Month: September 2016

Experience One Loudoun: Copperwood Tavern

Finally the time is here that we have all been waiting for: Copperwood Tavern is now open at One Loudoun! Copperwood Tavern is a one of a kind farm-to-table restaurant that is well loved among residents of NoVA (the original and only other location is in Shirlington, VA). Within only a few days of the restaurant opening, we knew we had to try it!

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As we walked up to the restaurant, we couldn’t help but admire the exceptionally large patio area! Since it was a dreary day outside, we didn’t want to test Mother Nature, so we opted for a table inside. 

As soon as we walked in, we realized that Copperwood Tavern couldn’t be a better place to have lunch on a rainy day! The interior of CT is very cozy and looks like the inside of a log cabin – the perfect place to warm up and enjoy a great meal this fall. 

The restaurant is complete with flannel-lined booths and log cabin-esque décor, and wouldn’t be a true tavern without a huge stone fireplace and taxidermy deer head mounted above it. With a nod to the restaurant’s name, “copper” is abundant throughout the restaurant, from the pipes on the wall to the water pitchers, and “wood” makes up the walls, tables, and chairs. 

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Immediately after we sat down, we were presented with the cutest little tin bucket of popcorn. Be warned: after the first bite, you will realize that you may not be able to stop eating it. This stuff is seriously addicting and perfectly coated with butter and a special barbecue seasoning.

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As our server promptly greeted us, she made sure to let us know that every item on the menu at CT is organic and farm-to-table. Later, we would find out that this really makes a difference in the taste and quality of the food. If you check out their website at www.copperwoodtavern.com, they even list the local farms where they get all of their fresh produce, seafood, and meat. 

Lunch recommendations from our server:

·      Apps: Fried Brussel Sprouts, Fried Green Tomatoes

·      Soup/Salad: Sweet Yellow Corn Soup, Farmer’s Salad

·      Sandwiches: Grilled Rosemary Chicken, Slow Roasted Pork Belly Sandwich

·      Entrée: Brown Ale Butter Chicken

·      Dessert: Cast Iron S’mores Dip

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What we ordered:

·      Fried green tomatoes – as someone who has never even had green tomatoes, I wondered if I had been living under a rock because these were amazing. Sliced, fried, salted, and served with a lemon-basil aioli, I could have been content with just these for my meal.

·      BALT sandwich – Of course, BALT stands for bacon, avocado, lettuce, and in this case, more fried green tomato, with smoked tomato-chipotle aioli. This sandwich looked so good, we had to pick it up to show all of the layers. And it was very, very good. 

·       Grilled rosemary chicken sandwich – The menu says, “Rosemary marinated chicken topped with smoked Gouda cheese, bib lettuce, maple mustard, bacon and tomato,” but it should say “the most succulent chicken sandwich you’ve ever had.”

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Copperwood Tavern also serves Brunch on the weekends from 9am-4pm, which is one of the longest running brunches we have heard of – perfect for avid brunchers. On more than one occasion, we’ve been told that the duck hash is the way to go for brunch. If you wander into CT for dinner, you will see that their dinner menu has a large selection of entrée options including locally sourced seafood and meat.

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As you can see in the photo above, Copperwood Tavern also has a huge bar area, with a large lineup of bourbons and local draft beers that lend a hand to the cabin-like feel. Additionally, the actual drink menu is a long list of handcrafted cocktails, bourbon, beer, wine, and moonshine; yes, moonshine. We couldn’t decide on a beer, so our server was kind enough to bring samples of a few! Other cool things that you need to know about CT include their Dog of the Month contest and $1 Oyster Hour from 4pm-7pm Monday-Friday.

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Our recommendation: Go to Copperwood Tavern for a great meal, drink, or both! Make your reservations now at http://www.opentable.com

Ashburn, VA and One Loudoun Featured on Times’ List of “Best Places to Live 2016”

Just today, Time Magazine released their annual list of “Best Places to Live” for 2016, where Ashburn, VA made the Top 50 and included a special mention of our very own One Loudoun! According to the article, Time’s rankings are based on 60 factors including taxes, school districts, job opportunities, etc., with economic factors taking priority in the ranking system. 

Ashburn, VA ranked #22 on the Top 50 list for this year, and with good reason! According to Time, the abundant job opportunities at major corporations, in addition to the close proximity of Dulles International, boost Ashburn high on the list.

Time stated, “At the town’s epicenter is One Loudoun, a community that blends offices, shops, restaurants, entertainment, condominiums, and hotels where people gather for outdoor concerts, farmer’s markets, 5K races, and the December tree lighting ceremony.” In this article, they also mention the new home market that continues to grow here at One Loudoun. 

To read more about why Ashburn is one of the best places to live, visit http://time.com/money for the full article and list for 2016!

5th Annual Salute for Service – Loudoun County 5K Race for the Homeless

Here at One Loudoun, community involvement is important to us, which is why we want to spread the word about local events, especially when they benefit a great cause! This November, Epsilon Zeta Boulé Foundation, Inc., Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Stone Bridge High School invite you to participate in the 5th Annual “Salute For Service”, Loudoun County 5K Race for the Homeless.

To honor National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month, net proceeds from the race will be given to homeless shelters and organizations supporting homeless in Loudoun County and other surrounding counties.

The 5th Annual Salute for Service Loudoun County 5K Race for the Homeless will take place on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 and the race will begin at 9am at the Stone Bridge High School Football and Track Stadium.

Walkers and runners are welcome to attend the event, there will be a post-race festival featuring vendors, and awards for the top 3 male and female finishers as well as the top finisher in each age group.

Register for this event and find more information here: https://potomac.enmotive.com/events/register/

6 Ways Living in a Mixed-Use Community Will Change Your Life

One Loudoun is rapidly growing as Loudoun County’s premier mixed-use community and we are now offering even more new home options for you and your family. If you are looking to purchase a new home at One Loudoun, not only will current residents tell you how great it is, but also how living here will change your life! Check out the list below for the 6 ways living in a mixed-use community will change your life.

1.    A healthier lifestyle: As a mixed-use community, One Loudoun offers plenty of opportunities to get outside and be active. Features like community walkability, our very own Central Park, and even The Fitness Equation fitness center promote a healthy lifestyle in a convenient way. 

2.    Space to relax: There are many possibilities when you are looking to find your favorite place for some R&R at One Loudoun, even if it’s in your own home. Pick a favorite corner at the bar at World of Beer, discover that nice shady bench in the park, or make visiting the pool a weekly routine to get some sun. However you choose to unwind, the options are endless!

3.    Community becomes family: At One Loudoun, you are a part of the One Loudoun family! On any given day you will find neighborhood children playing in the fountain on The Plaza together or neighbors enjoying a meal at one of our amazing restaurants. With a full calendar of events at One Loudoun, including exclusive events for residents and events open to the public, there is never a shortage of places to meet your neighbors and make lifelong friends.

4.    More job opportunities: With the current and future expansion of our retail and office spaces, there are constantly new opportunities for our residents to work in their own community! One Loudoun is a mixed-use community meant to have residents live, work, dine, and play in one convenient location.

5.    Accessibility is unparalleled: Access to all of the goods and services you need on a regular basis is just steps away from your home. Imagine walking out the front door and heading straight over to Fresh Market for groceries or Flow Blow Dry and Beauty Bar for a hair styling session – all of that and more is possible here at One Loudoun! Additionally, One Loudoun is close to major roads and Dulles International airport for easy travel access anywhere. 

6.    A sense of security: Everyone knows that safety and security are both main priorities in close-knit neighborhoods such as One Loudoun. The Neighborhood Association at One Loudoun ensures that you have access to all of the necessary resources to live safely, including the Loudoun County Sheriff Station, which will soon be located right here at One Loudoun.

Needless to say all of these factors put together will bring a better quality of life for your and your family! For more information on how you can own a brand new home at One Loudoun, visit https://oneloudoun.com/living-at-one-loudoun/.

Source: https://www.hoppler.com

One Fall of Fun! – Fall Events Happening at One Loudoun

The nights are getting crisper and the days are getting shorter, but the fun continues on here at One Loudoun! There is something for everyone as we make our way into the fall season with so many great events – and you’re invited! Take a look at the events and details below:

One Loudoun Farmer’s Market – Saturdays 8AM-12PM through October 29th

The farmer’s market that you have loved all summer long continues into the fall season through October 29th. Get ready for a switch up in offerings as we bring in more of your seasonal favorites including produce, artisanal products, baked goods, flowers, sweet treats, and more!

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Chick’s Picks Pop-Up Boutique – September 29th – October 2nd

This pop-up boutique show is the perfect place to update your accessories for fall, get a few trendy home pieces, or take care of some early holiday shopping! With over 50 independent designers, importers, and vendors, you will have a wide selection of products to choose from.

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Epicurience Virginia – Saturday, October 15th

The Epicurience Virginia wine and food festival is finally making its way here to The Barn at One Loudoun for their annual event! At this upscale event, guests get the chance to sample exquisite local wines and cuisine from renowned chefs, in addition to meeting master winemakers. Attendees must be 21+.

Ghosts, Goblins & Ghouls 5K Run – Saturday, October 29th

This is your chance to participate in the most frighteningly fun 5k race of the season! This Halloween-themed event will feature a 5k run, sprint fun run, trick-or-treating, a costume contest, entertainment, and more. Be sure to register before October 23rd to receive a long-sleeved race t-shirt!

4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting – Saturday December 3rd

Join us for our largest event of the holiday season – the 4th Annual Tree Lighting event on The Plaza at One Loudoun. At this event, enjoy music, food and drink, family fun, fireworks and a visit from the big guy, Santa Claus!

For more information on any of these events, visit our website or head on over to our Facebook page!

 

Fans Celebrate the Kickoff of Football Season with Redskins Rally at One Loudoun

Photo Credit: Washington Redskins - Redskins.com

Photo Credit: Washington Redskins – Redskins.com

Over the weekend, Redskins fans from all over the D.C. area flocked to One Loudoun to celebrate the start of football season at the Redskins Rally Season Kickoff event! With the opening of Hail + Hog at One Loudoun this past spring, One Loudoun has quickly become the new destination for fans of the beloved NFL team.

Photo Credit: Washington Redskins - Redskins.com

Photo Credit: Washington Redskins – Redskins.com

The Redskins Rally drew up quite a crowd of fans with appearances from Redskins President Bruce Allen, team alumni including Santana Moss and Clinton Portis, and of course some of the fabulous Redskins cheerleaders who put on quite a show! The event came just in time for the Redskins home game opener tonight: the first Monday Night Football game of the NFL season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Check out more event coverage and a full photo gallery on Redskins.com here:

http://www.redskins.com/news/Redskins-Fans-Show-Love-For-Team-At-Redskins-Rally-Season-Kickoff