Winter Getaways in Northern Virginia

Winter Getaways in Northern Virginia - 18th Century Winter Wonderland Tour
in Fairfax County

Fairfax County is immediately adjacent to the Nation's Capital. With more than 80 hotels
and access to the Metro, your stay in the county gives you easy access to the historic sites,
popular museums, fabulous shops, winter events and world-class performances.

Space Shuttle at Hazy Center
Image compliments of the National Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center

Day 1 - Historic Residences

  • During the 18th century, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens would play host to distinguished invited guests to stay and experience the holidays. With enchanting winter activities and festive gatherings going on all winter, it is the perfect place to observe history and family fun coming together right before your eyes!
  • Visitors to Fairfax County soon find out that historical homes and estages don't stop with Mount Vernon. Take Gunston Hall , the pride and joy of George Mason, who rote the Virginia Constitution and the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which the U.S. Bill of Rights was based. Expereince the season of grand celebrations!
  • Another hidden gem in the winter landscape is Woodlawn , home of Major Lawrence and Eleanor "Nelly Custis Lews, George Washington's nephew and Martha Washington's granddaughter.

Day 2 - Shopping, Singing and Skating Winter Tour

Mount Vernon mantle decorated with candles for the holidays Tysons Corner Stage at Barns of Wolf Trap
Mount Vernon Tysons Corner Image compliments of the Barns at Wolf Trap
  • At the world famous Tysons Corner shopping district in Fairfax County, you can find everything your heart desires all within walking distance of each other! From high-end retail stores such as Gucci, Cartier, Hermes and Tiffany and Co., to department store favorites like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, there is something for everyone on your shopping list!
  • The Barns at Wolf Trap is one of the most satisfying musical experiences in Virginia, with its superb acoustics and seating that put you right in the middle of the performance. With performances all winter long, it is the perfect place to escape after a long day of shopping.
  • What's winter without ice skating? The great news for visitors to Fairfax County is that you don't have to find out. In the middle of Reston Town Center , you can skate until your hear's content. The Pavilion is set up in the winter with music to skate by. You can rent skates, too! The Reston Town Center is a great place to shop, too!

Day 3 - Air & Space Flights, Christmas Lights and Civil War Sites Winter Tour

  • Fairfax County's location is the Northern Virginia Civil War experience, where you can blaze Virginia Civil War Trails on many of the same roads as the Confederate and Union armies did. Visit 34 sites within an hour's drive. We recommend that you start at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, which features guided winter tours highlighting the early 19th-century life of Richard Bland Lee, uncle of Robert E. Lee.
  • Visit the National Air & Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center , home to 200 aircraft, 135 spacecraft and many other historic artifacts. Flight simulators and an IMAX theatre add to the fun. Winter events are going on at any given time throughout the winter, too.
  • With Fairfax County's proximity to the nation's capital, we would be remiss not to mention all the festive activities that go on in Washington, D.C., during the winter. All the Metro stations that span Fairfax County lets visitors attend the festivities without fighting the traffic. Don't miss the "Pathway to Peace" winter display featuring a decorated tree for each state.