Fall Fun with Miller & Smith

The Fall season is officially upon us! The leaves are changing, Halloween is right around the corner, and the pumpkin spice craze is in full effect. We know that there’s so much to do during this time of year, so to help you out, we created the ultimate Miller and Smith guide to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the Fall activities near our Maryland and Virginia new home communities.

Manassas, VA

Manassas has a ton of fun Fall activities to keep our residents going this season! Whether you’re living at the beautiful Cayden Ridge single family home community or plan to buy your brand new garage townhome at our future Signal Hill Crossing community, you won’t want to miss out on these exciting events:

  • Manassas Holiday Crafts, Desserts & Sweets: Head to the Manassas Museum Lawn on October 26, from 12-5 pm, to enjoy Manassas, Virginia’s first-ever crafts and dessert fair! This exciting event offers a handful of games and activities including pumpkin decorating, moon bounces, and so much more. Don’t forget to dress the kids in their Halloween costumes for the kid costume parade. Who knows, maybe they’ll walk away with the best costume prize!
  • Hastings Marketplace Fall Festival: On Saturday, October 12, from 12-2pm, join in on a day full of games, balloon art, face painting, live music, pumpkin decorating, and more at the Hastings Marketplace Fall Festival! Will your pumpkin be the grand prize winner of the pumpkin decorating contest? There’s only one way to find out!

Ashburn, VA

For residents living at our Brambleton and One Loudoun new home communities, be sure to take a break from decorating your new single family home or townhome to check out all the wonderful Fall activities going on in and around Ashburn, VA:

  • Virginia Wine Festival: Starting October 19, visit One Loudoun for a two-day wine tasting event! Taste over 200+ wines from some of the top Virginia wineries and enjoy delicious cuisine from Ashburn, VA’s popular food trucks. If you taste a wine you absolutely love, why not purchase a bottle (or case) to take home for later?
  • Pumpkin Village Fall Fest: Through November 3, celebrate all things Fall by visiting the Leesburg Animal Farm for the Pumpkin Village Fall Fest! With a hay maze, pony rides, hayrides, bouncy houses, face painting, pumpkin picking, live entertainment, and even a petting zoo, the Pumpkin Village Fall Fest has everything you need to have a fun Fall weekend.
  • Shocktober Haunted House: For those looking for a little more Halloween fun, head over to the Carlheim Manor any weekend from now until November 2 to be spooked in the 5th scariest haunted house in the U.S. Nothing will scare you more than this amazing haunted house, which has been magically transformed into Camp Carlheim, a haunted camp.

Stafford, VA

Our Embrey Mill residents are in store for some exciting events this Fall! Within the new home community, throughout Stafford, VA and in nearby cities like Fredericksburg, VA, it’s clear Embrey Mill knows how to enjoy autumn:

  • Fall Brew Fest: On Saturday, October 12, from 11am to 5pm, indulge in refreshing craft beer from some of Virginia’s award-winning brewers at the Fall Brew Fest! While you sip, enjoy delicious food, some live music, and more. Local wineries and distilleries will also be present offering samples of wine or whiskey.
  • Braehead Farm Festival: From hayrides and pumpkin picking, to a sunflower walk and scavenger hunt, the Braehead Farm Festival is the perfect place to celebrate the Fall season with the friends and family. Visit the farm any day of the week!
  • Stafford County Farmers’ Market: There’s nothing better than visiting the local farmers market during the Fall season! Enjoy seasonal food and drinks from local vendors and pick up a special trinket or two for a loved one.

child getting her face painted

New Market, MD \ Frederick, MD

Fall has arrived for our Aspen North and Tallyn Ridge residents! To keep up, New Market, MD, Frederick, MD and surrounding cities have plenty of events in store to start up the season:

  • Fall Festival: On October 20, from 1-6 pm, the Mount Airy Fair Grounds is hosting a Fall Festival with FREE entry. Play some games, spend time in the bouncy house, listen to the music, have the kids get their face painted, pick some pumpkins, and take in that cool autumn breeze.
  • Trail of Jack-O-Lanterns: Enjoy an evening full of family fun at the third annual Trail of Jack-O-Lanterns event! Walk the trail lit up by Jack-O-Lanterns, check out the animal barn, and sit by the fire pit to roast some s’mores. This event is happening every weekend from October 11 to October 26 at the Green Meadows Farm.
  • Fall Festiv-All at Adventure Park USA: Embrace Fall favorites such as a pumpkin patch, pillow jump, straw maze, barnyard, hayrides, zip-lining, pumpkin bowling, and much more at Adventure Park USA’s Fall themed park.
  • Summer’s Farm: Home to an Apollo 11 themed corn maze, Summers Farm is sure to provide the perfect mix of enjoyment and challenge! Find your way through the corn maze, snack on some food by the campfire, watch the fireworks, and enjoy different attractions and live entertainment each weekend at this farm.

While these are just a few ways to enjoy the season, it’s surely a good start to everything Fall. Sip on your pumpkin spice latte, breathe in the crisp air and enjoy the Fall season before Winter arrives.

Benefits of An Immediate Delivery Home at Cayden Ridge

These days, it’s all about speed and getting things done quickly. Fast food, fast WiFi, you name it. If you’re looking to move into a new home quickly, enter Miller & Smith at Cayden Ridge in Manassas, VA. We have beautiful homes ready for you right now, in a great family active community. Cayden Ridge currently has not 1, not 2, but 3 immediate delivery homes for you to choose from! Check out some of the benefits of purchasing an immediate delivery home at Cayden Ridge.


New Neighborhood


One of the most important parts of finding a new home is the community where you’ll be living. Buying an immediate delivery home at Cayden Ridge eliminates the guesswork involved with building a new home from the ground up. You’ll know where your home is located, who your neighbors are, and you’ll be able to see exactly what it looks like before you buy! In addition, you’ll be able to take advantage of all the amenities Cayden Ridge has to offer right away. We’re located directly adjacent to Signal Hill Park, which includes athletic fields, picnic areas, playgrounds and even the Signal Bay Waterpark.




Tired of searching for the perfect location for your new home? An immediate delivery home at Cayden Ridge takes the stress out of finding a new home that is convenient to work, in a great school district, and close to popular shopping and dining options. Your work commute is made easier with quick, convenient access to Route 28, Prince William Parkway and a VRE station located less than a mile from Cayden Ridge. If you want to pick up some delicious food on your way home, you’re just minutes from several shopping centers with favorites such as Chipotle and Chick Fil A, and Harris Teeter is also right down the road for all of your grocery shopping needs.


Home Options


Buying an immediate delivery home at Cayden Ridge doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on the features you want. Miller & Smith is excited to offer 3 different homes available for immediate delivery at Cayden Ridge: one Hedgebrook home model and two Windchase homes. Each home has been designed with you and your family in mind, featuring open floor plans that allow you to get dinner ready while keeping an eye on the kids and their homework. Check out some of our favorite features of each immediate delivery home at Cayden Ridge:


  • The Hedgebrook on Homesite 58: With over 3,100 square feet of space, this Hedgebrook is perfect for your growing family. Move into this home and enjoy stunning kitchen features, a gas fireplace, a rear extension and more. 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 2-car garage, 3,170 sq. ft.
  • The Windchase on Homesite 57: Featuring 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a 2-car garage, and over 3,500 square feet, this home is sure to please any family looking for a spacious yet stylish abode.
  • The Windchase on Homesite 59: This home features a warm and inviting foyer with hardwood flooring leading into the kitchen and seamlessly transitioning into the bright morning room. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2-car garage, 3,504 sq. ft.


Now that you’ve heard about our immediate delivery home options at Cayden Ridge, it’s time to make your move! Learn more about Miller & Smith homes at Cayden Ridge online.

Create a Distraction-Free Study Space for Back to School!

As much as we don’t want to believe it, back to school time is almost here! You’re prepping for back to school shopping, end of summer parties, and trying to get rid of first day jitters, but is your home ready for back to school? As the little ones learn and grow at school, it is also important for them to have a space in your Miller & Smith home where they can effectively continue their education. Below are a few things you need to create a successful, distraction-free study space right at home:


A comfortable chair: You don’t want the kids to be fussing and fidgeting to get comfortable while trying to focus on schoolwork. Make sure to get comfortable chairs or stools for the area where they will be doing schoolwork so they can concentrate easily, but don’t make them so comfortable that they’ll fall asleep!

Good light sources: Dark rooms are not conducive to brain stimulation as they can cause anyone to feel tired. Pick a room with plenty of natural light for during the day and add some bright lamps for those late night cram sessions!

Plenty of surface space: Opposed to the small desks that children are used to in school, it is crucial to have lots of surface space to study. Lots of space allows materials like books, papers, notecards, writing utensils, and snacks to be spread out. This will allow the kids to study without feeling cramped or unorganized.

The Rec Room in the Calahan at Aspen North

Backup supplies: Stock a cabinet or drawer with backup study supplies nearby the study space so there is no excuse for not getting homework done! Keep some classic organizational tools handy, like paperclips, notecards, highlighters, sticky notes, and anything else your kids need to be successful while studying.


No unnecessary electronics: While the kids may need to use a calculator or computer for their schoolwork, try to keep other things like TVs and cell phones out of reach. This will help them focus on the task at hand and they will have something to look forward to when they are done.

Lower level in the Paramount at Tallyn Ridge

Simple design: While it is nice to have a study space that looks fun and playful, make sure to keep it simple enough that it won’t be distracting. We love using bright colors in study spaces with minimal decor. The combination of the two creates an enjoyable atmosphere while maintaining an aesthetic that is easy on the eyes.


A space with purpose: This may be one of the most important tips for creating an effective space where your children can get their schoolwork done. A study space should be separate from spaces where other activities, such as playing games, occur on a regular basis. If you have desks set up in a multipurpose or recreation room, make sure to distance them from a game table or entertainment center to minimize distractions.

Now that you’re one step closer to the kids going back to school, check out our list of tips to get your home ready for the occasion too!

Discover The Perfect Place at Cayden Ridge [Infographic]

Discover the Perfect Place for a new Miller & Smith home at Cayden Ridge in Manassas, VA! This new park side community is the perfect location for families seeking a convenient and active lifestyle close to everything you need including amenities, open space, and more!