Month: June 2016

Experience One Loudoun: Hail & Hog

Football and food lovers unite! Hail & Hog Kitchen and Tap, a Washington Redskins themed restaurant and bar, is now open at One Loudoun!

When you think of a “sports” themed restaurant, you may think of a rowdy sports bar, which upon even first glance Hail & Hog proved they are not. The exterior is elegantly designed, with bright gold walls and burgundy signs that both exude class and make clear which team this restaurant supports.

 

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The restaurant provides a fine-dining experience while also tastefully displaying sports memorabilia and artwork focused on Redskins football past and present. Directly inside the doors is a large wrap around bar that boasts a majority of the 20+ big screen TVs in the restaurant’s first level. Behind the bar is a large dining area with big booths and spacious individual tables.

We decided to visit Hail & Hog for the first time on a weekday afternoon for lunch. The restaurant was not overly crowded, but was very lively for the middle of the week. We sat inside because the wind was whipping that day, but you do have the option to sit outside on both levels!

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The menu has many options that are ideal for both a lunch and a dinner, including “First Bites”, Greens, Burgers & Sandwiches, and “Plates”. While browsing the menu, you will notice cleverly named dishes such as “Redskin Potatoes” and the “Hail Caesar Salad”, which gave us a good laugh.

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Since we had never been to Hail & Hog before, we asked our waitress for recommendations, which she was happy to give! Here are the popular favorites (so far):

  • First Bites: Spinach & Artichoke Dip, East Coast Calamari, Chesapeake Bay Pretzels
  • Greens: Cedar Salmon Salad, Tenderloin Steak Salad
  • Sandwiches: Burger 32”, BBQ Pulled Pork, French Beef Sirloin Dip

When it came time to order we chose the Chesapeake Bay Pretzels to start, which proved to be an excellent idea. The dish consisted of soft pretzel sticks topped with Blue Crab, cheese, and spices served with béchamel sauce and a grilled lemon half. Take it from a seasoned crab consumer: this was a very tasty treat!

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For our main dishes, we went with the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese and the Burger ’32.

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Dare we say it, but this may be the best grilled cheese we have ever tasted! The dual layers of fontina and cheddar cheese blended well and were complemented perfectly by thick, crispy pieces of bacon. The sun-dried tomato aioli adds wonderful flavor to the sandwich. The grilled cheese is paired with fries that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, definitely a winning combination in my book!

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This burger was impressive from first glance, towering higher than most, but there is much more to this burger than its remarkable appearance; what really makes the burger shine is the amazing quality of ingredients (see above: thick bacon, perfectly toasted bun, juicy burger patty, etc.). The blend of short rib and ground chuck was cooked flawlessly and topped with cheddar, bacon, and housemade pickles. Needless to say this burger is a dish we will be ordering again!

Although The Roof at Hail & Hog is only open during certain hours (Sun-Thurs: 4pm-12am & Fri-Sat: 4pm-1am), our server recommended we go upstairs and take a look. To say we were not disappointed would be an understatement!

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The “Roof” of Hail & Hog function as a high-end sports bar and is sure to attract large crowds on weekends, especially during football season, but what really grabbed our attention was the large patio! During warm months, the bar opens up to both the inside and outside for a blended indoor/outdoor feel. With great views of The Plaza at One Loudoun, it is sure to be the new hot spot in downtown Loudoun County!

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If you’re wondering about even more nods to the football team that inspired it all, take a walk down the timeline hallway on the second floor of the restaurant — we could definitely get lost in there for a bit. Other Redskin’s memorabilia seen throughout the building include framed contracts, helmets, and even life-sized murals of famed players.

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Major takeaways:

  • The staff are very friendly and willing to go above and beyond
  • The food is amazing and catered to the local scene

Next time you are out for lunch, want to catch the game, or just want an awesome dining experience, stop by Hail & Hog at One Loudoun! For more information about everything here at One Loudoun, visit our website here!

Why LoCo is the Happiest County in the Nation, Again!

“Loudouners” continue to have even more reasons to be proud of where they live, as our very own Loudoun County continues to be recognized for its growth and popularity. For the second year in a row, Loudoun County, VA was ranked the happiest county in the nation!

What do you mean “happiest”?

Every year, SmartAsset uses census data to analyze a mixture of positive and negative factors for counties in the country with a population over 50,000 to find out which ones are the most “happy.” Positive factors consisted of marriage rate, income ratio, life expectancy, and physical activity rate, while negative factors included poverty rate, unemployment rate, divorce rate, and personal bankruptcy rate. After all of these rates are determined for each county in the study, they are weighed and assigned an index where Loudoun County was a 100, therefore placing it at the top of the list!

How Does Loudoun County Compare?

A few factors stick out about Loudoun County when you dive deeper into why we are so happy! Loudoun County’s poverty rate is lower than any county in this particular study, coming in at just 3.8%. In addition to this, the unemployment rate is at 3.2% compared to a national average of 4.9%. Of the almost 1,000 counties included in this study, Loudoun County’s income ratio is the fourth highest at slightly above 2.5, which shows that the median income is over twice the cost of living. All in all, Virginia fared pretty well in this study too, with Fairfax and York both joining Loudoun in the top 25 happiest counties.

So, how can I live in Loudoun County?

Are you interested in living in the happiest county in America? We thought so! As a thriving mixed-use community, One Loudoun, named the Community of the Year at the 2015 Great American Living Awards is where you can live, play, dine, shop, and more, all in one place! Discover the future of living at One Loudoun with brand new homes coming soon from Stanley Martin Homes! These beautiful city style condominiums are NOW SELLING, so visit our website for more information!

Sources: smartasset.com, Washingtonian.com

Stanley Martin Homes – Now Selling at One Loudoun!

Just imagine walking from your beautiful new home to the grocery store, your favorite restaurant, or even to the local elementary school to drop the kids off. We know that all One Loudoun fans have been patiently waiting, and we are happy to announce that there are more new homes coming to One LoudounStanley Martin Homes is NOW SELLING beautiful city-style condominiums in Loudoun’s New Downtown!

About Stanley Martin Homes

Stanley Martin Homes is one of the largest homebuilders in the Mid-Atlantic and have been recognized time and time again for their outstanding quality and design. Now celebrating their 50th year in business, Stanley Martin continues to specialize in new home construction and strives to live up to their tagline “your life is our blueprint”.

About These Homes

With 2 beautifully designed home models to choose from, Stanley Martin is continuing the trend of city-style homes exclusive to One Loudoun. The Westminister and The Grosvenor will both be 2-level condominiums featuring garages, outdoor spaces, an open floorplan, and so much more! New homes from Stanley Martin offer different options and features that create a world of convenience, including “Green Living” features for lower utility bills and personalized interior features from their Design Studio.

Why Live at One Loudoun?

Living in a brand new home at One Loudoun provides an all-encompassing lifestyle where everything is located in one place! Downtown One Loudoun offers the convenience of dining, working, shopping, and more in a single location. There are over 15 restaurants, specialized shops, a gourmet grocer, a cinema, and just about everything you need for day-to-day errands and entertainment! Outdoor amenities include miles of paved pathways, Central Park, The Plaza, a community amphitheater, and more.

In addition to all of the conveniences of downtown, there is a world of amenities just for residents of One Loudoun. The Club at One Loudoun features an outdoor pool facility, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, and houses indoor basketball courts with other meeting rooms for social events. If we haven’t convinced you yet that One Loudoun is right for you and your family, our community is also located just minutes from commuter routes, 3 miles from Washington Dulles Airport, and 25 miles from Washington, DC.

For more information on living in a brand new Stanley Martin home at One Loudoun, visit https://oneloudoun.com/living-at-one-loudoun/

The Wishing Tree at One Loudoun

The Wishing Tree is a short-term childcare center located in downtown One Loudoun where parents can drop off their children, ages 3-12, for up to 3 hours at a time. The Wishing Tree is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, and is perfect for when parents need a few hours to themselves get work done, enjoy a romantic night out, or just have a little “me” time.

At the Wishing Tree, children are treated to a wide variety of fun activities that allow their creativity to run wild while also having the educational component that parents love their kids to be exposed to. Arts and crafts are an essential part of life at the Wishing Tree and they always have an on-going project. Currently, kids are creating a fairy village and the next project will be a mural. They have daily story time with captivating books as well as healthy snack options that are a hit with kids and parents alike.

Every weekday from 10-11 a.m. the Wishing Tree has free Circle Time for members and non-members alike. Children of all ages are welcome and the Circle Time is done in both English and Farsi. Circle Time consists of numerous engaging activities, including stories, songs, crafts, and educational components like learning about the weather and the calendar. Every week Circle Time is focused on a different theme in order to expose kids to a wide variety of topics and make each week a unique experience.

Currently, the Wishing Tree is running a promotion where when you sign up for a membership you get an extra free visit each month for the rest of the year! To learn more about what the Wishing Tree has to offer visit their website at www.wishingtreekids.com.