I’m again from Arlington, Virginia and completely beloved my time there. The good individuals from Stay Arlington invited me for a go to over the weekend. Arlington was named the “fittest city in America” two years in a row by the American College of Sports Medicine, so that they wished me to see what it was all about. I obtained to expertise all types of enjoyable methods to be lively in Arlington, and I can’t wait to let you know all about them!
First issues first, I stayed on the Westin Crystal City, which was tremendous handy in so many elements. It was simply minutes from Washington D.C. in addition to the Crystal City Metro Station, which was proper throughout the road. Also close by have been widespread museums and monuments, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) was only a mile away. The resort actually had one of the best location for experiencing Arlington!
Once I checked-in and obtained settled in my room, I headed out for a day bike trip alongside Mt. Vernon Trail with Henry Dunbar of Bike Arlington.
The Mount Vernon Trail is an 18-mile paved multi-use path that stretches from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate to Theodore Roosevelt Island. It connects with regional trails, together with the Potomac Heritage, Custis, Rock Creek, Four Mile Run, and Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trails. Henry and I did a 10-mile route, which was completely lovely and such a good way to see Arlington!
Biking in Arlington is big, particularly with commuters. With greater than 50 miles of trails and numerous low-stress routes, you may get nearly anyplace on two wheels. There’s additionally an in depth bikeshare that connects a community for 500 stations all around the Capital space, which makes it really easy to hire a motorbike and simply go!
After biking, I headed again to the resort for a fast bathe after which met Henry and Cara (my contact at Stay Arlington) for dinner at Lebanese Taverna. Arlington is understood for being a middle for international delicacies… and for good cause! As house to the Pentagon in addition to its proximity to the worldwide embassies in Washington, D.C., Arlington serves up all types of delicacies from world wide. An glorious instance of that is the family-owned Lebanese Taverna, an area favourite in Arlington for a number of many years.
We visited the Lebanese Taverna at Pentagon Row and snagged a desk exterior. The out of doors cafe was lovely, and the encircling space made a terrific gathering spot for out of doors actions (together with ice skating within the winter). We began with a hummus plate to share. I additionally tried a glass of Lebanese white wine, which was scrumptious!
I ordered the hen shawarma salad, which was served with an unimaginable housemade dressing. It tasted prefer it was feta-based. Mmm!
The subsequent morning, I used to be up and at ’em for the weekly parkrun at Theodore Roosevelt Island. parkrun is SUCH a cool group, and I can’t imagine I hadn’t heard of it till now. parkrun believes working must be free to everybody, so they provide free timed runs all around the US (and world). Amazing, proper?
When I arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Island for the morning 5k, there was near 90 individuals ready to run! And they have been a mixture of all ages, talents, and nationalities.
Even “bark runners” are welcome at packruns! 🙂
The 5k course was a path run round Theodore Roosevelt Island. It was completely lovely and a terrific place for a run!
5k full! When I crossed the end line, one of many parkrun organizers scanned my registration bar, so I may obtain my time. How cool is that? I want there was a parkrun nearer to the place I dwell!
After the run, a gaggle of runners headed to Central Coffee Bar, so I joined them for an iced espresso and vitality balls. I used to be advised this parkrun + espresso morning is an everyday for a lot of runners, which, after all, I may undoubtedly get behind! 🙂
After that, I walked as much as Courthouse for the weekly farmers market. This farmers’ market is considered one of a dozen all through Arlington County. Every Saturday morning year-round, over 30 farmers/producers promote domestically grown/made produce, meat, flowers, recent breads and pastries, domestically roasted espresso, specialty meals, and extra!
Then, it was off Earth Treks Crystal City Climbing Center for my ultimate journey in Arlington. With an enormous footprint exceeding 45,000 sq. ft, Earth Treks has greater than 400 roped routes and boulders. The place is big! Besides mountaineering, there’s a
yoga studio in addition to a energy & cardio health space and far more.
Earth Treks affords all types of climbing lessons, however since I had rock climbed earlier than, I took benefit of their day cross. I began with some simple climbs (you may see the scores on the wall behind me within the photograph under) and labored my means as much as tougher and tougher climbs. I’m normally afraid of heights, however I actually obtained into climbing and beloved the problem!
The complete means of getting arrange with gear and discovering somebody to belay me was really easy. The workers was extremely pleasant and useful too. I’d suggest Earth Treks to simply about anybody – newcomers and consultants!
All in all, my time in Arlington was actually superb. I extremely suggest visiting town for its lively way of life in addition to comfort for getting round. I actually appreciated that I used to be in a position to attempt so many various actions with out spending numerous time on journey. It undoubtedly made the expertise stress-free and really gratifying! 🙂