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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:

USA Today, November 2016
Alexandria among “America’s Top Holiday Towns”
Located minutes by car or subway from Washington, D.C., visitors feel like time travelers to Christmas Past in Alexandria’s quaint Old Town. 

Garden & Gun, September 2016
The Southern Agenda: Virginia - Ale in the Family
Before Prohibition shut it down, the Robert Portner Brewing Company was the largest employer in Alexandria. Just minutes from the spot where it once stood, the founder’s great-great-granddaughters Catherine and Margaret Portner are resurrecting the family legacy at the soon-to-open Portner Brewhouse.

The Washington Post, September 2016
Where to dine around Del Ray, morning, noon and night
Del Ray is the kind of neighborhood in which locals should feel lucky to live. It’s walkable, bike-friendly and serves as home to a wide array of independently owned shops. It’s also filled with restaurants and cafes. Regardless of the time of day you visit, you’re guaranteed to find good eats.

Smarter Travel, September 2016
10 Insanely Affordable Destinations for Fall 2016
Alexandria is named among this list of affordable fall destinations that can help ease the pain of summer ending.

Honest Cooking, August 2016
Creative Comfort Food in Alexandria, VA
Along the western bank of the Potomac River, explore the city of Alexandria. Home to cupcake chicken, Banh Mi dogs, and reinvented Samoa donuts.

The New York Times, August 2016
On the Potomac, Change Comes to Alexandria’s Old Town
Near the Potomac River, blocks of Federal-style townhouses and commercial buildings still stand in this 267-year-old city. Alexandria’s Old Town district looks much as it did in the 19th century, though some modern touches have come gradually.

Pet Radio Magazine, July 2016
Vacation With Your Dog - Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria, VA has been routinely ranked as one of the top pet-friendly cities and it is no wonder why. Located just outside D.C., visitors won’t get far without noticing the water bowls and free dog treats set outside the dozens of independently-owned boutiques lining the streets.

The Dallas Morning News, June 2016
7 places to toast to the art of drinking in Alexandria, Va.
Nearly three centuries of history draw visitors to the brick streets of Old Town in Alexandria, Va. But after dark, secret doors open to intimate lounges where cocktail hour shimmers late into the night.

Washingtonian, June 2016
What to Do, Where to Shop, and Where to Eat in Old Town Alexandria
Washingtonian's neighborhood guide for Old Town highlights some of the top things to do and places to shop and dine. 

CTV Morning Live, June 2016
Four Hour Challenge: Summer Road Trip Ideas  by Calleigh Alleyne
CTV Morning Live's Travel Thursday segment includes Old Town Alexandria, “where the Obamas go for their romantic dinners.”

Fodors Travel, June 2016
America’s Best Small Art Festivals 
Fodors Travel names Alexandria's King Street Art Festival one of the best small art festivals in America.

Huffington Post, May 2016
4 Very Baby Boomer Things To Do This Summer
To help you make the most of the upcoming season, we’ve put together this hopefully helpful guide of four baby boomer things to do. 

The Roanoke Times, May 2016
Unique boutiques make Alexandria’s Old Town a zingy shopping fling
Talk about an embarrassment of riches: One of the nation’s finest historic destinations is also a shopper’s paradise.

The Tampa Tribune, May 2016
Duck out of D.C. for a day (or more) to check out this historic Virginia Seaport
Just 8 miles from D.C., Alexandria, Virginia’s independently owned shops, cosmopolitan-casual restaurants and friendly taverns occupy beautifully preserved 18th-century architecture along red-brick sidewalks.

Washington Post, April 2016
The Birchmere at 50: ‘A real-deal music hall’
With the club celebrating 50 years in business this spring, we asked artists that best know the Birchmere stage to share memorable experiences and explain what’s special about the renowned music hall.

Thrillist, March 2016
Your Complete Guide to Alexandria, VA: Your Best Getaway an Hour From DC
This fantastic little town is teeming with great restaurants, historic homes, boundary-pushing cocktail bars, and killer coffee shops. 

Livability, March 2016
Top 10 Downtowns in America
Alexandria is named the Number 1 Downtown in America by Livability, who says "the best downtowns transform the way we live, linking communities and engaging residents.

Parents Magazine Blog, March 2016
8 Awesome Places to Take Your Harry Potter Fan
Your wannabe wizards will find these Harry Potter-inspired destinations absolutely magical, including Alexandria's Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.

Wine Enthusiast, February 2016
9 Wine Brunches to Get You Through Winter
Lena's of Alexandria makes the list of 9 cozy brunch spots in the nation to help cure your winter blahs.

Washington Post, February 2016
The most romantic city in the nation is near D.C., Amazon says
Amazon’s annual ranking of the most romantic cities, out every year around Valentine’s Day, calls Alexandria the most romantic city in the nation.

WTTW Chicago, February 2016
'Mercy Street' Pairs Drama with Civil War History
The new, original PBS show "Mercy Street" is a sprawling Civil War drama set in a hotel in Alexandria, Virginia that has been commandeered by the Union Army as a hospital. 

Pittsburgh Tribune Review, January 2016
Road Trip! Destination Alexandria, VA.
The new PBS drama “Mercy Street” has brought Alexandria, Va., front and center. Now, the city is celebrating its heritage through new visitor experiences with more than two dozen tours, exhibits and events planned throughout the year for fans of the Civil War series.

Afar, January 2016
Have Mercy! Exploring the Locations That Inspired Mercy Street in Alexandria, Virginia
The PBS Civil War drama Mercy Street was based on people and events that took place in Alexandria, Virginia. Learn more and explore some of the sites that inspired the series.

Los Angeles Times, January 2016
Touring the Alexandria, Va., Civil War historic sites that inspire PBS' 'Mercy Street'
A grand house. Social change set against the backdrop of history. Class divisions. All the stuff of drama done as only PBS can do it.

Washingtonian, January 2016
Check Out These Mercy Street History Attractions in Alexandria
Alexandria is attempting to capitalize on its history with a slew of new visitor attractions and exhibits set to debut in conjunction with Mercy Street’s pilot episode. Here are some of the sites, tours, and museums worth checking out.

NBC 4 Washington, January 2016
5 Things to Do in Alexandria After Watching PBS' 'Mercy Street'
PBS' new drama, set in a Civil War-era hospital in Alexandria, is premiering Sunday. Museums and tours throughout Alexandria have special events and exhibits to further explore the area's Civil War history.

Preservation Magazine Online, January 2016
The Real-Life Inspiration for PBS' "Mercy Street"
In an interview with series co-creator Lisa Wolfinger, she talks about the excitement and inspiration she found in Alexandria while creating Mercy Street.

ABC Good Morning Washington, January 2016
PBS’ first American drama in 10 years: Mercy Street
Good Morning Washington interviews Beth Hoppe from PBS and Audrey Davis from Alexandria Black History Museum.

NBC Nightly News, January 2016
Revolutionary War-Era Ship Discovered at Alexandria, VA Hotel Construction Site
The remains of a ship dating back to the Revolutionary War came as a bit of a surprise when they were found at the construction site of a new hotel.

Human Rights Campaign, December 2015
Alexandria Ranks Top in Region for LGBT-Inclusive Policies
On the 2015 Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index, Alexandria scores at the top of the ratings for LGBT-supportive laws and policies among D.C-area municipalities. 

Amazon, December 2015
Alexandria, VA Named 8th Most Festive City in the US
'Tis the season our thoughts turn to Christmas trees, sparkling lights, presents wrapped to perfection and classic movies that celebrate all of that. But according to Amazon, some of us get into the holiday season a whole lot more than others.

DC Focused, December 2015
Finding the holiday spirit in Old Town Alexandria
For photographers looking to capture the holiday spirit, Old Town Alexandria offers a little bit of everything — tree-lined streets decked with holiday lights, colorful window displays, festive street entertainers and a lot of happy people enjoying the shopping, dining and ice cream.

Casual Travelist, December 2015
Welcoming Christmas in Alexandria, Virginia
Brick paved streets lined with eighteenth-century buildings, shop doors graced with Christmas greenery and scores of Scottish gents and lasses clad in tartan kilts bustling around town.

Casual Travelist, December 2015
The Best Cities to Visit For Christmas
Alexandria was listed among 10 international cities as one of the best cities to visit for Christmas.

Philadelphia Sunday Sun, November 2015
Take a Trip to Alexandria, Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia (Part Two)
There are cities older than Alexandria, Virginia and cities that have witnessed as many of America’s major historical events but there are no other colonial cities that experienced history in such a personal way and none that can as readily evoke the sense of historical immediacy.

USA Today Travel, November 2015
Paved with gold: America's prettiest cobblestone streets
USA Today Travel names 10 of the prettiest cobblestone streets in America. Of Old Town, Alexandria, they write "These streets are arguably some of the most picturesque colonial village blocks anywhere."

Food Network, November 2015
Cheesetique featured on the Food Network's Top 5 Restaurants 
Cheesetique in Del Ray was recently featured on the season two premiere of Top 5 Restaurants on Food Network for Best Thanksgiving.

Washington Post, November 2015
Alexandria hopes PBS series on Civil War will draw tourists
Alexandria officials are counting on a new PBS drama, set in the city in the 1860s, to draw a fresh crop of visitors to this D.C. suburb, where tourism is its lifeblood.

DCist, November 2015
PBS is Hoping its Next Hit is 'Mercy Street', a Civil War Drama Set in Alexandria
The series was conceived by executive producer Lisa Wolfinger, who is a prominent name in historical documentaries.

Patch Media, October 2015
Alexandria Ready for Its Close-Up as 'Mercy Street' Debut Nears
Visit Alexandria announced their biggest marketing promotion of the year, celebrating the upcoming PBS drama “Mercy Street,” based in Civil War Alexandria and premiering Jan. 17.

Washington Post, September 2015
It’s official: Port City is the best small brewery in America
Port City Brewing Company won the national title of Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Livability, August 2015
Why Alexandria, VA is a Top 100 Best Place to Live
Alexandria, Va., sits 6 miles from the hustle and bustle of downtown Washington, D.C., but the area is far more than just a bedroom community or suburb; it’s an independent, self-determining small city with all the amenities that make it a desirable place to live.

Washington Post, August 2015
Alexandria’s Washington Masonic Memorial named a national landmark
The National Park Service says the memorial is "among the most architecturally significant projects to honor George Washington and one of the boldest private efforts to memorialize him." 

Fox 5 DC, July 2015
Zip Trip: Alexandria
Fox 5 profiles the top 5 "must-stops" on a zip trip to Alexandria ahead of the city's 266th birthday celebration. 

People.com, July 2015
Brewery Yoga Is the Hottest New Fitness Trend (Where Do We Sign Up?)
Port City Brewing Company's beer yoga class is featured in People's "Great Ideas."

ABC News, July 2015
Bend It With Beer at Yoga Classes Held in Breweries
ABC News highlights Port City Brewing Company's beer yoga class.

The Scout Guide, July 2015
24 Hours in Alexandria with Editor Alison Teer
The Scout Guide shines a spotlight on Alexandria in its latest city guide installment.

Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2015
Destination: Dog-friendly USA
Hotel Monaco Alexandria is named a top dog-friendly hotel for its Doggy Happy Hour, complimentary pet bowls and more. 

Charlotte Observer, June 2015
Weekend Adventures: Shop, sip, stroll in Alexandria, Va. 
"You could learn a lot of history by studying Alexandria from afar -- but what a shame to miss this extraordinary Virginia city, one that George Washington called home, up close." 


Winston-Salem Journal, June 2015
Road Trips: Admire Alexandria up close 
"Though drenched in history and beautiful historic architecture, a modern Alexandria is inside and spills out onto the streets with an upbeat vibe."

Canadian Traveller, June 2015
Make it a Date! 5 Day Trip Itineraries in Charming Northern Virginia
"Alexandria serves as the beating heart of the Potomac River waterfront. The historic city served as the hometown of President George Washington, but today has added modern flair to its classic 18th-century style." 

Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 2015
PBS series shooting in Richmond wants to be next 'Downton Abbey'
The Richmond-Times Dispatch covers the filming of "Mercy Street," an original PBS drama centering around the true story of the Mansion House Hospital in Alexandria.


USA Today, June 2015
What are the best cities for veterans to live?
USA Today reports on a new study that ranks Alexandria the number one medium city for retired service members.

Washingtonian.com, June 2015
Outdoor Drinking Time: Blackwall Hitch Brings Three Riverfront Patios to Alexandria
"Alexandria's outdoor dining and drinking scene just got a big boost with the arrival of Blackwall Hitch on the Old Town waterfront."

Conde Nast Traveler, May 2015
The Most Pet-Friendly Airlines, Hotels, and Destinations
Conde Nast Traveler names Hotel Monaco Alexandria among top pet-friendly hotels for its pet-friendly accommodations and popular Doggy Happy Hour.

Travel Pulse, May 2015
City Pulse: The Only Guide to Alexandria, Va. You Need
"Whether you prefer to dine and shop inside or out when you travel, Old Town Alexandria is the place to be."

Washington Blade, April 2015
10 great spots for a Virginia gay wedding
Four Alexandria locations are featured on the Washington Blade's top 10 list of the best places for gay weddings in Virginia.

Huffington Post Travel, April 2015
Top 25 Things to Do in Northern Virginia
Huff Post Travel explores the "best of Northern Virginia" in Alexandria.

Getaway Mavens, April 2015
Alexandria VA: Making Life Happy for Dogs, Presidents, and Visitors Alike
"If dogs had a Travel Bucket List, Alexandria VA would certainly be among the Top Five Towns For a Tail-Wagging Good Time."

Getaway Mavens, April 2015
The 19 Best Surprisingly Romantic Destinations in the Northeast USA
Getaway Mavens includes Alexandria on its list of the top romantic getaways in the northeast U.S.

Paste Travel, April 2015
Greetings from Alexandria, Virginia
"A mere six miles from the nation's capital, Alexandria feels a world away."

Northern Virginia magazine, April 2015
Alexandria announces weeklong music festival set for July
Northern Virginia magazine's Buzz Bin highlights the upcoming Alexandria Live Music Week.

Livability.com, April 2015
8 Reasons to Move to Alexandria, VA
"Alexandria, Va., offers residents fun things to do, award-winning dining and tons of attractions."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, March 2015
8 Simple Scotch Cocktails
Wine Enthusiast features a cocktail recipe from Vermilion in Old Town Alexandria.

Washington Post, February 2015
Street Smart: Tavern Tradition in Old Town Alexandria
The Washington Post explores the tavern tradition of Old Town, from George Washington's former watering hole at Gadsby's Tavern to Murphy's Irish Pub.

Livability.com, February 2015
Top 10 Best Downtowns 2015
Livability names Old Town Alexandria as one of the top 10 best downtowns in the U.S.: "Cobblestone streets and century-old buildings evoke memories of the past, but anyone walking through Old Town will experience the area's modern, hip vibe."

Examiner.com, January 2015
Romance Alexandria and Fredericksburg: Just A Train Ride Away
The Examiner describes the perfect romantic weekend getaway in Alexandria.

Arrive Magazine, January/February 2015 
Happy Birthday, Mr. President
Arrive lists Alexandria's George Washington Birthday celebration events on its Washington, D.C. city guide.

AAA World Magazine, January/February 2015
Ten for the Road: Our Picks for the Top 10 Events in the Region
"Dust off your powdered wig; it is time to party! Alexandria, Virginia, is celebrating the anniversary of George Washington's birth with special events throughout the month."

NBC Nightly News, December 2014
Water Skiing Santa Makes Waves in DC
NBC covers the Water-skiing Santa's performance on the Potomac near Alexandria's harbor.

Reuters, December 2014
Santa on the Potomac
"A water-skiing Santa and a jet-skiing Grinch bring a quirky type of holiday cheer to Alexandria, Virginia on Christmas Eve."

The Patriot News/PennLive.com, December 2014 
It's a wonderful mix: five day trips to celebrate the holidays
Alongside Philadelphia and New York City, Alexandria makes the list of top cities to visit over the holidays.

Washington Business Journal, November 2014
Small Businesses Take on Black Friday (Video)
"The Old Town Boutique District is back with its 'Small is the New Black' campaign, where more than two dozen independent retailers are teaming up to get shoppers out to Old Town early on Friday."

NBC4 Washington, November 2014
VIDEO: Shop Small in Alexandria: Local Shops Planning Promotions
NBC4 checks in with independent shop owners in Alexandria to see how they are preparing for Small Business Saturday in one of America's top "shop small" cities.

NBC4 Washington, November 2014
Alexandria Named a Top "Shop Small" City
NBC4 reports that Alexandria was selected as a top "shop small" city as part of a non-profit campaign underwritten by American Express.

USA Today Travel, November 2014
10Best: Prettiest Southern streets for a stroll
King Street makes USA Today's top 10 list of the prettiest streets in the South.

Garden & Gun, November 2014
Fifth Annual Made in the South Awards
Society Fair's green sausage by chef Cathal Armstrong is a runner-up in Garden & Gun's Fifth Annual Made in the South Awards.

OffMetro NY, November 2014
The Best Things to Do in Alexandria, VA
"With the National Mall at its doorstep, many visitors use peaceful Old Town Alexandria as an evening respite, away from the bustle of the big city. But don't overlook its stand-alone getaway potential."

At Home Memphis and Mid South Magazine, November 2014
Welcome to Alexandria, VA
"Its breathtaking 18th- and 19th-century architecture frames an ideal location for locals and tourists alike to appreciate the vibrant artistic culture that helps define Alexandria today."

Condé Nast Traveler, October 2014
Best Hotels in the South: Readers' Choice Awards 2014
Condé Nast Traveler's 2014 Readers' Choice Awards recognizes Morrison House and Lorien Hotel & Spa, both Kimpton Hotels in Alexandria, as top hotels in the South.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2014
11 Haunted Watering Holes
Wine Enthusiast investigates Gadsby's Tavern as the site of Alexandria's most famous ghost story, the tale of the female stranger.

The Star-Ledger/NJ.com, October 2014
Weekend getaways: Visit the fun side of the Potomac
"An ideal weekend getaway, Alexandria offers 18th-century charm along with 21st-century chic."

The Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com, October 2014
Living then and now, in Old Town Alexandria
"Old Town offers a sweet weekend getaway for history buffs, foodies, home decor fanatics and antique hunters."

USA Today, October 2014
10Best: Prettiest cobblestone streets across America
Alexandria makes USA Today's list of cities with the top 10 prettiest cobblestone streets in America: "These streets are arguably some of the most picturesque colonial village blocks anywhere."

Washington Business Journal, October 2014
'Extraordinary Alexandria' campaign sees 30% gain in tourism ROI
"Alexandria tourism officials are smiling this week thanks to return-on-investment numbers from the past year for the city's campaign to paint itself as 'extraordinary.'"

Canoe.ca, September 2014
Alexandria, une ville où les chiens sont rois (Alexandria, a city where dogs are kings)
Quebec's leading news site discovers what makes Alexandria one of America's top dog-friendly cities.

Washington Post, September 2014
Getting to know Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood
The Washington Post's Going Out Guide profiles favorite Del Ray destinations.

Livability.com, September 2014
Top 100 Best Places to Live 2015
Livability.com names Alexandria as one of the nation's 100 best places to live, putting it in the top 5 percent of small to mid-sized cities in the U.S.

24/7 Wall St., September 2014
America's 50 Best Cities to Live
Alexandria ranks among the nation's top 50 cities in 24/7 Wall Street's review, which considers employment growth, educational attainment, environment and other factors to determine America's best cities to live in.

TLC's 19 Kids & Counting, September 2014
Healthy Eating
The Duggar family of TLC's hit reality show visits the Alexandria Old Town Farmers Market.
  
CBS Evening News, September 2014
Once below gas station, Virginia cemetery restored

 
Colin Cowie Weddings, August 2014
Top Mini-Moon Destinations Close To Home
Alexandria is named a top "mini-moon" (short honeymoon) destination, meeting the trend of couples making a short trip immediately after their wedding while planning for a long vacation later.

Toronto Star, August 2014
Alexandria, Virginia: Walking in the Footsteps of History
"Old Town Alexandria has gone to great lengths to maintain its lovely historic buildings and real cobblestone streets, while filling the buildings with fabulous shops, restaurants, and galleries."

New York Post, July 2014
Make waves this summer on 5 fun-filled urban river cruises
The Potomac Riverboat Co.'s new water taxi to the National Mall is listed amongst top river cruises to check out in the nation.

Casual Travelist, June 2014
25 Things to Do in Old Town Alexandria
After a packed trip to Alexandria, blogger Brianna lists her top activities and restaurants to experience in Old Town.

WAMU 88.5, June 2014
25 Things Everyone Should Experience in Virginia At Least Once
226 years after Virginia's establishment as the U.S.'s 10th state, WAMU 88.5 highlights top things to do in the Old Dominion, including Alexandria's Mount Vernon Trail.

Yahoo News, June 2014
Obama leaves White House for lunch with Duncan
After being urged by the owner to try the "best burger in town," President Barack Obama and his education secretary dined at FireFlies restaurant in Del Ray, a "neighborhood known for its good restaurants."

BBC America, June 2014
10 British Things About Alexandria, VA
Though Alexandria was founded by Scottish merchants in the early 18th century, the city still contains traces of its British history; BBC America uncovers quirky elements of the city's British presence.

Washington Post, May 2014
African American cemeteries winning new recognition in Va.
The Washington Post investigates Alexandria historians' massive efforts to restore a long-forgotten African-American cemetery known as the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery.

UK Huffington Post, April 2014
Planet Appetite: Food Routes in Virginia, USA
World traveler Rupert Parker investigates culinary highlights and historic landmarks in Alexandria: "Virginia doesn't yet feature large on the British tourist map but that deserves to change."

USA Today, April 2014
New water taxi links National Mall and historic Alexandria
USA Today highlights the Potomac Riverboat Company's newest tour, a direct 30-minute water taxi service to the National Mall from Old Town Alexandria.

Metro Jacksonville, April 2014
Elements of Urbanism: Alexandria, Virginia
"Alexandra, VA is the epitome of a vibrant multi-modal friendly urban community. Like many communities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, its neighborhoods are compact and walkable."

Livability.com, March 2014
Top 10 Best Downtowns 2014
"Cobblestone streets and century-old buildings evoke memories of the past, but anyone walking through Old Town will experience the area's modern, hip vibe."

USA Today, March 2014
Washington, D.C. weekend trips for romance
USA Today recommends bike rides through Old Town Alexandria as a romantic weekend activity in Washington, DC.

Movoto Real Estate, March 2014
Top 10 Safest Places in Virginia
As a result of low crime, Alexandria is ranked one of the safest cities in the state of Virginia.

Washington Post Capital Business, February 2014
From Anaheim to Wilmington, cities head to Washington in search of conference bookings
As top meeting planners gathered in DC, Alexandria's "Taste Extraordinary" booth was hailed a favorite attraction of the conference.

Marriott International and The Gutsy Traveler, February 2014
10 Romantic Travel Destinations
Alexandria is named a romantic travel destination for its gorgeous architecture, cobblestone streets and historic ambiance, all conveniently located just outside Washington, DC.  

The Washington Post, February 2014
In Alexandria, Civil War Ball draws a crowd yearning for elegance in a hoop skirt
The Washington Post goes back in time to Gadsby's Tavern Museum for the 10th annual Civil War Ball, which sees a traditional 19th-century dress, music, and dancing in an elegant, historical setting.

Fodor's Travel, January 2014
Where to Eat and Drink Like a President
Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant, Vermilion and Ireland's Own Pub. In light of Presidents Day, Fodor's Travel highlights restaurants across the United States who have served American presidents and First Families, from the colonial era to the 21st-century.

Food & Wine, December 2013
Best New Bars in the U.S.
Society Fair. Food & Wine praises this gourmet marketplace's bar for its wine-influenced cocktail list handcrafted by local mixologist Todd Thrasher.

All Over the Map, November 2013
Old Time Christmas in Old Town Alexandria
Family and travel bloggers highlight Alexandria's top holiday activities that pose the city as an authentic, traditional holiday destination.

The Baltimore Sun, November 2013
Day Trips
Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. The Baltimore Sun features Alexandria's Holiday Boat Parade of Lights as a prime event for a drivable holiday day trip.

NPR, November 2013
A New Life For An Old Slave Jail
National Public Radio goes inside the walls of Freedom House, a former slave pen, and tells the stories of its occupants, past and present.

Fodor's Travel, November 2013
15 Best Places to Drink Hot Chocolate in America
Artfully Chocolate. Fodor's Travel highlights top unique spins on this favorite chocolate beverage across the nation.

CBS 9 Washington, November 2013
A slave pen within sight of the Capitol
WUSA 9 explores the connections between the DC slave pen and Alexandria's Freedom House to those depicted in the critically acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave.

NBC 4 Washington, November 2013
"Twelve Years a Slave" has Ties to Alexandria Home
News 4's Zachary Kiesh reveals how the film 12 Years a Slave is stirring up new interest in Alexandria's Freedom House for its connection to the story of Solomon Northup, a free Black man sold into slavery.

Associated Press, November 2013
Film '12 Years a Slave' has Ties to DC-Area Site
The connection between major motion picture 12 Years a Slave and Alexandria's Freedom House is revealed.

Condé Nast Traveler, October 2013
Kimpton's Lorien Hotel & Spa and Morrison House named to CNT's Top 30 Hotels in the South
Readers rate the top hotels in the South.
#17 Lorien Hotel & Spa
#22 Morrison House

The Huffington Post, October 2013
These Old Towns are the Prettiest Little Escapes
Alexandria is featured alongside picturesque "old towns" from around the world.

The New York Times, September 2013
Ale to the Chief: A Presidential Pub Crawl
Ireland's Own Pub. "A short ride outside Washington, in Alexandria, Va., is Ireland's Own, an Irish pub where, in Smithsonian fashion, the former owner Pat Troy created Reagan's Corner - a reverent tribute to President Ronald Reagan's surprise St. Patrick's Day visit in 1988."

Southern Living, September 2013
100 Places to Eat Now
Restaurant Eve. "Travel & Features Editor Jennifer V. Cole shares her personal favorite restaurants, both new and old, in her most frequented towns."

NerdWallet, August 2013
Top 10 Cities on the Rise
Based upon growth in working-age population, income and airport passenger traffic, Alexandria ranks #6 on NerdWallet's Top 10 list of "Cities on the Rise."

Refinery29, August 2013
9 Sweet Spots That'll Make You Love Del Ray
"A historic hidden gem of a 'hood, Del Ray is full of gorgeous old houses, great indie shops, and delicious eats."

Daily Mail Online (UK), July 2013
Hanging with the Presidents: Washington, Lincoln and a trip into the American soul
Feature on one of the most-read news websites in the world. "For the locals in Alexandria - one of the oldest places in the United States - there is only one candidate for the title of the most important American who ever lived. George Washington. Nestled alongside designer clothes stores (are) one of the country's oldest apothecaries and Christ Church - a pious block of stone, built in 1773, where you can sit in the pew where Washington once prayed."

Food & Wine, July 2013
50 Best Bars in America
"PX; Alexandria, VA: Todd Thrasher makes the cocktails at this chandelier-lit speakeasy (there's no sign outside, just a blue light). It's owned by the team behind the terrific Restaurant Eve."

The New York Times: Frugal Traveler, July 2013
In Washington, Art and the 6-Year-Old 
Featuring the Torpedo Factory Art Center. "Today, it combines galleries with active studios, so you can both ogle finished art and watch the artists at work. It's also in an extraordinarily pleasant place, of more interest to me than to Grady: on the waterfront among the 18th- and 19th-century buildings of Alexandria's Old Town."

Virginia Living, June 2013
Hot Wheels: 10 Favorite Cycling Destinations
"Alexandria sits on the scenic Mount Vernon Bike Trail, which runs along the Potomac River and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Cyclists can enjoy a picnic and bike to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens or follow the trails along the George Washington Parkway to see the Washington monuments."

StarkInsider.com: All Things West Coast, June 2013
King Street Reigns Supreme in Old Town Alexandria
"Travel guru Janice Nieder visits Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, and shares tips on where to eat, where to stay, and things to do. Plus, some of her favorite shops."

Wall Street Journal, June 2013
Fine Dining Without Reservations: Lard-shunning chefs are discovering that flavor doesn't have to equal fat
Feature story on Alexandria's pre-eminent chef-owner Cathal Armstrong who has "quietly transformed Restaurant Eve into a prototype for healthy high-end dining."

NBC's Today Show (report on Patch.com), June 2013
VIDEO: Del Ray's The Sushi Bar Discussed on Today Show
Kid-free restaurant The Sushi Bar in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood was discussed on NBC's Today Show.

MSN.com Real Estate, June 2013
10 of the world's thinnest homes
Local landmark the Spite House was built in 1830. "This 7-foot-wide, 325-square-foot house in the Old Town district in Alexandria, Va.," was built in an alley "to keep horse-drawn wagons out."

Washington Post, June 2013
MetroStage, on a mission
Alexandria's theater known for "Off-Broadway on the River's Edge" is on a mission with "small, intimate, powerful, entertaining" shows with "an emotional core."

Travel + Leisure, June 2013
Kimpton's Morrison House named to T+ L's 2013 World's Best Service Top 10 List
#4 for Hotels in the US & Canada 
#9 for Hotels around the World

Washington Post Going Out Guide, May 2013
Hot Spots in Alexandria
In a chat, Going Out Guru Fritz Hahn recommends seven go-to locales in Alexandria for people who've never visited before.

TravelNerd, May 2013
Top 10 Small Cities for Art Lovers
"Alexandria is a mere six miles outside of downtown Washington, DC, perfect for a getaway from the capital."

Washington Post, April 2013
Alexandria, Virginia: the most well-read city in America
"In its third annual ranking of the Most Well-Read Cities in our great nation, Amazon has crowned Alexandria, Virginia, number one for the second year in a row."

USA Today, April 2013
10 great places to be inspired by innovation
Features the National Inventor's Hall of Fame and Museum at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office.

Washington Post, Home section, April 2013
Destination Design: Old Town Alexandria's King Street
"This historic part of Alexandria, known simply as "Old Town," is a walkable place where home decor, antiques and a farmers market still make it a go-to shopping destination for those who savor village charm. "I head over to King Street when I need great accessories, decorative objects to bring to a home so it doesn't have that cookie-cutter look," says Barbara Franceski, an interior designer who lives nearby."

ConventionSouth magazine (report on Patch.com)
Alexandria named one of the South's Best Foodie Cities for Groups
Out of 30 cities, votes for Alexandria put it in the top 8 list for 2013.

Beso + BYT, April 2013 
Shopping Guides: Old Town Alexandria
"Highly historic, supremely strollable, and studded with quaint boutiques, this cobblestoned Virginia community is only a few miles from the bustle of DC-but feels light years away."

Livability.com
Top 10 Foodie Cities 2013 
"Old Town Alexandria in particular is ripe with trendy restaurants and bars drawing local foodies and tourists from nearby Washington D.C. The Obamas routinely go for date nights in Alexandria and have been spotted at several local restaurants."

The Atlantic Cities, March 2013
Best U.S. Cities for St. Patrick's Day
Alexandria, VA outranks Boston, NYC & Philly for Irish bars in this look at the best cities for St. Patrick's Day.

The Wall Street Journal, January 2013
Insider's Guide to Washington
"The King Street area has some of the best stores and galleries in the [DC] region, from Patrick's, a one-stop home shop, to the Torpedo Factory Art Center." Also recommends the Lorien Hotel & Spa's "Unassuming elegance in the heart of Old Town."

One of America's Top ArtPlaces 2013, Alexandria is nationally recognized as a community with a "backbone of creative culture . . . exceptionally successful at combining art, artists and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, retail shops and restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make vibrant neighborhoods."

Baltimore Magazine, December 2012
A Colonial Celebration
"The town, quietly peering across the Potomac shoreline at chaotic downtown D.C., exudes a quirky hip and historic vibe, reminiscent of 1970s Georgetown. In an era of contrived revival towns, Alexandria is the real deal."

Livability.com,  October 2012
Top 10 Best Downtowns
"Alexandria, VA, locals call their downtown Old Town for good reason. But while it may be third oldest historic district in the nation, don't let its impressive Colonial architecture and charming 18th-century cobblestone streets belie its cosmopolitan feel and internationally recognized culinary scene."

Southern Living, August 2012
Finding the New in Old Town
"Chic shops and cool restaurant are energizing the historic Alexandria neighborhood."