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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. 

June
27

Birding Spots in Rockingham County

Birding Spots

Many birds reside in our region during all or part of the year, and local lakes, parks, and trails provide unparalleled opportunities to cross rare and unique birds off your checklist. Our real estate agents are excited to share their favorite birding spots in Rockingham County.

  • Lake Shenandoah - Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    A 36-acre reservoir managed by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, Lake Shenandoah is known far and wide for its excellent bird-watching opportunities. It's a major waterfowl stopover in winter, but during the summer visitors will see indigo bunting, gray catbird, song sparrow, and many other species in the bushes and vines around the lake. Meanwhile, green and great blue herons wade in the shallows, and mallards and wood ducks paddle along the shoreline. A footpath encircles Lake Shenandoah, providing access mere minutes from these Harrisonburg homes for sale

  • Silver Lake - 2328 Silver Lake Rd, Dayton, VA 22821
    Rockingham County's Silver Lake—not to be confused with the lake of the same name in Haymarket, VA—is a small roadside lake that would be easy to overlook. Located just a few minutes from these Dayton homes for sale, the 10-acre lake could justifiably be called a pond, but because it's surrounded by open farmland, it essentially serves as an oasis for birds. During summer, various swallow species can be seen skimming just above the surface looking for a meal. Barn, tree, bank, and northern Rough-winged swallows are all likely to be in attendance, as well as chimney swifts and belted kingfishers. 

  • Paul State Forest - Ottobine Rd, Dayton, VA 22821
    Spanning 173 acres, Paul State Forest is a picturesque woodland of black birch and American hornbeam, as well as groves of American holly grove and a scattering of bigtooth aspen. Numerous bird species are right at home here, and it's a particularly great place to spot woodpeckers. Red-bellied, downy and hairy woodpeckers are common, while pileated and red-headed woodpeckers are occasionally seen. A variety of thrushes, tanagers, warblers, and vireos also call these woods home, and raptors are also a common sight. Paul State Forest has 2 miles of gated forest roads that are closed to motorized vehicles but open to hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders. 

  • Switzer Lake Area - Switzer Lake Rd, Hinton, VA 22831
    Switzer Lake (also known as Skidmore Lake) is a 112-acre reservoir located not far from these Rockingham County homes for sale. It's an outstanding destination for bird watching near Hinton homes for sale. Osprey and bald eagles may sometimes be seen swooping low above the lake to grab a fish for dinner while herons stalk the shoreline. The surrounding wooded hillsides are home to an array of woodland birds, and you might see wild turkeys and ruffled grouse in grassy areas along the roadsides. Switzer Lake Area provides access, and the lake is also great for kayaking and fishing. 

  • Wildwood Park - 648 W Bank St, Bridgewater, VA 22812
    Eastern wood-peewee, mourning dove, blue jay, chimney swift, ruby-throated hummingbird, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, Carolina chickadee, red-eyed vireo, and American goldfinch are just a few of the birds that you may hear or see at Bridgewater's Wildwood Park. And with its mix of woods and meadows, this 10-acre park is also a haven for over 70 species of butterflies. Wildwood Park is located toward the western edge of town, a stone's throw from numerous Bridgewater homes for sale. The community of Bridgewater also has some additional birding locations, including a bird sanctuary and the Cooks Creek Arboretum. 

If you're looking for more information on bird watching in Rockingham County, check-in with the Rockingham Bird Club. It's a great local organization that can provide a wealth of insights, along with a chance to connect with your fellow birding enthusiasts in our little corner of Virginia!

Contact us today to learn more about bird watching and other outdoor adventures in Rockingham County. If you're looking for your dream home in Harrisonburg and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

February
7

Celebrate the Arts in Staunton

Staunton Arts

Staunton is home to a thriving arts community that is worth celebrating all year round. 

Consider stopping by this February and spend a romantic Valentine's Day with your significant other viewing classic and contemporary art at these incredible galleries, museums, and shops around Staunton homes for sale

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  • Staunton Augusta Art Center - 20 S. New St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Located in the Beverley Historic District, the center is housed in a French Second Empire-style hotel that dates back to 1894. In 2021, Staunton Augusta Art Center celebrated its 60th anniversary of hosting exhibits, classes, and other events aimed at making art accessible to all. Don't miss "Landscapes of Virginia," a showing of paintings and pastels by Julia Lesnichy, a modern impressionist artist based in Crozet. Hours are 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

  • CoArt Gallery - 22 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401
    CoArt Gallery is a testament to the power of art in creating a sense of community. The gallery was founded in 1998 as a co-operative to give Shenandoah Valley artists an affordable place to showcase their work. Media on display includes paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and collages. CoArt also serves as the gallery for the Beverley Street Studio School of Arts, with rotating displays of student artwork. Hours are 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • The Basement on Byers - 3 Byers St., Staunton, VA 24401
    With exhibits from both established and up-and-coming artists, The Basement on Byers is taking an exciting new approach to displaying art. Unlike the static placements in most museums and galleries, The Basement designs scenes that allow viewers to experience pieces as they might encounter them in everyday life. Art forms on exhibit have included pen and ink, mixed media, photography, sculpture, and glasswork. The Basement is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Michael B. Tusing Gallery - 21 N. Market St., Staunton, VA 24401
    The Michael B. Tusing Gallery is the oldest gallery in Staunton, but it's certainly not showing its age. Paintings, blown glass, and hand-thrown pottery are just some of the forms that make up the gallery's eclectic collection of modern art. Whether you're a serious collector or casual fan of art, you're equally welcome to browse the fascinating pieces on display. Hours are noon - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

  • Sunspot Studios - 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Get rare insight into the creative process when you visit Sunspot Studios. When Doug and Caroline Sheridan discovered that their small copper business had a glassblower for a neighbor, Doug learned the skills that enabled him to create glass and copper artwork. Today, the studio offers decorative and functional pieces such as jewelry, hummingbird feeders, and vases. Memorialize your relationship by jointly creating your own work of art in a "Blow Your Own Ornament" session for two. The price is $55-60, and reservations are required. Sunspot Studios is open noon - 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, with glassblowing demonstrations until 4 p.m. 

  • Camera Heritage Museum - 1 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Did anyone envision a time when we would carry cameras around, ready to document any part of our daily lives? See the fascinating evolution of cameras at the Camera Heritage Museum. With more than 6,500 cameras in their collection, this is the largest public camera museum in the United States. The exhibit includes photographs spanning more than 150 years that demonstrate the output of many of the cameras on display. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5.

  • The Foundry - 17 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Just as an actual foundry gives shape to metal, The Foundry allows artists to mold their budding business to meet their dreams. The pop-up format provides a convenient space in a thriving area without a prohibitive financial investment. In January, The Foundry launched their new ETC space, where the entrepreneurs host workshops for guests to discover their own creative spirit. The Foundry is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

Our real estate agents know the Staunton area is a great place to call home. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty and let us help you find your dream home.

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

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. 

    July
    5

    8 Safety Tips for Boating This Summer

    Boating Safety Virginia

    With so many beautiful lakes in Northern Virginia, it's no surprise that recreational boating is a popular summer pastime. Boating is one of the most relaxing and fun ways to spend time with friends and family. It's also an excellent way to meet new people. If boating is something you enjoy, it may be worth checking out these Augusta County homes for sale, which are within driving distance of some amazing lakes. 

    Our real estate agents love recreational boating and recognize the importance of being safe out on the water. Now that summer is in full swing, it's not a bad idea to take time to refresh yourself on these boating safety tips:

    Life vest

    1. Always Wear A Life Jacket
      This one might seem obvious, but did you know that 86% of drowning victims in 2019 were not wearing a life jacket? Life jackets or life preservers are so critical when it comes to boating safety. If you own your own boat, it's your responsibility to make sure every person on board is wearing a life jacket. To be effective, life jackets should be in good condition and must fit comfortably. All passengers should wear them at all times while onboard.

    2. Stock Safety Supplies
      No one wants to think about an accident or tragedy while having fun out on the water, but you should always be prepared for the worst. Keeping a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, extra life jackets, and flotation devices on board will help ensure you're ready if a disaster occurs. Your boat should also be equipped with a VHF radio (with a GPS connection), so you're able to call for help if needed. If you're going to be out on the water for a long period of time, it might be a good idea to bring along some extra fuel.

    Boating

    1. Avoid Alcohol
      While some people enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two out on the water, the captain or boat operator must always stay sober. In fact, operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol is illegal in all 50 states. Alcohol plays a role in more than half of boating accidents every year. Boat operators must stay sober and vigilant. 
      Weather Forecast

    1. Keep an Eye On The Weather
      Severe thunderstorms can pop up at a moment's notice, especially in the summer. Always stay up to date on the latest weather forecast and keep an eye on the sky for potential thunderstorms. Always be prepared with a plan for how to make your way back to shore quickly if a storm does roll in. It's also a good idea to register for a Maritime Mobile Service identity number and VHR with GPS, as these two items will help authorities locate your boat in the event of an emergency. 

    2. Be Attentive
      Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents on the road, and it's also one of the leading causes of boat accidents on the water. Keep your phone stored away while driving your boat, and avoid turning around and having conversations with other passengers while the boat is in motion. Make sure to stay aware of other boat traffic. Just like on the highway, it's your responsibility to be attentive and drive safely.

    3. Don't Overload Your Boat
      Overloading your boat with passengers or equipment can lead to major safety issues once you're out on the water. Too much weight can cause you to sink, capsize, or throw you off balance. Always adhere to your boat's capacity restrictions and don't try to push the limits.

    4. Know What To Do If Someone Falls Overboard
      If one of your passengers unexpectedly falls overboard, it's important to remain calm. First, immediately turn off the motor and propeller. If the passenger isn't wearing a life jacket, toss them one. Try to slowly pull up alongside the victim. If your boat doesn't have a ladder, use a heaving line or lifebuoy to help bring the individual back to the boat.
      Safety Course
    5. Take a Boater Safety Course
      A significant percentage of boating incidents occur due to a lack of training or boating education. Before you operate your boat, it's absolutely critical to know the rules and procedures, which can vary depending on the body of water and location. A boater safety course is a good idea for both beginners and experienced boaters.

    Living near beautiful parks and scenic lakes makes Northern Virginia a great place to live for those who love the great outdoors. For local recommendations, contact us today.

    May
    25

    Take a Walking Tour of New Market, VA

    New Market

    New Market is one of the most historic communities in the Shenandoah Valley, and much of that fascinating history has been preserved to the present day. With many parks, performance venues, businesses, and dining destinations, there's so much to see in this Virginia community. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the spots that you won't want to miss on your walking tour of New Market.

    • New Market Community Park – 9670 Cadet Rd., New Market, VA 22844
      With a convenient location close to New Market homes for sale and tons of activities for family members of all ages to enjoy, New Market Community Park is sure to be a fun stop on your walking tour. The park features three playgrounds for kids, athletic fields for enjoying all of your favorite sports, and picnic shelters that provide a scenic setting to stop for lunch during your tour. It's also home to the New Market Community Pool, the perfect place to cool off during a busy summer day of exploration.

    • Virginia Museum of the Civil War – 8895 George R Collins Pkwy., New Market, VA 22844
      History buffs will also enjoy a visit to the fascinating Virginia Museum of the Civil War, which features exhibits on the Battle of New Market and a wide variety of other battles and historic events throughout Virginia. The museum itself is a National Historic Landmark, and it's the only Civil War museum owned by the state of Virginia. While you're there, stop by the museum's theater to view the award-winning film "Field of Lost Shoes," which is shown every day.

    • Southern Kitchen Restaurant – 9576 US-11, New Market, VA 22844
      For the classic New Market dining experience, make a stop at the Southern Kitchen Restaurant during your tour. This local landmark was established in 1956 and has been a community gathering place ever since. The menu features all of your favorite diner fare, including some of the best-fried chicken you'll find anywhere in Virginia.

    • Shenandoah River North Fork – New Market, VA 22844
      A stroll along the waterfront is sure to be an enjoyable part of any walking tour, and the North Fork of the Shenandoah River runs along the northwestern edge of New Market. While you're walking along the river, you may find people kayaking, canoeing, fishing, or going for a swim in the water.

    • Endless Caverns – 1800 Endless Caverns Rd., New Market, VA 22844
      Bring your walking tour underground when you visit the Endless Caverns, which were first discovered in the 1800s. Ever since the caverns were discovered, they've provided endless entertainment for residents who love to explore nature. Enjoy a guided tour with a local expert, and discover the gifts of nature that are waiting for you below the surface.

    • Rouss Center for the Arts – 9357 N Congress St., New Market, VA 22844
      New Market has a long history of showcasing performance arts, and the Rouss Center of the Arts carries on that tradition to the present day. This performance venue is dedicated to showcasing the best Virginia artists in its gallery with rotating exhibitions and offering a busy schedule of live plays, musicals, and other performances. Stop by the art gallery any time to see some fantastic work from local artists.

    • New Market Farmers Market – S. Congress St. Public Parking Lot, New Market, VA 22844
      Fresh food and friendly faces will always be waiting for you at the New Market Farmers Market, which happens every Friday evening. Pick up some fresh, local ingredients for creating a delicious meal after your walking tour, and discover hand-crafted items from local artisans.

    Ready to write the next chapter of your family's own history in New Market? Our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Market, VA area.

    April
    12

    Staunton Victorian Architecture Tour

    Staunton Architecture

    Nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton, Virginia, is a beautiful city with a rich history that goes back at least as far as the history of the United States itself. Our real estate agents are lucky to live in a place with such an amazing variety of historic homes. 

    Staunton was originally settled as a frontier outpost in the 1730s and was incorporated in 1801. But Staunton really boomed from the years surrounding the Civil War until the 1920s, and it's from this period—roughly coinciding with the Victorian era—that many of the city's most spectacular historic buildings date. 

    At present, 33 structures and districts in Staunton are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you happen to be interested in historic Staunton homes for sale, read on to learn more about the Victorian homes and buildings that make up Staunton's vibrant historic districts. 

    Beverly Street

    Beverly Street runs right through the historic heart of Downtown Staunton and is home to some of the city's most striking Victorian architecture. A prime example is the Marquis Building, a handsome brick building with numerous balconies and a dramatic turret, designed in 1899 by the renowned architect T.J. Collins. 

    Other unique Victorian-era structures in the Beverly Street Historic District include the Queen Anne Clock Tower, the Hoover House Hotel, and the Putnam Organ Works Store. This was a part of town that began to expand rapidly in the years following the railroad's arrival in Staunton in 1852. No Victorian tour of Staunton is complete without a stroll through the Beverly Street Historic District.

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    Newtown

    Staunton's oldest residential district, the area known as Newtown, was deeded to the city in 1878. There are buildings in this district dating to practically period in the city's history, including several noteworthy Victorian structures like the Cochran House and the Robertson House. One of the oldest structures in the district is the Stuart House, which dates to 1791. 

    Another important structure is the Stonewall Jackson Building, built in 1887 and served as Staunton's first public school. Its architecture blends elements of the Victorian and Colonial Revival styles. As you walk through the neighborhood, keep a lookout for the numerous Victorian-era family homes that line Madison Place and South Fayette Street as well. 

    Stuart Addition

    The historic district known as the Stuart Addition was originally deeded to the city of Staunton in 1803. Like much of the city, this neighborhood experienced its greatest period of growth, beginning in the 1870s when Victorian, Queen Anne, and Georgian Revival styles or architecture were prevalent. The C.W. Miller House, built in 1899 on the campus of Mary Baldwin University, is one of the most prominent structures in the district. 

    Another important building to note as you explore the Stuart Addition is St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church. Designed by prominent architect T. J. Collins, the church was built in 1895 and is a striking display of dramatic Victorian Gothic architecture. 

    Gospel Hill

    One of Staunton's oldest and most varied residential districts, Gospel Hill includes numerous homes built between 1840 to 1930 and which range in size from bungalows to mansions. Notable Victorian buildings include the Arista Hoge House, the Catlett House, and two homes are known simply as Oakdene and The Oaks. Each of them is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

    Of course, arguably the most well-known house in the Gospel Hill Historic District is the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace, a stately brick home that was built in 1846 and in which the future president was born 10 years later. Although the house was build during the Victorian era, its architecture would be more accurately described as Colonial Revival. 

    Wharf Area

    An amazingly well preserved commercial district dating back to the mid-19th century, the Wharf Area represents the heart of Staunton's boom years. Featuring rows of warehouses, commercial buildings, and storefronts, the district is mostly filled with picturesque brick buildings. These structures sprung up during the period of growth that happened in Staunton following the Civil War, replacing the wood buildings that formerly dominated the area. 

    The Railroad Water Tower, American Hotel, and John Burns Building are among the notable structures still present in the Wharf Area, all dating from the mid to late 19th century, when the area was packed with businesses like distilleries, liveries, saloons, and merchants of all kinds. The former Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Station, built in 1902, is another hidden gem in the Wharf Area Historic District. 

    Contact us today to learn more about life in Staunton, VA. It's a city with a rich history and a bright future, and our real estate agents are excited to help you find your dream home in the Staunton area. 

    April
    5

    Why Harrisonburg is Called the Friendly City

    Harrisonburg Friendly City

    Harrisonburg is known as many things, from the county seat of Rockingham County to the first city in Virginia to be home to its own culinary district. But residents and visitors alike refer to Harrisonburg by a nickname that has stuck with the city for centuries – the Friendly City. Harrisonburg is the 12th largest city in Virginia, known for the warm, welcoming nature of its diverse residents, as well as its mix of urban amenities and small-town feel. Wondering why Harrisonburg is known as the Friendly City? Our real estate agents have the details on the friendly atmosphere you can expect in Harrisonburg and the reasons why you'll love calling the city home.

    Why Harrisonburg Is Called the Friendly City

    • A City That Began with a Gift
      Harrisonburg is a warm, welcoming city, which was founded when Thomas Harrison, the son of two early immigrants to the area, gifted 2.5 acres of land to the newly formed Rockingham County in 1779. That land would eventually become home to the first courthouse in the county, and the land is still known as Court Square today. One year later, Harrison gifted another 50 acres of land to the county, and the city of Harrisonburg was born. The city was named for Thomas Harrison, and from those humble beginnings, it has grown into the vibrant city that so many residents love today.
    • The Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance
      Anyone shopping for Harrisonburg homes for sale will definitely want to visit the city's downtown area, where you can find many examples of why Harrisonburg is known as the Friendly City. Downtown Harrisonburg is where you'll find many of the historic businesses that make the community such a welcoming place, along with examples of the diversity that has helped shape the city to this day. In 2004, Harrisonburg established the "Downtown Renaissance" program to create a vibrant new downtown area where residents could find food, fun, shopping, and relaxation. The program has been a major success, with many new businesses arriving to make their mark on the Friendly City.

    • A Culinary District Where Food and Friends Mingle
      Downtown is also home to Harrisonburg's Culinary District, the first of its kind in Virginia and an example that many other cities have since followed. The diversity of Harrisonburg's residents is reflected by the wide variety of different types of food that you can find in the Culinary District. Whether you're gathering at a rooftop restaurant at sunset for dinner, a patio on a sunny afternoon for lunch, or grabbing a seat at the taproom of your favorite craft brewery, you're sure to find new friends and fantastic food whenever you visit the Culinary District.

    • Why Students Can Find Fun and a Great Education in Harrisonburg
      The friendliness of Harrisonburg extends to residents of all ages, as college students at local universities can surely attest. Harrisonburg is home to both James Madison University and the Eastern Mennonite University. Both universities add to the culture of life in the city, and many students who come from out of town go on to become lifelong residents of Harrisonburg. Residents of Harrisonburg also enjoy going to sporting events at both universities while celebrating the championships in basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, and football that teams from the universities have won in recent years.
    • Outdoor Fun Is Always on the Menu in Harrisonburg
      City parks are natural places for people to gather for some local fun, and like many cities where you can shop for Virginia homes for sale, Harrisonburg is home to a robust park system that offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. During the summer, you might find an outdoor concert or city festival where you can meet new people in a fun, inviting setting. These parks are also home to sports leagues throughout the year for kids and adults – another way that Harrisonburg brings people together.

    • Support Your Friends By Shopping Local
      If you love shopping for art created by local artists and supporting local artisans who create unique items by hand, then you're sure to enjoy spending weekend mornings shopping at the many local businesses that make Harrisonburg such a unique place to call home. From handcrafted clothing, home goods, and fashion accessories to art galleries that showcase the amazing talents of city residents, Harrisonburg has it all. And if you've been searching for a city where you can create your own dream small business, then you'll be sure to love the welcome that you receive from Harrisonburg's residents and the small business community.

    Searching for your next home in a city that's as fun as it is friendly? Let our experienced, local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.

    March
    22

    Your Guide to Historic Augusta

    Historic AugustaDid you know that the borders of Augusta County once stretched all the way to the Mississippi River? The county was established in 1738 and has played an important role in American history ever since. While the size of the county is slightly smaller than it was back in those days, today's Augusta County remains one of the most historic places in Virginia. You can still visit many historic destinations and see how the county has evolved in its nearly 300 years of existence. Our REALTORS® are here to help you discover the unique history of the region with our guide to historic Augusta County.

    Your Guide to Historic Augusta

    The Earliest Days of Augusta County
    When Augusta County was founded in 1738, settlers from Europe were just beginning to push into the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The territory included land that would eventually be carved into seven states. So while the border of the county really did include lands up to the Mississippi River, most of those lands hadn't been settled or explored. Still, Augusta County represented the frontier at the time, attracting a wide range of settlers and some notable names who would eventually write their names in the history books. Eventually, as more counties were established in the region in 1790, Augusta County was reduced to its current size – which still makes it the second-largest county in Virginia.

    Augusta County Historical Society – 20 S New St., Staunton, VA 24401
    There's no better place to discover the history of the region than the Augusta County Historical Society, which can be found in downtown Staunton at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art. The dedicated volunteers at the Augusta County Historical Society work hard to record, preserve, and present local history for anyone who's interested in learning about the area. When you visit, you can find information on historic buildings, forgotten communities from Augusta's earliest days, and the many historic figures with ties to the area. Because Augusta County was so large when it was first founded, the Augusta County Historical Society also has early records from other Shenandoah Valley communities, which would eventually become part of other nearby counties in Virginia.

    Discover Augusta County History through the Words of Those Who Created It
    Among the many archives at the Augusta County Historical Society, you will find a vast collection of letters, journal entries, and personal writings from throughout the area's history. If your family has deep roots in the area, you may even find writings from your own ancestors! All of these writings provide a unique view of local history, recorded by the people who shaped it. Find out what it was like to live here when Augusta County was on the frontier, and see how the area developed over time into the place that we all love so much today.

    Enjoy a Driving Tour of Historic Augusta County
    The history of Augusta County can be discovered in many towns throughout the area, and the Augusta County Historic Society has created a self-guided driving tour of Augusta County to help you explore some of the county's most prominent historic sites. It's a great way to learn about the history and see some unique Virginia homes for sale along the way. As you travel, you'll have the chance to see historic churches, schools, cemeteries, businesses, homes, and much more. Download the guide to the driving tour to learn more about each historic site as you pass. And local history doesn't end in Augusta County! As you head north and pass beautiful Bridgewater homes for sale, you'll soon find yourself in historic Harrisonburg, where you can learn even more about Virginia's history.

    Ready to find a home that allows you to discover the fascinating history of Augusta County first-hand and write your own name in the local history books? Our team is here to help you find a home you'll love, but making history is up to you. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Augusta County, VA area

    February
    1

    Where to Go Skiing in West Virginia for Winter Fun

    Skiing in West VirginiaOnce the busy week is done, our real estate agents love to head for the slopes around West Virginia. The freedom of flying downhill is a perfect release from the responsibilities of daily life.

    Skiing is also an ideal way for couples and families to share quality time together. Leave your cares behind with a trip to one of these great skiing sites near Pendleton County homes for sale.

    • Snowshoe Mountain - 10 Snowshoe Dr., Snowshoe, WV 26209
      At Snowshoe Mountain, their motto is, "There's no such thing as too much snow." They're so confident that Snowshoe Mountain offers a unique guarantee: through March 14, if the resort doesn't have more skiable terrain open than any other downhill skiing location in the Southeast, ski free the next day. Enjoy the magic of night skiing at Silver Creek, which has 12 trails open into the evening. Snowshoe Mountain also provides a wonderful balance between rugged outdoor adventure and luxury accommodations, including a spa, restaurants, and boutique shops. Visit the website for information about passes, including specials and package deals. Snowshoe lifts run 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Hours at Silver Creek are noon - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

    • Canaan Valley Resort State Park - 230 Main Lodge Rd., Davis, WV 26260
      Prestigious publications such as Frommer's Travel Guide and Washingtonian Magazine have recognized Canaan Valley Resort State Park as one of the best places to stay in the country. With an average annual snowfall of 180 inches, the 47 skiing and snowboarding trails are always ready for action. If you prefer a more sedate pace, you'll find several snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails. Families also love the 1,200-foot-long multi-lane tubing park. Want to really get back to the land? Canaan Valley has several scenic campsites that include full access to resort amenities. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    • Timberline Mountain - 254 Four Seasons Dr., Davis, WV 26260
      So you say you've been to Timberline Mountain? Get ready for a whole new experience. The resort is open for the season with a remodeled lodge, two new terrain parks and lifts, a revamped beginner area, and more snowmaking than ever before. Reach the top faster with the new, state-of-the-art chairlift, a Doppelmayr high-speed six-passenger model that's the first of its kind in West Virginia. Learn freestyle or expand your repertoire of tricks in the beginner and expert terrain parks. Get a sneak peek at current conditions on the website's snow cams. Receive a discount when you purchase lift tickets online. Timberline Mountain is open daily from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

    • Winterplace Ski Resort - 100 Old Flat Top Mt. Rd., Ghent, WV 25841
      Is inexperience keeping you from discovering the joys of skiing? With a generous amount of beginner trails and a top ski school, Winterplace Ski Resort has a well-earned reputation as a good destination for newbies. Private, group, and family lessons are available to suit any needs. If it doesn't work the first time, you can take the class again for no charge. Their innovative SkiWee & Snow Explorers program is an effective introduction for children ages 6-12. Kids of all ages will have a blast at West Virginia's largest snow tubing park. Weekday hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. except for Tuesday and Wednesday, when closing time is 4 p.m. Weekend hours are 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

    • Oglebay Resort - 465 Lodge Dr., Wheeling, WV 26003
      Located minutes from the state capital, Oglebay Resort honors the legacy of its namesake, whose country estate and farm were once located on the grounds. Upon his death in 1926, Earl W. Oglebay bequeathed the property to the city of Wheeling on the condition that it be operated as a source of public recreation. Wilson Lodge opened in 1957, enabling the park to become a year-round resort. During the winter, Oglebay is a popular site for downhill skiing and snowboarding, along with themed weekend events such as Italian Food & Wine, Sweetheart Dinner, and Soup-er Bowl Hike. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Learn more about why Grant County homes for sale are special any time of the year. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to speak with one of our cheerful and dedicated real estate agents. 

    January
    25

    Explore Historic Downtown Harrisonburg With This Guide

    Historic Harrisonburg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      June
      15

      Shenandoah Valley: Celebrate Father's Day While Social Distancing

      Shenandoah Valley Spots for Father's Day
      Father's Day is Sunday, June 21, and our real estate agents understand that we all may need to don our creativity caps to celebrate our fathers and father-figures due to social distancing. While we may not be able to take them to their favorite restaurant, catch a movie, or take them on a shopping spree, there are plenty of ways that we can give them a spectacular yet safe Father's Day. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

      • Dinner & A Movie
        Just because you can't visit a restaurant and theatre doesn't mean you can't treat dad to an awesome night of fun. Most of our local restaurants now offer take-out and delivery services which allows you to get dad his favorite steak dinner. Rent a movie to watch at home or visit one of the old-school drive-in theaters that are popping up around town and enjoy a classic flick.

      • Wine Tasting at Home
        Does your father fancy himself a wine connoisseur? Host a wine tasting at home with a few bottles from one of our local wineries. Create a charcuterie board from local meats and cheeses to give him a taste of the Shenandoah Valley like no other. If he prefers liquor or beer, order delivery from a liquor store. Does dad simply like a good glass of pop? Create a gift basket of craft sodas, chips, jerky, and candies to satisfy his sweet tooth.

      • Play a Round of Golf
        Golf is a great outdoor activity that is a fun way to enjoy time out of the house while properly practicing social distancing. Head over to one of our local golf courses to take advantage of their Father's Day specials. If mini-golf is more his game, let him practice his putting skills on a few fun holes. Whether you take him to a driving range or to a putt-putt course, try to let him win a few holes.   

      • Relax with Rod & Reel
        There's nothing better than spending a warm summer afternoon casting a line and enjoying the sunshine. Our area has plenty of great fishing holes where you and your dad can spend hours in serenity without a care in the world. From Mossy Creek to Lake Arrowhead, find a secluded spot, and enjoy quality time together.

      • Outdoor Activities
        If fishing or golf isn't one of his preferred activities, there are other great outdoor areas to explore. Go on a horse ride at Jordan Hollow Stables or hike up Stony Man Mountain. Have a picnic in Gypsy Hill Park or explore the cool formations in Luray Caverns. With so many interesting natural spaces to explore, you and your dad can spend all day in the great outdoors.

      Whether you're looking to upgrade to a space that has a cozy room for your father or if your dear old dad is hoping to downsize to a more manageable house, contact us for help finding West Virginia real estate and Virginia homes for sale that meet all of your needs.  

      May
      6

      Shenandoah Valley: Best Outdoor Spots for Kids

       

      Outdoor Spots for Kids Shenadoah Valley
      Michael J. Fox, star of the appropriately-named Family Ties, once declared, "Family is not an important thing. It's everything." Celebrate family members, by blood or choice, during International Day of Families on Friday, May 15. Our real estate agents suggest a fun-filled trip to one of these exciting outdoor areas in the Shenandoah Valley.

      • Bryce Resort - 1982 Fairway Dr., Basye, VA 22810
        All the natural beauty around Shenandoah County homes for sale is on display at Bryce Resort. Spend an afternoon kayaking on scenic Lake Laura or walking the nature trail that traces its perimeter. If you prefer adventure high in the sky, take a thrilling ride on the ski lift or zipline. Other activities include traditional, mini, and disc golf as well as tubing, swimming, and mountain biking. In addition to Copper Kettle Restaurant, Bryce Resort offers monthly mountaintop dinners during summer months. The resort is open to the public, but individual and family memberships are available with perks such as parking permits, discounts, and selected free amenities.

      • Stony Man Mountain Hike - Skyline Drive MP 41.7, Luray, VA 22835
        Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park is a treasure easily accessible to the area near homes for sale in Luray. Enjoy the park's expansive vistas when you take the Stony Man Mountain Hike, an easy mile-and-a-half attainable for all ages. Be on the lookout for unusual plants and wildlife sightings as well as the historic copper mine. Those who prefer a more challenging route can take the 3.5-mile Passamaquoddy Trail that circles Stony Man. Pack a picnic and make a day of it. Park entrance fee is $30 per vehicle and covers seven consecutive days. Hours are dawn until dusk year-round.

      • Jordan Hollow Stables - 657 Pine Grove Rd., Stanley, VA 22851
        Every child dreams of having a pony, so give them the next best thing with a day at Jordan Hollow Stables. Most of the beautiful and gentle horses at Jordan Hollow have been rescued from shelters and given a "new" life delighting all ages of riders. No experience is needed for the guided ninety-minute rides along one of the trails on the stables' 125-acre wooded property. As a bonus, you're likely to spot deer, turkeys, rabbits, and other wildlife along the way. Prices start at $45 per person with a minimum age of 7. Jordan Hollow is open Monday through Saturday from March through November with riding times of 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

      • Gypsy Hill Park - 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
        With its multitude of facilities and activities, pet-friendly Gypsy Hill Park is like a free outdoor amusement park just minutes from Staunton homes for sale. With a skate park, mini-train, pool, fishing, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, horseshoes, and fitness station, your kids won't know what to do first! There's also an 18-hole public golf course along with grills and picnic tables available on a first-come-first-served basis. Park hours are 4 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

      • Luray Caverns - 101 Cave Hill Rd., Luray, VA 22835
        Channel your inner Indiana Jones with a visit to Luray Caverns. Guides lead you along lighted walkways passing through 10-story-high "rooms" with incredible rock formations. Other on-site attractions include the Car & Carriage Caravan Museum, Shenandoah Heritage Village, Toy Town Junction, Rope Adventure Park and Garden Maze. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids aged 6-12 with additional fees for Rope Adventure Park and Garden Maze. Luray Caverns is open 365 days a year. Visit the website for hours.

      Shenandoah Valley is for families. If you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Old Dominion Realty.

      March
      2

      Harrisonburg: Fill Out Your Bracket at These Local Sports Bars

      Harrisonburg VA Restaurants
      March Madness begins on March 17th and our real estate agents cannot wait to fill out our brackets. Even if you're not a die-hard college basketball fan, March Madness offers fun for casual and non-fans alike. The NCAA Men's Basketball tournament starts with 68 college teams playing in single-elimination games until there is one unbeaten team left standing. To make the event even more exciting, fans fill out their own brackets, trying to guess which teams will advance for each round. If you make a wrong selection, your bracket is busted! If the stars align and you choose the winner, you'll be the talk of the town. Fill out your brackets and catch all of the March Madness games at these local sports bars!

      • O'Neill's Grill — 221 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        O'Neill's Grill is the hometown hangout for any game during any season on over 40 TVs. If you don't feel immediately at home with their warm, welcoming service, then you'll surely taste the heart that they put into every ounce of their homemade cooking. Bring your friends or make some new ones and enjoy a day full of basketball, beer, and the best home-style meals in town.

      • Jalapeno Southwest Grill — 1039 Port Republic Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Southwest flavor in the heart of Virginia, that's what Jalapeno Southwest Grill is all about. Serving up fajitas, tacos, quesadillas, burritos and more, Jalapeno is a spicy stop for you to share a bowl of queso or guacamole while you count the Sweet 16 down to the Final Four. Just make sure you pencil in the Jalapeno Signature Margarita into your drink bracket — it's a winner every time.  

      • Billy Jack's Shack — 92 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Let's cut to the chase — yes, Harrisonburg locals will admit that the signature dishes, unique tacos, finger-licking-good boxes, and juicy burgers at Billy Jack's Shack are delicious, but we're only here to talk about one thing — donuts! Made in house with a new specialty donut cooked up each week, you've got to make one of these sweet serving a top priority. Try the Psycho Girl Scout with peanut butter, toasted marshmallow, and chocolate chips. Devour the Muddy Pig with Nutella and crispy bacon crumbles or munch through Barb's Desk Drawer with vanilla frosting and M&Ms. Trust us, these donuts are so good you won't even care that your bracket was busted!  

      • Capital Ale House — 41-A Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Cheer on your favorite Virginia teams at Capital Ale House. Proudly supporting local Virginia beer, business, and agriculture, Capital Ale House has over 450 beers on draught. Their monthly specials feature seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby farms, giving you a true taste of Virginia in every bite. Come in and enjoy a giant Bavarian pretzel or Prince Edward Island mussels with some of the best beers in the country.  

      • The Golden Pony — 181 N. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        The Golden Pony is a hot spot for scratch-made American food, delicious local beer, and the latest local music. Along with their great burgers, fresh salads, and hearty subs, they offer a pizza buffet throughout the week. If you pop by on the 17th, you'll be treated to a record release party featuring performances from Crab Action and Parmesan Mayonnaise.

      • Jimmy Madison's — 121 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        March Madness begins on March 17th which is also St. Patrick's Day — don't worry, Jimmy Madison's southern kitchen and whiskey bar will help you celebrate both! Sample a few with a whiskey flight and dive into one of their burgers, tacos, or meats pulled right from the smoker. Even if you're only in the mood for a drink, we insist that you order one of their amazing desserts like the Smores Pie, Warm Apple Blonde, or Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.

      Hoping to score one of our Harrisonburg homes for sale this season? Contact us and we'll help you sink an offer before the buzzer!

      February
      4

      In Search of the Perfect Slice on National Pizza Day

      Shenandoah Valley Restaurants for Pizza
      Put burgers on the backburner and leave your leftovers in the fridge — February 9th is National Pizza Day and you deserve a slice topped with gooey cheese, crisp vegetables, and crunchy crust. Believe it or not, more than 3 billion pizzas are sold annually and every America consumes around 23 pounds of pie throughout the year.

      How can you observe National Pizza Day? You can grab a few slices with friends, order delivery for a movie night at home, or grab a pie and have a pizza party in the park with your family. Nearly 20 percent of all restaurants in the country are pizzerias and if you're searching for the best pizza spots in the Shenandoah Valley, these five parlors are some of our REALTORS® favorites!

      1. Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza — 80 W. Water St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        If you love pizza in any form, then imagine how delicious a slice made with farm-fresh ingredients tastes. Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza makes all of its menu items from scratch daily using produce, meats, and cheeses sourced from local Shenandoah Valley farms. Following the traditional pizza-making process created in Naples, Italy, Bella Luna's 900-degree wood-fired oven is ready to warm up your taste buds. All 10-inch pizzas are 100 percent organic and can even be made with a gluten-free crust. While you can't go wrong with the Chef's Choice featuring the freshest local and seasonal ingredients available, we always suggest either the Bella Bianca with a roasted garlic puree or the Chicken Al Forno with locally-roasted chicken and hot sauce.
      2. Benny Sorrentino's — 64 S. Mason St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        For National Pizza Day, there's no better place to go than the Home of the Virginia Slice. Taking "pizza is life" to a new level, Benny Sorrentino's believes that living an easy, breezy lifestyle with a slice in hand and a smile on your face is the best way to live. Opened in 2014 as part of Harrisonburg's downtown restoration project, every pizza at Benny Sorrentino's gives you a diverse taste of our country — cheese from Minnesota, tomatoes from California, fresh flour and custom Virginia-branded meat from the Midwest. If you're up for The Benny's Challenge, amateur eaters can try to take down a 28-inch pie in under an hour — professional eaters need to do it in under seven minutes!
      3. Romano's Italian Bistro — 40 New Hope Rd., McGaheysville, VA 22840
        Southern Italian cuisine is always on the menu at Romano's Italian Bistro. Unlike other pizzerias that may offer dozens upon dozens of combinations, Romano's understands that nothing beats a classic pie. Gourmet pizza options include a Bistro with grilled chicken, a Margherita with fresh tomato, and a White with ricotta cheese. They also have a classic Cheese, Veggie, and Meat Lover, as well as their Romano's Special with pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, onions, mushrooms, and green peppers. Finish it off with a cannoli or a slice of fried cheesecake and call National Pizza Day a success.
      4. Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant — 701 S. 3rd St., Shenandoah, VA 22849
        A Shenandoah staple for nearly one-quarter of a century, Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant knows how to please the pizza lovers in town. This family-owned-and-operated pizzeria blends Italian Classics with the hallmarks of the best New York-style pies to create an unforgettable pizza. You can't go wrong with the classic, hand-tossed New York-style" pizza, but we suggest that you make National Pizza Day special with a thick, hand-pressed Sicilian pan pizza. Top it with their premium ingredients like lightly battered eggplant, sautéed shrimp, and Philly steak. After one bite, you'll feel like you're eating in the heart of Mamma Mia's home kitchen.
      5. Vito's Italian Kitchen — 1047 Port Republic Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        When you come to Vito's Italian Kitchen for authentic pizza, you're guaranteed to get a true taste of Italy. Born in Sicily, Vito brought his talent for cooking to Harrisonburg in 2002 and forever changed the pizza game in town. The Soprano and The Godfather will give you an appetite you can't refuse while the Wicked Hot Carolina and The Pellerito delight even the toughest pizza critic. Be sure to ask about their Gourmet Pizza of the Week, made exclusively with a thinner crust, loaded with seasonings, and featuring specialty ingredients.

      Hungry for a home around the Shenandoah Valley? Contact us today to shop homes for sale in Virginia

      October
      28

      All Aboard the North Pole Express for a Country Classic Christmas

      Moorefield WV North Pole Express
      It's hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner, but they'll be here before you know it! There are a lot of fun holiday events in or area, and our REALTORS® love helping residents find the most exciting ways to celebrate the season. One of our favorite activities is the Potomac Eagle's Country Classic Christmas featuring the North Pole Express.

      Take a Train Ride with Santa 

      Hop aboard the train and ride the rails to the North Pole. Once onboard, there will be sing-along Christmas caroling with musicians and tasty milk and cookies. The most exciting part of the entire ride, however, is the SURPRISE you'll see on your kids' faces when the big guy himself climbs on board. That's right, SANTA will join you and your family for the ride. Not everyone can see him, though. He will only appear to those who truly believe! 

      The entire family will love hearing the endearing story of how a train saved Christmas. You'll also enjoy the stunning views as the train makes its way through the gorgeous countryside. After you experience this for the first time, you'll want to adopt it as a cherished family tradition that you can carry on for years to come. 

      Arriving at the North Pole from Moorefield 

      The North Pole Express runs each weekend from Friday, November 22nd until Sunday, December 22nd. Shows run at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. (check the schedule to confirm dates and times). This top-rated event will sell out, so you'll want to book your tickets as early as possible. 

      The train ride departs from Moorefield, which is a gorgeous place to live and work. You may want to plan to arrive a couple of hours early so you can drive around and take a look at some of the beautiful Moorefield homes for sale

      Adults can purchase their tickets for just $35 during the day and $52 for evening rides. Children aged 2 to 12 years old are $25 during the day and $42 in the evening. Infants and children under two years old are welcome to ride your lap and are not charged. However, you will still need to reserve a ticket for each child who will attend. 

      Find Your Dream Home Before the Holidays 

      Are you ready to spend the holidays in your dream home? Old Dominion Realty can help! Our REALTORS® are ready to listen to your goals and work with you to find the perfect property. Contact us today to get started. 

      July
      29

      6 of the Coolest Concerts in the 'Burg in August

      Harrisonburg Concerts August 2019
      There are plenty of Harrisonburg homes for sale to choose from, but any of them will put you right in the middle of fun and excitement. One of the best things about beautiful Harrisonburg is its energetic live music scene. Lots of memorable acts originated right here, so there's always a show going on.

      Summer is concert season, and the action is in full swing in August.

      Our real estate agents are looking forward to these cool August concerts:

      1. Late Bloomer – 181 North Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
        Headlining a night of music on August 13 is Late Bloomer, a North Carolina trio with a unique take on hook-driven guitar rock, punk, and indie. Fresh from their successful third full-length album, they have never sounded more dynamic or compelling than they do now. They'll be joined by indie rock duo Bloom, whose May 2019 EP soared to 100,000 views in just two weeks.
      2. Bruce Allen – 1230 Old Furnace Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
        Visiting the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Friday, August 16, Bruce Allen will bring his brand of county music to the Harrisonburg stage. Soloist Allen is a veteran of the Nashville music scene known for his versatility, soulful performances, and compelling lyrics. It's all brought to you by one of the most prominent nonprofits from right here in the 'Burg.
      3. Unspoken Tradition – 153 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Bluegrass band Unspoken Tradition celebrates the culture of North Carolina in its music, looking forward to the future while honoring the state's rich past. Now on tour, the five-person band will hit the stage on August 7. Expect to hear their chart-topping radio singles as well as some new takes on their nostalgic, yet sincere sound. You won't want to miss it!
      4. The Seldom Scene – 41 F Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801
        The Seldom Scene is one of the longest-running and most popular bluegrass bands playing in the Harrisonburg area. Founded in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland, the Seldom Scene is a leading name in progressive bluegrass. Its five members create shows with bluegrass versions of hot hits from genres like country, rock, and even pop. They'll be in Harrisonburg on Friday, August 16.
      5. Queen of Jeans – 122 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Queen of Jeans headlines on August 7 in Harrisonburg, part of a night of music featuring fresh new sounds from young bands. Bringing their experimental alternative sound to Harrisonburg, these musical pioneers – who got started in the business with a debut album in 2016 – have a style that blends subversive elements with angelic female-led harmonies.
      6. Rockingham County Fair 2019 – 4808 South Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        No list of cool August events would be complete without the best way to relax and unwind after a day of visiting Rockingham County homes for sale: The one and only Rockingham County Fair. The Fair has been going since 1949 and has grown every year. Fair Week entertainment will include Morgan Wallen, Aaron Lewis, Scotty McCreery, and many others on multiple stages.

      There's much more to see and do in Harrisonburg. With help from our team, you'll find the perfect home to experience it all. Contact us today to learn about local real estate opportunities.

      April
      22

      Valleyfest Beer & Wine Festival - May 25

      Shenandoah Valleyfest
      Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner! There's no need to book plane tickets or a hotel room because there are plenty of great things to do right here in Shenandoah Valley. 

      Our real estate agents all agree that the Valleyfest Beer & Wine Festival is one of Memorial Day weekend's best events. After all, what better way to kick off summer than to spend the day outdoors listening to live music and enjoying wine, ciders, and microbrew beers?

      The event, which is in its 19th year, is extremely popular among both locals and visitors. Here's everything you need to know so you can make the most of your experience. 

      Live Music

      This year's event will feature a main stage and an acoustic stage. On the main stage, you'll find Americana bands YARN and The Judy Chops, solo acoustic performer Mike Davis, and funk, rock, and blues band Pebble to Pearl (P2P).

      The acoustic stage features YARN Plays the Dead, Trail of the Lonesome, and Gypsy Town. Whether you're in the mood for high-energy performances or relaxing and soulful vocals, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for. 

      Food, Drinks, and Shopping

      The festival will feature a large selection of beer, wine, and cider as well as food vendors serving up your favorites like kettle corn, burgers and fries, and even fried Oreos. When you're ready to take a break from eating and dancing, you can also enjoy shopping for unique crafts and gifts from the many local vendors. 

      Getting There

      Valleyfest Beer & Wine Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 25th, from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. It's held on the slopes of the Massanutten Resort and is expected to draw a crowd of over 4,000 people. 

      Ticket prices are $25 each. Tickets for your designated driver and visitors under 21 are only $10, and children under 10 get in for free. All proceeds from the event benefit the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. 

      Your Shenandoah Valley Real Estate Professionals

      Once you experience the great community vibe and get to know some of your potential new neighbors, you'll be more ready than ever to make this area your new home. We can help you find the perfect home in your ideal neighborhood. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started! 

      April
      1

      Garden Week Shenandoah Valley - Begins April 27

      Garden Week - Virginia
      In Virginia, springtime brings warmer weather, plenty of sunshine, and thousands of beautiful flowers. Our real estate agents love showing properties this time of year, as potential buyers are often blown away by the gorgeous homes with stunning gardens. 

      Every year, the entire state celebrates the beauty of springtime during Historic Garden Week. This year's event takes place from April 27th through May 4th. It includes 31 tours across the state and is expected to draw close to 26,000 visitors.

      This annual event has grown in popularity during its 85 years and now features over 250 gardens, homes, and landmarks. Although all of the events are wonderful, the Staunton and Harrisonburg tours stand out from the rest. Here's why.

      Staunton 

      Hosted by the Augusta Garden Club, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Staunton tour features five architecturally-renowned homes, four of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the houses is a presidential birthplace, and another is a recently restored and rarely-opened residence designed by famed architect William Bottomley. During the tour, you'll also get a chance to view some gardens created by well-known landscape architects Arthur Shurcliff and Charles Gillette.

      This tour takes place on Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. While you're in the area, we suggest taking a drive around so you can look at some of the great Staunton Homes for Sale. We think you'll be impressed by what you see! 

      Harrisonburg 

      The gorgeous mountain views and rolling landscapes of Harrisonburg make this area a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The Harrisonburg Tour includes a 1840s farm where visitors can tour the Farmhouse, Bellhouse, and Smokehouse. It also features several other homes on the outskirts of town, each of which has a unique design and architectural components. At each location, tour participants will also have the opportunity to learn about specific styles of flower arranging.

      This tour is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It begins at the Spotswood Country Club where there will also be a "meet and greet" and book signing, light refreshments, and unique items for sale by local vendors. 

      While you're driving through town, keep an eye out for Harrisonburg homes for sale. If you see some that appeal to you, contact us so we can arrange a tour. 

      Your Local Real Estate Pros

      At Old Dominion Realty, we're well-versed in all of the things that make the Shenandoah Valley area a great place to live. If you're interested in learning more about potential neighborhoods, contact us. We'll show you around and help you find the perfect place to call home. 

      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.

      November
      20

      Harrisonburg Living: 6 Ways to Spend Thanksgiving in the 'Burg

      Harrisonburg Thanksgiving Weekend Events
      Can you believe Thanksgiving is here? During Thanksgiving weekend, you'll find a diverse selection of fun, family-friendly events and attractions going on throughout the community. Our real estate agents have the details on six exciting events in Harrisonburg, VA on Thanksgiving weekend (and beyond!) for this year.

      1. Rocktown Turkey Trot and Gobble Gobble Kids Dash – Thanksgiving Day
        Thanksgiving Day runs have become a popular tradition in communities across the country, and you can enjoy a holiday run this year close to home in Harrisonburg. The Rocktown Turkey Trot (8:30 a.m.), held in conjunction with the Gobble Gobble Kids Dash (8 a.m.), is a great opportunity to get the whole family moving before you sit down for your Thanksgiving meal.

      2. Make Thanksgiving Dinner Reservations at Harrisonburg's Joshua Wilton House Inn
        Located at 412 South Main St. in Harrisonburg, VA, the Joshua Wilton House Inn is a fantastic place to spend your Thanksgiving holiday. With an elegant setting in a Victorian-era home, the Joshua Wilton House offers an excellent atmosphere in addition to a three-course meal prepared by some of the most talented chefs in the Harrisonburg area. It's a popular spot, so reservations are recommended.

      3. Just Say 'Ohm' for the Holidays – Register for a Yoga Class in Harrisonburg
        Looking for the perfect way to get your mind and body in sync for the holiday season? Head to The Center: A Yoga and Pilates Studio located 217 S. Liberty St., Suite 201 in Harrisonburg to sign up for a yoga class just in time for the holidays. The Center offers classes for all skill levels, including a special "Burn the Bird" class on the day after Thanksgiving.

      4. Start Your Christmas Shopping in Harrisonburg on Small Business Saturday – November 24
        Shopping local is a fantastic way to support the local economy during the holidays, and Small Business Saturday on Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect excuse to start your local holiday shopping. Downtown Harrisonburg is loaded with diverse small businesses, where you can find a truly unique gift for everyone on your list

      5. Too Much Black Friday Shopping? Relax at Blue Stone Vineyard in Nearby Bridgewater
        Whether you're shopping for Christmas gifts or Harrisonburg homes for sale, sometimes it's nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of a busy season. With a scenic location at 4828 Spring Creek Rd. in Bridgewater, VA, Blue Stone Vineyard is the perfect place to get away from it all. Enjoy beautiful countryside views and an enchanting atmosphere, while you sample Blue Stone's best for the holiday season.

      6. Bonus Christmas Event: Don't Miss the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting December 7
        While this one doesn't take place until after Thanksgiving weekend, it's definitely an item that you'll want to mark on your calendar for the holiday season. The Harrisonburg Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony features a new theme each year, and this year's theme is Capture the Magic. The best views of the parade for spectators are often found along Main St., between Gay St. and City Hall. After the parade, stick around for the tree lighting ceremony at City Hall, followed by a performance by the James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes.

      No matter the time of year, there's always something fun and interesting going on in Harrisonburg. So why not extend your stay? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.

      November
      13

      7 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Staunton


      Staunton Holiday Events
      Christmas comes but once a year, and our friends in the Staunton, VA area know how to celebrate the season in style! If you're in the neighborhood looking at Staunton homes for sale, be sure to set aside some time to check out these great holiday activities in the Shenandoah Valley.

      1. Find Christmas Gifts at the Staunton Augusta Arts Center
        For the art lover on your Christmas list, there's no better place to find the perfect gift than the Staunton Augusta Art Center. The 2018 Art For Gifts exhibit lasts from November 9 to December 30, featuring a juried holiday shopping boutique with original fine arts and crafts by 60 incredible artists.

      2. Attend the Frontier Culture Museum Christmas Fair
        The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia tells the story of the thousands of farmers, artisans, and other pioneers who migrated to colonial America in the 17th and 18th centuries. Head to the museum on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24 to experience the annual Christmas Fair. Admission is donation-based and includes holiday-themed activities, great food and drink, caroling in the courtyard, and a holiday artisan and craft fair. 

      3. Share Christmas Tea With Friends
        The perfect place to spend some quality time with someone special this holiday season, the Anne Hathaway Cottage Tea Room offers traditional Victorian High Tea, as well as light lunches, English pub fare, and afternoon cream teas. Reservations are now being accepted for the Christmas season.

      4. Create Your Own Christmas Heirloom
        Sunspots Studios is famous for its live glassblowing demonstrations and beautiful glass gifts. But this holiday season, they're offering an opportunity to create your own work of art with Blow Your Own Ornament workshops. Open to anyone ages 7 and up, it's a great way to create a unique gift or start a new holiday tradition for your family.

      5. Make a Delicious Holiday Treat
        Our mouths are watering just thinking about the 3rd Annual Paris Cake Company Gingerbread Workshop, which comes to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center on December 9. Limited space is available, so contact the Paris Cake Company by phone or email in advance to reserve your spot, and then head to the Conference center at 1 p.m. on the 9th to assemble your gingerbread house. All the decorating supplies you need will be provided, along with a variety of delicious refreshments. 

      6. Tour Historic Staunton
        The Historic Staunton Foundation Holiday House Tour is one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season in Staunton. Now in its 46th year, this annual event offers an opportunity to explore the architecture of some of the most beautiful homes in the Stuart Addition Historic District and downtown Staunton. Tours take place on December 1 and 2. Visit the official website to learn more about the houses and the tour route!

      7. Watch the 'I'll Be Home for Christmas!' Parade
        Staunton puts on a spectacular holiday parade every year. This year's event dubbed the I'll Be Home For Christmas! Parade begins at the corner of North Augusta and Beverley streets at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 26. It's a popular event, so get there early to grab a good spot to watch all the floats, bands, and businesses walking by.

      The holiday season is also a great time to go house hunting, and our real estate agents have a wealth of experience helping folks find their dream homes in the Staunton area. Contact Old Dominion Realty to learn more about how we can help you get started on the road to homeownership. 

      October
      2

      45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Burlington

      Burlington WV Apple Harvest Festival
      Harvest season is here. That means it's almost time for one of Burlington's longest-running community events. The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival is a weekend full of old-fashioned fun for the whole family, with contests, shopping, fantastic food, live entertainment, and so much more. This year's festival includes three days of fun events, starting on October 5, 2018. Our real estate agents have all the details on the 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival, one of Burlington, West Virginia's most anticipated events of the year.

      Celebrate the Season: The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Burlington, WV

      The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival
      Location: 120 Hope Lane, Burlington, WV, 26710
      Date/Time: October 5 - 7, 2018 – Festival Grounds Open 10 am – 7 pm
      Admission: Free, with Free Parking and Shuttle Service Available

      Enjoy Old-Fashioned Family Fun at the 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival

      The Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Burlington, WV is organized by Burlington United Methodist Family Services and takes place on the BUMFS residential campus. The festival starts on Friday and continues throughout the weekend, with both scheduled events and all-day attractions. It's the perfect opportunity to get out, take in the autumn air, and create special memories for every member of the family.

      • Outdoor Open-Air Flea Market
        Throughout the festival, there will be an outdoor flea market set up with more than 100 vendors. Shop for antiques, hand-made creations, gifts, toys, and so much more from local vendors.
      • Arts & Crafts and Artisan's Village
        There will also be all-day arts, and crafts show taking place in the gym, along with a new addition for this year: The Artisan's Village, located outdoors, provides a chance to see local artisans in action.
      • Live Entertainment
        Enjoy live entertainment throughout each day of the festival, including stage shows all weekend and fireworks on Friday night. The Annual Apple Harvest Festival also includes an antique auto, tractor, and small engine show, which takes place on Saturday morning.
      • Fantastic Food
        You'll have no shortage of delicious food to enjoy during the 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival, including the opportunity to enjoy fresh, old-fashioned apple butter all day long on Saturday. On Sunday morning after the auto show, get ready for a chicken barbecue, a meal you won't soon forget.
      • A Parade, Awards, and More
        No matter when you visit the Annual Apple Harvest Festival, you'll find something new to experience. The Grand Feature Parade, taking place at 4 pm on Saturday, is always one of the festival's biggest events. On Sunday evening, the Baby Apple Dumpling Award is given before the close of the weekend's festivities.

      How Festivals Create Community Spirit

      A strong sense of community spirit is one of the big attractions in many West Virginia communities like Burlington, for both long-time residents and people shopping for homes in Burlington. Major community events like the Annual Apple Harvest Festival help to foster that sense of community, by bringing people together, creating a community identity, keeping traditions alive, and reminding everyone in attendance of the community's heritage. So attending festivals – in your hometown or other communities – is a great way to learn more about what matters most to people in that community.

      Are you ready to find your own ideal home in the Burlington area, where you can enjoy great events like the Annual Apple Harvest Festival? We'd love to help! Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes in Burlington, WV.

       

      September
      25

      Shenandoah Valley: The Best Time to See Fall Foliage Is Almost Here

      Shenandoah Valley Fall Colors
      The nights are getting cold, and the air is turning crisp, a sure sign that fall has come to the Shenandoah Valley.  Our real estate agents love this time of year, and there's no better time to explore our beautiful region. 

      From Staunton to Harrisonburg and every hill and holler between, autumn brings the Shenandoah Valley to life with a stunning display of colors. We've got your guide to exploring the best fall foliage across Central Virginia.

      See Fall Colors in the Shenandoah Valley

      After a hot summer, the promise of cool weather and incredible fall foliage is our reward. The maple trees are already beginning to change, introducing a brilliant scarlet shade to the mountains. The golden yellow of the birch and poplar trees, purple dogwood leaves, orange beach, and rusty-hued oak, are sure to follow, transforming the landscape into a radiant canvas of warm colors. 

      Peak color usually arrives in the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains in mid-October, though the exact timing is hard to predict. Any time from October 7 to 21 is sure to offer excellent leaf-peeping opportunities. Be sure to check out annual fall color report from the National Park Service to track the changing leaves in Shenandoah National Park.

      Explore Skyline Drive

      If you're planning a visit to the Shenandoah Valley and don't know where to start your journey, begin with Skyline Drive. Stretching 105 miles through the heart of Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive follows the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers access to some of the best vistas in the region, along with dozens of hiking trails, campgrounds, and picnic areas. 

      Skyline Drive is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – though it does occasionally close due to inclement weather – and is the only public road through the National Park. You can drive the length of it in about three hours, so it's the ideal destination if you have an afternoon to spend exploring Shenandoah's fall foliage. You can explore Skyline Drive in either direction, beginning at its southern end in Waynesboro, or heading south from its northern terminus in Front Royal. 

      Hike, Bike, and Camp

      Of course, if you have the time, the best way to see Virginia's changing leaves is to get out in the woods, and Shenandoah National Park offers endless opportunities to do just that. Whether you're looking for a short stroll in the woods or are ready to tackle the entire 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail that meanders through Shenandoah National Park, you have plenty of trails to from which to choose. The hike to the top of Old Rag, one of the most popular and challenging trails in the park, is also a highlight, along with the Overall Run Falls Trail, which culminates at a 93-foot waterfall. 

      Many trails in the area are also open to mountain biking and horseback riding; be sure to check at one of the National Park Visitors Centers for maps and additional trail information. Shenandoah National Park also offers five shady, secluded campgrounds with hundreds of sites for tents and RVs, as well as rustic cabins and lodge rooms. 

      Fall is a great time to explore the mountains of Virginia, but we're lucky to live in a place that offers extraordinary natural beauty year-round. Contact Old Dominion Realty to learn more about life in the Shenandoah Valley. 

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      September
      6

      Franklin WV: Treasure Mountain Festival

      Franklin WV Treasure Mountain Festival

      Our real estate agents at Old Dominion Realty work hard to bring you the best experience when you look for Franklin homes for sale. We'll be by your side throughout your home buying experience  – and that commitment starts when you're first exploring the market.

      When relocating a long way, many people will visit the city where they plan to move several times before they finish the house-hunting process.

      Since you're going to be visiting, why not have fun at some exciting local events?

      The 50th Annual Treasure Mountain Festival is one great weekend you won't want to miss – and it's coming up right here in Franklin, West Virginia.

      Franklin's Own Treasure Mountain Festival is a Unique Celebration of Heritage

      Running from Thursday, September 13th through Sunday September 16th, the Treasure Mountain Festival is an old-fashioned Appalachian Mountain get-together that will leave you looking forward to everything West Virginia has in store.

      The festival has so many things to do; it's almost impossible to list them all:

      • Traditional Food and Drink
        Any good country festival has to come with memorable meals to savor. You'll get to taste local specialties as well as observe some of them being made. Apple butter and cider making are both popular, as is heritage tea and the many pies.
      • Tons of Contests to Watch or Compete In
        Contests are a big part of the Festival, and they come in all kinds of varieties you might not imagine. The Beard and Mustache Contest is always one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of the whole weekend. There's also the giant pumpkin contest, jousting (yes, jousting!) and more.
      • Lots of Enjoyment for the Kids
        Naturally, kids love the Treasure Mountain Festival. There's something for all ages: From the treasure hunt to the puppet show and storytelling time, kids will never get bored. Antique cars, arts and crafts, and a slew of other events are ideal for older kids and teen.

      The Grand Parade is the centerpiece of the event. It has long attracted all kinds of community groups to create amazing floats, displays, and performances. Of course, there are also marching bands, including up and coming high school marching bands from throughout the area.

      Antique tractors, cars, and trucks are also a traditional part of the big parade. You'll be able to spend time with some of these classic vehicles in the shows that go on the day prior. All vehicles must be model year 1979 or earlier, so they are authentic blasts from the past.

      Get Started With Old Dominion Realty and Next Year, You Could Be a Franklin Local

      It's great to attend the Treasure Mountain Festival as a guest, but even better to be a local.

      You'll have experienced experts in local real estate on your side with our team at Old Dominion Realty.  Our local knowledge and dedication to customer service is something in which we take pride. We've helped hundreds of clients just like you find the perfect home for them here in West Virginia.

      Franklin is waiting for you. Contact Old Dominion Realty today to find out more.

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      May
      29

      Best Summer Camps for Augusta County Kids

      Augusta County VA Camps
      The warm, wonderful days of summer are just around the corner, and that means children throughout Augusta County will be looking for fun activities to keep busy when school is out. Fortunately, there are plenty of great summer camps in the area that allow your kids to enjoy the season in a safe, active setting, make new friends, and pursue their passions. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare for the season, with a guide to five of the best summer camps in the Staunton, VA area this year.

      Summer Fun: Where to Find 5 Great Camps for Augusta County Kids

      1. Staunton-Augusta YMCA – 708 N Coalter St., Staunton
        If you researched the area while shopping Staunton homes for sale, you may have already heard about some of the great programs that the local YMCA has to offer. Throughout June and July, kids can enjoy summer day camps at the Staunton YMCA, which include swimming, sports, games, field trips, and plenty of opportunities to make new friends. YMCA summer camps also offer affordable weekly fees, with eight weeks of camps this summer.

      2. Boys & Girls Club of America – 302 E Wayne St., Waynesboro
        Any family searching for Waynesboro homes for sale will love having the local Boys & Girls Club of America close to home, in part thanks to all of the great summer activities that the club provides. Boys & Girls Club camps balance fun and education, with programs geared toward both younger children and teens. Kids will have the opportunity to participate in physical activities, experience the arts, learn more about healthy living, and even prepare for potential future careers.

      3. Camp LIGHT – 107 Creative Works Rd., Waynesboro
        The team at Camp LIGHT has a simple but powerful mission – to love, inspire, give, hope, and teach to both at-risk youth and children with special needs in the Staunton area. Camp LIGHT offers seven camps throughout the summer, where kids will have the opportunity to play, learn, and grow in a safe, supportive setting. Activities include gardening, time with animals, art, aquatics, theater, sports, and so much more. Camps here have no enrollment fee, and adults are welcome to get involved as volunteers.

      4. Fisherville UMC Child Development Center – 1600 Jefferson Hwy., Fisherville
        The Fisherville United Methodist Church Child Development Center is a big attraction for families shopping for Fisherville homes and provides plenty of fun activities for kids once you move to the area. Fisherville UMC summer camps offer 13 weeks of programming, with a unique theme for each week of camp. Some of the most popular themes include Summer Science, Junior Detectives, Master Builders, and Hysterical Histories & Other Tall Tales.

      5. Staunton Recreation and Parks Summer Camps – 1000 Montgomery Ave., Staunton
        Simple, safe summer fun is the name of the game at Camp Staunton, run by the passionate team at the Staunton Parks and Recreation department. These affordable, local summer camps offer a mix of outdoor exploration, physical activities, learning, and field trips to fun, unique local destinations. Camps are divided by age, to ensure that each child can make the most of their favorite activities. You can choose to pay Camp Staunton's affordable fees by the week or pay a one-time fee for eight weeks of action-packed summer fun.

      Still searching for the perfect home that allows you to enjoy all that the Staunton area has to offer year-round? Our team would love to help! Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout Augusta County.

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      April
      24

      Petersburg Family Fun: Spring Mountain Festival

      Petersburg WV Family Fun
      Spring came to Virginia a little late this year, but now that it has finally arrived, we're ready to take full advantage. Our homes in Petersburg, WV are surrounded by beautiful parks, quiet streets and the gorgeous rolling countryside on the banks of the Potomic River. It's a great place to enjoy some time in the outdoors, and with the Spring Mountain Festival set to arrive in Petersburg soon, our REALTORS® are ready to do just that.

      26th Annual Spring Mountain Festival - April 26 -29

      Every year, the Spring Mountain Festival marks the unofficial arrival of spring to the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. It's a perfect opportunity to experience Grant County living at its best.

      This year, the 2018 Spring Mountain Festival is set to take place from April 26 to April 29, and includes a wide range of events and festivities. The festival is open to all visitors free of charge, and offers an incredible opportunity for locals and tourists alike to experience what it's like to live in Petersburg.  

      2018 Festival Events and Attractions

      The Grant County Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to enjoy this year's Spring Mountain Festival. The festival is centered around Petersburg City Park, but you'll find fun things happening all over town. Be sure to get there early on April 26t so you don't miss out!

      Highlights of the festival include carnival rides, games, an antique car, truck and tractor show, live entertainment on the festival stage and Civil War train rides. An incredible variety of food and drink vendors will be there as well. The festival also includes a flea market, where you'll find everything from local arts and crafts to antiques, plants and flowers from local growers, and a wide assortment of unique and hard-to-find items. There will be a parade on Saturday as the official launch of the festival. 

      Living in Grant County

      Surrounded by the stunning natural landscape of the West Virginia mountains, our Grant County homes offer the best of small town living and wild mountain scenery. From Petersburg's charming and vibrant downtown to the many nearby state parks, national forests and recreation areas, there are endless ways to enjoy Grant County. Stop by the Spring Mountain Festival this spring to experience it for yourself!

      Contact Old Dominion Realty to learn more about finding your home in the Petersburg, WV area, and to find out about all the upcoming events in Grant County. Our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home and making it your own.

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      April
      4

      Have You Visited Sunspots Studios in Staunton?

      Staunton VA Sunspots Studios
      Staunton, Virginia is one of those lovely small cities that has something for everyone who is looking to buy a new home. From stately historic homes and quaint cottages to vibrant new neighborhoods, this city of just under 25,000 people has everything. And while you are looking for Staunton homes for sale, we at Old Dominion Realty want to make sure you see the best of what this area has to offer.

      A Place Where Glass is Art

      Getting to know a community will help you feel right at home and provide you with a list of fun and interesting places you can take all the visitors and guests who will want to visit you in your new home. In Staunton, when it comes to unique things to do, there's one place in the Wharf District that you absolutely have to see: Sunspots Studios.

      Sunspots Studios has so much to offer. It's not only a wonderful gallery and shop, selling one-of-a-kind blown glass creations, but it's also a popular entertainment spot, featuring glassblowing demonstrations daily and a calendar of live music and performance events at their outdoor pavilion. It's truly a place where locals and visitors alike love to go.

      Glassblowing Demos and Much More

      Over 15 different artisans create fabulous works of art that are available for sale at Sunspots Studios. They are located at 202 S. Lewis Street in Staunton and are open seven days a week (closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and  New Year's Day). Best of all, every day until 4 PM you can find at least three rotating artists showcasing their glassblowing expertise. The studio provides an opportunity for you to get up close and personal with these talented and creative artists who are hard at work making beautiful creations of blown glass. They make colorful and gorgeous vases in every size, intricate and unusual ring stands, hand-blown ornaments, tumblers, wine goblets and other glassware, and even jewelry.

      The Shop at Sunspots Studios

      The gallery and shop at Sunspots have an ever-changing array of blown glass treasures, which is why our REALTORS® are quick to point their clients in the direction of this incredible place when they are looking for a unique item or gift to celebrate the purchase of their new home. Our clients often ask us where they can find something unique to our area to take back to their family or friends who are babysitting, pet sitting, or house sitting while they are away, and Sunspots is just the place for a very special and meaningful gift.

      Special Events

      The last weekend in April is always special at Sunspots because that's when they host the Virginia Hot Glass Festival and the place literally lights up with artists from across the region, providing non-stop demonstrations and offering an array of lovely items for sale.

      In addition to all of the beautiful artworks, Sunspots is a place where you can see live music, attend fundraisers and special events, and even buy fresh, locally grown vegetables, meats, soups and delicious baked goods during the Winter Farmer's Market, which is held each Saturday from December through March.

      At Old Dominion Realty, we care about our clients, and we want them to be as happy living in our communities as we are. So if you are looking to buy or sell real estate in Virginia or West Virginia, contact us for expert help and agents who really care.

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      February
      27

      Harrisonburg Restaurant Weeks Begins March 5

      Harrisonburg VA Restaurant Week
      Harrisonburg Restaurant Week is one of the biggest culinary experiences in Virginia!

      It all takes place March 5-11 throughout Harrisonburg, VA. The best restaurants in the city are working together to create a truly enthralling week of fine cuisine and fascinating events.

      Not only will you have the chance to sample foods from the area's greatest chefs, but you'll also get to see unprecedented collaborations between Harrisonburg's favorite dining spots. Delightful dishes you can't find anywhere else are a major part of Restaurant Week.

      The Best Food and Beyond: Harrisonburg Restaurant Week is a Yearly Tradition

      Harrisonburg has long been known for its "foodie culture." It's been recognized by national media for the high concentration of quality dining spots, organic crops, and locavore options.

      Not surprisingly, many Harrisonburg residents like to get involved by doing a little cooking of their own. If you love to whip up dinner at home now and then, you won't be disappointed.

      Innovative menus are on offer from dozens of restaurants running the gamut from fine dining to American to pizza, bakeries, and sweets. Collaborations will give you an amazing opportunity to check out Harrisonburg's growing craft brewery, winery, and coffee scenes.

      In addition to some of the best lunch and dinner menus you'll enjoy all year, Restaurant Week is lauded for its terrific interactive events and workshops. Chef demos and "meet and greets" mean you'll pick up insider secrets from your favorite chefs and even get to know them a little better.

      Scheduled events include:

      • The Valley Dish IV
        The Valley Dish is a cornerstone event at Harrisonburg Restaurant Week. It is sponsored by Shenandoah Valley Organic as a unique collaborative farm-to-table dinner. The food and drink selections are tailored to showcase the area's outstanding local ingredients.
      • Harrisonburg Farmer's Market Chef Demos
        Chef demonstrations at the beautiful Turner Pavilion and Park and include chefs from LOCAL Chop & Grill House and Jimmy Madison's. It all takes place Saturday, March 3 at 9 a.m. – the perfect way to kick off the foodie festivities.
      • Inspired Cocktails
        Want to learn how to mix with the best of them? Amateur mixologists can get pointers from the pros when they drop by Food.Bar.Food on Saturday, March 10 starting at 2:30. Owner Amanda Cannon will give you tips on how to create inspired custom cocktails fast.

      Got Your Food Fix? Maybe It's Time to Go a Step Further

      Harrisonburg is a welcoming community that's just bursting with events like Restaurant Week. No matter what your interests are, you're sure to find something that will appeal to you here.

      If you want to explore the possibilities and find your dream home in Harrisonburg, the experts at Old Dominion Realty are here to help. Our REALTORS® are always available to offer you the personalized care and local insight that will make your hunt for Harrisonburg homes a success.

      Why not get started today? To find out more, contact Old Dominion Realty.

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      December
      13

      Something to Wine About in Staunton

      Staunton area wineries
      The historic streets of Staunton, VA are filled with fantastic dining spots, historic sites, and unique small businesses that add so much to the community. Staunton homes for sale put you in the center of this dynamic community.  Staunton and its surrounding communities of Fishersville, Bridgewater, Mount Crawford, and Afton serve up an excellent offering of wineries and vineyards. Each location has its own unique atmosphere, flavors, and history to explore. Ready to learn more? Our REALTORS® have you covered with a guide to some of the best wineries and vineyards in the Staunton area.

      Enjoy the Best Wineries and Vineyards In and Around Staunton

      Ox-Eye Vineyards Staunton

      • Ox-Eye Vineyards - 44 Middlebrook Avenue, Staunton, Virginia
        Located on a 100-acre farm with scenic views of the Shenandoah Valley, Ox-Eye Vineyards has been growing some of the best grapes in Virginia for more than 20 years. In the beginning, Ox-Eye supplied grapes for other wineries in the area, before going on to create unique wines of their own. Today, Ox-Eye Vineyards offers 12 unique wines, each with its own story. The team at Ox-Eye prides itself on offering wine that pairs well with a wide variety of delicious meals and creating a comfortable, welcoming environment in the tasting room.

      • Barren Ridge Vineyards - 984 Barren Ridge Road, Fishersville, Virginia
        Shopping for homes in Fisherville, and hoping to enjoy a fine glass of wine close to home? You're in luck! Barren Ridge Vineyards is open year-round for holiday events, weddings, and special gatherings of all types. Or you can simply head to the tasting room on your own to enjoy a glass of wine, some delightful snacks, and plenty of great company. Barren Ridge Vineyards is located on an old, scenic farm, which has been updated with all of the equipment required to produce some of the best wine in Virginia.

      Bridgewater VA Bluestone Vineyard

      • Bluestone Vineyard - 4828 Spring Creek Road, Bridgewater, Virginia
        Looking for a community that loves wine as much as you do? Shop Bridgewater homes, and you'll never be far from all of the fun at Bluestone Vineyard. Family owned and operated, Bluestone Vineyard is known for creating fantastic small-batch wine, with grapes grown, nurtured, and aged on-site. The rich, rocky limestone soil around Bluestone Vineyard provides the ideal conditions for producing great grapes, and the views around the farm provide a perfect backdrop for a tasting.

      CrossKeys Vineyards

      • CrossKeys Vineyards - 6011 E Timber Ridge Road, Mount Crawford, Virginia
        Owned and operated by that Bakhtiar family, CrossKeys Vineyards has been delighting guests since it first opened in 2001. The wine here is excellent, and this is also one of the best vineyards in the area for grabbing a great meal with your glass. Stop by the bistro to enjoy a menu full of unique flavors, or start the final day of your weekend in style with a Sunday brunch. CrossKeys is also a dog-friendly winery, so you're welcome to bring your four-legged pal for a tasting on the patio

      • Veritas Vineyard and Winery - 151 Veritas Lane, Afton, Virginia
        If you value elegance and atmosphere when enjoying your favorite glass of wine, it's hard to top the experience at Veritas Vineyard and Winery. This family-owned winery began as a passion project and five acres of grapes quickly grew to 50 acres. Today, Veritas produces some of the most prized vintages in the local area and provides the perfect retreat from the daily grind. The social schedule at Veritas is always filled with fun, unique gatherings, while the grounds are ideal for weddings, holiday gatherings, and special events.

      Thirsty for more info about the community of Staunton, or ready to shop for a beautiful home of your own? Contact Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Staunton, VA area.

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