Alexandria Accolades

Loved by residents and coveted by visitors, Alexandria's vibrant arts scene, chic shopping and award-winning restaurants has made it an extraordinary city to live and pause in. Don't believe us? The recognition Alexandria receives speaks for itself:

  • Alexandria among "America's Top Holiday Towns"–USA Today (2016)
  • Alexandria Named the #1 Best Christmas Town Around Washington, D.C.–Only in Your State (2016)
  • "Alexandria Again Recognized Among the Nation’s Top Digital Cities"–The Digital Cities Survey (2016)
  • "Alexandria one of the 50 Best Bike Cities of 2016"–Bicycling Magazine
  • "Alexandria is One of the Best Midsize Cities for Public Transit"–Redfin (2016)
  • "Alexandria #11 on 'America's Most Attractive Cities' List"–Travel + Leisure (2016)
  • "Alexandria Among 5 Safest Big Cities in Virginia"–Value Penguin (2016)
  • "The 25 Healthiest Cities in America"–Niche (2016)
  • "The 25 Best Cities for Millennials in America"–Niche (2016)
  • "Best Cities for Entrepreneurs"–Livability (2016)
  • "Best Cities to Live in America"–Niche (2016)
  • "America's Best Small Art Festivals" (King Street Art Festival)–Fodor Travel (2016)
  • "One of the Most Educated Cities in America"–ValuePenguin (2016)
  • "#1 Best Downtown in America"–Livability (2016)
  • "#1 Most Romantic City in the U.S."–Amazon (2016)
  • "The D.C. Area's Most Romantic Streets" (King Street)–Curbed (2016) 
  • "Top 20 Most Charming Small Cities in the U.S."–RentLingo (2016)
  • "Top City in D.C. Region for LGBT Inclusive Policies"–Human Rights Campaign (2015)
  • "8th Most Festive City in the US"–Amazon (2015)
  • "Best Cities to Visit for Christmas"–Casual Travelist (2015)
  • "5th Safest City in America"–SmartAsset (2015)
  • "Top 5 Safest Small City in America"–Protect America (2015)
  • "#1 Most Exciting City in Virginia"–Gogobot (2015)
  • "Most Breathtaking Scenery in Virginia"–Only in Your State (2015)
  • "#1 Digital City in the United States"–The Digital Cities Survey (2015)
  • "Top 100 Best Places to Live" –Livability (2016)
  • “Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers” –American Craft Week (2015)
  • "Top 10 Most Romantic Cities"–ProFlowers (2015)
  • "Top 10 Downtowns"–Livability (2015)
  • "Best Mid-Sized City for Veterans to Live In"–Military Times (2015)
  • "Bicycle Friendly Community" Silver Level–League of American Bicyclists (2015)
  • "Best Cities for Millennials in 2015"–Forbes 
  • "Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the US"–Amazon (2015)
  • "Best Mid-Sized Cities for Education In America"–Movoto Real Estate (2015)
  • "The Most Well-Read City in America"–Amazon (2014)
  • "10Best: Prettiest Southern streets for a stroll" (King Street)–USA Today (2014)
  • "Top 10 Best Downtowns 2014"–Livability.com
  • "Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities"–Bicycling magazine (2014)
  • "Top 10 Safest Places in Virginia"–Movoto Real Estate (2014) 
  • "Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the US"–Amazon (2013)
  • "America's Top ArtPlaces 2013"–ArtPlace
  • "Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community"–League of American Bicyclists (2013)
  • "The Most Well-Read City in America"–The Washington Post (2013)
  • "Top 10 Cities on the Rise"–NerdWallet (2013)
  • "10 Favorite Cycling Destinations" –Virginia Living (2013)
  • "Best Small Cities for Art Nerds"–TravelNerd (2013)
  • "Best Foodie City in the South"–ConventionSouth (2013)
  • "Top 10 Foodie Cities 2013"–Livability.com
  • "Best US Cities for St. Patrick's Day"–The Atlantic Cities (2013)
  • "Top 10 Downtowns 2012"–Livability.com
  • “Top 10 Pet-Friendly Destinations” –Animal Planet (2012)
  • "Top Great Streets in America" (King Street)–American Planning Association (2011)

Stars of Alexandria:

  • Visit Alexandria honored with 2016 Readers’ Choice Award–ConventionSouth
  • Visit Alexandria voted by meeting professionals to receive Platinum Choice Award–Smart Meetings
  • Lorien Hotel & Spa named to Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Awards" (2016)
  • Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary featured in Parents Magazine's list of 8 Awesome Places to Take Your Harry Potter Fan (2016)
  • La Bergerie Named One of the Most Romantic Restaurants in America (2016)
  • Cheesetique: Featured on the Food Network's Top 5 Restaurants for Best Thanksgiving (2015)
  • Port City Brewing Co.: "Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year" -Great American Beer Festival (2015)
  • Cheesetique: Where to Get Great Mac and Cheese from Coast to Coast -Food Network (2015)
  • Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Alexandria: The Most Pet-Friendly Airlines, Hotels, and Destinations (2015)
  • PX: "Most Creative Cocktail Menu" -Virginia Living magazine (2015)
  • Eamonn's a Dublin Chipper:"America's Best French Fries" -USA Today (2014)
  • Todd Thrasher (PX): "Top 10 Mixologists" in the Country -Food & Wine (2014)
  • Society Fair: "Best New Bars in the U.S." -Food & Wine (2013)
  • Restaurant Eve: "100 Places to Eat Now" -Southern Living (2013)
  • PX: "50 Best Bars in America" -Food & Wine (2013)
  • Morrison House (Kimpton Hotels): "World's Best Service 2013" -Travel + Leisure (2013)
  • The National Inventors Hall of Fame & Museum: "10 Great Places to be Inspired by Innovation"-USA Today (2013)
  • Hotel Monaco (Kimpton Hotels): "10 Best Pet Friendly Hotels" -USA Today (2013)
  • Cheesetique: 'Mac N' Cheesetique' named "Best Mac N' Cheese in the U.S." -Food & Wine (2012)

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