Almost 230 years ago, President George Washington signed the Copyright Act of 1790 into law. It was the first ever piece of U.S. legislation aimed at protecting the rights of the authors of books, charts, and maps. These and other accomplishments by our first president are celebrated at Mount Vernon, his historic estate located in southern Alexandria just a few minutes from our hotel. Here's what guests can look forward to at Mount Vernon this summer:
Simon Bull is a renowned British artist living in America who was the official artist of the 2019 DC Cherry Blossom festival and previously was commissioned to create paintings of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Known for his vibrant, abstract depictions of flowers, Bull will be painting and answering questions live at Mount Vernon from Friday July 12 to Sunday July 14. Tickets are available now on the Mount Vernon website.
The Purple Heart military award was created by George Washington on August 7, 1782. At Mount Vernon on August 10, the estate's official Purple Heart Day ceremony will include guest speakers and musical performances honoring those who have been wounded or killed while serving.
If you relish the idea of taking a run through history, you'll love the Patriot Run, a USATF-certified race with 5K and 10K options that takes you along the banks of the Potomac River near Washington's historic home. This year's race happens as summer ends on September 8, and early registration discounts are still available.
If you're planning on a trip to Alexandria or anywhere in the DC area this summer, you'll need a solid hotel. At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria - Fort Belvoir, you can enjoy easy access to Mount Vernon and a shuttle to the metro to help you get anywhere you'd like. After a long day of exploring the region, you can return back to enjoy the hotel's free WiFi and on-site fitness center.