Recommendations

Mind the Mat

Mind the Mat offers many different styles of yoga, pilates, and barre at a variety of levels, so anyone from beginner to advanced is sure to be challenged. With studios in Arlington and Alexandria, it’s convenient for many in the D.C. area!

Zaytinya

Zaytinya is a trendy, upscale tapas restaurant serving Greek, Turkish, and Lebanese food in the heart of Washington, D.C. This popular restaurant is packed, so reservations, which can be made online, are recommended. The menu features a large variety of mezze plates (appetizer size) that are meant to be shared among the table. Zaytinya is just across the street from …

Medi

Looking for quick, healthy food on the go? Look no farther than Medi, located in downtown Shirlington. Billed by some as the “Mediterranean version of Chipotle” (but healthier), the restaurant offers a ton of healthy meal options created right in front of you for a reasonable price. Patrons choose from a salad, pita, rice bowl, or gyritos base and then …

Zento

This unassuming sushi and Japanese cuisine restaurant in downtown Alexandria is an excellent choice for a fresh, healthy meal in a quiet atmosphere. The restaurant is close to Reagan Airport and is walking distance from the Alexandria city center, providing a convenient option for many travelers. The restaurant offers happy hour specials and quick service and has an extensive and …

Lilit Café

This health-conscious café in downtown Bethesda offers two menus – both regular and gluten-free – and is known for making gluten-free items taste “normal.” Hailed as a haven for those with serious gluten intolerances and allergies, the Lilit Café offers sandwiches, wraps, pizza, salads and entrees, all of which are available both with and without gluten. The restaurant takes gluten-free eating …

Four Mile Run Trail

Named after Four Mile Run Creek, this seven miles-long asphalt trail (confusing, right?) passes through Shirlington and connects to the much longer W&OD Trail at multiple locations. Benches, trashcans, water, and restrooms are available at the numerous parks along the route every few miles, and the path is well marked. Because the portion of the trail running through Shirlington and …

Custis Trail

The Custis Trail connects to the W&OD Trail and runs along I-66 towards the western part of Northern Virginia. The asphalt paved trail is four miles in length and connects commuters to Washington D.C. via the Key Bridge and Mount Vernon Trail. Because it is not a rails-to-trails conversion, there is considerable elevation change on the route, particularly at bridges …

Fountainhead Regional Park

Fountainhead Regional Park is the starting point of the 18-miles long Bull Run – Occoquan Trail. The point-to-point trail is open only to pedestrians and equestrians and winds its way through five parks. The natural trail is completely rolling hills and can be fairly technical in many areas, with plenty of rocks and roots to navigate. The trail is heavily …

Holmes Run Trail

This concrete and asphalt path is 4.25 miles in length and runs through Alexandria in Northern Virginia. Bathrooms, parking, water, and trashcans can be found at Cameron Run Regional Park – a large park with an abundance of family activities, including miniature golf, batting cages, and a water park. In order to access the trail from the park, turn right …

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