Golfing and Living at Penderbrook in Fairfax County VA

Penderbrook is located at 3704 Golf Trail Lane in Fairfax, VA 22033, just at the intersection of I-66 and Route 50 in the Fair Oaks area of Western Fairfax County in Virginia. With a total of 1,776 homes ranging from Executive Style Single Family Homes to Townhouses to Garden Style Condos structured around an 18 hole par 71 championship gold course.

The main feature of Penderbrook is the Golf Course that is open to the public with challenging holes in the Metro. The Penderbrook Golf Club is managed by professional Arnold Palmer Golf Management. Traditions Café and a full service Pro shop are found in the facility. The Penderbrook Fitness Center is another attraction with its well equipped facility from Lifefitness and Cybex. There are a variety of classes to choose from that may change seasonally as well as personal training with L&T Personal Trainers that are available. The Fitness Center itself organizes many activities such as cooking classes and food drives to name a few. And finally, the Penderbrook Pool Facility that offers many swim classes for groups:  Crystal Aquatics, Pre- Beginner, Beginner, Novice and Advanced.

Schools that service the children of the Penderbrook Community:

Amenities of Penderbrook:

  • Golf Course
  • Fitness Center
  • 3 Tennis Courts
  • Tot Lot
  • 2 Basketball Courts
  • 1 Large Pool
  • Tot Pool
  • Diving Pool
  • Bathhouse with showers
  • Saunas
  • Clubhouse

The Community of Penderbrook consists of neighborhoods of different styles:

  • Heights – Garden Style Condominiums
  • Greens – Executive Style Single Family Homes
  • Fairways – Townhomes
  • Penderbrook Square – Condominiums
  • Oxford House – Garden Style Condominiums
  • Mews _ Townhomes
  • Inverness – Townhomes

The Fair Oaks Shopping Center, Fair Oaks Hospital, Dulles International Airport, and Vienna Metro Station are all accessible as well.

Nature Bound Franklin Farm in Oak Hill

Franklin Farm in Oak Hill VA 20171 is a neighborhood filled with open space and natural beauty.

Franklin Farm is located on 850 acres of land with a community of 1,777 homes in Western Fairfax County, 20 miles away from Washington D.C and 4 miles away from Dulles International Airport.

The neighborhoods can be found between the main entrances of West Ox Road in the east and Centerville Road in the west. Franklin Farm is very accessible to Fairfax and Reston by the Fairfax County Parkway running through the center of the community.

Open spaces of about 182 acres are spread all through the neighborhoods of Franklin Farm offering a friendly and recreational environment to residents and their families.

The streets are tree lined and the neighborhood boasts of their local swim team: The Franklin Farm Froggers.

Schools that serve Franklin Farm:

  • Oak Hill Elementary
  • Lees Corner Elementary
  • Scott Crossfield Elementary

Amenities of Franklin Farm:

  • 2 Playgrounds
  • 2 Pools
  • Community Center
  • Tennis Courts

Accessible to shops, employment, entertainment, schools and transportation, Franklin Farm in Western Fairfax County is one of the great places to live in.

Residents of Franklin Farm are friendly and caring traditional people who go out of their way to make Franklin Farm a lovely place creating Franklin Farm to be “Our Community … Our Home”

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Blake Lane Park for dogs in Oakton VA

The Fairfax County Park authority along with Oakton Dogs Inc has developed Blake Lane Park to accommodate 25 canines to romp around securely and safely.

Located at 10033 Blake Lane in Oakton VA, Blake Lane Park is off Jermantown Rd, turning to Blake Lane at the Trevor House traffic light.

Important: All dogs of 4 months of age and above should be licensed. These licenses are valid for 1 year.

For information about licenses.

Gunston Hall Plantation in Fairfax County

manor of George Mason IV
Gunston Hall

Located in Fairfax County near Lorton and Mason Neck, Gunston Hall Plantation was the center of a 5,500 acre tobacco and corn plantation. Owned by the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, George Mason IV (1725 – 1792), this Georgian style home and garden is now a National Historic Landmark.

It is now owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by a Board of Regents appointed from the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

Gunston Hall is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm except holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. And special events are showcased throughout the year.

Guided tours are offered of the mansion and the 550 acres of ground. The hiking trails are open till 6:00pm.

Washington Dulles International Airport in VA

Dulles International Airport

Opened in 1962, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) can be found in Chantilly VA 26 miles from downtown Washington DC. These 12,000 acres of land has turned developed into a major source for domestic and international air travel with 11 domestic legacy and low fare carriers and 22 international carriers that provide air service globally.

The airport is connected to the region’s highway system by an Authority operated 16 mile Airport Access Highway – Dulles Toll Road exclusively for airport users.

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Pirate’s Cove at Mason Neck

Pirate's Cove Waterpark
Regional Waterpark in Northern VA

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Pirate's Cave at Mason Neck

Pirate's Cove pool at Mason Neck

American Bald Eagle watching at Mason Neck State Park VA

Boat launch at Mason Neck

With Pohick Bay along the north, Belmont Bay along the south and the Potomac River on the east, Mason Neck State Park is the migrating and non migrating birds, ducks and swans refuge. Several hundreds of acres of forests provide homes to oaks, holly, hickory, and the like along with wetlands. A wide variety of programs and activities are held here.

Foxy on boardwalk
Foxy on boardwalk at Mason Neck


  • Hiking and Biking Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Canoe Launch / Boating
  • Visitor Center / Gift Shop
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Educational Programs for kids
  • Experimental Studies for adults

    Paddleboats at Mason Neck

The Nature Conservancy bought the land and connected with a National Wildlife Refuge of over 2000 acres. Mason Neck State Park opened to the public in April 1985.

Mason Neck State Park is located in the southern part of Fairfax County which is 20 miles from Washington DC. Nearby attractions include:

  • Mount Vernon
  • Pohick Bay Regional Park
  • Woodlawn Plantation
  • Gunston Hall

For more information please contact:

Mason Neck State Park

7301 High Point Road

Potomac at Mason Neck

Lorton, VA 22079

Information: (703) 339-2385

Office: (703) 339-2384

Visitor Center: (703) 339-2380

Fax: (703) 339-2617

Will Nesbitt
Will Nesbitt enjoying a summer day at Mason Neck
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Northern Virginia Regional Parks – Fountainhead Regional Park

Rowing the boat at Fountainhead

Fountainhead Regional Park is a part of the Northern Virginia Regional Parks system offering a wide range of activities:

Boat Ramp

Fees vary accordingly from the shore, from the ramp and for 55 years of age and above. A maximum 10 horsepower gasoline engine restriction is enforced on the Occoquan Reservoir.

Boat Rentals

Rentals are available for 3person Jon Boat, 4person Jon Boat, Canoe or Kayak

Equestrian Trails

Equestrian Trails are maintained by the Clifton Horse Society. An Equestrian Trail Map and guide will be provided.

Hiking Trails

water at Fountainhead
on the lake

Trails offered: An 8 mile Mountain Bike Trail, White Trail which is a 2 mile Pedestrian Trail and the Trailhead for the 17.5 mile Bull Run Occoquan Trail

Miniature Golf

Fun and relaxing before or after fishing / boating experience. This 18-hole miniature golf is only $2.00 for unlimited play. Open daily in summer and in weekends in spring and fall.

Mountain Biking

For those wanting to try the 8.0 mile full circuit.

Shelter Rental

A rental picnic shelter is offered for families, friends and coworkers who wish to go on a picnic at Fountainhead. Tables and Grills are already included but alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Open for rent at 3 options of: 9 AM to 3 PM, 3:30 PM to Sunset or All Day Long.

Foxy in the boat at Fountainhead
Foxy had a good time at Fountainhead

Snack Bar

A snack Bar is located in Marina Building at its observation deck providing a breath taking view of the Occoquan Reservoir while feasting on a variety of sandwiches, snacks and beverages.

Tackle Shop

Bait, lures to angling licenses are available at the tackle shop on the observation deck. Rest Rooms are also provided here.

Expert Fountainhead guides offer ecological tours and fun paddling adventures for participants’ ages 12 years and above.

Bass Tournament is also offered for angling largemouth bas

s, catfish, crappie, perch and bluegill.

Fountainhead Regional Park Schedule is as follows:

March 1 – March 19 Open for Private Boat Launch Only
March 20 – March 31 Open weekends for rentals – 8 hours per day
April 1 – October 31 Open daily
November 1 – November 14 Open weekends for rentals – 8 hours per day
November 15 – November 30 Open for Private Boat Launch Only

For more information contact:

Fountainhead Regional Park


10875 Hampton Road, Fairfax Station

Wegmans Fairfax and Wegmans Potomac – Every Shoppers’ Bestfriend

Awarded by Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Wegmans ranked 5th, 2nd and even 1st from 1999 till 2010. They were also awarded with the prestigious Black Pearl award, Golden Shopping Cart Award and was named “Most Family Friendly Supermarket in America” by Child Magazine and President George Bush presented the Work-Scholarship Connection with the Grand Prize American Business Press Points of Light Award in 1991.

Wegmans officially opened in 1916 as a small food business by Robert B Wegman (1918-2006) and then joined forces with his brother Walter Wegman later on, moving forward to expand business. As years went by, good business flooded the Wegmans and they reached out to the community by providing not only superb convenience but programs to help shoppers and their families, such as discount cards, recycling, food programs, scholarships and the like. In 2005, Wegmans Fairfax was opened to serve the nearby communities.

Wegmans Fairfax can be located at 11620 Monument Drive in Fairfax Virginia 22030 near Lee Highway. They are open 7 days a week from 6 am to midnight, as well as Wegmans Potomac at 14801 Dining Way in Woodbridge Virginia 22191.

Departments and Services that can be found in Wegmans Fairfax and Wegmans Potomac are:

  • Market Café
  • Kosher Deli
  • Sub Shop
  • Nature’s Marketplace
  • Beer
  • Patisserie
  • Pharmacy
  • Wine & Spirits Shop
  • Wokery
  • Bakery
  • Complements
  • Floral
  • Sushi Bar
  • Catering
  • Wi – Fi Internet Access
  • Coin Redemption Self Service
  • Money Gram / Money Orders

For more information about Wegmans contact Wegmans Fairfax at (703) 653-1600 and Wegmans Potomac at (703) 763-5500.

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Foxchase Shopping Center in the West End

Across the street from Forty Six Hundred, a high rise condominium and Mango Mike’s, a casual dining restaurant, Foxchase Shopping Center in West End Alexandria VA 22304, provides nearby residents a variety of restaurants, health facilities, fashion boutiques, banks and so much more, making it the ideal hangout for everyone.

Harris Teeter, a high end grocer anchors Foxchase Shopping Center.

Other businesses found at Foxchase Shopping Center:

  • La Casa Restaurant
  • Hong Kong Express
  • General Dentistry by Dr. Paul Stasiewicz
  • Art Display Company
  • Rite Aid
  • Curves
  • Braids
  • Hana
  • Tokyo Steak House
  • PNC Bank
  • Sleepy’s
  • My Eye Dr