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In this Neighborhood Spotlight, Libby Bish of The Keri Shull Team takes us to True Food in Ballston Quarter.

True Food Kitchen combines conscious nutrition with delicious dining.

As General Manager Quinn Edgar says, “Eat better, feel better and celebrate a passion for better living.”

All kinds of diets are accommodated here: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free — even keto and paleo. At other restaurants, conversations about your dietary restrictions with servers can be a prolonged hassle, but True Food Kitchen makes it easy.

True Food takes care to get sustainably farmed ingredients from reputable sources. Naturally, the menu rotates with the seasons to serve whatever is abundant and fresh at that time of year. True Food’s summer menu is currently in effect, including delicious craft cocktails full of fruit flavors and organic wines and spirits.

Some of Quinn’s favorite dishes include:

  • Charred Cauliflower with harissa tahini sauce. Served with dill, pistachio and mint.
  • The Poke bowl with wild-caught albacore tuna, avocado and cucumber. The poke bowl’s ponzu sauce has quinoa rice, cucumbers, pickled ginger, a lot of great summer flavors
  • Tomato and watermelon salad with heirloom tomatoes with DNA from before 1950. This one’s also got the same delicious ponzu sauce as the poke bowl above.
  • Ancient grains bowl: Quinoa, sweet potatoes, onions, avocado. This one’s perfect if you’re dairy free.

True Food Kitchen also has a bar and house cocktails. 

Quinn recommends some of True Food Kitchen’s refreshing non-alcoholic beverages, which receive all the care and thought that mixologists usually devote to inventing cocktails:

  • Medicine Man with green tea, pomegranate, black cherry and honey.
  • Pomegranate Chia Limeade, a healthy twist on a summer classic. 
  • Lavender iced tea, with pea flower and lemon. 
  • Hangover Prescription, with pineapple, orange, honey and coconut water. 

If you want a meal that makes you feel better- not worse — stop by True Food Kitchen in Ballston Quarter.

Want to live in Ballston or other incredible Arlington neighborhoods, surrounded by great spots like this? Contact The Keri Shull Team at 703-952-7653 or [email protected] and we’ll help you find your next new home!

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If you’re a Taco Tuesday fan, then you need to check out Don Tito’s.

This three-story Clarendon gem specializes in tacos, tequila and having a good time. The Keri Shull Team’s Chris Clark recently sat down with Don Tito’s owner Scott Parker to talk tacos, tequila and what it’s like to party with the Stanley Cup!

Elevating Taco Tuesday… Literally

Don Tito is serious about tacos. From classics like pollo asado to their own unique creations like the fried chicken BLT or surf and turf, there’s a taco for every taste! And since their menu is particularly taco-centric, it’s no wonder that Taco Tuesday is a big deal!

The third floor rooftop bar at Don Tito is the perfect Taco Tuesday environment, and they take the day to new heights with a DJ, free cotton candy and popcorn, deals on tacos and tequila, and even hookah! Of course, it doesn’t have to be Tuesday for you to get the most out of your Don Tito’s experience. 

With three stories to explore, Don Tito has something for everyone. Their first floor has open access to the bustling street via large open windows and doors. The second floor has an electrifying dance party scene. And the rooftop bar is the perfect open-air space to hang out and get a great view of Clarendon.

Let’s Taco ’bout the Stanley Cup

Fun fact: the first place that the Washington Capitals went after winning the Stanley cup wasn’t in D.C., it was Don Tito! The team has long picked Don Tito’s for events like their preseason dinners, but it was a shock to Scott Parker when he got a call that the first spot on the Stanley Cup’s tour was his bar!

If you’re looking for a great place with amazing tacos that’s Cap’s approved, there’s no place better than Don Tito.

Want to live in a Clarendon or other incredible Arlington neighborhoods, surrounded by amazing spots like this? Contact The Keri Shull Team at 703-952-7653 or [email protected] and we’ll help you find your next new home!

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When you first walk up the steps and enter Darna, you should feel at home.

Located in Clarendon, Darna is part lounge, part nightclub, part restaurant and completely unlike anywhere else. The Keri Shull Team’s own Tyler Marrin recently took a trip to Darna to learn more about their unique, experience-centered restaurant and lounge.

Your Home Away from Home

“Darna translates to ‘Our Home,” Darna’s staff explained. Which is why Darna prides itself on being your home away from home. Whether you’re looking to eat, drink, enjoy the summer weather, or dance the night away, Darna has something for everyone. 

Darna also aims to be more of a restaurant and lounge than a nightclub, allowing them to cater to a much wider audience. The hope is that everyone should feel welcome at Darna.

An Unforgettable Experience

Darna doesn’t just offer a welcoming atmosphere. The lounge’s decor and location ensures you’ll have an amazing experience. Just outside of D.C. and only a few blocks from the Clarendon Metro Station, Darna is extremely easy to get to. And once you arrive, the lounge’s decor is sure to impress.

The interior includes incredible features like a waterfall, beautiful lighting, ample seating and dance space, and an Instagram-worthy custom neon sign. Darna also has a large outdoor patio space that’s perfect for enjoying food, drinks, or hookah in warm weather.

Darna’s full bar means you’ll never be thirsty, and their unique hookah offerings are a crowd favorite. You can even have the ultimate high-end experience with their bottle service and private table alcoves. Darna also offers private event packages that can be tailored to fit your needs, making it a great location for your next event.

Open daily from 5 p.m.-2 a. m., Darna is a can’t miss next time you’re in the Clarendon area. So be sure to go and check out your new home-away from home!

Want to live in a Clarendon or other incredible Arlington neighborhoods, surrounded by amazing spots like this? Contact The Keri Shull Team at 703-952-7653 or [email protected] and we’ll help you find your next new home!

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In this week’s Neighborhood Spotlight, Drew Carpenter of The Keri Shull Team takes us inside Upton Hill Regional Park in Seven Corners, Arlington.

Upton Hill is an incredible seven-acre park with a lot of fun things to do: it contains the Ocean Dunes waterpark, an 18-hole mini golf course, nearly two miles of walking trails and nine batting cages.

This place is an oasis where Arlington families unwind and cool off on summer weeknights and weekends.

Things to Do at Upton Hill Regional Park

The beach-themed Ocean Dunes Waterpark at Upton Hill Regional Park is designed to feel like the beach, complete with dune grasses. The waterpark offers a kiddie pool, a lap pool and two huge waterslides: one 230-foot open slide and one 170-foot covered slide. The centerpiece pool at Ocean Dunes features slides, fountains, platforms and a giant 500-gallon dumping bucket.

Upton Hill Park also has one of the best mini golf courses in the area, with a cleverly designed gauntlet of 18 holes that wind alongside water channels. It’s a good mix of short hole-in-one courses with longer, more challenging hazard courses.

The wooded areas surrounding the park offer almost two miles of walking trails to explore. These paths climb to hilltop views of the area surrounding the park.

Also popular at Upton Hill Park are the nine batting cages, which can throw everything from slow pitch softballs to 55 MPH fastballs. Bats and helmets are provided, but note that you’ll need to wear closed-toe shoes if you want to use the batting cages.

Events & Rentals at Upton Hill Park

Upton Hill Park is a great place to host birthday parties — it offers access to an exclusive birthday area, unlimited mini-golf (clubs and balls included) and unlimited batting cage use (bats and helmets included). Pack a cooler with food and beverages, bring your own decorations and have a blast!

Weekly events include Military Mondays and Throwback Thursdays. Special discounts and themes are available all week.

Best of all, getting to the park is a much shorter ride than going to the beach. Upton Hill Regional park is a short drive from anywhere in Arlington, and you can also get there by riding the Orange or Silver Line to Ballston-MU Station and then taking the 1A bus to Wilson Blvd & N. Livingston Street. From there it’s just a short walk to the park!

Know a local business or hangout you’d like us to cover next? Let us know in the comments below!

As always, if you know anyone who’s looking to buy or sell a home in the DMV, The Keri Shull Team is here to help. Click here to contact us.

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In this week’s Neighborhood Spotlight, Giovanni Gatto of The Keri Shull Team takes us inside Bash Boxing in Rosslyn to meet Co-Founder Alex, Founding Coach Jonathan and Founding Coach Brandi.

Let’s be clear: Bash Boxing offers boxing conditioning workouts. You will NOT be boxing an opponent in a ring or trying to knock anybody out at Bash Boxing. Instead, you’ll be knocking out your own fitness goals. Bash offers cooperative-mode boxing for all fitness levels.

The goals at Bash are to improve overall cardiovascular health, build lean muscle mass, build self-confidence and blow off steam.

What You Need To Bash

Bash is located just minutes from the Rosslyn Metro station by foot.

You will need to buy or rent gloves and wraps — or bring your own. Once your hands are protected, you only need your normal workout attire and athletic shoes.

During a fast-paced, 45-minute class, your instructor will go over the motions of the 6 core punches. They’ll demonstrate every combo. Then the coach will be available throughout the class for one-on-one attention, pumping you up and investing in your workout.

You’ll use free weights, med balls and resistance bands. And because this is boxing conditioning, of course you’ll throw punches at Bash’s joint-safe Aqua Bag.

Bash’s classes are available morning, afternoon and evening, including weekends. All classes have options and modifications that best suit the workout and the challenge levels you need.

Bash also has bulk rates for sessions and accepts private one-on-one or group classes. Street parking is available. Bash provides showers, towel service, soap and hair dryers so you walk out the door feeling fresh and looking sharp. You will NOT need to bring a padlock; Bash has daily use lockers.

Bash Boxing also has a second location opening in Ballston Quarter in 2019!

Have you taken one of Bash’s free trial classes? Who was your coach?

If you know anyone who’s looking to buy or sell a home in the DMV area, we’re always happy to help. Click here to contact the Keri Shull Team.

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In this Arlington Spotlight video, Tyler Marrin and Drew Carpenter of The Keri Shull Team visit the newly-renovated Powhatan Skate Park at 6020 Wilson Boulevard.

Arlington skaters waited years for a new place to carve, grind and bail. The wait is over.

The county has fully replaced the crumbling, damaged concrete of the old park with Team Pain’s sleek redesign. The refreshed layout will give you nearly any skating experience you want, from the chill snake zone all the way up to a traditional pro bowl and a doorway to carve over.

While there are spots in this park that call for courage, there’s also plenty of beginner-friendly terrain.

Hone your street skating on the park’s new ramps, handrails, boxes and ledges. Here you could learn to front feeble grind a rail like Leticia Bufoni, experiment with no comply variations inspired by Ray Barbee, or just work on your skating fundamentals.

There’s a small egg bowl to carve. When you’re ready, make like Steve Caballero and try dropping into the deep pro bowl.

Powhatan Skate Park officially reopened on May 4 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, but word traveled fast. Days before the ceremony, the park was already crowded with skaters finding their lines through the new extended street section with kickflips and 50-50 grinds.

Team Pain is famous for their innovative specialty structures that push the limits of skating, like loops and 128-foot vert ramps. They’ve built structures for MTV and for ESPN’s X Games. They’re also known for their indoor wood skate facilities and cutting-edge outdoor concrete parks like the one just unveiled here in Arlington.

This is not just a new park with smooth surfaces, but a place for skaters to build community, challenge themselves and build their skills. Who knows? Maybe Rodney Mullen will drop by next time he visits the Smithsonian.

Powhatan Skate Park is open from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. every day.

We may not be able to help you land a Caballerial kickflip… but if anyone you know needs to buy or sell a home in the DMV, contact The Keri Shull Team.

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In this week’s Neighborhood Spotlight Drew Carpenter, Tyler Marrin, and Wilson from The Keri Shull Team explore some of the best artsy and outdoor spaces in Crystal City and National Landing.

Long Bridge Park

Long Bridge Park offers more than 30 acres of open space and recreation. Public greens and playgrounds for children ages 2-5 and 5-12 make the park a great place for family time. Long Bridge Park also offers multipurpose sports fields and a raised walkway with views of the sports fields, capital monuments and Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary.

Don’t miss this great outdoor space in National Landing!

Prism & Radiance Art Wall

The Art Walls program aims to add color and character to public spaces in Crystal City. For this project, artist Anne Marchand worked with 2 muralists and 3 artists to paint “Prism,” a piece about light inspired by quantum physics. 35 colorful rectangular panels, 160 feet long in total, hang along 18th Street in Crystal City. Across the street you’ll also find “Radiance,” a series of mosaic pieces by Valerie Theberge.

FotoWalk Underground

For a break from the heat, head into Crystal City’s famous corridors. FotoWalk Underground brings a rotating gallery of 150 photographs to the bright indoor tunnels that crisscross Crystal City’s offices, residences and retail.

Crystal City Water Park

The name might conjure images of water slides and fountains, but it’s actually a gorgeous sculpture park filled with the sound of rushing water. It’s a great place to eat lunch, take a break or work outdoors. After sunset, romantic lighting makes the sculpture park a perfect date venue.

Around the corner is the Bell Street courtyard which features outdoor chess, ping pong and cornhole.

2121 Courtyard

2121 Courtyard is a plaza surrounded by great restaurants. There are plenty of places here to sit, chat, picnic, mingle… or you can even find a spot to work outside on mild days. The courtyard offers free WiFi, and it hosts live music and other events.

The Landing

The Landing is an indoor plaza with adjacent restaurants and lots of seating. It’s a great spot to eat your lunch, cool off, and rest your feet while you’re walking in Crystal City.

Bell Street Courtyard

This is another great place to take a break, take a picnic or bag lunch, or play games — Bell Street Courtyard offers cornhole and other classics. About 750 multifamily units are expected to begin construction near this site in 2019.

What’s your favorite outdoor hangout in or near Crystal City?

We want to hear about your favorite spots for art, food, and outdoor fun in the Crystal City and National Landing area. Let us know where to visit next in the comments below!

As always, if you know anyone looking to buy or sell a home in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, The Keri Shull Team is here to help.

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Many gyms have moved in the direction of group exercise studios, while other gyms bristle with free weights and machines.

Onelife Fitness in Ballston Quarter brings all these types of training together in one place — from yoga and meditation to the power rack. In this video, Libby Bish from the Keri Shull Team takes us inside the newly-renovated Onelife Fitness.

Onelife for Cardio and Weight Training

Libby toured Onelife’s Ballston location with elite personal trainer William Sorrentino.

Onelife’s cardio space has no sign-up sheets or waiting lists. You’ll find plenty of stationary bikes, ellipticals, freestanding bikes, stretching mats and an area for abdominal and core exercises. The cardio space overlooks Ballston Quarter, so it’s awash in natural light.

The free weight area has 4 Olympic lifting racks (soon to be 5) and a power rack. All are equipped with weight lifting dumbbells. Free weights are also available in this central area of the gym.

Onelife also has nearly 30 yards of indoor turf space for explosive performance training: running, jumping, ballistic training and more.

Onelife’s Training Programs and Events

All trainers at Onelife are equipped to address the average person’s fitness goals. Sorrentino had this to say about his training approach:

“I use a strength and conditioning model to address my clients’ strength needs. Conditioning-wise, I try to bring everyone through some type of athletic platform: Running, twisting, throwing, jumping, doing things that challenge you athletically so you can feel better doing things that you already do every day.”

Onelife’s calendar is packed with daily classes, including:

  • Weights classes to build strength
  • Cycling classes
  • Full-body “Hard Drive” conditioning workout classes
  • Zumba
  • High-Intensity Interval Training
  • Ballet-inspired “Barre One” classes
  • Yoga and Pilates-inspired classes to build flexibility and balance

Onelife’s multiple yoga offerings include Slow Flow, Vinyasa and Hatha yoga. See their current class schedule for availability.

Onelife also offers a Kids’ Club area where kids can get some active play while parents get their workout in. Well, that leaves us with one less excuse not to get more exercise.

Thank you for reading. If you’d like us to spotlight your business, or if you know of a great business you’d like to see featured, let us know in the comments!

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For most people, parking garages symbolize the dreary daily commute, annoyingly high rates and a metallic monotony that you can’t wait to get out of.

But four stories underground in one parking garage in Crystal City, Virginia, the garage is transformed for one weekend into a frenzied arena for intense, fast-paced and wacky bicycle races.

The Crosshairs Garage Races, now taking place throughout March and April on Saturdays (instead of Wednesdays as previously), challenges amateur and elite cyclists alike to compete weekly for prizes and points in pursuit of the “Petty Cup.”

Named in honor of Joseph Petty, the former Crystal City Business Improvement District employee and Crosshairs team member who conceived of the event, the Petty Cup is awarded to the racer in each category with the most points earned over the course of the first four weeks of the series.

The races span all sorts of styles, from Cargo Bikes to Tandem Bikes, Feds vs. Contractors team challenges and Fixed Gear to Open races, just to name a few.

All levels of athletes are welcome at the Crosshairs Garage Races, which features separate races for weekend warriors, women-only and elite cyclists. Elite veterans of the races know that it’s about much more than raw power — in fact, there are no open straightaways, so the real challenge is how nimbly racers can navigate sharp turns, zig-zags and obstacles.

Described by longtime attendees as “fight club with bicycles,” the Races, with their large, screaming crowds, funky outfits and brightly-decorated bikes, are a truly unique flavor for the Washington D.C. area, and they come at the perfect time of year when outdoor activities are just starting to ramp up.

Friends, family and those too timid to go that fast on two wheels can catch the excitement from the comfort of the sidelines while enjoying a drink from the event’s pop-up bar. And of course there’s an official after party at Highline RxR — where contestants and spectators can show their race bib or their #CrystalCity hand stamp for exclusive specials including $2 off burgers and sliders!

Click here to get more information about the races and to register.

If you’re looking to buy or sell your home, contact The Keri Shull Team, for amazing results. Let us know in the comments what other spots we should cover in our next episode!

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Where can you watch the latest blockbuster movies, attend a local film festival, or catch a live comedy show, all while enjoying a modern, full-service restaurant and bar? If you live in Arlington, it’s right around the corner!

The Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse is a unique combination of a full restaurant located inside a screening theater. Here, customers can enjoy a full restaurant and bar menu, complete with tableside service, while relaxing in oversized, lounge-style chairs. The “Drafthouse” replaced the Arlington Theater or “Old Arlington” as it was affectionately known in 1985.

The building itself is over 90 years old. Tucked behind the large movie screen, you can find the original theater stage equipped with lighting, storage and a green room.

This theater has had a rich history of entertaining D.C. and Virginia residents with great movies and local, live entertainment. According to the owners, if you look back over the last 70+ years and picked your most favorite movies, it is likely they have been featured here. Even better, the Drafthouse in 2016 expanded to launch “Drafthouse Comedy,” a unique comedy arts theater featuring everything from local standup to Comedy Giants like Carlos Mencia and Chris Kattan.

The very first thing you’ll read — in bright yellow — on the Drafthouse restaurant web page is to “Arrive Early And Order Early.” That’s because you, your date and the other 270 plus guests the Drafhouse accommodates will want to taste every section of the expertly-curated menu.

Start with appetizers like the Bavarian Pretzels with Spicy Queso, or the oversized Drafhouse Breadsticks dripping with cheese, pomodoro sauce, and marinara on the side. For your entree, you can’t go wrong with the hearty Asian Chicken or Beet salads, or the California Dreamin’ Flatbread, bursting with flavor thanks to its spicy pesto, grilled chicken and artichoke hearts.

Carnivores will love the BBQ Bacon Burger or the Buffalo Chicken Wrap, while vegetarian and vegan guests will appreciate the Spicy Veggie Burger — also available as a wrap — and the optional gluten-free Cauliflower Crust for vegan flatbreads.

Wash your delicious food down with Drafthouse signature drinks like the Pulp Fiction cocktail with grape vodka, casis, Sprite, and Blue Curacao; or the Sex & The City Martini, with cosmo citrus vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and fresh lime. Watching your favorite sports team?

Drafthouse has you covered with pitchers, bombers and tallboy cans of seasonal and local draft beers including Devil’s Backbone, Flying Dog and DC Brau — and also a full wine list for a lighter refreshment. You don’t even have to take our word for it — just ask one of the dozens of Yelp reviewers, like Louise:

“I’m usually not at all a fan of “bar/Bavarian-style pretzels” as they are typically too doughy and flavorless – but the pretzels are AMAZING. Flavorful, buttery, fluffy – they taste like larger versions of Auntie Anne’s pretzels. YUM.”

Wow! The Drafthouse’s reviews are almost as glowing as ours.

According to Owner Tim Clark, it’s the comedy that makes the Drafthouse truly special — from the national headlining acts to the local artists. Tim, who is partial to the seasonal and local draft beers at the theater, says his goal is to create a casual, relaxing environment where people can take a break from the stress of their day while enjoying the convenience of a full-service kitchen and bar at their seat.

So whether you need a good laugh, a date night, or a friends’ night out, come join us at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse — click here to plan your visit!

Want to live in an Arlington neighborhood just steps away from spots like this? Contact The Keri Shull Team at 703-952-7653 or [email protected]! We can’t wait to help you buy your next home!

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In this video, Cassidy Ginivan from the Keri Shull Team takes us up to the Observation Deck in Rosslyn.

After passing through the box office just across the street from the Rosslyn Metro, you’re ushered into a glass elevator that starts up — and up, and up, an even longer ride than the Rosslyn escalator — as the streets shrink below you.

Soon you’re hundreds of feet above the rooftop patios of Arlington, the clouds look closer and you’re at eye level with blue sky through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

A dark blue, geometrically fascinating ceiling glimmers with constellation-style lights overhead. As you walk the perimeter, your 360-degree view of Arlington, D.C. and surrounding land is punctuated by touch panel displays — “Windows into History” — where you can get hands-on with fascinating facts about historic figures and famous landmarks.

This is the Observation Deck.

The Observation Deck is just across the street from the Rosslyn Metro stop and 400 vertical feet above. It’s a space full of sleek glass and gleaming metal where you can gaze out of floor-to-ceiling windows for a sweeping view of D.C. and Arlington.

It’s fun to pick out familiar landmarks, from Courthouse to the National Mall… and it will make you wonder yet again why your commute, which looks so small from above, has to take so long.

Things To Do Above the Skyline

The Observation Deck’s aerodynamic-looking interior is as beautiful as the view itself, and there are lots of fun things to do here.

Don’t miss the Instagram experience, where you can get amazing photos above the skyline with perfect natural lighting. Hover D.C., an immersive flyover experience, allows you to see and feel what it’s like to hover over the city with actual birds-eye footage of the nation’s capital, even restricted airspace. See the rooftops pass beneath your feet as the wind blows in your face.

There’s now a new lounge bar on the 32nd floor — called “The View” — pouring Champagne and displaying photos from local photographers. For a chance to get noticed and have your photo shared on screens in the champagne bar, tag your own photo from the Observation Deck or surrounding D.C. area with the hashtag #TheViewofDC on any social platform.

Events include Sunrise yoga every month, the Revolutionary Rivalry event on March 9th to prepare for the George Mason versus George Washington basketball game and many other events announced via @theviewofdc on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

What are some other good spots for a scenic view in Arlington? Let us know in the comments.

If anyone you know is looking to buy or sell a home in the DMV, contact the Keri Shull Team today!

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