Great Waterfront Locations Near Alexandria, VA

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Alexandria, Virginia is a beautiful city full of history and character. It’s waterfront is full of restaurants, shopping, and other activities that provide a great way to unwind after a day of exploring both Alexandria and nearby Washington D.C.

Scenic Boat Cruises

Boat cruises are a popular way to explore the Alexandria’s waterfront and see the sights while avoiding crippling DC traffic and the stress of navigating unfamiliar streets. Many cruises offer dinner, allowing patrons to enjoy delicious gourmet meals while taking in popular sites such as Jones Point Lighthouse, Mount Vernon, Washington Monument, and the Jeffersonian Monument. The Pirate on the Potomac cruise is great for kids of all ages, while pet-friendly boats rides are perfect for guests looking to bring along their four-legged friends. continue reading…

Historical Sites near Alexandria - George Washington Mount Vernon

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The first 13 colonial states offer some of the oldest and most unique historical points in America. If you are intrigued with the start of our great nation and want to travel back over 200 years in time, Virginia and Washington, DC should be among your top places to stop. Alexandria, VA is one such place that offers amazing historical sites and unforgettable glimpses into our long-gone past.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Once the home of America’s first president, the mansion offers a spectacular and interesting window into our history and the life of President George Washington. The tours show many sites in the home, including the master bedroom and actual bed where the president spent his final moments. Beautiful grounds, a slave memorial and an educational center offer unique points for learning about how the nation was born. continue reading…

Top Highline Covertables for 2014

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Summer is in full swing, and it’s been a good year for convertibles. Here are the top 6 highline convertibles of summer 2014 that you should consider buying.

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster

The Aventador needs no introduction. Owning this piece of machinery is only a dream to many people and a reality to very few. The Aventador will turn heads everywhere you go. The sleek, space age design and 700 HP is enough to get people to think you come from another planet. The Aventador also has major power under the hood with a 6.5 liter V12 engine and a 7-speed automatic transmission. You can be the emperor of the road for the price of $441,600. continue reading…

when to replace your windshield wipers

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Whether rain, fog, or dust, a dirty or unclear windshield wiper creates a very dangerous driving situation. Generally, drivers don’t notice windshield wiper issues until they have reached a critically ineffective point. To recognize the early signs of wiper deterioration or issues and what to look for in replacements, follow this guide:

How Long Do Windshield Wipers Last?

Most importantly, know that windshield wipers do expire. Windshield wiper arms average about two to three years, not accounting for more persistent or intense weather conditions, while the rubber part needs replacement about once a year. Expect only a four to six month lifespan for hotter climates. In general, with each pass across the windshield, the rubber on the wipers wears down, and pits begin to form. continue reading…

Alexandria Sights

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Alexandria is known for its wide access to the Potomac River. The waterfront area has evolved into a vibrant and enjoyable region with much to offer. Here are just some of the activities you should try during a visit.

Go for a Boat Cruise

The Potomac River is a sight to behold, especially when you are on it. There are multiple boat tour companies located along the river in Alexandria and a few special options as well. Have a dog? Look into sending him or her on a canine cruise, one of the most unique services Alexandria has to offer. If you don’t have any pets, don’t worry, there are still special cruises for you like the Dandy Restaurant cruise ship. continue reading…

Historical Sites to Visit in Alexandria

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When you’re in Alexandria, Va., you’re not far from some great historic sites. In fact, you can visit some of the country’s best historic areas in Washington D.C. that’s just half an hour down the road. If you love history and are looking for a short getaway from Alexandria, head into the nation’s capital and check out these great sites.

1. U.S. Capitol

Located at the East end of the National Mall on the top of Capital Hill, the Capitol building should be one of your first stops. This is one of the most recognizable buildings in the country. It ‘s also of extreme significance to the United States. The building features neoclassical architecture, with designs pulled from Roman and Greek buildings. You can go on a guided tour of the complex and even watch a session of Congress. continue reading…

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

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When you’re ready to take on spring cleaning tasks, don’t leave your car out of the cleanliness equation. From a shiny exterior to a spotless interior, keeping a clean ride is just as important as keeping a clean house. Here is a glove box full of tips that’ll help you effectively clean your car where it needs it most.

Power Wash the Undercarriage

Although the undercarriage of your car usually doesn’t get much attention from onlookers, it’s actually the most important part of your vehicle to keep clean. This is especially the case if you live in wintry environments. Your car’s undercarriage gets the brunt of road dust and dirt, and when driving on treated winter roads it can accumulate road salt as well. By using a power washer with a 45-degree nozzle to spray off dirt and salt from your car’s chassis and suspension, you’ll help prevent premature wear and rust.  continue reading…

Christ Church in Alexandria, VA

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Alexandria, Va. is a beautiful city loaded with historical significance. Founded by colonials in 1669, the city eventually became the home of George Washington, America’s first president. The most exciting part of Alexandria’s history was the colonial period, preserved in the city to this day. When you visit Alexandria, make sure to stop into these six must-see colonial landmarks.

Christ Church

Christ Church is an Episcopal church in a red brick building that still hosts services, but is historically known as the preferred church by notable historical figures like George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The church preserves its history by marking pew 15 as George Washington’s, and it’s ostensibly still reserved for him. There also is a popular legend that Robert E. Lee came to Christ Church to meet with Southern rebels asking him to lead their troops. You can visit the graveyard next to the church to pay tribute to Confederate soldiers buried there.  continue reading…

Check Your Tire Pressure Yourself

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The high cost of routine car maintenance can tempt many Americans to skip their scheduled services. However, this can be a costly mistake, as the annual bill for accidents resulting from poorly maintained vehicles tops two billion dollars. You can stay safe and save your money with these easy and essential DIY jobs for car owners.

1. Check Your Tire Pressure

Your tires are your contact with the road, so it’s vital that they’re in good shape. However, they lose at least one or two pounds of air every month. Because of this, you should check their air pressure every other time you fill your car to ensure your tires are handling well and wearing evenly. Maintaining the correct pressure will make your car safer and improve your gas mileage.

A cheap tire air pressure gauge will tell you whether your levels match those recommended in your owner’s manual. Remember to check the pressure cold for the most accurate reading. If your tires are underinflated, you can add more air at the gas station. continue reading…

Not performing oil changes can damage your car

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So you finally purchased a new car. Now what? Unfortunately, for many car owners, that question never gets answered. Bad maintenance habits alarmingly depreciate the value of cars. Not to mention, purchasing a car, especially if opting for a new car, generally falls second only to a home in investment purchases. However, waiting for something to go wrong on a car before examining it makes it one of the worst investments a consumer can make. Here are a few signs that you’re sending your vehicle six feet under:

Not Performing Oil Checks and Changes

Oil changes are a relatively cheap security measure for your car, ranging anywhere between ten to forty dollars, with many auto repair shops offering frequent discounts or coupons. However, one of the most common and costliest mistakes drivers make is to extend an oil change past the recommended date. The ultimate guide to reference is your owner’s manual, which provides exact mileage or monthly estimates for oil changes. Ignoring the manual’s guidelines could mean permanent engine damage, and replacing an engine often straddles the cost line of replacing the car entirely.  continue reading…