Archives for September 2010

#31 – Have Afternoon Tea at Fyve Restaurant

Tea in a Meißen pink-rose teacup
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Fyve Restaurant at the Pentagon City Ritz Carlton serves afternoon tea Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30-4:30.  Three different levels are available including the Tea Royal which includes a Champagne cocktail.  A Teddy Bear Children’s Tea is also available.  The restaurant is also open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and serves a Sunday Brunch from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

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#30 – Take a bike ride

Arlington is a very bike friendly community. One of my favorite routes is to take the Custis Trail to the Mount Vernon Trail where you ride along the river. The Washington & Old Dominion Trail is another great one. Part of the “Rails to Trails” program which converted unused railroad routes to multi-use trails, thie W&OD Trail begins in Arlington and runs 45 miles through rolling Virginia countryside ending in Purcellville.

BikeArlington offers maps and rides of the trails in Arlington.

#29 – Go Dancing at The Dance Factory

‎Every weekend, the Dance Factory on N. Monroe Street in Arlington hosts both a “Friday Night Open” and a “Strictly Beginners Dance” on Friday as well as themed dances on Saturday nights.  They offer both private and group lessons and a wedding survival package to learn to dance for the big day.

‎#28 – Go see a high school musical

Not the movie – the real thing. Check individual school websites for performance schedules. Last year there was a unique opportunity to see two schools performing the same musical the same weekend when both Washington-Lee and Wakefield had productions of Godspell.

In 2010,  Washington-Lee High School will be performing Grease on November 18th-20th,  HB Woodlawn will be presenting its next musical in January, and  Wakefield plans a Spring musical the first two weekends in May.  Bishop O’Connell will be holding a winter musical, The Lamplighter – a musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, December 9-12th as well as a Spring performance of “Into the Woods” March 26th-28th.  Yorktown‘s schedule for the 2010-2011 school year is not yet on their site.

#27 – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

On Cinco de Mayo or any time you want Mexican food, try the family owned and oeprated Guajillo in the Courthouse neighborhood for authentic Mexican cuisine, or Mexicali Blues in Clarendon for its vibrant atmosphere.

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#26-Enjoy live music every night at the Iota Club and Cafe

The Iota Club and Cafe in Clarendon offers live music every night. Admission to the club is on a first come first serve basis and cover charges generally range from $10-20.   Open Mic Night is  held every Wednesday from 8:00PM to 12:30AM and there is no admission charge.  There is also no charge for the cafe where dinner is served from 5-11 Sunday-Thursday and 5-12 Friday and Saturday.

2010 Clarendon Day is Saturday 9/25

This year’s Clarendon Day will be combined with Virginia Hospital Center’s Family Fun Day for even more fun!   Starting at 8:20 AM with a 5K run, a 10K at 9:00 AM, and a kids’ dash at 10:30 AM, and followed by music on two stages, over 50 vendors, and food from local restaurants, face painting, games, fitness classes, dancing and health screenings from 11-5.  All events will take place around the Clarendon Metro Station.

#25 – Enjoy a relaxing day spa

Massage in Frankfurt, Germany
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Elizabeth Arden founded their Red Door Salons 100 years ago with the idea that the essential glow of beauty must come from within and that every guest who visits should leave physically refreshed and mentally rejuvenated.   The spa at Pentagon Row offers a serene and sophisticated  retreat featuring an all-encompassing menu of luxury spa services.  You can choose from full and half day packages as well as individual services including facials, massages, hail and nair care.

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#24 – Dine at Carlyle in Shirlington

Part of the Great American Restaurants group, Carlyle is listed in Northern Virginia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants, and finished in the top 3 in Washingtonian’s Readers Choice awards for Best Desserts, Best Weekend Brunch and Best Service. The outdoor patio is a great spot for people watching.

#23 – Shop for bargains at the Civitan Community Garage Sale

Books during a flea market.
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Do you love to shop for bargains at garage sales?

Held in the parking garage next to Washington-Lee High School from 7 to 1:30 on the first Saturday of every month from April to November, the Civitan Community Garage Sale is one of Northern Virginia’s oldest and largest public flea markets.  Over one hundred and fifty vendors come to sell a variety of goods ranging from books, clothes, furniture, garden tools, household goods, jewelry, shoes, toys, and records.  Have items  you want to sell?  Reserve your own space for $20 a spot and expect to have over 1000 visitors come by.

Visit the Arlington Civitan Open Air Market website for shopping tips and more information.