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Ring in the New Year Reston (Town Center) Style

New Year's Eve at Reston Town Center

Skating in the pavilion at Reston Town Center. Photo Courtesy of Jacky Cheong, Flickr.

I live, work, and socialize on Lake Anne, so my idea of an adventure is to head over to Reston Town Center (which is only a mile away, but feels like a different world). On New Years Eve, Reston Town Center is an idyllic place to be with the twinkling lights and sounds of laughter echoing down the streets. It's beautiful. As I'm making my own plans for New Year's Eve, I thought I'd share my idea of the perfect New Years at Reston Town Center:

1. Strap on your skates. The skating rink at town center will be open until 8:00 p.m. on New Years Eve. Take a few spins before and reconnect with your inner child. Click here for more details. After you've fallen a few times, head over to Clyde's, Paolo's, or any of the other restaurants nearby to warm up.

2. Treat yourself to an evening of dining and decadence. When you're done skating (and après skating), relax in your hotel room before heading out for a gourmet dinner and party. Every year the Hyatt Regency offers spectacular New Years Eve specials (4 course dinner at Tavern 64, room, and breakfast @ $299 per couple--what a deal!). For me, getting a hotel room less than a mile from my home is the ultimate indulgence--a mini vacation with no worry of stressful travel. Check out the specials here.

3. Start the new year right with a 5k run Okay, so you've indulged and had your fun. Now it's time to start the new year right. Or at least start it with 700 other crazy souls willing to strap on their sneakers and go for a fun around town center. The New Year's Day 5K presented by Potomac River Running is always a fun event. And if you really don't want to run (or you can't get a spot since they're limiting it to 700), then grab a coffee and come cheer the runners on! Find registration details here.

Whatever you choose to do, have a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve in Reston!

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  1. Susan on

    Thanks for the suggestion Eve. My husband and I have booked our room at the Hyatt and are looking forward to that wonderful 4-course meal. Not sure about the ice-skating, but I'm doing the run in the morning. Can't wait!