Modern Reston’s Top Stories of 2015

As another year comes to a close, we are grateful for all the fascinating stories the Reston community has shared with us. Modern Reston has become the area’s leading publication for culture and events, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.

We’ve got lots of plans for 2016, but first let’s look back at the top ten most popular articles of 2015.

The Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum

The Ultimate Guide to Kids’ Indoor Fun in the Reston Area
This article is hugely popular, and if you have young children, you understand why. Here’s a fantastic list of indoor things to do with children in Reston and other parts of the DC area. We update it occasionally with new information, so bookmark it and refer to it on all of those cold or rainy days when your kids are desperate to get out.

Sledding in Reston Virginia

Two of the Best Places for Sledding in Reston
We gave you all the scoop on two of the most beloved local sledding hills, for kids of all ages.

Mid Century Modern furniture in the DC area

Know Before You Go: Shopping For Mid-Century Modern Furniture in the DMV
Here’s a run down of some of the best places to find authentic, vintage MCM furnishings and home decor in the DC area.


RA, Lake Anne Redevelopment Partners and JBG Approve Monorail
So many of you fell for this! Read the whole article — I laugh every time. Next time you encounter an article of this sort, check to see if the publication date is April 1st before you trust it. Not that we would ever do something like this again. OK, we might.

Summertime in Reston Virginia

The 2015 Reston Summer Bucket List
Reston in the summertime can be like living at a vacation resort, if you do it right. We created a checklist of essential summer activities to make the most of those three fun months.

World Police and Fire Games at Reston Town Center

Ten Things You Need to Know About the World Police and Fire Games
Reston had the honor of hosting this enormous, international sporting event last summer. Unfortunately, many Restonians weren’t entirely sure what we were hosting. We outlined everything you needed to know.

Home renovation in Reston Virginia

Home Tour: A Cramped Split-Level Transforms with Spacious, Mid-Century Style
Readers loved this Reston family’s dramatic home makeover. See the before-and-after pictures of how they added imaginative style to this house.

Red's Table restaurant in Reston Virginia

A Sneak Peek at the Beautiful and Long-Awaited Red’s Table
It was a long time coming, but this locally-owned waterfront restaurant finally opened at the end of the summer. Readers were eager to see inside.

Crossfit Reston

Weightlifting & Mythbusting: An Out-of-Shape, Middle-Aged Mom Walks into CrossFit Reston
Michelle committed to a month of the mysterious (and intimidating) CrossFit. What she learned was surprising and helpful for the rest of us.

Santa Claus at Lake Anne in Reston Virginia

The 2015 Guide to Holiday Events in Reston, Northern Virginia, and DC
Some of our most popular articles are our event calendars, and the holiday events list was our biggest of the year. On the first day of each month, we publish that month’s schedule of local events, so stay tuned throughout the year for regular updates. We do the research for you, so you don’t have to miss any of the fun going on in town.

Candlelight vigil in memory of Robert E. Simon in Reston, Virginia

And here are a few more favorites:

Photo Gallery: Candlelight Vigil in Memory of Bob Simon

Trail Tour: A Hilly Workout with Some of Reston’s Best Scenery

Before Reston Was Reston: The Tale of A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Ten Fun Facts About Patrick Dougherty’s Monumental New Sculpture at Reston Town Center

Prelly Cookies: Meticulously Decorated Custom Cookies in NoVa

Photo Gallery: The Record-Breaking and Hilarious 2015 Virginia Polar Dip

We Tried It: Key Learnings From a 10 Class Challenge at Pure Barre Reston

Photo Gallery: Reston’s Dazzling Fall Colors

A Busy Herndon Mom Loses 100 Pounds and Shares How She Did It

The BEACH Exhibit at the National Building Museum: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Many sincere thanks to all of you who shared your stories with us this year. We couldn’t have done it without your contributions, encouragement, and ideas. We have a lot of plans in store for 2016! Please let us know if you have an idea for a story, because we’d love to hear from you.

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About Modern Reston

No longer a distant D.C. suburb, Reston has become a thriving and diverse city of its own. Modern Reston offers a fresh and stylish look at this rapidly evolving urban landscape. It was founded by two Reston residents, Charlotte Geary and Michelle Schoening. With Charlotte’s professional background in photography and Michelle’s in design, our team has created a contemporary and vibrant website with a variety of content. You can learn more about us here.

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