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July
18

Breweries on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail

Beerwerks Trail

If you've been looking at Augusta or Rockingham County homes for sale recently, odds are good you've learned about one of the many things that makes our area special: The flourishing craft brewery scene. Nowhere is that more evident than on the local Beerwerks Trail here in the Shenandoah Valley.

The Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail consists of more than a dozen local breweries and stretches across some of the area's most desirable communities. You are welcome to explore the trail on your own and make your stops wherever you wish. Local tour companies also offer a guided group experience on the trail.

You may already be familiar with the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, which offers a similar experience for the vineyards and wineries here in Virginia. Just as the Wine Trail showcases all the outstanding new developments in wine, the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail does the same for the craft brewing scene.

Let's take a closer look at just a few of the many fun and exciting stops along the way:

  • Elkton Brewing Company – 100 North Fifth Street, Elkton, VA 22827
    Elkton Brewing Company is only minutes from some of the best Elkton homes for sale. It brings an age-old family recipe dating from the early 1900s to the Elkton area – a legendary Austrian brew that is now available to the public for the first time. The brewery is located within the spacious yet historic setting of the old Elkton Milling Company building, which was originally founded back in 1890.

  • Brew HaHa Brewing Company 11704 Spotswood Trail, Elkton, VA 22827
    Brew HaHa Brewing Company stands out as the newest brewery to enter the ranks of the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Located near the entry of famous Massanutten Resort, it warmly welcomes beer aficionados as well as those who'd prefer something non-alcoholic. In addition to its "nanobrewery" craft beers, you'll also find small-batch craft sodas with memorable flavors derived from local ingredients.

  • Skipping Rock Beer Company – 414 Parkersburg Turnpike, Staunton, VA 24401
    Skipping Rock Beer Company is all about worrying less and living more. Nothing encapsulates that idea better than a high-quality craft beer that's "a reflection of place" from right here in the Shenandoah Valley. Beers that have been lovingly handcrafted down to the smallest detail will greet you along with a relaxed and casual atmosphere full of old friends and new ones who you haven't met yet. As a watering hole near Staunton homes for sale, it simply can't be beaten.

  • The Friendly Fermenter – 20 South Mason Street, Suite B10, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    The Friendly Fermenter is here to make the whole experience of craft brewing "friendlier" than ever. Just a short hop from Harrisonburg homes for sale, it approaches this goal with the town's very first DIY "brew on-site" shop. Drop in any time and the helpful staff will be there to show you the ropes. Want to take the hobby home with you? There's also a full assortment of different brewing gear to buy.

  • Brothers Craft Brewing – 800 North Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Brothers Craft Brewing, originally known as Three Brothers Brewing, offers both large-scale brewing and small, experimental batches you can sample during your own journey down the trail. The brewery is well known in the area for its monthly charity events and its deep involvement in the community. Live music, games, fundraisers, and much more await you, with local food trucks frequently found nearby.

  • Seven Arrows Brewing 2508 Jefferson Highway #1, Waynesboro, VA 22980
    Seven Arrows Brewing features a large taproom that gives visitors access to many different offerings of the brand, its lagers foremost among them. Twelve iconic beers are always available, with a rotating cast of characters taking up the rest of the menu. Seven Arrows distinguishes itself with a full kitchen, a lasting collaboration with Nobos Restaurant. It's a terrific pick near Waynesboro homes for sale.

  • Stable Craft Brewing – 375 Madrid Road, Waynesboro, VA 22980
    If you are paying a visit to the horses of the Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables, a working horse farm in Waynesboro, then you'll want to top off your visit by swinging by Stable Craft Brewing. This brewery's barn venue fits right in with the action of the real working farm, and the tours end here so you can get some refreshment. And "fresh" it is: Stable Craft grows its own authentic Cascade and Nugget hops!

Contact us to find out more about the Shenandoah Valley.

July
6

Creative Uses for a Detached Garage

Detached Garage

If you recently bought a home with a detached garage, you basically have a whole extra building on your property. While you could use the detached garage to house your vehicle, there are plenty of more creative ways to take advantage of the space. Our real estate agents have seen homeowners using their detached garages in all sorts of unique ways over the years. Today, we have a few suggestions to share with you.

Space for Toys

  • Create a Place for Your Kids' Toys
    Are you tired of your living room floor always being covered with Legos? Perhaps your kids' rooms are messy because they have more toys than they have spots for those toys. Creating a playroom in the garage is the perfect way to solve these problems.

    To give the garage playroom a soft floor, purchase some removable carpet squares. They'll add enough padding for little knees, and if someone spills a drink on one of the squares, you can easily pull it up and replace it. Totes on a rack along one wall provide a quick and easy toy storage solution. You can also set up a plastic table where the kids can play with smaller toys or do some arts and crafts.

Home Gym

  • Home Gym
    The cost of a gym membership has increased pretty dramatically in recent years. Instead of paying for a membership month after month, consider spending that money on gym equipment for your detached garage. We've seen lots of Waynesboro homes for sale with gyms in the garage, and the setup works really well.

    You don't need a lot of equipment to get started. A treadmill and a basic set of free weights with a bench will allow you to get a decent workout. In the coming years, you can add some additional equipment such as an exercise bike, a rowing machine, or some resistance machines. A few yoga mats and a television are good additions, too — especially if you enjoy yoga or Pilates.

  • TV Room
    Turning your detached garage into a TV room serves a few different purposes. If you find that you and your family members are spending too much time watching TV, moving the TV to the garage can help curb that habit. You'll physically need to walk to a different building to watch TV, so it will become something you don't do quite as often.

    Creating a TV room in the garage also works well if your family can't always agree on what to watch. Some family members can watch sports in the living room, and others can go out to the garage to watch a favorite sitcom.

    You can make your garage TV room as fancy or as minimal as you desire. All you really need is a TV and a few couches. Add a small refrigerator, a microwave, and some movie posters on the walls for good measure.

In-Law Suite

  • In-Law Suite
    If you often have family members come to stay with you, having a separate place for them to stay can be nice. Convert your detached garage to an in-law suite, and you'll all have more privacy. We've seen Harrisonburg homes for sale with in-law suites in detached garages, and many look like comfy, cozy cottages.

    Since there are a lot of building codes that need to be adhered to if you turn a garage into a living space, it's best to work with professional contractors on this project. Still, it can be done quite affordably if you stick with an open floor plan. You can convert most of the garage to an open living space with a kitchenette and living room-style seating. Build a little loft bedroom, a bathroom in one corner, and you're set to go.

Hobby Space

  • Hobby Space
    If you have a specific hobby, you could always convert your detached garage into a space dedicated to that hobby. For instance, some model train collectors use their detached garage as a place to paint and set up their trains. We've also seen cyclists who use their garage as a place to store and work on their many bikes. Florists have even made garages into greenhouses.

    Using your detached garage as a hobby space helps reduce the hobby-related clutter that builds up in your main home. It also helps you get into the right mindset when engaging in the hobbies you love. You can retreat to the garage, leave the worries of the day at home, and focus solely on your hobbies whenever you're in the garage.

If you're not using your detached garage to park a car, don't let that space go to waste. Your garage could elevate your life if you turn it into a TV room, home gym, or hobby space. If you're still on the hunt for the perfect home with a detached garage, contact us. We'll help you navigate the buying process.

January
17

Getting Married in 2022? Wedding Venues in Augusta County

Wedding Venues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
13

Holiday Helping Hands - Give Back This Holiday Season

Holiday Giving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
6

Holiday Light Displays Near Staunton

Holiday Light Displays

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

Gypsy Hill Park

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

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

Holiday Lights

What to Expect at the Celebration of Holiday Lights

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

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

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

Tree Lights

Getting Involved in the Celebration of Holiday Lights

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

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

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

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

Santa on Mountainview

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

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

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

September
27

How to Prepare for Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

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

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

Appalachian Trail Rest

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

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

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

Appalachian Trail Marker

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

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

    Hiking Trails

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

    Appalachian Trail Tips

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

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

    June
    9

    Sign Up for These Upcoming 5Ks in the Shenandoah Valley

    Summer 5Ks

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

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

    Sunrise Spectacular 5K/10K race

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

    Luray Triathlon & Duathlon

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

    Luray Half Marathon & 5K

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

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

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

    Town of Bridgewater Race to the Bottom 5K

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

    Grand Caverns Signature 5K

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

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

    May
    17

    Where to Play Disc Golf in the Shenandoah Valley

    Disc Golf Shenandoah Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March
    15

    7 Best Irish Drinks to Celebrate St. Patty's Day

    St Patty's Day Drinks

    You've heard that everyone's a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day. While we don't know if this is really true, we do know that Americans have been celebrating the Irish saint since 1737 in Colonial Boston. The pub crawls of yesterday have given way to smaller gatherings at home. Mix up one of these cocktails to celebrate this year! 

    1. Top o'the morning!  

    Jessica in the Kitchen offers a non-alcoholic option for the entire family with her Best Green Smoothie. For a fun and healthy beginning of the day, simply toss these ingredients into the blender, give it a whirl, and drink. For each serving, you will need: 

    1 cup fresh pineapple chopped or cubed 

    2 cups fresh spinach washed and stems removed 

    2 small frozen bananas whole 

    1/2 cup orange juice 

    1. Lovely cuppa tea 

    From a simple afternoon gathering to a formal high tea, the Irish seldom let the opportunity pass to enjoy a cup. You can serve traditional teas of all different flavors for a non-alcoholic option, or let the grownups sample a more sophisticated version with the Irish Tea Party from The Spruce Eats.

    Whirl the absinthe around the glass to coat it, pouring out the excess. Add the whisky and add tea to taste. The tea should already be chilled and sweetened, so it doesn't immediately melt added ice. Chilling the glass will help the drink stay cold longer. 

    1/4 ounce absinthe  

    1-ounce Irish whiskey 

    4 ounces green tea 

    1. Leprechaun's treasure 

    If, after your traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, you're ready for an adult beverage, you have plenty of choices, and with this amazing Irish Gold Whiskey Cocktail, you don't need to dig for gold at the end of a rainbow.

    This quick libation doesn't require a shaker or any other bar tools. Just pour ingredients over ice in a Collins glass and garnish with a wheel of lime. You don't have to find the end of a rainbow to enjoy this sparkling treat. This can be made by the pitcher to serve to a group without additional fuss.  

    2 ounces Irish whiskey 

    1/2-ounce peach schnapps 

    Splash orange juice 

    4 ounces ginger ale   

    1. Delicious old standby 

    Would it even be St. Patrick's Day without Irish Coffee? Start with a rich, dark brew and stir in the brown sugar until it dissolves. Add whiskey and top with lightly whipped cream. Cuddle up by the fire and sip through the cream for a cozy night in. For a non-alcoholic version, ditch the whiskey and add ¼ teaspoon of rum extract. Dust the top of the cream with a touch of cocoa for a finished appearance.

    1 to 2 teaspoons brown sugar  

    4 ounces coffee  

    1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey 

    1-ounce heavy cream  

    1. Spotlight on the green 

    When you want something that screams green, tastes wonderful, and isn't beer, you can't go wrong with this crisp, flavorful drink, the Green Dublin Apple Cocktail. Simply fill a shaker will ice and add the ingredients. Shake for thirty seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of green apple for an attractive presentation. 

    2 ounces Irish whiskey  

    1-ounce sour apple schnapps 

    2 ounces white cranberry juice 

    Shamrocked Drink

    1. Irish elegance

    Small, intimate gatherings can be elevated to a memorable level with a few simple touches. For a gorgeous offering, let the cocktail take center stage with Shamrocked from Town and Country Magazine

    1.5 ounces Midori Liqueur

    1-ounce Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

    1/2 ounce Irish Crème

    Pour ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain and pour over ice into the glass. The creamy delight looks exquisite in a double old-fashioned glass. Swirl whipped cream on top and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. 

    1. Celebration of Life

    When the room is rocking with Irish music, you can't go wrong with a drink that offers tribute both to the James Joyce novel and Irish singers everywhere. What could be more perfect for a party than this iconic cocktail, Finnegan's Wake, also courtesy of Town and Country?

    1 oz Jameson 

    1 oz Green Chartreuse 

    1 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur 

    1 oz lime 

    3-5 mint leaves 

    Sufficient absinthe to rinse the glass.  

    After rinsing a coupe glass with absinthe and pouring off the excess, pour all the ingredients into a shaker of ice. Shake vigorously and pour, topping off with a few fresh mint leaves. 

    Looking for a new home with a kitchen perfect for mixing up cocktails? If you'd like to tour any of the gorgeous Virginia homes for sale, Old Dominion Realty would like to help. Our real estate agents will gladly help you find that perfect house among the finest Rockingham County homes for sale. Contact us to make arrangements with one of our real estate professionals.

    March
    9

    Where to Go Stargazing in the Shenandoah Valley

    Among Virginia homes for sale, there are plenty of desirable options. Shenandoah County homes for sale have an extra something more for amateur astronomers of all kinds: Access to unique Shenandoah National Park and its unparalleled night sky.

    One of the first things any would-be Copernicus learns is this: If you want a truly phenomenal view of the stars, you need to get away from city lights. Light pollution is the term given to the artificial brightening of night skies because of lights that operate all night long.

    Many people don't realize that a sky free of light pollution "looks like the movies" – the whole Milky Way can be visible at night. While it's possible to see it any time of year from anywhere on Earth, it can be virtually invisible unless you find a good vantage point.

    Luckily, you can get a great view by visiting Shenandoah National Park. It is recognized as one of the best places for stargazing in the United States.

    Discover the Stars at Shenandoah National Park

    A long, narrow park encompassing nearly 200,000 acres, Shenandoah National Park includes part of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River Valley. About 40% of the entire area has been designated a protected wilderness. It is a remarkably serene and quiet place even at the height of the season.

    • Exploring the Skies with Frank Perfetti is a weekly event in May through October led by amateur astronomer Perfetti, who has gathered thousands of dazzling night sky photos over more than 50 years as an aviator. No telescope is necessary, but flashlights are required, and a jacket will protect you from the wind.
    • Night Skies Events are also held weekly throughout the season. Attendees should bring their own binoculars. A limited number of telescopes are available for use during some meetings. A blanket, chair, and flashlight are the other "must-haves" for making the most of this guided tour of the night sky.
    • Twilight Hiking is a journey through the park's "big meadow" at dusk, offering an unparalleled view of the changing mountain sky and emerging stars. Available May through August, it is led by Shenandoah Mountain Guides, who can also tell you about animal signs, seasonal plants, and the local ecosystem.
    • The annual Night Sky Festival will return one weekend in August 2021. Kid-friendly learning activities, ranger talks, and stargazing go on throughout the evening on a selected Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It's a terrific way to introduce young minds to the wonders of the stars!
    • Want to meet more night sky enthusiasts? There are several unofficial astronomy groups around the Shenandoah Valley. The most active group is the Shenandoah Valley Stargazers, which you can find on Facebook or on their official website. Visitors to the area are welcome to contact them to learn about night sky excursions.

    • JMU's John C. Welles Planetarium offers free public shows every Saturday from late August through late June. This is an ideal stop for those who start their journey into Shenandoah Valley National Park from Harrisonburg. Other programs include Science Sunday for Girls and periodic "Star Parties," where you can use the telescopes.

    Where to Start Your Journey to Shenandoah National Park

    Harrisonburg (35 minutes), Waynesboro (46 minutes), and Staunton (54 minutes) are some of the closest towns. Many people choose to start out from one of these communities, using it as a base to enjoy dining, shopping, and local Shenandoah Valley charm between their stargazing trips.

    Here's what to know about them:

    • Harrisonburg
      The home of both James Madison University (a public research university) and Eastern Mennonite University (a private university), Harrisonburg is an iconic college town. The Rosetta Stone language learning software company has its headquarters here, not far from some of the best Harrisonburg homes for sale.
    • Waynesboro
      Waynesboro homes for sale are situated in a community of about 21,000 residents known for a relaxed pace of life. Historic Main Street offers a dazzling assortment of charming locally owned businesses for you to visit. A safe and welcoming town with affordable lodgings for tourists is often the place where local astronomy groups depart on their trips into Shenandoah National Park.
    • Staunton
      Staunton is the home of the American Shakespeare Center, a theater company operating out of a replica of William Shakespeare's own Blackfriars Theatre. In 2011, it attracted the Heifetz International Music Institute, a summer music school and festival focused on classical music. Woodrow Wilson's presidential library is located here. Staunton homes for sale feature some true architectural marvels in a historical setting.

    Looking for a home near this national park? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to discover real estate opportunities in Shenandoah Valley.

    November
    23

    Local Florists in the Shenandoah Valley for Your Holiday Poinsettias

    Holiday Poinsettias

    The holidays are right around the corner, and our real estate agents are excited about all the possibilities the new season brings. As always, we're also excited to highlight some of our favorite local businesses in the Shenandoah Valley. 

    Of course, the holidays are poinsettia season, and if you're looking for a place to pick up a perfect holiday bouquet, you have a wealth of options to choose from in the Shenandoah Valley. These are our favorite local florists for holiday bouquets!

    • Blakemore's Flowers - 4080 Evelyn Byrd Ave, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Nestled in the heart of beautiful Harrisonburg, VA, Blakemore's Flowers is a go-to destination when you need a flower arrangement for any season or occasion. They create some truly beautiful fall and Thanksgiving-themed table arrangements that are perfect for your holiday feast. They also specialize in Christmas bouquets, arrangements, wreaths, and table centerpieces and are always one of the first places to start offering poinsettias when they come into season. Blakemore's Flowers is currently open for both delivery and curbside pickup and is located just minutes from these Harrisonburg homes for sale

    • Vivian's Flower Shop - 47 W Main St, Luray, VA 22835
      A family-owned florist with more than 45 years of experience serving the Shenandoah Valley, Vivian's Flower Shop is a perfect place to get your holiday bouquet this year. They offer traditional holiday plants like classic vibrant red poinsettias and unique and spectacular arrangements that utilize all the colors of the season. These holiday arrangements are all but guaranteed to spread holiday cheer. They also have a kind and courteous staff of flower specialists who are always more than happy to help you pick out the perfect bouquet for any occasion. Vivian's Flower Shop is a short drive from these Luray homes for sale. Delivery and curbside pickup are available. 

    • Evergreen & Victoria Floral - 134 E Lee St, Broadway, VA 22815
      From the vibrant fall hues of their Thanksgiving table arrangements to their tasteful Christmas bouquets, Evergreen & Victoria Floral has all your seasonal flower needs covered. They always have vibrant and healthy red poinsettias for the holidays, as well as beautiful arrangements with roses, carnations, and other varieties that bring on the holiday cheer. Evergreen & Victoria Floral is a family-owned full-service florist that's been serving the Broadway, VA area for more than 50 years. They're located a stone's throw from these Broadway homes for sale. Call ahead for curbside pickup!

    • Milmont Greenhouses - 48 Milmont Dr, Waynesboro, VA 22980
      At Milmont Greenhouses, you'll find an incredible variety of holiday poinsettias in a spectrum of colors. More than 30 varieties are available. Choose from classic bright red, pink, white, exotic marbled patterns, and many more. Poinsettias are available from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Located near these Waynesboro homes for sale, Milmont Greenhouses also offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor plants that change with the seasons. Curbside pickup is available, and you'll definitely want to give them a call when spring planting time rolls around!

    • Cristy's Floral Designs - 610 N Main St Ste G, Bridgewater, VA 22812
      A beloved local flower shop in Bridgewater, VA, Cristy's Floral Designs makes splendid arrangements for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and all other major holidays. They also create unique and beautiful any-time bouquets, and their winter floral arrangements are truly stunning. Using elements like white roses, evergreen boughs, delphiniums, and hydrangeas, the artists at Cristy's craft winter bouquets that truly capture the essence of the season. Call Cristy's Flowers for curbside pickup, or have your bouquet delivered to these nearby Bridgewater homes for sale
    • Stanley Flower Shop & More - 186 E Main St, Stanley, VA 22851
      The folks at Stanley Flower Shop & More create some truly spectacular floral arrangements, including holiday baskets and bouquets. We're sad to see their last of their fall arrangements go for the season but always look forward to their Christmas creations. You can also browse a wide variety of gifts for any season or occasion, from candles and wreaths to quilts and Amish-made furniture. Stanley Flower Shop & More is known throughout the Shenandoah Valley for their great selection and friendly service, and they now offer curbside pickup and delivery to these Stanley homes for sale

    Contact us today to learn more about life in the Shenandoah Valley. From vital local businesses to a specular landscape, we think it's a truly special place to call home, especially during the holidays. 

    November
    9

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

    Hiking Augusta County

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

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

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

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

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

       

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

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

      May
      20

      6 Swimming Pools & Splash Pads in the Shenandoah Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      June
      1

      Summer Fun at Shenandoah Valley National Park

      Shenandoah Valley National Park
      Family Fun at Shenandoah National Park

      Both historical and glorious, Shenandoah National Park explodes with wildflower colors during the summer months. Get your camera ready because white-tailed deer are everywhere and you might even catch a glimpse of a black bear or wild turkey. Can you imagine relocating to Harrisonburg, Staunton or Waynesboro and having this wildlife wonderland right in your own backyard? Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty can work with you to find a home in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley.

      • Skyline Drive
        Experience mountain scenery that is beyond description as you drive the 105-mile Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The drive has many pull-off spots along the way. The route travels through Virginia wine and hill country and features hiking trails if you want to stretch your legs. One of the best trails is a 3.6-mile hike to Lewis Spring Falls. It's about 52 miles into the drive.

      • Ranger Programs
        Take a guided tour of the park with a ranger. The ranger programs run throughout the spring, summer, and fall. The ranger explains historical facts about the valley, as well as pointing out the plants and animals that live there. While you're exploring this wild wonderland, you will also be learning about the history and culture of the area.

      • Bird watching
        Even if you're not a bird watcher, the 190 species of birds in the park are sure to spark your interest. Bring your binoculars to see the rainbow of colors from Carolina chickadees, blue-winged teal, great blue heron and 18 different types of warblers. You can see rare birds in Big Meadows that you can't find anywhere else. Look skyward for Northern goshawks, red-tailed hawks, and sharp-shinned hawks circling overhead.

      • EarthCaching – If you're ready to learn about the geology and history of the park, try EarthCaching. This educational exploration activity involves finding virtual caches, using your GPS in the North, South, and Central parts of the park. When you find these treasures, they provide scientific and historical insights into the spot where you find it. It's free to participate in EarthCache activities.

      • Dining – You can really work up an appetite when you're exploring the park and there are several eateries where you can appease your rumbling belly. Try the Mountain Taproom, Big Meadows Lodge, or the Pollock Dining Room for delicious food and a gorgeous view.

      History and Adventure in the Shenandoah Valley

      • Harrisonburg – Once known as Rocktown and nicknamed, 'The Friendly City', Harrisburg sits in the Shenandoah Valley. In 2016, the city won the title, '#3 Happiest Mountain Town' by the Blue Ridge Country Magazine. Check out Harrisonburg homes, if you're planning a move to Shenandoah Valley.
      • Staunton – If you enjoy culture, as well as adventure, looking at Staunton homes might be ideal for you. Not only is Staunton in the valley, it also has the American Shakespeare Center, which is a replica of Blackfriars Theatre in London that dates back to the Renaissance.
      • Waynesboro – This Shenandoah Valley city features 11 historic sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, such as the Fishburn Military School, founded in 1879. It is one of the oldest, all boy military schools in America. If you're a history buff, check out Waynesboro homes for current listings.

      Contact Old Dominion Realty when you're interested in buying a home in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Our team of real estate professionals offers a full range of services for buyers and sellers, priding ourselves on connecting you with the perfect home in Virginia and West Virginia.

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