Hotel Indigo in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia (Courtesy image)


Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria will be first hotel along scenic Alexandria waterfront

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the forthcoming opening of the Hotel Indigo ® Old Town Alexandria hotel. Located at 220 South Union Street, Alexandria, Virginia, the hotel will be Alexandria’s first waterfront hotel, delivering a stylish, local experience informed by the city’s picturesque waterfront, and paying homage to its maritime roots.

Each Hotel Indigo property is uniquely designed to reflect the culture, character and history of the surrounding neighborhood. While the Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria hotel will boast modern design elements, nods to the city’s nautical history include a statue by local sculptor Chris Erney. His work features a fisherman pulling in a net, inspired by photos found in the Library of Congress archives showing primary source photos of a Potomac fisherman taken in the 1920s. The Potomac River’s original shoreline, which falls along the hotel’s lobby, will also be featured. Upon breaking ground, a Revolutionary War-era ship was uncovered as well as John Carlyle’s 1755 public warehouse, to the great excitement of local archaeologists. These discoveries inspired marine, colonial, and warehouse motifs throughout the hotel’s design.

The Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria property will be LEED Silver certified, featuring five stories, 120 rooms, and a 5,000 square foot terrace overlooking the river. Designed by Dash Design, the aesthetic was inspired by Alexandria’s historic wharves and warehouses.


Portner Brewhouse in Alexandria, Virginia opening Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Portner Brewhouse Opening in the West End of Alexandria, Virginia

The long-awaited and highly anticipated 150 seat Portner Brewhouse announced its grand opening date today in an email to their Taste Team members. Catherine and Margaret Portner, two of Robert Portner’s great-great granddaughters, are opening their new brewery restaurant featuring craft beer and German-American cuisine on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

They are opening at 5770 Dow Avenue, part of Modera Tempo, the 360 unit mixed-use apartment complex, in the Van Dorn neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.


Meggrolls at 107 N. Fayette Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

If you’re not familiar with Meghan Baroody’s delicious ‘meggrolls’, you take an egg roll, add creative fillings like Buffalo chicken or mac n’ cheese, fry until crisp-and-gooey.

On Thursday, the food truck operator-turned-caterer announced more about her brick-and-mortar concept. The 25-seat shop will open in Old Town, Alexandria in April 2017 in the former home of Five Guys.

In an email to customers, Meghan wrote:

So many amazing things have happened since Meggrolls reached its Kickstarter campaign goal last Valentine’s Day, just one year ago.

After an exciting, action-packed 2016, my business partner Alex and I are pumped to make this year even more memorable.

On February 1st, we received the keys to our new home at 107 N. Fayette St. in Old Town, Alexandria (the old Five Guys), and the transformation has already commenced!

We could not be more thrilled with how the shop is coming together– Lookin’ sharp!

And if things continue to move along smoothly, we’ll be ready to open the doors in April– so exciting!

The city and the small business community of Old Town have shown us so much support– we already feel like we are a part of the family.

We simply can’t wait to bring something unique and special to the city of Alexandria, and I’m so excited and proud to be raising my business here in my hometown.

Please make sure to connect with us on Facebook and Instagram for even more updates as they happen!

Thanks for all of your support!

The Costumes of PBS' Mercy Street, on display at The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum February 17 through September 1, 2017

New “The Costumes of PBS’ Mercy Street” Exhibition at The Lyceum Announced

The Costumes of PBS’ Mercy Street is on view February 17 through September 1, 2017

As season two of PBS’ Mercy Street nears its finale on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. ET, the Office of Historic Alexandria and Visit Alexandria are pleased to announce a new exhibition, The Costumes of PBS’ Mercy Street, on display at The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum February 17 through September 1, 2017. Fans of the show are invited to view four original costumes worn in seasons one and two by Josh Radnor (Dr. Jedediah Foster), AnnaSophia Robb (Alice Green), Hannah James (Emma Green), and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Mary Phinney) created by costume designer Amy Andrews Harrell. Also on display are sketches of the costumes, series images of the actors in the costumes, and historical artifacts such as furniture from the Green furniture factory and medical supplies from the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.

“We are very excited to display four costumes from PBS’ Mercy Street, two from season one and two from season two, at The Lyceum,” said Gretchen Bulova, deputy director for the Office of Historic Alexandria. “This is the only exhibition of the show’s costumes outside of the filming location in Petersburg, Virginia. In addition to this exhibition, the museums in Historic Alexandria are offering special programs and unique experiences based on the themes of Mercy Street that dive deeper into Alexandria’s Civil War history.”


Alexandria Police K9 Stryker and Officer Wilson

Alexandria Police Department’s K9 Stryker Receives Body Armor

In November 2016, the Alexandria Police Department announced that K9 Stryker was to receive a ballistic and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Stryker has now received his body armor. K9 Stryker’s vest is sponsored by Rhonda Carter of Alexandria, VA and is embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc”.   (more…)


Metro releases schedule information for 2017 SafeTrack surges

The City of Alexandria and DASH have been working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the region’s localities to assist travelers as WMATA’s SafeTrack initiative continues.

SafeTrack’s “Safety Surges” involve long-duration of track outages for major projects in key parts of the system that will cause delays throughout the region. The City of Alexandria urges commuters to telework and use alternative ways to commute that do not involve driving alone.

This week, Metro released schedule information for the remaining SafeTrack surges between February and June 2017. Surges will resume February 11 with an 18-day surge on the Blue Line.

Major work that impacts rush-hour service had been suspended during the month of January due to the inauguration and the potential for winter weather impacts.

The SafeTrack program will conclude in late June, after which, Metro will shift to a regimen of preventive maintenance.

Here’s what’s coming in Alexandria in 2017.   (more…)

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