Monday, May 7, 2012
Travel and Hotel Info for the Dolly Guests of the Wedding
Better late than never, I always say. August 2009, I went to my brother's wedding. I took the time to take pictures of Old Town, Alexandria. This is where I was born and grew up until I left home at 18. When I took these pictures, I didn't know that I would need a picture of Hotel Monaco. All of the pictures up to the picture of the hotel, were taken by me personally. Please drop me a comment if you decide to use them and link back to my website.
I am standing right in front of City Hall, looking out to the street. Hotel Monaco is across the street, 1/2 block to the right. I've spent so much time here, I can't begin to tally it up. Every Saturday there is a farmer's market. My mom sold baked goods here for 17 yrs. Me and my younger brother spent a lot of time here helping my mom. I never appreciated getting up and out the house by 6am on a Saturday morning.
This is still in the area with City Hall. There were benches in the little wooded areas.
This is facing City Hall. I ran across pictures of me and my girlfriends posing on this ledge. I had on a light blue and tan sleeveless ski jacket. We thought we were doing something.
Right beyond City Hall the streets are lined with cute specialty shops.
When you reach the end of the shops, you are at the water.
There is a beautiful pier with a restaurant.
You can take a boat tour if you like.
In this picture, off in the distance, almost halfway in the middle, but a little to the left, you can see The Capitol in Washington, DC. Look just to the left of the boat sail. I should have added an arrow. I may do that later.
I was happy to see some of the same stores I grew up visiting, still in business, over 30 yrs later.
It is a kid's clothing and accessory store.
Hotel Monaco is located 1/2 block from City Hall and minutes from the Mount Vernon Trail. There is a fantastic 18.5-mile trail from Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, to Theodore Roosevelt Island in the Potomac River near the Lincoln Memorial. I took a bike ride all the way to Mount Vernon once. Boy did my behind hurt. I was not a great bike rider at the time. You doll guests can have lunch on the wharf amid the 18th-century homes and shops occupied ever since the city was a tobacco and shipping port. I hope Rod and Danielle find time to get out of the hotel and spend a little time on the water. Living in Morristown (which isn't terribly far from here), none of my doll families ever take the time to spend time here. They get bogged down and tend to spend time in their own town.
This photo of Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Map to the hotel
Unique things to note about the Hotel if your doll guests are staying.
Can you believe they have Happy Hour for our canine friends? I'm not sure if any guests traveled with their furry friends. But if you did and you are planning to stay at the Hotel, your furry friends will be in good hands.