inaugural

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HELPFUL LINKS

Alexandria's Inauguration Page       http://www.visitalexandriava.com/calendar-of-events/presidential-inaugural

Alexandria Restaurant Week           http://www.visitalexandriava.com/restaurants/restaurant-week/

Hotel Bookings                              http://www.visitalexandriava.com/Hotels/

Inaugural Water Taxi                     http://www.potomacriverboatco.com/inauguration-water-taxi.php

Metro Inauguration Page                http://www.wmata.com/getting_around/metro_events/inauguration.cfm?nocache

DC Visitor Inauguration Page          http://washington.org/topics/inauguration

DC Government Inauguration Page http://inauguration.dc.gov/

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About Alexandria, VA
Experience an alluring mix of historic authenticity and urban sophistication. On the Potomac River waterfront just 5 miles from Washington, DC, get away to George Washington's charming hometown, with 18th and early 19th century architecture buzzing with nationally acclaimed dining hotspots, chic independently owned boutiques, and art and antique galleries. www.visitalexandriava.com/