Long before the establishment of Washington, DC, Alexandria was a town centered in politics and commerce. The founding ... More
Old Town Alexandria
Long before the establishment of Washington, DC, Alexandria was a town centered in politics and commerce. The founding fathers often met here to discuss freedom and revolution. Visit Robert E. Lee's boyhood home and that of his father, General "Lighthorse" Harry Lee, a Revolutionary War hero. Nearby Christ Church is where George Washington worshipped. Stroll down King Street with its many quaint shops and restaurants or duck down one of the side streets, many of which have their original cobblestones. Alexandria is 30 minutes south of Washington. Take the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
My husband and I typically head into old town on the weekends and we love it, many places are very dog friendly (some even have doggie menus or happy hour). It is a fun place to eat, shop, or hang out...we even had a portriat drawn down on the pier one afternoon. Being new to the area, it is nice living near Old Town, it is certainly much easier than going into DC to go out.
"You’ll follow an 18th century costumed guide by lantern light through the haunted streets of Old Town hearing ghost stories, legends and folklore! You will hear about unsolved mysteries, tales of romance and angry ghosts looking for revenge". Talk about stretching some small facts.... Guests beware of this scam..
Don't waste your time and money. This tour is one of the worst ghost tours I've attended. Should be called Ghosts, BS, and Graveyard tour. We met at the Visitors Center at 221 King Street. Our guide (maybe it was the guide that was bad, thanks Sonia) led us across the street to Candies' Candy. This was the only good actual ghost story, it was decent, but you could hardly hear her because there were bus's parked across the street with engines running. Then we walked a few hundred feet and stopped at a house that had the ghost of a cat, seems to fit in, not too bad. Hummmm..... Well that was about it. Next was a trip to the former town Ice House across from the local funeral parlor. This was just a morbid story about reusing the ice in restaurants and homes, that was used for preserving the corpses. She went on how they shaved and chipped it off the large blocks blah, blah, The story went on repeating over and over about the tainted ice and discolored tea (no kidding), no ghost story only bad ice from the decomposing bodies (just shoot me). The last building stop was so poor and had nothing to do with the stop, just some crazy story about a bunny man dressing up in a bunny suit, and a lot of dead rabbits draped in the woods etc. Then the last stop was in a graveyard. Again, nothing to speak of 300 bodies buried here, stories of orbs of light showing up in photos, I think it is just reflections from you flash. It could be true but by this time you are so disgusted with the tour and yourself for being taken. It is 1 hour of your life you will never get back as well as $12.00. The owner better switch this up, get some better stories, or tour guides. Bet there were 100+ disappointed guests that night. Try Salem, Boston, Cape May, Williamsburg, Savannah, if you want some good ghost tours.
If you are visiting lovely Old Town Alexandria, VA be very very careful where you park. The snoots don't really want you there but they do want your tourist money including payment of parking fines.
There's a great new system where we don't have to feed the meters with coins. However, it's a tad confusing -- a sign states "2-Hour Parking" and then a teeny sign atop that instructs you to pay for those two hours at the machine at the end of the block. If you don't look up high enough, you don't see it. It's not too far fetched to think there might be two hour "free" parking on the outskirts of Old Town, particularly on the weekend. Oh, maybe it is. This is Old Town after all. Don't ya know they're making some bucks off the transition confusion? No slack for the learning curve in this town.
After visiting Old Town in July, my family and I quickly abandoned plans to build a home in Maryland and buy in Old Town. We fell in love with the charm, festive atmosphere, the happy people, the shops, the fitness trails, parks, and various other amenities too many to list. We closed on our home at the end of October and continue to be enchanted by our lovely home, built in 1830, and this wonderful community. Halloween on Lee Street was a fun-filled and safe celebration enjoyed by all ages! Our neighbors are extremely friendly and helpful and we walk pretty much everywhere. Our children enjoy the waterfront, parks, and boat rides down the Potomac. There is always something going on in Old Town!! Yes, visitor parking is a challenge but there are many public parking garages in addition to metered parking that will let you avoid tickets. Before moving, my family and I would visit via metro which was an easy and enjoyable way to get to Old Town. The stop on King Street brings you within about a mile walk to the waterfront and if you can’t make the walk, the free trolley will pick you up and take you the entire way. The shops are higher end shops but there are always bargains to be found. We’ve also discovered that window shopping (especially for antiques) can be just as enjoyable if we’re not in the market to buy. The restaurants also vary in atmosphere and price and there is certainly something for every taste and budget. There are plenty of tours that will take you to the most interesting and historic sites. All in all, it’s a wonderful place to visit (and live) and that is the reason Old Town is always bustling with happy visitors.
Old Towne Alexandria is one of the few places in America in December 2008 that is doing such brisk retail and restaurant business that they'd just as soon you'd stay away. Finding street parking in this densely packed enclave the evening of Friday Dec. 5th seemed miraculous, but this writer's elation was short-lived. After spending close to $200 in 2 retail shops and an additional $150 at a King Street restaurant, I was dismayed to emerge and find a $40.00 parking ticket on my car with no meter in sight. Clearly the retailers and dining establishments of Old Towne would prefer that I shop and dine in Georgetown, Penn Quarter, Adams Morgan or Dupont Circle. Added to this, the stench of cigarette smoke in my hair and clothiing upon emerging from said restaurant leads this writer to believe that the city fathers of Old Towne are not only indifferent to my wallet, they want me dead.
If you're coming to the DC area, this is the place to come, With cool Tapas bars, clubs, and restaurants, you can't visit DC without coming here. Old Town is very upper-scale without over doing it. It may be a little expensive for some, but it is worth it.
this place is the cutest and most historic town i've been to. you have the old fire house, the church that Washington would go to and Robert E. Lee grew up. Theres a bunch of little shops and old couble roads and one of the smallest houses in America.
The Residence Inn Old Town Alexandria, VA hotel is situated in historic Old Town Alexandria where you will find a
variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Plus, with the King Street DC Metro station a short walk away, ...
With easy access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington DC, you can spend less time in transit and
more time connecting with family and friends. The hotel is a short stroll from the Potomac River Waterfront, where ...