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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!

Acoustic Wednesdays Featured on Loudoun Now!

If you are familiar with all of the summer events happening at One Loudoun, then you may have attended one or two of our Acoustic Wednesday performances on The Plaza in the summertime. Now, Acoustic Wednesdays are making headlines and attracting crowds larger than ever with the eclectic mix of talented artists!

Our Acoustic Wednesdays were just featured on LoudounNow.com, so check out an excerpt from the original article below and read the rest of the article here: http://loudounnow.com


From LoudounNow.com by Samantha Bartram 2016-07-18

“One Loudoun Concert Series Offers Mid-Week Reprieve”

Photo Courtesy of LoudounNow.com

Photo Courtesy of LoudounNow.com

“Great live music can be found year-round in Loudoun County, but during the steamy summer months, residents and visitors are encouraged outside to lawns, pavilions and gazebos to get their aural fix. And while many summer concert series are staged during the weekend, organizers at One Loudoun are capitalizing on a mid-week option: Acoustic Wednesdays.

Now in its third summer, Acoustic Wednesdays sees the big plaza in front of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema transformed into a concert venue. Most Wednesday evenings from June through August, clusters of families and friends can be seen gathering on blankets, in camp chairs or, if they arrived early enough, posted up comfortably at one of One Loudoun’s umbrella-outfitted tables, enjoying snacks and taking in the chill sounds of a given week’s performer. It’s all designed to deepen community ties, showcase regional talent and, of course, provide fun and free entertainment for all.”

Continue reading this article here: http://loudounnow.com

 

 

Alamo Drafthouse Featured in Bloomberg Business

In a day in age where youngsters stream the latest movies on their computers, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema continues to reinvent the movie theater experience. What was once a small idea has now turned into a national business, and one that we are proud to call a part of the One Loudoun family! In a recent article from Bloomberg Business, Tim League, the founder and CEO of Alamo Drafthouse, describes the franchise’s history and what is in store for the future. The article also mentions the One Loudoun Drafthouse location and how it came to be.

Check out the links below to view the original Bloomberg Business article or to read more about the Alamo Drafthouse here at One Loudoun!

The Movie Chain Hoping to Steal Netflix Customers With Pizza and Beer by Bloomberg Business

Reinventing the Modern Movie Theater from the One Loudoun Blog

Reinventing the Modern Movie Theater

Back in the day, movie theaters and cinemas were the one and only place you could see a film. Now, with the introduction of online video streaming (Netflix and Hulu in particular), the 21st century movie-goer is able to select the movie of their choice from a seemingly endless stream of films—all from the convenience of their sofa or bed, at a significantly lower price point.

As a result, traditional movie theaters have continued to see a steady decline in box office ticket sales year over year for the past decade. While a large majority of the more traditional movie theaters have struggled to survive in the 21st century, a select number of movie theaters have started to raise the bar for the entire industry by truly reinventing the movie-going experience. Enter—the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

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The State-of-The-Art Theater

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, also known as “the Alamo” to Loudoun locals, has become a star-studded sensation here at One Loudoun since the theater opened its doors in 2013—and it’s no surprise why! The Alamo offers a movie-going experience like no other in their 32,000 sq ft facility, with state-of-the-art surround sound and stadium-style seating with long bar tops for leisurely dining.

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The Food & Drink

The Alamo’s extensive menu offers a wide selection of award-winning cuisine, from “Royale with Cheese” burgers and Omnivore Pizzas, to specialty items tailored to today’s biggest box-office hits—like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and more! The Alamo has gone to great lengths to ensure that each and every item on the Alamo’s extensive menu is crafted from fresh, locally grown ingredients.

In addition to the Alamo’s unparalleled movie-going experience, the Alamo at One Loudoun is also home to the Glass Half Full Taproom—an eclectic, one-of-a-kind pub with 30+ beers on tap. They also have a well-rounded list of specialty cocktails, award-winning milkshakes and more. According to QSR Magazine, the Alamo “is one example of an early movie-dining concept that’s embraced innovation and changed with the times”. As you can see, it has certainly paid off!

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The Unparalleled Experience

Since its inception, the Alamo has been praised by Fandango.com as “One of the Best Movie Theaters in the Country”, by Entertainment Weekly as “the #1 Theater in America”, by Wired.com as the “Coolest Movie Theater in the World” and by TIME Magazine as the “Best Theater Ever”. Why, you may ask? The Alamo prides themselves in their unmatched attention to detail, with both their food offerings and overall customer experience.

The Alamo features films ranging from today’s hottest box-office hits to signature themed-movie screenings—ranging from Star Trek Movie Marathons and Love Actually Quote-Alongs to The ELF Movie Party and beyond! According to the Los Angeles Times, the Alamo “has developed a cult following for its special events, in-seat food and drink service, and themed movie nights”.

Furthermore, according to Entrepreneur Magazine, the Alamo “does not simply blow the dust off these films: It gives them new life, jolting them back into the cinematic consciousness with the fervor and audacity of a mad scientist in a Saturday matinee serial.” There’s no doubt about it—the Alamo offers one of, if not the most innovative and exciting movie-going experience in the country!

The Alamo’s one-of-a-kind movie-going experience has made this innovative company’s theaters a second home for movie fans across the globe, as the Alamo continues to go above and beyond to deliver the perfect movie-going experience to their customers. As Entrepreneur Magazine put it—“this is what Alamo Drafthouse does: It connects moviegoers and movies on a visceral– even primal–level, conjuring the magic and excitement of audience members’ most formative cinematic experiences.”

But don’t take our word for it! Check out the upcoming box office hits and specialty film screenings offered exclusively at One Loudoun on the Alamo’s calendar today!

Sourcesicsc.orgwashingtonpost.comqsrmagazine.comdeadline.comentrepreneur.com

A Look Inside: The Barn

The Barn Amphitheater, also known as “the Barn”, is located in Central Park at the very heart of One Loudoun. This local landmark is without a doubt one of our community’s most beloved, truly one-of-a-kind amenities. Let’s take a closer look:

The Barn was originally built in the late 1800’s, and was restored by Cochran’s Stone Masonry and Timber Framing, one of only three historical restoration companies in the country. The Barn was perfectly preserved at the heart of One Loudoun for years, thanks to Cochran’s Stone Masonry and Timber Framing, who disassembled the Barn at its original location and reassembled it in One Loudoun’s Central Park. Cochran’s used only authentic materials and methods of construction from the time period the Barn was originally constructed.

The Barn offers One Loudoun homeowners the perfect space for a variety of community-wide events—from wedding receptions to wine tastings and even the occasional community happy hour!

This beautiful, historic barn is one of the unique centerpieces of our community here at One Loudoun. The Barn offers an iconic backdrop for a wide range of outdoor events and shows throughout the year, with its distinct style and historic setting—which is why the Barn is home to a number of fun-filled community events throughout the year.

The Barn’s outdoor amphitheater-style seating makes this space ideal for a number of outdoor events, shows and gatherings—from live concerts and kids shows, to free family movie nights on the lawn, a number of seasonal events, outdoor markets and more.

There’s no question that the Barn adds a unique hint of country charm to our chic, mixed-use community. It’s no surprise that the Barn has become a true community favorite here at One Loudoun! For more on the Barn, visit our website and be sure to sign up for upcoming events at the Barn, along with updates about our community and special promotions through our Digital Media Engine!

 Source: 1lna.com 

Battle of the Bands Open to Loudoun Teens

Ashburn, VA (Nov. 4, 2015) – Ashburn, VA – Loudoun’s YouthFest, an annual celebration of youth, featuring live music, exhibits and activities, will be held May 21, 2016 at The Barn at One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA.

Festival performers are selected through a Battle of the Bands competition. Middle and high school students residing in Loudoun County are eligible to compete. Interested bands and soloists must submit an application byDecember 1, 2015. Applications are available at www.loudounteens.org.

Battles will be held January 8, February 5 and March 4, 2016 at The Studio, 45449 Severn Way, Dulles, VA. Winners will advance to a final competition on April 8, 2016 at Tally Ho, 19 W. Market Street, Leesburg, VA, as well as perform at YouthFest. The winner of the final battle opens for the festival’s nationally-known headliner.

Competition organizers randomly select lineups and assign competition dates for contestants, which will be announced at a kickoff event December 10, 2015 at the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS), 20145 Ashbrook Place, Ashburn, VA.

Source: VivaLoudoun.com

8 Exciting Events Coming Soon to One Loudoun!

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It should come as no surprise that (once again) there are a number of exciting events on their way to One Loudoun this fall! Read on to learn about a few of the many exciting events at One Loudoun this month:

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Blues & Brews

Thursday October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th starting at 9:00 pm

Bar Louie

If you’re a fan of local blues music, bourbon, scotch and ice cold beer, be sure to stop by Bar Louie for Blues & Brews—Thursdays starting at 9:00 pm! For more on the upcoming events at Bar Louie, check out their calendar online.

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The Ultimate Willy Wonka Party

Friday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Take the family out for an exclusive, action-packed night of fun at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Ultimate Willy Wonka Party! Enjoy the 1970’s classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with members of the original cast and a full Q&A session after the screening! For tickets and additional information, visit the Alamo’s website.

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The Ashburn Farmer’s Market

Saturday October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Savin Hill Drive & Codman Drive

Peruse Loudoun County’s freshest selection of fruits, vegetables, breads and more at the Ashburn Farmer’s Market at One Loudoun!

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Mix Up Your Sunday

Sunday October 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

Bar Louie

Mix up your sunday routine, and stop by Bar Louie any Sunday this fall to watch the game, and enjoy hand-crafted, fresh everything!

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$5 Burger Night

Tuesday October 6th, 13, 20th & 27th from 5:00 pm to Close

Bar Louie

Be sure to stop by Bar Louie every Tuesday this month for your choice of one of nine signature burgers with a side of delicious tots or fries for only $5!

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Rock the Tot

Thursday, October 8th at 7:00 pm

Bar Louie

Get ready for Bar Louie’s 8th Annual Tater Tot Eating Contest—Rock the Tot! Rock the Tot includes individual and relay-style team events, with the top 5 contenders in the solo category continuing on to compete at Rock the Tot’s National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday October 24th! For additional information and pre-registration details, visit RockTheTot.com.

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Back to the Future II Quote-Along

Monday, October 21st at 7:30 & 8:30 pm 

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Go on a journey through time at the Alamo, with the second of the Back to the Future Trilogy—as Marty and Doc journey forward in time to October 21st, 2015! Enjoy a unique, interactive viewing experience, and exclusive Back to the Future II pint glasses, only available at the screening. For tickets and additional information, visit the Alamo’s website.

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Ghosts, Goblins & Ghouls Spooktacular 5K

Saturday, October 31st at 4:00 pm

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The Ghosts, Goblins & Ghouls Spooktacular 5K is sure to impress once again this year—with our 6th annual 5k, Scarecrow Spirit Fun Run, costume contest, trick-or-treating, halloween-themed entertainment and more! For more, visit Ghost5K.com.

Sources: barlouieamerica.comghost5k.comdrafthouse.com

12 Perks of Living at One Loudoun

Chances are you’ve heard of our one-of-a-kind, mixed-use community here at One Loudoun. There’s no question that One Loudoun is Loudoun County’s New Downtown! But why are so many raving about living at One Loudoun? Read on to discover a few of the many perks our homeowners are able to enjoy by living in the all-encompassing, contemporary cosmopolitan community of One Loudoun:

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1. The Ideal Location: One Loudoun is ideally located at the heart of Loudoun County just off Route 7 and the Loudoun County Parkway. With our prime location, we are able to offer homeowners the best of both worlds—the vibrant excitement of new urbanist life set amidst a refreshing walkable neighborhood environment. All of which is just 25 miles from Washington D.C. and a mere 3 miles away from Washington Dulles International Airport!

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2. The Stunning New Homes Designs: The stunning, Chicago-inspired new homes here at One Loudon by Camberley Homes and Miller & Smith are sure to impress—with their refined, sophisticated look and distinctive brownstone designs. We think you’ll agree, the beautifully-designed streetscapes of One Loudoun are sure to be the envy of your friends and family!

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3. The Unmatched Convenience: At our core, our mixed-use community here at One Loudoun strives to offer our homeowners unmatched convenience at their very fingertips, with our diverse, ever-growing selection of retailers, ranging from dry cleaners and banks to dentists, eye doctors and beyond. You can even get your oil changed minutes from your doorstep at Virginia Tire & Auto!

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4. The Dining Selection: Our wide selection of restaurants, bistros and fine dining here at One Loudoun is truly beyond compare—there are just so many options to choose from! From Plan B Burger and Firehouse Subs, to Bar Louie, Matchbox, 5ense, Spitfire and beyond!

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5. The Award-Winning Community Clubhouse: One Loudoun’s Community Clubhouse is home to a number of world-class amenities, including: a pool, fitness center, tennis courts, basketball courts and a dance studio. For more on the Clubhouse, check out this tour of our stunning new Clubhouse on YouTube.

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6. Central Park: The Central Park at One Loudoun is home to a 100+ acre park and miles of scenic trails, open fields and even a butterfly garden! Central Park is a true treasure of our community, as it offers a refreshing sanctuary from the busy urban lifestyle—ideal for jogging, biking, enjoying a family picnic or relaxing with friends.

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7. The BarnThe Barn, located at the very heart of One Loudoun’s Central Park, is without a doubt a community favorite with its distinct style and historic setting. The Barn’s amphitheater seating style allows it to  play host to a number of outdoor events, movie nights and shows throughout the year.

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8. The Fresh Produce: Find a wide selection of fresh fruit and delicious food at our local gourmet grocer—The Fresh Market! Be sure to peruse the freshest local produce at our Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning as well!

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9. Movies at the Alamo: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is by far one of the best movie in the nation—offering movie-goers an unparalleled experience with dinner, drinks, movies and exclusive events—all under one roof! From the latest box-office movies to screenings of iconic featured films, there’s no doubt that you’ll be back to the Alamo time and time again after moving to One Loudoun!

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10. Picnics in the Park: Looking to spend some quality time with the family? Why not take them on a picnic in Central Park!

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11. Catch Up With Friends: Catch up with a friend over a few drinks at one of the local watering holes—like Glass Half Full or Bar Louie!

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12. Hit the Trails: Unwind after a long day at work with a relaxing run through Central Park, on the miles of scenic trails and winding bike paths.

We think you’ll agree that the all-encompassing lifestyle offered at One Loudoun is truly one of a kind, and at the end of the day—it just makes sense. Living at One Loudoun gives homeowners the opportunity to live, work, dine, shop and socialize—all in one place!

With our distinctive urban atmosphere, it should come as no surprise that One Loudoun has quickly become the hottest destination in Loudoun County! Browse our stunning selection of new homes today—but hurry! The remaining new single family homes for sale by Miller & Smith are almost sold out!

Apple Picking in Loudoun County

Everyone knows Virginia is for lovers—but did you know Virginia is for apple lovers as well? It’s true—Virginia is home to the finest apple orchards in the Mid-Atlantic! Check out these fun facts about Virginia’s infamous apple orchards, and discover yet another perk of living in Loudoun’s New Downtown:

1. Virginia’s climate is ideal for growing many types of apples, due the state’s rich soil and consistent rainfall, paired with generally warm days and cool nights.

2. Peak apple picking season in Virginia typically runs from September to early November, as apples require 80 to 175 days from spring bloom to fall harvest to ripen.

3. Virginia is home to over 11 major varieties of apples—each with their own unique characteristics! Virginia apple varieties include: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith, fuji, Ginger Gold, Winesap, Virginia’s York and rome.

4. Thanks to Virginia’s close proximity to a number of major markets, paired with the ideal growing conditions and nearly year-round availability found in the state has made Virginia one of the top apple-producing states in America.

5. Virginia’s delicious apples can be found in 15 states, and over 20 countries around the world!

6. Virginia apple orchards produce an average of 5-6 million bushels of apples each and every year.

7. The apple industry contributes approximately $235 million annually to the Virginia economy.

8. Apples are grown in over 100 commercial orchards in Virginia, covering over 16,000 acres of land.

9. The estimated commercial apple yield per acre in Virginia is approximately 700 bushels.

10. 70% of Virginia’s annual apple harvest are used in delicious applesauce, apple juices, apple butters and apple ciders.

For many Virginia residents, being able to experience the wonders of apple picking means packing up the car and taking a weekend road trip. However, with One Loudoun’s unique urban setting and ideal location in Ashburn, Virginia, our homeowners are able to enjoy the refreshing urban setting of Loudoun’s New Downtown, with the countryside only minutes away!

In addition to apple picking this fall, be sure to take advantage of the weekly Ashburn Farmer’s Market at One Loudoun, which will be held every Saturday this September at Savin Hill Dr. & Codman Dr. (access via Russell Branch Parkway).

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