If your idea of a perfect holiday veers toward the cobblestoned and gas-lit, zip across the Potomac to Old Town Alexandria and put your family up at the gracious Morrison House. This restored Federal-style mansion is right in the middle of Old Town's offerings, which means your family can stroll to cute shops and restaurants without ever calling you for directions. The Grille restaurant will also be hosting special holiday teas for adults and children, which will delight even your fanciest relatives.
Where: Morrison House, 116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria; 703-838-8000.
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