Things to Do in Reston, VA

 

In 2018, Money Magazine listed Reston, VA as The Best Place to Live in Virginia for its fantastic parks, lakes, shopping and dining. The integration of lush&, green spaces with residential and commercial areas, makes Reston, VA a highly desirable community to live in. The Lake Anne Village Center is listed in the U.S. Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places, and all of Reston is a Backyard Wildlife Habitat Community, ensuring that wildlife habitats are protected and always taken into consideration when commercial and residential development take place. In this post, we’ll dive into the recreational activities available for you and your family living in Reston, VA!

Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but don’t want to drive hours out in order to do so? Visit Fred Crabtree Park! Residents who have visited love the streams (Little Difficult Run), forested trails, and the opportunity to view wildlife. Deer are frequently spotted in this park. In addition to the nature trails, it has fields for baseball and soccer. Fox Mill Woods and Tennis club is also nearby.

Another great option for those who would like to explore nature with their little ones is Walker Nature Center. The surrounding area hosts a pond, walking trails, picnic areas, and camping sites. The Center has a public restroom, meeting room, and an interactive play room. They also have bird feeders. The Nature Center also hosts nature programs for kids. There are lots of free community resources, such as information on the local fauna and flora.

Wondering what Reston has to offer for shopping and dining? Explore Reston Town Center! There’s major retailers of all specialties – clothing, technology, makeup, and gifts – dotting its streets. After shopping, relax with a meal and refreshing beverage at one of the many restaurants in the area. With all of the variety of cuisines, you’re sure to find options that suit your tastes. Catch a movie at Bow Tie Cinemas, grab an ice cream afterwards and head to Mercury Fountain to people watch. The Pavillion is just across from it, where ice skating is set up for the Wintertime.

If you and your family are nervous about your move to Reston, VA, don’t worry! With American Moving & Storage, the transition will go seamlessly. Along with careful packing, we are always cognizant of keeping your possessions, flooring, and walls damage-free during the move. Schedule your upcoming move with us at (703) 870-7975!

Neighborhoods in Vienna, VA

 

In Fairfax County, bordered by I-66, I-495, and Route 7, Vienna, VA is a town popular with families and working professionals who commute around the DC Metro area for work. The area is served by Fairfax County Public Schools, which has a great reputation. Its downtown has a variety of small businesses, and there is the Vienna Metro Station with plenty of parking available. The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park trail goes through the town center, available to the public for walking, jogging, and biking.

In the Northern part of Vienna, around Old Courthouse Road and Beulah Road, has many detached single family homes, most of them newer with some older homes sprinkled throughout. Many of the homes have four or more bedrooms and three to four bathrooms. There are many options for shopping, restaurants, and commercial office spaces. NOVA Central Farmer’s Market is located at the Church of the Holy Comforter, selling locally sourced produce and groceries. Westwood Country Club is just east of Beulah Road and has golfing, tennis, pool, and a conference center, available to members. There is an 11-acre park called Glyndon Park, with baseball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, and nature trails that are perfect to take your little ones to. Residents like how family-friendly and convenient the area is.

Central to Vienna is the Town Center. Similar to the area in the North, there are many detached single family homes with plenty of space for a large family. There are also apartments, high rises, condos, and town homes available to rent. Many restaurants and shopping plazas are along Maple Ave. Patrick Henry Library is right off the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad trail. Catch a local baseball game at Waters and Caffi Fields, a turfed park with restrooms and snack shack. Freeman Store & Museum, run by volunteers, tells the history of the general store that was built in 1859 and showcases a variety of Virginia memorabilia.

If you and your family are planning your local or remote move to Vienna, VA or Fairfax County, be sure to contact the moving professionals at American Moving & Storage! For over 30 years, we’ve served the Northern Virginia community, delivering efficient, seamless moves. We’ll treat your possessions and space with respect, properly covering and protecting the floors and walls of your home during the move. Schedule your move at 703-870-7975!

Things to Do in Haymarket, VA

 

Just off of exit 40 on I-66 resides the town of Haymarket, VA in Prince William County. Many of the buildings in Central Haymarket from 1882 are still standing today. There are many structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places, such as St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a two-story brick church building that was originally the district courthouse for Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudon, and Prince William counties. We’ve compiled a guide for those living or moving to Haymarket, VA.

The Haymarket Museum tells the history of Haymarket and how it was established and developed into the town you see today. There are exhibits and stories that tell of the role Haymarket played in the Civil War, the destruction of the 1862 fire and the reconstruction period after, the schools, the Old Post Office building, and more.

Across from Haymarket City Hall is Cupcake Heaven, the perfect place for those with a sweet tooth! Along with gourmet cupcakes, they also carry a wide range of quiches, coffee drinks, and pastries. You can also custom order cakes and cupcakes for future events. Locally owned and operated, it is a Haymarket favorite.

Is your family interested in ice sports or wants to learn more about it? Maybe would just like free skate or pick up skating lessons? The Haymarket Iceplex offers youth in-house and travel hockey leagues, adult hockey leagues, skating lessons, hockey classes, public skating, parties and more.

Penchant for horses and riding? Visit Saddlery Liquidators! Browse through a large inventory of equestrian equipment – all kinds of tack, supplies and clothing. Customers love the selection, great prices, friendly service and discounts found here.

Whether you’re moving to Haymarket, VA or any neighborhood in the Prince William County area, the American Moving & Storage team has you covered! We have testimonials from happy clients all over Northern Virginia. Let us show you how enjoyable and stress-free moving can be. Schedule our movers at 703-870-7975.

 

Neighborhoods in Reston, VA

 

With its green space, desirable residential communities, and commercial development, it’s no surprise that Reston, Virginia in Fairfax County was ranked as “Best Place to Live in Virginia” by Money magazine in 2018. The American Institute of Certified Planners recognized Reston as a National Planning Landmark and “one of the finest examples of American 20th Century conceptual new town planning”. Reston is also considered a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, meaning that homeowners are encouraged to maintain their yards and gardens, while keeping in mind that they are part of the local habitats and ecosystems. Reston was the first 20th century community in the United States to explicitly include nature preservation during its planning.

Located in the Lake Anne area, Hickory Cluster is a community of modernist, box-shaped townhouses designed by DC architect Charles M. Goodman. With tall ceilings and hardwood floors donning the interiors, natural light can filter through. There are 90 International-style homes in the neighborhood, with 2-4 bedrooms, 1-3 bathrooms, family rooms, rooftop terraces, and private balconies. Pedestrian paths are all around the area, leading to the shops in the Village Center.

Considered the downtown area, Reston Town Center is filled with offices, apartments, shopping, and restaurants. Low rise condominiums and town homes can be found along Town Center Parkway. There are also many high rise, modern residences. For those who want to be in the middle of all the action, in the heart of Reston – then this area is perfect for you.

The neighborhood of Hunter Woods was built around the Hunter Woods Village Center, the first village center in South Reston. The Reston Community Center resides here and provides residents with classes, events, spaces for rent, family friendly activities, and more. Community members love the walking trails in the area.

If you and your family will be moving into the Reston, VA area soon, don’t hesitate to schedule the movers at American Moving & Storage! For more than 30 years, our crew has assisted with moves in the Reston and Northern Virginia community. Family owned and operated, we prioritize personal service and a seamless experience with every move. Call us at (703) 870-7975!

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!