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Virginia’s Cultural Region: Craft Brew Experiences Too Good To Keep To Yourself. Explore What’s On Tap.

While visiting your favorite brewery can be a relaxing solo experience, Virginia’s Cultural Region invites you and your crew to share some high-quality beer and high-quality company. Here are a few of the Region’s latest local craft-brew experiences that are just too good to keep to yourself: Prince William County: Farm Brew Live With warm weather on the rise, Virginia’s Cultural Region is rapidly approaching the summer unveiling of the latest colossus in the craft beer community. In addition to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic local response, the Farm Brew Live campus is quickly generating international excitement, becoming one of the region’s most exciting beer destinations. As an all-in-one craft beer destination, Farm Brew Live features 5 massive venues, each expressing a unique celebration of craft-culture. 2 Silos Brewing Co. With an estimated production rate of over 3.5 million farm-to-fist, quality-crafted pints per year, 2 Silos Brewing Company is essentially the beating […]

PARTY ON AND ROCK OUT AT THE BEST SUMMER CONCERT VENUES IN VIRGINIA’S CULTURAL REGION

LOUDOUN: THE TALLY HO 19 West Market Street is home to Leesburg’s most visually arresting concert venue. The Tally Ho Theater, a 1932 Art Deco concert hall is a downtown Leesburg landmark. The Tally Ho has operated continuously through generations as a first-run movie house and performing arts venue. Now, the Tally Ho will open primarily for live performances. The incredible, 9000 square-foot building boasts a collection of new renovations and amenities, including a 2000 square-foot dance floor, two-level seating, multiple cocktail bars, a full service restaurant: Tally Ho Taco, a variety of exclusive VIP areas, and a 600 square-foot stage— just to name a few. Whether it’s comedy, theater, or rock and roll, the Tally Ho promises entertainment for all audiences, and offers a timeless venue for guests to explore. OPEN AIR CONCERTS AT TARARA Dance the night away under the stars, or just lay back and take in […]

Enjoy A Wealth Of Adventure — And A Worry-Free Wallet: Free Attractions In Virginia’s Cultural Region

FAIRFAX COUNTY: THE SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM STEVEN F. UDVAR-HAZY CENTER Explore the history of flight in Fairfax County. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is the companion facility to Washington, DC’s National Air and Space Museum, and the perfect addition to a family visit to Virginia’s Cultural Region. Explore the enormous Boeing Aviation Hangar and James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, and experience an impressive collection featuring thousands of aviation and space artifacts — including a Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird,” a Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Discovery. Climb to the top of the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower for an incredible 360-degree view of the surrounding area, or head to the glass-contained mezzanine at the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar and experience the Center’s current restoration projects. Enjoy a selection of daily tours, educational activities perfect for any age, and a variety of lectures and events scheduled throughout the year. […]

Go With The Flow: Explore The Waterfronts, Waterparks, And Historic Waterways Of Virginia’s Cultural Region

FAIRFAX COUNTY: GREAT FALLS PARK Take a walk on the wild side of Virginia’s Cultural Region, and discover an incredible destination for recreation within the great outdoors of Fairfax County. Aptly named, Great Falls Park features a stunning collection of cascading rapids and several sparkling waterfalls, marking the Potomac River’s 76-foot drop into the narrow Mather Gorge. With over 800 acres of scenic forests, rocky terrain, and abundant native wildlife, Great Falls Park boasts incredible natural beauty and unlimited outdoor adventure. The park’s winding trails stretch across 15 miles of forested landscape and preserved historic structures, offering hikers, bikers, and horseback riders access to some of the most unique and breathtaking views in the area. For families seeking kid-friendly adventure, the park’s Junior Ranger Program offers an exciting, self-guided scavenger hunt throughout the park with a booklet of activities and attractions to discover along the way. Children who complete the […]

Activities That Won’t Break The Bank

Rich experiences that don’t strain your wallet? Virginia’s Cultural Region is the answer you’ve been looking for. Scenic rides and vineyard picnics. It costs nothing to enjoy the region’s beautiful landscape and charming streets. Take a bike ride down the 45-mile Washington & Old Dominion trail to enjoy the scenic beauty of the region. You’ll pass through historic towns on this car-free path, with stops for refreshing craft beer along the way at numerous breweries just minutes off the trail. Stop at South Street Under café or Stoneybrook Farm Market to pick up sandwiches and snacks for a picnic in the vineyard. Many Loudoun wineries offer free live music, so sing along as you enjoy lunch and delicious Virginia vino. Hop on the free King Street Trolley to find chef-driven restaurants, bustling boutiques and intimate museums tucked into 18th and 19th century architecture of Old Town Alexandria. Pay tribute, not […]

CRAVE-WORTHY CULTURE: EXPLORE THE LOCAL, CULINARY CRAFT OF VIRGINIA’S CULTURAL REGION

FAIRFAX COUNTY The French Evolution: Experience Fairfax County’s Contemporary Take On Classic French Cuisine L’Auberge Chez François When François Haeringer fulfilled his long-time dream of opening a traditional French auberge— a family inn serving the native flavors of his hometown and upbringing in the Alsatian countryside, he created a local staple for expertly prepared, classic French fare. Currently run by son and Chef de Cuisine, Jacques Haeringer, L’Auberge Chez François retains its historic appeal as a family-run tribute to tradition, humbly inspiring heartfelt loyalty among locals and visitors alike. L’Auberge Chez François offers the full embodiment of François Haeringer’s fierce love for heritage with the authentic, simple spirit and undeniable craft of artisanal French cuisine. 2941 RESTAURANT 2941 is one of the most celebrated restaurants in the metropolitan area. The restaurant is nestled in the Falls Church section of Fairfax County surrounded by lush landscaping, koi ponds, waterfalls, world-class artwork, and a […]

Only in NOVA

Only in NOVA There’s not another place on the planet with the unique spirit of Northern Virginia. It’s a blend of artistic independence and appreciation for the journey that gives the Cultural Region its special sauce. Feel that American pride. Whether you’re standing at a memorial or witnessing a heroic run, Virginia’s Cultural Region is full of heart-swelling moments. Understand the challenges and experience of valor on a fully immersive visit to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Prince William County. Sight, sound, touch and movement reveal the story of the U.S. Marines like never before. Cheer on the participants (or become one) in Arlington as the Marine Corps Marathon takes place each fall. Known as “The People’s Marathon,” it’s one of the largest in the world. Take a leisurely horseback ride where courage was tested: Manassas National Battlefield Park, where the first two battles of the American […]

Chef Driven Cuisine

Chef-Inspired Cuisine This is more than just dining. Thanks to the passion of talented chefs, a trip through Virginia’s Cultural Region is a foodie adventure. Comfort food for all! Find out how celebrated chefs and popular eateries put a new twist on the classics in Virginia’s Cultural Region. Indulge in sweet simplicity at Dairy Godmother Frozen Custard and Nostalgic treats, an Obama family favorite in Alexandria’s Del Ray. Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Palace in Woodbridge is for true burger lovers, featuring a new creation every month. Will the Burger of the Month feature red hot sauce and spicy rémoulade or goat cheese and Meyer lemon honey mustard sauce? Who knows! Head to Alexandria’s Del Ray and Arlington’s Shirlington or Ballston neighborhoods for what Food and Wine deems the Best Mac and Cheese in the U.S at Cheesetique. Have a Grandma appreciation moment with buttermilk biscuit everything at Stomping Ground in […]

5 Days in the Cultural Region

5 Days in the Cultural Region You could spend years exploring Virginia’s Cultural Region and never tire of the journey. Here are a few suggestions for discovering its riches one day at a time. DAY 1: Pleasures of Field and Farm You’re in for a day of relaxation enjoying Loudoun County’s scenic landscape, the fruits of its vineyards and the harvest of its fields. Explore some of the 40-plus wineries and tasting rooms that are intertwined along country roads here, nestled between horse farms and historic estates. Try a crisp Viognier while overlooking the mountains. Take a vineyard tour and meet winemakers crafting award-winning wines. Stop for lunch in a circa 1905 restored mill or enjoy farm-to-table cuisine at Market Table Bistro, where the menu changes seasonally to offer only the freshest ingredients. DAY 2: Get a Feel for History Looking back is no eye-rolling academic exercise in Virginia’s Cultural […]