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August
22

National Trail Mix Day: Make This Trail Mix for Your Augusta County Hike

Trail Mix

If you're itching for one last chance to get out there and enjoy the beautiful summer weather, National Trail Mix Day (August 31st) is the perfect excuse to do it. Store-bought trail mixes don't even scratch the surface of what this snack can be, and many are unhealthy to boot. Instead of picking up a bag from the store, why not make your own? 

Today, we'll talk about what makes a good trail mix, tell you how to make one of your own in just a few minutes, and discuss some of the many scenic hiking locations that surround our Augusta County homes for sale where you can put it to the test.

The Macronutrients of Trail Mix

Trail mix takes its name from its original purpose: to serve as fuel for hikers out on the trails. To do this, it must include:

  1. Proteins and fats to shore up your energy reserves and keep you feeling full
  2. Sugars and other carbohydrates for an immediate energy boost

Macronutrients

With both bases covered, you'll have a portable, easy-to-eat mix that can keep you going all day long, even on the most intensive hikes.

Sodium can also help replenish the salt your body loses as you sweat, but make sure you don't go overboard – too much salt may make you even thirstier than all the physical activity you're doing. You don't want to run out of water before your trip is over. 

Assembling a Trail Mix

The best trail mixes are made of four different components:

  • Nuts, such as peanuts, walnuts, cashews, almonds, pine nuts, and pistachios
  • Seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin, flax, chia, or sesame seeds
  • Dried fruit, such as raisins, dried apricots, dried berries, or coconut flakes
  • Sweet treats, such as chocolate chips, M&M candies, yogurt drops, or mini cookies

Dried Fruit

Aim for around 1 ½ cups of nuts, 1 cup each of seeds and fruits, and ½ a cup of treats in each batch of trail mix you make. Either nuts or seeds can be subbed for carbohydrate options like cereal rings or pretzel sticks. Keep at least one of these categories intact, though, or you'll end up without enough fat to see you through. 

Each handful of your finished mix contains chewy, crunchy, sweet, and salty elements for maximum snacking enjoyment. You can even top your mix with salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, or even things like hot sauce and cajun spice to give it a little extra kick. 

Choose components that will hold up well in the weather conditions you'll be experiencing. For example, M&Ms are a better choice than chocolate chunks if you'll be out in hot weather since their candy shell will keep the chocolate contained if it starts to melt. 

Making a Mix that Meets Your Needs

One of the best things about trail mix is that it can be customized to suit everyone's personal preferences and dietary restrictions. For example:

  • People with nut allergies can replace the nuts with more seeds or something like popcorn, crackers, or pretzels.
  • People with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivities can swap problematic ingredients like wheat-based cereals and cookie bits for more of the other components.
  • Vegans can use dairy-free milk chocolate or other vegan candies instead of M&Ms or chocolate chips. 
  • People with diabetes can dry their own fruit and choose dark chocolate or sugar-free peanut chips to reduce the amount of sugar that ends up in their mix.

There is no dietary requirement that a homemade trail mix can't satisfy. Our real estate agents love mixing some up for friends and family who can't usually eat the treats they make!

Where to Take Your Trail Mix 

When you have your trail mix assembled and ready to go, it's time to head out on your hike. But where should you go?

Augusta County is packed with gorgeous mountain trails, including the Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail, St. Mary's Wilderness, and even the famous Shenandoah Mountain trail. These long and winding paths offer incomparable scenery and a hearty challenge for avid hikers. You'll be happy to have your trail mix on hand as you ascend these steep and rocky slopes!

Hiking Trails

If you aren't sure if you're up for such a grueling hike right away, you can explore some of the park trails in the area instead. Paths like the Augusta Springs Wetlands Trail and the Natural Chimneys trails at Mt. Solon are still very beautiful, but they won't force you to push yourself quite as hard. Remember to reserve a few minutes to capture the flowing creeks, the local birds, or the Natural Chimneys' famous limestone towers on camera!

Settle Down in a Hiking Haven

Hikes in Augusta County are a treat any time of the year, with or without a bag of trail mix to keep you company. Contact us today for more details on how to make your home in this stunning area of northwestern Virginia. 

August
15

What to Know When Buying Farmland

Farmland Tips

If you've dreamed of growing your own food or raising livestock, purchasing farmland can help you turn your dream into a reality. Our real estate agents know that purchasing farmland is a little different than purchasing a more conventional piece of property. Here's what you need to keep in mind when buying farmland. 

Plant Types

  • You Should Determine What You're Hoping to Accomplish by Purchasing Farmland
    Before you can start searching for farmland, you should have some idea of what you want to do with the land. Having a plan for your farmland will help you find properties that are suited to your needs. If you just want the ability to own animals that aren't allowed within the city limits (like chickens and a few goats), your land needs are different than those of someone who wants to grow and raise most of their own foods. 
  • There May Be Regulations That Impact Your Ability to Use the Land
    Even though farmland is usually subject to fewer laws and regulations than other types of land, there may still be restrictions that dictate how you can use the land. For example, you may only be allowed to use a certain amount of water. This will affect the types and quantity of any crops that you grow. Zoning laws can also impact your ability to use the farmland. If the land parcel is on a conservation easement, any activities on the land will need to follow the easement's guidelines. 

Soil Type

  • The Soil May Not Fit Your Plans
    Before you decide to purchase one of the Augusta County homes for sale, make sure that you obtain information about the soil's history, including details about what crops have been successfully grown on the land in the past. This will help you decide if it's a good fit for the crops that you want to grow or if it's best to continue searching for a different property. While some soil problems can be fixed, this process is usually expensive and time-consuming. 

Building Types

  • Some Buildings May Not Be Usable
    It's common for a farm to have multiple buildings and structures, including barns, garages, tool sheds, and spaces for storing crops. However, there may be some buildings on the property that aren't usable. If a property has unusable buildings, you need to review the financial implications of restoring the space's functionality. Some buildings may need extensive repairs; you may be better off tearing these structures down. Even if you decide to tear down a building, this project will add multiple expenses to your budget. Should the property have buildings that require extensive repairs or demolition, make sure to factor in these costs when making an offer on the farmland.

 Location

  • The Farmland's Location Can Impact Your Plans for the Land
    Where the farmland is located should be considered when deciding if it's right for your needs. Maybe you envision setting up a booth at the local farmers market to sell your crops, eggs, or other goods. If the local farmers market is a lengthy distance from your farm, this will affect your ability to earn an income from your farmland. Or, if the farmland is so remote that you'll have trouble finding buyers or will spend a lot of time and gas driving to potential buyers, you may want to consider other options that are more centrally located. You should also think about how the land is situated from major roadways and bodies of water. For example, if your farmland is low-lying and near a river, it may be at risk of flooding and destroying your crops or livestock. Farmland that's close to busy roads may experience pollution from vehicle exhaust; it's also more likely to face theft or vandalism. 

Purchasing farmland has unique considerations that you should explore to help you confirm that a property is a good fit for your needs. Ready to start looking for your next property? Contact us today to get started!

August
8

Rockingham County International Restaurants

Rockingham County Restaurants

The dining scene around Rockingham County is known for its international flair, with local restaurants serving up creative cuisine from cultures all around the world. Whether you're in the mood for Korean comfort food, tasty tacos, tempting Thai cuisine, or a classic Italian meal, you won't have to travel far to satisfy your craving. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 7 of the best restaurants serving international cuisine in Rockingham County.

  • Kangnam Style – 1106 Reservoir St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    When you're in the mood for Korean comfort food near Harrisonburg homes for sale, the team at Kangnam Style more than has you covered. Every meal here is created with fresh, local ingredients, using authentic Korean recipes that have been passed down for generations. Their convenient to-go boxes are perfect for lunch during the workday or a quick, flavorful meal while you're exploring the city. The menu here features all of your Korean favorites, with ample options for customization.

  • Magnolia's Tacos & Tequila Bar – 14 E. Water St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    With high-end spins on classic Mexican taco recipes and a selection of tequila that's second-to-none, Magnolia's Tacos & Tequila Bar is a great choice for an evening out with friends in Harrisonburg. The bar serves up every tequila-inspired cocktail that you can imagine, while the dining menu infuses familiar flavors with modern twists. There are also three levels of dining here, including a pet-friendly patio and a rooftop experience that offers panoramic views of the city while you dine.

  • Ciro's Italian Eatery – 101 Downey Knolls Dr., Elkton, VA 22872
    For an affordable, delicious Italian dining experience near Elkton homes for sale, try a visit to Ciro's Italian Eatery. This restaurant brings the flavors of Naples, Italy, to Elkton, with a menu featuring authentic Italian recipes for pasta dishes, pizza, subs, and so much more. Stop by during lunch/dinner on weekdays to enjoy some great daily specials, or visit anytime to enjoy the full menu with dishes inspired by the seasons.

  • El Paso Mexican Grille – 245 S. Stuart Ave., Elkton, VA 22872
    Another local favorite for Mexican cuisine can be found in Elkton at El Paso Mexican Grille, where you can enjoy seasonal menus highlighted by items like chicken tortilla soup. The menu here aims to bring the authentic spices, seasonings, and flavors of Mexico to your dining table and is overseen by expert chef Raul Castillo. There are lunch and drink specials available throughout the week, along with a children's menu that makes this restaurant a popular choice among families.
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  • Mashita – 105 N. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Once a popular food truck in Harrisonburg, Mashita has grown into a full-service restaurant with a free arcade, in-house bar, and outdoor dining on the patio. Chef Mikey Reisenberg was born in Korea before growing up in the Shenandoah Valley and brings a unique blend of cooking influences to create a menu of Korean cuisine that you won't soon forget. Stop by to enjoy a meal at the restaurant, or keep an eye out for the Mashita food truck, which can still be found in spots around Harrisonburg.

  • Tacos El Primo – 1110 Reservoir St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    One of the most popular food trucks near Rockingham County homes for sale is Tacos El Primo, which can often be found at the corner of Reservoir Street and Dutchmill Court in Harrisonburg. They've been serving up some of the best authentic Mexican cuisine in the area since 2006 and gained a loyal following over that time period. The menu is highlighted by tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas, and tostadas, all of which can be customized to your preferences. They'll also turn anything on the menu into a vegetarian meal, so there's truly something for everyone at this food truck.

  • @Thai Restaurant – 1318 Hillside Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    When you're in the mood for authentic Thai cuisine that fuses the flavors of Thailand with influences from America, you're sure to love a visit to @Thai Restaurant. Everything from the items on the menu to the way that food is presented draws heavily on Thai influences, with many of the dishes served here designed for sharing. In addition to all of the great entrees on the menu, be sure to take a look at the delicious Thai drinks, desserts, and chef's specials available every day.

Ready to buy or sell your next home close to all of the amazing restaurants in Rockingham County? Our team is here to help you accomplish your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Rockingham County, VA communities.

August
1

ODR's Affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Old Dominion Realty

As an independent real estate firm, our goal is to provide the best possible service to you and provide comprehensive assistance in achieving your real estate goals. This is true whether you're moving to a Virginia/West Virginia community from across town or across the world. One of the ways that we provide that level of service is through our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a worldwide network of top independent real estate brokerages.

Both our real estate agents and our clients benefit from our affiliation with LeadingRE, whose mantra is "Making the Best Brokerages Better." No matter where you're moving from, our team is here to help you find the home that perfectly suits your needs.

Get to Know Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Founded in 1997 by 50 of the largest real estate brokerages in the United States, LeadingRE has grown into a worldwide network over the last 25 years. It's now comprised of 550 companies in more than 70 countries, with 4,700 offices located across the world and 136,000 sales associates. LeadingRE is a by-invitation-only network focused on raising the bar in real estate, with industry-leading metrics in sales and market coverage.

What this means for clients is that no matter where you're currently located and where you're planning to move, there's a global network of like-minded real estate firms ready to serve you. Long-distance moves are so much easier when you have a worldwide network to lean on, and we're proud to be part of a network that's built to serve you.

Global Network

A Global Network with Local Knowledge

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is made up of industry-leading local and regional real estate firms. As a client, one key benefit of working with a local or regional real estate brand is that you have access to unparalleled local knowledge. In our case, that means helping you find the right home, in the right neighborhood, in Virginia and West Virginia communities.

When you're relocating from far away, there are so many factors to consider, whether you're relocating for work, family, military service, or simply to experience something new. Starting a new life in a new location is so much smoother when you have access to a global network with unmatched local knowledge. Take the guesswork out of a long-distance move, and find a real estate brand you can trust to make your transition a smooth, streamlined experience so you can focus on settling into your new home.

Local Team

Our Affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

You can find our Old Dominion Realty page on the LeadingRE website and our video on Old Dominion Realty and LeadingRE to learn more about our affiliation with the network. If you're moving from out of state or outside the country, we can help you manage the logistics, find the right neighborhood, and find the right home. If you're moving from Virginia/West Virginia to another location, our affiliation with LeadingRE means that we can help you find the right agent in communities across the world.

On the LeadingRE website, you can also access tools like the Global Cost of Living Report, Currency Converter, and Mortgage Calculator to help you make informed decisions. The goal is to provide you with the best possible service, no matter where you're moving from or where you're moving to, through a network with global reach.

Services from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® offers a variety of tools to help facilitate long-distance moves for individuals and organizations.

  • Luxury Portfolio International®
    Luxury Portfolio International® is geared toward luxury clientele, with more than 50,000 of the world's finest properties listed annually. If you're searching for a luxury home, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® can help you find it.

  • RELO Direct, Inc.®
    RELO Direct, Inc.® is a service for corporate clients, providing comprehensive administrative support to help employees move with high satisfaction rates. It also has extensive certifications to help government organizations manage employee moves.

  • Solutions Group
    The Solutions Group program helps us help you. LeadingRE partners with a wide range of service providers that allow members to leverage the best tools, technology, and services in the real estate industry to provide the best possible service to our clients.

Our Team

Let Us Help You Plan Your Next Move

Whether you're shopping for Augusta County homes for sale or homes in another Virginia or West Virginia community, our team is here to help you accomplish your real estate goals. Our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® can help us accommodate your needs, no matter where you're moving from or what is motivating your move. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Augusta County, VA area.

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