There are just so many reasons we love Arlington and this year we decided to write Arlington a love letter for Valentine’s Day to show just how much we care. Here are some of the many reasons we love to call Arlington home…
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee from the depths of the Potomac, which borders thee, to the height of Minor’s Hill, the highest point in town one can be. I love thee for your quiet spaces, where nature thrives, and your urban villages, where the city comes alive. Your people are smart, fit, and kind. For a place to live, work and play, there is not a better find.
Arlington holds a special place in my heart. It is the first city in DC metro I fell in love with. Flash back to four years ago. My husband moved us to Virginia from Rhode Island. His career took us on this new venture while mine was in the rearview mirror. It was a hard decision, but if reversed I know he’d undoubtedly support me. (Don’t worry fellow girl bosses – I found my niche!)
I grew up in a small town where literally everybody knows your name. This was the farthest I had moved from “home.” I’m not going to lie; it was tough. Even though I was in an amazing city, with the love of my life, I felt alone. Everything was so new and intimidating.
My weekdays were quickly filled with job hunting by day and styling our new high-rise apartment by night. Weekends were for exploring – and that we did. One of the first neighborhoods we set our sights on was Arlington. It sounds cheesy, but I’ll never forget that first day. It was like a scene that would make John Hughes proud. We hopped off the metro, hand in hand, giddy for all things new.
We walked around as if we’d lived there all our lives. Macaroons and coffee from the Bakeshop, an exotic dinner at Ambar, dessert at Nicecream, finished by a nightcap and pie at Northside Social. We strolled N Garfield Street fantasizing about the dream home we would one day buy. As we headed back to the metro, we smiled at each other, knowing this was just the beginning of our beautiful new adventure. Anyone who knows me well would expect 1,000 photos from the day. Truth is all I have to show for it is this picture of the nitrogen ice cream we shared. We were too busy falling in love – with Arlington, and each other all over again.