Friday, July 31, 2015

Brambleton Now: Things To Do in August

Brambleton Now is a recurring blog feature that outlines upcoming things to do around Brambleton Town Center and greater Loudoun County. Stay tuned for community updates, must-see events and local specials!

August is Virginia Craft Beer Month
What better time to stop by Brambleton Town Center’s Lost Rhino Retreat for their hoppy, seasonal selection of craft brews? Our pick: Dawn Patrol, Lost Rhino’s Session IPA, is low in alcohol content with a refreshing citrusy hop flavor perfect for the dog days of summer. Northern Virginia has an abundance of craft breweries to explore, so click here to find more options near you.

August 6 – Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series feat. Gonzo’s Nose
Our summer concert series continues with “party band” Gonzo’s Nose, playing the hits that range from the early ‘80s to today’s hits. Join us on the lawn of the Brambleton Town Center for a free outdoor concert, bring your own beer or wine and have a picnic! RSVP to our Facebook event to get updates!

August 8 – Annual Child Safety Day
From noon to 4p.m. at Brambleton Town Center, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is hosting their Annual Child Safety Day with vehicles on display, free live entertainment (did someone say moonbounce?!), coloring contest and more! RSVP to our Facebook event to get updates!

August 20 – Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series feat. Jacked Up
The final night of our outdoor summer concert series brings Jacked Up to the stage, playing some good ol’ rock n’ roll. Come out for the final free Thursday night concert at Brambleton Town Center and enjoy some fresh air! RSVP to our Facebook event to get updates!

August 21 – Brambleton Idol & Bonus Summer Concert
Just announced! The Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series might be over, but we’ve added one final night of music with classic rock band Covered with Jam PLUS a Brambleton Idol contest with a live karaoke band! All ages can sign up to perform for their chance to be the Brambleton Idol! Click here for our Facebook event page with more details on how to sign up!

August 25 – Get Into National Parks for FREE
Did you know you can get into National Parks for free on August 25? In honor of the NPS’ birthday, get complimentary access to great area parks like Great Falls National Park and Manassas National Battlefield Park! Click here to find your nearest National Park.

Summer Date Nights @ Bella Ballerina
Bella Ballerina is taking the kids for the night so the parents can relax or go out for dinner! With themed activities, dance, crafts and a movie, kids will be entertained all night and begging to go back. Schedule your date night for August 6 or August 27, and click here for more details.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays – $1 Movie Matinees!
August is your last chance to take advantage of $1 movies this summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Get the kids out of the house for some fun family movies. Here’s the schedule for August:

August 4 & 5
Madagascar 3 (PG)
Dolphin Tale 2 (PG)

August 11 & 12
Muppets, Most Wanted (PG)
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day (PG)

August 18 & 19
The Lego Movie (PG)
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (PG)

Sunday – Brambleton Farmers’ Market
Every Sunday in August from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brambleton Town Center, come out for fresh produce, meat and more for your family meals. This month’s featured vendor is Moonfire Orchard out of Purcellville, providing a wide assortment of fresh veggies without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Find out more about Moonfire Orchard here, and for the full list of vendors at the Farmers’ Market, click here.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Humans of Brambleton: Dr. Zach Casagrande

Humans of Brambleton is our blog feature that focuses on one of the many interesting personalities who calls Brambleton home. If you’re interested in being a future Human of Brambleton, email us at

This month we chatted with Dr. Zach Casagrande of NorthernVirginia Orthodontics about what it’s like to be the official orthodontist of the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics, how he gives back to the community, and why you should be having fun at the orthodontist.

Dr. Zach Casagrande is ranked as one of
the DC area's Top Orthodontists!
So, Northern Virginia Orthodontics (NVO) has just been named the “Official Orthodontist” of the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. What exactly does that mean?

We’ve actually treated a bunch of the Caps, but none of the Wizards or Mystics yet, but we will be. [Ted] Leonsis owns the Verizon Center and the three teams and they have 450 employees, not including the players. Basically, we’ll be taking care of those employees, the players and their families. For the organization (Monumental Sports) they get their orthodontic work and we get that great exposure.

It seems like a perfect match, especially for a hockey team. Is this something you pursued or did Monumental Sports make first contact?

They came to me. I’ve been a season ticket holder for about 10 years and they emailed me out of the blue this spring and asked me to do it. I grew up in the D.C. area and I’ve been a Caps fan since I was a kid. I actually treated hall of famer Rod Langway, who played when I was growing up. I met him – this is like 10 years 
ago – at a Caps game, and they had an area for season ticket holders and Rod was missing his front tooth. I started talking to him, “Rod I can help you out, you were one of my idols growing up.” So he was appreciative. I set him up with some ortho work and a friend of mine who’s an oral surgeon. That turned into more players coming in to see us, so we’ve treated a bunch of Caps over the years, and their wives and girlfriends. And it just spun into this!

Does this mean people can expect to see some professional athletes showing up at NVO sometime soon?

Definitely, and we’ve seen some already. Not only in the office patient-wise, but they’re giving us a lot of access, too. So at their most recent Capitals Fanfest, they let us go over with some staff and patients and meet the players — including TJ Oshie — who’s brand new to the team. So it’s cool!

You grew up in Reston, went to undergrad at JMU, dental school at MCV in Richmond, and then stuck around Northern Virginia. What do you like about the area?

It’s a great place to live. We have lived in Loudoun since I completed my residency and started practicing. Brambleton is a great place to raise a family, there are tons of kids, and it’s a growing area still. And people care about their health and their kids’ health and teeth here. I also wanted somewhere that I could live close to the office and become part of the community….and the short commute doesn’t hurt!  With three kids of my own I wanted to be home as much as I could. When I finished my residency in Richmond and came back home to Northern Virginia, Brambleton was really just a road and they were building the movie theater. I think we were the second tenant in the Town Center. Now obviously there’s a ton of stuff going on.  We’re getting ready to expand the office again this fall and this time we’re adding something that I don’t think a medical or dental office has ever done before.  It’s going to make the experience for patients that much better.

And the rest is history. Since then NVO has made a great impact on the community.

My wife and I are really active in the community. We do a ton of philanthropic and charity work, which I’m hugely passionate about. We’ve had three patients with pediatric cancer over the last five years that have succumbed to the disease. So we did a huge fundraiser for pediatric cancer where I bought a Jeep and parked it right in front of the Town Center for two months to raffle it off, which we called “Car For A Cure.” One hundred percent of the collections went to charity. Half went to Team Mathias, the pediatric cancer charity of a dear patient of mine, and half went to research at Children’s National in D.C. We ended up raising $158,000, just locally in the community, which was awesome! 

What drives that passion for you?

Honestly, just helping people. When I see a patient, it’s for two years. And a family with three kids I’ll see for seven or eight years in a row. You get to know these families very well. Mathias Giordano was one of my favorite patients, super polite kid, always talking to everyone in the office, caring, kind, good looking, great smile, very athletic. And watching him go through his fight against cancer, I wanted to do whatever I could for the family and raising awareness.  Orthodontics in general allows my team (NVO) and I the ability to change and better lives every day and also gives our office the means to do things like this for others.  Our goal is to make a difference in as many lives and patients and families as possible.

Get Your Smile On with Dr. Casagrande and his NVO team!
What’s one misconception you think people might have about orthodontics, and how do you set people straight on that misconception (no braces pun intended)?

(Laughs) That’s an easy answer. People think it’s painful or that there are needles or shots involved. Nowadays there’s none of that. It’s not like going to the old school doctor or dentist – it’s a fun environment. Adults and parents also want to know how long it’s going to take and how much it’s going to cost.  We make sure it’s efficient so we’re not wasting your time, plus we offer plenty of options for payment and even have our own discount orthodontic plan for those with no orthodontic coverage.

What made you want to be an orthodontist?

When I realized college and baseball weren’t going to last forever, I started working in my dad’s best friend’s dental office during breaks from school. That’s when I got interested. In your third year of dental school you do all of these rotations to see all of the specialties, and that’s when I knew I wanted to do orthodontics. The main reason: the orthodontists seemed the happiest.

Why do you think that is?

Because we’re not inflicting pain, probably (laughs). People don’t love going to the dentist, even if it’s just for the cleaning. So we wanted to change that at NVO. Every child gets a t-shirt when they start treatment with us. When they come to the office, they each get their own credit card that we swipe for points if they wear their shirt or if they arrive on time or keep their teeth clean. We call them “Big House Bucks” (for Casagrande), and they can go online and it’s like for kids. They can get gift certificates for the mall or Dick’s Sporting Goods, whatever their interest is, and they actually like coming in.

That’s brilliant. What keeps you busy outside of work?

Right now it’s supporting my son as he’s on the road very frequently for college baseball showcases. My family is definitely number one, whether it’s traveling, going to sporting events, concerts, trying new restaurants or just enjoying some quality time with them.  We’re on the move a lot!

How long before you get the Nats in your office?

Oh man, that would be awesome. If they come calling, we’ll do it. Baseball’s the sport I played, it’s my son’s passion. We love all those guys. I’d say, to answer your question, give it a couple of years.  Once they see how well we treat the Caps and the Wizards and Mystics, they’ll be calling!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July Edition

“A Day in Brambleton” Video Contest - Show us what you've got!  

Share your video of your "Day in Brambleton" for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the Town Center store of your choice.  Upload the videos to Brambleton’s Facebook page (use #Brambleton) or email to  Need an idea?  How about a Sizzlin’ Summer Concert, a visit to the Brambleton Farmers’ Market, Float 'n Flicks, or shopping in the Town Center?   Be creative and have fun!  Video submissions are due by July 31.

Bram HOA VP, Tony Buffington, with his sons Evan and Aiden 
in front of the Brambleton Movie Theater.
Send Us Your Fave Photos!

The recently debuted Brambleton Town Center News is a monthly publication which highlights news and events around the Town Center.  Each month we’ll spotlight an upcoming event as well as our Tenant of the Month. There’s even a special section dedicated to Fave Photos, to be filled with YOUR photo submissions! So send us your photos as you’re out and about around the Town Center; submit to  

Each month we’ll randomly select one winner to receive a special Town Center prize.  Copies of the recent newsletter are available in the Brambleton Welcome Center pass-thru and also online here.

Tour the Brambleton Welcome Center Virtually

Now you can take a tour of the Brambleton Welcome Center and Builder Showcase virtually. An official Google photographer recently came out to the Brambleton Welcome Center to photograph the space so that it can be viewed online virtually.  Simply search on Google "Brambleton Welcome Center" and select "See Inside" to take the tour!  

If you would like get your business on Google for freeGoogle My Business connects you directly with customers, whether they're looking for you on Search, Maps or Google+.  Check out more information here.

Loudoun County Summer Guide
Make the most of summer in Loudoun County with our Summer Guide, showcasing the season’s best bets for places to go, ways to keep cool and more!

Sizzlin’ Summer Concert - July 23rd, 7:00 PM 
Join us at the Brambleton Town Center to check out The Monster Band.  If there’s a song out there right now that you love love LOVE, chances are they’ll play it!  Gates open at 6:00 PM. The first 200 kids through the gate get a special prize!  Merone’s Pizza and Hawaii’s Best Shaved Ice will be onsite serving up their delicious treats.  This is a free event; you are welcome to bring a picnic, beer/wine, chairs, and blankets. ID’s will be checked at the gate. Pets and smoking are prohibited.   

The B_Fit Trail Challenge, presented by Fitness Image Results and Families in Training, will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 in Brambleton. Timed waves will compete on approximately 2.5 miles of paved trails including 11 fitness stations with a range of strength and agility challenges along the way.

Registration Now Open! $27/person, which includes a technical shirt and registration fees. Proceeds from this event benefit the pediatric cancer cause.

Participants can opt to compete as a team or individually. When you register, you will select a wave time based on your approximate 1-mile pace. Most people will be able to complete the course in 35 minutes or less. 

Team competition: Your top 4 team members' times will be averaged to determine your team's score. Team members do not need to participate at the same time. Join an existing team or create a new one! All ages 6+ and abilities are welcome! They are capping this event at 120 participants, so secure your wave time before it’s gone!  Click here for more details.

Save the Date:  Brambleton’s Realtor Birthday Bash will be held on Tuesday, September 22, from 12-2 PM at the Lost Rhino Retreat.  We’re still finalizing the details, but please save the date for our 14th birthday celebration. Updates will be posted here!

Red, White & BRAM
The Brambleton Town Center was a BUZZ on Sunday, June 30th for this year's Red, White & BRAM.  Event goers enjoyed live music (All Natural), dunk tanks, backyard games, dodgeball, knockerball, food trucks, beer/wine, and one of the best fireworks' displays in the area! If you missed out on our first ever LIVE Youtube firework event, you can view it here and peruse our event photos here.

Lost Rhino Retreat NOW OPEN
Follow Lost Rhino Retreat's live news on their new Facebook page here and check out their menu here.

Make-Over Contest Winner – Eclips Salon, by Stephanie Dillenseger

As part of their generous sponsorship to Red, White & BRAM, Eclips Day Spa and Salon chose another lucky winner to receive a full make-over at their salon.  The second of their Brambleton Summer Makeover Series was lucky winner, Coco!
Coco entered because she wanted to feel more feminine. Growing up she was a very competitive athlete keeping her hair short, she never felt the need to buy hair tools, accessories or even style her hair. Coco wanted a refreshed look to give her more confidence and that's exactly what she got! 

Kay gave her low lights and highlights to keep her blonde but add some natural dimension. The ladies gave her some tips for curling and styling her hair before Yer applied a minimal amount of makeup, smoothing her complexion and enhancing her amazing features!

Summer Colors in Brambleton
The summer colors in Brambleton are perfect right now.  Here are a few pictures we took recently but we would love to add your summer photos too, just email them to or #brambleton!

All new Brambleton website debuting soon! 

Brambleton Grand Prix
The Brambleton TV Marketing Team was on hand to interview spectators, sponsors and riders at the 2nd Annual Brambleton Grand Prix. Thank you to all who came out to watch, including the kids who participated in the free kids' race! Be sure to check out our Youtube video here or on Brambleton's Verizon FiOS Channel #42 highlighting the event.

Meet the Brambleton Town Center Merchants - Natalie Perkins, Owner

Natalie grew up knowing she would follow in her father’s footsteps and open her own business one day. Her original plan, however, had nothing to do with ballet. “I grew up in a program very much like Bella Ballerina’s where I was taught the basics of tap, jazz and ballet. I also taught dance during high school and college. When coming up with a business plan, I had a moment of realization that this type of business was a better fit for me, and was an industry I had lots of experience in. It was an easy push in the right direction and has been fantastic ever since!” said Natalie.  

She understands what parents are looking for in activities for their kids, having a daughter of her own. “Ultimately, parents need simple, clear and concise options. We build everything we do around the needs and wants of our parents.” 

She opened Bella Ballerina in Brambleton in 2011 and has since expanded to two other locations. Bella Ballerina offers children’s dance lessons, like ballet, tap and jazz, and ladies' fitness classes, birthday and special events. They also offer on-site programs in daycares and preschools. 

BREAKING NEWS: Bella Ballerina is incredibly excited to promote their next venture which will bring the Bella Ballerina program to studios around the country! They are looking for studios to PARTNER with to bring them the same success they have had.  For more information on the program, please visit

  • This month's Spotlight Tenant is the wonderful Insight Eye Optique! Stop by the Brambleton Welcome Center and guess how many eye balls are in the jar for a chance to win $50 off a pair of prescription or non-prescription sunglasses!  You can also help Support Insight Eye Optique’s Dr. Sutaria in Her Ride to Conquer Cancer®! Dr. Meera Sutaria and her husband, Harsh Sutaria, will be participating in the 2015 Baltimore/DC Ride to Conquer Cancer®, a two-day, 150 mile cycling journey through the Capitol Region to raise funds that will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care at Johns Hopkins' Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial and Suburban Hospitals. However, they can’t complete this huge feat without your support. Visit or contact Insight Eye Optique to learn more about the ride and how you can help support their journey! 
  • Have you heard?! Thursday 7/23 thru Sunday 7/26 Fab & Fit, voted one of Posh Seven Magazine's "Best Pop-up Boutiques" for 2015, is coming to Misguided AngelsThey will be taking over Misguided Angels' back room for 4 days, offering their FABULOUS active wear that will take you from your workout to the world! Fab & Fit supports and promotes health, wellness & fitness, motivating you towards a healthy active life with style. They offer comfortable and functional active wear fashions, all made in the USA, that inspire you to be and feel "Fabulous." Exercise your beauty wearing trendy, comfortable, and functional fitness fashions.  More details here.
  • Sport&Health - Come try the new health cafe experience at Sipfit. Now serving coffee, tea, smoothies, and healthy snacks. Show them that you followed them on Instagram @getsipfit and get 20% off your order.  For more information, call 703-774-9500.
  • Broadlands Family Practice Has Exciting News to Share!  They now offer URGENT/ACUTE care walk-in office visits from 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. These visits will be on a first-come, first-served basis only, and no appointment is necessary. Brambleton office only.  For more information, visit their website or call 703-722-2312.
  • Regal Summer Movie Express - Head over to Regal Cinemas on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 AM for $1 movies throughout the summer. 
  • Hot off the Press - The Brambleton Town Center's July newsletter is now available at the Brambleton Welcome Center or you can view online here.
  • Brambleton's Home of the Week is Van Metre's Clover Hill Plan G - $519,990*(site 4185). 100% complete and ready for an IMMEDIATE move-in!  2,755 sq ft, 3 finished levels, 2-car garage, 3 beds/3.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, extended island, S/S appl, oak stairs with runner on all levels, MBR tray ceiling, gas f/p and wet bar rough-in on LL, upgraded flooring throughout, composite deck & more! Contact Brooks: 703.229.3625 for more information.
  • Van Metre Homes' Brixton Collection at Clover Hill has gotten a makeover! Priced from the low $400s, these homes are just steps away from the pool, trails, Hanson Park, schools and the Town Center! Stop in to see Philip to get a scratch-off ticket for a chance to receive up to $10,000 in design studio options when you purchase a new home!
Single Family Homes:

  • Single Family homes are priced from the upper $500s
  • Van Metre's Northstar Collection is now SOLD OUT!
  • Base prices in Van Metre's Edgewood Collection have increased by $10k; now starting at $661,235*
  • Average Base Price of a Brambleton Single-Family Home = $664,477*

Town Homes:

  • Towns and Villas are both priced from the low $400s
  • Van Metre's Clover Hill Brixton model (Plan M) is for sale with a lease-back
  • Average Base Price of a Brambleton Townhome = $472,624*

Brambleton Sales
Project to Date Sales = 4,757 (opened Sept. ‘01)

• SF Homes = 1,991
• Town Homes = 1,967
• Condos = 799

2015 Year to Date Sales = 226
• SF Homes = 66
• Town Homes = 160

*Prices, terms, conditions subject to change

New Home Information Packet:
Model Home Map:

Brambleton's Builder Model Home Video Tours can be viewed on our Youtube Playlist here.
      Need a new home now?  
      View a list of Brambleton's Quick Delivery homes here.

      How Does Investing in Brambleton Compare to Loudoun County?
      Brambleton Investment Comparison:

                                                        Brambleton All of Loudoun

      Average Sold Price                 $583,358         $596,284
      Average Days on Market       38                      45
      List Price/Sale Price               97.8%               98%

      RE/MAX Gateway Brambleton

      42365 Soave Drive, Suite 200 - Brambleton, VA 20148

      Have you hit the trails yet this summer?
      We have added several new bridges around the new Stratford Landing pool!

      Brambleton Community Association News
      July 2015 Newsletter - This is the latest monthly community news from the Brambleton Community Association. Click here to view the July Newsletter and click here to view the New Resident Handbook (iPad friendly). You can also follow their latest news LIVE on Facebook.  If you would like to advertise in their monthly newsletter, please email  View the Media Guide here.  

      Brambleton Kids Triathlon, Early Bird Registration Ends August 1st
      Take advantage of early bird pricing for the triathlon scheduled for Saturday, September 12th, at 8:00 AM. Registration has sold out the last three years, so don’t miss out!  In order for this event to run as smoothly as possible, we could use your help!  If you are able to lend a hand for one or two shifts, please take a moment to register here.  There are also several sponsorship opportunities still available.  Please contact Christine Elansary or visit the website for more information and to register.

      Sponsorship Opportunities - The Brambleton Community Association is always looking for area businesses who would like some exposure and advertising. A great way to do this is through Brambleton event sponsorship.  There are a lot of options available, including customizing packages to make them work best for your business. Download the sponsorship form here.

      Stratford Landing Pool Birds' Eye View


      July 23rd - Sizzlin' Summer Concert, 7-9:30PM
      July 23rd-26th - Fab&Fit at Misguided Angels
      August 6th - Sizzlin' Summer Concert, 7-9:30PM
      August 8th - Annual Child Safety Day, 12-4PM
      August 14th - Float 'n Flicks*, Dusk-11PM
      August 20th - Sizzlin' Summer Concert, 7-9:30PM
      September 6th - Doggone Wild Pool Party*, 3-5PM
      September 12th - Brambleton Kids' Triathlon, 8-10AM
      September 19th - B_Fit Challenge, 7:30AM-10AM
      September 22nd - Realtor Birthday Bash, 12-2PM
      September 24th - Brambleton's 14th Birthday, Cake Contest 2PM

      *Residents Only

      Brambleton's Farmers' Market is at its peak with vendors FULL of fresh goodies!
      Sign up to receive their news here and support your local farmers.

      Annual Child Safety Day at the Brambleton Town Center
      The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is hosting the Annual Child Safety Day at the Brambleton Town Center! There will be vehicles on display, free live entertainment, contests and more. More information can be found here.

      The Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities Mid-Year 2015 Update

      The nation’s top-selling master-planned communities sold homes at a quicker pace in the first half of 2015 than they did in 2014, increasing by approximately 15%, as lot inventories increased and market sentiment improved in various metro areas. For over 20 years, RCLCO has conducted a national survey identifying the top-selling MPCs. We recently surveyed MPCs throughout the country to determine the top-20 selling communities for the first half of 2015. As a group, total sales were up from 2014 levels, with most developments experiencing strong increases in sales volume.  

      Brambleton is proud to be listed in the Top 20 once again!

      Digitizing America: Loudoun Among Counties Leading the Way on Technology

      For more than a decade now, Loudoun County has been a Digital Counties Survey winner, meaning that it is exceedingly advanced in terms of delivering services and improving efficiency through technology.

      Loudoun is ranked among the top ten counties for its population category in the United States. The survey is conducted by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. Loudoun has been a top tier performer since 2004.  The extensive offerings on its website to the use of Laserfiche content management technology for accessing county documents.  Find more information about the survey and the Center for Digital Government at

      StoneSprings Hospital Center Launches new website

      StoneSprings Hospital Center is excited to announce the launch of their new website, The site has a fresh new look, provides user-friendly navigation, and is mobile friendly. Check it out today!

      Silver Line Ashburn Station - Coming 2020 

      Tuesday, July 14, 2015

      Loudoun County Summer Guide

      Make the most of summer in Loudoun County with our Summer Guide, showcasing the season’s best bets for places to go, ways to keep cool and more!

      Here’s what’s happening in Brambleton:

      Events Overload – We have some pretty spectacular ongoing events running all summer long for those who love an excuse to get out of the house. Learn more about the Summer Concert Series, $1 movies screenings and more on our July & August event schedules.

      Cool Pools – Brambleton’s bevy of pools provide a place to cool off with a quick dip. Four community pools offer a cool retreat from the heat:  Brambleton Community Center, Beacon Crest, Brambleton Corner & the new Stratford Landing Splash Pool. There’s also both an indoor and outdoor pool at Brambleton Town Center’s Sport&Health that offers classes and family swims!
      New this Summer: Brambleton's Stratford Landing Splash Pool

      Saved By The Cinema – On days when it’s just too hot and humid to do anything, we like to escape to a cool, dark theater and catch a summer blockbuster. At the time of this post, there’s something for all walks of life playing at Regal Fox Cinemas in Brambleton Town Center: the big, record-breaking “Jurassic World” (it’s good); Pixar’s latest, “Inside Out,” is the family-friendly movie of the summer; and coming this month, the super small “Ant Man” arrives in IMAX. Check out times and tickets here.

      Eat Out(side) There are a handful of places where you can take advantage of cooler evening temps with some fresh air and even fresher food.
      ·         Lost Rhino Retreat – The Retreat has only been open for a little over a month, but they’ve already hosted live music, started a Run Club, and offered half price growler fills. In addition to that, they have an excellent outdoor seating area to try some tasty food and beer.
      ·         Blue Ridge Grill – Right across from the Retreat is BRG, with an equally impressive outdoor area, and a great list of weekly promotions, like Tuesday half price wine nights, daily happy hours (including the weekend) and a perfect spot for a Brambleton Brunch.
            Nick’s Taverna – Enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean with Nick’s authentic family recipes. Kids eat free on Tuesdays and savor dinner with half off on select bottles of wine on Wednesdays.
      ·         Papa Tony’s Trattoria – Papa Tony’s pairs authentic Italian food, outdoor ambiance and serious weeknight specials, such as kid’s hands-on pizza making on Monday nights, martini nights every Wednesday, and pasta nights on Thursday.

      Treat Yourself – Ice cream, frozen yogurt, whatever cold treat you prefer, chances are we have you covered…
      ·         Froots – If you care for something handheld that you can sip through a straw, Froots is your place. A full menu of fruit-loaded smoothies and chocolate-friendly shakes are waiting for you. Our money is on the Aloha Sunrise smoothie, with peaches, strawberries and strawberry-kiwi juice.
      ·         Sweet Frog – Sweet Frog is truly the Choose Your Own Adventure of frozen yogurt shops. Choose everything from froyo flavor, toppings (and there are so many toppings), and amount, and you’ll create your own signature sundae. Great activity for kids!
      ·         Cold Stone Creamery – Once you choose your ingredients (or pick one of Cold Stone’s signature creations) they’ll blend them perfectly on a frozen granite stone before you enjoy your treat. As chocolate lovers, we have to recommend the Chocolate Devotion®!

      Beach Ready Pedi – Whether you’re heading to the beach or flip-flops are your summer footwear of choice, both Illusions Hair Salon & Spa and La Belle Nail Spa will give you the pampering you deserve with the perfect pedicure.

      Bella Ballerina dancers perform an American Celebration
      Family Frolic – Our favorite way to get some exercise when it’s too hot outside is to take a class at Bella Ballerina. Parents can participate in the kiddos’ classes, and they’ve even added new Bella bundle and Bella barre classes for new moms to ease into a fitness routine and ladies who want to train their bodies the way a dancer would!

      Here’s what to see elsewhere in Loudoun County:
      The Lucketts Fair - This one-of-a-kind family friendly event boasts Bluegrass music, hayrides, grape stomps and more, as described on the Visit Loudoun website.

      Fly Fishing Weekends – Salamander Resort in Middleburg is hosting fly-fishing class in August, and the whole family is invited!

      Kiddo Zip Line – Take the kids on a thrill ride with Empower Adventures’ kid-friendly zip line! Empower also has plenty of options for “big kids” like obstacle courses and rappelling adventures.
      Wine Country – When all else fails, Loudoun County has an incredible wine country at its disposal. Taste your way through each unique winery, pick up a few bottles to enjoy at home, and maybe find a few favorite varieties along the way.

      What’s your favorite summer activity in Loudoun County? Let us know in the comments!

      Wednesday, July 1, 2015

      Brambleton Now: Things To Do in July

      Brambleton Now is a recurring blog feature that outlines upcoming things to do around the Brambleton Town Center. Stay tuned for community updates, must-see events, and local specials!

      The Brambleton area has some truly fun events planned in July, no matter your age or interests. Family-friendly events are happening all month long — like $1 movies and the Loudoun County Fair — plus, a few options for fireworks fiends, music lovers, and even foodies.

      Every Sunday in July: Brambleton Farmers’ Market
      Come out to the Town Center every Sunday in July from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for local produce, crafts and locally-sourced foods to take home or enjoy for breakfast or lunch. Check out participating vendors here.

      Every Week in July: Summer Movie Express
      The Regal Fox Cinemas at Brambleton Town Center kicked off the Summer Movie Express in June, giving families the chance to catch $1 movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. this summer. Here’s what’s playing in July:

      July 1
      Earth to Echo (PG)
      The Boxtrolls (PG)
      July 7 & 8
      Paddington (PG)

      Turbo (PG)
      July 14 & 15
      Rio 2 (G)
      How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG)
      July 21 & 22
      Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG)
      Book of Life (PG)
      July 28 & 29
      Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG)
      Penguins of Madagascar (PG)

      July 4: Leesburg’s Independence Day Celebration
      We held our annual Red, White and BRAM festival this past weekend, so consider heading up to Leesburg to check out their annual Independence Day celebration, which includes a parade at 10 a.m., a park celebration with food vendors and live music at 6 p.m., and of course, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Learn more here.

      July 9: Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series featuring The Ten Band
      Come out to the best outdoor concert series in the area and take in some throwback Pearl Jam covers from The Ten Band. Gates open at 6 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m. and you can RSVP (not required!) and find all the details on our Facebook event.

      July 12: Brambleton Grand Prix Bike Race
      The Brambleton Grand Prix returns for its second year, featuring a lightning fast six-corner, one-km track. Come out and support local cyclists zipping around Brambleton Town Center. Find out more, including info about kid’s races, on our Facebook event page.

      July 23: Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series featuring The Monster Band
      Enjoy more great music outside at Brambleton Town Center, this time from The Monster Band, playing both some classic and modern hits that you’ll definitely recognize. RSVP (not required) and learn more details on our Facebook event page.

      July 23 – August 2: Farm to Fork Loudoun
      This sounds like it could be the tastiest, freshest food festival in Loudoun County this summer. According to the site, this event “brings the fresh bounty of Loudoun County farms, restaurants, and vineyards direct to the tables of its great, diverse eating establishments in an 11-day celebration of community and locally sourced food.” Learn more here.

      July 27 – August 1: Annual Loudoun County Fair

      What’s summer in Virginia without a county fair? Head to the Loudoun Fairgrounds and enjoy 4-H animals, crafts, carnival rides, entertainment, a mini demolition derby, children’s activities, a pet show, plenty of vendors and more! Daily passes are $15 for adults, $5 for kids. Learn more here.