Concierge Guide: Reston

There’s an art and science to choosing locations for our coworking centers. Sometimes the task is easier than others because of how certain city neighborhoods have become well-known focal points for business. But in recent years large and small companies alike have planted their flag outside of busy downtowns, seeking more space, lower rents and shorter commutes. Northern Virginia, Washington D.C.’s bustling backyard, has become one of the country’s great business hubs and is now home to some of the biggest brands in defense, aviation and tech. Thus, Carr Workplaces has sought to meet this ever-increasing regional growth with nine locations in Northern Virginia. In this Concierge Guide we look at what’s great around our Reston location 

Unsurprising given the immediate sense of ease that one feels here, Reston is a planned community, part of the Garden City Movement which emphasized the intertwining of green spaces, residential areas and commercial developments. To appreciate Reston’s forward-thinking urban planning start at Reston Town Center, where we have our Carr Workplaces. RTC has numerous dining and shopping options, as well as a packed entertainment and activities schedule. 

While the food and shopping options are seemingly endless, here are a couple of stand-outs that merit your time and bucks: Paddywax Candle Bar lets you make your own candles, which is a particularly fun activity when done with a group of friends and a group of drinks.

Bartaco is a great spot for, you guessed it, tacos (and tequila).

Movie theaters are starting to feel like they deserve their own endangered species list, which is why Bow Tie Cinema is a pleasant surprise. They feature both mainstream commercial fare as well as the occasional arthouse and foreign film and have regular themed screenings such as their Movies and Mimosas, where they show classic films on Saturday and Sunday mornings accompanied by that blessed brunch drink.  

Despite being in the burbs, the Greater Reston Arts Center, also at Reston Town Center, punches well above its weight with an impressive rotation of exhibits by national and even international artists as well as a constant offering of arts classes and excursions. Each May they host the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, considered one of the top five outdoor arts festivals in the country.  

If you need a place to stay in Reston, the Hyatt Regency at Reston Town Center is a great option. It’s the largest hotel near Dulles International Airport as well as being just a quick 10-minute car ride from the WiehleReston Metro station. This Hyatt has both a pool and fitness center, but if you’re not staying there and are desperate for some weights and exercise machines, there’s also Crunch Fitness and 1 to 1 Fitness 

For those who are less gym sweat and more meat sweat inclined, the DC-area chain Founding Farmers provides a lengthy selection of belly-warming comfort food classics, often done with an inspired twist like their skillet cornbread or beer can-roasted chicken. The Reston Founding Farmers is just a 7-minute car ride from our offices.  

Speaking of actual farmers, Reston has a stellar weekly farmers’ market, every Saturday at Lake Anne Village, from April through December. The market has been in operation for over 20 years and currently has over 30 vendors including a flower farmer and a New Zealand Maori rugby player turned savory pie master.

While at Lake Anne, stop by the Lake Anne Coffee House, a great year-round Reston institution which features locally roasted coffees and a full menu that changes with each season.  

Another local favorite is Red’s Table, owned and run by three brothers that grew up in the vicinity and who, after getting their culinary and restauranteur chops, came back to create a restaurant that features local seasonal ingredients and a drinks list that exclusively has beer and wine made in Virginia 

Finally, this won’t be the first time you hear a variation on, “the best international food is in the suburbs” but when you do the image one often conjures is that of a hole in the wall serving, perhaps, pupusas or kebabs. Bombay Velvet, though, has the design and décor to match its elevated Indian cuisine.  Their menu covers all of that country’s gastronomically diverse regions as well as highlights the influence of various foreign colonizers and traders such as the Portuguese, Afghans, Turks, Armenians, French and British. Innovative and tasty items like pan-fried yogurt patties will put Reston on any foodie’s map.  

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