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Your handy guide to everything Fall in Fairfax County! 🍂
The country's most visited historic estate invites you visit and explore.
This Smithsonian museum is the sister facility to the museum on the National Mall.
Fairfax County has 2 totally unique light shows to help you celebrate the season starting on November 8th through New Years!
This Tony Award- winning leading lady performs at the Barns at Wolf Trap on 11/23 and 11/24.
Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass put on a bluegrass show at Frying Pan Farm Park on 11/24.
Find a pet-friendly spot in Fairfax County!
Find hotels close to a Metro station.
Looking for a hotel in a specific area? Use our handy hotel map!
When you're in the mood to dine al fresco, look no further than our list of restaurants offering a range of outdoor seating options.
Browse our dining deals to save some dough on your next meal.
Try your hand at one of our local chef’s recipes.
Fly to Fairfax County!
From metro stations to hotels to attractions, find the map you need most.
Carry all there is to see and do right in the palm of your hand.
Check out our calendar of seasonal festivities happening around the region!
From Civil War battlefields to DC monuments, here's your guide to the area.
The urban center of Fairfax County, Tysons is a destination of its own.


Enjoy Fairfax County restaurants but want a more personal experience? Some of our best known chefs at Fairfax restaurants are serving up their mouth-watering recipes for you to cook up at home. Think you're up to the challenge?

  • Beef & Guinness Stew

    Beef and Guinness Stew

    While Dublin is indeed just a wee bit outside of Fairfax County, in honor of St. Patrick's Day we bring you a Guinness Beef Stew recipe from The Guinness Storehouse. More
  • Johnny Ray

    Cole Slaw

    Johnny Ray of Johnny Ray’s Sultry Soul Food in Herndon describes his food as “Good home cooked food full of flavor and love.” Get his Cole Slaw recipe. More
  • Eggnog Slushy

    Eggnog Slushy

    Former Pizzeria Orso Chef Will Artley created a delicious Eggnog Slushy recipe just in time for the holidays - try it at home for a memorable holiday season this year. More
  • Fresh Mint Truffles

    Fresh Mint Truffles

    Try this delicious recipe for Fresh Chocolate Mint Truffles by a beloved local Washingtonian - Capital Cooking TV personality Lauren DeSantis. More
  • Grilled Octopus

    Grilled Octopus

    Bistro Vivant's Chef Katie Busch uses only the best ingredients from European & Mediterranean markets and fresh local ingredients for this Grilled Octopus. More
  • Chef Recipes


    Chef Richard Sandoval of La Sandia has created a delicious blend of guacamole - the perfect complement to any Mexican dish. Learn how to make it for yourself! More
  • Jumbo Lump Crab Cake & Sweet Corn Chow-Chow

    Jumbo Lump Crab Cake & Sweet Corn Chow-Chow

    PassionoFish's Chef Chris Clime won Peoples Choice for Best Crab Cake in 2011 - see why in this recipe for crab cakes and corn chow-chow. More
  • Kale

    Kale & Broccoli Salad and Farmers Market Potato Salad

    Wolf Trap doesn't just put on fantastic shows - they also are pretty handy in the catering department. Try some of these summer favorites and bring them to the next performance. More
  • Kale Salad with Poached Egg

    Kale Salad with Poached Egg

    Former Mad Fox Chef Andrew Dixon loves to put his twist on traditional menu items. Check out his recipe for a kale salad, complete with a poached egg. More
  • Lobster Cohiba

    Lobster Cohiba

    Former Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro Chef Bo Palker instructs us how to deliciously assemble these unique and fabulous Lobster Cohiba bites! Impress your guests at your next house party! More
  • Prickly Pear Margarita

    Prickly Pear Margarita

    Before Alegria turned into Bazin's Next Door, their flavorful prickly pear margaritas were all the rage. You can get them at Bazins on Church, now, or mix one up at home for your next party! More
  • Pumpkin Cocktail & Hot Spiced Sangria

    Pumpkin Cocktail & Hot Spiced Sangria

    Stefan Trummer, the owner & mixologist at the highly-regarded restaurant Trummer's On Main, brings elegance and an ambiance to two of his seasonal drinks. More
  • Pumpkin Spice Cake

    Pumpkin Spice Cake

    Former harth Executive Chef Tom Elder was known to many for his homegrown gardens and rooftop beehives, but his pumpkin spice cake skills were also on point! Try this recipe at home. More
  • Ricotta Gnocchi

    Ricotta Gnocchi

    Test your culinary expertise with 2941 Restaurant Chef Bertrand Chemel's exquisite recipe for Ricotta Gnocchi - mini pasta bites stuffed with delicious ricotta cheese. More
  • Roasted Corn Soup

    Roasted Corn Soup

    Seasons 52 consistently provides seasonally-inspired ingredients on their healthy menus - everything is under 452 calories. This fall, try their delicious roasted corn soup recipe. More
  • The Ginger Snap

    The Ginger Snap Cocktail

    Ovvio Osteria has just the cocktail for you! Try the restaurant's Ginger Snap cocktail and then visit the Merrifield Italian eatery for some more flavors of authentic cooking! More


Mount Vernon Plan Your Trip Page

Epic Attractions

Visit some of Fairfax County and the Washington, DC region’s best attractions, such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. More
Local Flavors: Try Our Chef's Recipes

Local Flavors: Try Our Chef's Recipes

Try your hand at some recipes handcrafted by some of our local Fairfax County chefs and mixologists. Your house guests won't know what hit 'em! More