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Stay Cool, Arlington.

On Monday temperatures we’re in the high 90’s here in the DMV and even a heat advisory was issued for our area!  With temperatures not expected to lessen any time soon, we’re always on the hunt for new ways to keep cool in the summer heat.  Whether it’s a having a cold drink to cool down or finding fun, indoor activities to do on the weekends, we rounded up a list of what you can do in Arlington (and it’s surrounding area).

Try a Cold Press Juice for Lunch – Not only is it healthy and a great source of vitamins, but a cold press juice is super refreshing on a hot day.   You can get one at places like Sweetgreen, SouthBlock and Jrink Juicery in the Arlington, VA area.

Sign Up for PaintNite – With heat advisories, experts typically advise that you stay indoors to avoid the high temperatures entirely which sounds like a total bummer in the midst of summertime.  One of our favorite indoor activities though is PaintNite.  You just bring your friends and have a few cocktails and they provide everything you need to create your own masterpiece to take home with you.

Head to The BEACH – No sunscreen is required at the new interactive installation at the National Building Museum called The BEACH.  The new contained exhibit covers 10,000 square feet and includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls.  It’s also fully equipped with beach chairs and umbrellas!

Get an Indoor Workout – It can be a struggle to get in a good workout on a summer day – It can either be too hot for anything active outdoors, such as bike riding or hiking, but it’s equally as unappealing to be stuck in a gym on a bright and sunny day.  So use the heat advisory as a way to try a new (indoor) workout class, like solidcore in Ballston.  You can read more about solidcore here and Maxwell Residents can enjoy a discount on a 3-class package.  Just email meg@solidcoreva.co to redeem!

Watch a Movie at Sunset – During a heat advisory, it’s suggested to only go out after the sun goes down.  What is there fun to do after the sun goes down you ask?  Head to a “drive-in” movie night!  There are so many places offering (some free!) sunset movies series this summer, such as the Sunset Cinema, NoMA Summer Screen, Crystal Screen, Movies On The Potomac, and Rosslyn Outdoor Film Fest.

What are some ways that you’re staying cool this summer?  Tweet us, tell us on Facebook or leave a comment below!  We would love to hear from you.  #LiveWellMaxwell

Four Places For A Fun Date Night In Arlington

Dating is hard enough, so we thought we would make it easier by rounding up some of our favorite date night spots here in Ballston, just steps from The Maxwell:

1. Rustico

The vibe here is almost enough reason to go. But be sure to make a reservation! Being one of Ballston’s newest additions, expect a wait during peak date-night hours. With 30 beers on tap at any given time, Rustico is the perfect spot to take any beer lover too. And if, for some reason, you forget to make a reservation and want to have a chill night at home, you can take home a large bottle of your favorite beer (and one of their nine, hand-crafted pizzas, of course).

2. Republic Kitchen & Bar

Republic Kitchen & Bar has more of a casual ambiance, but the food is far from casual. Think elevated, comfort food made with the freshest, local ingredients. Republic Kitchen & Bar has great reviews online as well from previous diners.  We’ve also heard they have a great Happy Hour too!

3. The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot is a classic when it comes to date night. It doesn’t get much more romantic than fondue does it? Plus their menu allows you to order 1, 2, 3 or 4 meal courses, so you can control how long you want date night to last – This is a big plus in our book!

4. Mussel Bar & Grille

There’s no better way to impress a sea-food lover than to take them to a gourmet mussel bar featuring over five delicious types of mussels to choose from. Much more than mussels, Mussel Bar & Grille offers a wide-range of casual dining fare Mussel Bar & Grille is place to eat a good meal in a stylish and comfortable setting.

Do you have a favorite date night spot in Ballston or Arlington?  Be sure to share it in the comments below, Tweet us, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.  #LiveWellMaxwell

Four Fresh and Delicious Recipes to Make with Farmer’s Market Ingredients

It’s officially Arlington area Farmer’s Markets season!  With eight different markets, set up all over Arlington County, it will never be easier to stock up on fresh produce, meats, cheeses, flowers (and more!).  To get you in the spirit, we’re sharing four delicious recipes for spring!  And the best part is that all of them can be made with local farmer’s market’s freshest ingredients:

1. Tomato Mozzarella Basil Tart with Mozzarella cheese from District Cheese at Fairlington Farmer’s Market (Arlington’s newest market!)

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2. Triple Berry Salad with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries from Westmoreland Berry Farm from Ballston FreshFarms Market

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3. Arugula Lemon Pizza with arugula & lemons from Arlington Farmers Market

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4. Baked Eggs Boat with French bread from Baguette Republic from Clarendon Farmer’s Market 

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You can also find the full list of Farmer’s Markets in Arlington here on Arlington Patch, but we’ve also listed a few of our favorites, that are all right around the corner from The Maxwell:

  • Ballston FreshFarm Market: Open Thursdays, May through October from 3-7PM, located in Welburn Square across from the Ballston Metro
  • Clarendon Farmer’s Market: Open Wednesdays, April through December from 3-7PM, located at Clarendon Blvd. & N. Highland St.
  • Arlington Farmers Market: Open Saturdays, April through December from 8-noon, located at  N. Courthouse Rd. & N. 14th St.

Be sure to share your farmer’s market finds with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  Just use the hashtag #LiveWellMaxwell.  Happy Spring!

 

2015 Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC

Every year, hundreds of tourists from all over the world, plus local residents, travel to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC to see the cherry blossom trees during the Cherry Blossom Festival.  The festival is a celebration of the gift of the cherry blossoms from Japan and is open to the public and free to attend.  This year’s event begins today, March 20th, and lasts through April 12th.  Whether it’s your first time attending the event or not, here are some helpful hints that we think will ensure smooth sailing during your trip the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival.

Peak Bloom:  It’s always hard to tell, but experts say that the Peak Bloom Date is when 70% of the trees have blossomed.  Surrounding the Peak Bloom Date is the Blooming Period, before more than 20% of the petals fall and leaves appear which typically lasts about 14 days.  Just from taking a look at past year’s bloom schedules, it appears the best time to go would be between the weekends of March 20 – April 3 (but of course, we’re no experts).

Transportation: The closest Metro station to the Tidal Basin is the Smithsonian Metro Station and from there it’s about a 10 minute walk.  There is no designated Cherry Blossom Festival parking, and parking is very limited in the area as well, so the Metro is usually the easiest way to get there.  If you’re leaving from The Maxwell, simply hop on the Orange line to get there.

Once Your There:  Besides walking the Tidal Basin on foot, you’ll also have the option to experience the cherry blossoms by paddle boat.  The Tidal Basin Boathouse is located at 1501 Maine Ave. SW and offers boat rides for $12-24 per hour, between the hours of 10 AM and 12 PM.  We recommend that reserve your boats in advance online, to ensure boat availably: http://www.tidalbasinpaddleboats.com/reservations.html

After-Party:  Since you’re most likely traveling a little ways to see the cherry blossoms, you’ll want to make sure to have some other activities planned to do while in Washington DC.  Beyond the various events the festival puts on, there are many local restaurants and bars that celebrate the festival with great specials and deals that are worth checking out.  For example, Mari Vanna DC will be offering $5 cherry pies, $5 cherry vodka shots and $5 cherry cocktails during the festival.  We love this article about 10 ways to eat and drink your way through the festival, plus you can read more about related events on the Festival’s website here: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/

Have fun and be sure to share your pictures with us on social media using the hashtag #LiveWellMaxwell!


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What To Do This Weekend in Arlington

We’ve rounded up five, fun things for you to do this weekend in Arlington!  If we missed any good ones, please leave details in the comments below or tweet us @TheMaxwellApts and use the hashtag #LiveWellMaxwell. 

1.  St. Patrick’s Day came early this year!  Join us, here at The Maxwell, on Saturday (March 14th) from 10 AM – 5 PM and on Sunday (March 15th) from 12 PM – 5 PM for a beer and a tour of our brand new apartments.  Also, it’s your lucky day because we’re waiving application fees, plus offering up to two months free rent on select apartments.  Contact us to schedule a tour or just come on by!  We’re located at 4200 N. Carlin Springs Rd. (on the corner of N. Glebe Rd.).

2. Be prepared for road closures this weekend, Arlingtonian’s.  To accommodate the Four Courts 4 Mill Race on Sunday (March 15th) expect lane closures on popular roads in the area such as Wilson Boulevard, Rhodes Street, Courthouse Road and more.  Be prepared and read more on Arlington Patch.

3. BOWL’D opens this Saturday in Clarendon (located on N. Garfield St.)!  Their mission, to offer a healthy eating option while leaving customers full, is definitely one that we can get on-board with here at The Maxwell.  Choose from any of their five signature bowls, or build your own, and top off your meal with one of their delicious smoothies!

4.  SER restaurant is also now open in Ballston!  Located on N. Glebe Rd., you can enjoy traditional Spanish style meals and a bright and color ambiance.  As the winners of the Ballston Restaurant Challenge last summer, they’re excited to finally be open for business beginning at 5 PM every day, until Monday when they start serving lunch starting at 11 AM.  Also, Happy Hour is every day from 4-7PM where they offer a delicious sangria selection to choose from.

5.  Replacing Eventide, new restaurant Don Tito opens up this Sunday in Clarendon (located on Wilson Bvld.)!  Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 50’s, so it’s looking like the perfect night to take advantage of awesome roof-top deck.