Carlyle House, Alexandria, Virginia 1918

Spring at the Carlyle House in Old Town Alexandria VA

Historic Carlyle House in Old Town

Spring is at its zenith and so are the blossoms at the Carlyle House in Old Town Alexandria.

Julie and I stopped in to tour the gardens and I took a number of pictures. The Carlyle House is a historic piece of Alexandria’s colonial heritage and is a must see if you’re in Alexandria VA. I personally think the house is a little more impressive than George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The tour starts in the basement below the house and explores nearly every room in the finely-crafted and meticulously restored structure. John Carlyle was a contemporary of the likes of George Washington, Lord Fairfax, Henry “Lighthorse” Lee and General Braddock. This house is a key part of Alexandria’s colonial heritage and revolutionary past.

The tour starts with a slick-production that explains who John Carlyle was and why he is a person of interest. In this video presentation, paintings, computer-generated scenery and historians provide context and background for the Carlyle House and John Carlyle.  These pictures really don’t do the blossoms justice but they hopefully they’ll inspire you to visit the gardens before spring is gone.


Behind the Carlyle House is a mixture of formal and informal ornamentals, flowers, flowering trees and bushes.


This is a remarkable little enclave found right at the heart of Alexandria. It’s just two blocks from the waterfront and only block from King St. and a public parking garage.

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9 prime locations to get married at in Alexandria, Virginia

Are you thinking of getting married in Alexandria VA this Spring?

  1. Athenaeum: A pink Greek revival 1800s landmark to Virginia can be a good choice to host a marriage. Inside there is an art gallery interior with broad windows which cast natural light. Outside is an attached courtyard with photo friendly moss covered brick walls.
  2. George Washington Masonic Temple: Marble floors and granite columns house this historic secret society. The observation deck can be reserved. The GW Masonic Temple is just steps from the King St. Metro.
  3. Caryle Club: This art-deco club features a dance floor and inclusive dine in catering reservation capabilities. Entertain guests with live music cover bands.
  4. Hotel Monaco: Classy building with plush furnishings at a center of the world location on King St. minutes from the many restaurants, nightlife, and venues. Features a courtyard and ball room and Jackson 20 catering.
  5. Carlyle House: History of love, this building was built in 1753 by John Carlyle for his bride Sarah Fairfax. Join this esteem and enjoy this Georgian Palladin Manor, that is tucked away off a side street in the heart of Old Town. Also has a noteworthy gazebo.
  6. Torpedo Factory: Spacious and industrial and right on the water. Torpedo Factory is on Union St. and features many renowned professional contracted artist studios, of the Art League nonprofit.
  7. Waterfront Park: Scenic views with across the Potomac River backdrops. Close proximity to Old Town and City of Alexandria amenities, such as aforementioned dining, nightlife, history, and entertainment.
  8. Cherry Blossom: On the water with a Victorian-style paddle wheeler. Departs from Alexandria Marina. Marinate on the open air third deck or if the weather beckons, try the interior mahogany woodworked salons. This party boat travels inside the 400 miles of Potomac River.
  9. Mount Vernon: The first president’s colonial home, where an inn has seasonal fireplaces, of the era themed dress servers. Candle-lit cuisine, free parking, and an American tradition of democracy that all started with George Washington.

Source: “Top Places to Get Married in Alexandria,” Extra Alex (February 19, 2015)

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A walk in Old Town Alexandria VA

Lee Street in Fall

Early Autumn is a great time to talk a walk around Old Town Alexandria VA. It’s very pleasant because of the typically mild weather and leaves blazing with color. The picture above was taking from the front door of 115 N. Lee St. at the Torpedo Factory condos. The leaves have accumulated behind Alexandria’s Carlyle House. Residents at the Torpedo Factory are particularly fortunate because of their proximity to King St. and the waterfront. (The Torpedo Factory scored a perfect 100 Walk Score.)

Old Town at the intersection of Lee and King

I like the mornings near the waterfront, before the tourists arrive.

Alleys of Old Town

One of the features of Old Town Alexandria are the cobblestone streets. There are only a few of them remaining. The fountains of Market Square are barely visible at the end of the alley.

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