As we prepared for our road trip, I had several days off to enjoy Arlington. On Saturday July 26 we moved out of our condo and on Monday July 28 we turned over our keys leaving us effectively ‘homeless’. A big Thank You to everyone who helped us move. I have no idea how we fit so much in our small condo.
This brings me to the unofficial start of our year off, and our first nights staying with friends in Arlington, VA. (Thanks Scott and Amy!) Obviously Arlington holds a special place in our hearts as the place where we’ve lived for the past decade and where we’ve enjoyed tons of great site seeing, events, and restaurants. (More of which I’ll list at the end of this entry).
On our first night out of our condo, Jon and I rode our bikes to Cherrydale for dinner at Billy’s Cheesesteaks. We’ve never been to Billy’s before but decided we should give it a try before leaving the area. Billy’s was good! It was the most authentic cheesesteak I’ve had in Arlington and much better than the ones we get from other sandwich shops which don’t specialize in cheesesteaks.
The next day Jon worked while I had the day to myself. I ate breakfast at our friend’s house, although Arlington has tons of good breakfast spots. I set out for the day to do something brand new in Arlington, ride the new metro silver line which opened 3 days previously. The silver line was nice, clean and efficient but I was disappointed not to be in a new train car.
To thank our friends for letting us stay with them we cooked dinner. Two of our favorites; peachy pork chops and roasted brussel sprouts. After dinner we walked to Larry’s Homemade Ice Cream. Larry’s is delicious with exciting flavors like Carmel Bacon, Peach Brandy Ginger, and Toasted Coconut. As much as I like the new trend of tangy frozen yogurt (think Pinkberry) there is something really great about rich, creamy ice cream and Larry’s delivers.
My last day in Arlington I decided to metro into the city to meet a friend for lunch. Yelp directed me to the White Apron Deli which we thoroughly enjoyed.
- For a weekday breakfast sandwich I recommend Earl’s, especially if you are hungry and don’t mind getting a bit messy. If you are here on a weekend there are great brunches, both buffets and not. We always enjoy the brunch buffet at Liberty Tavern and if that’s busy Mad Fox Brewing Company is another option.
- Pupatella – Brick oven fired Neapolitan pizza and my favorite.
- The Italian Store – Although they are known for their pizza, I always get their delicious Italian sandwiches.
- Hazy Air and Space Museum – Skip the crowds of the downtown Smithsonian Museums and instead visit the Hazy Center which is filled with historical aircrafts including the Enola Gay and Discovery Space Shuttle.
- Jazz in the Garden – Friday nights in summer the Smithsonian sculpture garden hosts free Jazz concrets in a picnic like setting. Bring a blanket to sit on and some snacks, but come early to get a nice seat.
- Billy Goat Trail – Located on the Maryland side of the Potomac in Great Falls Church, this is a nice 8 mile hike with a fun rock scramble.
- Perils of the lost jungle – This is actually in Herndon, VA and not in Arlington, but is a great miniature golf course.
If you can take the metro, I recommend it. Traffic and parking in DC can be stressful and the metros are fairly reliable.
Arlington is also very bikeable. Capitol Bike share is located all over the DC metro area and a convenient option.