Old Town Alexandria


Labor Day Weekend in Old Town Alexandria was a hot and stormy one.  90+ degrees with 90% humidity made for a steamy weekend.


The storms that rolled in at night kept us from enjoying much of the night life although we got a Manhattan in at Jackson 20 on King St.

Alexandria Jackson20Manhattan

Shopping in Old Town Alexandria was great! Sur La Table, Lululemon, Gap Outlet, Nine West Outlet, Banana Republic, little boutiques, designer second-hand stores, and my namesake boutique entertained me for many hours.  BC napped in the heat of the day while I spent hours in the designer second-hand stores right off King Street.  They were so much fun.  I almost spent $60 on Jimmy Choo sandals I didn’t really need.  So tempting!

Andea's Bourtique

King Street is the Main Street and also the location of our hotel- Hotel Monaco.  The Hotel Monaco is kitty corner from the main square and the Farmer’s Market that happens every Saturday until noon.  We arrived right at noon and weren’t able to do any shopping- sad Sad smile

Alexandria fountain

Hotel Monaco Alexandria 6th floor room:


and bathroom:

Hotel Monaco Alexandria bathroom

I won’t lie, this wasn’t as cool as I was expecting the room to be considering our awesome rooms at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia and Baltimore.  It may have been the tiny window since we were on the 6th (the top) floor of the hotel.

Hotel Monaco Alexandria Wine Hour

But every Kimpton Hotel has a wine hour from 5-6pm with free wine!  We made some new friends and chatted for an hour about where to have dinner.  They were on their honeymoon and have stayed here many times before as they love Old Town Alexandria and the Hotel Monaco.

Alexandria Saganaki lemon

Our new friends and Yelp reviews led us to Taverna Cretekou.

We ordered the Saganaki which is delicious fried cheese.  BC isn’t not a very experiences international eater so I explained everything to him terms of Italian food.  Saganaki = fried mozzarella sticks.

Alexandria saganaki fire

Fried in the courtyard right by the table.  This was way more delicious than mozzarella sticks from the bar.

Alexandria saganaki finished

I ordered feta stuffed flounder for my meal but the carrots stole the show.  I hate cooked carrots but these were to die for because of the sauce.

Alexandria flounder

BC ordered Moussaka.  Moussaka=Greek lasagna.  Close enough.  He liked it but loved the carrots.

Alexandria Moussaka

That is it from this trip to Old Town Alexandria for the weekend.  It is a fun place to spend a few nights, eat good food, shop in the stores, and visit nearby DC and National Harbor, Maryland via water taxi.

Historic Alexandria sign

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