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Reston Things to Do

  • One Fountain Square

    This 11-story twin office buildings incorporated shops, restaurants, movie theater, and a 519-room Hyatt Regency Hotel. Since 1997, Phase Two was built with additional high-profile tenants located within the office towers and more retail upscale residential townhouses, condos and apartments. You cannot tell from the office business and the condos,...

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  • Mercury Fountain

    Created by Saint Clair Cemin in 1990Brian Pamnarine ~Master CasterUmberto Togni ~ Master CarverThis lovely statue & fountain graces the main entrance of Reston Town Center. It is so beautiful during the day, but at night, just gorgeous!

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  • One Fountain Square Pavillon

    One Fountain Square Pavillon is located in Reston Town Center. It is an open-air pavilion that has year-round events, including a "free summer concert series", wine tasting, an arts festival and seasonal ice skating. The night we were there they had a fantastic jazz band that every young and wise (my alternate word for senior) were having a great...

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Reston Restaurants

  • Popular~

    A very trendy and upbeat 1940's style dinner house with two bars. Jackson's has a wonderful nostalgic decor. There is an outdoor bar, which was very crowded. The inside was just as crowded and once again the noise level in here was terrible. So I was glad we decided not to eat in here. Yet, the aroma was pleasing.

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  • Yummy!

    We stopped here to enjoy a dessert since the experience at the Big Bowl was terrible. This place cheered me right up. Great ice cream, but the only complaint is it is too expensive. Not something I would splurged on often. Still it was yummy!

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  • Decent Food~

    We met some of my sisters friends here for a farwell meal. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. "But" the noise level in this restaurant was terrible, plus it was in the middle of summer and it was so hot and not one fan to be had within the main restaurant. So I didn't really enjoy the meal because it was too loud and to hot...

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  • Was: Blue Channel Inn

    This cozy restaurant seemed to cater to the Washington DC crowd, off duty. It was very busy but the wait wasn't long, and the food was well worth it!Update:The name has changed since I was there, but the location is the same. The most important change is the style. Now, it offers an American cuisine in keeping with the idea of "local pub," scene...

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  • Coffee

    Like every Starbucks nationwide, one expects the basics; coffee, tea, pastries, amenities like sugar, spices, creamer. Most Starbucks have coffee on sale, cups, coffee and tea mugs as well as sandwiches and soft drinks.What was rather odd in Reston was that I saw an inside seating area that barely fit 4 people. The outdoor seating was really nice,...

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  • Ohio on the Virginia

    The Cincinnati Café presents the finest in hearty, tasty American cuisine. The elegant atmosphere and friendly mid-western congeniality make a perfect setting for the enjoyment of a genuinely delicious meal. With a heated outside patio dining, the Cincinnati Café is unquestionably the best kept secret in Reston. Good friendly crowd at the bar, and...

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Reston Transportation

  • by cmccool Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Reston can be visited from the Dulles Toll Road (highway 267), Leesburg Pike (route 7), or Fairfax County Parkway (7100). Reston is about 15 miles west of Wasington, DC--take I-66 or 495 (the Beltway) to 267. Exit at Reston Parkway (for Reston Town Center), Wiehle Avenue, Hunter Mill Road (eastern boundary), or Fairfax County Parkway (western edge).
    RIBS is the local bus service. The bike trail (Washington & Old Dominion or WOD) runs through the heart of Reston. It runs next to the Reston Town Center. A car is convenient to get around.

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Reston Local Customs

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    by lmkluque Updated Nov 19, 2012

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    This comment is coming from the perspective of a Southern Californian. When we mention that casual dress is accepted, that means that almost anything anyone wears will be accepted. How a person behaves is not really noticed, unless they are really unpleasant. In many places on the Eastern side of the country this is not so. There is a definite shift in attitude that everyone should behave and dress as well as they can.

    In Reston it is expected that people will dress appropriately at restaurants and various functions and poor manners stick out like a sore thumb.

    (Translation: It is not a "come-as-you-are" kind of place nor is it a "be who you are" kind of place..)

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Reston What to Pack

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    by lmkluque Updated Nov 19, 2012

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Gentlemen: Bring a coat and tie.

    Ladies: Remember that little black dress.

    Of course, in the ominous shadow of such a power-charged city as Washington DC, you never know who will notice you in Reston!

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Reston Off The Beaten Path

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    by lmkluque Updated Nov 19, 2012

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    Lake Anne, in Reston is a man made lake, created to add beauty and relaxing activity for the residents who are mostly government employees.

    The scenery along it's banks is lovely and well worth renting a boat to explore the area.

    The Lake Anne Plaza is the hub. It was build and designed to create a place for locals to mingle, dine, shop and "get-away" from the stress of being in the shadow of the power house that is Washington D.C.

    Those who like to rub sholders with the locals will find this the perfect place to visit. They have Market days and frequently they offer weekly events and special events. Take a look at their Calendar to see what is planned during your visit.

    Also free Wifi on the Plaza and concerts for all to enjoy.

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Reston Favorites

  • Secluded Living

    Drive through some of the secluded residential areas. It might be hard to find a house to look at because there are so many trees! This picture might look like a remote country road, but it is actually in the town of Reston.. Looking outside my bedroom window to see hundred year old trees looming upward at least a hundred feet was quite...

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  • Go ice skating at Reston Town...

    Go ice skating at Reston Town Center in winter, or hear the concerts there on Saturday nights in Summer... Visit the Nature Center tucked away within Reston....ride through on your bike on the old railroad thru-way that is now a bike trail that goes from Alexandria to Leesburg... Visit our only real bar, Jimmy's, which is in HERNDON, but hey, close...

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