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June
6

Perfect Your Golf Swing This Summer: Rockingham County Golf Courses

gold courses

The Rockingham County area features some fantastic golf courses. And when summer returns to the Shenandoah Valley, you can bet that our real estate agents will be out on the links every chance they get. 

With that in mind, we're excited to share some of our favorite golf courses in Harrisonburg, VA, and the surrounding areas. We hope to see you out there this summer!

  • Heritage Oaks Golf Course - 680 Garbers Church Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Voted 'Best in the Valley' many times over, Heritage Oaks Golf Course is a beautiful course designed by William Love. It's owned by the city of Harrisonburg and is located just minutes from many Harrisonburg homes for sale. When you visit Heritage Oaks, you can expect beautiful, well-manicured greens and healthy creeping bentgrass fairways. You can also expect a fair number of challenging shots on this 18-hole, par 40 course. There's also a well-stocked pro shop on-site, and staff pros offer golf lessons and clinics. 

  • Spotswood Country Club - 1980 Country Club Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    Opened in 1926, Spotswood Country Club is the only private club within 40 miles of Harrisonburg and offers a splendid 18 holes of golf. Featuring 6,340 yards of golf from the longest tees, the par 71 course at Spotswood is eminently playable and is routinely ranked among the best in the area. The ryegrass surface is welcoming and offers just the right amount of challenges while still being fun for all skill levels. There are also some great amenities on-site, including a swimming pool and clay tennis courts. 

  • Woodstone Meadows Golf Course - 300 Silverstone Ln, McGaheysville, VA 22840
    One of two gold courses at Massanutten Resort, Woodstone Meadows Golf Course is an 18-hole executive course that offers 5,065 yards of golf for a par of 65. It's arguably the easier and more beginner-friendly of the resort's two golf offerings, though it can still be a lot of fun for more advanced players looking to play a leisurely 18 holes. The fairways are open, and the greens are gently sloping. Woodstone Meadows Golf Course is a short drive from many Mcgaheysville homes for sale and is surrounded by some incredible mountain scenery. 

  • Mountain Greens Golf Course - 1822 Resort Dr, McGaheysville, VA 22840
    The Mountain Greens Golf Course is the more challenging of the two golf courses at Massanutten Resort. This 18-hole beauty offers mountain golf at its finest, with rolling terrain that constantly tests one's abilities. The course is known most for its steeply-terraced tees and fairways, but it's also a truly beautiful course with spectacular views of the densely wooded Shenandoah Mountains. It plays 6,443 yards to a par 72 and was designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer. 

  • Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club - 3067 Pack Saddle Trail, Keezletown, VA 22832
    With a par of 72, the 18-hole course at Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club boasts 7,024 yards of golf from the longest tees. It's a playable yet challenging course for all skill levels, with fairways bordered by trees and some very enjoyable water hazards. There's a driving range on site as well. This golf club is open to members and walk-ins alike, making it one of the great public courses in Rockingham County. Plus, with a convenient location near these Keezletown homes for sale, this is a course you'll want to revisit again and again. 

  • Lakeview Golf Club - 4101 Shen Lake Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    An outstanding 27-hole facility in Harrisonburg, Lakeview Golf Club offers some of the most exciting golf opportunities in the region. It's made up of three 9-hole courses, and each one (Lake, Peak, and Mountain) offers a unique set of challenges and characteristics. It's a great layout that can be played in multiple configurations, offering plenty of challenges and dynamic play. The 27-hole layout also helps keep the course uncrowded, making it an excellent public course for anyone who wants to have the greens all to themselves. 

  • Sandy Bottom Golf Course - 610 E College St, Bridgewater, VA 22812
    Located within Sandy Bottom Park in the Village of Bridgewater, Sandy Bottom Golf Course is a charming, par 3, 9-hole course. It's perfect for practice, for relaxed weekend play, and for getting a quick 9 holes in during your lunch break on a busy workday. There's also a practice green and an 18-hole miniature golf course in the park, along with picnic areas and gazebos, making this a great spot for a family outing not too far from these Rockingham County homes for sale.

Contact us to learn more about life in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area. When you're ready to find your dream home in Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

January
3

7 Places to Visit in Rockingham County in 2022

Rockingham County

Cradled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Rockingham County is one of the best places in Virginia to experience spectacular scenery and outdoor adventure. It's also a perfect area to sit back and simply relax. Our real estate agents are proud to call it home. 

With a new year upon us, we're excited for everything 2022 has to offer. If your travels bring you to Rockingham County and the Harrisonburg, VA area this year, be sure to check out some of our favorite local attractions. 

  1. Family Adventure Park - 3827 Massanutten Dr, Massanutten, VA 22840
    Massanutten's Family Adventure Park offers thrills in every season, with rock climbing excursions and 2-hour canopy tours complete with bridges, hanging vines, and zip lines 470 feet long. In winter, the focus shifts to snowy adventures, with 16 snow tubing lanes on slopes up to 900 feet. Located conveniently to many Rockingham County homes for sale, Family Adventure Park is connected to Massanutten Resort, which is a perfect family destination that offers outstanding accommodations and dining options. 

  2. Bluestone Vineyard - 4828 Spring Creek Rd, Bridgewater, VA 22812
    Bluestone Vineyard gets its name from the blue limestone that's a major component of the soil in the Shenandoah Valley. That soil, along with the valley's unique climate, makes it a perfect place for growing wine grapes, and Bluestone Vineyard produces some of the best award-winning wines in Virginia. With its beautiful tasting room overlooking the rolling hills of the Allegheny Mountains, this is one of eight unique vineyards that make up the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail

  1. Edith J. Carrier Arboretum - 780 University Blvd, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
    A 125-acre woodland sanctuary in the heart of Harrisonburg, the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum offers an experience that feels very much like getting lost in another world. With 3 trails that explore 16 unique exhibit gardens, the arboretum displays nature's splendor at its best, no matter the season. That being said, it's especially beautiful when adorned in spring wildflowers or during the brilliant fall foliage season. The arboretum is located on the campus of James Madison University, not far from these Harrisonburg homes for sale. It's open to the public every day from dawn until dusk, free of charge. 

  2. Explore More Discovery Museum - 150 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Formerly known as the Harrisonburg Children's Museum, the Explore More Discovery Museum is one of Harrisonburg's great, family-friendly attractions. Featuring 18 distinct exhibits and themed play areas, the museum offers unmatched opportunities for kids to grow, learn, explore, and have fun. Highlights include CK's Kitchen & Farmer's Market, where kids can select produce, dig up vegetables and prepare a healthy lunch, to the Super Service Garage, where youngsters can learn to service and repair kid-sized cars. 

  3. Shenandoah National Park - 3655 US Highway 211 East, Luray, VA 22835
    One of Virginia's most visited parks, Shenandoah National park, straddles the Rockingham County line, and the Swift Run Entrance to the park is just 30 minutes from Harrisonburg. Entering the park here, at its midpoint, allows you to explore it both north and south along the iconic Skyline Drive. Nearby points of interest include the Hensley Hollow Overlook, with its sweeping views across the valley, and the South River Falls Trail, with its dramatic waterfall. Shenandoah National park also includes several campgrounds and hundreds of miles of hiking trails

  1. Endless Caverns - 1800 Endless Caverns Rd, New Market, VA 22844
    Thanks to its karst topography, in which the limestone and dolomite bedrock is worn away by slightly acidic water over millions of years, the Shenandoah Valley has one of America's largest concentrations of caves. Among the most famous is Endless Caverns, which was discovered in 1879 and is currently open to 75-minute guided tours. The caverns are only seemingly endless—the actual length of its mapped passages is about 6 miles—but still offer fascinating cave formations and awe-inspiring chambers. 

  2. Shenandoah River South Fork - VA-649, Elkton, VA 22827
    Traversing the length of Rockingham County from north to south, the South Fork of the Shenandoah River is a reliable respite on hot summer days. The river is a beloved local destination for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, and float tubing. The Island Ford Bridge is a popular put-in for float trips. Depending on the flow rate, it typically takes 3 to 5 hours to float from here down to the next major take-out spot in Elkton, VA. Island Ford is a popular fishing spot as well, and anglers are often rewarded with catches of smallmouth bass, channel catfish, rock bass, and sunfish. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Shenandoah Valley. Our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Rockingham County and the Harrisonburg area. 

August
2

Rockingham County Greenhouses Gardeners Will Love

Rockingham County

Gardening is a fun pastime that can be done in a large backyard or even in containers on a deck or porch. It adds beauty and value to your home along with color, visual interest, and - depending on what you plant - can produce delicious veggies.
  
Our real estate agents suggest visiting the following Rockingham County greenhouses that our local gardeners love:

  • Grass Roots Landscaping - 1084 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 
    With a visit to Grass Roots Landscaping, located just around the corner from Harrisonburg homes for sale, you're likely to find what you need to start and maintain a beautiful garden. They'll have what you need whether you're just starting your garden or would like to make some additions or improvements to an existing garden. The company sells plants, shrubs, and trees that are well established and, when possible, native to the area. This increases their chances of thriving in local conditions. And if you're looking for tropicals, the greenhouse carries one of the largest selections in the area. You'll also find what you need to spruce up your garden, including mulches, soils, and landscape stones. And if you need help deciding how to design your garden, Grass Roots Landscaping offers these services as well.

  • Mistimorne Plants - 723 Pike Church Rd., Rockingham, VA 22801  
    Mistimorne Plants, a family-owned plant supplier, grows most of the plants they sell on their own farm using little or no growth regulators, which are chemicals that control the growth of plants. Their selection is very large, with over 60 varieties of tomato plants alone available to help you find just the right type to thrive in your garden. You'll also find plenty of flowering plants and hanging baskets to help beautify your garden and porch. Reviewers have praised the nursery's prices and customer service, so you should expect to get the help you need and pay reasonable prices.

  • Evergrowin' Greenhouses - 6263 Thomas Spring Rd., Bridgewater, VA 22812  
    Family-owned Evergrowin' Greenhouses has been a go-to destination for plants and other gardening needs for decades. It's a local landmark that's even a popular location for school field trips. Situated just around the corner from Bridgewater homes for sale, the nursery has over 150 varieties of perennials you can choose from, as well as plenty of annuals, vegetable plants, and hanging baskets. As your garden grows each season and year, you'll be able to find some wonderful new plants or other improvements to add to it. And when it comes time to give your plants the best environment to thrive in, head to Evergrowin' Greenhouses for dyed or bark mulch as well as mushroom compost, topsoil, and potting soil.

  • Massanutten Produce - 5375 Spotswood Trail, Penn Laird, VA 22846  
    You can buy hanging baskets and flowers such as mums at Massanutten Produce, located close to Rockingham County homes for sale. And you'll find gardening inspiration in some of the family-owned business' other products for sale, including locally grown fresh fruits and veggies like peaches and beans. Start with the fruit and veggies and complete your shopping with some homemade bread and fresh local milk, cheese, and honey, and you'll have some deliciously healthy additions to your meals.

  • Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures - 609 Friedens Church Rd., Mount Crawford, VA 22841
    Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures has four greenhouses located minutes away from Mount Crawford homes for sale, which allows them to extend their growing season to offer even more plants and produce. You can buy mums and annuals for your garden at their open-air retail market or pick your own strawberries, blackberries, or other fruits when they're in season. If you'd rather not pick your own, you can buy them already picked to save yourself some effort. Many veggies and plants are grown and sold from the farm, where you can also buy meat from animals raised without antibiotics. Overlook is also an entertainment destination since it has a corn maze that you can navigate your way through as you work with your family to find your way out.

Contact us to see Rockingham County homes for sale. Our agents can help you find just the right home, whether you're looking for one with plenty of space for a large, thriving garden or would like a smaller home and yard with a patio for container gardens. 

February
8

Valentine's Day Takeout Options in Rockingham County

Restaurants in Rockingham County

Valentine's Day is coming, and our real estate agents know how important it is to celebrate right.

When our team is out and about showing off Rockingham homes for sale or other Virginia homes for sale, we often hear from our clients how delighted they are with the local dining scene. Our area is known for its diversity and quantity of enjoyable restaurants, especially when it comes to steak and seafood.

Local restaurateurs have worked hard over the last year to keep their doors open, and many of them are now offering curbside pickup and delivery during regular hours. That means you will have all the options you need when you want to treat your special someone to a memorable meal.

Some of the delightful dining options you can try out this Valentine's Day include:

  • Goodfellas Pizzeria – 100 South Stuart Avenue, Elkton, VA 22827
    Goodfellas Pizzeria provides some of the best pizza around, right within driving distance of Elkton homes for sale. With a full collection of pizza, pasta, and subs, it is maintaining its normal business hours for both carryout and delivery orders. Goodfellas is known for its ever-changing "Pizza Showcase" that features premium, limited-time pizza creations, and other confections. Lasagna, stuffed shells, and manicotti are some top Italian classics.

  • Romano's Italian Bistro – 40 New Hope Road, McGaheysville, VA 22840
    Romano's Italian Bistro is one of the leading names in fresh Italian food in McGaheysville. It provides you with a wide range of sophisticated and flavorful dishes, including some of the best fresh salads in town. Pizza, pasta, seafood, chicken, and subs are among the entrees, with the chicken parmigiana a true favorite. There's also a special children's menu. All that and just a few blocks away from McGaheysville homes for sale.

  • Crossroads Cafe and Catering4549 Spotswood Trail #9, Penn Laird, VA 22846
    Crossroads Cafe and Catering offers sandwiches, salads, and sides, focusing on local and organic ingredients. It is now operating on reduced hours but still offers curbside takeout and limited cafe dining. It has become famous in the area for its delectable meal prep ordering, where fully prepared meals like grilled chicken, pulled pork, and chicken tetrazzini can be picked up twice weekly. You'll find it all only a short journey from some great Penn Laird homes for sale.

  • El Charro – 300 North Main Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812
    El Charro is a beloved local choice for fresh, flavorful, and spicy Mexican food. Open since 1990, it recently overhauled its menu – some of the new specialties are only available at particular locations, so you'll want to visit them all if you're in the area. In Bridgewater, you can enjoy fiesta entrees like the taquitos, taco salad, and chimichangas. What could be better for a tasty "south of the border" meal near Bridgewater homes for sale?

  • Urgie's Cheesesteaks – 418 North Main Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812
    Urgie's Cheesesteaks will tantalize your tastebuds with an all-new take on an American classic that's never tasted this good. Urgie's cheesesteaks are made from premium 100% Angus beef aged at least 21 days and then slow grilled, served up piping hot on a genuine Italian roll shipped straight from Philadelphia, PA. You get your choice of onions – "wiz" or without. You can accompany your meal with hearty fries, wings, and all the rest.

  • Dayton Tavern and Catering Co. – 245 Main Street, Dayton, VA 22821
    Dayton Tavern and Catering Co. is open for business at its restaurant location and the iconic Mama's Caboose food truck. It also offers event catering. With a reputation for delicious steaks and seafood, it prides itself on fresh ingredients and a rustic, relaxed environment. Dayton homes for sale are within easy reach of this local favorite you'll want to visit regularly.

  • Thomas House Dining & Lodging – 222 Main Street, Dayton, VA 22821
    Thomas House Dining & Lodging offers a daily menu where seafood and American comfort food meet in a harmonious combination. Fried chicken or shrimp, ribs, meatloaf, and oysters make up common mains, and there is a full selection of sandwiches, soups, sides, and salads. For a satisfying dessert, dozens of scrumptious pies and cakes are baked fresh every morning.

Valentine's Day comes but once a year, but any meal can be a special one when you share it in your own home. The experts at Old Dominion Realty will help you find the home you want and get to closing day. To learn more or get started, simply contact us today.

December
28

Warm up with Hot Chocolate in Harrisonburg

Cafes in Harrisonburg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
14

Gift a Bottle of Wine from These Shenandoah Valley Wineries

Shenandoah Valley Wineries

The holidays are upon us, and there's a good chance you have at least one hard-to-shop-for individual left on your list. As always, our real estate agents are all about lending a helping hand. And if we get to give a shout-out to some great local businesses in the Shenandoah Valley region, so much the better! 

These locally-owned Shenandoah wineries are great places to find a gift for someone special. You may even be tempted to pick up an extra one for yourself!

  • Bluestone Vineyard - 4828 Spring Creek Rd, Bridgewater, VA 22812
    A beautiful family-run vineyard in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Bluestone Vineyard produces wines that have been nationally recognized for their quality, including their award-winning Chardonnay. Founded in 2008, they credit their success, at least in part, to the unique bluestone (a type of limestone) soil beneath their feet. Indoor and outdoor seating areas are currently open at the vineyard, and masks are required when not seated. Online ordering and curbside pickup are also available for bottles. Bluestone Vineyard is a short drive from Harrisonburg and a stone's throw from these Bridgewater homes for sale

  • The Winery at Kindred Pointe - 3575 Conicville Rd, Mt Jackson, VA 22842
    You'll find an incredible variety of excellent wines at The Winery at Kindred Pointe, a picturesque winery nestled among 58 rolling acres of vineyard and farmland. The winery was founded in 2005 and offers a varied and ever-changing selection. Favorites include their 2013 Chardonnay, which is crisp and unusually complex for a Chardonnay, and their light red, fruit-forward 2015 Malbec. The Winery at Kindred Pointe is just minutes from these Mount Jackson homes for sale and is currently open with limited seating for small groups. You can also call ahead to order wine for pick up or order online and have your wine shipped almost anywhere in the U.S. 

  • Ox-Eye Vineyards - 44 Middlebrook Ave, Staunton, VA 24401
    Ox-Eye Vineyards spans 100 acres in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and takes its name from the ox-eye daisies that abound on the surrounding hilly meadows. Everything about the vineyard, from its 1,830-foot elevation and southeast-facing slopes to its deep limestone soils, is perfect for growing wine grapes. Their wines are 100% estate-grown, including white wines like their dry, citrusy Traminette, and reds like their peppery, full-bodied Lemberger. You'll find the Ox-Eye Vineyards tasting room in the Downtown Staunton Historic Wharf District, convenient to many beautiful Staunton homes for sale

  • Little Washington Winery - 65 Clark Ln, Washington, VA 22747
    Little Washington Winery has earned a reputation as one of the very best wineries in the Shenandoah region. Ranked among the 40 Hidden Gems of American Wineries in 2020, this winery focuses on handcrafted Old World wines of the highest quality. Little Washington's award-winning Meritage—similar to a Bordeaux—has specially been singled out as one of Virginia's finest red wines. Their vineyard and tasting rooms are located in Washington, VA, near Shenandoah National Park and minutes from these Washington homes for sale

  • The Purple WOLF Vineyard - 2644 Cross Keys Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    The Purple WOLF Vineyard at White Oak Lavender Farm is a cozy, welcoming winery that sits at the heart of a beautiful family-owned farm. Starting as a modest lavender farm, the farm and vineyard has been open to the public since 2008 and now grow more than 8,000 lavender plants and produce 10 distinct vine varieties. You'll find many unique offerings hare, including red and white wines as well as a Royale Velvet port-style wine, and even wines infused with lavender. The Purple WOLF Vineyard is a short drive from these Harrisonburg homes for sale

  • Castle Vineyards - 2150 Mims Rd, Luray, VA 22835
    With a warm, welcoming tasting room that sits amid many acres of splendid farmland, Castle Vineyards exudes hospitality and Southern Charm. It's a working cattle farm and a vineyard, with deep roots in the local community. It's a great spot to spend an afternoon sampling some amazing wines, and you're sure to find a bottle or two worth talking home. Located just minutes from these Luray homes for sale, Castle Vineyards operates in partnership with Barren Ridge Vineyards in the nearby community of Fishersville, VA. At present, the wines served at Castle Vineyards are exclusively from Barren Ridge.

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Shenandoah Valley. It's a special place to call home in any season, but it really comes to life during the holidays, which makes this the perfect time of year to find your dream home. 

May
29

A Place to Call Home: Colton Mitchell

Colton Mitchell

Colton Mitchell of our South Main, Harrisonburg office is a resident of Bridgewater.  He grew up in Dayton and attended Turner Ashby High School with wife Charlotte, who now teaches 5th grade at John Wayland Elementary School. They welcomed their beautiful daughter, Rowan, into the world in November 2019.

Colton and Charlotte Mitchell

Colton and Rowan Mitchel;l

  1. What do you love best about your community?
    Rockingham County has a small-town feel yet the amenities of the big city are within easy driving distance.  Colton enjoys the location between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains for all the outdoor recreation the mountains create.  He loves to hunt, fish, camp, and hike.  Natural Chimneys is one of his favorite places to camp.  He enjoys the small-town feel of Bridgewater with its restaurants, shops, and all you need just minutes away.  He feels it is a fantastic place to raise his new daughter Rowan Paige.

    Colton Mitchell Outdoors
    Colton also loves being two hours from Washington D.C., Richmond, and Roanoke because there are constantly things to do and see.  He enjoys the big-name country concerts that the larger cities bring us and the wide range of restaurants and activities all within a few hours' drive.

  2. What is your favorite local sports team?
    Colton played baseball and football at TA and still cheers for his alma mater.  He follows the Washington Redskins as they have the home team feeling being so close to FedEx Field.

  3. Favorite local restaurant?
    Colton and wife Charlotte love to eat and relax at Union Station downtown Harrisonburg in the old Wetsel Seed building.  They love the reclaimed ambiance and amazing food.  For burgers, they would choose Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint downtown or Billy Jacks for an evening outing.

  4. Favorite local coffee shop?
    A few mornings each week, Colton loves to swing into Bridgewater Coffee on the way to work for an iced coffee and blueberry muffin. He enjoys the cheery staff and cozy atmosphere of the coffee shop to start off his day.

  5. Favorite place for happy hour?
    You can find Colton and a few friends at the Cracked Pillar around happy hour.  Their selection of beers on tap is ever-changing and the food is good too.

  6. Favorite local grocery store?
    Colton prefers to shop at the Dayton Farmers Market for locally grown produce. He loves the wide variety of meats, cheeses, and desserts that are offered from local sources.

  7. Favorite local festival/parade/event?
    Colton loves the Maple Festival in Highland County.  Featuring homemade maple syrup, maple donuts, pancake breakfasts, good music, shopping and fun are always something to look forward to for two weekends in March.  Not to mention the beautiful hour or so drive from Bridgewater to Monterey, VA to take in the Maple Festival is something to look forward to each year.

    Growing up in Dayton instills a love for Dayton Days as a time to celebrate the community.  Good company, good food, and shopping draw Colton to Dayton each year for the annual town festival. 

    Being a big fan of country music you can always catch Colton taking in the Rockingham County Fair and its country headlining concert.

    Colton and his wife love spending Friday evenings at Bluestone Vineyard's Toast the Weekend events. He and his friends gather for great music, wine, and food from local food trucks.

  8. Favorite local activity
    Hunting is Colton's favorite local activity and there are plenty of opportunities for hunting close by!  Colton frequents Highland County, Virginia, and Pendleton County, West Virginia to hunt whitetail deer, eastern wild turkey, and black bear.  He also predator hunts on local farms.  When Colton is not hunting locally he enjoys heading west to hunt whitetail and elk.  He is an avid fisherman and takes to the water every summer in search of a citation Striped Bass on Smith Mountain Lake.  He spends many early mornings taking in the sunrise over SML with a community of tight-knit fishermen who share a love for the pursuit of the next citation Striper! Since having his daughter Rowan, he loves to spend many evenings taking her on walks around Bridgewater. They frequent Wildwood Park so she can listen to the rushing river and see the ducks. Colton wants to make sure he instills a love of the outdoors in Rowan!

  9. Other local business(es) you love?
    Colton loves to support Heartland Outfitters in Dayton.  They are a full-service bow shop with everything you need.  Rockingham Cooperative is another business he always loves to frequent for hunting and fishing gear.

  10. Three words to describe why you love living in your community.
    Family, Opportunity, and Experiences

  11. What you love best about your career in real estate?
    Colton loves being a real estate agent because he loves meeting new people.  The gratification of being able to help with one of their largest financial decisions and knowing that they were happy with their experience is what motivates Colton in his real estate career. 

    Find out how to work with Colton Mitchell to buy and sell homes on his website:

    Colton Mitchell Website
October
3

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

Experience the Shenandoah Valley's Best at Bluestone Vineyard

Bridgewater VA Bluestone Vineyard

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

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

Bluestone Vineyard Local Wines

Local wines at Bluestone Vineyard

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

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

Bluestone Vineyard

Visiting the Vineyard

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

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

Virginia Wine Month Bridgewater

Celebrate Virginia Wine Month

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

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

Contact Old Dominion Realty to Find a Home in Bridgewater

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

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October
23

How The Government Shutdown Impacted Virginia Housing

The government shutdown has impacted people in all states and industries. In the housing market, the shutdown has caused serious issues when it comes to processing loans, verifying buyer information, and conducting transactions for housing purchases. The state of Virginia has specifically been hit hard because of its large number of federal workers and members of the military.

The Shutdown's Impact On Housing

Government shutdown

Throughout the country, the government shutdown has caused some serious challenges for people that are looking to buy a new house. Loans that were going to be approved by the FHA or Federal Housing Administration are backed up because of the shutdown. Even private mortgage market companies that are not government entities were impacted by the shutdown because their pending loans could not be researched properly: the IRS was unavailable to verify the income of someone trying to purchase a house or get information about them by researching their social security number through the Social Security Administration.

Effects Felt By Virginia

Virginia in particular has seen drastic impacts on its economy and housing market because of the large impact the government has in the area. According to the Vienna, VA Patch, Virginia is one of the five states with the most federal workers per capita, the most federal contract money per capita, and the most veterans per capita. Without income from government contracts or benefits from the Veterans Administration, even those that are not directly employed by the federal government felt the sting of the shutdown. And while many government employees that were furloughed will get what they were owed during the time that the government was shut down, many contractors saw pending awards simply vanish because of the government shutdown. Without these valuable federal dollars it is difficult, if not impossible, for many in Virginia to purchase a home.

Although it is now over, the government shutdown had a ripple impact on markets in all areas of the country. In Virginia, the real estate market was hit because of the state's huge presence of federal workers and contractors. Buyers or sellers that are interested in navigating the post-shutdown housing market should get help from specialists like the ones at Old Dominion Realty.

August
8

Enjoy Life in Bridgewater Virginia

Bridgewater, Virginia is a small town in northwestern Virginia that is home to a unique mix of historical attractions and modern delights. For people that want to be near beautiful scenery as well as exciting recreation and culture, Bridgewater is the ideal place to live. Bridgewater Virginia real estate is perfect for those that want to make a life in an idyllic town that is alive with the voices of both past and present.

Historical Landmarks

Bridgewater was first settled around the 1740s under the name McGill's Ford, but was renamed Dinkletown in the early 1800s. In 1835, the name Bridgewater became official, derived from the nearby North River Bridge, which was built in 1820. During Civil War times, Bridgewater and other areas in the Shenandoah Valley were the home of many pivotal battles. Residents are free to examine some of the rich history of the town by visiting the Bridgewater Marker or one of the other areas of town where Confederate troops marched through on their way to do battle with the Union.

Hiking And Natural Recreation

Bridgewater Virginia real estate is in close proximity to some excellent mountains that provide amazing views as well as great places to go hiking, biking, or camping. The Massanutten Peak trail located to the east of Bridgewater is one of the most significant mountains in all of the Shenandoah Valley. In Grottoes, located about 15 miles south of Bridgewater, locals can explore the Grand Caverns, known as the oldest show cave in America.

Dining And Culture

Bridgewater itself is home to some excellent restaurants such as Sergio's, Anita's, and Bob-A-Rea's. In nearby Harrisonburg, residents can access even more dining options in a variety of cuisines and styles. With local colleges such as Bridgewater College, James Madison University, and Eastern Mennonite University, Bridgewater and its surrounding cities are home to a diverse array of people from all different backgrounds. There are also some great museums located just a few minutes from Bridgewater, including the Virginia Quilt Museum and the Artworks Gallery in downtown Harrisonburg.

Life in Bridgewater will be equal parts tranquil, adventurous, and refreshing for all sorts of different people. Bridgewater Virginia real estate needs to be chosen carefully in order to get the most out of life in Rockingham County. The experts at Old Dominion Realty specialize in matching locals with the ideal home, townhouse, or condo for their requirements.

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