Mrs. Arlington Takes a Hike

Do you know about the Center Hiking Club of Washington, DC? This 800+ member, non-profit, volunteer organization is devoted to enjoying the outdoors. The club schedules several activities every weekend, including hikes, camping trips and bike rides.

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On Saturday, May 26, the club will host an easy all-day walk of 10-12 miles touring various historic points in central Arlington. The walk will include colonial, Civil War, trolley and W&OD Railroad sites. The walk will take participants through the Clarendon, Ballston, Arlington Forest and Glencarlyn neighborhoods.

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Stops include:

  • Cemeteries
  • Log cabins
  • Historic springs
  • Old mill sites
  • A George Washington survey site
  • A DC boundary stone
  • Central Post Office
  • Arlington Arts Center
  • Center for Local History
  • Ball-Sellers House
  • Lubber Run Park
  • Glencarlyn Park
  • Bluemont Park

Take advantage of the beautiful weather to walk through some sites you might breeze past otherwise. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:00 Clarendon Metro Station, at the southwest corner of Wilson Blvd. and North Highland Street.

Bring lunch and water.

Contact: Bernie Berne: Phone: 703-243-0179.

To find out dates for future hikes, check out the schedule online.

Mrs. Arlington Finds a Home with a Parkway View

Have you ever wondered who lives in the homes perched above the George Washington Parkway? Have you ever wished it could be you?

One of those fabulous homes, 3442 Roberts Lane, is on the market and open Sunday, May 20 from 2-4 p.m.

This home takes full advantage of its location: Two bedrooms have access to the deck, and there are multiple large windows to take in the views.

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Things that stand out to Mrs. Arlington about this home:

  • The back of the house is gorgeous — better than the front!
  • Large windows throughout the home.
  • Four (4!) fireplaces.
  • This house has a dedicated library, and many more built-in bookcases.

Can’t make the open house? Check out the 3-D tour on the HomeVisit site.





Mrs. Arlington Loves a Split Level

My favorite of the classic Arlington floorpans is the split level. You go in the door, and the rooms just keep coming!

5901 2nd St N, in Boulevard Manor, is a beautifully-updated version of this mid-50’s classic.


Things that stand out to Mrs. Arlington about this home:

  • Beautiful stone work on the front of the house
  • A lovely, flat backyard with covered outdoor living area and water feature
  • Ample closet space in the rec room — perfect for storing toys or your DVD collection
  • A bedroom with its own exit on the lower level – ideal for an au pair or airbnb rental
  • Details like wainscoting and plantation shutters add an upscale feel
  • A ten minute walk to Target!

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This home is open both Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

Can’t make it? Check out the virtual tour.




Mrs. Arlington Shops for Mothers’ Day


Still looking for the perfect Mothers’ Day gift? Check out some of the beautiful items at the Urban Farmhouse, at 5140 Wilson Boulevard.


Inside, you’ll find a carefully curated selection of home decor items, as well as perennial mom-favorite items such as candles and lotion.

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My pick? This cute Arlington decoupage map.



The shop is open Wednesday through Friday from 11-5, Saturday from 10-5, and Sunday from noon-5PM. Can’t make it during their usual hours? The Urban Farmhouse is open late the last Wednesday of the month from 5:00-8:00 PM for “Wine Night,” a chance to check out the latest items in a fun party atmosphere, of course, with a glass of wine.

Mrs. Arlington Eyes a Rosslyn Condo

This spacious one bedroom, one bath condo – 1600 North Oak Street #1003 – in Rosslyn gets you close to everything, and great views from the balcony, sunroom, and even the kitchen. Even though it’s only one bedroom, it feels large, thanks to the open plan, plentiful windows, and a sunroom that makes a perfect relaxation space or even a home office. Located in the Belvedere Building, amenities include a pool, extensive fitness center, tennis courts, hot tubs, sauna, and convenience store.

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Things that stand out to Mrs. Arlington about this home:
  • Absolutely gorgeous wide plan cherry floors
  • Beautifully designed sunroom — amazing views
  • A galley kitchen that feels spacious, thanks in part to the window
Visit this gorgeous, modern home during the open house Sunday, May 6 from 2-4 PM.

Mrs. Arlington Learns of New Museum Gallery Space

Per this post from the library, the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington will open a new gallery space at 3108 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA, 22204 on May 1.


The museum will be open Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursdays, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. You can also call the BHMA at (703) 271-8700 to request an appointment to view an exhibit at a different time.

I’ve already learned so much by exploring the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington’s website — such as the history of the Syphax and Gray families. I look forward to exploring this new museum space in Arlington.

Mrs. Arlington Previews a Clarendon Open House

Clarendon is one of the early mixed-use residential success stories in Arlington. The shops, restaurants and office space, along with the apartments, condos and townhouses, clustered around the Clarendon metro, created a neighborhood that has served as a model for other “town centers” around the metro area.

If you’ve ever wanted a glimpse inside one of the beautiful arts & crafts-style single family homes that lie just beyond the townhouses, this 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath single family home at  is open this Sunday, April 29, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Things that stand out to Mrs. Arlington about this home:

  • Beautiful, on-trend bath — soaking tub and textured walls
  • 4-level open floorplan
  • Front porch to enjoy the neighborhood — a quiet street next to the action of Clarendon!


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See more photos here.

Mrs. Arlington Reads in Rosslyn


Mrs. Arlington is so excited for Rosslyn Reads this Thursday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  What’s Rosslyn Reads? It’s a pop-up bookstore at Central Place Plaza – 1800 N. Lynn Street.


The Rosslyn BID, Carpe Librum and the Arlington Public Library joined forces to create a one-day event that includes author readings, book signings, music, food, drinks and a pop-up shop that will offer thousands of used books, CDs, and DVDs for sale from just $1-$5 (+taxes). All proceeds go to Turning the Page, a nonprofit organization that helps ensure students receive educational resources and a high-quality public education.



10 a.m.: Opening of the event

10:15 a.m.: Preschool Storytime

11 a.m.: Coffee Talk: 20 Minute “Workout” on Managing Up: Mary Abbajay, President of Careerstone Group, LLC, and Jennifer Nycz-Connor, editor-at-large of the Washington Business Journal

****FREE Coffee and Pastries from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, sponsored by the Washington Business Journal****

12 p.m.: Author Talk: David Guas, Owner of Bayou Bakery 

12:30 p.m.: Author Talk: John Pfordresher, The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece

1 p.m.: Author Talk: Nicholas ReynoldsWriter, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 (New York Times Bestseller)

2 p.m.: Author Talk: Mrs. B,  Manners & Tea with Mrs. B

3 p.m.: Family Storytelling & Music (for all ages)

4 p.m.: The Great Zucchini Show (for families)

5-7 p.m.Author Talk: Mark Elliott BenbowThe Nation’s Capital Brewmaster: Christian Heurich and His Brewery + Beer Tasting!

5:30 p.m.: Author Talk: Liza Mundy, Code Girls – The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II 

7 p.m.: Live Music: Two Ton Twig + Food Trucks + Pop-up Bar with Wine and Beer!


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