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Penrose, Arlington, VA

Did you know? The neighborhoods that comprise Penrose are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The architecture is mostly Queen Anne and Colonial Revival.

Overview of Penrose Arlington, VA

Penrose is a rapidly growing neighborhood in northern Virginia that offers both modern amenities and historical roots. New restaurants are opened regularly, ranging from Irish pubs to Hispanic taquerías and classic American diners. Penrose is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, abundance of parks and easy access to public transit. Additional shopping opportunities are only a quick drive away.

Best of Penrose

Check out some of Old Town's finest offerings.

Best Restaurant in Penrose: Sibarita Restaurant is a Bolivian restaurant, which means that you're not going to find traditional Mexican fare here. Try a variety of exotic foods, including deep-fried pastry sandwiches, marinated lamb and house-made soups.

Best Place for Kids in Penrose: Penrose Park offers a little something for everyone. It has an area especially dedicated to toddlers as well as a playground area for older children. The park features grills, a covered area and basketball court. The area is completely enclosed, offering parents peace of mind.

Best Place to Hang Out in Penrose: Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse offers discounted movie nights twice a week. It's appealing to be able to get a beer after the movie without leaving the building. Arlington Cinema is the perfect hangout for 20-somethings; movies, fresh beer and an assortment of special events all make this the most happening place in Penrose.

Best Home in Penrose: Some people enjoy walking through old neighborhoods admiring the architecture and beauty of old construction. Perhaps the best example of this is the Butler family residence, a spacious Queen Anne that is one of the oldest homes in the region. A park was dedicated to the family in recognition of their contributions to the community.

Top 5 Penrose Adventures

  1. Visit the capital of the United States. Washington, D.C. is a mere 3 miles from Penrose, and there is no shortage of unique exhibits to be found there. Visit the Smithsonian Museum, see the Washington Memorial, and take a tour of the White House.
  2. Honor those who have died for the country. The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial offers a tribute to some of the bravest men and women in the country. Learn about 240 years of wars and battles the Marines helped their country to win.
  3. Go outside and explore. Anyone looking for recreation should consider the Mount Vernon Trail. The trail is a beautiful bike trail just a few miles from Penrose that follows the Potomac River. As an added bonus, it begins at the site of George Washington's home at Mount Vernon.
  4. Prepare to be dazzled. Willard's Parlour of Mystery offers entertaining magic shows sure to entertain young and old alike. Comedians and magicians join forces to create a tour de force that is fun for the whole family.
  5. Walk the hallowed ground that holds America's greatest heroes. Arlington National Cemetery is among the oldest in the nation and houses many of the troops who have fallen in the line of duty.