Welcome to Arlington County
Modern, hip, and trendy living with historic roots and nostalgia
Arlington County is steeped in American history. It is situated along the picturesque Potomac River looking across the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. Arlington County was once known as Alexandria County, but was renamed in 1920 after Arlington House, originally the home of the Earl of Arlington in the early 1800s. The property was eventually passed down to the wife of Robert E. Lee and is now part of the Arlington National Cemetery, “our nation’s most hallowed ground.”
Arlington measures 26-square-miles and has no officially incorporated towns but instead is a self-governing county. Some of the most exclusive and upscale neighborhoods in the country can be found within its borders. A good number of these are in the National Register of Historic Places and are zoned as historic preservation districts. The Pentagon and Reagan National Airport are also within Arlington’s borders.
What to Love
Close to posh shopping and exclusive bistros in Washington, D.C.
Located on the Potomac River
Many restaurants, cafes, upscale boutiques, and spas
Excellent educational institutions
There are dozens of different neighborhoods in Arlington. Some are very residential, and others are more commercial. Residents enjoy tree-lined streets and parks, cafes, theaters, walking trails along the Potomac River, and neighborhood block parties. With nine farmers' markets, there’s a lot to choose from in terms of chatting with the locals and getting the best fresh produce. The Arlington Public Library is a vibrant and important part of the community with videos, clubs, classes, and various workshops in addition to books.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Of course, there’s also down-home American food, like Sausage Gravy and Biscuits at Bob & Edith’s Diner, family-owned for 50 years. The food choices in Arlington are almost endless, and there are also many breweries and wine-tasting rooms. Of note is the award-winning Board Room Brewing Company. They have an extensive array of board games to choose from while you sample their craft brews. Their menu has a refreshing selection of food, including classics like a Warm Salted Pretzel and Homemade Corn Dog as well as flatbreads, salads, and sandwiches.
The outdoor Rosslyn Jazz Festival in September at Gateway Park is one of many performing arts activities taking place throughout the year in Arlington.
Things to Do
Golf fanatics love the Washington Golf and Country Club for its excellent greens, tennis courts, swimming pool, and clubhouse. For nature trails, hikes along the Potomac River, a campfire ring, and a restored log cabin from the 1800s, the Gulf Branch Nature Center & Park has it all. For weekend picnics, a playground, basketball and volleyball courts, and more, there’s the 13-acre Alcova Heights Park, a favorite of Arlington residents.