What's your history with Alexandria, VA and DC?
I spent the first 17 years of my life in Northern New Jersey and moved to DC in 2003 to attend George Washington University. After graduation, I applied for jobs in NYC and DC and ultimately decided to stay in the area. I spent a year in Crystal City and made the move to Alexandria in 2008.
I love Alexandria since it is just a hop, skip and a jump from all that DC has to offer but I can easily find parking, run errands, and have a slightly slower paced life.
Discovering Alexandria- what are your favorite places to shop/eat/go with friends/people watch?
Old Town is great for dinner, drinks, shopping and history! It really has it all.
Dinner: Are you looking for a hole in the wall sushi spot? I have just the place. One block from King Street, Momu Sushi, is an amazing find. 212 Queen Street, 22314.
Date night, drinks with friends, brunch: Columbia Firehouse is my one stop shop for a great meal or a great cocktail. I have had Easter Brunch here, celebrated my friend’s engagements, had great dates, had one too many cocktails from bad dates...it is literally a perfect location. 109 S Saint Asaph Street, 22314.
Shopping: If you have stopped by my blog, you know I have a serious love of Lilly Pulitzer. The Pink Palm located right on King Street has a great selection of dresses and Lilly items. It isn’t a large store so you don’t need to worry about getting lost in patterns but you can always find something to try on! My most frequent shopping adventures take place at Pacers, just a block down from the Pink Palm, there sales team is exceptional at finding you running shoes or stocking up on my favorite products, Oiselle or Honey Stinger Waffles.
People Watching: Head to the end of King Street by Starbucks. You can grab some tea and then just sit and watch. So many tourists in unique outfits, usually a band or singer to keep you entertained and if you need some quiet, you can just watch the boats come in.
Perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon in your area?
A perfect Saturday in Alexandria would consist of a bike ride on the Mount Vernon Trail, a quick shower and people watching by the water. Since you already exercised, you can treat yourself to Ben and Jerrys or one of the many frozen yogurt places. Need to get out of the sun? Head into Lou Lou’s and shop their adorable necklaces and accessories. The Torpedo Factory at 208 King Street, 22314, is great around 2pm to watch artists in the middle of creating their new work. The factory is open to the public from 10-6pm.
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