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Celebrate the Lake Anne Coffee House Grand Opening!

lake anne coffee house grand opening

When I’m not helping people find their dream home in Reston, I’m spending time with my family at our coffee shop and wine bar at Lake Anne. That’s right—about a year ago, our family purchased the Lake Anne Coffee Shop, remodeled it, and added a wine bar into the mix. And this weekend is our official Grand Opening!

We’ve been open since November, but we wanted to wait until the summer farmer’s market and craft markets opened to have our Grand Opening Weekend, because to us, that’s when Lake Anne really shines.

We are celebrating with new spring menu items, including our already-famous spinach salad with strawberries and goat cheese and the very best basil-mint balsamic dressing EVER. We also have added some great summer whites and rosés to the menu. Personally, I’m most excited about the seasonal signature craft cocktails. They will be unique to us, most importantly, they are super tasty. Not to worry, we will also have house made lemonades with some unique twists (basil-blueberry lemonade), new iced teas, matcha (hot and iced), and cold brew and tonic (it's good, I swear).

What I’m most excited for is the BIG EVENT:

WINE DINNER — SUNDAY MAY 7TH 6PM. $75 (before tax and gratuity)

Kate NorrisJoin us for a 4-course, seasonal dinner by Chef Meagan. Each course paired with a wine from Division Winemaking Company.  Wine maker Kate Norris will be in attendance to discuss her wines. This is going to be great.

Reservations required, no menu substitutions. Call 703-481-9766 to make your reservation.

It will be the first of many wine dinners we hope to do with all of the interesting winemakers represented on our wine list. We hope to see you!

Celebrate Small Business Saturday in Reston

On Thanksgiving weekend, it seems like every article is focused on how to cook the perfect turkey (in a paper bag buttered very liberally, FYI) or where to find Black Friday deals. So I thought I’d share some places to spend Small Business Saturday.


Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting locally owned businesses. Since Thanksgiving weekend is one of busiest shopping times of the year, shopping local and small is a way to join millions of Americans in fueling the economy. Last year, Americans spent $14.3 billion at small, independent businesses on Small Business Saturday. But we can beat that. The Reston area is home to many small, businesses — several of them at Lake Anne (Chesapeake Chocolates, Reston’s Used Book Shop, and small change). In fact, I suggest stopping by the Lake Anne Coffee shop and then wandering around the plaza to see what you can find. Interested in other ways you can support Small Business Saturday? Check out some of the great ideas from people in the community!

Orchard Green Cluster, Reston VA - Now and Then

Orchard Green Cluster, Reston VA

In 1983 Miller & Smith began development of what was then described as the "last remaining parcel of land in the prestigious Reston community of Lake Anne." Orchard Green was designed by Burkus Group Architects a California based company that was well known for producing environmentally sensitive designs.

Orchard Green Cluster is comprised of 50 town homes with 4 different floor plans. The property backs into the trails that lead to Lake Anne and is across the street from the Hook Road recreational area. Ranging in size from 1900 square feet to 2700 square feet these properties came to market in 1983 with a starting price of $88,000.00 and went up to $130,000.00 for larger models with all the bells and whistles.

Orchard Green continues to be a popular Lake Anne neighborhood that enjoys a great wakable location, mature trees, easy access to recreational facilities and good solid resale values. The original design of these townhouses been easily adapted to changing tastes and modern finishes.

Current values on these town homes ranges from the upper mid $400's to just under $500 depending on size and condition. There is one active listing in the Orchard Green Cluster it is listed at $499,900.


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    Reston VA Home Search Launch Day

    Hi All,

    So today is launch day of my new Reston VA home search website. I hope you will find it a useful tool as you research all that Reston has to offer.  I will be doing a series of articles on Reston neighborhoods and well as news and events. We are so fortunate and have so much to take advantage of right here in Reston.

    Today I'm taking a few minutes to talk about the Reston Farmer's & Crafter's Markets, held down on Lake Anne every Saturday morning. A great Saturday morning activity this Farmers Market was voted number 1 by Northern VA Magazine in 2009.  In addition to great fresh produce, dairy and meats you will find amazing handcrafted jewelery and other beautiful items from around the world. There's a balloon twister and face painter for the kids and at least two and sometimes 3 places where you can stop and enjoy some music.

    The Market is open from 8:00 - 1:30 (get there before 12:00 for the Farmers!) every Saturday from May - November.

    Craft Market Vendor Reston, VA Lake Anne Village Center, Reston VA

    If you've had a great time at the market on Saturday I hope you'll leave a comment. Also since this blog is all about Reston neighborhoods I hope you'll contact me if there's something you think I should know about.

    Have a great week.

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