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Why Old Town Alexandria Should Be Your Valentine’s Day Destination

The historic Old Town Alexandria is perhaps one of the top romantic cities in Northern VA. This town boasts of an exceptionally rich heritage still evident through its many old landmarks presently transformed into museums, historic sights and galleries.  Many of the late 18th century and early 19th century townhouses still remain and add to the  notable character of Old Town Alexandria.

Start off your date with a free tour of the Torpedo Factory Art Center that features 82 working artists’ studios, six galleries, the Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Then head south on N Union St and walk up to King Street to check out charming boutiques along the way and their unique selection of merchandise. As you approach S Fairfax St, turn left to find the  Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop, one of the oldest pharmacies in the nation. You’ll feel like you just stepped into a time capsule as you view the collection of early medical supplies and hand-blown glass containers. If you’re up for a bit more walking, head north towards King St, then right on N Washington St towards Princess St and you’ll see the narrow cobblestone road lined with gracious colonial townhomes that will bring back feelings of nostalgia. Finally, off to your romantic dinner! Here are some restaurant suggestions with special offers on Valentine’s day:

Bastille – 1201 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA (703) 519-3776.

Four course prix fixe menu for $85.00 The meal includes choices such as lobster bisque, crème fraiche, feuillete, caviar, sea scallops, carpaccio blood orange, roasted beets, micro arugula, Warm olive oil braised black cod, cauliflower coulis, fennel, piquillo, olives, almonds, all-natural veal filet, anchovy & sweet garlic sauce and Jerusalem artichokes, Royal trumpet and beech mushrooms, carrots fondants and for dessert Roquefort ice cream, port poached pears, black pepper walnut shortbread, micro greens or chocolate truffles.

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier – 1600 King St, Alexandria, VA  (703) 894-3440

Five course prix fixe menu for $85.00, wine pairing option for an additional $50.00. Special menu items such as chilled Maine lobster with Anaheim chili and vanilla-passion fruit vinaigrette, roasted rohan duck breast with candied kumquat, candy stripe beets and a port jus and grilled roseda farms beef striploin with a chestnut puree, chanterelle mushrooms and marble potato.

The Grille at Morrison House – 116 S Alfred St, Alexandria, VA (703) 838-8000.

Six-course tasting menu, $95.00 per person with the option of beverage pairing for $45.00. Dishes including terrine of foie gras with passion fruit, pumpkin bread, sauternes gelee and gold leaf, black buck antelope carpaccio with black winter truffle, smoked red chiogga beets and endive and pan seared langoustine with carolina gold rice grits, butternut squash, leeks and country ham broth.

This will definitely be a night to remember! If you love the “Old Town” vibe, check out these property listings in Alexandria. Old Town Alexandria might just be your new home!

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