Blog :: 11-2014

What to do for Thanksgiving in Reston

Thanksgiving Reston

Happy Thanksgiving from some real turkeys (who, no lie, showed up at my friend's house on Thanksgiving day!)

I love Thanksgiving weekend--there is so much to do and so much fun to be had. I wish it could last longer. If you're new to Reston, or just want some new ideas about what to do this weekend, here are some of my favorites.

Donate Food to Those in Need

Before the weekend, consider donating food to Cornerstones--a fabulous Reston-based organization that makes a real difference in people's lives. The Reston Community Center, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and Cornerstones have joined to collect food. You can drop off non-perishable food and other items from November 1 - 24 at the Reston Community Center's Hunters Woods and Lake Anne facilities, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of other drop-off points throughout the community. Visit the web page for a list of items they really need.

Dinner Out

If you don't feel like cooking this Thanksgiving, I suggest visiting Vinifera at the Westin Reston. They are offering a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday buffet for a reasonable price: $49 per adult; $20 per child ages 5-12; and $7 per child ages 5 and under. They're located at 11750 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA (703) 234-3550. Call for reservations. Or if you have a hankering for something else, check out this list of Northern VA restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner.

Reston Holiday Parade

An annual tradition on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Reston Holiday Parade has grown in every way. Macy's-style balloons, musicians and marching bands, dancers, antique cars, community groups, and more make up this one-of-a-kind, one-hour procession welcoming the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus for the season. The 2014 Parade Theme -- "Home for the Holidays" -- invites adults and kids alike to join the fun to celebrate home, family, and freedom! Come early to get your free sleigh bells. The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. at Reston Town Center.

Tree Lighting and Sing Along

After you've warmed up from your morning at the Holiday Parade, come back to the Reston Town Center for the annual tree lighting and sing along at 6:00pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage to magically light up the huge Christmas tree in Fountain Square. After that is a traditional holiday sing along led by The Reston Chorale and brass quintet. From 6:30 until 10 pm, horse-drawn carriage rides are available, embarking from outside of Talbots on Market Street. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Shop for Gifts from the Heart

Shop at the annual "Gifts from the HeART" from December 1 to January 5 to benefit Cornerstones. Sales of original works of two- and three- dimensional art in many mediums including watercolor, oil, acrylic, clay, mixed media, photography, and fiber are available--and make great gifts. Come to the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne and find the perfect gift!

That should do it--after all, you need plenty of time to lounge around and visit with your family and friends!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Hickory Cluster, Reston, VA

Hickory Cluster

Photo courtesy of the Reston Museum.

Urban planning and architectural students study Reston, VA for a reason--some of Reston's early designs were groundbreaking. Hickory Cluster, the first development in Reston, is one. Designed by the famous architect Charles Goodman, they represent why Goodman's early designs changed the way developments were planned.

Architectural historian Elizabeth Jo Lample noted in Housing Washington:  " ... The appeal of living in a Goodman house is enormous to those who share his avant-garde spirit, plus his ideals for openness, engagement with nature, and liberal social values. ... To those who are fortunate enough to obtain them, his dwellings feel like highly livable works of art, glazed conduits to the natural world."

One of Goodman's trademarks is the way he used the land. In Hickory Cluster, he arranged groups of townhouses around intricately paved terraces, which in turn are leveled into a wooded hilltop. Overlooking Lake Anne Village Center, the Hickory Cluster townhomes features sharp changes in the rooflines, varying sizes, and contrasting textures. The homes come in a variety of designs with 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms, rooftop terraces, balconies, playrooms, private studies, family rooms and recreation rooms.

Parking is ample: there is underground garage parking or carports for some models and large parking areas for others. The cluster backs up to Reston Association path and is just a short walk to Lake Anne, Reston Town Center, and Lake Anne Elementary School. The new Reston Station, Silver Line Metrorail, is a five minute drive and Dulles International Airport is within 15 minutes by car.

Visit the Hickory Cluster website to learn more about this historic, and beautiful, Reston community.

Mom and Pop: The Wine Cabinet, North Reston

Wine Cabinet, North Reston

Sipping a glass of wine from the Wine Cabinet is one of life's many pleasures.

Is there any better way to spend a crisp fall evening than out on the deck, sipping a lovely glass of wine (or craft beer)? Most Restonians don't think so. And neither does Rande Jenus, owner of the Wine Cabinet specialty wine and gourmet store in Reston's North Point Village Center. That's why he sells the perfect wines for any occasion--whether you're enjoying an evening on the deck or hosting a special dinner party.

Rande believes there is a place between the big "box stores" and the small wine shops where good value, excellent knowledge, and discerning selection meet with professional business management to create shops of extraordinary taste and ambiance. The Wine Cabinet is proof of this.

Everyone at the Wine Cabinet is committed to creating a comfortable experience for every customer. You don't need to know anything about wines to come out with the perfect bottle--the knowledgeable staff enjoys helping you find the right wine for your event (and budget). And if wine isn't what you want, the craft beer selection should do the trick. The Wine Cabinet's customer contract says it all: We place great value in the selection of wines, food and giftware and have a good wine at the right price for every budget and every palate.

The Wine Cabinet has become a gathering place for people who love fine wines, craft beers, cooking demonstrations, and culinary tools. There is always some fun event happening--all the more reason to come back time and again! You will see Rande and his staff out in the community too--they are a small, local business completely committed to the Reston/Fairfax community.

Whether you are a wine lover or not, stop into the Wine Cabinet. It is always an enjoyable experience...and you'll always find some treasure to bring home.

Wine Cabinet

1416 Northpoint Village Ctr Reston, VA 20194 703) 668-9463

Hours of operation Mon - Sat: 10AM - 8PM Sunday: 12PM - 5PM