With one of my absolute favorite holidays, aka Valentine's Day, officially behind us, for those of us lucky enough to live in the Washington, D.C. "bubble" Monday marks President's Day. This random day in the February calendar is an official government holiday and so many in the area will be having a three day weekend.
A great way to celebrate President's Day is with a quick trip or a nice "staycation." For those who are trip-minded Alexandria, Virginia is a good option. While Alexandria isn't that far from Washington, D.C. proper, it's just far enough away to feel like you aren't quite in the city. Some interesting tidbits on Alexandria include:
Affectionately being known as George Washington’s adopted hometown, the town was a hotspot for the nation’s first president who conducted business, gathered with friends, worshiped and even owned a townhouse in the area;
Thomas Jefferson entertained guests at Gadsby's Tavern;
Civil War general Robert E. Lee moved to Alexandria with his family when he was only four years old;
United States President Gerald R. Ford also called Alexandria home: the 38th president of the United States lived in his home in Alexandria's Clover neighborhood until shortly after being appointed to the presidency.
PHOTO: The Alexandrian courtesy of The Alexandrian
Stay at the newly refurbished The Alexandrian before walking down the original cobblestone streets to the Fish Market for some cheap and tasty eats.
PHOTO: Shield's Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg courtesy of Google Images
A fairly speedy 4 hour drive from Washington, D.C., this year marks the 400th anniversary of events in Virginia. Historic Jamestowne, the Jamestown Settlement, and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are offering special programs and exhibits throughout the year to commemorate this anniversary. There are also new programs and exhibits at Colonial Williamsburg, new rides at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA (including Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster), new restaurants, a new luxury estate house at Kingsmill, and more.
PHOTO: Monticello courtesy of Monticello
Alternatively, there is my favorite Virginia destination: Charlottesville. Historic, bucolic and filled with great antiquing and food, Charlottesville is the ideal place for a three-day presidential weekend.
PHOTO: Junior Suite at The Hay Adams (c) Sery Kim
But if you just don't want to do anything this weekend, the ideal spot to relax is at my favorite D.C. hotel The Hay Adams. Enjoy a restful evening in their super comfortable beds, drinks at Off the Record and an excellent Champagne Brunch Sunday morning.