We asked our faculty and authors to share with us some of their favorite things about living in our nation’s capital. Their responses are posted in “Faculty Favorites”
Jill Kamp Melton (bio) shares her favorites.
Five most interesting places to visit
- The Claude Moore Farm in McLean, run as an 18th century poor farm. Three times a year they have an “18th century Market Fair” that I love to attend. web site, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA, 703-442-7557
- Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, especially at Christmas time. web site, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA
- Oatlands, a historic home in Leesburg with a very interesting tour. web site, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg, VA, 703-777-3174
- George Washington’s birthplace on the Northern Neck, east of Fredericksburg. web site, 1732 Popes Creek Rd, Colonial Beach, VA, 804-224-1732
- Caledon Wildlife Preserve in King George County. It is pristine and untouched for hundreds of years. Tours in a rickety bus point out beaver dams and lots of wildlife. web site, 11617 Caledon Rd, King George, VA
Five most favorite “fun” things to do
- Shop the DC Flea, a flea market and antique show that comes to the Expo center in Chantilly 3 or 4 times a year. web site, 4368 Brookfield Corporate Dr, Chantilly, VA
- Shop the Eastern Market any Sunday morning. web site,
7th St & North Carolina Ave SE, Washington, DC, Metro
- Drive to Middleburg, Leesburg and Charlottesville, not on the same day, soak up the ambiance, eat at The Red Fox Inn in Middleburg and spend the night in a B & B. The Red Fox Inn web site, Middleburg web site, Leesburg web site, Charlottesville web site
- Take the metro to King Street and walk on one side of the street all the way to the water and then on the other side all the way back, taking time to window shop and “see what’s doin’.“ King Street Metro, Old Town Alexandria web site
- Attend a concert at the Kennedy Center or Strathmore Music Center in Rockville or a jazz concert at the National Gallery of Art downtown. Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Center, National Gallery of Art
Five favorite restaurants
- The food court at Whole Foods in Old Town on Duke Street and Holland Lane. web site, 1700 Duke St, Alexandria, VA
- Tachibana, a Japanese restaurant on Lowell Street in McLean. They have a private room in the back for 8 where you can sit, eat, and talk for hours with friends. web site, 6715 Lowell Ave, McLean, VA, 703-847-1771 [WaPo | Washingtonian | Yelp]
- Carlyle Grande Café in Shirlington, call ahead for reservations. web site, 4000 28th Street South, Arlington, VA, 703-931-0777 [WaPo | Washingtonian | Yelp]
- Chutzpah in Fairfax on Ox Road near Fair Oaks Mall. web site, 12214 Fairfax Towne Ctr, Fairfax, VA, 703-385-8883 [WaPo | Washingtonian | Yelp]
- Lebanese Taverna Market in north Arlington or the one at Galleria, Tysons 2. web site, 5900 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA, 703-241-8681 [WaPo | Yelp]
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