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Many visitors have had the chance to explore Arlington’s bustling urban villages – those urban “downtown” areas along the Metro corridor that house many of Arlington’s businesses, high-rise condos and restaurants.
However, if you have some extra time during your visit and want to explore a little further, hop in the car or grab a Capital Bikeshare bike, and set off to explore one of Arlington’s off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods, where you’ll discover wonderful local eateries, tucked-away galleries and a sense of community generally only seen in quaint small towns.
Just west of Arlington’s Ballston urban village is the Westover neighborhood, with its brick homes along tree-lined streets and its strong sense of community. Here, you’ll discover a wonderful neighborhood farmers’ market on Sunday mornings, as well as local favorites Lebanese Taverna, Westover Beer Garden and the newly-opened Italian Store. For fashionistas, don’t miss Trade Roots in Westover, which takes shopping on an eco-friendly, fair-trade journey with eclectic clothes, home goods, food and colorful trinkets.
For popular local hangouts, art and more, experience Arlington’s Lee Highway area. Lee Highway runs through Arlington from the Key Bridge in Rosslyn to downtown Falls Church. Some sections of the corridor were once the railbeds of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Today, it’s filled with homes, storefronts and more. Locals cite District Taco, a food cart business turned bustling storefront, as a favorite for its popular taco options. Just across the street is the Lee Arts Center, which offers bright ceramics and printmaking studios as well as studio programs in classes in pottery, sculpture, tilemaking and more. A butterfly garden is even tucked away in the back of the building. And if you have a sweet tooth, award-winning bakeries Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe and Pastries by Randolph are both located along Lee Highway to indulge. In the Cherrydale neighborhood along Lee Highway, you’ll find hidden gems like La Maison Home & Gifts.
This is just a sampling of the spots to explore off the beaten path in Arlington. Let us know about your favorites in these or other Arlington neighborhoods!
Author: Cara O'Donnell