Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I stayed with friends in Washington, D.C., and decided to make a trip to nearby Alexandria. (Just 20 minutes by car.)  I’d long heard about the charms of this historic city, which was named a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2021 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Best Cities 2020 by Southern Living.

 

 Alexandria didn’t disappoint. With Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria as my home base, I spent two days exploring, enjoying a delicious lunch of oysters, clam chowder and a lobster roll at the riverfront  Vola's Dockside Grill on a spectacularly sunny day and an indulgent dinner of red wine and lasagna at the  convivial Mia's Italian Kitchen.

 

And, with Rebecca Doser of Visit Alexandria as my guide, I walked along the waterfront paths and the lovely red-brick sidewalks of Old Town, enjoying the beautiful centuries-old rowhouses, the boutiques of King Street and historic sites like the cobalt-blue Spite House. A mere seven-feet wide and 325 square feet in total, this private residence earned its name in 1830 when a peeved homeowner built it to keep horse-drawn wagons out of his alleyway.

 

Rebecca also pointed out that Alexandria is a popular destination for groups. With affordable hotels, group-friendly restaurants and a wide range of attractions and activities, it’s highly appealing as a setting for meetings and conferences, an option for an afternoon or evening outing for meetings centered in Washington, D.C., or for a couple of days of pre- or post-meeting leisure. You can learn more at visitalexandriava.com/groups

 

Whether for business or leisure, this is a good time to visit New York. NYC & Companythe city’s official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau, has launched its first-ever NYC Hotel Week, offering a 22% discount off the standard room rate at more than 110 of the City’s finest hotels across all five boroughs. NYC Hotel Week, presented by preferred payment partner Mastercard, will run from January 4 through February 13 and reservations can be made at nycgo.com/hotelweek.

 

“Welcome Back, Providence” is the straightforward tagline for a campaign that’s been launched by the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau to boost leisure and business travel. The campaign has some breaking news to share, including the return of Providence Restaurant Weeks from January 9-22, with more than 45 restaurants participating, and the return of ice bumper cars to BankNewport City Center, which is both a terrific family activity and a novel spin on teambuilding. Providence is one of only three cities in the country to offer bumper cars that operate on ice. 

 

MeetAC.com reports that Atlantic city is closing out a successful 2021 convention season, welcoming three events during December. The  Action Expo has returned to the Atlantic City Convention Center for its 18th successful year of bringing together top manufacturers, retailers, reps, gurus and groms in action sports and youth culture For the 2021 trade show, Action Expo is gathering over 300 action sports brands and approximately 600 retail buyers and decision makers.