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June
28

Doggy Daycares Throughout the Shenandoah Valley

Doggy Daycares Shenandoah Valley

Our real estate agents know many Shenandoah Valley homebuyers want lots of space for the family dog!

Your canine companion is always a consideration when you look for a new home. But if you're coming from out of town to tour local homes for sale, the odds are good you'll need somewhere special for your pet to stay.

Luckily, the region is dotted with trusted local pet boarding businesses. Many of them have been in operation for decades, and you can count on the staff to care for your beloved pet as if they were their own.

Local pet boarding options range from an afternoon to several weeks. If you're on a longer trip while you compare many different properties for sale, you might find that you save money with boarding compared to hiring an at-home pet sitter at your current place of residence.

Plus, you can rest easy knowing your pet isn't so far away!

No one pet boarding company is perfect for everyone or every pet. So, our team has explored the local area to find plenty of options for you to choose from.

Let's take a closer look at pet boarding, daycare, and grooming brands across Shenandoah Valley:

  • Creature Comfort Inn – 1937 Millner Road, Strasburg, VA 22657
    Creature Comfort Inn has been offering full pet boarding services on eight lush acres of land since 2006. Not far from Strasburg homes for sale, it is situated on picturesque rolling hills. Highly trained pet care specialists curate enrichment activities for each guest, including Dog TV (and Kitty TV). UV air filtration and radiant floor heating provide exquisite comfort along with the mental well-being from specially recorded pet music.

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  • Home Away from Home – 333 Madrid Road, Waynesboro, VA 22980
    Home Away from Home is focused on giving your canine companion a wonderful experience that will keep them happy. Boarding, doggy daycare, and even holiday services are available. You can add on special treats such as pool time at Janet's to further elevate your dog's experience to the height of luxury. It's a great selection for when you're on a journey to visit Waynesboro homes for sale.

  • DogWoods Pet Lodge – 743 Loop Road, Elkton, VA 22827
    Owner Brenda Jolly welcomes you and your pet to DogWoods Pet Lodge, a local fixture since 2008. Brenda brings 35 years of pet care experience to the job and completed a new 8,300-square foot boarding facility more recently. With heated and air-conditioned runs both indoors and out, it is one of the few facilities in the area that caters partly to small animals and birds. Plus, it's just minutes from Elkton homes for sale.

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  • All About Paws – 1685-B Garbers Church Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    A service of Ashby Animal Clinic, All About Paws has the full selection of long-term boarding, doggy daycare, and grooming services to meet any need. Bathing, nail trimming, and clipping can all be taken care of during your pet's relaxing stay. There is a play yard, indoor and outdoor dog kennels, and an exclusive cat room. All staff members are highly trained, and the clinic is just next door. It's ideal when visiting Harrisonburg homes for sale.

  • Mystic Pet Resort and Spa – 1775 Bixlers Ferry Road, Luray, VA 22835
    Mystic Pet Resort and Spa is especially well-loved for its kitty condos. Dedicated to pampering your pets with a full spa experience, every guest gets detailed and personal attention. Facilities are modern, clean, and spacious, with heating and air conditioning. Full grooming is available, and it's very popular for Virginians on vacation in Shenandoah Valley. It's also only a short journey from some excellent Luray homes for sale.

  • Wellspring Farm – 208 Swope Lane, Fairfield, VA 24435
    For a perfect place to keep your pooch happy on your next trip, Wellspring Farm may be the answer. It's an all-inclusive dog resort that integrates plenty of play and social time into the experience. Elderly dogs and those on medication get special attention from highly qualified staff. There's plenty of outdoor space, complimentary food, and comfortable bedding. Fairfield homes for sale are just a quick drive away, too.

Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn more about Shenandoah Valley real estate today.

June
21

7 Reasons to Move to West Virginia

Move to West Virginia

Do you love the great outdoors and dream of living in a home where you can go for a hike right outside your front door? Are you tired of the grind the comes with living in a community with a high cost of living and searching for a place where your hard-earned money goes much further? West Virginia has so much to offer. Our real estate agents love West Virginia, and we've got 7 reasons that you'll love moving to the Mountain State.

  • Why Remote Workers Love West Virginia
    Are you a lover of the outdoors who moved to a big city for work? West Virginia has become a magnet for remote workers who are interested in trading the daily grind of urban living for an appealing small-town lifestyle. Spend more time outdoors and enjoy some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the country, all while working remotely. There's even an incentive program for remote workers who move to West Virginia, which will allow remote workers who qualify to pocket some extra cash and enjoy some great perks at outdoor attractions around the state.

  • One of the Most Affordable States in the Country to Live...
    Whether you're shopping for Grant County homes for sale or looking in another great nearby community, you can be confident that your cost of living will be very affordable in West Virginia. In fact, the cost of living in West Virginia is almost 10 percent below the national average, which makes it one of the most affordable states in the country. So whether you're working remotely or finding a job closer to your West Virginia home, you can look forward to a cost of living that makes it easier to enjoy everything that you love in life.

  • And Your Home Buying Budget Will Stretch Much Further, Too!
    Have you checked out the latest listings for Hardy County homes for sale? If you've been searching for a state where you can get much more home for your money, then you're sure to find something to love in West Virginia. The housing index is a key element of cost of living, and West Virginia's housing index ranks even better than the state's already affordable overall cost of living. Why settle for a small home in a community with high housing costs when your budget can get you so much more in West Virginia?

  • West Virginia Is an Outdoor Lover's Dream
    There's a reason that West Virginia has inspired so many popular songs, and you can find it waiting right outside your front door. Whether you love climbing mountains, hiking trails, rafting rivers, or finding the most inspiring outdoor photos for social media, it won't take long to fall in love with the outdoor beauty of West Virginia. Enjoy skiing at spectacular mountain resorts in the winter, mountain biking in the warm weather, and strikingly beautiful foliage in the fall.

  • Find Friendly Faces and Tight-Knit Communities in West Virginia
    Whether you're moving from another small town or you're searching for a reprieve from city life, you're sure to receive a warm welcome in West Virginia. The state is famed for the friendly, welcoming nature of its residents and the small-town lifestyle that you can enjoy even in West Virginia's larger communities. It's a great place to build a life and find a long-term home for your own family.

  • West Virginia Is Filled with Historic Sites and Architecture
    If you love learning about history or touring historic architecture, then you're going to love living in West Virginia. Communities like Harper's Ferry are filled with historic architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries, along with historic sites that have been preserved with care to the present day. And the amazing architecture isn't limited to historic homes. Sites like the New River Gorge Bridge rank among the most popular places for visits – and photos – in West Virginia.

  • Live the Country Life with Easy Access to Major Metro Areas
    While the small-town life is amazing, sometimes you will still want to visit the big city. Living in Grant County and many other nearby communities means you will have a fairly short commute to big cities like Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Even closer, you will find great, smaller Virginia cities like Harrisonburg and Staunton.

Are you ready to find your own reasons to fall in love with West Virginia? Our local real estate team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us today.

June
14

Where to Order Your Summer Scoops in Luray

Summer is the best time to enjoy a scoop (or two) of ice cream. Our real estate agents look forward to satisfying their ice cream cravings this summer at these top spots around Luray.

  • Rudy's Roadside - 4768 US-211, Suite B, Luray, VA 22835
    Just the name of Rudy's Roadside lets you know it's a wonderful place to stop for some ice cream on a lazy summer day near Luray homes for sale. Rudy's proudly serves Hershey's Ice Cream, from the Lancaster County creamery still run by the latest generation of the family that assumed ownership in the 1920s. Hand-dipped ice cream treats from Daisy's Dairy Bar are available all year long in a dozen flavors, including Butter Pecan, Salty Caramel Truffle, and Oatmeal Cookie Craving. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. 

  • Flotzie's - 1034B US-211 W., Luray, VA 22835
    Flotzie's eye-catching, retro roadside stand has been serving creamy soft serve treats for nearly 20 years. Enjoy your soft serve as is or mix and match from a dozen toppings such as cheesecake bites, cotton candy fizzies, and gummy bears. Follow Flotzie's on Facebook and earn a free cone by correctly guessing the next flavor of the week. Recent selections include peach, banana, and black cherry. Don't forget to take home a pint or quart of your favorite flavor! Flotzie's is open daily from 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Packs Frozen Custard - 183 E. Lee Hwy/211 E., New Market, VA 22844
    So you think it doesn't get any better than ice cream? Packs Frozen Custard may have a thing or two to say about that. Frozen custard incorporates egg yolks and adds less air for a richer, denser product. Fans swear that Packs Frozen Custard makes the best milkshakes ever, and you may find yourself becoming a convert as well. Kids love Blue Goo and Bubble Gum "flavor blasts," while grown-ups go for the Pack Attacks, with mix-ins like Oreos and Heath Bars. Stop by between noon - 9:30 p.m., seven days a week, as you're touring New Market homes for sale.

  • Gathering Grounds Pâtisserie & Café - 24 E. Main St., Luray, VA 22835
    Do you believe in the philosophy that there's no such thing as "too much" when it comes to dessert? Then run, don't walk, to Gathering Grounds Pâtisserie & Café, where you can get a slice of their homemade pies topped with a scoop of ice cream. The menu features seven flavors of pie, one for each day of the week, such as lemon or chocolate chess, peanut butter, and bourbon. Add the finishing touch to your pie a la mode with a coffee flight, featuring your choice of four varieties. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Tuesday, when closing time is 3 p.m. 

  • JJ's Soft Serve - 173 McCauley Dr., Timberville, VA 22853
    JJ's Soft Serve, just down the street from Timberville homes for sale, is always the right answer with many menu options to choose from. In addition to Hershey's Ice Cream, JJ's offers soft serve in both regular and yogurt varieties. Flurries come with a variety of tempting add-ins, but customers are especially fond of Grape Nuts, with a welcome crunch that adds a contrasting texture to the smooth creaminess. As a proud member of the community, JJ's often holds fundraisers for local schools and other deserving causes. Bring Fido along to enjoy a yummy pup cup. JJ's is open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday.

  • New Town Creamery - 320 Fairfax Pike, Stephens City, VA 22655
    New Town Creamery channels carnival food, another summer tradition, with their funnel cake sundae. Dig into your choice of sundae flavor with soft serve on top of a freshly-made funnel cake. Want a refreshing treat that also quenches your thirst? Order a shaved ice in flavors such as blue raspberry, cotton candy, and root beer. The family-friendly stand, only minutes from Stephens City homes for sale, has an adjacent field where kids and dogs can work up an appetite or work off the sugar. New Town Creamery is open every day from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

Summer is also the perfect time to buy or sell a home around Luray. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started.

June
9

Sign Up for These Upcoming 5Ks in the Shenandoah Valley

Summer 5Ks

Virginia's Shenandoah Valley has spectacular scenery that makes the perfect setting for a 5K or other types of race. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced runner, you'll find several races to choose from.

Start training, and check out these upcoming 5Ks and other races suggested by our real estate agents:

Sunrise Spectacular 5K/10K race

  • Sunrise Spectacular 5K/10K race – July 10, 2021 – 600 Northgate Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980  
    The Sunrise Spectacular 5K/10K, formerly known as the Summer Extravaganza, supports Relay for Life with a portion of its registration fees. It's a challenging run that will take you through some of the town's beautiful neighborhoods and past some Waynesboro homes for sale. After the race, stick around for a celebration with food and drink as well as an awards ceremony.

Luray Triathlon & Duathlon

  • Luray Triathlon & Duathlon – August 21-22, 2021 – Lake Arrowhead, 265 Lake Arrowhead Rd., Luray, VA 22835  
    The Luray Triathlon & Duathlon gives you the chance to swim, bike, and run in this friendly town. The multisport weekend gets underway on August 21 with an International Triathlon consisting of a 1.5K swim, 41K bike ride, and 10K run that takes you near Luray homes for sale. The Sprint Triathlon takes place on August 22 with a 750 swim, 27K bike ride, and 5K run. Its shorter distance makes the leg of the event beginner-friendly, and if you're new to triathlons, you can run it in a 2- or 3-person relay.

Luray Half Marathon & 5K

  • Luray Half Marathon & 5K – September 12, 2021 – Hawksbill Brewing Company, 22 Zerkel St., Luray, VA 22835  
    Run the Luray Half Marathon & 5K either in person or virtually from any location. If you're joining the races in person, the course starts and ends in downtown Luray. It was designed by local runners to be appropriate for beginners as well as more experienced runners. The half marathon course is fully paved the entire way, and you'll make your way up and down some rolling hills along the way before hitting a fast six miles before the finish. You can run the half marathon on your own or on a 2- or 4-person relay team. If you're running the 5K, you'll start and finish at the same location as the half marathon and can choose to run or walk. The course is flat most of the way, with a short section or rolling hills in the final half-mile. An afterparty at Hawksbill Brewing Co. will be held immediately after the finish.

Sgt. Thomas E. Larner Memorial 5K and 10K

  • Sgt. Thomas E. Larner Memorial 5K and 10K – August 21, 2021 – 1 Mill Place, Staunton, VA 24401  
    Choose from a 5K or 10K – or the same races with student participants age 17 and under – in the Sgt. Thomas E. Larner Memorial 5K and 10K. The races are held just around the corner from Staunton homes for sale. Both races start and end in downtown Staunton in front of 1 Mill St. They split at N. Augusta St. and Edgewood Dr. and join again at N. Coalter St. and Statler Blvd. The races serve as a fundraiser in honor of Sgt. Larner, a police officer with the Staunton Police Department who was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic colon cancer. 

Town of Bridgewater Race to the Bottom 5K

  • Town of Bridgewater Race to the Bottom 5K – September 6, 2021 – Sandy Bottom Park, 602 East College St., Bridgewater, VA 22812
    Starting and ending at Sandy Bottom Park, the town's miniature golf course and par-3 course, the Town of Bridgewater Race to the Bottom 5K is designed for all ages and fitness levels. Prizes will be awarded for overall winners and the winners in designated age groups. Located just around the corner from Bridgewater homes for sale, the miniature golf is closed to everyone except race participants and their families from 9:30 a.m.-noon, and you're welcome to play a free game or mini or par 3 golf then or from noon-10 p.m. The par-3 course will be open to everyone throughout the day.

Grand Caverns Signature 5K

  • Grand Caverns Signature 5K – September 24, 2021 – Grand Caverns Park, 5 Grand Cavern Rd., Grottoes, VA 24441  
    The Grand Caverns Signature 5K is run on the grounds of the historic park of the same name, located near Grottoes homes for sale. This is the 10th year that the race has been run. A 1-mile fun run (or walk, if you'd prefer) stays within the park's beautiful trails, and the 5K takes a fast, flat course in and around the park. All proceeds from the race will be used toward buying new playground equipment for the park.

Contact us to learn more about the Shenandoah Valley and how we can help you find your dream home in the area! 

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