How to Have a Romantic Valentine’s Day at Home

Posted on February 11, 2021 by Warren Duffie

A lot has changed in the past year. For one thing, staying home became the new going out. That theme is going to hold through this month, at least, which is why you should start planning for an at-home Valentine’s Day. Begin with these creative ideas.

  • Plan a picnic in the living room. It may be too cold to head outside for a picnic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the romantic experience indoors. Lay out your picnic blanket on the living room floor, light a few candles, and serve up a beautiful charcuterie platter and some other simple finger foods.
  • Make a meal together. In the mood for something more gourmet? Make the date about the process of cooking instead of just enjoying the meal. Pick a new recipe, gather the ingredients, and set up your cook station with everything you need to get going (and maybe a glass of wine or two).
  • Have a movie marathon. Do you and your significant other love romcoms? Pick your faves and set up the living room for a romantic movie marathon! Make sure you have plenty of cozy throw pillows and blankets, your favorite snacks and drinks, and your top films all queued up and ready to go.
  • Set up a spa night. One way to show that you care is by pampering that special someone. If you’re not comfortable going to the spa for a couples’ massage, bring the spa to you! Diffuse a calming scent, like lavender, and dote on your significant other with a neck or foot massage.

16 Stay-at-Home Valentine’s Day Date Ideas [The Spruce]
Celebrate Valentine’s Day With a Stay-at-home Date Night [HGTV]
Stay-at-Home Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day [Organized Mom]

Hit the Ice at SkateQuest in Reston

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It’s time to hit the ice! At SkateQuest you can enjoy ice skating without the threat of the elements. Skate rain or shine, even in the snow, with the huge covered arenas found at SkateQuest. The facility is home to two rinks, one Olympic size and one NHL size, with plenty of room for socially distant fun. If you just want to head over for fun, join the public skates! They offer one free skate block a day, two on Saturday’s, so check out the schedule and sign up for a skate.

If you’re looking for a way to pick up a new hobby, brush up on some skills, or keep your kiddos entertained during the colder months, they have options! For adults, consider joining the adult hockey league with bi-weekly scrimmage options or the freestyle or private ice skating lessons. For the kiddos there are a variety of camps and clinics for both figure skating and hockey. Check out their website for all the details and get ready to hit the ice!

River-Sea Chocolates: Your Valentine’s Day Headquarters in Reston

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If you’re someone who values experiences and giving back, consider River-Sea Chocolates for your Valentine’s Day gift shopping this year. This local chocolate factory is owned and operated by a local husband-wife duo who were inspired to open a bean-to-bar chocolate factory after a family trip to Brazil in 2017. Since their return, they’ve built a sustainable chocolate empire, right in Chantilly.

Cacao is sourced from small-scale farmers in the Amazon Basin, and each purchase supports their sustainability efforts. In fact, River-Sea is one of the only companies that ships via a wind-powered cargo ship to enhance their sustainability efforts and decrease their footprint. It’s a company you can feel good supporting.

At their chocolate factory, they offer fun classes like make your own chocolate bomb or chocolate bar. You can also take a tour for just $5 to see their whole process firsthand. It’s a sweet gift for your Valentine’s Day celebrations this year!

Finely Crafted Beer at Lake Anne Brewhouse!

Posted on February 28, 2019 by

Looking for a unique craft beer experience? Travel to Reston’s Lake Anne Brewhouse to enjoy a local favorite in the Virginia craft beer scene.

Located at historic Lake Anne Village Center Plaza, this nanobrew taproom offers beautiful lakeside views and an intimate, elegant, and comfortable space. Reston-inspired, flagship brews like Reston Red and Simon’s Stout share the taps with seasonal and special releases, and patrons also can enjoy a variety of pretzels and bar snacks.

Whether you’re looking for a great happy hour spot or a place to meet with friends, Lake Anne Brewhouse is a tasty destination!

Lake Anne Brewhouse

11424 Washington Plaza W

Reston, Virginia

http://lakeannebrewhouse.com/

Celebrate the Good Life at Cooper’s Hawk Winery!

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Are you a lover of fine wine and cuisine? Interested in a fun, unique weekend excursion? Perhaps you’re seeking a sophisticated, romantic option for date night. Whatever your desire, the Reston location of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant is sure to please!

Cooper’s Hawk is built upon the passionate belief that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections. This enticing establishment encompasses a first-class winery and barrel-aging room; an elegant, Napa-style tasting room; a modern, casual restaurant; and an artisanal retail market.

Cooper’s Hawk sources the finest grapes grown and harvested in both the New World and Old World, including Italy, France, California, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia. The culinary team prepares each dish fresh, incorporating peak-of-season ingredients and listing meals with accompanying wine bin numbers to help you find the perfect vino match. And the retail market showcases high-end decanters, wine accessories, gifts, and a gourmet food line.

Discover an unmatched hospitality experience at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant!

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

12130 Sunset Hills Road

Reston, Virginia

https://chwinery.com/locations/virginia/reston

Enjoy a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride!

Posted on February 12, 2018 by

What could be more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride? Picture it: you and your beloved cuddled close while watching the world go by, lulled into a relaxed state by the steady clip-clop of hooves. It’s almost like being transported to a bygone era!

On Wednesday, February 14, visitors to the Reston Town Center can enjoy this experience from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person; children under 5 years of age ride for free. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life Reston.

Weather-dependent. If inclement weather occurs, please check updates at http://restontowncenter.com/.

Celebrate the Good Life at Cooper’s Hawk Winery!

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Are you a lover of fine wine and cuisine? Interested in a fun, unique weekend excursion? Perhaps you’re seeking a sophisticated, romantic option for date night. Whatever your desire, the Reston location of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant is sure to please!

Cooper’s Hawk is built upon the passionate belief that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections. This enticing establishment encompasses a first-class winery and barrel-aging room; an elegant, Napa-style tasting room; a modern, casual restaurant; and an artisanal retail market.

Cooper’s Hawk sources the finest grapes grown and harvested in both the New World and Old World, including Italy, France, California, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia. The culinary team prepares each dish fresh, incorporating peak-of-season ingredients and listing meals with accompanying wine bin numbers to help you find the perfect vino match. And the retail market showcases high-end decanters, wine accessories, gifts, and a gourmet food line.

Discover an unmatched hospitality experience at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant!

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

12130 Sunset Hills Road

Reston, Virginia

https://chwinery.com/locations/virginia/reston

Finely Crafted Beer at Lake Anne Brewhouse!

Posted on February 1, 2018 by

Looking for a unique craft beer experience? Travel to Reston’s Lake Anne Brewhouse to enjoy a local favorite in the Virginia craft beer scene.

Located at historic Lake Anne Village Center Plaza, this nanobrew taproom offers beautiful lakeside views and an intimate, elegant, and comfortable space. Reston-inspired, flagship brews like Reston Red and Simon’s Stout share the taps with seasonal and special releases, and patrons also can enjoy a variety of pretzels and bar snacks.

Whether you’re looking for a great happy hour spot or a place to meet with friends, Lake Anne Brewhouse is a tasty destination!

Lake Anne Brewhouse

11424 Washington Plaza W

Reston, Virginia

http://lakeannebrewhouse.com/

Savor a Presidents’ Day Brunch!

Posted on February 17, 2017 by

Looking for a fun way to spend your day off on Presidents’ Day? Or maybe you’re working, but want to duck out for a little while to savor a great meal. Then Reston Town Center is the place for you!

On February 20, two of the Town Center’s popular eateries will feature special brunch menus. Savor creamy chicken and mushroom crêpes, waffle bananas foster, or blueberry French toast at Mon Ami Gabi. Feast on shrimp and grits, country-fried steak and eggs, or chicken biscuit sliders at American Tap Room.

You don’t even have to choose one over the other. Eat at one place and get a to-go plate from another. Deliciousness has never been so presidential!

American Tap Room – Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1811 Library Street; (703) 834-0400; http://www.americantaproom.com/

Mon Ami Gabi – Brunch hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 11950 Democracy Drive; (703) 707-0233; http://www.monamigabi.com/

Get Your Girl Scout Cookies!

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It’s that time of year again – Girl Scout cookie time! Treat yourself to the tasty goodness of Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs, to name a few.

Several local Girl Scout troops will sell cookies in the Reston Town Center – on the Promenade and beside the Fountain – on February 18, 19, 25, and 26, from noon to 4 p.m.

In addition to indulging your sweet tooth, when you buy cookies you’ll help teach girls about life skills such as goal setting, decision making, and financial management. All proceeds will benefit the community and support Girl Scout activities. What are you waiting for? Get out there and buy some cookies!