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April
18

Staycations in Rockingham County

Rockingham Staycation

When it's time for vacation, do you head to the great outdoors or immerse yourself in cultural and historical attractions? However you spend your leisure time, you'll find it around Rockingham County. Plan a memorable staycation featuring these great activities and locations recommended by our real estate agents

  • Rosendale Inn - 17917 Farmhouse Lane, New Market, VA 22844
    Steep yourself in more than two centuries of Shenandoah Valley history at Rosendale Inn. Since its opening in 1790, this charming bed and breakfast has hosted presidents, foreign ministers, and other noted figures. Its convenient location, not far from New Market homes for sale, provides easy access to vineyards and other local attractions. Choose from four presidential-named suites or the Joseph Salyards Cottage, named for a prominent local scholar and educator.

  • Edith J. Carrier Arboretum - 800 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22807
    Located on the campus of James Madison University, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is a 125-acre woodland sanctuary and botanical garden. Its namesake, the wife of a former JMU president, was a tireless ambassador for the school. The dog-friendly arboretum includes 3.5 miles of trails where visitors can view wildflowers, trees, birds, and wildlife. Programs and events, such as Nature Study and Wildflower Walks, give people of all ages a chance to learn more about the natural features of these stunning grounds right down the street from Harrisonburg homes for sale. Hours are dawn to dusk daily, and admission is free for all visitors.

  • Grand Caverns - 5 Grand Caverns Dr., Grottoes, VA 24441
    Star in your own science fiction movie when you enter the Grand Caverns. This incredible site is only minutes from Grottoes homes for sale, but it feels like a whole other world. The caverns include more than 200 verified Civil War signatures, providing a fascinating link to a major chapter in Virginia's history. When you're ready to go top-side, enjoy a game of mini-golf or relax by the pool. Don't forget to make a stop in the gift shop for a t-shirt to commemorate your visit. Grand Caverns is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visit the website for tour information and prices. 

  • Massanutten Water Park - 1200 Adventure Dr., McGaheysville, VA 22840
    The whole family can make a big splash at Massanutten Water Park, within a short distance from McGaheysville homes for sale. With indoor and outdoor facilities, the water's fine any time of year. Indoor features, including the Endless Wave, where kids can hang ten, are heated to a constant 84°F. The outdoor park, which is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, includes three new water slides. When the kids are ready for a break, challenge them to games at Diamond Jim's Arcade. Visit the website for the current schedule and prices.
  • Swift Run Campground & Pool - 19540 Spotswood Trail, Elkton, VA 22827
    Fall asleep under the stars at Swift Run Campground & Pool, "where the road ends, and nature begins," by Elkton homes for sale. The main campground has a total of 50 sites for tents and RVs up to 44', with space for an additional eight tents on the overflow site. A heated shower house is open year-round, while two swimming pools are available during the summer months. Kids will have fun with catch-and-release fishing in the nearby pond, and the Swift Run Gap entrance to the iconic Appalachian Trail is only 1.5 miles away. Holidays are a special time at the campgrounds, with pig roasts, karaoke, and other delightful activities. Rates are $25 per night for tents and $32 per couple per night for full hook-up.

  • White Oak Lavender Farm - 2644 Cross Keys Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Once you visit White Oak Lavender Farm, you may never want to leave. Lavender is a versatile flower with soothing properties and applications ranging from cooking to bath and body products. The Haushalter family's farm grows more than 8,00 lavender plants, which are used in products sold on-site. Their Purple WOLF Vineyard, whose name includes an acronym of the farm, produces wines that may be sampled and purchased in the tasting room. Learn more about this fascinating place with a self-guided audio tour of the farm and entrance to the Discovery Area, with interactive gardens, farm animals, a life-size checkerboard, a pond, and picnic tables. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is $3 per person and $12 for families of up to five members. 

Life in Rockingham County is like a never-ending vacation. Learn more about Rockingham homes for sale when you contact us at Old Dominion Realty.

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. 

November
1

Shenandoah National Park Photography Guide

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park offers stunning views! And when you take a camera along with you, you can share the views with others after your trip. Delight family and friends with postcard-ready shots of the stunning scenery near Shenandoah homes for sale. Visit these majestic locations scouted by our real estate agents around Shenandoah National Park. 

  • Dark Hollow Falls
    The trail to Dark Hollow Falls is only about a mile-and-a-half round trip, but its steep inclines require a bit of effort. Nevertheless, it's one of the more well-traveled trails in the park, with stunning views of the 70-foot cascading waterfalls making it worth the trip. Continue past the trail to reach Lower Dark Hollow Falls, which is smaller in size but considered by many to be more photogenic. For best accessibility, head out early in the morning before the crowds arrive.

  • Big Meadows
    With its seemingly endless vistas of open land, Big Meadows is a surprisingly pleasant contrast to the landscape in the rest of the park. The meadows are a popular location for couples who are taking engagement photos, especially during fall when the fields come alive with vivid reds, yellows, and oranges. The Point Overlook, just a few miles south of the lodge, is known for great shots of the sunset. And the photos don't have to stop when the day is over. Big Meadows offers breathtaking views of the Milky Way and other objects in the night sky.

  • Natural Bridge
    Located at the southern tip of Shenandoah, Natural Bridge has been the subject of innumerable photos, yet the sight never gets old. The organic limestone formation, which measures 215 feet high by 90 feet across, has been named both a state and National Historic Landmark. As a top Virginia attraction since the 18th century, Natural Bridge is itself the centerpiece of a state park with Instagram-worthy sites such as Monocan Indian Village, Lace Falls, and Virginia Safari Park.

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  • Skyline Drive
    Thanks to digital cameras, you no longer have to worry about running out of film when traveling 105-mile-long Skyline Drive. The route is a continuous sequence of picturesque scenes that demand to be photographed. Almost 70 outlooks along the way provide different views at every stop. Be sure to check out Hogback Overlook, the longest one along the drive, at milepost 20.8. Watch for deer, turkeys, and other photogenic wildlife crossing the road to "star" in your photos.

  • Stony Man Summit
    Even though it's the second-highest peak in Shenandoah, Stony Man Summit is one of the easier trails, making it a nice destination for a family photo session. The entire round trip is less than two miles, but the summit features glorious panoramas of the Valley, Massanutten Mountain, and points beyond. You may even be able to spot New Market homes for sale from a distance! As the name implies, the peak is covered with a number of rocks and stones, which you can use to get several different perspectives.

  • Hawksbill Summit
    You can literally see for miles atop Hawksbill Summit, the highest peak in Shenandoah. Take your pick of three different trails, ranging from 1.6 to 2.8 miles round trip, each with its own special features. Once you reach the top, 360-degree views of the Valley, Blue Ridge Mountains, and Virginia Piedmont will keep your head on a swivel. The beautiful balsam firs on the summit, more commonly associated with Canada and New England, are a fairly unusual sight near Broadway homes for sale

Tips for Taking Photos Like a Pro

  • Film may no longer be a concern, but don't forget to take extra batteries and memory cards so you won't miss a shot.

  • Sunrise and sunset provide the most flattering natural light.

  • When photographing landscapes, wide-angle and telephoto lenses are a must-have. A UV lens filter will produce darker, richer colors.

  • Overlooks are convenient locations for photo ops, but don't stop there. Go off-road and walk the trails for a greater variety of subjects.

  • Don't let the big picture keep you from seeing what's right in front of you. Look for details such as trees, birds, flowers, and other small-scale subjects that make for equally interesting photos.

  • Be prepared for changes in weather. No matter how sunny the day may start out, clouds and fog can roll in anytime, especially at higher elevations. The good news is that darkness can add a moody, dramatic element to your photos. 

  • Remember that photography is an art form. Put your individual stamp on your photos by experimenting with different angles and effects. Trust your creative eye!

There's nothing like the view from the backyard of your own Shenandoah County home. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable agents. 

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.

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.

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

December
28

Warm up with Hot Chocolate in Harrisonburg

Cafes in Harrisonburg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

October
5

Bakeries in the Shenandoah Valley for National Cookie Month

Bakeries in the Shenandoah Valley

There's nothing quite like a fresh cookie right from the oven, and baking is a big part of the local food scene here in the Shenandoah Valley region. National Cookie Month is celebrated every October – and our real estate agents want to be sure you know about the many local bakeries that make our area a sweet place to live. 

Let's look at some places to enjoy something warm and sweet this October:

  1. Bittersweet Bakery – 120 West Wolfe Street #103, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    Bittersweet Bakery is open for online orders, so it's a breeze to get a dozen of your favorite cookies fast. A local business built on variety, quality, and friendly service, it features both sweet and savory pastries. There are seven flavors of cookies available regularly, including dark chocolate salted caramel, peanut butter, and classic snickerdoodles. Eclairs, tarts, macaroons, and more round out the menu.
  2. Anita's Decadent Delights – 510 North Main Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812
    Anita's Decadent Delights is open bright and early every morning so you can treat your sweet tooth. It's always showcasing exciting new cookie recipes: The Key Lime cookie is the newest addition. It is a truly welcoming place to get a wide assortment of holiday cookies decorated with lavish and tasty art. Cake pops and tons of donut options can also be explored, including the popular maple bacon glazed donut.
  3. Main Street Bakery and Catering – 127 East Main Street, Luray, VA 22835
    With a full selection of pastries for your party, wedding, or business event, Main Street Bakery and Catering is a leading local bakeshop. There are dozens of flavors available, so the best way to get exactly what you're craving is to put in a special request. Chef Chuck leads the Main Street team with a commitment to community, service, and stewardship.
  4. Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza – 49A West Water Street, Harrisonburg VA 22801
    At friendly Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza, there's more than one kind of "pie" for you to enjoy. This local pizzeria embraces Italy with classic gelato and other Mediterranean desserts. The colorful cookies go well with your choice of Italian-style espresso. You can even have them after lunch or dinner with the full menu of hot sandwiches, soups, salads, and (of course) pizza.
  5. Black Sheep Coffee – 217 South Liberty Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Located on the grounds of The Ice House, Black Sheep Coffee is open for breakfast and lunch. While the goat cheese and tomato biscuit sandwich may be the top breakfast item, you won't want to miss out on the baked goods: Pecan Sandies, chocolate chip, and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are prepared fresh daily, along with cinnamon rolls and five types of seasonal scone.

As the weather gets cooler, interest is heating up on homes around the Shenandoah Valley. No matter whether you've been looking at Harrisonburg homes for sale, beautiful Bridgewater homes for sale, or even finding your favorite Luray homes for sale, there's something for everyone in our area.

Local bakeries are just one more reason why life in the Shenandoah Valley is a sweet deal. To find out about homes for sale in Harrisonburg, Bridgewater, and beyond, just contact us today.

June
29

Celebrate July 4 at Home in the Valley

Celebrate July 4 at home in the Shenandoah Valley
As we make our way into the heart of summer, we prepare to celebrate one of the most important American holidays: Independence Day. The 4th of July and its adjacent weekend is often a time when friends, families, and neighbors gather together in gratitude for our freedom, health, and safety. Unfortunately, this year our July 4th festivities will be quite different than normal, but that doesn't mean that we still can't have a fun-filled holiday with those we cherish most. Our real estate agents invite you to creatively celebrate the 4th of July virtually with these cool ideas.

  • Party in the Backyard with Food & Games
    Cookouts are synonymous with July 4th so break out the grill and get the family together for some outdoor fun. Bake a few red, white, and blue cookies or cupcakes and make a few star-spangled crafts before heading to the backyard for food and games. Take a dip in the pool and throw the pigskin around. Cornhole, horseshoes, and potato sack races are also great alternatives if you have limited space in your yard.

  • Host a Socially Distanced Hot Dog Eating Contest
    If you love hot dogs, consider challenging your neighbors to a hot dog eating contest. Competitors can gather on the sidewalks in front of their houses and see who can eat the most hot dogs. This fun event can be easily held in your neighborhood while adhering to safe social distance guidelines. Make the event even more fun by challenging them to a water balloon fight as well!

  • Take Virtual Tours of America's Best Sites
    Did you know that the coolest, most interesting and awe-inspiring landmark in the United States can be visited without leaving home? Many of our iconic historical sites and museums can be explored virtually. From the Statue of Liberty and Smithsonian National Museum of History to The White House and National Museum of African American History and Culture, spend a few hours showing your family some of the most important relics of our country's past.

  • Host a Virtual Patriotic Movie Night
    For a country as young as ours, we have a rich history that has been recreated on the silver screen time and time again. These films give us the opportunity to glimpse into the past and see how our ancestors have molded our country's future. Pop some popcorn and gather the family on the couch for historical films such as The Patriot that are both thrilling and educational.  

  • Put on a Firework Show for Neighbors
    Many cities and towns around the country have confirmed that they will put on firework shows for residents to view from their homes, but that doesn't mean that you can't pop a few firecrackers off on your own. Taking all safety precautions into consideration, consider lighting a few legal fireworks in your backyard for your neighbors to enjoy.

Just because you can't see your family and friends IRL doesn't mean you still can't have a blast with them! Celebrate the 4th of July virtually and contact us if you'd like to tour Virginia homes for sale or West Virginia real estate before the summer ends!

May
26

Augusta County: Best Fishing for Local Anglers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
29

6 of the Coolest Concerts in the 'Burg in August

Harrisonburg Concerts August 2019
There are plenty of Harrisonburg homes for sale to choose from, but any of them will put you right in the middle of fun and excitement. One of the best things about beautiful Harrisonburg is its energetic live music scene. Lots of memorable acts originated right here, so there's always a show going on.

Summer is concert season, and the action is in full swing in August.

Our real estate agents are looking forward to these cool August concerts:

  1. Late Bloomer – 181 North Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    Headlining a night of music on August 13 is Late Bloomer, a North Carolina trio with a unique take on hook-driven guitar rock, punk, and indie. Fresh from their successful third full-length album, they have never sounded more dynamic or compelling than they do now. They'll be joined by indie rock duo Bloom, whose May 2019 EP soared to 100,000 views in just two weeks.
  2. Bruce Allen – 1230 Old Furnace Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    Visiting the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Friday, August 16, Bruce Allen will bring his brand of county music to the Harrisonburg stage. Soloist Allen is a veteran of the Nashville music scene known for his versatility, soulful performances, and compelling lyrics. It's all brought to you by one of the most prominent nonprofits from right here in the 'Burg.
  3. Unspoken Tradition – 153 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Bluegrass band Unspoken Tradition celebrates the culture of North Carolina in its music, looking forward to the future while honoring the state's rich past. Now on tour, the five-person band will hit the stage on August 7. Expect to hear their chart-topping radio singles as well as some new takes on their nostalgic, yet sincere sound. You won't want to miss it!
  4. The Seldom Scene – 41 F Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801
    The Seldom Scene is one of the longest-running and most popular bluegrass bands playing in the Harrisonburg area. Founded in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland, the Seldom Scene is a leading name in progressive bluegrass. Its five members create shows with bluegrass versions of hot hits from genres like country, rock, and even pop. They'll be in Harrisonburg on Friday, August 16.
  5. Queen of Jeans – 122 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Queen of Jeans headlines on August 7 in Harrisonburg, part of a night of music featuring fresh new sounds from young bands. Bringing their experimental alternative sound to Harrisonburg, these musical pioneers – who got started in the business with a debut album in 2016 – have a style that blends subversive elements with angelic female-led harmonies.
  6. Rockingham County Fair 2019 – 4808 South Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    No list of cool August events would be complete without the best way to relax and unwind after a day of visiting Rockingham County homes for sale: The one and only Rockingham County Fair. The Fair has been going since 1949 and has grown every year. Fair Week entertainment will include Morgan Wallen, Aaron Lewis, Scotty McCreery, and many others on multiple stages.

There's much more to see and do in Harrisonburg. With help from our team, you'll find the perfect home to experience it all. Contact us today to learn about local real estate opportunities.

May
6

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

April
22

Valleyfest Beer & Wine Festival - May 25

Shenandoah Valleyfest
Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner! There's no need to book plane tickets or a hotel room because there are plenty of great things to do right here in Shenandoah Valley. 

Our real estate agents all agree that the Valleyfest Beer & Wine Festival is one of Memorial Day weekend's best events. After all, what better way to kick off summer than to spend the day outdoors listening to live music and enjoying wine, ciders, and microbrew beers?

The event, which is in its 19th year, is extremely popular among both locals and visitors. Here's everything you need to know so you can make the most of your experience. 

Live Music

This year's event will feature a main stage and an acoustic stage. On the main stage, you'll find Americana bands YARN and The Judy Chops, solo acoustic performer Mike Davis, and funk, rock, and blues band Pebble to Pearl (P2P).

The acoustic stage features YARN Plays the Dead, Trail of the Lonesome, and Gypsy Town. Whether you're in the mood for high-energy performances or relaxing and soulful vocals, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for. 

Food, Drinks, and Shopping

The festival will feature a large selection of beer, wine, and cider as well as food vendors serving up your favorites like kettle corn, burgers and fries, and even fried Oreos. When you're ready to take a break from eating and dancing, you can also enjoy shopping for unique crafts and gifts from the many local vendors. 

Getting There

Valleyfest Beer & Wine Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 25th, from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. It's held on the slopes of the Massanutten Resort and is expected to draw a crowd of over 4,000 people. 

Ticket prices are $25 each. Tickets for your designated driver and visitors under 21 are only $10, and children under 10 get in for free. All proceeds from the event benefit the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. 

Your Shenandoah Valley Real Estate Professionals

Once you experience the great community vibe and get to know some of your potential new neighbors, you'll be more ready than ever to make this area your new home. We can help you find the perfect home in your ideal neighborhood. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started! 

February
18

Local Living: 7 Yoga Studios in Our OmTown

Harrisonburg Area Yoga Studios
Are you a yoga fanatic, or simply looking for a new, relaxing way to work out close to home? No matter your experience level, yoga can be a beneficial workout for both body and mind. People of all ages and fitness levels participate in yoga classes, and for many yoga becomes a way of life. In addition to being a great place to exercise, yoga classes also present an excellent opportunity to meet new, like-minded people close to home. Our real estate agents are here to help you find the right spot to pursue your yoga passions, with our guide to seven great yoga studios in our OmTown.

Where to Find 7 Great Yoga Studios Close to Home

  1. The Center – 217 S Liberty St Ste 201, Harrisonburg
    Harrisonburg homes make it easy to reach many of the yoga destinations on our list, including The Center which is conveniently located downtown. The Center offers classes in yoga, pilates, meditation, and so much more. There are workshops, events, and even a 200-hour training program if you're interested in becoming an instructor.

  2. The Nest Yoga + Fitness Studio – 315 Lucy Dr, Harrisonburg
    With classes for every age, experience, and fitness level, The Nest Yoga + Fitness Studio aims to provide an accessible experience for everyone who attends. Work with instructors to learn the basics, take a specialty class, enjoy a private lesson, or even schedule a relaxing massage.

  3. Evolation Yoga Harrisonburg – 90 N Main St Ste 101, Harrisonburg
    Take a break from the daily grind to enjoy a class at Evolation Yoga, where a small team of instructors can help you accomplish big things. There are classes every day of the week, with 60-minute, 90-minute, and specialty options available at convenient times throughout the day.

  4. A Quiet Place Yoga and More – 725 S High St, Harrisonburg
    Looking for a yoga studio where the focus is always on the individual? At A Quiet Place Yoga and More, classes are designed to make everyone feel comfortable. Practice yoga, learn at your own pace and pick up healthy dining tips from an experienced, friendly team.

  5. FlyDog Yoga – 1039 Millmont St, Charlottesville
    If you're shopping for Charlottesville homes for sale, you won't need to travel far to reach an excellent yoga studio. FlyDog Yoga offers regular classes, workshops, events, and teacher training, in an inspiring, empowering atmosphere. New to yoga? The team at FlyDog will be happy to show you the ropes, and help you start on your journey.

  6. Opal Yoga – 949 Second St SE, Charlottesville
    Head to Opal Yoga in Charlottesville for fun, affordable yoga classes, taught by instructors who love to share the benefits of yoga with people from diverse backgrounds. Purchase a day pass to see what the studio is like, or grab a monthly pass to sample all that Opal Yoga has to offer.

  7. Shenandoah Powerhouse Gym and Fitness Studio – 2800 West Main St., Waynesboro
    Shopping for Waynesboro homes for sale? Then the Shenandoah Powerhouse Gym and Fitness Studio is the perfect place to keep up with your workout routine, with a modern, fully equipped gym, exercise classes of every type, and of course yoga! Other group classes at Shenandoah Powerhouse include spinning, TKO, quick super sculpt classes, and hip hop workouts, so there's always something new to try.

Still searching for the right home near all of the excellent yoga studios in our area? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.

February
4

Polar Bear Plunge in Luray Virginia

Luray VA Polar Bear Plunge
Are you ready to dive into some freezing-cold fun?  Join your family, friends, and neighbors on February 16 for the inaugural Luray Polar Bear Plunge.

Our real estate agents share details about taking "the plunge"  and how to find your perfect home for sale in Luray, Virginia.

About the Luray Polar Bear Plunge

The Polar Bear Plunge is yet another exciting event hosted by the Page Alliance for Community Action benefiting the Luray community. Participants take the plunge in the waters of Lake Arrowhead spending several shivering raising awareness for the many local causes the PACA supports.

All participants are kindly asked to help make the inaugural Polar Bear Plunge a huge success by raising funds individually or as a team. Whichever person or group can raise the most money will be awarded a cash prize of $500 that will be donated to a charity of their choice.

All plungers will receive an event t-shirt, warm blanket and their choice of hot chocolate or coffee when they exit the lake. Costumes aren't just encouraged either — the participant with the best costume will go home with a prize.

This event begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Event day registration is $35 per person, or advanced registration is $30 per person.

Dry Off & Dash Over to These Other Great Events

After the plunge, dry off and check out some of these other exciting events happing in Luray and Page Counties from President's Day weekend through the end of February!

  • Stone Rollin in Concert, February 16th: Head over to the Virginia Dreams Center Stage for a night of lively rhythm, blues and soul music. Stone Rollin features a talented group of musicians who've opened for renowned acts like Clint Black, Lonestar, Leon Russell, and The Guess Who.
  • Monday Night Madness, every Monday until February 25th: Hit the slopes at Massanutten Resort for their winter Monday Madness event. Each week, proceeds from the night are donated to one of eight local charities including the United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. There are also free group lessons early in the evening for ages seven and above.
  • Murder Mystery Dinner, February, 23rd: There's been a murder at a Valentine's Day Party… can the killer be stopped? Make it a date night at the Mimslyn Inn and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner and dessert for two while watching Cindy Valentine's fate unfold before your eyes. The show starts at 6 p.m. but your night doesn't have to end when the curtain drops. Book a dinner and room suite combo to stay the night at this historic hotel.  

Dive into a New Luray Home with Old Dominion Realty

Luray homes for sale connects you to a community that prides itself on helping their neighbors. Throughout the year, Luray sponsors a number of equally exciting events for the whole family. Contact us today and speak with one of our real estate agents to learn more about Luray or to get you on your way to finding the perfect Virginia home.

January
14

Ski, Tube & Snowboard at Massanutten Mountain Resort

Harrisonburg Rockingham County Outdoor Fun
There are a hundred reasons to consider Harrisonburg homes for sale. Our real estate agents love showing homes in Rockingham County thanks to the excellent amenities and picturesque locale.

Here's one thing many people don't realize about our area of Virginia: It has some of the best skiing opportunities around. If you want to enjoy a winter sports season you won't forget, Rockingham has it.

When it's time to go skiing, tubing, or snowboarding, one name delivers it all:  Massanutten Mountain Resort, and it's waiting for you.

Massanutten Mountain Resort Attracts Visitors Who Love the Slopes

Many people wait all year long for the chance to hit the ski slopes. Whether you're a triple diamond skier, just starting or prefer to lounge in the lodge, Massanutten's the place to be.

Massanutten's snow sports season runs from early December through March, with specific dates depending on weather conditions. The resort provides over a dozen trails for skiing including easy, moderate, and fiendish challenges. There's even a freestyle terrain course.

Massanutten is especially kind to beginners who want to explore skiing for the first time. With its dedicated instructors, you'll be able to learn everything you need to know quickly. You can attend tailored lessons and rent quality ski equipment perfect for first-timers.

Skiing is one of the main attractions, but it's hardly the only winter sport out there.

There's something for everyone at Massanutten Mountain Resort, even the kiddos. You can skate at the rink, go snowboarding or snow tubing, or drink in a scenic ride around the territory. There's also a team racing option for experienced skiers.

And, of course, you'll witness amazing views any time you head up on the lifts.

Delectable Dining and Premium Rooms Round Out Your Ski Resort Stay

When you visit Massanutten, you're getting the whole ski resort experience!

After a fun day out in the cold, it's a grand time to warm up with hot cocoa by a roaring fire. Dining includes selections from the Campfire Grill, Virginia BBQ & Pizza Co., the Hideaway Lounge, or the Base Camp. You'll find options ranging from casual classics to gourmet.

If you want to treat yourself to something special, don't pass up the full spa.

The spa menu features a full selection of services like massages, body treatments, skin care, nail care, and more. There are options for men, women, and young guests. Plus, the spa also holds an assortment of classes. The couple's massage course is especially popular.

Last, but certainly not least, is the shopping. Massanutten incorporates seven distinctive boutique shopping experiences. The General Store will meet all your needs, while the Market showcases wonderful treasures from all over the state of Virginia. There's also a dedicated gift shop – Piney Mountain Gifts – as well as a Teddy Bear Factory where kids can find their perfect souvenir.

Will You Be a Harrisonburg Local in Time for Next Year's Ski Season?

Ski season in Virginia is something you have to see to believe – and Massanutten Mountain Resort lets you do it in style. But, although skiing lasts only until the snow melts, the joy you can get from living in Rockingham County lasts all year long.

Old Dominion Realty has built up an experienced team of leading real estate professionals. We make the process of finding, choosing, and making an offer a home simple. Before you know it, you could be moving into a dream home just a short hop from your favorite ski resort.

Contact Old Dominion Realty today. We look forward to helping you.

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.

December
3

A Local's Guide to Christmas in Moorefield

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

Celebrate the Season in Moorefield, WV

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

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

All Aboard The Snowflake Express

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

Old Time Christmas at Welton Park

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

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

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

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

November
20

Harrisonburg Living: 6 Ways to Spend Thanksgiving in the 'Burg

Harrisonburg Thanksgiving Weekend Events
Can you believe Thanksgiving is here? During Thanksgiving weekend, you'll find a diverse selection of fun, family-friendly events and attractions going on throughout the community. Our real estate agents have the details on six exciting events in Harrisonburg, VA on Thanksgiving weekend (and beyond!) for this year.

  1. Rocktown Turkey Trot and Gobble Gobble Kids Dash – Thanksgiving Day
    Thanksgiving Day runs have become a popular tradition in communities across the country, and you can enjoy a holiday run this year close to home in Harrisonburg. The Rocktown Turkey Trot (8:30 a.m.), held in conjunction with the Gobble Gobble Kids Dash (8 a.m.), is a great opportunity to get the whole family moving before you sit down for your Thanksgiving meal.

  2. Make Thanksgiving Dinner Reservations at Harrisonburg's Joshua Wilton House Inn
    Located at 412 South Main St. in Harrisonburg, VA, the Joshua Wilton House Inn is a fantastic place to spend your Thanksgiving holiday. With an elegant setting in a Victorian-era home, the Joshua Wilton House offers an excellent atmosphere in addition to a three-course meal prepared by some of the most talented chefs in the Harrisonburg area. It's a popular spot, so reservations are recommended.

  3. Just Say 'Ohm' for the Holidays – Register for a Yoga Class in Harrisonburg
    Looking for the perfect way to get your mind and body in sync for the holiday season? Head to The Center: A Yoga and Pilates Studio located 217 S. Liberty St., Suite 201 in Harrisonburg to sign up for a yoga class just in time for the holidays. The Center offers classes for all skill levels, including a special "Burn the Bird" class on the day after Thanksgiving.

  4. Start Your Christmas Shopping in Harrisonburg on Small Business Saturday – November 24
    Shopping local is a fantastic way to support the local economy during the holidays, and Small Business Saturday on Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect excuse to start your local holiday shopping. Downtown Harrisonburg is loaded with diverse small businesses, where you can find a truly unique gift for everyone on your list

  5. Too Much Black Friday Shopping? Relax at Blue Stone Vineyard in Nearby Bridgewater
    Whether you're shopping for Christmas gifts or Harrisonburg homes for sale, sometimes it's nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of a busy season. With a scenic location at 4828 Spring Creek Rd. in Bridgewater, VA, Blue Stone Vineyard is the perfect place to get away from it all. Enjoy beautiful countryside views and an enchanting atmosphere, while you sample Blue Stone's best for the holiday season.

  6. Bonus Christmas Event: Don't Miss the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting December 7
    While this one doesn't take place until after Thanksgiving weekend, it's definitely an item that you'll want to mark on your calendar for the holiday season. The Harrisonburg Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony features a new theme each year, and this year's theme is Capture the Magic. The best views of the parade for spectators are often found along Main St., between Gay St. and City Hall. After the parade, stick around for the tree lighting ceremony at City Hall, followed by a performance by the James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes.

No matter the time of year, there's always something fun and interesting going on in Harrisonburg. So why not extend your stay? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.

November
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. 

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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July
24

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

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

Enjoy the Biggest Event of the Summer in Petersburg, WV

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

Local Farms, Livestock & More

Petersburg WV Fair

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

Rides and Family Fun

Petersburg Fair Rides

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

Shopping and Fantastic Food at the Tri-County Fair

Petersburg Fair Food

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

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

Live Music and Entertainment

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

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

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

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June
1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come for a Visit, Stay for a Lifetime

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

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

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

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April
18

In Our Neighborhood: Harrisonburg Rocktown Beer & Music Festival

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

Rocktown Beer & Music Festival - a Harrisonburg Tradition

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

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

Beer, Music, and Community

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

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

Tickets on Sale Now

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

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

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April
10

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Sign Up and What to Expect on Race Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April
4

Have You Visited Sunspots Studios in Staunton?

Staunton VA Sunspots Studios
Staunton, Virginia is one of those lovely small cities that has something for everyone who is looking to buy a new home. From stately historic homes and quaint cottages to vibrant new neighborhoods, this city of just under 25,000 people has everything. And while you are looking for Staunton homes for sale, we at Old Dominion Realty want to make sure you see the best of what this area has to offer.

A Place Where Glass is Art

Getting to know a community will help you feel right at home and provide you with a list of fun and interesting places you can take all the visitors and guests who will want to visit you in your new home. In Staunton, when it comes to unique things to do, there's one place in the Wharf District that you absolutely have to see: Sunspots Studios.

Sunspots Studios has so much to offer. It's not only a wonderful gallery and shop, selling one-of-a-kind blown glass creations, but it's also a popular entertainment spot, featuring glassblowing demonstrations daily and a calendar of live music and performance events at their outdoor pavilion. It's truly a place where locals and visitors alike love to go.

Glassblowing Demos and Much More

Over 15 different artisans create fabulous works of art that are available for sale at Sunspots Studios. They are located at 202 S. Lewis Street in Staunton and are open seven days a week (closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and  New Year's Day). Best of all, every day until 4 PM you can find at least three rotating artists showcasing their glassblowing expertise. The studio provides an opportunity for you to get up close and personal with these talented and creative artists who are hard at work making beautiful creations of blown glass. They make colorful and gorgeous vases in every size, intricate and unusual ring stands, hand-blown ornaments, tumblers, wine goblets and other glassware, and even jewelry.

The Shop at Sunspots Studios

The gallery and shop at Sunspots have an ever-changing array of blown glass treasures, which is why our REALTORS® are quick to point their clients in the direction of this incredible place when they are looking for a unique item or gift to celebrate the purchase of their new home. Our clients often ask us where they can find something unique to our area to take back to their family or friends who are babysitting, pet sitting, or house sitting while they are away, and Sunspots is just the place for a very special and meaningful gift.

Special Events

The last weekend in April is always special at Sunspots because that's when they host the Virginia Hot Glass Festival and the place literally lights up with artists from across the region, providing non-stop demonstrations and offering an array of lovely items for sale.

In addition to all of the beautiful artworks, Sunspots is a place where you can see live music, attend fundraisers and special events, and even buy fresh, locally grown vegetables, meats, soups and delicious baked goods during the Winter Farmer's Market, which is held each Saturday from December through March.

At Old Dominion Realty, we care about our clients, and we want them to be as happy living in our communities as we are. So if you are looking to buy or sell real estate in Virginia or West Virginia, contact us for expert help and agents who really care.

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March
6

Wonderful, Wild West Virginia Celebrates Maple Days March 17

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

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

Maple Days Happen on March 17

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

Maple Days Locations

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

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

Tapping Demonstrations

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

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

West Virginia Pancake Breakfasts

Pancake Breakfasts

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

Maple Syrup Products

Maple Days Products and Specials

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

2018 Maple Syrup Festival

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

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

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February
27

Harrisonburg Restaurant Weeks Begins March 5

Harrisonburg VA Restaurant Week
Harrisonburg Restaurant Week is one of the biggest culinary experiences in Virginia!

It all takes place March 5-11 throughout Harrisonburg, VA. The best restaurants in the city are working together to create a truly enthralling week of fine cuisine and fascinating events.

Not only will you have the chance to sample foods from the area's greatest chefs, but you'll also get to see unprecedented collaborations between Harrisonburg's favorite dining spots. Delightful dishes you can't find anywhere else are a major part of Restaurant Week.

The Best Food and Beyond: Harrisonburg Restaurant Week is a Yearly Tradition

Harrisonburg has long been known for its "foodie culture." It's been recognized by national media for the high concentration of quality dining spots, organic crops, and locavore options.

Not surprisingly, many Harrisonburg residents like to get involved by doing a little cooking of their own. If you love to whip up dinner at home now and then, you won't be disappointed.

Innovative menus are on offer from dozens of restaurants running the gamut from fine dining to American to pizza, bakeries, and sweets. Collaborations will give you an amazing opportunity to check out Harrisonburg's growing craft brewery, winery, and coffee scenes.

In addition to some of the best lunch and dinner menus you'll enjoy all year, Restaurant Week is lauded for its terrific interactive events and workshops. Chef demos and "meet and greets" mean you'll pick up insider secrets from your favorite chefs and even get to know them a little better.

Scheduled events include:

  • The Valley Dish IV
    The Valley Dish is a cornerstone event at Harrisonburg Restaurant Week. It is sponsored by Shenandoah Valley Organic as a unique collaborative farm-to-table dinner. The food and drink selections are tailored to showcase the area's outstanding local ingredients.
  • Harrisonburg Farmer's Market Chef Demos
    Chef demonstrations at the beautiful Turner Pavilion and Park and include chefs from LOCAL Chop & Grill House and Jimmy Madison's. It all takes place Saturday, March 3 at 9 a.m. – the perfect way to kick off the foodie festivities.
  • Inspired Cocktails
    Want to learn how to mix with the best of them? Amateur mixologists can get pointers from the pros when they drop by Food.Bar.Food on Saturday, March 10 starting at 2:30. Owner Amanda Cannon will give you tips on how to create inspired custom cocktails fast.

Got Your Food Fix? Maybe It's Time to Go a Step Further

Harrisonburg is a welcoming community that's just bursting with events like Restaurant Week. No matter what your interests are, you're sure to find something that will appeal to you here.

If you want to explore the possibilities and find your dream home in Harrisonburg, the experts at Old Dominion Realty are here to help. Our REALTORS® are always available to offer you the personalized care and local insight that will make your hunt for Harrisonburg homes a success.

Why not get started today? To find out more, contact Old Dominion Realty.

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December
13

Something to Wine About in Staunton

Staunton area wineries
The historic streets of Staunton, VA are filled with fantastic dining spots, historic sites, and unique small businesses that add so much to the community. Staunton homes for sale put you in the center of this dynamic community.  Staunton and its surrounding communities of Fishersville, Bridgewater, Mount Crawford, and Afton serve up an excellent offering of wineries and vineyards. Each location has its own unique atmosphere, flavors, and history to explore. Ready to learn more? Our REALTORS® have you covered with a guide to some of the best wineries and vineyards in the Staunton area.

Enjoy the Best Wineries and Vineyards In and Around Staunton

Ox-Eye Vineyards Staunton

  • Ox-Eye Vineyards - 44 Middlebrook Avenue, Staunton, Virginia
    Located on a 100-acre farm with scenic views of the Shenandoah Valley, Ox-Eye Vineyards has been growing some of the best grapes in Virginia for more than 20 years. In the beginning, Ox-Eye supplied grapes for other wineries in the area, before going on to create unique wines of their own. Today, Ox-Eye Vineyards offers 12 unique wines, each with its own story. The team at Ox-Eye prides itself on offering wine that pairs well with a wide variety of delicious meals and creating a comfortable, welcoming environment in the tasting room.

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards - 984 Barren Ridge Road, Fishersville, Virginia
    Shopping for homes in Fisherville, and hoping to enjoy a fine glass of wine close to home? You're in luck! Barren Ridge Vineyards is open year-round for holiday events, weddings, and special gatherings of all types. Or you can simply head to the tasting room on your own to enjoy a glass of wine, some delightful snacks, and plenty of great company. Barren Ridge Vineyards is located on an old, scenic farm, which has been updated with all of the equipment required to produce some of the best wine in Virginia.

Bridgewater VA Bluestone Vineyard

  • Bluestone Vineyard - 4828 Spring Creek Road, Bridgewater, Virginia
    Looking for a community that loves wine as much as you do? Shop Bridgewater homes, and you'll never be far from all of the fun at Bluestone Vineyard. Family owned and operated, Bluestone Vineyard is known for creating fantastic small-batch wine, with grapes grown, nurtured, and aged on-site. The rich, rocky limestone soil around Bluestone Vineyard provides the ideal conditions for producing great grapes, and the views around the farm provide a perfect backdrop for a tasting.

CrossKeys Vineyards

  • CrossKeys Vineyards - 6011 E Timber Ridge Road, Mount Crawford, Virginia
    Owned and operated by that Bakhtiar family, CrossKeys Vineyards has been delighting guests since it first opened in 2001. The wine here is excellent, and this is also one of the best vineyards in the area for grabbing a great meal with your glass. Stop by the bistro to enjoy a menu full of unique flavors, or start the final day of your weekend in style with a Sunday brunch. CrossKeys is also a dog-friendly winery, so you're welcome to bring your four-legged pal for a tasting on the patio

  • Veritas Vineyard and Winery - 151 Veritas Lane, Afton, Virginia
    If you value elegance and atmosphere when enjoying your favorite glass of wine, it's hard to top the experience at Veritas Vineyard and Winery. This family-owned winery began as a passion project and five acres of grapes quickly grew to 50 acres. Today, Veritas produces some of the most prized vintages in the local area and provides the perfect retreat from the daily grind. The social schedule at Veritas is always filled with fun, unique gatherings, while the grounds are ideal for weddings, holiday gatherings, and special events.

Thirsty for more info about the community of Staunton, or ready to shop for a beautiful home of your own? Contact Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Staunton, VA area.

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December
5

Come To Downtown Harrisonburg for the Holidays

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

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

Winter Wonderfest - Downtown Harrisonburg

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

Art Market

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

Holiday Selfies

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

Holiday Movie "Elf"

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

Carolers

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

Cookie Tour

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

Get to Know Harrisonburg

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

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November
14

Moorefield Holidays Take a Ride on the North Pole Express

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

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

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

Moorefield North Pole Express

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

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

Moorefield Community Holiday

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

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

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

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

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October
3

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

Experience the Shenandoah Valley's Best at Bluestone Vineyard

Bridgewater VA Bluestone Vineyard

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

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

Bluestone Vineyard Local Wines

Local wines at Bluestone Vineyard

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

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

Bluestone Vineyard

Visiting the Vineyard

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

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

Virginia Wine Month Bridgewater

Celebrate Virginia Wine Month

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

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

Contact Old Dominion Realty to Find a Home in Bridgewater

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

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August
7

Discover the Harrisonburg Farmers Market

Harrisonburg Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

Harrisonburg Farmers Market

Today's farmers markets began in 1934 with an idea and two entrepreneurs from Los Angeles.   What started as one market with a dozen farmers plus a few others selling fresh produce from the back of their trucks has evolved into over 8,600 farmers markets nationwide.

As demand for locally grown, fresh food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America's farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer. 

Our hometown of Harrisonburg, VA joins other communities across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week August 6 - 12.

Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers Market Roots

Harrisonburg Farmers Market Goods

Long-time Harrisonburg locals might remember Clarence Dellinger, a local farmer, selling his produce in the Harrisonburg Police Station's parking lot in the 1950s.  As time passed, the Market incorporated in 1994 as a Producer Only Market and has been our community's source for fresh, locally grown foods and crafts for over 30 years.  The Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers Market operated in the Liberty Street Parking Deck's lower level until moving to its current home in the Turner Pavilion at 228 South Liberty Street in 2006.

What National Farmers Market Highlights

Now in its 18th year, National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) is an annual event sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  It highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation's food and economic systems. NFMW is held on the first full week of August. NFMW spotlights community farmers markets nationwide and is an opportunity for all farmers markets to showcase the impact they make in their local areas.

Farmers markets across the country:

  • Support America's farmlands and rural livelihood
  • Grow local economies
  • Provide access to locally produced fresh foods and goods
  • Encourage healthier communities

Taste of Harrisonburg Demo
What began as a way to bring fresh, healthy foods to communities across the country has grown into a social gathering for entire communities.  As markets continue to evolve, new features like live entertainment, cooking demonstrations with recipe sharing, gardening advice and classes have been added. 

Harrisonburg Reaps the Fruit of Its Labors

Harrisonburg Farmers Market Fruit
The Farmers Market has become the "place to be" in Downtown Harrisonburg on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.  While people with homes in Harrisonburg appreciate easy access to fresh, locally produced goods and crafts (practically in their backyards), the community spirit and fellowship it brings to neighbors, family, and friends are a true added benefit.  

Harrisonburg Farmers Market Entertainment

If you've been to the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, we know you already love it.  If you're just moving to Harrisonburg, then don't miss the Market every Tuesday and Saturday from 8AM – 1PM (April – Thanksgiving) and Saturdays only, 9AM – 1PM (December – March).

Harrisonburg Baked Goods

When local farm vendors bring their wares to the Market for sale you'll find goods running the gamut from greens, seasonal produce, eggs, and floral bouquets to cakes, cookies, pies, breads, granola and crackers.  You won't want to miss sipping and sampling wines from local Harrisonburg vineyards or taking home a craft or piece of artwork created by one of the Harrisonburg community's artisans.

Be Our Neighbor in Harrisonburg

As more people become aware of the importance of supporting their local farmers markets, our real estate agents from Old Dominion Realty invite you to join us at our next Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers market.  The Harrisonburg Farmers Market looks forward to becoming an even more vital part of the Rockingham County community. Contact Old Dominion Realty to start your Harrisonburg home search today.

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August
1

What's Fresh at the Staunton Farmers Market

Staunton Farmers Market
During the sunny seasons, what could be better than freshly picked produce, freshly baked bread, and freshly cut flowers? At the Staunton Farmers' Market, you'll find all three and much more all summer long. Every Saturday and Wednesday morning from late spring through early fall, the Market takes over the Wharf Parking Lot in Staunton's historic downtown district. Families with homes in Staunton are already in on the secret, but if you're new to the area, make sure you check it out for yourself.

Staunton Farmers' Market Family

Enjoy a Family-Friendly Morning at the Market

Whether you want to stock up on groceries for the week or grab an affordable lunch with the kids, the Staunton Farmers' Market is teeming with high-quality food and entertainment options for your whole family. The Market prides itself in maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere, booking local bands for live music and curating a variety of different cuisines and fresh foods. If you want to introduce your children to fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, cheeses, or herbs, this is the place to bring them. If you want to relax on a Wednesday or Saturday morning with a fresh cup of coffee and a made-from-scratch breakfast, the Market is perfect for that too.

Staunton Flowers

Elevate Your Staunton Home with Fresh Flowers

Your Staunton home will look even prettier with a few colorful hanging baskets on the front porch, or a wreath of field-grown flowers and herbs on the front door. Local farmers and florists only sell flowers that thrive in our local climate, so it's a great place to stock up on flowers for your yard early in the season. And if you hope to truly bring Virginia's outdoor beauty indoors, browse hundreds of beautiful bouquets and fill your home with hand-cut flowers from your very own home state.

Buy Local Staunton

Buy Local to Support Virginia Businesses

The Staunton Farmers' Market isn't just a great place to find fresh produce; it's also a great way to support your community. Local farmers markets are valuable for shoppers and vendors alike, because they help local families get great deals on fresher, healthier food while supporting their local economy and building up local businesses. Staunton's version is especially committed to this mission. The Market only allows vendors who grow or produce their products themselves within a 75-mile radius of Staunton, so you can be sure you're getting recently picked produce that lasts longer, is more nutritious, and adheres to strict U.S. pesticide regulations. You will also be contributing to agriculture and art in your own community, an investment that could pay off for years to come.

Are you looking for Augusta County homes for sale? Do you plan to put your own home on the market in Virginia? Our REALTORS® in Staunton are talented pros who can help. We want you to buy or sell your house on your terms, so we'll work with you to accommodate your timeline and help you complete a smooth real estate transaction. Contact Old Dominion Realty today to get started on your real estate journey.

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July
10

10 Best Ice Cream Shops in Augusta County

Augusta County Celebrates National Ice Cream Day

Augusta County Ice Cream Shops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June
28

Best Places to Watch the Fireworks in Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg July 4 Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harrisonburg's Independence Day Extravaganza is Offered Rain or Shine

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

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

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

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

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June
19

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

Gypsy Hill Park - A Local Staunton Treasure 

Gypsy Hill Park Summer

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

A Sprawling 214 Acres with Something for Everyone

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

July 4 at Gypsy Hill Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March
23

Harrisonburg VA Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Forbes Center in Harrisonburg - A Local Shining Star

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

Harrisonburg Forbes Center Building

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

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

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

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

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

February
5

7 Sensational Harrisonburg Restaurants

Have You Made Plans for Valentine's Day Yet? 

Harrisonburg VA Restaurants


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

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

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

December
7

6 Things We Love about Harrisonburg at Christmas

Harrisonburg Community Spirit this Holiday Season

6 Things We Love About Harrisonburg

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

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

About Harrisonburg

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

Make Harrisonburg Your Home


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

November
25

Staunton VA Lights Up for the Holidays

Gypsy Hill Park Aglow Through December

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

ODR Staunton Celebration of Holiday Lights


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

Team ODR Staunton Celebration


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

Remembering Your Loved Ones at Gypsy Hill Park

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

Honoring the Military

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

Caroling, Cookies and Cocoa

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

Free Wagon Rides

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

ODR Christmas Lights Signage
Joining the Staunton Community

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


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

November
11

A Taste of Downtown in Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg Restaurants Offer Culinary Delights

Harrisonburg VA RestaurantsHarrisonburg's downtown has seen a true renaissance in recent years.  Its local Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance organization has worked hard to draw interest, business and events to the area. No longer is the downtown filled with vacant buildings and empty streets. Today, it is a vibrant area that is a true asset to the local community. Among those businesses and shops that have helped bring about the renaissance are a number of restaurants with a wide range of culinary delights.

Getting a Taste of the City

Throughout the streets of Downtown Harrisonburg, locals find a number of restaurants that make a visit to the area a culinary delight. Most of these restaurants are unique to Harrisonburg, and the city has built quite the reputation among foodies.

Harrisonburg VA dining

Whether you are in the mood for empanadas that have a fresh-from-the-Caribbean taste at Arepera Las Chamas, want to dig into an all-American burger at Jack Brown's or have a hankering for Indian American fusion at Indian American Cafe, you will find it among the eateries in the downtown area. Sometimes, the biggest problem diners face is choosing which restaurant to spend their time. Taste of Downtown, Harrisonburg's restaurant week, provides a solution.

 

Taste of Downtown

Taste of Downtown happens twice a year--once in March and once in November. The week-long event gives diners the chance to experience local flavors and support local businesses while enjoying special pricing on the signature dishes of their favorite local restaurants. Harrisonburg is hosting its 2015 Taste of Downtown Monday, November 9 through Sunday, November 15.


Head to Harrisonburg's culinary district for special pricing on the most creative and tasty offerings of local restaurants. Specials are available from breakfast through dinner and even dessert, so you can visit any time of day and enjoy the special pricing. Who knows, you just might come away from the event with a new favorite restaurant. If you are having trouble deciding what places to try, consider signing up for Rocktown Bites! Pub and Grub Tour, taking place November 14, which provides a sampling from several different restaurants and pubs.

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If you're considering making Harrisonburg, VA your home, contact Old Dominion Realty.  With our corporate offices in Harrisonburg, our team of experienced, local REALTORS® will help you find your dream home.  And, who knows, we might even be able to recommend a few of our favorite restaurants too.

September
9

Old Dominion Realty A Proud Sponsor of Good Times Festival

Let the Good Times Roll

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

Good Times Festival 2015


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

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


About the Good Times Festival

 


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

Hackensaw Boys Performance

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


Good Times Gourmet Burgers

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

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

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

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

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

Good Times Festival


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


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


About Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce

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


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A Proud Sponsor of the Augusta County Community

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

July
3

See the Shenandoah Valley from Skyline Drive

Shenandoah Valley Draws Local Attraction

Virginia Shenandoah Valley

The unparalleled beauty of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley attracts thousands each year.  From rolling hills and mountain vistas to stunning wildflower meadows, the landscape throughout the Shenandoah National Park System offers sights that simply should not be missed.  Include a drive along the area's picturesque Skyline Drive at the top of your list of things to do  Virginia list this summer.

Not Your Typical Sunday Drive

Skyline Drive stretches for 105-miles through the Shenandoah National Park.  A drive along the Skyline evokes a different time, when life moved at a slower pace, and people commonly took drives for sheer pleasure.  Families trying to decide what to do in Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, should consider a cruise down the park's only public road.  Running north and south through the park, Skyline Drive travels along a crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering unique views of the park and the surrounding region. 

Explore Nature's Beauty

Shenandoah Valley Black Bears

Animal lovers need to look no further for things to do in Virginia.  Skyline Drive is frequently visited by the park's wildlife, especially during dawn and dusk.  The Shenandoah National Park is home to one of the country's largest populations of black bears.  In addition to bears, use Skyline Drive's vantage points to spot white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and gray fox, river otters, woodchucks and over 200 species of birds.

Shenandoah Valley Views

Bring Your Camera 

For photographers and artists, the Shenandoah Valley's  natural beauty brings new inspiration. Scattered along the drive are 75 scenic overlooks  providing plenty of photo opportunities for residents and visitors alike.  Of course, you do not need to be a professional artist to find inspiration along this drive.  Skyline Drive varies greatly in width as it curves along the mountains, offering varied and stunning views.

Go For A Hike 

Shenandoah Hiking Trails

Along Skyline Drive, you will find plenty of opportunities to get out of the car and stretch your legs.  Hiking often tops the list of what to do in Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley National Park for many nature and outdoor adventure enthusiasts.  The Appalachian Trail, one of the East Coast's most famed and challenging hiking trails, runs parallel to Skyline Drive.  Overall, you have access to more than 500 miles of hiking trails from various points along the drive. Additionally, horseback riding and cycling are allowed along the Skyline. 

Drive Safely 

Keep in mind, animals frequently dart into the road, so please adhere to the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour.  A cruise along Skyline Drive is a ride meant to be savored; slow down, take your time and do not forget to stop and smell the wildflowers.   You are welcome to tow campers and trailers along Skyline Drive.  Just be prepared to shift into low gear. Make sure your trailer will clear Mary's Rock Tunnel, which features a 12'8" height limit.

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Claim a piece of the Shenandoah Valley for yourself. Contact Old Dominion Realty to begin your home search today and discover the many, picturesque communities dotting the region. 

June
26

Harrisonburg VA Celebrates July 4

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Hosts Valley Fourth

Harrisonburg Valley Fourth Event

Harrisonburg, VA celebrates the 4th of July in a "booming" fashion with lots of great food, great music, a parade, fireworks, and family fun.   Enjoy July 4 with family and friends at this year's Valley Fourth celebration hosted by the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance organization.  From 8 a.m. until long after the fireworks end, you will find the city full of fun activities that celebrate its heritage and the history of the United States.

 

July 4 Schedule

Harrisonburg Valley Fourth Run

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Valley Fourth RUN.  This is the Shenandoah Valley's only chipped timing race where runners can choose not only their distance, but also the charity their proceeds will support.  You can run one mile all the way to 10K.  The race includes categories for children and adults.  To receive a race t-shirt, register by June 28.  Pre-registration pricing starts at $10 and must be completed by Thursday, July 2.



Harrisonburg Community Event Valley Fourth

Enjoy great food throughout the day.  Various food vendors will offer their fare, but from 12 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., the Grillin' at the Pavilion BBQ cook-off will take place.  The smells wafting through the festival are sure to tantalize your taste buds and give you a taste of what Harrisonburg, VA cooking is all about.  For dinner, consider purchasing a People's Choice Sampling ticket, and sample the People's Choice team entries to vote for your favorite. Enjoy the Rocktown Bites! Food Tours if you're still hungry.


Adults can enjoy Beers N' Cheers from 4 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., with wine from Bluestone Vineyard, great food and an exclusively beer brand from Pale Fire Brewing Co. and Brothers Craft Brewing.

 
The evening ends at 9:30 p.m. with fireworks over downtown Harrisonburg, VA.  The best spot for viewing is the Farmer's Market Turner Pavilion.  Since the event draws thousands of Harrisonburg's family and friends, stake your claim to your spot early.

 

For the Kids

The Harrisonburg, VA Valley Fourth festival is a family-friendly celebration.  Throughout the day, several activities just for the kids will keep them entertained.  The fun starts with the kids enjoying the Valley Fourth RUN, followed by the "Dreamtime" puppet show at the Court Square Theatre. Then, take the time to enjoy the vendors and food booths before heading to the Explore More Discovery Museum with free admission from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Harrisonburg Valley Fourth KidsBeginning at 4 p.m. and running until the late evening, Court Square will have a number of children's activities, including face painting, patriotic pooch competition, Touch a Truck with the fire department, a watermelon seed spitting competition, bounce houses and more.  You will not run out of things to do to keep the kids occupied while waiting for the fireworks. 

 

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Parade

Harrisonburg Valley Fourth Parade

At 6 p.m., head to Main Street to watch the "Get Outdoors & Get Moving" parade.  Arrive early to get your spot.  The parade route is from the Rockingham County Administrative Building to the City Municipal Building.

 

Live Performances on July 4

Throughout the day as you wait for the evening to conclude with fireworks, you will have the opportunity to enjoy live performances from great local and international names. At Turner Pavilion from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., The Band Concord will perform.  Love Canon takes the stage at 7 p.m.

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Harrisonburg, VA comes together not only for the Valley Fourth celebration, but throughout the year.  Contact Old Dominion Realty to find Harrisonburg homes for sale.

May
7

Charlottesville VA Named Americas Happiest Place

Happily Ever After in Charlottesville VA

Charlottesville VA Happiest Place in US
Happy days are here again ... at least in Charlottesville, VA
.  A study by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville, VA as the country's happiest place to live. Known as the home of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville elevates what Americans expect from a typical college town. 


Charlottesville VA Jeffersons Monticello

Happiness is in its History 

At the core of Charlottesville, VA's culture and history lies a simple promise: the right to pursue happiness. One of the country's most presidential towns, three presidents:  Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and James Madison, have called Charlottesville home. Thomas Jefferson's role as a Charlottesville resident is particularly important to the city's history.  Jefferson served as the third president of the United States, author of the Declaration of Independence, and architect for his Charlottesville's home, Monticello, as well as the University of Virginia.

Charlottesville VA University of Virginia

A Unique College Town 

The University of Virginia, designed by Jefferson, attracts many residents to Charlottesville, VA. Named by Time Magazine as one of America's Best College Towns, Charlottesville residents thrive here long after their college years. The town's vibrant downtown echoes the stately beauty of this southern college campus. From live music to top eateries, you'll find something to do no matter your interests. Chances are, you'll make a smart, new friend while exploring. Adding to its southern charm, Time Magazine ranks Charlottesville No. 1 in Intelligence and Number 24 in Friendliness. 

Get Lost in Charlottesville's Art 

Charlottesville, VA's Downtown Mall cements the area as a prime arts and entertainment destination. From its roots as the birthplace for the Dave Matthews Band to the big-name musical acts highlighting venue marquees, Charlottesville's live music scene will surely put a pep in your step. 

Music shares its spotlight with the town's artistic roots. Georgia O'Keefe rediscovered her love of painting at the University of Virginia. Discover your own love of the arts at the many art galleries and museums surrounding the town.
 

Your Favorite Eats 

If people come for the history, the University and the art, the food may just be the reason they stay. Wine Enthusiast names Charlottesville one of America's Top 5 Foodie Cities. Experience new restaurants and uncover your favorite eats. After all, what brings more happiness than sharing a plate of delicious food with family and friends? Throughout C-ville, you can dine on any number of dishes from traditional southern at the Pasture Q to inventive, farm-fresh, chef-created dishes at Brookville

Charlottesville VA Monitcello Wine Trail
Virginia is for Lovers ... and Wine

Grape roots run as deep as presidential history in Charlottesville, VA. A vision of Mr. Jefferson, the Monticello Wine Trail offers more than 30 wineries in a 30-mile radius, including labels by Dave Matthews and Donald Trump. Discover your bliss, and its perfect wine pairing. |

Experience Mountain Living in Charlottesville

In addition to the great food and wine, Charlottesville is surrounded by beautiful, breathtaking scenery. Need to clear your mind? Simply hop in the car for a Sunday drive. Surrounding Charlottesville lies quaint farmland, forests and the kind of countryside views that make you take a deep breath and relax. 

Old Dominion Realty Charlottesville Homes

Old Dominion Realty for Homes in Charlottesville VA

With so much to offer its residents, it's no wonder Charlottesville is America's Happiest Place. Find a home in Charlottesville, VA  with the help of an Old Dominion Realty real estate agent. Contact Old Dominion Realty today to begin the search for your dream home. 

January
15

Living in Harrisonburg VA

It's Better in the Burg

Which is better - living in the suburbs or living in the Burg? Ask anyone who actually lives in Harrisonburg, and you will see that living in this historic community provides a great lifestyle. From solid schools to the benefit of a historic community that is enjoying a downtown renaissance, there's much to love about Harrisonburg, VA, and it is well worth considering during your home search.

Downtown Harrisonburg VA


Economic Growth Makes Excellent Employment Opportunities

As with most historic urban communities, Harrisonburg has its share of small and locally-owned businesses, which are thriving. These can be excellent places to work, but what is great about Harrisonburg is the fact that it also contains several large corporations that provide employment options, including Coors Brewing Company, SRI and Merck.  Rockingham Memorial Hospital, James Madison University, and Eastern Mennonite University are some of the largest employers in the region.

Harrisonburg VA Community Things to Do

Harrisonburg Has Plenty of Things to Do and See

Life in Harrisonburg means you are never bored. The art shows, sporting events, regular festivals and live music all throughout the community keep residents active and engaged. If you are moving to Harrisonburg with kids, you will find that the city offers plenty to do. From seeing a free show at the JMU Planetarium on Saturdays to touring the Harrisonburg Children's Museum in downtown Harrisonburg, your kids will always have something interesting to do.

 

A City Undergoing a True Renaissance

One of the reasons that Harrisonburg is worth considering as you shop for a new home is the city's recent downtown revival. The Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is a non-profit organization working to transform the city into a true cultural center, and they are achieving great success. Since their founding in 2003, the HDR has earned multiple awards for the city, including Virginia Main Street designation, as they have worked to revitalize the downtown.

Living in Harrisonburg VA Children


Educational Variety for Students in Harrisonburg Schools

Harrisonburg has a strong public school district with schools to serve children of all ages. In addition to the traditional elementary, middle and high school offerings, students in the Harrisonburg school district have the option to use services provided by the Massanutten Technical Center and the Massanutten Regional Governor's School. Charter schools also add to the educational diversity available in Harrisonburg.

 

Real Estate Variety in a Vibrant Downtown Setting

If the opportunities for recreation, employment and education were not enough to make Harrisonburg appealing to you, consider the real estate variety the community offers. Like many urban areas, Harrisonburg has its share of condominiums and town homes, yet it also has a variety of single-family options and historic homes for sale. Just about any housing type you would want you will be able to find as you search in Harrisonburg.

 

Finding a home requires the right real estate team on your side. Contact one of Old Dominium Realty's Harrisonburg real estate agents to start your local home search.  Our team will help you find homes for sale in Harrisonburg, VA.  We know when you see Harrisonburg for yourself you will fall in love with the city and all that it offers.

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