Archer's Favorite Things to Do In + Around Falls Church
. Washington, DC
D.C. overflows with both the historic and historical — and it’s also a hub of acclaimed eateries, cultural events, offbeat sites and hidden gems, all just a train ride from Archer Hotel. Here’s a sampling: the “Cinnamon Roll As Big As Ya Head” at Ted’s Bulletin, the romantic patio at the Mediterranean-inspired Iron Gate restaurant, the U Street Food History and Street Tour, the DC Brew Tour (with tastings and a meal), Sunday drag brunch at Perry’s, a cocktail flight at the barmini cocktail lab, digital and physical interactives at the International Spy Museum, 24 million specimens at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, the Exploration Starts Here exhibition at the National Geographic Museum, Newton’s apple tree, the Big Chair, the Spanish Steps, Ford’s Theatre, the Union Market District and “Kilroy Was Here” incorporated into the World War II Memorial.
. Caboose Commons
A short walk from Archer Hotel is Caboose Commons — a local-favorite brewpub and coffeehouse that serves elevated pub fare in a casual, communal setting. Start the day with coffee and a pastry or breakfast sandwich and indulge in tempting bar snacks plus street and comfort foods. All outdoor spaces are pet-friendly, too.
Photo by Courtney Beazell — Caboose Brewing Company.
. Quattro Goombas
A winery, a brewery and a handmade pizza kitchen all in one locale, Quattro Goombas (Italian for “four close friends”) focuses on friendship, family, celebration and tradition. With expertly crafted Virginia wines, more than 20 taps for custom craft beers and a pizza recipe that’s taken years to perfect, there’s something for everyone here. Reservations and walk-ins are welcome.
Photo courtesy of Quattro Goombas.
. The Paws
What began in Bali as a side gig to help island pups in need has grown into a full-time job that makes a difference in the lives of dogs across the globe. Colorful, island-inspired bandanas and other pet products are 100% handmade on Bali and in Indonesia. Part of the proceeds from each purchase are directly donated to rescue, rehabilitate and support dogs in need.
Photo courtesy of The Paws.
. Magnolia Dessert Bar & Coffee
This beautifully decorated café with a bookstore vibe is a great meet-up for study sessions, dates and satisfying your sweet tooth. The menu has a Thai influence with offerings such as Thai Tea Thai Toast, Shredded Pork & Chili Crepe and Purple Potato Iced Latte. Also up for ordering are waffles, croissants, snow ice, homemade cakes, coffee & tea drinks and “The Original Honey Toast” — all less than 4 miles from Archer Hotel Falls Church.
. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Dedicated May 1997, the FDR Memorial uses elements of stone, water and landscaping across five outdoor spaces to represent “a prologue to the presidency and the unprecedented four terms” President Roosevelt won. This is the only presidential memorial to also include a depiction of the First Lady. Visit at night, when this walk through history is dramatically lit.
Photo by Library of Congress on Unsplash.
. The Old Lucketts Store
Built in 1879, this old restored general store and family home house a fun small business about an hour’s drive from Archer Hotel Falls Church. With 35+ dealers specializing in antiques, vintage finds and other cool stuff, the Lucketts property also has a Design House with monthly interior design showcases (and yes, it’s all for sale).
“Lucketts Spring Market VIP Day” by Forsaken Fotos is licensed under CC BY 4.0.
. Peking Gourmet Inn
A Falls Church local legend, Peking Gourmet Inn has been around since the late 1970s. About 6 miles from Archer Hotel Falls Church, guests clamor for the Peking duck served tableside, with spring onions from the restaurant’s farm and homemade hoisin sauce and pancakes. Other favorites include Jeo-Yen shrimp, fried dumplings and the mai tai cocktail.
. Great Falls Park
Less than a half-hour up the road from Archer Hotel Falls Church, the Great Falls of the Potomac have been attracting visitors for thousands of years. With 800 acres and more than 150 species of birds, the Great Falls are home to a wide variety of native animals and plants. Go for a hike, whitewater kayak, climb, fish, ride horseback, picnic — there’s much to see and do in this scenic area of Virginia.
Photo courtesy of National Park Service.
. Eastern Market
In the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood half-hour east of Archer Hotel Falls Church, Eastern Market has been a destination for fresh food and community events continuously since 1873. Weekends feature local farm-fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts. The renovated North Hall with its adjacent outdoor plaza hosts memorable events in a unique setting.
. Downtown Holiday Market
This annual holiday market is D.C.’s outdoor shopping village, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs. It features more than 70 exhibitors selling art, clothes, crafts, jewelry and specialty items, plus food vendors and a live stage with regional performers.
. Sweetwater Tavern
Just down the road from Archer Hotel, walk into Sweetwater Tavern and you’ll be transported to the Wild West. Enjoy a sweet selection of homemade beer brewed on premises, plus Tex-Mex meets Southwest cuisine: fresh seafood, chicken and pasta, beef, ribs and chops, sandwiches and salads. Save room for Key Lime Pie with raspberry sauce or Deep Dish Apple Pecan Pie.
Photo courtesy of Great American Restaurants.