Old Town Alexandria, VA: A weekend getaway

Everyone that knows me knows that I love to travel.  Anytime I’m not travelling, I’m planning my next trip.  This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit Old Town Alexandria and I already want to go back.

Old Town Alexandria is just a few hours from Pittsburgh and only minutes from Washington D.C. No matter where you’re travelling from, this romantic town will take you back in time.  Founded in 1749, the original charm can be seen in the cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks.  The area is complete with countless restaurants and boutiques.  The heart of Old Town is King Street, which has something to offer for any one, from pet lovers to young families.

Stay

Old Town has several lodging options that range from intimate boutique hotels to larger Hotels, like the Sheraton Suites where I stayed. Located on the edge of the Potomac River and just a few blocks from the bustling King Street, this balcony suite was perfect.  At $150 a night you can’t beat the price.  Oh, and did I mention this hotel is pet-friendly?  I was able to bring my puppy for no extra charge.

Eat

If you’re like me, the first thing you do in a new city is check out the cuisine.  With so many options, it was hard to choose.  With the help of reviews on Yelp, we decided on The Warehouse for Sunday brunch.  With the brunch entrees being the same price as the appetizers, we chose to split their famous French toast (with Bacon) as a starter.  All of their brunch items come with a complimentary glass of champagne and fresh strawberries (or strawberries and double cream if you so choose).  I will say this was the best French toast I’ve ever had.   As the main course, I chose a pulled pork sandwich and my boyfriend got a Habenero BBQ Lamb leg sandwich.  Both sandwiches were delicious and devoured in record time.

Drink

After a long day of traveling and hanging out with family, by the time we got back to the hotel we were drained.  After a two hour nap, we mustered up the strength to get off the couch and wander down to King Street.  The walk alone was worth leaving the room.  Without a game plan, we walked the mile long street and decided to follow the music, which was coming from Murphy’s, a Grand Irish Pub.  The live music by Pat Carroll felt authentic and the draft beer was yummy.  I was able to sample the breaded mozzarella sticks, but I’m told the rest of their food is delicious.

Next time

With the abundance of restaurants, boutiques and museums, I’m already planning my next trip to Old Town.  Next time, I will be making a list of all of the places I want to visit and hopefully stay a couple more days.  All in all, I highly recommend you visit this beautiful town.

Check out this short video of my weekend below:

Photo and Video credits:  Hope McCullough and Four of a Kind Diaries

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