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Design Trends: Outdoor Kitchens

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 03:25 PM

Capture-14Grilling is great but preparing and cooking your entire meal outdoors is even better! Outdoor kitchens are trending, here's what you need to know to create an outdoor kitchen of your own.

Outdoor kitchens are growing in popularity as homeowners seek to add value to their homes by creating more functional space, like an outdoor kitchen. Kitchens have become the hub of the home and outdoor kitchens are an extension of that trend where the family can gather outdoors.

Outdoor kitchens allow for prepping, cooking, enjoying, and cleaning up to happen in one place outdoors, no more trips back and forth from the kitchen to the patio. With outdoor kitchens, everything you need is outside, so you can enjoy your gathering as much as everyone else is.

Cooking outdoors also reduces the heat indoors. Stovetops and ovens can make your home uncomfortably warm and make your air conditioning system work even harder. Shifting some meals to outdoor kitchens allows for lower cooling costs and increased comfort in your home.

Some kitchen features are easier to add to outdoor kitchens than they would be to an interior kitchen. If water features, fire pits, or even a pizza/baking oven are things you'd like to enjoy, your best bet is putting them outdoors.

Outdoor kitchens can include elements like grills, side burners, sinks, refrigerators, food prep stations and counters, drawers and storage spaces, griddles, bar and beverage centers, trash and towel drawers, vent hoods, stone ovens, and more.

Traditional outdoor kitchens are comprised of a masonry base tied in to the style and exterior of your home with either brick or stone.

Contemporary outdoor kitchens are characterized by sleek lines and polished finishes like granite and stainless steel.

Whatever your style and preference, there are endless options to customize your outdoor kitchen and make this extension of your home your new favorite spot.

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Art Tour in Eaglescliffe, Ford's Colony

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 @ 03:11 PM

art tour imageJoin us on Thursday, June 21st, from 4-6pm to tour Ford's Colony's best kept secret - luxurious, one floor, maintenance free living!

Enjoy complimentary wine & light hors d'oeuvres and view beautiful local art from Bob Oller, Gulay Berryman, Karen Williamson, Myra Polsky, and Bob Carlson.  Artists will be on hand to talk about their work.

Begin your tour at 1103, 1201, 1202, 1301, or 2303 Eaglescliffe.  See you there!

Ford's Colony, Williamsburg is the beacon of luxury, relaxed and gracious living. Three Dan Maples championship courses boast the most acclaimed golf in our area. Ford's Colony has fine dining in the Country Club and has continually received the AAA Five Diamond award for it's excellence in service and delectable food.

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Third Annual Funhouse Fest

Posted by Grayson Moore on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 @ 08:53 AM

Are you looking for a weekend full of amazing music, delicious food, and thirst-quenching craft beer? Look no further than Funhouse Fest in Williamsburg this Friday and Saturday, June 22nd and 23rd. Enjoy music from Alison Krauss, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, Amos Lee and more. Taste delicious creations from food trucks including Bodacious Pizza, Capt’n Crabby and Cast Iron Catering Company. Take a break from the heat and sample thirst-quenching craft beers from Alewerks, Billsburg Brewery and Devil’s Backbone. Funhouse Fest will be held on the lawn of the Arts Museums of ColonialIMG_2213-750x500 Williamsburg, located at 326 Francis Street W, Williamsburg VA  23185. Tickets may be purchased online, at the Virginia Arts Festival Box Office (440 Bank Street Norfolk, VA) or by calling 757-282-2822. Tickets may also be purchased at the Williamsburg Municipal Building, located at 401 Lafayette Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185 (open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30 PM).  For more information about the event, consult the Frequently Asked Questions section.

 

 

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Landscaping Tips and Tricks

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 @ 02:40 PM

irene-davila-198059-unsplashWhether moving into a new home, selling your home, or maintaining your existing home, landscaping can add wow-factor and curb appeal to every home.  It can often be overwhelming and confusing, so we’ve outlined a few tips and tricks from the pros.

Start with a plan

Create a drawing of your yard and plot out your master plan for your landscape.  This may look intimidating, but just work in phases or sections focusing on small projects that are part of a bigger picture.  This will help keep your budget in check and keep the project moving along as well as provide you with a sense of accomplishment and confidence.

So how do you design your landscape?

Make a list

Before designing your landscape, consider a few questions- Do you have children that will play in your backyard and how much space do they need?  Do you want to grow vegetables or fruit?  How much time and motivation do you have to devote to maintenance?  Do you have rabbits or deer that are eager to munch on your new landscape? Answering these questions first will help you define your needs and wants in a practical way, and second help you select plants and flowers that will perform best in your yard.

Study the natural lighting

It’s important to know how much sun the area you’re landscaping gets, and not only how much, but what time of day the sun is on that area.  Many plants and flowers have very specific sunlight needs and tolerances that must be taken into account when designing your landscaping.  For example, afternoon sun is much hotter and tougher on plants and flowers than morning sun.  If you have an area that gets afternoon sun, it would be wise to choose heat-tolerant flowers like hibiscus and lantana, these will tolerate high temperatures and dry conditions while still providing vibrant color.

Study the wind

Wind whistling around the corner of your home will quickly extinguish a fire pit.  By studying your landscape’s wind patterns you can decide the best place for your fire pit or outdoor fireplace if you choose to include one.

Design around a focal point

Any good garden design has a focal point, or series of focal points, whether it’s a statue, fountain, fire pit, stunning tree, or beautiful series of shrubs or flowers.  The point is to draw the eye and move it through the landscape design.

Scale and pace

This is the most difficult element in landscaping design, but scale and pace give your landscape a cohesive look.  Using variations in size, shape and color will lead people through the space.  Place tall plants and shrubs in the back or up against a building, and then medium size, and finally ground cover in the front.  Repeat some elements, whether it’s a certain plant, common color, or shape, to add a sense of cohesion.  But to avoid monotony, add an occasional element that’s different but still complements.  

Design for all seasons

When planning your landscape, include elements that will wow in various seasons, so your landscape always looks appealing.  For example, include perennials like an evergreen that produces berries in winter along with spring blooming bulbs and summer blooming bushes paired with inexpensive annuals for every season.  This is a great way to ensure there is always something beautiful in your landscape.

Get Edgy

Edging creates a defined, finished look to your landscaping including your flower beds, driveways and walkways.  You can use brick, stone, or natural material like plants.  Natural edges are especially beautiful and form the lowest tier of your landscaping design.  Low-maintenance perennial plants are ideal for this job like hostas or annuals like impatiens in shady spots, or perennial yellow alyssum flowers or annual zinnias in full sun locations.

The art of the disguise

Design ways to hide your AC unit and trash cans.  These things are necessary but can be quite the eyesore.  Build lattice around your unit or cans and have ivy or climbing summer blooms like clematis or mandevilla decorate it, or plant shrubs to hide both.

Make paths for high traffic

Pavers, gravel, pebbles, bricks, and more material are popular choices to build pathways through your landscape for high traffic areas.  This will protect your lawn and add visual interest at the same time.

Light it up

Landscape lighting is aesthetically pleasing as well as a safety feature making sure paths and features are visible after sunset.  Twinkle lights in trellises or strung in ornamental trees can add beauty and whimsy, while path lighting leads the eye through the landscape and has many designs and options to choose from including solar lights!

The most important thing to remember is to be patient and flexible.  Your landscape project is not a 3-day HGTV makeover, those shows have crews of 60 or more skilled workers and professional designers with years of experience.  Take it slow and accept that some changes might need to be made season to season and year to year until you get your landscape just right.  It’s a process, get outside and enjoy it!

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A Trip to the Waterpark Makes for a Perfect Summer Day

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Jun 07, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

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With temperatures heating up, we’re all looking for places to cool down.  Waterparks are the perfect place for the whole family to cool off together and have some fun.  Luckily, there are many options just a short drive away, making a trip to the waterpark the perfect summer day trip!

The largest and best-known water park in Virginia is Water Country USA.  The 43-acre park has state-of-the-art water rides and resort-style amenities. From water thrill rides and giant slides, to lazy rivers, a giant wave pool, and multiple children’s splash areas, there is truly something for everyone at Water Country.  Live entertainment, restaurants, souvenirs, cabanas, and locker rentals are available for guests.  Admission is $60 for guests over 3 years old.  

Kings Dominion is a theme park just north of Richmond in Doswell featuring thrill rides and roller coasters as well as a water park called Soak City, all included with your admission ticket.  Soak City is a 20-acre water park featuring two wave pools, a lazy river, thrilling water slides, an interactive splash pad for children, and more.  Cabana and locker rentals are available, along with several food choices and souvenir shops.  Admission for guests over 48 inches tall is $68.00 and junior/senior prices for those under 48 inches is $46.00. 

Ocean Breeze Waterpark is located in Virginia Beach and features over 30 rides, slides and attractions.  Features include a one million-gallon wave pool, a lazy river, many body and float slides, and many slides and areas for small children including two water play structures.  Cabanas, lockers, four eateries and three snack spots offering treats like slushies and dippin’ dots.  Cabanas and sunbrellas are available as well as locker rentals and souvenirs. 

Cobblestone Park (formerly known as Overhill Lake) in Glen Allen is a large pool/waterpark with over one million gallons of water, fun water slides, anchored floats, waterfall mushrooms, and sand beaches with 20-foot-wide umbrellas and picnic tables. Admission is $15 per person for a day pass, and children 32 inches and under are free.  

Hadad’s Lake, located in Richmond, is a swimming lake and picnic ground that offers something for everyone.  The water is filtered and chlorinated with a sandy bottom. There are two shallow 0-4 ft. deep and one large 15 ft. deep swimming areas that include rope swings and the super launch, “The Blob.”  There is also a three-acre lake for fishing and row boating, seven pavilions, 12 gazebos, several hundred picnic tables with umbrellas around the swimming and lake areas, a basketball court, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, 18 hole mini-golf, two children’s playground areas, and a clubhouse.  Guests are asked to bring their own life jackets if they have them as the Lake only carries a limited number and they are required when using the inflatables.  Children one and under are free, all others are $14.00 per day.

H2OBX covers 80 acres and is located three miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge, the northern gateway to the Outer Banks.  Resort style amenities are available including 50 private cabanas with luxury service. Four food and beverage outlets, lockers, and Wi-Fi are also among the conveniences.  The waterpark has more than 30 waterslides, pools, and attractions for visitors to enjoy.  Guests can ride the waves on a FlowRider, float along an adventure river, body surf in two wave pools, and experience a 1,000-gallon bucket dump, in addition to an array of traditional rides and attractions. A large younger children’s area is also available featuring a pirate-themed aqua play structure with over seven slides including the Champagne Bowl body slide, and five other kid’s body and tube slides.  Admission for those over 42 inches is $41.99, children under 42 inches are $29.99, and children age 2 and under are free.  

Maui Jack’s Waterpark just opened in May 2018 in Chincoteague. Visitors can enjoy brand new waterslides and floating on the lazy river.   Cabanas, locker rentals, concessions, and souvenirs are available.  Full and late day passes are available.  Full day rates for children under 47 inches are $17.99, $22.99 for adults and those over 48 inches, and seniors 65 and older are $19.99.  

Many parks offer online discounts, military discounts, group rates, coupons, and season passes.  To learn more, visit each park’s website for detailed information.

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

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Flowers After Five: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 03:59 PM

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Relax on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Flowers After 5 at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. Stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine, and beer, dining, and shopping.

Please note: No outside food and drink are allowed inside the Garden; food and drink are available for purchase. See menu (PDF). . Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Some chairs and tables are available, but they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, visit http://www.lewisginter.org/event/flowers-after-5/all/ .

Tags: Richmond, event, event-Richmond, relo-richmond-local

Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 03:45 PM

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The Summer Breeze outdoor concert series in Merchants Square is back!  Concerts will take place every Wednesday from June 6th - September 19th from 6-9pm.

Bring your lawn chair and spend the evening listing to the sounds of local music.  All concerts are free and will be on the Lawn of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg.

Click here for a list of bands and dates.

Tags: event, event-Williamsburg, relo-williamsburg-local

Port Warwick Summer Concert Series

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 03:27 PM

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Warmer weather is finally here! Come out to Port Warwick every Wednesday, 6-9pm through August 29th (no concert July 4) to enjoy the summer night air on Styron Square listening to the area’s best music.

The concerts are FREE and all are welcome! Bring your own lawn chairs (no tents), blankets, food and drink – beer and wine allowed. Or enjoy the music from one of Port Warwick restaurant patios.

Click here for a list of bands and dates.

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Tags: Newport News, Port Warwick, event, event-Peninsula, relo-peninsula-local

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festical

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 03:04 PM

kelsey-chance-575541-unsplashFrom corks to coasters & craft beers to concerts...the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival is open every Fri., Sat. & Sun. May 25 - July 1. A short drive from even the Peninsula and Richmond, we are lucky to have them in our backyard!

Unleash your inner foodie with over 60 specialty food items, 30 different wines, 25 craft beers and 20 unique cocktails not normally served at the park. Plus, catch big-name concerts on select Saturday nights and additional entertainment throughout the event. 

For more information, visit https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/events/food-festival/ .

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Relax this Spring with Incentives in Patriots Landing

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 04:21 PM

photo-1474073705359-5da2a8270c64Got Spring Fever?  We've got you!
Build with LifeStyle Home Builders in Patriots Landing this Spring and receive a free outdoor living space (a $10,000 value).  Package includes a 14' x 16' paver patio with a round fire pit and a 18' x 18" seat wall.  If you've been considering building the home of your dreams in Patriots Landing, now is the perfect time!

At Patriots Landing in New Kent County, experience the serenity of living in a rural environment and the convenience of being only fifteen minutes from downtown Richmond. A planned, new home community of custom and waterfront homes located near Interstates 64 and 295, Patriots Landing is close to shopping, dining and entertainment, both in the Richmond and Williamsburg areas. With private, wooded homesites and plentiful amenities, Patriots Landing has so much to offer!

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