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8 Ways to Enjoy a Summer Staycation

With the warm weather finally upon us, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the neighborhood for all of the activities our area has to offer. From fun workouts to the farmers market, our staff have compiled some of our favorite ways to enjoy a summer staycation, right here in Rosslyn!   

Do an urban hike or run

Whether you consider yourself an avid runner, a casual jogger or more of a power walker, the paths in and around Rosslyn are for you! Trails like Mt. Vernon and the Custis are a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the fresh air, so check out this compilation of scenic routes to enjoy around the neighborhood. Our communications manager, Karley, recently took a 10 mile hike (roundtrip) on the Heritage Trail, which you can access near Teddy Roosevelt Island. She found wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife along the way!

Experience the arts with WalkArlington’s self guided tour 

We’re proud of the fact that Rosslyn has the most public art in Arlington. Have you seen the brand new artwork near the Key Bridge in Rosslyn? If not, check out WalkArlington’s guided sidewalk tour of Rosslyn’s public art to get started. With so many permanent public art projects, WalkArlington’s interactive tour is the perfect way to get outdoors while experiencing all of the beauty right here in our backyard!

Give back while you stay at home

Staying home this summer doesn’t mean you can’t make a positive contribution to your community. Arlington based afterschool program, Aspire, is offering virtual volunteering opportunities so you can still give back while you stay safe. With a variety of tutoring and mentorship programs, you can help kids continue their education through the summer months to keep them motivated through to the next school year.

Make physical and mental health a priority

To help you maintain your healthy lifestyle throughout the summer (Arlington is the #1 fittest city in the U.S.!) we’re working with our local fitness studios, gyms and your favorite Bootcamp coach Victor to provide wellness videos and free content that you can access at home. Keep in shape and focus on your mental health with our regularly updated Wellness page!

Refresh your living space

With so much time at home over the past few months, you might be noticing your living space is in need of a pick-me-up. Consider using this time as an opportunity to revamp your home decor! In need of inspiration? Check out this recent webinar with Arlington Home Interiors for simple, cost effective tips on redesigning your home spaces.


Upgrade your home garden

Now that you’ve tackled the indoors, maybe it’s time to breathe some new life into your home garden! Plant some veggies, bring some color to your backyard, or even take some time to upgrade your succulent collection. Whatever your space allows, add some greenery to keep things fresh! Check out our recent #RosslynatHome challenge winner for inspiration.

Take your kitchen creations to another level by buying local fruits and veggies

Nothing says summer quite like a trip to the farmers market to get your fresh fruit and veggie fix! The Rosslyn farmers market, hosted by FRESHFARM, is open every Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. through October on Central Place Plaza. The BID is working closely with FRESHFARM to ensure health and safety remain a top priority, so be sure to review FRESHFARM’s guidelines surrounding COVID-19 protocols and pre-order options before your visit. Shop safely and bring home farm fresh produce, all summer long!

Rent a kayak or paddleboard at the Key Bridge Boathouse

Just a 15 minute walk across the Key Bridge from Rosslyn, rent a paddleboard or kayak from the Key Bridge Boathouse to enjoy a peaceful day on the Potomac! Float past the Georgetown Waterfront, Roosevelt Island and DC’s monuments, or make your way up river along the C&O canal. Don’t forget to make a reservation ahead of your visit, and check back for regular updates, as Virginia begins to reopen.

Keep up with our neighborhood with our COVID-19 resource page for regularly updated information as we prepare to welcome people back to Rosslyn.

 Featured Rosslyn Events

Boot Camp with Coach Vic
Monday, April 29 - Wednesday, May 22
at Gateway Park

Rosslyn FRESHFARM Farmers Market
Wednesday, May 1 - Wednesday, October 30
at Central Place Plaza

Trail Tuesdays with Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail
Tuesday, May 14 - Tuesday, September 10