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.
This year, we are happy to celebrate our 60th anniversary and mark a milestone in our commitment to servicing our local community. Join in on the celebration and discover more about our 60 years and plans for the future below.
60 Years of History
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.
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.
April showers may bring May flowers, but planning the perfect spring garden starts well before that. When it comes to creating the right conditions and choosing the best plants, even Mother Nature needs a helping hand.
So what are the secrets to adding curb appeal to Virginia homes for sale with a stunning garden? Our real estate agents share their favorite tips for planning a garden that makes your vision a reality.
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.
Cold winter weather can be hard on us humans, but it's not easy on our four-legged friends either! Our real estate agents want to make sure your pets stay safe this season, so be sure to take these safety tips into account if you're out there looking at Rockingham County homes for sale!
With most of us spending more time at home this year, we've gotten used to having our furry friends around us all the time. As you start to venture out again, you might even feel a little bit guilty about leaving them behind.
Luckily, there are many dog-friendly destinations in Shenandoah Valley. This makes it easy to take your dog with you when you head out for your next adventure! Our real estate agents love taking their dogs out on their days off. Here are a few places they recommend.
Did you know that a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes in the United States? Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women from the United States, aside from skin cancers. Early detection is one of the keys to successful treatment of breast cancer, which is one reason why it's so important to raise awareness about the disease. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are many ways to contribute to the cause. Our real estate agents have more details on how you can help, including participating in local fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It's hard to believe that autumn is just around the corner! It's almost time for pumpkin spice, Halloween costumes, and, of course, leaf peeping in the Shenandoah Valley. When people come to the area in autumn looking for homes for sale in West Virginia or in our Virginia real estate marketplace, they're always taken aback by its stunning natural beauty.
This is one of the reasons why our real estate agents love showing homes when the leaves start to turn. Shenandoah Valley is one of the best places in the county to take in the fall foliage. If you haven't been leaf-peeping in Shenandoah Valley before, this is the year to do it! Here are a few adventures to plan along the way.
Whether you're decorating a new home or searching for the perfect finishing touch for your long-time abode, our real estate agents are happy to report that the antique stores of the Shenandoah Valley are sure to have unique items that you won't find anywhere else. The best antique stores offer a little bit of everything, from home décor to memorabilia, furniture, art, toys, and historical treasures. Start searching for your next one-of-a-kind treasure, with our guide to five great antique shops located in the Shenandoah Valley.
Staunton, are you ready to rock? With so many musicians throughout our neighborhoods, it is no surprise that Staunton is home to several excellent guitar shops. Whether you're a longtime player looking for a new set of strings or a new player searching for the perfect starter guitar, our real estate agents encourage you to head to one of these guitar shops in Staunton and live your rock star fantasy.
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.
Embrace your home this season with dazzling décor and dynamic designs. Sprucing up your home by painting the walls and adding in complementary colored decorations works wonders in any space. Whether you're getting ready to list or if a few of your rooms need a makeover, our real estate agents encourage you to let your creativity flow with the fabulous finds at these Harrisonburg home stores.
In a world of high-tech entertainment, fishing retains a nostalgic charm. The appeal of spending a pleasant summer day with a sandwich, cold beverage, and fishing pole never seems to grow old.
If you promise not to tell, our real estate agents will share the secrets of their favorite fishing spots in Augusta County.
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.
Many of your favorite Harrisonburg restaurants are continuing to serve customers while coronavirus precautions are in effect, with takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup options. Ordering from local restaurants is a great way to keep things fresh while stuck at home, and your favorite local restaurants need your support now more than ever. While the list is ever-changing, there are many Harrisonburg restaurants committed to serving customers during these unprecedented times. Our real estate agents offer our guide to five Harrisonburg restaurants you can support by ordering meals for curbside pickup.
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.
If you love fresh, local food, fun times, and friends, then visiting community farmers markets is a great way to spend a day. Local farmers markets offer many benefits to communities, including healthy dining options, fresh produce for all of your meals, fun events, great deals, and the opportunity for small, local businesses to find a market for their wares. In addition to offering food, many farmers markets feature vendors selling crafts, art, handmade jewelry, and plenty more. Our real estate agents love shopping local, and we've got the inside scoop on eight local farmers markets you need to explore.
There was a time when eating a gluten-free diet meant you had limited choices for dining out. However, as more health-conscious people have adopted this way of eating, restaurants are taking note.
Potential homebuyers often ask our real estate agents for local restaurant recommendations, and we're happy to report that there are many gluten-free dining options nearby. Next time you're in the area looking at Harrisonburg homes for sale, check out one of these excellent gluten-free hot spots.
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.
Let's welcome the warmer weather by celebrating Learn to Swim Day on May 18th. Our real estate agents believe teaching your little ones to swim can be a positive experience that helps them develop their motor skills, instills them with courage and exposes them to a fun activity that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. If you'd like to join us in celebrating National Learn to Swim Day this May, we suggest that you consider these six locations that offer swimming lessons for children.
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.
Dieting or not, sometimes you just need to indulge your taste buds. If you're in town shopping for Harrisonburg homes for sale, this may just be one of those times. After all, shopping for a new home is hard work, and it can be a bit stressful. If you are new to the area, you might be wondering just where the best places are to find that satisfying treat you crave. Here are six spots in Harrisonburg to cheat on your diet:
Just like most residents of Hardy County, our real estate agents anxiously awaited the unveiling of renovations to the Hardy County Library. At its Grand Re-Opening Celebration earlier this year, what attendees found was a beautiful Hardy County Library ready for the future with its new bright, spacious, airy, and clean new look.
The Hardy County Public Library has been at the heart of Moorefield, WV for decades, but by the turn of the millennium, this treasured institution had begun to show its age. The library celebrated its 75th birthday in 2014, and just three years later, the ground was broken on a new renovation project that would revamp and extend the current library to include the neighboring property – formerly Puffenberger Jewelry.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that may never be truer than in Moorefield, WV. Our Moorefield real estate agents are here to share some of the sights and sounds you won't want to miss during the Christmas season.
When should the Christmas tree go up--before Thanksgiving or after Thanksgiving? It's a discussion more than one Moorefield homeowner has had with their families. No matter what your personal resolution might be, the Moorefield Lions Club along with the Hardy County Historical Society and the Town of Moorefield say "after Thanksgiving" is the answer.
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.
The town of Moorefield, WV, founded in 1777, is an example of the historic, family-friendly communities that you will find throughout West Virginia. From locally owned businesses operated by the same families for generations to structures standing the test of time since we founded the community, you'll often find evidence of the past blending with the present in Moorefield.
Of course, Moorefield residents focus on the city's future, and there's exciting news to share about what to expect for our community. Moorefield has been selected to participate in a community revitalization project, backed by the West Virginia Community Development Hub's "Cultivate WV" program, and our Moorefield real estate agents have more information on how this opportunity will help create an even brighter future in the community.
When you're touring Harrisonburg homes for sale, you'll quickly discover our hometown is a beautiful place to live, work, and raise a family. However, there's one more reason to love our city, the newly opened Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. Our real estate agents are passionate about the community we call home, and we're excited to show new clients all we have to offer.
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.
Every year around the close of summer, the people of Hardy County come together to celebrate Heritage Weekend, one of the biggest local events of the year. Hardy County Heritage Weekend is a celebration of everything that makes local communities such special places to call home. During Heritage Weekend, you'll have the opportunity to learn about local history, shop for products from local businesses and artisans, catch a classic movie, watch live shows, enjoy live music, and even participate in an "all schools" reunion for former students of local schools. Our real estate agents are excited to tell you all about the events at Hardy County Heritage Weekend this year.
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.
Every summer around the end of July, Petersburg locals gather for one of the biggest, most beloved local events of the year. The Tri-County Fair brings together people from Hardy, Grant, and Pendleton counties for eight days of good, old-fashioned family fun. Events at the Tri-County Fair run the gamut, from livestock competitions and educational exhibits to demolition derbies. There will be live music, great food, and fun for every member of the family. Our REALTORS® have all of the exciting details on what to expect from the Tri-County Fair in Petersburg this year.
Staunton homes for sale are attracting a lot of attention these days ... for more reasons than you might think. Our real estate agents report more and more clients moving to Staunton from nearby communities to take advantage of its great amenities and economy.
When you get a home that's right in the middle of everything, it pays off in a million unexpected ways. For example, you'll always have something to do on holidays like Father's Day, coming up June 17.
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.
If there are two things that go better together than cold beer and live music, we haven't found them yet (though, rest assured, we have our best people on it). Until then, the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is about as good as it gets, bringing its namesake brews and tunes to Harrisonburg, VA every year to great acclaim. This year's festival is right around the corner, and our REALTORS® recommend that you check it out.
Are you ready to put on your running shoes, spend some time with the community, and support a great cause in the process? Then we hope to see you at the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership's 11th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Autism! Every year, this well-attended local event provides an opportunity to raise autism awareness, raise funds for the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership, and bring the community together. Many of our REALTORS® with their families and friends will be hitting the streets to participate in the 5K Run/Walk for Autism, and we've got all the details on how you can join us for this wonderful, local event.
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.
West Virginia is wild and wonderful and it's also a great place to live, work, and raise a family. When you visit this beautiful state during March, you'll enjoy hills decked out in early spring greenery, wonderful homes, and unique cultural experiences. If you're thinking about relocating to West Virginia, it's the perfect time to tour Petersburg homes for sale. If you time your visit just right, you can be a part of Maple Days, a fun family event.
Our REALTORS® know you'll love Maple Days. West Virginia maple producers and enthusiasts host the event in locations across the state. You can eat maple treats and learn everything you ever wanted to know about maple syrup. Here's how you can be a part of this great West Virginia tradition.
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.
Staunton, VA is a small, friendly place with a Rockwell-esque charm. It's a picture-perfect example of the many small, yet colorful towns that dot the landscape in Virginia between pristine countryside and metropolitan centers. Even though major cities are just a short commute away, Staunton's peaceful atmosphere makes it attractive. It's long been known as the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. president.
Now, it's added a new title to its repertoire: Virginia Foodie Town to Try.
Staunton was honored with the distinction by Virginia.org, the state's official tourism travel blog. It's been drawing travelers from all around to give the taste of Staunton a try – and they're liking what they've discovered!
No culinary tour of Virginia would be complete without Staunton. If you dream of eating your way across the state, don't forget these seven Staunton mainstays that should be on the menu for every connoisseur of fine foods.
Located two miles south of Washington D.C. right between the beautiful Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Harrisonburg attracts new residents every year. It's a great place to move: Up-and-coming professionals, growing families, and retirees all find their way here.
As one of the three top Virginia cities in the area, Harrisonburg is noticeably less expensive than its neighbors Richmond and Alexandria--while still offering truly amazing homes.
Of course, you'll want to start enjoying everything Harrisonburg has to offer as soon as you can. That means taking care of the preliminaries so you'll be comfortable in your new home.
Here's how to navigate some of the most common issues when moving to Harrisonburg:
Will 2018 be the year you get fit? If you're one of the many Americans who made a fitness resolution on New Year's Day, congratulations! You're heading toward a healthier, happier life, and fitness goals don't have to be ridiculous to make a big impact. Instead of holding yourself to a grueling gym schedule, you can start with small, manageable goals – like attending a weekly class. Staunton is full of coaches and classes that make working out fun.
Our REALTORS® have plenty of experience helping people transform their lives, and our local businesses can help you transform your body too. Here are ten gyms and fitness centers in Staunton that are sure to help you stick to that New Year's resolution:
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.
If you're considering a relocation, December is a great time to discover the beautiful homes in Harrisonburg. The year-end real estate market is a little slower, so you won't have to deal with house hunting crowds. The holiday season is the perfect time to get to know this wonderful city. Winter Wonderfest is a great place to start. You'll get a preview of local lifestyles and traditions with a holiday twist.
Our REALTORS® recommend Winter Wonderfest because it's a local family favorite with something for everyone. You'll enjoy a day of music, holiday treats, and fun that will put you in a holiday mood. You can combine your festivities with a leisurely trek through downtown shops to wrap up your shopping in plenty of time for Christmas.
Ready to hit the shops for the holidays? Like many families with homes in Harrisonburg, VA, you'll probably make plenty of purchases this holiday season. Why not make sure your gifts make an impact on your hometown too? There's no better time than this weekend. Saturday, November 25 is Small Business Saturday, and our REALTORS® want to help you participate. Instead of spending your holiday worrying about Black Friday deals, wait a day and shop at locally owned businesses instead.
When you spend money at a local business, you reap the rewards of your neighbors' talents, and you also make an investment in your community that will come back to you later. Celebrate Small Business Saturday by getting your gifts here in Harrisonburg. Here are a few of our favorite places to find holiday treasures:
If you're planning to spend some quality time with the whole family this holiday season, there is truly only one way to travel... All aboard the North Pole Express! Every year, the North Pole Express is one of the most popular holiday events in the Moorefield area, and a perfect opportunity to let the kids experience the wonder of the season. Enjoy a scenic train ride with great food, fun visits from holiday characters, games, songs, and loads of spectacular scenery. Our REALTORS® are all ready to board the North Pole Express, and we're excited to share the details on one of Moorefield's beloved holiday traditions.
Surrounded by the rolling landscape of the Shenandoah Mountains, the cozy town of Bridgewater, VA sits amid some of America's most magnificent scenery. Bridgewater homes also offer access to amenities typically found in a much larger city, from shopping and dining options to schools and colleges.
Increasingly, the Bridgewater area is also gaining a reputation as one America's great up-and-coming wine regions. The climate and landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes it perfect for growing grapes. So if you're looking for a place to sample some of the local flavors, look no farther than Bridgewater's own Bluestone Vineyard.
Each third Sunday in July, Augusta County residents join ice cream lovers across the country in celebration of National Ice Cream Day. As REALTORS® in Augusta County, we live, work and shop here. We know where to find the best local ice cream. Just in time for National Ice Cream Day on July 16, we present our list of the 10 best shops.
Gypsy Hill Park remains a gem in the Shenandoah Valley's treasure chest with almost-nightly entertainment for the entire family. Staunton neighbors come together at Gypsy Hill Park for play, a picnic or perhaps an evening concert. In fact, when it comes to summertime in Staunton, Gypsy Hill Park is the central focus of much that takes place throughout the community. Here's why the park remains one of the top attractions for those who purchase homes in Staunton.
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.
Selling your home in Staunton? While the internet brings buyers and sellers together like never before, most home sales still come down to one thing: first-hand impressions of the home. Personal tours still play priceless roles in the decision to make a bid, but because most sellers can't keep their home ready for guests at all times, they rely on the open house to show off their space to anyone who might be interested.
So, how do you make sure your open house results in serious offers? Make sure you take the following five steps before opening your doors.
Harrisonburg residents and the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance are gearing up for what's expected to be another sell out event at this year's Rocktown Beer & Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 3:00 to 8:30 pm.
Downtown Harrisonburg is home to an assortment of popular events throughout the year that shine a spotlight on our city. The Rocktown Beer & Music Festival is one of our most popular events. When you live in one of the downtown homes in Harrisonburg, good living, good fun and a tremendous community are right outside of your front door.
Harrisonburg, VA is a beautiful and laid-back community with deep historical roots. Although it didn't officially become an independent city until 1916, it's a very old settlement that was founded in 1779. The area played an important role in the Civil War, and now boasts an amazing variety of historical monuments and quaint businesses like the Stonewall Jackson Inn. Converted from a mid-1880s mansion, the Inn is a spectacular destination for resting, relaxing, and exploring the surrounding area of Harrisonburg.
Whether you're moving down the street or across the country, settling in to a new home can be a fun adventure. If you're buying a home in Staunton, get to know the city and your new neighbors at this year's 26th annual edition of the Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival, a weekend-long event with fun for the whole family.
The beautiful city of Staunton has earned many accolades for its fall foliage over the years, including a mention in U.S. News and World Report's rankings of the best fall bike rides in the country. Our natural scenery is a big reason why, and Staunton also does a great job with special events during the height of the foliage season.
Our team at Old Dominion Realty is excited for this year's Fall Foliage Bike Festival, and we've got all the details on what to expect as you see the sights in Staunton, VA.
Harrisonburg may be most well-known for its rich history, unique food experiences, arts and culture, excellent shopping and unmatched community events. Perhaps no Harrisonburg event is more anticipated than the upcoming Valley Fourth celebration scheduled to take place this Monday, July 4 beginning at 7:00 AM. If you're considering buying a Harrisonburg home, celebrate the 4th of July in downtown Harrisonburg with your family, friends and new neighbors.
Join Old Dominion Realty at the 36th Annual Home and Garden Show on April 2 – 3, 2016 at the Augusta Expo in Fishersville, VA.
Get a true taste of what living in Virginia is all about with Old Dominion Realty at Booths K10 and L10 for the unveiling of our new Myers Corner model home plans and subdivision plat as well as complimentary scoops of delicious ice cream from Virginia's own Kline's Ice Cream. 104.3 Country KCY will be onsite with a live remote from 11AM – 1PM with giveaways throughout the day.
Old Dominion Realty along with other "home and garden" businesses ranging in categories from real estate, home improvement, home repair, building and remodeling, HVAC, financial, and travel will showcase their services and products to the local Augusta County community.
James Madison University has been deeply involved in the Harrisonburg community since the school first opened its doors way back in 1908, and that special relationship continues to the present day. In addition to providing an excellent education, JMU is well known for its performing arts programs. The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts is a shining example of that commitment to the arts, with a packed schedule that includes student performances, visiting artists, theater, dance, and music.
The Forbes Center has a show to suit every taste, so it's no surprise that it's at the center of the local arts and culture scene. Just one more reason that Harrisonburg is so beloved by local residents.
Whether you're celebrating with your love or going solo, discover these seven sensational restaurants in Harrisonburg to make this February 14 your most memorable yet.
If you're interested in finding the perfect "love nest" in Harrisonburg to call home, contact our local real estate pros at Old Dominion Realty. Since Harrisonburg is our home too, we have the local knowledge you need to not only find the best local restaurants, but to be the first to know about all of the latest homes for sale.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and Harrisonburg residents are finding more than enough ways to fill their calendars. With the holidays swiftly approaching, it's an excellent time to make memories and spend quality time with your loved ones. Our city makes it simple, and you'll find ample opportunities between now and the end of the year to celebrate. Here are six things to love about Harrisonburg at Christmas.
Harrisonburg, VA is a dynamic community that offers residents an ideal location, four beautiful seasons, a wide variety of activities, and a rich lifestyle and culture. The eclectic city is full of year-round opportunities that make it an interesting place to live. You can enjoy the bustle of a thriving downtown, but still get the sense of a close-knit community. Overall, Harrisonburg is an idyllic place to call home for the holidays, and the rest of the year as well.
If you're interested in making Harrisonburg your home, contact us at Old Dominion Realty today. Our knowledgeable team of REALTORS® can help you find your dream home this Christmas.
Start your family's holiday season with a visit to the 10th Annual Celebration of Holiday Lights at Staunton's Gypsy Hill Park. Gypsy Hill Park will be filled with twinkling Christmas lights and more than 50 brightly colored holiday scenes even Clark Griswold would be proud of.
Join the expected thousands of Staunton residents and visitors as they tour Gypsy Hill Park's 214 acres to view the holiday displays created by individuals, families, organizations, local businesses and churches in and around the Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County area. This year's celebration takes place from Monday, November 23, 2015 through Friday, January 1, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. each evening. This is a free event, open to the public.
Old Dominion Realty's participation in the 2015 event is a "command performance" having taken part in previous years. The Old Dominion Realty Team designed and created our holiday scene entitled, "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Special thanks to Debbie Fauber, Maria Ralston, Natalie Campbell, Krista Fields, Cathy Ward and their families who acted as Santa's helpers in organizing our presentation.
In celebration of loved one, a Veteran or "just because" you can place a lighted deer in Gypsy Hill Park's Field of Deer. During the 2014 Celebration of Lights, 124 deer were displayed by the pool at Gypsy Hill Park.
See rows of sparkling, spiral Christmas trees placed to honor those in our military. Thelma Newman, chairperson and founder of the Celebration of Holiday Lights, invited anyone interested to bring their trees to the park to be placed in honor of someone currently serving or a veteran.
On Saturday, December 19 be ready to "FA-LA-LA" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Caroling in the Park. Enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies from Staunton's Subway on North Augusta Street, complimentary photos with Santa from Queen City Photography, an outside community fire at the Gypsy Hill Park bandstand and singing by the Staunton Choral Society and Harrisonburg Harmonizers.
New to 2015, Staunton Parks and Recreation Department will be providing free wagon rides around Gypsy Hill Park during the afternoon of the Caroling in the Park event on December 19 for guests and visitors.
Joining the Staunton Community
Organized by a group of Staunton's community citizens, the Celebration of Holiday Lights combines the local beauty of Gypsy Hill Park with a time of the year when friends and families typically come together. Staunton has a growing reputation as a tourist destination and the event is another way to bring people to the city and show the true community spirit of its locals.
If living in an active, close-knit community is what you're looking for, contact the team of experienced REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty to start your search for homes in Staunton, VA.
When you're ready to buy a home, there's a long laundry list of things to consider to help you make the right choice. An excellent school district is one of those things. Even if you do not have children at home, you want to purchase a home in a neighborhood with quality schools, not only for any potential future children you have, but also to increase the potential resale value and the speed of sale of your home in the future.
For those shopping for a home in Augusta County, VA, the local school district is one of the area's biggest draws. Strong schools help families feel comfortable moving to the area, and also help improve the resale value of their homes. One of those schools, Riverheads High School, was recently awarded national recognition by being named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School.
Riverheads High School in Augusta County was one of only seven public schools across the state recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015. This award is considered a prestigious recognition of excellent academics. Both public and private schools with superior academics or who demonstrate dramatic student achievement gains are eligible for the award. In total, 285 public schools in the country were given the award this year.
Specifically, Riverheads High School received the award because of high standardized test scores for its students. In the most recent school year 88 percent or more of the students passed the tests in every subject area, and that is a high number compared to national averages. Riverheads High School also boasts a 14 percent AP participation rate and received a Bronze medal from U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools list.
If you are considering buying a home in Augusta County, this news is beneficial to you. If you have children, then you benefit automatically because the schools you will be sending your children to are gaining national recognition for excellence.
If you do not have children, you still benefit from strong schools. Strong schools are a sign of a strong, well-educated community base. They also make your home easier to sell in the future and drive up property values. Finally, strong schools can help protect a neighborhood from the natural up and down nature of the real estate market. Homes in neighborhoods with good schools tend to hold their value better even in difficult economic times.
Remember, even if you don't have kids, someone in the future who is considering buying your home might. Strong schools make your home more appealing and easier to sell. Contact the team of professional REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty to buy a home in Augusta County.
"Let the Good Times Roll" will be the theme in Augusta County, VA at this year's Good Times Festival presented by Blue Ridge Beverage and Seven Arrows Brewing Company and hosted by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce. Perhaps the perfect place in the Blue Ridge Mountains to find the best burgers, beverages, and bands on September 19, the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual signature event has been relocated to the Shenandoah Acres Family Campground.
With the goal of telling residents and visitors about the local Augusta community and businesses, the Chamber of Commerce will feature:
The Good Times Festival benefits the Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce. However, it also embraces community spirit and brings people together for some serious fun. This year's event takes place on Saturday, September 19 at Shenandoah Acres Family Campground. All ages are welcome, and the event features activities for the whole family. Some festival highlights include:
The festival runs from 12 - 5 p.m. and the concert from 5 - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per car, and you can pre-purchase online. Preferred seating and VIP tickets are also available. Beer passes are $5, and the burger cook off sample tickets are $1 per slider.
With a little bit of planning, the Good Times Festival can be a weekend getaway. The Shenandoah Acres Family Campground has tent sites, RV sites, and cottages. With access to a beautiful lake and other wonderful amenities, your whole weekend can be a celebration of the wonderful area you live in, or would like to live in.
Contact the Great Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce if you are interested in volunteering during this event.
The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce is focused on the growth and development of area businesses, industry, and agriculture. The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber serves Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County and welcomes small businesses to large industrial complexes and remains true to their motto is, "Your Success is our Business!"
Old Dominion Realty is a proud sponsor of the Good Times Festival. For us, introducing people to Augusta County and its surrounding communities is a worthwhile endeavor. The festival has a positive impact on the region, one we are thrilled to be a part of. If the Good Times Festival is enough to convince you to become a member of Augusta's community, contact one of our real estate agents to find your new home in Augusta County.