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Where to Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree

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If you’re looking for an adventure, you’re in the right place. There are plenty of options for cutting your own Christmas tree if you are willing to drive. This list is largely ordered by driving distance from Arlington.



11110 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA

You can cut your own or select a pre-cut tree. They sell Noble, Fraser, Douglas, White Pine, and Norway Spruce trees. Krop’s has already warned that they have limited supply this year and many are large (see below, this was our tree a few year ago from Krop’s Crops). Their shop offers fresh produce and some decorations. They also have plenty of seasoned firewood, wreaths & poinsettas.



15604 Sugarland Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837

Homestead is a wonderful place. They have some animals the kids can pet/feed while you are there. The family that owns/runs/lives at the farm is incredibly kind. Their hours are limited so make sure to check the website before planning your trip.



34350 Williams Gap Road, Round Hill, VA 20141

Snicker’s Gap is actually where I take my family to get our tree. It’s about an hour drive but is a beautiful one. “Our family owned choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm is located near Bluemont, Virginia, situated on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For 37 years we have been growing beautiful hand shaped fir and spruce trees, and making fresh, exquisite wreaths. While searching for your tree, enjoy a view of Loudoun Valley, points beyond and panoramic view of our farm.” Open Daily from Noon until Dark.



12230 Belle Meade Rd, Markham, VA 22643

Straight down 66, Hartland is a straight shot to get to. The views are phenomenal and farm is well run any time of the year. Weekends offer more extras – hot chocolate, kettle corn, cider, etc. They provide all the supplies you need to cut your own tree. Open Daily from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.


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November & December Local Activites

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Looking to get out and see what the area has to offer in November & December? Take a look at this list and see if anything catches your eye, it is just a start to the options the DC Metro area has!


Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to give back? Check out some of the following organizations as they typically allow volunteers of all ages & abilities:


Meadowlark Gardens, Winter Walk of Lights

Open nightly November 10 – January 7, 2018; 5:30 – 9:30 pm

A half-mile walk through the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA. The garden is transformed into a holiday light wonderland. This activity is great for all ages, strollers are welcomed for younger members of the family. Buy tickets in advance online as once you get into December most nights sell out in advance. At the end of the walk there is a light refreshment concession stand available with a fire pit to roast marshmallows.


Bull Run, Festival of Lights

Open nightly November 22 – January 7, 2018; 5:30 – 9:30 pm

Similar to Meadowlark, this 2.5 mile drive through the Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA allows you to stay warm in the comfort of your vehicle. The drive is good in any weather but gets much busier on weekends and close to December 25th. This activity is also great for all ages. Entry fee is paid by the vehicle and vary based on day (check website linked to title above). There is also a Holiday Village & Carnival and the end of the drive. This is open on weekends and later in December. Complete with bonfires, s’mores, holiday merchandise and free activities, the Holiday Village is fun for the whole family. Don’t forget to have your photo taken with Santa!


United States Botanic Garden, Season’s Greenings

Open November 23 (Thanksgiving Day) – January 1, 2018; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The amazing staff at the Botanic Garden annual creates a model train display like no other in the area. From their website: “This year, take a trip across America as our annual holiday show Season's Greenings showcases Roadside Attractions! In our model train show, trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States. Explore classic attractions like Texas' Cadillac Ranch, Colorado's hot-dog-shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota's Corn Palace, New Jersey's Lucy the Elephant, and many more. View thousands of blooms throughout the Conservatory, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. Our collection of D.C. landmarks made from plant materials will return to fill the Garden Court, this year including a new addition--an inspired botanical version of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Join us as we celebrate the holidays and America's natural and cultural treasures.”

This display can get VERY crowded and lines can be long. Weekdays and within the first 2 weeks of it opening are the best bets to getting through without freezing in the line that often wraps around the building.


National Christmas Tree at President’s Park

Open to the public December 1 – January 1, 2018, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

The large National Christmas Tree is lit daily from 4:30 – 10 pm. The walkway surrounding is decorated by 56 trees representing the US States & Territories. Many nights offer live entertainment, as well.


Christmas in Middleburg

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

From their website: “Thousands of visitors make Christmas in Middleburg an Advent family tradition.  A New Jersey visitor fondly recalls “the Christmas feeling you can only get in Middleburg”. Join one of the most fun filled family festivals of the year in Middleburg with activities, special events, and great eats. Breakfast With Santa at the Middleburg Community Charter School from 7:45 AM to 10:30 AM; the famous Middleburg Hunt Review at 11:00 AM; the mile-long Christmas parade at 2:00 PM. Afterwards, experience a Middleburg evening in our bistros, cafes, pubs, and restaurants joining in the Spirits of Middleburg.”


Holiday Events in Annapolis, MD

A quick getaway to see the charm of Annapolis during the holidays is well worth the drive. The Eastport Yacht Club’s Light Parade of Boats, December 9th from 6 – 8 pm, is particularly fun!


Ritz Carlton – Tyson’s Corner, Nutcracker Tea

Saturday & Sundays, December 9 – 17, 10 am & 1 pm

“Delight in a contemporary twist on the beloved holiday classic while you enjoy afternoon tea with festive winter petite sandwiches and pastries. All children will go home with a nutcracker doll and pictures to remember their day.” Great for children who would enjoy the Nutcracker Ballet but may not have the attention span to sit through the whole performance. Reservation required through the Ritz Carlton.


Local Outdoor Skating Rinks

Click below for specific details, as each rink has its own hours, pricing, and special events:


-Breanne Rodino


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Law Rocks: Rock Globally, Give Locally

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Come see Dean Yeonas rock the 9:30 Club at Law Rocks DC!

Next Thursday (September 28, 2017) our very own Dean Yeonas will be taking part in Law Rocks DC at the 9:30 Club. This is a one-of-a-kind charity event. For the 3rd year in a row, a mix of returning and new bands of legal professionals, are ready to battle it out for local DC nonprofits!

Dean's band, Attractive Nuisance, will be playing a 30 minute set to benefit Gifts for the Homeless in DC, an incredible organization that he's proud to support. They will be battling against ten other bands of lawyers who rock.

Any support you can give to this noble cause is greatly appreciate. And hopefully many of you can make it out to enjoy the evening. You can learn more, get tickets, and donate at:

Every bit makes all the difference. Thank you so much for your support.
Here is a clip from one of Dean & his band's recent gigs at the Black Cat in DC



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Buying a New Home: Preparation List

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Ready to buy a new home?  Take a look at this list to get started on the right path:


1.     Meet with a Realtor -

Establish a relationship with a Real Estate professional so that you can familiarize yourself with the purchasing process.  Get your questions answered in advance.  Make sure you feel comfortable with what you can afford AND what you are willing to afford - the more prepared you are, the easier the process will be


2.     Speak to Mortgage Lenders -

Know from the beginning what your budget is, what you are pre-approved for, and what you feel comfortable committing yourself to financially.  If you know this information before you start looking, it will keep your financial decisions businesslike and without emotion.


3.     Determine & Prioritize Your Needs -

Often times finding the right home for you within your budget involves balancing your needs and wants in your next home.  Determine what your needs, wants, and preferences are. If you have some absolute must haves, make sure you see houses that have those, know in advance what you are seeing so that you don't fall in love with a home that is missing one of your must haves.


4.     Educate Yourself with the Current Market -

Use the search & save features of our website to watch the neighborhoods in which you're hoping to buy.  Keep an eye on recently sold properties; develop a knowledge of market value in your search area. So much can be efficiently done online now to prepare yourself for the search process.


5.     Visit the Neighborhoods You Are Considering -

Go in person and get a feel for the neighborhood(s) at various times of the day.  Find where the grocery store is located, look for parks, schools, and community features.  Make the commute to and from work so you know what it would be like to live there.  Do as much research as you can to experience the neighborhood and how it might "feel" to live there.



Let us know how we can help!  We are always happy to meet with you and advise appropriately.  Look around here on the website ( to learn even more.


-Breanne Rodino



New Site with New Features!

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Welcome to our rethought Website & new Blog!  We are excited to expand our capabilities online to bring our clients one central location to meet their needs.  Our vision is for this site to not only aide in the search for a new home and sale of a current property but also to be a resource for our clients and friends to tap into all that the Northern Virginia Area has to offer.
Take a look at the great search capabilities of our map search.  You can even draw your own boundaries to narrow in on specific areas of interest.  When you create an account here, you'll be able to mark properties as your favorite and immediately share that interest with your Realtor.  This should eliminate the need to copy and paste listings from other sites in order to share directly with us.
Check back as we populate this blog.  It will be a way for us to share some of our knowledge about real estate, current topics in the real estate world, as well as information about local events, attractions, and interests!
We are really excited about the new site, let us know what you think and if there is anything we can add to make it even better!
-the Yeonas & Shafran Real Estate Team


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