Indulge in a World of Restaurants Near The Dalton

Whether you’re craving Tex-Mex, saving room for sushi or hankering for an American classic, there’s endless options for dining near The Dalton. Our central location provides the option to try cuisine from around the world, all without wandering more than 5 minutes from home. Before you make dinner plans, you’ll want to take a look at this list. We hope you’re hungry!

Dos Amigos 

Did someone say tacos? Dos Amigos will quickly be your new go-to Tex-Mex spot. We recommend starting with a refreshing margarita while you look through their extensive menu. Choose from classic Mexican dishes, seafood, burgers, salads, combination plates, and much more. This flavorful neighbor of ours offers various options and is just a quick drive from The Dalton.

Vaso’s Mediterranean Bistro 

Get a taste of the Mediterranean just 3 minutes away at Vaso’s Mediterranean Bistro. Their menu offers a little bit of everything. Start with a savory appetizer, such as their escargot or stuffed mushrooms with crabmeat. Following your light bites, you can choose an entrée from their authentic menu,including chicken marsala, eggplant parmesan, shrimp scampi & garlic, just to name a few. The hardest part will be deciding what to feast on with so many plates.

TJ Stone’s 

Grab a burger and a brew at this grill house and tap room, located just 5 minutes from your Dalton front door. TJ Stone’s offers 200 seasonal, craft, and stable beers made around the world, so it might be hard to pick just one. They also have over 100 bottles of wine, for all pallets, that you can pair easily with their crave-worthy menu items. Indulge inAmerican BBQ classics like wings, brisket, ribs, and burgers, as well as lighter options like soups and salads.

Bastille 

Treat yourself to some French cuisine at Bastille, only 2 minutes from The Dalton. You can choose from single entrees or indulge in their three- or four-course meal options. Head to Bastille on Tuesday for their Twos-Day Dinner specia. You really can’t beat $59 for two when it comes with as much as it does. Want to elevate your meal? Pair your delicious cuisine with a glass of red or white from their extensive wine list. Cheers!

Zento Japanese Restaurant 

You can never go wrong with sushi. Zento Japanese Restaurant offers a huge selection of fresh fish, as well as hot dishes. We suggest starting with their miso soup and a tasty spring roll, then moving onto a shrimp tempura roll and finishing things off with your choice of their fresh nigiri or sashimi. Thankfully, you’re only 5 minutes away from your couch after that huge meal. 

Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap 

We might have saved the best for last. Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer and some Italian classics. We recommend the wood-fired pizzas and house made pastas, but we can’t forget to call attention to their garlic bread, wings, and paninis. Start your night off right and locally, only 5 minutes from The Dalton.

With so many  foodie options nearby, The Dalton’s location makes it easy to try new things. What are you waiting for? Bon Appetit!

Slip into Summer Near The Dalton

Temperatures are heating up and so are things to do near The Dalton. Our central location makes us the perfect home base for sightseeing, exploring, relaxing and dining. Before the summer comes to a close, make sure to take advantage of all of these activities. After all, they’re just steps from your Dalton door.

Resort-Style Rooftop Pool

There’s nothing more refreshing than lounging by the pool on a hot summer day. Lucky for you, there’s no need to leave home. The Dalton’s resort-style rooftop pool is the perfect place to relax in style. Float in the pool or find your zen laying out on our lounge chairs. Whichever you choose, make sure to take in the extensive views of Alexandria while you do it.

The Capital Wheel at National Harbor

Once it cools off at night, head to The Capital Wheel at National Harbor for a unique experience, located just 5 miles away from The Dalton. This massive Ferris wheel and carousel will make you feel like a kid again. This summer, enjoy live music and happy hour drinks on American Way at National Harbor from 5-7pm every Friday. Make it a date night with two tickets to The Capital Wheel plus two drinks at Flight Deck for just $45.

Mount Vernon Trail

Whether you’re running to set a personal-best, cruising on a bike, or just walking to enjoy the fresh air, Mount Vernon Trail is the perfect place for you. Take in all of the beauty and history that our area has to offer, all while  getting in your daily exercise. Mount Vernon Trail spans 18 miles down the Potomac River, offering picturesque views of the national monuments, Old Town Alexandria and George Washington’s waterfront estate. 

Barbecue on the Rooftop Terrace

Why go out to eat when you have everything you need for a memorable night of dining right at home? Call some friends, fill your ice chest, and head up to our grilling area on the rooftop terrace for a barbecue. You’re sure to find what you want to cooke up at nearby Trader Joe’s or Harris Teeter, located just down the street. Make memories at The Dalton without reservations.

Waterfront Dining

There’s no better time to take advantage of the waterfront than in the warm months. If you don’t feel like cooking, wander over to Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge. This hideaway bar offers 87 outdoor seats on the water and a wide-variety of fresh seafood, including: shucked oysters, crab cakes, lobster rolls, as well as shrimp and oyster po-boys, to name a few. Another option is Blackwall Hitch, a waterfront restaurant with locally sourced food and spirits that are seasonally driven. Bask in the relaxing setting with their signature Shrimp Blackwall or wood-fired flatbreads.

No matter what you choose to do for fun, there’s something you’re sure to make memories doing when you live near The Dalton. Make this summer one to remember at your dream residence in Old Town Alexandria. Schedule a tour of our luxurious property today to see everything The Dalton has to offer.

Places you Should Take a Day Trip to Near The Dalton

With a community like The Dalton as our home base, we’re usually all about staying in and enjoying our abode. However, our amazing location makes it oh so easy to see so much more when we’re feeling adventurous. Lucky for us, amazing nature spots are close to home, so we can make a day of it and still get back in time for dinner. Here’s a few of the beautiful locations you have to visit near The Dalton when you get the chance. 

Prince William Forest Park

Distance from The Dalton: 42-minute drive

With over 15,000 acres of beautiful forest to explore, The Prince William Forest Park is a must-see when it comes to outdoor spots. This historic park boasts stunning views, interactive exploration, and a never-ending list of things you can do when you visit. If you’re just looking to enjoy the space for the day, there’s plenty of hiking, biking, and stream splashing you can take part in. Plus, there’s over 100 cabins for you to rent and spots for you to set up camp for a longer stay. While you’re out and about in the wilderness, you’re bound to come across countless birds, amphibians, marine creatures, and more to see up close and personal. When you’re there, you’re sure to be a happy camper.

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Distance from The Dalton: 3 and a half hour drive

Another iconic locale close to The Dalton, The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests should be the next on your list to explore. The two vast forests span across the Appalachian Mountains and even cross into other states. Huge, right? That just means there’s a ton for you to discover and endless opportunities for adventure. While there, you can hike The Appalachian Trail, also known as “America’s footpath” and the very first National Scenic Trail in the United States. Or if you like to get around on two wheels, you can bike along numerous other trails. If you just can’t bring yourself to leave the beauty, you can rent a cabin, RV camp, enjoy group campsites, and snag a personal camping spot for the night. We’ll see you on the trails. 

Burke Lake Park

Distance from The Dalton: 30-minute drive

If you are in the mood for a family-friendly outing close to home, we recommend heading to Burke Lake Park for the day. The quaint park is 888 acres and is chock full of activities for the entire family to enjoy. There’s the typical outdoor stuff like fishing, biking, camping, boating, and hiking, as well as plenty of out of the box fun. The kiddos can head over and ride the miniature train, take a spin on the carousel, or show off on the mini-golf & disc golf courses. When you’ve all worked up an appetite and need a rest, you can find a cozy spot for a picnic and enjoy a refreshing scoop of ice cream. Like the other spots on our list, they too offer camping spaces for an extended stay. Time for some fun in the sun. 

Go-to Spots for Amazing Cocktails Near The Dalton

When it comes to choosing the right place to live, the proximity to local hotspots is important to keep in mind. From coffee shops to grocery spots, it can be daunting picking the perfect hub. One of our main requirements is being located near some killer places to grab a cocktail, because sipping on something spiked can make any day a little bit better. Here are a few of our favorite local gems and one of their cocktails that help make the choice to live at The Dalton even more amazing.

The People’s Drug

One of our neighborhood favorites and a location we have to start with is The People’s Drug. Not only is their speakeasy ambiance one that keeps us coming back for more, but so is there cocktail list, of course. Whether you’re choosing from their classic cocktail menu or picking on from their list of seasonal concoctions, you’re sure to find your new favorite drink. It’s hard to narrow it down to our  go-to, but if we have to choose…we’d definitely go with the People’s Signature Old Fashioned. We promise, it’s a fan favorite for a reason. The ingredients list includes a few delicious additions, but bourbon mixed with orange bitters? Can’t go wrong. However, we’re also absolutely loving the seasonal Pistachio Mustachio’s mix of Bluecoat Gin infused with Cardamom, lemon juice and more. What’ll you get?

PX

Another speakeasy style spot near us, and equally delicious, is PX. Not only does their reservation requirement make things mysterious, but their limit of only 25 people at a time does as well. When we visit, we absolutely have to order the The Ichabad Crane. Why? Well, it’s ingredient list of Calvados, Benedictine, house made pecan bitters, and toasted cinnamon syrup make it taste exactly like an apple pie. Need we say more? If you’re looking for something a little more classic, we suggest trying the Smoker’s Delight. It’s a mixture of bourbon, tobacco tea, honey syrup & lemon. Yum.

Captain Gregory’s 

Last, but certainly least, is Captain Gregory’s. This local gem is nautical themed, making it not only an amazingly tasty place, but a fun place, too. They offer a rotating menu of 15 cocktails every month, as well as Experimental Sundays, where an additional 3-4 drinks that each bartender created are added to the menu. Did we also mention they have something called Tiki Thursdays, where they feature 3-4 classic tiki drinks. Out of all of their amazing sips, one of our favorites is definitely their classic, old guard Hearty Breakfast cocktail of bacon fat rye, maple syrup, salt and black pepper. Cheers.

The Best Coffee Shops Near your Home at The Dalton

There’s no better feeling than that first cup of coffee in the morning, right? We couldn’t agree more. That’s why having go-to local spots to frequent is a must when it comes to choosing your home. Whether you’re already a resident here at The Dalton, or just shopping around for your next space, we think this list of nearby coffee shops might help make the decision a little bit easier. Here’s a few of our favorite places to pick up a brew near The Dalton. 

Killer E.S.P.

Distance from The Dalton: 16-minute walk

Located amongst the shops & hotspots on the beautiful brick-lined King St., Killer E.S.P is definitely one of our top stops for a cup of coffee. They serve up tasty brews, homemade gelato, pies, and espresso that is sure to kickstart your morning the right way. We’re pretty sure that there’s nothing better than pairing your morning cup with a sweet treat of your choosing. Once you’ve got your fill, you can head right back out the door to explore the rest of Old Town Alexandria, or continue on to work. Good morning, indeed. 

Swing’s Coffee Roasters

Distance from The Dalton: 16-minute walk

Swing’s Coffee has been serving up amazingly delicious roasted coffee for over 100 years, and their experience shows in every cup. They’re passionate about every single thing that goes into each cup, and you get to easily enjoy it as often as you’d like. Not to mention, they have a ton of different blends, so you’re sure to find the one that fits your flavor profile perfectly. From their sweet, creamy 1013 Reserve Blend to the lemon, spice and chocolate notes of their Four Mile Espresso, they’ve got an array of amazing tastes. What’ll it be?

Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee

Distance from The Dalton: 5-minute walk

If you’re in the market for a sweet breakfast to get you going, Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee is the spot for you. Their list of goods includes donuts by the dozen, coffee boxes, donut cakes, hot chocolate, and much more. What makes their operation so unique is the fact that they hand roll and hand cut small batches of their donuts throughout the day to keep things as fresh as possible. Once you’ve chosen your donut of choice from their over 300 options, you can pair it with a cup of coffee of your choosing. If we had to recommend one besides their stellar classics, we’d absolutely recommend the Honey Lavender Latte. You’ll become obsessed, we promise.

Drink recipes for your Summer Hangs at The Dalton

Summertime is upon us and we couldn’t be any more excited. From days spent lounging by our resort-style rooftop pool to soaking up the sun on our sun deck, there’s not much we love more than the Summer season. What makes unwinding even better? Having a delicious, Summer-inspired cocktail in hand. Here are just a few recipes we think will be the perfect addition to your Summer here at The Dalton.

Tequila-Watermelon Aguas Frescas with Prosecco

This delicious cocktail is practically the perfect addition to any Summer shindig you happen to throw here at The Dalton. It’s easy to make just enough for you and yourself, and simple enough to prepare a whole bunch for a plethora of people. It features Watermelon (the Summeriest of fruits) plus Prosecco… need we say more? Whatever kind of plans you have for your Summer relaxation, make sure this mix is a part of it.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 chilled seedless watermelon (15 pounds), rind discarded and watermelon cubed (20 cups)
  • 3/4 cup tequila blanco
  • 6 limes, thinly sliced
  • 3 mint sprigs, plus mint leaves for garnish
  • Ice
  • 1 bottle chilled Prosecco

Click here for the full recipe.

Ginger-Peach Soda

Another Summer-worthy sip to prep in your kitchen at The Dalton is this Ginger-Peach Soda. It’s both refreshing and, thanks to the possibility of a splash of rum, indulgent. This recipe is ideal for parties full of both adults & little ones, because it’s easy to make non-alcoholic and oh so delicious no matter how you enjoy it. Grab some ripe peaches and some pretty glasses for this one.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 2 very ripe peaches
  • 2 liter Seltzer
  • 16 fresh mint leaves

Click here for the full recipe.

Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca

Last but not least, a non-alcoholic beverage for those looking to sip on something a little lighter. Not only is this concoction a crowd pleaser for any age, but it’s extremely simple to make. With just 3 ingredients required, you can whip this one up in no time, and on the fly for a last minute get-together. Plus, serving it directly in a pineapple is just an easy way to make it both tasty and fun.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups pineapple chunks
  • 3 cups water
  • 25 mint leaves

Click here for the full recipe.

A Look Into Our Dalton Neighborhood

Spring weather has arrived, and that means we’re beginning to head out into our Alexandria surroundings to explore. Luckily, living at The Dalton places you in the center of some of the area’s best dining, entertainment & recreation options to enjoy. Need a helping hand when it comes to deciding where to go? Here are a few of our favorites local go-tos around our community that are guaranteed to become your new favorites as well.

Monterey’s Pizza

Already a highly regarded local gem of ours, Monterey’s Pizza just made our pizza cravings even easier to satisfy. They’ve established a location just steps from our door at The Dalton, so we can head over whenever we please. We can’t get enough of their cheesy breadsticks, and their Hawaiian Pizza glazed with olive oil is to die for. If you’re not a pineapple-on-pizza type of person, they’ve got a ton of other delicious pies to choose from. Is it dinner time yet?

Founder’s Park

If there’s one thing that Alexandria is good at, it’s providing stunning, spacious outdoor spots to spend time in. One of our area’s most well-known ones is Founder’s Park, which is just a 20-minute stroll from The Dalton. Not only is the park planted along the gorgeous Potomac River, but it’s right in Old Town Alexandria as well. The space is perfect for taking a riverfront stroll with friends, walking your pup, letting them roam free in the dog park, picnics and more. Plus, their gardens are an ideal spot for a photo op. We’ll see you there under the sun.

Old Town Alexandria

Perhaps the most unbeatable hot spot near our home, Old Town Alexandria embodies everything that we love about our home. With countless different experiences to choose from, you’ll never have a boring day when visiting. Take a spin on the The Capital Wheel, stroll through the blooming cherry blossom trees, or visit one of the many historical museums and landmarks. After working up an appetite, head to one of the many killer restaurants, such as The Majestic, Brabo or Bilbo Baggins Restaurant. After that, you can end the evening with some drinks or even a ghost tour, once the sun goes down. If none of that catches your attention, there’s various places to shop at as well. What’ll it be?