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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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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.

 

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22nd Annual Neptune Wine Festival

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 @ 11:42 AM

photo-1519671482749-fd09be7ccebfSeptember 15th and 16th, 12-5pm

3001 Atlantic Ave
Virginia Beach, VA
 
Join your friends by the oceanfront for an afternoon hosted by Virginia's leading vineyards. A great day trip from Richmond, Williamsburg, or the Peninsula. Taste from over 70 wines while you meet and greet the fascinating people who are forging Virginia's reputation for quality wines. Enjoy delicious food, live entertainment and the opportunity to purchase the wines you like by the bottle and case.
 
Each tasting ticket includes a commemorative wine glass and tastings throughout the event. You must purchase a ticket to enter the event. Saturday Tasting Ticket: Advance Tickets: $40 | Until September 9 Week of Event Tickets: $45 | Until Sold Out Saturday VIP Ticket:$50 advance purchase only, includes exclusive access to the event one hour prior to standard ticket holder access. Click to purchase tickets.
 
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Saturday 12:00-2:00pm - Joe Gosman Band 2:30-5:00pm - Cheap Thrills Sunday 12:00-2:00pm - Mike Proffitt Trio 2:30-5:00pm - Borderline Crazy
 
The Neptune Wine Festival...just another reason why we love where we live!
 

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The Love Where You Live Photo Contest is Back!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 @ 02:45 PM

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We had so much fun a few years ago with the Liz Moore Love Where You Live Photo Contest that we've decided to do it again! 

Who doesn’t love to take photos of the things that make them smile?  Whether you know your way around a sophisticated camera, or you just enjoying taking photos of your cat with your iPhone, we’d love for you to enter!  

Enter photos in categories such as Recreation, Community, Pets, Special Places, and more. 

The photo contest will run through October 15, 2018, and at that time we will select the grand prize winners.  Over $4,000 in prizes will be awarded including an iPad, Busch Gardens Season Passes, cash, and more!  We will also be running “mini contests” each month – stay tuned for details.

Enter as many times as you’d like!  Visit lizmoore.com/love to enter and to view our photos entries so far.

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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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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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Introducing LizLocal.com!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 @ 03:11 PM

liz lpcal.jpgAt Liz Moore & Associates, we understand that our role as REALTORS is about far more than selling homes – we connect people to the community that they will call “home.”

We are often asked about local events, and to recommend our favorite local businesses and restaurants.  So, we decided to create a website dedicated to just that:  introducing LizLocal.com!  Log on to find information on local events in Richmond, Williamsburg, and on the Peninsula.  We’ll share the inside scoop on events like the Carytown Food Tour in Richmond, Boathouse Live coming to City Center in Newport News, and special events at Busch Gardens you won’t want to miss.

In addition to event info and stories about our favorite local businesses, you’ll also find video recommendations for restaurants (including what we like to order!).  Do you have a favorite you would like for us to feature?  Just let us know at info@lizmoore.com.

You can also tag your photos on instagram with #lizlocal to share them on the site, which is another great way to plug your favorite venues.

And, of course, you can search local real estate listings, subscribe to one or more of our digital real estate magazines, or order an e-version of one of our hyper local books – 101 Reasons to Love Living in RVA or 101 Reasons to Love Living in the Historic Triangle.

Check it out at www.lizlocal.com...Real estate is local – so are we!!

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Savoring Richmond's Craft Breweries

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Jan 09, 2018 @ 03:33 PM

beer.jpgThe craft brewery boom has beer lovers everywhere hopped up, and Virginia is no exception.

The Commonwealth boasts 206 breweries, 13th most in the nation. They produced nearly 300,000 barrels of traditional and wildly innovative brews last year. That’s part of an explosion that’s seen U.S. craft breweries triple in number to more than 5,000 in just five years.

Not coincidentally, 2012 is also when Virginia’s General Assembly passed Senate Bill 604 allowing breweries to sell beer and their patrons to drink it on-site. That’s translated into an amazing 486-percent increase in Virginia breweries.

Craft breweries, though, are so much more than high-ceiling warehouses cranking out lagers, stouts, porters and IPAs with cool labels and catchy names. Craft tasting rooms have become modern cultural centers, warm and welcoming community hubs - family and often dog-friendly - that are fun, vibrant boosts to their town's quality of life.

Shadowed by looming stainless steel tanks where the hops, yeast and water join forces, tasting rooms thrive now as special-event venues, trivia parlors, music halls, food-truck and corn hole fests, even yoga studios.

Craft breweries and beer tourism add over $9 billion to Virginia’s economy, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who calls Virginia “a premier destination for craft brewers and consumers from all over the world.”

Craft brewing is a collegial world in its own right. It thrives on the principal that all who brew are colleagues, not rivals, inspiring each other to greater creativity and beer innovation.

We’ll drink to that!

Here are just a few of our favorites for relaxed, beersavoring good times with friends in and around Richmond, a nationally acclaimed hotbed of craft breweries:

Center of the Universe Brewing Co.
11293 Air Park Road, Ashland
COTU recently celebrated five years of brewing in the heart of central Virginia. Founded by brothers Phillip and Chris Ray – Chris pitched in the major leagues for six seasons – the brewery features four year-round brews: Ray Ray’s Pale Ale, Chin Music Amber Lager, Pocahoptas IPA and Slingshot Kolsch. Enthusiastic former home brewers, the Rays use traditional, all-natural methods to brew their ales with whole ingredients. They’ve created a comfortable and friendly tasting room - food can be brought in or ordered for delivery - with plenty of space and two dozen options on tap.

Speaking of plentiful, COTU frequently holds Plant Nite, where horticulturally inclined patrons can get their gardener on while sampling the fruits of the Rays’ labor.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408-2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond
It’s true destiny that childhood friends Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh teamed to open Hardywood Park in
2011. McKay worked in the craft beer industry for years, becoming a recognized expert, and Murtaugh comes from three generations of brewmasters. They named their own brewery after an Australian sheep ranch familiar to them both. Business is definitely hearty: Hardywood has expanded to Charlottesville and is set to open a brand-new brewing facility in Goochland in 2018.

The owners’ expertise has produced one of Virginia's top rated and most awarded breweries. Hardywood complements its flagship Singel, Pils and VIPA with a staggering number of seasonal, barrel, pilots and “brewer
and artist series” offerings.

Stone Brewing Richmond
4300 Williamsburg Avenue, Richmond
Craft-beer aficionados know that Stone rocks. Competition was fierce among cities a few years ago for California-based Stone’s East Coast brewery and distribution center. Richmond’s sky-rocketing craft-brew scene won out.

The evidence is Stone’s striking 220,000 square-foot brewery and company store, part of the Fulton neighborhood's revival. Stone also has plans in the work to build an RVA version of its Southern California World
Bistro and Gardens next door.

IPAs are Stone’s trademark game. It brews six different varieties for year-round enjoyment as well as an impressive menu of seasonals, special releases and collaborations.

Brewery tours are popular, but just relaxing in the comfortable, picnic-table filled tasting room fronted by a
family-friendly patio is fun, too. Pay attention getting to Stone, though: there is no outdoor signage, so it’s easy to drive past the parking-lot entrance.

Veil Brewing Company
1301 Roseneath Road, Richmond
Despite operating only 1½ years, Veil fans rave that their favorite place is among the best and busiest craft
breweries on the East Coast. Located in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood, the cushy tasting room is already famous for a cool vibe and very welcoming service. Veil draws high marks for all facets of its operation, not the least of which is a pair of its most delicious flagships - Master Shredder, a wheat IPA, and double IPA Crucial Taunt.

Co-owned by brewer Matt Tarpey, Veil in fact was named the third-best new brewery – in the world! – by
RateBeer.com. Make a note to yourself: Must. Visit. Veil.

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Our Latest Book is Now Available: "101 Reasons to Love Living in Richmond"

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Dec 01, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

cover-2-1.jpgAs you might imagine, at Liz Moore & Associates we are enthusiastic advocates of living in Richmond and its surrounding communities.  We have the best of all worlds:  four distinct seasons with just enough snow in the winter to have fun; long, lazy summers, and SPECTACULAR springs and falls.  We have great schools, plenty of history and culture, and are convenient to just about everything…the beach, the mountains, Washington DC, and much more.

Who knows the insider secrets of this dynamic area better than the best REALTORS in town?  We’ve compiled 101 of our favorite things about living Richmond and are excited to announce the release of our latest book, 101 Reasons to Love Living in Richmond.

The hard part of writing this book was to narrow it down to 101 reasons to love living here.  It would be impossible to include everything, and so we tried to stick to our favorite things.  I’ve we’ve missed something, please don’t hesitate to email us at RVA@lizmoore.com, and we’ll consider adding it to the next edition. 

You can download the electronic version for free, or purchase a hard copy for $5, at lizmoore.com/101.

Now, grab a highlighter, and pick out some fun things to do this weekend!

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