Where’s Waldo?

See this photo? Grab a partner real quick. Whoever finds the Washington Monument first wins.


Say what? You can’t find it?

Oh wait, it must be the fog that’s obscuring your view across the harbor.

But trust me. It’s there.

Welcome to the bizarre weather that DC has been subjected to over the past few years. Snowpocalypse. The earthquake. Sandy. And now, some super-thick fog. (For the record, the Washington Monument is still closed to tourists).

I visited Old Downtown Alexandria for the first time on this trip to DC with a local friend as my host. The area is cute and quaint, mixed shopping and dining, plus the incredible views across the river to downtown DC, where normally you would be able to look across the water and view the city’s skyline, monuments and all. Still, we weren’t about to let the weather get us down, so we wandered and shopped for a while after grabbing brunch, picking up some cards at Papyrus and some tea at a local store.

Old Town Alexandria is accessible via the King Street Metro Station, as well as by car, with a mix of metered and free spots, depending on the time of day and the day of the week. Check store hours if you are planning to shop, to avoid getting there too early/ late to take advantage.

Old Town is definitely worth a look, and if you can plan a visit around Restaurant Week, all the better! It’s a cute spot to wander for a few hours, with more locals than tourists, unlike other shopping areas like Georgetown.