If you are from the Washington Metropolitan area, chances are you’ve heard of Vienna. Resembling areas like Falls Church and Westover, Vienna is nestled in Fairfax County between Oakton and McLean. It is easy to get to with travel points such as 66 West bound and Route 123 being your most direct routes to get there. Sprawling neighborhoods with ranches, colonials, and craftsman style homes alike surround the Main Street area where the hustle and bustle are. What is great about the town of Vienna is that while it exudes a small town feel, there is really a lot to be seen and done there.
One of the main attractions and quite busiest places in Vienna is the section of the W&OD Trail that runs straight through the heart of the town. The path is usually overtaken with cyclists and joggers, but walkers and families are also welcome to use the path. The trail is flat, and runs from Shirlington to Purcellville so how far you choose to explore it is up to you.
Not too far down the path is the original Caboose Brewery. Grounds are smaller in size compared to its sister store in Merrifield, however the libations and fare are just as tasty. Even further down the path from the brewery is a small park called Northside Park. Here, you can hike trails, explore neighborhoods, and even play down by the creek. It is much quieter and provides a bit of relief from the usual hustle and bustle of the trail.
In town right along Church Street are some magnificent homes to walk by, as well as The Freeman Store and Museum and the Little Library grounds. The museum is open on Saturdays from 12-3 PM and has COVID safety measures in place to ensure a safe visit for patrons; and the library is open the first Sunday of every month from 12-4 PM. Directly across the street is an older train car and benches which allow for an easy and memorable outing for little ones in need of some fresh air.
In town food options are in abundance. Select takeout cuisine from places like Taco Bamba, a unique and slightly more upscale takeout from Maple Ave., date night at Blend wine bar, or the ever popular Vienna staple – The Vienna Inn for their signature chili dogs and chicken tenders. Coffee from Caffé Amouri is also a great stop, and you can even sign up to take a specialized coffee class. Whichever you choose, you cannot go wrong and will be able to find something to satisfy everyone’s tastes.