Guide to a Three-Day Weekend in Old Town Alexandria

January 25, 2014 8:00 AM


A three-day weekend is certainly something to look forward to. Although it is rather easy to go with the flow, planning ahead is always a smart idea. Alexandria is a charming colonial city on the border of D.C. with more than enough options for mini vacations and much-needed getaways that aren’t too far from home. Old Town Alexandria is booming with dining and shopping options, a polished town that is quaint and thriving at the same time.

Hotel Monaco Alexandria
480 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-6080

Hotel Monaco in downtown Alexandria is part of the celebrated Kimpton Hotel group. The rooms are stylish and the vibe is upbeat – guaranteeing a comfortable stay. Accommodations include 24-hour room service, an indoor heated pool, fitness center, complimentary coffee in the morning and a wine hour at night. For those who do not like to leave their animals at home, the hotel is pet friendly.

Jackson 20
Hotel Monaco Alexandria
480 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-6080

Before heading out for the day, fuel your body and enjoy a delicious brunch at Jackson 20. Part of Hotel Monaco, the restaurant is adjacent to the hotel. The brunch menu includes classic egg dishes, waffles and Southern biscuits and gravy.

Mount Vernon 
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
(703) 780-2000

Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic home, is a short 15-minute drive from Alexandria. There are public transportation options between riding the yellow line and taking a shuttle. Mount Vernon offers a number of unique tours according to preference – including a garden and landscape tour or national treasure tour. The signature tour, a guided exploration through the home and estate, is most common and very educational. Adult tickets are $17 and children tickets are $8. There is so much to see at Mount Vernon that you can make a day of the trip.

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Flat Iron Steak & Saloon
808 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-0777

After freshening up at the hotel, conveniently walk to dinner. There are tons of options within walking distance, but Flat Iron Steak & Saloon is noteworthy and has a fun atmosphere. All steaks are gathered from local farms. The starters are exceptional – beef carpaccio, parmigiana tots and chicken eggrolls. If steak is not your preferred meat, there are seafood and chicken options.

Research local Alexandria theatres to see if there are any performances, concerts or plays taking place during your stay. This would make an ideal night activity for a date or family. Theatres to check out include Athenaeum, The Birchmere, MetroStage and The Little Theatre of Alexandria.

Alexandria is known to have excellent shopping – home to specialty boutiques and local one-of-a-kind shops. King Street, where Hotel Monaco is located, is a retail corridor that goes on for blocks and blocks. The shops include something suitable for all needs: fashion, beauty, home, art, antiques, kids, vintage and consignment.

Alexandria Cupcake
1022 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-9099

Shopping can often work up an appetite, calling for a mid-day snack. Pop into Alexandria Cupcake for a sweet treat or stop by Bread & Chocolate bakery for a yummy pasty and flavorful coffee.

6625 S. Van Dorn St.
Alexandria, VA 22315
(703) 924-2600

TopGolf is an ideal venue to get in a little fitness and sporting activity, as well as a destination for friendly gatherings. The entertainment complex is a gathering place where patrons can play competition golf games with friends. Each group of people has its own section, with a table and chairs for relaxing and socializing. Servers accommodate to each table, providing food and beverages. There are heaters in place for colder months.

Hank’s Oyster Bar
1026 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-4265

End your long weekend by dining at Hank’s Oyster Bar. The recently expanded restaurant offers daily specials that include remarkable seafood options. Oysters are shipped from across the country and served fresh. Servers educate patrons on where the oysters originated. The lobster roll and scallops are buzzed about.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at

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