About Modern Reston


Modern Reston is a website about recreation, dining, and the arts in the Reston area of Northern Virginia. No longer a distant DC suburb, the new Reston is a thriving and diverse city. Our website offers a fresh look at this evolving urban landscape, while also celebrating the area’s spectacular natural scenery. We cover what’s fun and new in this area.

What distinguishes Modern Reston from other publications is our beautiful photography, hyperlocal focus, and modern style.

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Editor, Writer, Photographer

Charlotte is a Northern Virginia native who lived in Colorado before finally settling in Reston. She had never expected to find a place that combined the walkability she loved in Arlington with the outdoor adventure she found out west. Now she lives in a town that’s so cool that she can paddleboard to restaurants. Charlotte is a professional photographer who operated a successful photo business for ten years. She has a masters degree in instructional technology from the University of Virginia and a background in web publishing. You’ll usually find Charlotte wandering around Reston with her camera, photographing anything she finds interesting (which is just about everything). She lives with her husband and two young kids in their crazy but perfect Reston home.

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Writer, Graphic Designer

Seven years ago, Michelle moved to Reston from San Francisco and hasn’t looked back. Her time in Northern California cultivated a somewhat insufferable love for food and wine. Luckily, this trait is proving useful as Modern Reston navigates the Northern Virginia food scene. A Creative Director with over 16 years of experience in the design field, Michelle also brings a highly-tuned eye to Modern Reston. Her love of design crosses all disciplines — from graphic to architectural — and she has a particular fondness for the retro vibe of Reston’s home design. On any given day, you can find Michelle tangled up in leashes while walking her dog and wrangling her two kids.

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Tech Genius

Mike is the software engineering guru who built this website and continues to update it with the latest technology. During the week, Mike works in upper-level tech management for a company in Northern Virginia. On the weekends, he is often inventing a new gadget or paddling around Reston lakes with his wife and two kids.

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Several members of the Reston community write for Modern Reston, and we love to hear from our readers. If you’d like to contribute a guest post, please contact us at [email protected] with your ideas. Here are some topics you could consider:

  • Promote a local charity.
  • Nominate a house for a home tour.
  • Share recipes for seasonal food.
  • Give advice about a subject you know a lot about.
  • Tell us about a hard-working community member who deserves recognition.
  • Share your photographs of a local event.
  • Tell us about a great band or artist.
  • Tell us what you love about living here.
  • Give a history lesson on a local topic.
  • Recommend a road trip destination.
  • Review a book by a local author.

There are so many more ideas you could offer! Please let us know what’s on your mind.


If you would like us to consider an article that promotes your business, please contact us at [email protected] to discuss your options for a sponsored post, or refer to our media kit. We love to support local businesses, and we have many options for you to introduce your products or services to our Northern Virginia readers.