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Geroge Washington bust, Masonic Memorial

President’s Day Weekend Fun in and Near Northern Virginia

The long President’s Day weekend adds a boost of extra fun to a sometimes bleak month, and provides an opportunity to explore new destinations in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC region. We’ve rounded up presidential destinations and special events that offer fun for all ages over the three-day weekend. NEW in 2018: Tackle real challenges that George Washington faced […]

Bull Run Festival of Lights holiday drive through display

Holiday Lights in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC Area

Tis the season to overdecorate with sparkly holiday lights. Luckily, the Northern Virginia and Washington DC region offers dazzling professional holiday light displays, plus several neighborhood extravaganzas to maximize your holiday spirit. The Griswolds got nothing on us! Professional and Neighborhood Holiday Lights in Northern Virginia Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights, Vienna, Nov 10 – Jan 7   Meadowlark […]

Scenic Snisckersville Turnpike

5 Fantastic Northern Virginia Scenic Drives

These 5 fantastic Northern Virginia scenic drives are especially inviting when fall foliage and crisp days return to the area. Our favorite routes are perfect for a leisurely outing, but we’ve also suggested several stops and activities along the way for hiking, history, dining, drinks, and more local fun. Tips for our 5 Fantastic Northern Virginia Scenic Drives Scenic drives are […]

Alexandria's Carlyle House Virginia

Trace American History at Alexandria’s Carlyle House

Alexandria’s Carlyle House preserves an interesting portrait of American history, from the beginnings of our nation through the American Civil War. The historic mansion was home to wealthy Virginia merchant John Carlyle, and is a beautiful example of Georgian residential architecture.   The first floor of Alexandria’s Carlyle House depicts 18th century life during the years of the Carlyle family. Carlyle was a […]

Peaceful River Farm Alexandria Virginia

Peaceful River Farm in Alexandria Virginia

Soothing Potomac River views and the colors of nature welcome visitors to peaceful River Farm, part of George Washington’s original farmland in Alexandria Virginia. River Farm is headquarters to the American Horticultural Society, and you can explore a variety of natural and formal gardens, an historic house, and a fun Children’s Garden during your visit.   Pick up a walking […]

The unique and historic Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is the fascinating home of unicorn root and dragon's blood in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Unicorn Root and Dragons Blood in Old Town Alexandria Virginia

This week’s Saturday Postcard is from the unique and historic Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum—the fascinating home of unicorn root and dragon’s blood in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Unicorn Root and Dragon’s Blood Entering the Apothecary Museum is like stepping back in time, but into a time you likely know little about. Glass bottles line the shelves, many containing the […]

Historic Woodlawn in Alexandria Virginia

March Needlework Exhibition at Woodlawn

The March Needlework Exhibition at historic Woodlawn is an annual celebration of the needle arts, featuring hundreds of examples of contemporary needlework from around the country. The Annual Needlework Exhibition is usually open throughout March, from 10:00 to 4:00 daily, except Tuesdays. In 2015, high interest and inclement weather closures led to Tuesday openings when Woodlawn is normally closed. Woodlawn was originally […]

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

Dyke Marsh and Mount Vernon Trail

Combine a walk on the Mount Vernon and Dyke Marsh Trails for beautiful views of the Potomac River and a viewing platform over a tidal marsh. The paved Mount Vernon Trail parallels the George Washington Memorial Parkway along the western side of the Potomac River. The trail covers 18 miles, from Theodore Roosevelt Island in the north to George Washington’s Mount Vernon in the […]

Flora3 Green Spring

Green Spring Gardens Beauty and History

  Green Spring Gardens packs a lot into its 31 acres—demonstration gardens, horticulture center and library, ponds, paths, and a Historic House built in 1780. Like Vienna’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, it’s a hidden oasis of beauty and inspiration in the midst of busy Fairfax County. Green Springs Horticulture Center Before you start exploring the gardens and the historic house, you should […]