Spring Cleaning Tips for a Spic-and-Span Space

Posted on April 5, 2021 by Warren Duffie

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to start enjoying warmer temperatures, longer days, and the rewarding feeling that comes along with a spic-and-span apartment. Before you pull on those rubber gloves and break out the spray bottles, check out these tips to help you streamline your spring-cleaning checklist.

Overhaul your cleaning supplies. There’s nothing worse than starting a cleaning project only to realize you don’t have the necessary supplies. Take stock of your cleaning inventory to ensure that you have everything you need to complete the tasks at hand, including bleach, sponges, rags, paper towels, and all-purpose cleaners. Now is also a good time to toss out any expired products.

Start small. Don’t overwhelm yourself by attempting to complete your entire spring-cleaning checklist in a single day or weekend. Instead, break the job down into smaller, more manageable tasks. For example, you could clean one room at a time, or focus on single chores such as decluttering, dusting, and disinfecting.

Enlist your friends and family. Spring cleaning should be a group effort! Split up the tasks so that they’re distributed evenly between you, your family, and/or your roommates. If you need extra reinforcements, see if your friends can help pitch in! Pay them with some takeout pizza and drinks. 

Who’s Your Favorite Vendor at the Reston Farmers Market?

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You’re likely counting down the days until May, and not just for the warmer weather and the start of baseball season. It’s also when the Reston Farmers Market finally reopens for another great year of fresh produce and other local products—and your opportunity to skip the grocery store every once in a while. 

Find the Reston Farmers Market in the Lake Anne Plaza Shopping Center each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, and shop everything from fruits and veggies, to baked goods, flowers, prepared foods, and much more. And it’s not just food at the Reston Farmers Market. Plenty of craft vendors set up booths around the lake, giving you an opportunity to shop small and pick up some one of a kind items in the meanwhile. 

Because the Market is so conveniently located in the heart of the plaza, there are plenty of opportunities for eating and shopping nearby, including at the popular Lake Anne Brew House. Mark your calendar for May 9 for the start of the season, and check the website for scheduled vendors as the date draws near.

Take a DIY Approach to Dinner at The Qui Korean Grille

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You’ve probably been cooking at home a lot more lately, but not like this! The Qui Korean Grille makes cooking infinitely more fun with an all-you-can-eat tableside meal prep experience. Just choose from one of three options that allow you to order as many dishes as you like to be grilled by you and devoured as soon as each savory bite is done to your liking. 

And while The Qui Korean Grille has tons of marinated and exotic meats to choose from, it’s not just carnivores who love this experience. There is also lots of seafood, as well as vegetarian options to please everyone in your party. The basic, all-included dining level starts at just $24 per person, and features the restaurant’s most popular options like bulgogi, pork belly, and brisket. More indulgent experiences go up from there, as does the number of people each combination set feeds. 

Find The Qui Korean Grille in Chantilly, less than 20 minutes from The Avant at Reston Town Center.

Hit the Ice at SkateQuest in Reston

Posted on February 11, 2021 by Warren Duffie

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!

Ice Skating at Reston Town Center: A Holiday Tradition Returns

Posted on December 8, 2020 by Warren Duffie

After this difficult year, we could all use an extra dose of holiday cheer. And there is no more picture-perfect and downright fun way to spend an evening than Ice Skating at Reston Town Center. The rink is practically movie quality, complete with a full canopy of lights and charming shops surrounding the ice. Bring the kids for a fun winter activity, or make a special night of it with your significant other. There’s plenty of dining and shopping near the rink, so it’s really a great spot to take advantage of this busy time of year.

Be sure to visit the skate shop for tons of new merchandise or to rent the popular double-blade, flat edge skates for beginners. To keep guests safe this year, Reston Town Center has expanded their operating hours and is offering ticketless entry and reserved time slots. Visit the website to hold your time, and to learn about free parking options and more.

Explore the Winter Walk of Lights!

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

Vienna, Virginia

(703) 255-3631


Spreading Musical Holiday Cheer!

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Looking to maintain your holiday spirit after a day of shopping or running errands? Then visit the Fountain Square and Promenade areas at the Reston Town Center to enjoy a variety of inspiring, warm-hearted musical performances! From melodic ukuleles to soaring choral numbers, you’re sure to feel revitalized and in the yuletide spirit after witnessing these ear-pleasing concerts:

December 14:

Lindsey Hirshfeld, guitar/vocals, noon

Reston Chorale, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Rick Landers, guitar/vocals, 3 p.m.

December 15:

Northern Virginia Ukulele Society, noon

Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble, 1 p.m.

Rick Landers, guitar/vocals, 3 p.m.

December 21:

Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble, noon

Rick Landers, guitar/vocals, 3 p.m.

Enjoy a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride!

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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 Saturdays through December 21, visitors to the Reston Town Center can enjoy this experience from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Departures leave from in front of Clyde’s. Tickets are $5 per person; children under 5 years of age ride for free. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Weather-dependent. If inclement weather occurs, please check updates at https://www.restontowncenter.com/event/sleighs-neighs/.

Ice-Skating Season is Here!

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The Reston Town Center is celebrating ice-skating season in super style. Until March 15, 2020, the floor of the Pavilion has been transformed into a gleaming ice skating rink. It’s like an indoor winter wonderland!

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.

Learn more at https://www.restontowncenter.com/skating/.

Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion

1818 Discovery Street

Reston, Virginia

(703) 709-6300