By Eve Thompson
Cafesano’s paninis are the favorite lunch time treat for, well, anyone who has ever eaten here!
In 2003, when Paul Swinley opened Cafesano in South Lakes Village Center, he wanted to create a restaurant that combined quick-casual dining with top quality food in a comfortable environment—he didn’t see why any of those things needed to be independent of each other. He thought Reston needed a spot where people who wanted a quick bite to eat could also enjoy a fresh, tasty meal—with a glass of wine or beer as well.
Everyone in Reston agreed. Cafesano was a success from the moment it opened its doors. Today, this locally owned gem is a favorite for residents and people who work in the nearby office buildings. “My favorite lunch spot in Reston,” is a common refrain from anyone who has eaten here. No matter when you drop by, there will be a steady stream of people coming through to enjoy pizza, paninis, and kabobs (and, of course, baklava).
A combination of Italian and Mediterranean flavors, the primary rule at Cafesano is that the food be fresh. That combined with great customer service and a sleek, comfortable dining area with amazing views of Lake Thoreau contributed to Northern Virginia Magazine naming it the best restaurant in Northern Virginia for lunch in 2012.
Paul’s goal is always to give his guests a memorable dining experience by providing them with flavorful food and outstanding customer service. Drop by and visit—you’ll agree that Cafesano is one of Reston’s locally owned treasures!
Location: South Lake Village Shopping Center, South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA
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By Eve Thompson
Cabot’s Point in South Reston is lakeside living at it’s finest.
Many neighborhoods say they are Reston’s undiscovered jewel. Cabot’s Point Cluster in the South Lakes area of South Reston is one with a true stake on that claim. This beautiful community of cedar patio homes borders Lake Audubon, Reston’s largest lake. The neighborhood is so secluded that many people don’t realize there are houses back there.
Many homes in Cabot’s Point have lake front property.
Warm is the way to describe this Reston lake side neighborhood.
Built in the early- to mid-1980s, these townhomes have a distinctive contemporary design with sharp right angles and sun-drenched cedar siding. Rather than the adjoining walls typical of most town house developments, two-car garages attach these units. The yards are beautifully landscaped, and common areas provide a wooded setting. The homes have one or two decks and are staggered along winding, narrow cul-de-sacs that give the impression of a small village. Many units have lake views.
Lake Audubon is Reston’s largest lake.
Access to Cabots Point comes from South Lakes Drive, across the street from South Lakes High School and a quick walk to South Lakes Village Center.
Cabot’s Point may be close to every activity Reston has to offer (including the new Reston Metro station), but for many residents, lazy evenings on the lake are the leisure activity of choice.
Talk to any resident of Cabot’s Point, and they’ll tell you they have no intention of ever moving out of the neighborhood. Homes don’t often come on the market here, so if you see one, jump on the opportunity immediately.
By Eve Thompson
July 26, 2014 was another milestone day in the history of Reston, VA—the long (very long) anticipated Silver Line Metro opened to the public. It was a beautiful Saturday, and Restonians came out in droves to take their first trip on the Silver line. Some ventured just a few short stops to Tyson’s Corner, while others ventured all the way into DC.
To me, there are two primary benefits of taking the Silver Line Metro—you don’t have to fight traffic and you don’t have to look for parking. I may just ride the train one morning simply for the experience of traveling during rush hour without being stuck in gridlock.
As someone who lives and works in Reston, I don’t have to travel into DC very often…if ever. So I don’t. It’s not the driving; it’s the parking. I just don’t want to deal with it. Now with the Metro, that is going to change. Here are my 5 top Silver Line Metro adventures that don’t even require a train change!
- Eastern Market (Eastern Market stop). http://www.easternmarket-dc.org/
Eastern Market is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of DC, and it offers an eclectic mix of fresh food, community events, and local farm-fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts on weekends. It’s great fun to meander through the market and have breakfast or lunch at one of the many restaurants in the area. If you want a local’s DC experience, this is it.
- The Smithsonian (Smithsonian stop). http://www.si.edu/
Where to start? The Smithsonian consists of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. If you are interested in it, there is an exhibit somewhere. From fine art to finery to fossils—you could spend weeks exploring the Smithsonian and see only a fraction of what it has to offer. And now, access is just a short train ride away.
- The Kennedy Center (Rosslyn stop). http://www.kennedy-center.org/index.cfm
This adventure is two for one. The Kennedy Center is such a fantastic resource. From concerts to musicals, there is always something interesting on stage. And even if you aren’t there for a show, you’ll have a great time wandering the Hall of Flags and enjoying the views from the terrace. However, most people don’t realize what a treat walking to the Kennedy Center from Rossyln is. It’s a fairly short walk that takes you over the Roosevelt Bridge, which (in my opinion) is one of the most beautiful views of DC. I’m looking forward to heading down on a Sunday for a matinee!
- Arlington (Clarendon stop). http://clarendon.org/
The Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington is chock full of great restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. If that sounds a little like Reston Town Center, it is. Only it’s in Arlington. Clarendon is a fun change of pace if you just want to ride the metro or do something different on a Saturday night.
- Georgetown (Foggy Bottom stop). http://www.georgetowndc.com/
Georgetown is one of those iconic DC neighborhoods that is just fun to wander around. Visit the famous Exorcist staircase or visit the gorgeous Georgetown University campus and then wander down M Street to find a piece of pie or a cupcake. There is shopping, dining, and great people watching to be found around every corner. A leisurely, agenda-free afternoon in Georgetown is always fun.
There are hundreds of adventures awaiting you once the metro train doors open. Enjoy the ride!
By Eve Thompson
“Masterpieces in the Making.” That was the original tagline for Ridgewood Cluster in North Reston, and the claim is fitting. Designer/developer Van Metre won many awards for overall community excellence, interior design, and energy conservation initiatives. Built in 1989, Ridgewood Cluster proudly carries on the tradition of excellence with a neighborhood that elegantly blends with the natural environment.
These richly appointed, 3-level townhomes have lofts and cathedral ceilings to add space and visual appeal. Each home has a brick and cedar siding exterior, and many have a garage. There are five models of townhomes throughout the cluster—some offer luxurious master suites, others offer fabulous areas for entertaining. There is a home here for whatever your style of living is!
Ridgewood Cluster is located on Great Owl Drive, right off Reston Parkway between Baron Cameron and Route 7. This cluster is close to North Point Village shopping, and just a quick trip down Reston Parkway to Reston Town Center and Lake Anne Plaza.
By Eve Thompson
Are you a book lover? Then Reston is a good place for you. Lake Anne Plaza is home to one of the most beloved used book stores in Northern Virginia—Reston’s Used Book Shop, the place “Where Books and People Meet.” And the people who frequent this mom-and-pop gem, well they’re the FRUBs (friends of Reston’s Used Book Shop). FRUBS don’t just buy books. FRUBS love the store, drop in a lot, and sometimes contribute ideas or a little time.
Reston’s Used Book Shop was founded in 1978 by Restonians Sue Schram and Sue Wensell (known as “the Sues”). In 1999, Bud and Susan Burwell took the reigns and continued the community tradition inspired by the original owners. Bud and Susan have created a haven for book lovers of all ages. The store includes a literary living room in the shop where you can snuggle with a cup of coffee or attend one of the stores frequent lectures or events. You can even stop by for an afternoon of bluegrass music once a month.
Reston’s Used Book Shop is located on Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, VA. You never know who you will see or meet when you browsing through the immense selection of books, but you will always have a great time hanging out.
Open 7 Days a Week
April through October
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 AM to 7 PM
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 9 PM
Sunday 12 PM to 7PM
November through March
Monday 10 AM to 6 PM
Tuesday to Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM
Sunday 12 PM to 5PM
So, come on down and be a FRUB!
By Eve Thompson
Lakewinds Cluster is situated on shores of Lake Thoreau in South Reston, Virginia—one of the loveliest spots Reston has to offer (which is saying something). The charming homes are located with in walking distance of South Lakes Village Center, and are a short drive to the Dulles Toll Road and Reston Metro Station.
Lakewinds consists of 93 brick and cedar townhomes, of which about 70% on the lakefront. In fact, many residents have small boats or barges to take advantage of the lake. The 3-level 3 and 4 bedroom homes were built between 1975 and 1978. Lakewinds is divided into two clusters, Lakewinds I and Lakewinds II. Each home has assigned parking spaces; the Lakewinds II townhomes have one carport spot.
The local schools are Terraset Elementary School, Langston Hughes Middle School, and South Lakes High School—all of which are within walking distance. Other nearby South Reston attractions are the Reston Regional Golf Course and Walker Nature Education Center. In fact, this neighborhood is great for anyone who values spending time outdoors!