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Aladdin the Christmas Camel Arrives at Mount Vernon

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If any of you follow Bike and Roll here (or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram), you may have noticed we have a special affinity for a certain plush ungulate... yes, we're talking about Aladdin the Camel!

But did you happen to know that our social media mascot is a fuzzy replica (shhh, don't tell him that!) of the real deal? We kid you not! There is a REAL camel... named Aladdin... who visits Mount Vernon every year for Christmas! (And, did we mention he is an especially friendly camel with a fondness for smooching his visitors?)

The real deal, Monsieur Aladdin himself (he even has a Facebook!), will arrive at Mount Vernon estate this year on November 28th.

Be sure to visit him during the special Christmas at Mount Vernon program this year, and keep up with our special mini-Aladdin too!

 

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Top 5 Thanksgiving Events in DC

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What's the best thing to wear to Thanksgiving dinner?
A Har-VEST! (Get it?)

Well, now that that's out of our system, we are so excited to share with you our top 5 favorite Thanksgiving events taking place in the District! From turkey trots to turkey pardons, this list is sure to please everyone in town.

Turkey Trots
There are many turkey trots in the DMV area one can participate in (or watch from the sidelines!). But perhaps the most famous is the Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger sponsored by SOME. This 5k fun run begins at Freedom Plaza in DC and helps to raise money to feed the city's homeless.

Presidential Turkey Pardon
Who doesn't love a good turkey pardon? A White House tradition, this formal pardoning spares one (or two!) lucky gobblers from ending up on the Thanskgiving dinner menu. After being pampered and pardoned, the turkeys were sent to live out the remainder of their days at Morven Park in Leesburg, VA in 2013.

Thanksgiving Dinner at a DC Restaurant
Why spend all day slaving over a hot stove when you can simply pop into one of DC's fantastic restaurants to be served a fancy Thanksgiving dinner? A great alternative to the traditional at-home meal, many restaurants pull out all the stops for their Thanksgiving menus- just take a peek at what Art and Soul, 1789, Old Ebbitt Grill, and Blue Duck Tavern are offering.

Small Business Saturday
After the chaos that is Black Friday, take to your local merchants the Saturday after Thanksgiving to celebrate small businesses! Stop by Georgetown to see their "Main Street Makeover" or check out the long list of participating businesses and neighborhoods here.

Tour the Capital with Bike and Roll
Get the kids out of the house and onto some bikes! Kick off the holiday season right with a bicycle tour of Washington. Bike and Roll will be open Friday-Sunday Thanksgiving weekend, and we still have a few spots available on our Monuments bike tours!

 

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Bike and Roll is Open Thanksgiving Weekend

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You read that right - we are OPEN for business Friday-Sunday, Thanksgiving weekend (...which, FYI, is just two weeks away!).

Looking for a way to burn off those few extra (okay, or thousand extra) calories from Thanksgiving dinner? Or, simply looking for a way to get the family out of the house after the holiday passes? Well, we've got the perfect activity that's fun for the whole gang, from grandbabies to grannies! A bike tour is sure to wow your out-of-town guests, or even locals looking to play tourist in the district.

Bike and Roll will be open 10am-5pm Friday-Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. And we still have spots available on our Sites by Segway and Monuments bike tours, so book your post-holiday adventure today!

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Buy a Bike

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Still not sold on investing in a two-wheeled adventure? Well, we think we might be able to change your mind.

And lucky for you, we'll be selling top of the line Trek Verve 3 adult comfort hybrid bikes THIS Sunday from 11am-3pm at our National Mall Location in L'Enfant Plaza. (Did we mention they're being sold at awesomely discounted prices?)

1. A bike costs less than driving and public transportation
Buy a bike once, use it in place of your car or the metro, and boom- instant savings! That's right, it doesn't need any gas or fares to get you where you need to be. And the cherry on top: a high-quality bike will probably outlast that automobile of yours anyhow!

2. Your new bike will be environmentally friendly
How's that for a clean (green) conscience? Not only does riding a bike save our environment from more pollution, but bicycles also have a teeny tiny manufacturing footprint when compared to cars, buses, and subways. What a simple way to help the planet!

3. You beat traffic and parking spot hunts
How many times have you been late because of traffic or the proverbial hunt for the only available parking space in a 5 mile radius? We thought so. With a bike, you control when you arrive at your destination, and you save loads of time due to that whole "lock it pretty much anywhere" thing...

4. You'll lose weight and improve your health
Without even changing your diet, swapping your current motorized commute for a bicycle will do a whole lot for your health (and waistline!). In fact, most bike commuters report losing up to 20 pounds their first year of cycling (in addition to the obvious aerobic and stress-zapping benefits).

5. You'll have a lot of fun
This is probably our favorite point of all because we see this day in and day out with every one of our tours and rentals. The fact is, riding a bike is really, really fun. Simple, but true! So, why not add some joy to your days and years to your life by incorporating a bicycle into your weekly routine? We thought you'd agree!

 

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Top 5 Halloween Events in DC

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Boo! Here's our creepy little roundup of what you should be doing this All Hallow's Eve in our nation's capital!

Trick or Treating at the Embassies
A DC-centric event, Halloween at the embassies is a fairly epic way to spend your day! Open from 1pm-4pm this Friday, a plethora of different countries will allow you into their embassy for some good ole' fashioned Halloween fun.

The Hamilton's "We'll Scare the Funk Outta You" Halloween Bash
Doors open at 7pm on Halloween night for this costumed bash. There are prizes to be won, dancing to be done, and funk music to enjoy! Get your tickets today.

Fright at the Museum
The National Museum of Crime and Punishment will be running their Fright at the Museum special through Saturday, November 1. Meander through crime scenes as your celebrate the spookiest night of the year!

Fear at the Freer!
What's better than spending Halloween night watching a horror flick? Not much! This event at the Freer Gallery of Art will feature creepy artifacts and Japanese food, all in preparation for the main event: a screening of Ring (Ringu) at 7pm.

Trick or Treating at Mount Vernon
Join a cast of historic characters as you trick or treat at the first President's estate! Starting at 3:30pm on October 31, Mount Vernon will be putting on a night of pure Halloween excitement! Scavenger hunts, a costume parade, and arts and crafts make this event perfect for the whole family.

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Marine Corps Marathon Weekend Discount

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It's that time of year again!

The Marine Corps Marathon (or "MCM") is the fifth largest marathon in the United States and has been a true blue DC staple since 1976.

Bike and Roll DC would like to celebrate the marathon's participants and viewers by offering a special $5 off discount with code "MCM" for runners or attendees to enjoy one of our guided tours or full day rentals from 10/23 - 10/27. Renting a bike is the perfect way for viewers to keep up with their runners, and a tour is a great pre-marathon (and non-strenuous) activity too!

So keep those sneakers on and head over to Bike and Roll this weekend for some cross-training!

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Bike Sale Sunday, November 9th!

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It's that time of year again... Yes, that's right- time for a Bike and Roll DC fleet sale!

Mark your calendars, folks! On November 9th, from 11am-3pm, we'll be selling our lovely 2013 Trek Verve 3 Adult Comfort Hybrid special edition bikes in a wide variety of sizes to fit your cycling needs.

Lock and light sets will be on sale with purchase of any bike. Get ready to trade in your crummy commute for a two-wheeled adventure!

As always, the sales are cash only and final, so please come prepared (and excited to go home with a bicycle!). The sale will be held at our National Mall location in L'Enfant Plaza.

See you all on November 9th!

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Bike and Roll DC's Customer Feedback

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Not to toot our own bicycle horn here, but... beep beep!

Sometimes, it's simply best to let the customers speak for us! Here's a roundup of recent TripAdvisor reviews left by our lovely riders- we're letting them explain why YOU should choose Bike and Roll for DC tours and rentals!

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Announcing Smithsonian nationalmalltours.com!

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It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a site launch!

That's right, folks- we are ecstatic to announce that Smithsonian National Mall Tours has officially launched a website: nationalmalltours.com.

The new (and shiny!) site features the who/what/where/when of Smithsonian National Mall Tours and includes convenient, direct booking for all tours!

Visit nationalmalltours.com today to learn more and to book the Smithsonian Experience by Bike or Smithsonian Experience by Segway tours today.

And don't forget to share your upcoming tour info (or, of course, tour selfies!) with the world using #NationalMallTours or #SNMT! You might just see your face in shining lights (or on the company's social media channels!).

 

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Top 5 October Events in DC

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Thirty days past September...

Can you believe it's almost October!? (We couldn't either!) We're certainly ready to celebrate though! Here's our list of the top 5 things to do in DC this October.

Fall Festivals
No October list is complete without a few mentions of pumpkin patches and good ole fashioned hay bale rides! Check out the variety of fun for the whole family pumpkin festivals in the DMV area this October.

Southwest DC Arts Festival 
The quadrant that houses our new National Mall location will be throwing a weekend-long festival to celebrate the arts October 3-5. Meander around the Southwest Waterfront as you enjoy a market, musical performances, film screenings, walking tours, and more!

Taste of DC
From October 11-12, taste samples from over 80 of the best DC restaurants during this food festival. Be sure to visit the special farm-to-fork zone for some seriously local chow.

Columbus Day Weekend
Three day weekends are always a reason to celebrate, but this year you can take advantage of the extra time-off by exploring your own city! Play tourist for a day with a Bike and Roll (or Smithsonian National Mall Tours) bike or Segway tour. You won't regret it!

Halloween in DC
So little time, so much to do! Late October is chock full of Halloween-related events in DC. From Fright nights, to haunted houses, to costume parties, to Drag Queen races, the District is certainly not short on All Hallows Eve activities.

 

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Go Car Free on Monday, September 22!

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"Put it away. Uncar for a day."

Yep- you heard us! Go without a car this Monday, September 22 in honor of Car Free Day!

Car Free Day is an internationally recognized event that encourages everyone to get around without the use of their cars for one day! Instead of driving, try taking the train, bus, biking, skateboarding, walking, jumping, skipping or, a carpool! Not too bad, right?

Join the movement held in over 1,500 cities (40 countries!) and pledge to be car free (or car-lite) this Monday here. You can also check out the myriad of activities and events going on in the DMV area around Car Free Day to celebrate.

Need a bike for the day? We can help with that too! Use code "CarFree" for $5 off your full day bike rental on 9/22.

 

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Announcing Smithsonian National Mall Tours Experience by Bike

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As we continue our (seriously amazing) partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, we're thrilled to announce the expansion of Smithsonian National Mall Tours to now include bicycle tours!

Vetted by Smithsonian experts, Smithsonian National Mall Tours' Experience by Bike covers the entirety of the National Mall, from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial (and the Tidal Basin in between!). Perfect for the whole family, this ride departs directly from the Mall at the National Museum of American History.

Smithsonian Experience by Bike allows riders to get acquainted with our nation's capital in small, intimate groups. This tour will show you the lay of the land, hitting all the major highlights along the way, including the Smithsonian Institution and our iconic monuments and memorials. A great choice for your first day in DC or if you have a limited time to see the sights!

Two versions of this tour are currently being offered to allow customers even more flexibility in their touring experience. A 2 hour version offers a wealth of information at a smaller amount of stops, providing a condensed overview of the National Mall. The 3-3.5 hour tour is a longer, leisurely ride with more stops and a bit more time for riders to get an up close and personal, complete overview.

We can't wait to welcome you on our latest Smithsonian endeavor! Bike tours depart from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Friday-Sunday, and are available to book now.

 

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Top 5 Events this Month in DC

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Labor Day came and went with a bang, and now it's time for us to celebrate what the rest of this glorious month has to offer!

DC Shorts Film Festival
Held from September 11-21, this film festival features a variety of short films, as well as discussions with the filmmakers themselves.

September 11 Memorials
A day of remembrance, September 11 will be memorialized with special commemorative events held throught the DMV region.

Redskins Opening Game
It's finally here! Don your very best burgundy and gold gear to cheer on our boys this Sunday, September 14th as they play their home opener. Hail!

H Street Festival
This annual neighborhood event features music, dance performances, crafts and activities for kids, and of course, food! Need a way to get there? Rent a DC Cool bike and arrive to this hip festival in true DC style.

Oktoberfests in DC
Prost! Get out those lederhosen and celebrate the coming of October with DC's variety of Oktoberfest celebrations.

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Fall Hours at Bike and Roll DC

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Yep- it's that time of year again... soon the air will start to chill, the leaves will turn, and all of us Washingtonians will be football and pumpkin beer crazed! But first, the team at Bike and Roll DC will kick the season off by switching over to fall hours.

All of our rental operations will now run daily from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Some of our tour offerings will also change as we shift into fall hours, so be sure to check out our tours page before booking to see what's currently available.

Here's hoping we see all of you this fall in DC!

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Top 5 Labor Day Weekend Events in DC

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The unofficial end to summer 2014 is upon us- time to mourn! Kidding, of course. It's really time to just sit back, relax, and kick your feet up one last time to enjoy the fruits of summertime! Here's a roundup of the top 5 Labor Day weekend celebrations in DC...

National Book Festival
Calling all book lovers! Stop by the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this Saturday, August 30th for a day made in bookworm heaven. Over 100 award-winning authors and poets will be on site to sign your favorite reads.

Labor Day Concert
What's a long weekend without a good concert? Taking place this Sunday, August 31st, enjoy a complimentary concert by the National Symphony Orchestra.

Virginia Scottish Games
This Saturday and Sunday, celebrate Alexandria's vibrant Scottish heritage with traditional Scottish music, dancing, sheep-herding, an antique car show, and much more!

DC Blues Festival
This annual (and free!) festival features both local and national blues acts. Fun for the whole family, this event features interactive workshops and a musical instrument petting zoo- yes, you read that correctly!

Smithsonian Experience by Bike
We are pretty excited to announce the expansion of our operations at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History to include bicycle tours! Premiering Labor Day weekend, we'll be offering a 2 hour or 3.5 hour experience by bike that is sure to wow! Book now, have fun later.

 

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Top 5 Things to do Before Summer Ends

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Visit National Harbor

Head south to glorious National Harbor for some serious family fun! Take in the beautiful vistas from atop the Capital Wheel, or participate in this weekend's Dragon Boat Races.

Tour DC by Bike or Segway
Take a sunset ride around the district's monuments and memorials in true DC fashion (by bike or Segway, we mean!). Spots are still available on our late summer Sites@Nite and Sites by Segway tours, so book today!

See an Outdoor Movie
Have a throwback moment (drive-ins, anyone?) and see a movie in the great outdoors! There are still several spots to watch a good flick or two before summer 2014 is officially over, so check out this list here.

Cheer on the Nats
N-A-T-S, NATS, NATS, NATS! Celebrate the best of summer at Nationals Park with a hot dog, a cold beverage, and America's favorite pastime.

Paddle the Potomac
That's right- take to the river! Visit our friends at the Key Bridge Boathouse, and get your crew outfitted on some stand-up paddle boards (or a kayak or canoe). Nothing quite like enjoying a DC sunset on the water!

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What to do This Weekend in DC

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Happy Friday, everyone!

We love summer Fridays almost as much as we like bicycles (i.e. a LOT)- and that's why we're giving you a quick list of what YOU should be excited about for this weekend!

Restaurant Week
Running through this Sunday, August 17th, there are still reservations open at some of the DC area's top restaurants! 3-course lunches are $20.14 and 3-course dinners go for $35.14 for this gourmet event. Make your reservation now! (Seriously though... like, right now.)

DC Beer Week
For our 21 and over fans, Beer Week officially kicks off this Sunday the 17th! Hundreds of venues (yes, hundreds!) in the DMV area will be participating with beer-related events.

Segway the Sites
Glide around the District as you soak in all the summer goodness DC has to offer... (the monuments seriously look amazing in this golden August lighting, am I right?). Nothing wrong with playing tourist in your own city, folks!

WACA Gala
Join the Washington Area Concierge Association for "A Night in Nashville" at the Hamilton Sunday August 17th. There'll be a live performance by Amy Wilcox, a plethora of food and drinks, and raffle prizes to boot! Today is the last day to purchase discounted tickets, so get on it! Oh, and don't forget your best cowboy hat...

 

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Changing of the Guard: Goodbye, Jeffrey!

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We'd like to say an "official" goodbye to our trusty/amazing/superb/exceptional/fantastic Operations Manager, Jeffrey Holliday! His immeasurable impact at Bike and Roll DC will surely be felt for years to come (yes- he was just that good!). We're all very excited for what the future will bring him, and are thrilled to welcome new "Ops Man", Keith Winer to the team! (More on him soon...)

As some of you may know, aside from being an all-around great employee, Jeffrey was frequently the "talent" in our marketing endeavors. Let's take a look back at some of his major starring roles...

There was that time he led a filmed Segway tour around DC... Or that time he played a down and out Film Noir protagonist... or even that time he reenacted "Starbucks Drake hands"! But, lest we forget, his shining role as our cheesy bike salesman!

Ahhh, we sure will miss him... Happy Trails, Jeffrey!

 

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Top 5 Farmers Markets in DC

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Fresh air, the sweet smells and sounds of summer, and a beautiful bounty of fresh picked fruits and vegetables everywhere you look.... yes, we're talking farmers markets!

What better way to celebrate the weekend than with a trip to a local farmers market? We've done a bit of research and are bringing you the top 5 farmers markets you should be frequenting in the DC area. And the good news is, most are just a quick bike ride away! No bike? No problem. Swing by our Downtown DC location and pick up one of our DC Cool bikes, equipped with wonderfully retro-chic front baskets to haul your newly purchased goodies.

1. Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market
One of the most popular in DC, this outdoor market is located on 20th St between Mass Ave and Hillyer Pl. During its peak, this market has over 40 farmers offering the very best in produce, meat, and baked goods. Talk about fresh!

2. Eastern Market
Not technically a "farmers market" per se, but a food and arts market that offers a plethora of options for the weekend shopper. Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, Eastern Market is historically renowned as the go-to for indoor/outdoor markets in DC. Stop by and see what all the fuss is about!

3. Del Ray Farmers' Market
Voted locally as one of the very best, the Del Ray Farmers' Market is just a bike ride away from Downtown (right off Mount Vernon Ave in Alexandria), and offers a quaint Virginia setting along with a variety of farm-fresh produce for perusal.

4. Takoma Park Farmers Market
Make the trip to historic Old Takoma for a true farmers market gem. Located off Laurel Ave, this market is open every Sunday and offers a "producers-only" philosophy that provides shoppers with only locally grown and sold items.

5. Union Market
Another not-so-farmers-market market, Union Market is located at 1309 5th Street NE. With over 40 local artisans offering a wide selection of produce, crafts, jewelry, meats, and gelato, there's sure to be something for everyone!

 

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Group Itinerary: See DC on two wheels!

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Have a group looking to tour DC (or a family that's large enough to count as a bonafide group)? See (and eat) DC on two wheels with this group-tailored 3 day itinerary! No group? No problem. This itinerary works just swell for singles too.

Day One

Start your trip off right and get the lay of the land with a bike or Segway tour! Not only do riders get to see DC's monuments and memorials up close and personally, they also learn about the history, art, architecture and culture of the nation's capital.

Afterwards, head to the Mall and stop by the National Museum of the American Indian for a unique (and amazing!) culinary experience. The Mitsitam Cafe gives visitors the opportunity to taste indigenous cuisines (buffalo, anyone?) of various Native tribes using fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Get your grub on before arriving at the Newseum where seven levels of news history awaits. With exhibits ranging from a 9/11 Gallery to "Pictures of the Year" to "Anchorman: The Exhibit," this one-of-a-kind museum is sure to wow. In the evening, have dinner in Chinatown at Del Campo restaurant where diners are treated to South American cuisine that is "meat-driven, wine-centric." Enough said!

Day Two

Nothing like coffee and pop tarts to wake up to- especially when it's gourmet coffee and homemade pop tarts at Ted's Bulletin. This local hotspot does everyone's favorite comfort food with a thoroughly modern twist.

After breakfast, head to the National Portrait Gallery to view their "American Cool" exhibit which includes a variety of celebrity portraits. Keeping in line with this citywide theme, you'll ride around town in style on "DC Cool" bikes, available for rent at Bike and Roll's Downtown DC location. Pedal down to the Southwest Waterfront to have lunch outside at the Wharf where you'll find the oldest continuously operating fish market in the United States. Cruise around at a leisurely pace before returning the bikes and making your way to Old Ebbitt Grill for dinner- Washington's oldest and most historic, famed bar and restaurant.

Day 3

Start your day in Alexandria, VA with Bike and Roll's Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat package. Pick the bikes up early and take a spin across the river to National Harbor where you'll see the brand new Capital Wheel- DC's first and only observation wheel!

Head back down the Mount Vernon Trail, lock the bikes outside (we'll pick them up!) and go on to tour our first President's magnificent estate and gardens. After a full day of historical fun, hop on the Potomac Riverboat Company's Miss Christin for a narrated boat cruise back to Old Town Alexandria. End this lovely day with dinner at Virtue Feed & Grain- and don't forget to try their delicious Guacamame Hummus!

 

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