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Mommy Alone Getaway: A Relaxcation At The Alexandrian Autograph Collection Hotel In Alexandria Virginia

As I get older taking time for me is very important to me. I believe in the saying that “you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself.” That said I am very much a hermit who suffers from severe anxiety— especially about going out into public places alone. I wasn’t always this way and want to break free of whatever this is. Additionally, I work from home which means I have very little interaction with the public. It’s because of this I choose to take weekend retreats alone.

Sometimes this means checking into a local hotel or when the mood hits me traveling to a state that’s close by and treating myself into an upscale hotel. When I do this I am looking for hotels that offer room service, spas, wine hours, have their own restaurants and more.

I recently made my way to Old Town—Alexandria, Virginia. This is a beautiful hip, historic, trendy area with lots of shops, museums, restaurants, and just an Uber away from Washington, DC.  I stayed at the Alexandrian Autograph Collection Hotel located on the main hub of King St. Minus the spa, this historic lively hotel had everything I needed. This included a great restaurant called “Jackson 20” for room service, complimentary infused water, and coffee in the lobby, a complimentary champagne reception and an awesome lobby to people watch in. There are even green apples at the counter, a popcorn machine in the evenings where they make fresh popcorn, and doggy treats if you bring your pet.

Here’s some highlights from my weekend:

My Room

I was given an awesome room on the 2nd floor in the front of the hotel that looked right down onto the main street. The rooms are beautifully decorated and have a sitting area for people like me who love to lounge. I was lucky enough to get a room with 2 huge picture size windows to look out of.

The Lobby and Champagne

After sitting in my room I headed downstairs to people watch and work. I got my free glass of champagne and got comfy on the couch.

 

Ate Alone

I’ve never really done this before and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I ate at a random spot on King Street called “The Warehouse“. I enjoyed freshly fried calamari as my appetizer, an amazing lobster roll for my entree, and a Peach Sangria for my drink.

Walked Aimlessly

I’m totally lazy and usually walking is not even in my vocabulary. I’m not even about that life. However, the location I was in was mainly for strolling and so I joined in. I browsed, did some shopping, brought ice cream and then went and sat by the water.

Lounged

When done with all of that, I came back to my room and ordered room service, ate donuts, watched all the Bravo channel and CNN that I wanted and did more people watching.

I took Amtrak home and came back feeling rejuvenated and ready to work. Every mom should take a weekend or just a little time to herself and it doesn’t have to be extravagant or extreme.

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Brittany
    March 27, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Duly noted! I love this idea. I find it difficult for me to handle large crowds or just the public in general the last few years. I’m not sure where it came from but I’m trying to find ways to deal with it. Can’t wait to read more about your adventures.

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      kspell25
      March 27, 2018 at 3:20 am

      Heyyy! Thank you and yes a solo getaway is so important!!!!

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