Tysons, VA

After Forbes listed Tysons Corner as an upcoming travel destination, Tysons Reporter decided to follow up to learn more about the area’s potential as a staycation retreat.

Tysons Reporter wants to know how you’d spend some extra money around the area. What are your priorities when it comes to a vacation or staycation?

Let us know and then comment your favorite places to eat, shop, stay and play below or on social media.

Photo via Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner

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Yesterday’s afternoon snow has left local roads icy today and no school for Fairfax County public school students.

The arrival of wintry weather in the D.C. area caused a stir on social media about whether or not locals panicked or appropriately prepared for the snow.

Now that the snow is over and we’re left with slushy streets, how did you react to the first flakes of the new year?

Photo courtesy Carmencita Lilangel Ovando

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Lord and Taylor is leaving Tysons Corner Center this month with a storewide sale.

Since the fall, everything in the store has been on sale with a 20-40% discount. Shoppers can clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and kids.

The store is still open as of today (Jan. 6), and an employee said that the store plans to close sometime in mid-January.

Let Tysons Reporter know if you have shopped at — or plan to visit — the store before it closes.

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It’s now three days into 2020 — a.k.a. the new “Roaring 20s.”

Did you create new year’s resolutions earlier this week? If so, how are you doing?

Tysons Reporter has a few changes ready to roll out next week, including revamped Morning Notes that will now get posted on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Expect more newsroom pop-ups at local coffee shops in the spring and more opportunities for reader engagement.

Editor Catherine Douglas Moran’s resolution is to exercise three times a week. So far, she’s on track — and walking as much as possible for reporting in Tysons.

Reporter Ashley Hopko plans to read at least one new book each month “on a topic that I’m completely unfamiliar with.” Yesterday, she kicked off her resolution by picking up a copy of “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson.

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2020 is almost here. If you’re planning on going out to celebrate New Year’s Eve, there are plenty of parties and events around the Tysons area.

Let Tysons Reporter know where you plan to be when the clock strike midnight on Dec. 31.

Photo by JESHOOTS.COM/Unsplash

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Would you play a version of Monopoly based on Tysons? Yes — it does exist.

The Walmart by the Spring Hill Metro station used to carry “Tysons Corner Opoly” — what appears to be a local version of the popular board game. (Hat tip to Tysons Reporter’s former editor Vernon Miles, who spotted this on reddit.)

Tysons Reporter — along with the help of four store employees — hunted through the store yesterday (Monday) for the game to no avail. An assistant store manager said that the game was selling very well recently and now appears to be sold out.

The store manager said he does not know if or when the item will be back in stock.

It’s unclear how many of the comments on reddit are jokes versus actual information about the game. Here are a few of the 90+ comments:

“‘Tyson’s corner opoly’ the game of traffic congestion and looking for a parking spot.”

“Toilet Bowl Building” is spot on. We all know immediately what it refers to, even without a pic.

“Walk light is too short and you only made it halfway across Route 7. Lose a turn.”

Sound like something you’d choose for game night? Let Tysons Reporter know if you would play Tysons Corner Opoly.

And if someone reading this has a version and is willing to let the Tysons Reporter team borrow it for game night, our email is [email protected]

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

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People across the U.S. are expected to hit record levels for traveling this holiday season.

According to AAA, 115.6 million people across the U.S. will travel between this Saturday and New Year’s Day — roughly 104 million will drive while around 7 million flying and 4 million taking trains, buses, or cruise ships.

For the D.C. area, AAA forecasts the worst travel day will be Thursday (Dec. 26) between 4-6 p.m.

“For the 104.8 million Americans traveling by automobile, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts only marginal delays throughout the holiday week,” according to AAA.

Let Tysons Reporter know what your travel plans are in the poll and comments section below.

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With snow and icy rain last night and this morning, several counties in the D.C. area have closed or delayed start times today (Monday) for their public schools.

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) announced shortly before 5 a.m. on Twitter their schools would be open and start on time today. By 9 a.m. more than 4,000 tweets were using #closefcps and the hashtag was trending in the U.S. on Twitter.

Tysons Reporter spotted many memes, frustration about FCPS not closing and elation over the hashtag’s popularity among the #closefcps tweets.

Let Tysons Reporter know what you think about FCPS staying open today.

Hat tip to Kalina Newman 

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Snow and colder weather have now descended upon the Northern Virginia area.

Forecasters expect rainy weather later this week and temperatures dipping into the 30s.

For locals gearing up for more wet, wintry weather, Fairfax County has a “Guide to Snow” with information ranging from shoveling to driving tips.

Winter officially begins next Saturday (Dec. 21). Let Tysons Reporter know if you are ready for winter weather.

 

 

 

 

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Today is Cyber Monday — a growing shopping day for people looking to score deals during the holiday season.

While Black Friday still draws shoppers to malls, the online retail focus of Cyber Monday offers a convenient option for shoppers. Meanwhile, Small Business Saturday encourages people to shop locally.

Of the holiday shopping days, let Tysons Reporter know which one you took the most advantage of.

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