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9 Things to Do in Alexandria, Virginia

9 things to do in Alexandria, Virginia is an under estimate. There are tons of hidden gems in this city. A day commute, weekend getaway, or a full vacation Alexandria offers colonial charm like no other destination. A brief flight from almost anywhere on the east coast will deliver you in the midst of ole world elegance and something extraordinary. The streets of Alexandria Virginia are paved in gold and it is no wonder they call the main drag King Street. Beyond the colorful exterior doors lies a spirit of community. Nestled in close proximity to the bustling District of Columbia, Alexandria is riddled with opportunities of exploration. Charm is an understatement for this brilliant American community. From cobblestone streets to sitting at the marina enjoy the boldness of this beautiful region of the world.


The luxury feel and vibrancy of the boutique hotels can be addictive in Alexandria. You will know you have been bitten by the design bug when you begin stating, “I am going to renovate my residence as soon as I return home.” Celebrate indigenous spirit and originality of Alexandria. There are numerous options of small hotel that are unique in design and deliver exemplary service.  Color is prominent in Alexandrian décor and is stylishly implemented in variety of intimate enclaves. Stay in style, be of good cheers and live in color!

The Kimpton Lorien Hotel and spa is a sweet suite. Spacious layouts paired with intricate details are just a few of the many attributes of this ole town Alexandria hotel.  From the brick finished entrance to the cordial welcome by the bell staff you will feel right at home. Easy access to King Street makes dining and entertainment a breeze. More importantly, whether you are travelling on business or leisure the word spa is always a welcoming feature. Steam away your stress at The Lorien Spa. Book your treatment from a catalog of services to rejuvenate you from your traveling woes as you embark upon stylish history trek.


Stomping Ground

I may be partial because the owner proprietor is a native Atlantan and your mouth will welcome the southern pride in Nicole Jones’ deliver of the buttermilk chicken biscuit. Beautifully displayed the biscuit is a complete meal of its own. You will not stop at the always buttermilk biscuit because I sure did not. Brunch is served like nothing you have ever tasted filling your palate with scrumptious delights to sing praises.

Virtue Feed and Grain 

A chic lunch is in order. Virtue Feed and Grain is amazing food and an even more beautiful ambiance for casual dining. The macaroni and cheese is simply divine. Remembering anything beyond the first bit of this dish will be difficult as you will ascend to heaven. Fresh flowers and the use of a multitude of woods make this restaurant a relaxing and perfect dining experience.

Virtue Feed & Grain’s  Mac & Cheese is simply divine!
Virtue Feed & Grain's Mac & Cheese is simply divine Photo Courtesy Patrick T. Cooper

Restaurant Eve

Shhhhh be quiet you just may bump into Mr. & Mrs. Barack Obama as Restaurant Eve as the establishment is a favorite of the high powered political dynasty. Feeding presidents, dignitaries and countless celebrities is a daily activity as this hidden gem.  Stroll down the colorful green wall as you enter into this fine dining oasis.  Owner and Executive Chef Armstrong and managing partner Todd Thrasher will wow your taste with amazing medleys of food and wine.


King Street 

If you fancy shopping, you can shop shop and shop some more on King Street. King street is the main thoroughfare in Alexandria and is worth a visit and could be your sole purpose. Literally you can shop to you drop, I did and loved every moment of the experience. 

The Hour Shop 

Depending on your current hunt as a professional shopping your needs may be varied, however if you are looking for decor and utensils to host your next cocktail reception at your humble abode, I strongly suggest you stop by The Hour Shop. Owner Victoria Vergason infectious personality and passion for libation in style takes decision making to a new level. Options upon options of vintage stemware and accessories for drinking adult beverages await you to wow at your next cocktail soiree.

Stitch Sew Shop 

Lovers of fashion step to the front of the line. Stitch Sew Shop is a gathering space to learn, evolve and design garments. Community cohesiveness is celebrated inside the confines of this first of its kind boutique. Owner Kalle Thompson is genius in the development of this shop. Pair your fashion fetish with great fabrications and stop in ole town Alexandria for a new era of design education.


National Museum of African American History and Culture

Massive in presentation and full of details you will easily spend an entire day and not accomplish all of the grandeur of this brand-new facility of history. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a Smithsonian Institution museum and is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Just a short 15-minute ride from Alexandria, Virginia this museum is beautifully designed and rich in content. Visiting Alexandria is a perfect compromise for a family visit as often times accommodations in Alexandria are drastically more economical than the District of Columbia. You will enjoy the refuge of Alexandria just beyond the hustle and bustle of DC.

An American iconic landmark for sure, Mount Vernon is massive and extraordinarily beautiful. Take a half day or whole and experience the wonder of this historical landmark. Once the home to the father to these United States, George Washington established this estate as primary residence. Beautifully maintained and curated you can practically feel the energy of our forefathers and see first-hand the living conditions of the true first family. Riddled with historical charm you can easily exceed a half a day by taking in all of Mount Vernon’s wonder. Plan on grabbing lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant should you need a bit to eat on your day exploration.

Patrick T Cooper
Patrick T Cooper
From wardrobe stylist to CEO, Patrick T. Cooper’s career encompasses over 20 years in design. His prowess for defining creative strategies to fuel brands is what continually ignites Patrick. Innate artistic aptitude makes him a highly sought-after partner for Fortune 500 companies looking to garner consumer brand loyalty. Patrick’s diverse body of work includes corporate partners like Masonite as well as entertainment clients Fantasia Barrino, American Idol season 3 winner, rock band 3 Doors Down, and legendary mogul Sean Combs. Patrick T. Cooper’s cutting-edge sense of style and genius allows him to envision beyond the predictable to create thought-provoking content that positively impacts diverse audiences globally. As an African-American man and LGBTQ advocate, Patrick is the epitome of the convergence of eclectic style, art, culture and people. As the official Chief Encouragement Officer, he’s committed to living authentically and celebrating originality. Patrick’s mantra, “Being a trailblazer isn’t enough if we don’t encourage others to find and live in their purpose!

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