Activities That Won’t Break The Bank

Looking for 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 […]


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

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 Civil War were […]

Chef Driven 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! Try what Food and Wine deems the Best Mac and Cheese in the U.S. at Cheesetique, with locations in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood, Arlington’s Shirlington and Ballston neighborhoods, and Fairfax County’s Mosaic District. Have a Grandma appreciation moment with buttermilk biscuit everything […]

5 Ways to Spend the Day on the Water in Northern Virginia

 Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting, paddle-boarding and kayaking, or sit back, relax and enjoy a river cruise along the water in Northern Virginia. Here are just a few ways to get out and enjoy the rivers and waterways in Virginia’s Cultural Region. Canoe, Paddle-Board and More at Pohick Bay Regional Park   Choose your own water-based adventure at Pohick Bay Regional Park, from renting kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, or paddleboards to splish-splashing at the family-friendly Pirate’s Cove Waterpark to launching your own boat for a leisurely day on the bay. The park offers sunset and sunrise kayak tours that makes spotting wildlife a breeze. Picnic at Gravelly Point Park Gravelly Point Park is situated on the water’s edge, visitors can enjoy a picnic and watch the planes fly into Reagan National Airport. You’ll feel so close you can almost reach out and touch them. Take a Scenic Cruise on […]