Tag Archives: Northern Virginia

Get the Greenest Lawn on the Block

Get the Greenest Lawn on the Block

If you are looking to improve your home’s curb appeal, one of the biggest things you can do is work on having a nice lawn. However, that’s not always so easy to achieve in the red Virginia clay dirt. Thankfully, we have some ideas on how to help! Here are some of our best tips and tricks for getting the greenest lawn on the block! Continue reading

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Decluttering When You Move – How to Recycle Your Old Belongings

Decluttering When You Move – How to Recycle Your Old Belongings

Moving is a great opportunity for you to declutter your home to give yourself a fresh start in your new space. Decluttering is especially important if you’re downsizing your home. You can keep a surprising amount of household items out of our landfills by recycling them. Continue reading

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New School and Transportation Projects in Prince William

New School and Transportation Projects in Prince William

(Source of picture: Prince William County Public Schools)

As our communities and families grow in Gainesville, Haymarket and Bristow, we need more schools and infrastructure. The county has responded to the increased need for schools and roads by planning projects to build a new high school and working to improve roads to support more cars traveling throughout the county. Continue reading

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Great Care in Your Neighborhood – Novant Hospital in Haymarket

Great Care in Your Neighborhood – Novant Hospital in Haymarket

Novant Hospital in Haymarket offers many specialties, offering you access to world-class doctors and surgeons without having to commute to D.C. or Richmond. Take a look at some of the specialized services that you can expect from this Northern Virginia-based hospital. Continue reading

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Wine Country: Living Near a Winery

Wine Country: Living Near a Winery

You don’t have to travel to Napa Valley to sample high-quality wines. Enjoy Virginia’s award-winning wineries right in your own backyard. Home to more than 300 wineries, Virginia offers both visitors and locals a unique wine-tasting experience. Kick back, relax and sip with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, tastings held in historic manors or ghost hauntings told by a roaring fire. Living in wine country gives homeowners one more reason to love spending time locally.

Want to check out the local wine scene? Here are a few in Virginia’s Wine Country:


The Winery at Bull Run lies on 225 acres adjacent to historic Manassas National Battlefield Park. The selection of red, white and fruit wines are developed from 100 percent Virginia grapes. Guests can enjoy sipping wine with friends in the adults-only section or reserve a picnic table in the family-friendly section and bring the kids. In the fall, the winery hosts haunted wine tours that you won’t want to miss.


Morais Vineyards & Winery offers Portuguese-inspired wines based on winemaking techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. Their sweeping wrap-around veranda offers magnificent views to the vineyards and plenty of outdoor seating. Bring a picnic, and enjoy the day sampling a variety of Portuguese-inspired Virginia wines.


Centered on a large farm on Hogback Mountain, just south of Leesburg, VA, Stone Tower Winery offers unparalleled views of rolling hills and majestic mountains. The Stone Tower Estate label presents wines that were grown, produced and bottled exclusively from their vineyards atop Hogback Mountain. Visit the Tower View tasting room to enjoy a gourmet snack while sampling an assortment of their wines.

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Established in 2006, The Winery at La Grange is a relative newcomer to Virginia’s historic wine legacy. Nestled at the foothills of the Bull Run Mountain, the 20-acre estate includes a restored circa 1790s manor house, vineyards and plenty of outdoor seating for families and friends. Tastings of current wine flights are held in their Manor House seven days a week. Be sure to ask them about their resident ghosts.


Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery’s Mediterranean-inspired estate will make you feel as if you’ve just entered Tuscany. They offer several wine tasting packages for guests to sample their reds, whites and rose wines. After sampling their wines, enjoy gourmet lunch prepared at their Bistro, voted “best outdoor dining location” and one of the “best places for lunch” by Virginia Living Magazine.

Wine Country: Living Near a WineryNo matter which city or town you choose to live in amidst Virginia’s wine country, you’ll enjoy history, cultural experiences and breathtaking natural beauty.

“Belinda was an excellent resource to sell our home in Virginia Oaks. Her knowledge of the development and history of the local area and sales contributed significantly to the sale of our home. Her expertise in staging was a key factor. After having lived in this house for 14 years and collecting many items, she was able to declutter and make the interior even more beautiful. My husband did not recognize this house. Her skill in staging is readily obvious. Thank you, Belinda! Job well done!”

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Looking for real estate services in Gainesville, Haymarket or Bristow? Contact your local real estate expert Belinda Jacobson-Loehle of Jacobson Realty and Home Staging today. Also be sure to sign up now for a FREE copy of my eBook, “The Real Estate Key – What You Need to Know!”

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Northern Virginia Horse Country and Steeplechase

Northern Virginia Horse Country and Steeplechase

Washington D.C.’s history and culture may be immersed in politics but if you drive 40 miles west you’ll find yourself in the heart of Virginia’s horse country. Virginia’s love of horses and hunting began long before Secretariat won the Triple Crown or the wild ponies of Chincoteague became famous. Historians believe that the American Quarter Horse line began when Virginia colonists bred English bloodlines with native horses to improve their speed. Horses were the backbone of the first Virginia colonies, plowing fields, transportation and hunting game. While the role of horses has changed significantly in Virginia over the years, they continue to be celebrated in Virginia’s Horse Country’s various events. Continue reading

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Staying Cool This Summer: Where to go in the Washington D.C area

Staying Cool This Summer: Where to Go in the Washington D.C Area

We’re not going to argue. It’s been a wicked hot summer. Tired of hitting the local pools? Why not grab your swimsuit and take a short road trip to one of these great swimming holes in Virginia and Maryland. The fresh air, wide open spaces and beautiful scenery are sure to help keep you cool in the hot days of summer.

Here are a few watering holes for staying cool this summer. Continue reading

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What is the Congestion Relief Fee for Prince William County and how is it Calculated?

What is the Congestion Relief Fee for Prince William County and how is it Calculated?

There are typical costs that are associated with selling a home in Prince William County – everything from administrative fees and taxes to real estate commission. One closing cost item that sellers tend to have questions about is the Congestion Relief Fee (also known as the Grantor’s Tax). Sellers want to know “What is the Congestion Relief Fee?”, “How is it calculated?” and “Does it impact me?” Let’s take a look into each question. Continue reading

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How to Fold an American Flag and What It Means

How to Fold an American Flag and What It Means

The American flag is more than just a piece of cloth; it is one of the most important symbols of the United States. It represents our past, our present and our future and stands for honor, courage and freedom. Thus, the American flag should be treated with the highest respect. When lowered, the flag is traditionally folded into the shape of a tri-cornered hat, emblematic of the hats worn by colonial soldiers during the American Revolutionary War. Continue reading

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