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Old Town Alexandria


Alexandria, VA


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Green Area Availability : If you look
Green Area Cleanliness : Typical
Congestion : Frequent Encounters
Water Availability : Bring your own H20

Old Town Alexandria is very dog friendly and The Chauffeur says he used to enjoy walking around Old Town when he lived in Northern Virginia. So we definitely wanted to get a good walk in here.

 

We tried on a Friday morning but got rained out.  But on our way out of the D.C. area two days later we enjoyed a nice Sunday morning stroll.  Both visits we noticed lots of other dogs out for walks.  We hear many of the shops are dog friendly; neither one of us are big shoppers so we didn't test this out too much. 

 

But during our Friday visit we went into a pet boutique called The Dog Park where The Chauffeur finally got me some bacon-flavored treats again.  The staff was extra friendly to me (be sure to check out the images tab of me getting a treat).

 

At the bottom of King Street dogs will find The Waterfront.  Along the boardwalk is a water fountain with doggy spigot dedicated to a dog named Molly that has crossed the rainbow bridge.  Unfortunately, we found the doggy spigot not working; The Chauffeur used his hands to cup water down from the human fountain.

 

To the north of the boardwalk, dogs will find a short path in Founders Park along the Potomac River.

 

We visited a few historic sites relating to George Washington (see points tab).  There are many historic building and spots in Old Town Alexandria including Robert E. Lee's boyhood home and buildings from the Revolutionary War Lee Family.

 

On the west end of King Street is the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.  The Chauffeur wanted a picture there but we found signs indicating the Masons do not welcome dogs (see images).

Prospect's SignatureVisited April 24, 2011  10:30am

Old Town Alexandria


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Old Town Alexandria


Old Town Alexandria

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The Dog Park: Pet Boutique


Located at 705 King Street, we stopped at The Dog Park to get some bacon-flavored dog treats (my favorite).

Fairfax Street at King Street


East of Fairfax Street, King Street gently slopes downhill to Union Street.

The Waterfront


On the Waterfront dogs will see the Torpedo Factory and street performers.

Founder's Park


A crushed-gravel path follows along the Potomac River in Founder's Park and is accessible from the Waterfront.

Wise's Tavern


According to the plaque, Wise's Tavern was where George Washington was first publicly addressed as "President of the United States."

Gadsby's Tavern


At Gadsby's Tavern in 1798 was the first celebration of George Washington's birthday (in which he participated). On the steps to the tavern Washington gave his last military review and order in 1799.

508 Cameron Street


Site of George Washington's Townhouse.  Today a replica house stands that was built in 1960 using brick and stones excavated from the site.

George Washington Masonic National Memorial


Signage (see images) indicates the Masons do not welcome dogs.  Would have been a great photo for my collection.

Old Town Alexandria


vanessa said on: Jun 30, 2011 - 8:16pm

Interesting blog and pics, Prospect. I'm glad the Chauffeur finally got you some bacon treats since he didn't share his own food! ; )

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