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Hiking Day Trips

Hiking Day Trips

The greatest part of living in the Gainesville, Haymarket and Bristow area is being so close to picturesque mountain hikes. We are no more than an hour or two away from some amazing hiking trails where you can unplug, relax, commune with nature and catch sight of Virginia’s native wildlife and plants. Here are some of our favorite hiking day trips. 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:

Fairfax

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.

Fauquier

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.

Loudoun

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.

Prince William

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.

Stafford

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!”

-Libytom
7772 Virginia Oaks Dr, Gainesville, VA 20155

 

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 role of a title company in Northern Virginia?

What is the role of a title company in Northern Virginia?

During the home buying process, roles like those of the realtor and home inspector are easily understood. Other roles, like the role of the title company, may be puzzling. It’s important to understand the critical role that the title company plays in the purchase of your new home, as it protects you from legal disputes over the property. If you are purchasing a home in Northern Virginia you have the right to use a title company or a real estate attorney to close and process your transaction. With most residential transactions in Northern Virginia, a title company is used. Here are some key points to know about your title company. Continue reading

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Attractive Condominium Neighborhoods in Gainesville, VA

Attractive Condominium Neighborhoods in Gainesville, VA

Prince William County boasts wonderful condominium communities. These homes offer beautiful settings and maintenance-free options, which appeal to many young couples, empty-nesters and singles. Take a look at these three communities in Gainesville to experience convenient amenities at an affordable price. Continue reading

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Cool Pools and Waterparks

Cool Pools and Waterparks

Are you looking for a fun way to beat the heat this summer? Or do you need a cool way for your kids to fill their summer days? You need not look far, for our area of Northern Virginia has some great pools and waterparks that the whole family will enjoy. You can join a club with swim teams and full facilities or plan a day of water adventures at a nearby waterpark. Check these out and see which ones fit the bill for you. Continue reading

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The Importance of Memorial Day

The Importance of Memorial Day

One of the many reasons I love Northern Virginia is our rich history. This history dates to the founding of the colonies and threads through the ages. Northern Virginia keeps history alive and relevant for the generations to come through celebrations like we see on Memorial Day. For many, Memorial Day weekend is a time to paint the trim or take a much-needed vacation. However, Memorial Day is much more than that. Continue reading

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Free and Cheap Family Entertainment in Haymarket, Gainesville and Manassas, Virginia

Free and Cheap Family Entertainment in Haymarket, Gainesville and Manassas, Virginia

As summer winds down, we want to soak up every last ray of sunshineAs summer winds down, we want to soak up every last ray of sunshine before it’s time to break out the winter coats and boots again. There are plenty of fun, family-friendly activities to take advantage of in the Manassas, Gainesville and Haymarket areas. Here is a list of upcoming free events for you to enjoy while the weather is still warm enough to bask in the sunshine.
  • The Winery at La Grange – When is a winery more than a winery? When it holds free concerts on the lawn! Throughout August, enjoy the lovely, vineyard views, hear a variety of performers and bask in an afternoon or evening of relaxation, all at the Winery at La Grange in Haymarket, VA. On certain days, there are even food trucks and vendors. Take some time out for yourself. You earned it!
  • Virginia Gateway – Saturdays at 7 a.m. for the entire month of August, there is free sunrise yoga. This class is open level, so if you’re just trying out yoga or deepening your established practice, they have what you need here. Virginia Gateway also offers a free Little Tots day through August, when the kids gather to play in the fountain and have fun activities. Regal offers $1 kids’ movies throughout the summer. The money goes to charity.
  • Harris Pavilion – The Pavilion offers concerts galore throughout the summer and beyond. There are many restaurants within walking distance, or you can pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the eclectic offerings of local musicians. This is the perfect summer activity for parents to introduce their kids to local music in a family-friendly venue, with reasonable decibel levels and at a good time of day for kids to enjoy music without being too tuckered out. The Pavilion also holds a Friday Night Family Movie, the First Baptist Church of Manassas Community Festival and a Sunday ice cream social.
Want some other ideas? Lowe’s offers a free Build and Grow program for kids. Home Depotoffers free workshops for kids. The Prince William County library system offers free entertainment and events.
Here at Jacobson Realty and Home Staging, we pride ourselves on keeping up to date on community happenings. What’s more, we participate in them! If you would like more information on our area and the wonderful things that await you when you decide to make this place your home, contact us. We’d be happy to tell you all about this place we call home, too.

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