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September
21

Where to Order Fall Treats in the Shenandoah Valley

Fall Bakeries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June
13

Summer Learning: Augusta County Historical Places

Augusta County

Shhh! Don't tell the kids, but learning can be fun. Our real estate agents love to combine culture and entertainment at these impressive historical attractions near Augusta County homes for sale.

  • Frontier Culture Museum - 1290 Richmond Rd., Staunton, VA 24401
    How did the early immigrants blend their histories to create a new culture in the colonies? Learn about their fascinating stories at the Frontier Culture Museum. Permanent exhibits include replicas of West African, Irish, English, German, and Native American farms from the 1700s along with an 1820s American farmhouse and early American schoolhouse. The museum also hosts lectures, concerts, and special holiday events. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for high school and college students, and $7 for ages 6-12. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily through December 1.

  • Bare House and Mill - 157 Wilda Rd., Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
    Bare House and Mill, situated on scenic fields not far from Stuarts Draft homes for sale, are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While the original home was destroyed by fire in the mid-1850s, it was soon replaced by a Greek Revival/Italianate two-story brick home that still stands. The mill, which was shut down after the 1870 floods, has been ravaged by time, although the limestone ruins hold evidence of a rare undershot wheel.

  • Valley Railroad Stone Bridge - Jolivue, VA 24401
    As air travel has taken over as the preferred method of transportation, structures such as the Valley Railroad Stone Bridge have become a rare sight. The four-arch bridge, which spans Folly Mills Creek, was constructed in 1884 as part of the Valley Railroad line connecting Staunton and Lexington. While the line was discontinued in 1942 and the tracks were subsequently removed, the stunning bridge has been maintained as a charming landmark for area travelers. The remarkable masonry engineering displayed by the bridge landed it on the National Register of Historic Places. 

  • The Stonewall Brigade Band - Gypsy Hill Park, 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
    Art meets history with the Stonewall Brigade Band, the oldest continuous community band in the country. In 1855, the band started with all brass instruments as the Mountain Saxhorn Band. Since then, it's grown into a full band, adding woodwind and percussion instruments. The Stonewall Brigade Band performs free summer concerts at 8 p.m. each Monday night from June through August. Their Gypsy Hill Park bandstand, built expressly for the band, dates back to 1889.

  • R.R. Smith Center for History and Art - 20 S. New St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Local culture is showcased at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, housed in an 1894 hotel in Staunton's Beverley Historic District. The building is home to the Staunton Augusta Art Center, with exhibits that change every six weeks, and the Augusta County Historical Society, which holds archives that can be used for ancestral research. Be sure to stroll the adjacent Mevluda Tahirovic Memorial Garden, a lovely tribute to the donor's late fiancée. Gallery hours are 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

  • Harnsberger Octagonal Barn - Weyers Cave, VA 24486
    Built around 1867, the Harnsberger Octagonal Barn is a significant departure from the classic red-sided rectangular barns. The unusual design was influenced by architectural theories that were in fashion after the Civil War. Local carpenter William Evers supervised construction, and the barn is still in use, not far from Weyers Cave homes for sale.

  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum - 20 N. Coalter St., Staunton, VA 24401
    As the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson helped lead our country during the early years of the 20th century. Today, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum is located in the city of his birth, right down the street from Staunton homes for sale. Tour his family home, and explore seven galleries featuring artifacts from Wilson's life and times. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for ages 6-17. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon.

Summer is a perfect time to buy or sell your Augusta County home. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started.

May
23

Pick-Your-Own Farms Near Rockingham County

Farms Rockingham County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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