Tips for Getting the Most Out of the Cox Farms Fall Festival

If you have young children, you can’t miss the Cox Farms Fall Festival. It’s 90 acres of sheer silliness. This fall festival is one of the largest and most well known in Virginia, and has been listed by USA Today as one of the coolest pumpkin patches in the country. Cox Farms is a family farm in Centreville that…

October 8, 2015

Reston Events in October 2015

The weather might be cooling down, but local events are still going strong. Highlights this month include Oktoberfest Reston, the Washington West Film Festival, the Reston Home Tour, and lots of family fun for fall and Halloween. Here is your October events calendar for Reston and the surrounding areas of Northern Virginia, including Herndon, Great…

September 30, 2015

Reston Events in September 2015

We’re sorry to see summer go, but September brings some of our area’s greatest events. The Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival and the Reston Multicultural Festival will help to cure those back-to-school blues. Here’s what’s happening this month in Reston, Herndon, Great Falls, and surrounding areas of Northern Virginia. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 Lake Anne Jazz Week Lake…

August 31, 2015

Reston Events for November 2014

November kicks off the winter season in Reston! We have ice skating and holiday celebrations, without the cold weather of true winter. Here are some event highlights for November in the Reston area.

November 1, 2014

Trail Tour: The Splendor of Lake Newport in the Fall

We promised tours of two gorgeous trails that you cannot miss during the peak of Reston’s fall foliage. Last week we featured a path along the water at Lake Audubon. It has been so fun to hear from some of you who’ve explored that trail since then! I’m really glad that many of you enjoyed it….

October 30, 2014

A Fall Squash Cheat Sheet

The bounty of summer is long gone but fall brings its own special harvest to the table. Squash is in full-force right now at grocery stores and farmers markets. These nutritional power-houses are packed with vitamins and fiber. They can be used to lighten-up recipes by replacing starches such as pasta and potatoes. They can also be the…

October 29, 2014

Photography Tips: 5 Ways to Improve Your Fall Foliage Pictures

Right now is one of the most beautiful times of year to take photographs! Northern Virginia’s fall foliage typically peaks in the last week of October and the first week of November, so get your camera ready and head outside. I know many of you share my love of photography and the spectacular trees in the DC area. I’m a photographer…

October 27, 2014

Trail Tour: Lake Audubon’s Breathtaking Fall Scenery

It’s time for another trail tour! Last month we featured a trail that was ideal in the late summer heat. This month, we will give tours of two Reston trails that you absolutely can’t miss during the fall. Reston is known for its magnificent trees, and the next few weeks are their crowning glory. There’s no better time…

October 21, 2014

Clams, Oysters & Mussels are Now in Season!

It’s bivalve season! Huh? you ask. Months that end in an ‘r’ are commonly believed to be the best months for oysters, mussels and clams. Cooler waters have less of an occurrence of algae blooms which can lead to high levels of toxicity in bivalves. These shellfish also spawn during warmers months and don’t taste as…

October 20, 2014

Candy Apples: The Ultimate Fall Treat

Candy apples and fall go together like summer & watermelon, like winter & hot cocoa, like spring &… spring onions. You get my drift. This weekend, we found ourselves with an abundance of apples from a recent apple picking adventure but no desire to bake or mash them. Even though we love them plain (I’m looking at you, Honeycrisp),…

October 14, 2014

Reston Farm Market: Fall Family Fun Right Here in Town

With all the fall festivals happening in Northern Virginia this month, families are making the trek into the countryside to be surrounded by pumpkins, fall colors, and children’s entertainment. What you might not know is that there is a great spot for fall excitement right here in Reston. The Reston Farm Market is a colorful autumn…

October 10, 2014

Butterscotch Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies are an October tradition for my family, and I look forward to them at least as much as Christmas cookies. The world needs more fall cookies! These pumpkin treats are absolutely delicious, with a soft, fluffy texture and decadent butterscotch frosting. I got this recipe years ago from my sister-in-law, who got it from her mother,…

October 9, 2014