Alexandria Journals

Outside of the DC Beltway

A travel journal to Alexandria by Carmen

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Quote: While all of Northern Virginia is one big suburb of Washington DC, Old Town is my favorite one to visit. It just has old colonial charm, and it oozes history. Plus, you can look accross the Potomac and get a great view of the Washington Monument and capital city.

Outside of the DC Beltway

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Overview

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Alexandria is one of my favorite spots in Northern Virginia. I think it's the brick sidewalks and brick buildings combined with the aura of history and the ambiance of the gas-lit street signs. Or maybe it's standing on the banks of the Potomac, and looking accross the river to catch a view of the Washington Monument -- knowing you're that close to the Nation's capital. Here are some other highlights: 1. Old Town Alexandria Ghost Tour -- while a little corney, it's great fun. You learn a lot of history of the city while getting goose bumps on your arms from the scary stories. All of this culminates in a graveyard visit at the end. I do this every year as a Halloween treat. 2. B...Read More

Ben and Jerry's

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Restaurant

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There's nothing like getting FRESH Ben & Jerry's ice cream and taking it to eat on the waterfront of the Potomac -- where the B&J in Old Town is located. It's everyone's favorite stop after dinner and a little bit of walking. When you walk in, you're bombared with cow spots painted on the wall and B&J merchandise to buy. You know from your grocer's freezer that B&J is good ice cream, but it can't compare to the freshly made real stuff. Plus, there are flavors in the shop that you'd never find in a store. Very seldom to I venture away from my favorite -- chocolate chip cookie dough in a sugar cone. If I were to stray, it would be toward chocolate fudge brownie. I keep ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2000

Ben and Jerry's
103 South Union Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 684-8866

The Fish Market

Restaurant

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I love this place, not so much for the food, but for the piano bar! My friends and I went one evening, ordered our huge glass of beer, and were entertained for hours. The piano man took requests, and the whole restaurant sang with him. We sang several college fight songs, a few Buffet hits, the hokie pokie, and others. Although I am allergic to most seafood, my friends also loved their dinner, so I have to take their word for it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2000

The Fish Market
105 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 683-1135

Generous George's Positive Pizza and Pasta Place

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Restaurant | "Generous Georges Positive Pizza Place"

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Undoubtedly, and without reservation, I would say that this is the best pizza in the DC area. Plus, you'll have the most fun eating it here. You can't miss the building - it's the big tacky pink thing sitting on Duke Street. The only downside to eating here is the parking. There's a very small lot that can't accommodate the joint's popularity. You have to hunt around for street parking, and avoid tow-away zones. But it's well worth the trouble and even if you do park farther away, the scrumptious smell will lead you to your destination. Enter into the restaurant and the first thing you'll notice is the decor. Colorful items hang from the ceiling and on the wall, and even a carousel h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2002

Generous George's Positive Pizza and Pasta Place
3006 Duke Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Las Tapas

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Restaurant

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From what I understand, Las Tapas means "little portions" - and that's the best way to enjoy this quaint Old Town Alexandria restaurant. Ignorant me ordered a whole dinner - steak (which I enjoy) - and, while it was delicious, you get more variety if you order the small portions of different items. My dinner companion - who proclaims this her favorite restaurant - ordered meatballs, pork, and shrimp. Each came just large enough to whet your whistle for the next one. Having caught on, I then ordered some fried potatoes, which were delicious. I got to try the meatballs too, which were fabulous. The small portions are divided into categories. Veggies, fish, beef, poultry, cheese, fruits, etc. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2002

Las Tapas
710 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 836-4000

Ghost Tour

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Attraction

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The "ghost tours" of Old Town Alexandria are both entertaining and educational. There's a lot of history in this town (I mean, come on, George Washington's Mt. Vernon is a mile away)and with history, comes hauntings, mysterious deaths, mysterious happenings, etc. The tour originates at the visitor's center in Old Town Alexandria, which itself is said to be haunted. Volunteers and staff usually don't stay there at night alone, as spirits in 17th century garb can rattle their chains at any time. Speaking of 17th century garb, the guides are all decked out in period costume. Which makes them a little more believable, and makes them fit into their surroundings -- the brick sidewalks and buildin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2002

Ghost Tour
Old Town Alexandria Visitor's Center - King Street
Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria Waterfrong Photo, Alexandria, Virginia
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You can never forget how close you are to history when you walk along the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria. Just take a look over your left shoulder, and the US Capitol looms on the horizon. Walk along the brick sidewalks, and take a gander at townhouses that are as old as our country, and provided a roof over some of the nations founding fathers' heads. If the history doesn't get you, watching the sailing boats pass you by might tickle your fancy. I quite enjoy walking past the docks wishing that I could have this boat or that one, despite the icky-ness of the water that is the Potomac River. There are iron benches to sit on and watch the boats sail by, or watch the planes land overhead at Natio...Read More

King Street

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Story/Tip

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No trip to Old Town would be a trip to Old Town without walking up and down historical King Street. It begins at the waterfront of the Potomac river, and is lined with brick sidewalks for a good 10-15 blocks. Every kind of restaurant you could imagine can be found, from the Fish Market (see my Fish Market entry) on one end, to Las Tapas (see my Las Tapas entry) on the other. Sprinkled in between are some of the coolest and most original shops that you'll ever see. One of my favorites is the Hats in the Belfry hat shop. I don't know how they stay in business, cuz most people just come in to try on the cooky hats and laugh. But it's a must-see on your walk. Try on the Cat-in-the-Hat hat, or a Viki...Read More