Founded as a seaport in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is one of the most historic neighborhoods in the DC area. It is just a short metro ride outside the city and offers a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of DC. With so many things to see and do, Old Town is the perfect weekend excursion.
Gadsby’s Tavern – If you are looking for a historic lunch location, look no further than Gadsby’s Tavern. Founded in 1785, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of Alexandria’s economic, political and social life in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. Notable visitors include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison and James Monroe. The restaurant offers everything from crab cakes and duck to burgers and Rueben sandwiches. Gadsby’s is located 138 N. Royal Street. (http://www.gadsbystavernrestaurant.com/index.html)
King Street Blues – This affordable family-friendly chain is local to the Virginia area and prides itself on serving “comfort food with a southern accent”. Some of their dishes include; country fried steak and mashed potatoes, ribs, burgers, chili, cornbread and sweet tea. King Street Blues is located off the King Street Metro stop at 112 North Saint Asaph Street. (http://www.kingstreetblues.com/oldtown/index.asp)
Candi’s Candies – Craving something sweet? Try visiting a local favorite, Candi’s Candies. This old fashioned candy shop in the heart of Old Town Alexandria offers a large variety of candy including rock candy, jelly beans and barrels of different flavored taffy. There is something to satisfy every kind of candy lover. Candi’s is located on the corner of King and North Fairfax Streets.
Torpedo Factory Art Center – Once an operational torpedo factory, The Torpedo Factory Art Center houses more than 165 visual artists who produce artwork in a wide variety of media including painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, stained glass and sculpture. Visitors can join the artists in their studios and observe their creative processes, ask questions and purchase their original work. The Torpedo Factory is located at the Alexandria waterfront and admission is free. (http://www.torpedofactory.org/index.html)
Ghost and Graveyard Tour – Follow an 18th century costumed guide through the streets of Old Town and listen to spooky stories about the historic city. Each tour is a one-hour, six-block walk. At the tour’s end your guide will abandon you in a graveyard! (http://www.alexcolonialtours.com/graveyard.html)
Potomac River Cruise – Old Town’s waterfront location makes getting out on the water easy! The Potomac Riverboat Company offers several tour options departing from the Alexandria Marina including one that cruises by the National Monuments. Tickets range from $12 to $26. (http://potomacriverboatco.com/index.php).