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January
25

Explore Historic Downtown Harrisonburg With This Guide

Historic Harrisonburg

If Harrisonburg is the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, then downtown is its soul. The vibrant 40-block area is packed with shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions that embody the city's past and present. Take in the delights of historic downtown Harrisonburg with a visit to these great places recommended by our real estate agents.

  • Harrisonburg Farmers Market - 228 S. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Did you know that farming is the largest private industry in Virginia? Enjoy the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market. This local favorite began more than 50 years ago as a modest stand in the parking lot of the Harrisonburg Police Station. Today the pet-friendly market is housed in the beautiful Turner Pavilion. Order online for convenient pickup. 

  • Ten Thousand Villages - 181 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Harrisonburg tradition meets global flair at Ten Thousand Villages, a delightful fair-trade gift shop in the heart of downtown. You'll find unique artisan-crafted home accessories, gourmet food products, jewelry, and gift items sourced from nearly 40 countries around the world. The non-profit business helps provide vital income for a wide network of artists. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Virginia Quilt Museum - 301 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    The picturesque Virginia Quilt Museum offers a double-sided look at Harrisonburg history. Exhibits such as "HERstory" and "What's in a Word?" examine the rich tradition of quilting arts in Virginia and how they are intertwined with the overall culture. In addition, the museum is located in the Warren Sipe House, an elegant Greek Revival-style building dating back to 1856. Beginning February 16, the museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

    • Explore More Discovery Museum - 150 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      At Explore More Discovery Museum, learning is disguised as fun for a day that's both entertaining and educational. Exhibits such as Friendly City Medical Center, TV Studio, and Art Smart help kids develop creative and practical skills while learning more about the world around them. Take the museum experience home with Discovery Kits To Go. Admission is $7.50 per person and free for members. Visits are by reservation only from 9:30 a.m. - noon and 1:30 p.m. 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.

    • Union Station Restaurant & Bar - 128 W. Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Union Station Restaurant & Bar
      , located in the former Wetsel Seed Building, takes its name from the railroad depot that once stood on its south side. Each booth includes photos and literature that serve as a tribute to a specific building that once stood or still stands in downtown Harrisonburg. Immerse yourself in local history while dining on baked crab dip, brisket sandwiches, and other elevated bar fare. Pick up a carryout order after a day viewing Harrisonburg homes for sale. Union Station is open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    • Hardesty-Higgins House - 212 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Now serving as downtown's visitor center, Hardesty-Higgins House bears the name of two former residents who had significant roles in Harrisonburg history. Henry Higgins, a physician who was active in local businesses and organizations, originally built the house. It was later occupied by Isaac Hardesty, the first mayor of Harrisonburg. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday.
    • Brothers Craft Brewing - 800 N. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
      While Brothers Craft Brewing was founded by three actual siblings, the Shifletts consider the entire community to be their extended family. The brothers renovated a soda bottling plant to realize their dream of bringing top-quality craft beer to the area around Rockingham County homes for sale. Between the year-round flagship offerings, seasonal flavors, and creative one-off styles, there's always something new to try. Orders can be placed for curbside pickup or local delivery. The taproom is open 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. weekdays, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Looking for experienced assistance with Virginia homes for sale? Whether you're buying or selling, we can help you achieve your goal. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn more.

    January
    18

    National Cheese Lovers Day: Where to Find Locally Made Cheese in Augusta County

    Augusta County Cheese ShopsEvery once in a while, a holiday comes along that our real estate agents can really get behind. Case in point: National Cheese Lovers Day is coming right up on January 20th!

    If you happen to be in Virginia looking for Augusta County homes for sale, then you're in luck. Our neck of the woods happens to be home to some amazing local cheese shops, creameries, and farmers markets, and we're thrilled to give a shout-out to some of our favorites in honor of the upcoming holiday!

    • Nu-Beginning Farm Store - 221 N Lewis St, Staunton, VA 24401
      Nestled in the heart of Staunton, the store at Nu-Beginning Farm is your one-stop-shop for all things local, healthy and handmade. Just minutes from these Staunton homes for sale, the store offers everything from homemade grab-and-go meals and handmade crafts to a fine selection of local meats, produce, baked goods, and, of course, cheese. Among their many offerings are a variety of local cheeses from Mountain View Farms and Shenandoah Valley Family Farms. Store hours may vary due to COVID-19, but the Nu-Beginning Farm Store is currently offering online ordering and curbside pickup.

    • The Cheese Shop - 2366 Tinkling Spring Rd, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
      There's always something new and delicious to discover at the Cheese Shop. Nestled in the cozy community of Stuarts Draft—about 20 minutes from Staunton, VA—this local cheese shop has more than earned its place among the best local purveyors of fine cheeses. They've certainly grown since they started out as a front porch farm stand more than 50 years ago! You'll find an amazing selection, including specialties like bacon cheese, aged six-year cheddar, and horseradish cheese. The Cheese Shop also has goodies of all kinds, from local candies, nuts, and dry goods to soups, spices, and teas.

    • Staunton Farmers Market - Byers St, Staunton, VA 24401
      A staple of the Staunton community since 1993, the Staunton Farmers Market is the perfect place to stock up on local goods. Cheese lovers will usually find several tempting options here, including local products from Ballerino Creamery and a variety of local farms. Hours also vary by season, but the winter market is now open every Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm. For everyone's safety, organizers of the farmers market are asking that all shoppers wear face coverings and maintain at least six feet of social distancing at this time. 

      • Ballerino Creamery - Staunton, VA
        Focused on making perfectly crafted fresh and aged cheeses using milk from local dairy farms, Ballerino Creamery is, without a doubt, one of Augusta County's finest cheesemakers. This Staunton creamery makes styles ranging from mozzarella and camembert to ricotta and farmers cheese, and every last one is worth tasting. Ballerino Creamery doesn't currently have their own brick-and-mortar store where you can shop for cheeses. But their products are available at numerous shops and stores locally, including Newtown Baking in Staunton and Greenwood Grocery in Crozet. You'll find them set up at several local farmers' markets as well, including the Staunton Farmers Market. 

      • Harrisonburg Farmers Market - 228 S Liberty St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        There's no end to the unique local products you might find at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market. Local artisan cheeses are always on the menu, along with fresh eggs, honey, jams and jellies, baked goods, arts and crafts, and a wide range of locally grown fruits and vegetables that change with the seasons. The market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm during the winter season (December through March), and every Tuesday and Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm throughout the rest of the year. Harrisonburg Farmers Market is just footsteps away from many Harrisonburg homes for sale

      • The Cheese Place - 3105 John Wayland Hwy, Dayton, VA 22821
        When a store has a name like The Cheese Place, you just know you're going to find something good there. This cozy family-owned shop in Dayton, VA offers dozens of cheeses from some of the best creameries in Virginia and all over the country. You'll never run out of new varieties to try. The Cheese Place is also a great place to shop for spices, dry goods, nuts and baking supplies, local jam and honey, and much more. Plus, they have the best selection of candy around, and they're located just minutes from these Dayton homes for sale

      Contact us today to learn more about all the great opportunities in Augusta County, and ask our team about finding the perfect Virginia homes for sale. We're here to help you and your family find your dream home in Staunton, VA, and the surrounding areas. 

      January
      11

      Home Office Decorating Tips From Our Agents

      Home Office Augusta

      Have you spent 2020 working from home? If you're like many of us, remote working may be your new nine-to-five. Whether you're browsing our Harrisonburg homes for sale or planning on staying put in your current house, you may be considering ways to turn bedrooms or other areas into a functional working space. Here are a few home office decorating tips from our real estate agents.

      Home Office Agents

      Lightening the Workload with Krista Fields

      When designing your home office, you'll need to prioritize functionality. Thankfully, that doesn't mean that you need to sacrifice aesthetic. In fact, there are many homes or areas of your home that are ready-made to act as practical offices. Bedrooms with windows are especially easy to convert into offices, as there's already enough space for a desk and the windows provide ample light. Take it from our agent, Krista Fields:

      "I do like a lot of light as well as having a space on the top of my desk to put paperwork or files that need my attention. I also like to surround myself with décor that I like; I use "outside the box" accessories such as wooden crates for files and old glass jars or wooden boxes from antique stores to use as pen holders. For an added touch of comfort, I always love having pictures and a cozy blanket."

      Along with the natural light, Krista's insistence on creating a comfortable "homey" space within her workspace is a great idea. Her use of antiques and furnishings as nontraditional office equipment bring a fantastic balance to the space. A potted plant would be another excellent addition to a light-filled office.

      However, we do recommend that you invest in a few resources to help control the lighting and temperature of your space. Depending on the time of the year, the natural light may provide varying degrees of light and heat. Blinds or curtains are useful, as are anti-glare shields for your computer screen.

      Home Office Tips

      Polishing Up Your Workspace with Duane Turner

      When you envision your perfect home office, what furnishings do you see? It's natural for many professionals to assume that they need to purchase brand-new office furniture to help them function optimally. Take it from our Duane Turner who had a little help from his wife Catina, you can still accomplish your goals by buying items that are new to you. For example, she's taken an older desk and refurbished it with chalk paint to create a statement piece.

      There are dozens of gently used or antique items that you can give a second life to. Thrift stores and antique shops are perfect places to find unique pieces for your home office. Believe it or not, your home is the best place to "shop" first! You'd be surprised how quickly a fresh coat of paint could turn an under-used desk or side table into a useful addition to your office space.

      Bea Miller Office

      Keep Your Business in the Black (But Your Office in the Red) with Bea Miller

      Let's talk about color! Professionals rarely have a say in the décor and design of their company workspaces — but when it comes to a home office aesthetic, all rules are out the window! Just look at what our agent Bea Miller did to her workspace. Her office is cozy and inviting thanks to rich wooden furniture and a warm red wall color. White trim and doors provide contrast while small décor pieces complement the aesthetic.

      It's your house which means it's your rules, though we do caution all homeowners to put some consideration into their choice of wall paint. Each color has a psychological impact on us, for example, green sparks creativity, and blue produces calmness. Before you throw your favorite color up on the walls, discover how these hues can potentially influence your productivity. Keep in mind that the amount of natural and artificial light in the space will affect the appearance of the color, too. Remember that you can always choose to make the dominant colors neutral and use your favorite colors to complement the space without having too strong of an influence.

      Are you interested in visiting the latest listings of Augusta County homes for sale? Contact us today and let our agents help you find the perfect home office in a new house.

      January
      4

      7 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

      Pet Friendly Tips

      Cold winter weather can be hard on us humans, but it's not easy on our four-legged friends either! Our real estate agents want to make sure your pets stay safe this season, so be sure to take these safety tips into account if you're out there looking at Rockingham County homes for sale!

      1. Keep your house humidified.
        You're probably very familiar with the effects of dry winter air on your own skin. Pets suffer in much the same way, so it's best to run a humidifier for both your sakes! Dry, flaky skin can also be exacerbated by coming in and out of the cold, so dry your pets off quickly any time you come inside (especially their feet). 

        Dog Outside

      2. Stay inside when it's too cold.
        It's easy to assume that just because pets have fur, they're impervious to the cold. That's actually not the case, and while fur does provide some protection—how much depends on the breed—dogs and cats are susceptible to the cold in the same ways we are. They can get hypothermia and frostbite when it's bitterly cold, so it's best to stay inside as much as possible during cold weather, keeping outdoor potty breaks as brief as possible. Plus, keep a towel near the door to wipe off their paws, legs, and belly after being outside in winter. This isn't just to keep them from bringing snow and ice inside. It's to get rid of any chemicals they might have picked up, like antifreeze and de-icers, which can be toxic.

      3. Dial back the grooming.
        Don't shave your pet down to their shortest hair length in winter. A little extra fluff will help them stay warm. If you have a long-haired breed, you can trim it a little shorter (just enough so that their fur doesn't drag on the snow and pick up ice balls). Also, cut back on your pet's bathing schedule. Frequent bathing removes essential oils from the skin, which leaves cats vulnerable to dry, flaky skin. It's best to bathe your pet less often in winter and ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo. 

      4. Watch out for spills.
        While antifreeze is toxic to dogs, it has a sweet taste that may tempt them to lick it up off the ground. Do your best to avoid spills in your own yard and driveway, and don't let your pooch lick the ground in areas where there may be chemicals mixed in with the snow. 

      5. Give them a warm bed.
        Your dog or cat bed doesn't have to be fancy, but a warm blanket and/or a bed appropriate to their size will help them stay warm on chilly nights. It's especially important to give your pet a place to sleep if you have wood or tile floors. While you're at the pet supply store. Consider buying a sweater for your dog, especially if they have short fur. Not all pets take kindly to wearing "clothes," so use your best judgment! That being said, most dogs—especially shorter-haired breeds—can benefit from a doggie jacket or sweater when they go outside. And booties can help protect their paws from harsh salt and chemicals. 

      6. Use pet-safe de-icers.
        Contrary to what some product marketing may suggest, no ice melting product is perfect for dogs. Your pet should never be allowed to eat or lick up rock salt or other de-icer products off the ground. But some products are less harmful than others. De-icers made of magnesium chloride are a bit easier on pets' paws than regular rock salt. 

        Cat Outside

      7. Feed them a little more.
        Pets may burn more energy in winter than they do in the summer, especially if they're spending time outdoors and their bodies are trying to stay warm. It's okay to give them a little more food than you normally would and the occasional extra (healthy) treat. And as always, make sure they have plenty of water! 

      At Old Dominion Realty, we're committed to finding the perfect home for every pet... and their humans too. Contact us today to learn more about how to find pet-friendly Harrisonburg homes for sale!

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