Visit this page for a roundup of recommendations on all things Rosslyn! With neighborhood favorites from community members, staff, and more, we'll share new recs in the Rosslyn BID e-blast.
3/22/2023: Have a good hair day in Rosslyn!
Get a fresh cut at one of our area barber shops or salons
Is your ‘do feeling drab lately and in need of a refresh? March 26 marks Good Hair Day, and Rosslyn hair salons and barbers are here to help you have just that!
Whether you just need a quick trim or an all-over color, our neighborhood has plenty of high-quality, convenient locations to get your hair looking healthy and give you your ideal style. Area options includeAllure Hair Salon,Hair Gallery,Miracles in the City,River Place Barber & Stylist, and Rosslyn Metro Barber Shop, offering a full range of haircuts, treatments, highlights, color and more.
3/15/2023: Cherry Blossom views around Rosslyn
Catch a peek of the iconic blooms near our neighborhood
The highly anticipated peak bloom is projected for next week, March 22-25, and is a favorite amongst DMV residents as a first sign of spring. While the Tidal Basin (pictured) is one of the most visited spots to see these famous pink-hued trees (and a short trip away from Rosslyn!), there are some less-crowded areas near our neighborhood where you can take in the floral views!
Arlington National Cemetery, which is just one Metro stop south of Rosslyn, includes over 400 spring-blooming cherry trees scattered across the grounds dedicated to America’s military service members.
And for those wanting to get out to bike, walk, or roll on a scenic route, hop onto the Mount Vernon Trail, which begins in Rosslyn! Along this 18-mile path, which ends at the estate of the same name, you can experience beautiful views of the Potomac and a variety of blooming trees.
Learn more about these spots and more around Arlington from Arlington Magazine!
3/8/2023: Women-Owned Businesses
Check out our local spots led by ladies!
March is Women’s History Month, which recognizes the contributions women have made to the United States over the course of American history in a variety of fields. Today, March 8, also marks International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women across the world. Here in Rosslyn, we are proud to be home to numerous businesses founded and led by women and support the incredible impact they make in our community every day.
From getting an energizing workout session in at BASH Boxing (Co-Founder, Owner and CEO Alex Trakas pictured), to finding the perfect shade at PAINT Nail Bar for your next pedicure, check out these businesses and many more based in Rosslyn and all around Arlington in StayArlington’s Guide to Women-Owned Businesses.
3/1/2023: Compass Coffee Cherry Blossom Menu
Welcome spring with fresh, seasonal sips
Cherry blossoms are an iconic part of spring in the DMV, and they’re slated to make their return in the coming weeks – maybe even sooner than later! While Mother Nature will ultimately decide when we reach peak bloom, you don’t have to wait any longer for your favorite cherry blossom drinks from Compass Coffee!
For a limited time this season, Compass Coffee, located at 1201 Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn, is offering cherry blossom lattes, Viennas, and cream cold brews.
Plus, if you prefer making your own coffee creations at home, you can also order a bag or tin of the Cherry Blossom Blend, available as whole bean or ground. This blend is a tribute to the spring season through an assortment of floral and bright notes, whose intricate aromas precede a crisp, clean finish. Crafted with beans sourced from Ethiopia and Guatemala, it’s the perfect way to welcome spring in our neighborhood!
2/22/2023: National Margarita Day
Pair your dinner with a delicious classic cocktail!
Happy National Margarita Day! To help you celebrate today, Feb. 22, this week’s Rosslyn Rec includes a couple of our local restaurants offering this tequila favorite.
If you’d like to do some good with your next drink, Open Road is donating $1 from every Clasico Margarita purchased through this Sunday, Feb. 26, to No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in the United States.
Taco Rock’s selection of over a half-dozen specialty margaritas, plus eight flavor options to upgrade their classic margarita, is another great option to celebrate! From “Loco Coco” for the coconut lovers to “Disco Inferno” for those who like a spicy kick, you’re sure to find the perfect refreshment at this taco spot.
Stop by for happy hour every day from 4-7 p.m. for $6 classic margaritas and additional specials, including $6 Micheladas, $5 Mexican Tea shooters, $1 off draft beers, and $2 off glasses of wine.
2/15/2023: Breakfast Burrito from Ahra Cafe
Get a hearty breakfast fix at a local sandwich shop
The best meals are not only delicious and flavorful, but also often elicit that warm and cozy feeling of comfort we all love. For senior operations director Victor Carcamo, that dish can be found at Ahra Café! And while this spot may be best known for its gourmet sandwiches, its breakfast burrito is one of Vic’s top picks.
“Growing up on the West Coast, breakfast burritos are a part of the culture and are found everywhere,” Vic says. “Here in Rosslyn, one of my favorite places to offer them is Ahra Café, and the taste is amazing (pro tip – add turkey bacon and avocado). It’s loaded with lots of protein for your muscles and helps keep you full throughout the day!”
Ahra Café is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering bagels, breakfast classics, soups, and salads in addition to its wide selection of hand-crafted sandwiches.
2/8/2023: Galentine's Day Events
Grab your friends and explore Rosslyn this February
In the spirit of Leslie Knope, the ladies are celebrating ladies in Rosslyn! Get together with the girls in the next week with various Galentine’s events around our neighborhood.
This Saturday, Feb. 11, PAINT Nail Bar is hosting a Galentine’s Day event, complete with a photo booth, sweet treats, and snacks to enjoy while getting the picture-perfect mani or pedi. Then on Monday, Feb. 13, head over to Sfoglina for a special menu from 5-9 p.m., where you’ll also get a complimentary glass of prosecco with your meal!
1/25/2023: NFL Football at Quinn's on the Corner
Catch the championship games in Rosslyn!
The NFL playoffs are well underway, and Quinn’s on the Corner is ready to host you for the NFC and AFC Championship games this Sunday! Snag a table to dine in, or take a seat at their extensive 20-plus foot bar to grab a drink while watching your favorite team on one of their numerous TVs.
Start your day ahead of kickoff for brunch, available on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to enjoy a full slate of breakfast classics, plus burgers, salads, and $5 bottles of champagne. Or, stay for dinner, available from 5 to 10 p.m., with appetizers, sandwiches, and more to keep the football fun going all evening long!
1/18/2023: Salt Mocktails
Explore tasty, zero-proof options
It may be Dry January for some, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious drinks! Salt offers two mocktails on its menu that will make your zero-proof month a breeze. Try out the “Smokeshow” made with Lapsang black tea, ginger, fresh lime, and passionfruit soda. And for the Queen fans, “Another One Bites the Husk” is made with corn horchata syrup, cinnamon, coconut milk, and coconut water.
Nestled right below Open Road, Salt offers tons of tasty options for your next date night out. Beyond its unique assortment of cocktails, they also have a full menu of dishes with bold, inspired flavors from around the globe. Stop by Monday through Saturday starting at 4 p.m. for an unforgettable experience!
1/11/2023: Take the Stairs Day
Add movement to your daily commute
Part of a healthy lifestyle is taking advantage of the opportunities to be active in your day-to-day life outside the gym! One of the best ways to do so is to opt for the stairs over the elevator. Jan. 11 is “Take the Stairs Day,” and we encourage you to celebrate by walking up the Rosslyn Metro Station escalator on your next trip!
With a length of approximately 195 feet, it ranks fifth in WMATA’s collection of escalators and is the only Virginia-based location in the top 10. Standing on the escalator takes about 3 minutes to get from end to end, but a brisk walk will have you there in a third of the time, plus get your heart rate up!
12/15/2022: Holiday Cocktails
Experience warm and flavorful refreshments this season!
Grab a cup of cheer this season and try out a holiday cocktail from a Rosslyn restaurant! While some are seasonal and some are available year-round, they’re all delicious refreshments to add to your next meal at one of our area eateries.
Get Warm and Cozy with a drink of the same name at Sfoglina! Featuring Tullamore Dew, chai spice, sugar, buckspice ginger bitters, and flamed cinnamon, this mix of signature cold weather flavors will have you ready to bundle up by a fire. If you’re feeling festive and in the mood for something fruity, try the Red Pearl Sangria fromYuraku, which includes red blend wine, amaretto, grenadine, orange juice, and fruit. And those who like a twist on a classic can find their new favorite atBarley Mac with the Chai Spiced Old Fashioned, composed of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Amaro Nonino and warm mulled apple cider.
12/7/2022: Holiday Gift Guide
We made the list and checked it twice for great Rosslyn gifts
It’s that time of the year again, and the Rosslyn BID Gift Guide is back to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Rosslyn is home to over 50 restaurants and retailers, and we’ve compiled a list to help you find ideas for gifts that will both support your local businesses and help you cross off the gift lists. From foodies to fitness fiends, everyone on your list is covered with a gift from Rosslyn…or even a gift for yourself too!
11/23/2022: Shop Local and Save with Open Rewards
Earn cash back while supporting small businesses in Arlington
A new cash-saving app is here just in time for Small Business Saturday! Arlington residents can save money while showing some love to their favorite local businesses with the new Open Rewards
program. This customer rewards program, launched as a partnership between Arlington Economic Development (AED)’s BizLaunch and technology company BluDot, encourages shoppers to earn cash back rewards while spending at local small businesses.
You can enroll in the program by downloading the Open Rewards app on your smartphone and adding payment cards to your account, or uploading receipts from small business merchants.
There is no cost for businesses or consumers to participate in Open Rewards, and Arlington local businesses in the personal service, restaurant, and retail sectors are automatically enrolled. Each transaction earns 5% in rewards, which then can be used to support more small businesses. Small businesses that would like to be added to the program can do so by visiting BluDot's website.
11/9/2022: Thanksgiving Meals
Take the stress out of your holiday dinner with ready-made options!
Looking to make your Thanksgiving Day meal prep quick and simple? You’re in luck, because many Rosslyn restaurants are ready to help you take the stress out of the holiday.
Assembly | Pickup available through Nov. 24 at 11 a.m.
Made in-house from scratch using locally sourced ingredients, Assembly’s Thanksgiving Menu will be sure to please all of your dinner guests with an all-inclusive lineup of eight dishes to serve six people, including organic, free-range, non-GMO turkey from Fisher Boy Farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. And, if you’re not looking for the full spread, side dishes and pies are available for to-go ordering as well.
Open Road | Order by Nov. 16 for pickup by Nov. 23 at 5 p.m.
If you’re having a more intimate Thanksgiving gathering, Open Road has the perfect portions to serve your Turkey Day meal! Their special takeout menu has options for two or four people, including a variety of a half-dozen sides, two choices of roast turkey, roast beef, or ham, and a pumpkin or pecan pie to finish the meal. A la carte dishes, wine and bottled cocktails are also available.
Sfoglina | Dine-in, reservations recommended
For those looking to dine in this holiday, Sfoglina will be open from 2-8 p.m. with a special Thanksgiving menu alongside its standard full menu. Enjoy the tastes of autumn with their butternut squash caramelle, roasted turkey, and fall tartufo. Sommelier pairings are also offered, as well as the Grato (Thankful) cocktail, featuring Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Amaro Nonino, and hot mulled cider.
11/2/2022: Sandwiches around Rosslyn
Try a new neighborhood bite next lunch hour!
While Rosslyn is filled with tons of dining choices for your midday meal, sometimes it’s nice to take advantage of the classic and reliable lunch staple, a sandwich. But don’t confuse reliable with boring – from homemade bread to hand-carved meats, delicious sauces and tasty toppings, the flavors most definitely aren’t lacking with the variety of sandwich options in our neighborhood.
In honor of National Sandwich Day (Nov. 3), the Rosslyn BID staff is sharing its top sandwich picks in the neighborhood! Events manager Allison Doherty’s top pick is The Jive from Sammy Pickles at Assembly, packed with turkey, avocado, bacon, pickled onion, muenster cheese, romaine, and tomato on sourdough bread. Executive assistant Ayeshah Bashir goes for Inca Social’s Inca Burger, including an 8 oz patty, mozzarella, avocado lime sauce, onions, tomato, lettuce and Inca sauce. And if you’re searching for some spice, look no further than Hot Lola’s Sando, which is digital experience manager Justin Bensan’s choice (at level 5 heat “Get Lit!”). Try one of these or any delicious sandwiches from our Rosslyn restaurants!
10/26/2022: Loving Heart Holistic Wellness Workshop
Learn to breathe better and manage stress in this 60-minute guided class
Join Kara Simon of Loving Heart Holistic Wellness for an evening of self-care as part of “And Breathe: A Guided Workshop for Better Breathing and Stress Management” Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6-7 p.m.
"Stress can negatively impact the body by causing high blood pressure, poor sleep, increased anxiety and depression, headaches, weight loss or weight gain, heart problems, and cause many more lasting physical and mental issues if not managed,” Kara says. "Everyone can benefit from breathwork, but this workshop will be great for those who are looking for ways to manage daily stress and navigate high stress situations, suffer from anxiety, or struggle with poor sleep."
During this 60-minute workshop, you will learn the importance of deep breathing and explore basic breathing techniques that can help you overcome the stresses of daily life. This will be a virtual, interactive workshop through Zoom, can be practiced in a chair or on a mat, and will be accessible for all!
10/19/2022: Rosslyn Community Blood Drive
Give back with a donation on Nov. 1!
Roll up your sleeve and give back by donating at the Rosslyn Community Blood Drive hosted by The Health Management Academy! On Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Inova Blood Donor Services Bloodmobile will be stationed at 1100 Wilson Blvd. Please reserve your appointment ahead of time at the link below and bring a valid photo ID and face mask to your appointment.
Nisha Patel, Rosslyn BID marketing and communications director, has been regularly donating blood for 10 years in honor of her mother who passed away from leukemia, a cancer of the blood.
“Seeing what she went through day in, day out and how strong she continued to be encouraged me to take action. It’s the least I can do,” she says. “Even if you personally don’t know someone who is in the hospital, every blood donation goes directly to someone in need, so you CAN make a difference.”
If you’re thinking about giving for the first time, Nisha also has a few tips to prepare you for the best donation experience possible.
“Eat healthy the week leading up to your donation, including iron-rich foods (You’ll need to pass an iron test before donating!). And of course, stay hydrated and drink extra water. Don’t worry – there are lots of sweet and savory snacks in the cards after you’re done donating!”
10/12/2022: Fall Menu Items
Find pumpkin spice and everything nice at Rosslyn restaurants
The cooler autumn weather is finally here, and we’re not wasting any time waiting to get a taste of our favorite fall menu items! Try South Block Juice’s Fall on the Block menu featuring organic pumpkin and local apples! From the Pumpkin Smash Smoothie to the Apple Crisp Bowl, these items are packed full of fall flavors and healthy ingredients.
And of course, it’s not fall without a pumpkin spice latte! Compass Coffee has this staple plus over a half-dozen other fall-infused drinks, including the iced maple latte, pumpkin cream cold brew, pear apple sweet tea, and more.
For a happy hour treat, check out Salt’s seasonal cocktails, including Bobbin’ For Apples, which features Appleton Estate Signature Blend rum, Laird’s Old Apple brandy, cinnamon-apple demerara, and fresh lemon.
10/5/2022: Fire Prevention Week
Learn about do’s and don'ts from Rosslyn-based Fire Station No. 10
Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 9-15, and 2022 marks 100 years of the annual week recognized by the National Fire Protection Association. Here in Rosslyn, we’re also celebrating one year since Fire Station No. 10 opened in The Highlands at 1535 Wilson Blvd., and the amazing work our fire department does every day to keep our community safe.
To ensure your home is fire-safe and you are prepared, check out these recommendations from Arlington County firefighter Drew Gilbert, who works at Station No. 10. Read on at the link above to learn more about where you can find tons of great resources including how to request a free smoke alarm, a free home safety check, and tips on how to protect your home and your family in case of a fire emergency.
9/28/2022: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Inca Social’s Fito Garcia shares fun food, events, and more!
Hispanic Heritage Month runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, and in celebration, we’re highlighting one of Rosslyn’s newest Latino-owned businesses and neighborhood favorite, Inca Social! Owner Fito Garcia was born in Puerto Rico, but has also lived in Peru, Mexico, and now the United States. He says his experience across many countries has shown him the beauty of variety across Latin cultures.
“There are many things that make the various cultures similar, but many that also make them different, and show how diverse Latin culture is. This month reminds me of my family and my background. Latin people treat you like family, and when you come into Inca, we’ll treat you like family.”
Inca Social will also treat you to an incredible menu of Peruvian dishes from brunch to lunch and dinner!
“The lomo saltado is my go-to dish – veggies, shrimp, steak, or chicken, and you can make it spicy or sweet to change it how you like. I could eat that dish every day just by switching it up,” he says. “Aji de gallina (Peruvian chicken stew) is also one of my favorite dishes of all time – so delicious! And of course, you can’t go wrong with ceviche.”
Join Fito at Inca Social for Latin Heritage Happy Hours on Saturdays Oct. 1, Oct. 8, and Oct. 15, and next Wednesday, Oct. 5, for a special chef-crafted Peruvian fusionsix-course dinner.
9/21/2022: Oktoberfest at Assembly
Celebrate the classic German beer festival in Rosslyn!
Sept. 22 marks the Autumnal Equinox and we’re not wasting any time waiting to get a taste of a fall favorite tradition – Oktoberfest! Next Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29, celebrate this classic beer festival at Assembly, complete with local brews, live music, and authentic German food.
From 4-8 p.m. both days, try out beers from your favorite Virginia breweries: Aslin Beer Co., Solace Brewing Co., Mustang Sally Brewing, and Port City Brewing. Lederhosen is optional, but tons of fun is guaranteed!
9/14/2022: Visit the Rosslyn Parklet
Celebrate PARKing Day!
If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor spot to enjoy your lunch or just need a break from the office, check out the Rosslyn Parklet (Arlington’s first parklet!) on N. Oak Street between Wilson Blvd. and 18th Street.
Mary Dallao, director of active transportation programs for Arlington County Commuter Services, works on Oak Street and eats her lunch in the parklet whenever possible.
“If I find myself stuck inside for a day of meetings, I love ducking out, even if it’s just for 15 minutes, to take a break there,” she says. “It’s such a welcoming space and it always provides me with the perfect dose of fresh air and sunlight so I can stay focused for the rest of the day.”
Mary and the team from BikeArlington, WalkArlington, and Capital Bikeshare will be celebrating PARK(ing) Day near the parklet Friday, September 16, from 12-2 p.m. Drop by to say hi and test ride an e-bike or e-cargo bike!
9/6/22: What to Know Before Rosslyn Jazz Fest
Check out the go-to guide before heading to the festival!
You got questions? The Rosslyn BID has answers! Learn more about the do's, don'ts, tips, and tricks to make your Rosslyn Jazz Fest experience great Saturday, Sept. 10. From transportation to dining options and more, we’ve got you covered to ensure you feel ready to get jazzed! Find the guide here.
8/31/22: Back-to-School Study Spots
Hit the books and find your focus!
School is back in session, so that means it’s time to get back in the swing of studying! But sometimes, you need a change of scenery to spark your motivation. This week’s Rosslyn Recs cover some of the best study spots in the neighborhood!
If you’re in search of some fresh air, visit the O2 Outdoor Office at Gateway Park! Equipped with free Wi-Fi and table seating, O2 is the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors while racking up your study hours. And if you’ve hit that afternoon slump, stop by Compass Coffee, located at 1201 Wilson Blvd., for a caffeinated pick-me-up, and plenty of two-level seating to choose from.
8/24/22: BASH Boxing
Have a blast while breaking a sweat at this dynamic, high-energy studio!
This week’s recommendation comes from our staff members Justin, Raeley, and Isabella, who attended classes at BASH Boxing to switch up their fitness routines!
In these 45-minute classes, they loved the combination of boxing, HIIT, and strength training to keep the workout engaging and fun. BASH Boxing offers a buy-one-get-one class deal to all first timers for only $29, which is a great option to try it out for yourself!