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August
15

What to Know When Buying Farmland

Farmland Tips

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

Plant Types

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

Soil Type

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

Building Types

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

 Location

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

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

August
1

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

Old Dominion Realty

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

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

Get to Know Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

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

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

Global Network

A Global Network with Local Knowledge

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

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

Local Team

Our Affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

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

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

Services from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

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

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

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

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

Our Team

Let Us Help You Plan Your Next Move

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

June
13

Summer Learning: Augusta County Historical Places

Augusta County

Shhh! Don't tell the kids, but learning can be fun. Our real estate agents love to combine culture and entertainment at these impressive historical attractions near Augusta County homes for sale.

  • Frontier Culture Museum - 1290 Richmond Rd., Staunton, VA 24401
    How did the early immigrants blend their histories to create a new culture in the colonies? Learn about their fascinating stories at the Frontier Culture Museum. Permanent exhibits include replicas of West African, Irish, English, German, and Native American farms from the 1700s along with an 1820s American farmhouse and early American schoolhouse. The museum also hosts lectures, concerts, and special holiday events. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for high school and college students, and $7 for ages 6-12. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily through December 1.

  • Bare House and Mill - 157 Wilda Rd., Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
    Bare House and Mill, situated on scenic fields not far from Stuarts Draft homes for sale, are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While the original home was destroyed by fire in the mid-1850s, it was soon replaced by a Greek Revival/Italianate two-story brick home that still stands. The mill, which was shut down after the 1870 floods, has been ravaged by time, although the limestone ruins hold evidence of a rare undershot wheel.

  • Valley Railroad Stone Bridge - Jolivue, VA 24401
    As air travel has taken over as the preferred method of transportation, structures such as the Valley Railroad Stone Bridge have become a rare sight. The four-arch bridge, which spans Folly Mills Creek, was constructed in 1884 as part of the Valley Railroad line connecting Staunton and Lexington. While the line was discontinued in 1942 and the tracks were subsequently removed, the stunning bridge has been maintained as a charming landmark for area travelers. The remarkable masonry engineering displayed by the bridge landed it on the National Register of Historic Places. 

  • The Stonewall Brigade Band - Gypsy Hill Park, 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
    Art meets history with the Stonewall Brigade Band, the oldest continuous community band in the country. In 1855, the band started with all brass instruments as the Mountain Saxhorn Band. Since then, it's grown into a full band, adding woodwind and percussion instruments. The Stonewall Brigade Band performs free summer concerts at 8 p.m. each Monday night from June through August. Their Gypsy Hill Park bandstand, built expressly for the band, dates back to 1889.

  • R.R. Smith Center for History and Art - 20 S. New St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Local culture is showcased at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, housed in an 1894 hotel in Staunton's Beverley Historic District. The building is home to the Staunton Augusta Art Center, with exhibits that change every six weeks, and the Augusta County Historical Society, which holds archives that can be used for ancestral research. Be sure to stroll the adjacent Mevluda Tahirovic Memorial Garden, a lovely tribute to the donor's late fiancée. Gallery hours are 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

  • Harnsberger Octagonal Barn - Weyers Cave, VA 24486
    Built around 1867, the Harnsberger Octagonal Barn is a significant departure from the classic red-sided rectangular barns. The unusual design was influenced by architectural theories that were in fashion after the Civil War. Local carpenter William Evers supervised construction, and the barn is still in use, not far from Weyers Cave homes for sale.

  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum - 20 N. Coalter St., Staunton, VA 24401
    As the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson helped lead our country during the early years of the 20th century. Today, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum is located in the city of his birth, right down the street from Staunton homes for sale. Tour his family home, and explore seven galleries featuring artifacts from Wilson's life and times. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for ages 6-17. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon.

Summer is a perfect time to buy or sell your Augusta County home. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started.

May
16

How to Create a Hobby Space in Your Home

Hobby room

When you schedule a block of time to enjoy a hobby, it's frustrating to discover that your supplies and equipment are scattered throughout your home, or even worse, that you can't locate them at all. You wind up spending a portion of your craft time tracking down and organizing your stuff. Our real estate agents know that setting up a hobby space in your home is an efficient solution to this problem. Here are some tips to follow when setting up your hobby space. 

Work Surfaces

  • Decide What Furnishings You Need
    Each hobby requires different equipment and furniture. If you like to build or assemble models, you'll likely want a sturdy work table. However, if you enjoy knitting or crocheting, you'll want a comfortable, supportive chair. The storage that you need should also be personalized to your hobby. Make a list of your storage needs so you can keep them in mind as you create your space. A metal utility cart is a popular storage choice for multiple hobbies because it's perfect for holding smaller bins, and you can easily maneuver it around the room. Before purchasing any new furnishings, consider the room's dimensions and the size of your items to make sure that everything will comfortably fit. 

  • Pick the Right Location for Your Space
    The ideal area in your home for your hobby space will also depend on your preferred activity. For example, if you like to play an instrument, you'll want a room away from your home's sleeping spaces with additional insulation. Or, if you like to paint and prefer to do so with a lot of natural light, set your space up in a room with windows. Keep in mind any electrical needs that you have for your equipment. If you frequently operate electrical equipment, you'll want to choose a space with access to an electrical outlet. Or, if you have a hobby that requires a large amount of electrical capacity, you may need to upgrade the room's electrical outlets. 

  • Make Sure Your Work Surfaces are the Right Height
    When using a table, the surface should be the proper height. Otherwise, you risk having to hunch over and potentially straining your back. If you'll be standing while you work, a table that's 36 inches high is usually suitable. However, if you prefer to sit while you work, you'll want a table that's between 30 and 32 inches tall. Already own a table but find that it's a little short? Use blocks or PVC pipes to lift it to the appropriate height. 

  • Utilize Even Small Spaces
    If you feel like you already use all the rooms in your home and don't have the budget for an expansion, it's time to get creative with how you use your space. Are there any rooms that you infrequently use? Or, are there any spaces that sit empty most of the time? If you usually eat in the kitchen, you might convert your dining room area into a hobby space. Or, if you have a corner of your living room with a chair that no one ever sits in, swap the chair for a worktable. A closet with the doors removed also makes an excellent hobby area. Built-in shelves and cabinets are a terrific way to add extra storage to small rooms.

Wall Storage

  • Use the Walls for Storage
    The walls are a perfect place to hang organizational items that keep your supplies within reach, like a Peg-Board for holding your tools or a magnetic strip for securing scissors and other metal craft supplies. Floating shelves work well for holding craft books, small containers, and other gear that you want to keep close by. 

Task Lighting

  • Add Extra Lighting
    Even if the space has natural lighting and an overhead light, you'll likely want additional light for your hobby. Ample lighting can even make the room look more appealing to potential buyers when you add your home to the list of Augusta homes for sale. You'll likely want at least one task light that you can adjust to your project's needs. Swap your existing lightbulbs for bulbs designed to mimic the sun's natural light for better illumination. 

One of the main benefits of being a homeowner is getting to customize your space, so it's perfect for you and your needs. Looking for a home with more space for your projects? Contact us today to start your search!

April
25

Kitchen Island Inspiration

Kitchen Island

Whether your goal is to increase your amount of counter space, add more seating, or expand your storage options, a kitchen island is an excellent addition to your home. Our real estate agents know that a kitchen island is an adaptable feature that many potential homebuyers find highly appealing. Check out these design and style ideas for making the most of your home's kitchen island. 

Kitchen Island Colors

  • Opt for an Island in a Different Color
    If you want to explore a two-toned look for your kitchen cabinets, but aren't sure how to embrace this trend in your kitchen, consider installing a kitchen island that's a different color than the rest of your kitchen cabinets. Since your kitchen island is typically a feature that you want to highlight and draw attention to, choosing a color that's different than the rest of your kitchen will help it stand out. A kitchen island is also a perfect option to add bright pops of color to your kitchen without overwhelming the space. When it's time to add your home to the list of Augusta County homes for sale, your kitchen will boast an updated look that will appeal to prospective buyers. 

    Mobile Kitchen Island

    • Consider a Mobile Kitchen Island
      Not entirely sure that you want a permanent kitchen island or unsure about the placement and size of your island? A mobile kitchen island is an excellent, affordable way to add a kitchen island without the expense and commitment of a built-in island. You can experiment with different placements and positions for the island, and if the size doesn't work for your needs, you can always upgrade it to a larger version. 
    • Allow for Ample Walkaround Space
      It's inconvenient to have to squeeze through your kitchen or wait for someone to move before you can access a specific area. Check that your kitchen island is the appropriate size for your kitchen space and offers clearance of at least 48 inches between the island and your cabinets or other structures. 

    Kitchen Storage

    • Add Storage Features
      Take a few moments to think about what features you wish your kitchen had. Do you wish you had pull-out shelves for your heavy appliances? Or, perhaps you would love to have a slide-out prep station so you can slide food scraps directly into the trash? Maybe you would love open shelving to display your favorite dishes and cookbooks? Your kitchen island gives you the opportunity to add these things to your kitchen. While you may not be able to add every single feature with one kitchen island, you can definitely add a few features that will make your kitchen more functional. If you decide to add your home to the inventory of Staunton homes for sale, a kitchen with convenient features for food preparation, cooking, and cleanup will stand out to potential buyers. 
    • Explore Different Shapes 
      Even though many kitchen islands are rectangular, this isn't your only option for the shape of your island. For example, you can have a curved or circular kitchen island built. Or, you can even combine two shapes for a truly unique look. 
    • Use Multiple Materials
      If you know that you'll be using your kitchen island for multiple functions, consider using multiple materials to add sections to the island. Assume that you plan to use your island for food preparation, light work, and dining. You can have a stone counter for the portion of the island that you plan to use for food prep and a wood counter for the area of the island where you plan to eat and work. 

    Outdoor Kitchen

    • Don't Forget Your Outdoor Kitchen
      For some reason, kitchen islands are usually only associated with indoor kitchens. However, a kitchen island can be just as beneficial for an outdoor kitchen. Since an outdoor kitchen is usually a secondary cooking space, it often lacks the storage and functionality of a primary kitchen. You can create your own outdoor kitchen island with a sturdy stainless steel cart. If you prefer a little bit more pizzazz or want a concealed storage area, deconstruct a shower curtain to hang around the perimeter of the cart. 

    Want a kitchen with more space for a kitchen island? Contact us today to upgrade your home!

    April
    4

    Helpful Tips for Planting a Tree This Spring

    Tree Planting

    Trees provide some much-needed shade in the summer and can even attract beautiful birds to your land. The right trees may also increase the value of your property as they improve your home's curb appeal. If you've been looking for the perfect time to add a new tree to your landscape, that time has come. Spring is the best season for tree planting. To help ensure your trees grow strong and healthy, our real estate agents have some helpful tips to share.

    • Plan Ahead When Choosing a Planting Site
      When deciding where to plant a tree, make sure you consider how your home and yard will look with a mature tree in that spot. Ensure the tree won't interfere with your home or structures once it's grown. 

    • Choose the Right Tree for the Site
      Consider the conditions in the site where you'll be planting, and choose a tree that can thrive under those conditions. For example, if you're planting in a shady area, you need a tree that tolerates shade. If your soil is poorly drained, look for a tree that can tolerate some flooding. Take your time reading the labels at your local garden center to ensure you pick a suitable tree.

    • Remove the Container
      While you can technically plant a tree that's been wrapped in burlap, doing so will slow down the tree's root growth. So, whether the tree is contained in burlap, wire casing, or a plastic pot, it's best to remove the root container before planting.

    • Create a Wide Hole
      When digging a hole in which to plant your tree, you need to make sure that the hole is wide enough. The loose soil in the hole around the root ball makes it easier for the tree's roots to expand when it first begins growing. Experts generally recommend the hole is at least three times as wide as your tree's root ball, but it's perfectly okay to dig wider than this.

    • Don't Pack the Soil Too Tightly
      After you put the root ball in the hole, you'll need to refill the hole with loose soil. Be careful not to pack this soil down too tightly. Pack it firmly enough that it holds the tree upright, but not so firmly that the tree's roots will struggle to push through it.

    Mulch

    • Mulch Around the Tree
      After you plant the tree, put some mulch around it. Organic mulch will break down over time, serving as a natural fertilizer for the tree as it grows. Wood mulch tends to look the nicest, but you can use pine needles, straw, or even leaf litter if desired.

      When mulching around the tree, be careful not to pile the mulch directly against the trunk. Doing this could trap moisture against the tree trunk, leading to rot.

    Water

    • Avoid Overwatering
      Sometimes homeowners, having the best of intentions, end up overwatering their young trees after planting. Overwatering the tree can be even worse than not watering it enough. Long-term exposure to overly moist soil can cause root rot, which will eventually cause your tree to wither and die.

      A good strategy is to always test your soil before watering. Stick your finger or a stick into the soil, and see if it's still moist an inch or two beneath the surface. If the soil at this level is still moist enough to clump together, your tree does not need watering yet. When you determine that the tree does need watering, make sure you water for long enough to penetrate into the deeper soil. Consider setting a hose about a foot from the tree, then letting it flood the area for about an hour.

    planting tips

    • Wait a Year Before Fertilizing
      The soil and mulch should contain enough nutrients to sustain the young tree for its first year. Fertilizing too soon after planting can cause the roots to remain "stuck" in the area where you dug rather than expanding out into the surrounding soil.

      Once a year passes, you can fertilize the tree, but make sure you use a fertilizer formulated specifically for young trees. General-purpose fertilizers are sometimes too high in nitrogen, which can cause a tree to develop too much foliage and not enough branch growth.

    If you follow the tips above when planting your trees, you should have many years of shade and beauty to look forward to. If you're new to the area and still looking for Staunton homes for sale, feel free to contact us. We'll help you find the perfect spot so you can plant your own trees next spring.

    March
    21

    Augusta County Spots That Are Fun For the Whole Family

    Family Friendly Spots

    Does your family have a hard time agreeing on things to do together? Our real estate agents are here to help. These family-friendly activities around Augusta County homes for sale offer something for everyone to enjoy. 

    • Visulite Cinemas - 12 N. Augusta St., Staunton, VA 24401
      Looking for a weatherproof activity on a rainy day? There's nothing like hunkering down with a bucket of popcorn to watch the latest hit movie on the big screens at Visulite Cinema. The vintage 1930s exterior holds a modern movie house with state-of-the-art digital projection and surround sound, highbacked rocker chairs, and stadium seating tiers. In addition to popcorn and candy, refreshments include beer and wine as well as nachos, taquitos, and chimichangas delivered right to your seat. Visit the website for schedules and tickets. 

    • Crack the Code Escape Room - 300 Church St., Bldg. B, Staunton, VA 24401
      Today's hottest group activity comes to Staunton and Augusta County with Crack the Code Escape Room. Each room has an engaging story involving a puzzle to be solved in order to "escape." In one room, "Subway NYC," the group must work together to regain control of a hijacked train that's hurtling on a collision course. Rooms accommodate groups of six to eight players, ages 10 and up, and playing time is 60 minutes. Admission is $27 per person. Crack the Code is open 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

    • Grand Caverns - 5 Grand Caverns Dr., Grottoes, VA 24441
      Play Indiana Jones in the fascinating depths of Grand Caverns, a National Natural Landmark not far from Grottoes homes for sale. First opened for tours in 1806, Grand Caverns is the oldest continually operating show cave in the United States. There's plenty of fun above ground also, with picnic shelters, hiking and fitness trails, mini-golf, fishing, and a playground. All-ages walking tours of the caverns run 70 minutes. Visit the website for full schedule and pricing. Grand Caverns is open daily year-round. 

    • Natural Chimneys Park and Campground - 94 Natural Chimneys Ln., Mount Solon, VA 22843
      Whether you and your family want to get away for a day or a weekend, Natural Chimneys Park and Campground is the place to go. The park name refers to the majestic rock formations created when the inland sea that once covered the area near Mount Solon homes for sale receded. More than 2.5 miles of trails provide opportunities for viewing beautiful flowers and spotting wildlife such as deer, turkeys, and owls. Fish for trout or enjoy a lively game of basketball or volleyball. Natural Chimneys is open from dawn to dusk for day use, while camping is available in season.

    • Pufferbellies Toys & Books - 15 W. Johnson St., Staunton, VA 24401
      A visit to Pufferbellies Toys & Books brings out the kid in everyone. The shop itself is a family venture near Staunton homes for sale and is run by Susan Blanton and her daughter Erin. Shelves are filled with books, games, and toys that appeal to a child's sense of wonder while promoting the development of physical and mental skills. Categories include STEM, Outdoor & Active Play, Blocks & Building Toys, and LEGO. They even have Fun Things for Grownups! Store hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday.

    • The Split Banana Co. - 7 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401
      No matter what you have planned for the day, there's always time for ice cream. The Split Banana Co. serves up luscious gelato, handmade from fresh local milk for the highest quality. Choose from 24 rotating flavors such as Caramel Peanut Butter, Cherry Cheesecake, and M&M Birthday Cake. Scoops are available in cups, cake cones, and waffle cones. Be sure to pick up a pint or quart of your favorite flavors to take home. Store hours are noon - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

    Want to learn more about what makes Augusta County such a great place to raise a family? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable real estate agents. 

    March
    14

    Features People are Willing to Move for in 2022

    Home Features

    As life changes, people naturally seek new homes that are better suited for that next stage of life. Whether it's starting a new family or starting to downsize, our needs are constantly changing.

    Understanding what buyers are looking for can really pay off when it comes time to sell. Our real estate agents always recommend you put yourself in the shoes of your target buyer, so you can market features of your home that are most desirable. Here are some of the top home features we believe consumers are willing to move for in 2022:

    Home Office

    • A Comfortable Home Office
      Remote work is here to stay, and so is the need for a comfortable home office. For most people, taking conference calls from the dining room table will no longer cut it. So many consumers are seeking out new homes with an extra bedroom or a finished basement area that can be easily converted into a spacious home office. Even if your home doesn't have an office, it can help to stage one during the selling process. If you're looking for some examples of beautiful home offices, check out some of these awesome Augusta County homes for sale.

    • More Space
      Size requirements vary over the course of a lifetime, and so some families move primarily for the sake of more square footage. As a seller, we recommend doing everything possible to highlight the storage features of your home. During the staging process, make sure your closets are freshly painted and not overflowing. Closets that are a little less than half full actually appear larger in size. 

    Outdoor Features

    • Beautiful Outdoor Space
      A big backyard may not always be important in a first home, but as consumers begin to start a family, having a nice green space for the kids to play becomes even more important. A bigger backyard has always been a common reason for moving. As a seller, you can really bring out the best in your outdoor space through good landscaping, patio decor, and gardening.

    • A Large Garage
      Covered parking is a big deal, especially in the winter. Many homeowners are willing to move in order to avoid off-street parking or a one-car garage. If you have a nice multi-vehicle garage, make sure to clean it out and declutter to try to maximize the space. Also, consider adding new bright lighting to make it shine.  

    Pet-Friendly Features

    • Pet-Friendly Amenities
      A great home for pets is often a non-negotiable for millennials, so it's no surprise to see consumers moving for more pet-friendly amenities. Whether it's a walkable neighborhood or a location with quick access to parks, vets, or pet-boarding, many people are considering their dog or cat's well-being when choosing a place to live.

    Kitchen Features

    • A Big Bright Kitchen
      Kitchens in many starter homes are small and not conducive to cooking large meals. Many people are willing to move in order to obtain that big bright kitchen they've always dreamed of. Big kitchens make it easy to host dinner parties and holidays. It's worth considering a nice kitchen makeover with new lighting, flooring, and even upgraded appliances, as these renovations could earn you a nice ROI when it comes time to sell.

    • A Spacious Extra Bathroom
      The total number of bathrooms is an important selling feature, and often families are in search of homes with two, three, or even four full bathrooms. Adding an extra bathroom can really boost your market value. We often see homeowners add an extra full or half bath to a finished basement. 

    Laundry Features

    • A Nice Laundry Room 
      A dedicated laundry room is often among the most desired features of homebuyers. Washers and dryers are often stored in the basement, due to easy access to utility lines; however, many prefer a comfortable laundry room with space to wash, dry, fold, and iron clothes.

    By learning what buyers are looking for in a home, you can be better prepared to market the best features of your listing. For more tips on how to maximize your property, contact us.

    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. 

    January
    17

    Getting Married in 2022? Wedding Venues in Augusta County

    Wedding Venues

    Our real estate agents know many people are excited about all the things 2022 has in store. For some, that means exploring the best Augusta County homes for sale. Others will be taking big steps in different ways. If wedding bells are ringing, Augusta County has plenty of options for you.

    With its combination of natural beauty and historic buildings, Augusta County offers a stunning selection of wedding venues in rural, suburban, and city settings. No matter what your vision is for your gathering, there is something here for you. You can create memories that will last a lifetime.

    Virginia stands out for its tradition of big weddings! Many couples select a venue out in the countryside where they can get away from it all. Surrounded by breathtaking natural wonders, you can have the best of both worlds: Unbelievable historic locales backed by some of the best luxury amenities in the state.

    Let's look at some popular options for your special day in Augusta County:

    • Red August Farm – 1171 Hermitage Road, Waynesboro, VA 22980
      With a beautiful Shenandoah Valley location, Red August Farm sits nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains, providing for incomparable views. For your event, you have the opportunity to fully customize the 15-acre property according to your desires. Parties of up to 300 guests are welcome. Other special events and photoshoots are also held throughout the year near Waynesboro homes for sale.
    • Cana Barn – 339 Walnut Hills Road, Staunton, VA 24401
      Billing itself as the place "Where we never run out," Cana Barn was originally a historic bank barn just under a century old. It was painstakingly disassembled and reassembled to its current location near Staunton homes for sale, which allows it to combine the authenticity of the original structure with all-new modern amenities. One advantage is that the entire venue is now ADA accessible for all of your guests.

    • Hotel 24 South – 24 South Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401
      Hotel 24 South is known for a variety of things, among them being one of the oldest surviving hotels in vibrant downtown Staunton. Built in 1924, it was restored in 2005 and renovated in 2018. Replete with historic charm and character, its principal wedding venue is the Colonnade Ballroom, featuring majestic columns and sweeping ceilings. The much larger Shenandoah Ballroom is also available.

    • Fairfax Hall – 1101 Reservoir Street, Waynesboro, VA, 22980
      Fairfax Hall will dazzle you with one of the oldest and most storied historic wedding venues anywhere in Virginia. It was built in 1890 and was originally known as the Brandon Hotel. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it perches on a pristine hillside that overlooks Waynesboro. In addition to weddings, it's been known to host banquets, civic events, and large parties of all different kinds.

    • The Event Center at Turk Mountain – 1358 East Side Highway, Waynesboro, VA 22980
      The Event Center at Turk Mountain is one of the best places to consider if you need to welcome many hundreds of guests. The astonishing 9,000-square foot space can be transformed to suit almost any kind of need. Wedding packages come complete with a two-day venue rental, and the space is available from 8 a.m. through 11 p.m. – including a catering kitchen, easels, sound system, and outdoor space.

    • American Shakespeare Center – 10 South Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401
      For a unique experience, American Shakespeare Center is not to be missed. Of course, the ASC provides the community with performances and special insights into the work of "the Great Bard," William Shakespeare. But you can also rent the Blackfriars Playhouse – a recreation of the English playhouse where many of Shakespeare's works were first seen. Open since 2001, it has a 300-seat capacity.

    • The Club at Ironwood – 62 Country Club Circle, Staunton, VA 24401
      For golf lovers of all backgrounds and skill levels, The Club at Ironwood is sure to please. This full-service golf course introduces 18 splendid holes with a range of different challenges. Choose to hold your wedding here and you will enjoy sumptuous dining at the beloved 19th Hole Restaurant located in the exclusive clubhouse. Tennis and aquatics at the pool are also available for you and all of those celebrating.

    Ready to learn more about life in Augusta County? Contact us today to find out more about Augusta County real estate.

    December
    13

    Holiday Helping Hands - Give Back This Holiday Season

    Holiday Giving

    Local non-profit organizations work hard to provide needed services and support throughout our area. The holiday season is the perfect time to show those organizations some love by giving back through a donation or volunteering your time to lend a helping hand. This is an especially busy time of year for non-profits, so your support makes a big difference. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 7 local non-profits where you can lend a helping hand this holiday season.

    • Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Habitat for Humanity – 800 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401
      In addition to opening a new ReStore near Staunton homes for sale, the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Habitat for Humanity works all year long to provide safe, affordable housing to community members in need. There are many ways to get involved, whether you make a financial donation or volunteer to be part of one of the organization's many programs. Volunteers are always needed for home builds, home repairs, volunteering in the ReStore, working on community outreach, and partnering with local families to provide valuable support.

    • Ride With Pride – 2435 Shutterlee Mill Rd., Staunton, VA 24401
      The Ride With Pride non-profit is a unique organization that offers therapeutic horsemanship training and services. Therapeutic horsemanship is used as a tool to help people with physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges through the joy and practice of riding horses. Donations are always welcome, and this is also a great place to volunteer your time. Volunteers are needed to tend the stables, care for the horses, teach lessons for clients, provide support during lessons, and help with fundraisers, so there are many roles available even if you're new to riding.

    • Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition – 85 W. Gay St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
      While the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition is located near Harrisonburg homes for sale, the organization has an impact on communities throughout the region. Their mission is to make communities more accessible for bicycle riders by creating trails, developing safe routes for riding to school, creating greenways, encouraging communities to develop safe road riding routes, and empowering new riders. You can contribute by making a donation, volunteering to support events, becoming an advocate, adopting a trail, or even helping create brand new trails in the area.

    • Augusta County Library – 1759 Jefferson Hwy., Fishersville, VA 22939
      In addition to the main branch in Fishersville, the Augusta County Library operates six smaller branches in communities throughout the region. Charitable gifts are always welcomed by the library, and you can also join the Friends of the Library organization to provide support in a variety of ways. Volunteers are needed at many branches to help with stocking the shelves with books, teaching classes for the community, providing support at charitable events, and many other tasks around the library.

    • The Arc Augusta – 1025 Fairfax Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980
      Dedicated to offering assistance to people with developmental disabilities (DD) near Waynesboro homes for sale and throughout Augusta County, The Arc of Augusta provides a variety of vital services. Those services include advocating for the rights of people with DD and operating two-day support programs for adults with DD. This is a membership-based non-profit, and by purchasing a membership, you help to sponsor adults with DD who wouldn't otherwise be able to financially manage to attend the day programs. Members also have the opportunity to lend their support by volunteering.

    • Martha's Meals on Wheels of Staunton – PO Box 2354, Staunton, VA 24402
      Established in 1973, Martha's Meals on Wheels of Staunton has been providing fresh, hot, delicious meals to people in need for nearly 50 years. Meals are provided to homebound people and those who cannot prepare their own meals, with no age or income requirement. The organization is supported entirely by donations and relies on volunteers to deliver meals. Volunteers can give their time once per week or once per month to deliver meals in the Staunton area.

    • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank – PO Box 937, 96 Laurel Hill Rd., Verona, VA 24482
      The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank works to feed the hungry throughout central and western Virginia. Every donation makes a big difference, with each dollar donated providing four meals to people in need. The organization is always in need of volunteers to recover food, work in the warehouse, and work in a variety of support roles at the food bank. You can also host a food drive or a fundraising event for the food bank.

    Are you searching for your next home in an amazing Shenandoah Valley community? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Staunton, VA area.

    October
    25

    Comfort Food: Soup Recipes to Make This Fall

    Soup

    When we're not busy helping buyers explore the best Rockingham County homes for sale, many of the agents at Old Dominion Realty enjoy spending their time trying new recipes. As the colder weather starts to creep in, we particularly enjoy making homemade soup. Not only is it easy to make and comforting to eat, but when you cook a batch of soup, your home will smell amazing all day long. 

    If you don't have a favorite soup recipe yet, you're in luck! Next time you're in the mood for comfort food, plan to try one of these delicious recipes. 

      Soup

      • Creamy Pumpkin Soup
        Nothing says fall quite like a bowl of creamy pumpkin soup. This recipe has just the right amount of sweetness and is super easy to make. Best of all, you can serve it in a hollowed-out pumpkin. This is the perfect way to excite the kids or make a real impression at your next dinner party. Before you serve it, top it with a drizzle of heavy cream and some toasted pumpkin seeds. 

      • Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup
        We love making soup in the slow cooker! This delicious baked potato soup gets its texture from added sour cream and is topped with cheese, crispy bacon, and chopped chives. It's the perfect hearty meal to enjoy on a cold afternoon. 

      • Healthy Miso Ramen with Chicken
        This recipe for miso ramen with chicken is much tastier (and healthier!) than the instant Ramen noodles you used to eat in college. It's topped with scallions, seaweed nori, carrots, sweet corn, and boiled eggs. Once you try this, you'll want to cook your own ramen at home all the time. Feel free to experiment with the toppings so you can enjoy a different meal each time. 

      Soup

      • Creamy Tortellini Soup with Sausage
        When you're looking for comfort food, you can't go wrong with this tortellini soup. It includes Italian sausage, spinach, and kale, making it a tasty and wholesome one-pot meal. Best of all, you can get it on the table in less than 30 minutes and freeze any leftovers so you can enjoy it again on a day when you just don't have the energy to cook something new. 
      • Split Pea Soup
        This classic recipe for split pea soup is both filling and flavorful. It's loaded with nutrients thanks to the carrots, celery, and onions and has plenty of protein from the peas and ham. Top your soup off with crunchy, toasted homemade croutons for a delicious and memorable meal your family is sure to love. 

      • Beef and Bean Chili
        Whether you're looking for something to enjoy while you're watching the big game or you want a quick and filling dinner, you can't go wrong with beef and bean chili. This recipe has just the right amount of heat, but you can use more or less cayenne and chili pepper, depending on your taste. To make your chili even more delicious, top each bowl off with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, and sliced jalapenos.
         
        Tomato Soup
      • Classic Tomato Soup
        A healthy twist on a classic comfort food! This tomato soup recipe is perfect for a chilly fall day and is sure to be a hit among all your family members. Enjoy it on its own, or make a grilled cheese to pair with your soup. 
         
      • Creamy Turkey Orzo Soup
        This creamy turkey orzo soup is the perfect solution for leftover turkey. You can make it all in one pot in less than 30 minutes. After you make it once, you'll be craving it all the time. It's similar to a chicken noodle soup but has a creamier texture. While it's a great way to use leftovers, you don't have to wait for the holidays to make this tasty soup. Just whip up a batch of slow cooker turkey breast and shred it up instead. 
      • Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
        This white chicken chili is easy to make in the slow cooker and has a ton of delicious flavor. It only takes about 20 minutes of prep time and will soon be one of your family's favorites. This soup is made with white beans, frozen corn, heavy cream, and an array of spices and seasonings. It's particularly delicious when topped with shredded Monterey Jack cheese and chopped avocado. Serve it with a lime wedge to bring out even more flavor. 
      • Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
        Cauliflower soup is both tasty and comforting. This recipe features plenty of cheese, crispy bacon, and just the right amount of Cajun spice. The butter, flour, whole milk, half-and-half, and sour cream give it a thick, decadent texture, making this amazing dish is practically the definition of "comfort food." 

      If you're looking for your dream home, the agents at Old Dominion Realty are here to help! We have the inside scoop on all the best Shenandoah County homes for sale and we'll help you explore your options until you find the perfect one for your needs. 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

        August
        23

        About the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        August
        9

        Summer Rain: What is a Rain Garden?

        Summer Rain GardenA rain garden is one of the most attractive and effective ways to handle runoff on your property, protect groundwater, filter impurities, and improve landscaping aesthetics. Our real estate agents have seen beautifully designed rain gardens in Shenandoah County homes for sale and thought it'd be great to put together a beginner's guide to creating a rain garden.

        What is a Rain Garden?

        A rain garden is a shallow, bowl-shaped depression in the landscape designed to collect and soak up rainwater. Rain gardens typically slow the flow of water runoff from impervious surfaces such as roofs, downspouts, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and lawns. Typically, heavy rain pours so quickly that the water doesn't get enough time to soak into the ground. This also means the soil does not absorb enough water for plants.

        The shallow depression is usually 6 to 8 inches deep, has loose soil, and can be placed at any point along the runoff pathway. The rain garden creates a "trap" for runoff water, which slowly filters into the ground instead of entering the storm sewer system and our waterways. When designed properly, a rain garden should soak up to 30% more water than a conventional lawn. Also, the water should not stand for more than 48 hours. Rain gardens can be large or small and can complement any style of landscape.

        Why Are Rain Gardens Important?

        What do you gain when you collect runoff water? Aside from being beautiful and creative, a rain garden serves a functional purpose in maintaining the natural water cycle and protecting the local environment. As cities and suburbs grow, they increase impervious surfaces, which create increased stormwater runoff problems. A rain garden allows water to be absorbed into the ground, reducing drainage problems and the potential for flooding.

        Here are more benefits of a fully functional rain garden:

        • Reducing the amount of water that runs off to a storm drain
        • Keeping your home's foundation and basement safe by diverting water away from it
        • Helping protect the community from flooding, stream bank erosion, and drainage problems
        • Attracting beneficial and pollinating birds, insects, butterflies, and mosquito-consuming dragonflies
        • Enhancing the beauty of yards and surrounding neighborhoods

        Choosing Plants for Your Rain Garden

        The best plants for rain gardens need to be able to withstand temporary standing water and dry conditions, reduce erosion, increase water absorption, and look beautiful. Native plants are always recommended, and it's a good idea to mix up different species to help manage stormwater and create a beautiful garden.

        Large shrubs and trees: These slow down rainfall before it reaches the ground, preventing it from running off immediately and allowing it to better soak into the soil.

        Shorter, deeply rooted plants: Direct water into the ground and hold the soil.

        Tall grasses: Trap pollutants, suck up water, and prevent silt from being carried by stormwater to rivers and ponds.

        Some of the best plants for a rain garden include:

        Black Eyed Susan

        • Black-Eyed Susan
        • Joe Pye Weed
        • Switchgrass
        • Oakleaf Hydrangea
        • River Birch
        • Bald Cypress
        • Black Willow

        Scarlett Bee Balm

        • Scarlet Bee Balm
        • Southern Blue Flag
        • New England Aster
        • Summersweet
        • Astilbes
        • Purple Coneflower

        Marsh Marigold

        • Marsh Marigold
        • Swamp Oak
        • Sweetgum
        • Red Maple
        • Buttonbush

        Spike Rush

        • Spikerush
        • Smooth Alder
        • Swamp Rose
        • Cardinal Flower

        Daylily

        • Daylilies
        • American Beautyberry
        • Red Osier Dogwood

        The exact plant for each rain garden will vary based on the soil conditions, sun exposure, and how much water the garden will hold.

        Build Your Own Rain Garden

        How big your rain garden will be depends on the size of the impervious area draining into it. As a general rule of thumb, make the bed 20% to 30% the size of the area from which the water is funneled. For example, if you have a 1000 sq. ft. roof, create a 300 sq. ft. rain garden to accommodate runoff water. Here are tips for creating a successful rain garden:

        • Dig out dirt from a dry area that's downhill from the water source and at least 10 feet away from your home's foundation.
        • Don't plant your garden over septic systems, under trees, or in areas that already get standing water. You may want to do an infiltration test to determine how fast the soil allows the water to drain. Dig a hole about 10 inches deep and fill it with water. The water shouldn't take more than 48 hours to drain.
        • Amend the soil to improve drainage. Replace heavy soil with sand, compost, and good-quality topsoil.
        • Add a few small stones to the garden to protect the soil from being washed away and create a bowl where water can pool to about 6 inches deep.
        • If the water doesn't naturally flow to your garden, consider digging a trench to direct water from one or more gutter downspouts to the garden.
        • Planting your rain garden is the final step. In the center of your garden, plant perennials and native plants that tolerate flooding. These should be followed by plants that tolerate short periods of standing water. The outer edges should have plants that prefer a drier soil. Ensure you don't plant the roots too deep into the soil and leave enough space to avoid overcrowding when the plants mature.
        • Once all your plants are in, mulch the inside of the rain with compost or shredded hardwood to give the garden a tidy appearance and keep out weeds.

        If you're looking for Shenandoah homes for sale or Augusta County homes for sale, we can help simplify the process for you and find your dream home. Contact us today to start the process.

        July
        19

        Summer Projects That Increase The Value of Your Home

        Summer Projects

        If you're thinking about selling your home, there are a lot of things you can do to make it more appealing to potential buyers. There are plenty of Augusta homes for sale. What does your house have that the others don't? Even if you're NOT thinking of selling your home right away, a few improvements won't go amiss. They can make your house look better, feel better, and increase its overall value when you do decide to sell. Here are a few improvement projects you can do this summer to increase the value of your home.

        Painting

        • Painting
          If you've lived in your house for any length of time, the walls are probably a bit worn. There's dirt and grime, and the paint may be peeling. A new coat of paint in an inviting, neutral color can make it feel cleaner and brighter and even make the room look bigger. Neutral color doesn't necessarily have to mean white or grey, either. A nice warm yellow or cool green can add a splash of color while still being generally unassuming.

        Caulking

        • Caulking
          Over time, the caulking around your sinks starts to get brown and dirty and disgusting. Removing the old caulking and putting in fresh is a fast and inexpensive job that will make your sinks look worlds better to potential buyers.

        Landscaping

        • Landscaping
          This can be as simple or as involved as you want. Adding a small garden to your yard can make it look appealing. Planting a couple of trees can add hundreds, even thousands of dollars to your home's value. Installing a flower box can be helpful, too. If you really want to go all out, you could add a brick walkway through your yard. If you prefer something simpler, even just mowing your lawn and doing a bit of edging can increase your curb appeal - and thus your home's value - significantly.

        Front Door

        • Front Door
          This has some benefits. Your front door is the first thing people see before entering your home so that a new one can create a better first impression. Both steel and fiberglass doors are sturdy and durable, low maintenance, and highly energy efficient. This gives them a very high return on investment - the immediate value they add to your home is almost equal to the installation cost. Not to mention the amount you'll save in energy bills in the meantime. Steel and fiberglass doors are great for keeping outside air from creeping into your home, which allows your HVAC system to heat and cool more efficiently.

        Windows

        • Windows
          Replacing your existing windows with energy-efficient panes can go a long way. They keep heat in during the winter and keep it out during the summer. This decrease in heating and cooling bills will add to your home's resale value. You can also get significant energy savings by combining windows and landscaping. If you have a large window or glass door that gets direct sunlight, plant a deciduous tree in the yard near it. In the summer, the shade from the tree will keep the sun out, providing natural cooling. In the winter, the tree will shed its leaves, letting the sunlight in and providing natural heating. This simple addition to your home can really boost your resale value.

        Fencing

        • Fences
          A fence will add a sense of security to your property, which increases its value. If you don't have one, consider putting one in. If your home has a fence already, fix it up and get it in good condition. Make sure the door closes and locks securely. If you have a picket fence, give it a fresh coat of paint, and replace any slats that are worn or broken. In addition to security, this adds curb appeal, which is also great for a property value increase.

        Whether you've just bought your home, are looking to sell it, or are somewhere in between, a few improvements can always be helpful. Our real estate agents can help you figure out the best improvements to your home to increase its value to future owners. Contact us for help with both buying and selling your home!

        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.

        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

        March
        1

        Top 10 Things To Get Your House Ready for The Spring Market

        List Home in Augusta County

        Spring is just around the corner, and if you're thinking about putting your home on the market, now is the time to start getting ready. The real estate market heats up every spring, and with interest at historic lows, there couldn't be a better time to take advantage of the seller's market. 

        Preparing to list your home can be a lengthy process, especially if it's your first time. From cleaning to staging, you may not know where to even start. If you want to make sure your home stands out among these beautiful Virginia homes for sale, be sure to follow these tips below:

        1. Find A Good Real Estate Agent
          The first and arguably most important step to listing your home is to find a reputable real estate agent. Referrals from trusted sources are usually the best ways to find a good agent. Working with a trusted real estate agent is the key to a smooth and successful transaction.

        2. Scope Out The Market
          Make sure to do some research about other Augusta County homes for sale, so you can get a sense of what other properties are selling for in your area. Look at homes that are similar in size to your own, as this can help you at least establish a starting point for a sale price.

        update lighting

        1. Invest In Lighting
          Lighting is one of the most important aspects of the staging process. If you have rooms in your house that don't receive adequate sunlight, it's time to invest in additional lamps and lighting fixtures. Remember, bright rooms often appear larger and more welcoming. A real estate agent can help you optimize the lighting placements in each room.

        2. Declutter Your Home
          If you're planning to move soon, do yourself a favor and start the decluttering process early. Empty the attic and basement and get rid of any junk you no longer need. Decluttering will not only help streamline the staging process, but it will also make your move a lot easier.

        3. Make Repairs
          If you've been procrastinating on repairing that leaky faucet, running toilet, or squeaky door, now is the time to address it. Go through your home and make sure to repair anything that isn't functioning as it's supposed to. Even if it doesn't seem like a big deal, you can bet that potential buyers will notice.

        4. Depersonalize Your Home
          As much as you may enjoy looking at your family photos and favorite art, any personalized items can certainly be off-putting to prospective buyers. Seeing personalization in a home can make it difficult for buyers to envision themselves living in the home.

        Fresh Coat of Paint

        1. Paint
          It's always a good idea to add a fresh coat of paint to your home's interior before listing it for sale. This can help give your home a fresh, clean look and also help your rooms appear brighter. Just be sure to stick to neutral colors, as anything bright or creative may turn off potential buyers. 

        deep cleaning tips

        1. Deep Clean
          Once you're almost ready to list your home, it's time to clean like you've never cleaned before. Every corner, nook, and cranny will need your attention. It's also a good idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned. You don't want potential buyers noticing any dust or odors, so it's best to make sure the home is pristine. 

        2. Create a Relocation Plan For Your Pets
          Your furry friends might be cute, but not every buyer will think so. It's wise to come up with a relocation plan for your pets so they're not in the way when you're showing your home. Also, be sure to hide any bowls, litter boxes, or toys and eliminate any odors caused by your pets.

        3. Consider a Professional Photographer
          High-quality photos are one of the best ways to attract buyers to your listing, so you might want to consider hiring a professional photographer. Good photos are a great way to help your listing stand out from the competition. Check out some of the listing photos for these Staunton homes for sale. If you're having trouble finding a good photographer, ask your real estate agent for recommendations.

        Selling your home doesn't have to be an intimidating process. Working with a good real estate agent is the best way to ensure a smooth transaction. If you're planning to list your home this spring, contact us today.

        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.

        January
        18

        National Cheese Lovers Day: Where to Find Locally Made Cheese in Augusta County

        Augusta County Cheese ShopsEvery once in a while, a holiday comes along that our real estate agents can really get behind. Case in point: National Cheese Lovers Day is coming right up on January 20th!

        If you happen to be in Virginia looking for Augusta County homes for sale, then you're in luck. Our neck of the woods happens to be home to some amazing local cheese shops, creameries, and farmers markets, and we're thrilled to give a shout-out to some of our favorites in honor of the upcoming holiday!

        • Nu-Beginning Farm Store - 221 N Lewis St, Staunton, VA 24401
          Nestled in the heart of Staunton, the store at Nu-Beginning Farm is your one-stop-shop for all things local, healthy and handmade. Just minutes from these Staunton homes for sale, the store offers everything from homemade grab-and-go meals and handmade crafts to a fine selection of local meats, produce, baked goods, and, of course, cheese. Among their many offerings are a variety of local cheeses from Mountain View Farms and Shenandoah Valley Family Farms. Store hours may vary due to COVID-19, but the Nu-Beginning Farm Store is currently offering online ordering and curbside pickup.

        • The Cheese Shop - 2366 Tinkling Spring Rd, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
          There's always something new and delicious to discover at the Cheese Shop. Nestled in the cozy community of Stuarts Draft—about 20 minutes from Staunton, VA—this local cheese shop has more than earned its place among the best local purveyors of fine cheeses. They've certainly grown since they started out as a front porch farm stand more than 50 years ago! You'll find an amazing selection, including specialties like bacon cheese, aged six-year cheddar, and horseradish cheese. The Cheese Shop also has goodies of all kinds, from local candies, nuts, and dry goods to soups, spices, and teas.

        • Staunton Farmers Market - Byers St, Staunton, VA 24401
          A staple of the Staunton community since 1993, the Staunton Farmers Market is the perfect place to stock up on local goods. Cheese lovers will usually find several tempting options here, including local products from Ballerino Creamery and a variety of local farms. Hours also vary by season, but the winter market is now open every Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm. For everyone's safety, organizers of the farmers market are asking that all shoppers wear face coverings and maintain at least six feet of social distancing at this time. 

          • Ballerino Creamery - Staunton, VA
            Focused on making perfectly crafted fresh and aged cheeses using milk from local dairy farms, Ballerino Creamery is, without a doubt, one of Augusta County's finest cheesemakers. This Staunton creamery makes styles ranging from mozzarella and camembert to ricotta and farmers cheese, and every last one is worth tasting. Ballerino Creamery doesn't currently have their own brick-and-mortar store where you can shop for cheeses. But their products are available at numerous shops and stores locally, including Newtown Baking in Staunton and Greenwood Grocery in Crozet. You'll find them set up at several local farmers' markets as well, including the Staunton Farmers Market. 

          • Harrisonburg Farmers Market - 228 S Liberty St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
            There's no end to the unique local products you might find at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market. Local artisan cheeses are always on the menu, along with fresh eggs, honey, jams and jellies, baked goods, arts and crafts, and a wide range of locally grown fruits and vegetables that change with the seasons. The market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm during the winter season (December through March), and every Tuesday and Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm throughout the rest of the year. Harrisonburg Farmers Market is just footsteps away from many Harrisonburg homes for sale

          • The Cheese Place - 3105 John Wayland Hwy, Dayton, VA 22821
            When a store has a name like The Cheese Place, you just know you're going to find something good there. This cozy family-owned shop in Dayton, VA offers dozens of cheeses from some of the best creameries in Virginia and all over the country. You'll never run out of new varieties to try. The Cheese Place is also a great place to shop for spices, dry goods, nuts and baking supplies, local jam and honey, and much more. Plus, they have the best selection of candy around, and they're located just minutes from these Dayton homes for sale

          Contact us today to learn more about all the great opportunities in Augusta County, and ask our team about finding the perfect Virginia homes for sale. We're here to help you and your family find your dream home in Staunton, VA, and the surrounding areas. 

          January
          11

          Home Office Decorating Tips From Our Agents

          Home Office Augusta

          Have you spent 2020 working from home? If you're like many of us, remote working may be your new nine-to-five. Whether you're browsing our Harrisonburg homes for sale or planning on staying put in your current house, you may be considering ways to turn bedrooms or other areas into a functional working space. Here are a few home office decorating tips from our real estate agents.

          Home Office Agents

          Lightening the Workload with Krista Fields

          When designing your home office, you'll need to prioritize functionality. Thankfully, that doesn't mean that you need to sacrifice aesthetic. In fact, there are many homes or areas of your home that are ready-made to act as practical offices. Bedrooms with windows are especially easy to convert into offices, as there's already enough space for a desk and the windows provide ample light. Take it from our agent, Krista Fields:

          "I do like a lot of light as well as having a space on the top of my desk to put paperwork or files that need my attention. I also like to surround myself with décor that I like; I use "outside the box" accessories such as wooden crates for files and old glass jars or wooden boxes from antique stores to use as pen holders. For an added touch of comfort, I always love having pictures and a cozy blanket."

          Along with the natural light, Krista's insistence on creating a comfortable "homey" space within her workspace is a great idea. Her use of antiques and furnishings as nontraditional office equipment bring a fantastic balance to the space. A potted plant would be another excellent addition to a light-filled office.

          However, we do recommend that you invest in a few resources to help control the lighting and temperature of your space. Depending on the time of the year, the natural light may provide varying degrees of light and heat. Blinds or curtains are useful, as are anti-glare shields for your computer screen.

          Home Office Tips

          Polishing Up Your Workspace with Duane Turner

          When you envision your perfect home office, what furnishings do you see? It's natural for many professionals to assume that they need to purchase brand-new office furniture to help them function optimally. Take it from our Duane Turner who had a little help from his wife Catina, you can still accomplish your goals by buying items that are new to you. For example, she's taken an older desk and refurbished it with chalk paint to create a statement piece.

          There are dozens of gently used or antique items that you can give a second life to. Thrift stores and antique shops are perfect places to find unique pieces for your home office. Believe it or not, your home is the best place to "shop" first! You'd be surprised how quickly a fresh coat of paint could turn an under-used desk or side table into a useful addition to your office space.

          Bea Miller Office

          Keep Your Business in the Black (But Your Office in the Red) with Bea Miller

          Let's talk about color! Professionals rarely have a say in the décor and design of their company workspaces — but when it comes to a home office aesthetic, all rules are out the window! Just look at what our agent Bea Miller did to her workspace. Her office is cozy and inviting thanks to rich wooden furniture and a warm red wall color. White trim and doors provide contrast while small décor pieces complement the aesthetic.

          It's your house which means it's your rules, though we do caution all homeowners to put some consideration into their choice of wall paint. Each color has a psychological impact on us, for example, green sparks creativity, and blue produces calmness. Before you throw your favorite color up on the walls, discover how these hues can potentially influence your productivity. Keep in mind that the amount of natural and artificial light in the space will affect the appearance of the color, too. Remember that you can always choose to make the dominant colors neutral and use your favorite colors to complement the space without having too strong of an influence.

          Are you interested in visiting the latest listings of Augusta County homes for sale? Contact us today and let our agents help you find the perfect home office in a new house.

          December
          21

          Give Back This Holiday Season: Local Nonprofits around the Shenandoah Valley

          Shenandoah Valley Nonprofits

          The holiday season is a time of celebration and also a time of reflection. There are people in the Shenandoah Valley who could use some help for the holidays this year, and there are many nonprofit organizations in the area working to provide that vital assistance. Whether you donate your time, money, or both, helping local nonprofits is a great way to make a positive difference in your community and bring a little bit of holiday cheer where it's needed most. Our real estate agents have the details on 7 Shenandoah Valley nonprofits where your donation can make a difference this year.

          • Virginia Quilt Museum – 301 S Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
            The Virginia Quilt Museum is a lovely attraction to visit near Harrisonburg homes for sale, and it depends on donations to keep the doors open for visitors throughout the year. Housed in a beautiful, restored historic home, the museum offers three floors of unique, artistic quilts to explore and is the official quilt museum of Virginia. Financial donations are always welcome at the Virginia Quilt Museum, and you can also volunteer your time to help visitors make the most of their trips to the museum.

          • Shenandoah County Animal Shelter – 268 Landfill Rd., Edinburg, VA 22824
            The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter serves a large number of communities near Shenandoah County homes for sale by sheltering pets and helping them find new, loving homes. Interested in offering your support? There are many ways to help, from adopting a pet yourself to sponsoring a pet by making a one-time donation to cover medical procedures that will help the pet find a home. The shelter is always looking for volunteers to help as well, and you can contact them directly to find out which opportunities are available.

          • Shenandoah National Park Association – 3655 US Hwy 211 East, Luray, VA 22835
            Serving many of the parks near Bridgewater homes for sale, the Shenandoah National Park Association offers a wide variety of educational services to help park visitors make the most of their time enjoying the great outdoors. You can support the cause by shopping at the SNPA Bookstore, which is one of the main sources of fundraising for the organization. Pick up a fun, educational gift for the nature lovers on your shopping list, and support a good cause in the process.
          • Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter – 135 S Main St., Woodstock, VA 22664
            The Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter is located near Woodstock homes for sale, focusing on charitable activities that help prevent homelessness. By providing financial, utility, and housing assistance for families going through difficult financial times, SAS makes it possible for them to enjoy the holidays in a warm, comfortable home. You can offer your support by making a financial donation online.

          • Martha's Meals on Wheels – PO Box 2345, Staunton, VA 24402
            Martha's Meals on Wheels
            has been a fixture among Shenandoah Valley nonprofits for more than 45 years, and the organization's good work is still going strong today. Primarily serving the community around Staunton homes for sale, Martha's Meals on Wheels provides meal support for seniors living at home. The team here is always looking for volunteers to deliver meals to seniors and brighten their day in the process. Unable to volunteer, but still want to contribute? Martha's Meals on Wheels relies on donations to keep providing healthy meals for seniors, and every donation makes a real difference.

          • Page One Food Pantry – 35 N Bank St., Luray, VA 22835
            Page One Food Pantry
            is located near Luray homes for sale and provides meal support for people in need. It's part of the larger Page One organization, including thrift stores and other charitable endeavors. The food bank is supplied by generous donations from local businesses, clubs, and individuals. There are many ways to help, whether you donate food, make a financial donation, volunteer at the food bank, or volunteer to unload large food deliveries.

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          • Staunton Creative Community Fund – 32 N Augusta St., Suite D, Staunton, VA 24401
            Small businesses – and entrepreneurs who would like to launch businesses of their own – have faced many unique challenges this year. The Staunton Creative Community Fund is devoted to helping new small business owners achieve their dreams, and your donation can help make those dreams a reality. Small businesses are an integral part of a healthy community, so your donation has many benefits.

          Still searching for a home in your favorite Shenandoah Valley community? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Shenandoah Valley area.

          December
          7

          Christmas Cookies from the Old Dominion Kitchen

          Christmas Cookies from Old Dominion

          With winter fast approaching, there's no better place to stay bundled up than in the comforts of your own home. Enjoy the quiet snowfall from inside, and do yourself and your family a favor by baking one of these festive and delicious cookie recipes! Our real estate agents love baking this time of year and enjoy sharing cookies with friends and family. From our table to yours, enjoy these recipes from the Old Dominion team. 

          No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Covered Ritz

          • 2 sleeves Ritz crackers
          • Creamy peanut butter
          • Melting chocolate

          Make peanut butter sandwiches with a pair of Ritz and peanut butter.

          Melt chocolate.

          Dip sandwiches into chocolate covering them completely, set to cool and harden (chill in refrigerator).

          Decorate for the season or enjoy them on their own.

          Old Dominion Recipes Coconut

          Coconut Macarons

          • 2 2/3 cups Baker's angel flake coconut
          • 2/3 cup sugar
          • 6 tbsp. flour
          • 1/3 tsp. salt
          • 4 egg whites
          • 1 tsp. almond extract
          • candied cherry halves

          Combine coconut, sugar, flour, and salt in a bowl. Stir in egg whites and almond extract; mix well.

          Drop from teaspoon onto lightly greased baking sheets. Add cherry halves.

          Bake at 300 for 20 to 25 minutes, or until edges are golden. Remove from sheets immediately.

          Peanut Butter Blossoms

          • 1 cups peanut butter
          • 1 cups sugar
          • 1 egg
          • 1 Bag of Hershey's kisses or peanut butter cups
          • (double recipe for greater yield)

          Mix peanut butter, sugar, and eggs.

          Drop desired cookie size dough on cookie sheet.

          Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes. Add a candy on top right before removing from the oven.

          Old Dominion Cinnamon Cookies

          Cinnamon Delights

          • 3/4 cup Crisco
          • 1 cup sugar
          • 1 egg
          • 1/4 cup Grandma's Molasses
          • 2 cups flour
          • 2 tsp. baking soda
          • 1 tsp. cinnamon
          • 3/4 tsp. ginger
          • 1/2 tsp. clove
          • 1/4 tsp. salt
          • 1/2 cup sugar
          • 1 tbsp. cinnamon

          Preheat the oven to 350.

          Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg and molasses, mix well.

          Add flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and salt.

          Form dough into balls, roll each into a mixture of 1/2 c. sugar and 1 tbsp. cinnamon.

          Bake for 10 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.

          Old Dominion Sugar Cookies

          Cut Out Sugar Cookies

          • 2 sticks (8 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature for 1 hour
          • 2 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
          • 1 cup granulated sugar
          • 1 large egg
          • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
          • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
          • 1 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
          • 3 cups all-purpose flour
          • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
          • 1/2 tsp. salt

          Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer until fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and almond extracts, and lemon zest.

          Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate large bowl. Gradually beat dry mixture into butter and sugar mixture until fully incorporated and soft dough forms.

          Divide dough into 2 balls, roll out each to 1/4 inch thickness between parchment paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour (or freeze then thaw in the refrigerator overnight).

          Cut out cookies and bake at 350 on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

          Bake 8 to 12 minutes until set, let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.

          Old Dominion Ginger Cookies

          Giant Ginger Cookies

          • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
          • 4 tsp. ground ginger
          • 2 tsp. baking soda
          • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
          • 1 tsp. ground cloves
          • 1/4 tsp. salt
          • 1 1/2 cups shortening
          • 2 cups sugar
          • 2 eggs
          • 1/2 cup molasses
          • 3/4 cup sugar

          Mix flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate large bowl, beat shortening with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds, add sugar, and beat till combined. Beat eggs and molasses into the shortening mixture until combined. Beat in as much flour mixture as possible, stir in the rest.

          Shape dough into 2 inch balls then roll each in 3/4 cup sugar. Place 2 1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

          Bake at 350 for 11 to 13 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned and tops are puffed. Cool on a cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

          Involve your entire family in the process, and cherish this memorable activity you can revive each holiday season in your home. Looking for a sweet new home with a kitchen for all your baking? Let our team help you search Augusta County homes for sale and find the perfect home to celebrate the holiday season. To get started, contact us today.

          November
          9

          National Hiking Day: Where to Take a Hike in Augusta County

          Hiking Augusta County

          November 17th is National Hiking Day, and our real estate agents couldn't think of a better time to enjoy the great outdoors! The weather in Augusta County during November is perfect for trail hiking. With sunny skies and crisp autumn air, now is the perfect opportunity to spend a few nice days outside before the winter comes. Whether you need a relaxing walk or want to take your workout outdoors, head to these trails throughout Augusta County for National Hiking Day.

          • South River Greenway – Arch Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980
            There are few better ways to enjoy a day outside in Waynesboro than along the South River. The South River Greenway is a 1.2-mile trail that runs along the South River from the Loth Springs parking lot to the Port Republic neighborhood. Eventually, the South River Greenway will be extended to connect to other popular greenspaces, including Sunset Park, Basic Park, and Ridgeview Park. Until then, you can enjoy the exercise station on the trail and reserve the facilities at Dominion Shelter if you want to invite friends for a brisk walk followed by a picnic.

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          • Humpback Rocks – Milepost 5.8 on Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesboro, VA 22980
            One of the most popular and shortest hikes we suggest is up Humpback Rocks. Named for the rock formations atop the viewpoint, the Humpback Rocks trail requires fewer than three hours of hiking time, making it perfect for those who aren't interested in spending the entire afternoon in the wilderness. Although the elevation only climbs by 1,240-feet, the first mile takes you up 800-feet rather briskly. If you'd like to spend the night and enjoy an amazing sunset, you can follow the A.T. South trail (instead of the A.T. North to the Humpback Rocks viewpoint) and enjoy a campsite with room for six.

          • Dobie Mountain – Milepost 5.8 on Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesboro, VA 22980
            Neighboring Humpback Rocks, the Dobie Mountain hike is a little longer but just as remarkable. It's also less popular than Humpback Rocks, offering you the opportunity to enjoy a more intimate journey. The total hike should take around three-and-a-half hours, though you could extend it from a 4-mile hike to a 6.8-mile hike if you head to the shelter for a lunch break. Those afraid of heights should know that there is a series of switchbacks on the trail with drops of 700-feet.

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            • Dripping Rocks via Appalachian Trail – Lyndhurst, VA 22952
              Another fantastic out and back hike that you can easily tackle on National Hiking Day is the Drippings Rocks trail. Part of the Appalachian Trail, you can quickly conquer this trail in fewer than two hours. In fact, it's a quieter and shorter alternative to the Humpback Rocks trail. Dripping Rocks is 1.7-miles total and only has an elevation gain of 564-feet. Very close to Lyndhurst homes for sale, this rocky trail is great for walks with friends, older children, and dogs. Be prepared for a few steep areas that are well worth the few.

             

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            • Riprap Hollow – Shenandoah National Park, 3655 U.S. Highway 211 East, Luray, VA 2283
              For a change of scenery outside of George Washington National Forest, head over to the Shenandoah National Park to hike the Riprap Hollow trail. Located just outside of many wonderful neighborhoods with great Augusta County homes for sale, the Riprap Hollow trail is a circuit hike for novice and experienced hikers. Factor in around five hours for the hike, longer if you plan on shooting some wildlife photography.  

            Are you searching for a house close to the great outdoors? Let us help! Contact us today to schedule tours of our Waynesboro homes for sale.

            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
            28

            Augusta County's Summer 2019 Festivals

            Augusta County Summer Festivals & Events
            If you'll be working with our real estate agents to find your dream home in Augusta County this summer, you surely won't want all of the time you spend with us to be about business. Fitting a little fun into that trip won't be a problem in our area. There's a lot going on around here in the summertime, given that this time of year is the festival season. Here are a few of Augusta County's Summer 2019 festivals that you may want to check out while you're in the area:

            • Sweet Dreams Festival - 96 Edgewood Ln, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
              If you plan to spend some time looking at Waynesboro homes for sale in June, attending the 16th Annual Sweet Dreams Festival is a great way to fit a little fun into your trip. This festival is happening at Stuarts Draft Park, just 15 minutes from Waynesboro, on June 1st, and runs from 9 am to 4 pm. This event will feature a wide range of family-oriented entertainment and activities, including train rides, sports tournaments, concessions, contests, live music, and much more.
               
            • Red Wing Roots Music Festival - 94 Natural Chimneys Ln, Mt Solon, VA 22843
              If you'll be shopping Bridgewater homes for sale, the Red Wing Roots Music Festival is a local event you won't want to miss. Getting there from Bridgewater is just a 15-minute drive. This festival offers great music in the great outdoors, with more than 40 artists participating, and runs for three days – July 12th, 13th, and 14th. The festival will also feature a wide range of food and craft vendors, children's activities and many other activities and attractions. A variety of camping areas and other lodgings are available to music lovers who plan to enjoy the entire three-day experience.

            • Virginia Cider Festival, Valley Pike Farm Market, 3494 Lee Hwy, Weyers Cave, VA 24486
              If you'll be looking for your new home among Weyers Cave homes for sale this summer, the Virginia Cider Festival may be just the event you need for a bit of fun. This event is for people 21 years of age or older, and it's happening on July 20th, from noon to 6 pm. More than 18 Virginia cideries will be featured at this event, presenting over 50 hard ciders. Patrons can participate in 10 cider tastings and will receive Virginia Cider Festival commemorative glasses. There will be food and live music, with three concerts throughout the day.
               
            • Staunton Music Festival, 214 W Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401
              If you'll be focused on Staunton homes for sale during your visit to our area, the Staunton Music Festival offers a great distraction from home shopping. It runs from Aug 16th through Aug 25th and is hosted by historic venues throughout downtown Staunton. The 2019 event will feature 75 of the world's most acclaimed musicians performing in more than 30 concerts.
               
            • Augusta County Fair, 13 Government Lane, Verona, VA 24482
              If you'll be perusing Augusta County homes for sale in late July or early August, you'll be right on time for the Augusta County Fair. This event runs from July 30th through August 3rd and has something for everyone. Attractions include a circus, magic shows, the West Texas Rattlesnake Show, a wine festival, live music, tractor pulls and other track events, a beauty pageant, laser tag, midway games and rides, and much more.

            To see homes for sale in Augusta County, please contact us. Our team of experienced real estate pros is ready to introduce you to the right Augusta County area for you.

            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.

            Contact Old Dominion Realty

            May
            22

            Old Dominion Realty Has Expanded to Its New Augusta County Office Location

            We're On the Grow and On the Move

            Augusta Office Open House

            Exciting news – that's for sure!  Old Dominion Realty has been growing.  So much so we found ourselves in need of more space for our Augusta County real estate office.   

            Not to worry, we didn't go far.  You'll find us at our brand new office location in the Myers Corner Community located at 19 Myers Corner Drive, Suite 101 in Staunton, VA.  Myers Corners is a mixed-use development with a 30-acre business park and a residential community located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

            Why Myers Corner?  It's pretty simple:  Our team wanted a larger office space in a high-profile location with easy access to major routes like Interstate 64, Interstate 81, and Route 250, but close to home.  And Myers Corner was the perfect fit.

            If You Build It, They Will Come

            Moving to a new office is no small task and neither is building it.  With more than a year invested from start to finish, we broke ground for our new location Summer 2017.  There's a ton of work that goes into the designing, planning, building, and moving to a new business home.  We officially unlocked the doors to our new office in April of this year.

            Here are some photos of our new space while under construction:

            Augusta Office New Space

            It's Time to Celebrate

            Old Dominion Realty and the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the grand opening of the new office location on Wednesday, June 6 with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House beginning at 11:30 am to 5:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend the event.

            Old Dominion Realty has partnered with Woody's Culinary Skills & Food Service Training (a part of the Woodrow Wilson Vocational Program) to provide refreshments after the ceremony for guests.  Woodrow Wilson Vocational Program provides workforce training, education, and support for its students that result in industry-recognized credentials and competitive employment opportunities in the local community.

            Time to Meet our Neighbors

            While Myers Corners is a relatively new development in our local community, it has already caught the attention of numerous businesses including Fishersville Family Pharmacies, 7-Eleven, Bankers Insurance, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Prosperity Home Mortgage, F&M Mortgage, Comprehensive Health Systems, PLC and many more. 

            About Old Dominion Realty

            Old Dominion Realty continues to serve the local Eastern West Virginia and Central Virginia Shenandoah Valley communities with excellent quality service for home buyers and sellers alike.  We are a full service, established firm with five office locations across Virginia and West Virginia. In an ever-changing real estate market, there has been one constant for over 50 years--Old Dominion Realty. Simply stated: We are built on integrity with proven results.

            Contact Old Dominion Realty

            March
            20

            Myers Corner: Love the Community You Call Home

            Myers Corner. Work Here. Live Here.

            Myers Corner

            Are you searching for the perfect place to build a life--or a business--in Augusta County, VA, with easy access to all of the communities that make our region special? Welcome to Myers Corner! Spearheaded by Crescent Development Group principals Scott Williams and Greg Jurick, Myers Corner is a mixed residential/commercial development with beautiful homes, safe neighborhoods, and an excellent environment for businesses to thrive. Work here. Live here. That's the promise of life in Myers Corner.

            Augusta - Old Dominion Realty New Office

            Work Here: Augusta County's Biggest Businesses Are Choosing Myers Corner

            When Crescent Development Group was planning Myers Corner, they knew they wanted to pick a location close to Augusta County's major businesses, including Augusta Health which is the county's largest employer. The prime location and business-friendly setup of Myers Corner make the development a very appealing destination for businesses from Augusta County, VA and beyond.

            • While Myers Corner is a new development, it has already caught the attention of plenty of big businesses. The current list of businesses at Myers Corner includes Fishersville Family Pharmacies, 7-Eleven, Bankers Insurance, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Prosperity Home Mortgage, and many more.
            • And that's just the start. As more and more business jump at the opportunity to be a part of Myers Corner, you can expect the list of businesses in the development to continue growing at a healthy pace.
            • Businesses in Myers Corner have the opportunity to reach customers from Augusta County, and beyond. The development provides easy access to major routes like Interstate 64, Interstate 81, and Route 250, so the potential for growth is strong.
            • Old Dominion Realty will soon be opening a new office located at 19 Myers Corner Drive, Suite 101, Staunton, VA.

            Myers Corner Residential

            Live Here: Residential Homes and Amenities in Myers Corner

            Myers Corner is both a great place to work and a great place to live. With fast growth already and more to come, the residential portion of Myers Corner will feature 300 homes, with vibrant neighborhoods and a convenient, central location.

            • Buy from the best and choose the home design of your dreams. The Myers Corner Development Team strives for top quality at every turn whether you're building a business or choosing the details or your next home.
            • Enjoy a convenient location. Access to major local highways allows you to move through Augusta County – and beyond – with ease, whether you're looking to work, play, or explore something new. Make a quick drive to enjoy a day in Staunton, or stay close to home with all of the amenities around Myers Corner.
            • Be a part of the start of something special in Augusta County. Myers Corner may be a new development, but it's already earning rave reviews from the businesses that have relocated here. You can expect the same high level of quality from residential locations in the community.
            • Work here, live here, and learn here, too! Myers Corner is located close to Wilson Elementary School, Wilson Middle School, and Wilson Memorial High School, so the kids can get a quality education very close to home.

            Find a Home or Locate Your Business in Myers Corner

            Contact Charlie Ward Listing Agent

            Are you interested in finding a home in Myers Corner, or relocating your business to this hot, new Augusta County, VA development? Listing agent Charlie Ward from our team at Old Dominion Realty is here to help! Contact Charlie Ward to learn more about Myers Corner, shop for Myers Corner homes, or find the perfect place to locate your business in the community.

            September
            18

            Staunton - Where Wizards and Muggles Unite

            Staunton - Queen City Mischief & Magic
            Planning to spend some time in Staunton, Virginia from September 22nd to September 24th? Better bring your broomstick, wand, and finest wizard's regalia! Every year around the close of the summer, the city of Staunton, Virginia turns into a magical wonderland, where witches, wizards, and muggles come together to bring the wonderful world of Harry Potter to life.

            Throughout the weekend, you'll find magical special events, fantastic food, family fun, and more than a few opportunities to break out your favorite Harry Potter costumes. Our wizards--ahem, REALTORS® in Staunton--are already working on their costumes, and we're excited to share the details of a whimsical Harry Potter weekend.

            A Wizardly Weekend in Staunton: Enjoy the Queen City Mischief and Magic Celebration

            Staunton - Queen City Mischief & Magic
            One of the most pleasant perks of homes in Staunton is that you're never far away from another truly unique event in the city. The Queen City Mischief and Magic Festival is always one of the most anticipated events of the year, and you want have to look hard to see why when you visit Staunton, Virginia during the big event.

            • Hogsmeade Comes Home – Sure, it may still be called Staunton on the map, but our city transforms into the village of Hogsmeade during the festival. No matter where you go in the city, you'll find nods to your favorite literary wizard and your favorite locations from the Harry Potter novels. Local businesses get in on the act too, transforming into the small, unique shops that the residents of Hogsmeade depend on for all of their magical needs. You won't find a better place to pick up magical supplies!

            • Family Fun – The Harry Potter novels capture the imagination of readers from every age-group, so it's no surprise that parents enjoy the festival just as much as children. The kids will love all of the Harry Potter themed events going on around the city, and parents have just as much fun taking in the sights. There is so much going on throughout the weekend that you're sure to find events that ever member of the family will love.

            • Fantastical Food – Ever wonder what it would taste like to enjoy a pint of Butter Beer, or sample a magically infused plate with the best that Hogsmeade has to offer? No problem! Just visit your favorite Staunton restaurants during the festival, and enjoy magical specials that you definitely won't find anywhere else.

            • Hogwarts Express – The entire weekend is full of great events, and there's no doubt that Saturday morning will be a highlight for everyone in the crowd. At around 9AM, the Hogwarts Express arrives with Harry and Hagrid in tow. The big arrival kicks off a day of whimsical fun, with potion tastings, wizardly duels, and even wild beast taming! The fun lasts well into the evening, with a busy schedule of events all day.

            • A Costume Party – Enjoy wearing your favorite wizard costume around town, but don't like the glances you get when you stop at the store? The Queens City Mischief and Magic Festival is the perfect opportunity to break out your favorite costume, and immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter. All around the city, you'll find children and adults alike decked out in their finest Harry Potter gear. Perhaps you'll even run into some of your favorite characters from the novels!

            Enjoying Staunton's unique brand of fun so much that you'd like to stick around for the long haul? We can help! Contact Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes in Staunton, Virginia.

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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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            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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            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.

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            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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