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September
21

Where to Order Fall Treats in the Shenandoah Valley

Fall Bakeries

It's almost time once again to enjoy the wonderful flavors of fall, and you won't have to travel far to find delicious fall treats in the Shenandoah Valley. From festive drinks to pastries, pies, and all of your other favorite fall foods, you're sure to find a place near Shenandoah County homes for sale to satisfy your craving for all things fall. Our real estate agents have all of the delectable details on some of the best places in the Shenandoah Valley to order seasonal treats this fall.

  • Valley Pike Farm Market – 3494 Lee Hwy., Weyers Cave, VA 24486
    Need to pick up ingredients for your own fall treats at a location near Weyers Cave homes for sale? Then simply head to the Valley Pike Farm Market, where you can find the fruits of the fall harvest. This market also stocks one of the largest selections of craft beer and wine in the Shenandoah Valley, with more than 300 options to choose from, including some flavors created especially for fall.
  • Firkin Pie Company – 310 Kalorama St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Pie is one of the most traditional fall treats, which can be found at Firkin Pie Company around the corner from Staunton homes for sale. Firkin Pie Company will be busy creating all of your favorite seasonal pies just in time for fall, perfect for a Thanksgiving dessert, something to share at a holiday party, or a treat after a family dinner.

  • D & L Donuts – 240 N. Central Ave. #1, Staunton, VA 24401
    Also located in Staunton, you'll find local favorite D & L Donuts, where seasonal treats are always on the menu. Fall is the perfect time to try special flavors like apple crisp and pumpkin spice cake donuts. You'll also find all of the standard flavors that you've come to love from D & L Donuts, along with a great selection of coffee to pair with your donut. Stop by during the morning to enjoy fall treats fresh from the oven.

  • Rocktown Kitchen – 217 S. Liberty St. #101, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    We often think of pumpkin spice and sweet ingredients when we think about the flavors of fall, but there are other great, seasonal ingredients to use as well. Rocktown Kitchen, which is located near Harrisonburg homes for sale, has a menu that shifts with the seasons. There's something special for everyone at this restaurant during the fall, including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options, along with an extensive menu for kids.

  • Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse – 17768 Honeyville Rd., Timberville, VA 22853
    What could be more fitting for a fall family outing than a trip to the apple orchard? Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse is a fantastic place to visit with the family, with a convenient location near Timberville homes for sale. They offer a great selection of both regular and hard ciders, all harvested, pressed, and bottled on-site. Showalter's Greenhouse & Orchard grows more than 30 different varieties of apples, so it's also a perfect place to pick up ingredients for a fresh apple pie this fall. Keep an eye out for the many special activities and events that they offer during the fall, as well.

  • Woodstock Garden Cafe – 1175 Hisey Ave., Woodstock, VA 22664
    With a focus on supporting Virginia's Buy Fresh, Buy Local program, Woodstock Garden Cafe is committed to using fresh, local ingredients during every season. That means that the menu changes often based on what's fresh at the time, so there are often new things to try at this local favorite near Woodstock homes for sale. The fall menu is highlighted by some truly outstanding salads, including the Fall Harvest Salad, which features ingredients like candied pecans, cranberries, winter squash, and apples.

  • Queen Bean Coffee Co. – 2201 N. Augusta St., Ste. 100, Staunton, VA 24401
    We couldn't leave you without pointing out one of the best places to enjoy hot, tasty seasonal drinks in Staunton. From seasonal standards like the pumpkin spice latte to unique creations like the Day of the Dead latte, Queen Bean Coffee Co. has something to suit every taste. The team here prioritizes using organic, local ingredients, from the coffee beans used in its craft drinks to the locally sourced baked goods that are served fresh every day.

Is a new home in the Shenandoah Valley at the top of your shopping list this fall? Whether you're buying or selling, our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs in the area. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Shenandoah Valley communities.

September
6

Augusta County Fall Events

Augusta County

Augusta County has fun things to do in any season, but the fall months are extra special. With so many fall events to look forward to, your calendar is sure to be full of fall fun. Watch for our real estate agents at these entertaining activities around Augusta County. 

  • 16th Annual Mill Day - Cyrus McCormick Farm, 128 Cyrus McCormick Cir., Raphine, VA 24472
    Celebrate agriculture, Virginia's largest and most important industry, at the 16th Annual Mill Day. The festival is held on the grounds of the farm that once belonged to Cyrus McCormick, who revolutionized agriculture with his invention of the mechanical reaper. Plus, it's close to Raphine homes for sale. Watch the restored grist mill in action as Glenn Wilson discusses the history of milling. Afterward, enjoy some BBQ as you listen to live music, and the kids take part in fun educational activities. Mill Day runs from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, and admission is free.

Fall Craft Show

  • Fall Arts & Crafts Show - Augusta Expo Events Center, 277 Expo Rd., Fishersville, VA 22939
    Personalize Augusta County homes for sale or find that perfect gift among artisan items from the Fall Arts & Crafts Show. More than 100 local artists will be showcasing their handmade jewelry, clothing, and home decor accessories near Fishersville homes for sale. Items range from holiday ornaments and wreaths to embroidered linens and macramé wall hangings. Food and beverages will be available when you're ready to refuel. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 13. Admission is $3 for ages 13 and up.

  • Food Truck Wednesdays - Government Center, 18 Government Center Ln., Verona, VA 24482
    Add some variety to lunchtime with Food Truck Wednesdays. Augusta County's top food trucks are stationed outside the Government Center from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., offering an assortment of tasty treats. Be sure to make time to visit the Verona Farmers Market, held on the building's veranda during the same hours. Sign up for the Food Truck Wednesdays newsletter to find out which trucks will be on hand each week near Verona homes for sale.

Fall Foliage

  • Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival - St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2000 Shutterlee Mill Rd., Staunton, VA 24401
    Virginia boasts some of the more spectacular scenery on the East Coast. Especially the area around Staunton homes for sale. Take in the colorful countryside during the Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival. The popular event, which draws more than 700 cyclists, has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's Best Fall Bike Rides. This year, new routes pass picturesque farmlands, historic sites, and charming small towns. Registration fees, $125 for adults and $25 for ages 6-17, include a t-shirt, snacks, and breakfast or lunch. Hit the road at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16.

  • Apple Days Arts & Crafts Show - Willow Oak Plaza, 901 W. Broad St., Waynesboro, VA 22980
    Summer is a time for melons and berries, but Apple Days Arts & Crafts Show celebrates fall's favorite fruit. More than 100 artists from around the country participate in this juried competition for crafted items such as quilts, furniture, and jewelry. Listen to live music as you watch apple butter-making demonstrations, sip on apple cider, and eat luscious apple dumplings. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 2, from noon - 5 p.m.

Fall Event Car Show

  • 41st SVBCC British Car Festival - Ridgeview Park, 620 S. Linden Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980
    Support a great cause while viewing classic automobiles at the 41st SVBCC British Car Festival. With more than 200 vehicles on display, this event is one of the longest-running car shows on the East Coast. There will also be live music, door prizes, and food vendors, with a portion of all profits going to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. The festival runs from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1.

  • SVAC Fall Foliage Art Show - 301 W. Main St., Waynesboro, VA 22980
    The streets of downtown Waynesboro will be filled with visual delights at the SVAC Fall Foliage Art Show. Approximately 150 artists will be displaying their works in all media, including jewelry, pottery, and paintings. Kids can explore their own creativity with sidewalk chalk drawings and other activities in the craft area. Don't miss the ArtMobile, the collection on wheels from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Sample some fine culinary arts in the food truck area, which also features live music. The art show is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 9, from noon - 5 p.m.

Want to welcome the fall season in a new home? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started.

June
27

Birding Spots in Rockingham County

Birding Spots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
23

Pick-Your-Own Farms Near Rockingham County

Farms Rockingham County

Rockingham County has rich soil and optimal weather, which help produce a bounty of gifts at local farms. When our real estate agents want to get back to the land, they head to these great farms for fruits, vegetables, and flowers. 

  • Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse - 17768 Honeyville Rd., Timberville, VA 22853
    While Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse first opened for business in 1965, apples have been grown continuously on the property since the early 1900s. In 1975, Joe and Frances Showalter added a cider press to make use of the "blemished" apples that would otherwise go to waste. Today, Shannon Showalter and his wife Sarah continue his parents' legacy with pick-your-own apples and peaches. Be sure to make time for a visit to the tasting room at Old Hill Cidery near Timberville homes for sale. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures - 609 Friedens Church Rd., Mount Crawford, VA 22841
    Do you dream of strawberry shortcake on a warm summer day? It's even better with freshly-picked berries from Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures. During fall, pick your own pumpkins and gourds for festive holiday decorations while the kids try to solve the five-acre corn maze. Fill the pantry and fridge with the assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat sold at the on-site market. Add some natural beauty to your home with some ficus or African violets from the greenhouse. Overlook Produce is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Hobbit Hill Farm - 6460 Showalter Rd., Mount Crawford, VA 22841
    Who says healthy foods don't taste good? Blueberries are high in nutrients, low in calories, and full of juicy sweetness. Take the whole family to pick your own blueberries at the delightfully-named Hobbit Hill Farm. This family-owned farm on the banks of the North River, and near Mount Crawford homes for sale, features USDA-certified organic blueberries, which are "only touched by rain and sunshine." Call ahead for hours.

  • Pebble Hall Wildflowers & Herbs - 11 Pebble Hall Ln., Weyers Cave, VA 24486
    Fresh herbs are a wonderful way to flavor your food without adding fat and calories. Spend an afternoon picking herbs by the bag at Pebble Hall Wildflowers & Herbs. Seasonal varieties available include basil, chives, fennel, mint, oregano, sage, tarragon, and thyme. You can also build colorful bouquets of baby's breath, calendula, daffodils, poppies, zinnias, and other wildflowers blooming in the gardens or greenhouse. Even if you don't pick anything, it's worth the trip to stroll the dog-friendly grounds, explore the nature museum, and enjoy a picnic lunch near Weyers Cave homes for sale. Admission is $5 for ages 16 and up, which includes a small bouquet. Hours are 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

  • White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple Wolf Vineyard - 2644 Cross Keys Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Pamper yourself with the soothing properties of lavender from White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple Wolf Vineyard. This stunning farm produces more than 8,000 lavender plants and 3,000 grapevines, creating a sea of purple. Purchase bath and beauty products, oils, candles, and other specialty items from the on-site shop, or pick your own fresh lavender. They'll even provide the scissors! You'll feel instantly relaxed in the farm's Discovery Area, where you can view farm animals and a life-size checkerboard or simply sit beside the pond. Sample lavender wine or refreshing slushies and sangria in the tasting room at The Purple Wolf Vineyard near Harrisonburg homes for sale. Admission is $3, with an $8 fee to pick up to 50 lavender stems. Guided tours are offered for $10, which includes admission.  White Oak Lavender Farm is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Which one of the incredible Rockingham County homes for sale is your perfect match? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty for experienced help finding or selling your home.

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. 

December
6

Holiday Light Displays Near Staunton

Holiday Light Displays

The holidays are a wonderful time in Staunton, with local businesses, homeowners, and community organizations going all out to put on some amazing holiday displays. Touring the light displays around Staunton is a great way to enjoy some quality time with your family and get everyone in the holiday spirit. Staunton's Celebration of Holiday Lights is the biggest light display near Staunton, with a variety of ways to get involved yourself or simply drive through and enjoy the show. Our real estate agents have all of the festive details on the best holiday light displays near Staunton this year.

Gypsy Hill Park

Celebration of Holiday Lights at Gypsy Hill Park – 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401

Held every year at Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton's Celebration of Holiday Lights is always one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season near Staunton homes for sale. Every year, thousands of visitors explore the light displays around the park. This year's Celebration of Holiday Lights takes place every day from 11/22/2021 through 01/01/2022, with the fun starting at 6:00 PM each evening. All of the displays are created by local families, community organizations, businesses, and church groups, so there's plenty of creativity on display each year.

Holiday Lights

What to Expect at the Celebration of Holiday Lights

Visiting the Celebration of Holiday Lights is like being transported into a holiday wonderland, with dozens of unique, handcrafted holiday scenes lit up throughout the 214 acres of Gypsy Hill Park. In most years, there are more than 80 displays, each created by a local family or community organization. You'll encounter some of your favorite characters from the holiday season, along with dazzling lights, holiday scenes, and a few fun surprises.

The Celebration of Holiday Lights is a drive-through display, so you don't even have to leave your vehicle to see all of the delightful displays. There are also some free attractions that are part of the event, which you can enjoy outdoors. These attractions include free hot chocolate, a live nativity display, caroling from local choir groups, pictures with Santa, and crackling bonfires where you can warm up on a crisp holiday evening.

You will also find some special displays and memorials to honor members of the community. The Field of Deer features a group of deer, each placed to honor a special person and sponsored by a member of the community. This is always one of the most popular, meaningful displays at the Celebration of Holiday Lights. There will also be a Lite a Tree display this year, placed to honor local first responders, firefighters, police, and rescue squad members. These beautifully lit trees are placed by members of the community, and you can even volunteer to place a tree yourself.

Tree Lights

Getting Involved in the Celebration of Holiday Lights

The Celebration of Holiday Lights is all about community involvement, and it wouldn't be possible without all of the people who volunteer to create unique displays. Through the Celebration of Lights website, you can fill out an application to create your own display, place a deer in the Field of Deer, or light your own outdoor tree for the Lite a Tree display. Share your holiday spirit with the more than 30,000 people who visit the Celebration of Holiday Lights every year.

Add more fun to the calendar and be sure to check out these other holiday light displays in the area.

Decorations and Lights at Snow & Ice Christmas Shop – 4080 Evelyn Byrd Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Located near Harrisonburg homes for sale, the Snow & Ice Christmas Shop always puts on some great displays for the holiday season. While the store is open year-round, the team at Snow & Ice really goes all out for the holidays. The whole shop is decorated for the season, with light displays, holiday scenes, and so much more. If you're looking for a great place to stock up on decorations and lights to create your own display, this shop also offers everything you need.

Santa on Mountainview

Santa on Mountainview – 608 N. Commerce Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980

Last but certainly not least, we have Santa on Mountainview, a holiday light display put on every year by a local homeowner near Waynesboro homes for sale. This award-winning display has been a local favorite for more than 20 years and only seems to grow every year. The display features more than 50,000 lights and 300 inflatables. The inflatables include popular cartoon and holiday characters, so this is a great display for families with young kids. You can visit every evening after dusk, from Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas.

Are you searching for a home of your own near all of the festivities around Staunton? Let our local real estate team help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Staunton area.

November
8

Take a Scenic Tour Near Luray

Luray Scenic Drives

What makes Luray homes for sale so special? Part of their appeal is how close they are to a wide range of spectacular outdoor scenery and attractions. When they're in the mood for a leisurely day of sightseeing, our real estate agents hit the road and head on out to these scenic spots. 

  • Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway - Route 39, Lexington, VA 24450
    While its official name is Route 39, this road is better known as the Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway. Beginning just minutes from Lexington homes for sale, the route parallels the Maury River, one of the top whitewater rafting locations in the state, which makes for stunning views from one of the many overlooks along the way. The real showstopper is Goshen Pass, a 3.7-mile gorge carved out by the Maury. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy as you take in the scenery at Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve.

  • Crossroads - Route 11, Lexington, VA 24450 
    Today's vehicles are a far cry from the covered wagons that first traveled the Crossroads in the 1700s. This highway that runs from Staunton to Salem is part of the legendary Wilderness Road. European immigrants who disembarked in Philadelphia forged their way south along this route, eventually turning Roanoke into a major hub. Don't miss the Natural Bridge, the most well-known attraction along this route. The 200-foot tall, 90-foot wide limestone arch still ranks as one of the country's most impressive natural landmarks. Be sure to spend some time exploring Lexington's charming Main Street, which includes the Stonewall Jackson House.

  • Skyline Drive - 3655 US Hwy. 211 E., Luray, VA 22835
    Shenandoah National Park, Virginia's crown jewel, is frequently found on lists of the country's top parks. Skyline Drive bisects the park from north to south, offering convenient access to Shenandoah's numerous scenic views, hiking trails, and attractions. The 105-mile-long highway is studded with nearly 70 overlooks, but take time to venture further into the park for a truly fascinating experience. Keep your eyes peeled for appearances from deer, bears, coyotes, foxes, birds, and other wildlife that inhabit Shenandoah. Finish with a relaxing stop in Waynesboro, home to three of the breweries on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway - Afton, VA 22920
    Where Skyline Drive ends, right down the road from Afton homes for sale, the Blue Ridge Parkway picks up. Spanning 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park through the forests of North Carolina to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the route is often referred to as, "America's Favorite Drive." The Virginia portions of the Parkway, from Afton to Fancy Gap, encompass the Ridge and Plateau regions. You could spend an entire day exploring the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Other attractions include Humpback Rock and Peaks of Otter, which features Johnson Farm, a working farm restored to its 1930s appearance, with costumed interpreters conducting discussions and programs.
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  • Route 501 - Lynchburg, VA 24501
    If you want to explore further into Virginia, use the Blue Ridge Parkway as a jumping-off point. One such route comes at mile marker 63.7, where you can turn off onto Route 501. Spend a delightful 30 minutes viewing the pleasant countryside until you end up in Lynchburg, one of the many cities in Virginia that's rich in history and culture. There's fun for the whole family at Amazement Square, an interactive learning museum near Lynchburg homes for sale. Don't miss the CityArts Mosaic mural, right across the street, that took seven years to complete. Too nice to be indoors? Rent some bikes and check out downtown's Riverfront Park or stop by the Lynchburg Community Market to pick up fresh fruit, vegetables, and baked goods. 

  • Luray Caverns - 101 Cave Hill Rd., Luray, VA 22835
    By itself, Luray Caverns, dubbed, "Geology's Hall of Fame," is well worth the trip. The Caverns form an incredible underground world of 10-stories-high cathedral-sized rooms with impressive stone formations. But this popular attraction also includes Shenandoah Heritage Village, a seven-acre recreation of a 19th-century farming community with artifacts from Native American days up to the 1920s. Still want more? The Car & Carriage Caravan Museum chronicles the history of transportation, with more than 75 historic vehicles on display. Toy Town Junction features an exhibit of the comprehensive collection started by Dr. Richard Worden in 1941 when he was a five-year-old boy receiving his first toy train. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekends. Tickets, which include admission to all three attractions, are $32 for adults and $16 for ages 6-12. 

Whether you're buying or selling a home in Luray, we can put you on the road to success. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started. 

October
11

Where to See Fall Foliage Around the Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley Fall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September
27

How to Prepare for Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

If you've been exploring Elkton homes for sale, you probably already know how proud this community is to be a part of the Appalachian Trail. In fact, we recently celebrated becoming the 50th designated trail community. Other designated communities span all the way from Georgia to Maine. 

Close to four million hikers head out on the trail each year. If you've ever dreamed of joining them, you'll need to spend some time getting yourself prepared. Our real estate agents have had the opportunity to speak to many hikers over the years and have learned a lot from them. Here are a few of the most important tips they've shared with us. 

Appalachian Trail Rest

  • Budget Wisely
    You don't just have to be physically fit to hike the trails, you also need to make sure you're in good financial shape. You may think that being away from civilization means you won't need money, but that's not true. Making sure you have enough money will make your adventure far more comfortable. There will be times when you want to stop at one of the trail communities for a hot meal or a cold beer or pay for a shower. When you do, you'll want to make sure you can afford it without worry. 

  • Don't Forget Your Sunscreen
    Even though there's lots of cover over much of the trail, it's still far too easy to get a sunburn. If you do, your hike will be uncomfortable, and it could even make you sick. Do yourself a favor - pack plenty of high-quality sunscreen and remember to reapply it often. 

  • Rain-Test Your Gear
    There's nothing worse than getting out on the trail only to find out that your gear doesn't stand up to rain as well as you think it will. Make sure this doesn't happen to you by setting up your tent and gear in the backyard, turning on the sprinklers, and sitting inside to see how it performs. You may feel pretty silly doing it, but it's much better to find out you have a problem when you're just a short drive away from the store rather than when you're out on the trail.

Appalachian Trail Marker

  • Pack Lightly
    It's critical to make sure you pack all the essentials, but you'll also want to remember that the less weight you have to carry, the better off you'll be. Before you add anything to your pack, make sure to consider whether it's really important. As a rule of thumb, you should try to carry no more than 25% of your body weight throughout your hike. 

  • Prepare "Bump Boxes"
    A "Bump Box" is a box you pack with essentials like clean clothes, a new book, or anything else you think might give you a boost while you're out on your journey. You'll want to mail these to the towns you're planning to travel to so they're waiting for you when you arrive. Sometimes, knowing you have a bump box waiting for you is the extra push you need to make it through when you feel like giving up.

    Hiking Trails

    • Practice Makes Perfect
      Before you hit the trail, it pays to take some time to get familiar with all your gear. Make sure you know basic things like how to start your stove and how to set up your tent. You'll also want to practice hiking with your backpack. This way, you can make sure it fits comfortably and that you can handle the amount of weight you're planning to carry. 
    • Bring Duct Tape
      There's a reason why it's a long-standing joke that duct tape can fix anything. Having a roll with you on your hike is sure to come in handy. From repairing broken equipment to taping a broken finger, there are countless ways this little trick may save your tail. 
    • Designate a Support Person
      At some point along the way, chances are you're going to need the help of someone back home. Make sure you know who you can count on before you head out. You may need something physical - like having them mail you a new pair of hiking shoes - or you might just need some moral support.

    Appalachian Trail Tips

    • Believe in Yourself
      Doubting yourself will make the hike less fun and may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Head out on the trails committed to doing your best, and remember that even if you don't get as far as you had hoped, you will still have done something that many people never will. 

    If you want to live along the Appalachian Trail, consider purchasing one of the beautiful Elkton or Luray homes for sale. The experienced agents at Old Dominion Realty would love to help you find your dream home. Contact us today to get started. 

    June
    14

    Where to Order Your Summer Scoops in Luray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    May
    25

    Take a Walking Tour of New Market, VA

    New Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March
    22

    Your Guide to Historic Augusta

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

    Your Guide to Historic Augusta

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

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

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

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

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

    February
    16

    How to Start Planning for Your Spring Garden

    Augusta Spring Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Garden Tips

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

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

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

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

    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.

      November
      4

      Places to Take Your Dog Around the Shenandoah Valley

      Dog Park Shenandoah Valley

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

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

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

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

        October
        19

        6 Ways to Celebrate Halloween During Covid-19

        Halloween ideas during Covid 19

        The pandemic has profoundly changed everyday life around Virginia homes for sale, so it's no surprise that holiday traditions are getting some tweaking as well. Happily, people are rising to the occasion and coming up with novel ways to keep the festivities going. 

        Our real estate agents share this year's top ideas for celebrating Halloween or, as some witty souls have already dubbed it, "Quarantine-O-Ween."

        1. Stage a Reverse Halloween Parade
          Parades are long-standing traditions for fall's other big holiday, so why not steal a page from the Thanksgiving playbook? Enlist your neighbors to deck their homes and yards out in some creatively scary decorations, then hold a "reverse" parade where people view the displays from passing cars and bicycles. Add more interest by setting up a Facebook event page where attendees can cast votes for their favorite. 

        2. Plan a Jack-O'-Lantern Hunt
          Why stop with Thanksgiving? Borrow an idea from springtime by hiding candy and trinkets around the yard. Place the items in mini plastic jack-o'-lanterns or recycle plastic eggs with paint, stickers, and other Halloween-appropriate decorations. The jack-o'-lantern hunt can easily be moved indoors if the weather doesn't cooperate.

        3. Have a Scary Movie-thon
          Use Netflix, Amazon Prime, or another streaming service to program a customized Halloween movie marathon that fits the ages and scare-tolerance levels of your family members. Pop plenty of corn and stock up on concession-sized boxes of everyone's favorite candies. Costumes are optional, or you could make it a big pajama party with lots of pillows and blankets to go around. Want a group event? Netflix Party lets you remotely watch the movies of your choice with up to 50 of your BFFs.

        4. Be Creative with Candy Distribution
          Door-to-door trick-or-treating isn't practical under social distancing guidelines. Health experts suggest packaging goodies in small paper bags or other individual grab-and-go portions to minimize contact. Place them on the porch for easy accessibility or incorporate treat bags in a clever but safe interactive format, such as creating a mock graveyard on the front lawn with treats at each stone. Get the whole neighborhood in on the excitement by having people set up treat tables in their driveways.

        5. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
          A number of popular pumpkin patches in Virginia and West Virginia are still open for business this Halloween. While pumpkins, whether u-pick or pre-picked, are the main event, these locations offer a wide range of fall-themed activities for all ages. Some of the options include corn mazes, private campfires, hayrides, and farm animal viewing. Be sure to check the websites or call ahead for visitor guidelines. 

        6. Host a Virtual Halloween Party
          By now, everyone's a pro with Zoom, Skype, Messenger, and other video chat apps. Planning a virtual Halloween party for adults, kids or families is a breeze, since everyone is responsible for their own refreshments, decorations, etc. Show off your costumes, have a pumpkin-carving contest, or bust a move with a spooky dance-off. 

        When you find the right home, every day is a holiday. It's no trick: contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn why West Virginia real estate is such a treat.

        September
        14

        Leaf Peeping in the Shenandoah Valley

        Shenandoah Valley Leaf Peeping

        Explore These Spots for the Best Leaf Peeping in the Valley

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

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

        Explore Skyline Drive

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

        Hike Old Rag

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

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

        Visit Doyles River Overlook

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

        Hike Hawksbill

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

        South River Overlook 

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

        Tips for Planning Your Trip

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

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

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

        June
        24

        Harrisonburg Celebrates Friendly City Fourth

        Harrisonburg Friendly City Fourth

        Harrisonburg celebrates July 4 with fireworks, food, family fun, and community events packing the holiday's schedule. Harrisonburg's July 4 celebration has a new name – Friendly City Fourth – and all of your favorite Independence Day events will be returning for another fun-filled holiday.

        Start your day with a run, enjoy all of the great food that the city has to offer, participate in family-friendly activities, listen to live music, and settle in for a spectacular fireworks display to cap off the day. Our real estate agents have the details on all of the great events happening in Harrisonburg on July 4.

        Friendly City Fourth

        • Valley 4th Run – 8:30 am – Main St. and Liberty St., Harrisonburg 22801
          Harrisonburg homes for sale make it easy to participate in all of the fun activities planned for July 4, including the Valley 4th Run to start the day. Kick off the July 4 festivities by choosing your run (1.5 miles, 5k, or 10k), and choosing the charity you would like to support. The race is open to all ages and skill levels, which has helped it grow into the most popular way to start your day in Harrisonburg on July 4.

        • Classic Car Cruise-In
          Take a break after your morning run, then head downtown to Turner Pavilion to start celebrating at Friendly City Fourth. All evening, you'll have the chance to scout out the Classic Car Cruise-In, where some of Harrisonburg's most beautiful classic cars will be on display. Of course, you're welcome to show off your own classic ride, as well.

        • Food Trucks and Local Beer Garden
          You're sure to build up an appetite enjoying all that Friendly City Fourth has to offer, and there will be plenty of local vendors on-hand to help you conquer that hunger. There will be food trucks from throughout the region serving up July 4 treats, along with a local beer garden featuring the biggest names in the Harrisonburg craft brewing scene.

        • Art Market and Kids Activities
          Looking to pick up a souvenir, or find some fun activities for younger members of the family? The art market is an excellent place to pick up something unique for your home or grab a gift that you won't find anywhere else. There are also loads of fun activities for kids throughout the day at Friendly City Fourth.

        • Friendly City Fortune Raffle
          Are you feeling lucky? The Friendly City Fortune Raffle is the biggest in the Valley, with more than $250,000 in prizes. Tickets will be available throughout the day, with a winner announced near the close of the evening.

        • Live Music All Evening
          Enjoy the soundtrack of summer with live music all evening from Strong Water and Kendall Street Company, two local bands with reputations for putting on an excellent live show.

        • A Dazzling Fireworks Display
          All of the day's events build up to the big moment around 9:00 pm when the fireworks show begins. Every year, the fireworks display at Friendly City Fourth seems to get more impressive, and this is set to be the most spectacular display yet.

        Still searching for the right home in Harrisonburg, where you can enjoy great holiday events like Friendly City Fourth throughout the year? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.

        June
        3

        Here's Where to Celebrate National Doughnut Day in the Shenandoah Valley

        Shenandoah Valley Doughnut Shops

        Head Out on June 7 to One of These Doughnut Shops in The Valley

        Is there ever a bad time to indulge in a sweet treat from a local Shenandoah Valley shop? Of course not! But some days are better than others, and National Doughnut Day provides the perfect excuse to sample the local fare. There's just something special about starting – or finishing – your day with a fresh, hand-crafted doughnut, and a hot cup of your favorite coffee. Fortunately, there are plenty of great places in the Valley where you can do just that. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on some spots in the Valley where you can celebrate National Doughnut Day, or indulge your sweet tooth any day of the year.

        1. Sweet Blessings Bakery & Catering – 121 S Main St., Woodstock 22664
          Conveniently located near Woodstock homes for sale, you'll find few sweeter places in the Valley than Sweet Blessings Bakery & Catering. The staff at this friendly, hometown bakery is happy to help you with sweets for any occasion, offering home-cooked treats served with a smile. Of course, it's also a great place to stop solo, when you're looking for just the right snack on National Doughnut Day.

        2. Paradise Donuts – 114 North Central Ave., Staunton 24401
          Shopping for Staunton homes for sale? Then you're in for a real treat when you visit Paradise Donuts, one of the Valley's best-known spots for delicious doughnuts. Paradise Donuts is your one-stop shop for fresh, hand-crafted donuts, with unique flavors that will always keep you coming back for more. If you're looking for variety, you won't find a better spot than Paradise Donuts.

        3. The Galactic Donut – 2366 Tinkling Springs Rd. Ste. 102, Stuarts Draft 24477
          Located just a quick trip from Waynesboro homes for sale, you'll find out of this world flavors at the Galactic Donut. With doughnuts like Strawberry Shortcake, Maple Bacon, French Toast, Java Chip, and Chocolate DeLite, there's something for every taste at the Galactic Donut. The shop also serves breakfast sandwiches, ice cream, and coffee.

        4. Main Street Bakery and Catering – 127 E Main St., Luray 22835
          Luray homes for sale make it easy to celebrate with something sweet, thanks to great local businesses like Main Street Bakery and Catering. Main Street Bakery offers a wide selection of sweets, including eclairs that are perfect for celebrating National Doughnut Day. If you're in the mood for something other than a doughnut, the menu here is a mile long.

        5. Strite's Donuts – 219 E Market St., Harrisonburg 22801
          If you're shopping for Harrisonburg homes for sale, be sure to take some time to stop at Strite's Donuts for a sweet treat. This acclaimed local shop, where the doughnuts are always hot and fresh, has an endless list of items to tantalize your sweet tooth, and every item is crafted with care. You can also catch the Strite's team on the road, serving doughnuts at popular local spots.

        6. D&L Donuts – 240 North Central Ave. Ste. 1, Staunton 24401
          Last but certainly not least, D&L Donuts is a Staunton staple, serving up fresh, hot doughnuts starting at 6 am every morning. Sample some of Staunton's best doughnuts, enjoy a hot cup of organic coffee, and start your day with something sweet.

        Sweet treats are just one part of the delicious package that comes with calling the Shenandoah Valley home, and we're here to help you find a home of your own. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Shenandoah Valley area.

        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.

        May
        20

        6 Swimming Pools & Splash Pads in the Shenandoah Valley

        Shenandoah Valley Swimming Pools & Splash Pads
        On a warm Shenandoah Valley summer day, nothing's more refreshing than a day at the pool. Our real estate agents offer their recommendations for the top pools in the area.

        1. Westover Pool - 305 S. Dogwood Dr., Harrisonburg 22801
          With its Olympic-size pool, diving pool and climbing wall, Westover Pool was already a popular summer destination. Memorial Day weekend will feature the opening of the new splash pad, with a number of water stations to provide fun for all ages. Masters Swimming and Summer Swim League memberships are available for those aged 5 and up who want to learn new skills. Daily, three-month and annual passes are offered with special prices for residents. Take a break from viewing Harrisonburg homes for sale and check out the new facilities.

        2. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp & Resort - 2250 US Hwy. 211, Luray 22835 
          Jellystone Park may be the best summer entertainment bargain near Luray homes for sale. The highlight is Yogi Bear's Water Zone, which consists of three swimming pools, three thrilling water slides and an interactive splash pad. As if that wasn't enough, other activities include mini-golf, pedal boats, horseshoes, volleyball, and basketball. Day camp passes are only $25 for Page County residents and $29 for non-residents, with children 2 and under admitted free. Hours are 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily from June 14 through September 1.  

        3. Hawksbill Recreation Park - 205 Pool Dr., Stanley 22851
          Hawksbill Recreation Park is the site of the only public pool near Page County homes for sale. It began life back in the 1930s as Shuler's Pool, a creek-fed pool named after its founder. Today's modern pool has a spacious area of 7,275 square feet, and the park also houses a community center, hiking trails, playing fields, and picnic shelters. Passes are available in a variety of options, including a Family Pack for two adults and two children.

        4. Gypsy Hill Park - 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton 24401
          You might feel like you're relaxing at a resort when you spend a day at the Gypsy Hill Park pool. The L-shaped Olympic-size pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and grassy areas perfect for sunbathing. Kids have their own pool with splash pad activities and a zero-depth entry. There are also locker rooms and picnic tables on-site. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, pool hours are 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for ages 3 and up.

        5. Montgomery Hall Park - 1000 Montgomery Ave., Staunton 24401
          Staunton homes for sale have the benefit of not one but two public pools nearby. Montgomery Hall Park has a beautiful pool with zero-depth entry and water play features for the little ones. Older kids will love the tunnel slide at the deeper end of the pool. Mom and Dad have a perfect view from the poolside grassy areas. Hours are the same as the Gypsy Hill Park pool and admission is $2 for ages 3 and up.

        6. War Memorial Pool - 700 S. Magnolia Ave., Waynesboro 22980
          Looking for Waynesboro homes for sale? You'll appreciate the convenient access to the 50-meter War Memorial Pool with its diving well and adjacent bathhouse. The pool opens for the summer on the Saturday before Memorial Day with public hours of 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 for everyone 16 and up and $2 for kids between 3 and 15.

        Find out why Shenandoah Valley is an ideal place to call home. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn more from our helpful real estate agents.

        May
        13

        Moorefield WV: South Branch Riverfest

        Moorefield Festival South Branch Riverfest

        Our REALTORS® invite you to join us as we celebrate a new festival coming to the Moorefield area! Come on out to beautiful Brighton Park for the South Branch Riverfest and spend the Saturday, May 25 with your friends, family, and neighbors alongside the Potomac.

        Event:  South Branch Riverfest

        When: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 11 am - 5 pm
        Where: Brighton Park — 644 Fisher Rd., Moorefield, WV 26836

        Sponsored by the Hardy County Chamber of Commerce and Hardy County Community Foundation, the South Branch Riverfest will make its debut at Brighton Park on May 25. For years, residents and visitors of the South Branch Valley have enjoyed the beautiful green spaces along the mighty Potomac River, making it the perfect place to host this new event. Admission to this festival is free for all who wish to attend.

        South Branch Riverfest includes:

        • River learning activities for kids.
        • Delicious local food and beverage vendors.
        • Talented local vendors selling arts, crafts and other fine products.
        • Fly fishing demonstrations.
        • River kayaking and snorkeling.
        • Races & games for kids and adults.
        • Live music.
        • Fun for the whole family!

        Get Moving with Musical Guests Jay Halterman & Hurt Reynolds

        Let the acoustical stylings of Jay Halterman get your grooving. Covering your favorite classic rock and country tunes, Jay will perform songs spanning the '60's to today including hits from The Eagles, Neil Young, U2 and so much more.

        Hurt Reynolds will also take the stage to keep you rocking on the river. This foursome from the Moorefield and Buckhannon areas will treat you to their sweet southern and classic rock songs as you relax with your family and friends.

        Great Food & Vendors

        South Branch Riverfest embraces our community and encourages local vendors to come out and interact with Moorefield's residents. Many of our local establishments are sharing in this event, including Grillin Time BBQ, Stand of Pines Crafts, and Dandelion Designs. Explore their offerings and get to know the talented and creative people that make our town proud.

        Brighton Park's location on the South Branch of the Potomac makes it the ideal location to host our first ever Riverfest. The gorgeous views and green spaces create a truly serene environment that Hardy County residents cherish. We invite all of our friends, family, and neighbors to come out to Riverfest and celebrate life on the river with our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty. For more information about the event, or to browse cozy Moorefield homes for sale, contact us.

        May
        6

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

         

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

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

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

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

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

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

        April
        1

        Garden Week Shenandoah Valley - Begins April 27

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

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

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

        Staunton 

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

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

        Harrisonburg 

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

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

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

        Your Local Real Estate Pros

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

        January
        7

        Wintertime Adventures in West Virginia

        West Virginia Wintertime Outdoor Adventures
        What could be better than a quiet, snow-covered scene, filled with the sort of natural beauty that you can only find in West Virginia? Enjoying your favorite winter sports while taking in all of that scenery, of course! Whether you love skiing, hiking, tubing, sledding, or snowshoeing, you'll find a wealth of opportunities for outdoor fun throughout the winter in West Virginia. And you won't have to travel far to enjoy all of the outdoor excitement that our state has to offer. Our Moorefield real estate agents have the details, in our guide to wintertime adventures in West Virginia.

        Outdoor Wintertime Adventures in West Virginia

        • Timberline Four Seasons Resort – 254 Four Seasons Drive
          No matter what winter sports you enjoy the most, you're sure to find a fun way to spend the day at Timberline Four Seasons Resort. The mountain features 40 ski/snowboard trails with something for every experience level, a vertical rise of 1000 feet, and the longest ski run in the area on the Salamander trail, which stretches for more than two miles. Timberline Resort also offers a host of other opportunities for outdoor wintertime adventures, including ice skating, and snow tubing. You can purchase daily lift tickets on the day that you visit Timberline, or pick up an affordable season pass for a full winter of West Virginia fun. The resort averages more than 150 inches of snow per year, so you can expect great conditions no matter when you visit throughout the winter.

        • White Grass Cross Country Skiing – 643 Weiss Knob Ski Road
          If you're looking for Moorefield homes for sale, know that you'll be able to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, throughout the winter. The White Grass Cross Country Skiing area features more than 25km of groomed trails, with areas fit for skiers of every skill level. With an average of more than 13 feet of snow each year, White Grass is a great place to visit throughout the winter for all of your cross country skiing adventures.

        • Blackwater Falls – 1584 Blackwater Lodge Road
          Do you prefer your favorite outdoor winter adventures to include a healthy dose of stunning West Virginia scenery? Then head to beautiful Blackwater Falls State Park, where fun and natural beauty go hand-in-hand. Spend the day traversing the trails with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, or find a quiet place to enjoy the scenery. Kids also love visiting Blackwater Falls State Park, because it is home to the longest and fastest sled run on the East Coast! Visitors of all ages often flock to the sled hill to feel the wind in their hair. Blackwater Falls State Park also features more than 20 miles of hiking trails, along with the opportunity to see the gorgeous, iconic 60-foot Blackwater Falls in person.

        Are you still searching for a home close to all of the outdoor adventures that await you throughout the year in West Virginia? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Moorefield, WV area.

        December
        31

        6 Spots in Harrisonburg to Cheat on Your Diet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        November
        13

        7 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Staunton


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        October
        2

        45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Burlington

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

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

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

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

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

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

        How Festivals Create Community Spirit

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

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

         

        September
        25

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

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

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

        See Fall Colors in the Shenandoah Valley

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

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

        Explore Skyline Drive

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

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

        Hike, Bike, and Camp

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

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

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

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        September
        20

        2018 Hardy County Heritage Weekend Begins September 28

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

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

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

        Local Shopping from Craft Vendors and the Community Yard Sale

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

        History Comes to Life in Hardy County

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

        Live Demonstrations from Local Experts

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

        Live Music and Entertainment

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

        Children's Activities During Heritage Weekend

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

        Your Hardy County Real Estate Professionals

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

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        September
        6

        Franklin WV: Treasure Mountain Festival

        Franklin WV Treasure Mountain Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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