Walking down King Street on a warm, early summer’s evening after a good meal, I thought to myself, “Why don’t I come to Old Town more often?” You can wander in and out of shops, there’s no shortage of places to eat and it’s a nice little escape from downtown. It’s the picture-perfect Main Street and it’s only a short (well, when Metro’s working) ride away. My reason for being in Old Town Alexandria this particular time was to check out the new menu at The Grille with their new chef, Brian McPherson.
Would you like to support local artists and a local charity all in one night? Sounds pretty awesome to me.
The Art Registry is hosting an art exhibition and fundraiser to benefit Dress for Success on Thursday evening. The event will feature seven female artists (six are local) whose work will be up for sale at the event. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20, and the cost include hours d’ oeuvres, wine, and of course, the opportunity to help a great cause.
The event will be on Thursday from 6-9 PM at the the Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar in Dupont. For more information call 703-798-8717.
The eco-conscious Sweetflow Mobile will be making stops in Virginia today and DC tomorrow to celebrate the 11 Kimpton Hotels that were recently Green Seal Certified at the Silver Level — meaning they’ve achieved standards to minimize waste, conserve energy, manage fresh water and waste water, prevent pollution, and commit to environmentally sensitive purchasing.
Be one of the first 50 when the truck arrives at each hotel, and you can get a free cone with one topping, such as strawberries, granola, or organic chocolate chips. You also can enter a raffle for a free weekend getaway at each hotel and get the “inside scoop” on the company’s more than 80 green products and practices.
Where and when: Virginia – Today at Hotel Palomar Arlington (3:15 p.m.), Hotel Monaco Alexandria (4:45 p.m.), Morrison House (5:30 p.m.), and Lorien Hotel & Spa (6:15 p.m.); DC – Friday at Hotel George (10 a.m.), Hotel Monaco Washington DC (11 a.m.), Helix Hotel (Noon), Hotel Rouge (3 p.m.), Topaz Hotel (4 p.m.), Hotel Madera (5 p.m.), and Hotel Palomar Washington DC (6 p.m.).
We all know that the next couple of days will be filled with holiday excess. So why not plan to do something noble next week to compensate?
As part of Kimpton’s Red Ribbon Campaign for HIV/AIDS Awareness, a $10 donation will cover your entrance and one drink ticket to their Red Hot Night on Tuesday, December 1. Extra drink tickets are $5 each, with a silent auction featuring a weekend getaway to a Kimpton hotel, airfare included.
At Hotel Rouge from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, all proceeds will go to the Whitman-Walker Clinic. Of course there will be red-themed specialty drinks like the Cordon Rouge – Absolut Ruby Red, grapefruit juice and passion fruit puree – but the best part is helping raise money in the fight against DC’s HIV/AIDS epidemic.
RSVP to the Whitman-Walker Clinic at 202.797.3543.