Arlington Virginia

Mel Williams
Digital Creative Director
12.19.2016 / Destinations / Travel

Work usually involves planned travel but there are times where we literally hop into cars and go. My recent trip was just that and it was worth every mile.

To Do: Arlington is a bustling city divided into urban villages with a ton to do so bring your walking shoes and your appetite. My visit was a quick one, so my inner-foodie took priority as far as places to go. A visit to Liberty Tavern for a burger and a pint was a great place to start.

The Green Pig is notorious for an epic brunch, so I put its reputation to the test of my taste buds. If you’re into food that’s simple, sustainable, and technically constructed this one is a must.

If you have a soft spot for greasy spoons, Marker 45 will win your culinary heart. It’s shiny exterior is authentically diner and the menu might have you in a tailspin of deciding. For me, I’ll judge a diner by their pancakes and their fluffy giants did not disappoint.

If you love beer, make sure you visit New District Brewing. Must drink: Summer in November (S.I.N.) and their Ginger Saison. Another alternative would to go the gastropub route and visit Heavy Seas Alehouse. They offer food and great list of tempting suds.

Although my journey was to visit Arlington Cemetery for the yearly wreath ceremony, I’ve made a list long enough that I’ll have more than enough to do on my next trip.

Avoid: Ditch your car. Like most urban cities, parking can get complicated. Metro is convenient and easily accessible within any block.

Don't Forget: Don’t forget to stop and ask for directions. Part of the charm of the city lies in the people who live and work there and you’ll find new places to explore, stories and character the more friends you make.

What I walked away with: I hadn't done much planning to the specifics of my adventure, so I reached out to locals along the way. In contrast to a lot of cities I've explored, Arlington ranks as one of the friendliest. Close to the center of a political landscape, I wasn't expecting the warm southern charm and helpful nature of everyone I encountered. Regardless of where I was, Arlingtonians poured out directions, passions about favorite places and shared their stories.

Although neighboring Washington DC garners a good amount of attention for travelers in this area, Arlington can keep you busy outside of the large historical monuments and museums. It’s charm and friendly spirit would make a good place to call home-away-from-home during your adventures regardless on what side of the Potomac you find yourself on.