9 Summer Activities in Manassas

Manassas, Virginia, which is home to our Arcadia Run apartments, is also home to an abundance of activities and events throughout the year.  This summer has only just begun but there are already so many fun things lined up for the weeks ahead.  Take a look!

1. Visit the Farmer’s Market – One of the greatest perks to the warmer weather is the regular farmer’s market with fresh produce! The Harris Pavilion hosts a Farmer’s Market every Thursday from 7:30am to 1:00pm.  Stop by and pick up fresh fruits and vegetables for the entire week!

2. Catch an Outdoor Concert – With Jiffy Lube Live right around the corner, catching an outdoor summer concert is more convenient than ever.  Take a look at this summer’s line up; with so many different artists, there’s bound to be a performance you’ll love!

3. First Fridays – On the first Friday of every month, participating shops in Historic Downtown Manassas extend their hours and offer themed specials for patrons.  Shopping around downtown Manassas on a relaxing summer evening is a great way to unwind after the week.

4. Explore Culinary Attractions – Manassas has such a broad spectrum of attractions – exquisite dining options being one of them.  This summer, why not stroll around and discover a new favorite restaurant in town?  Take a look at this map to see what dining, and other attractions, are nearby Arcadia Run.

5. Manassas National Battlefield Park – If you live in Manassas but have yet to visit the Manassas Battlefield Park, you are long overdue! This famous historic site is worth visiting – especially on a beautiful summer day.

6. Get Crafty – With sites like Pinterest, it’s easy to feel crafty from time to time.  Take a look at our DIY Projects for the Home Board for a little inspiration!

7. Visit the Waterpark – Right here in Manassas is the SplashDown Waterpark, perfect for those exceptionally hot days.  It wouldn’t be summer vacation without a visit to the waterpark!

8. Bike Manassas  – On the 2nd Saturday of every month, join a bike tour that will take you around Manassas to showcase different historic sites around the city.  The tour runs about 8 miles and is appropriate for everyone over 12.  With the beautiful weather, this is a great excuse to get outside and explore Manassas in a unique way.

9. Fourth of July Fireworks – And finally, celebrate Independence Day with the City of Manassas at the Old Town Manassas Train Depot & Museum Lawn.  With live music, an apple pie baking contest, a watermelon eating contest, carnival attractions, and of course, fireworks, this will be a fun summer event for everyone.  More details can be found here!

All About the Lifestyle at Arcadia Run

Like any traditional community, Arcadia Run has its own personality, its own heartbeat, and its own atmosphere that makes it so different than the other apartment complexes in the area. In fact, it’s this same attitude and zeal that appeals to our renters – rarely do you find an apartment community quite like ours!

So, what type of lifestyle can renters expect to find when they move into their new Arcadia Run apartment?

Residents Are Active

Arcadia Run was created with the energetic professional in mind.  Our residents want to stay active and get out and explore all that this region has to offer.  At Arcadia Run, a new clubhouse with full fitness center is currently in the works and will be available for residents to enjoy. The clubhouse will feature the latest fitness equipment, a swimming pool, lounge area and more.  This, paired with the ultimate playground we know as Northern Virginia, provides endless ways for residents to stay fit.

Residents Are Social

Arcadia Run itself is a very social community.  With yearly events celebrating various holidays and seasons, getting out and mingling with the newest neighbors is second nature to our residents.   Not to mention, Manassas also offers numerous ways for Arcadia Run families to be social beyond our community.  Between the Manassas Museum, the Ben Lomond Manor House, Signal Bay Water Park, and Manassas National Battlefield Park, weekend activities are as fun as they are educational!

Also a great social event, on the first Friday of each month, participating shops and restaurants in Historic Downtown Manassas extend their hours for themed events.  So head downtown, grab a bite to eat, and shop ‘til you drop!

And Lastly, the Residents Here Want to Have Fun!

They don’t want to hang back and watch as life passes them by!  Residents at Arcadia Run are energetic, upbeat, and ready to catch the next performance at Jiffy Lube Live or try the latest restaurant in town.  And when you live in an apartment community like Arcadia Run, living life to the fullest is so easy to do.

When you build a community as great as Arcadia Run, in an equally as great city, the two together are bound to leave lasting impressions.  This unique combination of rich history and modern conveniences helps to set Manassas, as well as Arcadia Run, apart as a wonderful place to call home.  With luxury features including granite countertops, tall ceilings, new carpeting, designer cabinets, updated appliances and more, there’s no doubt you’ll quickly fall in love with the lifestyle at Arcadia Run when you move into your new apartment!

How To Make Your Apartment Pet-friendly

For many pet owners, their furry friends are an integral part of the family, and leaving them behind because they’re moving into a brand new apartment is unthinkable. Luckily for pet owners at Arcadia Run, pets are welcome here!* Whether you’re moving into an apartment with Fido already in tow, or are looking to bring a four-legged companion into your apartment for the first time, there are several steps you can take to ensure your new apartment is pet-friendly. ,

Following these tips will help ensure that your apartment is safe and comfortable for dogs and cats:

· Make sure that common household items that are poisonous to pets are properly stored in a place where your pet cannot gain access to them. If you’re unsure what is and is not harmful to pets, check out the ASPCA’s list of top pet toxins of 2013. One well-known example is antifreeze, the smell and taste of which is particularly appealing for cats and dogs but can be fatal. Make sure all potentially hazardous items are located on a high shelf or in a latched cabinet.

· Check for suffocation hazards. For example, if there are chords for blinds or curtains in your apartment, make sure that they’re kept short or clipped up so that pets can’t choke or chew on them. Also be sure to unplug electrical chords when not in use, and make sure there are no chords in loops so your pet doesn’t get tangled. Also, regularly check spaces that the vacuum cleaner can’t reach, such as under the couch, to make sure that there’s nothing on the floor that your dog or cat could find and try to eat.

· Don’t leave human food out on countertops, and eliminate any “ladder” opportunities for pets to gain access to the countertop from the floor. Take out the trash daily and use a trash can with a tight-fitting lid to prevent curious pets from rummaging around. Pets getting into the trash can not only cause a mess in your apartment, but can result in serious health outcomes for your pet – grapes, raisins, coffee grinds, chocolate and sugar-free food can all have potentially fatal outcomes for dogs.

·  Indoor plants can add a great touch to any room in an apartment, but before buying one, make sure that it’s safe for your pet. For example, if you have a cat, you’ll want to avoid lilies – they can cause kidney failure in felines. Before buying any indoor plants, check out the ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic plants.

· Don’t leave the balcony or patio door open, or windows open without any screens. Having a balcony or patio area can be a great feature for apartment renters – just ask our Arcadia Run residents! – but they can pose danger for unwatched cats and small dogs that could fit through spaces in railings, so make sure you don’t leave the door open.

· Make a separate space for your pet. Carving out a space in your apartment just for your pet will help them feel secure in their new surroundings with a space all their own. If you have a dog, place their dog bed, toys and water source in a comfy corner of your apartment. If you’re going to be away all day, consider a pet fountain to keep the water source fresh.

· Even if your furry friend is housebroken or litter box trained, there’s still a chance of them creating a mess in your apartment from accidents and bringing in muck from outside. Stock up on carpet and floor cleaner for any messiness that may arise.

Ensuring your apartment is pet-friendly will make sure that you and your pets can make the most of your new living space. And Arcadia Run residents who have four-legged roommates can enjoy all the benefits of living in beautiful Manassas with their favorite furry companions!

SOURCE: This Old House, ASPCA

*Please talk to a leasing consultant for information on breed restrictions.