Blog :: 09-2015

Five Fun Fall Festivals Near Reston, VA

Summer may be winding down (ok, ok. it's officially over). But that doesn't mean the fun is going to wind down at all. In fact, fall in Reston is the perfect time of year. You can find some great outdoor festival every weekend... and most are free. Here are five fun fall festivals in and near Reston that will keep you and your family happily entertained. Enjoy!

Cox Farms Fall Festival: September 26 - November 3, 2015, Centreville, VA.  Giant slides, a fabulous hay ride, and the chance to do some farm chores are just a few of the things that make children BEG to go to the Cox Farms Fall Festival every year (yes, even the farm chores). There are also fresh apples, cider, live animals, pumpkins and food, and a great farmer's market. It's mega fun for the whole family. Opening weekend is September 26, and it runs through November 3. Do not miss it!

Fairfax Fall Festival: October 10, 2015, Fairfax, VA. For 38 years, Northern Virginians have enjoyed this family friendly street festival in the heart of the City of Fairfax, VA. More than 400 juried crafters and food vendors will be selling their wares. Children's activities include Touch a Truck, All American Lumberjack Show, and amusement rides. And there is musical entertainment for all ages! The best part? This festival is FREE.

Clifton Day Festival: October 11, 2015, Clifton. One day a year, the quaint town of Clifton celebrates its history in style. With 150 antique dealers, artists, bakers and other street vendors lining the town's streets, what more could you want? How about a train ride? Clifton Day is the only day of the year when the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) stops in town. Festival goers can take the train, which will provide roundtrip train service to Clifton from all stops between Manassas and Rolling Road. The train ride to Clifton is free and the return trip costs $5 per person (children under age two ride free). And if that isn't enticement enough, there will be live bands, pony rides, craft demonstrations, children's activities, a Civil War reenactment and a wide selection of food and beverages.

Oktoberfest Reston: October 10 and 11, 2015, Reston. Oktoberfest Reston is Northern Virginia's largest outdoor fall festival--and it's right in our back yard at Reston Town Center! Come enjoy seasonal beer and wine, German fare from 17 area restaurants, a family carnival, live entertainment, a chili cook off and the Great Pumpkin 5K race. Live music will include traditional German tunes as well as favorites from a variety of local musicians.

Tysons Fall Harvest Festival: October 17, 18, 24, 25, 2015, Tysons Corner. Bring the kids for the 2nd annual Tysons Fall Harvest Festival! Enjoy the Fall Harvest as you stroll through the arts and crafts booths and taste some of the fun flavors of Fall. It is all here for the reaping... bring your family and friends and carve out some special memories. Special activities include lots of fun FREE activities for the whole family: The largest hay pyramid in DC, Petting Zoo, Bouncy Houses, Pumpkin Bowling, Kids Candy Walk, Craft Corner, and the hay maze. And for mom and dad, there will be tons of craft beers and Virginia wines to sample! All this is happening at the Lerner Town Square at the Galleria Tysons II.

Heather Knoll Cluster, North Reston

By Eve Thompson

Heather Knoll Cluster in Reston, VA. Photo courtesy of Heather Knoll Cluster.

Heather Knoll Cluster in Reston, VA.
Photo courtesy of Heather Knoll Cluster.

The North Point area of Reston was the last place fully developed in Reston, and the homes are modern, clean, and beautiful. Heather Knoll Cluster is no exception. Built in the early 1990's, Heather Knoll Cluster is a small community of 52 townhouses distributed among 13 buildings. These homes are perfect for young families as they're situated on a charming cul de sac--providing children with a safe place to play.

Designed by Berry & Co., each home has a traditional brick front with fine detailing, classic cedar siding and elegant trim. They also each have a one-car garage--a bonus for Reston townhomes--and privacy fences separating the yards. They are all two levels with a basement, three bedrooms, and two and half bath. And they have fireplaces! The homes come in three different styles, with variations in room sizes and overall square footage.

Healther Knoll Cluster is located on Woodbrook Court off of Woodbrook Lane and Wiehle Avenue--with close proximity to the Fairfax County Parkway and Route 7. The surrounding area has wonderful walking paths and plenty of trees and nature.

This is the perfect neighborhood for anyone who wants something slightly off the beaten path, but still wants to have all the amenities of Reston easily accessible.

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    Waterview Cluster, North Reston

    By Eve Thompson

    Waterview Cluster in Reston, VA

    Waterview Cluster is Reston’s most iconic neighborhood.

    Whenever you see an article about Reston, the planned community or Reston appears in a history book, you will likely also see a picture of Waterview Cluster. It is perhaps the most iconic Reston neighborhood.

    Built in 1965, many of the 75 two and three story townhouses on Lake Anne have beautiful water views with the remaining situated on lushly landscaped wooded lots. Award-winning architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith designed Waterview Cluster to feel like a French fishing village, and the exterior bricks painted in soft pastels and the charming balconies really do make it feel European.

    The townhouses in this beautiful community have a charming mid-century modern meets cottage vibe. They are light and airy, with very inviting interior spaces. They range in size from 1,500 to 2,800 square feet. Residents affectionately call the homes “tall skinnies” or “short fats.” The mix of size and styles make for a unique and charming neighborhood. Waterview Cluster residents are unwavering in their affection for their neighborhood—they share a collective recognition that they live some place unique.

    Like most of Reston, Waterview Cluster is very walk-able, with paved walkways leading to Lake Anne Village Center and Reston Town Center.

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      Fun on the Reston lakes

      By Eve Thompson

      Summer is almost over, but it’s not gone yet. While many of the Reston pools have closed for the season, there is plenty of water fun to be had. Take advantage of the next few weekends to get on the water!

      Paddle boarding in Reston

      Reston Lakes paddle boardingStandup paddle boarding (SUP) is taking the water sports world by storm. Called Hoe he’e nalu in the Hawaiian language (which is just a fun fact to know), paddle boarding started as an offshoot of surfing… only much, much easier. The concept is simple—you stand on a surf style board and use a long paddle to move across the water. You can do it on flat water, like the Reston lakes, or in the open water. It’s a fun sport anyone can enjoy.

      And we are lucky in Reston to have a company that offers SUP workshops on our Reston lakes—Surf Reston. They offer workshops at Lake Anne, Lake Audubon, Lake Thoreau and Lake Newport. The company started as a way to build a community of individuals who enjoy paddling; they teach how to paddle responsibly and safely and give their customers the opportunities to connect with other enthusiasts. Sign up for one of their workshops today! Better yet, get a group of friends to do it together. It’s a blast.

      Kayak and Canoe Rental

      Until Labor Day weekend, you can enjoy a leisurely paddle around Lake Anne. Reston Association provides kayak, canoe, and paddle boat rentals by the hour. It’s a fun way to spend a summer evening! You can purchase tickets at Reston’s Used Book Shop, 1623 Washington Plaza (near the fountain). Contact the book shop by calling 703-435-9772. The cost is $6 per boat for 1-hour rental.

      Hours of Operation are:
      Thursdays, 4 – 8 p.m.
      Fridays, 4 – 8 p.m.
      Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

      Enjoy these last few weeks of summer break. Maybe I’ll see you out on the lakes!

      - See more at: http://allrestonrealestate.com/blog/#sthash.lTRisQ0X.dpuf

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        Is Reston Townhome Living for You?

        By Eve Thompson

        Golf Course Island ClusterThere is every type of dwelling available in Reston—from single family home to condos, from large to small… and everything in between. Despite the fact I live in a condo, I always associate Reston with townhomes. Perhaps that is because we have such diverse townhome communities—we have close to a 140 separate townhouse clusters. That’s a lot.

        Many people who move to Reston have never considered living in a townhome. They perceive them as dark and small with little privacy from neighbors. Then they visit some of the townhome communities and change their minds. Our townhome clusters are wildly varied from the comfortable and modest to over-the-top luxurious. Many are on our lakes or golf course. All have beautiful, well-kept common areas.

        cedar cove cluster

        Cedar Cove cluster in South Reston has garages and access to Lake Audubon!

        So is a Reston townhome right for you? Possibly yes. Reston townhomes offer a wide range of housing options for almost every price point. You’ll often find neighborhoods that are a combination of young families, singles, or couples who have downsized. It’s a wonderful, eclectic mix. And for busy professionals, you have the bonus of a lovely neighborhood that you don’t have to care for—your cluster will maintain the common property!

        If you’ve never considered townhome living because you’re worried about the size, the light or living in such close proximity, maybe you should reconsider, there is a lot of upside to this housing style. And no place does it as well as Reston.

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          Labor Day Weekend 2015 in Reston, VA

          By Eve Thompson

          Labor Day weekend--the last hurrah before summer officially ends. We celebrate the holiday in style here in Reston with the annual Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival--one of my absolute favorite events of the whole year. If you're new to Reston, or have never made it down to Lake Anne for this event, make sure to put it on your calendar.

          In fact, the Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival is so much fun, it's going to be an entire week this year. The fun starts August 30 and culminates on Saturday, September 5. And the best part is it is free. Fun for the whole family, this festival showcases talented local emerging artists and national jazz performers. Not only will there be great music, the Lake Anne merchants are featuring specials and there will be a fun featured film as part of the ongoing Summer Film Festival series.

          Ready for a week of great music? Here is the full list of activities:

          • August 30 (sundown) - Summer Film Festival Series Movie "Jazz on a Summer's Day" (1959 Classic)
          • September 1 (7-10 p.m.) - The Red Tree Solo (Café Montmartre)
          • September 1 (8 p.m.) - Jazz Trivia Night (Kalypso's Sports Tavern)
          • September 1 (6-9 p.m.) - Mykle Lyons Trio (Plaza)
          • September 2 (8-10 p.m.) - The Caterpillars Duet (Café Montmartre)
          • September 2 (9:30 p.m.) - Jazz Karaoke Night (Kalypso's Sports Tavern)
          • September 3 (7-9 p.m.) - Take A Break Concert Series featuring the Chris Vadala Quartet (Plaza)
          • September 4 (7:30-10:30 p.m.) - Cabernet (Café Montmartre)
          • September 4 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) -- The Jason Kearse Trio (Plaza)

          Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival Line Up

          • September 5
            1 p.m. Ted Garber
            2 p.m. Cissa Paz
            3 p.m. Integriti Reeves4 p.m. Nia Olabesi
            5 p.m. Mykle Lyons
            6 p.m. Texas Chainsaw
            7 p.m. Adrian Duke (Headliner)
            9:30 p.m. Post Festival Late Night with Sam Gunderson (Kalypso's Sports Tavern)

          Don't forget about the merchants. Here are some of the specials you can expect:

          • Chesapeake Chocolates: Special Edition chocolate musical notes and instruments. Wine Tasting Sept. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30p.m.
          • Reston's Used Book Shop: 50% off all books about music
          • Small Change Kids Consignment Shop: Melissa & Doug musical toys 50% off
          • The Reston Museum: Music sale on local jazz performers Beverly Cosham, Menda Ahart and Felicia Crowley

          But that's only until Saturday, you say. You are right. So on Labor Day, head down the road to Herndon for the annual Herndon Labor Day Festival! It's Monday, September 7, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Herndon Town Green (777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA 20170). There will be tastings of Virginia wines and craft beers, great music, a craft show, sponsor gallery, and food vendors. The Herndon Parks and Recreation Department and the Herndon Woman's Club produce this fun event.

          • Admission
            Wine, Craft Brew Tastings and Entertainment - $20
            (ID required to purchase tastings)
            Concert only or designated driver - $5
            Extra beer tastings - $2 per ticket- Cash only at gate
            - Children 12 and under free
            - No pets allowed
            - Wine and craft brew tasting and selling of open containers ends at 4 p.m.
          • 2015 Participating Virginia Wineries
            Cardamon Family Vineyards
            Chateau O'Brien
            Desert Rose Ranch and Winery
            Horton Vineyards
            Mattaponi Winery
            Mountain Cove Vineyards
            Rebec Vineyards
            Rogers Ford Farm Winery
            Thistle Gate Vineyard
            Two Twisted Posts Winery
          • Featured Craft Brews
            Forge Brew Works, Belgian Blonde
            Mad Fox Brewery, K?lsch
            South Street Brewery, Satan's Pony - Amber Ale
            O'Conner Brewing Co., El Guaop - IPA
            Brothers Craft Brewing, Great Outdoors- Pale Ale
            Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Vienna Lager
          • Food Vendors
            International Grill
            Island Smoothies and Coffee
            Italian
            Rito Loco
            Sherri's Crab Cakes

          Enjoy your last official weekend of summer. I know I'm looking forward to it!

          - See more at: http://allrestonrealestate.com/blog/#sthash.vNfftgXv.dpuf

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            Vantage Hill, North Reston

            By Eve Thompson

            Most of the Reston condominiums built in the 1970’s look nondescript from the outside. There is no way around it—they are boxy and plain. But if you take the time to go inside, you will be pleasantly surprised. Vantage Hill is a wonderful example of this.

            Vantage Hill sits on 15 beautifully wooded acres that have been designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. That’s 15 acres for 152 units or, more than 4,000 square feet per unit.

            And then there are the spacious interiors. These may be condominiums, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up space. The units are generally 2 or 3 bedrooms with generous floor plans, ample closets and spacious kitchens. One of the beautiful things about these older condominiums is that most of them have been updated—new kitchens, new bathrooms, and new flooring. It’s the best of both worlds—the solid construction and beautiful landscape of the 70’s with the beautiful interiors and modern designs of today.

            Utilities are included in the condo fees. Vantage Hill is located between Reston Town Center and Lake Anne Village Center, with an easy walk to either. It’s about a five-minute walk to Lake Anne Elementary School. Older children attend Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lake High School.

            - See more at: http://allrestonrealestate.com/blog/#sthash.vNfftgXv.dpuf

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              Heather Knoll Cluster, North Reston

               

              Heather Knoll Cluster in Reston, VA. Photo courtesy of Heather Knoll Cluster. Heather Knoll Cluster in Reston, VA.
              Photo courtesy of Heather Knoll Cluster.

              Heather Knoll Cluster in Reston, VA. Photo courtesy of Heather Knoll Cluster.

               

              The North Point area of Reston was the last place fully developed in Reston, and the homes are modern, clean, and beautiful. Heather Knoll Cluster is no exception. Built in the early 1990's, Heather Knoll Cluster is a small community of 52 townhouses distributed among 13 buildings. These homes are perfect for young families as they're situated on a charming cul de sac--providing children with a safe place to play.

              Designed by Berry & Co., each home has a traditional brick front with fine detailing, classic cedar siding and elegant trim. They also each have a one-car garage--a bonus for Reston townhomes--and privacy fences separating the yards. They are all two levels with a basement, three bedrooms, and two and half bath. And they have fireplaces! The homes come in three different styles, with variations in room sizes and overall square footage.

              Healther Knoll Cluster is located on Woodbrook Court off of Woodbrook Lane and Wiehle Avenue--with close proximity to the Fairfax County Parkway and Route 7. The surrounding area has wonderful walking paths and plenty of trees and nature.

              This is the perfect neighborhood for anyone who wants something slightly off the beaten path, but still wants to have all the amenities of Reston easily accessible.

              Is Reston Townhome Living for You?

              Golf Course Island ClusterThere is every type of dwelling available in Reston--from single family home to condos, from large to small... and everything in between. Despite the fact I live in a condo, I always associate Reston with townhomes. Perhaps that is because we have such diverse townhome communities--we have close to a 140 separate townhouse clusters. That's a lot.

              Many people who move to Reston have never considered living in a townhome. They perceive them as dark and small with little privacy from neighbors. Then they visit some of the townhome communities and change their minds. Our townhome clusters are wildly varied from the comfortable and modest to over-the-top luxurious. Many are on our lakes or golf course. All have beautiful, well-kept common areas.

              cedar cove cluster

              Cedar Cove cluster in South Reston has garages and access to Lake Audubon!

              So is a Reston townhome right for you? Possibly yes. Reston townhomes offer a wide range of housing options for almost every price point. You'll often find neighborhoods that are a combination of young families, singles, or couples who have downsized. It's a wonderful, eclectic mix. And for busy professionals, you have the bonus of a lovely neighborhood that you don't have to care for--your cluster will maintain the common property!

              If you've never considered townhome living because you're worried about the size, the light or living in such close proximity, maybe you should reconsider, there is a lot of upside to this housing style. And no place does it as well as Reston.