Archive: Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path: Falls Church

Sorry Falls Church. Route 7, which you lovingly call Broad Street, has traditionally served as a means for me to get from Alexandria to Tysons Corner. I've failed to check out the cute little shops and restaurants that line your busy, narrow corridor, some of which has a speed limit...

By Tania Anderson | April 23, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Off the Beaten Path: Downtown Silver Spring

I'm not the biggest fan of chain stores. Yes, Target does serve a critical purpose in my life, but in terms of shopping for fun, I run from stores like Target. So it was a pleasant surprise when on a recent shopping trip to Silver Spring's City Place, I discovered...

By Tania Anderson | February 26, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

Off the Beaten Path: Edsall Road

Those big furniture stores beckon from I-395 as you approach the Edsall Road exit in Alexandria. It's almost tempting to stop, except that I'm not a big furniture chain shopper. But one day I did swing through the industrial park off Edsall Road and discovered a simple row of small...

By Tania Anderson | October 16, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Off the Beaten Path: Tenleytown

Every month I write about an area of the Washington region that's good for shopping but a little off the beaten track. So you won't see me writing about Georgetown or Old Town or any kind of mall here. Instead I've found places like Kensington, where you can buy furniture...

By Tania Anderson | September 11, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Off the Beaten Path: National Harbor

Everyone has their ideal shopping experience. Some people get excited for good deals, while others crave a big selection. For me it's all about the experience. The atmosphere of the place is more important to me than the selection and the prices. And that's what my monthly post Off the...

By Tania Anderson | August 7, 2008; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (10)

Off the Beaten Path: Old Town Fairfax

I usually fly right through Old Town Fairfax. The streets are narrow and the traffic heavy so I've never known what the stores had to offer along this small historic district for fear that a split second glance will get me into a fender bender. But one recent Monday afternoon...

By Tania Anderson | July 3, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Off the Beaten Path: Downtown D.C.

When most people think of downtown Washington, office buildings, sandwich shops and florists usually come to mind. Downtown even houses some of the best happy hour spots in the city. But one usually doesn't think of downtown for shopping. You'd head to Georgetown or Adams Morgan maybe. But on a...

By Tania Anderson | June 5, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Off the Beaten Path: Hyattsville

Quick! Where can you get toilet paper with humorous quotes from President Bush printed all over it, yarn made out of milk or bamboo and books on how to set up a princess tea party? Stumped? Hyattsville is the answer. Who knew that the quiet community just across the Maryland...

By Tania Anderson | April 3, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Off the Beaten Path: Del Ray

Funny how things have a way of reinventing themselves. We've seen that in various D.C. neighborhoods. But even the 'burbs need some reinventing from time to time. One of the most dramatic transformations has been in Del Ray, a quiet Virginia neighborhood of cape cods and bungalows tucked between Crystal...

By Tania Anderson | March 6, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Off the Beaten Path: Kensington

There's a little piece of shopping heaven in Kensington, Md., for those who don't need a cup of Starbucks to walk around with or a bite to eat while shopping. You won't find either on the west side of Howard Avenue where it crosses Connecticut Avenue in Kensington. In fact...

By Tania Anderson | February 7, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Off the Beaten Path: 14th and P

There's a certain section of 14th and P streets in Northwest Washington that's worth a shopping trip. The quiet residential intersection has been among the many blocks of Washington getting pushed into yuppyville. And one of the telltale signs of that is when a Whole Foods moves in. That's exactly...

By Tania Anderson | January 3, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (65)

 

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