Spring in Old Town Alexandria
Alexandria, voted one of Travel + Leisure’s Best Cities in the U.S. 2022 and Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 5 Best Small Cities in the U.S., is the perfect place to plan your weekend getaway for 2023. We are excited to welcome you to Hotel AKA Alexandria, a dramatic new addition to Old Town Alexandria. Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is one of the country’s most historic and happening neighborhoods. Nestled along the beautiful Potomac River, this district is known for its well-preserved architecture, cobblestone streets, and historic sites, as well as its modern mix of waterfront bars and restaurants, independent boutiques, art galleries, and scenic outdoor recreation. Check out our neighborhood page for the best of Old Town to explore during your stay.
90th Annual Historic Garden Week
On Saturday, April 15, 2023, five of Old Town Alexandria's glorious private homes and gardens will be open to visitors as part of the 90th annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia. This is the oldest and largest house garden tour in the United States! A walking tour through Old Town Alexandria includes rare glimpses into private homes and gardens nestled along the gorgeous streets of the Historic Old Town. The five properties on tour feature remarkable historic restorations and inspiring architectural design and will showcase beautiful floral arrangements created by garden club members. Purchase your tickets HERE.
King Street Mile
King Street is an integral part of Old Town Alexandria. It is one of the “Great Streets” of America. Let centuries-old architecture, brick-lined streets, cobblestone alleys, and a canopy of twinkling lights during the holidays whisk you away. These unique features make strolling King Street the #1 thing to do in Alexandria. Explore dozens of independently owned boutiques unique to Alexandria, or take a ride on the free King Street Trolley.
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
Step into Harry Potter’s world by visiting the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum filled with Harry Potter nostalgia and rich in history. This historic apothecary was founded in 1792 and operated until it was preserved as a museum in 1933. Harry Potter fans can explore the real-life ingredients used throughout the 1800s and used as “potion” ingredients in the legendary series. View over 15,000 objects including herbs and medical devices. Some notable "potions" include dragon’s blood, mandrake root, lavender, castor oil, valerian, and many more.
Old Town Farmer's Market
If you are staying with us over the weekend, be sure to stop by the bustling Old Town Alexandria plaza where local farmers and artists have been selling their products since 1753. Old Town Alexandria’s Market Square is considered to be one of the nation’s oldest continually operating farmer’s markets. It is a fundamental way for Alexandria residents to obtain their meat, dairy, fish, fruits, and vegetables. Whether you go with an empty stomach or are hungry for souvenir shopping, Alexandria farmers markets promise everything from locally roasted coffee and pressed juices to farm-fresh produce, baked goods, art, jewelry, and more.
Explore the waters of Alexandria - in a sightseeing cruise or water taxi to DC. Alexandria is the launching point for boarding at Old Town’s bustling marina featuring an abundance of shops, street performers, and incredible outdoor dining. You can also see national landmarks on the Monuments Tour, take the water taxi into D.C., or cruise to and National Harbor. Take advantage of Alexandria's prime waterfront location and proximity to DC.
World War II Torpedo Factory
For art lovers, Alexandria is home to a former World War II Torpedo Factory. Today, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the most extensive collection of publicly accessible working artist studios in the United States. You can stop by 72 artists’ studios featuring a variety of works including painting, ceramics, jewelry, and printmaking, plus ten galleries featuring 150 artists.
We look forward to making your stay in Old Town Alexandria a memorable one, whether this is your first time or 10th, we can ensure the Old Town charm never gets old! Book your stay HERE.