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The Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Shirlington is conveniently located right off I-395 in the quaint Village at Shirlington. Over twenty different restaurants, shops, grocery store, movie theatre, and the Tony Award winning Signature Theatre are all within walking distance of the hotel. To help ensure your stay is a success, we provide the following: Complimentary Shuttle Service to and from Reagan National Airport, Pentagon City Metro, The Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, and a 2 Mile Radius (Call Sales for details and availability) Complimentary Wi-Fi Throughout Hotel Refrigerator, Microwave and Keurig Coffee Maker in all Guest Rooms Complimentary Fitness Center, Indoor Pool, 24 Hour Business Center 1,300 Square Feet of Meeting/Banquet Space, Ideal for Meetings and Events for up to 70 People. Earn Hilton HHonors Event Planner Points for Your Choice and Efforts Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Shirlington 4271 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206 | 703-820-0440 • www.arlingtonshirlington.hgi.com
lthough it’s technically one of the smallest counties in the United States, Arlington is a green city and a walkable city, with modern high-rises that are clustered along the sparkling Potomac River shoreline. It has neighborhoods filled with contrasts—suburban tree-lined streets that give way to markets and bistros, and roads that crisscross at urban parks and green spaces. This friendly mashup is handy to navigate, whether on two feet, two wheels, or using Arlington’s user-friendly public transportation—a system that seamlessly connects it to Washington, D.C., and the entire capital region. Visitors blend into every neighborhood, joining locals posting Instagram-worthy pictures of pretty plates and colorful street art. Dog walkers pass by, some with kids in tow, meandering down broad sidewalks, looking into kaleidoscopic shop windows. Commuters stride from Metro stations into gleaming skyscrapers where entrepreneurship and innovation are the order of the day. Arlington is home to residents of every color, creed and kind, all relishing their access to the region’s world-class museums and landmarks. No wonder organizations like Amazon, Deloitte, March of Dimes, Nestlé and many more have chosen Arlington. Come experience the energy and fellowship of this innovative and broadminded community. We’re ready to welcome you! Rosslyn, David Hills Photography
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EXPLORE ARLINGTON’S MEMORIALS
And Enjoy Views of Washington, D.C.
Theodore Roosevelt Island is a forested memorial to the American president who founded the National Park System. The trails around the island offer a peek at Arlington’s skyscrapers, and across the river, Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown and Foggy Bottom neighborhoods. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove honors the American president and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson, who were dedicated to beautifying the country through conservation and urban renewal. This peaceful oasis offers riverside views of the urban landscape. The Navy and Merchant Marine Memorial is a tribute to Americans serving in World War I. The sculpture shares the shoreline with the Mount Vernon Trail and has unobstructed views of the city’s skyline. Arlington National Cemetery memorializes military conflicts, presidents, Supreme Court justices and other notables. Arlington House overlooks a wide swath of Washington, D.C.’s significant landmarks. Located at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, the Military Women’s Memorial honors and tells the stories of women, past and present, who serve in the United States military. It is home to the newly unveiled sculpture, “The Pledge,” capturing a moment of mutual respect and love between a female dog handler and her Belgian Malinois. The Marine Corps War Memorial symbolizes the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. From this vantage point, three famous buildings line up in perfect synchronicity: the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and United States Capitol.
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The Air Force Memorial, with its soaring silver spires, stands above the Pentagon and offers panoramic vistas of Washington, D.C. and Arlington National Cemetery.
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ARLINGTON IS FOR LOVERS
The motto “Virginia is for Lovers” has been around for more than 50 years, and Arlington delivers with an array of romantic experiences. Toast your relationship at Ms. Peacock’s Champagne Lounge or Baba, a retro-chic speakeasy saloon with Balkan bites and craft cocktails. Become connoisseurs at a wine-tasting class hosted by Screwtop Wine Bar or enroll in Cookology’s “Crave: Cake & Sip” cooking class to master new culinary skills. Take in the glittering city skyline from Skydome, a rotating rooftop restaurant at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Crystal City. Pack a picnic and visit an Arlington park — we recommend the serene landscape of the Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove or the Bon Air Park Rose Garden. 6
Arlington was ranked “USA’s Most Dog-friendly City” by Yelp.com in 2018. Rover is welcome to “Yappy Hour” at Rosslyn’s Le Méridien Arlington Hotel and to restaurant patios throughout The Village at Shirlington and other Arlington neighborhoods. Fourlegged friends adore frolicking in the tumbling streams along the Potomac Heritage Trail and Potomac Overlook Park. Socialize with fellow pet owners at Arlington’s off-leash dog parks. Many Arlington restaurants are doggone friendly too. Find pups on the patios of Rocklands Barbeque, Paramount Café, and The Celtic House Irish Pub. Dogma Dog Bakery is the place to find nourishing dog treats.
ARLINGTON IS FOR FOOD LOVERS
Arlington has a roster of rock star chefs and notable restaurants. Chef philanthropist José Andrés showcases cutting-edge Spanish tapas at Jaleo. Top Chef’s Spike Mendelsohn serves handcrafted burgers and shakes at Good Stuff Eatery and gourmet pizza at We the Pizza. Chef Kevin Tien earned Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef,” and you can taste why at Hot Lola’s and Wild Tiger BBQ. Savor Louisiana-style cooking from Food Network’s David Guas at Bayou Bakery. Sichuan spice lovers adore Peter Chang, whose namesake owner cooked for the Chinese Embassy. Bobby Flay-slayer Victor Albisu sells authentic Mexican street food at Taco Bamba.
ARLINGTON IS FOR FITNESS LOVERS Recognized as the country’s most walkable city and top biking destination, it’s no wonder Arlington was named “Fittest city in America” by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Arlingtonians are passionate about their car-free lifestyle and can navigate nearly every neighborhood on two wheels or by foot. Ranking as the fourth best park system in the nation, Arlington has a sprawling network of trails and bike paths offering safe and scenic places to exercise and explore. Start with part of the 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail, a paved path along the Potomac equipped with Capital Bikeshare stations at Theodore Roosevelt Island and Gravelly Point Park.
GIRLFRIENDS LOVE ARLINGTON
From shopping, to spas, to afternoon teas and outdoor adventures, Arlington is the perfect destination for a girlfriend getaway. Start at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City to peruse the posh shops under a soaring atrium, then splurge on high tea and champagne at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. Among several luxury spas in Arlington is Origins Thai Spa, offering full-service wellness treatments using traditional East Asian techniques. Stop to honor the women who serve at the Military Women’s Memorial, a landmark at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery with panoramic views of Arlington and Washington, D.C.
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ARLINGTON IS FOR PET LOVERS
ARLINGTON LOVES THE NIGHTLIFE
While away the evening at one of Arlington’s many rooftop bars—watering holes serving views alongside Instagramworthy cocktails. Freddie’s in Crystal City and The Lot in Clarendon are beachy escapes, and it’s hard to beat the scenery and the tacos from the rooftop of Buena Vida Social Club. Heaters keep it cozy year-round at Clarendon’s Wilson Hardware, and Dudley’s Sport & Ale in Shirlington has a sprawling deck with picnic tables and bar bites. On chilly nights, take it indoors for live music and karaoke at Galaxy Hut & Spacebar. The Crystal City Sports Pub is a local favorite for watching sports, enjoying late-night munchies, and rubbing shoulders with some of D.C.’s professional athletes.
EXPERIENCE ARLINGTON’S AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE
Arlington’s historic sites provide context to the Black experience in America. Begin with The Black Heritage Museum of Arlington on Columbia Pike and the nearby John Robinson, Jr. Town Square, a soon-to-be completed centerpiece of the historic Green Valley neighborhood, settled by free African Americans before the Civil War began. At Arlington National Cemetery, learn about the Freedman’s Village, a community established to provide homes for emancipated and formerly enslaved people. Pick up a cemetery map to visit the final resting places of notables like Thurgood Marshall, Joe Lewis and Medgar Evers. Other local sites include the circa-1791 boundary stone in Benjamin Banneker Park, named for the Black surveyor/inventor who laid Washington, D.C.’s boundary markers. Arlington House, on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, is a former plantation that pre-dates the Civil War.
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Ballston is a thriving urban neighborhood with innovative research agencies and high-tech companies. Wired for free public WiFi throughout, Ballston is home to the Northern Virginia campuses of The George Washington University, Virginia Tech Research Center and Marymount University, as well as the Arlington campus of George Mason University in Virginia Square. The modern village has the Ballston and Virginia Square Metro stops, an abundance of shops, restaurants and pocket parks like Welburn Square and Quincy Park. For travelers without a car, Ballston has a walkability score of 92! The centerpiece of the neighborhood is Ballston Quarter, a stylish indoor/outdoor retail destination featuring experiential hot spots like the Quarter Market food hall, Cookology, 5 Wits live-action adventures, and Instagram Alley with its funky pop-art backgrounds. Ballston Quarter is connected to the MedStar Capitals Iceplex, where fans gather to watch the Washington Capitals NHL hockey team practice. Located in Virginia Square is Arlington Arts Center, featuring working art studios and rotating exhibits.
Ballston features 70 restaurants in a five-block radius with everything from global cuisine to classic American favorites. Stop in for the all-day brunch menu at Ted’s Bulletin or Russian/Uzbeki cuisine at Rus Uz, a family-owned café offering cooking classes for kids. SER Restaurant is an elegant place to share Spanish tapas, paella and pitchers of sangria. Celebrity chef Robert Wiedmaier showcases his Belgian heritage at Mussel Bar. For a night out on the town, raise your glass at Bronson Bier Hall, serving more than 250 craft beers, ciders, and spirits, or Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro featuring French American fare paired with fine wines by the glass. Savor the signature punch at Punch Bowl Social, with three-stories of fun including bowling and karaoke. Try Ice Cream Jubilee’s variety of flavors made from all-natural, 18% butterfat grass-fed cream. Mingle with the locals in Virginia Square, where you can savor an adventure of Thai street food at Thai Treasure, or enjoy the granddaddy of Peruvian chicken joints, El Pollo Rico. Spice up your life with a Sichuan hot pot at Mala Tang, then join friends at Darna to share a hookah and listen to Middle Eastern beats. Steak lovers adore the prix fixe menu and unlimited helpings at Medium Rare. End the night with late night Comfort Inn Ballston eats at Mario’s Hilton Arlington Pizza House, a Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston HOTELS neighborhood Residence Inn Arlington Ballston institution. The Westin Arlington Gateway
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Clarendon is a hub of activity that brims with energy on evenings and weekends. This neighborhood is popular among merrymakers of all ages with open green spaces, lively bars, restaurants and cafes. Clarendon Central Park is a gathering space used for outdoor concerts and a seasonal farmers market. Challenge your friends at Bond’s Escape Room. The neighborhood is also a shopper’s paradise — check out The Crossing Clarendon anchored by Apple and Pottery Barn. Runners and outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the personalized service at Pacers Clarendon, Formula Running Center and Orvis. Clarendon has a host of hot destinations, including Buena Vida, a three-story restaurant and rooftop bar featuring make-your-own tacos and unlimited brunch. Two local favorites are cheery Ambar, known for a prix fixe menu of unlimited Balkan delicacies, and its sister cocktail bar Baba. Green Pig Bistro, showcases sustainable, rustic French cooking. The Liberty Tavern is a welcoming neighborhood haunt with wood-fired Italian pizza. Find flavorful Asian fusion dishes at Bar Bao and the Vietnamese Banh Mi at Four Sisters Grill. For dessert, treat yourself to the prettiest pastries at Bakeshop, gourmet milkshakes at Nicecream, or handmade chocolates at Artisan Confections. If you love the nightlife, Clarendon’s got you covered. For great barbeque, awardwinning Smokecraft’s name says it all. Sample Polish cuisine, crepes and wine at Oby Lee Winery. Everyone loves the HOTELS patio at Northside Social Coffee & Wine. Head to The Renegade to hear live music. Screwtop Wine Bar offers Clarendon is minutes from the Days Inn by Wyndham wine and cheese tasting for the aficionado, while Spider Arlington/Washington D.C., and a quick car or Metro Kelly’s beer garden entertains revelers with skeeball and ride to many hotels in the Courthouse, Ballston and darts. Relish Tex-Mex fare on Don Tito’s rooftop deck, or if Rosslyn neighborhoods. you crave a high energy evening under the stars, check out The Lot.
Known for its concentration of ethnic eateries, you’ll find everything from Latin American pupuserias to Thai noodle bowls. Begin the day at Idido’s Coffee & Social House for desserts, breakfast and tasty flatbreads. Sofia’s Pupuseria perfects its Central American grilled meats and seafood. Locally owned Bangkok 54 & Bar will treat your taste buds to well-seasoned Thai food, and afterwards, you can shop at their Asian food market. Sample distinctive Ethiopian cuisine and desserts at Dama Pastry & Restaurant. Family-owned Bob & Edith’s Diner offers all-day breakfast and late-night snacks. Find generously portioned Turkish plates at Atilla’s Restaurant or grab a booth at Caspi Restaurant & Lounge, and light the hookah. The award-winning Rincome Thai Cuisine serves up traditional curries, seafood and vegetarian dishes you’ll long remember. The ramen at Takohachi Japanese Restaurant always gets rave reviews. Treat yourself to a Bolivian, meat-centric meal at Pike Bolivian Restaurant with Karaoke on the weekends.
Food options abound, starting with neighborhood institution Me Jana’s fine Lebanese cuisine. Stop in Tupelo Honey to get your fill of Southern comfort food and scratch-made cocktails. Bayou Bakery is another local favorite, serving New Orleans-inspired coffees, beignets and biscuits. Located at Courthouse Plaza is Sawatdee Thai, a welcoming eatery with noteworthy lunch specials. The upscale gastropub Ragtime features Virginia brews and an abundance of patio dining. Fire Works Pizza, overlooking the Plaza, serves up brick-oven pies and fetching desserts. Wrap up a day of sightseeing at Courthaus Social, a bar and beer garden serving German cuisine.
Enjoy the multi-cultural vibe of this diverse neighborhood stretching along Columbia Pike – locals call it “the world in a zip code.” If you’re a culinary globetrotter or just love trying something new, check out the restaurants and coffee shops in Arlington Village and Westmont. The Black Heritage Museum has informative exhibits on the history of African American culture in the region.
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Anchored by Courthouse Plaza and Promenade, this trendy urban neighborhood gets its name from the Arlington General District Court headquartered there. The urban village encompasses parks, hotels, restaurants, bars and convenient public transportation via the Court House Metro Station—it’s makes a convenient home base for car-free travelers. Humans and their four-legged friends can stretch their legs at Rocky Run Park, which has a playground, walking path and sports courts. Stock up on craft beer at The Brew Shop, and to taste the region’s local produce, baked goods and more, visit the year-round Farmers Market in Courthouse Plaza.
HOTELS Arlington Court Suites Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Courthouse Plaza Hyatt Place Arlington/Courthouse Plaza Residence Inn Arlington Courthouse
EXPLORE ARLINGTON’S HOTELS
Most of Arlington’s hotels are within three miles of downtown D.C., which is easily accessible by car and the region’s Metrorail system. Plus, Arlington’s hotel rates average up to 20 percent lower than those at many downtown Washington hotels. Scan the QR code to see a map featuring Arlington hotels that feature 360-degree virtual tours, as well as a full list of all 38 Arlington properties.
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Econo Lodge Metro 6800 Lee HWY, Arlington, VA 22213 Phone: 703-538-5300 Fax: 703-538-2110 firstname.lastname@example.org www.econolodge.com/hotel/va166
Econo Lodge® Metro hotel in Arlington, VA provides the hotel experience that simplifies travel. We are ideally located off of Interstate 66 East, in between Washington Dulles Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Our proximity to the East Falls Church Metro makes it easy to get around, since we are less than three blocks from the Station. It provides access for silver and orange lines. Several eateries are around us.
For a truly local experience, explore Lee Highway (U.S. Route 29), a historic thoroughfare that stretches nearly 5 miles from Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood to the city of Falls Church. Shoppers should look out for Lemoncello, a women’s clothing boutique, the trendy shoe and clothing store Jus, and the curated toys at Barston’s Childs Play. Celebrate a special occasion with a gift from Facets Fine Jewelry or buy treats for your furry friend at Woof Gang Bakery. Treat yourself to the fine wines and charcuterie at Arrowine & Cheese, and when you’re passing by, pose with David la Mano’s mural at KH Art & Framing. This eclectic streetscape has an impressive assortment of must-visit dining experiences. Design your own donut at Duck Donuts or sample the sweet or savory pies at Livin’ the Pie Life. Shop for German tartlets and hand-dipped chocolates at Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe or Pastries by Randolph. For lunch, slurp a bowl of fragrant Asian soup from Gaijen Ramen Shop, or select an epicurean slice at Old Dominion Pizza Company. Try Peruvian chicken fresh off the spit at Crisp & Juicy, or visit Lebanese Taverna Market for the tastiest kabobs and shawarma sandwiches. Taste traditional Turkish cuisine at Yayla Bistro. Food Network’s Guy Fieri is a fan of Metro 29 Diner, a New York-style eatery in a distinctive silver building. Just across the street, are the zesty homemade wursts and brewskis at Thirsty Bernie. When you’re in Arlington, do as the locals do and sample something new — like authentic Afghan cuisine at Arlington Kabob or a sizzling hot pot at Peter Chang.
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The National Landing area — chosen by Amazon for its major new headquarters — is comprised of three vibrant Arlington neighborhoods: Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard. This thriving downtown offers visitors a plethora of hotels, dining and entertainment options along with close — even walkable! — access to Reagan National Airport and several public transportation options. Crystal City Water Park, Todd Wright
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Set out to Crystal Drive between 20th and 23rd Streets to discover two of the region’s most admired chefs, José Andrés and Spike Mendelsohn. Share the sophisticated Spanish tapas at Andres’s Jaleo. Mendelsohn sells D.C.-themed slices at We the Pizza, and his Good Stuff Eatery features inventive burgers and milkshakes. The Stand in Crystal City Water Park sells hot empanadas to go from Peruvian Brothers. Newly opened restaurant, The Freshman, aims to be a community gathering space hosting guests from morning coffee through happy hour. “Restaurant Row” on 23rd Street has a collection of global eateries: highlights include the Eritrean/Ethiopian dishes at Enjera Restaurant; Greek home cooking at Athena Pallas; scratch-Italian at La Bettola Italiano, and flavorful soups and stir-fries at Urban Thai. Snack on a basket of wings while watching your favorite teams, or play your own games at the Crystal City Sports Pub. Bring the gang to sing Karaoke at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant, Northern Virginia’s only LGBT, straight-friendly tropicalthemed restaurant.
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A convenient home base for travelers, Crystal City’s skyscrapers offer panoramic views of the D.C. skyline. Located just steps from Reagan National Airport, the neighborhood is convenient to Washington’s major attractions and recently welcomed Amazon HQ2. Visitors can find all they might need at Crystal City Shops, a collection of contemporary restaurants, celebrated chefs and cool cafes, set along tree-lined streets. It’s connected to the Gallery Underground’s art studios and interactive exhibits, as well as Synetic Theater, where theater is redefined by blending innovative techniques and movement. Everyone is enchanted by the marionettes at Puppet Heaven and the confections at Schakolad Chocolate Factory. Fit in a workout at Earth Treks Climbing, Yoga and Fitness, with more than an acre of exercise space, 400 ropedrock climbing routes, yoga and Pilates classes. Combine a bowling, dining and nightlife experience at retroinspired Bowlero. Take time to relax in Crystal City’s eclectic outdoor spaces, including Crystal City Water Park — a landscaped urban plaza; Long Bridge Park— including sports fields and a waterfront esplanade with expansive views of Washington D.C., and Crystal City Workout Park, with its sand-turf volleyball courts.
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Home to three major retail centers, Pentagon City is a hotspot for shopping and dining. This neighborhood is within walking distance of the Air Force Memorial, National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, and The Pentagon. Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is an upscale mall connected to the Pentagon City Metro. Under its soaring atrium are more than 150 stores and restaurants anchored by Macy’s and Nordstrom. Across the street, Pentagon Centre is ideal for bargain hunters, with Nordstrom Rack, Marshall’s, Best Buy, Costco and more. Nearby Pentagon Row features a lively outdoor plaza with several local dining favorites and name-brand stores like Ulta Beauty and DSW Shoes. In the winter, the plaza is transformed into a huge ice rink. Pentagon City is packed with fast casual and full-service dining options. In Pentagon Row, pick up spicy kabobs at Aabee Express Mediterranean, crepes and gelato at Bon AppéSweet, and creatively stuffed bao buns at Bun’d Up. Also in Pentagon Row is the familyowned Lebanese Taverna, featuring fresh-baked bread and traditional Lebanese cuisine, as well as an array of Indian-Himalayan specialties at Namaste Everest. Artfully presented sushi and colorful cocktails make Zen Bistro & Wine Bar a buzzy evening spot. Fashion Centre dining options include Yong Kang Street’s spicy Chinese noodles and dumplings, gourmet street corn at Shuck Shack, and Matchbox American Kitchen + Spirit for a chef-driven bistro menu. Connected to Fashion Centre is The RitzCarlton Hotel’s Fyve Restaurant Lounge, a popular destination for their elegant Afternoon Tea and signature cocktails by Head Mixologist Robert Taylor. Seeking an unforgettable spot to view the city lights? Spend the evening at the Skydome Restaurant in the DoubleTree Hotel. The revolving dining room offers 360-degree views of Washington, D.C., and a birds-eye view of the planes taking off from Reagan National Airport.
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Rosslyn’s gleaming high-rises tower over the Potomac River, where the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge connects to Washington, D.C.’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. There is always something going on in this active, urban place, from pop-up events and outdoor cinema, to weekly farmers markets. Rosslyn is the perfect place to watch a splendid sunset over the D.C.’s memorable monuments, listen to music at Gateway Park, or take a self-guided tour of Arlington’s renowned collection of public art. Join the joggers and power walkers exercising around the Netherlands Carillon and the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima). For incredible views of Arlington, walk across Key Bridge to Georgetown’s Waterfront Park, or take advantage of Rosslyn’s convenient access to the Mount Vernon Trail, Potomac Heritage Trail and Theodore Roosevelt Island. Rosslyn’s dynamic restaurant scene offers a variety of sophisticated options. Sample hand-crafted pasta dishes at Sfoglina Pasta House from acclaimed chef Fabio Trabocci. Check out Vietnamese street food at Happy Eatery Vietnamese Kitchen, a two-level food hall with touch screens for ordering teas, sandwiches and noodle soups. Dine on American favorites while taking in the sparkling city lights at Amuse in the Le Méridien Arlington hotel. Rosslyn revelers congregate at The Continental Pool Lounge & Beer Garden, with an expansive selection of Virginia craft beers, and Salt, a sleek and intimate underground speakeasy below the restaurant Open Road. East West Coffee Wine combines everyone’s favorite beverages with breakfast and tapas in a friendly gathering space. For your first Maryland blue crab feast, seat yourself at Quarterdeck Restaurant, a rustic outpost sourcing seafood from the Chesapeake Bay.
HOTELS Homewood Suites by Hilton Arlington Rosslyn Key Bridge Hyatt Centric Arlington Le Méridien Arlington Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn Iwo Jima Residence Inn by Marriott Arlington Rosslyn Sonesta Select Arlington Rosslyn
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Shirlington is a neighborhood that offers both recreation and entertainment. Within its borders is Four Mile Run, a creekside, multi-use trail, and Shirlington Dog Park, a favorite of Arlington’s four-legged friends. In its heart is the Village at Shirlington, a popular dining and entertainment area with tree-lined sidewalks, outdoor cafes, and Tony Awardwinning Signature Theatre. Also, central to the Shirlington community is New District Brewing Company’s lively tasting room. Look for gifts with a European flair at Le Village Marché, irresistible kitchen items at The Cookery and adorable treasures for children at One Two Kangaroo Toys. To get there via public transportation, take the Arlington Transit bus from the Pentagon City Metro Station. The Village at Shirlington draws diners and shoppers to its pedestrian -friendly streets. The neighborhood is particularly dog friendly, thanks to the adjacent Four Mile Run Park and popular walking trail, and you can expect to see pooches enjoying the day with their owners. Shirlington has its own transit station offering convenient access to downtown Washington. D.C. The vibrant village is anchored by the esteemed Carlyle Grand Café, a Southern American brasserie attached to Best Buns Bread Company. Epicureans love Cheesetique, a gourmet cheese shop and wine bar that hosts pairing classes. Busboys & Poets is a neighborhood gathering space housing an independent bookshop and cafe. Copperwood Tavern is a farm-to-table restaurant featuring grilled meats, local oysters and craft beverages. The buzzy Palette 22 is a cafe and art gallery located inside a historic art deco building. Dudley’s Sport & Ale has a spacious rooftop patio and indoor seating with stadium seats — it’s Comfort Inn Pentagon City a great place to watch sports and play bar games. Part of Hilton Garden Inn Arlington-Shirlington HOTELS Shirlington for decades, Weenie Beenie is an uber-casual Hotel Pentagon hot dog stand known for its BBQ sausage sandwiches.
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Westover is a hidden gem with local eateries, stores and restaurants packed into a few blocks. Check out the unbeatable selection of craft beer and cured meats at Westover Market & Beer Garden. People and furry friends love the Lost Dog Café, a local restaurant adorned with dog murals that raises money for animal rescue organizations. Shop for Italian groceries, wine and meats at The Italian Store, a beloved Arlington institution. Or, sample exotic Thai specialties at Thai Noy Restaurant. Lebanese Taverna is a family-run treasure where diners find the freshest Middle Eastern delicacies. Souvenir searchers will find an eclectic assortment at Trade Roots Gift Store & Coffee Shop. Westover is located near the Custis Trailhead Bridge that crosses over Route 66 to reach Dominion Hills Park and the beautiful Bon Air Park Rose Garden. Official Visitors Guide
tay close to all the excitement of Washington DC at the Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport hotel. You’ll be half of a mile from Reagan National Airport and just minutes from downtown DC. Catch the metro to attractions or hop on the complimentary hotel shuttle to and from the airport. Our amenities make it easy to enjoy time in Washington DC and the surrounding areas. Start your day with your choice of a delicious breakfast options at our on-site restaurant or grab something to go from our Suite Shop, open 24-hours. Get in a workout at the fitness center. Explore the local area with plenty of dining and shopping options as well as museums and historical monuments. Host a grand event in our space for up to 300 people in a theater style setting or take advantage of the divisible space for four different rooms. The event space is ideal for small to medium meetings.
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irginia Tech’s Executive Briefing Center, located in the Ballston neighborhood of the greater Washington, D.C., metro area, lives Virginia Tech’s motto each day: Ut Prosim – That I May Serve. It is who we are and what we do. It is our pleasure to serve our guests and support them from the moment they cross our threshold. With state-of-the-art technology, we leverage our resources to enhance our guest experience and help them in connecting to people from across the world. Come meet, grow, and learn with us at the Executive Briefing Center – where your success is our reward.
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ARLINGTON WITH KIDS
ide swaths of green spaces, one-of-a-kind historical attractions, and innovative play areas, Arlington has plenty of bonding experiences for vacationing families.
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Arlington was named the nation’s fittest city because there are so many outdoor places to play. Ride a bike down the Mount Vernon Trail, a paved trail skirting the shoreline of the Potomac with spectacular vistas of Washington, D.C. The trail stretches from Rossyln’s Key Bridge and continues to Gravelly Point Park, where airplanes take off and land from Reagan National Airport. From the airport, the trail continues 16 miles south to George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Families love exploring Theodore Roosevelt Island, a nature sanctuary honoring the president who founded America’s National Parks. Visit Potomac Overlook Regional Park Nature Center for a ranger-led talk on native animals and rescued birds-of-prey. 18
Children love mastering new skills, and Arlington offers a hands-on challenge for the whole family. Earth Treks Climbing Yoga and Fitness Center teaches kids to maneuver rope courses and boulder climbs. Skate around the MedStar Capitals Iceplex, a practice arena for the Washington Capitals — you may catch the former Stanley Cup Champions practicing there and score a signed autograph. In the summer, rent kayaks or paddleboards at the Columbia Island Marina, and there’s plenty of room to run at the adjacent Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove between the Potomac River and Pentagon Lagoon. Challenge your kids’ deducing skills at 5 Wits, Escape Room Arlington or Bond’s Escape Room, with thematic escape rooms that require teamwork by the whole family. Ocean Dunes Waterpark at Upton Hill Regional Park has waterfalls, squirters and mini-golf for those hot summer days. In Crystal City, Long Bridge Park is a family-friendly spot to watch the planes and trains pass by.
AMERICAN HISTORY COMES ALIVE
Arlington’s most notable attraction fills young minds with stories of bravery and sacrifice. Hop aboard an interpretive trolley tour at Arlington National Cemetery,
with stops at the Kennedy Gravesites and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. See soldiers perform the Changing of the Guard and visit the Caisson Museum and Stables to meet the horses that serve in military funerals. Learn about the historic Freedman’s Village, a community for previously enslaved people. Take the kids to Twilight Tattoo military and musical performances at Summerall Field at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, and to see the Marine Corps War Memorial on a double-decker bus tour.
GET UP AND DANCE
Reward your kids after a busy day of sightseeing with a free concert under the stars at Lubber Run Amphitheater. Catch a local band performing at “Fridays at the Fountain” in the Crystal City Water Park. Introduce them to American classics played by the U.S. Air Force Band under the Air Force Memorial’s three moonlit spires.
TASTES AND TREATS
Sample new cuisines at Ballston’s Quarter Market, a vibrant global food hall showcasing local restaurants. Learn to cook comfort foods or try a cake decorating class at Cookology. Shop for books, and enjoy a kid-friendly meal at Busboys & Poets in Shirlington. Treat the family to a sundae at Ice Cream Jubilee.
The Westin Arlington Gateway is located in the Ballston neighborhood, just steps from the Ballston-MU Metro line. The hotel is just 20 minutes from Union Station in downtown Washington, D.C. and close to plenty of local attractions. Guests can visit the Kennedy Center, the Pentagon, the National Science Foundation, and plenty of local shopping and The Westin Arlington Gateway dining destinations. Arlington National Cemetery is nearby, and getting into DC to see the National Mall and other historic sites is a breeze. Book now and enjoy a $15.00 per night food & beverage credit at The Commentary located on the Lobby Level 801 North Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22203
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Jake McGuire
Walk to the Marine Corps War Memorial, portraying a towering clutch of soldiers raising the American flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima. From this special vantage point, you’ll see three of Washington, D.C.’s most famous buildings.
Hop in a ride-share to Pentagon Row to try pillowy Korean-buns or rice bowl at Bun’d Up overlooking the Pentagon Row Courtyard. (The Courtyard transforms into a skating rink with dual-sided fireplaces in the winter.) Then, take a spin through Fashion Centre at Pentagon City with 150 stores and restaurants under a fourstory atrium.
Inside Arlington National Cemetery is the newly restored Arlington House, overseen by the National Park Service. Formerly the home of General Robert E. Lee and Mary Custis Lee, the U.S. Army seized the house when the Civil War began and turned the plantation into a military cemetery. The ranger-led tour explains how the property was also a Freedman’s Village, a thriving area of community and commerce for African Americans in the 1860s.
It’s a 15-minute walk to the gleaming spires of the Air Force Memorial. The stunning, threepronged structure symbolizes the jet contrails behind the Air Force Thunderbirds. The four bronze statues represent members of the Air Force Honor Guard.
Start your day in Rosslyn at East West Coffee Wine. Fuel up with their signature East West Breakfast — a heaping plate of eggs, cheese, meat, veggies and fruit.
Enter Arlington National Cemetery at the Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall Gate. Follow the signs (or download a map at arlingtoncemetery.mil) to the Memorial Amphitheater, passing by the monument to the Space Shuttle Challenger. At the Welcome Center take an interpretive trolley tour to the Kennedy Gravesites, U.S. Coast Guard Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Stop to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Visit the Military Women’s Memorial near the cemetery’s main entrance.
Walk through Pentagon City’s pedestrian tunnel to reach the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, expected to reopen in fall 2021 following repairs. The 184 stone benches honor the Pentagon employees and the passengers aboard American Airlines Flight 77 who died during a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.
Catch a ride to the lively Clarendon neighborhood for dinner and drinks at Buena Vida/ TTT Mexican Diner, a three-story Mexican-themed restaurant and rooftop bar.
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After a satisfying meal, return to your comfy hotel room to take in the glittering D.C. skyline. Sweet dreams!
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GETTING TO AND AROUND
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rlington is well-connected to the country and world via airports, rail and bus lines. Once you arrive in Arlington, our walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods make it easy to get where you need to go. Find more information on planning your visit at stayarlington.com/travel-planning
information about accessibility at Arlington’s attractions, parks and using public transit.
Arlington has PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION 11 Metrorail stations on four different lines—Blue, Orange, Silver and Yellow, providing easy connectivity to Washington D.C. The expansive regional bus system has abundant routes, with Arlington’s Shirlington Station serving as a major hub.
To learn more, visit stayarlington.com/travel-planninghealth-and-safety/
Amtrak operates from Union Station in Washington D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia. The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) has roundtrip service from the suburbs of Northern Virginia.
Highways I-66, I-395 and U.S. Routes 1, 29 CAR and 50 all connect to Arlington. Hotels have onsite parking, and Arlington counts more than 100,000 public parking spots.
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Health and safety are of utmost importance to Arlington’s hospitality community. Led by Arlington’s Public Health Division and the Centers for Disease Control, Arlington’s hotels and restaurants are working hard to keep customers safe.
STAY WITH CONFIDENCE
Getting to and Around
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located adjacent to Arlington’s Crystal City neighborhood. The airport offers nonstop domestic and international flights to nearly 100 destinations on eight airlines. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) also serve the region and are connected by public transportation to Arlington.
TRAVELING WITH A GROUP
The Arlington Convention and Visitors Service recommends groups take public transportation when possible. Purchase Metro’s SmarTrip Cards at any Metrorail station or at The Commuter Store in Ballston, Crystal City, Rosslyn and Shirlington. Details for tour bus groups are available on the Arlington County website, arlingtonva.us (search “Tour Buses”). Find more information on planning your visit at stayarlington.com/travel-planning
Several major coach routes pick and drop off near the Rossyln
Arlington was named a Gold-Level WalkFriendly Community and “America’s Most Walkable Suburb” by America Walks. Streets are well-lit, tree-lined, livened by enticing public art, popular cafes, pocket parks and artsy shops. Pack your comfortable shoes because you’re going to enjoy a whole lot of strolling when you visit!
Arlington has 49 miles of paved trails and earned a “Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community” designation. Rent a bike at one of the 99 Capital Bikeshare kiosks sprinkled throughout Arlington.
Arlington embraces the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) goal of true inclusion. Check stayarlington.com/travel-planning/accessible-travel/ for
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