Welcome to Vienna, VA
Steeped in rich civil war history, Vienna, Virginia is a flourishing town with high-ranking public schools, thriving business district, quaint residential neighborhoods, and beautiful green spaces. There is no surprise that it was rated third of the 100 best places to live in the United States by CNN/Money and Money magazine in 2013.
With a population of approximately 17,000 and growing, this prosperous area is also ranked #1 in terms of livability in Virginia and #5 in the USA. Low crime rates, a stable housing market filled with both new construction and historic homes, and plenty of amenities make this the perfect community to call home.
Vienna’s climate enjoys the best of each season: gorgeous spring blooms and showers, temperatures of 90 degrees in the summer, crisp autumns with colorful foliage and an average of 20 inches of snowfall in the winter.
Only 15 miles west of Washington DC, residents are able to enjoy the relaxing serenity of tree-canopied streets, family centered, close-knit communities, and small town charm – while being just a short commute from the cosmopolitan lifestyle of the big city.
Residents of Vienna will enjoy year-round events that bring neighbors together, foster community spirit, and build town pride. At the end of April is Taste of Vienna, where a wide range of local restaurants showcase their savoury specialities in order to raise money to support the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department – great food for a great cause. Starting in May until October is the Vienna Saturday Farmers Market where you can find locally-sourced fresh produce, delicious homemade food, and live musical entertainment.
Viva Vienna, the town’s annual festival, takes place on Memorial Day weekend with amusement rides, crafts, food, and entertainment for all ages with 100% of proceeds going toward charitable, community, and humanitarian organizations.
What a better way to spend the lazy days of summer Friday nights than Chillin’ on Church. A family-friendly street party complete with kids activities and games, live music, a food truck alley, and of course, beer for the adults. As well, free concerts in a range of musical styles run from May to early August on scheduled Friday and Sunday evenings at Summer on the Green.
Independence Day kicks off with a free festival and ends with fireworks so don’t forget your blankets and chairs. In October, Vienna celebrates Oktoberfest with great food, live music, vendors, kids zone, and beer and wine for the grownups – all with free admission!
For over 70 years, the Halloween Parade has been delighting children and adults alike, come be part of this community tradition. Bring in the New Year with your family at First Night Vienna, a free family-friendly, alcohol-free event featuring live music, food trucks, kid’s activities, and much more!
Vienna is home to Wolftrap National Park, which has the distinction of being the only national park in America dedicated to the performing arts. From a variety of musical genres: opera, jazz, contemporary to classical, theatre, and dance – there is something for everyone. And for the younger art aficionados, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods offers over 70 performances in the summer including dance, storytelling, puppetry, and much more!
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens has over 95 acres of gardens, plant collections, forests, lakes, and trails to explore – even a restored 18th-century log cabin. In Winter, the garden is lit up in a spectacular holiday light show in the annual Winter Walk of Lights.
Roer’s Zoofari is a family zoo that covers over 30 acres and features a petting barn, safari open air bus rides, and a budgie atrium among other exciting animal encounters. For biking, jogging, rollerblading, and even horseback riding, the Washington & Old Dominion Trail is a historic railroad path turned trail that cuts right through the center of town.
Vienna offers a number of swimming pools as well.
- Vienna Aquatic Club
- Cardinal Hill Swim and Racquet Club
- Vienna Woods Swim & Tennis Club
- Dunn Loring Swim Club
- Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club
- Westwood Country Club
Virginia’s largest shopping mall is Tysons Corner Center, which also has the distinction of being the 13th largest in our nation. Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, and Macy’s are the main department stores and the mall has over 300 speciality shops and restaurant options as well as a 16-theatre cinema.
For your luxury shopping desires, The Shops at Fairfax Square is home to Tiffany & Co, Miele, and Liljenquist & Beckstead, as well as fining dining at Chef Geoff’s and a full service Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa.
Vienna is also home to a Whole Foods Market where you can not only purchase healthy and fresh groceries, this location also offers a Pub complete with TVs, happy hour beer and wine specials, and a newly renovated café patio.
Vienna has a plethora of restaurants from fine dining to family friendly which you can find here. I would also like to share some of my favorites. For fresh, hand-crafted chocolate, head over to Cocoa Vienna, where organic high-quality ingredients are used to create little masterworks of “spiritual nourishment.”
Lombardi’s is where you will find gooey, cheesy traditional Old New York style pizza with made from scratch dough and generous toppings. Savor bistro cuisine in a charming cosy atmosphere, delicious food, and great drinks at Bazin’s on Church – be sure you make a reservation or prepare to wait for a table.
You don’t have to go to Japan for authentic sushi, just head over to Sushi Yoshi for aesthetically pleasing and tastebud delighting cuisine. Locally sourced ingrediants meet global techiniques at Maple Ave Restraurant where you can dine on eclectic American fare 7 days a week.
Be sure to hit the brunch on weekends and try the to-die-for truffled egg scramble. Caboose Brewing Co. is where Vienna residents head for freshly brewed beer and innovative and healthy farm to table menu in a funky industrial style atmosphere. Amazing and creative tacos, flavorful sauces, handmade margaritas, and outdoor seating where you can bring your furry best friend makes Taco Bamba a local favorite for Mexican dishes with an American flair.
When you are ready to burn off all that delicous food, Vienna has a few fitness centers that you can head to. The East Meets West Yoga Center offers yoga in various styles to accommodate the differences and uniqueness of individuals and their abilities and preferences.
Empower yourself and tone and streamline your body at NOVA Pilates (used to be Church Street Pilates). For low impact exercise that burns calories and helps gain lean muscle, try Pure Barre where you will use the ballet barre to perform small movements with huge benefits.