Reston’s Christkindlmarkt Returns with German Hospitality and Charity

Reston’s German Christmas Market is one of the area’s most popular holiday events, and for good reason. As anyone who has visited Germany in December can attest, Christmas markets are beautiful, cozy, and joyful celebrations. This tradition dates back to the late Middle Ages and is still a beloved part of the holiday season in the…

December 5, 2016

The schedule of events for the 2016 Jingle on Lake Anne

One of Reston’s most adorable holiday celebrations happens this weekend, and it’s one your kids won’t want to miss. Jingle on Lake Anne takes place on Saturday, December 3, 2016, with activities throughout the day. The main event takes place at noon, when Santa arrives by boat to cheering crowds. 2016 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Reston Farmers…

December 1, 2016

Myths and Monsters of Reston, Virginia: A hilarious book about creatures that might live here but probably don’t

Recently I chatted over Lake Anne Brew House brews with Eric MacDicken and Kristina Alcorn about their hilarious new book, Myths & Monsters of Reston, Virginia. These two kept me laughing so hard that I didn’t notice two hours going by. As I reluctantly packed up at the end of a fun evening, I realized that I still had…

December 1, 2016

The 2016 Guide to Holiday Events in Reston, Northern Virginia, and DC

The holidays have arrived! Here are some of the greatest celebrations of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah in Reston and the surrounding areas of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2016 Herndon Turkey Trot 4pm: Herndon Centennial Golf Course, Herndon This 5K race winds around the beautiful Herndon Centennial Golf Course and on the W&OD…

November 20, 2016

The Chinese Lantern Festival might be the most beautiful holiday lights show you’ve ever seen

From what I’d heard about it, I expected that this show would be interesting, but I had no idea that the Chinese Lantern Festival was going to be the most amazing holiday lights display in the area. This new event is currently taking place at Roer’s Zoofari in Vienna, and it’s one that I highly recommend. I loved it….

November 19, 2016

Trail Tour: Northern Virginia scenery doesn’t get any better than this Great Falls trail

No series of local trail tours would be complete without this one. I think this is the most beautiful Northern Virginia trail, and if you hike only one local spot, this is the one to choose. When you live only nine miles from a National Park Service site, you should probably go check it out. If you haven’t been to…

November 17, 2016

Reston Area Events for November 2016

Ready or not, here come the winter holidays! Highlights this month include the Reston Holiday Parade, Thanksgiving turkey trots and volunteer opportunities, and the return of ice skating to Reston Town Center. Here’s what’s happening in and around Reston during November, 2016. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016 Thanksgiving Food Drive Begins Reston Community Centers, Reston Patrons,…

November 1, 2016

Photo Gallery: Halloween 2016 Celebrations Around Reston

On Saturday, Oct 29, 2016, some of Reston’s cutest came out to Reston Town Center and Lake Anne Plaza in their Halloween finest. Both communities hosted trick-or-treating for kids and costume contests for pets, as well as music and outdoor fun on a perfectly beautiful fall afternoon. Here are some scenes from Reston Town Center’s…

October 30, 2016

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Arguably the best October snack around, pumpkin seeds are easy to make. Of all the steps in this recipe, the most complicated is separating the seeds from the pulp, but if you keep at it, you’ll be golden. Here’s what you’ll need: That’s it! Not pictured is the olive oil. I always forget to include…

October 24, 2016

How Bold Are You? Two Scary Attractions Offer Different Levels of Fright

“How on earth do you do that with a straight face?!” I asked the actress in demon makeup who was glaring at me just a few inches from my face. I couldn’t help myself from grunting some combination of anxious terror and giggly delight. Meanwhile she never broke character, even though I suspect she was relishing her success in making…

October 18, 2016

Trail Tour: A Picture-Perfect Waterfall at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve

I had no idea anything this close to the Beltway could be so beautifully serene. This waterfall along the Potomac River is located at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in McLean, which is a Fairfax County Park located 25 minutes from Reston Town Center. It’s a gorgeous park, especially as the leaves are changing. The trail is short and…

October 17, 2016

Halloween 2016 Events in the Reston Area of Northern Virginia

This month is full of Halloween events for kids, teens, adults, and even dogs! Here’s what’s happening for Halloween in Reston, Herndon, Great Falls, Vienna, Chantilly, and other parts of Northern Virginia and the DC area. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2016 Fall Carnival Fun on the Farm and Boo-Stravaganza 6-10pm: Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road,…

October 8, 2016