Old Town Alexandria is a quaint historic town just on the other side of the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Old Town Alexandria provides the perfect balance of modernization and that warm comfortable down home feeling that can only be embodied in it’s moniker “Old Town”. Here, the waterfront and cobblestone lined streets are lined with modern restaurants, unique boutiques and retail ranging from Banana Republic to the Irish Walk and several antique stores, museums and colonial houses.
What to See
234 years young, incorporated in 1779, Old Town was an important port during the Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War periods. Alexandria also has the distinction of being chosen by George Washington to become part of the District of Columbia. It was originally in Virginia, ceded to the U.S. Government to form the District of Columbia, and later retroceded to Virginia by the Federal Government in 1846.
Old Town Alexandria provides the perfect balance of modernization and that warm comfortable down home feeling that can only be embodied in it’s moniker “Old Town”. Here, the waterfront and cobblestone lined streets are lined with modern restaurants, unique boutiques and retail ranging from Banana Republic to the Irish Walk and several antique stores, museums and colonial houses.
Alexandria has been the host of many major films including National Treasure: Book of Secrets, which was filmed at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. For those interested in the arts, be sure to check out The Torpedo Factory.
What to Do
Alexandria, VA has long been home to those who enjoy big city benefits in a more serene setting. Just moments outside Washington, DC, this unique Northern VA rental area combines historic settings, natural environs, major shopping areas and some of the best dining in the region. When you live in Alexandria you’ll be able to enjoy everything this incredible area has to offer.
Enjoy everything from high-end shopping to holiday parades to historic homes to countless restaurants, pubs and nightspots. But Old Town is only the beginning. Spend and evening at the Hoffman Town Center with its collection of restaurants and stores including an AMC Theater and the popular Bread and Chocolate café. For those seeking outdoor activities, parks exist in every direction, from Belle Haven Park to the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve on the Potomac, to dozens of stunning golf courses. Plus, with easy access to Route One and the Capitol Beltway, the rest of the Washington, DC area is easy to reach.
Where to Shop
There are so many places the shop in Alexandria. Here are just a few examples from Old Town.
An American in Paris
Ann Taylor Loft
Comfort One Shoes
Dash’s of Old Town
Jake’s of Old Town
Jos A Bank Clothing
Laketana Ethiopian Craft
Le Star Bridal
Mint Condition Boutique
Montague and Son: Fine Comfort Footwear
Pink and Brown Boutique
Raul’s Men’s Wear
The Market Square Group
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