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Vinson Hall - For Military Officers & Families

6251 Old Dominion Drive, Mclean, VA 22101

About Vinson Hall - For Military Officers & Families

*Vinson Hall " Live the Difference"
“There is a commonality among the residents here. Many of us have traveled, and we have all experienced full lives. It feels familiar.

Vinson Hall resident Vinson Hall Retirement Community is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community established in 1969 by the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation. Our independent living apartments offer exceptional residential living to commissioned military officers, their immediate family members and employees of equal rank from the State Department, CIA, DoD and Foreign Services. Newly remodeled studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments all feature updated kitchens with new appliances, washers and dryers, elegant new bathrooms and abundant closet space. The choices of activities and lifestyle are as varied as the people who live here. Opportunities for life enrichment abound and our event calendar stays full, with most ideas coming from our residents. Community amenities include an indoor swimming pool and spa, fitness center with a personal trainer, on-site chapel, wellness center staffed 24/7 by a nurse, courtesy car, and art studio and hobby shop. Through partnerships and continual research, we bring in breakthrough technologies and tools that help our residents get the most out of life. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that our continuum of care can accommodate you should your needs change in the future. Our assisted living and healthcare residence, Arleigh Burke Pavilion, and memory support assisted living residence, The Sylvestery, do not require military affiliation.


Type of Community Total Units Cost Range Amenities
Retirement Communities (CCRC)
  • 245 Independent Units
  • 57 Assisted or Personal Care Units
  • 49 Nursing Units
  • Monthly Cost:
    $1,579.00 - $4,193.00
  • Entry Fee:
    $606,322.00 - $943,000.00
  • Indoor Pool
  • Golf Course
  • Fitness Area
  • Gardening Area
Independent Living
  • 245
  • Monthly Cost:
    $1,659.00 - $4,660.00
  • Private Transportation
  • Public Transportation
  • Pets Allowed
  • Beauty Barber
  • Gardening Area
  • Fitness Area
  • Dining Facilities
  • Wellness Center


Fitness Center

Your health is the key to your independence. With this in mind, our nationally certified trainers are committed to helping our residents set and achieve their health and wellness goals. As a member of the Vinson Hall community, you will have daily access to our state-of-the-art Fitness Center and services such as:

  • Fitness Assessment
  • Strength Training
  • Flexibility Training
  • Cardiovascular Training
  • Functional Conditioning
  • Aquatic Fitness Training
  • Weight Reduction
  • Hypertension/Diabetes Fitness Training
  • Martial Arts (Tai Chi/Tae Kwon Do)

Regularly scheduled activities such as pool volleyball and dance classes, and special events such as our “Walk Across America” and Resident Olympics make maintaining health and wellness fun and entertaining for our residents.

Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care is an integral component of the Vinson Hall tradition of holistic care provided for residents of all faith traditions.

Spiritual Care includes:

  • A genuine respect for ALL faith traditions;
  • Religious services to meet worship needs of all residents at the Vinson Hall Chapel and throughout the Vinson Hall Retirement Community;
  • Availability of on-site spiritual counseling for residents, family members and staff;
  • Visitation in residences, hospitals and other care settings to address spiritual and religious needs of residents who are ill or convalescing or in rehabilitation programs;
  • A Director of Ministerial Services, who serves all residents and staff of Vinson Hall Independent Living, Arleigh Burke Assisted Living and Nursing Care and The Sylvestery.

Hobbies and Other Interests

The choice of hobbies and other leisure pastimes at Vinson Hall are as varied as the people who live here. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned veteran, you are cordially invited to join in on any of our resident-organized activities, just some of which are shown below:

  • Painting
  • Woodcarving
  • Gardening
  • Quilting and Knitting
  • Pool, Poker Nights and Bridge Clubs
  • Resident Computer Stations
  • Woodworking and Electronics
  • Framing

And if there are any radio buffs out there, you are invited to be part of the residents’ Amateur Radio and MARS Station.

If your particular interests aren’t currently represented at Vinson Hall, don’t be shy about organizing your own group. There are a lot of active residents, and chances are you’ll find others with similar interests.

Lifelong Learning

"If you prefer the quiet life, you can find it in your own apartment, or browsing in the well-stocked, genuine (not just a wall of books in some remote room) library.” VH Resident

Our lifelong learning philosophy starts with our spacious library, where you can, with the assistance of our part-time, volunteer librarian, check out or order books from the Fairfax County Public Library system. Our own library collection includes paperbacks, mysteries, biographies, historical works, fiction, reference, audio, large print books and movies on video cassette and DVD.

But the learning doesn’t stop here. Thanks to Rosa Weinstein and the other volunteer teachers from Himmelfarb Mobile University, residents of Vinson Hall are enjoying presentations on topics ranging from the history of man to the history of candy. Some classes are serious, some light-hearted—but they are all educational, entertaining and interactive. And they all take place at Vinson Hall.

Resident-Organized Groups

“There used to be a saying in my youth that everyone has at least one book in them. New-comers are cordially invited to take up pen, typewriter or word processor and take a whack at it.” VH Resident

Our residents, several of them accomplished writers, have formed their own literary groups, in which all residents, regardless of ability, are welcome to participate:

  • Residents currently have 2 active book clubs, where group members read selected titles, and then meet to discuss both the artist and his/her work.
  • There are also 2 in-house writing groups; one is called Memoirs, which meets monthly under resident leadership; the second has named itself Word Weavers, which has directed its attention to a free-thinking style of creative writing.
  • Our monthly resident newsletter, News & Views, is written and published by a group of residents, who encourage new-comers to join the staff.
  • And if Genealogy is your passion, several residents at Vinson Hall are very well-versed on the subject.


Vinson Hall Dining Services offers a unique “Dining Room Plan” with the philosophy of having maximum options in choices for Vinson Hall Residents.

There is a weekly “Specials” menu with varied items for Luncheon & Dinner, as well as an extensive A la carte menu with options for Light Fare, Healthy Choice Items, Sandwiches and various Entrees of fish, chicken, pasta and beef. Our menus are not cyclical (we don’t have a Specials “template” that we simply re-offer every month)—our kitchen staff takes full advantage of the many fresh in-season items available at different times of the year.

While many retirement communities have a set “minimum” or dining plans where residents must select 20 -30 meals a month (and pay for them whether or not they actually eat them), Vinson Hall offers much more freedom of choice for residents. A much lower fee for fixed costs of the Dining Services is included in a resident’s monthly bill, and each resident then pays what essentially amounts to a raw food cost for the meals they choose. Our plan offers residents a maximum of choice – choice of what meals they actually want and the choice of dining when they prefer to. Vinson Hall Dining Room, for all practical purposes, operates just like a fine restaurant.


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