Cherry Blossom Experiences from Alexandria, VA February 27, 2018

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Cherry Blossom Experiences from Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, VA—It’s easy to celebrate cherry blossom season in Washington, D.C. with boat cruises and water taxi service from Old Town Alexandria. Take in 1,700 cherry blossom trees coloring Washington's Tidal Basin and the activities of the National Cherry Blossom Festival happening March 17 to April 15, 2018. Then cruise back to Old Town to enjoy cherry blossom-inspired food and drink offerings and seasonal hotel packages. Walkable Old Town is the perfect home base for a more intimate encounter with American history and even more cherry blossoms and other flowering trees lining the historic streets.

To learn more about Alexandria’s spring offerings, visit VisitAlexandriaVA.com/spring.

Boat Cruises & Water Taxis

Water Taxi to The Wharf in Washington, D.C.: Cherry Blossom Festival Service
Monday through Sunday from March 1-December 31, 2018 
Departing at 9:40 a.m., 1:05 p.m., 2:25 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 7:35 p.m., and 9:05 p.m.
Admission: starting at $20 round-trip for adults
Departs from Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
www.potomacriverboatco.com/water-taxi/wharf 

Cruise from Old Town Alexandria to Washington, D.C. to stroll among the famous cherry blossoms and take part in events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival including the Blossom Kite Festival. Potomac Riverboat Company offers a 25-minute direct water taxi from Old Town to the new Wharf development in D.C. From the dock at The Wharf, it’s a 10-minute walk to the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin. The water taxi docks at the Transit Pier, 950 Wharf St. SW, near the Tidal Basin, the National Mall, Hains Point and a Capital Bikeshare station. 

Water Taxi to National Mall: Cherry Blossom Festival Service
March 24-April 15, 2018
Departing at 11:10 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
Admission: starting at $30 round-trip for adults
Departs from Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
www.potomacriverboatco.com/new-national-harbor-taxi.php 

Cruise from Old Town Alexandria to Washington, D.C. to stroll among the famous cherry blossoms and take part in events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival including the Blossom Kite Festival. Potomac Riverboat Company offers a 30-minute direct water taxi between Old Town and the National Mall, disembarking just steps from the celebrated Yoshino cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin. The water taxi docks at Ohio & West Basin Drive SW, near the Tidal Basin, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and a Capital Bikeshare station. 

Cherry Blossom Monuments Cruise
Saturdays and Sundays March 24 & 25, 31 & April 1, April 7 & 8, April 14 & 15, 2018
Departing at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Admission: starting at $32 round-trip for adults
Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
www.potomacriverboatco.com 

Traverse the Potomac River from Old Town Alexandria and cruise past the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. on the Cherry Blossom Monuments Cruise by Potomac Riverboat Company. View and listen to the history of the iconic monuments, memorials and bridges as the D.C. region awakens to spring. See beautiful cherry blossom trees as you glide past Hains Point and head onward to Georgetown. The cruise is 45 minutes one-way and approximately 90 minutes round-trip and is offered during peak bloom on weekends from March 24 to April 15, 2018.

Food & Drink Offerings

2018 Cherry Picks Restaurants in Alexandria
March 20-April 15, 2018
Admission: Prices vary
Happening at Alexandria Restaurant Partners locations in Alexandria
www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/visitor-information/cherrypicks

In honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Alexandria Restaurant Partners has partnered with the festival organization to offer delicious and unique cherry-themed dishes during the celebration from March 20 to April 15, 2018 at Virtue Feed & Grain, Vola’s Dockside Grill, The Majestic and Lena’s Wood-fired Pizza & Tap. Indulge in everything cherry, from a Chipotle-Cherry Margarita at Virtue Feed & Grain to a Pork Chop with Morrello Cherry Glaze at The Majestic to Cherry Clafoutis at Lena's. See Alexandria Restaurant Partners’ Facebook pages for the full cherry-licious menus at each location!

Cherry Blossom Gelato at Dolci Gelati
March 20-April 15, 2018 in limited supply
Dolci Gelati Old Town, 107 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA, 22314
571-290-0684
www.oldtowndolci.com

Dolci Gelati will bring back its popular Cherry Blossom gelato for the National Cherry Blossom Festival this year, offering a light, floral flavor that’s perfect for springtime. Dolci founder Gianluigi Dellaccio knows a thing or two about concocting delectable gelato flavors. Dellaccio was appointed a Global Gelato Ambassador by the Italian Gelatoers Association in January 2018 and won "Best Gelato Flavor" at the Inaugural Gelato Festival America in November 2017.

Cherry Blossom Specials at Magnolia’s on King
March 20-April 15, 2018
Magnolia’s on King, 703 King St. Alexandria, VA, 22314
703-838-9090
www.magnoliasonking.com  

Popular Old Town eatery Magnolia’s on King will be serving up two cherry blossom specials, including a cherry blossom pork tenderloin with 24-hour brined pork tenderloin, sweet potato purée, crispy Brussels sprouts, Bing cherry compote, cherry & red wine reduction as well as a special cocktail. “I Cannot Tell a Rye” is a cherry sparkler with rye whiskey, allspice dram, Luxardo, brandied cherry juice, ginger syrup, topped with sparkling brut rose. Stop in during the Cherry Blossom Festival to try these seasonal specials.

White Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Donut at Sugar Shack
March 20-April 15, 2018 in limited supply
Sugar Shack Donuts, 804 N. Henry St., Alexandria, VA, 22314
703-577-9023
www.sugarshackdmv.com

In celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival, Sugar Shack Donuts will offer a White Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Donut from March 20-April 15, 2018. The White Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Donut has a white chocolate cherry cheesecake glaze and is rimmed with graham cracker crumbs. Sugar Shack also will offer Cherry Fritters for the month of April.

Hotel Packages

“Awesome Blossom” Package at Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa
Travelers hoping to take part in the region’s springtime festivities can take advantage of Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa’s “Awesome Blossom” package available March 20-April 15, 2018. Whether traveling with the family in tow or exploring the blooms with buds, guests will enjoy the “Awesome Blossom” package’s fun perks that allow them hit the ground running including two pre-loaded Metro cards, a $25 dining credit for cocktails, dining or room service, a map of the most popular spots, and a cherry blossom puzzle for the young (or just young at heart) to solve together as a memento of the trip.

“In Bloom” Package at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection
To celebrate Cherry Blossom season, The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection is offering the “In Bloom” hotel package, available April 1-30, 2018. Enjoy a picnic basket for two prepared by chefs at Jackson 20, two cherry blossom-themed welcome cocktails, and two pre-loaded Metro tickets, which will take you straight to the National Mall to see the cherry blossoms up close.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA
Named a Top 10 Must-Visit U.S. Hot Spot for 2017 by Smarter Travel, a Top Romantic City and a Top Dog Friendly City, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked in to 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy.

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