If you're itching for one last chance to get out there and enjoy the beautiful summer weather, National Trail Mix Day (August 31st) is the perfect excuse to do it. Store-bought trail mixes don't even scratch the surface of what this snack can be, and many are unhealthy to boot. Instead of picking up a bag from the store, why not make your own?
Today, we'll talk about what makes a good trail mix, tell you how to make one of your own in just a few minutes, and discuss some of the many scenic hiking locations that surround our Augusta County homes for sale where you can put it to the test.
The Macronutrients of Trail Mix
Trail mix takes its name from its original purpose: to serve as fuel for hikers out on the trails. To do this, it must include:
Many birds reside in our region during all or part of the year, and local lakes, parks, and trails provide unparalleled opportunities to cross rare and unique birds off your checklist. Our real estate agents are excited to share their favorite birding spots in Rockingham County.
Staunton is home to a thriving arts community that is worth celebrating all year round.
Consider stopping by this February and spend a romantic Valentine's Day with your significant other viewing classic and contemporary art at these incredible galleries, museums, and shops around Staunton homes for sale.
When Mother Nature brings out her fall paintbrush, the spectacular scenery around Shenandoah County homes for sale bursts with vivid color. Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway are especially noted for their impressive landscapes. Our real estate agents point out where to see stunning fall foliage around the Shenandoah Valley.
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.
With so many beautiful lakes in Northern Virginia, it's no surprise that recreational boating is a popular summer pastime. Boating is one of the most relaxing and fun ways to spend time with friends and family. It's also an excellent way to meet new people. If boating is something you enjoy, it may be worth checking out these Augusta County homes for sale, which are within driving distance of some amazing lakes.
New Market is one of the most historic communities in the Shenandoah Valley, and much of that fascinating history has been preserved to the present day. With many parks, performance venues, businesses, and dining destinations, there's so much to see in this Virginia community. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the spots that you won't want to miss on your walking tour of New Market.
Nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton, Virginia, is a beautiful city with a rich history that goes back at least as far as the history of the United States itself. Our real estate agents are lucky to live in a place with such an amazing variety of historic homes.
Harrisonburg is known as many things, from the county seat of Rockingham County to the first city in Virginia to be home to its own culinary district. But residents and visitors alike refer to Harrisonburg by a nickname that has stuck with the city for centuries – the Friendly City. Harrisonburg is the 12th largest city in Virginia, known for the warm, welcoming nature of its diverse residents, as well as its mix of urban amenities and small-town feel. Wondering why Harrisonburg is known as the Friendly City? Our real estate agents have the details on the friendly atmosphere you can expect in Harrisonburg and the reasons why you'll love calling the city home.
Did 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.
If Harrisonburg is the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, then downtown is its soul. The vibrant 40-block area is packed with shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions that embody the city's past and present. Take in the delights of historic downtown Harrisonburg with a visit to these great places recommended by our real estate agents.
Father's Day is Sunday, June 21, and our real estate agents understand that we all may need to don our creativity caps to celebrate our fathers and father-figures due to social distancing. While we may not be able to take them to their favorite restaurant, catch a movie, or take them on a shopping spree, there are plenty of ways that we can give them a spectacular yet safe Father's Day. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Michael J. Fox, star of the appropriately-named Family Ties, once declared, "Family is not an important thing. It's everything." Celebrate family members, by blood or choice, during International Day of Families on Friday, May 15. Our real estate agents suggest a fun-filled trip to one of these exciting outdoor areas in the Shenandoah Valley.
March Madness begins on March 17th and our real estate agents cannot wait to fill out our brackets. Even if you're not a die-hard college basketball fan, March Madness offers fun for casual and non-fans alike. The NCAA Men's Basketball tournament starts with 68 college teams playing in single-elimination games until there is one unbeaten team left standing. To make the event even more exciting, fans fill out their own brackets, trying to guess which teams will advance for each round. If you make a wrong selection, your bracket is busted! If the stars align and you choose the winner, you'll be the talk of the town. Fill out your brackets and catch all of the March Madness games at these local sports bars!
Put burgers on the backburner and leave your leftovers in the fridge — February 9th is National Pizza Day and you deserve a slice topped with gooey cheese, crisp vegetables, and crunchy crust. Believe it or not, more than 3 billion pizzas are sold annually and every America consumes around 23 pounds of pie throughout the year.
How can you observe National Pizza Day? You can grab a few slices with friends, order delivery for a movie night at home, or grab a pie and have a pizza party in the park with your family. Nearly 20 percent of all restaurants in the country are pizzerias and if you're searching for the best pizza spots in the Shenandoah Valley, these five parlors are some of our REALTORS® favorites!
It's hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner, but they'll be here before you know it! There are a lot of fun holiday events in or area, and our REALTORS® love helping residents find the most exciting ways to celebrate the season. One of our favorite activities is the Potomac Eagle's Country Classic Christmas featuring the North Pole Express.
Hop aboard the train and ride the rails to the North Pole. Once onboard, there will be sing-along Christmas caroling with musicians and tasty milk and cookies. The most exciting part of the entire ride, however, is the SURPRISE you'll see on your kids' faces when the big guy himself climbs on board. That's right, SANTA will join you and your family for the ride. Not everyone can see him, though. He will only appear to those who truly believe!
The entire family will love hearing the endearing story of how a train saved Christmas. You'll also enjoy the stunning views as the train makes its way through the gorgeous countryside. After you experience this for the first time, you'll want to adopt it as a cherished family tradition that you can carry on for years to come.
The North Pole Express runs each weekend from Friday, November 22nd until Sunday, December 22nd. Shows run at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. (check the schedule to confirm dates and times). This top-rated event will sell out, so you'll want to book your tickets as early as possible.
The train ride departs from Moorefield, which is a gorgeous place to live and work. You may want to plan to arrive a couple of hours early so you can drive around and take a look at some of the beautiful Moorefield homes for sale.
Adults can purchase their tickets for just $35 during the day and $52 for evening rides. Children aged 2 to 12 years old are $25 during the day and $42 in the evening. Infants and children under two years old are welcome to ride your lap and are not charged. However, you will still need to reserve a ticket for each child who will attend.
Are you ready to spend the holidays in your dream home? Old Dominion Realty can help! Our REALTORS® are ready to listen to your goals and work with you to find the perfect property. Contact us today to get started.
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.
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.
In Virginia, springtime brings warmer weather, plenty of sunshine, and thousands of beautiful flowers. Our real estate agents love showing properties this time of year, as potential buyers are often blown away by the gorgeous homes with stunning gardens.
Every year, the entire state celebrates the beauty of springtime during Historic Garden Week. This year's event takes place from April 27th through May 4th. It includes 31 tours across the state and is expected to draw close to 26,000 visitors.
This annual event has grown in popularity during its 85 years and now features over 250 gardens, homes, and landmarks. Although all of the events are wonderful, the Staunton and Harrisonburg tours stand out from the rest. Here's why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harvest season is here. That means it's almost time for one of Burlington's longest-running community events. The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival is a weekend full of old-fashioned fun for the whole family, with contests, shopping, fantastic food, live entertainment, and so much more. This year's festival includes three days of fun events, starting on October 5, 2018. Our real estate agents have all the details on the 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival, one of Burlington, West Virginia's most anticipated events of the year.
The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival
Location: 120 Hope Lane, Burlington, WV, 26710
Date/Time: October 5 - 7, 2018 – Festival Grounds Open 10 am – 7 pm
Admission: Free, with Free Parking and Shuttle Service Available
The Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Burlington, WV is organized by Burlington United Methodist Family Services and takes place on the BUMFS residential campus. The festival starts on Friday and continues throughout the weekend, with both scheduled events and all-day attractions. It's the perfect opportunity to get out, take in the autumn air, and create special memories for every member of the family.
The nights are getting cold, and the air is turning crisp, a sure sign that fall has come to the Shenandoah Valley. Our real estate agents love this time of year, and there's no better time to explore our beautiful region.
From Staunton to Harrisonburg and every hill and holler between, autumn brings the Shenandoah Valley to life with a stunning display of colors. We've got your guide to exploring the best fall foliage across Central Virginia.
After a hot summer, the promise of cool weather and incredible fall foliage is our reward. The maple trees are already beginning to change, introducing a brilliant scarlet shade to the mountains. The golden yellow of the birch and poplar trees, purple dogwood leaves, orange beach, and rusty-hued oak, are sure to follow, transforming the landscape into a radiant canvas of warm colors.
Peak color usually arrives in the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains in mid-October, though the exact timing is hard to predict. Any time from October 7 to 21 is sure to offer excellent leaf-peeping opportunities. Be sure to check out annual fall color report from the National Park Service to track the changing leaves in Shenandoah National Park.
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.
The warm, wonderful days of summer are just around the corner, and that means children throughout Augusta County will be looking for fun activities to keep busy when school is out. Fortunately, there are plenty of great summer camps in the area that allow your kids to enjoy the season in a safe, active setting, make new friends, and pursue their passions. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare for the season, with a guide to five of the best summer camps in the Staunton, VA area this year.
Spring came to Virginia a little late this year, but now that it has finally arrived, we're ready to take full advantage. Our homes in Petersburg, WV are surrounded by beautiful parks, quiet streets and the gorgeous rolling countryside on the banks of the Potomic River. It's a great place to enjoy some time in the outdoors, and with the Spring Mountain Festival set to arrive in Petersburg soon, our REALTORS® are ready to do just that.
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.
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 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.