Tag Archives: Vienna

Meadowlark animated fountains

Meadowlark Gardens Winter Walk of Lights

Meadowlark Gardens Winter Walk of Lights is a .6 mile walk-through trail decorate with outdoor-themed and animated displays that make for a beautiful and fun holiday visit. One of the first professional displays to open each year (on November 10th in 2017), it provides a nice alternative to the drive-through experience at Bull Run. We first visited Meadowlark […]

Chinese Lantern Festival pandas

Roers Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival in Vienna Virginia

Roer’s Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival lights the night in Vienna Virginia with a gorgeous display of animals from around the globe. The walkthrough exhibit transforms the zoo grounds with intricately constructed, life-size fabric animal lanterns representing every continent.   We loved the walkway lined with dolphins, which allows visitors to peek in at the barn animals tucked in […]

Casual dining in Northern VA

Delicious Casual Dining in Northern VA

We spend a lot of time exploring Northern Virginia, and we like to include new restaurants in our local outings. We look for inexpensive spots that are not part of a chain, and we generally check Yelp reviews for suggestions on what to try. Here (in alphabetical order) is a look at some of the local, casual dining spots where we’ve scored delicious […]

German gifts from Tysons

Finding Unique Holiday Gifts in Fairfax County

Here in the burbs, we have access to chain stores big and small, and it’s easy to default to those stores for all of our holiday gift-buying. But focus a little smaller, and you’ll find unique holiday gifts that speak to the richness and diversity of our area. Here are a few of the cool stores we’ve been shopping this year. Local Gifts […]

Freeman House Vienna

Freeman House Store and Museum

If you’ve lived in Fairfax County for any length of time you have probably ridden by the Freeman House Store and Museum in downtown Vienna, either driving down Church Street or biking on the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) trail. Maybe, like me, you’ve admired the historic building but never ventured inside.   Today the sun was […]

Paladar guacamole

Celebrate National Guacamole Day 2014

A timely tweet from our friends at Ford’s Fish Shack alerted us that today is National Guacamole Day 2014, the perfect time to celebrate that most delicious avocado dish. We love any meal at Ford’s, but tasty guac is the perfect excuse to order their delicious fish tacos. We recommend a Sea Dog blueberry beer, or a Dark and Stormy, with […]

Paladar Latin Kitchen in Tysons

Paladar Tysons Happy Hour

We recently discovered an excellent happy hour destination to satisfy our summer mojito cravings. Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar offers delicious mojitos, margaritas, and sangria along with a nice selection of Latin street food, all for $5.00 a piece during happy hour.   Mojitos just taste like summer to us, with all those muddled fresh herbs and tasty rum, and we were hoping to […]

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Vienna Virginia

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Peace and Beauty

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is a Northern Virginia gem, offering 95 acres of stunning beauty, exploration, and learning. Since 2012, it’s also home to the fascinating Korean Bell Garden, which includes a 3-ton “Bell of Peace and Harmony,” decorated with symbols from Korea and Virginia. When our children were young we were frequent visitors to Meadowlark Gardens. They could practice walking on the wide paved […]