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Photo Gallery: Reston in 2016

The year 2016 has earned itself a bad reputation, but let’s not forget all the great moments it brought us. Here are some of our favorite photos of Reston during 2016. Photography is by Charlotte Geary, and you can find more of her photos [email protected] @charlottegearyphotography.                        …

December 30, 2016

Photo Gallery: Ice Storm at Lake Anne

After a few hours of freezing rain, the Reston area was covered in a slippery coating of ice today. Here are some photos that I took at Lake Anne this afternoon as the ice melted. Photography by Charlotte Geary Related articles: Photo Gallery: The Blizzard of 2016 Buries Reston Photo Gallery: Reston in the Snow…

December 17, 2016

Reston A to Z: An Adorable and Clever New Book for the Youngest Restonians

There’s a new children’s book called Reston A to Z, and local preschoolers and early readers are going to love it. My own kids adore this book about their town. There are a lot of reasons Reston A to Z appeals to young children, including a charming squirrel narrator and entertaining rhymes. But what makes this book particularly special is…

December 16, 2016

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

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 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

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

Photo Gallery: The 2016 Reston Multicultural Festival

The Reston Multicultural Festival is an annual celebration of our community’s cultural diversity and probably my favorite local event of the year. With live music, dance performances, colorful costumes, ethnic food, a global market, a book fair, an art exhibit, and kids crafts, this festival has something for everyone. Here are some of my photos from this year’s festival,…

September 25, 2016

Home Tour: A Photographer’s Mid-Century Townhouse Filled With Playful Details

We love a home filled with personality! The latest house in our series of home tours is a mixture of feminine glam, vintage chic, and wild zaniness. It’s the perfect match for homeowner April Greer and her adventurous spirit. April is a freelance advertising photographer with clients such as the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal,…

September 18, 2016

The Inspiring Story of Small Change Consignment, the Little Shop of Hidden Treasures

When three young mothers decided to open a children’s consignment shop at Lake Anne, their lawyer and accountant were skeptical. “Adorable,” they said. They didn’t think the business would last a year. Thirty-five years later, Small Change Consignment continues to prove them wrong. There’s a ton of reasons why Small Change has lasted so long in this constantly…

September 15, 2016

Photo Gallery: Reston’s Summer of 2016

Another spectacular Reston summer has come and gone. We hope you enjoyed it! Here are some of our favorite photos from the summer of 2016. You might recognize some of these images from Modern Reston’s Instagram account (@modernreston) or my own account (@charlottegearyphotography). Follow us for more photos like these of Reston and the surrounding areas. And tag…

September 7, 2016