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Rhonda Aghamalian

Rhonda Aghamalian is a freelance writer, third-generation Arlington native and occasional guest contributor to the Pursuit of Happy blog. Arlington organizations she’s been involved with as an employee or a volunteer include Arlington ISD, Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington and the Junior League of Arlington.

7 Spots to Hit Up for Happy Hour in Arlington

Are you ready to unwind? When that five o’clock whistle blows, there’s no shortage of options for a memorable happy hour in Arlington. If you’re ready to break out of your after-five routine, check out a few of my favorite places in town to meet a friend for a tasty beverage and some good conversation: 4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge 506 East Division St…

Tourism Touches Everything: Q&A With The Sanford House

No doubt about it, one of Arlington’s tourism gems is the beautiful Sanford House Inn & Spa, located at 506 N. Center Street just minutes from UT Arlington and the Arlington Entertainment District. The venue offers three kinds of experiences you can enjoy separately or combine for an extended visit: A charming B&B-styled boutique hotel, a…

Five Places To Find Late Night Fun In Arlington

I’m a confirmed night owl, as anybody who knows me well can attest to—and apparently I’m one by nature, since my mom tells me I used to drive her crazy by lying awake in my crib all night. However, I suspect I’m also a night owl by choice. I love late night dining and those great extended conversations you get into at after-hours spots, the…

Five Great DFW Spring Break Staycation Ideas – Part Three

No doubt about it, the only downside to spring breaking in and around Arlington is the struggle to decide what to do among all of the hundreds of great options. In part one of our Spring Break 2019 series we covered a wildlife preserve, DFW’s weirdest museum, and two classic Arlington destinations; in part two we highlighted stadium tours, Texas…

Four Great DFW Spring Break Staycation Ideas – Part Two

I’m crazy about travel, but I also love local urban exploration—in other words, visiting the hundreds of wonderful destinations to be experienced right here in Arlington and throughout DFW. For my money, there’s no better time to plan a staycation than spring break, when the weather is mild and there’s a sense of excitement in the air as everyone…

Four Great DFW Spring Break Staycation Ideas – Part One

Growing up in Arlington, I loved the visits to Six Flags Over Texas and other local destinations my mom organized each spring break—and I also looked forward to our annual spring break excursion to The Galleria in Dallas, which included ice skating with my little brother and lunch at the legendary Highland Park Cafeteria. The Galleria outing…

My Alt Valentine: Four Things to Do for V-Day That Don’t Involve Love and Restaurant Reservations

For those who don’t know about Galentine’s Day: The short version of the story is that a 2010 episode of the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation” made popular the notion that Valentine’s Day shouldn’t just be for lovey-dovey couples, it should also be a time for ladies to celebrate their friendships with each other by doing…well, whatever they want…