Manassas Featured on Huffington Post Travel

You may have heard of the Huffington Post before, and if you haven’t, we could sum it up as a popular online news publication. In their article “Top 25 Things To Do In Northern Virginia”, our city of Manassas was featured in three items on their list! Not only can you live in a brand new apartment home at Arcadia Run in Manassas, but you can also enjoy some of the best attractions in the region nearby! Check out the features from Huffington Post below:

12. Discover how “Stonewall Jackson” got his nickname at Manassas Battlefield aka Battles of Bull Run. Two battles were fought here- both Confederate victories.

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13. Plan to spend an afternoon and night in Old Town Manassas, nary a Big Box Store or Chain Restaurant in sight. Formerly Manassas Junction, this railroad town, where two lines crossed, was strategically important during the Civil War. Dine at the fine Portuguese restaurant, Carmello’sor adorable casual-Italian restaurant Monza.


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14. Stay at the 2-room Bennett House B&B in Old Town Manassasfive blocks downtown and within a few minutes walk from the train station (“an hour and $18 roundtrip to DC!”). Amiable couple, Jean and Curtis Harrover outline the many reasons it makes sense to stay in Manassas and take daytrips into Washington DC – no city parking woes, relative quietude, cost – and to top it off, Jean’s wonderful breakfasts are included in the room rate.”


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Although the Huff Post hit the nail on the head, there are also some hidden gems in Manassas that we want to share with you! Below, we add some more of our top picks for things to do in Manassas:

Jiffy Lube Live

This outdoor concert venue is NoVa’s top place to go for the summer concerts you won’t forget! Another plus – it’s less than 3 miles from Arcadia Run! More info here:

Brewing Companies

Manassas is home to two different brewing companies: BadWolf Brewing Company and Heritage Brewing Co. Both of these top-rated brewing companies are great options if you’re feeling thirsty for an ice-cold brew.

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Although Jiffy Lube Live is great for a large concert venue, the Hylton Performing Arts Center is a more intimate venue for all types of live performances.

For more information on all of the great attractions in Manassas, VA, go to To keep up with everything going on at Arcadia Run, visit our Facebook page.


Thai Food Worth Celebrating is at Zabb Thai in Manassas!

There’s something about great Thai food that makes it so much more memorable.

Maybe it’s because the flavors are so bold and spicy and the dishes are so aesthetically pleasing, but we believe finding the best Thai restaurant in a neighborhood is a conquest that, until completed, requires constant vigilance.

Thankfully, if you live in Manassas, you needn’t look further than Zabb Thai restaurant.

Zabb Restaurant

Zabb is all about celebrating great meals, great company and, well, celebrating you. The restaurant offers a trendier, more modern interior than most Manassas places, which makes the place a great destination for dates, girls’ nights out or even just an after-work gathering. The wait staff is superb to match the atmosphere.

But what makes Zabb so great, of course, is the food. Try the salt chili pork and just try to tell us you’re not in love. Looking for a classic? The pad thai wows even those who are Thai food experts.

Zabb also offers a range of vegetarian options, so you can be sure all palates will be happy to head over. Try the wonton soup (get it spicy if you cat take the heat!) and the green curry vegetable, a bright and coconut-y dish that will have you planning a return visit very soon.

Best of all, Zabb Thai restaurant is located close to home at Arcadia Run. Head over for a meal after dinner or stop by Zabb for one of their great lunch or happy hour specials.

We love the atmosphere, style and flavors at Zabb Thai restaurant. Hurry over and consider your Thai food exploration complete.

For more information, “like” Zabb Thai on Facebook!

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Make Your Way to Sister Restaurants Carmello’s and Monza in Downtown Manassas!

Our new favorite sister restaurants are Carmello’s and Monza Italian in downtown Manassas.

Located a short drive away from Arcadia Run, these two restaurants are ideal for a night out. And while they each offer a distinct menu and atmosphere, both are guaranteed to be a hit; these restaurants know authentic European food.

Carmello’s specializes in find Portugese food, which includes an extensive, and irresistible, list of Portugese wines. So whether you’re a wine snob or just looking for a delicious vino, Carmello’s has you covered.

The food at Carmello’s is bright, fresh and made with meticulous attention to detail. And since the meals are crafted with local food made at its peak season in mind, Carmello’s menu changes seasonally. We love the Lambo de Porco – a mouthwatering combination of prosciutto, risotto, pork tenderloin, shittake mushrooms and golden raisins in a delicious wine sauce. If you’re feeling particularly authentic, don’t miss the Mussels Portuguesas, mussels made to perfection (but warning: you just might start scoffing at the dish at other restaurants!). And for dessert? You must try the mascarpone mousse.


And the best part about having sister restaurants is that you can go to both in one night, if you want! Waiting for your table at Carmello’s? Head over for a pre-dinner drink at Monza. When it’s time, it’s no problem bringing your drink over to the Portugese restaurant. And the same goes for the opposite.

We love Monza Italian and their diverse selection of pastas, salads and sausages. And one of the best parts about Monza is that you’ll sit down to a delicious meal without feeling overstuffed at the end; the food is decadent without being overbearing. And Monza boasts an impressive beer menu; few fine restaurants have such a variety of bottled brews! From brick oven pizzas to creative pastas – we strongly suggest the Jack’s Special, a Monza favorite, and every time you order the entree Monza donates $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project and Oral History Fund! – the food at Monza is affordable and delicious. And the flavors you get here are hard to find anywhere else, so look no further than Monza!

We don’t know many sister resturants that have such different menus but share such similar dedication to only serving up the best possible dish. But that’s what you’ll find at Monza Italian and Carmello’s Portugese Restaurant, and you’ll be glad you came.

For more information on the sister restaurants, “like” them both on Facebook! Monza | Carmello’s

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Get A Taste of New Orleans at Okra’s Cajun Creole!

Whether you’re craving some hearty, Southern comfort food or are just looking for a new place to grab a meal in Manassas, look no further than Okra’s Cajun Creole.

This casual restaurant, located at the corner of Center and Battle Streets, has gone beyond simply serving up hearty and flavorful Cajun food, it’s a true Manassas community fixture.

Okra's Exterior
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Okra’s first came to Manassas in 1998 with humble beginnings. A small restaurant that hoped to bring New Orleans to Northern Virginia quickly drew the vibrance of Louisiana and Mardis Gras to Manassas! Okra’s hosts a Mardis Gras parade in Manassas yearly, that includes marching bands, bright costumes, Nawlins music and tons of Cajun food. Okra’s has brought a few other Louisiana traditions up to Manassas as well, including crawfish boils and smaller festivals for the community.

Since Okra’s start in Manassas, it’s grown to become a large staffed restaurant, but it continues to serve community members with the same inviting and warm atmosphere it had 15 years ago.

And it’s that atmosphere will make you nostalgic for New Orleans – whether you’ve been before or not. Jazz music plays throughout the restaurant and the decor is as colorful and eclectic as what you’d find in the South. Sip on an Abita beer – a Louisiana favorite that is always on draft at Okra’s –  and get transported to New Orleans. The bar atmosphere at Okra’s is consistently complimented for its welcoming feel, variety of Louisiana drinks and creative bartenders.

But of course, Okra’s is most memorable for its incredible Cajun food.

Okra's Cooking
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The food at Okra’s is totally fresh and made based on what’s best that season. In fact, Okra’s redoes its menu every season to include only the freshest ingredients. Our favorite dishes are the crawfish and the fried oysters, two Louisiana staples that Okra’s has truly mastered. Grab a side of their flavorful corn bread and you’ll be drowning in delicious food! The fried oyster po’ boys are also a great way to maximize your New Orleans experience at Okra’s.

Oh, and if you’re feeling adventurous, don’t forget to try the gator bites.

Come to Okra’s during Mardi Gras and the restaurant has even more specials and offerings than usual. From a traditional Nawlins “King Cake” to the beads and music, you’ll feel as though you’re in Louisiana! And since it’s located so close to Arcadia Run, New Orleans never feels too far from home.

Head over to Okra’s for an Abita and appetizer at Happy Hour or bring friends and dive into their varied and tempting menu for dinner. Between the atmosphere and food, you’ll be sure to have a great time.

For more information on Okra’s Cajun Creole, “like” them on Facebook!

Beat the Heat at Sweet Frog in Manassas!

The weather has been heating up and summer is almost here!  Whether you have been lounging at the pool, hiking through the woods, fishing on a lake, or playing at the park, there is no better way to cool off than with some ice cold frozen yogurt from Sweet Frog in Manassas!


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Offering innovative flavors such as maple bacon donut, carrot cake, honey lavender, and apple pie; and classic standards such as chocolate, vanilla, lemon, and raspberry, Sweet Frog has fun flavors to fit everybody’s tastes.    There are nonfat and low-fat yogurt options for people looking to maintain their beach bodies, no-sugar-added options for dieters and diabetics, and a variety of sorbets for those looking for a lighter treat.  Sweet Frog has a number of toppings to choose from as well, from fresh fruit and finely chopped nuts, to crunchy cookies and crumbled candy bars.


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The best part about Sweet Frog is that you serve yourself so you can mix and match any flavors you’d like.   Located in the Bull Run Plaza at 11648 Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas, just a few miles from the Arcadia Run Apartments, Sweet Frog is the perfect place to cool off this summer!

Arcadia Run is Open!

Just a half hour outside of Washington DC, the Arcadia Run Apartments are beginning to take root. Located a stone’s throw from the historic Manassas National Battlefield Park, and less than two miles from Lake Manassas, the Arcadia Run Apartments will be situated close to amazing shopping, dining, and entertainment , as well as natural and historical points of interest.

Arcadia Run Apartments

The property will have one and two bedroom apartments for rent, ranging from 789 to 1177 square feet. The brand new, luxury apartments will have designer features and finishes, and will be conveniently located near Interstate 66, and Virginia Railway Express stations.

Arcadia Run Apartments

With the Grand Opening slated for May 15th, the units are sure to fill up quickly. For more information you can visit the property at 8401 Rosebay Lane # 123 in Manassas, call them at (866) 979-1173, or check them out online. You can also stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter.