Parks and Entertainment in Burke, VA

 

Burke, VA is a desirable community for those who like the quietness of a town, but accessibility to the city. Washington DC is only 20 miles from Burke. If you’re more about the green space and nature, then you’re just in luck! There are a variety of parks in the area that offer nature trails, hiking, biking paths, playgrounds, water activities, and more.

The American Hiking Society deemed Burke Lake Loop Trail in Burke Lake Park as one of the best 10 fitness trails in the United States. A full 888 acres, this park has an activity to offer for everyone. Catch the miniature train and/or carousel with your little ones, have a few rounds of mini golf, or host a picnic by the lake. For those who love the water, there’s boating, fishing, and kayaking. Walk, jog, or bike around the scenic lake’s 4.7 mile trail loop. There are even campgrounds there, for those who want to stay through the entire weekend.  There is no charge for Fairfax County residents to enter, but if you are a non-resident, it is $10 per car.

Lake Barton Park is a clean, well-maintained lake with a short trail for walking, biking, and jogging, along with picnic tables. It also has a playground and areas for fishing.  Parking is available at Burke Center Parkway.

Have a family that is into field sports? Rolling Valley West Park has field and playground space for softball, tennis, soccer, basketball, and baseball! Visitors love how well-maintained the fields are and there are benches where parents can sit down and watch their kids play.

The Pohick Stream Valley Trail has a paved path and is right near the VRE tracks. The trail is perfect for biking, walking, and jogging. Kids will have fun crossing the creek – there are raised stepping stones that you can use to hop over the water. The perfect place to bring family and pets!

If you’re moving to Burke, VA or anywhere in Fairfax County, you can call the professionals at American Moving & Storage at 703-870-7975! Punctual, professional, and with competitive prices for your moving – our clients can attest to positive moving experiences with our team. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Moving to Aldie, VA

 

Nestled between the Catoctin Mountains and Bull Run Mountains with the Little River running through, the community of Aldie is considered the gateway to Loudoun Valley. In 1765, James and George Mercer set up a mill at Belhaven Road between Winchester and Alexandria, and by 1809, Little River Turnpike was developed from Alexandria to the mill. The creation of this major road led to Charles Fenton Mercer, James Mercer’s son, to use the 30 acres of land on the western side of the road to develop the town of Aldie, named after Castle Aldie which was his Scottish clan’s ancestral home. The village was the site of the Battle of Aldie during the Gettysburg Campaign. Also, President James Monroe had his private residence in Aldie in Oak Hill in 1822.

Aldie has two annual festivals. In May, there is the Treasures on the Turnpike. It is a village-wide flea market yard sale, where people can participate in the rummage sales at The Church of our Redeemer. There’s family-friendly activities such as Aldie Mill tours, live music, food, and games. In October, there is the Harvest Festival, also known as the Fall Festival. This event includes food, wine, music, antiques, historical re-enactments, and more!

Aldie is one of the fastest growing communities in the DMV and has many residential areas that are either recently built or are in the midst of being completed. If you’re moving into Aldie, VA this summer, give American Moving & Storage a call at (703) 870-7975! With over 30 years of experience moving families in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC metropolitan area, you can count on us to provide quality service, dependability, and competitive rates for your move.

Living in Oakton, VA

 

In Fairfax County and 16 miles west of Washington DC, Oakton is known for its highly rated schools and mix of families and young professionals that reside there. Many own their homes and there are a wide range of restaurants, coffee shops, stores and parks in the area. Residents enjoy the convenience and accessibility of Oakton. Vienna, Herndon, Tyson’s Corner, Merrifield and Fairfax are only a hop, skip and a jump away. There are a variety of home types in the area, whether you’re looking for an apartment, condominium, town home or single family house.

Prefer to get your produce and groceries from local sources? Check out the Oakton Farmers Market at the Unity of Fairfax Church on 2854 Hunter Mill Rd! For more than 10 years, the market’s vendors have provided high quality produce, honey, meats, eggs and more to its customers. It is open year-round on Saturdays, 9 AM to 1 PM.

Is green space a necessary attribute for the next city that you and your family move to? In Oakton, there is Blake Lane Park, which has a large grassy area, a soccer field, and a dog park. Bring your dog to socialize with others, while your kids fly kites nearby! If you’re more about the indoor activities, be sure to visit the Oak Marr RECenter! The facility has swimming pools, racquetball courts, many fitness rooms, saunas, gyms, smoothie bar, child care center and more.

If you are moving into Oakton, VA this summer, schedule your move in day with American Moving & Storage at 703-870-7975! We understand how stressful moving is, and our team will work with your schedule to make the move as seamless as can be.

Neighborhoods in Manassas, VA

 

In Northern Virginia, the town of Manassas is just off of Interstate 66 and 30 miles from Washington DC. Filled with rich history and battlegrounds from the Civil War, it is also host to desirable residential communities. There are a range of home options for everyone: apartments, town homes, and single family homes. We will highlight some of the neighborhoods that reside in Manassas.

Central to everything is Old Town Manassas, also known as Historic Downtown Manassas or the Historic District. In the mid-1990s to 2010s, the area was revitalized to become a more successful commercial and residential area. Three and four-story town homes were built, marketed to younger families who seek an urban setting within a suburb. It has the Harris Pavillion, an outdoor venue that is converted to a skating rink for community members to enjoy in the wintertime. The Manassas Museum sits south of Old Town, showcasing the city’s history and role in the American Civil War. Old Town Triangle houses Manassas’s most notable buildings: Annaburg Manor, Annaburg Manor Gatehouse, and Bennett House. There are also two recreational parks: Nelson Park and William Delisle Park.

The first thing that one may notice when driving through the Manassas neighborhood of Ravenwood, is the size of the single-family homes. Many hold 4-5 bedrooms, or even more. If you are looking for open space for your large family, this area may suit you. It is also very close to Bull Run Marina.

Another neighborhood in Manassas that has homes increasing in demand is Fernbrook, which has many competitively priced large homes for families, as well. Homes are of various styles and time periods. Many have garages and sit on at least 2 acres with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

For those with families who are also needing to commute to Washington DC or other areas in the DMV, the neighborhoods in Manassas may have caught your eye. If you are moving to Manassas, VA this summer, give American Moving & Storage a call! For many years, we have efficiently and successfully moved households in Manassas, VA and Prince William County. For a seamless transition into your new home, schedule your moving day with us at 703-870-7975.

Entertainment and Recreation in Leesburg, VA

 

Leesburg is Virginia’s largest unincorporated town within a county. It is the county seat of Loudoun County, built in 1740. A largely commuter suburb, many who live there travel to Washington DC for work. However, there are many things to do for entertainment and recreation in Leesburg, VA! Check out our list of activities that we have assembled below.

Historic Sites

Leesburg has 21 entries on the National Register of Historic places. Dodona Manor is the 19th century home of George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff of the US Army during World War II, Secretary of State, President of the American Red Cross, and Secretary of Defense. The property was restored to its Marshall-era appearance. Visitors can explore the historic house museum and its gardens. Tours are $15 per adult, and free for children and teens. Active duty military and immediate family members also have free admission, with proper ID.

Morven Park is the 1,000-acre historic estate with three museums, an equestrian center, and an athletic field complex. The Moven Park mansion, also known as the Davis Mansion, was a fieldstone house later transformed into a Greek Revival structure. Westmoreland and Marguerite Davis lived in the mansion from 1903 to 1942. They filled it with a range of eclectic antiques and furnishings from their worldwide travels – Belgian tapestries, hundreds of silver pieces, and Hudson River Valley Paintings. Tours through the mansion guide you through fully-furnished 1st and 2nd floor rooms, showcasing the Davis’ social and civic lives. The Davis family were avid equestrians and active in the Virginia fox hunting community. There is a museum honoring their history in these pursuits with art, artifacts, and memorabilia.

Vineyards and Wineries

Leesburg is also host to many vineyards and wineries. Enjoy a glass of wine in a bucolic atmosphere, while enjoying the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are many family-owned establishments that have been producing wine for many years. Visit Dry Mill Vineyard & Winery, Casanel Vineyards and Winery, Zephaniah Farm Vineyards, and more!

Hiking, Biking and Enjoying the Outdoors

The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad runs through Leesburg, providing a trail where hikers, joggers, and bikers can travel on safely. There is also the Red Rocks Wilderness Overlook Regional Park, with 67 acres of woodland and 2 miles of trails with views of the river. Ida Lee Park has public picnic areas, a pavilion, and playground areas – perfect for family weekend activities.

We hope that our list of entertainment and recreational items gave you some guidance about the area of Leesburg, Virginia. If you are planning on moving to the area, give American Moving & Storage a call! For many years, we have provided exceptional moving services to the Loudoun County community. Reach us at 703-870-7975.

Neighborhoods in Gainesville, VA

Nestled in Prince William County just off of I-66, Gainesville is an area that saw much residential and commercial growth since the early 2000s. There’s shopping centers with large retailers, banks, grocery stores – all convenient to the residential developments. Residents of Gainesville love the family-friendly nature of the area.

Gainesville saw its first town home community built in 1994 – aptly named Crossroads. This was the beginning of the building and growth of more residential areas in the town.

The Meadows at Morris Farms has a variety of beautiful single-family homes, courtyard clusters, and town homes. There’s community amenities such as a pool, walking paths and nature trails. There’s also an original farm house from 1957.

Parks of Piedmont is also a great choice if you’re looking specifically for condominiums. The community also has a pool. There’s a lot of green space in the neighborhood and it sits next to the Little Bull Run tributary.

The Bridlewood community has 427 homes and is located 1.4 miles from Route 29. There are single-family and town homes. The neighborhood has many family-friendly amenities: a clubhouse, swimming pool, and playgrounds.

Moving into one of these neighborhoods and need professional moving services? Let the team from American Moving & Storage manage your next move! Schedule your move with us at 703-870-7975!

Parks in Fairfax, VA

Moving to Fairfax, VA and brainstorming what your family can do together this summer? One of the benefits of the area is the number of public, green spaces it has.  These spaces are important to the community, as it is a way to exercise, get fresh air, teach your children about nature, and more! We’ll highlight some of our favorite Fairfax, VA parks.

Providence Park is 20-acres with a playground, picnic pavilion, tennis courts and a trail that is perfect for hiking and biking. Pets are allowed and many come out on the holidays and weekends to grill and enjoy the fresh air. It is the perfect park to visit in the summertime, as many areas are shaded by the trees and the large pavilion.

Daniels Run Park is a largely wooded area with a small stream running through it – perfect for enjoying nature with your family. There are hiking trails and playgrounds. Visitors say that they enjoy it as a place of tranquility and a great place to teach their little ones about nature. There are multiple entrances to the park via the residential area nearby.

A great place for recreation for the whole family, Draper Drive Park is 16 acres with a shaded jogging trail and 2 large fields for soccer and other sports. The parking lot is convenient, along with a playground with wheelchair access. The playground equipment and soccer fields are well-maintained. A hidden gem in Fairfax, VA!

If you’re moving to Fairfax, VA this summer, we hope that our introduction to the green spaces in the area lets you rest easy, knowing there are many activities that you and your family can do together in your new community. Still looking for movers on your move-in date? Give American Moving & Storage a call! With over 30 years of experience servicing the moves of the Northern VA and DC Metro area community, we will do all we can to make your move stress-free and efficient.

Moving in Dulles, VA


Covering the southwestern part of Sterling in Loudon County, Virginia, Dulles, VA was officially named as a community by the United States Postal Service when Sterling businesses lobbied for an alternative address, led by economic development officer Pam Treadwell. Partially located in Dulles but with a Sterling address, the Washington Dulles International Airport is a major hub of a travel in the Washington DC Metro area and also where the Dulles community derived its name from.

Looking for STEM work in the Dulles, VA area? Dubbed “The Silicon Valley of the East” by Atlantic Magazine, Dulles Technology Corridor is known as host to many defense and technology companies. Headquarters of many notable technology companies reside here, including Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Radiant Solutions, ODIN Technologies, and more in the nearby communities of Tysons Corner, Reston, Herndon, Sterling, and Ashburn.

Dulles Town Center covers 1,400,000 square feet, the largest enclosed shopping center in Loudoun County. With 2 levels and filled with 150 stores and services, the mall has anything that you or your family may need.

If you’re considering Dulles, VA or other communities in the Loudoun County area to move to, let the American Moving & Storage team help! For over 30 years, we’ve made personalized service our priority. For a free estimate for our services on your moving day, give us a call at 703-870-7975.

Living and Moving in Haymarket, VA

The area of Haymarket was once hunting grounds for the western Iroquois nation, who used the paths until 1722, before moving to the Blue Ridge Mountain region. After the American Revolutionary War in 1799, the town of Haymarket was developed by William Skinker, who drew up the plan to include 13 streets and 140 lots. Later, a clerk’s office and jail were built and aided in the town’s early development from the business and trade surrounding the court.

In 1862 during the Civil War, Union soldiers set the town on fire, destroying everything except for three small houses and St. Paul’s Church. This led to a period where Haymarket was completely unpopulated and it wasn’t until General Robert E. Lee’s surrender, where it began to recover and re-build itself to its former prosperity. Central Haymarket has retained a lot of the same structures; some are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bordering US Route 15 and served by exit 40 off of Interstate 66, Haymarket has seen a lot of growth in suburban development. Two miles from downtown Haymarket, the largest Pick-Your-Own-Spring-Flower festival in the United States takes place – 3 weeks in late March to April – with 500k bulbs planted in preparation for the picking.

With its rich history and growth, Haymarket, Virginia is a solid choice for your family’s next move. If you need help with your remote or regional move, choose the moving and packing experts at American Moving & Storage! We understand that coordinating a move for your family may seem stressful and daunting, and want to do all we can to alleviate those feelings – schedule our movers at (703) 870-7975.

The Benefits of Using a Storage Unit During a Move

Have an upcoming move and are going back and forth on whether you need a storage unit for it? There are many benefits to having a storage unit as an option for a short or long term space for items that you project may be in limbo for a while. The American Moving & Storage facility has a host of storage options that are climate-controlled and secure.

An example of why you would need storage is if you are downsizing and there is no room to place items in the new home. These could be items that you still need to sort through and see what to keep, transfer ownership, donate, or sell. If you are helping an older family member during their move and they have accumulated a lot during their years in the home, then a storage unit could come in handy. If you believe that it may become clutter in the new space, then placing it in our storage may be the best choice.

Another reason one may use our storage is if there’s an interim before you officially move into your new place. Sometimes the timing of moves will vary, and you will need a temporary space until the move-in date comes. We are ready to help when it does!

For your local or remote move to Oakton, VA or Northern Virginia, give American Moving & Storage a call! Whether it’s an apartment, single family home, or large estate – our movers are up to the task. Let us work with your moving schedule and give us a call at (703) 870-7975.