Collected by Kim Fortson , AFAR Contributor
2 E Walnut St, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
As the name implies, Grape + Bean is a local favorite for those looking to purchase quality wine and coffee. Both its Alexandria locations also sell a premium selection of beers, teas, specialty beverages, and gourmet snacks. The stores have an...
108 N Patrick St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Pretty People Vintage is a one-stop shop for finding unique clothing, jewelry, and accessories in Old Town. Owner Annie Lee curates her collection with wearable pieces that can easily be incorporated into the modern woman's wardrobe. Throughout...
Old Town, Alexandria, VA, USA
As you're strolling down King Street, it's hard to wrap your head around that you're walking down the same brick and cobblestone streets that George Washington walked down. An area once filled with taverns and offices has been given new life, with...
800 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Teaism is a collection of D.C. restaurants that serves a variety of high-quality teas and tasty fare with an Asian twist. The menu offers dishes that cater to all types of diets: omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. The newest and largest...
2312 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
If you're looking for a place with awesome BBQ, Del Ray's Pork Barrel BBQ is the spot. Just recently, they've teamed up with Holy Cow—a burger joint owned by the same guys—and now offer signature gourmet burgers in addition to the regular menu of...
Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Easier to visit after the renovations at Jones Point Park just under the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, the Jones Point Lighthouse can be a great place to take in the shoreline. Alexandria was once one of the busiest seaports in the U.S. back in...
301 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
This farmers' market has a special place for me since it's where I do much of my weekly grocery shopping. The market runs every Saturday (all year round) from 7am (for the early risers) to 12pm (for those sleeping in). A wide variety of vendors...
105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
The Torpedo Factory is a celebrated part of Alexandria that helps promote a thriving arts community. A former ammunition factory during World War II, it now houses media from a variety of artists, many of whom are locally based. Some have...
710 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
For a taste of the old world (and by old I mean 15th century), head over to Medieval Madness at Renaissance Hall for a laugh, some meade, good food, and maybe a sword fight. I just experienced this place this past week and had an awesome time. The...
Jones Point Dr, Alexandria, VA 23242, USA
A recent edition in the Alexandria area is the creation of Jones Point Park, which happens to be partially under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Much of the area was closed off with uncertain ideas of what it's use would be, but the National Park...
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121, USA
Even though our original trip to the Washington D.C. area was to cover Annapolis Maryland, we were more impressed with Mount Vernon, George Washington's home. The buildings and grounds have been beautifully restored, and there are even live farm...
205 E Howell Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
A friend took me to brunch at Del Ray Cafe one day. The sensation of walking through the door is you're stepping into the foyer of your best friend's house. The refurbished 1925 house has seating on the 1st and 2nd floor, a screened in outdoor...
Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Washington, DC is a city of monuments. One of the most photographed is the U.S. Marine Corps War (Iwo Jima) Memorial in nearby Rosslyn, Virginia. That was my goal when I woke up before dawn one spring morning to catch it in the prized predawn...
9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102, USA
Just a few short miles off of the Capital Beltway, nestled along a winding wooded road, Great Falls National Park is a nearby haven for nature-seeking Washingtonians. Here, the Potomac River floods into the Mather Gorge, creating breathtaking...
2003 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
Although chocolate is the specialty at Artfully Chocolate in Alexandria, my favorite treats are the light and delicious macarons supplied by local baker, Michel Patisserie. Michel refined his skills working at the famous patisserie, Ladurée, in ...
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