Archer's Favorite Things to Do In + Around Tyson's Scotts Run South
. Jammin Java
Offering “the best live music and finest concert experience in an all-ages community environment,” Jammin Java is owned and managed by three music-loving brothers. It’s recognized as one of the Top 100 Venues in the world, has an active children’s music concert series and offers music lessons. The menu features Jersey-based Union Pie thin-crust pizza, and the entire venue can be reserved for private events.
. Capital One Hall
OPENING FALL 2021: Experience the arts at Tysons’ breathtaking, new performing arts center. Just one block from the hotel, the hall features a robust mix of performances — top touring shows, internationally beloved musical concerts, comedy shows, local theatre performances and world-renowned concerts.
. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
The only national park dedicated to presenting the performing arts sits on 117 acres of national park land. May through September, multiple amphitheaters present such performances as musicals, dances, operas and jazz, popular and country music. Explore the park without the crowds October through April.
. Workhouse Arts Center
The 52-acre center for performing arts, visual arts, history and education has 26 buildings, 65 artist studios, 12 galleries and outdoor performance and event space. Through adaptive reuse, the regionally and nationally recognized center utilizes existing structures on repurposed land that was once the Lorton Correctional Complex.
Photo by Michael Gnomes Jr.
. Reston Art Gallery & Studios
Nestled in the historical Lake Anne village center, the privately owned cooperative gallery and studio is open to the public noon - 5 PM on weekends. Visitors may watch artists at work, talk with them about their process and purchase artwork. The main gallery hosts one or more of the member artists’ work each month, and a variety of disciplines are represented (e.g., paintings, mixed media, collage, jewelry, printmaking, pastels).
Photo by Joey Wang.
. The State Theatre
Built in 1936, the restaurant and concert venue originally operated as a movie theater until 1988. It reopened in 1999 as an events hall and music theatre and serves appetizers, sandwiches and dessert, plus cocktails, wine, beer and boozy shakes. The Sky Suite offers a private setting in the renovated projection room, ideal for up to 20 guests.
. 1st Stage
A not-for-profit professional theatre, 1st Stage produces award-winning, thought-provoking performances. Through compelling stories — Shakespeare, dramas, musicals, world premieres — the theatre produces intimate experiences in the unique 110-seat theatre. 1st Stage delivers support and resources to the region’s most talented artists to do their very best work.
. Tysons Galleria
One of the largest malls in the Washington metropolitan area, Tysons Galleria is a full three levels of upscale shopping and some of the area’s favorite restaurant and dining options. This renowned destination has an extensive selection of fashion and beauty brands, as well as exclusive-to-market designers.
. Mosaic District
This upscale shopping and dining community is a vibrant, sophisticated environment that connects families and friends. Just a few of the fun Mosaic features include free Wi-Fi, an outdoor summer roller rink, summer films in the park, a weekly summer farmers market, an Insta-worthy rainbow staircase and an eight-screen, state-of-the-art cinema exhibiting art, independent and specialty films.
Photo courtesy of EDENS.
. Reston Town Center
Just 10 miles from Archer Hotel Tysons is Reston Town Center is a dynamic urban destination filled with a wide range of boutique fashion, dining, fitness and entertainment options. There’s also a 13-screen cinema, seasonal ice skating and Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art, open by appointment.
. The Urban Farmhouse
This curated home and gift shop is in a 120-year-old farmhouse in the heart of Arlington, just 12 miles from Archer Hotel Tysons. There’s something for everyone: vintage (and not) furniture, home décor, candles and ceramics, cards and stationery, kitchen and table accoutrements, barware, pet and kiddo goodies, garden and outdoor finds — and the list goes on.
Down the road 12 miles from Tysons is Arlington’s Botanologica. This florist and gift shop creates custom arrangements and wreaths and has plenty of pots, soils and garden tools (do you have a Hori Hori knife? You should!). Apothecary finds include handmade soaps, lotions and scrubs, and you’ll find seasonal textiles (tees, scarves, jewelry and the like) to freshen up your wardrobe.
. The Toy Nest
The Toy Nest in Falls Church reimagines the way toys are bought and used. This toy library, pre-loved toy store, indoor play space, and private event venue has an ever-changing selection of toys, games and puzzles. Come to play, or sell and buy toys, rent baby gear and throw a child’s birthday party.
Photo by Christie Bernick.
. Scotts Run Nature Preserve
Less than 4 miles north of Tysons, Scotts Run Nature Preserve is part of the Potomac Gorge, one of the rarest biological ecosystems in the mid-Atlantic. The preserve is home to rocks and river, cliffs and valleys, a cascading waterfall and a mature, hardwood forest. Seven hiking trails and several connectors hikers from one trail to the next. Go early for a parking spot, stay on the trails (the nature preserve prohibits swimming and wading) and enjoy the wildflowers along the way.
Photo courtesy of Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA).
. Great Falls Park
Great Falls Park is an 800-acre park just 7 miles northwest of Tysons. Situated along the banks of the Potomac River, the park is a disconnected but integral part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Park guests can view the gorgeous falls and river, as well as bicycling, bird watching, whitewater boating, fishing, climbing, hiking and horseback riding.
. Smithsonian National Zoo
This local gem, only 30 minutes away from Archer Hotel Tysons, is one of the oldest zoos in the country. The zoo displays multiple unique exhibits, including Cheetah Conservation, Elephant Outpost, Reptile Discovery Center, Great Cats and Panda House. Don’t miss the photo-ready bee mural, “The Good of the Hive.” The zoo has no entry charge, but entry passes are required for all guests, including infants.
Photo by Jared Short on Unsplash.
. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
With 95 acres 18 miles west of Washington, D.C., Meadowlark Botanical Gardens offers paved and natural paths wandering through botanical gardens with oodles of cherry blossoms and seasonal plantings. Part of the NOVA Parks collection, the gardens are also home to a Korean Bell Garden and the seasonal-favorite, Winter Walk of Lights.
. Shenandoah National Park
Head 75 miles west of Washington, D.C., to find Shenandoah National Park featuring wetlands, waterfalls and rocky peaks. Mostly forested, the park extends along the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Skyline Drive runs its length, and a vast network of trails includes a section of the long-distance Appalachian Trail. Shenandoah is home to many bird species, plus deer, squirrels and the elusive black bear.
. Washington, D.C.
Monuments and memorials, eclectic neighborhoods, true local flavor — our nation’s capital is a place unlike any other. Come to D.C. to visit the world's best museums (many have no entrance fee). See the National Mall or explore neighborhoods with homegrown businesses and diverse communities. Check out the collection of Smithsonian museums, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of Natural History, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. And grab a half smoke at Ben’s Chili Bowl to fuel your D.C. exploration.
. Arlington, VA
Just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital is Arlington, Virginia — a destination in its own right. A must-visit is Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), where you can witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, visit the John F. Kennedy Gravesite and explore the Memorial Arboretum. At the back entrance to ANC is the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (aka Iwo Jima Memorial). Just southwest of the Pentagon is the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, is a historic house on Sherman Drive. The View of DC offers 360˚ views from 400 feet up.
. Alexandria, VA
Alexandria’s busy, historic district along the Potomac, Old Town Alexandria is marked by cobblestone streets and 18th-century townhouses. George Washington slept at Gadsby’s Tavern, frequented the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, and lived just 9 miles away in his Mt. Vernon riverside estate. Indie boutiques and foodie spots line King Street, open-air eateries by the river beckon, and the Saturday Old Town Farmers’ Market has been operating for 260 years. The world-famous Torpedo Factory Art Center is the nation’s largest collection of working artists’ open studios under one roof. Enjoy the views, alfresco beverages and dining along the Old Town waterfront.
. Tysons Corner Center
The largest mall in the Baltimore-Washington area (and the 10th largest in the U.S.), Tysons Corner Center is massive, with hundreds of upscale stores and eateries, plus a cinema and an elevated outdoor plaza. The Tysons Corner station on the Silver Line, on the north side of the shopping center, makes it easy to pop over for a quick (or not) shopping spree.
. Lil City Creamery
Pampered cows: Jersey cows at Delaware’s Woodside Farm Creamery get a lot of the credit for the luxurious character of this ice cream. The cows are raised on fresh fields of clover, alfalfa, orchard and rye grasses (i.e., the good stuff). The store is lined with retro character dolls and toys — a fun distraction while black raspberry chocolate chip ice cream is being dished up, café glace is being assembled and a 100% crushed fruit smoothie (4 berry? Yes, please) is being whipped into shape.
Photo by Jeff Goldberg, courtesy of Lil City Creamery.
. Smash’D Creamery
Looking for one-of-a-kind soft-serve and rolled ice cream with Asian-inspired flavors? Head to Smash’D Creamery, which uses only the finest natural ingredients for their flavored, milk and cheese teas (no powders, no gimmicks). Making their own ice cream base, they pay attention to the butterfat and sugar levels of each flavor. Such traditional flavors as Oreo and Strawberry are complemented by unique flavors — try Purple Yam, Thai Tea or Matcha.
. Jammin Java
This intimate concert venue, bar and pizza joint has kid-friendly morning shows and diverse evening music acts. Order and half or whole Jersey-style Union Pie Pizza and a classic affogato, spread Jammin Java’s message (and donate) via Music Makes Life Better — a non-profit organization that brings together artists and audiences to support local and national charities — and check out a rockin’ show.
. Cox Farms
When fall is in the air, head to Cox Farms for fantastic hayrides, giant slides, adorable farm animals, rope swings and straw tunnels, live entertainment, pumpkins galore and its famous Festival Market. Halloween's coming? Time to get your scare on at the after-dark Fields of Fear. Come the holidays, and the Christmas Corner Market sells fir trees, homemade wreaths and yummy treats.
Photo by Jason Hornick, courtesy of Cox Farms.
. Malisse Skin Bar
Master aesthetician Mali Amini was named the Best Aesthetician in the Washington, D.C. Area by Allure magazine three times. She has advanced training in the fields of skincare, aesthetics, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, micro-needling, glycolic treatments, dermaplaning, eyebrow tinting, eyelash tinting and waxing. She and her experienced team provide personalized, attentive care in a welcoming, comfortably elegant environment.
Photo courtesy of Malisse Skin Bar.