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It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected a number of attractions and businesses – particularly those in the tourism and hospitality areas. But in Arlington, some innovative business owners are starting anew – whether with new ventures or with unique at-home experiences for locals and visitors alike.
While its honored grounds may still be closed to visitors, Arlington National Cemetery has unveiled a new ANC Education Platform that lets people discover the Cemetery’s diverse history virtually for now and in-person when able. Visitors can now log on and experience Exploring Arlington, an in-depth guide on the Cemetery and its history and traditions. The African American Experience features materials on life after emancipation, the Freedman’s Village that once existed at Arlington, the civil rights movement, and the achievements of segregated military units such as the Tuskegee Airmen. The Spanish-American War module looks at the conflict that transformed American society and the world.
Over the next five years, ANC will develop and distribute a total of twenty-seven educational modules on topics ranging from the United States’ military conflicts to the contributions of American service members in the arts, medicine, politics, science and technology, and more.
In the Crystal City area of Arlington’s new National Landing region, Bowlero has opened along 23rd Street on a modified schedule to ensure COVID cleaning and safety standards. The new bowling alley plus sports bar, arcade and more is a great place to unwind or compete with friends (socially distanced, of course) at the end of the week
And of course, there’s always something new to discover when it comes to Arlington’s culinary scene – even during a pandemic. It’s no easy feat opening the doors to a new restaurant during a time of physical distancing, but these Arlington entrepreneurs love a challenge – especially if it comes with great eats.
Check out the newest on the BBQ scene in Clarendon with the award-winning Smokecraft Modern BBQ, where not only can you find those traditional ‘cue favorites but also innovative dishes ranging from a smoked burrata caprese to a smoked bbq crab cake. Just a short walk away, the Pinemoor brings a touch of Southern country favorites to the neighborhood along with live saloon style piano and country tunes.
For a snack on the go that’s uniquely a part of the DC region or if you’re like your author and love browsing local groceries, look no further than the new Union Kitchen in Ballston Quarter. Come in for a fresh cup of coffee, breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and explore products made locally in this unique food accelerator. Just steps away, notable DC chef Victor Albisu has opened his Taco Bamba casual spot for tacos and street food.
And of course, great food and drink can only be made even more spectacular with a great view, right? That’s exactly the concept behind the Rooftop Terrace at Sfoglina in Rosslyn, where visitors can enjoy (physically-distanced) rooftop tables with cocktails and small bites overlooking the DC skyline. Don’t miss the mozzarella bar. Your tastebuds will thank you.
Author: Cara O'Donnell