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May
2

Florists Near the Shenandoah Valley for Mother's Day

Florists Shenandoah Valley

Our real estate agents know fresh flowers are a "can't miss" Mother's Day tradition!

Mom will be delighted with the thoughtful designs you can get from these hard-working and creative florists, many of whom have been around for decades.

Mother's Day was created in 1908 by Anna Jarvis and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914 under President Woodrow Wilson. Mother's Day is the #2 day of the year to purchase fresh flowers and accounts for about 26% of annual flower purchases.

That's a whole lot of roses!

Let's take a closer look at some of your options for Mother's Day flowers in the Shenandoah Valley:

  • Blakemore's Flowers – 4080 Evelyn Byrd Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    If you need fresh flowers near Harrisonburg homes for sale, come on down to Blakemore's Flowers. Known for its collections by lead designer Abby Chick, it offers Mother's Day selections using only the highest quality blooms in palettes and shapes that are sure to start a conversation. You can even get a handcrafted luxury flower subscription that runs in three-month increments up to a full year.

  • Sparrow's Floral Design – 91 North Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    Sparrow's Floral Design specializes in making your weddings and other special events the best they can be with unique bouquets, arrangements, house plants, and terrariums. Visit in person, and you can also see the delightful shop filled with books, candles, and artworks from local artists. Sparrow's has a strong reputation in the community for its environmental care, offering credit to "recycle" your pots and vases.

  • Staunton Rask Florist – 835 Springhill Road, Staunton, VA 24401
    Staunton homes for sale are just minutes from Staunton Rask Florist, where you can order the Premium Mother Day's "Designer's Choice" bouquet to make this a truly memorable holiday. With all sorts of arrangements running from elaborate to classy, this is one local florist that doesn't disappoint! It's open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the week, so you can see the flowers in person while you buy.

  • Cristy's Floral Designs – 610-G North Main Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812
    Bridgewater homes for sale will benefit from their proximity to Cristy's Floral Designs, which delivers its handcrafted bouquets and other products throughout the local area. From the "Basket Full of Happy" to the "Sweet Hummingbird Bouquet," there's something to suit the taste of every mother. Highly safe "No Contact" delivery is available, and morning orders can be delivered the same day in the local area.

  • Vivian's Flower Shop – 47 West Main Street, Luray, VA 22835
    Want flowers near Luray homes for sale? Just check out Vivian's Flower Shop, a local mainstay that has Mother's Day arrangements with a vibrant spectrum of roses. From the Classic Dozen Red Roses to your own custom rose arrangement using yellow, hot pink, white, or lavender, you can truly express yourself. It's one of the region's oldest flower shops, with a storied history that dates all the way back to 1945.

  • Wild Buds Boutique – 5968 Main Street, Mount Jackson, VA 22842
    Mount Jackson homes for sale are near Wild Buds Boutique, a haven for the flower lover in your home. There are special flowers for everything you'll find on the calendar, from Mother's Day to Administrative Professionals Day and much more. Don't forget to take a peek at the lovely corsages. For the bestseller, try the "Floral Spectacular Flower Vase," which combines all kinds of lively colors, shapes, and textures.

  • Valley Flower Shop and Greenhouse, Inc. – 127 North Main Street, Woodstock, VA 22664
    From Woodstock homes for sale, you can practically smell the blossoms from Valley Flower Shop and Greenhouse, Inc. – a top Woodstock, VA florist for years. With more than 100 striking Mother's Day arrangements to choose from (including rare orange roses!) Mom is sure to be pleased. The business is family-owned and backs everything it offers with a 100% satisfaction guarantee for your peace of mind.

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

March
28

Visit Farmer's Markets in the Shenandoah Valley

Farmers Markets

Farmer's markets are much more than places to buy food. Many of these locations serve as community centers, where you can chat with local and regional growers, enjoy live entertainment, and interact with your neighbors. Our real estate agents share their favorite farmer's markets around Shenandoah County homes for sale.

  • Adam's Apples and Herbs - 583 Walton Farm Rd., Woodstock, VA 22664
    Don't let the delightful name fool you. Adam's Apples and Herbs offers a wide selection of produce and dairy, including potatoes, eggs, cauliflower, beets, and turnips. In December 2021, the family-owned market near Woodstock homes for sale expanded its scope by purchasing Rinker Cider. Brighten your day with plants from the greenhouse, or take home one of the beautiful arrangements created by Adam's mom. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday through Saturday.

  • Shenandoah Heritage Market - 121 Carpenter Ln., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Don't go to Shenandoah Heritage Market planning to pick up just a few things. At this amazing market, the largest one around Harrisonburg homes for sale, you'll find all kinds of items you didn't even know you needed. With more than 20 sellers under one roof, you can shop for everything from produce and baked goods to kitchenware and toys to locally handcrafted items, including Amish-made furniture. When you're ready for a break, enjoy a meal at the Hungry Farmer Country Café or just relax on a bench near the peaceful water gardens. Shenandoah Heritage Market is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Staunton Farmers Market - 101 W. Johnson St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Staunton Farmers Market
    , located in the historic Wharf district, is truly committed to promoting sustainability and supporting local growers. As a producer-only market, all sellers must be involved in the growing or production of their product. In addition, these activities must take place within a 75-mile radius of Staunton homes for sale. Make your own contribution to sustainability by bringing your food waste to the market's composting station. At least twice a month, live musicians are on hand to provide entertainment. Staunton Farmers' Market is open from April 1 until the weekend before Thanksgiving, with a limited winter market in December. Regular hours are Saturday from 7 a.m. - noon.

  • Swover Creek Farms & Brewery - 4176 Swover Creek Rd., Edinburg, VA 22824
    When you're planning a family outing, "farmer's market" may not be the first choice that comes to mind. But Swover Creek Farms & Brewery is a family-friendly destination, just minutes from Edinburg homes for sale, with something for everyone, including Fido. Pick your own blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, and shop for homemade items in the on-site store. Kids can go back and forth between the indoor play area and outdoor disc golf course, while the pet-friendly facility includes a separate dog park. Afterward, the whole family can share a specialty pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. Hours are 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday and noon - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Showalter's Orchard and Greenhouse - 17768 Honeyville Rd., Timberville, VA 22853
    As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. If that's true, you'll always be in good health when you shop at Showalter's Orchard and Greenhouse. Showalter's signature apple cider has become an annual tradition, which prompted the opening of the Old Hill Cidery Tasting Room. More than 30 varieties of apples, as well as two varieties of peaches, are grown in the orchard. Stop off after a day of viewing Timberville homes for sale. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Massanutten Country Corner - 3546 US Hwy. 211 W., Luray, VA 22835
    In the beginning, Massanutten Country Corner was a 1960s-style roadside gift shop, not far from Luray homes for sale. When current owners Jeff and Kristin bought the place, they retained the gift shop flavor while adding a farmer's market and garden store. In addition to seasonal produce and fresh meat, the farmer's market offers dairy products and specialty foods such as jams and jellies, hot sauces, and fudge. Thanks to the gift shop, which features handcrafted items made by local artisans, Massanutten Country Corner is part of the Artisans Trail Network in recognition of the high quality of work. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Life in the Shenandoah Valley is full of endless variety. If you're buying or selling a home in the area, contact us at Old Dominion Realty for friendly and experienced help.

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
20

Candy Shops Near the Shenandoah Valley for Your Sweet Tooth

Candy Shops Shenandoah Valley

When our real estate agents crave sweets, they fill up at these wonderful candy shops around the Shenandoah Valley. These local shops are great stops at any point in the year, but during the holiday season, they make great options for stocking stuffers. Find something sweet at these candy shops!  

  • Luray Fudge Company - 970 Hwy. 211 W., Luray, VA 22835
    How good are the rich, creamy treats at Luray Fudge Company? This past October, they hit a milestone of 100 tons of fudge sold. As one delighted customer put it, the generous servings of fudge are "the size of bread slices." Other delicious goods include cookies and fresh-squeezed lemonade. The shop is just inside the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum at Luray Caverns, but with its close proximity to Luray homes for sale, you don't need an excuse to visit. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

  • Shenandoah General Store - 119 Maryland Ave., Shenandoah, VA 22849
    Remember how exciting it was to be a kid in a candy store? Recapture that feeling at Shenandoah General Store, right down the street from Shenandoah County homes for sale. Have fun with your family as you each choose your favorites from the selection of classic candy. The shop is also a great place to pick up home decor, jewelry, bath products, and other specialty items for gifts or for yourself. Shenandoah General Store is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Friday.

  • Warfels Chocolates - Dayton Market, 3105 John Wayland Hwy., Dayton, VA 22821
    By the time Warfels Chocolates hit the market near Dayton homes for sale, they already had an established name. Their chocolate pecan toffee, perfected at Elaine Warfel Stauffer's bakery and chocolate shop in Alma, KS, had been featured on the shelves of Bloomingdale's nationwide, giving a boost to the small family business. Since moving to the Shenandoah Valley, Elaine Warfel Stauffer still makes the dipped pretzels, chili chocolate, and other confections by hand in a health department-approved "chocolate room" in her own home. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  • The Valley Pantry & Deli - 15451 Old Spotswood Trl., Elkton, VA 22827
    Find both quality and quantity at the Valley Pantry & Deli, not far from Elkton homes for sale. Their bulk food section includes a wide range of candy to please anyone looking for a sugar fix. No one will judge if you just want sweets, but if you want an actual meal to go with your candy, you can't beat the Valley's deli counter with their made-to-order sandwiches. Follow them on Facebook for information about their weekly meat and cheese specials. The Valley is open Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Cocoa Mill - 114 E. Beverly St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Who knew eating candy could be a socially responsible activity? Cocoa Mill, that's who. Their artisan candy is made with fair-trade chocolate, fresh cream and butter, and natural flavors and liqueurs. As a result, Cocoa Mill has been included in the ranks of top chocolatiers such as Godiva. Treat yourself or a chocoholic on your gift list with one of Cocoa Mill's "survival kits," which combine a variety of their most popular items. Stop in after a day of viewing Staunton homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • The Vine and Leaf - 477 E&F South St., Front Royal, VA 22630
    This charming spot, just minutes from Front Royal homes for sale, started out as a tea and chocolate shop before rounding out their selection with wine. Curl up in one of the comfy armchairs in their cafe as you sip on a glass of wine or cup of tea. In addition to chocolates, you can enjoy a snack or light meal of soups, salads, sandwiches, and flatbread pizzas. Looking for a special gift? The Vine and Leaf creates custom, personalized gift baskets based on your choices of wine, chocolate, tea, and unique gift items. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.

How sweet it is to live in the Shenandoah Valley! Whether you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Old Dominion Realty and let our friendly, experienced agents help you attain your goal.

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

October
4

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Mammogram Centers in Our Area

Breast Cancer AwarenessWomen have a 1-in-8 chance of getting breast cancer, but early detection can help.

Our real estate agents know that wherever you live, regular screening is essential for overall health. By combining self-exams and regular screening, you are more likely to get the care you need as soon as possible. That leads to a better prognosis and superior health outcomes.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to help make it easier to get this important screening.

No matter if they're looking at Augusta County homes for sale or Shenandoah County homes for sale, our clients often ask us about healthcare resources in our area. Many of our local hospitals feature excellent women's health centers staffed by leaders in the field.

Harrisonburg and Charlottesville both stand out as exceptional places to start or continue a career in medicine. But when you're the one who needs care, you can rest assured that compassionate, quality help is only minutes away. 

You'll find several yearly events dedicated to raising awareness and donations for breast cancer research.

One of the best-known is the Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk/Golf.

Breast Cancer Awareness

The City of Harrisonburg Sponsors the Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer Each Year

Every year, folks from Harrisonburg and all over the area come together in a spirit of solidarity to raise money for breast cancer research through the Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer. This year's event will be special, as it will be returning to an in-person format after the disruption of 2020.

A virtual option will also be available for anyone who wants to participate while avoiding crowds.

In combination with the traditional run/walk, there will also be a golf tournament aimed at raising more funds. Proceeds will benefit Sentara RMH Medical Center, specifically its RMH Foundation for Breast Care and Treatment. Lower registration rates are available for those who act before October 1.

The event will take place on October 16 and be centered on Heritage Oaks Golf Course.

Mammogram ScheduleFour Leading Local Facilities to Get a Breast Cancer Screening this October

A breast cancer screening may only take a few minutes, but it can save your life.

Both Augusta and Shenandoah Counties are home to hospitals that stand out within the region for their highly professional staff, easily navigated facilities, and technologies that make patients' lives easier. Here are just a few places where breast cancer screenings are available:

Mammogram Schedule

  • Sentara RMH Medical Center – 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Sentara RMH Medical Center is a local trailblazer in women's healthcare that was established in 1912 under the name Rockingham Hospital. Today, it serves nearly 218,000 people across seven counties. Harrisonburg homes for sale benefit from its 238-bed capacity, state-of-the-art technology, and experienced physicians, all of which make it a trusted name in health. It is part of the 125-year old nonprofit Sentara system, which operates in Virginia and North Carolina.

  • Augusta Health – 78 Medical Center Drive, Fisherville, VA 22939
    Augusta Health maintains the highest standards of care. Residents of Fisherville and the surrounding area know they're in good hands with the hospital's membership in the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network. Representing a commitment to excellence and a patient-centered philosophy, it helps Augusta Health develop plans of care for rare and complex conditions. 

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  • University of Virginia Health – 1215 Lee Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
    University of Virginia Health works to put breast cancer screening within reach for all Virginians who need it. Breast MRI, breast ultrasound, and contrast-enhanced mammogram (CEM) are all available, along with diagnostic tests for those showing any current symptoms. The screening used is customized based on the patient's risk factors and medical history. UVA Health also maintains a mobile mammography bus that can visit workplaces and other locations throughout the state. All in all, UVA's health system is one of the most important healthcare resources near Charlottesville homes for sale.

  • Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital – 200 Memorial Drive, Luray, VA 22835
    Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital has been a reliable name in local health for the Luray community for nearly a century now. In 2014, it moved into an all-new, 67,700 square foot replacement facility that includes modern features like private inpatient rooms, an expanded Emergency Department, and more. The old 7,000 square foot site is now an outpatient rehabilitation center. As a Critical Access Hospital, it connects locals with leading specialists and ensures Luray homes for sale are close by truly world-class healthcare.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in October, so schedule your screening today.

Contact us to learn more about real estate around Harrisonburg.

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
    28

    Doggy Daycares Throughout the Shenandoah Valley

    Doggy Daycares Shenandoah Valley

    Our real estate agents know many Shenandoah Valley homebuyers want lots of space for the family dog!

    Your canine companion is always a consideration when you look for a new home. But if you're coming from out of town to tour local homes for sale, the odds are good you'll need somewhere special for your pet to stay.

    Luckily, the region is dotted with trusted local pet boarding businesses. Many of them have been in operation for decades, and you can count on the staff to care for your beloved pet as if they were their own.

    Local pet boarding options range from an afternoon to several weeks. If you're on a longer trip while you compare many different properties for sale, you might find that you save money with boarding compared to hiring an at-home pet sitter at your current place of residence.

    Plus, you can rest easy knowing your pet isn't so far away!

    No one pet boarding company is perfect for everyone or every pet. So, our team has explored the local area to find plenty of options for you to choose from.

    Let's take a closer look at pet boarding, daycare, and grooming brands across Shenandoah Valley:

    • Creature Comfort Inn – 1937 Millner Road, Strasburg, VA 22657
      Creature Comfort Inn has been offering full pet boarding services on eight lush acres of land since 2006. Not far from Strasburg homes for sale, it is situated on picturesque rolling hills. Highly trained pet care specialists curate enrichment activities for each guest, including Dog TV (and Kitty TV). UV air filtration and radiant floor heating provide exquisite comfort along with the mental well-being from specially recorded pet music.

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    • Home Away from Home – 333 Madrid Road, Waynesboro, VA 22980
      Home Away from Home is focused on giving your canine companion a wonderful experience that will keep them happy. Boarding, doggy daycare, and even holiday services are available. You can add on special treats such as pool time at Janet's to further elevate your dog's experience to the height of luxury. It's a great selection for when you're on a journey to visit Waynesboro homes for sale.

    • DogWoods Pet Lodge – 743 Loop Road, Elkton, VA 22827
      Owner Brenda Jolly welcomes you and your pet to DogWoods Pet Lodge, a local fixture since 2008. Brenda brings 35 years of pet care experience to the job and completed a new 8,300-square foot boarding facility more recently. With heated and air-conditioned runs both indoors and out, it is one of the few facilities in the area that caters partly to small animals and birds. Plus, it's just minutes from Elkton homes for sale.

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    • All About Paws – 1685-B Garbers Church Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      A service of Ashby Animal Clinic, All About Paws has the full selection of long-term boarding, doggy daycare, and grooming services to meet any need. Bathing, nail trimming, and clipping can all be taken care of during your pet's relaxing stay. There is a play yard, indoor and outdoor dog kennels, and an exclusive cat room. All staff members are highly trained, and the clinic is just next door. It's ideal when visiting Harrisonburg homes for sale.

    • Mystic Pet Resort and Spa – 1775 Bixlers Ferry Road, Luray, VA 22835
      Mystic Pet Resort and Spa is especially well-loved for its kitty condos. Dedicated to pampering your pets with a full spa experience, every guest gets detailed and personal attention. Facilities are modern, clean, and spacious, with heating and air conditioning. Full grooming is available, and it's very popular for Virginians on vacation in Shenandoah Valley. It's also only a short journey from some excellent Luray homes for sale.

    • Wellspring Farm – 208 Swope Lane, Fairfield, VA 24435
      For a perfect place to keep your pooch happy on your next trip, Wellspring Farm may be the answer. It's an all-inclusive dog resort that integrates plenty of play and social time into the experience. Elderly dogs and those on medication get special attention from highly qualified staff. There's plenty of outdoor space, complimentary food, and comfortable bedding. Fairfield homes for sale are just a quick drive away, too.

    Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn more about Shenandoah Valley real estate today.

    June
    14

    Where to Order Your Summer Scoops in Luray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    June
    9

    Sign Up for These Upcoming 5Ks in the Shenandoah Valley

    Summer 5Ks

    Virginia's Shenandoah Valley has spectacular scenery that makes the perfect setting for a 5K or other types of race. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced runner, you'll find several races to choose from.

    Start training, and check out these upcoming 5Ks and other races suggested by our real estate agents:

    Sunrise Spectacular 5K/10K race

    • Sunrise Spectacular 5K/10K race – July 10, 2021 – 600 Northgate Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980  
      The Sunrise Spectacular 5K/10K, formerly known as the Summer Extravaganza, supports Relay for Life with a portion of its registration fees. It's a challenging run that will take you through some of the town's beautiful neighborhoods and past some Waynesboro homes for sale. After the race, stick around for a celebration with food and drink as well as an awards ceremony.

    Luray Triathlon & Duathlon

    • Luray Triathlon & Duathlon – August 21-22, 2021 – Lake Arrowhead, 265 Lake Arrowhead Rd., Luray, VA 22835  
      The Luray Triathlon & Duathlon gives you the chance to swim, bike, and run in this friendly town. The multisport weekend gets underway on August 21 with an International Triathlon consisting of a 1.5K swim, 41K bike ride, and 10K run that takes you near Luray homes for sale. The Sprint Triathlon takes place on August 22 with a 750 swim, 27K bike ride, and 5K run. Its shorter distance makes the leg of the event beginner-friendly, and if you're new to triathlons, you can run it in a 2- or 3-person relay.

    Luray Half Marathon & 5K

    • Luray Half Marathon & 5K – September 12, 2021 – Hawksbill Brewing Company, 22 Zerkel St., Luray, VA 22835  
      Run the Luray Half Marathon & 5K either in person or virtually from any location. If you're joining the races in person, the course starts and ends in downtown Luray. It was designed by local runners to be appropriate for beginners as well as more experienced runners. The half marathon course is fully paved the entire way, and you'll make your way up and down some rolling hills along the way before hitting a fast six miles before the finish. You can run the half marathon on your own or on a 2- or 4-person relay team. If you're running the 5K, you'll start and finish at the same location as the half marathon and can choose to run or walk. The course is flat most of the way, with a short section or rolling hills in the final half-mile. An afterparty at Hawksbill Brewing Co. will be held immediately after the finish.

    Sgt. Thomas E. Larner Memorial 5K and 10K

    • Sgt. Thomas E. Larner Memorial 5K and 10K – August 21, 2021 – 1 Mill Place, Staunton, VA 24401  
      Choose from a 5K or 10K – or the same races with student participants age 17 and under – in the Sgt. Thomas E. Larner Memorial 5K and 10K. The races are held just around the corner from Staunton homes for sale. Both races start and end in downtown Staunton in front of 1 Mill St. They split at N. Augusta St. and Edgewood Dr. and join again at N. Coalter St. and Statler Blvd. The races serve as a fundraiser in honor of Sgt. Larner, a police officer with the Staunton Police Department who was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic colon cancer. 

    Town of Bridgewater Race to the Bottom 5K

    • Town of Bridgewater Race to the Bottom 5K – September 6, 2021 – Sandy Bottom Park, 602 East College St., Bridgewater, VA 22812
      Starting and ending at Sandy Bottom Park, the town's miniature golf course and par-3 course, the Town of Bridgewater Race to the Bottom 5K is designed for all ages and fitness levels. Prizes will be awarded for overall winners and the winners in designated age groups. Located just around the corner from Bridgewater homes for sale, the miniature golf is closed to everyone except race participants and their families from 9:30 a.m.-noon, and you're welcome to play a free game or mini or par 3 golf then or from noon-10 p.m. The par-3 course will be open to everyone throughout the day.

    Grand Caverns Signature 5K

    • Grand Caverns Signature 5K – September 24, 2021 – Grand Caverns Park, 5 Grand Cavern Rd., Grottoes, VA 24441  
      The Grand Caverns Signature 5K is run on the grounds of the historic park of the same name, located near Grottoes homes for sale. This is the 10th year that the race has been run. A 1-mile fun run (or walk, if you'd prefer) stays within the park's beautiful trails, and the 5K takes a fast, flat course in and around the park. All proceeds from the race will be used toward buying new playground equipment for the park.

    Contact us to learn more about the Shenandoah Valley and how we can help you find your dream home in the area! 

    May
    17

    Where to Play Disc Golf in the Shenandoah Valley

    Disc Golf Shenandoah Valley

    Spring is a beautiful time to be out enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Shenandoah Valley. Our real estate agents love springtime in Virginia for a lot of reasons, and one of those reasons is that our favorite disc golf courses are finally open again. 

    In fairness, many of these places are open year-round. But if you've ever thrown a disc around during the soggy winter months, you know that it's just not the same. So now that summer is practically at our doorstep, be sure to enjoy some of these awesome disc golf courses in the Shenandoah Valley!

    • Westover Park - 305 S Dogwood Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Arguably the most popular disc golf course in the Harrisonburg area, the course at Westover Park has undergone a series of great renovations and improvements since it opened in 2003. It's a lot of fun to play, with 21 holes that include some tight shots and tricky terrain. It's mostly wooded, with two baskets at each hole for longer or shorter throws. Westover Park is located just minutes from these Harrisonburg homes for sale and is also popular for its swimming pool and skate park. 

    • Hillandale Park - 801 Hillandale Ave, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Spanning 74 acres, Hillandale Park is one of Harrisonburg's most popular parks for outdoor recreation of all kinds. With 18 holes spread across various wooded and open terrain, it's a good option if you want to beat the crowds. 

    • Coyner Springs Park - 2091 Lyndhurst Rd, Waynesboro, VA 22980
      A haven for hikers and bird watchers, 145-acre Coyner Springs Park, offers a beautiful slice of wilderness a stone's throw from these Waynesboro homes for sale. The park is also home to a picturesque 9-hole disc golf course that's great for practicing your skills or having a friendly match. Expect tight fairways through a wooded landscape with some challenging elevation changes. The course and baskets are well-maintained, and the first three holes are located within the park's off-leash dog area. 

    • James Madison University Park - 1090 Devon Ln, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Located on the campus of James Madison University, University Park offers a wide range of recreational facilities, from a disc golf course and running track to tennis courts and fields. The disc golf course starts on a hilltop with great views before entering a more wooded landscape. It's very well-maintained, and while it's technically a 9-hole course, each hole has two baskets, so it can be played as an 18-holer. The course is generally available to university students, faculty and staff on a first-come, first-served basis but may also be reserved in advance. 

    • Swover Creek Farms - 4176 Swover Creek Rd, Edinburg, VA 22824
      Swover Creek Farms is many things. It really is an operating farm, offering you-pick blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries in season. But it's also a craft brewery and wood-fired pizza restaurant, and part of its rolling farmland has been converted into an 18-hole disc golf course. Course maps are available at the bar, and you'll probably want to stop back in for a pint after the game is over. 

    • Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park- 625 6th St, Luray, VA 22835
      Offering a scenic but challenging 9-hole disc golf course, Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park is a popular park in the community of Luray. The course is mostly flat, open, and spacious, with great views of the Shenandoah Valley. Its challenges come not so much from tricky shots but from sheer distance. A short drive from many Luray homes for sale, the park also has picnic areas, a children's playground—one of those great old wooden ones—and baseball and softball fields. 
    • Montgomery Hall Park - 1000 Montgomery Ave, Staunton, VA 24401
      Encompassing 148 acres of rolling hills, meadows, and woods, Montgomery Hall Park offers up a fun, challenging disc golf course in the city of Staunton. The course has 18 holes, each with a short and a long basket, and spans a wide range of terrain and conditions. Some holes are open and flat, others a little more narrow, hilly and challenging. Improved signage in recent years has added a lot to its playability. This course is convenient to many Staunton homes for sale

    Contact us today to learn more about disc golf in the Shenandoah Valley and other ways you can enjoy our beautiful parks and green spaces. 

    April
    19

    Exciting Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors Near Shenandoah County

    Shenandoah County Outdoors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    December
    21

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

    Shenandoah Valley Nonprofits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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