Vienna Travel Guide

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Vienna Things to Do

  • Wolf Trap National Park for the...

    Wolf Trap is the only national park in the United States which is dedicated solely to the performing arts. During any given year, there will be 100 or more performances which run the gamut of the arts. For example, this week they have Huey Lewis & The News on Thursday followed by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players company performing The Mikado...

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  • the Freeman Store

    What appears to be a converted, old train depot or general store was actually once a civil war hospital and now is a small town museum, gift shop and lemonade stand. In the store, you can find strange little momentos like tree-stump ashtrays or Mickey Mouse "snow" globes, irish linen or box of taffy.The museum part of the building is on the left...

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  • Wolf Trap to capture your heart.....

    Right around the corner from Vienna, VA is the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts and Art Education.That's a mouthful that means a great place to visit if you are into music or plays.I wasn't sure where to add this tip.Could have gone into Night Life because that is when much of the performances occur.Could have gone into Off the Beaten Path...

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Vienna Restaurants

  • Very Tasty Asian Food

    At first you would think this is a Japanese restaurant but once you open the menu you'll realize they have various popular Asian dishes. The service is great too.Items that I do not recommend -the katsudon or their Japanese rice toppings. Since I am into "creative" combinations of raw sushi, I must admit everything I have tried are very good-- the...

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  • American Food

    Hotdogs and Hamburgers with a glass of lemonade and some homemade french fries.Can't get more American than that. They do have a few other selections like chicken or turkey sandwiches on hard roll or a small salad bowl. They have even added "Buffalo" wings and a Veggie burger to draw in customers.You can have the original huge-size portions or the...

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  • Wonderful brunch (closed Dec. 06)

    I went here for Sunday brunch (they only do brunch on Sundays), and it was wonderful. In this overcrowded area of chain stores, this restaurant really stands out. They offer organic food from New Morning Farm. I know organic is the new buzz word in our food trends and therefore, doesn't have the high standards it used to, but in this case, the food...

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Vienna Shopping

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    by davecallahan Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    My wife loves those craft fairs they have where local artisans sell their wares in little white tents. Well, this store is like having that fair inside without all the artisans.
    See the ARTISTS page on the website below to see the names of the present craftspeople being featured in the store.

    All kinds of knick-knacks done by local crafts-persons and layed out for you to choose.
    The store is fairly small compared to a craft show but there are some great one-of-a-kind pieces that you would not find at larger venues.

    If you need that special gift for someone (rather than another vacation cup that says "Vienna" on it), then try here. I am sure you'll find exactly what you need.

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Vienna Local Customs

  • Farmers' Market

    The Vienna Farmers' market is in the parking lot across the street from the Freeman House on Church Street (intersection with Dominion Road).You can browse around and get a bunch of grapes (fresh) or an apple (fresh) or some lavender to throw in the dirty clothes bag to make it smell better or some homemade bread (fresh) or jams and jellies (not...

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  • changing names....

    for some reason, Vienna has decided to have roads that change their names as you travel along them.For example, Chain Bridge Road becomes Maple Avenue and then Chain Bridge Road again.Drive south on Lawyers Road and it switches to Courthouse Road at the Maple Ave. light.Drive north on Old Courthouse Road and as you pass Trap Road it changes to...

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Vienna Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 19, 2007

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    Although Vienna, Virginia is generally safe, there are 18 registered sex offenders in the area.
    If you are a lone woman or traveling with children, it might be useful to check out the website below.
    Also auto thefts in some areas of Vienna are up above the national average.

    Be sure to lock your car doors. When you return to your motel room, remember to lock the door and use the latch-chain (hotel recommendation).
    Doing a few smart things like that will ensure a safe visit in Vienna.

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Vienna Off The Beaten Path

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    by davecallahan Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    We did not find any large parks in the near-Vienna area to get some birding in on our vacation but there were a couple of small in-town parks that allowed some viewing and a nice quiet walk.

    GlyndonPark (which connects with Beulah Road Park) is partly baseball field and picnic area with a playground and tennis court thrown in on the side. On the periphery of the park are some hiking trails that wind back among the trees and provide some birding.

    The park has some pavillions and charcoal grills for those who want to picnic. There was a restroom facility.

    Sparrows, robins, chickadees were the predominant species of birds seen. Although it wasn't the best birding place (nor the best part of the birding season), it did provide us with some quiet "down-time" and a healthy stroll through the woods.

    to get there:
    I-495 exit 46 onto route 123 going west. Route 123 is Chain Bridge Road then Maple Ave. Connect to Beulah Road (the same one that goes to Wolf Trap Park) and go north a few blocks and see the signs.

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    by davecallahan Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Route 123 can become very congested very quickly.
    at 8 and 11:30 am and 5 pm, traffic on Maple Avenue can become a creep and crawl.
    There are not any alternative streets that travese Vienna from west to east except for very short lengths. So you are either stuck in stop and go traffic or you choose a different time to travel route 123.

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