Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it's time to start making your reservations. I've rounded up my top five restaurants in the NOVA area for a romantic Valentine's Day Date just for you!
Stone’s Cove Kit Bar - Herndon
THE EXPERIENCE: RECESS FOR ADULTS.
Stone’s Cove offers an engaging and interactive dining experience that places the focus on you. Our unique design has no secrets, you are able to see who prepares your meal, how they prepare it, and speak to them during the entire process.
A KitBar combines the design of a kitchen and a bar to create a large communal table that surrounds the kitchen, placing you right in the middle of the action. We got the idea from parties we attended, noticing that folks naturally gathered in the kitchen where the food and drinks we being made. The KitBar's “Recess for Adults” mantra embodies this atmosphere by offering you a fun place to enjoy great food, drink, and laugh while you recharge your batteries.
Ford’s Fish Shack - Lansdowne
Their mission is to bring fresh-off-the-hook seafood to our guests, with exemplary service. The menu features fresh-off-the-hook seafood, home-made dishes, seasonal specials, award-winning desserts and more than 20 microbrew/craft beers. And you won’t want to miss our signature Wicked Pissah oyster, grown and harvested exclusively for us at Nottingham Oyster Farm in Cherrystone Inlet, Virginia. It’s perfectly balanced, with a mild, sweet finish!
Dolce Vita Restaurant and Wine Bar - Fairfax
Located in the heart of Fairfax, Dolce Vita is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant and wine bar that has been proudly serving fine Italian cuisine to the community for over 20 years! With our Executive Chef and Certified Sommelier.
The Hitch - Chantilly
The mission of The Hitch Chantilly is to provide a dining experience that brings the coastal delights to the suburban regular. Their chefs and mixologists develop a menu that is simple but honors the bounty of the coastal regions of America through fresh and simple cuisine. The Hitch is styled in an ambiance of relaxed sophistication with service that delights and entertains.
Eddie Merlots - Ashburn
Quality, exceptional service and an unparalleled atmosphere have made Eddie Merlot’s one of America’s great steak houses. We want you, our guest, to have nothing but the best—which is why we go to such lengths to serve you the exceptional prime aged steaks upon which our restaurant has built its reputation.
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Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Be a part of Anna’s adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join Olaf, Kristoff and Sven as they encounter wintry conditions and mystical trolls in a race to bring back summer.
Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, your whole family will sing along to unforgettable music and be delighted with special appearances by the Disney Princesses, Woody, Buzz, Dory and more.
Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at Disney On Ice presents Frozen - the show worth melting for!
Capital One Arena (Formerly Verizon Center), Washington D.C.
Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15 @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 17 @ 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18 @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 19 @ 12:30 p.m (President’s Day)
$85 Front Row, $55 VIP, $30, and $20
Additional fees may apply.
Ticket prices based on market demand and subject to change.
1. Visit www.ticketmaster.com
2. Call 800-745- 3000
3. Visit Arena Box office (and save on service charges)
As a former Paralegal for the Federal Government and former employee of the World Bank, Michele Conejo joined Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty in 2014. Michele has real estate licenses in both Virginia and Washington D.C.
After establishing her real estate career in 1996, Michele enjoys assisting people with their dream of purchasing a new home or investment, whether representing the seller or the purchaser. Michele is bilingual, with Spanish as her second language, allowing her to assist even more clients.
Michele would like to leave a legacy for her children and grandchildren, with her real estate business, that would continue to assist others as she has done over the years.
Describe yourself in three words:
Positive, relentless and out of the box thinker and doer.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Becoming a Realtor was really my dream from the very beginning. Now that I have been a Realtor for more than 20 years, I can say that I still love my job. Every day is a new day, a new challenge and a new experience for me. This job allows me to help individuals and family's make changes and positive new beginnings. Working with people from the area, nationally and internationally has been my second broadening of my business.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
There are certain times of the day or week that you must take in order to keep yourself feeling and looking good. So I do take one day of the month off completely. Then I get busy with my job and life. Set schedules and appointments are placed into my calendar for family and fun.
What websites do you visit every day?
Usually it is the Weather.com and then a news site.
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
Sully Plantation, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly Library
What is your goal for retirement?
I would love to live on a yacht in the Miami harbor. I would be living my dream of assisting clients find their next new home, business or investment either nationally or internationally.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Yes. Believe in yourself. You are you own first doubter, get over it and accomplish your goals.
Want to be the best mom on the planet and not drag your kid to the grocery store on Saturday morning? See below from this past weekend. On the right -- happy mom who didn't beg her son to go with her, help her through the store, and load the car at the end. On the left, happy son who didn't get woken up and dragged to the store at 8am. Just woken up and asked to unload the car.
Try Walmart’s Free Online Grocery Pickup! You don’t even have to get out of your car. That means less stress and more family time after school. Use the code MOMHACKS at Walmart.com/grocery to save $10 off your first order of $50 or more.
Pick up at your convenience! Find a Walmart Grocery near you. Order and Choose a Pickup Time online or through the Walmart Grocery mobile app. You'll get a text when you're groceries are ready so you can swing by to have your car loaded up!
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Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ brings adrenaline-charged family entertainment to fans across the country. These world-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes deliver what fans want to see most…more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!
Each event tests the versatility of the athletes as they go head-to-head in seven different competitions driving three different vehicles --- Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs. These athletes battle for points in challenging Racing and Freestyle events that push themselves and their machines to the limit. The point leader will receive an automatic bid to the prestigious Monster Jam World Finals® to compete for the title of World Champion.
Featuring the eight most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Washington, DC fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. These world-class athletes vying to be the Washington, DC champion are:
Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues like Capital One Arena, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.
Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. Following racing, new in 2018 across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones.
Monster Jam will be performing at the Capital One Arena on:
The Pit Party on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m gives fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers.
Tickets for Monster Jam are on sale now for Washington, DC. The new season will bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family. Tickets start at $15 and are available by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
For more information, please visit MonsterJam.com.
There is still time to visit with Santa in Center Court inside his magical winter wonderland, inside Dulles Town Center until Christmas Eve!
For full details and photo package pricing visit the Dulles Town Center website.
The Capital Region’s largest resort holiday celebration, Christmas On The Potomac, presented by FUJIFILM INSTAX®, will shine a little brighter this year at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The nearly 2,000 room hotel is showcasing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer carved in colorful ice sculptures at its popular ICE! attraction. The annual celebration kicks off November 18 and is promising more thrills and chills for its daily holiday line-up.
Guests also can enjoy the thrill of sliding down two-story tall ice slides in the Island of Misfit Toys. The attraction concludes with a breathtaking Nativity scene carved from crystal ice and set behind a twinkling light curtain.
ICE! is open daily from November 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Tickets cost $32* for adults ages 12 and older and $24* for children ages 4 to 11 on value days; $38* for adults and $31* for children on general admission days; and $39* for adults and $32* for children on peak days. Kids 3 and younger are free. Military and group ticket pricing is available. Hours vary and can be found at www.ChristmasOnThePotomac.com.
If ice sculptures weren’t enough, the resort also has transformed itself into a Christmas wonderland. Featuring more than two million lights, a suspended 55-foot tall Christmas tree, a 20-foot wide Washington, D.C. gingerbread display and a magical Christmas Village, families and friends will be filled with holiday spirit when enjoying the resort’s plethora of activities.
The resort also offers a Build-A- Bear Workshop® experience where guests make their very own furry winter friend – a cuddly, cute polar bear plush, designed exclusively for Gaylord Hotels that can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories. For even more fun, families can work together to solve the Build-A- Bear Workshop® Scavenger Hunt to gain a “beary” special prize.
New this year, Gaylord National also is introducing a live entertainment show, JOY – A Holiday Spectacular, set within the resort’s stunning 19-story atrium. Visitors can enjoy the rich harmonies of classic and modern songs that celebrate the joy of the holiday season performed by Gaylord National singers. Tickets start at $11.99* for all ages. Military pricing is available. The show is immediately followed by a free Tree Lighting Show that includes laser lights, a dancing water fountain, indoor snow flurry and holiday music – all centered on the resort’s suspended Starlight Christmas Tree.
Visitors also can delight in a new family breakfast featuring Rudolph, the star of ICE! Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast is a one-of- a-kind interactive character breakfast experience with tableside visits by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Children of all ages will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play games and sing-a- long to favorite music from the
beloved television special. Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast is offered on select days and costs $39.99* for adults ages 12 and older and $26.99* for children ages 4 to 11. Kids 3 and younger are free.
For visitors 21 and older, Gaylord National’s beverage director has created a Mistletoe Mixology class designed to teach participants the basics of cocktail making. The 90-minute hands-on class includes crafting three unique holiday cocktails paired with hors d’oeuvres provided by the resort chef. The class costs $29.00* and is available select dates during Christmas On The Potomac.
To experience the best of Christmas in the Washington, D.C. area, the resort offers two overnight packages including unlimited priority entry to ICE! Packages include:
For more information on Christmas On The Potomac at Gaylord National Resort and to book a package or tickets to ICE! and other holiday attractions, visit www.ChristmasOnThePotomac.com, call 301-965-4000 and follow Facebook.com/GaylordNationalResort.
DC Champagne week is returning to Washington this week for its second iteration. The weeklong celebration will focus on celebratory and educational events surrounding the season's most celebratory libation.
Events range from the novice to expert, with weeklong specials featured at Macon Bistro. Specialized events include a Ladies Roundtable and Tasting, five course Champagne Pairing Dinner at Mirabelle, Biodyanmic and Sustainable Wine Seminar at Dio Wine Bar, and a Rare Vintages Presentation and Pairing at Columbia Room.
Co-Founder Alison Marriott said, "For our second year, we want to offer guests more tailored events. We've always sought to promote the diversity of champagne, and our program this year features events at a range of price points and expertise."
Marriott was recently intronised as a Dame Chevalier with the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and hopes to share her passion for champagne with Washingtonians.
All event information and registration is available at www.dcchampagneweek.com/events.
The Dulles Town Center will host a Holiday Concert Series on Fridays in December.
Join Dulles Town Center to enjoy the sounds of the season, with holiday concerts on Fridays in December. Enjoy a variety of live performances of holiday music and giveaways.
Free event! Fridays in December, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM outside of Four Seasons Salon & Spa
Friday, December 8 – Guava Jelly - Caribbean Infused, Reggae-style
Friday, December 15 – Merrily - Flute & Harp Duo
Friday, December 22 – The Swingin’ Sleigh Riders - Swing/Jazz Quintet
To get more details and information check out the Dulles Town Center Website!
The overnight package includes luxurious accommodations and a visit with Santa in his luxuriously designed suite. Children of all ages will receive a yummy treat and a holiday keepsake.
In preparation for Santa’s check-in, Fairmont has partnered with official elves from EDGE Floral Event Designers. They are busy transforming his suite into a stunningly whimsical winter wonderland. Exquisitely decorated trees will twinkle along with a host of enchanting details, from an elegant, mirrored dining table, set with places for Santa and his special guests, to a letter-writing station for leaving holiday wish lists.
Guests booking this package, who post or tweet a photo of their Santa visit, using the hashtag #fairmontdcwonder, will automatically be entered to win a number of prizes including a stay at Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown.
Santa’s Winter Wonderland Suite is also available for small receptions and even wedding proposals. For information on how to book the suite contact Fairmont’s Director of Catering Robert Mikolitch at Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Winter Wonderland Weekend package is available on weekends from Friday, November 25, 2017 through Saturday, December 23rd. Rates start from $185 per night for up to two adults and their children under 18 years of age. To book the Winter Wonderland Weekend Package, visit www.fairmont.com/washington or call 1-800-540-4545.
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