A small town vibe dripping with history, art, and entertainment.
Stepping in Fairfax, Virginia, you’ll find modern, updated touches surrounded by deep 19th century history. Fairfax encompasses several communities: Fairfax City, Fairfax, Fairfax Station and the Mosaic District.
Fairfax City is home to around 25,000 residents and is nestled in Fairfax County. Main Street in Fairfax City is where you will find Old Town Fairfax with charming shops and restaurants as well as the county courthouse. Fairfax City is an independent city within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Outside of Fairfax City is the community of Fairfax, Fairfax Station and the Mosaic District.
The culturally rich Fairfax is a stone’s throw from the nation’s capital and offers a small-town, community feel. The public schools have been lauded by local parents as the best-of-the-best. The city is laden with history and the arts, giving its residents a non-stop offering of educational and entertainment opportunities.
George Mason University brings the town a consistent flow of new evening-out and day-trip options bursting from its Center of the Arts and it’s 10,000-seat EagleBank Arena. Residents can find anything ranging from holiday jazz concerts to Trolls Live. History abounds in the city’s limits — not to mention in D.C. just a short drive away. The Fairfax Museum, Historic Blenheim, Community Farmer’s Market, and the Children’s Science Center Lab are all here. For a one-stop-shop for shopping, dining, and time with friends, residents can check out The Mosaic District! Don’t miss Burke Lake Park, right off Route 123. Burke Lake Park is home to 888 acres of fun. Boat rentals, golf, biking, camping, fishing, a 4.7-mile walking trail and even a carousel and train can be found in this gem!
What’s life without great food? Fairfax gives plenty of dining options circling the spectrum from fast casual models to fancier fare. Old Town Fairfax’s Bellissimo Restaurant or Dolce Vita Restaurant and Wine Bar will satisfy your Italian cravings. Fairfax Corner is home to over 50 different shops and restaurants including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Ozzie’s Good Eats, Uncle Julio’s, and PF Chang’s. We must mention The Mosaic District here due to its delicious suite of locally owned restaurants, such as Jinya Ramen Bar, Urbano, Nando’s Peri Peri and Matchbox. Outside of these robust shopping centers, patrons will still find plenty of dining options. Lost Dog Cafe has been described by visitors as a “hidden gem”, garnering non-stop applause for its American menu focused on quality sandwiches, beer, and pizza.
Is Mother Nature beckoning? Fairfax offers a plethora of highly rated, clean parks and trails. Ratcliffe Park is located just off Sager Avenue. It has grills, a playground, several multi-purpose fields, and rentable pavilions. Your furry family members can also be part of the adventure. Westmore Dog Park, boasting a rating of 4.4 stars on Google, offers poop bags, a spacious play area, double gated entrance, and a water station. For fun city-run events, stop off at Old Town Square. This green space hosts events throughout the year including Rock the Block, Derby-Q, Fall Festival and Festival of Lights and Carols.
Located in the heart of Fairfax County, you have easy access to Metro-rail, commuter buses, commuter parking lots and I-66 slug-lines to DC and the Fairfax County Parkway to the Dulles Toll Road. What are sluglines? It’s a form of carpooling that has been around since the 1960’s that provides drivers and commuters the opportunity to connect and commute to DC or the Pentagon using the HOV lanes.
When seeking a place to call home, Fairfax, Virginia checks all the boxes. Great schools. Culture-driven events. Parks and trails. Delicious food. It’s all right here in Fairfax.