National Trust 'Distinctive Destination' Award Celebrated by Alexandria on Market Square February 15, 2011
February 15, 2011

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National Trust 'Distinctive Destination' Award Celebrated by Alexandria on Market Square

Public Votes for Fan Favorite through March 15

Alexandria, VA (February 15, 2011) - Today Alexandria was named a 2011 Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, selected for its urban charm that blends its early American past with modern flair and its citizens' strong commitment to protecting and celebrating their history.

Alexandria announced and celebrated this prestigious designation with a patriotic early American inspired ceremony with music and fanfare reflecting Alexandria's Revolutionary War history and Scottish heritage. Alexandria City Mayor William D. Euille and Robert Nieweg from the National Trust addressed a crowd of Alexandria residents, workers and business owners when the designation was revealed on historic Market Square in front of City Hall.

"Alexandria is one of the most culturally rich destinations in the country - and not just because it was home to the nation's founding father, George Washington," said Nieweg. "In fact, Alexandria boasts some of our nation's most significant historic places associated with African American heritage. As any visitor can see, an eclectic mix of neighborhoods, historic sites, unique dining, boutiques and art and antique galleries sprinkled across the city keep the streets abuzz. "

"Alexandria captures much of the American experience with its wealth of historic preservation and the entrepreneurial spirit of its many independent small businesses," said Mayor Euille in accepting the award.

View photos from the event.

Read more about why Alexandria received the designation.

Now that Alexandria has won this title, it enters a competition to be voted the ‘fan favorite' with voters going to and voting daily from February 15 to March 15. Any legal resident of the U.S., 18 years of age or older, can vote once per day for his or her favorite city or town on this year's list. The winner of the popular vote will be announced on March 16, 2011, with voters are automatically entered to win a complimentary two night stay at any Historic Hotel of America.

For 11 years the National Trust for Historic Preservation has annually selected communities across America that offer cultural and recreational experiences different from those found at the typical vacation destination. From dynamic downtowns and stunning architecture to cultural diversity and a commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization, the selected destinations boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation ( is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history - and the important moments of everyday life - took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability.