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November
28

How to Organize Your Holiday Decorations

holiday decorations

Decorating your house is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Especially if you recently moved into a new home, you probably can't wait to shop for new decor. But before you start stocking up on new holiday decorations, it's important to consider how you'll store them. With a little creativity, it's not that hard to stash them away. Our real estate agents have come across some incredible holiday decoration storage and organization ideas over the years, and they're excited to share them below.

  • Put Your Tree in a Rolling Case
    Artificial trees are cumbersome, heavy, and hard to find space for. One solution is to pack your tree into a rolling case. Several brands make wheeled cases specifically for trees. If your tree comes apart into smaller sections, you could even store it in a large suitcase. Park the rolling case in a closet or storage room on the same floor where you display the tree, and you've cleaned up for another year.

  • Store Wrapping Paper in an Over-the-Door Shoe Holder
    You've probably seen those plastic, over-the-door shoe holders that have slots for each shoe. Buy one for your holiday wrapping paper. Put it over the door in your storage room. Place rolls of wrapping paper in the bottom slots so they can stand up over the other compartments. Keep bows, ribbons, tape, and other wrapping accessories in the upper slots.

  • Keep Hooks and Hangers in a Tackle Box
    In a new home, you may need lots of hangers to experiment with different ways of hanging decorations. Purchase a plastic tackle box at your local outdoor store. Use it to store hangers, books, string, zip ties, and other accessories you use to hang decorations. Each item can have its own slot, so they don't get tangled together or lost.

  • Vacuum-Seal Tree Skirts and Tablecloths
    Do you have a tree skirt and other large linen items like holiday tablecloths? These items can take up an entire dresser if you simply fold and stack them. Instead, try putting them inside vacuum storage bags. There are ones you can purchase that are compatible with home vacuums. You use the vacuum cleaner to suck the air out, condensing the item. You'll then be able to fit more linen items in a single drawer.

  • Use Clear Totes
    If you have figurines, wreaths, and other cumbersome decorations, it's usually easiest to store them in tote bins. Use clear totes, and you won't find yourself having to take the lids off multiple tote boxes to find what you need. (You'll still want to label the totes, too.)

  • Store Lights Inside Toilet Paper Tubes
    Are you tired of holiday string lights getting tangled in storage? Try running them through cardboard toilet paper tubes to keep them straight. The tubes will keep them separate and straight. Use longer paper towel tubes for longer strings of lights.

  • Put Small Ornaments in Egg Cartons
    Egg cartons are sturdy enough to protect eggs, so they should be sturdy enough to also protect your fragile ornaments. Put one small ornament in each slot. You can easily stack a few filled egg cartons inside a tote box or large plastic container. If you really want to be organized, sort your ornaments by color or type. For instance, you could put all red ornaments in one egg carton and all green ones in another carton. 

We hope these tips serve you well as you decorate (and un-decorate) your home this year. If you're still looking for Richmond homes for sale, don't hesitate to contact us. Our friendly agents can help you find the perfect place to settle in.

November
14

Small Business Saturday: Where to Shop in Richmond on Nov. 26

Richmond Shopping

If you're looking for places to shop locally, you don't have to look very far in the Richmond area. Our city is home to an amazing variety of locally-owned shops and boutiques, and our real estate agents are eager to highlight some of their favorites just in time for Small Business Saturday!

  • Maven Made - 1321 1/2 E Main St Ste 113, Richmond, VA 23219
    Richmond-based Maven Made has been offering handcrafted, plant-based wellness products since 2014. From skincare and body care to fragrances and aromatherapy, their products are simple and unpretentious and made using botanical ingredients that are organic, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. Find them on East Main Street, just minutes from these Richmond homes for sale.

  • Little Nomad - 104 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
    One of Richmond's most unique children's stores, Little Nomad offers a thoughtfully curated selection of toys, books, and sustainable clothing for kids, babies, and toddlers (and some pretty cool items for grown-ups too). Their broad selection of games, puzzles, wooden toys, arts and crafts, stickers, and stationery make Little Nomad a truly enjoyable place to shop. 

  • 43rd Street Gallery - 1412 W 43rd St, Richmond, VA 23225
    You can always count on finding something special at 43rd Street Gallery, a beautiful art space and shop that highlights work by local artists. From paintings and prints to pottery and jewelry, their offerings are ever-changing and always unique. The gallery will be open for extended hours during the annual 43rd Street Gallery Holiday Open House from November 25 through December 24. 

  • The S.E.E. Boutique - 1244 Sycamore Square Dr, Midlothian, VA 23113
    An amazing selection of women's clothing, jewelry, and accessories is on display at S.E.E. Boutique, which was voted the Best Local Fashion Boutique by Style Weekly. Founded by the mother-and-daughter duo of Cathy and Sarah Estes, the boutique offers a broad range of high-quality goods to match anyone's style and taste. The shop is located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale in the Sycamore Square Shopping Center. 

  • The Flower Mart - 312 E Washington St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Flowers make a great gift for almost any occasion, and you'll find an incredible variety at The Flower Mart, a beloved local florist shop in Petersburg. As the seasons change, you can count on seeing some great holiday floral arrangements here. The Flower Mart offers delivery as well as in-store pick-up at their brick-and-mortar location, which is just a short drive from these Petersburg homes for sale.

  • Twig - 6112 B Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228
    A local, woman-owned small business in the Lakeside area of Richmond, Twig is an eclectic boutique that offers a tasteful selection of local handcrafted and curated gifts. The goods here are all hand-picked and sourced from local artisans, vendors, estate sales, and auctions. From clothing and jewelry to décor and baby items, there's a wealth of fun and colorful gifts here to be discovered.

Contact us today to learn more about all the amazing opportunities Richmond offers. And be sure to ask our real estate agents about how they can help you find your dream home in Central Virginia. 

November
7

Holiday Events and Markets Near Richmond

richmond holiday events

The holiday season is upon us here in the Richmond area, and our real estate agents are ready to celebrate in style! Whether you're shopping for the perfect gift or simply in the mood to enjoy some holiday festivities, be sure to check out these upcoming holiday markets and events in the Richmond area.

  • The Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Collection - 600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
    Located at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Bizarre Bazaar is a unique marketplace that offers a wide range of gift and craft vendors. They host several unique events every year, but the Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Collection is one of the most anticipated. This holiday-themed market returns for its 47th year on December 1-4, 2022, and promises a festive holiday shopping experience with more than 400 vendors.

  • The Barns of Kanak Christmas Market - 5503 Ruffin Rd, Prince George, VA 23875
    With beautiful 13-acre grounds located a short drive from many Prince George homes for sale, the Barns of Kanak hosts their annual Christmas Market on December 10 this year, providing a great opportunity to really savor the season. In addition to vendors offering arts, crafts, gifts, and treats, the market will include train rides, holiday refreshments, meals from the Boka Tako food truck, and even photo ops with Santa himself. Train rides and photos with Santa are included with every admission ticket. 

  • Yuletides at Agecroft: Christmas Open House - 4305 Sulgrave Rd, Richmond, VA 23221
    Agecroft Hall and Gardens is a historic Richmond landmark located within minutes of many Richmond homes for sale. It's become an annual tradition that the home and grounds are opened to the public for Yuletides at Agecroft: Christmas Open House every holiday season. This year's event takes place on Sunday, December 11, and offers visitors a glimpse back in time as historical re-enactors portray Christmas in three different time periods: England in 1640, London in 1860, and Richmond in 1942.

  • Christmas Pop-Up Boutique - 4050 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Head to the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Innsbrook on Saturday, December 17, for some shopping and holiday fun! The Hilton will be hosting a Christmas Pop-Up Boutique with drinks and light snacks, swag bags, raffle prizes, and a chance to pick up gifts for a few hard-to-shop-for folks on your list. The market is convenient to these Glen Allen homes for sale and runs from 10 am to 4 pm.

  • Holiday Dinner Wine & Dine - 5400 Wyndham Forest Dr, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    From 6 to 8 pm on December 17, head to Publix Aprons Cooking School in Glen Allen for Holiday Dinner Wine & Dine! This demonstration-style cooking class offers not only a chance to enjoy a tasty meal but can also provide you with some new skills you can use when it comes time to host your own holiday gathering this season. Sit back and enjoy as the chefs demonstrate how to prepare dishes that include bloody Mary-marinated jumbo shrimp and crab cocktail, multi-cooker-braised chuck roast with farro risotto, and crispy chocolate-raspberry truffles. 

Contact us today to learn more about all the ways to celebrate the holidays in Richmond, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find your dream home in Central Virginia. 

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.

September
12

Upscale Dining Options Throughout Central Virginia

Upscale Dining

For those special occasions, there's nothing like the experience of dining at an upscale restaurant. When our real estate agents have something to celebrate, they head to these top fine dining restaurants near Richmond homes for sale

  • Amuse Restaurant - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Upscale cuisine has a strong visual appeal, so it's only fitting that Amuse Restaurant is located in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Customers love the creative dishes such as curry fried oysters and leek & Northern bean bastilla, which is Moroccan-style vegetables prepared in phyllo dough. The dining room looks out on the Sculpture Garden and the Atrium, so the ambiance is as striking as the food and the art. Admission to the VMFA is free, so you can visit the restaurant anytime. Amuse is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with extended hours until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. 

  • Maria's Old Town 21 - 21 W. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    You don't need to book a flight to Italy to experience authentic Italian recipes in a delightful setting. All you need to do is head over to Maria's Old Town 21 in downtown Petersburg. Conveniently located in Old Towne Petersburg and near many of our Petersburg homes for sale, the restaurant offers a perfect spot for family meals, date nights, or to host your next event in their banquet room. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

  • Lemaire - Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Lemaire, located in the historic Jefferson Hotel, also pays tribute to Richmond's storied past with their name. Etienne Lemaire served as President Thomas Jefferson's maitre d'. During his tenure, Lemaire is considered to have introduced the art of cooking with wine to the United States. Appropriately, Lemaire's carefully curated wine list includes more than 200 selections. The dinner menu includes a good representation of Atlantic seafood, and even the burgers are topped with foie gras for a touch of elegance. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., seven days a week.

  • The Boathouse - Rocketts Landing, 4708 E. Old Main St., Richmond, VA 23231
    Waterfront dining never gets old, especially when the food is as exquisite as the dishes served at The Boathouse. Enjoy scenic views of the James River along with raw oysters, shrimp & grits, and other seafood favorites. The Boathouse's signature crab cakes, which date back to the restaurant's founding in 1988, are served with a tangy mustard dipping sauce. There is a second Richmond location at the Short Pump Town Center. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Julep's New Southern Cuisine - 420 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
    In a city like Richmond, referred to as a "hidden culinary gem," the list of accolades awarded to Julep's New Southern Cuisine is truly remarkable. In addition to landing on several "Best of" lists, Julep's fried green tomatoes were recognized as one of the "20 Most Iconic Tomato Dishes in America" by Food Republic. Other popular dishes include duck breast with roasted corn and jalapeño spoonbread and Julep's signature shrimp & grits, which gets some zip from andouille sausage and a spicy broth. Hours are 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Any of these restaurants are a great choice to celebrate your purchase or sale of a home in Richmond. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to get started.

September
6

Historic Hotels to Stay at in Richmond

Historic Hotels Richmond

Richmond is steeped in history dating back to the earliest colonial days. As you visit beautiful Richmond homes for sale, you'll also discover plenty of historic sites from across the centuries. The same is just as true for the most desirable Petersburg homes for sale.

Our real estate agents are always glad to welcome you to the area, no matter whether you're coming in from out of town, out of state, or the other side of the world. To make your trip memorable, you should consider staying at one of Richmond's distinguished historic hotels.

Let's visit some of Richmond's truly remarkable hospitality properties:

  • Berkeley Hotel – 1200 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    Berkeley Hotel is situated in one of Richmond's best locations and prides itself on impeccable service. Perched on the western edge of the cobblestone-paved Shockoe Slip, it's the place to be when you want to tour the city's other historic structures. The popular and equally pedigreed Sam Miller's Restaurant sits just next door, giving you an authentic taste of Richmond's iconic oysters and other fresh seafood.

  • Jefferson Hotel – 101 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Jefferson Hotel stands out for its "masterfully crafted" dining, including the afternoon tea and Sunday champagne brunch. The tea is framed in Southern style with assorted finger sandwiches and warm baked scones along with pastries and a choice of tea. Don't overlook the hotel's Lemaire restaurant, with a dinner menu featuring Ancho chili-rubbed salmon, roasted red snapper, and caramelized sea scallops.

  • Boulevard Inn – 1 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
    Boulevard Inn is a bit different from many of the selections on this list, as it offers a complete bed and breakfast experience to its guests. You'll be enthusiastically welcomed to the 1914 colonial revival farmhouse, which has been lovingly maintained to provide an immersive cultural and historic setting. Right in the heart of Richmond's dining scene, you'll be only steps away from other top attractions.

  • The Commonwealth – 901 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    The Commonwealth has a gripping history that reaches all the way back to its original founder Louis Rueger in 1842. After being seized for use by the Commodore of the Confederate Navy, the inn was decimated, only to be rebuilt anew by Rueger. Now, you can enjoy spacious suites, luxurious surroundings, and a lavish all-day menu that fuses local Richmond cuisine with global influences.

  • Linden Row Inn – 100 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    Billing itself as "a great American inn," Linden Row Inn is a 70-room boutique hotel where you can feel "away from it all" while remaining in the midst of all Richmond has in store for you. With an Old World European approach to luxury and customer care, Linden Row stretches across the manicured grounds of seven row houses from the 1800s, all entered in the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Scents of Cedar Bed and Breakfast – 15126 Providence Road, South Prince George, VA 23805
    You aren't far from Prince George homes for sale when you book a stay at Scents of Cedar Bed and Breakfast. Choose between staying in a cabin or in one of their guest rooms. Either way, a delicious breakfast will be included in your stay. While Scents of Cedar was constructed in 1997, the grounds have a storied history. Besides being a bed and breakfast, they can also host special events. 

Want to learn more about Richmond? Contact us to get started today.

August
22

Hiking Trails to Explore in Central Virginia

Richmond Hikes

Who needs an expensive fitness club? Our real estate agents stay fit while enjoying the beautiful sights at these great hiking trails, not far from Richmond homes for sale

  • Riverfront Canal Walk - 14th and Dock Sts., Richmond, VA 23219 
    Whether you're looking for a lunch hour break or a family-friendly outing, Riverfront Canal Walk fits the bill. The dog-friendly 1.25-mile path features a fascinating variety of artworks and exhibits that highlight Richmond's vibrant history. With multiple access points along the way, it's easy to make a side trip to one of Richmond's wonderful downtown restaurants.

  • Pony Pasture - 7200 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23225  
    Pony Pasture got its name from the charming animals owned by local families who once frolicked on the grounds. Now hikers and their dogs are equally entertained exploring the wooded trails and inland meadows. Hop across the rocks to Williams Island, a 100-acre place that's city-owned and open to the public. After your hike, cool off with a dip in the refreshing rapids or just soak up the sun. Pony Pasture is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

  • Buttermilk Trail - 4140 Hillcrest Rd., Richmond, VA 23225  
    Described as "fairytale-like," Buttermilk Trail is one of the more visually stunning paths around Richmond. Once named "Best Urban Trail" by Blue Ridge Outdoors, Buttermilk provides a welcome challenge with rocky sections, wooden bridges, and a moderate elevation gain. A profusion of wildflowers makes the trail particularly attractive during summer and fall. At the top, you can catch sight of the Virginia World War Memorial Carillon in William Byrd Park. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail. Hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

  • Forest Hill Park - 4021 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225  
    Like many other spaces in Richmond, Forest Hill Park has a long and colorful history. At various times throughout the years, the grounds have held a quarry, a residential estate, and an amusement park. Now it includes a dog-friendly 2.7-mile loop trail with waterfalls, forests, lakes, and boardwalks. Plan a weekend hike and combine it with a visit to the South of the James Market. Each Sunday, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., area farmers and artisans gather at Forest Hill Park to sell locally-grown produce and handmade items. The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

  • Beaver Lake Trail - Pocahontas State Park, 1301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832
    At 2.6 miles along a heavily wooded path, Beaver Lake Trail is a perfect outing for all members of the family, including Fido. The lily pad-covered lake and scenic spillway add to the aura of serenity. Add some length to the hike by connecting to the Ground Pine Trail. Parking fees are $7 on weekdays and $10 on weekends. Hours at Pocahontas State Park, just minutes from Chesterfield homes for sale, are 7:30 a.m. - dusk daily.

  • Fort Stedman Trail - Petersburg National Battlefield
    Petersburg National Battlefield isn't far from Petersburg homes for sale and has many trails to choose from, including Fort Stedman Trail. This trail is an easier hike, so it's a good option for kids or dogs to tag along. This 1-mile loop takes you by the remains of Fort Stedman and has several info panels posted along the trail. 

The best part of hiking? Going back to relax in your Richmond home. Whether you're buying or selling, contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for all your real estate needs.

August
15

Get Ready for Fall With These Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping Ideas

Now that summer is drawing to a close, you can no longer rely on lush greenery to make your property look its best. The final days of summer are approaching, and it's time to start thinking about fall landscaping ideas. Our real estate agents know how important curb appeal is in any season. Here are some of their favorite tips to help get your home ready for the fall months.

  • Use Dead Leaves for Mulch
    Fall weather means lots of dead leaves to rake up – or does it? While it's become common to rake away the last year's foliage before the winter sets in, this practice actually robs your gardens of valuable nutrients they need to grow.

    Instead of disposing of the dead leaves, gather them up and place them around your still-growing plants. If you want to keep your garden beds looking neat, you can use a leaf blower with an attached mulcher to grind up the leaves before scattering them. The result will look just like store-bought mulch but will provide much more nutrition for your plants.

  • Choose Plants That Flourish in Fall
    Fall landscapes may not be as rare with growth as spring and summer ones, but some plants thrive in this season. There are many impressive vegetable plants (such as kale and cabbage) and ornamental grasses that do well in cooler weather. Some fruiting plants (including roses, elderberries, and winterberries) continue to produce fruits well into the colder months. 

  • Add Pumpkins and Other Squashes
    Cliché or not, there's nothing like pumpkins to bring out the beauty of fall. Their fellow gourds may not be as well known, but squashes, in general, are still unmistakably connected to the autumn months.

    Squashes grow well in colder weather, which is part of why they are so deeply connected with the season. You can grow your own for an impressive display, but be sure to start early to give your gourds time to grow. If you don't have the time or money for this, you can try using plastic pumpkins and squashes instead. If they're viewed from afar, no one will know the difference.

  • Incorporate Gates and Archways
    Doors and arches are a classic symbol for transitions, making them an apt landscaping decoration during changing seasons. They can also serve a practical purpose by blocking access to parts of your property where you may not want animals or other uninvited guests.

    If you have a gate or archway in your garden already, dress it up with some vines, trees, or shrubs to draw attention to it. If you don't have one, add one. Stone arches are particularly good for creating a fetching fall look. 

  • Add Rock and Water Features
    Want to keep your garden looking great all year long? Try adding some rock and water elements to the mix. Rock formations and water features add some flair to a garden and look great in all seasons, not just the sunny summer months. 

    Fountains and sculptures are some of the most dramatic landscaping elements available and are sure to draw the eye as part of your fall display. If you prefer to keep things more low-key, a tranquil pond, a low stone wall, or some decorative path stones might be just what your need to bring new life to your outdoor spaces.

Wish you had a little more outdoor space to try out these ideas? Many of our Richmond homes for sale have sprawling yards and gardens. Contact us today to book a viewing of any of our stunning properties and see for yourself.

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