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.

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