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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. 

January
27

Celebrating 60 Years

Old Dominion 60 Years

This year, we are happy to celebrate our 60th anniversary and mark a milestone in our commitment to servicing our local community. Join in on the celebration and discover more about our 60 years and plans for the future below.

196260 Years of History

In 1962 Clyde Pugh founded Old Dominion Realty in the building that is now the Crimson Inn in Bridgewater, VA. In the early days, Clyde shared an office with the town police. He recounted that when the town policeman was out on a call, he would answer the phone for the police. He received some entertaining calls in those days. In the same spirit of cooperation, the town policeman would answer Clyde's real estate calls when he was out of the office on appointment. 

Old Dominion was founded on Clyde's integrity, spirit of cooperation, and love for the local community. In the '60s and '70s, Clyde and Old Dominion were deeply involved in the growth and development of the Town of Bridgewater. Clyde was on the town council and was a part of the committee that built Ashby Pool. He was a Director for First Virginia Bank and was on the James Madison Foundation. He was a part of developing Windsor Estates, Northshore, Sanston Sites, Holly Hill Subdivision, Fletcher Pope Subdivision, and much of the western part of the town of Bridgewater and Reherd Acres in Harrisonburg.

In 1973 Clyde Pugh suffered a heart attack and his son, Michael Pugh, 19 at the time was suddenly cast in the role of Managing Broker for Old Dominion Realty at a very young age. Clyde's community stepped up to help in a huge way. Clyde's friends and competing brokers came together to help Mike keep the business running. Clyde's close friend Paige Gordon, a broker at Homeland Realty at the time provided almost daily support for Mike and Old Dominion Realty to continue to operate. 

1976Mike Pugh continued in the broker role after Clyde's recovery and never looked back. Mike's talents and contributions to the local community are innumerable. He has been a part of numerous commercial and residential projects and developments. Some of his work includes Old Mill Landing, Oak Meadows, and Millview Estates in Bridgewater, Saddlebrook Plantation in Mount Crawford, The Springs at Osceola and Wingate Meadows in Rockingham County, Broadway Plaza, the Wal-Mart in Timberville, and Crossroads Plaza in Penn Laird. His vision and ability to draw talented staff and agents to Old Dominion and train and provide support in everyday operations is truly amazing.

Mike has been a leader in the community his entire career. In addition to being Principal Broker for Old Dominion, he is also a Certified General Appraiser and was one of the founding members of Colonial Appraisal Service, Inc. He now serves as Chairman of the Board of F&M Bank and is Vice-Chair on the Board at Sunnyside. He is a past member of the board for Bridgewater Retirement Community, served on the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is a current board member for Valley Southern Title, Bankers Title, and F&M Mortgage. He currently serves as Chairman of F&M Bankcorp. He was voted businessperson of the year by the Chamber of Commerce in 2012.

Truly a family operation Barry Pugh, Mike's brother has been with Old Dominion Realty for over 40 years as a real estate sales agent. He has also served as a Certified General Appraiser along with his wife Susan Pugh in the past. Prior to real estate both Barry and Susan served the Town of Bridgewater by being deeply involved in the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company.

Mike's daughter Micah and son-in-law Chad Branson are both involved with the family business. Micah is an Associate Broker and Chad runs Old Dominion Realty Property Management in addition to sales. Micah is a Certified Residential Appraiser. Son John Pugh provides landscaping, snow removal, and general maintenance support through his business, Pugh Landscaping. Clyde, Mike, and Micah are all past presidents of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors.

ODR joins LeadingRE

In 2005, Old Dominion joined Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. LeadingRE is an invitation only network of the world's market-leading independent real estate brokerages. From 2006 through 2007 Old Dominion experienced steady growth, opening offices in Franklin, WV; Moorefield, WV and Penn Laird, VA. In December of 2010 an opportunity arose for Old Dominion to open a real estate office in Augusta County under the leadership of Cathy Ward, who also became a partner in the firm. The Augusta office started with seven agents and quickly grew creating the need for more office space. In 2018, the Old Dominion Augusta Office moved to Myers Corner, where it remains today, and is home to 33 agents and 2 staff members. In recent years, Cathy has passed the leadership torch to her daughter, Natalie Campbell, who is now the Managing Broker for that office. Natalie shared her thoughts on the tremendous growth over 11 years stating, "The key to our success has been the hard work of every ODR member and we hope to continue serving our local communities for many years to come." 

Our ODR team has grown to support a sales force and staff of over 100 people. Still family-owned and operated by a talented team who value community and the family culture. With 5 offices in Virginia and West Virginia, our footprint covers the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

For more information on our history, be sure to check out this video detailing our full history.

5 Offices

Our Present and Future

Today our real estate agents are happy to serve our community with support for residential, land, commercial, agricultural and recreational sellers and buyers in Virginia and West Virginia. Additionally, we offer or have partnering services in property management, appraisal, and auction services. We are a proud partner with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Which gives our agents the tools to refer clients to qualified agents throughout the United States and Internationally. Ready to work with a real estate team that has the experience you need to accomplish your goals? Contact us today. 

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

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.

June
14

Where to Order Your Summer Scoops in Luray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
19

Exciting Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors Near Shenandoah County

Shenandoah County Outdoors

Is it any wonder that Shenandoah County is known for its glorious natural landscapes?

When our real estate agents hear the call of the great outdoors, they head to these exciting locations and activities not far from Shenandoah County homes for sale.

  • Bear Mountain Ziplines - 2354 US Hwy. 211 E., Luray, VA 22835
    Even after we "grow up," do we ever truly lose our fantasies of being superheroes? The whole family can get the experience of flying at Bear Mountain Ziplines, just minutes from Luray homes for sale. With Mama Bear and Baby Bear courses, the park accommodates nearly every age and any level of experience. If you prefer something a little more solid to hold on to, opt for the three-story climbing wall, which also makes a great finish for the Mama Bear course. Bear Mountain is planning several exciting additions, so be sure to follow them on Facebook. Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins are welcome if space permits. Hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily.

  • Rope Adventure Park - 970 US Hwy. 211 W., Luray, VA 22835
    Are you steady on your feet? Test your sense of balance at the Rope Adventure Park at Luray Caverns. There are three different levels to choose from, including one that's only three feet off the ground for kids less than 48 inches tall. Navigate the course while hooked into a full-body harness that allows you to complete the challenges at your own pace and safely pass other participants. Once you're on the course, you can stay as long as you like. Admission is $11 for the Navigator course and $7 for the Sky Tyke course. The park is open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekends.

  • Harpers Ferry Adventure Center - 37410 Adventure Center Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132
    Between tubing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, ziplining, and rope courses, your feet literally won't touch the ground at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center. Even sightseeing is done on a Segway! HFAC isn't far from Purcellville homes for sale, but you can keep the fun going with an overnight stay at one of the cabins or campsites. Activities are offered a la carte or as part of a variety of packages. HFAC is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends from May 1 through Labor Day, when they move to a seasonal schedule. 

  • Massanutten Family Adventure Park - 3827 Massanutten Dr., Massanutten, VA 22840
    At Massanutten Family Adventure Park, what goes up must come down. Their newest attractions are a 30-foot climbing wall and Quick Flight, which provides the sensation of a 30-foot free fall. These additions complement an already packed menu of activities, including a Mega Zipline that reaches speeds up to 30 MPH. Head to the mountains for the Ridge Rappel and Climbing Excursion, or go for the breathtaking Canopy Tour, a two-hour trip through the forest via bridges, hanging vines, and ziplines. Between the Kids' Adventure Course and Playland, the little ones aren't left out of the excitement. Advance purchase is required for some activities. 

  • Shenandoah National Park - 22591 Spotswood Trail, Elkton, VA 22835
    One of the biggest benefits of Virginia homes for sale is living near some of the country's most spectacular and accessible natural resources. Shenandoah National Park covers more than 200,000 acres across eight counties, providing infinite variety for different experiences with every visit. Hardcore hikers who climb Old Rag Mountain are rewarded with 360-degree views of miles around, but there's plenty to do closer to the ground. More than 500 miles of hiking trails accommodate all levels of experience, and most permit leashed dogs as well. Other activities include backpacking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and rock climbing. Families love the plentiful opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife spotting, capturing the results with memorable photos. The park is always open. While the main road is occasionally closed for inclement weather, visitors can still enter on foot. 

What's more exciting than a home of your own in Shenandoah County? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty for cheerful and experienced help with your search.

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
16

How to Start Planning for Your Spring Garden

Augusta Spring Garden

April showers may bring May flowers, but planning the perfect spring garden starts well before that. When it comes to creating the right conditions and choosing the best plants, even Mother Nature needs a helping hand.

So what are the secrets to adding curb appeal to Virginia homes for sale with a stunning garden? Our real estate agents share their favorite tips for planning a garden that makes your vision a reality.

  1. Do Your Homework
    Johnny Appleseed may have been successful with random planting, but that's the stuff of legends and children's tales. Agent Judy Linhoss points out that it's easy to find webinars, how-to guides, and all the information you need online. Sit down with your tablet or laptop and a hot cup of coffee, and you're ready to go.

  2. Put It in Writing
    Any goal begins taking shape when you write it down. Use whichever style you prefer, whether electronic or paper and pencil. In addition to documenting the actual steps, be sure to sketch out a diagram of the layout, including which plants will go where.

  3. Create a Schedule
    Agent Renee Whitmore warns about planting too early, advice she learned from her husband's grandmother, Janice. Despite warm weather and sunshine in April, the danger of frost still lingers, and you may be left scrambling to save your plants. As Renee says, "Always listen to Grandma! She knows best."

    Indoor Garden tips
  4. Order Seeds and Plants
    As soon as you decide exactly what you'll be planting, order the corresponding seeds from a local nursery or online source. If you decide to go with garden-ready starter plants, they'll be shipped when it's the right time to plant them.

  5. Clean Garden Beds
    Agent Kay Horn stresses the importance of cleaning the garden beds as soon as weather permits.  Clear out any rocks or dead leaves and sticks cluttering up the surface and removing existing weeds. Start a compost pile to hold any organic debris. Adding a layer of mulch will help keep moisture in while preventing new weeds from gaining a foothold.

  6. Gather Your Gardening Tools
    When you're having a great gardening session, the last thing you want is constant interruptions having to look for the proper tool. Assemble your gloves, pruners, trowels, and other tools in a convenient location. If you don't already have one, consider purchasing a tote or bag that will make it easy to store and carry tools. Be sure to get a tune-up for shears, spades, hoses, and other items that may need maintenance.

  7. Collect Starter Pots and Trays
    Some seedlings, such as petunias and tomatoes, are too fragile to survive outdoors, no matter how warm the weather is. If this applies to any plants you'll be including in your garden, you'll want to start them indoors and transplant them once they have grown enough to gain some strength.

    Planting Tips
  8. Prepare the Soil
    Just as food fuels our bodies, soil provides the nutrients that plants need to thrive. If a handful of soil clumps together, it's still too damp for planting. Whether you're using in-ground beds, raised beds, or container gardens, supplement the existing soil with a revitalizer that can be found at nurseries or home improvement stores. A soil testing kit gives more detailed information as to which specific minerals and nutrients are lacking.

  9. Manicure the Yard
    This dormant period is a good time to prune bushes and trim trees and ornamental grass. Use a flat-bladed spade to cut a clean edge around the garden beds so the lawn won't creep into them. 

    Garden Tips

  10. Make Plant Markers
    Markers help you identify what has been planted where until the plants grow large enough to take shape. While a wide variety of plant markers can be purchased in stores and online, it's a great DIY craft project, especially if you have kids who will love to join in on the fun.

  11. Develop a Contingency Plan
    As in many parts of the country, weather around Rockingham homes for sale can be unpredictable. Come up with an action plan outlining the steps you'll take if the area should be hit by an unexpected frost or heavy rains.

  12. Update Accessories
    Styling gardens at Augusta homes for sale increases the visual appeal. Use this time to paint and repair bird feeders, statues, and other accessories or add new ones for an updated look.

Want more tips for indoor and outdoor projects that will boost your home's value? Our experienced and knowledgeable real estate agents are ready to help. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn more.

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.

    January
    4

    7 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

    Pet Friendly Tips

    Cold winter weather can be hard on us humans, but it's not easy on our four-legged friends either! Our real estate agents want to make sure your pets stay safe this season, so be sure to take these safety tips into account if you're out there looking at Rockingham County homes for sale!

    1. Keep your house humidified.
      You're probably very familiar with the effects of dry winter air on your own skin. Pets suffer in much the same way, so it's best to run a humidifier for both your sakes! Dry, flaky skin can also be exacerbated by coming in and out of the cold, so dry your pets off quickly any time you come inside (especially their feet). 

      Dog Outside

    2. Stay inside when it's too cold.
      It's easy to assume that just because pets have fur, they're impervious to the cold. That's actually not the case, and while fur does provide some protection—how much depends on the breed—dogs and cats are susceptible to the cold in the same ways we are. They can get hypothermia and frostbite when it's bitterly cold, so it's best to stay inside as much as possible during cold weather, keeping outdoor potty breaks as brief as possible. Plus, keep a towel near the door to wipe off their paws, legs, and belly after being outside in winter. This isn't just to keep them from bringing snow and ice inside. It's to get rid of any chemicals they might have picked up, like antifreeze and de-icers, which can be toxic.

    3. Dial back the grooming.
      Don't shave your pet down to their shortest hair length in winter. A little extra fluff will help them stay warm. If you have a long-haired breed, you can trim it a little shorter (just enough so that their fur doesn't drag on the snow and pick up ice balls). Also, cut back on your pet's bathing schedule. Frequent bathing removes essential oils from the skin, which leaves cats vulnerable to dry, flaky skin. It's best to bathe your pet less often in winter and ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo. 

    4. Watch out for spills.
      While antifreeze is toxic to dogs, it has a sweet taste that may tempt them to lick it up off the ground. Do your best to avoid spills in your own yard and driveway, and don't let your pooch lick the ground in areas where there may be chemicals mixed in with the snow. 

    5. Give them a warm bed.
      Your dog or cat bed doesn't have to be fancy, but a warm blanket and/or a bed appropriate to their size will help them stay warm on chilly nights. It's especially important to give your pet a place to sleep if you have wood or tile floors. While you're at the pet supply store. Consider buying a sweater for your dog, especially if they have short fur. Not all pets take kindly to wearing "clothes," so use your best judgment! That being said, most dogs—especially shorter-haired breeds—can benefit from a doggie jacket or sweater when they go outside. And booties can help protect their paws from harsh salt and chemicals. 

    6. Use pet-safe de-icers.
      Contrary to what some product marketing may suggest, no ice melting product is perfect for dogs. Your pet should never be allowed to eat or lick up rock salt or other de-icer products off the ground. But some products are less harmful than others. De-icers made of magnesium chloride are a bit easier on pets' paws than regular rock salt. 

      Cat Outside

    7. Feed them a little more.
      Pets may burn more energy in winter than they do in the summer, especially if they're spending time outdoors and their bodies are trying to stay warm. It's okay to give them a little more food than you normally would and the occasional extra (healthy) treat. And as always, make sure they have plenty of water! 

    At Old Dominion Realty, we're committed to finding the perfect home for every pet... and their humans too. Contact us today to learn more about how to find pet-friendly Harrisonburg homes for sale!

    December
    28

    Warm up with Hot Chocolate in Harrisonburg

    Cafes in Harrisonburg

    On a chilly day, our real estate agents love to warm up with a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and whipped cream. Enjoy this comforting classic with a visit to one of these wonderful coffee shops and restaurants.

    • Merge Coffee Company - 425 N. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
      Local caffeine lovers of all ages find common "grounds" at the appropriately-named Merge Coffee Company in downtown Harrisonburg. The shop was founded by two families of diverse backgrounds as a way of sharing their philosophy of coming together. Stop by downtown or their Mt. Clinton location for a hot or cold drink paired with a delicious pastry. Hours are 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. every day but Sunday.

    • Bridgewater Coffee - 610 N. Main St., Bridgewater, VA 22812
      Between them, the Matthews and Foster couples have four careers and eight kids, yet still found the time and energy to open Bridgewater Coffee. Coincidentally, both families relocated from North Carolina in 2016 and recognized the need for a locally-owned coffee shop near Bridgewater homes for sale. Kids love the hot cocoa made with premium Hollander Chocolate. Bridgewater Coffee is open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    • The Kaffee Klatsch - 3105 John Wayland Hwy., Dayton, VA 22821
      While the Kaffee Klatsch began as a dessert shop, espresso and hot chocolate were added to the menu in the 1990s when the coffee trend spread across the country. Today, the family-owned shop's focus is on making the best coffee and hot chocolate around. Want a snack to go with your drink? Try some homemade biscotti, scones, or soft pretzels. Located in the popular Farmers Market, right down the street from Dayton homes for sale, the Kaffee Klatsch is open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

    • J-Petal - 1645 Reservoir St. #135, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Hot chocolate may be a classic, but you probably won't find it in a more non-traditional spot than J-Petal.  This unique fusion restaurant serves sweet and savory Japanese crêpes, Thai ice cream, and an eclectic assortment of beverages, ranging from hot chocolate and bubble tea to non-alcoholic mojitos and coladas served in light-bulb glasses. Try one of their signature seafood, veggie, and teriyaki bowls, or build your own. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. seven days a week. 

    • Black Sheep Coffee - 217 S. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      After 20 years of experience in the coffee industry, Chance Ebersold knew exactly what he wanted when it came time to open his own shop. Black Sheep Coffee is such a personal vision that Chance used reclaimed wood from tables he built for his own wedding reception in creating the space. The extensive beverage menu is accompanied by a breakfast and lunch selection, including sandwiches, salads, and baked goods. Black Sheep is open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    • The Galley - 2430 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Get some comfort food to go with your comfort hot chocolate at The Galley. Traditional favorites such as pizza, pasta, and burgers are made in-house with locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible. For those lazy days, The Galley offers delivery within a five-mile radius for just a $15 minimum order. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    • Heritage Bakery & Café - 212 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      You won't be able to resist picking up one of the French-inspired pastries at Heritage Bakery & Café to go with your hot chocolate. But you might find that these delicacies, such as cardamom cream cheese macarons or chocolate princess cakes, are almost too pretty to eat. If you're looking for something more substantial, Heritage also serves breakfast all day as well as sandwiches, salads, and a quiche of the day. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    • Grace+Main Coffee Shop - 710 S. Main St., Suite 149-A, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Nestled in the Hotel Madison on the campus of James Madison University, Grace+Main Coffee Shop is a great place to start off a weekend tour of Harrisonburg homes for sale. Check out their grab-and-go case of yogurt parfaits, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and other tasty treats. Grace+Main is open Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. 

    What's more comforting than a home of your own in Harrisonburg? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty and let our friendly real estate agents provide expert guidance in buying or selling your home.

    November
    4

    Places to Take Your Dog Around the Shenandoah Valley

    Dog Park Shenandoah Valley

    With most of us spending more time at home this year, we've gotten used to having our furry friends around us all the time. As you start to venture out again, you might even feel a little bit guilty about leaving them behind. 

    Luckily, there are many dog-friendly destinations in Shenandoah Valley. This makes it easy to take your dog with you when you head out for your next adventure! Our real estate agents love taking their dogs out on their days off. Here are a few places they recommend. 

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    • White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple Wolf Tasting Room: 2644 Cross Keys Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      The family-owned White Oak Lavender Farm & Purple Wolf Tasting Room welcomes both people and their pets. Stop by for a wine tasting, shop for their home-grown lavender products, and enjoy a tour. Before you finish your day, you'll want to take a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful nearby Harrisonburg homes for sale
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    • Shenandoah National Park: Skyline Dr. & Thornton Gap (Route 211, Luray, VA 22835)
      If you've been looking at Luray Homes for Sale, you'll definitely want to get familiar with Shenandoah National Park. Here you'll find over 200,000 acres of protected lands and 500 miles of trails. All but 20 of them are dog-friendly. You and your dog can enjoy hiking, watching nature, and taking in the stunning views. Even better, you have enough options to visit a different trail each week, so you never get bored! 
    • Gypsy Hill Bark Park: 116 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401
      When pet owners are exploring Staunton homes for sale, they often ask if there's a dog park nearby. Gypsy Hill Bark Park is one of the most popular. It features separated play areas for large and small dogs and ladders, tunnels, and fire hydrants to make playtime even more fun. There are plenty of benches for you to sit and relax while Fido makes new friends. Dog parks are also a great way to meet new people, especially if you're new to a neighborhood. We definitely recommend adding Gypsy Hill Bark Park to your "must visit" list.
    • Purcell Park: 41 Monument Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      The 67-acre Purcell Park features three picnic shelters, restrooms, and a walking trail. You can relax with your dog while the kids have fun on the Kid's Castle Playground, little league ball fields, and tennis courts. There's something here for everyone, making it the perfect outing for the entire family.
    • Kiwanis Park: 302 Myers Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 2280
      Another great option is Kiwanis Park. Here you'll find 3.8 acres of green space where you and your dog can romp and play. This park also features a basketball court and playground equipment.
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    • Charlottesville Dog Bakery: 1652 Old Lynchburg Rd. Charlottesville, VA 22903
      A visit to the Charlottesville Dog Bakery is always a great idea! You'll find lots of fun treats on the menu like Apple Pie, Banana Split, and Pumpkin Pie Treats -- all made with ingredients that support your dog's health. They also sell "Pawcakes" and "Bone Pupcakes" that you can decorate for your dog's birthday or any other special occasion. If your dog has anxiety, you'll love the CBD treats as well. The bakery is located near some of the best Charlottesville homes for sale. On your way home, you'll want to take a drive around and check them out.  

      Are you looking for a great pet-friendly home in Shenandoah Valley? There are plenty of options to choose from! Our real estate agents would love to help you (and your dog) find your dream home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

      October
      12

      October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

      Breast Cancer Awareness

      Did you know that a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes in the United States? Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women from the United States, aside from skin cancers. Early detection is one of the keys to successful treatment of breast cancer, which is one reason why it's so important to raise awareness about the disease. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are many ways to contribute to the cause. Our real estate agents have more details on how you can help, including participating in local fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

      • Early Detection Is Key to Treating Breast Cancer
        Learning about breast cancer is one of the key steps that anyone can take during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and early detection of breast cancer is an important place to start. The National Breast Cancer Foundation recommends that women perform self-examinations at least once per month and that women over 40 years of age should have a mammogram every one to two years. Either a primary care physician or gynecologist can also perform a clinical breast exam to check for signs of cancer, which normally takes place during your annual exam.

      • Healthy Habits Can Help Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer
        According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, maintaining healthy habits is an important step in reducing the risk of breast cancer. The Foundation recommends maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, keeping an active lifestyle, and eating fruit/vegetables as part of a balanced diet. Other healthy steps to take include not smoking and limiting the consumption of alcohol.

      • Know the Most Common Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
        Learning the risk factors for breast cancer is important for early detection, and people with certain risk factors may also be recommended to begin having mammograms at a younger age. The most common genetic risk factors include a family/personal history of breast cancer or mutations of certain genes. Lifestyle factors that can increase breast cancer risk include heavy alcohol consumption, eating a poor diet, and a sedentary lifestyle. While genetic risk factors can't be changed, it's possible to improve lifestyle risk factors by maintaining healthy habits.

      • How to Participate in the Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5k Run/Walk
        The Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5k has raised awareness and funds in the Harrisonburg area for 18 years. This year's race will look a little different from past years because it has been changed to a virtual event for all participants' safety. Proceeds from the event go toward the RMH Foundation for Breast Care and Treatment, and you can register for the race online. Participants will receive a t-shirt, commemorating their efforts to raise breast cancer awareness.

        Since this is a virtual race, you can choose to run anytime during the event dates from October 11 to October 31. You can also run your race anywhere you choose. Pick your favorite park close to Harrisonburg homes for sale, run at a local track, or even complete the race on your own treadmill. When you're finished, you can upload your time online to mark your participation in the event. If you would like to participate but cannot do the 5k, you can also donate directly to the cause through the event.

      Ready to start shopping for Virginia homes for sale in communities that support their own? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.

      September
      14

      Leaf Peeping in the Shenandoah Valley

      Shenandoah Valley Leaf Peeping

      Explore These Spots for the Best Leaf Peeping in the Valley

      It's hard to believe that autumn is just around the corner!  It's almost time for pumpkin spice, Halloween costumes, and, of course, leaf peeping in the Shenandoah Valley. When people come to the area in autumn looking for homes for sale in West Virginia or in our Virginia real estate marketplace, they're always taken aback by its stunning natural beauty. 

      This is one of the reasons why our real estate agents love showing homes when the leaves start to turn. Shenandoah Valley is one of the best places in the county to take in the fall foliage. If you haven't been leaf-peeping in Shenandoah Valley before, this is the year to do it! Here are a few adventures to plan along the way.

      Explore Skyline Drive

      One of the most popular attractions for Shenandoah Valley visitors, Skyline Drive is a 105-mile trail where you can see some of the area's most beautiful scenery without ever leaving the car. There are also numerous overlooks and pull-offs where you can stop to enjoy the view and take some photos. 

      Hike Old Rag

      If you're a skilled hiker, you may want to try your hand at hiking Old Rag Mountain. Along the way, you'll enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views. Once you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with a view with over 200,000 acres of parkland.

      This is a challenging hike that includes a 1.5-mile stretch that requires rock scrambling. Before you attempt this strenuous hike, make sure you have the physical ability to conquer it.  Also, don't forget to bring plenty of water and some snacks as this adventure will take you at least several hours. 

      Visit Doyles River Overlook

      Doyles River Overlook is known as one of the most beautiful overlooks on Skyline Drive. It's located just south of Loft Mountain. If you decide to drive there, you'll find it to the south of mile marker 80. You can also get there on foot by hiking the Appalachian Trail which runs north and south through the park. 

      Hike Hawksbill

      If you want to go for a hike, but don't want to spend all day on grueling trails, try exploring the trail that runs from Upper Hawksbill to Hawksbill Summit. This hike spans about 2.1 miles and is considered fairly easy. When you reach the top, you'll enjoy stunning views of the fall foliage. If you want to take a break during your hike, you can also relax at the day-use picnic shelter.

      South River Overlook 

      If you're traveling from the north, just before mile marker 63 you'll find the South River Overlook. Here you'll find beautiful views, a trail that will take you to the South River Falls, and access to the Appalachian Trails. The versatility makes this a spot that is sure to please everyone in your group. 

      Tips for Planning Your Trip

      Now that you know exactly where to go and what to do, you're well on your way to enjoying an unforgettable trip. It's important to note that the best time for leaf-peeping varies from year to year. Taking a look at Shenandoah Valley Park's webcams can help you decide on the best time to plan your trip. 

      You'll also want to make sure you pick up a paper map or download one here since cell phone service in the parks is spotty as best. Lastly, if you plan to camp during your adventures, make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time. They tend to fill up quickly, especially during peak leaf-peeping season. 

      Are you dreaming of a beautiful home in the Virginia or West Virginia area? Our real estate agents will help you turn those dreams into a reality! Contact us today to get started.

      August
      10

      Shenandoah Valley Antique Stores: Find that Special Treasure

      Shenandoah Valley Local Business
      Supporting Local Businesses in the Shenandoah Valley

      Whether you're decorating a new home or searching for the perfect finishing touch for your long-time abode, our real estate agents are happy to report that the antique stores of the Shenandoah Valley are sure to have unique items that you won't find anywhere else. The best antique stores offer a little bit of everything, from home décor to memorabilia, furniture, art, toys, and historical treasures. Start searching for your next one-of-a-kind treasure, with our guide to five great antique shops located in the Shenandoah Valley.

      1. Factory Antique Mall – 50 Lodge Ln., Suite 106, Verona, VA 24482
        The Factory Antique Mall isn't just one of the biggest malls located near Virginia homes for sale – it's one of the largest antique malls, period, in the entire country! The Factory Antique Mall covers more than 135,000 square feet, and the setting is so unique that it has been used as a filming site for television shows on major networks. When you visit the mall, you'll find an endless selection of booths to explore, featuring every niche of antiques you can imagine and so much more. The mall is so large that aisles are divided into "streets" and "boulevards," so be sure to pick up a map when you arrive to make sure you don't miss anything.

      2. Shenandoah Heritage Market – 121 Carpenter Ln., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        If you believe that variety is the spice of life, then you'll fit right in with the folks at the Shenandoah Heritage Market. This market is made up of a collection of more than 20 individual, locally-owned shops, offering everything from antiques to fabrics, hand-made furniture, and gourmet food. Dedicated shoppers can easily spend a whole day exploring the shops, scouring the shelves, and stopping for a delicious meal at the quaint, country cafe located on-site.

      3. Rolling Hills Antique Mall – 779 E Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801Located just a short trip over the state line from West Virginia homes for sale, the Rolling Hills Antique Mall has been a popular stop for antique lovers for more than 20 years. This mall specializes in collectibles, including military items, advertisements, glassware, and decorative items. You'll also find a wide selection of high-quality antique cookware, furniture, and tools. Rolling Hills Antique Mall is a pet-friendly store and offers ample parking if you're visiting with your RV.

      4. Shenandoah Valley Flea Market – 3549 Old Valley Pike, New Market, VA 22844
        With more than 70 individual booths stocked by local vendors, the Shenandoah Valley Flea Market is sure to have something special for your home. As with all great flea markets, you can find a little bit of everything here, with great prices, friendly service, and more than a few treasures to be uncovered. There are frequent sales and vendors restock their booths regularly, so be sure to stop by often.

      5. Stumps Old Town Antiques – 10279 McGaheysville Rd., McGaheysville, VA 22840
        Serving the area since 2007, Stumps Old Town Antiques may not be the largest antique mall in the Shenandoah Valley, but more than makes up for it with great prices, a diverse selection, and friendly, personal service. Whether you already have the perfect item in mind or need a little inspiration, the staff here will be happy to help you find everything that you need.

      Are you searching for the perfect home to display all of your unique treasures? Our team would love to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Central Shenandoah Valley.

      August
      24

      Become a Rock Star: Guitar Shops Near Staunton VA

      Staunton VA Local Businesses Guitar Stores
      Staunton, are you ready to rock? With so many musicians throughout our neighborhoods, it is no surprise that Staunton is home to several excellent guitar shops. Whether you're a longtime player looking for a new set of strings or a new player searching for the perfect starter guitar, our real estate agents encourage you to head to one of these guitar shops in Staunton and live your rock star fantasy.

      • Huss & Dalton Guitar Company – 420 Bridge St., Staunton, VA 24401 Over the last quarter of a century, Huss and Dalton Guitar Company has rocked the Shenandoah Valley. Acoustic and electric guitars join banjos, signature edition instruments, and a variety of accessories in their inventory designed to help you take your performance to the main stage. Designing and building their own traditional and contemporary guitars, Huss & Dalton Guitar Company is an excellent shop for seasoned musicians to get a one-of-a-kind guitar.
      • Staunton Music – 623 Greenville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401 
        For nearly 15 years, Staunton Music has served the needs of Staunton's musical community. Staunton Music is the perfect place for a beginner or intermediately skilled musician to grow their talents. Have you or your children have been curious about learning guitar, but you aren't sure if you want to purchase one? Staunton Music offers convenient instrument rentals to play around with a few different pieces of equipment until you find the perfect one for your musical goals.
      • Hometown Music – 38 Miller Circle, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Offering hometown service at competitive prices, Hometown Music is here to help Harrisonburg turn it up to 11. They sell and repair all models of guitars. They also have a full inventory of everything an aspiring musician may need—drums, keyboards, PA equipment, recording software, accessories, and more line their shelves. Stop in today and check out their used gear to find an affordable instrument perfect for your first lessons.
      • Jaeger Guitar Werks – 2411 Indian Ridge Rd., Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
        What kind of axe are you rocking? Whether you've got a vintage Les Paul or a new Dean, let Jaeger Guitar Werks help you care for your instrument. They repair new and vintage instruments, completing everything from custom painting and refinishing to electronic modifications and custom builds. Jaeger Guitar Werks can also repair your amplifiers to keep you rocking smooth for years. Set up an appointment today to have them get your guitar back into shape.
      • Fretwell Bass – 17 West Beverly St., Staunton, VA 24401 
        If you're looking to develop your talents beyond the guitar, head over to Fretwell Bass. Along with guitars, they can show you their wide selection of banjos, mandolins, upright basses, and more. Vintage, new, and used instruments are available in their inventory, and they ask that you schedule an appointment for service. However, if you happen to be in town, feel free to stop by; they're usually in the shop and will be glad to help you out.

      Are you looking for Staunton homes for sale with plenty of practice space for your jam band? We can help! Contact us today to browse homes for sale throughout the Staunton area.

      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.  

      July
      6

      Harrisonburg Home Stores: Give Your Living Space a Boost

      Harrisonburg Home Stores

      Embrace your home this season with dazzling décor and dynamic designs. Sprucing up your home by painting the walls and adding in complementary colored decorations works wonders in any space. Whether you're getting ready to list or if a few of your rooms need a makeover, our real estate agents encourage you to let your creativity flow with the fabulous finds at these Harrisonburg home stores.

      • Grand Home Furnishings — 2080 Evelyn Byrd Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 
        A staple of Harrisonburg since the 1960s, Grand Home Furnishings should be your first stop during National Decorating Month.  They're ready to help you find you're happy by discovering the Grand Difference — a total satisfaction guarantee, the lowest price guarantee, and a 125 percent mattress guarantee. Their professional design consultants will help you every step of the way until you find décor or furniture that your home needs.

      • Ferguson — 44 Reedy Cir., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        The professionals at Ferguson invite you to experience The Ferguson Difference. For years, they've implemented a variety of high-quality designs into residential, industrial, and commercial spaces. Their Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery is stocked with world-class products for the kitchen, bathroom, living room, laundry room, garage, and outdoor entertaining spaces. Use their Home Ideas section to get your creative juices flowing or speak with one of their knowledgeable associates to turn your vision into a reality.

      • Dayton Interiors — 160 Carpenter Ln., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Dayton Interiors
        understands that a one-style-fits-all approach is not ideal for homeowners in the Shenandoah Valley. Instead, they bring a mix of traditional, contemporary, and transitional home furnishings to their showroom to fit anyone's design preference. Best of all, they offer free local delivery to conveniently get your favorite piece from their store to your home.

      • Schewels Home — 2091 Evelyn Byrd Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        As one of the oldest furniture retailers in the nation, Schewels Home has a level of experience that few others possess. Since 1897, they've provided generations of families with quality furniture that stands the test of time. Although their inventory has changed from decade to decade, their commitment to their customers is stronger than ever. Take their Design Style quiz to identify pieces that match your lifestyle needs. Along with furniture and décor, Schewels Home can also fill your home with the latest appliances and electronics, allowing you to tie the aesthetic of a room together in every piece possible.  

      • Roses Flooring & Furniture — 450 N. Mason St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
        If you're interested in redecorating your home from top to bottom, let Roses Flooring and Furniture outfit you from floor to ceiling. Roses Flooring & Furniture sets the standard for quality products at competitive pricing. Perfect for the homeowner looking to maximize their budget, Roses sells new furniture that's been discontinued by manufacturers, which enables you to take home stunning pieces for a fraction of the showroom price. From large pieces like sofas, armoires, and buffets to office furniture, kid's furniture, accents, and outdoor sets, Roses will fill your home with style without emptying your wallet.

      Ready to fill one of our Harrisonburg homes for sale with your new décor? Contact us today to start your search!

      May
      26

      Augusta County: Best Fishing for Local Anglers

      Augusta County Virginia Best Fishing for Anglers
      In a world of high-tech entertainment, fishing retains a nostalgic charm. The appeal of spending a pleasant summer day with a sandwich, cold beverage, and fishing pole never seems to grow old.

      If you promise not to tell, our real estate agents will share the secrets of their favorite fishing spots in Augusta County.

      • Lake Tams - Gypsy Hill Park, 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
        The rustic beauty of Lake Tams, down the street from Staunton homes for sale, would be a perfect subject for a landscape painting. Its location, Gypsy Hill Park, resulted from the efforts of Captain William Purviance Tams, for whom the lake is named. Lake Tams is a 2.5-acre storm retention pond that features a stocked trout program. While boats are not permitted, there is an asphalt walking path that provides fishing access for everyone, including those with limited mobility. Park hours are 4 a.m. - 11 p.m. and fishing is available year-round.

      • Crimora Park - 1648 New Hope-Crimora Rd., Crimora, VA 24431
        Crimora Park is an 18-acre facility divided into two levels. The lower level features 1,000 feet of frontage along the South River, one of the more popular fishing spots near Crimora homes for sale. Both warm water and coldwater trout fishing is available in the South River, which also holds bass, sunfish, and bluegill. Crimora Park is open from sunrise until sunset.

      • Mossy Creek - 372 Kyles Mill Rd., Mount Solon, VA 22843
        There's a reason why anglers across the country sing the praises of trout fishing at Mossy Creek. It's not unusual to come away with a 20-inch fish weighing six pounds or more. Brown trout are the main attraction, but rock bass, eels, and suckers are also plentiful. Bring your patience, as Mossy Creek can challenge even experienced fly fishers. The water's path runs alongside private property, so be sure to get a free landowner's permit online. There is a public parking lot at Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church, just minutes from Mount Solon homes for sale.

      • Lake Arrowhead - 725 Lake Arrowhead Rd., Luray, VA 22835
        When you fish at Lake Arrowhead, you'll feel as though you're in a picture postcard come to life. The scenic 34-acre lake, located in the recreation area of the same name, is a favorite spot to catch largemouth bass, crappie, Northern pike, and channel catfish. This stunning example of nature's glory is conveniently located a short distance from Luray homes for sale. Please note that a Town of Luray fishing permit is required in addition to the state-issued fishing license. Park hours are sunrise to sunset.

      • Purcell Park - 41 Monument Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Looking for an easy afternoon getaway? Purcell Park is easily accessible to the area around Harrisonburg homes for sale. Enjoy a relaxing day of catch-and-release fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish in the park's shallow but well-stocked pond. Purcell Park is open daily from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

      • Edgebriar Park - 101 E. Riverside Dr., Bridgewater, VA 22812
        Edgebriar Park is a lovely oasis sitting alongside the fish-rich North River, close to Bridgewater homes for sale. In addition to a handicap-accessible fishing pier, the park includes amenities such as benches, inlaid game tables, and a waterfall garden. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

      Are you randomly casting about for a new home? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty for the most up-to-date information on Augusta County homes for sale

      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.

      April
      13

      Harrisonburg Restaurants: Supporting Local Restaurants

      Harrisonburg Restaurants Support Local Businesses
      Many of your favorite Harrisonburg restaurants are continuing to serve customers while coronavirus precautions are in effect, with takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup options. Ordering from local restaurants is a great way to keep things fresh while stuck at home, and your favorite local restaurants need your support now more than ever. While the list is ever-changing, there are many Harrisonburg restaurants committed to serving customers during these unprecedented times. Our real estate agents offer our guide to five Harrisonburg restaurants you can support by ordering meals for curbside pickup.

      • Cuban Burger – 70 West Water St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        If you love diversity in your local dining options, then Harrisonburg homes for sale should rank near the top of your list. The popular Cuban Burger is one great example of that international flair, serving up Cuban-style sandwiches, salads, and finger food. Cuban Burger has earned rave reviews from national publications, including a 5-star review in Esquire magazine. The restaurant is currently open for lunch and dinner orders every day except for Monday, with takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery options available.

      • Finnigan's Cove Seafood Bar & Grill – 30 West Water St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Located in the heart of Harrisonburg, Finnigan's Cove Seafood Bar & Grill is your local source for seafood that's as fresh and delicious as it gets. The menu here features a little bit of everything, with a focus on seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches, and fantastic homemade soups. Finnigan's Cove is open every day with curbside pickup for lunch and dinner, along with free delivery downtown. In addition to great food, you can also pick up beer and wine from the bar at Finnigan's Cove.

      • L&S Diner – 225 North Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
        Looking to start your day with a full, delicious breakfast from your favorite diner? Then make the call to L&S Diner, which is currently offering breakfast and lunch for curbside pickup every day. Begin your morning with a big, country-style breakfast, or order one of your favorite sandwiches for lunch. There aren't as many restaurants in the area offering curbside pickup for breakfast, and that's okay because you can find everything you need to energize your morning at L&S Diner.

      • Montpelier Restaurant and Bar – 710 South Main St., Suite 149, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        With a menu that features steaks, authentic Southern barbecue, family favorites, and delightful desserts, Montpelier Restaurant and Bar is sure to have something for everyone in your home. The restaurant is currently open for curbside pickup every day during dinnertime hours, with all of your favorites from the menu available. If you're looking for a meal that will feed everyone in your family, be sure to check out the "family meals" section of the menu for dinners that serve up to six people.

      • Rocktown Kitchen – 217 South Liberty St. #101, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Fresh, farm-to-table food is the name of the game at Rocktown Kitchen, which is currently offering delivery and curbside pickup for dinner from Tuesday through Sunday every week. The menu here has been modified slightly for curbside pickup, but still features all of your favorites. Sample some of the best BBQ that Virginia has to offer, try a healthy, delicious salad, or grab a family dinner for four.

      No matter the circumstances, the Harrisonburg dining scene is one of many reasons that locals consider the area such a special place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.

      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. 

      August
      19

      Our Local Farmers Markets in Virginia and West Virginia

      Local Farmers Markets VA and WV
      If you love fresh, local food, fun times, and friends, then visiting community farmers markets is a great way to spend a day. Local farmers markets offer many benefits to communities, including healthy dining options, fresh produce for all of your meals, fun events, great deals, and the opportunity for small, local businesses to find a market for their wares. In addition to offering food, many farmers markets feature vendors selling crafts, art, handmade jewelry, and plenty more. Our real estate agents love shopping local, and we've got the inside scoop on eight local farmers markets you need to explore.

      Virginia Farmers Markets

      1. Harrisonburg Farmers Market – 228 South Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Harrisonburg homes for sale
        make it easy to visit the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, where you can find fresh food and so much more. Stop by every Tuesday and Saturday morning for fresh produce, baked goods, craft, local wine, and plenty of surprises.

      2. The Dayton Market – 3105 John Wayland Highway, Dayton, VA 22821
        You won't have to travel far from Dayton homes for sale to visit the long-running Dayton Market, which has been serving the area for more than 30 years. This market is open 6 days per week from Tuesday through Saturday, so there's never a bad time to visit.

      3. Broadway Farmers Market – 161 South Main St., Broadway, VA 22815
        Fresh food is never far from Timberville homes for sale, thanks to the Broadway Farmers Market which serves the Broadway-Timberville communities. In addition to tons of great products, this market has frequent special events through the spring, summer, and fall.

      4. Staunton Farmers Market – Wharf Parking Lot, Johnson St. & Central Ave., Staunton, VA 24402
        Staunton homes for sale
        are located close to the popular Staunton Farmers Market, which offers some of the best selection in the area. The Staunton Farmers Market is a producer-only market, which means every vendor is directly involved in the growing or production of the items they sell.

      5. Luray/Page County Farmers Market – Mechanic Street Parking Lot, Luray, VA 22853
        Located close to Luray homes for sale you'll find the excellent Luray/Page County Farmers Market, with great deals and even better food. This is a perfect spot to pick up fresh meat, baked goods, and plants, along with produce from local farms.

      West Virginia Farmers Markets

      1. White Barn Farm Market – 1433 US Highway 220 N, Moorefield, WV 26836
        Shopping for Moorefield homes for sale? Be sure to visit the White Barn Farm Market for all of your culinary needs. White Barn is open every day but Sunday, so you'll always have access to the freshest ingredients possible for your next meal.

      2. Pendleton County Farmers Market – 201 Confederate Rd., Franklin, WV 26807
        Franklin homes for sale
        provide easy access to the Pendleton County Farmers Market, located in the community. Find fantastic deals on a huge selection of local produce throughout the spring and summer at the Pendleton County Farmers Market.

      3. Grant County Farmers Market – Petersburg City Parking Lot, Petersburg, WV 26847
        If you're shopping for Petersburg homes for sale, then the Grant County Farmers Market will be your one-stop-shop for fresh food. Visit every Tuesday and Saturday morning to grab fresh food and handmade crafts from a variety of local vendors.

      An amazing selection of farmers markets is just one of many charms of living in local communities, and there's never been a better time to shop for homes in the area. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Shenandoah Valley and eastern West Virginia.

      August
      12

      Where to Find Gluten-Free Eats in Harrisonburg

      Gluten-Free Restaurants Harrisonburg
      There was a time when eating a gluten-free diet meant you had limited choices for dining out. However, as more health-conscious people have adopted this way of eating, restaurants are taking note. 

      Potential homebuyers often ask our real estate agents for local restaurant recommendations, and we're happy to report that there are many gluten-free dining options nearby. Next time you're in the area looking at Harrisonburg homes for sale, check out one of these excellent gluten-free hot spots. 

      1. Vito's Italian Kitchen - 1047 Port Republic Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Local favorite Vito's Italian Kitchen caters to the gluten-free crowd with a separate gluten-free menu that includes a variety of salads, pasta dishes, and pizza. 

      2. Jimmy Maddison's - 121 South Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        The home of Southern cuisine, premium whiskeys, and soulful music, Jimmy Mattison's features a wide array of gluten-free menu options that you're sure to love. Try the She Crab Soup, Shrimp and Grits, Blackened Catfish, and Collard Greens with Ham. 

      3. Grilled Cheese Mania - 1476 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        You might not expect to see delicious grilled cheese on this list, but Grilled Cheese Mania seems to have thought of everything. Try their Classic Johnny or the Mama Mania made with mozzarella, pesto, tomato, and sriracha hot sauce. Both of these awesome sandwiches are made with Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free bread so you can enjoy them to your heart's content. 

      4. A Bowl of Good - 831 Mt Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
        For unique, healthy menu choices, you can go wrong with A Bowl of Good. They serve up hot and cold bowls that can be made gluten-free by switching out the bread or pita and replacing it with corn tortillas or chips. Try the "Out of Africa Bowl" (Nigerian Stew), the "It's All Greek to Me" (Greek garbanzo salad), or the "Red, White, and Moo Bowl" (beef and bean chili). 

      5. Heritage Bakery and Cafe - 212 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Going gluten-free doesn't mean you have to give up your sweet tooth! Heritage Bakery and Cafe offers gluten-free muffins, giant cookies, and hand-made granola bowls. Dine in, take your treats home with you, or consider booking a spot at one of their super-popular Sunday Tea events. 

      6. Boboko Indonesian Cafe: 217 South Liberty St. #102 Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        A cozy restaurant with delicious ethnic food, Boboko Indonesian Cafe offers a wide selection of gluten-free menu items. You'll definitely want to try the Teriyaki Summer Rolls, Spiced Sesame Salmon, or Potato and Tofu Curry. When you eat at Boboko, you can feel confident that you're getting the highest quality ingredients including antibiotic-free chicken and locally-sourced produce. 

      7. Greens & Grains Cafe - 865 Port Republic Road Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        A popular place for healthy eating alternatives, Greens & Grains Cafe clearly marks the vegetarian and gluten-free options on their menu. Try the Fall Harvest Salad, Crab Bisque, Wild Salmon Salad, or the Mushroom & Brie Soup. 

      Want to learn more about all the things there are to love about living in Harrisonburg? We would love to show you around! Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

      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.

      May
      6

      Harrisonburg Living: 6 Places to Sign Up Your Kids for Swim Lessons

       

      Swim Classes for Harrisonburg-Area Kids
      Let's welcome the warmer weather by celebrating Learn to Swim Day on May 18th. Our real estate agents believe teaching your little ones to swim can be a positive experience that helps them develop their motor skills, instills them with courage and exposes them to a fun activity that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. If you'd like to join us in celebrating National Learn to Swim Day this May, we suggest that you consider these six locations that offer swimming lessons for children.

      1. James Madison University Recreation Center – 701 Driver Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22807 
        James Madison University has a campus that's bursting with immersive learning experiences, and their swim lessons are just as engaging and educational. UREC offers both private and group swim lessons for children and adults. Group lessons are held on Saturday mornings and are divided into three categories: a parent and child group for little ones aged 6 months to 3 years old, a preschool group for 4 and 5-year-olds, and a youth group for kids 6 to 9. Private lessons offer one-on-one instruction for new swimmers aged 3 and above, even adults!
         
      2. East Rockingham Recreation Association – 1250 Barracuda Dr., Rockingham, VA 22801 
        Those living in the southeast area of Harrisonburg can find swim lessons conveniently located at the East Rockingham Recreation Association. Their private lessons are open to everyone, even non-EERA members. Your children can take five, 30-minute one-on-one lessons with their instructors and start the summer off swimmingly!

      3. Westover Pool – 305 South Dogwood Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 
        The Westover Pool is located near plenty of beautiful Harrisonburg homes for sale and provides residents with fun all year long! Private swim lessons are available during the summer for residents and nonresidents of all ages. They also have group child swimming lessons which include preschool classes for little ones and five levels of instruction for kids ages 6-15. Westover Pool is a fantastic place for families to come together with their children and make amazing summer memories.
         
      4. Sentara RMH Wellness Center – 2500 Wellness Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 
        The Sentara RMH Wellness Center is pleased to offer aquatic activities including group swim lessons. The Baby & Me and Toddler & Me group swim lessons bring parents into the pool with their little ones for a fun and safe session. The Preschool group focuses on children 3-5, and there is also a swim group for kids ages 6-12. Those who would prefer private lessons for their preschool-plus aged children can schedule one-on-one instruction as well.

      5. Ashby Recreational Association – 250 Anaconda Way, Bridgewater, VA 22812 
        This member's only pool offers families a friendly space to play and relax during the summer. The Ashby Recreation Association provides private swim lessons for children that teach them how to be safe both in and near the water. All lessons are geared to each child's developmental age, so every experience is appropriate and positive. Schedule your little one's first lessons on National Learn to Swim Day, and they'll be ready to float on their own by the time summer kicks into full swing!

      6. Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA – 708 N. Coalter St., Staunton, VA 22401 
        The Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA is the perfect place to enroll your child for swim lessons. Although they do offer private swim lessons, they provide group lessons that get children acquainted with the water and learn basic swimming, safety and rescue skills while developing their confidence.

      Contact us for information about buying one of our Harrisonburg homes for sale and living in our nearby communities.

      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.

      December
      31

      6 Spots in Harrisonburg to Cheat on Your Diet

      Harrisonburg Places to Cheat on Your Diet
      Dieting or not, sometimes you just need to indulge your taste buds. If you're in town shopping for Harrisonburg homes for sale, this may just be one of those times. After all, shopping for a new home is hard work, and it can be a bit stressful. If you are new to the area, you might be wondering just where the best places are to find that satisfying treat you crave. Here are six spots in Harrisonburg to cheat on your diet:

      1. Bella Gelato & Pastries - 49 W. Water St., Harrisonburg
        This popular spot has a lot to offer. There is an array of baked goods, including fresh bread, croissants, and other pastries and treats prepared daily. They also serve their award-winning gelato, made by hand with milk sourced from a local creamery. You can also treat your taste buds at the Bella Gelato & Pastries espresso and coffee bar, with coffees made from locally roasted beans, or enjoy specialty teas, like their house-made spicy chai.

      2. Heritage Bakery & Cafe - 212 S. Main St., Harrisonburg
        Stopping by this spot is sure to yield a tasty treat. You'll find a different selection of freshly baked pastries every day at the Heritage Bakery & Cafe, as well as a delicious selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups, a variety of quiche options, and many other offerings for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. Beverage options include a selection of quality coffees and teas, Kombacha, traditional and dairy-free hot chocolates and much more.

      3. The Cupcake Company - 39 Burgess Road, Harrisonburg
        You'll find delicious cupcakes at this popular stop, with a list of up to 12 different flavors made daily – and that list changes every day throughout the week. They offer traditional, gluten free, dairy free, egg-free and vegan options, and cupcakes can be purchased in standard, jumbo or mini sizes. The Cupcake Company also features a cookie dough bar, where a variety of flavors are offered by the scoop in cones or cups.

      4. J-Petal - 1645 Reservoir St., Suite 170, Harrisonburg
        J-Petal
        offers a unique variety of tasty treats, all made fresh onsite. Japanese crepes are one of their specialties and are offered in a wide range of flavors, including beef, chicken, seafood and vegetarian options, as well as fruit, berry and truffle crepes, among many other varieties. Other specialties include a variety of handmade Thai ice cream treats and an array of delicious milkshakes.

      5. Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli - 600 University Blvd., Suite E, Harrisonburg
        Whether you're looking for a meal or a snack, Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli has you covered. Breakfast is served all day, including delicious wraps, burritos, breakfast sandwiches, and bagels, along with a variety of specialty coffees and teas. Lunch offerings include hot and cold sandwiches, wraps and melts, salads, and desserts. You'll also find fresh baked goods, including muffins, cookies, cakes, pies and much more.

      6. Bittersweet Bakery - 120 W. Wolfe St., Suite 103, Harrisonburg
        Specializing in small-batch sweet and savory baked goods, the Bittersweet Bakery has a lot of tasty treats to offer, all made from scratch. They have a vast array of sweet treats, including cookies, eclairs, tarts, cheesecakes, danishes, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns and much more, and savory treats, like biscuits, bread, soft pretzel nuggets, quiche, and specialty crackers, to name just a few.

      When you're ready to start your search for Harrisonburg homes for sale (or to indulge in a local sweet treat), our real estate agents are here to satisfy your needs.  Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started.

      December
      11

      Hardy County Library Renovation Recap

      Hardy County Library Renovation Recap
      Just like most residents of Hardy County, our real estate agents anxiously awaited the unveiling of renovations to the Hardy County Library.  At its Grand Re-Opening Celebration earlier this year, what attendees found was a beautiful Hardy County Library ready for the future with its new bright, spacious, airy, and clean new look.  

      A New Beginning for the Library

      The Hardy County Public Library has been at the heart of Moorefield, WV for decades, but by the turn of the millennium, this treasured institution had begun to show its age. The library celebrated its 75th birthday in 2014, and just three years later, the ground was broken on a new renovation project that would revamp and extend the current library to include the neighboring property – formerly Puffenberger Jewelry.

      The much-needed renovation would result in expanded public work areas, new staff offices and storage space, improved handicap accessibility, a new room for the Children's books collection, better natural lighting, and the addition of roughly 1,000 square feet of space. That said, it wasn't always easy going. 

      The construction crew faced some challenges, such as connecting two buildings at different elevations and having to relocate the library's HVAC system. The project tested the public's patience as well, forcing nearby sidewalks to be closed off, to say nothing of the temporary closure of the library itself. 

      Of course, all the work paid off. Now that the Hardy County Public Library is once again open to the public, it's clear that the renovations have resulted in a remarkably improved and expanded space. Bright, clean and spacious, the new library offers Hardy County residents and visitors a beautiful place to meet, learn and connect. 

      An Ongoing Legacy

      Perhaps the most surprising thing about the library renovation project is its origin. The entire project, including the acquisition of the neighboring property, was funded by an endowment from Margaret P. Allen, a former library board member and president who was a driving force behind the library system.

      Mrs. Allen passed away in 2000 at the age of 101, having bequeathed $50,000 plus the rest of her estate to the library. This money was invested and grew over the years until it was enough to finance the entire $1.6 million renovation project. Not one penny of public or government money was spent.

      Of course, Margaret P. Allen's contribution to the Hardy County Public Library was more than her money – it was also her time, effort, energy, and belief that education and reading are for everyone. It is thanks to her contributions, financial and otherwise, that residents of Hardy County have such a remarkable resource in the Hardy County Public Library. 

      The Hardy County Public Library is located at 102 N. Main Street in Moorefield, WV. 

      Contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more about life in Hardy County, WV! With cozy, welcoming communities and spectacular mountain scenery, it's a beautiful place to call home, and our agents are here to help you find the perfect Hardy County homes for you and your family. 

      December
      3

      A Local's Guide to Christmas in Moorefield

      Moorefield Christmas
      It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that may never be truer than in Moorefield, WV. Our Moorefield real estate agents are here to share some of the sights and sounds you won't want to miss during the Christmas season.

      Celebrate the Season in Moorefield, WV

      When should the Christmas tree go up--before Thanksgiving or after Thanksgiving?  It's a discussion more than one Moorefield homeowner has had with their families. No matter what your personal resolution might be, the Moorefield Lions Club along with the Hardy County Historical Society and the Town of Moorefield say "after Thanksgiving" is the answer.

      Our local celebration, beginning on December 2, is the Moorefield Community Christmas Tree Lighting at Welton Park complete with a holiday parade, Santa arriving by horse-drawn carriage, and a band of singing elves.  Santa himself lights our community Christmas tree (donated by May Tree Farm) to welcome the holidays to Moorefield.

      All Aboard The Snowflake Express

      Come to the South Side Depot on December 7 for a train ride on the Snowflake Express.  Santa and his elves welcome you with cookies and hot chocolate on a train ride to the Festival of Lights.  Say hello to Elsa and Olaf, have a picture with Santa, and sing your favorite carols with our special guests.

      Old Time Christmas at Welton Park

      A visit to the Mountain State's Old Time Christmas in Petersburg is sure to spark the holiday spirit in all of us.  You'll be in Christmas "awe" as you stroll through the Christmas Festival of Lights at Welton Park.  Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, a visit with Santa, twinkling lights, and a special reading of Clement Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

      Welton Park a Center of Activity at Christmas and All Year Long

      Welton Park is one of Moorefield, WV's biggest attractions, and this beautiful, historic outdoor space offers opportunities for fishing, picnicking, hiking, and kayaking. Of course, the park's biggest claim to fame is hosting the town's annual Christmas holiday light display every year. The event seems to grow each year, with as many as 15,000 people gathering to take part in the ceremony. Folks travel from all over to see the holiday lights.

      Contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more about life in the Moorefield, WV area. It's a beautiful place to spend the holidays, but we also think it's a wonderful place to call home in any season. Our agents are standing by to provide all the information you need to find Moorefield, WV homes for sale!

      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
      5

      Moorefield Selected to Participate in Community Revitalization Program

      Moorefield, WV Community Revitalization
      The town of Moorefield, WV,  founded in 1777, is an example of the historic, family-friendly communities that you will find throughout West Virginia. From locally owned businesses operated by the same families for generations to structures standing the test of time since we founded the community, you'll often find evidence of the past blending with the present in Moorefield.

      Of course, Moorefield residents focus on the city's future, and there's exciting news to share about what to expect for our community. Moorefield has been selected to participate in a community revitalization project, backed by the West Virginia Community Development Hub's "Cultivate WV" program, and our Moorefield real estate agents have more information on how this opportunity will help create an even brighter future in the community.

      Moorefield Selected to Participate in Community Revitalization Program

      Stepping onto the historic streets of Moorefield, WV is a little bit like traveling through time, with structures from every era of the community's history, and community members who are more than happy to help new residents feel at home. When he's not busy helping house hunters find Moorefield, WV homes for sale, Old Dominion Realty team member Mike Crites has been busy investing his time as part of the team behind the community revitalization project in Moorefield. The Cultivate WV program focuses on creating new opportunities in West Virginia's communities, and we're excited to see what the program has in store for Moorefield.

      Learn More about What the Cultivate WV Program Brings to Local Communities

      The Cultivate WV program from the West Virginia Community Development Hub (aka The Hub) is designed to put the power in the hands of local community members. The team at The Hub supports the process by helping engaged community members identify challenges within the community, and develop solutions for overcoming those challenges. Cultivate WV also makes valuable outside resources available to those community members, to help ensure that the process is a success.

      The process starts by engaging and mobilizing residents who are invested in the future of the community while creating a dialogue about what matters most to members of Moorefield. Cultivate WV often helps West Virginia towns undertake new community projects, support local entrepreneurs and help the small business community grow, develop/restore downtown areas, nurture its infrastructure, and secure funding for essential community projects. Securing the input and cultivating the solutions proposed by engaged community members allows the Cultivate WV project from the Hub to make a unique, meaningful impact on the future of each community that it visits.

      How the Claude Washington Benedum Foundation Creates Opportunities in West Virginia

      This unique opportunity to develop the future of Moorefield, WV wouldn't be possible without the funding of the Claude Washington Benedum Foundation, a philanthropic organization which has long supported community projects in West Virginia. The Claude Washington Benedum Foundation is committed to investing in communities throughout West Virginia, along with Southwestern Pennsylvania towns that border WV. The Foundation focuses on providing grants for essential development needs, including economic development, community development, education, and health & human services. It will be exciting to see how the funds from the Claude Washington Benedum Foundation are put to work to invest in economic and social initiatives throughout Moorefield, WV.

      Your Moorefield WV Real Estate Professionals

      Are you interested in finding a front-row seat to discover what the future has in store for Moorefield? Our experienced, local real estate team is here to help! Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Moorefield, WV area.

      October
      25

      Welcome to Harrisonburg's Hotel Madison

      Harrisonburg Hotel Madison
      When you're touring Harrisonburg homes for sale, you'll quickly discover our hometown is a beautiful place to live, work, and raise a family. However, there's one more reason to love our city, the newly opened Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. 
      Our real estate agents are passionate about the community we call home, and we're excited to show new clients all we have to offer.

      World-Class Meeting Facilities In the Heart of the Shenandoah Valley

      Hotel Madison's opening in May 2018 provided a means for the community, James Madison University, and business leaders from across the Shenandoah Valley and beyond to connect.  While interest in a location to hold conferences and conventions in the area existed from some time, facilities large enough to accommodate such meetings had been missing. Hotel Madison's 21,000 square foot conference center features a banquet and ballroom, perfect for both business and industry meetings as well as private events. The hotel and conference center are already booking events well into the future, proof that the outlook for this venue is bright indeed.

      Hotel Madison is dog-friendly. We greet your furry friends with a host of treats designed especially to please them. When you make reservations, be sure to tell the staff that your pet will be accompanying you.  Please note not all rooms are designed to accommodate dogs. The hotel charges an additional charge for their stay.

      Visitors have easy access to the facility from I-81, Route 11, and the Shenandoah Regional Airport.  It's location at the corner of Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way places Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg's Downtown on James Madison University's campus next to Madison Hall, site of Undergraduate Admissions.

      An Air of Sophistication and Rustic Charm

      Hotel and conference center guests find an atmosphere of simple elegance alongside superior amenities during their stay. Here you'll find rooms with mountain and downtown views, a farm-to-table restaurant, and spacious ballrooms and boardrooms.  Hotel Madison offers valet parking and concierge service to ensure that visitors have access to area information and can experience all the wonders of the region. The hotel boasts 230 beautifully appointed guest rooms and offers special packages throughout the year. Hotel guests certainly won't go hungry either. In addition to the Montpelier Restaurant and Bar, the hotel also has a coffee and wine bar, a casual dining spot in the lobby, and in-room dining service for those looking to have a private meal. An indoor pool and fitness center are also available for guest use during their stay.  

      Building a Stronger Harrisonburg

      Hotel Madison is the official hotel of James Madison University and has partnered with the school to offer a unique learning opportunity for its students. The University's Hart School of Hospitality holds classes at the conference center to immerse students in the industry as they learn. Also home to a range of JMU events, Hotel Madison prides itself on helping its students ready themselves for their future. Centrally located in Downtown Harrisonburg, the hotel is an ideal accommodation for those attending events held by other area colleges and universities as well.

      Your Harrisonburg Real Estate Professionals

      Hotel Madison makes exploring downtown Harrisonburg convenient, and it's easily accessible from major highways and interstates and the regional airport. Contact Old Dominion Realty when you're ready to start your search for homes for sale in Central Virginia's Shenandoah Valley real estate area.

      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. 

      Contact Old Dominion Realty

      September
      20

      2018 Hardy County Heritage Weekend Begins September 28

      Hardy County Heritgage Weekend
      Every year around the close of summer, the people of Hardy County come together to celebrate Heritage Weekend, one of the biggest local events of the year. Hardy County Heritage Weekend is a celebration of everything that makes local communities such special places to call home. During Heritage Weekend, you'll have the opportunity to learn about local history, shop for products from local businesses and artisans, catch a classic movie, watch live shows, enjoy live music, and even participate in an "all schools" reunion for former students of local schools. Our real estate agents are excited to tell you all about the events at Hardy County Heritage Weekend this year.

      Hardy Heritage Weekend: A Celebration of the Past, Present, and Future of the Region

      The Event: Hardy County Heritage Weekend
      Dates: September 28-30, 2018

      Local Shopping from Craft Vendors and the Community Yard Sale

      Interested in shopping from local vendors and residents? During Heritage Weekend, you'll have the chance to shop the community yard sale at the HL Wilson Yard Sale Site, with tons of unique items being sold by residents. After you're done at the yard sale, stop by the Moorefield High School gym to shop for crafts from local artisans, and enjoy live crafting demonstrations. There will also be an antique auction on Saturday at 5 pm, where you'll have the chance to bid on truly unique treasures.

      History Comes to Life in Hardy County

      History is a huge part of the Hardy County Heritage Weekend, and there are great opportunities to learn about local history throughout the events. Participate in a historical walking tour that doubles as a chance to scout Hardy County homes, or take in a live demonstration from the Federal Generals Corps living Civil War history group. The weekend features tours of historic homes and buildings, lectures on local history, and even an antique farm equipment exhibit to explore.

      Live Demonstrations from Local Experts

      Throughout Heritage Weekend, you'll have the chance to take in live demonstrations from experts on an eclectic array of topics relevant to the past and future of Hardy County. There will be talks on the history of local towns and buildings, a look at the history of local churches, seminars on music in local schools, a muzzleloading demonstration, and walking tours of Hardy County communities.

      Live Music and Entertainment

      Look for live performances throughout the weekend, including many performances with free admission. You can check out the Blue Hill Bluegrass Band and the Fly Birds in separate shows on Saturday, or head to Mattias Community Center for crafts, food, and music throughout the final day of Heritage Weekend on Sunday.

      Children's Activities During Heritage Weekend

      Kids will love spending time at Hardy County Heritage Weekend too, thanks to many activities geared toward younger residents. The Amazing Animals photo and history exhibit is always a hit, with photos and memorabilia from a wide range of animals. Movie Night on Friday features the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and there will be a pancake breakfast to kick off the day's events on Saturday morning. The Heritage Weekend Pie Contest is always a hit with kids (and adults!), and the WV History Alive show is an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about local history in a fun, engaging setting.

      Your Hardy County Real Estate Professionals

      Hardy County Heritage Weekend is a fantastic event, but it takes more than one weekend to experience everything makes the region so special truly. So why not stick around? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Hardy County, WV area.

      Contact Old Dominion Realty

      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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      July
      24

      Come to the 98th Annual Tri-County Fair in Petersburg

      Petersburg WV County Fair
      Every summer around the end of July, Petersburg locals gather for one of the biggest, most beloved local events of the year. The Tri-County Fair brings together people from Hardy, Grant, and Pendleton counties for eight days of good, old-fashioned family fun. Events at the Tri-County Fair run the gamut, from livestock competitions and educational exhibits to demolition derbies. There will be live music, great food, and fun for every member of the family. Our REALTORS® have all of the exciting details on what to expect from the Tri-County Fair in Petersburg this year.

      Enjoy the Biggest Event of the Summer in Petersburg, WV

      The Event: The Tri-County Fair
      Where: 107 Rig Street, Petersburg, WV
      When: July 28 -  August 4, 2018

      Local Farms, Livestock & More

      Petersburg WV Fair

      This year marks the 98th edition of the Tri-County Fair in Petersburg, and the fair has never lost touch with its unique, local history. Every year since the beginning, the Tri-County Fair has been an opportunity for locals to show off all of the hard work they have done on the farm over the last year. The event features agricultural exhibits, livestock competitions, horticulture, art exhibits, and so much more to explore as you enjoy everything that the fair has to offer. The fun kicks off on the first day of the fair, with a series of equestrian events.

      Rides and Family Fun

      Petersburg Fair Rides

      The Tri-County Fair is such a beloved event because it blends educational exhibits with family fun. And what could be more fun than a carnival on a warm summer evening? The rides at the Tri-County Fair open at 6:00 pm on most days, and make for a perfect way to spend the evening after a day of exploring all that the fair has to offer. Take a spin on the Ferris wheel to get a bird's-eye view of the fair, or enjoy one of many other rides with the kids.

      Shopping and Fantastic Food at the Tri-County Fair

      Petersburg Fair Food

      The Tri-County Fair is also a great opportunity to see what local vendors have to offer and shop for some truly unique products. You'll find commercial exhibits and vendors located throughout the fairgrounds, offering everything from hand-made crafts to farming supplies. Shop local, and bring home something special.

      You're sure to work up an appetite exploring the fair, but that's a good thing! There will be a ton of great food available throughout every day of the fair, from sweet snacks to meals cooked with fresh ingredients from local farms.

      Live Music and Entertainment

      Trace Adkins County Fair
      The Tri-County Fair doesn't just attract visitors from throughout West Virginia... it also attracts some of the biggest stars in country music! This year, Trace Adkins will be taking the stage on July 31 at 7:00 pm, with tickets available for grandstand seating. Guy Penrod and the Steve Smith Band will also be taking the stage during this year's fair.

      You'll find plenty of other unique entertainment options during the fair, from the Queen's Pageant to an intense lumberjack competition. There will also be two demolition derbies at this year's fair, with one for compact cars and one for larger vehicles. When you visit the Tri-County Fair, there's truly entertainment for every member of the family to enjoy.

      Are you ready to start shopping for homes for sale in Petersburg, so that you can enjoy exciting events like the Tri-County Fair throughout the year? Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Petersburg, WV area.

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      June
      1

      Take Dad on a Beer Adventure in Staunton for Father's Day

      Staunton VA Fathers Day
      Staunton homes for sale
      are attracting a lot of attention these days ... for more reasons than you might think. Our real estate agents report more and more clients moving to Staunton from nearby communities to take advantage of its great amenities and economy.

      When you get a home that's right in the middle of everything, it pays off in a million unexpected ways. For example, you'll always have something to do on holidays like Father's Day, coming up June 17.

      Staunton's Explosive Craft Brewing Scene is Waiting to Welcome You

      If you want to do something unique, why not take Dad on a beer adventure in Staunton?

      Virginia has some of the most popular craft breweries anywhere, and Staunton is home to its own microbrew scene. Flavorful, imaginative, limited edition brews by local creators might be the perfect way to celebrate Father's Day.

      Let's look at some of the most memorable craft breweries in the Staunton area:

      • Bedlam Brewing
        Also found at BedlamBrewing.com, Bedlam Brewing's motto is "Embrace the Chaos." It's an ultra-small brewery – also known as a nanobrewery – reputed for its Belgian and French-style farm ales. Seasonal batches highlight the flavors of the Shenandoah Valley. While sampling the latest beers, you can also enjoy pizza from a wood-fired oven in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

      • Queen City Brewing
        Queen City Brewing is a leading name in the local craft brewery world with a history going all the way back to 2003. That makes it the first brewery established in Staunton since the end of Prohibition! This "brew on premise" taproom is home to 80 distinct varieties with 22 on tap at any given time. Live music takes place every Friday night, and the space is available for events.

      • Redbeard Brewing Company
        This combination craft brewery and taproom is "drinks only," but it's located at the crossroads of some of historic downtown Staunton's best dining. The main taproom seats 40, but there's also ample outdoor seating to enjoy beautiful Staunton weather. Redbeard focuses on "real ales" – that is, beers that are warm, fermented, unfiltered, and naturally carbonated right in their kegs.

      • Shenandoah Hops
        Beer, cider, and wine are all available at Shenandoah Hops. Unlike many of the other breweries in the area, it's open all week long (with reduced hours on Sundays) so you can pop in at your leisure. If you're new to craft brewing or like to expand your tastes, you'll definitely want to check out Friday tasting from noon to 8 p.m. – it's a fun, refreshing way to refine your palate.

      • Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company
        This homebrew pub is famous for its "make your own" beer flights and will fill any growler you bring from home, not just the ones available on the premises. It's a great place to hang out and while the day away thanks to the selection of complimentary board games and sports always playing on the TV. Its applauded for brews with potent, yet sophisticated flavors that stick with you.

      Come for a Visit, Stay for a Lifetime

      At Old Dominion, our team understands how to buy and sell in Staunton the right way. You can save money, accelerate your transaction, and avoid pitfalls when you choose our leading experts.

      The fun and excitement of craft brewing is just a tiny taste of what Staunton has to offer you. We'll be glad to show you around and help along the way to finding your Staunton dream home.

      To find out more or get started, contact Old Dominion Realty.

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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
      18

      In Our Neighborhood: Harrisonburg Rocktown Beer & Music Festival

      Harrisonburg Rocktown Beer & Music Festival
      If there are two things that go better together than cold beer and live music, we haven't found them yet (though, rest assured, we have our best people on it). Until then, the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is about as good as it gets, bringing its namesake brews and tunes to Harrisonburg, VA every year to great acclaim. This year's festival is right around the corner, and our REALTORS® recommend that you check it out. 

      Rocktown Beer & Music Festival - a Harrisonburg Tradition

      The Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is now in its 8th year, and it continues to grow. Every year, rain or shine, this event brings 3,000 beer and music fans to Downtown Harrisonburg's Turner Pavilion and Park for a day of fun and festivities. This year, the festival hits Turner Pavilion on Saturday, April 21.

      The festival got its start in 2011. Tim Brady, the founder of Pale Fire Brewing Co. and one of the founding fathers of the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival, envisioned a homegrown craft beer festival in Harrisonburg that highlighted the city's vibrant community and growing craft beer scene. The addition of a musical component was a natural fit, and the festival has evolved over the years to feature an eclectic assortment of bands ranging from country and Americana to indie and alternative rock.

      Beer, Music, and Community

      The 2018 Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is just days away, and it promises to be one of the best yet. Indie rockers The Trongone Band, singer-songwriter ADAR, and modern folk revivalists Illiterate Light are set to perform this year, joining the deep ranks of incredible talent that has graced the stage at past Rocktown festivals, including the likes of Nikki Lane, The War On Drugs, and The Steel Wheels.

      Of course, it wouldn't be a "Beer and Music" festival without beer, and craft brew enthusiasts are unlikely to walk away disappointed. The festival will highlight beers from more than 30 craft breweries, including locals like Three Brothers Brewing Co. and Pale Fire Brewing Co. as well as dozens of incredible brewers from across the country. Whatever your craft beer style of choice, you'll have an incredible variety of new and exciting brews to choose from.

      Tickets on Sale Now

      Your ticket to the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival includes ten 4 ounce pours—your bracelet will be marked each time you have sample—along with a souvenir 5-ounce sampling glass, sampling of 76-plus craft beers, and access to the full day of live entertainment. There will also be plenty of vendors offering food and drinks at an additional cost. Tickets are available online until 3 PM on the day of the festival.

      Old Dominion Realty is committed to not only helping you find the best homes in Harrisonburg, but also enjoying your life here to its fullest.   Contact Old Dominion Realty to start your search for a home in Harrisonburg and to learn more about this event, and other great events that are coming up in the Harrisonburg, VA area.

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      April
      10

      Will We See You At the 11th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Autism?

      SVAP 5K Race for Autism
      Are you ready to put on your running shoes, spend some time with the community, and support a great cause in the process? Then we hope to see you at the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership's 11th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Autism! Every year, this well-attended local event provides an opportunity to raise autism awareness, raise funds for the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership, and bring the community together. Many of our REALTORS® with their families and friends will be hitting the streets to participate in the 5K Run/Walk for Autism, and we've got all the details on how you can join us for this wonderful, local event. 

      Hit the Streets of Harrisonburg for the 5K Run/Walk for Autism in 2018

      The Event: Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership 5KRun/Walk for Autism
      Where: Eastern Mennonite University Commons in Harrisonburg, VA
      When: Saturday April 21, 2018
      Key Times: Check-In/Walk-Up Registration (7:15 AM), Introductions (9:00 AM), Start of 5K Walk/Run (9:30 AM)

      11 Years Strong for the SVAP 5k Run/Walk for Autism

      Every year around this time, residents from throughout the Shenandoah Valley come together in Harrisonburg to support the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership's 5K Run/Walk for Autism, and raise money for a cause that touches so many of our hearts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with Autism, which can cause a wide range of developmental challenges. This year's event will be the 11th Annual Run/Walk for Autism, and support only seems to grow stronger with each passing year.

      How to Sign Up and What to Expect on Race Day

      Are you ready to register, and support this great event? The easiest option is to register online, with online registration available until April 18, 2018. If you're not able to register ahead of time, simply show up at 7:15 AM on race day, and you'll have the option to register on-site. The registration fee is $20 for individuals, or $15 for each member of a team. There's an added fee of $10 for on-site registration, and it's all going toward a great cause.

      The race will take you through the scenic commons of Eastern Mennonite University, and participants are encouraged to reach the finish line at their own pace. You'll have plenty of company if you want to run and try to beat your best time, but you're also welcome to walk at whatever pace is most comfortable.

      Support a Great, Local Cause and Have Fun in the Process

      The Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership is dedicated to improving quality of life for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. SVAP advocates for people with Autism, provides a support system, organizes events like the 5k Run/Walk, and offers networking opportunities for families and professionals. The 5K Run/Walk for Autism is the signature fundraising event of the SVAP, and a great opportunity to get involved with the cause first-hand.

      Look for Old Dominion Realty at the 5K Run/Walk for Autism 2018

      Our team is proud to support the local causes that make our corner of Virginia such a special place to call home, and we'll have plenty of team members at the 5K Run/Walk for Autism if you'd like to stop by and say hello. Look for Old Dominion team members Janet Harrison, Kari Miller, Linda Goodson, Kristen and Kendra Eppard, Suzanne Riddleberger, and Renee Whitmore at the event this year. We hope to see you there!

      Are you shopping for homes in Harrisonburg, and looking to work with a local, knowledgeable real estate team? Contact Old Dominion Realty for all of your Harrisonburg real estate needs.

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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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      March
      6

      Wonderful, Wild West Virginia Celebrates Maple Days March 17

      West Virginia Maple Days
      West Virginia is wild and wonderful and it's also a great place to live, work, and raise a family. When you visit this beautiful state during March, you'll enjoy hills decked out in early spring greenery, wonderful homes, and unique cultural experiences. If you're thinking about relocating to West Virginia, it's the perfect time to tour Petersburg homes for sale. If you time your visit just right, you can be a part of Maple Days, a fun family event.

      Our REALTORS® know you'll love Maple Days. West Virginia maple producers and enthusiasts host the event in locations across the state. You can eat maple treats and learn everything you ever wanted to know about maple syrup. Here's how you can be a part of this great West Virginia tradition.

      Maple Days Happen on March 17

      If you've ever been curious about the process of tapping a maple tree for sap, that's just one of the things you can learn during Maple Days. The West Virginia Maple Producers Association presents this family-friendly event over two weekends and multiple locations. If you missed the February 24th festivities, you can still have fun at venues across the state on March 17th.The annual event celebrates West Virginia's growing maple syrup industry.

      Maple Days Locations

      For a complete schedule with Maple Days events and locations visit the West Virginia events page at gotowv.com. You'll find a list of syrup producers, retailers, and special events.

      If you need help locating Maple Days participants across the state, check out the interactive West Virginia Maple Days Map.

      Tapping Demonstrations

      Maple syrup is a completely natural product derived from maple trees. Tree sap flows in the springtime when the temperature rises. Producers use spigot-style devices to tap the trees and drain the natural sap into buckets. They use the sap to create syrup and other products.

      You can see tapping demonstrations at Bowers Maple Farm in Grant County and other producer sites listed on gotowv.com.

      West Virginia Pancake Breakfasts

      Pancake Breakfasts

      Maple syrup is the perfect pancake topper. On March 17th you can taste it first hand at three Maple Days Pancake Breakfasts. Check the West Virginia Department of Agriculture site for Pancake Breakfast locations.

      Maple Syrup Products

      Maple Days Products and Specials

      During the March 17th celebration, retailers across the state will feature maple any way you like it. They'll sell maple syrup, of course, plus a variety of products. Local restaurants, shops and even the Barn With Inn located in Wellsburg will feature Maple Days specials.

      2018 Maple Syrup Festival

      On March 17 and 18th, 2018, you can enjoy food, fun and maple syrup at the 2018 Maple Syrup Festival. Crafters will sell their wares. Food vendors will market tasty treats. You'll also enjoy a full schedule of live entertainment on stage at the Pickens Opera House.

      When you visit West Virginia you'll agree it's a great place to raise a family. Contact Old Dominion Realty if you're buying or selling a home in Petersburg or one of our nearby Grant County locations.

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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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      February
      15

      Staunton Named Foodie Town to Try

      Staunton Foodie TownStaunton, VA is a small, friendly place with a Rockwell-esque charm. It's a picture-perfect example of the many small, yet colorful towns that dot the landscape in Virginia between pristine countryside and metropolitan centers.  Even though major cities are just a short commute away, Staunton's peaceful atmosphere makes it attractive. It's long been known as the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. president. 

      Now, it's added a new title to its repertoire: Virginia Foodie Town to Try.

      Staunton was honored with the distinction by Virginia.org, the state's official tourism travel blog. It's been drawing travelers from all around to give the taste of Staunton a try – and they're liking what they've discovered!

      No culinary tour of Virginia would be complete without Staunton. If you dream of eating your way across the state, don't forget these seven Staunton mainstays that should be on the menu for every connoisseur of fine foods.

      • The Shack - 105 S. Coalter Street
        The Shack may have an unassuming name, but it is one of the most famous restaurants in Virginia. Led by Chef Ian Boden, it's known for delicious dinner entrees including smoked wild blue catfish and other local favorites. A reservation is highly recommended for this smaller spot, which has attracted glowing reviews from The Washington Post and others.

      • Zynodoa Restaurant - 115 E. Beverley Street
        Zynodoa is a gourmet restaurant that exemplifies the best of the "food to table" movement. With fresh, organic ingredients from local producers, the chefs here craft a world-class dinner each night with mains that run the gamut from pan-seared yellowfin to Edwards County ham and poached egg semolina pasta. It is also known for its exceptional wine menu and cheese plates.

      Staunton - Ox-eye Vineyards

      • Ox-Eye Vineyards - 44 Middlebrook Avenue
        Ox-Eye provides a lovely tasting room where visitors are treated to a range of vintages from this local farm winery. Active since 1996, the 100-acre family-owned vineyard has truly developed masterful insight into Shenandoah Valley's unique soil, grapes, and cultivation scene. The tasting room is right in the historic Wharf District and only closes on a handful of holidays.

      • Yelping Dog Wine - 9 E. Beverley Street
        A beloved local wine bar serving lunch and dinner, Yelping Dog Wine pairs a variety of Virginia wines with a culinary delight you might not expect: Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. You can also choose from creative cheese platters, spreads, chili, and a dash of dessert.

      • Cocoa Mill Chocolate Company - 123 West Nelson Street (Lexington, VA)
        Although it's a short distance outside Staunton in the tiny hamlet of Lexington, the trip is worth it to visit Cocoa Mill Chocolate Company. Cocoa Mill brings an artisanal approach to chocolate delights, with everything from assortments and gourmet barks to luscious dipped fruits.

      • The Split Banana - 7 W. Beverley Street
        Its location right on W. Beverly makes The Split Banana convenient after a dinner at Zynodoa or a sip of wine at Yelping Dog. It stands out as one of the top ice cream parlors in Virginia, complete with unique monthly flavors like pineapple basil and Guinness Extra Stout.

      Staunton - Kline's Dairy

      • Kline's Dairy Bar - 906 Greenville Avenue
        Founded in 1943, Kline's Dairy has maintained a premium old-fashioned ice cream making process for decades. That gives it a distinguished taste as each batch is made fresh every single day. Every flavor is named in honor of one of the neighboring communities.

      Feeling hungry? Contact Old Dominion Realty and our REALTORS® will help you find the Staunton homes for sale that will whet your appetite for all this amazing community has to offer.

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      January
      15

      Harrisonburg VA Moving Guide

      Moving to Harrisonburg Help
      Making Your Move to Harrisonburg Easier

      Located two miles south of Washington D.C. right between the beautiful Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Harrisonburg attracts new residents every year. It's a great place to move: Up-and-coming professionals, growing families, and retirees all find their way here.

      As one of the three top Virginia cities in the area, Harrisonburg is noticeably less expensive than its neighbors Richmond and Alexandria--while still offering truly amazing homes.

      Of course, you'll want to start enjoying everything Harrisonburg has to offer as soon as you can. That means taking care of the preliminaries so you'll be comfortable in your new home.

      Here's how to navigate some of the most common issues when moving to Harrisonburg:

      Driver's License and Registration

      You'll find the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) right on Rt. 11 at 3281 Peoples Drive, Harrisonburg, VA. To get your Virginia driver's license or ID, be sure you can bring multiple forms of identification (such as a passport or valid out-of-state ID.) You'll also need some mail and bills that include your local address, such as utility bills.

      Vehicles must be inspected each year to be compliant with state rules. Any local auto servicing center approved to perform auto inspections can get this done for you. An inspection is necessary to accelerate the process of getting your local license plate and registration.

      Electricity, Gas, and Fuel Oil

      For electricity, you'll need an account with Harrisonburg Electric Company.

      Residents moving from out of state may be surprised to see how common natural gas and fuel oil are in Virginia. It's good to be familiar with natural gas services at Columbia Gas of Virginia and propane gas services at AmeriGas. Some popular fuel oil providers include Columbia Gas of Virginia, Rockingham Petroleum Cooperative, and Quarles Energy Service.

      Water and Sewer

      If your home has existing water and sewer service, all you need to do is drop by the billing office and pay a deposit to switch the service to your name. When you make your deposit on the morning of a business day, you'll usually have service by the end of the day.

      Trash Pickup

      Trash pickup begins immediately for all Harrisonburg residents living on public streets. The city uses an "all-in-one" approach for its waste and recycling collection. Trash pickup schedule depends on your home's location. It's a good idea to review the local trash collection fees.

      Public Transit

      The local area provides a wide range of public transit options. In particular, Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation is known for its clean and efficient buses. Bus schedule and route information can help you plan your trip. Also, take a look at Harrisonburg bus fares.

      Pets

      Dogs, cats, and other pets are welcome in Harrisonburg. All animals, regardless of species, must be on a leash while in public. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after pets while on walks. Animal bites should be reported to Animal Control at (540) 437-2670.

      Virginia law requires current rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats aged 16 weeks and up. You can have this performed and get a certificate verifying vaccination status at any licensed veterinary office. Dog licenses are also required for any dog aged 16 and up – a dog license tag should be affixed to the pet's collar any time he or she is not on the owner's property.  Dog licenses are available from locations throughout the city.

      We'll Help You Make Harrisonburg Your Home

      Want help finding the best Harrisonburg homes? Our REALTORS® are the local experts. Contact Old Dominion Realty to get started.

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      January
      11

      10 Fitness Classes In Staunton to Make Your New Year's Resolution Stick

      Staunton VA Fitness Businesses
      Will 2018 be the year you get fit? If you're one of the many Americans who made a fitness resolution on New Year's Day, congratulations! You're heading toward a healthier, happier life, and fitness goals don't have to be ridiculous to make a big impact. Instead of holding yourself to a grueling gym schedule, you can start with small, manageable goals – like attending a weekly class. Staunton is full of coaches and classes that make working out fun.

      Our REALTORS® have plenty of experience helping people transform their lives, and our local businesses can help you transform your body too. Here are ten gyms and fitness centers in Staunton that are sure to help you stick to that New Year's resolution:

      1. Staunton-Augusta YMCA - 708 N Coalter Street, Staunton, VA. 24401
        There's no place like the Y if you want a variety of fun, affordable classes. The Staunton-Augusta YMCA has a serious lineup of group fitness opportunities from mind-body classes like tai chi and yoga to barre class, boot camp, and deep water conditioning in the pool.

      2. Sanctuary Yoga & Wellness Co-Op - 16 West Beverley Street, Staunton, Virgnia 24401
        At Sanctuary Yoga & Wellness, whole-body wellness is a group effort in more than one way. Teacher-owned and housed in a gorgeous building downtown, this co-op offers everything from introductory and "gentle yoga" classes to early-morning Ashtanga practice and restorative evening sessions.

      3. Staunton Health & Fitness - 90 Lee Jackson Highway, Suite 1250, Staunton, VA 24401
        A clean, modern workout space with a private space for women, Staunton Health & Fitness is a great place to challenge yourself. World-class fitness classes include Body Pump, Zumba, Body Combat, and Sh'Bam courses with Les Mills instructors.

      4. Anytime Fitness - 20 Bobby's Way, Suite 103, Staunton, VA 24401
        Join Anytime Fitness in Staunton to take advantage of group training sessions, which are designed to keep you accountable and keep your energy high. Choose a base conditioning class, a high-energy calorie-burning session, or a strength-building workout format.

      5. F45 Training Staunton - 856 Statler Blvd, Staunton, VA 24421
        One of Staunton's more unique workout centers, F45 Training Staunton will never keep you longer than 45 minutes. Of course, these high-intensity classes are packed with physical challenges: strength and cardio workouts are broken down into 45-second intervals with 15-second breaks in between.

      6. CrossFit Staunton - 90 Lee Jackson Highway, Suite 113, Staunton, VA 24401
        If you like pushing your limits and making progress every time you hit the gym, it's time to consider CrossFit. CrossFit Staunton is home base for a diverse but close-knit community, from beginners who want to shed a few pounds to athletes who want to be as strong and flexible as possible.

      7. Total Defense Martial Arts - 708 D Street, Staunton, VA 24401
        Gym exercises and dance moves can change your body, but martial arts will also give you skills you can use to protect yourself. If you want to learn self-defense while building and toning your muscles, try a Brazilian jiu-jitsu or boxing class at Total Defense Martial Arts.

      8. Head Over Heels Gymnastics - 1100 Greenville Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401
        If your little ones want to stay active in the new year, consider a class at Head Over Heels Gymnastics. Students can enroll all year long for classes at the new location. Gymnastics isn't just a fun way to work out; it helps improve flexibility and motor skills too.

      9. Aliquid Training and Performance - 611 Greenville Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401
        Promising the "next generation of fitness," Aliquid Training and Performance is a training center for athletes who want to meet specific fitness and health goals. Aliquid coaches offer hands-on, tailor-made programs that will help you make your New Year's dreams come true.

      10. American Freestyle Karate - 310 Betsy Bell Road, Staunton, VA 24401
        Last but not least, American Freestyle Karate offers family karate programs, which help you save time and learn a new skill while bonding with your kids and building your confidence together. Karate is a great choice for families who want to get fit together.

      Is your new year going to include a new home too? If you're looking at Staunton homes for sale, make sure you have an experienced agent on your side. Contact us for help buying or selling your home in the Staunton area.

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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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      December
      5

      Come To Downtown Harrisonburg for the Holidays

      Harrisonburg Winterfest 2017
      If you're considering a relocation, December is a great time to discover the beautiful homes in Harrisonburg. The year-end real estate market is a little slower, so you won't have to deal with house hunting crowds. The holiday season is the perfect time to get to know this wonderful city. Winter Wonderfest is a great place to start. You'll get a preview of local lifestyles and traditions with a holiday twist.

      Our REALTORS® recommend Winter Wonderfest because it's a local family favorite with something for everyone. You'll enjoy a day of music, holiday treats, and fun that will put you in a holiday mood. You can combine your festivities with a leisurely trek through downtown shops to wrap up your shopping in plenty of time for Christmas.

      Winter Wonderfest - Downtown Harrisonburg

      This family-friendly event takes place on December 9, from 12 until 6 pm. You'll enjoy a day of fun and entertaining holiday adventures. Your Wonderfest experience begins when you visit the event host, Ten Thousand Villages at Main and Bruce Streets. Throughout the day the shop will twinkle and hum with crafts, refreshments, games, and holiday cheer. It's also the Cookie Tour check-in spot. Here is a list of additional must-do activities.

      Art Market

      If you appreciate handcrafted gifts, you must visit the 6th Annual Holiday Art Market at Larkin Arts. You'll find beautiful presentations of crafts by local artists and artisans. You can purchase handcrafted jewelry, paintings, woodwork, fiber arts and more. The market also gives you the unique opportunity to meet the creative personality behind the gifts you choose.

      Holiday Selfies

      When you visit the Agora Downtown Market from 1 to 3 pm, you can create your own holiday fun by snapping a Santa selfie. Look out for the Grinch and Santa's elves throughout the day. When you spot them, snap a selfie and share the fun on Facebook and Instagram. Use the hashtags #WinterWonderfestHburg and #DowntownHarrisonburg!

      Holiday Movie "Elf"

      By 4:30, you should be ready for a break. If you are, stop by the Court Square Theater for a showing of the holiday movie, "Elf." Admission is free when you present any December 9th receipt from a Downtown business.

      Carolers

      When you hear carols in the air, you know Christmas is on the way. The Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir will fill your heart and bring the spirit of Christmas a little bit closer as they sing carols throughout downtown.

      Cookie Tour

      This special event brings young and old in search of cookies. When you take the self-guided tour, you'll make stops at 12 downtown shops, claiming a gourmet cookie at each stop along the way. Visit Ten Thousand Villages between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to check in. You'll receive a Cookie Tour wristband and a box to hold your cookies.

      Get to Know Harrisonburg

      Harrisonburg is a wonderful place to live, work, and play all year long. Contact Old Dominion Realty, if you need information about buying or selling a Harrisonburg home, or if you want to know more about local businesses and events.

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      November
      20

      Harrisonburg Celebrates Small Business Saturday, November 25

      Shop Small With Us in Downtown Harrisonburg

      Harrisonburg Small Business Saturday

      Ready to hit the shops for the holidays? Like many families with homes in Harrisonburg, VA, you'll probably make plenty of purchases this holiday season. Why not make sure your gifts make an impact on your hometown too? There's no better time than this weekend. Saturday, November 25 is Small Business Saturday, and our REALTORS® want to help you participate. Instead of spending your holiday worrying about Black Friday deals, wait a day and shop at locally owned businesses instead.

      When you spend money at a local business, you reap the rewards of your neighbors' talents, and you also make an investment in your community that will come back to you later. Celebrate Small Business Saturday by getting your gifts here in Harrisonburg. Here are a few of our favorite places to find holiday treasures: 

      • OASIS Fine Art & Craft, 103 S. Main Street
        Right in the heart of our arts district, this artist co-op is teeming with one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces that will delight your loved ones. OASIS is a store, art gallery, and event space all in one, and it almost exclusively features artists from the Shenandoah Valley, so you know your dollars will stay local. In fact, all staff members are artists or volunteers, so you can ask plenty of questions about the art. Some of our favorite purchases at OASIS have been wearable and functional art, like pottery and jewelry made by local hands.

      • withSimplicity, 44 S. Main Street
        This family-owned beauty boutique is one of Harrisonburg's most pleasant surprises. Handmade with organic, natural ingredients, withSimplicity products prove you don't have to order online or pay designer prices to get high-quality natural cosmetics. Your feminine friends and family members will love the way this makeup looks, feels, and smells, especially if they try to avoid artificial dyes and fragrances (or they care about shopping locally). All withSimplicity products, including powders, toners, pencils, lipsticks, and more, are infused with oils and extracts that are therapeutic-grade and non-toxic.

      • Downtown Wine & Gourmet, 41 Court Square
        Do you have any wine drinkers, or craft beer aficionados in your family? Downtown Wine & Gourmet is one of our favorite places to shop in Harrisonburg, thanks to its helpful staff and huge selection. Get help from seasoned pros as you choose from hundreds of different wines and beers, including unique and rare varieties from all across the globe. This shop also has all the homebrew basics, so you can stock up on hops, yeasts, malts, and all the equipment you need to brew something delicious on your own. If you have a loved one who's getting into drinking or making craft beer, this is the place to go this Saturday.

      Where will you celebrate Small Business Saturday? Download our city's free shopping guide, Downtown Harrisonburg for the Holidays, to learn about more local treasures that will be open for business on Small Business Saturday. Then contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more about our real estate services in Harrisonburg. We look forward to adding your family to our supportive community of neighbors and friends.

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      November
      14

      Moorefield Holidays Take a Ride on the North Pole Express

      Moorefield North Pole Express
      If you're planning to spend some quality time with the whole family this holiday season, there is truly only one way to travel... All aboard the North Pole Express! Every year, the North Pole Express is one of the most popular holiday events in the Moorefield area, and a perfect opportunity to let the kids experience the wonder of the season. Enjoy a scenic train ride with great food, fun visits from holiday characters, games, songs, and loads of spectacular scenery. Our REALTORS® are all ready to board the North Pole Express, and we're excited to share the details on one of Moorefield's beloved holiday traditions.

      Celebrate the Holiday Season Aboard the North Pole Express in Moorefield, WV

      One of the first things you'll notice about Moorefield homes for sale during the holidays is that people here really love to decorate, which makes for some great scenery as your ride the North Pole Express. This year, there will be eight chances to ride the Express, with two trips each on November 24-25 and December 1-2.

      Moorefield North Pole Express

      • An Enchanting Experience
        The fun starts before you even board the train, with Mrs. Claus and her Christmas elves visiting the crowd while you wait for the train to arrive. Kids in the crowd love seeing some of their favorite holiday character brought to life, and Mrs. Claus even hands out golden tickets to the children waiting in line. Adults in the crowd may receive a "naughty" sticker from Mrs. Claus, which always draws big laughs from the audience.

      • All Aboard
        As you board the North Pole Express, you'll be greeted by the train's jovial conductor, who will stop to punch tickets and give the kids a show. The train itself is fully decked out for the season, with holiday decorations and a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all who visit. With Santa's elves taking care of all the key details, you can be sure that this is one holiday train ride you won't soon forget.

      Moorefield Community Holiday

      • The North Pole Express
        Your trip aboard the North Pole Express will wind throughout the Moorefield area, with tons of fun activities along the way. Santa will make his first appearance on the train, stopping to talk with children, pose for photos, and listen to holiday wishes. Meanwhile, his elves will be singing carols, serving treats, and making sure everyone is enjoying the holiday cheer. Peering out the windows of the North Pole Express will reveal all of the hard work that has gone into decorating the community for the holiday season.

      • A Final Flourish
        At the end of your trip aboard the North Pole Express, you'll arrive at a truly magical destination. Off in the distance but close enough for the kids to see the show, you'll find a lighted display of the "North Pole," right here in Moorefield! Kids love the chance to see Santa's home, and one ride aboard the North Pole Express is sure to have them even more excited for the holidays.

      • A Popular Event – The North Pole Express is one of the most popular holiday traditions in Moorefield every year, so it's a good idea to purchase your tickets well in advance of the event. Whether this is your first trip or you enjoy the event every year, there's only one place to experience the North Pole Express.

      When you're searching for the right home to enjoy all that Moorefield has to offer throughout the year, our experienced, local team is here to help. Contact our Moorefield office to buy and sell homes throughout the Moorefield, WV area.

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      October
      3

      Celebrate Wine Month in Virginia at Bluestone Vineyard in Bridgewater, VA

      Experience the Shenandoah Valley's Best at Bluestone Vineyard

      Bridgewater VA Bluestone Vineyard

      Surrounded by the rolling landscape of the Shenandoah Mountains, the cozy town of Bridgewater, VA sits amid some of America's most magnificent scenery. Bridgewater homes also offer access to amenities typically found in a much larger city, from shopping and dining options to schools and colleges.

      Increasingly, the Bridgewater area is also gaining a reputation as one America's great up-and-coming wine regions. The climate and landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes it perfect for growing grapes. So if you're looking for a place to sample some of the local flavors, look no farther than Bridgewater's own Bluestone Vineyard.

      Bluestone Vineyard Local Wines

      Local wines at Bluestone Vineyard

      Named for the unique blue limestone that makes up a crucial component of the Shenandoah Valley soil, Bluestone Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard and winery that focuses on making small-batch wines from locally-sourced fruit. That makes it a perfect place to showcase our region's excellent wines.

      Since its founding in 2008, the vineyard has grown quickly to produce a wide range of unique wines. Bluestone Vineyard has also seen some nationwide recognition recently—it was selected as an official winery for the 2016 Vice Presidential debate—and has been noted as one of the best wineries in the region.

      Bluestone Vineyard

      Visiting the Vineyard

      At the vineyard, you'll find a tasting room where you can sample a wide variety of Bluestone wines, with a selection that changes with the seasons. Red, white, sweet and reserve tastings are available. Growlers are also available at the tasting room, allowing you to take home any wines that may be currently on tap.

      The tasting room includes an outdoor seating area with sweeping views of the Shenandoah Valley and the surrounding Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Outdoor heaters and a fire pit make it a perfect place to relax and sip wine as the sun sets, even on the chilliest autumn night.

      Virginia Wine Month Bridgewater

      Celebrate Virginia Wine Month

      October is Virginia Wine Month, which makes this a perfect time to stop by and sample some of the wines offered by Bluestone Vineyards. If you have the time, be sure to check out some of the other local wineries in the Bridgewater area, and throughout the Shenandoah Valley. The Shenandoah Wine Trail offers a path to some of Virginia's best local flavors!

      Bluestone Vineyard is located on Spring Creek Road, just west of Bridgewater and less than 10 minutes from I-81.

      Contact Old Dominion Realty to Find a Home in Bridgewater

      Bridgewater, VA is a charming small town with access to all the resources of the Shenandoah. Contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more buying or selling a home in Bridgewater. Our team of experienced REALTORS® offers the expertise and inside knowledge of the local real estate market to make your dreams a reality.

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      July
      10

      10 Best Ice Cream Shops in Augusta County

      Augusta County Celebrates National Ice Cream Day

      Augusta County Ice Cream Shops

      Each third Sunday in July, Augusta County residents join ice cream lovers across the country in celebration of National Ice Cream Day.  As REALTORS® in Augusta County, we live, work and shop here. We know where to find the best local ice cream. Just in time for National Ice Cream Day on July 16, we present our list of the 10 best shops.

      1. Kline's Dairy Bar
        74 years ago, John and Grover Kline sold homemade frozen custard from a walk-up window in their home. Kline's Dairy Bar has changed since then, but their ice cream is still delicious, creamy and homemade with a slow old-fashioned process. Ice cream lovers with homes in Augusta County have two Kline's locations nearby. You'll also find shops in Staunton and Waynesboro.

      2. Wright's Dairy-Rite
        Wright's Dairy-Rite began as a frozen custard stand in 1952. When they added lunch and dinner items, their traditional ice cream treats remained a local favorite. You can order from your car or table using a Wright's speaker or your phone.

      3. Purple Cow Ice Cream Parlour & Cafe
        If you want a simple chocolate scoop and your child wants a Death by Chocolate Cake Sundae, you'll find both at the Purple Cow Ice Cream Parlour & Cafe. It's a quirky, fun shop that serves creative ice cream flavors in large portions.

      4. The Split Banana
        The Split Banana serves gelato in an old-timey atmosphere. Gelato? That's ice cream with an Italian attitude. It's smooth, creamy and sweet with less fat than traditional ice cream. Each day, The Split Banana offers 18 of their 50 flavors with three flavors of the month.

      5. Willy's Ice Cream
        Willy's Ice Cream is named for the beloved owner who opened the shop 22 years ago. His son runs the shop now, serving the same genuine soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, and frozen treats. Willy's also offers a flavor of the week, dairy-free and gluten-free flavors, generous portions and reasonable prices.

      6. Dap's Ice Cream, Burgers & Fries
        Dap's offers 40 ice cream flavors, a fabulous toppings bar, and seriously adult flavors like Coffeehouse Cookies and Cream and Blueberry Cheesecake. Kids (and kids at heart) will love fun treats like Dap's Dirt Sundaes with gummy worms on top.

      7. Dairy Queen
        You probably remember Dairy Queen for delicious soft-serve ice cream on hot summer days. Today's DQ also serves Blizzards, sundaes, dipped cones, and a variety of sweet, icy treats.

      8. Tastee Freez
        The local Tastee Freez is part of a national chain that's perfected the art of frozen treats. They serve delicious shakes, banana splits, parfaits, freezes, and new tropical flavored shakes. If you prefer a simple treat, try their soft serve cones.

      9. Baskin Robbins
        Baskin-Robbins is nationally known for having an ice cream flavor for every taste. They also serve sundaes, parfaits, and specialty frozen beverages. P.S. You don't have to wait in line when you using their mobile app.

      10. Sweet Frog Yogurt
        Frozen yogurt isn't ice cream. Still, when frozen yogurt lovers celebrate National Ice Cream Day, they'll be completely satisfied with Sweet Frog Yogurt. You can choose from a large list of flavors and add the toppings of your choice. If you have dietary concerns, you can order non-fat, low-fat, sugar-free, and non-dairy.

      We Know Your Neighborhood

      We want to be your local resource for real estate information and more. Whether you need directions to the best ice cream shops or facts about buying or selling a home in Virginia and West Virginia, contact Old Dominion Realty. We're here to help.

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      June
      28

      Best Places to Watch the Fireworks in Harrisonburg

      Harrisonburg July 4 Events

      One thing that people with homes in Harrisonburg enjoy every year is the annual 4th of July fireworks display. In fact, the fun lasts all day long with Harrisonburg's amazing celebration, which starts at 8 AM with the Valley Fourth Run.

      During and after the run, locals and visitors alike get the opportunity to enjoy the Harrisonburg Farmers Market from 8 AM to noon. This has always been an enjoyable occasion where you can find delicious produce, arts and crafts, and other great souvenirs for the festivities.

      Like so many of Virginia's communities, Harrisonburg is known for its strong sense of history. This is never more evident than around the 4th of July season. Beginning at noon, the complete text of the Declaration of Independence will be read out at Court Square.

      The reading is performed by members of the Fort Harrison Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and it's an event that they prepare for all year long. After you listen in, don't forget to enter the $250,000 raffle sponsored by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance!

      Attendees can enter the raffle any time between 1 PM and the drawing at PM during the Independence Day bash. You can also enter the raffle beforehand. Before the 4th, tickets will be sold at more than 20 local businesses, including Blue Ridge Bank and Oasis Art Gallery.

      Be Sure to Find Your Vantage Point Before Fireworks Start at 9 PM

      Throughout the afternoon and into early evening, anticipation builds for one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Virginia. You're sure to notice more families and excited kids filing into Downtown Harrisonburg to get ready!

      Between 2 PM and 9 PM, food trucks, craft vendors, and plenty of fun activities for the little ones will be available. Adults can also kick back with a beer garden that promises to bring great new flavors from national breweries and craft favorites.

      As the evening winds on toward the fireworks display, live music will be provided by The Judy Chops and Super Doppler. You won't want to miss the Classic Car Cruise-In that takes place between 5 PM and the very start of fireworks at 9 PM.

      Keep your eyes peeled, because if previous years are anything to go by, this will be a popular event. You should start staking out a spot for the fireworks show around 8 PM. if you want to get the best vantage points around.

      Court Square is one of the most iconic locations in Harrisonburg and is a popular spot to see the fireworks. Since it is right in the middle of the action, you won't have to go far. East Market Street and the James Madison University campus also typically offer good seats.

      Harrisonburg's Independence Day Extravaganza is Offered Rain or Shine

      As an all-day event, the 4th is never cancelled in Harrisonburg. Although this year's weather forecast does call for afternoon thunderstorms, there's a good chance things will dry out before the fireworks start to fly. It's a good idea to keep an umbrella and poncho handy.

      Harrisonburg has traditionally had some of the best fireworks around, even with world-class "competition" from the likes of the National Mall. How would you like to enjoy this amazingly vibrant embrace of all things American every year?

      At Old Dominion Realty, our REALTORS® in Harrisonburg can make it happen.

      Thinking about buying a home? Contact our Harrisonburg office to get help from the top experts in the Harrisonburg real estate market. We can partner with you to make your Harrisonburg home ownership dreams come true in time for next July!

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      June
      19

      Staunton's Gypsy Hill Park - The Place for Summer Entertainment

      Gypsy Hill Park - A Local Staunton Treasure 

      Gypsy Hill Park Summer

      Gypsy Hill Park remains a gem in the Shenandoah Valley's treasure chest with almost-nightly entertainment for the entire family.  Staunton neighbors come together at Gypsy Hill Park for play, a picnic or perhaps an evening concert.  In fact, when it comes to summertime in Staunton, Gypsy Hill Park is the central focus of much that takes place throughout the community. Here's why the park remains one of the top attractions for those who purchase homes in Staunton.

      A Sprawling 214 Acres with Something for Everyone

      Gypsy Hill Park spreads out over 214 acres and offers something for everyone. Not only will you find a public golf course here, but you'll also find football and baseball stadiums, a lake, two different playgrounds, a public pool, baseball fields, volleyball and tennis courts, horseshoe pits, and a gymnasium for basketball. For the little kids, the Gypsy Express mini-train is a big hit, and the Duck Pond is a favorite with families as well. Throughout the park covered pavilions offer grills and picnic tables, and The Bandstand is home to quite a number of season events. With just this description alone, it's easy to see why Gypsy Hill Park is the meeting place for the summer.

      July 4 at Gypsy Hill Park

      While Gypsy Hill Park is available year-round for summer fun, on the Fourth of July one of the biggest celebrations of the year takes place. In fact, in 2017 America's Birthday Celebration is so big, it takes two days for it all.

      The festivities begin at 2:00 on Monday, July 3, when the Opening Ceremony takes place, followed by the introduction of the Miss America's Birthday Celebration winners. A concert from NOVA and then an Elvis Tribute by Ron Gilbert follow the presentation.

      At 5:00, the Shenandoah Valley Bagpipe Band will take to the stage, followed by a presentation from the community children's choir, teen challenge choir and the America's Birthday Celebration Community Choir. Messages from two local preachers will be intermixed with the choir numbers, and the evening will conclude with the Stonewall Brigade Band.

      On the Fourth, the day begins with the News Leader Firecracker 5K at 8. The entire community comes out to the Park for the America's Birthday Celebration Parade at 10:00. The rest of the day, various artists will take to the Bandstand and perform numbers, including many patriotic pieces.

      Of course, the Fourth of July isn't complete without fireworks. Before the fireworks, the Retiring of the Colors and the performance of Taps will signal the end of the concerts. At 10, the sky above the lake will come alive with brilliant bursts of color as the community celebrates America's birthday in style.

      Our REALTORS® in Staunton can help you find your ideal home to enjoy this welcoming community for yourself. Contact Old Dominion Realty to get started on your search for the perfect home in Augusta County.

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      June
      1

      Summer Fun at Shenandoah Valley National Park

      Shenandoah Valley National Park
      Family Fun at Shenandoah National Park

      Both historical and glorious, Shenandoah National Park explodes with wildflower colors during the summer months. Get your camera ready because white-tailed deer are everywhere and you might even catch a glimpse of a black bear or wild turkey. Can you imagine relocating to Harrisonburg, Staunton or Waynesboro and having this wildlife wonderland right in your own backyard? Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty can work with you to find a home in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley.

      • Skyline Drive
        Experience mountain scenery that is beyond description as you drive the 105-mile Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The drive has many pull-off spots along the way. The route travels through Virginia wine and hill country and features hiking trails if you want to stretch your legs. One of the best trails is a 3.6-mile hike to Lewis Spring Falls. It's about 52 miles into the drive.

      • Ranger Programs
        Take a guided tour of the park with a ranger. The ranger programs run throughout the spring, summer, and fall. The ranger explains historical facts about the valley, as well as pointing out the plants and animals that live there. While you're exploring this wild wonderland, you will also be learning about the history and culture of the area.

      • Bird watching
        Even if you're not a bird watcher, the 190 species of birds in the park are sure to spark your interest. Bring your binoculars to see the rainbow of colors from Carolina chickadees, blue-winged teal, great blue heron and 18 different types of warblers. You can see rare birds in Big Meadows that you can't find anywhere else. Look skyward for Northern goshawks, red-tailed hawks, and sharp-shinned hawks circling overhead.

      • EarthCaching – If you're ready to learn about the geology and history of the park, try EarthCaching. This educational exploration activity involves finding virtual caches, using your GPS in the North, South, and Central parts of the park. When you find these treasures, they provide scientific and historical insights into the spot where you find it. It's free to participate in EarthCache activities.

      • Dining – You can really work up an appetite when you're exploring the park and there are several eateries where you can appease your rumbling belly. Try the Mountain Taproom, Big Meadows Lodge, or the Pollock Dining Room for delicious food and a gorgeous view.

      History and Adventure in the Shenandoah Valley

      • Harrisonburg – Once known as Rocktown and nicknamed, 'The Friendly City', Harrisburg sits in the Shenandoah Valley. In 2016, the city won the title, '#3 Happiest Mountain Town' by the Blue Ridge Country Magazine. Check out Harrisonburg homes, if you're planning a move to Shenandoah Valley.
      • Staunton – If you enjoy culture, as well as adventure, looking at Staunton homes might be ideal for you. Not only is Staunton in the valley, it also has the American Shakespeare Center, which is a replica of Blackfriars Theatre in London that dates back to the Renaissance.
      • Waynesboro – This Shenandoah Valley city features 11 historic sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, such as the Fishburn Military School, founded in 1879. It is one of the oldest, all boy military schools in America. If you're a history buff, check out Waynesboro homes for current listings.

      Contact Old Dominion Realty when you're interested in buying a home in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Our team of real estate professionals offers a full range of services for buyers and sellers, priding ourselves on connecting you with the perfect home in Virginia and West Virginia.

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      May
      3

      Selling a Home in Staunton Open House Tips from the Pros

      Open House Tips from the Pros
      Selling your home in Staunton? While the internet brings buyers and sellers together like never before, most home sales still come down to one thing: first-hand impressions of the home. Personal tours still play priceless roles in the decision to make a bid, but because most sellers can't keep their home ready for guests at all times, they rely on the open house to show off their space to anyone who might be interested.

      So, how do you make sure your open house results in serious offers? Make sure you take the following five steps before opening your doors.

      1. Advertise your open house online.
        Marketing your home is easier than ever, with dozens of apps and websites that attract potential buyers with comprehensive, up-to-date local listings. Take advantage of these tools to list your open house, including the location, date, and time. Include all the info you'll put on your property description sheet, then spice it up with extra digital content like slideshows, maps, and virtual tours that help your home stand out.

      2. Inform and invite your neighbors.
        Some of the most helpful traffic at your open house might not be from house-hunting strangers at all. Your own neighbors could actually serve two unexpected purposes during your open house. First, potential homebuyers will get to interact with their potential new neighbors, making life in the neighborhood feel more real. More importantly, your neighbors might have friends or family who want to move closer to them, and they can spread the word on your behalf.

      3. Make your space as neutral as possible.
        Remember: your guests have other homes in Staunton to consider. If they spot something that violates their values or upsets them, they can simply choose to take their money elsewhere. Taxidermy, nudity, profanity, and politics are off-limits, so scan each and every room for any décor or belongings that could turn people off. Of course, neutrality is also important for a more subtle, subconscious reason: buyers need to "see themselves" in your home. Family photos aren't controversial décor, but too much personalization could prevent your buyers from picturing their own family members in each room.

      4. Clean and de-clutter every single room.
        A clean, organized home tells buyers it's also loved and well-maintained. Show how much you value your home, and make sure every surface is spotless and functional before guests arrive. Get rid of any clutter or extra furniture that makes rooms look smaller, and close the toilet lids in every bathroom. This is also the time to take care of any minor repairs you've been putting off, especially leaky faucets or missing bulbs. Finally, on the day of the open house, show off all your hard work in a good light. Open all the curtains and blinds to let natural light flow through every room.

      5. Guide the way with eye-catching signs.
        When the big day finally arrives, make sure you place signs throughout town. Advertise at busy intersections, with arrows clearly pointing the way to your street, and mark your actual home with matching signs and balloons that tell homebuyers they're in the right place. Today's buyers have a lot of listings to sift through, and someone who missed your post might spot a sign that changes everything.

      Need help selling your home in Staunton, VA? Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty are passionate about Virginia real estate, and they're ready to help you stage and sell your home in Staunton. Contact Old Dominion Realty today to find a professional real estate agent near you.

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      April
      5

      Harrisonburg's Rocktown Beer & Music Festival

      Downtown Harrisonburg is Gearing Up for a Mighty Good Time

      Rocktown Beer & Music Festival

      Harrisonburg residents and the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance are gearing up for what's expected to be another sell out event at this year's Rocktown Beer & Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 3:00 to 8:30 pm. 

      Downtown Harrisonburg is home to an assortment of popular events throughout the year that shine a spotlight on our city.  The Rocktown Beer & Music Festival is one of our most popular events.  When you live in one of the downtown homes in Harrisonburg, good living, good fun and a tremendous community are right outside of your front door.

      Here's what you can expect to find at the 2017 Rocktown Beer & Music Festival:

      Local Food, Musicians & More

      Spring flowers provide a beautiful backdrop for a festival that features food from the best local restaurants, music featuring local bands and musicians, and beers from breweries all over the nation. Harrisonburg locals look forward to this festival all winter, gathering at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market's Turner Pavilion and Park to welcome the arrival of spring and celebrate the best beer, food and music in the Shenandoah Valley. At this year's festival, you'll find:

      • Beers from local breweries like Pale Fire Brewing Co. and Brothers Craft Brewing (both sponsors of the event), as well as a wide variety of craft beers on draught. National craft breweries will also be well-represented.
      • Along with dozens of beers, there will also be offerings of some of Harrisonburg's best burgers, fare from local pubs, and many other delectable choices.
      • Local musical acts running the gamut from blues to soul, big band sounds to rock, and many other genres of toe-tapping tunes. You're sure to find the perfect musical accompaniment for your tasty craft beer and mouthwatering burger.

      This year's pavilion space is larger than in past years, too, so you can enjoy kicking up your heels between trying new and interesting brews. Rain or shine, it's a festival that's fun, full of energy and an excellent opportunity for tasting unique beers, trying fantastic foods and listening to new music.

      Getting Ready to Rock

      The Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is taking place on Saturday, April 29th, beginning at 3:00 p.m. and running until 9:00 p.m. that evening. Tickets range from $22 (for designated drivers and underage attendees) to $75 (for full VIP access and a special VIP section).

      • A full-access Rocktown ticket runs just $34 and includes more than 70 available craft beers to sample, a souvenir mug for sampling, and entrance to the entire event including music and food.
      • The underage ticket allows kids and young adults to enjoy the festival's music and food offerings; kids under ten can even attend for free.
      • The VIP ticket allows you to enter through a dedicated VIP entrance, dedicated craft beer lines with 12 ounce pours in a Rocktown Cup, an area to relax and watch the bands, special VIP tents for sitting and relaxing during the festival, and food and drinks during the festival.

      Regardless of the ticket you choose, you're guaranteed a full evening of fun and frivolity, food and music, and an excellent community event.

      Come for the Festival, Stay for the Community

      If you're considering relocating to Harrisonburg, it's important to work with a local real estate agent who knows the Shenandoah Valley and whose primarily focus is the needs of their customers.  Our team of REALTORS® from Old Dominion Realty are local to Harrisonburg and are ready to help you find a home in Harrisonburg.  Contact Old Dominion Realty to get started.

       

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      March
      21

      Historic Homes in Harrisonburg, VA - The Stonewall Jackson Inn

      Harrisonburg: Past, Present and Future 

      Stonewall Jackson Inn Harrisonburg VA

      Harrisonburg, VA is a beautiful and laid-back community with deep historical roots. Although it didn't officially become an independent city until 1916, it's a very old settlement that was founded in 1779. The area played an important role in the Civil War, and now boasts an amazing variety of historical monuments and quaint businesses like the Stonewall Jackson Inn. Converted from a mid-1880s mansion, the Inn is a spectacular destination for resting, relaxing, and exploring the surrounding area of Harrisonburg.

      Stepping Back into the Past

      Stonewall Jackson Inn - Interior - Harrisonburg

      The Stonewall Jackson Inn is a unique destination in the Shenandoah Valley. Although its architecture is in the Queen Anne style, its design is more like that of a traditional New England cottage. The original mansion was renovated by two Boston architects using stone and shingles to give it new life and a distinctive look and feel that can't be found elsewhere in the area. The grounds around the Inn encompass two full acres of beautiful landscaping, including gorgeous rosebushes and flowerbeds – there's even a picturesque barn originally intended to house horses and carriages.

      While it's unclear who built this majestic home, it's widely believed that a sea captain from the area married a young debutante from the valley and built it for her. The entryways and stairwells bear witness to the idea that the mansion was built for entertaining and grand parties – they're wide enough to allow ladies of the past to pass through with their hoop skirts. There are also nautical touches throughout, such as speaking tubes for room-to-room communication and a beam structure common to ships built during that time.

      While there are other inns available in and around Harrisonburg, the Stonewall Jackson Inn provides an experience like none other.

      More than Just an Inn

      Harrisonburg may have one of the most unique and appealing bed and breakfast inns in the Shenandoah Valley, but there's much more than just an inn to draw your interest. It's in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, less than an hour from Charlottesville, where the University of Virginia is located; just a few hours from the nation's capital, Washington, DC; and near historic Roanoke and Richmond as well. The spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains are along Harrisonburg's eastern boundary, while the Allegheny Mountains are to the west – as you might imagine, the views can be truly breathtaking.

      Harrisonburg also offers cultural fare along with its rich history and amazing views. The downtown area is a popular place for festivals, and you'll also find live music and art exhibitions. You can take walking tours, visit Civil War battlefields, and find a treasure trove of history and culture in the nearby museums.

      The community also boasts several farmers' markets, businesses that are locally-owned and –operated, culinary delights from excellent restaurants, and food trucks if you're not in the mood to sit indoors while you eat. Walking and biking trails allow you to take advantage of mild temperatures and beautiful landscapes, and the wide streets provide safer biking and walking even when you're just going down the block.

      Making Harrisonburg, VA Your Home

      Finding the right home in the right community is an important part of being happy in life. At Old Dominion Realty, we know that looking for homes in Harrisonburg – or in another Virginia or West Virginia community – is a big step. Our knowledgeable REALTORS®  are ready to offer professional, friendly service you can rely on. Contact us for more information about buying a home in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.

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      October
      6

      Get to Know Staunton and Your New Neighbors on a Bike

      Welcome Fall at the 26th Annual Fall Foliage Bike Festival in Staunton

      Staunton Fall Foliage Bike Festival
      Whether you're moving down the street or across the country, settling in to a new home can be a fun adventure.  If you're buying a home in Staunton, get to know the city and your new neighbors at this year's 26th annual edition of the Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival, a weekend-long event with fun for the whole family.

      The beautiful city of Staunton has earned many accolades for its fall foliage over the years, including a mention in U.S. News and World Report's rankings of the best fall bike rides in the country. Our natural scenery is a big reason why, and Staunton also does a great job with special events during the height of the foliage season.

      Our team at Old Dominion Realty is excited for this year's Fall Foliage Bike Festival, and we've got all the details on what to expect as you see the sights in Staunton, VA.

      Fitness, Fun, and Foliage: The 2016 Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival

      When: October 14-16, 2016

      Where: Staunton, Virginia

      Who's Invited: Everyone! There are routes fit for every level of rider, kids included, and plenty of fun events for you to unwind after a day of spectacular scenery.

      A Day of Riding and Sight-Seeing: The Fall Foliage Bike Festival really has two distinct stages each day. During the morning and afternoon, you can choose from a selection of 11 routes to ride, which take you through the heart of Staunton's fall foliage. You can opt to push the pace on one of the more challenging routes, or take a leisurely cruise on a more relaxed route with the whole family. There are also some great meal stops planned along the way, including:

      • Byers Street Bistro – 18 Byers Street Staunton, Virginia – Far from the average bistro, Byers Street puts its own spin on the classics, and adds more than a few creations of its own. Enjoy a sandwich, a light salad, or munch on a few tasty appetizers.
      • The Depot Grill – 42 Middlebrook Ave. Staunton, Virginia – The Depot Grill combines a casual, welcoming atmosphere with some of the best steaks and seafood in Staunton. And you're sure to enjoy the setting, in a beautifully maintained historic rail depot.
      • Mill Street Grill – 1 Mill St. Staunton, Virginia – Another dining spot that's big on atmosphere, the Mill Street Grill is set in a historic flour mill. The menu features pasta, seafood, steak, and tender, slow-cooked barbecue ribs.

      An Evening of Food and Entertainment: After a day of riding through Staunton's best fall foliage on Saturday, you'll be treated to the free Saturday Night Street Party, which gets rolling at around 5 p.m. and continues through the evening. There will be a free, live concert for the public by Melissa and the Growlers, and fantastic food from the city's best restaurants at Staunton Wharf. Adults in your group will also enjoy sampling some local micro-brews, or trying a tasting with wine from Ox Eye Vineyards. Staunton Wharf is a great place to spend a fall evening, and it's even better with a few hundred of your closest friends during the festival.

      Experience Staunton: The Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival is a great showcase for all of the growth that Staunton has experienced in recent years, and we have a feeling you'll like what you see. Our city has never had a more diverse collection of businesses, dining spots, and beautiful natural spaces to explore. Add it all up, and it's easy to see why Staunton, VA homes for sale rank among the hottest in the region.

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      June
      28

      Find a Home in Harrisonburg VA

      Celebrate July 4 and Finding a Home in Harrisonburg at Valley Fourth

      Find a Home Harrisonburg Valley FourthHarrisonburg may be most well-known for its rich history, unique food experiences, arts and culture, excellent shopping and unmatched community events.  Perhaps no Harrisonburg event is more anticipated than the upcoming Valley Fourth celebration scheduled to take place this Monday, July 4 beginning at 7:00 AM.  If you're considering buying a Harrisonburg home, celebrate the 4th of July in downtown Harrisonburg with your family, friends and new neighbors.

      The Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance plans and presents this annual event as a gift to the local community and its residents.

      Begin your day at 7:00 AM with a meditation class provided by The Center: A Yoga and Pilates Studio at the Farmers' Market Turner Pavilion, 228 S Liberty Street, Harrisonburg.

      The Valley 4th RUN starts at 8:30 AM on Monday, July 4.   VA Momentum and the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance sponsor this chip-timed race in the Shenandoah Valley.  Runners choose from a 1 mile, 5K and 10K and pick the charity for which they will run.  Participants will walk, jog, run and roll through the streets of downtown Harrisonburg. Pets are welcome, and awards will be handed out to the 1st place male and female in the eight age categories.

      Harrisonburg Valley Fourth Contest

      After a run, you might be ready for something to eat.  Back for its fourth year is Grillin' at the Pavilion.  Grillin' at the Pavilion has quickly become one of the favorite events at Valley Fourth.  Savor the flavor as grill teams rally to prepare their best chicken, steak and pork recipes for a chance to win cash prizes and the title of Valley Fourth's "Champion BBQ'er." 

      No July 4 celebration would be complete with plenty of food and drink. While you're waiting for the Grillin' at the Pavilion to begin at 3:00 PM, there will be plenty of other dining and refreshment options available like Grilled Cheese Mania, El Sol, Cuz & 'Em Southern Cooking, and Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint.  Beers n' Cheers is an adult-inspired area of the festivities with live music, wine, and cold craft brews.

      Everyone loves a parade, and the Valley Fourth parade is always a crowd favorite! Beginning at 6:00 PM, thousands of people will line Main Street to watch businesses, clubs, groups, and individuals show their patriotic and community spirit. This year's theme is "Many People, One Community," presented by Union Bank & Trust.

      Just for the kids is Kids' Zone with a multitude of activities planned for our youngest Harrisonburg tikes. They are encouraged to run in the Valley 4th RUN, watch a puppet shows at the Court Square Theater, enjoy free entry to the Explore More Discovery Theater, or participate in Court Square activities like face painting, hula hooping, photo booth, and more at between. And of course, don't forget the Fireworks Show to finish out the day.

      Harrisonburg Valley Fourth Fireworks

      Right after a patriotic sing-a-long, everyone will gather at the Farmer's Market Turner Pavilion to watch Harrisonburg's annual fireworks spectacular beginning at 9:30 PM.  Get there early and bring a chair to watch the dazzling explosions light up the sky.

      Aside from hosting Valley Fourth, the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance leads an ongoing downtown management program to bring ideas and people together to make Harrisonburg an exciting and attractive place to live, work, invest, and visit. 

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      March
      25

      Old Dominion Realty and the Augusta Home and Garden Show

      Get a Taste of Virginia with Old Dominion Realty and Kline's Ice Cream

      Join Old Dominion Realty at the 36th Annual Home and Garden Show on April 2 – 3, 2016 at the Augusta Expo in Fishersville, VA.

      Old Dominion Realty 2016 Augusta Expo Home and Garden


      Get a true taste of what living in Virginia is all about with Old Dominion Realty at Booths K10 and L10 for the unveiling of our new Myers Corner model home plans and subdivision plat as well as complimentary scoops of delicious ice cream from Virginia's own Kline's Ice Cream.   104.3 Country KCY will be onsite with a live remote from 11AM – 1PM with giveaways throughout the day.


      Old Dominion Realty along with other "home and garden" businesses ranging in categories from real estate, home improvement, home repair, building and remodeling, HVAC, financial, and travel will showcase their services and products to the local Augusta County community.


      Originating in 1980, the Augusta Home and Garden Show showcases great ideas for your home and garden to check a few of those "honey do" items off your list.  Show times are Saturday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday from 10AM – 4PM.  Don't miss the Home and Garden Show's demonstrations and displays to get your spring season started right.


      CVR, Home Depot, Dutch Way, Cox Construction, Outback Heating, Valley Building and Absolute Stone Design are among the sponsors for this year's event.

       

      The Augusta Expo is located in Fishersville, VA just off I-64 and only 4 miles from I-81.

      If you're interested in buying or selling homes in the Augusta County real estate area, contact our team of local REALTORS® in Fishersville, Virginia.  Old Dominion Realty is a locally owned real estate broker with offices in the West Virginia and Virginia real estate areas (Harrisonburg, Crossroads Plaza, Augusta County, Moorefield and Franklin) and a proud Member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com).

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      March
      23

      Harrisonburg VA Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

      Forbes Center in Harrisonburg - A Local Shining Star

      Harrisonburg VA Forbes Center PerformanceJames Madison University has been deeply involved in the Harrisonburg community since the school first opened its doors way back in 1908, and that special relationship continues to the present day. In addition to providing an excellent education, JMU is well known for its performing arts programs. The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts is a shining example of that commitment to the arts, with a packed schedule that includes student performances, visiting artists, theater, dance, and music. 

      Harrisonburg Forbes Center Building

      The Forbes Center has a show to suit every taste, so it's no surprise that it's at the center of the local arts and culture scene. Just one more reason that Harrisonburg is so beloved by local residents.

      Experience Live Arts and Culture at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

      Opened in 2010, the Forbes Center actually includes a total of five performance venues, spread out over 175,000 square feet of modern construction. Each venue has its own feel, and purpose. Performance spaces include a recital hall, performance studio, main stage, and a dedicated dance venue.

      • The venues of the Forbes Center are housed within two buildings, the Shirley Hanson Roberts Center for Music Performance, and the Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center for Theatre and Dance.
      • Both buildings are located right next to the main quad on campus – a traditional gathering place for students, faculty, and visitors since the earliest days of JMU. The central location of the Forbes Center also makes parking a breeze.
      • Pick any month on the calendar, and you're sure to find a stacked schedule of performances at the Forbes Center. If you plan on taking in a lot of shows, you can also opt for a Masterpiece Season Ticket.
      • After the show, be sure to stick around for the question and answer session. Visiting composers, artists, and performers often stick around following a performance, interacting with the audience in an intimate setting that you won't find anywhere else.
      • In addition to great shows, the Forbes Center is also home to some fantastic art exhibits. The Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art features rotating art exhibits, showcasing artists from around the world.
      • The Forbes Center wouldn't have been possible without the support of the community, and the generosity of passionate JMU alumni. As a way of saying thanks, the Forbes Center presents the Circle of Excellence in the Arts Awards each year, to recognize local businesses and individuals that support the arts.
      • The performing arts have always been a priority for students at James Madison University, so the Forbes Center is also an important educational tool. Students get the chance to practice, learn, and perform in world-class facilities, whether on stage or behind the scenes.

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      The Forbes Center at James Madison University has quickly become an important pillar in the community, and it's just the start of what Harrisonburg has to offer. Contact our team of local REALTORS® in Harrisonburg at Old Dominion Realty to shop for homes in Harrisonburg, VA, and get ready to enjoy the finest performing arts facility in the Shenandoah Valley.

      February
      5

      7 Sensational Harrisonburg Restaurants

      Have You Made Plans for Valentine's Day Yet? 

      Harrisonburg VA Restaurants


      Whether you're celebrating with your love or going solo, discover these seven sensational restaurants in Harrisonburg to make this February 14 your most memorable yet.

      1. Local Chop & Grill House - Share a meal with the one you love in Downtown Harrisonburg at the Local Chop & Grill House.  Located in the historically renovated City Produce Exchange Building, you'll enjoy local Harrisonburg flavor with high-quality steaks or chops, organically raised poultry, organically grown seasonal produce and fresh baked goods.  Local Chop & Grill House is dedicated to supporting local businesses and bringing you the best of the Shenandoah Valley.
      2. Clementine - Clementine is located in the historic district of Downtown Harrisonburg in the former Strand Theater.  Locally owned and operated, Clementine offers Harrisonburg's residents quality food and drinks, live music, art, films and community events in a comfortable, sophisticated atmosphere.
      3. Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza - Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza is located in Downtown Harrisonburg's historic Livery Building.  Start your evening with an artisan crafted cocktail or local microbrews from our bar.  Share a Bella Luna specialty—a wood-fired pizzas or hand-made pastas--and finish your meal with a delectable dessert.  
      4. Billy Jack's Wing & Draft Shack  - If you want something more casual in nature, make plans to visit Billy Jack's.  Serving up delights like fresh wings and Sticky Nugg's (breaded chicken nuggets with our sticky sauce) since 2011.  Try everyone's favorite 10 Napkin Burger with over 20 toppings to choose from or their newly opened oyster bar featuring fresh Chesapeake Bay oysters
      5. Texas Roadhouse - Bring your sweetheart to the Texas Roadhouse where the only thing more legendary than their food is fun.  Work up an old fashioned appetite with their line dancers.  Dine on hand-cut steaks, fall-off-the-bone ribs, scrumptious sides and fresh-baked bread. Sip on a Texas Roadhouse "Legendary Margarita."  
      6. Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint – Valentine's Day is the perfect time for a visit to Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint.  Locally known as "a burger joint with a passion for craft beer," Jack Brown's offers over 100 craft beers and an award-winning burger menu.  Jack Brown's high trained staff will take you through the "burger experience" all of Harrisonburg loves to talk about.
      7. Vito's Italian KitchenSince Valentine's Day is all about amore, don't miss dining at Vitos's Italian Kitchen.  From an appetizer of Bruschetta or Crispy Ravioli to finishing your meal by sharing a cannoli, Vito's Italian Kitchen features 16 beers on tap, a wide selection of fine wines, and delicious pizza, salads, pastas, and entrees.  Bring a big appetite (or ask for a doggie bag).  The portions are huge and dishes are delicious.

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      If you're interested in finding the perfect "love nest" in Harrisonburg to call home, contact our local real estate pros at Old Dominion Realty.  Since Harrisonburg is our home too, we have the local knowledge you need to not only find the best local restaurants, but to be the first to know about all of the latest homes for sale.

      December
      7

      6 Things We Love about Harrisonburg at Christmas

      Harrisonburg Community Spirit this Holiday Season

      6 Things We Love About Harrisonburg

      It's the most wonderful time of the year, and Harrisonburg residents are finding more than enough ways to fill their calendars. With the holidays swiftly approaching, it's an excellent time to make memories and spend quality time with your loved ones. Our city makes it simple, and you'll find ample opportunities between now and the end of the year to celebrate. Here are six things to love about Harrisonburg at Christmas.

      1. Shop Local – Downtown Harrisonburg, VA is a treasure trove of shops. There's nothing like finding one-of-a-kind items or supporting locally-owned businesses while finding the perfect gifts for friends and family. Find ethical, fair-trade clothing at Green Hummingbird, outdoor accessories and gear at Walkabout Outfitter, or the perfect read at Downtown Books. Downtown Harrisonburg is home to over 45 unique shops. When you're done, take a break at one of the incredible eateries that Harrisonburg is known for—after all, the downtown was designated the first culinary district in Virginia.
      2. Make your Own Gifts – Another way to create lasting memories this holiday season is to make a gift. Harrisonburg has a few places that allow you to put your personal stamp on Christmas. Head to Larkin Arts to design your own wrapping paper (or to give the gift of art classes), or get the creative juices flowing at You Made It. If you prefer making holiday décor, visit the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum for their annual Festive Greens workshop on December 9th.
      3. Moonlight Carriage Rides – A beloved tradition in December in Harrisonburg is the Moonlight Holiday Carriage Rides. If you aren't able to get a reservation in time, individual walk-up rides may be available the day of. If you can't make it this December, there is always the full moon summer rides, or next year.
      4. Holiday Cultural Entertainment – It wouldn't be Christmas without carols and dance. Harrisonburg offers many opportunities to enjoy holiday entertainment. Two excellent options are the Rockingham Ballet Theatre's performance of the Nutcracker December 19th and 20th, and the Nothin' Fancy Holiday Show that will delight Bluegrass lovers at the Court Square Theater on the 12th.
      5. Christmas Tree Adventures – Start a family tradition that will last for years to come. There is nothing like the fresh scent of a recently cut Christmas tree to get you excited about the holidays. Harrisonburg has several tree farms nearby to choose from, and each has its own appeal. Try the Evergreen Tree Farm, The ELF Christmas Tree Farm, or Ostlund Christmas Tree Farm.
      6. First Night Harrisonburg – The holiday season isn't officially over until after New Year's Eve, and Harrisonburg, VA knows how to celebrate in style. First Night Harrisonburg is an all-inclusive event that brings together the community for live music, art, family-fun, and fireworks. It's one of Harrisonburg's most beloved annual events.

      About Harrisonburg

      Harrisonburg, VA is a dynamic community that offers residents an ideal location, four beautiful seasons, a wide variety of activities, and a rich lifestyle and culture. The eclectic city is full of year-round opportunities that make it an interesting place to live. You can enjoy the bustle of a thriving downtown, but still get the sense of a close-knit community. Overall, Harrisonburg is an idyllic place to call home for the holidays, and the rest of the year as well.

      Make Harrisonburg Your Home


      If you're interested in making Harrisonburg your home, contact us at Old Dominion Realty today. Our knowledgeable team of REALTORS® can help you find your dream home this Christmas.

      November
      25

      Staunton VA Lights Up for the Holidays

      Gypsy Hill Park Aglow Through December

      Start your family's holiday season with a visit to the 10th Annual Celebration of Holiday Lights at Staunton's Gypsy Hill Park.  Gypsy Hill Park will be filled with twinkling Christmas lights and more than 50 brightly colored holiday scenes even Clark Griswold would be proud of.

      ODR Staunton Celebration of Holiday Lights


      Join the expected thousands of Staunton residents and visitors as they tour Gypsy Hill Park's 214 acres to view the holiday displays created by individuals, families, organizations, local businesses and churches in and around the Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County area. This year's celebration takes place from Monday, November 23, 2015 through Friday, January 1, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. each evening. This is a free event, open to the public.

      Team ODR Staunton Celebration


      Old Dominion Realty's participation in the 2015 event is a "command performance" having taken part in previous years.  The Old Dominion Realty Team designed and created our holiday scene entitled, "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Special thanks to Debbie Fauber, Maria Ralston, Natalie Campbell, Krista Fields, Cathy Ward and their families who acted as Santa's helpers in organizing our presentation.

      Remembering Your Loved Ones at Gypsy Hill Park

      In celebration of loved one, a Veteran or "just because" you can place a lighted deer in Gypsy Hill Park's Field of Deer. During the 2014 Celebration of Lights, 124 deer were displayed by the pool at Gypsy Hill Park. 

      Honoring the Military

      See rows of sparkling, spiral Christmas trees placed to honor those in our military. Thelma Newman, chairperson and founder of the Celebration of Holiday Lights, invited anyone interested to bring their trees to the park to be placed in honor of someone currently serving or a veteran. 

      Caroling, Cookies and Cocoa

      On Saturday, December 19 be ready to "FA-LA-LA" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Caroling in the Park.  Enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies from Staunton's Subway on North Augusta Street, complimentary photos with Santa from Queen City Photography, an outside community fire at the Gypsy Hill Park bandstand and singing by the Staunton Choral Society and Harrisonburg Harmonizers.

      Free Wagon Rides

      New to 2015, Staunton Parks and Recreation Department will be providing free wagon rides around Gypsy Hill Park during the afternoon of the Caroling in the Park event on December 19 for guests and visitors.

      ODR Christmas Lights Signage
      Joining the Staunton Community

      Organized by a group of Staunton's community citizens, the Celebration of Holiday Lights combines the local beauty of Gypsy Hill Park with a time of the year when friends and families typically come together.  Staunton has a growing reputation as a tourist destination and the event is another way to bring people to the city and show the true community spirit of its locals. 


      If living in an active, close-knit community is what you're looking for, contact the team of experienced REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty to start your search for homes in Staunton, VA.

      October
      21

      Augusta County School Receives Top Award

      Strong Schools a Deciding Factor for Augusta County Home Buyers

      Home Buyers Choose Riverheads High Schools


      When you're ready to buy a home, there's a long laundry list of things to consider to help you make the right choice.  An excellent school district is one of those things. Even if you do not have children at home, you want to purchase a home in a neighborhood with quality schools, not only for any potential future children you have, but also to increase the potential resale value and the speed of sale of your home in the future.

      For those shopping for a home in Augusta County, VA, the local school district is one of the area's biggest draws. Strong schools help families feel comfortable moving to the area, and also help improve the resale value of their homes. One of those schools, Riverheads High School, was recently awarded national recognition by being named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School.

      Riverheads High School Recognized


      Riverheads High School One of Seven Virginia Schools Recognized

      Riverheads High School in Augusta County was one of only seven public schools across the state recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015. This award is considered a prestigious recognition of excellent academics. Both public and private schools with superior academics or who demonstrate dramatic student achievement gains are eligible for the award. In total, 285 public schools in the country were given the award this year.

      Specifically, Riverheads High School received the award because of high standardized test scores for its students. In the most recent school year 88 percent or more of the students passed the tests in every subject area, and that is a high number compared to national averages. Riverheads High School also boasts a 14 percent AP participation rate and received a Bronze medal from U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools list.

      Benefits of Strong Schools for Augusta County VA Homebuyers

      If you are considering buying a home in Augusta County, this news is beneficial to you. If you have children, then you benefit automatically because the schools you will be sending your children to are gaining national recognition for excellence.


      If you do not have children, you still benefit from strong schools. Strong schools are a sign of a strong, well-educated community base. They also make your home easier to sell in the future and drive up property values. Finally, strong schools can help protect a neighborhood from the natural up and down nature of the real estate market. Homes in neighborhoods with good schools tend to hold their value better even in difficult economic times.

      Contact Old Dominion Realty


      Remember, even if you don't have kids, someone in the future who is considering buying your home might. Strong schools make your home more appealing and easier to sell.  Contact the team of professional REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty to buy a home in Augusta County.

      September
      9

      Old Dominion Realty A Proud Sponsor of Good Times Festival

      Let the Good Times Roll

      "Let the Good Times Roll" will be the theme in Augusta County, VA at this year's Good Times Festival presented by Blue Ridge Beverage and Seven Arrows Brewing Company and hosted by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Perhaps the perfect place in the Blue Ridge Mountains to find the best burgers, beverages, and bands on September 19, the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual signature event has been relocated to the Shenandoah Acres Family Campground.

      Good Times Festival 2015


      With the goal of telling residents and visitors about the local Augusta community and businesses, the Chamber of Commerce will feature:

      • A gourmet burger cook-off
      • A battle of the bands and
      • A beer competition featuring 30+ craft and domestic brews
      • Virginia wines vendors will be sold by the glass


      About the Good Times Festival

       


      The Good Times Festival benefits the Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce. However, it also embraces community spirit and brings people together for some serious fun.  This year's event takes place on Saturday, September 19 at Shenandoah Acres Family Campground. All ages are welcome, and the event features activities for the whole family. Some festival highlights include:

      Hackensaw Boys Performance

      • Music – Listen to local artists and popular bands at two different stages. Gypsy Town, Jacob Paul Allen, Tara Mills, and Hound Dog Hill will perform on the smaller stage while the main stage has incredible acts like Jeremy Staubus, The Hacksensaw Boys, and Dylan Scott.


      Good Times Gourmet Burgers

      • Food – The Good Times Festival will introduce you to some of the best food in Virginia. Save room for BBQ, kettle corn, farm fresh fixings, and of course, burgers. The burger cook off is a main event that has local businesses battling it out for the coveted title.

        Good Times Beverage
      • Drink – Augusta County is known for its craft beer and wine. Sip and taste your way around the festival to see what new offerings regional vendors have.

        Shopping at Good Times
      • Goods – Find jewelry, clothes, and more perusing the different vendors.

      • Kid's Area – The littlest attendees won't be left out with a designated area of their own at the festival. Activities and fun will be waiting.

      The festival runs from 12 - 5 p.m. and the concert from 5 - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per car, and you can pre-purchase online. Preferred seating and VIP tickets are also available. Beer passes are $5, and the burger cook off sample tickets are $1 per slider.

      Good Times Festival


      With a little bit of planning, the Good Times Festival can be a weekend getaway. The Shenandoah Acres Family Campground has tent sites, RV sites, and cottages. With access to a beautiful lake and other wonderful amenities, your whole weekend can be a celebration of the wonderful area you live in, or would like to live in.


      Contact the Great Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce if you are interested in volunteering during this event.


      About Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce

      The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce is focused on the growth and development of area businesses, industry, and agriculture. The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber serves Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County and welcomes small businesses to large industrial complexes and remains true to their motto is, "Your Success is our Business!"


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      A Proud Sponsor of the Augusta County Community

      Old Dominion Realty is a proud sponsor of the Good Times Festival. For us, introducing people to Augusta County and its surrounding communities is a worthwhile endeavor.  The festival has a positive impact on the region, one we are thrilled to be a part of.  If the Good Times Festival is enough to convince you to become a member of Augusta's community, contact one of our real estate agents to find your new home in Augusta County.

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