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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

The weather yesterday couldn’t have been nicer, and it has me already itching for summer! Lazy days at the pool, beach trips and no more computer screens.

It got me thinking: Where can we take a dip in an indoor pool these days? Coupled with a daytime “staycation,” a nice swim might help break up the days.

  • Fairfax County Pools: Buy tickets a week in advance (Sunday tickets open up for the Monday a week away, etc. On April 4, tickets go on sale for April 12.)
    • Spring Hill Rec Center — McLean
    • Oak Marr Rec Center — Oakton
    • Cub Run Rec Center — Chantilly
    • Providence Rec Center — Annandale
  • Lifetime Fitness (Fairfax or Reston): Call and ask about passes/times
  • Machine Performance Center (Vienna): Over 18 only for open swim
  • George Mason Aquatic Center (Fairfax): See hours online and call for more details
  • My favorite idea: Book the cheapest hotel room possible with an indoor pool (like the Hilton Garden Inn in Falls Church), go swimming and then let the kids watch a movie. A lot of the indoor pools at hotels are closed due to COVID-19, so make sure you call first.
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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

I’ve been looking for things to do with my kids during spring break that are different and out of the usual. I came across the idea of an ice cream tour through Virginia. I put together a list of some places worthy of a sugar rush:

Let me know which one was your favorite and what you ordered!

Photo via Woody’s Ice Cream Shop/Facebook

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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

What a gorgeous day! I know days like today inspire me to get things done — like sorting through broken toys, clothes my boys have outgrown or random tools scattered around my garage.

The coming spring means spring cleaning, and donating items to those who may need them. If you’re looking for ways to help the community, please consider one of these local organizations to donate your used goods:

  • Community Cares Vienna: This local organization is collecting food donations for food-insecure families and coordinating efforts to provide clothing to families.
  • Buy Nothing Project: Give away things for free locally Vienna’s Buy Nothing group on Facebook.
  • Share of McLean (Note: Share does not accept clothing, shoes or household item donations.)
  • Unique Merrifield: Unique accepts secondhand clothing and household good donations on behalf of Special Olympics Virginia.
  • Goodwill in Fairfax: The donation center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Habitat for Humanity in Herndon: You can drop off donations or schedule a pickup.
  • Freecycle: The Freecycle Network is a nonprofit that allows you to give items away for free locally.
  • Vietnam Veterans of America: You can schedule an online pickup at your home. They especially need clothes in addition to household goods.
  • GreenDrop: They support the National Federation of the Blind, Purple Heart and American Red Cross. GreenDrop can provide you with a drop-off location or a scheduled pickup at your home.
  • Women Giving Back: This nonprofit is based in Sterling, but there are drop-off sites in Vienna. They accept women’s and children’s clothing and accessories
  • Suited for Change: Suited for Change is accepting women’s clothing donations in D.C. This is business attire and, due to COVID-19, clothing donations must be freshly dry-cleaned.

Photo via Priscilla Du Preez/Unsplash

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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

I’ve begun daydreaming again about a night away from home — four new walls to look at, no little humans yelling about Google Meets or being hungry… again.

So here are my suggestions for the best places for a night away. Keep in mind some options are more active with spas, pools, golf courses, fitness options and more while others are just a quiet, tucked-away space to rest and rejuvenate. The recommendations just depend on what type of experience you’re looking for!

Listed in no particular order:

  1. Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia — Here you’ll find a spa, restaurants, wineries, an infinity pool, hiking trails, zip lining and, for golf fans, access to the club at Creighton Farms.
  2. The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Virginia — Find a top-rated restaurant at The Inn, and the quaint town of Washington is perfect for exploring.
  3. Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Maryland — On the beautiful Chesapeake, Inn at Perry Cabin has a spa, restaurants, pool, fitness center, golf and tennis.
  4. The Inn at Vaucluse Spring, Stephens City, Virginia — This is a romantic bed and breakfast perched along the Shenandoah Valley.
  5. Nemacolin Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania — Nemacolin has many types of lodging, a spa, golf, ax throwing, zip lining and tons of restaurant choices.
  6. The Omni Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia — Filled with historic charm, this huge spa features hot springs, a water park, golf and lots of other family-friendly activities.
  7. The Tides Inn, Irvington, Virginia — Find a spa, wine trail, sailing school, golf and newly redesigned rooms that open today!
  8. The Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia — This resort contains a spa, a casino, pool, arcade, bowling and so many other activities to keep you busy!
  9. Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, Virginia — Located in historic Leesburg, Lansdowne Resort has a spa, golf course and more.
  10. Tidewater Inn, Easton, Maryland — Explore the spa, luxury accommodations, historic Easton and Hunters’ Tavern.

If you try one of these places or are familiar with them, please leave a tip for our readers in the comments below!

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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

The weather is turning, the COVID numbers are going down, and we’re all yearning for more social interaction. So whether you’re looking to catch up with an old coworker, meet your mom friends or grab a coffee after a run, there are a lot of options around town for a coffee date.

  • Simply Social and Crepes & Karak Cafe: Take your pick from indoor seating, outdoor seating or the parking lot, which is never full. You can sit in your car with the windows down, or bring a folding chair and sit six feet apart.
  • Caffe Amouri: Once you order your coffee, settle in on one of the nearby park benches, or  stroll over to the Town Green, which has ample space to spread out.
  • StarNut Gourmet: This international cafe has plenty of indoor seating, and some space outdoors to sit in your car. Or you can park in the large Total Wine lot across the street with your folding chairs.
  • Greenberry’s Coffee: Here, you’ll find a large patio with tables to sit outdoors.
  • Northside Social Falls Church: This area favorite has a large patio or covered outdoor patio for seating. You can also walk over to Cherry Hill Park.
  • Rare Bird Coffee Roasters: Although there’s no real outdoor seating, you could walk over to Cherry Hill Park.
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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

Today marks the opening day for Town of Vienna residents to register for summer camp through the town. Starting at 8 a.m. today, residents can log into Webtrac to reserve a spot. Non-resident openings become available on March 8 at 8 a.m.

A catalog was mailed to all homes, but you can find a copy online. You can also find summer camps through Fairfax County.

There are many independent camps throughout the area as well. Additionally, many of the private schools offer summer camps, such as Congo Camp (Congressional School), Green Hedges or Summer on the Hill (Flint Hill School). There are sports camps offered by our local teams, like Nats Baseball Camp, D.C. United Summer Camp and Jr. Wizards Summer Basketball Camp.

Also remember to look for small, local providers who offer specific offerings, like karate schools, STEM camps, etc. There are a lot of options for summer camps around town.

To all my fellow parents: Summer camp means a few hours where they’re happy, seeing other kids and out of the house. How many days are there to go?

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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

I have a kindergartener who returns to hybrid school this week, and it’s a toss-up who is more excited about this actually happening this time. We did the usual trip to stores for snacks, and I have never been more grateful to fight over chocolate-dipped Oreos with a tiny human than I was yesterday.

I am so, so thankful they get to return to school this week (finally). With that said, I’ve been thinking of ways to celebrate the milestone because they’ve missed out on so many of the traditional events.

Here are some suggestions on ways to celebrate the return to school:

  • Card My Yard: Whether it’s at your home or at the school (looking at you, PTA), it’s a fun little thing to make a great photo opp or fun walking destination.
  • Sweet Treats: What kid doesn’t love an afternoon treat?
    • Crumbl Cookies
    • Nothing Bundt Cake
    • Kiln & Co. custard
    • Ben and Jerry’s
    • Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard (opens this Friday!)
    • Milkshakes at Social Burger or Elevation Burger
    • Pie Gourmet
    • Magnolia Dessert Bar

Also, don’t forget about the teachers. They’ve been working so hard to keep the kids engaged, learning and thriving during this chaotic mess, and supporting them may just be the extra boost they need to keep going!

We’ve asked a lot of them, just like we’ve asked a lot of the kids. While homemade treats may not be the way to go during COVID, don’t forget about Karin’s Florist or gift cards. Teachers love gift cards!

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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

You may not know there is a Vienna Business Association, which is basically a chamber of commerce. The group has monthly meetings, speaker series, weekly e-blasts, monthly mixers and helps sponsor local events, like ViVa Vienna and Oktoberfest. They are currently a discount of 20% of your first year, which includes lots of free advertising opportunities for members.

One of the things the VBA does that I absolutely adore is they mail (or, pre-COVID, drop off) a “welcome bag” to new town residents once a month. This program started about two years ago, and the CBA includes offers on discounted items like coffee, ice cream, bundt cakes, accounting services, massages, hair salons, dental services, oil changes, home improvement and design services, and more. It’s a great way for new residents to learn about the Vienna businesses.

If you’re thinking of joining the VBA, you can find them online or by phone at 571-550-2483. The woman who runs the VBA, Peggy James, is delightful, and you can always find her around town supporting local restaurants and shops. It’s a true “shop small, support local” group.

 

VBA Director Peggy James, former Mayor Laurie DiRocco and Caffe Amouri owner Michael Amouri
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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

Now that the fried food and carb overload of the Super Bowl are behind us, we can turn our attention to the sweets and chocolates of Valentine’s Day.

There are many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day whether you’re shopping for a significant other, child, galentine or someone else you love. Many of our local stores have things to enjoy this weekend. Remember most will require advanced notice if you want something custom!

How about ordering flowers from Karin’s Florist or some food from Bobby’s Bagel Café in Oakton. They have heart-shaped everything — bagels, cookies, chocolate-covered Oreos and strawberries! Check their website for details.

You can also find more sweets at Cocoa Vienna or Cameron’s Coffee & Chocolates, a local nonprofit that employs young adults with special needs. They have a large shop to order from, but you can also find some of their products at Vienna Vintner. Because chocolate and wine. Why not? Maybe you even add a trip to Mesmeralda’s Gifts in McLean, The Artisans or Craving for Chocolate.

My husband and I usually give a stuffed animal or book to our kids on Valentine’s Day, which means a trip to Bards Alley this week.

Vienna and McLean are filled with local little shops to support. Remember most have curbside pick-up, so shop small, support local.

Hoping you have a great Valentine’s Day!

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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

It’s Beer Consumption Day in America — I mean, it’s Super Bowl Sunday this week! It’s also looking to be a Pandemic Sunday where we get three to five inches of snow in the DMV area.

All of that makes it hard to throw a big Super Bowl party this year, but there are other ways to celebrate. It happens to be one of my favorite days of the year, even as a long-suffering Eagles fan.

As is common in my posts, I’m going to throw out some takeout ideas to save you from cooking:

  • Mama Tigre: They have this amazing looking platter available that includes queso, chips, guacamole, spicy masala queso, chicken wings, flautas and more.
  • Bear Branch: Wings! Both fried and grilled are available.
  • Foster’s Grille: Wings, burgers, fries, onion rings… Order early — they often sell out!
  • Caboose Commons or Tavern: Fried pickle chips (so good!), wings and burgers
  • Maple Ave: Crème fraîche wings
  • Red Apron: One of my favorite local burgers — they have so many great options for watching football.
  • Taco Bamba: Their wings! And nachos!! They have a “big game platter” option.
  • Fermented Pig: Ribs, chicken, sides… all the barbecue your heart could want.
  • Pizza: We are lucky to have so many good pizza options around town. Try Church St, Union Pie (gluten-free options!), Tony’s, Pizza Roni, Santini’s, Luciano or Mod.
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