Area Information

Avery Hess, REALTORS© Home

Subscribe and receive email notifications of new blog posts.

rss logo RSS Feed
Area Events | 14 Posts
Area Information | 17 Posts
For Buyers | 4 Posts
For Sellers | 7 Posts
Home Improvement | 21 Posts
Uncategorized | 1 Posts

Looking for that new book you won't be able to put down? Check out these DC area bookstores to celebrate National Poetry Month.

There's a special feeling that comes with walking into a locally owned bookstore, browsing the stacks, and picking out something new for your collection. Every April is National Poetry Month, marking the perfect occasion celebrate with a poetry reading or shopping trip at one of the many great, locally-owned DC bookstores found all around the city. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 of the best local bookstores to celebrate Poetry Month this year.

Click Here to


Start your morning off on a high note with tasty waffles from DC diners and restaurants.

What could be better than a fresh, fluffy waffle, served hot with all of your favorite toppings? That's the motivation behind International Waffle Day, which is celebrated every year on March 25 in many countries worldwide. But with so many great breakfast spots around D.C., you won't have to travel the world to satisfy your craving on International Waffle Day. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 6 of the best D.C. restaurants where you can celebrate International Waffle Day this year.

Click Here to


Finding a thoughtful sweet treat this Valentine's Day is easy with these stellar DC area chocolate and candy shops.

Valentine's Day is around the corner, and now is the time to start planning the perfect gift. Why settle for the standard box of chocolates from the grocery store when there are so many boutique chocolate shops near DC homes for sale where you can find a truly distinctive, delicious gift? Our real estate agents have the decadent details on 7 of the best DC chocolate stores where you can find the ideal gift just in time for Valentine's Day this year.

Click Here to


If chilly weather gets you down this winter, these DC American restaurants have just the right comfort food to lift your spirits.

Want to warm up on a cool winter day in DC? Digging into the menu at one of the city's many excellent American comfort food restaurants is the perfect place to start. Enjoy classic American comfort food in upscale, elegant restaurants, with menus that elevate comfort food to an art form. Our real estate agents have the delectable details on six great spots for American cuisine in DC this winter.

Click Here to


A calming cup a tea may be the perfect thing to soothe your day. Here are great DC area tea shops.

Whether you're relaxing in your backyard garden or diving into a sultry new romance novel, there's nothing like a cup of tea to get you in the mood. Since the beginning of the Shang Dynasty in China, tea has been celebrated for centuries for its many health benefits and wonderful aromatic flavors.

If you're in the market for D.C. homes for sale, you're in the right area to experience a variety of wonderful teas. There are numerous tea houses scattered around the city that brew organic, exotic, and herbal-infused teas from around the world. For all of you tea lovers, our real estate agents would love to share some of our favorite places to find the perfect cup of tea.

Click Here to


Arlington is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here are the local places you must stop by.

Craving a sweet treat? Nothing beats the initial smell of freshly baked pastries, which is why our real estate agents love walking into our local bakeries.

Bakeries serve an important role in every community. They bring people together by serving as both a community gathering spot and also supply baked goods that help us celebrate some of the best moments in life. Arlington has no shortage of wonderful bakeries, so it's difficult to pick a favorite. If you're in the area, check out this list of our top choices.

  • Heidelberg Bakery - 2150 N Culpeper St, Arlington, VA 22207
    Delicious cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and other pasties for any occasion can all be found at Heidelberg Bakery. This Arlington destination has been serving the capital area since 1975, and has also gained a reputation for making the most beautiful, delicious wedding cakes in the area. Need some sweet treats for a graduation party? Heidelberg Bakery also offers an endless variety of assorted party trays. The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Bakeshop - 2150 N Culpeper St, Arlington, VA 22207
    The first thing you'll notice when walking into this amazing bakery is their extensive menu of cakes, cupcakes, pies, macaroons and their dozens of flavor varieties. They also make over 20 different types of bread. Bakeshop opened in 2010, and since then, has been making some of the most color, creative baked goods in the Arlington area.  The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Pastries By Randolph - 4500 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA 22207
    For a wide assortment of breads, pies, and pastries that are both elegantly decorated and delicious, we recommend trying Pastries By Randolph. They also have a reputation for making some of the most beautiful cakes in the area. Whether you're celebrating a wedding, birthday, or holiday, Pastries By Randolph can provide treats for any occasion. The store is open Monday through Saturday.

  • Livin The Pie Life - 2166 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207
    If you love pie, you'll love Livin The Pie Life. This unique scratch bakery offers over a dozen varieties of pie. From sweet to savory, this shop offers traditional fruit pies, vegetable pies, and meat pies, so you're sure to find something you love on their extensive menu. All pies are made fresh each morning. Stop in or order your pies online. Livin The Pie Life is open Wednesday through Sunday. On your way home, be sure to check out some of these beautiful Arlington homes for sale.

  • Bayou Bakery - 1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201
    Bayou Bakery is a bakery, coffee spot, eatery, and most of all, an enjoyable gathering spot. Whether you're celebrating an event or simply looking to catch up with friends, Bayou bakery is a counter-service destination that serves up a little bit of everything. In addition to some traditional baked goods, they also offer a number of Louisiana-inspired menu items including Buttermilk Biscuits and Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo. They also serve up some delicious coffee. Bayou Bakery is open 7 days a week.

If you have a sweet tooth, The Arlington area has no shortage of delicious bakeries. For more recommendations on local businesses, contact us today.


You can breath new life into vintage pieces without breaking the bank by visiting these DC stores.

You know the great thing about vintage? It never goes out of style. Washington, D.C. happens to be an outstanding place to shop for vintage goods. Whether you're looking for vintage clothes to fill out your wardrobe or antique furniture for your new house in D.C., be sure to check out our real estate agents' favorite vintage shops in Washington!

Click Here to


It's hard to imagine a better place to celebrate National Beer Day than Silver Spring. Here are the breweries to visit.

After a long day of exploring Silver Spring homes for sale, there's nothing quite like kicking back and relaxing with a cold, frosty beer. Whether you prefer a stout, an IPA, or a Belgian sour, you're in luck — "Beer Day" is right around the corner!

That's right, there's an entire day dedicated to celebrating the history and contributions this delicious drink has made to the world. Luckily, there are several great craft breweries nearby where you can celebrate in style. Here are a few we recommend.

Click Here to


If there's one place you shouldn't cut corners, it's with your breakfast. These excellent DC breakfast spots have you covered.

There's nothing quite as satisfying as starting off your weekend by going out for a delicious breakfast or brunch. If you've been looking at D.C. homes for sale, you'll be glad to know there's no shortage of great area restaurants serving up breakfast classics and a few signature dishes that belong on your "must try" list. 

We asked our real estate agents to name their favorite breakfast spots and were surprised to hear the same names coming up again and again. Here are five that topped our list. 

Click Here to


DC Candy Shops

Does your special someone love sweet treats? Skip the grocery store candy and give them the surprise they deserve this Valentine's Day! There are many incredible candy shops in the DC area where you can get a handmade goodie that won't soon be forgotten. 

Our real estate agents often purchase handmade candy to give as gifts. To help you look like a hero this Valentine's Day, they've created a list of their favorite local confectioneries. 

Click Here to

Login to My Homefinder

Login to My Homefinder