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November
8

Take a Scenic Tour Near Luray

Luray Scenic Drives

What makes Luray homes for sale so special? Part of their appeal is how close they are to a wide range of spectacular outdoor scenery and attractions. When they're in the mood for a leisurely day of sightseeing, our real estate agents hit the road and head on out to these scenic spots. 

  • Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway - Route 39, Lexington, VA 24450
    While its official name is Route 39, this road is better known as the Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway. Beginning just minutes from Lexington homes for sale, the route parallels the Maury River, one of the top whitewater rafting locations in the state, which makes for stunning views from one of the many overlooks along the way. The real showstopper is Goshen Pass, a 3.7-mile gorge carved out by the Maury. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy as you take in the scenery at Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve.

  • Crossroads - Route 11, Lexington, VA 24450 
    Today's vehicles are a far cry from the covered wagons that first traveled the Crossroads in the 1700s. This highway that runs from Staunton to Salem is part of the legendary Wilderness Road. European immigrants who disembarked in Philadelphia forged their way south along this route, eventually turning Roanoke into a major hub. Don't miss the Natural Bridge, the most well-known attraction along this route. The 200-foot tall, 90-foot wide limestone arch still ranks as one of the country's most impressive natural landmarks. Be sure to spend some time exploring Lexington's charming Main Street, which includes the Stonewall Jackson House.

  • Skyline Drive - 3655 US Hwy. 211 E., Luray, VA 22835
    Shenandoah National Park, Virginia's crown jewel, is frequently found on lists of the country's top parks. Skyline Drive bisects the park from north to south, offering convenient access to Shenandoah's numerous scenic views, hiking trails, and attractions. The 105-mile-long highway is studded with nearly 70 overlooks, but take time to venture further into the park for a truly fascinating experience. Keep your eyes peeled for appearances from deer, bears, coyotes, foxes, birds, and other wildlife that inhabit Shenandoah. Finish with a relaxing stop in Waynesboro, home to three of the breweries on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway - Afton, VA 22920
    Where Skyline Drive ends, right down the road from Afton homes for sale, the Blue Ridge Parkway picks up. Spanning 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park through the forests of North Carolina to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the route is often referred to as, "America's Favorite Drive." The Virginia portions of the Parkway, from Afton to Fancy Gap, encompass the Ridge and Plateau regions. You could spend an entire day exploring the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Other attractions include Humpback Rock and Peaks of Otter, which features Johnson Farm, a working farm restored to its 1930s appearance, with costumed interpreters conducting discussions and programs.
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  • Route 501 - Lynchburg, VA 24501
    If you want to explore further into Virginia, use the Blue Ridge Parkway as a jumping-off point. One such route comes at mile marker 63.7, where you can turn off onto Route 501. Spend a delightful 30 minutes viewing the pleasant countryside until you end up in Lynchburg, one of the many cities in Virginia that's rich in history and culture. There's fun for the whole family at Amazement Square, an interactive learning museum near Lynchburg homes for sale. Don't miss the CityArts Mosaic mural, right across the street, that took seven years to complete. Too nice to be indoors? Rent some bikes and check out downtown's Riverfront Park or stop by the Lynchburg Community Market to pick up fresh fruit, vegetables, and baked goods. 

  • Luray Caverns - 101 Cave Hill Rd., Luray, VA 22835
    By itself, Luray Caverns, dubbed, "Geology's Hall of Fame," is well worth the trip. The Caverns form an incredible underground world of 10-stories-high cathedral-sized rooms with impressive stone formations. But this popular attraction also includes Shenandoah Heritage Village, a seven-acre recreation of a 19th-century farming community with artifacts from Native American days up to the 1920s. Still want more? The Car & Carriage Caravan Museum chronicles the history of transportation, with more than 75 historic vehicles on display. Toy Town Junction features an exhibit of the comprehensive collection started by Dr. Richard Worden in 1941 when he was a five-year-old boy receiving his first toy train. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekends. Tickets, which include admission to all three attractions, are $32 for adults and $16 for ages 6-12. 

Whether you're buying or selling a home in Luray, we can put you on the road to success. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started. 

September
27

How to Prepare for Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

If you've been exploring Elkton homes for sale, you probably already know how proud this community is to be a part of the Appalachian Trail. In fact, we recently celebrated becoming the 50th designated trail community. Other designated communities span all the way from Georgia to Maine. 

Close to four million hikers head out on the trail each year. If you've ever dreamed of joining them, you'll need to spend some time getting yourself prepared. Our real estate agents have had the opportunity to speak to many hikers over the years and have learned a lot from them. Here are a few of the most important tips they've shared with us. 

Appalachian Trail Rest

  • Budget Wisely
    You don't just have to be physically fit to hike the trails, you also need to make sure you're in good financial shape. You may think that being away from civilization means you won't need money, but that's not true. Making sure you have enough money will make your adventure far more comfortable. There will be times when you want to stop at one of the trail communities for a hot meal or a cold beer or pay for a shower. When you do, you'll want to make sure you can afford it without worry. 

  • Don't Forget Your Sunscreen
    Even though there's lots of cover over much of the trail, it's still far too easy to get a sunburn. If you do, your hike will be uncomfortable, and it could even make you sick. Do yourself a favor - pack plenty of high-quality sunscreen and remember to reapply it often. 

  • Rain-Test Your Gear
    There's nothing worse than getting out on the trail only to find out that your gear doesn't stand up to rain as well as you think it will. Make sure this doesn't happen to you by setting up your tent and gear in the backyard, turning on the sprinklers, and sitting inside to see how it performs. You may feel pretty silly doing it, but it's much better to find out you have a problem when you're just a short drive away from the store rather than when you're out on the trail.

Appalachian Trail Marker

  • Pack Lightly
    It's critical to make sure you pack all the essentials, but you'll also want to remember that the less weight you have to carry, the better off you'll be. Before you add anything to your pack, make sure to consider whether it's really important. As a rule of thumb, you should try to carry no more than 25% of your body weight throughout your hike. 

  • Prepare "Bump Boxes"
    A "Bump Box" is a box you pack with essentials like clean clothes, a new book, or anything else you think might give you a boost while you're out on your journey. You'll want to mail these to the towns you're planning to travel to so they're waiting for you when you arrive. Sometimes, knowing you have a bump box waiting for you is the extra push you need to make it through when you feel like giving up.

    Hiking Trails

    • Practice Makes Perfect
      Before you hit the trail, it pays to take some time to get familiar with all your gear. Make sure you know basic things like how to start your stove and how to set up your tent. You'll also want to practice hiking with your backpack. This way, you can make sure it fits comfortably and that you can handle the amount of weight you're planning to carry. 
    • Bring Duct Tape
      There's a reason why it's a long-standing joke that duct tape can fix anything. Having a roll with you on your hike is sure to come in handy. From repairing broken equipment to taping a broken finger, there are countless ways this little trick may save your tail. 
    • Designate a Support Person
      At some point along the way, chances are you're going to need the help of someone back home. Make sure you know who you can count on before you head out. You may need something physical - like having them mail you a new pair of hiking shoes - or you might just need some moral support.

    Appalachian Trail Tips

    • Believe in Yourself
      Doubting yourself will make the hike less fun and may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Head out on the trails committed to doing your best, and remember that even if you don't get as far as you had hoped, you will still have done something that many people never will. 

    If you want to live along the Appalachian Trail, consider purchasing one of the beautiful Elkton or Luray homes for sale. The experienced agents at Old Dominion Realty would love to help you find your dream home. Contact us today to get started. 

    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.

    February
    4

    Polar Bear Plunge in Luray Virginia

    Luray VA Polar Bear Plunge
    Are you ready to dive into some freezing-cold fun?  Join your family, friends, and neighbors on February 16 for the inaugural Luray Polar Bear Plunge.

    Our real estate agents share details about taking "the plunge"  and how to find your perfect home for sale in Luray, Virginia.

    About the Luray Polar Bear Plunge

    The Polar Bear Plunge is yet another exciting event hosted by the Page Alliance for Community Action benefiting the Luray community. Participants take the plunge in the waters of Lake Arrowhead spending several shivering raising awareness for the many local causes the PACA supports.

    All participants are kindly asked to help make the inaugural Polar Bear Plunge a huge success by raising funds individually or as a team. Whichever person or group can raise the most money will be awarded a cash prize of $500 that will be donated to a charity of their choice.

    All plungers will receive an event t-shirt, warm blanket and their choice of hot chocolate or coffee when they exit the lake. Costumes aren't just encouraged either — the participant with the best costume will go home with a prize.

    This event begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Event day registration is $35 per person, or advanced registration is $30 per person.

    Dry Off & Dash Over to These Other Great Events

    After the plunge, dry off and check out some of these other exciting events happing in Luray and Page Counties from President's Day weekend through the end of February!

    • Stone Rollin in Concert, February 16th: Head over to the Virginia Dreams Center Stage for a night of lively rhythm, blues and soul music. Stone Rollin features a talented group of musicians who've opened for renowned acts like Clint Black, Lonestar, Leon Russell, and The Guess Who.
    • Monday Night Madness, every Monday until February 25th: Hit the slopes at Massanutten Resort for their winter Monday Madness event. Each week, proceeds from the night are donated to one of eight local charities including the United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. There are also free group lessons early in the evening for ages seven and above.
    • Murder Mystery Dinner, February, 23rd: There's been a murder at a Valentine's Day Party… can the killer be stopped? Make it a date night at the Mimslyn Inn and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner and dessert for two while watching Cindy Valentine's fate unfold before your eyes. The show starts at 6 p.m. but your night doesn't have to end when the curtain drops. Book a dinner and room suite combo to stay the night at this historic hotel.  

    Dive into a New Luray Home with Old Dominion Realty

    Luray homes for sale connects you to a community that prides itself on helping their neighbors. Throughout the year, Luray sponsors a number of equally exciting events for the whole family. Contact us today and speak with one of our real estate agents to learn more about Luray or to get you on your way to finding the perfect Virginia home.

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