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Arlington’s Instagram Style

Twice a month, I scour local Instagram accounts and hashtags to spotlight cool happenings, curious people, and interesting stuff in neighborhoods and communities throughout Arlington, Virginia. Here’s a rundown of the best Instagram finds!

Carpe Librum: Arlington Pop-Up

Perfect for those who love bargains, reading, and philanthropy, Carpe Librum’s new pop-up location in The Alcove in Arlington is the place to be. All proceeds from the sale of used books, CDs, DVDs, and more go back to Turning the Page, an organization that works towards connecting public schools with communities and families to produce high quality public education.


Rescue a Puppy, Gain a Best Friend

What is more adorable than a puppy? A puppy that could be your puppy! Local firefighters pose for photos the month long #OperationFirePaws campaign, a donation drive benefiting the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and all of the wonderful animals looking for furrever homes.

Operation Turbo

#OperationFirePaws isn’t the only operation of note in Arlington. If you are looking for a way to help out our service men and women overseas, take a look at Operation Turbo. An idea born from the minds of Dyan and Jeff Smith, Operation Turbo sends “Boxes of Home” to US Military members around the world, with a focus on those who may not receive mail or care packages otherwise.


New Location for Phoenix Bikes

Operation Turbo is an excellent way to help our soldiers overseas, but what about helping kids in our own backyard? Phoenix Bikes, an organization local to Arlington since its establishment in 2007, educates youth in practical, applicable subjects such business management and bike maintenance and mechanics. They’ve been working towards a new space since 2011, and are preparing to move from their concession shack to a proper storefront in the Arlington community!


The Observation Deck

There comes a point where sometimes we need to take a step back to get view of the big picture. The Observation Deck at CEB Tower is a place to do just that! With a 360° view of the many monuments and natural beauty that attracts those to the D.C. area, there is no better place to take it all in. The best part? Arlington County residents can get in for free.


Gravelly Point

Perhaps you don’t feel like taking in a quiet panoramic view, but instead would rather find something you could view up close. An afternoon at Gravelly Point can provide an exhilarating, an rather loud, experience as you watch airplanes soar right over your head. With Reagan International Airport’s runway just a few hundred feet away, you’re guaranteed to get an up close view of the belly of a plane roaring above you.


Arlington’s Monthly Fitness Fundamentals

Arlington Magazine is a great example of community pride, publishing six editions a year. The best way to highlight local pride? Highlighting a local in their best element, like personal trainer Chauncey Graham working out of Gold’s Gym Ballston.



Perhaps what you are looking for isn’t so much fitness related guidance however, but rather an environment where work and comfort don’t have to feel mutually exclusive. One option, rather than the over crowded coffee shop across the street, is CoworkCafe. With the comforts of a Starbucks and the amenities of a Staples, you can purchase a day pass or a monthly pass for a reserved work space. While they have soon to open locations in D.C. and Brasseire, their original location is right here in Clarendon.


So Fetch at the Clarendon Ballroom

What else is there to do in Arlington, you ask? Well, does the music of the 2000’s pull at your heartstrings? What if you paired it with a beautiful venue right around the corner? If this peaks your interest, check out So Fetch, a 2000’s tribute band that will be filling the Clarendon Ballroom with familiar tunes all night long on August 24th.

So Fetch, DC’s supreme 2000s tribute band, has arrived. Remember your on-the-go playlist on your 1st generation iPod? The number one spot on TRL back when Carson was dating Tara Reid? We’ve got them covered and more. From Avril to Outkast, from Blink to Beyonce, from Kanye to Ke$ha, to that song you liked from the OC. Break out your low rise jeans . Pause High School Musical. Take a break from Guitar Hero. Edward, Jacob, Paris, & Nicole are all coming. Your uggs, popped collars, and trucker hats are welcome here. So Fetch IS happening. So, Calling all 2000s revivalists. Your time has come! . The MAIN FLOOR will open at 8pm. Tickets $10 in advance. $12 at the door (if we aren’t sold out!) . . . . #sofetch #clarendonballroom #arlingtonva #clarendon #bandnight #livemusic

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Escape Room Arlington

While an evening with So Fetch sounds, well… fetch, maybe you don’t want to wait until the 24th to have a fun night out. Enter Escape Room Arlington. A ticket is all you need to enter a room full of secrets, puzzles, and codes. Bonus? Your ticket comes with a free appetizer at William Jeffrey’s Tavern next door!

Well, can you?

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That’s it for this Arlington-Instagram go ’round!

Until next time!

~ Meg

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Recharging In Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

While my personal and professional life is focused on Arlington, VA, I also love to travel. This summer I was able to visit my former real estate mentor and partner Tracy Walczak at her beautiful home in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

It was a great opportunity to catch up and recharge.

Tracy is now a Realtor® in Montana and lives with her husband Paul in Darby, MT. And the view from the deck of their home is amazing (see photo in gallery above). And, just a little different from when they lived in the Yorktown neighborhood of Arlington!

And, since I was in Montana, it was also a great chance to visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is simply amazing. More than 3,500 square miles full of wildlife (grizzly bears, buffalo, elk, wolves and much more) and wild sights (geysers, boiling mud pots, vibrant colored hot springs and much more).

The Grand Prismatic Spring’s rainbow of colors (see photo in gallery above) are so vibrant they seem like they can’t be real. It was a favorite of both my husband Jon and I. Smithsonian Magazine has a great article on the science behind the Grand Prismatic.

We also were lucky to see Steamboat Geyser, the world’s tallest geyser at about 300 feet, erupt while we were in the park. It’s been very active this year, erupting about a dozen times. But there have been periods where there were 50-year gaps between eruptions.

And Yellowstone offers so much more: Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with the spectacular 308-foot tall Lower Falls (see photo in gallery above), Yellowstone Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs and so much more.

Grand Teton National Park

Not far (in Western distances) from Yellowstone is another fabulous national park, Grand Teton.

Grand Teton National Park is a hiker’s paradise. We were able to take many hikes and each offered spectacular views. Whether it was at Hidden Falls above Jenny Lake, up into Cascade Canyon or the Cirque Trail that starts at 10,450 feet at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, there was always amazing views.

We also stopped at the Mormon Row Historic District (see photo in gallery above), an early homestead settlement from the early 1900’s.

Getting away from home always give me new perspectives and a broader view. Where’s your favorite place to get away?

All photos (C) Jon Ross 2018
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Arlington’s Instagram Style

Twice a month, I scour local Instagram accounts and hashtags to spotlight cool happenings, curious people, and interesting stuff in neighborhoods and communities throughout Arlington, Virginia. Here’s a rundown of the best Instagram finds!

The Italian Store

With a variety of products made locally in store, as well as brought in from New York and Italy, The Italian Store is a must-stop for those in our area craving New York style pizza or a delicious sub!


Livin’ The Pie Life

Thinking about dessert?! Looks like you can run by Livin’ The Pie Life (like @westsidemommy did recently) to order a Brown Butter Coconut pie, dubbed a 2017 Washingtonian “Best of.”


The Brew Shop

This local store, The Brew Shop, features all sorts of brews, including coffee and wine, but is known for their stock of local beers! Stop by for a tasting event or with a growler to top up.


Lemoncello Boutique

Back to school shopping shouldn’t only be for the kids! Moms, teachers, or any women who enjoy up-to-date fashions and support shopping locally should stop by Lemoncello Boutique. Carrying women’s apparel, accessories, home gifts, and baby clothes, it’s the perfect place to stock up on on-trend items for your home and closet.

A Broader Sense of Place by Sam Kittner

If you are seeking something to do outside of your usual everyday-type outings, consider stopping by the Fred Schnider Art Gallery to see Sam Kittner’s new photography exhibit. A local photographer exhibiting photographs of local sights, this show promises some, at minimum, beautiful views.


Arlington Art Truck

On days when viewing art just isn’t enough, consider logging on to find out where the Arlington Art Truck is so you can make art of your own! An art studio in a van, the Arlington Art Truck makes its rounds between April to October, bringing a variety of creative and cultural projects to locations near you!


Arlington Youth Football Club

End the kids’ summer on a high by registering them for football or cheer through the Arlington Youth Football Club. Registration is still open until August 3rd for their Pre Season Cheer Mini Camp, or you could register your kid(s) for the full season, August to November.


That’s it for this Arlington-Instagram go ’round!

Until next time!

~ Meg