Image Credit: Roman Tokman Mount Vernon was\r\nonce the home of the United States’ first president, George Washington. Nestled\r\nalongside the Potomac River, this beautiful estate welcomes visitors to tour\r\nthe historic property year-round. Here are a few of our favorite events\r\nhappening at Mount Vernon this summer: Mount Vernon Commemorates Purple Heart Day On August 11,\r\nMount Vernon is paying tribute to the Purple Heart with its annual National\r\nPurple Heart Day Ceremony on the East Lawn. Members of the Military\r\nOrder of the Purple Heart will be present for the ceremony, along with General\r\nWashington, who will make remarks before the proceedings start at 10:30 AM. The\r\ncost of attending this event is included in general admission. Purple Heart\r\nrecipients receive free admission to Mount Vernon.George Washington's Distillery® and Gristmill Take a tour of\r\nGeorge\r\nWashington’s Distillery®\r\nand Gristmill, both of which are fully functioning today. The\r\nreconstructed distillery produces George Washington’s whiskey, which was a large\r\nsource of income for Mount Vernon during the late 1700s. At the Gristmill,\r\nyou’ll get to see incredibly large gears turning and stones grinding in a\r\nprocess that Washington once used to make flour and cornmeal. The tour is open\r\nuntil the end of October and is included with general admission George Washington Patriot Run Conclude your\r\nsummer with these 5K and 10K runs on September 9 at Mount Vernon. The George\r\nWashington Patriot Run starts at 8 AM and runs along the beautiful\r\nGeorge Washington Memorial Parkway. The course follows Washington’s footsteps\r\nthrough Mount Vernon with the finish line in view of the mansion. Register before\r\nSeptember 2 for $50 or from September 3–9 for $60. This is a USATF-certified\r\ncourse. \r\n\r\nSelecting a hotel for visiting Mount Vernon during Summer 2018 in Alexandria and DC\r\n\r\n If you’re\r\nplanning on a trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon\r\nthis summer, it’s important you have a dependable place to stay. At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir\r\nyou can enjoy a complimentary shuttle to the metro to get around, free WiFi in\r\nevery room to keep you connected, and competitive rates on each night of your\r\nstay. Come see why so many visitors to the Alexandria and DC region have chosen\r\nus to make their travels less stressful.