Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., with some of the most beautiful views of the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the most endearing small cities in America. From the historic charm of Old Town to the artistic development of the waterfront and the bohemian flair of Del Ray, Alexandria has something for everyone. With increased attention comes an ever-exploding culinary scene and, despite its size, Alexandria already overflows with excellent options. These five will give you the best representation of the city’s diverse scene.
For now, you can only find Meggrolls in Alexandria, but don’t expect that to last. These oversized crispy wonton rolls are stuffed with incarnations of every imaginable meal and snack from chicken Parm and broccoli mac to lamb gyro and Buffalo wings. What started as a food truck is now a beloved restaurant with a rotating menu of whatever creator and owner Meghan Baroody is currently dreaming up.
For the ice cream lover, The Creamery is a top shop among Alexandria’s inexplicably massive ice cream selection. This is the city’s oldest, continuously operating ice cream shop and it serves small-batch ice creams, specializing in flavors with Southern flair (try banana pudding).
A can’t-miss dinner in Alexandria, reserve a table at Vermillion for an unforgettable meal of modern American fare created from seasonal ingredients sourced locally and farm-raised whenever possible, and served in the warm ambiance of Vermillion’s dark woods, exposed brick walls and seductive red accents.
Fresh tortillas and Oaxaca corn are just two examples of Urbano 116’s devotion to authentic Mexican cuisine. New this year, Urbano 116’s modern interior combined with updated takes on traditional Mexican dishes brings a decidedly vibrant edge to King Street’s restaurant scene.
Breakfast anywhere else would be unforgivable. Stomping Ground’s famous buttermilk biscuits get top billing at this casual Del Ray eatery featuring primarily organic ingredients that are seasonal and local whenever possible.
Lawnstarter, an outdoor services provider, recently conducted a study on the best cities for living without a car for 2021. The company analyzed data of 20 key indicators, including walking routes, share of residents using public transportation and average sunshine across the 150 biggest cities in the United States.
Travelers go on trips for various reasons: Some love to enjoy unique culinary experiences, while others want to explore new cultures and have authentic local experiences. Whatever the reason, vacations should have one thing in common — rest. In fact, healing and healthy ways to boost the immune system are trending topics now and Korean-style wellness is just what you need on future trips. At the 48 recommended wellness travel destinations in Korea, visitors can relax and recharge by enjoying different types of Korean therapy and participating in programs that seek healing in nature. Stay at home and visit Korea for a wellness vacation when it's safe to travel again.
If the winter months have you craving a snowy retreat surrounded by off-season island fun and warm fireplaces, The Bungalow at Greydon House should be on your list. An iconic stay in Nantucket, Massachusetts, The Bungalow offers a two-bedroom, three-bathroom retreat in the heart of historic downtown.
Imagine traveling the world and finding the love of your life at the same time. Does The Bachelor franchise come to mind? Due to the global pandemic, the show’s filming was put on hold and production had to get creative, filming at only one resort, instead of traveling the world, as in previous seasons. If you need your Bachelor nation fix, check out some resorts they’ve filmed in before, and book a stay for yourself.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
Outforia, an online resource for all things outdoors, recently conducted a study to determine the best states for adrenaline seekers. Outforia ranked each state on the number of available activities in 10 categories to put together the 2021 Adventure Index.