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Walking into the Hyatt Regency Reston before the holidays is like walking into a candy wonderland. Every year as you enter the lobby, the smells of baked spicy gingerbread and the sugary sweetness of frosting and candy invite you to explore every delicious detail of their Gingerbread Village. This sweet vignette can make anyone feel like a kid again – made entirely of edible treats the scene depicts a rustic snowy mountain village with a train whisking through it.

For five days Executive Chef Edward Deng, Executive Pastry Chef Vincent Key, and their team of engineers meticulously craft the highly detailed candy structures the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, carrying on a 22-year-old tradition that began when the Hyatt opened in 1990.

We all wish we could take a big bite out of it, but this magical creation may even be too sweet for Willy Wonka, amazingly containing:

100 pounds of flour
2 gallons of molasses
2 gallons of honey
145 pounds of sugar
1 ½ pounds of cinnamon
1 ½ pounds of nutmeg
15 pounds of pretzels
90 pounds of candy

And the result is spectacular!


So come by the Hyatt Regency Reston day or night, November 21 through December 27, and join in the holiday spirit with a favorite holiday tradition in Reston Town Center!
















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!

This summer is an exciting one because it’s finally the summer Olympics again! The whole country has been anxiously watching the trials since June, picked the favorites and now we’re ready for the real deal starting this Friday, July 27, 2012.

If you weren’t able to snag a ticket to London but still want to watch the Olympics with a cheering crowd of people, there are some great restaurants in Reston Town Center  just brimming with good food and drinks and plenty of fun people to watch the games with.
Ziegler of the U.S. poses with her bronze medal for the women's 800m freestyle final at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai
As you cheer on our fellow Americans, be sure to root for Kate Ziegler, a Fairfax County local who is returning to the Olympics for the second time to swim the women’s 800-freestyle. At only 24, Kate is also the current World Record Holder in the 1500 meter freestyle and a 4-time World Champion  – way to represent Fairfax County!

While the Olympic Games may not be coming to Reston Town Center any time soon, the 2015 World Police & Fire Games are! From June 26 to July 5, 2015, Reston Town Center will become the Olympic village to more than 10,000 police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers. They’ll come to Fairfax County from more than 60 countries around the world to showcase their athletic excellence in over 65 sporting events. The Hyatt Regency Reston will be one of the host hotels for the games, and there will be nightly entertainment for athletes, WPFG officials and their families at Reston Town Center. Additionally, Presidents Park and Hyatt Park will form an area of the Athletes’ Village for athletes’ social events. How exciting is that?!

The 2015 games will mark the 30th anniversary of the event while also coinciding with celebrations in Washington, D.C. for the Fourth of July. It’s going to be quite the special occasion! If you’re looking to get involved in this historic event, more than 5,000 volunteers are needed for the games to run smoothly, so find out how you can help.

The World Police & Fire games may be 2 years away, but the London Olympics are this week, so get ready, get excited and go team USA!

Greater Reston Arts Center and the Hyatt Regency Reston are pleased to present the work of accomplished Virginia artist, Dana Scheurer, in an exhibition at the Market Street Bar and Grill; on display now through April 16, 2012.

As one of the area’s most creative and prolific artists Dana Ann Scheurer is known for her expert manipulation of watercolor paints and whimsical subject matter.  In addition to participating in all twenty of the annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festivals, produced by Greater Reston Arts Center. Scheurer has been a featured artist in four exhibitions organized by GRACE and has been an active GRACE artist member since 1981.

Visit Market Street Bar and Grill for dinner and be filled with not only a delicious array of cuisine, but with the watercolor treasures from Scheurer’s exhibition, New Works.

Dana Scheurer with her work, "Magic Garden."

The exhibition of New Works includes 20 watercolor paintings that showcase Scheurer’s mastery of drawing, color, composition, and precise execution of a delicate media.  The largest work on display, Magic Garden, stretches 42” x 32” and is a comprehensive expression of Scheurer’s love of form, music, and classical images; all experienced by the viewer as a striking dreamlike visual delight.

Paintings are strategically placed in the exhibit prior to being mounted. Media used: Winsor Newton watercolor on D'Arches watercolor paper.

Other new compositions will explore Scheurer’s love of special iconic Reston images, such as Lake Anne and Reston Town Center, ageless classical forms, and the light hearted “beach series” where she excels in the use of bold color.  The precision of all Scheurer’s hand drawn work offers the viewer an opportunity for careful study.  The details hidden among each painting call the viewer to revisit multiple times in order to take the image fully in.

Join Scheurer at Market Street Bar and Grill on Monday, January 30, 5 – 7 pm, for a Reception and Gallery Talk; learn about the pieces and the vision behind them.

Dana Scheurer


Gingerbread Village

The Gingerbread Village, on display at the Hyatt Regency Reston through December 27, 2009

Visit The Gingerbread Village, a holiday tradition at the Hyatt Regency Reston since the hotel’s opening in 1990. Themed after a classic holiday village, the sweet and whimsical scene located in the main lobby is a kids dream come true.  Five days in the making the magical creation consists of:

  • 100 pounds of flour
  • 2 gallons of molasses
  • 2 gallons of honey
  • 145 pounds of sugar
  • 1 ½ pounds of cinnamon
  • 1 ½ pounds of nutmeg
  • 15 pounds of pretzels
  • 90 pounds of candy

The sweet aromas of gingerbread and candy embrace guests as they step through the front doors at the Hyatt Regency Reston. The seasonal scene is a favorite holiday tradition for the many patrons that visit The Hyatt Regency Reston, and its unique location and the celebrated Reston Town Center.

The Gingerbread Village is on Display through December 27, 2009 and can be found in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents Street, Reston, VA 20190.

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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. 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,, find it on Facebook, follow on Twitter (RestonTownCntr), read the blog “”, or call 703-689-4699. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190

Directions: From I-495, take I-66 west to the Dulles Toll Road (Exit 67, 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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