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Guide to Old Town Alexandria
Comments () | Published May 21, 2008
Starting near the King Street Metro stop, work your way east along the main drag. If you love to shop, you’ll find plenty of places to give your wallet a workout. For items like decorative soaps, candles, and stationery, we recommend Embellishments (1303 King St.; 703-299-6602), a shop well stocked with gift items. Diva (116 S Pitt St.; 703-683-1022) and Milano (1123 King St.; 703-548-2540) are good for women’s and men’s clothing. Go thrifty at the Twig (106 N. Columbus St.; 703-683-5544), a consignment shop benefitting a local hospital.

Refuel with coffee and a Danish at Misha’s or make your way to Grape + Bean (118 S. Royal St.; 703-664-0214), an Old Town newcomer serving wine, coffee, and exotic cheeses. If you’re visiting on a Friday night, this stop is a must—Grape + Bean hosts free wine tastings Fridays from 5 to 8.

For lunch, check out Restaurant Eve’s Lickity Split lunch special, where you can pick any two items on the menu for $13.50. Go for two savory courses, an entrée, and dessert (such as the best pink birthday cake you’ve ever tasted), or even a salad or sandwich along with one of sommelier Todd Thrasher’s delicious cocktails. The deal is available only on weekdays at the bar.

After lunch, hit more shops—there’s plenty to keep you busy—or head to the Torpedo Factory Art Center for a taste of local art. If you’re all shopped out, you could spend the afternoon checking out the historic homes and businesses in Old Town. Don’t miss Christ Church (118 N. Washington St.; 703-549-1450), the Episcopal church that George Washington attended. Take a peek inside and sit in his family’s pew.

For dinner, head to the Majestic, where diner food is done right. Or, for a more upscale spot, check out Vermilion—and don’t forget to sip a drink or two at the bar. Save room for dessert because afterward you should head to Old Fashioned Mom and Pops Icecream (109 King St.; 703-683-5807). Peppermint stick and pralines-and-cream are two of the 20 ice-cream flavors available. Or you can splurge for a real classic such as a banana split or hot-fudge sundae—your diet may not forgive you, but your tastebuds will.

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