2670m Avenir Pl, Vienna, VA 22180, USA
Let’s begin at the Dunn Loring- Merrifield Metro. With metro access this close, D.C is in the comfort of your backyard. This metro stop is on the Orange line which can take you to The National Mall for site seeing as well as downtown Georgetown which is a great area for shopping and dining.
2679 Avenir Pl, Vienna, VA 22180, USA
Want a new Taco Tuesday spot? Come to District Taco. District Taco originally started in 2007 as a food truck, and is now one of the best places to get authentic Mexican food. Keep your eyes peeled for their Taco truck that still operates and can be spotted around the area.
2727a Merrilee Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Lost Dog Cafe not only has a great food and beer selection, it was founded on the mission to help rescue animals. The original owners, Ross and Pam started Lost Dog Cafe in 1985 but their love of rescuing and helping animals soon bled into their business and Lost Dog Cafe became what it is today.
2803 Merrilee Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
2813 Merrilee Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
The Home depot is perfect for all your home renovation and DIY project needs. Please turn left on Lee Highway and then right on District Avenue. It’s time to explore the Mosaic District on our way to Mantua.
112 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
This is the Mosaic District and there are lots of things to enjoy here. Eat a farm to table meal at True Food Kitchen or enjoy after work drinks at Bartaco. Jinya Ramen bar is an amazing spot to get authentic ramen. Mosaic’s open green space is perfect for soaking up the summer sun or even watching free projected movies every Thursday night. Don't forget to visit the year round farmers market on Sundays to get your hands on farm-fresh produce. If you’re looking for a good date night spot, you will never run out of things to do. Watch the newest releases or something more underground and indie at Angelika movie theatre. There's also plenty of shops to fix a sweet tooth craving such as Praline bakery and 520 Ice Cream. The target parking deck makes for easy and hassle free parking as well.
2980 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Well? Which restaurant are you going to try first? You can’t go wrong here in Mosaic District. Looking for a way to get out some energy and have some fun? Check out Bad Axe Throwing on your left. And this is just a coincidence, but now it’s time to switch gears and show you where the nearest hospital is. Follow your navigation.
3016 Eskridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
As you drive along, don’t be surprised if I pop in from time to time with just random information. For example: Did you know that there are over 20 5ks,10ks and triathlons held in Northern Virginia alone? If you want to pick up running, Fairfax has its own NOVA running club to help you train.
8416 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Please turn left on Arlington Blvd. and then take the Gallows Rd exit on your right. It’s always a good idea to know where the local hospital is in the area, remember? That’s where we are headed. I can’t however, not mention Sweetwater Tavern which is located in the plaza on your left just before you take the Gallows Road exit. If all you do is go in there and order their bread basket, it will be one of the best things you do all day. Trust me.
Gallows Rd & Townsend St, Annandale, VA 22031, USA
We are coming up on the enormous Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. Take care knowing you’re only a short drive away from one of the top hospitals in the nation. Now, I’m not one to brag, but some things are just worth bragging about. US News and World Report named Inova Fairfax Hospital the #1 hospital in Washington DC and Virginia in 2021. Also in 2021 Inova Fairfax was ranked in the top 50 US hospitals for neonatology. More bragging - Inova Fairfax is ranked as “high performing” in over 20 specialty areas and earned straight A’s for hospital safety. I could keep bragging, because believe me there are many more accolades that this hospital has received but I’ll just stop now. I think you get the picture. Please turn right on Woodburn Road.
3400 Woodburn Rd, Annandale, VA 22003, USA
So we are driving through Annandale now on our way to the Northern Virginia Community College campus. In case you were wondering, Annandale is 2.86 square miles, to be exact. Also if you like Korean food, downtown Annandale is known as Koreatown with over 70 South Korean-owned restaurants. If parks and recreation interest you, Annandale is home to the Audrey Moore RECenter and multiple parks.
3547 Woodburn Rd, Annandale, VA 22003, USA
We are coming up on a trail crossing so watch for joggers! And if jogging is your thing, or walking, or biking, then lucky you! This park system has a stretch of the Gerry Connoly trail running right through it along with Accotink Creek. The Gerry Connoly trail is a total of 40 miles long and will take you the entire length of the county. Do you have 40 miles ready in those running shoes! Lot’s to see and do here!
3810 Woodburn Rd, Annandale, VA 22003, USA
Did you finish up your 40 mile run on the Gerry Connolly Trail already? Ok great! Go ahead and follow Woodburn Road to the left and then turn left on Little River Turnpike. By the way, Little River Turnpike is the very first toll road in America. Keep your change in your pocket though. You won’t come across any tolls on this tour. Keep your eyes peeled for historic signs while driving on Little River Turnpike. Many Civil War battles and skirmishes were fought just off this road. We are almost to NOVA. What’s NOVA? I’ll tell you when we get there.
Little River Tpke & Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, VA 22003, USA
After you turn right on WakefieldChapel Rd, off to your left will be one of the campuses of Northern Virginia Community College. Nicknamed Nova, this public community college is the third largest multi-campus in the United States. Today, the Annandale Campus serves over 18,000 students, a far leap from its original study body population of just over 700. An even better statistic is the fact that NOVA has students from over 180 countries. Talk about diversity!
4311 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, VA 22003, USA
Turn right on Ardfour Lane and follow your navigation as we explore. We are still in the Annandale area so as you drive through these neighborhoods of colonial and contemporary style homes, I’ll tell you a bit more about Annandale. This beautiful area of Fairfax County has rolling hills, streams and valleys. Accotink Creek runs right through the middle of it and was actually a major water-way for the tobacco trade back in colonial times. Turn right when you get to Burbank Road. We are heading into the lovely, historical Truro neighborhood.
8822 Burbank Rd, Annandale, VA 22003, USA
Many of the streets of Truro are named after American colonial folklore. For example, please turn right on Ann Fitz Hugh Drive, named after Miss Anne Fitzhugh of the Ravensworth Estate in Annandale. Legend has it Anne had visited her father on a trip to England when she fell in love with Captain Charles Hawkins of the British army. When the revolution began she went with him to the colonies to fight the rebellion. The colonists stormed the manor and Anne hid in the attic. Just as the colonists were leaving, a soldier drew his sword into the attic, killing Ann. And now she has a street named after her. But, let’s talk about The Truro home community. It was founded on preserving the parkland and forest, making nature feel more integrated than an afterthought. This neighborhood also features a community clubhouse, pools, tennis courts and playground. This neighborhood will feel like home with volunteer sponsored neighborhood cookouts, bird walks, summer pool parties and even food trucks.
4206 Ann Fitz Hugh Dr, Annandale, VA 22003, USA
4008 Guinea Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032, USA
We need to turn left on Little River Turnpike now, but directly ahead is The Pozez JCC. The Center is a nonprofit organization that helps foster a Jewish community in Northern Virginia. They provide educational and social support including an Early Childhood Learning Center and a robust after-school program. They also offer indoor and outdoor athletic spaces equipped with a gymnastics studio, swimming pool and outdoor turf gym.
9104 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Please turn right on Prince William Drive. Oh, and we are finally in Mantua! In addition to a thriving JCC, the Mantua area offers plenty of congregations to choose from such as the Chabad from Northern Virginia and congregation Olam Tikvah. There is also Gesher Jewish Day school that serves ages pre-k to 8th grade.
3737 Prince William Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Turn right on Horner Court and we will pass by Mantua Elementary School - Go Racoons! Then follow your navigation for a short tour through this beautiful Mantua neighborhood.
3523 Kirkwood Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Here are some quick facts about the Mantua area as we continue to explore. Most of Mantua was built between the 1950s and the 1980s. The area has a population of about 7,000 people, however if Fairfax county was a city, it would be the 10th most populated city in America making it larger than Atlanta or Boston.
9201 Christopher St, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
3317 Mill Springs Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Please turn left on Glenbrook Road. The Mantua Hills Swim and Tennis club is on Pentland Place, which will be on your right. Feel free to drive on over there and check it out! The Mantua Hills Swim and Tennis Club includes a 25-meter six lane pool with two diving boards, and a large lap pool as well as four reservable tennis courts which of course, are very popular with the pickleball players in the area. The rentable clubhouse makes this a perfect place to host a birthday or event. Their social events make for a fun and easy way to meet neighbors and the community. This awesome club is home to the Mantua Marlins swim and dive teams. No worries if you are past your swim competition prime. The Mantua Swim and Tennis club also has a fantastic masters swim program. Let’s head back down to Little River Turnpike. There’s a great shopping center and neighborhoods I’d like to show you. Just follow your navigation!
3615 Prince William Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Please turn right on Convento Terrace and then left on Acosta Rd. This area of Mantua is full of beautiful tree lined streets and single family homes, just around the corner from a large and very convenient shopping center. We are heading there now.
3820 Acosta Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Can you picture yourself living in this area? Nice! So we are headed to Fairfax now. Did you know 11 Fortune 500 Companies are headquartered in Fairfax Virginia? Yup!
9224 Briary Ln, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Please turn left on Briary Lane and then right on Prince William Drive and then another right on Little River Turnpike. By the way, Little River Turnpike can quickly get you to i395, i495, or i66 in case you live the commuter’s life. Also we are heading into Fairfax now where we will visit some shopping centers, some neighborhoods, the George Mason University campus, and then quaint Old Town Fairfax.
Little River Tpke & Olley Ln, Virginia 22032, USA
Heading into the city of Fairfax now! Pickett shopping center is ahead at the intersection on the right. It’s a great shopping center with everything you need including Trader Joes, Total Wine, Safeway and multiple retail outlets. The Safeway here carries a fantastic variety of international and Kosher foods. There's also a Chuck E Cheese which is a frequent hotspot for children's birthday parties. One of my favorites in the Pickett Shopping Center is First Watch - a hidden gem of a brunch spot. A great dish I recommend is the lemon-ricotta pancakes or if you are looking for something more hearty, why not try the Barbacoa tacos.
3910 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
If you are looking for a great townhome community then turn right on Mathy Drive and take a loop on Persimmon Circle and check out the homes there. Just come back to Picket Road and keep heading north when you are done. Mandy and Dorit can answer any questions you may have. For your inner gym rat, check out Lifetime Fitness on your left. Enjoy all the luxury gym amenities such as state of the art fitness machines, a variety of group fitness classes and even an indoor lap pool. Got kids tow? Don't worry and bring them on over, they offer up to 2.5 hours of care daily so you can get your sweat in. Feeling sore? Their on-site spa offers plenty of massages that help promote a faster post workout recovery. Who doesn’t love a massage?
Pickett Rd at Colonial Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Fairfax Ice arena is coming up on your right, It was a frequent training spot for olympic figure skating medalist Michael Weiss as well as being the first Ice Arena in the Washington D.C area and offers public ice skating year round. Aside from providing ice skating lessons for all ages and levels, they also have an on-site pro shop that can fit any of your skating needs as well as service and sharpen your blades on site. Also as we keep heading north, feel free to drive in and out of any of the neighborhoods you see.
3438 Preservation Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
On the left side of Picket Road is Daniel’s Run Park. It is accessible from Old Lee Highway, which we will be driving down soon. This park offers a very wooded biking and hiking trail, so you'll definitely feel close to nature and maybe even see a turtle or fox. There are a few secluded spots like Ashby pond perfect for fishing.
3410 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Coming up at the edge of Mantua park sits Thaiss park which has a variety of little league fields and is home to the Fairfax Little League Team. For non-little leaguers there's a playground right near the fields. Please turn left on Old Picket Rd. At the corner there is Gateway Regional Park.
3204 Old Pickett Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
For all your home improvement needs, another Home Depot is here on your left. Now, please turn left on Old Lee Hwy. Then right after we cross a small bridge over Accotink Creek we will see the Army Navy Country Club. The Army Navy Club will make for a luxurious weekend, enjoy a relaxing day of golf on the pristine 54 hole golf course or take a swim in the state of the art pool with diving well, lap lanes and wading area. Enjoy onsite dining or rent the banquet hall to make this your next location for an upcoming event.
3521 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
We are driving past Fairfax High School - Go Lions! And heading toward some history. That old red-orange brick home coming up on your right is the Historic Blenheim House. Pay attention and don’t miss it! This home is a circa 1859 farmhouse built for Albert and Mary Willcoxon just before the start of the Civil War. Inside is the Civil War Interpretive Center. Graffiti at its finest, the walls inside have over 122 signatures, pictographs, games and thoughts left by Union soldiers when they captured Fairfax County Courthouse in 1861.
Old Lee Highway at Daniel Run School, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
Van Dyke Park is on your right, fully equipped with a skate park, tennis courts, playgrounds, trails, volleyball courts, a pavilion, a sports field and a lighted basketball court.
Old Lee Highway at Willard Way, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
Fun ain’t hard when you have a library card. We are coming up on the City of Fairfax Library. This library branch opened its doors in 2008 and the facility offers free wifi, study rooms and a dozen internet workstations. Enjoy a wide array of events targeted at every age demographic from preschoolers to senior citizens. When you get to North Street, just take a look to your right and you can get a pretty cool view of Old Town Fairfax, where we will eventually be ending this tour. Turn left on Main Street.
10268 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
We’ve got another old red-orange brick building on your right. This one is the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center. The building was the first two-story brick school in all of Fairfax County and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Main St at Tedrich Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
There are some fun and interesting restaurants at Main Street Center there on your left. Some of the best pupusas I’ve ever had were found in this plaza. There are lots of choices here so make sure you come back a few times! Please turn right on Whitaker Road.
9677 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA
Home of the Cavaliers, here is W.T Woodson Highschool. The offensive line coach of the Kansas City Chiefs is one of the many notable alumni.
4118 Whitacre Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032, USA
We are going to turn right on Laurel Street, but just so you know, on the other side of Woodson High School is Frost middle school, named after the famous poet Robert Frost. After you turn right on Laurel Street, look to your left and find Somerset Olde Creek Pool. Enjoy open swim or reserve a time for a more private swim session. Somerset values itself as a place not only to cool off but to build a community as they offer social events as well. Stay on Laurel Street until you get to Burke Station Road and then turn left.
4214 Worcester Dr, Fairfax, VA 22032, USA
As we head down Burke Station Road we will be driving next to the beautiful, serene, peaceful Fairfax Memorial park and cemetery. Just enjoy the drive. Please turn right when you get to Braddock Road.
9936 VA-620, Fairfax, VA 22032, USA
Alright! We are coming up on George Mason University. You will need to turn right on Roanoke River Road. There’s a pretty great shopping center coming up as well but I’ll tell you more when we get closer.
10300 Tracie Ann Ct, Fairfax, VA 22032, USA
So again, we will be turning right on Roanoke to get to George Mason University but let me point out some great destinations at the University Mall, on the other side of Braddock Road. Oh George! Tables and Taphouse offers over 24 craft brews on draft plus a great selection of pizzas, burgers and delicious entrees. Taco Bamba is over there too and if you really love tacos, this place has easily over 20 delicious taco types to try out. I’m always up for a cheap movie night and the University Mall Movie Theater has tickets for 8 dollars. Yes, eight dollars, all seats, all day. Remember this place because you will want to come back.
Roanoke River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
Dawn your Green and Gold! Welcome to George Mason University, Northern Virginia’s flagship university. Established in 1949, Mason educates over 39,000 undergraduates each year. Aside from its size, George Mason is known for its advancement in research, hosting $149 million dollars worth of sponsored research projects annually. Did you know that two, not just one but TWO, economic professors at GMU have won the Nobel Memorial Prizes in Economics?
4375 Mason Pond Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
This Division one, Public research university is home to The Patriots. Did you know that the Patriots made it to the Final Four in basketball in 2006? It’s true! Speaking of basketball, George Mason also hosts EagleBank Arena. First opened in 1985, Eaglebank arena holds 10,000 seats and is home to Mason’s Men’s and Women's basketball team. Outside of basketball, this arena is often a venue for concerts, events and even local high school graduations.
Global Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
Obviously we didn’t drive the entirety of the GMU campus and I would definitely encourage you to come back and check this campus out for yourself, your kids, or whoever is looking for a top notch college education. Now please turn right on Ox Road.
University Drive and Chain Bridge Road, Virginia 22030, USA
That’s the George Mason Field House off to your left. There’s an indoor track in there and lots of basketball courts. If you have kids - check the George Mason Field House summer schedule - they host quite a few sports clinics there for kids and teens.
10500 Captain John Smith Ct, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
And now we are going to head into Old Town Fairfax. This national historic district includes the Old Town Hall, the Historic Fairfax County Courthouse, and the Old Fairfax County Jail. I recommend you stop in and enjoy some Civil War history sometime! Turn left on Page Avenue. It’s the street on your left just opposite of Capital Ale House. And so you know, Capital Ale House has over 80 beers on draught. Yup.
4080 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
So the Fairfax Court House Historical Marker is on your right, and again I’d encourage you to check out all of the history here, but I want to point out that on every Saturday AND Sunday, May through October right outside the Fairfax County Courthouse you will find Fairfax City’s Farmers Market! Enjoy all your market favorites like fresh produce, jams and homemade bread as well as arts and crafts by local artists. Make sure to leave your furry friends at home but you can always pick them up a homemade dog biscuit. Now let’s check out Old Town Fairfax. Please turn right on Main Street and then left on Chain Bridge Road.
Chain Bridge Rd at Main St, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
Enjoy the remnants of historic Fairfax in Old Town Fairfax. Enjoy year round-events hosted in the city center including favorites like Rock the Block, Fall Festival and the Festival of Lights and Carols. Enjoy Fairfax’s one and only authentic Irish Pub, the Auld Shebeen. Enjoy traditional Irish cuisine like Shepherds Pie and Guinness Beef Stew or just enjoy a pint and some local live music. That’s a lot of enjoyment, isn’t it? Well we aren’t done yet. Got a Sweet tooth? Head over to Woody’s Ice Cream. Woody’s first opened its doors in 1998 by the original owner, Woody. Today the business is owned and operated by his granddaughter Danielle. Woody’s is a longtime community favorite, committed to serving Fairfax locally sourced ice cream to help family farms. Enjoy classic flavors like Mint Chocolate or Vanilla or more adventurous flavors like Banana Cream Pie or Rum Raisin... um… if you like raisins. Yum! So now where? Well, we are actually all done with this tour. BUT, there’s a parking garage just ahead on your right and I highly recommend you park and stretch your legs around Old Town. It’s so cute and walkable around here with all those restaurants I just mentioned plus much much more. I’ve had an amazing time showing you around Mantua and the surrounding areas. If you enjoyed your tour and want to learn more make sure to contact Dorit and Mandy. Have a great day!