Attend the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival!

Posted on May 14, 2018 by Avant Property

Looking for some thought-provoking art to decorate your home? Attend the 27th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival at the Reston Town Center!

Held May 18-20, the festival will be presented by Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE). View and purchase art from more than 200 artists from across the nation, and enjoy three days of live performances, acclaimed children’s activities, and more.

The festival is free and open to the public, although $5 donations per adult in support of GRACE are encouraged and appreciated. In return for the donation, each patron receives a robust festival program containing nearly $200 worth of dining certificates, a map of the festival, and a complete artist listing.

In addition, Balducci’s Food Lovers Market will be onsite offering samples of savory snacks and refreshing beverages at multiple booths and kiosks.

For more information, call (703) 471-9242 or visit

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
May 18-20
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Reston Town Center
(703) 471-9242

Viva Pet Fiesta at Reston Town Center!

Posted on April 29, 2018 by Avant Property

Celebrate the personality and fun of your favorite animal at Pet Fiesta, held Saturday, May 5th, at the Reston Town Center! This pet-centric outdoor festival is sponsored by, and benefits,, an organization dedicated to educating potential dog owners on canine selection and care, and supporting the efforts of rescue groups.

Pet Fiesta brings together local businesses, animal rescue groups, and pet owners for an exciting day of activities, demonstrations, and animals galore. Meet wonderful animals looking for their forever homes, check out the latest in pet products, and watch the animals strut their stuff during contests and fashion shows. Enjoy onstage entertainment, face painting, and caricature artists. Gather the kids and come out for a day of pets and fun for the whole family!

Pet Fiesta 2018
Saturday, May 5th
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Reston Town Center

Tips to Make Every Day Earth Day!

Posted on April 27, 2018 by Avant Property

April commemorates Earth Day, and many people like to spend the month cleaning waterways, picking up litter, or organizing large-scale trash and recycling drives.

If you’re interested in living greener, but don’t know how to start or just want to begin small, here are eight great tips to make your apartment living at The Avant more eco-friendly. These steps are easy, can be implemented immediately, and, best of all, help keep our environment healthy — all year long. Everyone wins!

1. Partner with Bozzuto. Bozzuto is challenging you, our communities, our coworkers, our friends, and our families to come together and share ways we can all #BeTheGreen. Click here for more information.

2. Kill the vampires. Walk around your apartment and unplug any electronic devices and appliances you’re not using. These include TVs, computers, printers, cell phone chargers, video game consoles, and CD and DVD players (we know some of you still have these!).

Most electronic equipment still consumes energy when turned off and plugged in – about 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. That’s enough to power a home for two months! No wonder they’re called vampires.

3. Watch that wash. Try to wait for a full load before turning on the washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher. You use the same amount of energy to power them whether you have a half load or a full one. Each washing cycle uses more than 25 gallons of water – make sure every drop counts. When using the dryer, clean out the lint filter after every load.

Doing dishes? Scrape your plate, but don’t rinse it, before putting it into the dishwasher. Pre-rinsing is no longer necessary with today’s technology and detergents, and you might use more water to pre-rinse than the dishwasher uses for a full wash cycle.

4. Don’t guzzle the H2O. Take quick showers and don’t let the water run when shaving or brushing your teeth.

5. Monitor your thermostat. Turn down your thermostat by two degrees in the winter and up by two degrees in the summer. You’ll eliminate 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide during the year.

6. Recycling, a classic that still works. For decades, we’ve all heard how wonderful recycling is. That’s because it works! Consider the fact that recycling just one aluminum can saves the amount of energy required to run a TV for three hours.

In this technology-obsessed world of ours, many retailers and other companies also will take your old gadgets for recycling. Computers, monitors, cell phones, and other electronics often contain toxic materials that should not sit in landfills.

7. Lower the lights. Change to fluorescent light bulbs – which use approximately 66 percent less energy than regular incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Always turn off lights when you aren’t home, or in a particular room, to save energy. You can also install automatic timers to turn off lights in empty rooms.

8. Let the sunshine in. Among the best, most inexpensive ways to warm your apartment is by letting sunlight in. Open blinds, drapes, and shutters and allow solar energy to brighten the indoors naturally.

As you can see, it’s easy to go green. You don’t have to turn your life completely upside down. Just start small, go slow, and make the adjustments gradually. Make every day Earth Day! For more tips, visit the website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Fuel Up or Wind Down at Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar!

Posted on April 1, 2018 by Avant Property

Want to savor the best cup of black coffee in Reston, treat yourself to a creamy hot mocha, or maybe sample some excellent spirits? Come to Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar for delicious coffee, beer, wine, and seasonal cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Located in Lake Anne Village Center, this popular dining destination was a beloved neighborhood gathering spot, when it was recently was bought by an area family and upgraded. Now visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the lake and a tasty menu showcasing the best foods our region has to offer.

What are you waiting for? Come hang out, enjoy the view, and grab a bite to eat! Learn more at

Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar
Lake Anne Village Center
1612 Washington Plaza N.
Reston, Virginia

A Taste of Northern Virginia Restaurant Week!

Posted on March 14, 2018 by Avant Property

For yet another year, the culinary excellence of the D.C. outskirts is on full display during Northern Virginia Restaurant Week, held March 19-26! This fun gastronomic event is presented by the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association and the Greater Reston, Loudoun, Arlington, and Prince William chambers of commerce.

All you foodies out there will be dazzled by the variety, quality, and creativity of the participating chefs and restaurants. Sample the special Restaurant Week menus of 55 renowned dining spots, including Reston favorites like Mon Ami Gabi and Clyde’s. From casual and international fare to fine dining and innovative cuisine, get ready to enjoy attractive prices for lunch, dinner, and an assortment of specialty food.

To see the full list of participating restaurants, visit

Enjoy a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride!

Posted on February 12, 2018 by Avant Property

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.

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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

Finely Crafted Beer at Lake Anne Brewhouse!

Posted on February 1, 2018 by Avant Property

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

Help Needy Kids by Having Your Gifts Wrapped!

Posted on December 22, 2017 by Avant Property

It’s coming down to the wire! December 25th is almost here. Although you’ve probably finished most of your holiday shopping, you still have to knock out the worst part – gift wrapping.

Let someone else handle this chore – and make a difference in a needy kid’s life. Come out to the holiday gift-wrapping event at the Hyatt Regency Reston on December 24th. Scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event is being presented by Kids R First, an organization committed to giving children (grades K-12) from families with limited financial means the same opportunities as their peers.

For a small donation, you can have your holiday presents beautifully wrapped, and help outfit local youth with much-needed school supplies. It’s the perfect blend of generosity and convenience!

Holiday Gift Wrapping by Kids R First

December 24

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Reston

1800 Presidents St.

Reston, Virginia

(703) 850-3639

Ice Skating Season is Here!

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Although the D.C. area has enjoyed some pretty warm weather lately, that hasn’t stopped the Reston Town Center from kicking off ice skating season in super style. From now until March, the floor of the Pavilion has been transformed into a gleaming ice skating rink. It’s like an indoor winter wonderland, even if the temperature outside is less than bone-rattling chilly!

Rent some skates and enjoy a fun, unique exercise regimen. Have you always wanted to learn to ice skate? Then this is the perfect time to partner with an instructor and tackle that dream! Need ideas for a memorable birthday party, corporate function, or fundraising event? Book the ice skating rink for a cool – literally! – celebration. Or just bring the family out for a day of bonding and building memories.

Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion

1818 Discovery Street

Reston, Virginia 20190

(703) 709-6300