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September
14

Leaf Peeping in the Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley Leaf Peeping

Explore These Spots for the Best Leaf Peeping in the Valley

It's hard to believe that autumn is just around the corner!  It's almost time for pumpkin spice, Halloween costumes, and, of course, leaf peeping in the Shenandoah Valley. When people come to the area in autumn looking for homes for sale in West Virginia or in our Virginia real estate marketplace, they're always taken aback by its stunning natural beauty. 

This is one of the reasons why our real estate agents love showing homes when the leaves start to turn. Shenandoah Valley is one of the best places in the county to take in the fall foliage. If you haven't been leaf-peeping in Shenandoah Valley before, this is the year to do it! Here are a few adventures to plan along the way.

Explore Skyline Drive

One of the most popular attractions for Shenandoah Valley visitors, Skyline Drive is a 105-mile trail where you can see some of the area's most beautiful scenery without ever leaving the car. There are also numerous overlooks and pull-offs where you can stop to enjoy the view and take some photos. 

Hike Old Rag

If you're a skilled hiker, you may want to try your hand at hiking Old Rag Mountain. Along the way, you'll enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views. Once you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with a view with over 200,000 acres of parkland.

This is a challenging hike that includes a 1.5-mile stretch that requires rock scrambling. Before you attempt this strenuous hike, make sure you have the physical ability to conquer it.  Also, don't forget to bring plenty of water and some snacks as this adventure will take you at least several hours. 

Visit Doyles River Overlook

Doyles River Overlook is known as one of the most beautiful overlooks on Skyline Drive. It's located just south of Loft Mountain. If you decide to drive there, you'll find it to the south of mile marker 80. You can also get there on foot by hiking the Appalachian Trail which runs north and south through the park. 

Hike Hawksbill

If you want to go for a hike, but don't want to spend all day on grueling trails, try exploring the trail that runs from Upper Hawksbill to Hawksbill Summit. This hike spans about 2.1 miles and is considered fairly easy. When you reach the top, you'll enjoy stunning views of the fall foliage. If you want to take a break during your hike, you can also relax at the day-use picnic shelter.

South River Overlook 

If you're traveling from the north, just before mile marker 63 you'll find the South River Overlook. Here you'll find beautiful views, a trail that will take you to the South River Falls, and access to the Appalachian Trails. The versatility makes this a spot that is sure to please everyone in your group. 

Tips for Planning Your Trip

Now that you know exactly where to go and what to do, you're well on your way to enjoying an unforgettable trip. It's important to note that the best time for leaf-peeping varies from year to year. Taking a look at Shenandoah Valley Park's webcams can help you decide on the best time to plan your trip. 

You'll also want to make sure you pick up a paper map or download one here since cell phone service in the parks is spotty as best. Lastly, if you plan to camp during your adventures, make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time. They tend to fill up quickly, especially during peak leaf-peeping season. 

Are you dreaming of a beautiful home in the Virginia or West Virginia area? Our real estate agents will help you turn those dreams into a reality! Contact us today to get started.

September
8

Checklist for Moving Into Your New Home

Moving Day Tips
Moving into your new home is the exciting culmination of months of shopping, negotiating, and planning. While the process may feel a bit overwhelming – especially on those first few nights – you can make the transition much more comfortable by planning all the key details of your move. Our real estate agents are here to help you get started, with our essential checklist for moving into a new house.

Packing, Planning, and Gathering Supplies

  • Once you've finished shopping for Virginia homes for sale and know your move-in date, don't waste any time starting to pack. Start with non-essential items that you can do without until you move, and pack the essentials as the big day gets closer. Label boxes clearly, so you'll know what to unpack first.
  • If you'll be using a moving company, start scouting out companies and getting estimates as early as you can.
  • The more you pack, the more moving supplies that you'll need. Make sure that you stock up on boxes, moving tape, packaging, labels, markers, and anything else that you'll need to keep your items secure.
  • Has packing got you down? Lighten your load by selling, donating, or tossing items that you won't need to bring with you. Less clutter also means you'll have more open storage and decorating space in your new home.
  • If you're moving with kids, involving them in the packing process and keeping their favorite toys unpacked until you have to move will make the transition easier for them.

Making a Smooth Transition to Your New Home

  • Before you move, make sure that you transfer all of your utilities and give anyone who needs to know a heads up on your upcoming change of address.
  • Pack cleaning supplies so that you can clean and disinfect surfaces in your new home when you arrive.
  • Scout out your new neighborhood to find all of the essential services you'll need after you move, like grocery stores, banks, hardware stores, and dining spots.
  • Measure the rooms in your new home, and plan on where you will be placing your furniture. You can always change things later, but having a plan will make it easier to unpack.

Keeping Every Family Member Comfortable on the First Few Nights

  • Make the first few nights more comfortable in your new West Virginia real estate by packing a suitcase as if you were traveling on a short vacation. Packing the essentials in this way means that you won't have to go digging through boxes to find key items when you first move.
  • Contact a local locksmith, and have all of the locks changed on your new home. If you plan on having a security system, arrange to have it installed soon after moving.
  • Locate the circuit breaker, gas shut-off valve, and the water shut-off valves around the home. It's easier to find them right away, rather than waiting until you need them.
  • Get to know your neighbors, and start building relationships. Having good relationships with neighbors can make life much easier in a new neighborhood, and they will surely have recommendations on services in the area.
  • Don't forget to enjoy your new home and neighborhood! You picked this location for a reason, and living in a new neighborhood means you'll have all sorts of new attractions to explore.

Are you looking forward to planning your next move, but still searching for the perfect home? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Eastern West Virginia and the Central Shenandoah Valley.

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