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Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column alternating with “Exploring Fairfax” that takes a deeper look around Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris and Aaron Nichols of McEnearney Associates Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479 and Aaron at 703-915-9852.

This newly opened golf lounge in Centreville is the perfect place to work on your swing, play a round of golf or simply have some fun with your friends!

Whether it’s during the winter months or the hot and humid summer, golfers no longer need to wait for fair weather to hone their skills or enjoy a round with friends. Boasting cutting-edge simulators and a cozy atmosphere, the No. 1 Golf Lounge recreates the unique experience of playing on world-renowned courses, allowing you to tee off against stunning backdrops without ever leaving the comfort of the lounge.

Join us in this video to see what makes this indoor golf destination unique. Whether you’re a serious golfer looking to fine-tune your swing or a beginner eager to learn the basics, this lounge offers customizable settings and professional guidance to cater to individual needs.

The No. 1 Golf Lounge is also a great venue for events and corporate gatherings. From team-building exercises to birthday parties, the lounge’s flexible space and amenities cater to various occasions, providing a memorable and interactive experience for attendees.

Whether you’re aiming for the green or simply seeking a welcoming environment to unwind, the No. 1 Golf Lounge in Centreville will be a great time!

Aaron Nichols | www.nichols.realestate | aaron@nichols.realestate | @itsaaronnichols | 703-915-9852 | 1320 Old Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA

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Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column exploring Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney Associates. Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479.

Embark on a culinary journey where exceptional flavors meet community spirit.

If you’re on the lookout for more than just a dining experience, look no further than Hamrock’s Restaurant in the heart of the City of Fairfax. Here, the commitment to providing not only delectable dishes but also fostering a sense of community sets Hamrock’s apart.

Join us in this video to get a glimpse of the passion behind the restaurant and indulge in some behind-the-scenes cooking fun we experienced. Hamrock’s is not just a spot to eat; it’s a place where culinary excellence meets the warmth of community connections.

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect place to make those special occasions truly memorable, look no further than Hamrock’s! Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day (seriously, their brunch is out of this world), Father’s Day, or even Thanksgiving (Pro Tip: the Family Meal Take Out Kits are a game-changer), Hamrock’s has you covered. And don’t get me started on Lobster Sundays — it’s a must-try!

I’ve been to several events at Hamrock’s, and let me tell you, they never disappoint. The vibe, the food, the whole experience — it’s always on point. Trust me; you won’t want to miss out on the magic they create!

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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Live Fairfax: Meet Aaron Nichols!

Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column alternating with “Exploring Fairfax” that takes a deeper look around Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris and Aaron Nichols of McEnearney Associates Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479 and Aaron at 703-915-9852.

Hello Fairfax!

I’m Aaron Nichols. As a dad, a husband, a youth sports coach, and local Realtor®, I’m so excited for our journey through the communities of Fairfax County with my new video and neighborhood series!

Living and working in this vibrant community has given me a unique perspective on all the amazing places and activities it has to offer. From family-friendly outings perfect for weekends with your kids to must-see spots for when friends and family visit, there are countless hidden gems waiting to be explored in our area.

Join me monthly for “Exploring Fairfax!” Together, we’ll uncover the best of our county, from special events to fantastic dining experiences and everything in between!

Aaron Nichols | www.nichols.realestate | aaron@nichols.realestate | @itsaaronnichols | 703-915-9852 | 1320 Old Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA

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Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column exploring Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney Associates. Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479.

New Year’s resolutions — they’re a mixed bag, right? Some folks swear by them, others cringe at the thought. Me? Well, I tend to lean towards calling them goals and sneaking them in under that label. But hey, regardless of what you call them, I’ve got some pointers to help make this year a standout.

Staying Fit and Healthy

Fairfax and Arlington Counties are a goldmine for keeping active. Take Sharmane, for instance — she’s the marathon aficionado who knows all the top-notch trails like Four Mile Run, W&OD, Cross County Trail, Fountainhead Regional, and of course Burke Lake Trail. Then there’s Laura, the former college athlete diving into group fitness. Here’s the scoop on those classes: not only do you sweat it out, but you might just meet some cool new pals. Plus, the simple act of meeting a friend there can get you out of bed and committed to your fitness journey. F45, Orange Theory, Boxing, Yoga, Pure Barre, Solid Core — you name it, there’s a class for it. So, experiment until you find your fitness soulmate!

Building Relationships

Let’s face it, we’ve all realized by now how much we need human connections. Put some effort into nurturing those bonds — whether it’s with your partner, friends, family, or even work buddies. Fairfax County is buzzing with things to do.

Mix it up a bit! Skip the usual dinner and catch up with a friend over a coffee while strolling around True Foods or Burke Lake Park. Or gather the gang for a fun round of mini-golf at Perch Putt or Tyson’s Bowlero. And hey, why not lace up those skates and head to Reston Town Centre or Skate N’ Fun Zone for a spin? It’s all about stepping out of your comfort zone to create those memorable moments.

Family Adventures

As a mom juggling three kiddos, I get the struggle of breaking the routine. Those after-school activities and playdates can make “date nights” sound like a fairy tale from another lifetime.

But guess what? They don’t have to be! Explore new playgrounds as a family — my bunch absolutely loves the skating park at Van Dyck Park where my twins go wild while the older ones kick a soccer ball around. Trust me, the playgrounds these days are way cooler than what we had growing up! And don’t forget to try out some creative outlets like Muse Paintbar or Board & Brush for a DIY session. Wrap it up with a scrumptious brunch at Ted’s Bulletin or dinner at Hamrocks.

However you decide to roll with this year, here’s wishing you heaps of health, prosperity, and loads of joy. Cheers to an incredible New Year!

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column exploring Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney Associates. Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479.

Christmas is only days away and soon the clock ticks down to bid farewell to 2023.

Here are a few of our NYE top picks definitely guaranteed to make memories and set 2024 for a year of embracing where you are in life whatever that season is from family-friendly festivities to exclusive adult soirées, Live Fairfax has you covered.

Family Friendly

Shipgarten’s Kid’s Noon-Years Eve Party (Shipgarten)

Enjoy a live performance and meet Elsa, Anna, and Spider-man. Ballon drop, moon bounces, party favors, face painting, and a sparkling apple cider toast, it’s a celebration you don’t want to miss.

Children’s Science Center New Year’s Eve Around the World (Fair Oaks Mall)

The Lab with a Ball Drop at “Midnight,” a sparkling cider toast, and engaging activities like engineering Firework Pinwheels, crafting Celebration Slime, and making personalized 2024 Headbands for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve!

New Year’s Eve Bash at Dave and Buster’s (Springfield & Fairfax)

Enjoy a festive celebration on Sunday, December 31 with endless fun, food, and games, including admission with a $20 Power Card for unlimited video game play!

Falls Church NYE Watch Night (multiple locations in City of Falls Church)

Join in for a free, fun, and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in the City of Falls Church from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Adults Only

80’s NYE Party with the Legwarmers (State Theater)

Bidding farewell to 2023 with an exciting party! Get ready for the return of the most popular New Year’s celebration featuring Washington D.C.’s premier 80’s tribute band. Get ready to groove into the New Year!

NYE at The Winery at Bull Run (Winery at Bull Run)

Experience an after-hours NYE bash on Sunday, December 31, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., the Tasting Room turns into a dance floor. Delight in our DJ’s tunes, savor exquisite wines and cider, and relish delectable food and desserts available for purchase from the Paella & Tapas Place.

Ja Rule & Ashanti New Year’s Eve (The St. James)

Experience an unforgettable New Year’s Eve concert journey through Ja Rule and Ashanti’s iconic careers.

Cocktails Around The World (Inca Social Vienna)

Enjoy a global cocktail journey with exotic drinks crafted by their talented mixologists while dancing to the hottest beats! It will be an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration!

However, you decide to welcome the New Year may it be filled with lasting memories and mark the perfect start to 2024. Embrace the changes ahead and create unforgettable moments that will stand the test of time.

Cheers to new beginnings and treasured memories!

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column exploring Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney Associates. Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479.

Embarking on the holiday season demands more than just festive cheer — it calls for a dash of magic in our style survival. Join me as we meet up with sometimes referred to the “Style Therapist” by her clients, Katie with Style by Valentine at the amazing Tyson’s Corner Nordstrom.

As Katie shares insight on navigating the holiday chaos in style. As we dive into the festivities, Nordstrom emerges as our trusted companion, offering a seamless style experience with budget convenience. As women from all walks of life face the thieves of season from time constraints, packed schedules, family stress, and the inevitable lack of sleep, which could result in dark circles, frumpiness, and a general sense of discomfort that hinders us from fully enjoying the season’s moments.

Fear not, as our gift to you is a Style Survival Guide Clip — a toolkit of several practical strategies applicable to all, regardless of budget, size, age, or style preferences.

Tailored insights for moms, families, and general professionals ensure everyone can embrace the holiday spirit and look great doing so. From avoiding winging it to cleverly remixing your wardrobe with a single statement piece, strategically using color, texture, and accessories, to embracing cozy monochromes and metallics for that chic festive vibe — we’ve got you covered.

Katie definitely adds a few final tips on value, quality, and staying true to yourself, this video encourages a thoughtful and authentic approach to holiday style.

Thank you so much for tuning in to our style survival video! I hope these tips bring a touch of magic to your holiday season. As you navigate the festivities, may your days be filled with warmth, joy, and the creation of beautiful memories.

Wishing you an amazing Christmas season where every moment is wrapped in happiness. Here’s to embracing the magic of the holidays and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Merry Christmas!

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Stylebyvalentine@gmail.com

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column exploring Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney Associates. Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479.

The anticipation of winter fun is infectious!

If you’re not already planning, fear not — I’m here to assist. As we bid farewell to fall and welcome winter’s embrace, creating a winter bucket list is an excellent way to infuse excitement into the season and prioritize memorable experiences for all.

Here are some top picks to consider in Fairfax County and a little beyond:

  • Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Park: Experience the beauty of a winter wonderland as you stroll through the captivating lights, turning an ordinary evening into a magical one.
  • Ice Skating at Reston Town Center: Embrace the charm of winter by gliding gracefully on ice, surrounded by the vibrant energy of Reston Town Center.
  • Bull Run Festival of Lights: Illuminate your nights with the dazzling display at Bull Run, a spectacular festival that captures the essence of the season.
  • Enchanted Christmas at Nationals Park: Immerse yourself in the festive spirit with this enchanting event, spreading joy and creating lasting memories.
  • DMV Winter Lantern Festival: Be captivated by the artistry of lanterns, casting a warm glow and creating a mesmerizing atmosphere.
  • Skiing or Tubing at Massanutten (Pro Tip — Pack a bathing suit for the indoor Waterpark): Enjoy the thrill of winter sports and extend the fun with a relaxing dip in the indoor Waterpark — a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation.
  • Unleash Your Creative Side at Board & Brush: Channel your inner artist and create something uniquely yours, adding a personal touch to your winter experience.
  • Culinary Excellence and Date Nights at Sur La Table: Elevate your winter evenings by exploring your culinary skills or indulging in a date night at Sur La Table, promising an exceptional experience that exceeds expectations.

As we embrace the colder months, let this Winter Bucket List be your guide to creating cherished moments and embracing the spirit of the season. Wishing you a joyful and enchanting winter season!

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column exploring Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney Associates. Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479.

If you’re like me, I’m sure you love to create experiences with your family and friends while they’re in town or even better have an amazing day with your kids while they are out of school on Thanksgiving break.

Whatever the case, creating the perfect D.C. day is a must! I mean, let’s be honest, I’m sure you know someone who is a local, but hasn’t yet experienced all that D.C. has to offer. I mean it is our nation’s capital and people travel from all over the world to experience it, so why aren’t you?

A little secret about me, I spent over 15 years selling D.C. as a destination for conventions at Destination DC, so I have a passion and love for our nation’s capital and all things travel. Also, an insider’s perspective on why D.C. is an amazing place to visit and create memories. If you are ready to venture over the bridge, then here we go! Two of my favorite itineraries!

Experience D.C. Day 1 — The National Mall

I know so many locals that just forget how beautiful our city is and have not been to the National Mall in so long! I took all 3 of my kids in for this exact fun day and let’s just say it inspired me to write this column!

  1. Washington Monument (Plenty of street parking just reach out to me and I can always give you some pointers.) My kids love playing tag on the green space or even just rolling down the hill.
  2. Head over to the Lincoln Memorial. While capturing all the beauty along the way, make sure to get a glimpse of the World War II MemorialDistrict of Columbia War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the NEW S. Park Police Horse Stables (my twins favorite).
  3. A day spent on the National Mall means packing lots of snacks and enjoying some of D.C.’s best known food trucks or museum eateries. The National Museum of The American Indian and US Holocaust Memorial Memorial Museum both have great food options that do not require museum entry tickets.

Experience D.C. Day 2 — Favorites with a Seasonal Flair

The itinerary for Day 2 shifts the focus away from the Mall while still offering unique D.C. experiences.

  1. Planet Word Museum (Time Entry Tickets available). Ideal for all ages, their tagline is “The museum where language comes to life.”
  2. Pick up gifts for family and friends at the DC Holiday Market in Penn Quarter/Chinatown.
  3. Compass Coffee (We all need coffee at this point.)
  4. The mission of the National Portrait Gallery is “to tell the story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation’s history, development and culture.”
  5. Grab an amazing Lunch or Dinner at Jaleo and Zaytinya (2 of my fav).
  6. Ice Skating in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden (November 20, 2023 — March 3, 2024)
  7. I am a hotelier at heart so of course I am going to recommend 3 hotels to consider adding to your day or evening, all within walking distance of this day’s itinerary. Keep in mind I am referring to grabbing a beverage or an appetizer, or just walking through the lobby space to capture the holiday decor.
    • Riggs is a remarkable landmark hotel that has a unique speakeasy that is guaranteed to offer a unique experience.
    • Waldorf Astoria is a breathtaking hotel that has a style and elegance you will not regret checking out.
    • The iconic Willard Hotel is definitely a hotel that cannot be duplicated with the amount of history and elegance. They are known for their High Tea; I can tell you from personal experience it is phenomenal.

If you love this and would like more insight, please reach out to me. Also, Destination DC is the one resource you need to bookmark, so please be sure to visit washington.org to create captivating memories with experiences that can only happen in D.C.!

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column exploring Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney Associates. Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479.

Have you been here YET?

Are you a coffee lover? Do you search for the best local spots? I definitely do! As a regular at today’s spot, we are giving you the insider look at one of the hottest coffee cafes in Downtown Fairfax, De Clieu.

We met with the infamous Jazzii, one of the best baristas around to highlight what makes De Clieu set apart from the rest.

From the opening diverse atmosphere, to house made syrups and drinks that will make you come back again to in-house made bakery yumminess to those amazing sandwiches (can we say Breakfast all day).

Pro-Tip: it’s walking distance to Van Dyck Park, Old Town Square, and Fairfax Library so you can definitely have more fun!

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column exploring Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney Associates. Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479.

As the air turns crisp and leaves begin to change color, Fairfax County transforms into a picturesque wonderland during the fall season.

It’s a time when families gather to create cherished memories amidst the backdrop of autumn’s beauty. As a local expert, I’m excited to share the top 5 family-friendly experiences in Fairfax County this fall.

1. Cox Farms: The Ultimate Fall Adventure

Nestled in Centreville, Cox Farms has earned a reputation as the ultimate fall destination in the region. Here, families can immerse themselves in a world of pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes, and thrilling slides. The farm is brimming with exciting activities for all ages, including the infamous “Cornundrum” corn maze and the friendly barnyard animals. Cox Farms has something for everyone and is a must-visit for a fun-filled fall day.

2. Great Falls Park: A Natural Haven

Just a short drive from the bustling city, Great Falls Park offers a serene escape for families looking to appreciate the beauty of autumn. Explore the picturesque trails along the Potomac River, have a picnic, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views of the cascading waterfalls. It’s a fantastic spot for family hikes and outdoor adventures.

3. Orchard Adventures: Pick Your Own Apples & Pumpkins

Fall is synonymous with apple picking, and Fairfax County boasts several orchards and farms that invite families to pick their own fruit. Places like Hartland Orchard and Marker-Miller Orchards offer apple-picking experiences that kids love. Don’t forget to visit pumpkin patches like Ticonderoga Farms or Frying Pan Farm Park, where you can choose the perfect pumpkin for carving.

4. Family-Friendly Halloween Fun

Fairfax County offers a variety of Halloween events for families to enjoy. Burke Lake Park hosts “Goblin Golf,” a spooky, Fall Festival hosted by Citylight with “truck-a-treat”, bounce house, petting zoo, and free food. Another great option is the Workhouse Arts Center’s Haunt,” where you can explore haunted trails (I will be in the not scary part).

5. Scenic Drives: A Journey Through Fall Colors

For those who prefer a leisurely adventure, don’t miss the scenic byways in the area. Take a drive along the George Washington Memorial Parkway or the Blue Ridge Parkway, and be captivated by the vibrant fall foliage. These drives are perfect for a relaxing family day out, offering a front-row seat to the splendor of autumn.

Fairfax County truly comes alive in the fall, and these family-friendly experiences make the most of the season’s charm. From the adventures at Cox Farms to the serene beauty of Great Falls Park and the magic of pumpkin patches, there’s something for every family to enjoy. So, gather your loved ones, put on your coziest sweaters, and immerse yourselves in the magic of fall in Fairfax County.

It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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