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A Quick Guide to Alexandria, Virginia

Seven miles south of Washington D.C. the quaint Old Town of Alexandria, Virginia hides peacefully.  Walkable, approachable, and right on the Potomac River, the town charms locals and tourists alike.  Up and down the main strip, King Street, one will find artisanal shops, renowned eateries, and quiet side neighborhoods.  If you’re looking to get away from D.C. for the day or just want somewhere fun and different to visit in Northern Virginia, Alexandria is the perfect place.

Population: 155,000+


Where To Eat & Drink

Virtue Feed & Grain – Rustic 1800s building now transformed into a modern tavern

Stomping Ground – Get your brunch on at this local spot

Bilbo Baggins – Cozy, quirky pub away from the main street

Captain Gregory’s – Alexandria’s very own speakeasy (and handcraft cocktail bar) hidden behind a wall in a donut shop

La Fromagerie Cheese & Wine Bistro – Choose from a large wine selection whilst dining on lovely cheese and meat boards.  There are so many interesting and local cheeses to choose from!


Where To Stay

Hotel Indigo – prime Old Town location with chic rooms just a stone’s throw from some of the best spots

Airbnb – find options under $100


What Else Is There To Do?

Visit George Washington’s homeMount Vernon is just a few minutes away

Jump on the craft beer trail – Visit Port City Brewing Company, Portner Brewhouse, or join one of the many historical beer walking tours of the area

Wander up and down King Street

Visit Carlyle House – a historic mansion featuring elegant gardens



I hope you found this helpful for your visit to Alexandria OR I hope this piece inspires you to plan a semi-spontaneous weekend getaway like I did! 

If you’re interested in reading about how I spent a single day in Washington D.C. here is some further reading: 24 Hours in Washington DC

Tara Higgins

Tara Higgins

Tara loves all things London and wants to spend the rest of her life reading books in beautiful places. She can often be found nestled up in a bookshop, drinking a pint at the pub, or searching for the best pizza slice in town.

  • Marquita

    Sooo I literally just found an old blog post (from a private blog) when I moved to Alexandria for a DC internship just a few hours ago. And now this!! Nostalgia. I love Alexandria and I’m glad you captured its beauty in a guide.

    January 31, 2018 at 8:55 PM
  • Mel

    That drink looks great! I love visiting small towns, especially if they are near big cities, I find its the perfect mix.

    January 31, 2018 at 9:43 PM
    • Tara Higgins
      Tara Higgins

      I totally agree, you get the best of both worlds!

      February 2, 2018 at 10:01 AM
  • Followingtherivera

    I’ve never heard of Alexandria, Virginia, so this was a fun read. Some nice photos here, and good suggestions too!

    February 1, 2018 at 4:12 AM
    • Tara Higgins
      Tara Higgins

      Thanks! Hopefully it inspires you to see a new place if you’re ever in the area!

      February 2, 2018 at 10:01 AM
  • Kumamonjeng

    This will serve as a guide for my next trip to America!

    February 1, 2018 at 5:04 AM
    • Tara Higgins
      Tara Higgins

      Yay! I have so many other places in the USA I’ve written about (and haven’t yet written about). Stay tuned!

      February 2, 2018 at 10:04 AM
  • PossesstheWorld

    Sounds very quaint, the cheese board looks delightful. I would love to visit Bilbo
    Baggins. Thanks for sharing

    February 1, 2018 at 6:07 PM