Each year my husband and I go down to Florida to visit our family and friends…most of the time we fly. Two years ago we drove down but got caught in the historic blizzard that hit the east coast. We swore we would never drive again. Never say never.
Since it has been such a mild winter this year, we decided to try driving one more time. So many of you enjoyed our trip to Europe last fall, that I decided to take you along on our road trip down Interstate 95 from New Hampshire to Florida and back again. Please don’t click off this post thinking that this trip will be about cruising the concrete highway, pulling off for gas, eating fast food and sleeping at Motel 6.
If that is the way you like to travel and many people do, then the trip doesn’t take as long. But I like to travel a little slower, eat a little better and spend the night somewhere that I can unwind, have a glass of wine and savor a nice meal.
Our first stop on this road trip is historic Alexandria, Virginia which is just on the other side of the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The charming old town has brick sidewalks lined with 18th and 19th century homes, chic boutiques and fun shops, historic pubs and lots of restaurants.
One of the main streets in the old town is King Street, which runs from the historic Potomac waterfront 1 1/2 miles to the King Street Metro Station. I thought this was the perfect place to stay because from the metro station, you can ride to all the D.C. landmarks across the river.
Our hotel was the Lorien (a Kimpton hotel), a new red brick building that fits in perfectly on the street. Walk through an opening and you enter a quiet courtyard with a pretty pedestal clock.
We took a stroll down King Street doing a little window shopping before heading back to the hotel for the free wine reception. If your feet are tired from sightseeing all day, you can also ride a free trolley that runs the entire length of King Street.
Dinner was at the hotel. We made a reservation at Brabo but there is a second choice, called the Tasting Room. The food was delicious. We had their signature mussels, lobster risotto and a veal chop.
We had gotten up very early (4:30 am) for our first day on the road. A good soak in the claw foot tub or the huge rain shower and a soft bed was a priority.
I like to share travel tips when I can and this is a perfect time to give you one that I consider very important. Join the frequent traveller programs of every hotel that you can think of. It is free and there are many benefits. It could be a reduced rate or upgraded room, perhaps free wi-fi or a drink coupon.
What a great first day and a wonderful town that we will be returning to again. Would we stay at the Lorien again, absolutely. A friendly staff, a beautiful contemporary room and great food.
I hope you will enjoy our ride as we continue our road trip down Interstate 95. Our next stop, Charleston, South Carolina.