Gay Arlington, Virginia

Author: , April 7th, 2017


Running along the Potomac River across from Washington D.C., the county of Arlington is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from our nation’s capital. While it should be no surprise that gay Arlington County is bustling with just as much energy and excitement as the capital across the river, it is home to a few surprising gems you would not want to miss if you find yourself in the area.


If you’re looking to try something new and eclectic, make sure to swing by Ambar (2901 Wilson Blvd, 22201, Arlington, VA 22201, Tel: (703) 875-9663,, a Balkan restaurant with a modern twist. Ambar D.C. is known for delivering a true ‘Balkan Experience’ and has recently surpassed an epic milestone for Eastern European cuisine, catapulting to the top of the international scene according to the Michelin Guide. Meat lovers rejoice, as the menu has a wide array of cured meats and slow cooked rotisserie meals that will make you salivate. Make sure to get the wild boar burger… you will not be disappointed. Not a meat eater? Don’t worry the menu also boasts a large array of vegetarian options to satisfy your cravings. The grilled veggie flatbread with their homemade pesto is a standout.

Hunting for something a little more All-American? Try the Citizen Burger Bar (1051 North Highland Street, Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: (703)-567-7401), a classic burger joint that focuses on the simpler things, a good ol’ burger and beer. The restaurant prides itself on its grass-fed beef and locally grown produce to make sure your dining experience is nothing short of being delicious. Coolers are lined up with a huge, carefully curated collection of beers (110+ and growing, many of them locally born and bred), and with a pretty long craft cocktail list, there’s much to love at the Citizen Burger Bar.

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The Shire of Vermont

Author: , April 7th, 2011
by Elizabeth, The Arlington inn, Arlington, Vermont
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Already united by a common sense of place, history and culture our region The Shires of Vermont possesses abundant recreational resources, a proud agricultural heritage and a robust entrepreneurial spirit.

Factory Point, VermontA wide range of culinary, lodging and shopping experiences await curious travelers along our highways, byways, country roads, on mountainsides and busy main streets. The people of The Shires of Vermont look forward to welcoming you someday soon to this place we call home. We believe you will find us to be …so Vermont. So near.

Vermont’s southwest corner’s geographic designation may be Bennington County but in recent years residents and visitors have branded this beautiful region nestled between the Taconic and Green Mountains as The Shires of Vermont. It has the unusual distinction of having two shire towns, historically referred to as county seats. Anchored by Bennington, the South Shire, and Manchester, the North Shire, it is a collective of 15 quintessential Vermont towns and villages connected by a scenic ribbon of highway known as Historic Route 7A.

Battenkill River, VermontSurrounded by mountains and enriched by the waters of the famous Batten Kill that runs through the valley, The Shires has historically been a popular four season destination for those seeking the authentic Vermont experience. And it is within a 4 hour drive from New York City, Hartford, Boston, Northern New Jersey and Canada.

One of our favorite places to visit is Hildene, the Lincoln Family Estate. Spring time finds fun at the Hildene Farm … Goats … Cheese and Solar! Both Robert Todd Lincoln, a gentleman farmer, and his granddaughter, Peggy, a hands on farmer, valued their agricultural connection to the land.

Hildene Cheese, VermontEach raised a dairy herd and chickens that produced the eggs, milk and butter that were used on the estate and shared with friends. A must visit for young and old alike, the Rowland Agricultural Center at Hildene Farm connects the family’s legacy to the sustainable and green practices necessary for the 21st century.

The 40 by 100 foot post and beam barn is built with timber felled and milled on the estate. It utilizes renewable energy resources from solar panels and wood fuel. This solar installation, coupled with a heating system which utilizes cord wood from the property, provides a unique opportunity to both teach about the importance of clean renewable energy, a closed loop forest management plan and the green value of sustainable small scale farming.

The new structure is designed specifically to house Hildene’s herd of Nubian goats and for public viewing of cheese making from milking to processing, pasteurization, aging and packaging of signature Hildene Farm cheeses. Hildene makes cheese year round using cow’s milk from local farms to produce Edam and havarti.

These cheeses will be aged and ready for purchase by summer. Post spring production will include fresh cheese (Chevre) and goat havarti. Goat cheese gourmands however will have to wait until fall to taste the havarti after the four to six month aging process is complete.

Silke Covered Bridge, VermontAll Hildene artisanal cheeses will be available at The Museum Store, where shoppers can expect distinctive items including all things Lincoln, Gilded Age, gardens, history, and nature. The Lincoln Family Home at Hildene is open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

More Fabulous Spring activities in The Shires of Vermont:

  • April 9 & 22 8:00 am Bird Walk , Free: The Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please call Randy Schmidt at (802) 362-2270 or email. Meet at Welcome Ctr Parking Lot
  • April 24 10-2:30pm Easter Sunday Brunch at The Arlington Inn
  • April 18 8:00 PM Deane Carriage Barn ~ Bennington College (pictured at top): Grammy-winning reed player Paul McCandless (Bela Fleck, String Cheese Incident, Oregon, Jaco, etc.) and internationally recognized pianist-composer Art Lande join Bennington faculty member Bruce Williamson (sax, woodwinds) for an evening of compositions and improvisations, blending jazz, classical & world music.
  • April 30 Aurora Dance Party 8:00pm 210 South St. Bennington (see it on facebook)
  • May 8 10-2:30pm Mothers Day Brunch at The Arlington Inn
  • May 22 6:00pm GNAT-TV Culinary Experience at Hildene: A Tasting Event Featuring 20 Fabulous Chefs! Good Food, Good Friends & Good Drink for a Great Cause.
  • May 28 12:00pm OPEN Studio Weekend Visit Local Artists Studios & watch demonstrations of their craft.
  • May 28 10am – 5pm Mayfest Main St Bennington, VT Mayfest is now Vermont’s largest one-day juried arts & craft festival. Over 190 artisans, specialty food vendors, and entertainers came from all over the east coast to participate in Vermont’s premiere spring kickoff event. Mayfest artisans or their family members create and design all wares sold. Mayfest 2010 welcomed over 16,000 people, and with the addition of over 12 live entertainment venues featuring over 20 entertainers and groups, we took the event to a new level by adding excitement, and turning Mayfest into a day-long event. Main, School, Silver, and Valentine Streets become pedestrian only thoroughfares for Mayfest, and the streets are filled with fantastic artisans and entertainers. Mayfest plays host to some of the finest jewelers, potters and art displays that can be seen anywhere in New England. In addition to quality crafters you will find many of the area’s fine non-profit organizations and all-day entertainment and multiple children’s activities.

Where the past meets the present in picturesque Vermont…

The Arlington Inn is a Stately Greek Revival Mansion built in 1847 as a private Village Estate which first opened its doors to welcome guests in the 1920’s, as a summer hotel. Situated on four acres, surrounded by beautiful gardens, today’s travelers will find four buildings on the National Historic Register offering 17 guest rooms, a restaurant and full service tavern. Modern amenities, such as private baths, air conditioning and two person Jacuzzi’s complement Historic niceties such as claw foot soaking tubs, fireplaces, porches and patios. Located in the heart of The Shires of Vermont the Inn provides the perfect destination to explore our region. A quiet village, Arlington is between Manchester Village and Bennington and convenient to the diversions that each season has to offer.

Join us for Brunch on Easter or Mothers Day with our Special Brunch Package. Treat yourself or Mom to a Wonderful Getaway! Join us Saturday night and wake up to brunch or come on Sunday afternoon for a 2:00pm reservation and stay Sunday night, with a bonus Monday morning breakfast. Brunch and a queen fireplace room start at $159.00 (taxes and gratuity not included). Do you want to come and visit us for any of these special events? Book online two nights or more now through 5/27/11 and take 45% off any fireplace room or better use promo code: Purple