For Daytrippers, Lake Anne Village is very well situated.
Obviously, DC is only 30 minutes away (or 90 minutes , depending on traffic).
Since we are not at the center of the metropolitan area, we are well positioned for a vast variety of incredible Day trips in nearby Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.
For me, the perfect Day-Trip must be:
- No more than about an hour and 15 minute drive
- The attraction or destination must hold my attention for longer than the length of the round trip drive
- The entire trip should take no more than 6 – 8 hours
- The attraction / destination has to be markedly different than something I can find nearby
- It should be “special”. Have some sort of quality that makes it exciting
The posts on this page will describe some of the awesome daytrips my sons and I have taken in the past several years.
Send me suggestions!
The drive in opens tonight!
Yes! The Drive-in!
Sorry, it’s not @ Lake Anne.
It’s at the outer limits of my notion of a day trip from Lake Anne, Reston, Va
There is, within driving distance from Lake Anne Village, an honest-to-goodness, actual 1950′s vintage, beautiful, Family Drive-In.
It opens for its 56th season tonight!
The Family Drive In is completely modern in every aspect, except nostalgia.
New Releases – first run movies – with an amazing concession stand (Funnel Cakes made fresh while you wait)
Fresh Mountain air, sky full of stars, and family ambiance of the ’50′s
See my post on the Day-Trip page for directions & basic info.
This is worth the trip!
Here is a copy of today’s email from them:
Most mornings Benji and I go out early for a nice walk.
.Four or five times out of 7, we take a walk around Lake Anne. From my condo in Northgate, it’s about a 2 mile walk.
It’s like a walk in the park, but not.
We stroll through Lake Anne Park, where someone is always either shooting hoops or lobbing tennis balls against the wall, and the RA staff are busy tidying up. Down a hill, through the underpass and onto the almost deserted Plaza. Maintenance men are tending to the fountain and such, a few fellow dog walkers, and the oh-so peaceful lake.
Serenity hits me as we reach the corner of the promenade near Heron House, where we pass a small group doing tai chi – to the strains of peace inducing music. The calm is reinforced by the gardens and foliage as we approach the Van Gogh Bridge. And thus my walk continues, almost entirely separated from vehicular traffic.
Peaceful. Like a walk in the park. However, this walk is almost entirely through various communities that dot the lake. I’m walking through a commercial plaza and past townhouses and single family houses. But also through woods, and along the lake shoreline. It’s an ever-changing vista. Like a walk in the park should be.
Central Park, in New York, was designed in the mid 1800′s to rival the great urban parks of Europe and show those Europeans we had community spirit. It was the first urban designed park.
Thanks to the genius of people like Frederick Law Olmsted, Calvert Vaux and later, Robert Moses, this wooded oasis in the urban jungle offers New Yorkers a wild piece of nature.
Except, of course, that the park is completely man-made. Totally designed, landscaped and manicured by man (and woman and child). It looks so natural, but it’s a man-made park carved into the urban landscape. Granted, it was carved out and designed before the urban landscape surrounded it.
Lake Anne Village (and all of Reston, but especially Lake Anne Village) is similar in many ways – in reverse. Ok, so maybe it’s not exactly an Urban Jungle carved into nature, but, like Central Park, the park-like infrastructure was carved out and designed before the urban landscape surrounded it.
Reston was designed to be an urban center carefully inserted into a forest of oak, maple, sycamore, and Virginia pine. Environmentalists were involved from the beginning, a nursery was established in North Reston to replace some of the trees that were removed during construction.
Thanks to the genius of people like Robert Simon, James Rossant, William Conklin, and Vernon Walker, our community shares quite a bit with central park. Consider:
(paved walkways that are separated from vehicular traffic).
Central Park: 58 miles
Reston: 55 miles
(note – consider this while driving to the beach this weekend, distance from Lake Anne to Annapolis is 56 miles)
Man Made Lake
Central Park: 20 acres
Lake Anne: 28 acres
Open Space / wooded preserves
Central Park: 843 acres (entire park)
136 acres (woods)
Reston: 1,300 of our 6,700 acres were preserved as open space
Walker Nature Center: 72 Acres (woods)
But IPAR is still working on this one.
I Enjoy Life in a Park.