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1750 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
The Crystal City Water Park is the neighborhood's signature plaza. With shaded landscaping, dining tables, and seating, this fountain-filled setting is a pleasant refuge from city life. During weekdays, it's a favorite spot for workers to enjoy a...
566 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Women seeking upbeat and affordable additions to their wardrobes should head to Gossip on 23rd. Boutique owner, Katherine Glorioso, selects trendy clothing and accessories that all fall under a $100 price point. The Crystal City store is packed...
1625-A Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Puppet Heaven is a unique and delightful store that appeals to children and the young at heart. Owner Alban Odoulamy has been selling puppets and his artwork in Crystal City for over 17 years. Alban hails from Benin, where he was formally trained...
5140 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205, USA
If Etsy existed in a brick-and-mortar store, you would have Covet. This quirky Arlington boutique is located on the second floor of a little gray farmhouse. Three tiny rooms await, brimming with imaginative displays like earrings dangling from...
105-107 S Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Now a museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary was founded in 1792 and when the family closed the business in 1933, they left everything as-is. So, what you see when you visit is a fascinating slice of Americana in its original state. The museum...
6763 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044, USA
Tucked away inside the Eden Center Mall is what looks like a retro dessert café that transports you back into the '90s—the type of place where someone might jest that "Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts, or the crew of Dragon Ball Z, would hang out...
709 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046, USA
Occupying the site of a former café, husband and wife Larry and Erica Hoffman opened their second bar in Falls Church in June 2012 (the other being Galaxy Hut in Arlington). Adorned with its illuminated 'space-age' sign in the front window and...
905 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046, USA
Known to me as the "little blue house," this independently owned bibliophile's paradise has been operating strong on the same Broad Street spot for over 30 years. Inside, the store is crammed with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling books, especially...
108 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046, USA
Nicknamed "the chic boutique," New To You has been a popular Northern Virginia consignment shop for the stylistic fashionista seeking a savvy bargain for a second-hand Armani, Anthroplogie, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Hermes, Prada, or another...
7400 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22102, USA
For the birds and other wildlife, it's a sanctuary. To local residents, it's an ideal place to walk the dog. For hikers, it's one of the Washington D.C. area's loveliest venues with well maintained and seldom used trails. The main four-mile-long...
4000 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203, USA
Occupying the site of a former car dealership, this 1950s-era, auto-themed bar/billiard hall contains eight pool tables, two skee ball machines, four shuffleboards, seven dartboards, and two outdoor patios. With friends and buddies, huddle around...
2601 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
Owner Carmen Lopez has made Current one of the area's prominent fashion boutiques with stocks of designer clothing, accessories, and shoes. Her emphasis on quality, style, cut, and color makes these vintage and pre-owned finds ready to wear....
566 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Since 2007, fashion maven Katherine Glorioso Dress has brought edgy, West Coast flavor to the D.C. area through this Crystal City neighborhood boutique. Locals love the wide selection of dresses, skirts, tops, jeans, jumpers, and accessories,...
3195 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
This split-level Clarendon tavern and upstairs dining room puts a creative spin on modern American cuisine with its rustic seasonal menu and well-priced wine and beer lists. Breads, pasta, sausages, and desserts are made in-house, and many...
Arlington, VA 22204, USA
Memorial Amphitheater is absolutely breathtaking. On the other side of that stage is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but wandering around we saw this amazing scene—very neoclassical, and a nice treat while walking through the cemetery.
Blue Ridge Pkwy, Lyndhurst, VA 22952, USA
Humpback rock offers spectacular views of the Blue Ridge mountains and Virginia. The hike up Humpback is fairly straightforward, although essentially a 30 minute climb straight up. The hike is popular among students from UVA in nearby...
227 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
We popped into the Whiskey Jar on a late Thursday evening, drawn in by the bluesy tunes pouring out the door. A brick wall lined with bottles faces the bar. Over ninety brands of whiskey spanning the sublime (Jefferson Reserve bourbon) to the...
Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Easier to visit after the renovations at Jones Point Park just under the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, the Jones Point Lighthouse can be a great place to take in the shoreline. Alexandria was once one of the busiest seaports in the U.S. back in...
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182, USA
A diverse collection of plant life come together at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Explore well-groomed ornamental plant displays, delicate gazebos, indoor tropical plants, and wild native foliage across their 95-acre gardens. In every aspect...
1600 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Oh Robert Wiedmaier, you’ve done it again. First, we fell in love with Brasserie Beck in D.C., and then, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we’re now head over heels for the Brabo Tasting Room in Old Town. In our past two weekend...
404 Browning Ct c, Purcellville, VA 20132, USA
Nano, creative, edgy, tasty – all apt descriptors for Adroit Theory brewery and its beers! You’ll not find basic style-focused beers here. Instead, you’ll experience a surprising mix of tastes. On my recent visit, I sampled an imperial stout aged...
108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921, USA
Yogaville was a harder place for me to adjust to than most. I'm extremely talkative, not very bendy, and it seemed like just as I was getting comfortable, it was time to leave. I spent too much time worrying what others might think of me — my...
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