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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:

Condé Nast Traveler, October 2020

The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2020 Readers' Choice Awards

Alexandria the #5 Best Small City in the U.S.: Washingtonians are all in on the secret, but it's no surprise the rest of the world is catching up: Alexandria, Virginia, the charming, historic city just across the Potomac River from our nation's capital, draws travelers and would-be residents alike. Most folks start to imagine moving there just after setting foot in Old Town, once they've strolled the red brick sidewalks, clocking street after street of perfectly preserved rowhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries. When you visit, scope out King Street, packed with boutiques, restaurants, and specialty shops, before landing at the waterfront.

Travel + Leisure, August 2020

The Best Girlfriend Getaways Around the World for a Weekend Escape

Just a few minutes outside of Washington, D.C. sits one of the most charming cities in America: Alexandria, Virginia. Today, it's home to 200 independent restaurants and boutiques (read: amazing shopping and food) and provides quick access to the big-city perks of nearby D.C. while maintaining a slower-paced, small-town feel. Your girls will love snapping photos in front of the Spite House and Captain’s Row, grabbing cocktails at The People’s Drug and Captain Gregory’s (a speakeasy tucked into a donut shop), and walking the waterfront with a view of D.C. across the Potomac River.

USA Today, August 2020

These Social-Distancing-Friendly, Multigenerational Family Trips will Appeal to the Whole Family

Less pricey and touristy than Washington D.C, Alexandria offers views of our country’s capital and is convenient to highway and airline travel. Alexandria offers multigenerational families loads of history and abundant small-town charm. Children can take the hand of a grandparent and stroll King Street, lined with more than 200 independent shops and restaurants, many in buildings dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. For athletic families, take a a casual ride around Old Town, or a trip down the riverside Mount Vernon trail.

Weekend TODAY, August 2020

Peter and Kristen Share How They’re Spending the Summer During the Pandemic

“The Old Town Farmers’ Market is a go-to for my family,” said Peter Alexander, co-anchor of the Weekend TODAY show on NBC 4. “This was our Saturday morning routine - we used to live so close to here with the girls. This place is such a special spot because this Old Town Farmers’ Market is the longest continuously running farmers market in the country since 1753.”

Condé Nast Traveler, July 2020

7 Black History Museums Across the U.S. Worth Visiting

In the heart of the Parker-Gray Historic District, the Alexandria Black History Museum is in a 1940's structure that was originally the Robinson Library, the Black community’s first public library. Inside, you’ll find stories like that of Ferdinand Day, the first Black chairman of a public school board in Virginia, who helped desegregate higher education. “We tell the deep, wonderful, untold stories and hope mistakes and horrors aren’t repeated,” says museum director Audrey Davis.

Washington Post Going Out Guide, July 2020

The Region’s History Comes Alive in These Immersive Guided Tours

What the Courageous Journey driving tour and the guide do well is recount another side of the city’s story, which has so often been centered on names like Lee and Carlyle. A key stop is the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial, which marks the final resting place of almost 1,800 African Americans who died in the city between 1864 and 1869; many had fled north to escape slavery and the Civil War. Alexandria’s African American Heritage Park is also situated on the site of a cemetery — in this case, the Black Baptist Cemetery, which was the city’s first independent burial ground for black residents.

Forbes, June 2020
Alexandria, Virginia’s Waterfront Park Adds Olalekan Jeyifous Installation ‘Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies’
How can art bridge America’s racial divide? How can it empower underrepresented black voices? How can it encourage productive conversations leading to greater understanding and equality? Alexandria, Virginia finds out this year through the work of Nigerian born, Brooklyn-based artist Olalekan Jeyifous’ whose installation, Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies, was unveiled in the city’s Waterfront Park in March.

Departures, May 2020
Our Editors' Favorite Cities of the Year
Alexandria is not only a stone’s throw to Washington, D.C., but is rich in history in its own right. Nestled along the Potomac River, Alexandria hasn’t lost its charming 18th- and 19th- century architecture. It really does feel like you’ve been transported back in time to a quaint Scottish town. 

Condé Nast Traveler, April 2020
The Friendliest Cities in the U.S.: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards (Alexandria #2)
With a charming brick-lined Old Town, a beautiful waterfront, and convenient metro access for commuting to nearby Washington, D.C., the Northern Virginia city of Alexandria has long drawn young professionals and families seeking a more relaxed atmosphere than what you'd find in the nation's capital. 

Travel + Leisure, April 2020
Why This Train Route From New York to Miami Should Be Your Next Adventure
After a couple of gluttonous days in the Holy City, we made the nine-hour trek north to Alexandria, a hidden gem of the D.C. region and one of the sweetest small cities in the country (oh, and George Washington’s hometown). Stay in historic Old Town Alexandria — Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria is a fresh and well-located option — to enjoy easy access to the district’s 200 independent restaurants and boutiques plus photo-worthy spots like the Spite House, George Washington’s townhouse, and Captain’s Row. 

Southern Living, March 2020
South’s Best Cities 2020
Just a stone’s throw from our nation’s capital, Alexandria maintains its small-town historic charm, and in the hearts of our readers, this city has it all. Stroll down the walkable King Street Mile and you’ll see why—the buzzy, beautiful neighborhood features everything from centuries-old architecture to dozens of independently owned restaurants and boutiques.

TripSavvy, February 2020
48 Hours in Old Town Alexandria: The Ultimate Itinerary
Alexandria, Virginia, was the most important seaport in the United States during colonial times, and today it’s still regarded as one of the country’s most historic cities. Sitting right on the Potomac River waterfront, Alexandria’s Old Town is the city’s beating heart, a nationally designated historic district filled with beautifully preserved 19th-century architecture that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to when George Washington called it his hometown.

Expedia AARP Travel Center, February 2020 
Best Destinations for Baby Boomer Women in 2020
Filled with history and charm, Alexandria is the perfect place to explore with your friends. First things first, get lost exploring all the local history, from Gadsby’s Tavern Museum to the Carlyle House. Next, make a beeline for King Street in Old Town, where you and your girls can have a drink at the Irish pubs, grab a bite to eat, and shop around the boutiques.

Smithsonian Magazine, February 2020
The Must-See Outdoor Art Installations of 2020
The work of artist and designer Olalekan Jeyifous, Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies is the second installation to be featured as part of Alexandria’s "Site See: New Views in Old Town," an annual public art series. For his site-specific installation, Jeyifous examined Alexandria’s African-American history in relation to its time as an industrial heavyweight, serving as not only a major port city but also home to Franklin and Armfield, the largest domestic slave-trading firm in the nation at the time.

Departures, December 2019
2020 Vision: The Top 20 Destinations You Should Be Traveling to Next Year
If it’s under-the-radar destinations you’re after in 2020 then it’s time to head to Alexandria, Virginia. The quaint city, located just outside of Washington, D.C., truly qualifies as a hidden gem as it’s often overshadowed by the nation’s capital when it comes to vacation destinations. However, the town is absolutely worthy of your days off too.

Forbes, December 2019
Alexandria, Virginia Gives Revelers A Colonial Spin On The Holidays
Our county’s founding fathers (and mothers) celebrated their holidays during Colonial Times in the original 13 colonies with as much revelry (mulled wine and whiskey) as they could muster. Today, there is no better place to recreate their festivities than in Alexandria, Virginia—a charming city of Colonial architecture and layers of history just outside of Washington, D.C. and cheek-by-jowl to Washington’s home of Mount Vernon.

USA Today, December 2019
These are some of the most festive Christmas cities in the USA
Alexandria, Virginia. The historic town of Alexandria has several unique holiday traditions. Its parade of water-skiing Santa (and other Christmas characters) is among the most popular. The Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, which celebrates Alexandria's heritage, has been around for nearly half a century. Other attractions include fireworks choreographed to holiday music and a meeting with Aladdin, the Christmas Camel, at Mount Vernon.

Redbook, December 2019
25 Cities That Go All Out For The Holiday Season
Alexandria, Virginia: This southern town is so charming during the holiday season that it looks like something straight out of a Hallmark holiday movie. No, really—it was voted the "Perfect Southern Town for a Hallmark Christmas Movie" in 2019. The scenic setting is ideal for enjoying the annual holiday boat parade of lights, main street shopping, and a slew of other festive events.

Fodor's Travel, December 2019
These are the Most Romantic U.S. Destinations to Spend the Holiday Season
You can’t help but be swept up by the romance of Old Town Alexandria’s twinkling-light, colonial-era streets, filled with street entertainers and joyful carolers. Catch the Scottish Christmas Walk, featuring men in kilts (and Scottie dogs!), take in a holiday performance at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, and skate hand-in-hand in the winter wonderland at Ice & Lights Winter Village.  

Condé Nast Traveler, October 2019
The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards
Alexandria the #3 Best Small City in the U.S.: Washingtonians are all in on the secret, but it's no surprise the rest of the world is catching up: Alexandria, Virginia, the charming, historic city just across the Potomac River from our nation's capital, draws travelers and would-be residents alike. Most folks start to imagine moving there just after setting foot in Old Town, once they've strolled the red brick sidewalks, clocking street after street of perfectly preserved rowhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries. When you visit, scope out King Street, packed with boutiques, restaurants, and specialty shops, before landing at the waterfront.

Southern Living, September 2019
We’ve Found the Perfect Southern Town for a Hallmark Christmas Movie
On an ordinary day, you can enjoy great dining and shopping, a happening Potomac waterfront, and Instagrammable scenics galore. But add Christmas lights and decorations aplenty? You’ll find yourself wondering: “Was that Candace Cameron Bure I just saw crossing King Street?” 

Oprah Magazine, August 2019
The Most Magical Christmas Towns Across the World
For a traditional American Christmas, head to Alexandria, Virginia, where the Old Town's streets and 18th-century row houses bustle with good cheer each December. Festive-seekers can find carolers, hand bell choirs, ample lights and decorations, while close by there's Mount Vernon, home to Aladdin, a Christmas camel, as well as a Colonial Christmas experience.

Travel + Leisure, July 2019
The Best Dog-friendly Hotels in the U.S.
Alexandria's Old Town is full of dog lovers and dog-loving venues, and the Kimpton Lorien, on one of its most charming brick-lined streets, welcomes breeds of all sizes at no extra charge.

MSN, June 2019
Alexandria offers history come to vibrant life
Just five miles from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is a history lesson come to vibrant, exhilarating life. You’ll hear the names Washington, Jefferson and Madison bandied about quite a bit and see places associated with our colonial forefathers, but you’ll also find a thriving scene of independent restaurants and one-of-a-kind boutiques housed in beautifully preserved historic buildings from the 1700s and 1800s.

Shape, June 2019
The Best Healthy Travel Getaways for 2019
Best Pet Amenities: Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa, Alexandria, Virginia. Take your pooch on a Canine Cruise throughout the harbor, where dogs on leashes ride free, then take her the VIP (Very Important Pet) Spa for a massage. When the weather is warm, relax with your furry friend for “yappy hour” light bites on the outdoor deck.

Trazee Travel, June 2019
Top 5: Coolest Places To Eat In Alexandria, Virginia
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., with some of the most beautiful views of the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the most endearing small cities in America. From the historic charm of Old Town to the artistic development of the waterfront and the bohemian flair of Del Ray, Alexandria has something for everyone.

Apartment Therapy, May 2019
Why Alexandria, Virginia is one of the Coolest Suburbs in America
Alexandria, Virginia, has the charm of a small town and the food and entertainment scene of a big city. Its well-preserved history, trendy vibe, and proximity to the power of Washington, D.C., afford the suburb its unique flavor.

Forbes, April 2019
Follow This Pawfect Itinerary For A Dynamite Doggy Vacation In Alexandria, Virginia
Just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital, consider Alexandria, Virginia the country’s canine capital. With a dog for every four humans, the 40,000 pups who call Alexandria home are blessed with an elite training school, several doggie spas, their own menus at restaurants across town and a trove of public water bowls on the picturesque brick sidewalks outside the quaint shops of historic Old Town and beyond. 

Forbes, April 2019
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Alexandria, The Ice Cream Cone Capital Of The United States
No one’s exactly sure why there are so many artisanal ice cream shops in Alexandria, Virginia, but it’s well on its way to achieving Cone Capital status. With idyllic riverfront rambles and the quaintest cobblestone streets lined with gas lamps above stately brick sidewalks, Alexandria is the perfect setting for an ice cream stroll...

ABC World News Now, March 2019
Planning Your Next Vacation
Just a short metro ride from the hustle and bustle of D.C. is Alexandria, Virginia, a very charming city. Alexandria, when you talk about the best month to be there, year-round it’s quite affordable. It’s really a great destination if you’re looking for a lovely, quick escape in the lower 48 in the U.S.

ShermansTravel, February 2019
5 Affordable, Flower-Filled Cities to Visit This Spring
Out nation’s capital might be full of rancor, but once a year — usually right on cue during the first week of April — the city transforms into a cherry blossom-filled oasis. Room rates in D.C. soar in late March and early April, so escape the crowds and head to Alexandria, Virginia, which is located just 15 minutes away via Metro.

Expedia, February 2019
Most Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations in the US
It takes having more than a few dog parks for a place to grace our list, and it’s no wonder Alexandria made the cut. Stroll down King Street, and chances are you won’t get one block before oh-ing and ah-ing at a dog or a two. Water bowls (and treats!) line the street, where your four-legged one can stop for a sip while you window shop and walk along the waterfront. 

Instinct, February 2019
Travel Thursday: Why Alexandria, Virginia is Your Next LGBTQ Destination
This is Alexandria, Virginia, which is located about 20 minutes outside D.C. and easy to get to. It’s a place that I am ecstatically proud and happy to feature for our Travel Thursday this week on Instinct Magazine, as I was left feeling with a sense of superb happiness that I’m still thinking about to this day.

Cuisine Noir, February 2019
Alexandria's Story Guide to Black History in Virginia
Rich experiences can be found all year long in historic Alexandria, Va., a city steeped in African-American history since its founding in 1749. Old Town Alexandria is located just outside of Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront.

Side Smile Style, February 2019
48 Hours in Alexandria, VA
Alexandria is a stones throw away from all the DC and the surrounding areas have to offer, but you still feel like your are in a quiet small town. As our time was limited, we decided to keep our activities limited to what was walkable from Old Town.

The Active Times, February 2019
The Best Date Spot in Every State
Just 5 miles from Washington, D.C., Old Town Alexandria in Virginia showcases a historic and charming downtown complete with cobblestone streets, picturesque row homes, red-brick sidewalks and flickering gas lamps.

AM New York, January 2019
Celebrate Black History Month at These Destinations
In honor of Black History Month, take a road trip to explore the significant social and cultural contributions of African-Americans. Discover this Northern Virginia city’s rich African-American history through a tour of sites including the Freedom House Museum and the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial.

NPR's All Things Considered, January 2019
Tourists in D.C. Head to Unlikely Places as Government Shutdown Continues
In the nation's capital, the partial government shutdown has left tens of thousands of federal workers shut out of their offices, and tourists shut out of museums. Alexandria's little-known apothecary museum, which long ago filled orders for the likes of Martha Washington, is now holding back-to-back tours, a rarity for January.

The Telegraph, December 2018
Why You Should Visit Alexandria, Part of Amazon's New Neighborhood 
And if Alexandria has a talent for innovation now, it will be kicked up another gear with the highly-anticipated arrival of Amazon HQ2. The global giant's second headquarters will open in National Landing, an area that includes Alexandria’s burgeoning Potomac Yard neighborhood. 

BestProducts, December 2018
Romantic Weekend Getaways Aren't Just for Valentine's Day
Alexandria, just 15 minutes from D.C., is a colonial-era town known for its cobbled streets and historic mansions, and the recently opened Hotel Indigo is in a prime location down by the harbor.

ShermansTravel, December 2018
7 Romantic New Year's Eve Getaways That Won't Break the Bank
If you’re unsure where to spend your New Year’s Eve, you may want to consider Alexandria. The city was named  the best value U.S. travel destination in 2018 by Money Magazine and the third most romantic U.S. city in 2017 by Amazon.

Southern Living, November 2018
This Bar is Virginia's Best-Kept Secret, If You Can Find It
In Alexandria, Virginia, a popular sweet shop called Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee serves something called the Luther Sunrise, which has become the stuff of breakfast legend. And at this same spot where you can have your morning breakfast sandwich of egg, cheese, and sausage served on a maple-glazed donut bun, you can come back later for craft cocktails—if you can find the bar.

Washington Post, November 2018
Biggest lure for Amazon to Virginia may be campus, not cash
Virginia Tech will partner with Alexandria on the $1 billion project. Minutes from Amazon’s major new headquarters in Northern Virginia and welcoming the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, Alexandria is a growing hub for innovation, already home to the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and more than 400 national associations.

Virginia Tech, November 2018
HISTORIC DAY: Virginia Tech Innovation Campus key to Virginia attracting Amazon HQ2
Virginia Tech will partner with Alexandria on the $1 billion project. Minutes from Amazon’s major new headquarters in Northern Virginia and welcoming the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, Alexandria is a growing hub for innovation, already home to the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and more than 400 national associations.

Condé Nast Traveler, October 2018
The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards (Alexandria named #4 Best Small City in the U.S.)
Washingtonians all are in on the secret, but it's no surprise the rest of the world is catching up: Alexandria, Virginia, the charming, historic city just across the Potomac River from our nation's capital, is a draw—for travelers and future residents alike.

ShermansTravel, October 2018
10 Places Every Member of Your Family Will Love
While visiting Washington, D.C., if you love the charm of Georgetown, try neighboring Alexandria, VA (15 minutes by Metro), where historic 18th- and 19th-century architecture, a seasonal waterfront beer garden, and the free National Inventors Hall of Fame offer fun for all ages.  

Women's Health, August 2018
15 Romantic Weekend Getaways That You Need To Book ASAP
For those who are looking for cozy and comfortable, this city [Alexandria] in Virginia is filled with just that—from an array of boutique hotels to streets lined with antique shops and restaurants. 

Discovery, August 2018
Best day trips within 100 km of Washington DC 
Within eyesight of the US Capitol (if you stand by the Potomac River you can see it downstream) is Old Town Alexandria, a sweetly preserved historical neighborhood with architecture dating back to the 1700s.

Discovery, August 2018
Reflections on Washington DC: A most American city
Old Town, a neighborhood within Alexandria, Virginia, is within sight of the Capitol building. Founded in 1749, it’s George Washington’s hometown – the apothecary he used is still there on Fairfax Street, and it’s not hard to imagine him strolling Captain’s Row and the rainbow-colored row homes and boutiques of King Street., August 2018
See another side of the US Capital Region: How to explore Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia through their waterfronts 
For a more traditional waterfront experience, head to Alexandria in Virginia where the architecture dates back to the 18th and 19th century. I took the scenic route there – on a water taxi from National Harbour, which took around 30 minutes. There’s no shortage of things to do in Old Town Alexandria, which has 200 independent restaurants and boutiques, with many located on King Street.

Trips to Discover, August 2018
5 Best Things to Do in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
Even though Old Town Alexandria, Virginia is located just minutes outside of Washington, D.C., its adorable character and old-fashioned charm will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to another place and time.

Today's Parent, July 2018
10 Things to Do with Kids in Washington, D.C.
Catch a ride with Potomac Riverboat Company and head to Old Town, Alexandria, dubbed the “fun side of the Potomac,” where you’ll dock near the historic Torpedo Factory Art Center, which has been converted into artists’ workshops.

Forbes, July 2018
A Weekend Dining Guide to Alexandria, Virginia
Washington, DC, has long been one of the world's top travel destinations. And while the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian Museums, and a seemingly never-ending list of other noteworthy attractions are terrific reasons to visit the nation's capital, its best kept secret isn't within city limits. In fact, you'll discover this gem a few miles south, across the Potomac River.

USA Today, June 2018
'Wonder Woman 2' First Look: Chris Pine is Back as Shooting Begins in the Washington Area
In the photo, Pine appears to be standing in a shopping mall, which jibes with a May report that the movie would be shooting at the closed Landmark shopping mall in Alexandria, Va., this summer.

Entertainment Weekly, June 2018
Wonder Woman Sequel Photos Reveal a Major Character Returns 
Previously director Patty Jenkins revealed the Wonder Woman sequel will be set in the United States. Warner Bros also announced Wednesday that filming will take place in Washington, D.C.; Alexandria, Virginia; and in the U.K., Spain, and the Canary Islands.

Fodor's Travel, June 2018
'Hamilton' Mania Hits the Nation's Capital at These 10 Events
A Hamilton-era hangout — Back in the day, Hamilton’s pals—Madison, Jefferson, Washington, Lafayette, even Burr among them—hung out at this Federal tavern, chatting about the politics at hand while sipping Madeira or rum. The historic watering hole retains its post-revolutionary aura, made all the more poignant with special Hamilton-related events slated throughout the summer.

Best Products, June 2018
30 Best Romantic Weekend Getaways Aren't Just for Valentine's Day
Alexandria, just 15 minutes from D.C., is a colonial-era town known for its cobbled streets and historic mansions, and the recently opened Hotel Indigo is in a prime location down by the harbor. Many rooms feature water views, and Hummingbird restaurant, from celebrity chef Cathal Armstrong, is already a hotspot.

Shermans Travel, June 2018
Eating and Drinking in Alexandria, D.C.'s Stylish and More-Affordable Neighbor
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Alexandria boasts a rich heritage, picturesque blocks, and a thriving food scene filled with independent restaurants that serve elevated comfort food dishes and award-winning beer (in addition to the state’s respected wines).

Matador Network, June 2018
17 Unforgettable Experiences You'll Have on a Trip to Virginia
Get lost in Old Town Alexandria — Don’t worry, the good kind of lost. Start at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, where you can visit the observation deck for a great view of Alexandria, the Potomac River, and DC. Then work your way down King Street — hopping on the free trolley, if you feel like it — towards the waterfront, checking out the cafes, pubs, and boutiques until you reach the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

OUT Magazine, May 2018
Another Country: The Road Trip If You Want to Shake Things Up
A familiar tourist destination, Virginia often gets skipped over by travelers looking to shake things up. But the Old Dominion is worthy of a road trip unto itself--looping through the state feels like visiting a microcosm of the U.S., with cultural touch points from every corner of the country compressed into one scenic and historic tract of land.

CBS, April 2018
Explore America's Castles
It's often said that a man's home is his castle. However, that old saying takes extra special meaning when describing the colossal mansions and fabled castles of America, some of which can occupy more than a city block or even an entire neighborhood.

Southern Living, April 2018
The South's Prettiest Cities 2018
You'll see some timeless beauties and some fresh-faced gems grace our list of prettiest cities in the South. Think your Southern city scores high on the attractive scale? Check out these lookers that more than deserve being dubbed the prettiest cities in the South.

DC Refined, April 2018
Your Guide to the Perfect Alexandria Staycation
In case you haven't heard, Alexandria has been ranked the top U.S. destination to visit in 2018 by Money Magazine. Lucky for us, that's right in our backyard, but can feel miles away from Washington, D.C.

The Points Guy, April 2018
10 of the Best Hotel Perks for Dogs from Coast to Coast
Seeing a pretty poodle or scruffy Scottie prancing around a hotel lobby is becoming a common sight as more and more Americans prefer to travel with their pets.

Southern Living, April 2018
You Can Find America's Skinniest Home in this Charming Southern City
At seven feet wide and approximately 25 feet deep, the tiny bright blue home at 523 Queen Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia is the narrowest house in America.

Town & Country, March 2018
Why Alexandria, Virginia Is the Best Place to Visit This Year
Disneyland might just be the Happiest Place on Earth, but it lost out on the title of "Best Place to Go" this year with lesser-known locale: Alexandria, Virginia.

USA Today, March 2018
America's secret suburban food scene
While it may seem like all the best restaurants are concentrated in big cities like New York, San Francisco and Portland, Ore., the suburbs surrounding certain metropolises are giving their adjacent cities a run for their money.

CAA Quebec, March 2018
A Few Days in Virginia
There's so much to see around Washington, D.C. The history of the United States was written here. America's colonial heritage is evident everywhere you look. But there's much more to appreciate in this history-rich region on the doorstep of the U.S. capital.

WTOP, March 2018
Alexandria named No. 1 US travel destination

Following MONEY's announcement that Alexandria is the #1 U.S. destination to visit in 2018, WTOP made an online report, plus, for broadcast, their news team took to the streets of Alexandria and asked visitors what they love about the city.  

MONEY, March 2018
The Best 20 Places to Go in 2018
When you hit the cobblestone streets of Alexandria, you may feel like you're a world away from the hubbub of the nation's capital--but you're actually less than 10 miles from national landmarks like the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. Alexandria's red-brick homes and a historic waterfront promenade make it a surprisingly charming, inexpensive outpost for travelers to the D.C.-area., February 2018
Alexandria, Virginia: A Bustling & Historic City That Offers Couples a Charming Escape From the Everyday
The vibrant city of Alexandria, Virginia, provides a romantic setting for couples going on a date, honeymoon, or vacation. From elegant restaurants to trendy street vendors, the local flavor entices residents and visitors to savor those special moments with their loved ones.

Budget Travel, February 2018
8 President's Day Destinations Where History Comes Alive
Yes, Washington, D.C., is the epicenter of American presidential history, but each one of our country's leaders has a site dedicated to his legacy, not to mention an array of monuments and battlefields that also pay tribute to the leaders who helped shape America.

The Manual, February 2018
Best U.S. Destinations to Celebrate Black History Month
Since it was founded in 1749, Alexandria has been deeply intertwined with our country's colonial past, in general, and with African-American history, in particular.

Best Products, February 2018
Romantic Weekend Getaways Guaranteed to Appeal to Lovebirds
With busy work schedules and family obligations, it's not always easy to sneak away for a romantic weekend, but spending quality time with your significant other is essential. What better way to do that then to book a weekend trip for just the two of you?

USA Today, February 2018
50 States: 50 Craft Chocolate Makers
Is there anything better in this world than chocolate? Probably not. And when that chocolate is handcrafted from meticulously sourced ingredients... well, you've got a winner on your hands.

Women's Health, January 2018
15 Romantic Weekend Getaways That You Need to Book ASAP
For those who are looking for cozy and comfortable, this city [Alexandria] in Virginia is filled with just that—from an array of boutique hotels to streets lined with antique shops and restaurants.

Oyster, January 2018
6 Last-Minute Presidents' Day Getaways to Take in 2018
By mid-February, many of us will have gone stir-crazy being cooped up inside during this brutally cold winter (even Florida has had snow!). Luckily, Presidents’ Day Weekend provides the long weekend needed to get the heck out of Dodge and take a vacation.

Huffington Post, January 2018
15 Great Immersive Tours and Experiences in Virginia
Why is “Virginia For Lovers,” as its tourism tagline goes? Of course the romance of its mountains and beaches leap to mind, as well as the nightlife in cities near Washington DC, and the growing “eat local” scene for foodies.

USA Today, December 2017
Best Holiday Parades
The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is among the top 10 holiday parades nominated by USA Today 10Best editors and voted on by readers as the best in the U.S., December 2017
Where to Go for Christmas to Immerse Yourself in the Holiday Spirit
If you're looking to shake things up this Christmas and want to travel rather than staying home, you won't be lacking for choice. There are plenty of places, both in the U.S. and abroad, that go all-out for the holidays, offering everything from dazzling light displays and festive parades to visits with Santa Claus and open-air Christmas markets.

USA Today, December 2017
All the Eggnog to Enjoy this Season
For a timeless treat, eggnog's innovative variations still surprise (and delight) each holiday season. This year, winter menus feature the flavor in everything from panna cotta and cheesecake, to a Baked Alaska and dessert hummus.

Southern Living, December 2017
The South's Best Christmas Festivals
There’s a chill in the air and a twinkle in every eye. That means the holiday season is just around the corner. When December arrives, light displays appear, peppermint candy canes are unwrapped, and families look forward to celebrating the spirit of the season with friends and neighbors at some of the South’s best Christmas festivals, including Alexandria's Scottish Christmas Walk Parade.

Paw Culture, December 2017
8 Dog-Friendly Virginia Destinations
Old Town Alexandria is a quaint, brick-street location filled with many buildings that date back to the 1700s and is a true dog haven.

Travel Channel, November 2017
10 Romantic Small-Town Holiday Shopping Getaways
Just outside Washington, DC, the once-bustling port city of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia evokes charm and history with every step along the red brick sidewalks lined with trees lit up with twinkle lights.

Chicago Splash, November 2017
Near and Far Travel Picks for Any Personality
Whether you’re looking for great eats, a wild adventure or somewhere to simply chill out, we’ve got you covered with one option you can drive to and one escape by plane. History has long been Alexandria’s claim to fame, but lately, the food scene has ramped up dramatically.

Trips to Discover, November 2017
9 Best Weekend Getaways from Virginia
Alexandria is an ideal, less expensive place to stay for exploring Washington, D.C., just minutes nearby, but it also offers many treasures of its own.

USA Today, September 2017
Fall Wine Events Across the Country
Wineries kick off the harvest parties as early as this weekend, from collaborative tastings in Chicago and Alexandria, Va., to grape stomps in Sonoma County and Oregon's Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Whether you want to discover Washington, Texas or New York wine, there's a fall event full of samples.

Johnny Jet, September 2017
10 Things to Do in Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria, Virginia, is located just outside of Washington, D.C., and about 10 minutes from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA). Known fondly as “Old Town” because of its historic district, Alexandria carries a charming, relaxed waterfront vibe, a welcome feeling and a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of our nation’s capital.

Westchester Magazine, September 2017
12 Fabulous Fall Getaways
It’s that time of year again when the Northeast corridor ups its vacation game. This year, we’re showcasing some of the season’s best facets: arts offerings in Boston, nature walks in Nantucket, a grand hotel in Cooperstown, plus nine other spots that make us fall for the season. 
While only minutes from DC, Alexandria stands on its own appealing merits. This charming waterfront city has an inspired food scene, retail options any city would covet, and American history woven right into the fabric of the town.

Uptown Magazine, August 2017
History & Hospitality in Alexandria, VA
Nestled in Northern Virginia, Alexandria is a charming port city lined with indie shops, eateries, galleries, rowhouses, and cobblestone streets. This surprisingly diverse and liberal enclave is only a 15-minute drive or Metrorail ride from the nation's capital and offers a more relaxing and less expensive home base for a D.C. getaway.

The Washington Post, August 2017
How to Spend the Entire Day with Your Dog in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia
Summer fling fizzled out? Friends all on vacation? Why not spend some quality time with the one pal who’s never let you down: your dog. We embarked on three-day trips in the D.C. area — complete with drinking, hiking, dining and at least one boat ride — that you and a four-legged companion can enjoy together.

Cheap Eats (TV), August 2017
Old Town Grub
Ali Khan, a full-blown food enthusiast, and blogger, has 12 hours and only 35 bucks to find the best deals in Alexandria, Va. for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack! Alexandria might have some history, but its food scene is straight-up futuristic.

Bang for Your Burger Buck, August 2017
Alexandria (VA) in Requiem
Virginia is for lovers, or so the cool t-shirts say. When I think about how Cheap Eats has hit up the Commonwealth three times in two seasons, I think the t-shirt could be tweaked to say “Virginia is for Food Lovers”.

Orbitz, August 2017
10 essential travel experiences to have with your dog
They say that every dog has its day, and that sentiment certainly rings true on August 26, National Dog Day. According to the 2017-2018 APPA National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 89.7 million dogs call 60.2 million U.S. households home.

Curbed, July 2017
An Apothecary Trapped in Time (Video)
This real-life apothecary would fit right in with the world of Harry Potter.

The Washington Post, July 2017
A day-trip itinerary to Old Town Alexandria, which is not just for history geeks
Once a bustling Colonial port city and home to George Washington and Robert E. Lee, Alexandria is steeped in history. But its charming Old Town neighborhood isn't just for Revolutionary War and Civil War buffs. With new restaurants, a vibrant arts scene and a beautiful waterfront, the area makes for an excellent (and Metro-accessible) day-trip destination.

Thrillist DC, July 2017
The Best Restaurants in Old Town Alexandria
Less than 30 minutes outside of DC, Old Town Alexandria feels like a different world. You can stroll through cobblestone alleys admiring the historic architecture, take in the view at the sailboat-speckled waterfront, and browse through the abundant adorable boutiques. But the real draw is the downright-impressive dining scene.

Parade, June 2017
10 Best Vacation Spots for Kids
Looking for the best places to travel with kids of all ages on vacation? Look no further. We asked the editors of popular travel and lifestyle publication SELECT: Your City's Secrets Unlocked where families are headed this summer--and the results may surprise you.

amNew York, June 2017
Your Guide to a Long Weekend in Alexandria, Virginia 
Washington, D.C., may be the prototypical long weekend for New Yorkers. But not even 10 miles south of the nation’s capital, across the Potomac River, lies Alexandria, Virginia, which draws visitors for its 18th-century architecture, unique boutiques, waterfront views and growing restaurant scene.

USA Today, June 2017
Frank Lloyd Wright: Celebrate the architect's 150th birthday
During the 1930s, Frank Lloyd Wright set his attention towards designing affordable middle-class residences.

Fodor's Travel, June 2017
10 Places to Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th Birthday
Designed in the 1940s, the Pope-Leighey House was created for a middle-class couple with a modest budget.

Architectural Digest, June 2017
Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th Anniversary Events This Summer
June 8 marks the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright. And whether you simply fondly recall discovering his work on a childhood field trip or you plan vacations around venturing to his masterpieces, we all have a soft spot for America’s most beloved architect.

USA Today, May 2017
Spirited Ways to Toast to Summer
Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, as if you need an excuse to toast with tiny umbrellas. Bars and restaurants across the country are ready for the season with refreshing libations, tiki mugs, many margaritas, carafes of sangria, pitchers of punch and every spin on the spritz.

Alexandria Times, May 2017
My View: Alexandria celebrates Preservation Month and National Travel and Tourism Week
This week, the nation's travel industry is celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week. Spending by travelers in the United States totals more than $990 billion annually and supports 15.3 million American jobs.

Expedia Viewfinder, May 2017
North America's Coolest Downtowns 
Old Town Alexandria reminds us that historic landmarks have their own quirky character. Walk among colonial architecture now painted in a rainbow of color, including Christ Church, built in 1773.

The Washington Post
No hiking books required: 6 great city strolls in Washington 
Longer days and warmer weather make us want to go for a long walk. But not everyone wants to lace up hiking boots and head to Great Falls.

Yahoo! News, April 2017
The 15 Best Stops to Make for the Ultimate East Coast Road Trip
Old Town Alexandria is the place George Washington once called home. Walk along King Street, known as one of the "Great Streets" of America, or jump on the free King Street trolley to stop at the best local restaurants or boutiques. 

Country Living, April 2017
The 15 Best Stops to Make for the Ultimate East Coast Road Trip
The eastern coast of the United States offers travelers endless opportunities to explore. From historic destinations to quaint towns, beautiful forests to must-see museums, these stops make up the vacation of a lifetime. What are you waiting for?

Rolling Out, April 2017
I bumped into Barack and Michelle Obama in Alexandria, Virginia 
Experience history and a true travel gem in Alexandria Virginia! A day commute, weekend getaway, or a full vacation Alexandria offers a colonial charm like no other destination.

Southern Living, February 2017
14 of the Most Colorful Places to Visit 
Virginia is host to an abundance of American history, so it’s only fitting that one of its most colorful streets proudly displays patriotic shades of red, white, and blue.

Lonely Planet, February 2017
Explore Alexandria's Civil War history through the lens of TV drama Mercy Street 
Alexandria, Virginia, may be most celebrated for its colonial connections to George Washington, but this charming city near the nation's capital also claims the title of longest Union-occupied Confederate city during the Civil War.

U.S. News and World Report, February 2017
5 Charming Neighborhoods to Visit in Washington, D.C. 
To explore a charming, historic neighborhood just outside the city limits, ride the Yellow or Blue line on the Metro - the region's subway system - to Old Town Alexandria in Northern Virginia.

Condé Nast Traveler, January 2017
Drunk History: Visiting the Storied Portner Brewhouse in Alexandria, Virginia
While some family businesses are handed down from one generation to the next, Catherine and Margaret Portner, the two sisters behind the soon-to-open Portner Brewhouse in Alexandria, Virginia, have a somewhat more roundabout story of how they came to operate a business with their surname on it., January 2017
Why Alexandria, VA, Is Way More Than Just a Suburb of DC
Whether it’s for the inauguration or the Women’s March on Washington, tens of thousands of people will be descending on the Washington, D.C. area this weekend. But instead of squeezing into an overpriced Airbnb with your friends or spending the whole day trying to find a place to park in the District, consider staying in Alexandria, Virginia.

Smarter Travel, December 2016
10 Must-Visit U.S. Hotspots for 2017 (Alexandria #5)
If you want to visit DC, but prefer to stay away from The White House, you can still get a taste of life by the Potomac when you visit Alexandria. Just 10 minutes away from the capital in nearby Virginia, Alexandria is a great city to get your history fix and enjoy restaurants, lovely views, and waterfront activities

USA Today, December 2016
Best of 2016: 10 cities to explore American history
Why just read about American history when you can witness it for yourself? Alexandria is featured on USA Today's list of 10 historic cities that will transport you to the birth of the USA, while also making for a great vacation. 

Lake Norman Magazine, December 2016
Old Town Charm: Bundle up and hit the streets of historic Alexandria for a stroll through winter wonderland
Walking through the tree-lined streets of Old Town Alexandria harkens to a quaint river town of the past. Though the charm is still fully intact, Alexandria, Va. has grown to offer visitors much more than your usual historic city.

Only in Your State, December 2016
11 Main Streets In Virginia That Are Pure Magic During Christmastime
This northern Virginia town is the place to be during Christmas. Almost every corner of the town is decked out in lights, making for the most scenic backdrop to your visit.

Epicure & Culture, December 2016
Foodie Fun: 12 Delicious Made In America Gift Ideas
In Alexandria, this family-owned bakery carries on a delicious tradition known as Shuman’s Jelly Cake.

House Beautiful, December 2016
50 Epic Girls' Getaway Destinations in Every State Across America
Virginia may be for lovers, but this inimitable small town's charm is most certainly for BFFs too.

All About Beer Magazine, November 2016
48 Hours in Alexandria, Virginia
Many are quick to dismiss Northern Virginia as, simply, the suburbs of the nation’s capital, but those who do are robbing themselves of a chance to experience one of the beer world’s great hidden gems: the city of Alexandria, just a few metro stops removed from the District of Columbia.

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. 

Redbook, October 2016   
Where to Vacation With Your BFFs In Every State 
When you think "girls' getaway", the first thing that comes to mind may be lounging on a beach in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic. But why not celebrate the best of the grand ol' USA? This country is full of one-of-a-kind destinations with an eclectic mix of culture, outdoorsy thrills, epicurean delights, and, yes, even beaches, from Alabama to Wyoming.

Cosmopolitan, October 2016 
Where to Vacation With Your BFFs In Every State 
When you think "girls' getaway", the first thing that comes to mind may be lounging on a beach in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic. But why not celebrate the best of the grand ol' USA? This country is full of one-of-a-kind destinations with an eclectic mix of culture, outdoorsy thrills, epicurean delights, and, yes, even beaches, from Alabama to Wyoming., October 2016
Three Perfect Days in Alexandria, Virginia
While the PBS drama, “Mercy Street,” is bringing the real-life Civil War stories about Alexandria, Virginia, to television, the city has plenty going on in its present day setting. 

Smarter Travel, October 2016
10 Best Things to Do in Virginia
If your list of what to do in Virginia leans more towards shopping and eating, then you should head to Old Town Alexandria. This historic district of Alexandria has a vibrant waterfront, a great arts scene, and tons of delicious restaurants.

Bridal Guide, October 2016
Extreme "I Dos": 25 Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Your Destination Wedding
You’ll have to include your own lightning bolt tattoos, but the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in historic and charming Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia does a darn good job of emulating the vibes of Harry Potter.

#FlyWashington Magazine, October 2016
Old Town Alexandria
Within eyesight of Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront sits the historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. 

Smarter Travel, October 2016
How to do a Weekend in Alexandria, Virginia
Located less than ten minutes from Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport, Alexandria is ideally situated for exploring the nation’s capital or Virginia’s wine country—but the beautifully preserved city itself makes for a great vacation destination as well.

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.

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., 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., 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., 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., 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.", 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/, 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/, 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/, 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.'", 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., September 2014
Top 100 Best Places to Live 2015 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.' 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.", 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." 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, 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. 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
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."
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.",  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."