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It’s August, which means school is almost here, which means summer is almost over! So before you start planning back-to-school shopping and carpools, it’s time to get your last summer adventure – why not plan a staycation here at Reston Town Center?

Staying in town is the new exotic vacation – low travel costs, no airports lines and no beach traffic!  Relaxing at the Hyatt Regency Reston could be just what you need to unwind, especially since all of Reston Town Center is within walking distance for shopping and dining, salons, fun activities nearby, shady strolls in the evenings and plenty of events for entertainment.

It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon shopping with more than 50 shops – there’s something for everyone in the family.  And when your feet need a break, there are more than 30 restaurants spanning a cultural rainbow of cuisine. Several of the restaurants have beautiful patios to relax, recharge and enjoy the charm and elegance around you.

If you need a day to recover from all that walking and deciding whether or not you like those shoes, one of the full-service beauty salons & spas can take care of you. Try a cut and style, mani/pedi, or the massages and stress-relieving treatments that will make you want to stay forever.

For the more explorative minds, only nine miles away from Reston is the largest collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.  This museum houses aircrafts like The Discovery space shuttle and the Enola Gay, the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb, while offering several IMAX movies and a flight simulator.

If you’re looking to take the kids for a day of outdoor activities, the Reston Zoo is three miles down the road with walking paths and exhibits, a petting barn and zoofari wagon rides. The 30-acre outdoor zoo hosts barn and exotic animals of all kinds like llama & alpacas, monkeys & lemurs, ostrich, rhea & emu, piglets, porcupines, lambs, kangaroos, goats and more. For more kids activities in Reston Town Center, check out this blog post.

And for those relaxing evenings, maybe take in a movie or a weekend concert.  Bow Tie Cinemas has several showings of the most recent releases in newly renovated theaters with options for the whole family. If you’d rather be outside enjoying the weather as the sun sets, grab a blanket and check out the Concerts on the Town on Saturday nights from 7:30 – 10 pm in the Pavilion with musical styles ranging from 40s hits to flamenco and New Orleans-style swing.

Can you feel the relaxation calling you? Don’t hesitate, just book a room and send summer off with one last adventure!

Reston Town Center at Night, at Oktoberfest Reston 2009

Reston Town Center at Night, at Oktoberfest Reston 2009



The sights, sounds and smells of a German Oktoberfest celebration once again filled Reston Town Center from Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11. Attendees enjoyed German food, beer and wine along with live entertainment plus carnival rides, all presented by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Participating restaurants included a number of Town Center favorites such as Clyde’s of Reston, The Counter, Il Fornaio, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, M&S Grill, Uno Chicago Grill as well as Cafe Montmartre, Dinner Zen, Paradise Ice Cream, Red Hot & Blue, Vie de France Bakery Café and Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro.

Music and entertainment was presented all three days in the Reston Town Center Pavilion, featuring The Continentals, Sam Gunderson and Cactus Grove, Sexton’s German Band, the Kings Park German Band and many more. The Oktoberfest Reston Carnival offered amusement rides and entertainment for the young and young at heart. Attendees also enjoyed free horse-drawn hay rides and face painting on Saturday, adding even more family fun to Oktoberfest Reston.

Virginia's Greatest Pumpkin

Virginia’s Greatest Pumpkin

Also on Saturday, October 10 was the Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K Races. At the Finish Line Festival, participating runners, walkers, joggers and their families took part in the pumpkin decorating contest from and saw Virginia’s “Greatest Pumpkin” on display. The Children’s Pumpkin Dash offered free races for those 4 to 10 years of age – many who arrived in full Halloween regalia! The Anthem Great Pumpkin 5k was Presented by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance; Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; and Potomac River Running to benefit the INOVA Heart and Vascular Institute.

Established in 1990, beautiful Reston Town Center is an acclaimed outdoor venue offering more than 50 retail shops, 30 restaurants and a 13-screen cinema, plus more to come.  At the Center’s hub, the Pavilion hosts special events, concerts, festivals throughout the year and ice-skating in winter. For more information on shopping, dining and events at Reston Town Center, visit, and find it on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Address: 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190 Directions: From I-495, take I-66 west to the Dulles Toll Road (Exit 12, Route 267 West) to Reston Parkway (Exit 12). Turn right on Reston Parkway then left on New Dominion Parkway (4th light).


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