by Allen J. Sheinman | January 01, 2017

Washington Shopped Here
Old Town Alexandria is a beautifully preserved historic district in the heart of the city George Washington called home. Among the area's many pleasures is the shopping - antiques, high fashion, home goods and more - centered on picturesque King Street (pictured). A free trolley takes you along the main drag. Just northeast is the funkier Del Ray district, with vintage clothes, rare comic books and more.

 Grin And Beer It
Get thee to the Alexandria Visitors Center and ask for a map for the self-guided walking tour of the city's historic breweries. Then go sample brews at 15 pubs and eateries along the way. Try not to fall into the Potomac.


Yum, French-Style
A place you'll want to escape to, Bastille is an elegant and contemporary French bistro featuring sumptuous dishes by acclaimed husband-and-wife chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux. Seasonal, locally sourced and farm-fresh are spoken here, with private dining available for groups of up to 50.  

 Art explosion
Founded in 1974 in a munitions plant built shortly after World War I on the Potomac riverfront, the Torpedo Factory Art Center welcomes visitors to more than 80 working artists' studios, as well as numerous galleries, workshops and an archaeology museum.