Visit Alexandria: 8 New Activities Offered for People Looking to Venture Out

The Tall Ship Providence (Photo: Ryan Smith/ Visit Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Looking to spend some time out of the house? How about some fun and socially-distant activities? Visit Alexandria released a list of options this morning. Have a look at what is offered.

Summary excerpts from a blog post by Caroline Secrest of Visit Alexandria.

Tall Ship Providence: “Old Town’s newest waterfront attraction, a reproduction of a 1700’s ship which has appeared in the blockbuster film, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ is offering public afternoon cruises with historic interpretation and special seasonal cruises this October, including Craft Beer Cruises (Oct. 16 and 23), a Sunset Wine Cruise (Oct. 18) and Costumed Fall Brew and Family Cruises (Oct. 30 and 31). Learn more here.”

Black Lives Matter mural: “Old Town’s latest mural puts a modern spin on a Michelangelo classic with a powerful message, along with fresher public artwork around town.”

Dog bar/cat café: “Dog owners can look forward to bringing their four-legged friends to a hybrid dog park and restaurant/bar, Barkhaus, opening this weekend on October 17. Reservations are required. Cat lovers can mask up to cuddle with adorable adoptable kittens at Mount Purrnon (opened August 2020).”

Self-Guided Black History Driving Tour: “Embark on an eight-site driving tour to start exploring the African American history that shaped Alexandria and the United States, from D.C.’s onetime southern cornerstone laid by Benjamin Banneker to the site of one of the nation’s earliest sit-ins and more.”

African American Heritage Trail: “Experience Alexandria’s African American history told through an online StoryMap that can be experienced at home or on your phone as you walk the trail along the Potomac River. The North Trail Route is the first in a series of trails covering the waterfront from the African American Heritage Trail Committee, supported by the Office of Historic Alexandria.”

Salon MONTE: “Known for dolling up brides as fashion director on TLC’s ‘Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,’ reality star Monte Durham debuts his waterfront hair salon, complete with celebrity makeup artist, potential reality show and more.

13 new restaurants: Try new menus or dine outside at 13 new restaurants, including a new concept, Hank & Mitzi’s, led by Chopped-winning chef Chris Edwards and a Black-owned, vintage-inspired frozen custard outpost, Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, in a historic ice house.

Shop small: Old Town welcomes the region’s first zero-waste grocer and sustainable dry goods store, Mason & Greens, plus a new retail concept, Mint Collective, from the team behind popular consignment shop Mint Condition.

Check out big-name brands: Fatface, the British lifestyle clothing and accessories retailer, has just landed on King Street, with beloved eco-conscious outdoor clothing brand Patagonia set to land in the former Old Town Theatre location this fall.

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