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Explore the Beauty of the Season in Charlottesville, Virginia

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 @ 01:50 PM

The days are getting shorter and the weather crisper. If you’re looking for a fun way to appreciate the beauty of this season but don't want to travel very far, then look no further than Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Charlottesville is a short drive from Richmond, only about an hour from anywhere in the capital city in fact, but feels like another world with wide expanses of farm land, rolling foothills and towering Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. This rural setting is the perfect place to appreciate nature's beauty and observe the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows of the changing autumn leaves. According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, the typical fall foliage peak color period for this region is October 25th through November 10th.

And what better way to enjoy gorgeous views than with a relaxing beverage in your hand! Charlottesville is home to many wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries.

Wineries
Charlottesville has a long history of grape growing and wine production dating back to Thomas Jefferson and earlier, often called the “birthplace of American wine.” The gentle rolling hills with fertile granite-based clay soil and mild temperatures combine to yield grapes with a rich and multilayered old world flavor. Today wines
from this region are considered among the best produced anywhere in the Eastern United States.

The best place to start planning your trip is monticellowinetrail.com. Here you can find printable maps, links to every winery, a calendar of events, and a handy interactive map to plan your trip and get directions from winery to winery.

It’s helpful to chart out your course in advance as cell, internet, and GPS service can be spotty in the valley
and the mountainside.

Usually a few wineries are grouped together making it easy to travel between a few in one day. Most wineries have tasting rooms and staff to guide you through structured tastings so you may learn about and sample their wines.

Tasting fees typically range from five to ten dollars. Group tastings should be scheduled in advance for
larger parties. Many offer guided tours of their production facilities, cellars, and barrel rooms as well for an additional fee.

While some wineries have light fare like cheese and crackers for sale, if you plan to tour during meal time, picnics are encouraged and welcome at all of the wineries. A few offer a lunch menu like Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards and Trump Winery, and some host food trucks on the weekends.

Breweries
Grapes aren't the only vines flourishing in this region. Hop vines thrive here as well, in fact Virginia was once known as the hop capital of the world! This area is home to five small-batch breweries making handcrafted ales and lagers.

These award-winning brew houses welcome visitors for tours and tastings. Some of the breweries offer food menus and festive outdoor spaces for the family to enjoy.

To plan your brewery tour, visit brewridgetrail.com, named in homage to the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. Here you’ll find a trail map and suggested itinerary, calendar of events, and links to all of the breweries.

Cideries
It’s no secret Virginia is known for its apples and Charlottesville has a few cideries serving up several varieties of apple cider and hard apple cider, the most famous being Bold Rock Hard Cider. Bold Rock’s Nellysford Cider Barn, located just south of the city is a large, beautifully rustic timber framed barn overlooking the Rockfish River. The facility boasts an expansive taproom and restaurant and plenty of outdoor seating.

Distilleries
Recently the craft distillery movement has taken off around the country with small batch distilleries popping
up everywhere, and Charlottesville is no exception. You can find tasting rooms offering whisky, vodka, rum, gin and a variety of cordials in the Charlottesville area.

To plan your tasting visit Virginia.org and search for distilleries. A few possible destinations include Ragged
Branch, Silverback, Vitae, Virginia Distillery Company, and Woodsmill Distilleries.

For such a short drive away, there are so many adventures to be had! In addition to sampling wine, beer, and spirits, there’s hiking, camping, exploring The University of Virginia’s campus, apple picking, catching a show at John Paul Jones arena, watching a sporting event at The University, exploring the booming foodie scene, visiting the Downtown Mall, and so much more.

There are so many things to do, you could take a day trip every weekend and experience something new!

Charlottesville, Virginia...just another reason why we love where we live!

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Introducing Barbara Wells, a Liz Moore Rainmaker

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 12:37 PM

Rainmakers are selected based on their sales accomplishments earning them a spot among the top 20% of Liz Moore & Associates top performers.

In additional to sales volume standards, Rainmakers share client-centric philosophies, a dedication to being masters of their craft, and a commitment to giving back to the community they serve.

Introducing Barbara Wells, a Liz Moore Rainmaker!

 

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Introducing Linda Elmore, a Liz Moore Rainmaker

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Oct 03, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Rainmakers are selected based on their sales accomplishments earning them a spot among the top 20% of Liz Moore & Associates top performers.

In additional to sales volume standards, Rainmakers share client-centric philosophies, a dedication to being masters of their craft, and a commitment to giving back to the community they serve.

Introducing Linda Elmore, a Liz Moore Rainmaker!

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Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 03:25 PM

justyn-warner-529942-unsplashHead out to Port Warwick on October 13 & 14th for the 14th Annual Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival.

Art at this year’s festival will include hand-carved furniture, paintings in oil, acrylics and watercolor, ceramics, mixed media, large and small sculptures, glass and jewelry.    

The festival is a draw for art enthusiasts and decorators at any budget as many artists offer a wide range of price points to choose from.   

Enjoy great food, drink, and live acoustic music throughout the weekend.

Returning to this year’s festival is the “Young Collectors Tent,” where children can buy art at huge discounts, spending as little as $5 on art valued for as much as $300. A portion of the proceeds from this tent will help fund an emerging artist scholarship fund.  

As always, the festival will go on, rain or shine and there will be free parking.

Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

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OktoberFest at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 12:34 PM

aaron-burden-398678-unsplashCelebrate fall, nature’s grand finale, with OktoberFest at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on October 27th —  a day filled with live music, games and prizes, all included in Garden admission.

Local food will be available for purchase as well as beer from Center of the Universe Brewing. Festivities will be held in the gardens adjacent to historic Bloemendaal House, rain or shine.

Presented by Meriwether Godsey, the Garden’s caterer. This is a family-friendly event.

Food service will begin at 11 a.m. We’ll have a kids’ menu too!

Bring canned goods to donate in support of the food bank at FeedMore, where over 3,200 meals are served daily to Richmond’s senior citizens and children in need. We’ll thank you with a special gift.

Music and activities are included with Garden admission; food and drink are purchased separately. 

Ginter Botanical Garden...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

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Haunts of Richmond - Shadows of Shockoe Tour

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 12:14 PM

erik-witsoe-618962-unsplashGet in the Halloween spirit with the Shadows of Shockoe Tour in Richmond.  

Located in the heart of Richmond's oldest and most haunted neighborhoods, Haunts of Richmond brings local ghost stories and legends to life. Based on the book "Haunted Richmond, The Shadows of Shockoe," our tours take you to the sites where tragedy and trauma in Richmond's past have led to numerous reports of paranormal activity.

Tours depart Friday and Saturday evenings at 9:00 pm from through October 31, with 7:30 pm tours added on selected nights in October.

The Shadows of Shockoe Tour is $16 for adults, $12 for kids. Pre-purchase discount available via website. Group discounts available for groups of 6 or more.

Visit https://www.hauntsofrichmond.com/ to book your tour.

 

Tags: events, event, event-Richmond, relo-richmond-local, Locals - 101 Reasons

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 11:41 AM

nicole-edelbrock-509601-unsplashFill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream® on select dates through Oct. 28.  

Howl-O-Scream® is included with part admission.

Celebrate 20 years of fears in this special anniversary year, with more haunted houses, Terror-tories™ and scares than ever before. The park brings the spirit of Halloween to life at 5:45 p.m., becoming home to a host of creepy creatures hungry for unsuspecting victims.

This year’s event promises to be the scariest ever with new haunted houses Demented Dimensions™, Dystopia and The Vault: XX™, and new scare zones Garden of the Souls™ and Fools’ Court™.

Please note that all kids attractions close at 5 p.m. as the park prepares for the terror to be unleashed. For more information, please visit www.howloscream.com/va.

Busch Gardens...just another reason why we love where we live!

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An Occasion for the Arts in Colonial Williamsburg

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 10:57 AM

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An Occasion for the Arts celebrates 50 years Oct. 5 through 7 in Historic Merchant's Square in Colonial Williamsburg.  The weekend begins Friday evening with the Kickoff pARTy presented by CultureFix. Live performances are held Saturday and Sunday on two stages, and the popular food court provides a wide selection of culinary options from barbecue to street tacos. 

An Occasion for the Arts was founded in 1969 to provide Williamsburg with an arts extravaganza. Since then it has grown, year by year, to become the area’s premier art and music festival. We are especially proud to draw outstanding artists from around the country on the first weekend in October each year.

We are equally proud of having an exceptional youth component to the show. We provide space for talented young people to display their work, but a stage to perform and, in partnership with Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center, a place for young people to create their own artwork.

Visit https://aofta.org/ for more information.

An Occasion for the Arts...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

 

 

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Barktoberfest Dog Walk and Festival at Mill Point Park

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 10:45 AM

matt-nelson-259365-unsplashBarktoberfest (previously Paws for a Cause), the Peninsula SPCA’a annual fundraiser will take place at Mill Point Park on Saturday, October 20 from 12-5 p.m.

The family- and dog-friendly event will include rescue animals, vendors, exhibitors and community partners, all to benefit homeless animals at the shelter.

The annual Dog Walk is also back!  Guests don’t have to participate in the Dog Walk to attend, but those who do must register in advance. 

Registration fees for the Dog Walk:

  • between September 4-30 – $15
  • between October 1-16 – $20

Barktoberfest includes fun fall activities, live music, and a craft brew beer garden!

Festival admission is $5 per person. A Barktoberfest Package – which includes a Bow-Wow beer tasting ticket, Dog Walk registration, event admission, a souvenir glass and an exclusive Barktoberfest t-shirt – is available for $35.

All proceeds will benefit the Peninsula SPCA’s animals and programs.

Barktoberfest...just another reason why we love where we live!

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Timberlake Commons in Its Beginning Phase in Hanover

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Sep 07, 2018 @ 10:16 AM

31_photo1_08161145We are delighted to have been selected by NK Homes  as the exclusive marketing agency for Timberlake Commons in Hanover. Team Hensley, led by Annemarie Hensley, has been chosen as the exclusive sales team representing the community.

Timberlake Commons is NK Homes’ newest development and one that allows one to easily balance life and homeownership.  The quaint lot sizes allow for maximum living without the hours of upkeep. Need just a little more yard space? Large common areas line the back of the community.      

Timberlake Commons is in its beginning phase and has 40 lots available! 3 signature floor plans will be featured including the Arlington, the Rappahannock and the Winchester. The plans vary in size from 2300 square feet to 2800 square feet and start at $328,000. And did we mention location? Directly off 301 and just minutes from 295, the community is centrally located near food, shopping, entertainment and a part of the Atlee High School family.

Click here to learn more about this special new community. For more information about Timberlake Commons or to arrange a visit, contact Leah DiPofi at 804-787-3373 or email leahdipofi@lizmoore.com  for a brochure.