What does this mean? Simply that we will start to enjoy longer days even earlier this year. The Spring Equinox is the longest day of the year, when the day and night are just about “equal.” And this happens all across the globe. To celebrate the Spring Equinox, consider rising with the sun tomorrow or push back dinner a bit so you can enjoy the sunset. What are you looking forward to the most about the spring season?
Posted on May 23, 2020 by Warren Duffie
With the weather getting warmer and warmer every day, you might be starting to take your workout routine outside on a regular basis. Here’s what you need to stay safe and comfortable while you’re exercising outdoors.
Lightweight, sweat-wicking layers. Since spring bridges the gap between winter and summer, its weather can be somewhat unpredictable in terms of temperature. Make sure you’re ready for whatever awaits you outside by dressing in breathable layers, including a lightweight spring jacket. That way you can simply shed layers if it ends up being a warmer run, but you won’t be left shivering if it’s a little chilly on any given morning. Make sure your layers are sweat-wicking to avoid skin irritation.
A hat or sunglasses. You’ll probably want to enjoy as much of that spring sunshine as possible! But maybe not when it starts to make you squint. Keep the sun off your face by donning a sweat-wicking hat or tossing on a pair of athletic sunglasses. Make sure the glasses fit well so they don’t slide down your nose as you run.
Waterproof sunscreen. Before you put on those glasses, make sure you apply a layer of sunscreen! Even when it’s not particularly hot, your skin can still be damaged by the sun—and who wants to deal with a sunburn before summer even hits? Find a waterproof sunscreen that can withstand sweating, and stick with SPF 30 or higher.
A handheld water bottle or water belt. Staying hydrated is super important any time you exercise, but even more so as the temperatures begin to rise. Make sure you take along plenty of water for your journey! Opt for a handheld water bottle, a CamelBak you carry on your back, or a water belt outfitted with several smaller water flasks.
Posted on May 20, 2020 by Warren Duffie
If you’re looking to get into biking this season, but want to go somewhere that provides you with a sense of community, not just a bike, try Green Lizard Cycling. Opened in 2013, the family has created something special. While the bike shop is at the forefront, they also have a cafe and serve icy cold brews in the summer months. According to them, nothing goes better with biking than an ice-cold beer with your friends after a great ride. We don’t think anyone can argue with that, especially when Green Lizard serves up a list of just over 10 stellar craft brews at any time. If coffee is more your jam, you can ride by any day and grab a perfectly brewed cup, with beans roasted by an Alaskan coffee company they discovered while living there. Pair your brew with one of their locally sourced baked goods for the ultimate post-ride pick-me-up.
Now, back to bikes. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for you can schedule a time for them to help fit you based upon your requirements. Their ultimate goal is your happiness, so don’t be afraid to ask questions to get that perfect ride!
Posted on May 13, 2020 by Warren Duffie
Has your dog had the zoomies being cooped up in the apartment for a while? Good news, there’s a solution. A trip to the Baron Cameron Dog Park! Bring your furry bestie on a ride and meet some new friends of both the dog and human variety.
The park is located at the intersection of Baron Cameron Drive and Wiehle Avenue with two areas for puppy playtime. One is open for all, whereas the other is for small dogs under 25 pounds who may not want to romp with the big dogs. Both areas are off-leash and have tons of space for running, playing and enjoying the great outdoors. One major perk of the park is how well-maintained it is. The town has dog park volunteers who report maintenance issues in a timely manner for ultimate upkeep, as well as clean up the space daily. It makes for a super enjoyable experience every time!
Open hours are 7:00 a.m. to just before sunset during the week and 8:00 a.m. to just before sunset on the weekends. Time to play!
Posted on March 23, 2020 by Warren Duffie
Warmer weather is on the way! And chances are, you’re probably already enjoying the spring sunshine. But there are some good things about winter—like its hearty comfort food. Close out the cold season with these warming dishes.
Crock Pot Chili [Dinners, Dishes and Desserts]
There’s nothing like a big bowl of chili to bring the cozy vibes on a chilly evening. This slow-cooker chili makes use of pantry staples like canned beans and crushed tomatoes, combined with ground beef (or turkey, if you have that on hand). Add everything to the crockpot with spices such as cumin, coriander, and, of course, chili powder, and then simply wait for dinner to be done!
Winter Vegetable Soup [A Beautiful Plate]
Spring may be known for its bounty, but the winter months also bring their fair share of fresh veggies. This colorful soup showcases a medley of them! Carrots, Yukon gold potatoes, and zucchini join forces with celery, onion, and tomatoes to create a hearty soup. Split red lentils add a punch of protein.
Beef and Vegetable Stew [Simple Seasonal]
When all else fails, this classic never will. Tender pieces of beef chuck star in the comfort food dish, alongside supporting players like potatoes, carrots, button mushrooms, and sweet onion. Combine these ingredients with beef broth and a few herbs and spices from your pantry, set the slow cooker, and go about your day until dinnertime.
Posted on March 18, 2020 by Warren Duffie
If you’ve been looking forward to spring for months, great news: it’s finally here. Or at least, it’s almost here. The Spring Equinox falls tomorrow—earlier than it has in more than 100 years! In the northern part of the world, the equinox can fall any time from March 19th to the 21st, but it’s typically on the 20th or 21st.
Posted on March 1, 2020 by Warren Duffie
Taking place Sunday, March 15, Reston’s Lucky Leprechaun 5K is an activity the whole family can enjoy together. There will be a short kids’ fun run (about 100 yards) at 9 a.m. directly following the 5K race, which begins at 8 a.m. and loops around the Reston Town Center area. All runners will be timed and times will be posted on the race’s website immediately after the race concludes. All participants will receive a Lucky Leprechaun tee shirt and all finishers receive medals. Special awards will be given to several participants in different categories.
After the race music, entertainment and refreshments will be offered to help the runners unwind. There will also be a professional photographer present capturing the event. Runners will be emailed when the photos are posted and they will be able to search their bib numbers for pictures they are featured in. Head to the website now to register, view bib pickup times and locations, and take a look at the course map!
Posted on January 21, 2020 by Warren Duffie
Making a New Year’s resolution is easy—sticking to it is a whole lot harder! But with a little perseverance and a whole lot of planning, you can be on your way to making your goals for 2020 a reality, whether you’ve resolved to be more mindful of your budget, you’re seeking to stay active, or something else altogether. Now that January is almost behind us, read on for three tips to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions.
Start small. By breaking your resolution down into smaller, more actionable goals, you can make your overall objective a little less daunting. For instance, if you’ve resolved to save $1,000 by December 2020, consider putting away $83/month or $19.23/week into a savings account. Your weekly successes will help keep you motivated, especially as you see your bank account balance grow.
Buddy up. If you’ve made a resolution to get active this year, enlist a friend or coworker to join you in your goal. Partnering with another person helps keep you accountable; you’ll be less likely to throw in the towel when you know someone else is counting on you for moral support and companionship.
Make a realistic goal. It’s okay for your resolutions to be ambitious, but they shouldn’t be so lofty that you’re setting yourself up for failure. Think of 2020 as the first year of the rest of your life. This year, you’ll be making positive changes that will set the groundwork for your future successes. Making changes to one’s lifestyle or habits should be seen as a marathon, not a sprint!
Posted on January 17, 2020 by Warren Duffie
We have exciting news for you! We recently partnered with Cobu, a Boston-based real estate tech company that will be customizing a resident app exclusively for our community. Here’s a quick hello from their team with more news to follow soon.
The Avant Team
Hi there, new friends – we’re Cobu and it’s great to meet you!
It’s our passion and mission to power genuine community in apartment buildings like yours. We love it so much that it’s part of our name; Cobu is short for “Community Builders!” We believe that life is about making meaningful and lasting connections, especially in the places we call home. Potential friendships are all around us, though sometimes we need a little nudge to get the connections started. That’s where Cobu – and our app – comes in!
Explore your passions and discover new interests through our interest groups. Then get to know fellow neighbors who love what you love through online discussions and in-person gatherings. Most importantly, you can become a community champion by creating gatherings – casual and unique in-person experiences – that empower your neighbors to gather.
Stay tuned for more emails including more about our app as well as a quick survey on how we can help you make those connections with your neighbors, building community, and neighborhood. We’re excited to share more soon!
Posted on January 16, 2020 by Warren Duffie
Locals know that Mon Ami Gabi is more than just a spot to enjoy gourmet French fare; it’s a destination for fun events! Spanning cooking classes to happy hour specials, these events are listed on the bistro’s events page, so you can always add something new and fun to your calendar. Case in point: the Big Game Brunch on Super Bowl Sunday, which invites diners to arrive in their favorite football team’s gear. In exchange, you’ll score a gift card good toward a future meal!
Circling back to Mon Ami Gabi’s French-inspired fare, the menus offer a delicious array of food for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Highlights include the roasted salmon, the root vegetable salad, and for dessert, the creme brulee.
Posted on December 11, 2019 by Warren Duffie
Revel in the stunning glory of more than half a million colorful lights! Bring the whole family to the magical Winter Walk of lights, held at Vienna’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens through January 5!
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens are one of the hidden treasures of Fairfax County, and never more so than during this festive walk. Every year, the gardens are transformed into a half-mile, animated path of shimmering yuletide-themed lights.
Revisit perennial favorites such as the Lakeside Lights, the Fountain of Lights, and the Holiday Nature Walk. There are even new displays this year! Round out your visit by roasting marshmallows and sipping hot beverages – available for purchase – by a warm, relaxing fire.
Put on your walking shoes and experience a beloved Northern Virginia holiday tradition! Tickets start at $8. Learn more at https://www.novaparks.com/events/winter-walk-of-lights.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court