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GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

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Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has announced its theme for this year: “Bringing Art to Light” to celebrate Richmond’s thriving arts scene.

The lights and hand-crafted decorations were inspired by well-known works of arts, such as Georgia O’Keefe’s flowers, Van Gogh’s sunflowers and Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.”

The past few years have seen record-breaking attendance at GardenFest, drawing 80,000 to 90,000 visitors per season, depending on the weather. The number of lights at GardenFest of Lights have also increased from half a million in years past to over a million lights this year, according to organizers.

Holiday favorites like the two train displays, the splashy opening night performance, holiday dinners, as well as s'mores and hot chocolate, will also be returning for the season.

GardenFest of Lights will run Nov. 23 through Jan. 7, 2019. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $8 for children age 3 to 12. GardenFest is closed on Dec. 24 and 25. More information at www.lewisginter.org.

GardenFest of Lights...just another reason why we love where we live.

 

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Busch Gardens Christmas Town: Virginia's Largest Christmas Celebration

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

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Busch Gardens® Williamsburg commemorates a decade of decking the halls with its most festive Christmas Town™ celebration to date in 2018. The annual celebration begins a week early, Nov. 17, and runs 35 days through Jan. 5. To salute Christmas Town's 10 magical years, the family-friendly holiday event offers more than 10 million lights, an all-new Christmas Town Express holiday-themed train ride experience, festive food and drink, unique holiday shopping and heart-warming shows to make the spirit of the season come alive.

Dance and sing along to classic holiday favorites at Christmas Town's family-friendly shows. Immerse yourself in the story of the first Christmas at Gloria!, then discover the magic of Christmas Eve performed on ice with ‘Twas That Night. 

For more information on operating days and times, visit www.christmastown.com/va

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

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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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