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October
31

Richmond Beer: Where to Order Seasonal Favorites

Richmond Breweries

Over the last 20 years, Richmond has developed into one of the most vibrant craft beer scenes in America. A glance at some of the area's leading breweries makes it obvious that Richmond is a city rooted in tradition while constantly pursuing new innovations. 

Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite local craft breweries in the Richmond area. Some are established titans of the craft beer world, while others are young upstarts pursuing their own visions. All offer a spectacular array of unique seasonal flavors. 

  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery - 2410 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220
    One of the biggest names in Richmond's craft brewery scene, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has been creating some of Virginia's most unique and delicious beers, ales, and lagers since 2011. Their flagship location is just minutes from these Richmond homes for sale in the city's Historic German Brewing District and includes a renovated public taproom, beer garden, live entertainment stage, and pizza kitchen. This fall marks the release of Hardywood's Rum Barrel Pumpkin Ale, which joins the ranks of signature brews like Richmond Lager and Great Return IPA.

  • Ardent Craft Ales - 3200 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23230
    Nestled in Richmond's historic Scott's Addition neighborhood, Ardent Craft Ales celebrates its 8th anniversary this year. Their rustic taproom and breezy outdoor beer garden are great places to sit, socialize, and sample all the brewery's flavors. One of their best seasonal offerings, Sweet Potato & Sage Saison, is back this fall, and it's a great way to welcome the crisp autumn weather in Richmond. 

  • Intermission Beer Company - 10089 Brook Rd Unit A, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    The journey of Intermission Beer Company started with a home brewing kit back in 2007 and finally culminated in the opening of their beautiful brick-and-mortar location in 2017. A short drive from many Glen Allen homes for sale, Intermission Beer Company offers some great brews in their rotating taps, like the light, refreshing Peaches N' Scream Sour. They also serve up tasty brick oven pizzas and pub snacks. Their pet-friendly patio is a welcoming place to sit and sip for a while. 

  • Steam Bell Beer Works - 1717 Oak Lake Blvd, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Serving up fantastic beer near Chesterfield County homes for sale, Steam Bell Beer Works is the perfect place to meet up with friends for a pint or consider signing up for their cornhole league! Check out their website for the latest information on what's on tap at their Midlothian brewery. Hungry after your beer and game of cornhole? Stop by their onsite food truck for fantastic food to pair with your favorite beer. 

  • Trapezium Brewing Co. - 423 N 3rd St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Located in a historic building in Petersburg, Trapezium Brewing Co. offers a warm, welcoming taproom and outdoor beer garden adjacent to their 30-barrel production facility. New beers are always being added to their lineup, and the new Upstream Kolsch is one of the most exciting seasonal additions this fall. It joins a core lineup that includes their White Ale, IPA, Session IPA, and unique Lemon Honey Ginger. Pay them a visit if you're in town looking at Petersburg homes for sale

Contact us today to learn more about all the unique sights, sounds, and flavors that Richmond has to offer. If you're looking for your dream home in Central Virginia, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it. 

October
24

Update Your Bathroom Vanity on a Budget

Bathroom Vanity

Updating a bathroom is one of the most surefire ways to add value to your home. Fortunately, you don't have to break the bank to update your bathrooms. Instead of updating your entire bathroom, turn your attention to your bathroom vanity! Whether you're selling your house or just planning on enjoying the updates yourself for a while, here are a few suggestions from our real estate agents for giving your bathroom a facelift while still staying within your budget.

  • Paint the Vanity
    A coat of paint is the fastest, easiest, and often the cheapest way to give your bathroom a facelift. Bathroom vanities are typically not very big and usually against at least two walls, meaning you don't have much surface area to paint for this quick upgrade. Black is a striking color for a bathroom vanity, depending on your color scheme, or go a different route and turn your vanity into a pop of color. Distressing and crackle finishes offer ways to add an additional level of interest. Be sure to plan your entire mini remodel before painting, as a newly-painted vanity, along with a bunch of other easy updates, can give your bathroom an entirely new look.

  • Replace Cabinet Hardware
    The best way to paint your vanity's cabinet doors is to remove them entirely, but don't put them back on quite yet! This is the perfect time to replace your dated cabinet hardware as well. Shop around for a modern style and finish that will blend with your intended overall look.

  • Replace or Refinish the Countertop
    Even if you're updating your bathroom on a budget, it doesn't hurt to price out modern countertops, and you might be pleasantly surprised: Bathroom vanities typically have a small amount of counter space, so it might not cost as much as you think. A new counter in a more modern material is a great way to top off a newly repainted vanity. If you can't afford the replacement counter, there are a variety of ways to update the existing one, such as paint, tiling, or even creating a faux concrete countertop.

  • Update the Fixtures
    Once you've repainted your cabinets and replaced or refinished your countertop, your outdated fixtures are bound to look a little shabby in comparison. Fortunately, new sink fixtures aren't typically very expensive, making them an affordable way to complement your new vanity's style. Look for something modern and classic but not too trendy, as you don't want it to become dated again too quickly.

  • Upgrade the Vanity Lighting
    It's not strictly related to your bathroom vanity, but while you're updating this area of your bathroom, it's worth updating the lighting fixture too. It's no secret how important lighting is, both to your decor and to your buyer's perceptions, if you are listing your home for sale. 

Updating your bathroom can be fairly easily and cheaply done with just a few surface improvements, and updates like these tend to make a big impression on potential buyers looking at Richmond homes for sale. For more information about what updates sell the best in today's market, contact us today.

October
17

Classic Diners in Central Virginia

Richmond Diners

There's nothing else quite like the classic diner experience. Our real estate agents will be glad to introduce you to a few tasty options.

The iconic American diner reached its apex in the 1950s. It was known for such classics as burgers, fries, fountain soda, and milkshakes. It's no secret that the Richmond area offers fantastic culinary experiences, with some places serving up a side of nostalgia with their meals! Let's take a look at some real "blast from the past" diners right here in Central Virginia:

  • Galaxy Diner – 3109 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Galaxy Diner prides itself on delicious diner fare not too far from some of the best Richmond homes for sale. Hearty burgers anchor the menu, along with platters piled high with your favorite fries, mozzarella sticks, quesadillas, tater tots, hot dogs, and more. There are also lighter options and salads, giving you something for everyone in the whole family. Its regulars come back again and again, and you can too!

  • City Diner – 2237 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Billing itself as "Richmond's favorite diner," City Diner offers robust comfort food. Everyone from students to construction workers to the mayor has been seen partaking in its offerings. Aspiring to be "the Cheers bar of breakfast spots," the staff always goes the extra mile to help you feel welcome. Drop in at any time for a delectable breakfast or lunch at an affordable price.

  • Glen Allen Bistro – 10209 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Glen Allen Bistro is one of the places you just shouldn't miss when you're in town to visit Glen Allen homes for sale. It combines quality local ingredients with family recipes, some of which have been passed down for generations. Not quite limited to the usual image of what you think of in a diner, there are Philly cheesesteaks, rib-eye steak sandwiches, and a variety of beloved Italian mainstays.

  • Boppers Malt Shop – 414 North Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Boppers Malt Shop does its best to create the perfect picture of a 1950s diner – the only thing missing is the waitstaff on roller skates. Just a few minutes from Petersburg homes for sale, it's a fun place for an "all ages" family outing. Lunch starts promptly at noon, and you'll have a chance to try out the famous Bopper Burger. It's a veteran-owned business smack dab in the midst of historic Olde Towne Petersburg.

  • Dot's Back Inn – 4030 MacArthur Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227
    Dot's Back Inn is dedicated to the memory of the original Dot, who started working at the diner back in the 40s and racked up an impressive tenure of nearly 50 years. Now owned and operated by head chef Jimmy Tsamouras, it is open for indoor dining, and it also boasts recently expanded patio seating. Right in the desirable Bellevue neighborhood, it will give you an unforgettable time.

Contact us to discover more of what Central Virginia has in store for you.

October
10

Prince George County Parks and Recreation Centers

Prince George County

Our real estate agents place a year-round priority on fitness and health. Stay active no matter what the weather is like when your visit these great parks and recreation centers in Prince George County.

  • Scott Memorial Park - 6680 Courthouse Rd., Prince George, VA 23875
    If your kids want to bend it like Beckham, head to Scott Memorial Park for some first-rate soccer facilities. The park's five soccer fields feature Bermuda grass, which is a resilient surface that holds up well under lots of running feet from the leagues and tournaments held there. Two baseball/softball fields include dugouts, bleachers, and a concession stand. Check out the brand-new 18-hole disc golf course that opened this past summer. Tree Time is an onsite adventure park with obstacle courses, zip lines, and nature trails. Toddlers have their own playground, and there are picnic facilities for the whole family. Hours are dawn to dusk daily.

  • Temple Recreation Park - 14307 Prince George Dr., Disputanta, VA 23842
    Have you joined the pickleball craze yet? That's just one of the activities available at Temple Recreation Park, along with traditional tennis. The lighted baseball/softball field has grassy areas to accommodate lawn chairs, while the basketball court has six hoops for multiple games. Whether you prefer walking, jogging, or running, follow the beautiful nature trail at your own pace. The park is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.

  • JEJ Moore Athletic Complex - 11455 Prince George Dr., Disputanta, VA 23842
    At a sprawling 52 acres, JEJ Moore Athletic Complex is the largest of the parks and rec facilities near Prince George homes for sale. Team sports are the name of the game here, with four baseball/softball fields and one multi-use field for soccer, football, and field hockey. The baseball/softball fields have dugouts, batting cages, and electronic scoreboards, as well as bleachers and grassy areas where you can watch your favorite team. Take a break for a snack and beverage from the convenient concession stand. The complex is open for use from dawn until dusk daily.

  • Prince George Community Center - 11100 Old Stage Rd., Prince George, VA 23875 
    Pump some iron or get your heart rate pumping at Prince George Community Center. The cardio room holds ellipticals, treadmills, and stationary bikes, while the weight room has machines and free weights. Both rooms are open to county residents ages 15 and up, while teens between 13-15 are allowed in the company of an adult. Hours are 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Friday. The $5 monthly fee or $50 annual fee includes admission to the gym at Prince George Central Wellness Center, located at 11023 Prince George Dr. in Disputanta. Wellness center hours are 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Friday. 

  • Appomattox River Regional Park - 800 Folar Trail N., Hopewell, VA 23860
    Enjoy the natural splendor around Hopewell homes for sale at Appomattox River Regional Park, the latest addition to the Prince George Parks and Recreation system. The 65-acre wooded grounds include more than three miles of hiking trails that are also great for birdwatching. Add some variety to your hike at the 10-station fitness trail or head out on the river at the canoe/kayak launch. Park hours are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily.

Are you buying or selling a home in Prince George County? Contact us for dedicated and experienced help.

October
3

National Taco Day: Central Virginia Taquerias

Central Virginia Tacos

Whether you prefer classic beef, al pastor, or shrimp, it's hard to imagine a more satisfying food than tacos. Tacos are so beloved, in fact, that they have their own day, and no, we're not talking about Taco Tuesday! October 4th is National Taco Day, and our real estate agents recommend celebrating by visiting one of these Central Virginia taquerias.

  • Taqueria Panchito: 6531 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23225
    Taqueria Panchito is an authentic Mexican restaurant with an extensive menu. On Wednesdays, tacos are only $1 each. Choose from chorizo, carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, and barbacoa. The pollo al carbon, or charcoal chicken, is also delicious. These tacos come in soft corn tortillas with your choice of sauce.

    In addition to tacos, Taquria Panchito has delicious fajitas, burritos, and tortas. Complete your meal with flan for dessert, then look at some Richmond homes for sale while you're in the area.

  • Barrio: 2229 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Barrio is another Richmond staple for tacos. If you dine here, definitely start with an appetizer. The Mexican Street Corn, seasoned with chipotle aioli, cotija cheese, lime, and cilantro, is incredible.

    When it's time to choose your entree, you can't go wrong with the adobo chicken tacos made with corn relish. The crispy shrimp tacos, made with jicama, pickled pineapple, and scallions, are another unique favorite. The menu also includes some classics, like carne asada and carnitas tacos. Barrio recommends making a reservation, although they're not strictly required.

  • Two Compadre's: 13830 Village Place Drive, Midlothian, VA 23113
    If you're looking at Midlothian homes for sale, this is the perfect place to stop for tacos. Two Compadre's is a bar-and-grill-style Mexican restaurant. They have a great selection of margaritas, including the Watermelon Margarita and a Dulce Vida Grapefruit Margarita.

    The menu at Two Compadre's has a whole section dedicated to tacos. Each order comes with refried beans and Spanish rice, along with three tacos. Choose from carnitas, chorizo, carne asada, shrimp, and fish tacos. The seafood tacos, stuffed with both shrimp and scallops, are another favorite.

  • La Cabana Restaurante y Taqueria: 4086 Crockett St., Richmond, VA 23228
    La Cabana Restaurante y Taqueria
    is a small but inviting Mexican restaurant with great tacos. They offer online ordering and takeout, so you can enjoy your tacos at home if you prefer.

    La Cabana allows you to order tacos a la carte. Most are only $3 each, with extra charges for additions like sour cream and guacamole. The shrimp tacos are a favorite here. They also have delicious cactus tacos, which are a good vegetarian option. If you want something filling and comforting, try the slow-cooked beef brisket tacos. Rinse it all down with a Michelada or Mexican sprite.

  • Tortilleria Mixteca Petersburg: 101 South Crater Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
    You could make a day out of looking at Petersburg homes for sale and eating tacos at Tortilleria Mixteca Petersburg. This place makes its own tortillas, and they're known for their flavorful, marinated meats. Their tacos de Asada are $3 each, and you'll definitely want at least three. You can also order their tortillas by the pound, so consider taking a few home to make your own tacos.

If you'd like some assistance on your home-buying journey, we're here to help. Contact us to learn more about our real estate services in Central Virginia.

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