Jim and I have been to Alexandria Virginia many times because we love the history, architecture, shopping and fun late night dining and entertainment found in the Old Town. Fortunately for us, it’s only a 6 ½ hour drive from our home in Tennessee.
The plan was, to blow the cobwebs from our minds and indulge my affection for fine art museums at the National Gallery and Jim’s favorite haunt of Irish Pubs. Of course some of the best Irish Pubs in the DC area can be found in Old Town Alexandria, VA, so there was really no other choice but to stay in that beautiful, historic part of the city. How can you not love spending time in the hometown of George Washington and Robert E. Lee? Imagine walking the same streets where our founders and rebels walked and hanging out where some of them may have hoisted a beer or two?
My favorite part of visiting the historic 18th century city is that you can stroll up King Street which is lined with restaurants, pubs, art galleries and shops for blocks and blocks, most of which are located in beautiful Federal Period buildings. If you wish to get off the main busy avenue, and wander back a street or two, everything becomes much more peaceful and you can enjoy the intricate brick architecture, stonework lintels and delicate fan windows of the row houses along the quiet residential streets dotted with the occasional antique store, tiny restaurant or shop, almost hidden among the rows of ornate steps leading up to the colorful doors of the houses.
The hotel hosts a wine-tasting hour in the early evenings, and that evening, the whole lounge area felt cozy and inviting as people gathered in the tastefully decorated room, groups chatting and sipping, warmed by the fire and wine and of course, some of them scratching doggies’ ears or rubbing doggie tummies.
Stay tuned for our upcoming posts about our evening visiting an old-time Cigar Bar, the best Cajun Food in Alexandria, and our cold blustery day in DC! Also coming up are more reviews of some of Jim’s favorite pubs in Alexandria!