Adorable Old Town Alexandria

So Elyse and I can now proudly boast that we live in America’s #3 best city (according to Bloomberg Businessweek…cause if you ask me, we’re more like #1):  http://images.businessweek.com/slideshows/2012-09-26/americas-50-best-cities#slide49

I know, I’m obsessed….

But sometimes people get caught up in city life and forget about the beauty that lies just beyond the district lines (cheesy, I know…but bear with me). So this weekend, we decided to take a trip into quaint Old Town Alexandria. Even though it is just a couple metro stops from my apartment, it really felt like we were in a different world. Old Town had all the charm and beauty of the small Pennsylvania and New England towns we grew up in – so naturally, we fell in love.

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So fun!

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my favorite picture of the afternoon

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gorgeous fall weather, too!

After arriving, we stopped off pretty early to get some handmade chocolates from a candy shop on King Street. They had chocolates filled with everything from cheesecake to wine!

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too many choices…

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our choices: NY Cheesecake and Dark Chocolate Coffee

And then we spent the rest of the afternoon browsing the local clothing, jewelry, and antique shops. Everything was unique and reasonably priced – two of our favorite things!

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shelves and shelves of colorful, cute jewelry – every girls dream

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some Italian-designed blazers

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A shop devoted to all things India – I wanted everything in here!

There was one shop in particular, The Potomac Bead Company, where you could literally take a look at all the beads in the store and design your own jewelry. It was a little overwhelming for us at first, but it’s definitely something I’d love to do on a day where I had more time!

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First floor

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ahhh the colors!

Naturally, all the shopping made us hungry. So we began searching for a place to grab dinner, but with so many options we were a little lost! Finally, we decided on Red Rocks Pizza:

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Elyse checking out the menu before we make a final decision

We were overcome with the delicious smell of house-made pizza immedicately and we decided to split the Meatball Pizza – which tasted just as great as it smelled.

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mmmm so good

Once we were finished with dinner, it was starting to get darker so we grabbed some coffee from an adorable French Cafe (which we forgot to take a picture of) and headed down to the water. We ended up on “Liberty Row,” where everything was absolutely gorgeous! Our weak picture taking skills do not give it justice at all:Image

With the harbor all lit up and quiet, it was definitely one of the most serene places I’ve found in DC!

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Love the Halloween Spirit

And by the time we decided to make our way back to the metro, King Street was all lit up with twinkle lights on trees! It was almost too cute!

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perfect night!

We CANNOT wait to go back and see how done-up it is during the Christmas Season (though I’m sure we’ll be back a few times before then as well)!

-S

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