Author: One Loudoun Blog Team

5 Things That Happen When You Go to The Carnival at One Loudoun

As we approached the front entrance to what would be our playground for the next few hours, sensory overdrive ensued as we crossed through the threshold of ticket booths and a rush of adrenaline followed. Lights, laughter, and that familiar carousel tune. This is it. We were finally here and about to enjoy (hopefully) one of the great American pastimes right here in One Loudoun: The Carnival.

Because we want to prepare you for your time at The Carnival, here are 5 things that are sure to happen during an evening under the hotdog signs.

 

1. You will look absolutely ridiculous on the rides

The hair will be flying everywhere, you will laugh uncontrollably, and you might even lose a flip-flop if you aren’t careful. With your besties by your side, it won’t even matter until you see the photos that your friend, who is “not a ride person,” took from the ground. But trust us; throwing your inhibitions to the wind are necessary to fully engulf yourself in the carnival ride experience.

Group on a Ride

2. It will shakeup your date night

Smiling? Laughing? What is this craziness?! Do yourself a favor and skip the weekly Netflix date and opt for something more, well, FUN. Whether crushing your significant other in a game of mini-hoops or hanging onto their arm for dear life at the top of the ferris wheel, there’s no doubting that the carnival will make you feel as carefree and playful as when you were kids. Come on over to The Carnival and have a date Danny and Sandy style. Ah, summer lovin’.

Couple on Date Night eating Funnel Cake and Riding Bumper Cars

3. #TreatYoself is an all day motto

Fried Oreos? Sure. Corn dogs the size of your arm? Why not. Be prepared to indulge in the finest carnival cuisine you’ve ever laid eyes on. Pro tip: have each of your friends get something different so you can have a taste of each without getting full to the point of no return(ing to the rides).

Collage of friends eating carnival food

4. You’ll make memories to last a lifetime

It’s the moment of truth. Your little one gets on a carnival ride for the first time ever. The uncertain expression on their face fades as the ride starts to move and there it is: a smile finally forms as they feel the pure bliss of flying for the first time. You can’t help but take about 234 photos during the next minute of cuteness overload, and immediately realize you’re going to need more photo storage on your phone this summer.

Bumper cars and Rides with Friends

5. You realize you’ll be back

When the kids hop back into the minivan to go home, faces covered in chocolate sauce and limbs hanging heavy from exhaustion, you will surely hear them plotting their itinerary for the next visit… which they innocently expect will be tomorrow. If you came with your significant other or gaggle of girlfriends, you now have a foolproof destination for a summer evening of letting loose and having fun.

Friends on Merry-go-round

Take it from us; the carnival is a ONE of a kind experience, and will be one of the best days of your summer. As you can see, it also makes for some amazing photo ops. The Carnival is coming back from August 16-27 by popular demand, so schedule your next night out right here at One Loudoun.

Group Photo of Friends

One Loudoun Restaurants: Redefining the Pati-OH! Experience

While we bet the pool, park and Plaza are already on your watch list this summer; on the top of ours is delicious food and sunshine! Let’s face it, food is the cure-all for hanger (among other woes), and Vitamin-D is your best summer accessory. Live your best life this summer by combining the two on the 14 or so patios here at One Loudoun. Luckily, we have the scoop on which ones reign supreme, so find out who made our patio superlatives list for this summer!

 

Most Family-friendly:
Uncle Julio’s

If you’re looking for a patio where you can contain the clan during a meal, Uncle Julio’s has built up quite a family-friendly rep. The entire patio is under coverings to shade the little ones from getting too hot, or worse, sunburned. There are also railings to keep them from running over to The Plaza fountains in the middle of chewin’ on some delicious Kidsadillas.

The Unbeatable View:
Hail + Hog

Why drive into the city for a rooftop view, when you can enjoy one right here at One Loudoun? If we are talking about prime real estate to sit your beautiful self for a scenic evening with some cocktails and lite fare, The Roof at Hail + Hog is most definitely it. Chic couches, fire pits, and a bar will make you feel like you’re at a swanky uptown hotel with a million dollar sunset view.

The Summer Escape:
5ense of Thai St.

If you’ve been streaming your summer anthems playlist on repeat, we can bet that it’s time for a little getaway. 5ense of Thai St. has just launched their Summer Tiki Pop-Up, which makes their patio the perfect place to send your mind on a little vacation! The Thai beach inspired cocktail menu will send your taste buds for a ride (on a wave that is) and the sunshine will feel just a bit sweeter.

PATIOver-achiever:
Matchbox

While you thought having one just one patio was cool, Matchbox has 4 different outdoor spaces to scarf down their famed mini burgers. Our favorite of the four patio sections is where patio meets bar for a cohesive indoor/outdoor space, but the upper level decks make for some pretty good views too!

Best for Date Night:
Eddie Merlot’s

The only thing that could make a gorgeous steak and seafood dinner more spectacular is a seat outside watching the sun set across The Plaza with the one you love. Now THAT’S amore. If you’re treated to a first date here, then dare we say it, that person has excellent taste and is definitely a keeper.

Most Likely To Throw Shade:
Bar Louie

Double sided and ready for those summer evenings, the patio at Bar Louie extends into the entire restaurant when the weather is nice via walls that open up. This means there are a lot of shady spots to pick from if you don’t want the rays. Even better, Bar Louie is open late night, meaning you can patio chill well into the evening.

Best Patio for Watching the Game: World of Beer

Big screens, lounge chairs, and iPads, OH MY! Get a front row seat to the game on the WOB patio. Sip a cold one in the sunshine and peruse every single beer description using one of their menus – which also happens to be an iPad. No need to wait at the bar for a drink, their knowledgeable servers will be able to answer any questions and keep your glass nice and frosty out on the patio.

The Front ROW Seat:
Quick Bite Row (Nandos, Spinfire, Firehouse)

If you’re someone who loves to people watch, grab some grub at our Quick Bite Row. You’ll have a front row seat to Acoustic Wednesdays, our Summer Concert Series, and other several sounds of summer on The Plaza.

Best-kept Secret:
Zoë’s Kitchen

Tucked back in a nice littler corner off the main drag, you’re going to want to eat here when you need to zip in and out quickly. Did we mention that the Mediterranean cuisine at Zoe’s is also a great choice for summertime? Light. Crisp. Fresh. SUMMER. You’ll be planning your next visit faster than you can say tzatziki.

The Ultimate Hearth:
Copperwood Tavern

This cozy patio spot, on the corner of farm and table, is where you want to go for a more relaxed dining experience. The fire pits spread throughout this patio create a super hearth experience that is the definition of lit. Nothing says “perfect meal” like the flicker of a flame in the background of your crab cake dinner.

Best Spot for an Extended Lunch Break: b One Loudoun

Grab your work spouse and head on over to grab a delicious burger at b One Loudoun. Wondering why this famed burger joint earned the best lunch spot title? Just walk by at lunchtime, and you’ll see the 9-5ers and weekend warriors gathering here for a little brain recharge and some fries. You know what they say: “Suns out buns out!”… hamburger buns that is.

Now class, when your always-down-for-dinner friend asks, “Where can we go to sit outside?” you won’t hesitate to answer, “One Loudoun, duh.”

Your Summer Entertainment Lineup is Here!

Nothing says “summer is here” like the sweet sound of music filling The Plaza, and we are thrilled to announce all of the performances for Summer 2017!

Let us help you kick off your dog days with SIX performances at Downtown Fest on May 6th. Ease into the week and make your Mondays a breeze by bringing the kids to Rocknoceros every week at 11AM. Starting in June, the soothing sounds of Acoustic Wednesdays will cure your weekday slump and continue to rock out on the weekend with exclusive concerts from our Summer Concert Series.

Forget those over-the-top music festivals in the desert, and join us for a summer of amazing performances right here at One Loudoun! Grab your friends, your kids, or even your dog, and plan your summer around good tunes and good times.

The One Loudoun Happy Hour Guide: The Quest for The Best

There she goes again. Your co-worker Felicia posts a weekly Instagram photo of her happy hour drink. You pretend to be annoyed, but can’t help wishing you were there. The only solution to your feelings about her using the completely wrong filter is to post an even better photo.

In addition to having an amazingly enviable time with your friends after a long day at work, the happy hours at One Loudoun provide some of the BEST deals around. Give your coworker a rum for her money and post that gorgeous photo of your favorite cocktail. BYE FELICIA.

Let’s cut to the chase. Happy Hour is about great company. Great company and great deals that is. With that being said, wine not stop at a One Loudoun happy hour destination guaranteed to make your week? Only because we want you to have the most epic happy hour ever, we set out on a quest for the best. You’re welcome in advance. Just a heads up, state requirements prevent us from mentioning specific drink names and prices, so it’s time to unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes.

Where: Hail + Hog

When: Monday-Friday 4pm-7pm

Bringing back a classic happy hour, head on over to Hail + Hog for drink specials on your favorites made from wheat, grapes, and grains, in addition to select half-priced apps. We went for a classic fruit juice and spirit combo and the fan favorite app: the Chesapeake Bay Pretzels. It’s not easy to perfect a crab appetizer, but alas there we were eating every last one of those pretzels and covering them in a tasty béchamel sauce.

If you’re like us and tend to stray from just the food on the happy hour list, we highly advise the grown up grilled cheese. Even though it’s not part of the happy hour specials, you can count us in for anything with bacon and cheese; plus, the sundried tomato aioli dipping sauce is a smaller version of a tomato bisque.

 

Where: matchbox

When: Monday-Friday 3-7pm

Three drinks walked into a bar. Okay, they were actually served on a tray to our table, BUT you could say that they all slayed the cocktail game.

First, we found ourselves mesmerized by a certain southern inspired cocktail as the black pepper-ginger syrup cascaded down the side of the glass (see cascading syrup below). After staring at the drink for way too long, we finally took a sip of what was a well-crafted blend of the ginger syrup, bourbon, and peach nectar. This drink took us for a (bull)ride because it was fiesty ya’ll!

Some people hate change, but Matchbox’s seasonal selection of a fruity favorite will have them welcoming it with open arms. Each season you can expect a new flavor, and we were lucky enough to get to try the pomegranate variety. I mean holy moly, who doesn’t like juicy pomegranate flavored drinks? The answer: no one.

If a flamingo were a drink, this next one would be it. We don’t like to pick favorites, but THIS was absolutely our favorite. Described perfectly in the name, we imagined ourselves sipping this on the Matchbox porch on a hot summer evening. The fresh watermelon and lemonade combination was so original and refreshing, we immediately agreed that this was a real winner.

Just when you thought Matchbox’s extensive happy hour drink list was unreal, they also have some amazing apps on the menu. Enter spicy mini meatballs, short rib minis, and the shrimp diablo skillet. All delicious and all a great way to start your post-workday celebrations; how could we pick just one? The sliders were a juicy spin on the usual favorite and featured matchbox’s iconic crispy onion strings. The spicy mini meatballs were just that, cute little balls of goodness drenched in melted mozzarella and tomato sauce. Never have we ever seen anything quite like the diablo skillet, where large, fresh shrimp meet a fiery red sauce to create a delicious party of flavor.

 

 Where: 5ense of Thai

When: Monday-Friday 4-7pm

As any sensible happy hour goer would do, we opted for their signature happy hour option, where you tell the bartender what you like and they whip up an original cocktail. Today, Ross was infusing rum with strawberry and basil using a sous vide (seriously, what kind of genius comes up with this idea?), so he decided to use the rum to create a lovely cocktail for us. When we say lovely, we do mean lovely. This strawberry, basil, maple, lime, and peppery cocktail was served to us in a TEACUP, complete with 5ense of Thai’s famous hand-cut artisan ice. Pinkies up!

For lovers of sweet and sour, the zaab wings are for you. These wings give a real zing to the taste buds and are the perfect combination of glazed, yet crispy. Did we mention that zaab means yummy?! Makes perfect sense to us.

 

 Where: Nandos

When: Sunday-Thursday 4-6pm

You and some friends. At Nandos. With a pitcher during happy hour. We have finally solved the mystery of your hump day woes. Seeing the specials on the happy hour menu was all it took for us to know that happy hour at Nandos was the real deal.

Made with a variety of fresh fruit and other tasty ingredients, their signature sweet and fruity beverage is so good that soon you’ll be telling all of your friends. In the summertime, you can also look forward to the same drink with a peachy twist. If you’re not into fruity goodness, that’s your prerogative, but the joint also has a few Portuguese brews on their happy hour menu, along with snacks like wings, hummus, and spicy olives. Although not a traditional happy hour spot, Nando’s is definitely worth a try!

 

 Where: Eddie Merlot’s

When: Monday-Friday 4pm-7pm

At a place called Eddie Merlot’s, you know their happy hour is bound to deliver. At Eddie Merlot’s happy hour, get Eddie’s Favorite Cocktails and other drinks by the glass. The refreshing beverage pictured below was nothing short of a masterpiece, and possibly one of the best. The fresh fruit looks great in a fancy glass, and this is a top choice for a relaxed evening at the bar. Don’t be surprised if you see us sipping one of these on a Friday evening while listening to live acoustic music. We see why these drinks are called Eddie’s Favorites, because sure enough, they’re becoming our favorites too.

As much as it was a challenge for us to experience these spots all in one day, we hope that our experiences will give you better insight into just a few of the best happy hours here at One Loudoun. Please remember to drink responsibly.

Cheers!

 

About the team:

Together, Brittany, Andria, and Jayme make up the One Loudoun Experience Team. They set out to experience something new located right here in One Loudoun. Their mission is to provide honest, first hand accounts of the things they see, hear, do, and feel while being introduced to a new restaurant, shop, or activity, like discovering the best happy hour spots!

 

 

Get to Know the One Loudoun Parking Garage [Infographic]

You may have seen the new parking garage here at One Loudoun, but we can bet that you don’t know how many spots there are, or all of the cool technology incorporated into the structure. Check out the infographic below to get to know the One Loudoun Parking Garage a little bit better!

The Story Behind Our New Look & #TheONEThingYouNeed Contest

If you frequent our website or any of our social media profiles, you may have noticed some changes in the past few months. Along with new photos and a new tagline, we have incorporated hashtags to create a campaign that mirrors real life experiences that happen right here at One Loudoun! As a highly engaged community, we love the feedback we get on social media, so we have used YOU as our inspiration for the new campaign.

Recently voted as “The Place to Be Seen” by the Loudoun Times Mirror, we are honored that patrons choose to spend their time here. We truly appreciate all of your comments, responses, and opinions, and are excited to continue growing as the ONE thing you need!

 

#TheONEThingYouNeed CONTEST AND RULES 

We had so much fun creating hashtags for the new campaign that we thought, who better to hear from than the people who know One Loudoun best – YOU! So, we decided to create a contest that will celebrate our fans and show how much we love to engage with them.

During our #TheONEThingYouNeed Contest, a new photo will be posted to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram every Monday. When a photo is posted, we invite our followers to comment on the photo with an original hashtag describing or relating to the photo. On the Friday of each week that a photo is posted, our team will choose a winner to receive a special prize. At the end of the entire contest run, all  winners will be entered to win a Grand Prize.

Please read all of the rules below before participating to make sure your entry is valid!

  1. An individual user can only post one hashtag per contest post, per platform.
  2. Limit of one hashtag win per participant.
  3. For an entry to be considered to win, the user must “like” or be following One Loudoun’s profile on the platform where the entry is submitted.
  4. At the end of each 5-day timeframe after a contest photo is posted, winners will be notified via the platform where their entry was submitted.
  5. At the end of the entire contest run, a Grand Prize winner will be notified via the platform in which their previous winning entry was submitted.
  6. Any inappropriate or offensive hashtags will be deleted from the comments of the post. Additionally, the user’s activity may be reported or banned from One Loudoun social media platforms.
  7. Submitted hashtags are subject to use by One Loudoun for future branding and advertising purposes.

Keep an eye out for posts going up across our social media profiles, and make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

The One Loudoun Salad Guide – Spoiler Alert: #TOTSONASALAD

 

It’s 2017 and we’re here to tell you that salads are the new sushi burrito. That’s right trendsetters, salads are back and in a big way. Thankfully, there’s no need to wait in line around the block to get the most delicious salad in town because One Loudoun has all of the salads. Yes, all of them. From a burger joint to a farm to table eatery, we set out on an epic salad quest and are delighted to report that our findings did not leave us disappointed.

 

 

The Steak + Greens salad at matchbox

One of life’s greatest questions: appetizer or entrée size? If you love food as much as us, the answer is always entrée. It was like the chef at matchbox read our minds when he recommended we order the steak + greens entrée salad. A plate full of pepper-crusted steak, blue cheese, fresh greens, and red wine vinaigrette? Sign us up immediately. We haven’t even mentioned the best part of the salad, because it deserves its own introduction. Homemade tater tots. No, you didn’t read that wrong. TOTS ON A SALAD. Needless to say this salad was devoured at a record pace and we will be heading back to matchbox in the very near future for an encore.

 

The Pear and Blue Cheese Salad at Bar Louie

If you’re thinking that Bar Louie taps out at just wings and flatbreads, you couldn’t be more wrong. Their pear and blue cheese salad delivers a one-two punch with the perfect blend of sweetness from the pear and dried cranberries and the savory flavor of the grilled chicken. The awesome staff at Bar Louie agreed that this was one of their favorites, and our taste buds happen to think they’re right. Not to mention, this salad would look great on Instagram. #saladgoals.

 

The Burger Salad at b One Loudoun

Relax, carnivores. We are not telling you to forsake your precious burgers. The genius people at b One Loudoun thought that as if serving you a zillion burger choices wasn’t enough, they decided to make one into a salad. What do you get when you throw a delicious burger on top of a giant bed of lettuce, surrounded by a ring of pickles and topped with fried onions and, again, TOTS? The most delicious deconstructed burger ever. Shame on us for ever thinking that burgers are one size fits all, because this salad just blew our minds.

 

Farm-to-Table Salads at Copperwood Tavern 

At Copperwood Tavern, we felt like we were tasting the rainbow, as they gave us FOUR beautiful salads to try. The colors of the fresh vegetables were so vibrant, we couldn’t wait to dig in, even though we were already quite full of veggies. Not only are their farm-to-table salads pretty, but they also taste amazing. The Farmer’s Salad had a little bit of everything, from poached pears to pomegranate seeds to a bomb pomegranate balsamic dressing. Speaking of bomb, the dressings on all of the salads really stood out, and come to find out, they’re all homemade. We see you, overachievers. For those veg heads out there, try their Baby Kale Romaine Caesar salad or the Red Quinoa salad. If you really want to pile on the goodies, add chicken, steak, or shrimp to any salad.

Farmers Salad, Red Quinoa Salad, Baby Kale Romaine Caesar Salad, Tavern Salad

Like your parents who say they don’t *really* have a favorite, we would also be lying if we said we didn’t have our favorites on that day. Who knew a salad tour would get so competitive? We’ll definitely be back soon for more salads, but for now we can’t really move. Everywhere else be warned, because One Loudoun’s salad game is strong and delicious.

Don’t be fooled, these are not the only delicious salads you will find at One Loudoun, with many other fan favorites featured at Sense of Thai, World of Beer, Spinfire and more! Visit oneloudoun.com for more information on all of the restaurants in One Loudoun, and make sure to visit the restaurant websites for more information about menus and offerings.

About the team:

Together, Brittany, Jayme, and Andria make up the One Loudoun Experience Team. Each month, they set out to experience something new located right here in One Loudoun. Their mission is to provide honest, first hand accounts of the things they see, hear, do, and feel while being introduced to a new restaurant, shop, or activity, like discovering great salads!

The Fitness Equation: This is Not Your Average Gym

The Fitness Equation, or TFE for short, is located right next to the free parking garage at One Loudoun, and thank goodness because it was raining on the day of our visit. We walked into the lobby and knew right away that it was not going to be like every other gym.

The receptionist pretty much lost it (in a good way) when we told her we were there for a tour. She chatted about how much we were going to love it. Literally, she told us, “You’re going to love this place,” in addition to, “Don’t get me started on the views. They’re amazing!” After hearing the receptionist’s rave reviews, we already had high expectations.

One of The Fitness Equation’s VPs, Jason Kangarloo, was nice enough to meet us and take us for a tour of the entire facility! He met us downstairs in the lobby, and with an excited demeanor, brought us up to the main level of TFE.

The Main Corridor of TFE

Before our tour, he explained to us that the goal of TFE was to make fitness accessible to everyone. Since time is such a factor for squeezing in a workout, TFE holds Les Mills Grit classes designed to give you a high intensity full body work out in only 30 minutes. With super convenient self-locking lockers in the main hall, you can pop in and out in under an hour and still get a complete workout. 

The word, “amazed” couldn’t even describe how we felt walking around TFE. Was this actually a gym or a fancy hotel? We couldn’t be certain, because The Fitness Equation thought of everything.

TFE is the perfect example of how health has no age limit or specific lifestyle attached. We saw every type of person, from a young mother with her baby, to a group of business professionals stopping in during their lunch break. Every convenience you could want in a gym to make your life easier, you will find at The Fitness Equation.

Andria testing out some features in the Functional Training Room

We also appreciated that this gym isn’t a maze like some gyms, where rooms are tucked away or closed off. The main hallway extended all the way back to the “kidz” gym, and on the either side are the Evolve Salon & Spa, luxury dressing rooms, functional training room, group exercise room, group spin room, and mind & body room.

The Mini Ninja Warrior Course inside the “Kidz Gym”

Jason took us into each room and explained everything to us in great detail, from the classes they offered; to why the group exercise room floor was sort of bouncy. Much of his dialogue included something along the lines of, “If you want to do this, then we have x, y, and z. But if you’re more concerned with this, then follow me to the next room and I will show you something better!” About three minutes into the tour, he had already sold us.

The Group Exercise Room at TFE is the largest in the area!

After the tour, Jason took us to the upper level of the gym, and introduced us to TFE’s Fitness Director, James Dunn, who has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer. He gave us a more in-depth tour of the strength and cardio level of the gym, where we quickly realized why members are so loyal and comfortable here at TFE. Talking to James was like chatting with your favorite uncle. He joked around and wasn’t too serious, but you could tell he was passionate about his work.

Just one of the Strength Training areas on the Upper Level of TFE

As we walked through the different spaces with James, his close relationship with all of the members was obvious. James said hi to several members by name in the mere ten minutes that it took to take us through the entire floor, introducing us along the way.

The NBA-sized basketball court at TFE

Our favorite part of our visit was when we got to test out all of the fancy equipment! James showed us some of his favorite features and spaces while we explored each area. He showed us a specific machine to point out the digital repetition counter, when the member using the machine exclaimed out of the blue, “It’s my first day, and I love it here already!” We laughed out loud at his candid excitement, and James swore he didn’t tell him to say that.

We went on to test a few machines, impressed by how clean and easy to use they were. Most importantly, we didn’t feel uncomfortable while we were working out. The Fitness Equation’s facilities are not cramped like other gyms, and thank goodness, you will never have to wait in line. Side note: how amazing are these views from the cardio area?!

The most unique feature in TFE has got to be the rock-climbing wall and we knew we weren’t leaving without giving it a go. James told us about the safety features and showed us how to strap in, and before long, we were pros — or at least we liked to think we were. He even offered to take a photo of us up on the wall! (See said photo below)

While the facilities are beyond impressive at TFE, there are certain things that hit you on a personal level and make it seem like this gym was created just for you. Here, members can be in and out in 30 minutes, or stay for hours and never get bored or feel like they’ve overstayed their welcome.

Our favorite features of TFE include:

  • 2+ hour childcare at the Kidz Gym, including an infant room, mini Ninja Warrior course, large play structure, and more
  • The full service salon and spa, where TFE members receive a discount!
  • Personal, group, AND sports performance training
  • 70+ fitness classes per WEEK
  • Equipment with digital repetition counters, TV, and internet access
  • Easy access/keyless lockers, showers, changing rooms, saunas
  • Long hours of operation (M-F 4a-11pm, Sat 7a-9pm, Sun 8a-8pm)
  • On-demand virtual spinning classes (in addition to instructor led classes)

To give it to you straight: The Fitness Equation is not your average gym. What we thought might be strictly for the posh crowd, turned out to be a very welcoming space where everyone would feel comfortable. As one member shared with us later on, “I never thought of myself as a gym person, but at TFE you don’t have to be a gym person. You can just be yourself!”

If you don’t believe how impressed we were by TFE, stop by any day of the week, take a virtual tour, or try it for free before committing to a membership!

Sources: http://www.thefitnessequation.com/

 

About the team:

Together, Brittany and Andria make up the One Loudoun Experience Team. Each month, they set out to experience something new that is located right here in One Loudoun. Their mission is to provide honest, first hand accounts of the things they see, hear, do, and feel while being introduced to a new restaurant, shop, or activity, like working out at TFE!

Plan Your New Year’s Eve at One Loudoun!

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and while we are all excited to start fresh in 2017, there is still one more celebration left – your New Year’s Eve! Maybe you want to go out with some friends for a few cocktails, or maybe you’d rather entertain guests at home. No matter what your ideal New Year’s Eve celebration looks like, let us guide you with some suggestions that are sure to make your New Year’s Eve totally carefree!

If you’re throwing a party at home:

Some of you may be brave this year and host a New Year’s Eve shindig at your home, and hats off to you! For a successful celebration, remember to prepare accordingly, including food, decorations, and any refreshments. If you’re stumped on what food to put out, pay a visit to The Fresh Market right here at One Loudoun! With premade platters and even an online ordering service, providing yummy treats for all of your guests could not be easier. Taking the decorations up a notch this year? Be sure to stop by Great Gatherings for all of your festive tableware, décor and accessories. After all, what is New Year’s Eve without a bit of glitz and shine?

If you want to amp up your look:

At One Loudoun, adding sparkle to your New Year’s Eve look has never been easier! Pamper yourself with an amazing blowout or up-do at Flow Blow Dry Bar, some festive holiday makeup by the professionals at Evolve Salon and Spa, or opt for a relaxing massage to get rid of your holiday stresses! Our three brand new women’s boutiques also have amazing holiday inspired pieces to add that little something extra to your New Year’s Eve style! Stop by Scout and Molly’s Boutique for some edgy New Year’s Eve looks, or Boho Blanco and Boho Nation for a more casual, yet sparkly, ensemble.

If you’re going out for New Years Eve:

Loudoun County’s premier destination for nightlife is right here in One Loudoun! In addition to many popular bar and restaurant choices to ring in the New Year, some of them are even hosting New Year’s Eve parties! Check out a list of special events happening here at One Loudoun, and remember to reserve your spot before time runs out!

  • Copperwood Tavern is offering a $55 prix fixe three-course dinner with options including maple leaf duck breast, Surf and Turf, filet mignon, and more! Ticket price also includes a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Make reservations here.
  • Matchbox One Loudoun is offering a 4-course prix-fixe menu for their New Year’s Eve celebration! Visit their website for more information: http://bit.ly/2hgkODz
  • Bar Louie is hosting a New Year’s Eve party and VIP tickets are $50. The tickets include party favors, a breakfast buffet, live entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, and more! Visit the event on our website for more information: http://www.oneloudoun.com
  • World of Beer One Loudoun is hosting their own New Year’s Eve bash with music from DJ John Coulter and a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight! More info here: https://www.facebook.com
  • Sense of Thai St. also has their own version of a New Year’s Eve celebration with DJ Snow spinning Classic Motown, Funk, Disco, R&B, and Hip Hop from 10pm-2am and a dance party to go along with it. There is no cover or dress code! Visit http://www.senseofthai.com

If you’re keeping it low key:

Sometimes a low key New Year’s Eve is just what you need after the crazy holiday season that you and your family have already experienced! For a more relaxed evening with your family, take the kids to a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where you can immerse yourself in one of the latest movies to hit the theater. For a tasty treat afterwards, there is never a bad time for frozen custard or a shake at The Meadows Original Frozen Custard. Just be sure to warm up before going back outside!

For more things to do at One Loudoun, explore our website at oneloudoun.com!

Experience One Loudoun: Boho Blanco / Boho Nation

 

Boho Blanco and Boho Nation are the two newest boutique stores to join the One Loudoun family, and they are officially OPEN! Last week, we took a visit to these two amazing stores to get the inside scoop on what they are all about!

 

Boho Blanco and Boho Nation are two different stores, but the interior spaces are connected. As owner Rick explains, it is a way for guests to mix and match the different styles found in each shop, while still distinguishing each as their own. In these shops you can find amazing clothes, jewelry, and accessories for any occasion!

Boho Nation

 

Boho Blanco

As you can see in the photos, many of the decorations are patterned and colorful, like the tapestries and wood textured walls. The clothes and accessories are hung on rustic fixtures made of old ladders or wooden frames.

Boho Nation

If you are wondering the difference between the two boutiques, let us first point out the most obvious similarity, being the boho, or bohemian style. If you are not familiar with what exactly this means, bohemian style is often described as ‘unconventional’. Typically the clothes are a mixture of unique textures, colors, and patterns, which come together for a free-spirited look.

Boho Nation

Boho Nation at One Loudoun is only the store’s fourth location so far! This boutique is geared more towards the younger generations and many pieces represent the latest trends with a bohemian flare. In this shop, you can find pieces that have edginess to them, whether it’s a crop top or a cutout dress.

Boho Blanco

Boho Blanco is targeted towards a more sophisticated age group, which is by no means boring! The clothes are focused around a more neutral or black and white palette, with splashes of color mixed in. Silhouettes found in Boho Blanco are flowy and flattering on many types of figures, with just the right amount of shape to create a sexy look.

Boho Blanco

Although each shop may be geared more towards a certain age group, there are no boundaries! For example, a funky-fringed jacket in Boho Blanco was purchased by a 17 year old, and the next day by a 70 year old. In both of these shops, it’s not the clothes that make you; it’s you who makes the clothes!

We immediately noticed a few things about these eclectic boutiques while browsing and trying on some adorable outfits. The first thing was that the price point for these clothes is very affordable. In certain stores, one would maybe only purchase one item, but because the prices in both Boho stores are so reasonable, it is easy to buy a couple of amazing items without breaking the bank!

The second thing we noticed was the quality of the clothes. After speaking with the staff, we learned that all of the items are either produced in the U.S. or from fair trade brands. Each item is hand selected, and the shop only carries pieces that they believe are great quality for the price!

If you’re looking for a unique gift this holiday, or a piece for yourself that you won’t find anywhere else, stop in to Boho Nation and Boho Blanco for a fun shopping experience! Both boutiques are located on Exchange Street in One Loudoun, right next to Scout & Molly’s Boutique.

For more information on Boho Nation and Boho Blanco, follow them on Facebook or visit their website at http://www.bohonation.us/.