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Insiders: Year-Round Activities

A wonderful benefit of living in the Mount Vernon area is close access to historical, cultural, and recreational resources that can be enjoyed throughout the seasons of the year.

George Washington's Mount Vernon is a world-class asset and has activities and events that highlight seasonal offerings. Gunston Hall, Woodlawn Plantation, and Gum Springs Historical Society also have events that both entertain and inform and should be a part of every calendar, along with the regular tours.

The "Colonial Market & Fair" at Mount Vernon on Sept. 18-19, features 18th Century crafts and entertainments and is a delightful experience for the whole family. The "Teas and Tours" at Woodlawn Plantation are popular events and tickets often sell out. The March Kite Festival at Gunston Hall is considered one of the best events in the Metro area.

The Lorton Arts Workhouse is fast becoming a beacon for arts of all types including music, dance, and visual arts. The professionalism of the performances and activities blends nicely with the restored historical site.

Recreational opportunities are found at the Belle Haven Marina, Woodlawn Stables, and Pohick Bay Regional Park. Sailing, kayaking, horseback riding, camping, swimming and picnicing are all found in a lush natural setting.

This area has it all and when you live here, you can enjoy the history, culture, and recreation in all seasons. Then when you need a service or product use a chamber of commerce business for a local connection to your community.

INSIDER'S TIP: Even though you have an Alexandria mailing address, you live in Fairfax County. Everything south of the Beltway is Fairfax County, with a different system of government and public services. There is no restaurant tax south of the Beltway.