Quality Inn Mount Vernon
7212 Richmond Hwy.
Alexandria, VA 22306
Phone: (703) 765-9000
Fax: (703) 765-2325
Stop by the Book Bank in the heart of Old Town Alexandria to chance upon exquisite secondhand finds. With over 25,000 covers to its credit, the collection at this lovely book store represents an array of genres by way of classic novels, paperbacks and publications of local interest. Fiction, mysteries and thrillers share shelves with history, art, science, poetry and non-fiction categories to make for a balanced mix, with a section dedicated to children. Take into account recommendations by the friendly staff to make that perfect and affordable purchase for a gift or otherwise.
Located in Old Town Alexandria, Hooray for Books is one of the area's most exuberant children's bookstores. No matter your child's age or literary preference, this charming book boutique is bound to have something to suit their tastes. Friendly, knowledgable staff are on hand to recommend works both new and old. Regular events at the store include arts and crafts nights as well as author visits.
For over 25 years Aftertime Comics has been serving Old Town Alexandria. The cozy store manages to cram an amazing amount of merchandise inside. Comic aficionados can spend all day in this shop wading through volumes of popular and beloved comics, as well as finding some treasures in the form of very rare and interesting issues and graphic novels. A selection of collectibles are also available - they make great gifts!
Society Fair is a butchery, bakery, market and wine bar all rolled into one. A stylish decor consisting of chandeliers and art pieces invite one here. Enticing sweets, preserves, pickles and freshly-baked confections occupy the display. The kitchen offers a serving of cakes, cookies, bread and daily-changing meat dishes. Look through the impressive wine selection for a bottle to carry home.
Pacers opened in Alexandria in 1991 to cover the fitness needs of running and walking enthusiasts. With stores across the Washington DC area, this family-owned flagship is located among historic rowhouses in Old Town and is operated by architect Joe Schultz. With over two decades in the business, their personal service remains unrivaled while their retail selection of fitness apparel and accessories have received many accolades. Their specialty shoes cater to runners of all stamina levels and are a popular choice among professionals. Take a test run on the treadmill to determine your best fit or get a pair exclusively customized.
Right near downtown Alexandria, Imagine Artwear is a truly unique destination for handcrafted American goods. Jewelry, accessories and clothing are exclusively handcrafted domestically, meaning shoppers can contribute to emerging and established designers. The prices do reflect the personal touch with which all items are created, although the sturdy goods are worth the investment.
It's always happy hour at The Hour. The unique store caters exclusively to at-home bartenders and mixology enthusiasts with a bar artillery that has got all your bartending essentials covered. An array of shakers, stirrers, pitchers, muddlers, jiggers and glassware are tastefully arranged in the aesthetically-appealing establishment. State-of-the-art barware shares space with vintage items from the 1920s through 1940s and features celebrated designer labels like Fred Press, Schott Zwiesel and Dorothy Thorpe.
Indulge your creative side at Paint This! Armed with a bit of imagination and patience, one can color a myriad of ceramics from cups, pots and dinnerware to planters and frames. The studio supplies the raw materials and also offers to glaze your work of art. The end result is your own masterpiece to take home and showcase on the mantel-piece. Enjoy this artistic experience alone or with friends and have a memorable time.
Red velvet, coconut macaroons, banana pineapple spice cake, pumpkin, lemon, peach and Belgian chocolate are some of the more enticing cupcakes that await visitors at Lavender Moon Cupcakery. This small and cozy shop has a daily changing batch of cakes, with each new day offering a fresh flavor to indulge your sweet tooth. Using organic and gluten-free products, the bakery zealously prepares its creations that are much loved by all.
The Irish Walk is centrally located in Downtown Alexandria, a block away from Market Square and Alexandria's City Hall. Featuring all things Irish, the shop is clad in green tones with the occasional leprechaun plushy poking out from a shelf. The wares at Irish Walk range from kitschy to traditional, Guinness signs and plastic pots of gold sharing space with Celtic crosses and Belleek pottery. Anyone in the market for Irish wares is well-advised to make Irish Walk their first stop.
Nestled in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Why Not? offers two floors of children’s treasures. The upstairs floor boasts an impressive selection of dress-up clothes while the downstairs bursts with shelves upon shelves of classic games and toys - more Candy Land than superheroes. It’s the kind of place that keeps people coming back, whether they’re reminiscing the days of their own childhood or creating memories with the next generation.
Long before the establishment of Washington, DC, Alexandria was a town centered in politics and commerce. The founding fathers often met here to discuss freedom and revolution. Visit Robert E. Lee's boyhood home and that of his father, General "Lighthorse" Harry Lee, a Revolutionary War hero. Nearby Christ Church is where George Washington worshipped. Stroll down King Street with its many quaint shops and restaurants or duck down one of the side streets, many of which have their original cobblestones. Alexandria is 30 minutes south of Washington. Take the George Washington Memorial Parkway.