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July
18

Breweries on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail

Beerwerks Trail

If you've been looking at Augusta or Rockingham County homes for sale recently, odds are good you've learned about one of the many things that makes our area special: The flourishing craft brewery scene. Nowhere is that more evident than on the local Beerwerks Trail here in the Shenandoah Valley.

The Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail consists of more than a dozen local breweries and stretches across some of the area's most desirable communities. You are welcome to explore the trail on your own and make your stops wherever you wish. Local tour companies also offer a guided group experience on the trail.

You may already be familiar with the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, which offers a similar experience for the vineyards and wineries here in Virginia. Just as the Wine Trail showcases all the outstanding new developments in wine, the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail does the same for the craft brewing scene.

Let's take a closer look at just a few of the many fun and exciting stops along the way:

  • Elkton Brewing Company – 100 North Fifth Street, Elkton, VA 22827
    Elkton Brewing Company is only minutes from some of the best Elkton homes for sale. It brings an age-old family recipe dating from the early 1900s to the Elkton area – a legendary Austrian brew that is now available to the public for the first time. The brewery is located within the spacious yet historic setting of the old Elkton Milling Company building, which was originally founded back in 1890.

  • Brew HaHa Brewing Company 11704 Spotswood Trail, Elkton, VA 22827
    Brew HaHa Brewing Company stands out as the newest brewery to enter the ranks of the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Located near the entry of famous Massanutten Resort, it warmly welcomes beer aficionados as well as those who'd prefer something non-alcoholic. In addition to its "nanobrewery" craft beers, you'll also find small-batch craft sodas with memorable flavors derived from local ingredients.

  • Skipping Rock Beer Company – 414 Parkersburg Turnpike, Staunton, VA 24401
    Skipping Rock Beer Company is all about worrying less and living more. Nothing encapsulates that idea better than a high-quality craft beer that's "a reflection of place" from right here in the Shenandoah Valley. Beers that have been lovingly handcrafted down to the smallest detail will greet you along with a relaxed and casual atmosphere full of old friends and new ones who you haven't met yet. As a watering hole near Staunton homes for sale, it simply can't be beaten.

  • The Friendly Fermenter – 20 South Mason Street, Suite B10, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    The Friendly Fermenter is here to make the whole experience of craft brewing "friendlier" than ever. Just a short hop from Harrisonburg homes for sale, it approaches this goal with the town's very first DIY "brew on-site" shop. Drop in any time and the helpful staff will be there to show you the ropes. Want to take the hobby home with you? There's also a full assortment of different brewing gear to buy.

  • Brothers Craft Brewing – 800 North Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Brothers Craft Brewing, originally known as Three Brothers Brewing, offers both large-scale brewing and small, experimental batches you can sample during your own journey down the trail. The brewery is well known in the area for its monthly charity events and its deep involvement in the community. Live music, games, fundraisers, and much more await you, with local food trucks frequently found nearby.

  • Seven Arrows Brewing 2508 Jefferson Highway #1, Waynesboro, VA 22980
    Seven Arrows Brewing features a large taproom that gives visitors access to many different offerings of the brand, its lagers foremost among them. Twelve iconic beers are always available, with a rotating cast of characters taking up the rest of the menu. Seven Arrows distinguishes itself with a full kitchen, a lasting collaboration with Nobos Restaurant. It's a terrific pick near Waynesboro homes for sale.

  • Stable Craft Brewing – 375 Madrid Road, Waynesboro, VA 22980
    If you are paying a visit to the horses of the Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables, a working horse farm in Waynesboro, then you'll want to top off your visit by swinging by Stable Craft Brewing. This brewery's barn venue fits right in with the action of the real working farm, and the tours end here so you can get some refreshment. And "fresh" it is: Stable Craft grows its own authentic Cascade and Nugget hops!

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May
2

Florists Near the Shenandoah Valley for Mother's Day

Florists Shenandoah Valley

Our real estate agents know fresh flowers are a "can't miss" Mother's Day tradition!

Mom will be delighted with the thoughtful designs you can get from these hard-working and creative florists, many of whom have been around for decades.

Mother's Day was created in 1908 by Anna Jarvis and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914 under President Woodrow Wilson. Mother's Day is the #2 day of the year to purchase fresh flowers and accounts for about 26% of annual flower purchases.

That's a whole lot of roses!

Let's take a closer look at some of your options for Mother's Day flowers in the Shenandoah Valley:

  • Blakemore's Flowers – 4080 Evelyn Byrd Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    If you need fresh flowers near Harrisonburg homes for sale, come on down to Blakemore's Flowers. Known for its collections by lead designer Abby Chick, it offers Mother's Day selections using only the highest quality blooms in palettes and shapes that are sure to start a conversation. You can even get a handcrafted luxury flower subscription that runs in three-month increments up to a full year.

  • Sparrow's Floral Design – 91 North Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    Sparrow's Floral Design specializes in making your weddings and other special events the best they can be with unique bouquets, arrangements, house plants, and terrariums. Visit in person, and you can also see the delightful shop filled with books, candles, and artworks from local artists. Sparrow's has a strong reputation in the community for its environmental care, offering credit to "recycle" your pots and vases.

  • Staunton Rask Florist – 835 Springhill Road, Staunton, VA 24401
    Staunton homes for sale are just minutes from Staunton Rask Florist, where you can order the Premium Mother Day's "Designer's Choice" bouquet to make this a truly memorable holiday. With all sorts of arrangements running from elaborate to classy, this is one local florist that doesn't disappoint! It's open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the week, so you can see the flowers in person while you buy.

  • Cristy's Floral Designs – 610-G North Main Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812
    Bridgewater homes for sale will benefit from their proximity to Cristy's Floral Designs, which delivers its handcrafted bouquets and other products throughout the local area. From the "Basket Full of Happy" to the "Sweet Hummingbird Bouquet," there's something to suit the taste of every mother. Highly safe "No Contact" delivery is available, and morning orders can be delivered the same day in the local area.

  • Vivian's Flower Shop – 47 West Main Street, Luray, VA 22835
    Want flowers near Luray homes for sale? Just check out Vivian's Flower Shop, a local mainstay that has Mother's Day arrangements with a vibrant spectrum of roses. From the Classic Dozen Red Roses to your own custom rose arrangement using yellow, hot pink, white, or lavender, you can truly express yourself. It's one of the region's oldest flower shops, with a storied history that dates all the way back to 1945.

  • Wild Buds Boutique – 5968 Main Street, Mount Jackson, VA 22842
    Mount Jackson homes for sale are near Wild Buds Boutique, a haven for the flower lover in your home. There are special flowers for everything you'll find on the calendar, from Mother's Day to Administrative Professionals Day and much more. Don't forget to take a peek at the lovely corsages. For the bestseller, try the "Floral Spectacular Flower Vase," which combines all kinds of lively colors, shapes, and textures.

  • Valley Flower Shop and Greenhouse, Inc. – 127 North Main Street, Woodstock, VA 22664
    From Woodstock homes for sale, you can practically smell the blossoms from Valley Flower Shop and Greenhouse, Inc. – a top Woodstock, VA florist for years. With more than 100 striking Mother's Day arrangements to choose from (including rare orange roses!) Mom is sure to be pleased. The business is family-owned and backs everything it offers with a 100% satisfaction guarantee for your peace of mind.

Contact us to find out more about Shenandoah Valley real estate.

March
28

Visit Farmer's Markets in the Shenandoah Valley

Farmers Markets

Farmer's markets are much more than places to buy food. Many of these locations serve as community centers, where you can chat with local and regional growers, enjoy live entertainment, and interact with your neighbors. Our real estate agents share their favorite farmer's markets around Shenandoah County homes for sale.

  • Adam's Apples and Herbs - 583 Walton Farm Rd., Woodstock, VA 22664
    Don't let the delightful name fool you. Adam's Apples and Herbs offers a wide selection of produce and dairy, including potatoes, eggs, cauliflower, beets, and turnips. In December 2021, the family-owned market near Woodstock homes for sale expanded its scope by purchasing Rinker Cider. Brighten your day with plants from the greenhouse, or take home one of the beautiful arrangements created by Adam's mom. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday through Saturday.

  • Shenandoah Heritage Market - 121 Carpenter Ln., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Don't go to Shenandoah Heritage Market planning to pick up just a few things. At this amazing market, the largest one around Harrisonburg homes for sale, you'll find all kinds of items you didn't even know you needed. With more than 20 sellers under one roof, you can shop for everything from produce and baked goods to kitchenware and toys to locally handcrafted items, including Amish-made furniture. When you're ready for a break, enjoy a meal at the Hungry Farmer Country Café or just relax on a bench near the peaceful water gardens. Shenandoah Heritage Market is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Staunton Farmers Market - 101 W. Johnson St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Staunton Farmers Market
    , located in the historic Wharf district, is truly committed to promoting sustainability and supporting local growers. As a producer-only market, all sellers must be involved in the growing or production of their product. In addition, these activities must take place within a 75-mile radius of Staunton homes for sale. Make your own contribution to sustainability by bringing your food waste to the market's composting station. At least twice a month, live musicians are on hand to provide entertainment. Staunton Farmers' Market is open from April 1 until the weekend before Thanksgiving, with a limited winter market in December. Regular hours are Saturday from 7 a.m. - noon.

  • Swover Creek Farms & Brewery - 4176 Swover Creek Rd., Edinburg, VA 22824
    When you're planning a family outing, "farmer's market" may not be the first choice that comes to mind. But Swover Creek Farms & Brewery is a family-friendly destination, just minutes from Edinburg homes for sale, with something for everyone, including Fido. Pick your own blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, and shop for homemade items in the on-site store. Kids can go back and forth between the indoor play area and outdoor disc golf course, while the pet-friendly facility includes a separate dog park. Afterward, the whole family can share a specialty pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. Hours are 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday and noon - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Showalter's Orchard and Greenhouse - 17768 Honeyville Rd., Timberville, VA 22853
    As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. If that's true, you'll always be in good health when you shop at Showalter's Orchard and Greenhouse. Showalter's signature apple cider has become an annual tradition, which prompted the opening of the Old Hill Cidery Tasting Room. More than 30 varieties of apples, as well as two varieties of peaches, are grown in the orchard. Stop off after a day of viewing Timberville homes for sale. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Massanutten Country Corner - 3546 US Hwy. 211 W., Luray, VA 22835
    In the beginning, Massanutten Country Corner was a 1960s-style roadside gift shop, not far from Luray homes for sale. When current owners Jeff and Kristin bought the place, they retained the gift shop flavor while adding a farmer's market and garden store. In addition to seasonal produce and fresh meat, the farmer's market offers dairy products and specialty foods such as jams and jellies, hot sauces, and fudge. Thanks to the gift shop, which features handcrafted items made by local artisans, Massanutten Country Corner is part of the Artisans Trail Network in recognition of the high quality of work. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Life in the Shenandoah Valley is full of endless variety. If you're buying or selling a home in the area, contact us at Old Dominion Realty for friendly and experienced help.

February
14

6 Places in the Shenandoah Valley for Equestrians

Shenandoah Valley Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is a personally rewarding activity that pays physical and emotional dividends. Plus, the Shenandoah Valley offers some beautiful scenery perfect for exploring on horseback. When our real estate agents want to recharge, they saddle up at these wonderful places around Shenandoah County homes for sale.

  1. Secret Passage Ranch - 321 Spring Mountain Way, Fort Valley, VA 22652
    While Secret Passage Ranch may sound mysterious, its philosophy is warm and welcoming to all. They believe each ride should be a completely personalized experience, so they go the extra mile to satisfy every person's needs. Horses are carefully matched with riders, and trails are chosen to accommodate the least experienced rider in the group. Before hitting the trail, riders are given time in the arena to get acquainted with their horse. Located just 30 minutes from Woodstock homes for sale, the ranch also has a beautiful guest house built in the 1740s that can be booked by the room or by the entire house.

  2. Fort Valley Ranch - 299 S. Fort Valley Rd., Fort Valley, VA 22652
    Do you love exploring new areas? At Fort Valley Ranch, nestled in the Massanutten Mountains near Fort Valley homes for sale, no two rides are ever the same. In addition to trails located on the ranch grounds, riders have access to hundreds of miles of trails in the scenic George Washington National Forest. Choose from one-hour, 90-minute, half-day, or full-day guided horseback rides. Bring your horse or ride on one of theirs. Little ones can get in on the fun with hand-led horse rides. Fort Valley Ranch is open year-round, and reservations are required.

  3. Double H Stable - 5197 Reliance Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630
    With a name that holds echoes of cowboys and the Old West, Double H Stable honors the place horses hold in our national history. Double H, not far from Front Royal homes for sale, has gained recognition from the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and several national publications for the beauty of their grounds and superior riding experiences. Unlike many other riding facilities, trotting and cantering are allowed on the trails that criss-cross their 250 acres. Group and private rides are available, accommodating riders as young as 6.

  1. Jordan Hollow Stables - 657 Pine Grove Rd., Stanley, VA 22851
    When you arrive at Jordan Hollow Stables, just minutes from Stanley homes for sale, you may be greeted by an array of animals. Dogs, goats, roosters, and rabbits are only a few of the critters you might encounter on the grounds. The 90-minute guided rides are offered at a walking pace or a walk/trot pace, based on your personal preference and skill. Ride with a group that shares your level of experience or assemble a private group of family and friends. Surprise your significant other with a private ride for a romantic date night. Jordan Hollow Stables is open year-round, and reservations are required.

  2. North River Gorge Trail - George Washington National Forest
    Many of nature's spectacular features can be seen along the North River Gorge Trail, making it a popular spot for horseback riding. Just under five miles long, the trail winds through the gorge between Lookout and Trimble Mountains. Completing the trail involves fording the river a total of nine times. The trail is rated as easy, with minimal elevation and gentle grades, so it's a good place for beginners to get some saddle time. North Fork connects to the 26-mile Wild Oak Trail, which has a rating of moderate, providing an additional option for riders. Both trails are open year-round, with no fee for use.

  3. Little North Mountain - George Washington National Forest
    Little North Mountain is an eight-mile stretch along the Tuscarora Trail, which was established in the 1960s as an alternative to the iconic Appalachian Trail. Spanning 250 miles, the Tuscarora branches off from the AT near Mathews Arms Campground in Shenandoah National Park, merging back atop Blue Mountain near Duncannon, PA. The Little North Mountain section ascends from Fetzer Gap to the mountain's ridge, then proceeds south to Sheffer Gap. After crossing Cedar Creek, it once again ascends, this time to the ridge of Paddy Mountain. The trail is open year-round, with no fee for use.

    Imagine life with the splendors of the Shenandoah Valley surrounding you. Now make that dream a reality when you contact us at Old Dominion Realty. 

    December
    20

    Candy Shops Near the Shenandoah Valley for Your Sweet Tooth

    Candy Shops Shenandoah Valley

    When our real estate agents crave sweets, they fill up at these wonderful candy shops around the Shenandoah Valley. These local shops are great stops at any point in the year, but during the holiday season, they make great options for stocking stuffers. Find something sweet at these candy shops!  

    • Luray Fudge Company - 970 Hwy. 211 W., Luray, VA 22835
      How good are the rich, creamy treats at Luray Fudge Company? This past October, they hit a milestone of 100 tons of fudge sold. As one delighted customer put it, the generous servings of fudge are "the size of bread slices." Other delicious goods include cookies and fresh-squeezed lemonade. The shop is just inside the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum at Luray Caverns, but with its close proximity to Luray homes for sale, you don't need an excuse to visit. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

    • Shenandoah General Store - 119 Maryland Ave., Shenandoah, VA 22849
      Remember how exciting it was to be a kid in a candy store? Recapture that feeling at Shenandoah General Store, right down the street from Shenandoah County homes for sale. Have fun with your family as you each choose your favorites from the selection of classic candy. The shop is also a great place to pick up home decor, jewelry, bath products, and other specialty items for gifts or for yourself. Shenandoah General Store is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Friday.

    • Warfels Chocolates - Dayton Market, 3105 John Wayland Hwy., Dayton, VA 22821
      By the time Warfels Chocolates hit the market near Dayton homes for sale, they already had an established name. Their chocolate pecan toffee, perfected at Elaine Warfel Stauffer's bakery and chocolate shop in Alma, KS, had been featured on the shelves of Bloomingdale's nationwide, giving a boost to the small family business. Since moving to the Shenandoah Valley, Elaine Warfel Stauffer still makes the dipped pretzels, chili chocolate, and other confections by hand in a health department-approved "chocolate room" in her own home. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

    • The Valley Pantry & Deli - 15451 Old Spotswood Trl., Elkton, VA 22827
      Find both quality and quantity at the Valley Pantry & Deli, not far from Elkton homes for sale. Their bulk food section includes a wide range of candy to please anyone looking for a sugar fix. No one will judge if you just want sweets, but if you want an actual meal to go with your candy, you can't beat the Valley's deli counter with their made-to-order sandwiches. Follow them on Facebook for information about their weekly meat and cheese specials. The Valley is open Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    • Cocoa Mill - 114 E. Beverly St., Staunton, VA 24401
      Who knew eating candy could be a socially responsible activity? Cocoa Mill, that's who. Their artisan candy is made with fair-trade chocolate, fresh cream and butter, and natural flavors and liqueurs. As a result, Cocoa Mill has been included in the ranks of top chocolatiers such as Godiva. Treat yourself or a chocoholic on your gift list with one of Cocoa Mill's "survival kits," which combine a variety of their most popular items. Stop in after a day of viewing Staunton homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    • The Vine and Leaf - 477 E&F South St., Front Royal, VA 22630
      This charming spot, just minutes from Front Royal homes for sale, started out as a tea and chocolate shop before rounding out their selection with wine. Curl up in one of the comfy armchairs in their cafe as you sip on a glass of wine or cup of tea. In addition to chocolates, you can enjoy a snack or light meal of soups, salads, sandwiches, and flatbread pizzas. Looking for a special gift? The Vine and Leaf creates custom, personalized gift baskets based on your choices of wine, chocolate, tea, and unique gift items. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.

    How sweet it is to live in the Shenandoah Valley! Whether you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Old Dominion Realty and let our friendly, experienced agents help you attain your goal.

    November
    1

    Shenandoah National Park Photography Guide

    Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah National Park offers stunning views! And when you take a camera along with you, you can share the views with others after your trip. Delight family and friends with postcard-ready shots of the stunning scenery near Shenandoah homes for sale. Visit these majestic locations scouted by our real estate agents around Shenandoah National Park. 

    • Dark Hollow Falls
      The trail to Dark Hollow Falls is only about a mile-and-a-half round trip, but its steep inclines require a bit of effort. Nevertheless, it's one of the more well-traveled trails in the park, with stunning views of the 70-foot cascading waterfalls making it worth the trip. Continue past the trail to reach Lower Dark Hollow Falls, which is smaller in size but considered by many to be more photogenic. For best accessibility, head out early in the morning before the crowds arrive.

    • Big Meadows
      With its seemingly endless vistas of open land, Big Meadows is a surprisingly pleasant contrast to the landscape in the rest of the park. The meadows are a popular location for couples who are taking engagement photos, especially during fall when the fields come alive with vivid reds, yellows, and oranges. The Point Overlook, just a few miles south of the lodge, is known for great shots of the sunset. And the photos don't have to stop when the day is over. Big Meadows offers breathtaking views of the Milky Way and other objects in the night sky.

    • Natural Bridge
      Located at the southern tip of Shenandoah, Natural Bridge has been the subject of innumerable photos, yet the sight never gets old. The organic limestone formation, which measures 215 feet high by 90 feet across, has been named both a state and National Historic Landmark. As a top Virginia attraction since the 18th century, Natural Bridge is itself the centerpiece of a state park with Instagram-worthy sites such as Monocan Indian Village, Lace Falls, and Virginia Safari Park.

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    • Skyline Drive
      Thanks to digital cameras, you no longer have to worry about running out of film when traveling 105-mile-long Skyline Drive. The route is a continuous sequence of picturesque scenes that demand to be photographed. Almost 70 outlooks along the way provide different views at every stop. Be sure to check out Hogback Overlook, the longest one along the drive, at milepost 20.8. Watch for deer, turkeys, and other photogenic wildlife crossing the road to "star" in your photos.

    • Stony Man Summit
      Even though it's the second-highest peak in Shenandoah, Stony Man Summit is one of the easier trails, making it a nice destination for a family photo session. The entire round trip is less than two miles, but the summit features glorious panoramas of the Valley, Massanutten Mountain, and points beyond. You may even be able to spot New Market homes for sale from a distance! As the name implies, the peak is covered with a number of rocks and stones, which you can use to get several different perspectives.

    • Hawksbill Summit
      You can literally see for miles atop Hawksbill Summit, the highest peak in Shenandoah. Take your pick of three different trails, ranging from 1.6 to 2.8 miles round trip, each with its own special features. Once you reach the top, 360-degree views of the Valley, Blue Ridge Mountains, and Virginia Piedmont will keep your head on a swivel. The beautiful balsam firs on the summit, more commonly associated with Canada and New England, are a fairly unusual sight near Broadway homes for sale

    Tips for Taking Photos Like a Pro

    • Film may no longer be a concern, but don't forget to take extra batteries and memory cards so you won't miss a shot.

    • Sunrise and sunset provide the most flattering natural light.

    • When photographing landscapes, wide-angle and telephoto lenses are a must-have. A UV lens filter will produce darker, richer colors.

    • Overlooks are convenient locations for photo ops, but don't stop there. Go off-road and walk the trails for a greater variety of subjects.

    • Don't let the big picture keep you from seeing what's right in front of you. Look for details such as trees, birds, flowers, and other small-scale subjects that make for equally interesting photos.

    • Be prepared for changes in weather. No matter how sunny the day may start out, clouds and fog can roll in anytime, especially at higher elevations. The good news is that darkness can add a moody, dramatic element to your photos. 

    • Remember that photography is an art form. Put your individual stamp on your photos by experimenting with different angles and effects. Trust your creative eye!

    There's nothing like the view from the backyard of your own Shenandoah County home. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable agents. 

    October
    11

    Where to See Fall Foliage Around the Shenandoah Valley

    Shenandoah Valley Fall

    When Mother Nature brings out her fall paintbrush, the spectacular scenery around Shenandoah County homes for sale bursts with vivid color. Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway are especially noted for their impressive landscapes. Our real estate agents point out where to see stunning fall foliage around the Shenandoah Valley.

    • Skyline Drive - Shenandoah National Park, 3655 U.S. Hwy. 211 E., Luray, VA 22835
      Perhaps the best way to take in the glory of Shenandoah National Park is a three-hour journey along the iconic Skyline Drive. With nearly 70 overlooks along the way, you can create your own personal tour near Luray homes for sale. If you prefer sightseeing on two wheels, sign up for the Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival, returning on the weekend of October 15-17.

    • Mabry Mill - 266 Mabry Mill Rd. SE, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120
      Enjoy some classic fall scenery at Mabry Mill, located at Milepost 176 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The once-functioning mill and adjoining pond are favorite subjects for both professional and amateur photographers. Hike the half-mile Mabry Mill Trail for great views of the sawmill and blacksmith shop as well as Matthew's Cabin, an authentic building that was relocated to add to the classic setting. 

    • Sky Meadows State Park - 11012 Edmond Ln., Delaplane, VA 20144
      The 1,860 acres of Sky Meadows State Park were once part of a family farm back in our country's colonial time. Today, the woodlands and gently rolling pastures are home to nine miles of bike trails and 22 miles of hiking trails, including a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Kids will have fun watching for the red-headed woodpeckers and other species that make Sky Meadows a renowned spot for birdwatchers near Delaplane homes for sale. Park hours are 8 a.m. - dusk daily.

    • Peaks of Otter - Milepost 85.6, Blue Ridge Pkwy., Bedford, VA 24523
      Sharp Top, Flat Top, and Harkening Hill make up the charmingly named Peaks of Otter, overlooking the town of Bedford along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Ties to the past include Johnson's Farm, a living farm where visitors can play games and work in the garden, and Polly Wood's Ordinary, a cabin that provided the first lodging for travelers in the mid-1800s. Afterward, make a side trip to Bedford homes for sale or one of the many wineries not far from Peaks of Otter.

    • Hanging Rock Overlook Trail - Potts Mountain Rd., Potts Mountain, VA 24131
      You'll feel on top of the world when you take in the breathtaking vistas from Hanging Rock Overlook Trail. Thanks to the out-of-the-way location, Hanging Rock flies under the radar for many sightseers, allowing you to enjoy the viewing in relative solitude. Amazingly, the journey to the top is less than a mile, making it easily accessible for hikers at any level of experience and a great place to take in the scenery. The reward is 360° panoramas of the Appalachians and Blue Ridge Mountains. 

    • Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest - 1542 Bateman Bridge Rd., Forest, VA 24551
      Can't decide between cultural activities or outdoor adventures near Forest homes for sale? No need to choose. Visit Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest for a nice blend of history and nature. Get a fascinating look at the ongoing restoration of Jefferson's private retreat, designed to be "the best dwelling house in the state" and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971. The two-mile drive to the house affords a beautiful overview of the property while walking trails wind along roads and through fields for a look at the land Jefferson loved. From March 15 through December 30, Poplar Forest is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. with weekend hours during winter. Admission is $18 for adults, $10 for ages 12-18, and $6 for ages 6-11.

    • Natural Bridge State Park - 6477 S. Lee Hwy., Natural Bridge, VA 24578
      As the name implies, the highlight of Natural Bridge State Park is an incredible 215-foot limestone gorge carved out by Cedar Creek. The bridge has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark and named to the National Register of Historic Places. Tourists have been drawn to the site as far back as the 1800s when European visitors to the new country traveled by horse-drawn carriages to view the bridge. Don't miss Lace Falls, a 30-foot cascade that's even more delightful when framed by fall colors. Be sure to stop by after looking at Natural Bridge homes for sale. Park hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for ages 3-12.

    The Shenandoah Valley is truly a home for all seasons. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn more about Augusta County homes for sale

    October
    4

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Mammogram Centers in Our Area

    Breast Cancer AwarenessWomen have a 1-in-8 chance of getting breast cancer, but early detection can help.

    Our real estate agents know that wherever you live, regular screening is essential for overall health. By combining self-exams and regular screening, you are more likely to get the care you need as soon as possible. That leads to a better prognosis and superior health outcomes.

    For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to help make it easier to get this important screening.

    No matter if they're looking at Augusta County homes for sale or Shenandoah County homes for sale, our clients often ask us about healthcare resources in our area. Many of our local hospitals feature excellent women's health centers staffed by leaders in the field.

    Harrisonburg and Charlottesville both stand out as exceptional places to start or continue a career in medicine. But when you're the one who needs care, you can rest assured that compassionate, quality help is only minutes away. 

    You'll find several yearly events dedicated to raising awareness and donations for breast cancer research.

    One of the best-known is the Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk/Golf.

    Breast Cancer Awareness

    The City of Harrisonburg Sponsors the Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer Each Year

    Every year, folks from Harrisonburg and all over the area come together in a spirit of solidarity to raise money for breast cancer research through the Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer. This year's event will be special, as it will be returning to an in-person format after the disruption of 2020.

    A virtual option will also be available for anyone who wants to participate while avoiding crowds.

    In combination with the traditional run/walk, there will also be a golf tournament aimed at raising more funds. Proceeds will benefit Sentara RMH Medical Center, specifically its RMH Foundation for Breast Care and Treatment. Lower registration rates are available for those who act before October 1.

    The event will take place on October 16 and be centered on Heritage Oaks Golf Course.

    Mammogram ScheduleFour Leading Local Facilities to Get a Breast Cancer Screening this October

    A breast cancer screening may only take a few minutes, but it can save your life.

    Both Augusta and Shenandoah Counties are home to hospitals that stand out within the region for their highly professional staff, easily navigated facilities, and technologies that make patients' lives easier. Here are just a few places where breast cancer screenings are available:

    Mammogram Schedule

    • Sentara RMH Medical Center – 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Sentara RMH Medical Center is a local trailblazer in women's healthcare that was established in 1912 under the name Rockingham Hospital. Today, it serves nearly 218,000 people across seven counties. Harrisonburg homes for sale benefit from its 238-bed capacity, state-of-the-art technology, and experienced physicians, all of which make it a trusted name in health. It is part of the 125-year old nonprofit Sentara system, which operates in Virginia and North Carolina.

    • Augusta Health – 78 Medical Center Drive, Fisherville, VA 22939
      Augusta Health maintains the highest standards of care. Residents of Fisherville and the surrounding area know they're in good hands with the hospital's membership in the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network. Representing a commitment to excellence and a patient-centered philosophy, it helps Augusta Health develop plans of care for rare and complex conditions. 

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    • University of Virginia Health – 1215 Lee Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
      University of Virginia Health works to put breast cancer screening within reach for all Virginians who need it. Breast MRI, breast ultrasound, and contrast-enhanced mammogram (CEM) are all available, along with diagnostic tests for those showing any current symptoms. The screening used is customized based on the patient's risk factors and medical history. UVA Health also maintains a mobile mammography bus that can visit workplaces and other locations throughout the state. All in all, UVA's health system is one of the most important healthcare resources near Charlottesville homes for sale.

    • Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital – 200 Memorial Drive, Luray, VA 22835
      Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital has been a reliable name in local health for the Luray community for nearly a century now. In 2014, it moved into an all-new, 67,700 square foot replacement facility that includes modern features like private inpatient rooms, an expanded Emergency Department, and more. The old 7,000 square foot site is now an outpatient rehabilitation center. As a Critical Access Hospital, it connects locals with leading specialists and ensures Luray homes for sale are close by truly world-class healthcare.

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in October, so schedule your screening today.

    Contact us to learn more about real estate around Harrisonburg.

    September
    20

    Orchards and Markets for Farm Fresh Apples

    Apples in Shenandoah ValleyFall is in the air, and it's the best time of year to visit your local farms in the Shenandoah Valley! Our real estate agents love this season because of the amazing variety of available crops—apples, grapes, pumpkins—and the fun fall festivals that return year after year. 

    If you happen to be in the Charlottesville or Harrisonburg area this fall, be sure to check out some of our favorite local farms, orchards, and markets!

    • Back Home on the Farm - 2915 Willow Run Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
      Offering one of the most fun-packed farm experiences in Virginia, Back Home on the Farm is the sort of place you'll want to visit again in every season. The greenhouse is alive with flowers in spring, and the farm stand is packed with produce in summer. But in fall, the farm is abuzz with activity, including wagon rides, you-pick pumpkins, nightly campfires, and a 7-acre corn maze. The farm is located just outside Harrisonburg, convenient to many Harrisonburg homes for sale.

    • Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse - 17768 Honeyville Rd, Timberville, VA 22853
      Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse is a popular wedding venue in addition to being a working farm, and it's not hard to see why. The place is stunning, with spectacular views across acres of rolling farmland. Autumn is pick-your-own apple season here, and the farm grows more than 30 varieties. Be sure to check out the cider (hard and otherwise) that is made right here on the farm, just minutes from these Timberville homes for sale.

    • Hickory Hill Farm - 3034 Fruit Farm Ln, Keezletown, VA 22832
      Hickory Hill Farm is a picturesque, family-owned farm that has been run by the same family for 30 years. You'll find a different crop ready for harvest in every season: blueberries in June, tomatoes and sweet corn from July through August, and grapes from August into September. The farm is located in Keezletown, not far from these Rockingham County homes for sale. They also sell their produce at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, which is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from April through Thanksgiving. 

    • Turkey Knob Growers - 17581 Mechanicsville Rd, Timberville, VA 22853
      Peaches in the summertime, apples in the fall—it seems there's always something sweet ready to be picked at Turkey Knob Growers. Nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the farm grows several varieties of apples, which they package and ship to stores and markets all over the United States. You can also pick up apples in person at their farm stand or order online through their website. Turkey Hill is one of the oldest orchards in the Shenandoah Valley; they've been going strong since 1918. 

    • Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures - 609 Friedens Church Rd, Mt Crawford, VA 22841
      There's a lot to explore in any season at Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures, but fall is definitely our favorite time to visit this Shenandoah Valley farm. They offer a vast pumpkin patch with over 50 varieties of pumpkins and gourds in virtually every size, shape, and color. Fall also brings a sunflower harvest and corn maze, and be sure to check back in next spring for strawberry season! Overlook Produce is just of I-81 and a stone's throw from these Mount Crawford homes for sale.

    • Carter Mountain Orchard and Country Store - 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22902
      Offering pick-your-own and pre-picked apples from August through November, Carter Mountain Orchard and Country Store is a beautiful place to spend a day in the fall. They also grow peaches that are available well into September and recently launched their own wine label using home-grown grapes. This is a great time of year to enjoy a glass of wine in their beautiful outdoor space. The farm is a short drive from these Charlottesville homes for sale and also has an on-site bakery that's known for making some of the best apple cider donuts around. 

    • Cross Keys Farm - 3022 Cross Keys Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      You'll find just about any fruit or vegetable you can think of at the farm stand at Cross Keys Farm. Each crop is grown right here on the farm and available fresh for as long as it's in season. In fall, apples are the star of the show. Cross Keys Farm includes an orchard that grows modern apple varieties like Ambrosia, Honeycrisp, and Pink Lady, as well as unique heirloom apples like Albemarle Pippin, Arkansas Black, and Esopus Spitzenburg.

    Fall is a great time to be in Virginia, but we happen to think it's a pretty special place to call home in any season. Contact us today to learn more about life in the Shenandoah Valley area and talk to our real estate agents about finding your Virginia dream home.

    August
    23

    About the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail

    Shenandoah Valley Wine TrailLooking for an all-new way to experience the Shenandoah Valley? Our real estate agents have it!

    Shenandoah Valley homes for sale run the gamut of styles, but beautiful surroundings are the norm no matter your architectural tastes. From across Virginia and all throughout the country, people visit year-round to drink in the sights and unique culture of the Shenandoah Valley area.

    The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail helps show it all off in an experience you'll never forget!

    Shenandoah Valley's Unique Wine Trail Helps You See All That Makes the Area Great

    The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail is full of surprises on its 200-mile stretch of wineries, breweries, and cideries. As you venture from one end to the other of this north-south trail, you'll see so much of what makes Virginia unique. 

    Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and Allegheny Mountains to the west, the Valley runs from the state line of West Virginia down to the James River. The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail provides a family-friendly (and largely pet-friendly!) opportunity to explore it all.

    Not surprisingly, the wine trail is an epicenter of family-owned businesses. In addition to the different beverage-makers, you'll also find plenty of antique stores, art shops, and housewares vendors. 

    You'll pass through many communities if you're determined to see all the trail has to offer. Small, historic villages are plentiful, as are college towns. 

    While winery visits reach their height in the fall, most businesses along the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail are open year-round.

    Unique growing conditions and soil of the Shenandoah Valley have given rise to a profusion of grape varietals. Rocky, fertile soil, and a mild, relatively dry growing season have attracted wineries of all sizes and styles. Virtually all of them have gotten in on the fun and now offer tours and tasting rooms open to the public.

    Let's take a closer look at some of the wineries you can stop at on the trail!

    The Winery at Kindred Pointe 3575 Conicville Road, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842
    Owners Amy and Bruce Helsey bought the property for The Winery at Kindred Pointe in 2005 and named the spot after one of Amy's favorite books, Anne of Green Gables. What started out as a horse boarding business has grown into a beloved winery near Mount Jackson homes for sale. Pick up a bottle of wine from their historical series, which features artwork of local historical significance by artist John Paul Strain.

    Barren Ridge Vineyards  – 984 Barren Ridge Road, Fishersville, VA 22939
    In the late 1800s, a small apple orchard was planted, which became the modern-day Barren Ridge Winery we know and love. Located near Fisherville homes for sale, this winery offers stunning views of West Virginia and the Alleghany Mountains. Take in the views and sip on local wine from their tasting room.

    12 Ridges Vineyard – 24981 Blue Ridge Parkway, Vesuvius, VA 24483
    12 Ridges Vineyard is a cool climate vineyard and tasting room where your palate will dance with flavors from the Shenandoah Valley and around the world. The brand focuses on a traditional sparkling wine with the goal of becoming the foremost in Virginia. Tastings can be done on the terrace or outside on the scenic hilltop, all within driving distance from Vesuvius homes for sale.

    Honey & Hops Brew Works – 212 East Main Street A, Front Royal, VA 22630
    Honey & Hops Brew Works will introduce you to mead, a trend that's sweeping the nation. Using familiar principles of fermentation with honey rather than grapes, Honey & Hops offers rich, award-winning flavors: The favorite may be Black Trails blueberry mead. "Mead and Chocolate" events are popular for couples. Check them out after looking at Front Royal homes for sale

    Sage Bird Ciderworks – 325 North Liberty Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    Sage Bird Ciderworks is a local producer of small-batch, handcrafted cider using local ingredients. The apples are the key to this iconic "Apple-Achian" cider, including a curated selection of a dozen distinctive Shenandoah Valley varieties. Most Sage Bird ciders are dry, but there's something to suit every taste. All this within minutes of Harrisonburg homes for sale.

    Contact us to find out more about Shenandoah Valley real estate.

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