PressForward Institute – Information

Greetings!

We are very much looking forward to meeting all of the Institute participants next week, so we want to make sure to get you to your destination safely and as efficiently as possible.  We’ve included directions to the hotel and campus that cover the most common routes, but let us know if you need any other details (email us at info@pressforward.org).

The PressForward Institute is being held in Founders Hall on the Arlington campus of George Mason University, NOT the Fairfax campus.  This location is more accessible from the hotel and from the airports, so is used for many of our workshops.   On Thursday, August 13 there will be a sign in table on the bottom floor of Founders Hall, and we will get you set up.

Partners are staying at the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston.  Campus is about 1 mile East of the hotel, both on Fairfax Drive.

 

Directions

To the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston:

From Dulles Airport (Driving)

  • From Dulles Airport, take the Dulles Airport Access Road
  • This road becomes VA-267E.
  • Continue East toward Arlington/Washington DC
  • VA 267E becomes I-66 East
  • Take Exit 71 – Glebe Rd./Fairfax Drive
  • Hotel is on the right, at the first stoplight.

From Dulles Airport (Public Transit)

  • From Dulles Airport, take MetroBus 5A towards L’Enfant Station
  • Depart at N Moore Street & Rosslyn Station
  • From the Rosslyn Metro Station, take the Silver Line towards Wiehle Reston East OR take the Orange Line towards Vienna Fairfax-GMU
  • Depart at Ballston Metro Station
  • From station exit, turn left (west) on Fairfax Drive, and walk 3 blocks to Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston.
  • Complimentary hotel shuttle from station available; call (703) 243-9800 when you are ready to be picked up
  • Taxi Charge from station (one way):  $6.00

From Reagan National Airport (Driving)

  • Take George Washington Parkway North, approx. 4 miles to Spout Run exit (on left).
  • Take Spout Run 1 mile; cross Lee Hwy/Rte. 29.  Name changes to Kirkwood Rd. Continue 1 mile,
  • Turn right onto N Fairfax Drive, proceed 1 mile to hotel on left.

From Reagan National Airport (Public Transit)

  • From Reagan National Airport, take the Blue Line Metro towards Largo Town Center
  • Depart at Rosslyn Metro Station
  • Turn right onto N Fairfax Drive, proceed 1 mile to hotel on left.
  • From the Rosslyn Metro Station, take the Silver Line towards Wiehle Reston East OR take the Orange Line towards Vienna Fairfax-GMU
  • Depart at Ballston Metro Station
  • From station exit, turn left (west) on Fairfax Drive, and walk 3 blocks to Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston.
  • Complimentary hotel shuttle from station available; call (703) 243-9800 when you are ready to be picked up
  • Taxi Charge from station (one way):  $6.00

To GMU Arlington Campus:

DIRECTIONS TO ARLINGTON CAMPUS (3351 North Fairfax Dr., Arlington) from Washington, DC

  • Cross over the Roosevelt Bridge; follow signs to the George Washington Parkway.
  • Once on the parkway, exit at Spout Run (left exit). Cross over Route 29 (Lee Highway).
  • Spout Run is now Kirkwood Road. Cross over Washington Boulevard.
  • The Arlington Campus is on the right, at North Fairfax Drive.

DIRECTIONS TO ARLINGTON CAMPUS (3351 North Fairfax Dr., Arlington) from I-66 heading east

  • Exit I-66 at Glebe Road/Fairfax Drive (exit 71). The exit ramp turns into Fairfax Drive.
  • After traveling one mile on North Fairfax Drive, you will see the FDIC building on the left. The Arlington Campus is past the FDIC building.

*Note: All eastbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 6:30 am to 9:00 am and all westbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

DIRECTIONS TO ARLINGTON CAMPUS (3351 North Fairfax Dr., Arlington) from I-66 heading west

  • Exit I-66 at Glebe Road (exit 71). Turn left onto Washington Boulevard.
  • Stay on Washington Boulevard until you pass the Giant Supermarket; then turn right onto Kirkwood Road.
  • The Arlington Campus is on the right, at North Fairfax Drive.

*Note: All eastbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 6:30 am to 9:00 am and all westbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

DIRECTIONS TO ARLINGTON CAMPUS (3351 North Fairfax Dr., Arlington) from I-395

  • Exit I-395 at Glebe Road North.
  • Continue on Glebe Road, passing Ballston Common Mall on the right.
  • Cross over Wilson Boulevard, then turn right onto Fairfax Drive.
  • After one mile you will see the FDIC building on the left. The Arlington Campus is past the FDIC building.

DIRECTIONS TO ARLINGTON CAMPUS (3351 North Fairfax Dr., Arlington) from Fairfax and Points West, via Route 50

  • Go east on Route 50 (Arlington Blvd.).
  • Exit at Glebe Road, and turn left on Glebe.
  • Turn right on Fairfax Drive. The Arlington Campus is one mile down on North Fairfax Drive, past the FDIC building, on the left.

DIRECTIONS TO ARLINGTON CAMPUS (3351 North Fairfax Dr., Arlington) by Metro

  • Take the Orange Line to the Virginia Square/GMU station.
  • Take the escalator to the street level, and turn to face Fairfax Drive. Across the street and to the right, you will see the FDIC building. Cross the street and continue past the FDIC building. The Arlington Campus is on the left in approximately 2 blocks.

 

Visitor Parking:

Founders Hall Parking Garage
Visitor parking is now open in the Founders Hall Parking Garage.  Currently the rates are $3/hour with a daily maximum of $14 Monday-Friday.

 

Restaurants:

There is no shortage of meal options in the area.  There are a couple dozen choices on the route between the hotel and campus, with many more within a couple of blocks.  There are also a number of coffee places, including a Starbucks on the way to campus from the hotel and Metro Station.

Here is a selection of options nearby:

On campus, the Einsteins Brothers Bagels is open 8am-7:30pm Monday – Thursday, and 8am – 3pm on Friday.

There are a number of options off-campus. There are many restaurants along Wilson and Clarendon Boulevard near the Clarendon Metro station, less than a third of a mile from campus. There following dining options are within 3 blocks of campus:

  • Liberty Tavern, 3195 Wilson Blvd. Sit down and take away “new American.”
  • Northside Social, 3211 Wilson Blvd. Coffeeshop, cafe, and wine bar.
  • Silver Diner, 3200 Wilson Blvd. American diner food.
  • El Pollo Rico, 932 N. Kenmore St. Peruvian chicken.
  • Z Burger, 3325 Wilson Blvd.
  • Cosi, 3503 N. Fairfax Dr. Pizzas and sandwiches.
  • 7-Eleven, 3503 N. Fairfax Dr.
  • Starbucks, 901 N. Nelson St.
  • Metro Cafe and Gourmet, 901 N. Nelson St. Deli sandwiches and specialty grocery
  • Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, 3471 Washington Blvd.
  • Mala Tang, 3434 Washington Blvd. Sichuan hot pot, Asian fusion.
  • Giant, 3450 Washington Blvd. Grocery