When spring hits the Fairfax area, the world starts to wake up after the long and cold winter months. Trillium Apartments is perfectly situated to help its residents enjoy the beauty of spring in the region. From world-famous cherry blossoms in DC to lesser known natural parks, there are many things to do in spring in our community, including these top attractions and events.
In the spring, Mount Vernon comes alive with brilliant blooms in its gardens. This historic location is just 30 minutes from Trillium Apartments and downtown Fairfax. The Upper and Lower Gardens and the Fruit Orchard are filled with plum, cherry, peach, pear, and apple trees that explode with blossoms. The tulips in the Upper Garden also bloom in the spring, and some of the bulbs include types that date back to the 1700s. In late spring, the Absalon tulip, with its deep brown and gold petals, is a sight to behold. The bell-shaped fritillarias and the yellow and white daffodils are other popular summer blooms. While exploring the gardens, take time to explore the homestead as well.
Pro Tip: On your way home, stop at Mike's American for dinner and enjoy regional seafood or your favorite American fare.
About 25 minutes to the north of Trillium Apartments is Great Falls Park in McLean. This National Park is located where the Potomac River tumbles over a series of rocks as it flows through the Mather Gorge. The 800 acre park is home to over 150 species of birds and many native animals, but the main draw is the waterfall. In the spring, water levels at the falls are usually quite high, giving you a glimpse into the power of nature. Start your visit at the Visitor Center to see some of the geologic history of the park, then head into the park for hiking and more. The cost to enter the park is $20 per vehicle or $15 for a motorcycle.
Pro Tip: After a day of hiking, don some dressier clothes and head to Dante Ristorante, an elegant Italian restaurant set in a Victorian mansion. If you'd prefer not to change, Zamarod Afghan Cuisine is a casual option serving tasty farm-to-table Afghan food.
Gunston Hall, located in Mason Neck about 30 minutes from the apartment community, hosts a Kite Festival every April. This event gives you the chance to see the historic site while also spending some time flying a kite in the open area around the grounds. Kites are for sale at the museum shop if you wish to participate. You can also grab a picnic blanket to spend some time lounging and watching others fly their colorful kites. The 2020 Kite Festival will take place on April 18.
Pro Tip – Plan an entire day for the Kite Festival, because you will want to explore the historic grounds of Gunston Hall in addition to participating in the kite flying.
Living at Trillium Apartments provides many opportunities to explore these and other historic or natural wonders. Schedule a tour of this vibrant apartment community to see it for yourself, and enjoy life close to much of America's history.