Happy Friday friends! Hallelujah that it’s almost the weekend! Yipeee! Can you all believe it’s already Mother’s Day this weekend? I for one am super excited to celebrate my beautiful mama! My mom is prob the greatest human that ever walked the face of the planet, if you know her, you know what I mean! Every year, we celebrate by trying a different brunch and bubbly….which is so much fun!! Is there ever a time that brunch isn’t fun? Plus, the weather is soooo nice this week so I can’t wait to enjoy it with the family. How do you celebrate your mom??? I always love hearing the ideas of others…always inspires me so much!

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Today, I thought I’d share a travel guide for one of my fave road trip places, Alexandria, VA. We recently traveled here with mi madre and it is such a fun little place to visit!  If you live in the greater Philadelphia area, this is such a fun weekend trip to take!! Read on below, to see what to eat, drink, and do!!

Alexandria Travel Guide

First and foremost, when we have visited Alexandria, we usually break it into two or three parts bc there are three fun areas all right next to each others. We usually stay in Alexandria and explore that area. Then, we choose to either head across the water to spend some time in the National Harbor of take the Metro into D.C. If you have a few days, you can do all three!

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Where to Stay

The Alexandrian This hotel is super unique! The decor is so pretty with gorgeous couches in the lobby, and unique wallpaper in the rooms. Plus, I can’t say enough about the location of this hotel….it’s in the BEST spot to get to everything you need in Alexandria just by walking a few blocks!! This was our second time to this hotel. Plus, they have fun things in the lobby, like flavored water, tea, coffee, and popcorn. (all complimentary) As if it wasn’t sweet enough, the hotel is also pet friendly!

Gaylord Resort National Harbor This hotel is so gorgeous! The part that faces the water is all glass and the inside of the hotel is just plain amazing. It is fun to just walk around, enjoy the atrium and all of the beautiful scenery. We hope to take a trip back soon and stay here!!!

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What to do

Alexandria

Take a stroll around Old Town

Don’t forget to visit all of the unique shops! My fave is The Lucky Knot!

Enjoy some yummy ice cream at Pop’s

Have a secret cocktail at a prohibition bar, Bar PX. Don’t forget to make a reservation!

Head down to the water and grab a cocktail at Virtue Feed and Grain

Indulge in delicious waterfront brunch at Blackwall Hitch

Take a moonlit cruise to see the monuments at night

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National Harbor

Take a ride on the Capital Wheel and get a bird’s eye view of the Potomac and D.C.

Hit up the shops here….my faves are South Moon Under and The PinkWell Boutique. B’s fave was of course, the Pepper Palace

Head down to the water to see one of the outdoor events

Hit up an event at the MGM grand

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Where to Eat

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Magnolia’s on King  Do not leave without hitting up this southern gem. Try the bacon wrapped dates as an app. Get the pork chop or meatloaf for your meal. Plus, the cocktails, to die for!! Get a good old fashioned if you are in a southern mood!

Blackwall Hitch Please, I beg you, do not leave without going here for brunch. 1 dollar mimosas…I repeat, 1 dollar mimosas. From fried chicken and waffles, to homemade mac n’ cheese…there is something for everyone. The atmosphere is top notch, mason jars and cutest nautical themed decor….we will def be back again!

Check out these fun places too:  Virtue Feed and Grain //  Restaurant Eve // Fish Market

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National Harbor

The Walrus and the Oyster Ale House  Hellooooo yummy seafood!! This place is so fun and if you sit outside you can see the beautiful waterfront. Try a beer cocktail! B had one with hot sauce on the top. The lobster roll was so yum and I had a crab cake on top of my salad that I am still dreaming about. It is the perfect lunch spot!

Check out these fun places too: Bond45 //  Granite City Brewing //  Rosa Mexicano 

Have you ever been to Alexandria or the National Harbor? What was your favorite thing to do? Drop me a comment below. As always, I am so grateful for each one of you! Thank you so much for stopping by.

 

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