Modern Reston’s Top Stories of 2014

What a year we have had! In 2014, we celebrated the 50 years of Reston’s past, and welcomed the Metro and all it represents for Reston’s future. This year was the perfect time to create a new resource for the thriving community that Reston has become.

In September, we launched Modern Reston, an online magazine about local recreation, dining, and lifestyle. We’ve had so much fun getting to know this community better, and we hope you’ve enjoyed it, too.

Now let’s take a look back at some of Modern Reston’s top stories of 2014. Here are some of our most popular articles so far:



Surf Reston Makes a Splash on Local Lakes
An interview with Steve Gurney of Surf Reston about his company and the sport of stand up paddleboarding.



Toys for All Ages at the New Plaza at Tysons Corner Center
A tour of the new outdoor recreation area at Tysons Corner mall, including dining, games, events, and a playground.



Home Tour: A Designer’s Vibrant Waterfront Townhouse
A photo tour of Michelle Allen’s gorgeously decorated, mid-century modern townhouse on Lake Anne.


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A Reston Resident’s Lavish End-of-Summer Feast
Reston home cook Gary Sherwood’s recipes and recommendations for a grand dinner made with purchases from the Reston Farmers Market.



The Excellent Coffee Hiding at Pitango Gelato
A discussion with barista Bastiaan van Daalen about the high-quality, skillfully prepared espresso at Reston Town Center’s Pitango Gelato.



Virginia is for Lovers . . . of Craft Beer!
A tour of three craft breweries in the Purcellville area: Adroit Theory, Corcoran, and Mad Horse Brew Pub.



A Reston Aerial Photographer Whose Technology is Half of His Art
Photographer Alejo Pesce’s aerial images of Lake Anne, and the eccentric drones he builds from unexpected materials.



Holiday Home Tour: The Wests’ Incredible Halloween Decorations
A photo tour of the most elaborately decorated house you’ll probably ever see at Halloween.



A Restonian’s Take on The Smithsonian’s “Beyond Bollywood” Exhibit
A guest post by Shefali Chandan about the Smithsonian exhibit Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.



Ten Fun Facts About Ice Skating at Reston Town Center
A discussion with Marissa Marwell, the general manager of the Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, about ten fascinating things you probably never knew about the rink.


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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christkindlmarkt
The history of traditional German Christmas markets, and information about this popular charity fundraiser hosted by the German military in Reston.



Local Parkour Athletes Defy Gravity at Reston Town Center
An interview with athlete Omar Zaki about the sport of parkour and freerunning, and photos and video of him and his friends soaring over many local landmarks.

Many sincere thanks to all of you who supported us this year. We couldn’t have done it without your contributions, encouragement, and ideas.

We have a lot of plans in store for 2015! Please let us know if you have an idea for a story, or if you’d be interested in writing guest posts. Reston is ever-changing, and we look forward to seeing what stories the new year will bring.

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