When the weather is nice, we love spending an afternoon in historic Old Town, Alexandria VA.
Our first stop in the morning is to attend worship service at our church home, Alfred Street Baptist Church on the corner of Alfred and Duke street. As one of the oldest African-American baptist churches in the nation (est. 1803) with less than 200 members at its inception, the congregation has now grown into the thousands. Pastor Howard-John Wesley has an incredible ability to reach and impact people of all ages through preaching and teaching the Word. Even the Obama family has stopped by two years in a row at Easter service! Bottom, it’s a great place to worship.
King street is the bustling, main road of Old Town leading down to the waterfront.
The original brick and cobblestone sidewalks line the street along the many restaurants and shops
that entice you to stop in. There’s a refreshingly calm vibe as you stroll down the street, no one in a rush to get anywhere too fast. With plenty of dogs to pet and little kids waving at you, it can quickly put you in a good mood.
Our favorite place for brunch is Jackson 20 right on King Street. They boast a modern twist on Southern dishes like cheddar grits and BBQ pork sliders, but still have your American brunch staples like pancakes, eggs any way you like and bottomless mimosa. Great spot for a small gathering and patio seating outside!
Other runner-up for great place to dine right off of King street: Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant. The waitstaff’s attire match the colonial-style dining and menu from the late 1700’s. It’s quite the historical experience…Even George Washington and John Adams dined there.
The waterfront itself is a great place to lounge on the grass, read a book or watching the boats and planes go by. Chase loved checking out the cannon and running down the boardwalk.
For shopping there are a variety of choices. If you’re feeling super nautical and preppy, there’s The Lucky Knot…think Vineyard Vines, Lily Pulitzer, Kate Spade etc. Across the street is my favorite everyday accessories shop, Loulou. When I first moved to DC I went there practically every week in Dupont Circle. It’s as boutique that started in Middleburg, VA and has spread all over the DMV and other major cities. You can find the cutest bags, scarfs, jewelry, hats, anything to complement your favorite outfit.
To close out the gorgeous, 75-and-sunny afternoon, I had to stop in for some ice cream. I’m an ice cream snob, and typically would bypass the main chains like Ben&Jerry’s or Hagan day for the mom and pop ice cream shop. There actually is a place with that name, Pop’s Old Fashioned. Fun fact: they make their ice cream in-store and the original owner catered at the White House to serve First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt her favorite flavor.
So there you have it, our perfect Sunday afternoon in Old Town. There’s so much more to offer than just our hotspots, and if you’re ever in town you should definitely pay King Street a visit.