What’s New for 2018

From exquisite views of Washington, D.C., to extended stays and destination shopping combined with entertainment for the entire family, 2018 is already shaping up to be an exciting year in Arlington, Virginia. With new activities, anniversaries and other first-of-its-kind opportunities on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to StayArlington.

March 2018 welcomed Arlington’s newest lodging option. The 168-unit Homewood Suites by Hilton Arlington/Rosslyn/Key Bridge is a LEED Gold-certified upscale, extended-stay, all-suite hotel. With a focus on comfort and functionality, the Homewood Suites is a true home away from home for guests in the D.C. region for business or pleasure, with home-like décor and large work areas and outdoor patio.

Homewood Suites
Homewood Suites by Hilton Arlington / Rosslyn / Key Bridge

The hotel also features 1,400 square feet of highly flexible meeting space, and a top-notch fitness facility with state of the art equipment. It’s also just a short walk to the Rosslyn Metro station on the region’s Orange, Blue and Silver Lines.

The spring also brings one of Arlington’s newest attractions in the unveiling of the Rosslyn neighborhood’s The Observation Deck at CEB Tower, scheduled to open to the public in summer 2018. Situated 31 stories high at the top of the new office complex, The Observation Deck at CEB Tower will offer an outdoor cantilevered terrace that gives visitors truly spectacular views of the Washington, D.C. skyline. The 15,000 square foot space will also be used as an exhibit space and feature a full restaurant and bar. 

Robert F. Kennedy gravesite
Robert F. Kennedy gravesite

Memorial Day observances are a time-honored tradition at Arlington National Cemetery, but those ceremonies will take on new life in 2018 as we mark the 150th anniversary of the first Decoration Day National Observance at Arlington National Cemetery. More than 5,000 people visit Arlington National Cemetery each year for the annual Decoration Day (now known as Memorial Day) National Observance, and even more guests are expected for the sesquicentennial remembrance.  

In addition, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Robert F. Kennedy-- brother of President John F. Kennedy, former attorney general, senator and presidential candidate -- whose gravesite adjoins JFK’s in a granite plaza at the cemetery.

Shopping & Dining

Fall 2018 will bring excitement to Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood with incredible shopping and dining at the new Ballston Quarter. Punch Bowl Social, a combination bar, restaurant, bowling alley and arcade targeted at the young professional set, that is set to open its first East Coast location here. The venue is known for its craft cuisine and cocktails (including cocktails served in communal punch bowls) combined with its entertainment options that range from bowling and billiards to karaoke, vintage arcade games and more. 

Ballston Quarter also will feature a 25,000-square-foot food hall, a sensory-friendly area for young families, hands-on cooking classes and a venue featuring experiences similar to escape rooms but with special effects and compelling storytelling.

Author: Cara O'Donnell