One of the best ways I’ve learned about Arlington’s gems (some hidden, some not) is through my clients. I could think of no better topic for my first post than sharing the wealth with you! Here are – in no particular order, but I did save the best for last – my favorite Arlington spots (that my clients told me about):
The Fyve Restaturant at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City hosts world-class jazz performances every Thursday evening, from 6pm – 8pm.
Why it’s their favorite: “This Pentagon City gem offers great music with friendly, impeccable service.”
Located in the heart of Clarendon, Northside Social is a local fixture that serves delicious pastries, sandwiches and salads during the day. And, at night, it converts itself into a wine bar providing patrons with an intimate hangout spot.
Why it’s their favorite: “You cannot go wrong with any of the food choices. It is a great local hangout where we can either grab a quick coffee or enjoy brunch on the patio. Wonderful place, whatever mood you’re in!”
North Arlington is home to a vibrant restaurant scene. Whatever you are in the mood for, and whatever your price point, you can’t go wrong with the many choices dotted up and down Wilson Boulevard and Clarendon Boulevard from Rosslyn to Ballston. Patrick’s favorites are . . .
Ambar (Clarendon): “Ambar for weekday lunch with all you can eat small plates is a good deal and really tasty.”
Rhodeside Grill (Courthouse):“Rhodeside has a great neighborhood bar feel.”
Mejana (Courthouse): “You can always rely on Mejana for consistently good food.”
The Washington & Old Dominion (“W&OD”) Trail is an approximately 45-mile asphalt trail looping around Arlington and stretching beyond. It is popular with walkers, joggers, bikers, roller-bladers and even horseback riders.
Why it’s his favorite: “I love this bike ride – the rickety wooden stretch just after the Key Bridge, cruising along the river and GW parkway, watching planes buzz overhead at Gravelly Point, seeing people fishing back through Shirlington, or seeing people out running, walking, biking, roller balding, picnicking, and playing pickup soccer along the way.”
Located in the Village at Shirlington, this movie theater – outfitted with plush reclining seats – offers both popular movies and a selection of independent and foreign films.
Why it’s her favorite: “It shows avant-garde and foreign movies that are hard to catch in other theaters.”
The Arlington Central Library is home to a vast collection of books, electronic format media, and historical materials. It also lends out gardening tools (The Shed) and has a shop room (The Shop) for DIY projects available to members with a library card.
Why it’s his favorite: “The Central Library is modern, organized, and full of great resources. It is organized in sections to allow people to speak freely and there are others that are quieter, including a dedicated quiet room. My favorite is the map room that houses a collection of historical maps.”
From late October to mid-March, the courtyard at Pentagon Row transforms to one of Virginia’s largest ice rinks.
Why it’s his favorite: “The Pentagon Row Ice Rink reminds me of skating when I was little in Pennsylvania. It’s a great place to gather and share some good food and fun skating. They even have little penguins to help the little ones get around!”
Arlington National Cemetery needs no description. Located on 624 beautifully landscaped acres just south of Rosslyn, it is the final resting place for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Why it’s her favorite: “Walking through it grounds me, brings me peace and makes me appreciate our history and the sacrifice. I look at the names and think about what their lives were like to bring them to life and honor them.”
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