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Northern Neck: Escape to the Tranquil Coastline of the Chesapeake Bay

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Jul 10, 2018 @ 03:23 PM

A short drive away, the beautiful Northern Neck invites you to escape to the tranquil land by the Chesapeake Bay. The Northern Neck is a great place to get away from it all while enjoying Virginia's beautiful coastline.

The Northern Neck is comprised of five historic counties including King George, Westmoreland, Richmond, Lancaster, and Northumberland Counties. This region abounds with natural beauty, history, wildlife, local
seafood and wine, recreation, shopping, hospitality, and more.
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The waterfront is the biggest attraction in the Northern Neck and there are so many ways to enjoy the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay! Enjoy a cruise across the Chesapeake Bay from historic Reedville at the tip of Virginia's Northern Neck to quaint Smith Island, only 13 miles away, yet a world apart. You'll see the crabbers and the fascinating soft-shell crab "farms" as you come into Smith Island. Rent a kayak or paddle boat or charter a boat for the day to enjoy the area's pristine waters and beaches.

Want to try something new? Learn to sail at Premier Sailing in Irvington, or learn to row at sculling camp at Calm Waters Rowing in Lancaster.

The Northern Neck boasts 21 sites on the Coastal portion of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. The trail is a driving trail with loops off the main trail, linking some of Virginia's best wildlife-watching areas with walking and biking trails. Visitors can drive, bike, hike, walk, and kayak through breathtaking state parks, rivers, or wetland marshes and enjoy the abounding natural wildlife.

The Northern Neck is full of opportunities to sample the local seafood, especially oysters. Oysters take on the flavor of the waters in which they are harvested and the salinity levels of the Chesapeake Bay and its major
tributaries are ideal for sustaining great tasting oysters. The Virginia Oyster Trail is a visitor-directed experiential "journey of discovery" program featuring Virginia's Oyster regions. The Northern Neck comprises Region Four of the Virginia Oyster Trail where you'll find sweetwater oysters with a light cream taste. You can visit www.virginiaoystertrail.com to learn more.

If sampling local wine is more your taste, visit the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail. The Northern Neck's seven wineries invite visitors to sample award winning varietals, learn pairing tips, and enjoy tours of winemaking facilities. The vineyards often participate in events like oyster crawls, wine festivals, and other events.
Visit www.chesapeakebaywinetrail.com to learn more.

Along with beautiful vistas, history, and outdoor activities, the Northern Neck offers a wide variety of fun shops, art galleries, and antiques stores to explore. Wander through Irvington's unique shops and enjoy all the fun of their farmer's markets. Or stop by the Westmoreland Berry Farm to stock up on fresh fruit and produce in season and the farm's own line of gourmet fruit preserves, after shopping enjoy a fresh fruit sundae on their deck overlooking the Rappahannock River.

History buffs will enjoy visiting historic homes such as Stratford Hall Plantation - the home of two signers of the Declaration of Independence, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, and birthplace of Confederate General Robert E. Lee; Pope Creek farm- George Washington's Birthplace National Monument; and Historic Christ Church, built in 1670.

If you'd like to extend your day trip, there are many different lodging options including camping at the Chesapeake Bay Camp Resort, renowned Bed and Breakfasts like Belle Grove Plantation and the Hope and Glory Inn, and decadent escapes like the spa at The Tide's Inn.

The region abounds in nature, waterfront recreation, historic villages and towns, antiques, classic B&Bs, local
seafood, great golf, boutique shopping, and friendly folks. Plan your day trip today!

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Meet the Builder: Stephen Alexander Homes & Neighborhoods

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jul 02, 2018 @ 03:26 PM

Inspired Design 

Stephen Alexander Homes offers a fresh approach to luxury living in The Point on Fisher’s Creek. They combine charming architectural style from the past with modern efficiency and open-concept floor plans.

Stephen Alexander Homes has a partnership with a local architecture firm to create designs that are inspired by architecture from the late 1800s to the early 1900s including Colonial Revival, American Craftsman, Victorian, and Four Square styles. Stephen Alexander Homes’ designs are so beautiful, functional, and smart they’ve received over 100 accolades and awards including numerous Parade of Homes and Homearama gold medals. Their designs have recently received national attention and are now available throughout the United States.

The designs offered by Stephen Alexander Homes also focus on coastal lifestyles. With Newport News surrounded by rivers and so close to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, these floor plans are an extension of the easy, comfortable, and often outdoor lifestyle residents in this  area are seeking. Stephen Alexander Homes offers luxurious screened porches with advanced window systems that provide use of the space nearly year round. They also offer expansive porches in the front and back of their homes.

State-of-the-Art Innovations

Stephen Alexander Homes uses synthetic material for the exterior components of their homes to ensure durability, beauty, and easy maintenance. The composite and cement materials still have the same attractive aesthetic of wood but they’re more enduring. Homeowners don’t have to worry about rotting, warping, or bugs with these materials. 

These gorgeous homes are as efficient as they are easy to maintain. Every home offers radiant barrier roofing with LP Tech Shield. This technology reflects 97% of the sun’s radiation resulting in lower attic temperatures by 30 - 40 degrees in summer. Stephen Alexander also uses the Zip System Sheathing and Tape for extra protection against air leakage and possible moisture damage within your walls. Low-E windows come standard on every home as well. These features all combine for comfortable living and lower energy costs.

Stephen Alexander Homes enhances their historical designs with modern open floor plans designed to maximize space and function.  They include 10’ ceilings on the first floor, 9’ ceilings on the second, and an abundance of windows allowing the natural light to fill each home.  Today families spend most of their time in the kitchen and the family room, so Stephen Alexander Homes dedicates the most space to these two rooms and doesn’t waste square footage on outdated rooms that homebuyers don’t use.

Stephen Alexander Homes also brings a fresh take what is included with a home purchase. “We bring the ‘yes it’s included’ mindset to home construction,” said Stephen. Giant tiled showers with dual showerheads, granite countertops, extended crown molding, hardwood floors throughout the majority of the first floor, and custom-milled built-ins are some favorite included features in every home.

Full gourmet kitchens are included in every Stephen Alexander Home, many with multi-use 10' islands for eating, entertaining, and display. Other signature features include hidden decorative hood blowers and lazy Susans, built-in microwaves and refrigerators, and pullout trashcans.

“We want to go over the top and make sure our customers are getting extra value in the structure, design, and finishes of their home. We are raising the bar on what homebuyers should expect.” Their award winning interior designer helps clients select everything going into their new home from the exterior fiber cement siding color all the way down to cabinet door knobs.

A Passionate Team 

What sets Stephen Alexander Homes apart, aside from their unique historic designs and included luxury finishes, is their personal attention and customer service. Although popular and growing, Stephen Alexander Homes is a family owned and operated local company. One of the three Principals is available to meet with each client to learn their needs and preferences. They answer any questions and offer their experience and expertise to help guide each client through the process. Stephen Alexander Homes is a company that provides personal, one-on-one attention with every high-quality custom home they build.

Stephen Alexander Homes is proud to be a St. Jude Children’s Research  Hospital homebuilder.  Stephen Alexander Homes has raised over $7 million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Hospital over the years. “We do a lot of charitable things as a company but St. Jude is by far our favorite because every dollar we put into the St. Jude Hospital effects a child’s life and often makes the difference between life and death,” said Stephen. Stephen Quick has eight children of his own, making this cause especially near to his heart.

Visit the Stephen Alexander Home model in The Point on Fisher’s Creek and experience how a new construction house can feel just like home.  Click below to download the price list.

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Best Places to Catch Fireworks this 4th of July

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 @ 11:49 AM

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Hampton
Spend the day on Outlook Beach and check out the Casemate Museum with free admission. Enjoy music from the U.S. Fleet Forces Four Star Edition Ensemble (7:30 p.m.) and then watch the fireworks over Fort Monroe starting at 9:15 p.m. Food and drinks will be for sale onsite. Event is free. Fort Monroe, Hampton.  757-637-7778

Newport News
Spend the evening on the James River with a free concert and fireworks display at Victory Landing Park. Enjoy food and drinks for sale, plus rides and crafts for kids. Free. Victory Landing Park, Newport News. 757-962-1400

Suffolk
See the fireworks in Suffolk at Constant’s Wharf Park! Event starts at 5:30 p.m. and the fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. Hear music by Affirmative Groove and enjoy food and drinks for sale onsite. Event is free. Constant’s Wharf Park, Suffolk.  757-514-7250

Virginia Beach
After your barbecue, head over to Mount Trashmore from 4–10 p.m. for food, live music and fireworks. There is a $5 parking fee to park onsite. Event is free. Mount Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach.  757-385-2990

Watch fireworks on the beach at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Enjoy live music by the Virginia Beach Chorale, Chester B’s Motown Tribute Show, the Doorway Singers, Symphonicity, and a tribute to Billy Joel. A fireworks show over the Atlantic starts at 9:30 p.m. Free. Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Virginia Beach.  757-491-7866

Williamsburg
Celebrate Independence Day in historic Colonial Williamsburg. Start the day with a salute to the states at 10 a.m. and stay to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Enjoy colonial-themed activities throughout the day, such as three-legged-races, crafts and tomahawk throwing. Hear performances by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and The Jangling Reinharts. There will be sumptuous food as guests feast on a come-and-go as you please buffet dinner at the Williamsburg Lodge. Fireworks start at 9:20 p.m., and reserved seating is included. Tickets available online, $85 for adults and $55 for children ages 6–12. Free parking available. Colonial Williamsburg.  888-965-7254

Yorktown
Come salute America along the Yorktown Waterfront with a patriotic parade on Water Street at 9 a.m. Evening activities feature a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m., live musical entertainment at 8 p.m. and spectacular fireworks on the York River at 9:15 p.m. Free. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown. 757-890-3500. YorkCounty.gov

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RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS GAME & INDEPENDENCE DAY DUELING FIREWORKS CELEBRATION
What’s better than watching baseball while eating peanuts and cracker jacks? How about all of that AND fireworks! Come out and root, root, root for the home team as the Richmond Flying Squirrels take on the Akron RubberDucks at The Diamond at 6:35 p.m. It's a perfect way to celebrate Independence Day in RVA with your family or friends while enjoying America's favorite pastime! This game usually sells out, so we recommend ordering your tickets in advance. 


DOGWOOD DELL (BYRD PARK)
Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and head over to Dogwood Dell to celebrate our nation’s independence with a free night of music and fireworks! The Richmond Jazz Band kicks things off with a pre-concert at 6:30 p.m. Then the main concert begins at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Richmond Concert Band and fireworks at dusk. Arrive early to get a seat within the Dell. Free. 

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
Celebrate the festive occasion with a spectacular firework display at dark! This event, held at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds (across from L.C. Bird High School), includes an activity area for children, food vendors and special entertainment. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the fireworks begin at dark. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy an evening that’s fun for everyone! Admission is free, but children's wristbands will be available for $5.00 for access to children's amusements and inflatables.

DOREY PARK
Head to Henrico County for a spectacular evening celebrating independence and honoring America’s veterans. Wear your red, white and blue and enjoy the holiday at the park with live entertainment, food trucks, children’s activities in the Family Fun Zone, and a concert by the Richmond Symphony, accompanied by fireworks and a laser light show finale! Guests are encouraged to arrive early and bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the entertainment. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Free admission.

LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN
Celebrate your Fourth of July with FREE admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, thanks to the generosity of CarMax! Show off your red, white, and blue pride and decorate your wagons and strollers for a parade in the Children’s Garden. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, Butterflies LIVE! and Origami in the Garden exhibits. Listen to live music by the Happy Lucky Combo. The kids can cool off in WaterPlay. There will be water stations at key locations, food for purchase at the Garden Café, and the library will be open from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. as a place to take a break from the fun and sun! Rain or shine.

Local fireworks...just another reason why we love where we live!

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Patriots Landing, Quinton

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 11:40 AM

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Patriots Landing is a new home community near Richmond, Virginia. Love the privacy of a rural environment, away from traffic and congestion, but only 15 minutes from downtown Richmond with no tolls. Enjoy this planned new home community of custom and waterfront homes in New Kent County. Homes here rival Richmond luxury homes, but with a serene private setting unattainable in the city.

Community
Where you really can have it all an outstanding community of new homes, custom waterfront homes and wooded lots that blend an incredible array of homes and unique recreational opportunities with cherished privacy and a true sense of connection to neighbors in a style reminiscent of a traditional Richmond community. Love the sense of belonging that comes from living in a diverse and caring community where neighbors are like family.

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Patriots Landing was thoughtfully designed to ensure your privacy, while offering countless opportunities to connect with other neighbors right in the community. The Residents Club is a lakeside community complex that contains a waterfront pool, clubhouse for social gatherings and events, a bocce court, putting green, and
fire pit. Patriots Landing is built around 4 pristine lakes, and has a community dock for easy access to fishing and boating.

Paved walking and biking trails along the lakes connect neighborhoods to the amenities and parks. Patriots Landing has a privately owned fitness center, Results Fitness, conveniently located at the commercial village of the community. Living in Patriots Landing offers a wide array of social events and activities for adults and kids all year round. 18-Hole Brookwoods Golf Course is adjacent to the community.

Visit Patriots Landing
From Richmond: I-64 East to Bottoms Bridge (Exit 205). Bear right off exit ramp and turn left onto Rt. 60. Go 1/2 mile, past the townhomes and Food Lion grocery, to the Main Entrance into Patriots Landing (your third left turn).

From Williamsburg: I-64 West to Bottoms Bridge (Exit 205). Go left off exit and turn left onto Rt. 60. Go 1/2 mile, past the townhomes and Food Lion grocery, to the Main Entrance into Patriots Landing (your third left turn.

Thinking about a new home in Patriots Landing?  Click below to download the price list.

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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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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/ .

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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.

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