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3203 North Ridge Condos $192,000.00 MLS#506794

Highest elevation 2 Bedroom 2 Bath condo of North Ridge and Stone Ridge. This is a top floor, end unit. Resort shuttle stops at the door and is an easy walk to tennis, spa and Pooch Park. New carpet in living room and dining room.

1527 Cliffs

$249,678.00 MLS#514541 A mid level end condo with easy accessgreat year round views-walking distance to spa, golf, tennis, restaurants, ski shuttle stops at front door, new carpet, appliances, remolded kitchen, etc.

1619 Overlook

$215,000.00 MLS#517141

Great views, two-bedroom walkout. Well maintained condominium. Great value for a view property.

Completely renovated with attention to detail and quality upgrades throughout! Gleaming hardwood floors on the main level, granite and cherry kitchen with stainless appliances, renovated baths, loft for extra space for office or guests, new deck. Attractively furnished and on the Wintergreen rental program, this villa enjoys a location a short walk to the slope, shops and restaurants. Absolutely turn key and ready for a new owner to enjoy the quality of this renovation.

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267 Pedlars Edge Dr.

(Pedlars Edge 111) $215,000.00 MLS#512007


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622 White Oak

$209,500.00 MLS#512878

78 Split Rock Trail

2129 Laurel Springs Dr. (Laurel Springs 17) $425,000.00 MLS#507178

(Pedlars Loft 16) $259,000.00 MLS#517017

Beautiful large home that could be a nice vacation/full time residence or an investment. On Wintergreen Resort Rental Program and generating between $40-50K in rental revenue every year. Built in 2006 by local craftsman, Duncan Macfarlane. This is an energy efficient SIP home (please research SIPs to fully understand the energy potential). Every room is very spacious. Two master suites. Large den on lower level. Large decks, low maintenance. Quiet location at the end of a cul-de-sac. Fully furnished.

This is the perfect mountain home with a spectacular view down through Shamokin Gorge. The interior has cathedral ceilings and a stunning stone fireplace, and lots of other nice touches. It has an excellent floorplan with good interior vertical separation and privacy. In addition to views down to the Rockfish valley. It backs onto the George Washington national forest and is moments from the Appalachian Trail. Across the street and a short walk is the top of the highest falls east of MS.

3 Bedroom, 2 bath ski chalet located at a short and very convenient walk to the ski slopes. Have the quick ski access without having the ski traffic and the noise from snow making guns. Open space on one side of the house. Many recent upgradesnew roof, upgraded kitchen, slate floors in baths, expanded front porch and rear deck and etc. Fully furnished and ready to enjoy. This is like buying a larger 3BR condo next to skiing but with no condo fees and with much more privacy.

(Shamokin Springs 99) $565,000.00 MLS#516752


154 Tyro Ln.

38 Valley View Rd.


(Ravens Roost 50) $359,000.00 MLS#517312 An older home but in excellent condition and never on rental market, used only by family & friends and carefully maintained. Very private corner lot close to Ravens Roost Overlook, George Washington National Forest & hiking trails & Appalachian Trail. Established neighborhood with very nice homes.


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Nelson County… it’s a lifestyle! Wintergreen Resort Homes & Condos 98 West Catoctin Great buy! This 4 BR, 2 BA home has a gorgeous stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling and hardwood floors in the living room and lots of decking for enjoying all the seasons at Wintergreen. Huge master bedroom with private deck. Loft office/den area. One-car garage with storage. This home has been immaculately maintained and is ready for the next family to love it! $325,000

245 East Catoctin Want a new home but don't want to build? This 5 BR (2 masters), 4 BA home with two living areas, screened porch and wraparound deck is your dream come true. Located on one of the highest spots in Wintergreen with winter views into the Shenandoah Valley. Spacious floor plan, quality construction including wood floors in the main areas, granite counters, ceramic baths & tons of outdoor living. Built by Zeman Construction. Reduced price! $495,500

72 Pedlars Edge Spacious 4 BR, 3 BA home with vaulted ceilings, two master bedrooms, huge (40' x 15') downstairs recreation room. Four closets in second floor master. Screened porch. Large deck with seasonal mountain views. Convenient to skiing and the Mountain Inn. Gas fireplace in great room and gas pot belly stove in rec room. Stainless steel appliances. Reduced price! $449,000

119 Crawfords Edge Year-round mountain views from this home adjoining the vast open space of the Shamokin Gorge. Hiking trail takes you to Shamokin Falls. Paved driveway, garage and workshop, new siding upgrades, wood flooring just refinished, beautiful floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, double sided for the living room and the master. Large deck. Great for second home or permanent residence. Sunroom/den $469,000 could be 4th BR.

61 Agate Lane Charming, mountain cottage in the ideal location—just a short walk from the village center and the slopes! Level, wooded, private lot, backing up to open space. Well-maintained and very spacious. Includes 4 BR, 4 BA, and a fully-finished basement with a huge living space and a second fireplace. Basement has an additional room that could be a 5th bedroom, a den or home office. Reduced price! $329,000

Stoney Creek

1813 High Ridge Court Beautiful 2 BR, 2 BA condo with elevator access, covered parking, newly redone exterior, elegant, spacious interiors and unsurpassed views of the Rockfish Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains. Recent interior upgrades include kitchen countertops, tasteful furnishing and new paint. Priced well below similar properties, this is an opportunity to own one of Wintergreen's finest. $225,000

306 Dobie Fantastic 3 BR top-floor, ski-front Dobie! Totally redone in 2002 with new windows, interior and exterior doors, full staircase, wiring and insulation, Stanton wool carpet and ceramic tile, quality kitchen and bath cabinets, appliances and fixtures, heating and air, custom window treatments and designer furnishings. With gorgeous mountain and ski slope views and the best of locations, this one won't last long! $342,000

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111 Deer Run Waterfront home with 3 BR, 3.5 BA on 2.3 wooded acres. Fabulous great room with lots of windows. Many new upgrades (carpet, tile floors, built-in bookcase, new baths, HVAC). Finished lower level with family room, bedroom and bath. Spacious decking and patio areas overlooking the pond. Lovely perennial gardens surround the home. $339,000

Oakcrest Lot 6 Gorgeous 5-acre lot covered in mountain laurel with seasonal views of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Located minutes from Devils Backbone Brewery, Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen Winery, Blue Ridge Parkway and all the other Nellysford amenities. Driveway already in place! Accessed from a paved, private road. $129,000

Cub Creek Road Land Wooded, 10.40-acre parcel within minutes of Devils Backbone Brewery, Wintergreen Winery, Wintergreen Resort and all the other amenities Nellysford has to offer! Gentle grade with state road frontage. Seasonal views and small stream on property. $119,000

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33 Coopers Vantage

Like new custom home with upgrades galore. Energy efficient, four bedroom, 4 1/2 bath, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors two fireplaces and two family rooms, with nice views of Shamokin gorge and mountains. Upgraded kitchen has beautiful soapstone counters, stainless energy star appliances, custom cabinets. Large decks with views, two wet bars, wine coolers, two master suites, attached garage, quiet cul-de-sac location. Great open floor plan for entertaining friends and family. Must see! $635,000. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293,smsales1@ (517473)


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103 Eagles Court Condo Renovated kitchen, baths, flooring, and furnishings including maple & cherry cabinets with granite counters. Top floor 3 bedroom, fantastic ambience, on Eagles Swoop! Soak up the ski experience in winter and savor mountain views all year. $299,900. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (516307)

225 Cedar Glen Close One of the nicest golf course lots, with a view of Tuckahoe tee box and fairway, this lot has seasonal views of Crawfords Mountain as well. Close proximity to Stoney Creek clubhouse, pool and golf course, with walking trails nearby. Build your retirement or second home on this quiet street with your builder, or let me introduce you to a local builder. $149,000. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293. (515983)







10 Trillium Place

Priced to sell, this 1400sf, 2BR/2.5BA, 2-level townhouse is centrally located across from Wintergarden Spa. Walk 1-5 min to Shuttle bus, Spa, Black Bear Café, Highlands ski slopes, etc. Large deck overlooks 1-acre Trillium nature preserve. Central A/C & Heat. Private parking pad for 2 cars. Only 3 exterior stairs. $172,950. Contact Dawn at 800-4171890, (517617)



645 White Oak Condo Renovated unit sparkles with breakfast bar and vaulted ceilings. 2 bedrooms PLUS an awesome loft for additional sleeping/recreating. Split level design adds privacy. Walk to ski and Mountain Inn Village. Winter views. $155,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-2969860 (516275)


Tyro Lane - Lot #15

304 Chestnut Place One of the most sought after areas in Wintergreen. Potential year-round views, private and quality homes throughout. A short drive to all amenities and beautiful winter views of the slopes make this a must see. Orange tape at front of lot is located on APPROXIMATE lot lines. Please refer to plat for more exact measurements or obtain survey. Possible seller financing available. $139,000. Call Steve Marianella at 434566-1293 or (515980)






One of the few building sites available close to slopes at Wintergreen. Short walk (less than 500 ft.) to Tyro slope on a quiet street. Lot has frontage on both Tyro and Blackrock Drive. and borders green space. Bring your builder, or let me introduce you to one of ours. Only $149,000! Contact Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, (516760)


180 Mountain Inn


Offering the ultimate in flexibility and one of the largest floor plans available. Shops, restaurants, events, and skiing are all right downstairs. This is an income producing unit, or skip renting and enjoy all Wintergreen has to offer exclusively for yourself. One bedroom unit facing the courtyard. $99,500. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (516942)


One of the nicest Mountain Inn vacation condos you’ll find at Wintergreen! Furnished and decorated with a perfect mountain style, you’ll find lovely details throughout this warm and inviting getaway. Full bathroom, kitchenette with fridge, range, microwave, flat screens, wood flooring in the main living area and more. This renovated condo is located in the heart of the mountain village near shops, restaurants, skiing and entertainment. You’ll never see these kind of prices again so invest now! $108,900. More info contact Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (516863)







Beautifully decorated 5 BEDROOM, 4.5 BATHROOM TOWNHOUSE. This unit faces west towards the sunset and the Shenandoah Valley.....great mountain views. Rental income over $38,000 for 2013. Updated kitchen and bathrooms. Priced below current comps. $359,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399 (517140)




2113 Fairway Woods Condo Nothing like summer golf in the cool Mt. air! Watch golfers play on 18th fairway from patio or inside this renovated unit. Updated furniture, flooring, paint & Kitchen appliances. Few stairs. Walk to Spa & Tennis. 3-min ride to Mt. Inn, shops & restaurants. Best price for 2BR/2BA in Fairway Woods & among 3 lowest in all of Wintergreen. $99,000. Contact Dawn at 800-4171890, (509657)

370 Fawn Ridge Drive Wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 bath mountain home on half an acre located in a great neighborhood in Wintergreen Resort. Open floor plan with high ceilings. Spacious great room, large bedrooms and eat-in kitchen and dining. Expansive decks for entertaining and enjoying winter views. New Roof and exterior paint in 2008. Sold Turn-key furnished. Priced to sell at $249,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (511964)

Editors & Publishers Yvette Stafford, Tommy Stafford Contributors Marcie Gates Woody Greenberg Jennie Tal Williams Sharon Zoumbaris a mom & pop since 2005

Blue Ridge Life magazine (formerly Nelson County Life) is published monthly by The Afton Group, LLC and is distributed free of charge. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. Advertising deadlines are the 15th of every publishing month. For advertising information, download our ratecard at or contact us at Views reflected by our advertisers do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher or the company. Blue Ridge Life Magazine, published by The Afton Group, LLC is pledged to the letter and spirit of Virginia’s policy for achieving equal housing oppotunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginia’s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise ‘any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.’ This magazine will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this magazine are available on an equal opportunity basis.


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some like it hot

Saturday, April 12th

Race starts at 9 o’clock

Registration & Info

On a cold winter day, cows love steamy spent grains from the local brewery.


it never gets old Lie. They sell antiques.


corkscrew racing It is important to hydrate after your run.

inside basic necessities ................. 7 cover story .............................9 this old/new house ............ 19 at home with marlo ......... 23 sam’s garden ..................... 34 ask the dr. ......................... 35 the perfect fit ................. 43 event calendar ................. 36 business directory ............ 37 classifieds .......................... 38 games ................................... 39

on the cover Photographer: Marcie Gates A breakfast of spent grains from a brewery awaits a herd of cows at Rose Isle Farm in Roseland. Story on page 9.


thepublishers We’re having a freakishly warm day just a week after the skies dumped, oh, about 37 inches of snow on the ground. It was actually more like 17 inches but once you crack a foot of snow, you might as well add a few more of them. This wouldn’t be the first time a pouty little country girl has been photographed on a front porch in her dirty bare feet. I could offer an explanation, an excuse, or a flat out lie, but we’re just a little worn out. Don’t get us wrong. There’s nothing prettier than a white fluffy blanket of snow on the ground. There’s nothing cuter than seeing your squealing kids eat bowls of snow cream in their undies while their wet clothes hang to dry near the stove. And there’s nothing more indulgent than huddling in for the big storm once the kids have gone to bed, feasting on “bread and milk.” Here’s to your health! Or, to your sickness. We’re assuming we had the flu. It wasn’t the messy kind where the laundry machine was running nonstop. It was just this mix of coughing, sinus pressure and body aches that lingered longer than the reputed 37 inches. The nice thing is things really slowed down for a few days.

Adam and Peyton (who are now back to pre-flu energy levels) were on such great behavior. We nicknamed them our Victorian children. You would walk into a room, they would slowly turn their heads to look at you with a newly matured face (a little gaunt, perhaps?), and then turn away. They didn’t fight. They didn’t fuss. They must have been composing 19th century American poetry in their heads. Thank goodness the color has returned to their cheeks. Thank goodness they are once again sparring over taking turns on the camera’s remote for this picture. Thank goodness for this freakishly warm weather. Go home, Pax. You’ve had too much milk. Enjoy! Yvette and Tommy Stafford

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2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 22958 South on VA 151; 11.5 miles from VA 250 in the heart of Nellysford Open Daily: 11:30am until last call. Open at 11 until last call on Sat & Sun 434.361.0088 Wild Wolf Brewing Company wildwolfbeer

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Upcoming Calendar of Special Events March 21 & 22 Partners in Passion Romantic Weekend Retreat

Featuring lectures and lessons by authors Mark Michaels & Patricia Johnson. Includes 2 night stay, 4hr workshop, signed copy of “Partners in Passion” book, three-course breakfast each morning, and four-course dinner for two!

($599 to $699 per couple)

March 1 Wine Pairing Dinner Featuring DelFosse Wines. ($95 per person)

April 5 Wine Pairing Dinner Featuring Pollack Wines ($95 per person)

Don’t Miss March Madness! 20% off EVERYTHING all month long! Including rooms, dinners, wine tours, pub crawls, packages, massages, and more! [Wine Dinners & Partners in Passion not included] Dinner Every Thursday to Saturday in the Fountain Room (6 to 9 p.m.) Private Dinners and Events Any Day by Reservation Only (Parties of 6+) 56 Rodes FaRm dRive | NellysFoRd, va 22958 |

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basicnecessities By Kay Pfaltz

Balance You know you’re doing too much when you learn to brush your teeth with your left hand, not to increase brain power, but so you can dry your hair with your right hand. If February’s big chill and snow was tempered by cupid’s love, March’s tradition strives for balance between its rowdy lion and gentle lamb. Finding the perfect balance in our own lives is, for most of us, an ongoing quest, verging these days almost on virtue. Balance in wine is no different; it’s essential. We call a wine balanced when fruit, alcohol, tannins and acidity are in proportions that allow the wine to be neither too hot (alcoholic), flabby (not enough acid), mouth-puckering (due often to young or strong tannins) or sharply acidic. While balance refers to the interaction among many elements in wine, the most obvious to understand is that between sugar and acidity. Too low in sugar and a wine will taste tart; too high in sugar and it will be flabby and soft. A wine low in extract (flavor intensity) will be boring. If a red wine is high


in tannins (found in skins, stems and pips and where the most antioxidant properties come from) its acidity must be low or it tastes harsh. The less tannic a wine, the more acidity it can support. And a wine can tolerate acidity better if its alcohol content is higher. Temperature also comes into play with balance. Heat emphasizes the wine’s flavors and is the reason why drinking (good) white wine at cellar temperature, or warmer, allows you to taste its fruit and complexity more easily, but also why reds tasted outdoors in summer seem heavy or cloying. Heat will appear to intensify the alcohol, which is volatile, and can spoil the palate. Likewise, chilling can hides flaws in cheap wine. Odoardi, Savuto, 2006 – To me this under-appreciated wine epitomizes good balance. Savuto is a D.O.C. in Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, a rugged, poor region that is home to rustic reds and bowls of pappardelle pasta. Odoardi Savuto is a blend of weird-sounding, indigenous grapes: Gaglioppo, Greco Nero, Nerello Cappuccio, Magliocco Canino and Sangiovese. A bit of age


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prevents the resulting wine from tasting too angular and gives it appealing complexity. The nose brings to mind dried prunes and raisons, in part the result of how it’s made, by using the Recioto method of drying grapes, similar to Amarone. Balance and complexity all for $14. Jean-Michel Guillon Burgundy If, in the most basic sense, a balanced wine is one in which all the components work together in harmony to provide not only an memorable nose and taste, but an overall experience, the Burgundies of Jean-Michel Guillon are the ambassadors of balance. From the Côte de Nuits in Burgundy’s north, Jean Michel’s wines are velvet in a bottle. That may be a bit simplistic since they range from Gevrey Chambertin to Chambolle Musigny, with different vintages reflecting different aspects of the burgundian terroir, but I’ve never tasted a bad one. These are what every Pinot Noir should strive for: exquisite balance and a sense of place. The Secrets of Paris, September 2014. The hidden side of Paris.

2226 Rockfish Valley Highway Nellysford, Virginia ph: 434.361.1766

A taste of Europe in the Blue Ridge!

It’s all about balance! Balance your work and come let us wine, dine and entertain you. Tu-Th 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm Reservations advised for weekend dinners.


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Acrylic Art Classes

will be starting in March on Thursdays, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Coolwell Recreation Center, Amherst, Virginia.

Carpentry Painting Plumbing Electrical Repair & More!

Spring 6-Week Sessions:

Chris Barksdale is

Session 2: April 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

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Café Wine and Cheese Shop

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Session 1: March 6, 13, 20, and 27; Apr 3 and 10

Cost: $75.00 per session or $20.00 per class. Subjects vary widely to include landscapes, seascapes, flowers, birds, and still-life. A new project every week. All materials are provided but students are asked to bring a roll of paper towels.


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Children 5th grade and under are invited to participate in Amherst County’s Annual Egg Hunt beginning at 1:00 PM. Bring a BIG bag or basket to collect candy-filled plastic eggs. For more info: go to or call Amherst County Recreation & Parks Dept. at 434-946-9371 MARCH 2014

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Montague Miller & Co Amherst Office 198 South Main St, Suite 102 • PO Box 1020 Amherst VA 24521 • 434.946.5522 • 434-263-5088 NEW! TYRO – $124,900



10.685 ac. with approx. 400 ft. along the Tye River in Tyro at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Level, open entry into the scenic Tye River offers trout fishing, swimming and relaxation. Build your vacation/permanent home on an elevated building site with soothing sounds of the nearby river. Recorded soil work and utilities. Enjoy hiking and hunting at the lower section of the Priest Mountain. Property corners the National Forest with great views. MLS 517366.

Relaxing view of the James River from the 60 ft. deck of this 2000 sq. ft., 3 BR., 3 BA., Brick, custom-built home on 65 ac. Located on a mountain top adjoining the 1215 acre James River Wildlife Reserve with 1600 ft. on the James River. Features of home are 22 ft. x 23 ft. Great Room with Pine/Cedar cathedral ceiling, Hickory & Ceramic floors, 2 FP’s, Central Vacuum System, Skylight, Built-in Bookcase, Insulated Anderson Windows, Heat Pump, plus 600 sq. ft. Garage. Or with 125 +- ac. for $689,000.MLS 513087 & 513257

60.566 Ac. of rolling and wooded mixed timber with numerous private buildings sites, springs and bold creek. Close to James River and Wildlife Management Area for hunting and fishing. Great investment opportunity or perfect for recreation. Additional 65 ac. with brick, 3 Br., 3 Ba., home also available. MLS 517505.


AFTON – $258,500

AFTON – $157,500

SHIPMAN – $249,500

1 bedroom, 1 bath condo! This is one of the best locations for skiing on the Mountain. In the hub of all the action, short walk to restaurants plus top of slopes with nice view. Ski-in, Ski-out to top of Dobie. MLS 280688.

Private with quick access to C’ville. This 3BR, 2BTH home in Albemarle Co on 2.64 acres is hidden off a state road only 1 mi. to 250. Property was once part of Boxwood Gardens/Waynesboro Nursery. Rock walls surround terraced area with large boxwoods, as well as other nursery stock are scattered throughout. Add’l 14+- ac. avail. MLS 511833

Wooded 14.81 acres w/10.37 ac. in Albemarle & 4.44 ac. in Nelson was once owned & operated by Waynesboro Nurseries with nursery stock and fruit trees. State road frontage and electric on site. Adjoining Home w/2.64 presently on the market. Purchase both properties for mini farm/vineyard/orchard. MLS 511847

Hidden down a private lane off of a paved state road near Lovingston, this 2006 Custom-built home w/open floor plan offers peaceful mountain views. Level to rolling 15.66 open/wooded acres w/bold creek. Perfect for mini-farm and animals. Features Custom Cabinetry w/Stainless Steel Appliances in eat-in 9’x15’ Kit. plus adjoining 9’x15’ Dining Rm., 13’x17’ Master BR. w/deck, Workshop, and Storage Shed w/electric. Convenient to C ‘ville, & Lynchburg. MLS 515519.

ARRINGTON – $134,500

AMHERST – $129,900

ARRINGTON – $99,000

ARRINGTON – $88,500

Seller will give $3500 in Closing Costs! Low Maint.w/exterior of brick/rock/vinyl. Fam. Rm. w/brick FP & open, updated Kit. w/Bar, 9x17 Dn. Rm. for gatherings & adjoining 13’x16.5’ LR w/Bay Window, Hardwood flrs.,3 spacious BRs., Basement, 17.5’x21.5’ Workshop w/elec., half Bath w/cabinets, garden spot, patio. MLS 513269.

Enjoy the soothing sounds of the North Fork of Buffalo River, a native trout stream, the great views of the surrounding mountains and only steps away from the National Forest. This home offers large spacious rooms, 2 kitchens, enclosed porch, screened porch, hardwood floors, main floor utility room, several out buildings. If peace and quiet is what you are looking for make sure to take a look at this one! MLS 282028

Great for a first time home buyer or perhaps retirement. Priced just right over 10,000 under county assessment is this 3 bedroom 2 bath home on 2.24 nearly level acres. Great location less than 5 miles to Rt29. Needs just a little TLC. MLS 515181.

Private 12+ hardwood parcel with state paved road frontage in quiet community with great building sites, stream, electric on site, less than 3 mi. to US 29 at Colleen. Build your dream home on this affordable parcel or just relax and enjoy the wildlife. Division rights allow potential for extra income.MLS 497611.

MONTEBELLO – $199,500


LOVINGSTON – $49,900

ROSELAND – $29,500

31.8 Ac. off of Crabtree Falls Hwy. located near the Blue Ridge Parkway offers trails throughout with open fields to wooded mountain top views. Wildlife habitat surroundings as well as fruit trees, berries and beautiful rock outcroppings. Perfect for hunting or just escaping city life. Electric is close by with creek and springs for pond sites.

10.14 ac. of Mixed hardwoods, level to rolling parcel fronting on a paved state road in quiet community. Located approx. 7 miles South of Lovingston with great building site and approx. 500 ft. of road frontage. No HOA fees or Restrictions w/Electric close by. NEW PRICE OF $48,500. MLS 513349.

Have that woodsy private setting, less that 5 miles from Rt 29. Hidden at the end of River Trails Lot #17.3.9+- acres. Mail Box already set in place. MLS 511488.

Camp out and enjoy nature on a Mountain with an easy flowing stream located only a few miles from Wintergreen. Affordable and Ideal for your private get-away site, enjoying the peaceful scenery or perfect for hunting on this 8.23 acre all wooded parcel. MLS 514385.


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Never waste

GOOD BEER. Or the grains that helped make it.

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In the wee hours of the morning in Roseland, with temperatures in the low 20’s and the skies a lackluster shade of grey, the folks at Rose Isle Farm are fixin’ to feed. Massie Saunders and Casey Smith crank the tractor, grab a couple shovels, and start prepping the cattle’s warm breakfast. Feasting on the spent beer grain from the Blue Mountain Barrel House in Colleen, these cows begin every day on the right hoof. “Casey and I started doin’ this roughly two or three years ago.” says Massie, the eldest of seven local brothers. “I been foolin’ with the beef part of it for about five years, but I been raising cattle for probably forty years.” Casey, who has a herd of his own outside of Rose Isle Farm, is really the brains behind the grains. “If you think about it from a nutritional standpoint, the elevated temperature of the food this time of year makes a big difference in the feed consumption,” Casey explains.


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“Think of it in terms of calories. The calorie intake that you and I consume if we are outside, we have to increase to stay warm in the winter months. Well, it’s the same thing with the cattle. When the feed is hot, they need to utilize less calories in the course of 24 hours to survive.”

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With the County’s economic focus weighing heavily on agriculture such as farming and animal husbandry for so many years, it seems fitting to pair this industry with our newest form of economic growth: craft beer. “I had been doing some work for Taylor Smack, over at Blue Mountain Brewery, in my Surveying and Engineering business,” says Massie, referring to Saunders Survey’s Inc, also based in Roseland. “I had heard that he was getting ready to build a brewery down here in Colleen. Before the footers were ever dug, we had the deal worked out.” After brewers like Smack have finished using grain for brewing purposes, the standard procedure would be to dispose of the so-called waste. “They’ve got to get rid of it, and most breweries pay a company to come in and get that grain away from their place,” explains Massie. “Well, when we started, we helped purchase containers for the brewery in return for them giving us the grain. We had a big investment starting off, and the deal is we keep it out of their way, and they continue to provide us grain.” High in protein and fiber, one could argue that these cattle have a healthier diet than some humans.

“There’s no hormones, no antibiotics. They’re grown with spring-fed water, hay that we have on the farm here, local corn. They’re just raised here in a good quality environment; they are not pushed or beat or chased all over the place,” says Massie, who understands their lifestyle is just as important as their diet.

“Docility in animals, the calmness, makes a tremendous difference in the quality of the meat. The daily interaction with the cattle, the calm environment, has tremendous effects on the end product. With purchasing the beef locally, we can take you back to the beginning of the feed stores, all the way to the end, and you’re eating the same product that our families are eating ... it’s in our freezer,” states Casey. “Know your food, know your farmer.” BRL MARCH 2014

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Pharsalia ~ 1814 PLANTATION ~

Celebrating Pharsalia’s Bicentennial

Basic Necessities Founder Kay Pfaltz greets a customer while server Kristin Hill plates up a special Valentine’s dessert.

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After living in Paris for a decade, the move to Nellysford was a rough transition for Kay Pfaltz. It wasn’t the lack of taxis or abundance of farmland that got to her though. “I found no good bread, wine, cheese, or chocolate,” Kay remembers. “To me, these were the basic necessities of life!” So with little restaurant experience, the literature-professor-turned-writer opened the very shop that would fulfill her need for those Basic Necessities in 1997. “I always wanted to emulate the European mentality of not just dining, but of food and everything it stands for,” said Kay. “Food is comfort, ultimately, and that’s what we try to do here.” After her business partner, Judy Nelson, left the county, Kay found a new partner in Bev Lacey and Keith Dix, who purchased the shop in 2003 - a partnership Kay calls “a match made in heaven.” Bev and Keith (who also own and operate Blue Heron Farm) bought Basic Necessities right before they were married in 2004, as Bev was planning to move to Nellysford. “I wouldn’t have wanted to live here without Basic Necessities,” said Bev who has recently sold the restaurant back to Kay and new partner Sallie Justice so she could focus on farming full time. “It was a wonderful way for me to get integrated with the community and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of it for ten years.”

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Food Truck Menu Available Fridays 4 - 8 pm and Saturdays & Sundays 12 - 8 pm

APPETIZERS Goodwin Creek Farms (Nelson Co.) All-Natural Pretzel $4 Served with Blue Mountain ale mustard, homemade cheese sauce, house BBQ sauce or marinara sauce.

Hummus Plate $6 ½

Ask about today’s offering. Served with carrots, celery, cucumbers & house-made tortilla chips.

BMB Nachos $9

House-made tortilla chips topped with our ale and pepper jack nacho cheese, black bean and corn salsa, salsa rojo, sour cream and jalapenos. Add Nitro Chili $2 extra.

Fire Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup $4 cup Fire peeled tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onions, celery, vegetable stock and cream blended with spices.

Chicken Wings $6 Half Pound

House BBQ, Sweet Thai, or Buffalo Sauces. Served with carrots, celery and chipotle ranch dipping sauce.


All sandwiches are served with your choice of fries, coleslaw, or chips and salsa. Burgers are served medium well ONLY.

Skyline Turkey Wrap $9

All natural sliced turkey breast topped with provolone cheese, crispy bacon, mixed greens, tomato, red onion and chipotle ranch on sun-dried tomato tortilla wrap.

Nitro Chili Dog $9

All natural jumbo angus beef hot dog topped with chili made with our own Nitro Ale and shredded cheddar cheese on a bun from Goodwin Creek Farms.

Virginia Pulled Pork Barbeque $9 ½

Slow roasted Virginia pulled pork topped with our house slaw and melted cheddar stacked high on a fresh roll from Goodwin Creek Farms.

Beer-Boiled Local Bratwurst $10

Juicy bratwurst from Double H Farm (Nelson Co.) boiled in our Classic Lager, topped with sauerkraut, BMB ale mustard and shredded cheddar cheese served torpedo-style on a bun from Goodwin Creek Farms.

BMB Classic Cheeseburger $9 ½

7oz ground chuck burger infused with BMB ale topped with fresh greens, tomatoes, red onion, basil mayo served with your choice of cheese on a challah bun from Goodwin Creek Farms.

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup $9

Your choice of cheese grilled on Goodwin creek farms sourdough served with a cup of tomato soup.

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$399,900.00 (Chestnut Springs 10) MLS#511718

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Though Basic Necessities has changed hands several times over the years, the restaurant has always maintained one constant (other than Kay!), and that’s the sincere desire of its owners and managers to please its customers; its family. Mae Tyree, who has been working at Basic Necessities for 13 years - since she was in high school, learned to cook in the “closet-sized” kitchen. She now thinks of the people of Basic’s - both Kay, Sallie, and the others in addition to her regular customers and all the new faces that wander through - as family. “It’s just a place of heart,” said new owner Sallie, who will be managing the “back end” financials and administration for the restaurant. “The people that come there, the people that work there, there’s so much camaraderie between people.” Kay, who says she has no interest in managing people as she has a “hard enough time managing [her] own life” is excited to keep doing exactly what she loves: teaching wine tastings, writing a wine column for this very publication, and acting as Basic Necessities “wine maven” (a term invented by Bev long ago). Basic Necessities will stay exactly as charming as it always has been, despite the change in ownership. Even insulating the back porch last month was a big step for Kay, who says she hates to see the little shop change. As always, the focus will be on community, her “wonderful customers,” and, of course, the food and wine. “Even though I never wanted a restaurant, I have always loved food and wine..., but the magic of Basics goes beyond charm” said Kay. “What Basic Necessities offers, apart from my mother’s homemade soups and Mae and Victoria’s locallysourced often made-from-scratch food, is a little bit of magic and a whole lot of love.” BRL


Easy access to the Shamokin Springs Nature Preserve - directly across from this property. Nearly level lot for easy construction of your new vacation home to enjoy all that Wintergreen has to offer. On cul-de-sac with only a few homes. . Seller will consider swap for another property.

CONDOS 2042 Stone Ridge

$184,000.00 MLS#511198

Golf course, mountain view in winter. Sky lights in living room make room seem more spacious. The ceiling fan in living room keep loft a pleasant temperature.

943 Diamond Hill

$279,900.00 MLS#517137

A gorgeous, upgraded, slope front 2 bedroom. Mid level with few steps to your condo and just a walk around the side to hit the slopes. Currently on VRBO Rental site, it grossed $18,900 in 2013. It’s located in the heart of Wintergreen Village near the Mountain Inn -within walking distance to restaurants, shops, market, tubing and more. Beautifully decorated and maintained, it is being sold fully furnished with a few personal items excluded.

318 Dobie

$329,000.00 MLS#516853

The best location for ski access, walk out to slopes. This property has been totally renovated and is in excellent condition.The upstairs has a large finished space the current owners have set up games and air hockey.

1943 High Ridge Pl.

$239,000.00 MLS#516842

Sunning 180 degree mountain, valley and ski slope views all year round from this meticulously maintained condo. Beautifully furnished and decorated. Bright, spacious and functional floor plan. One of the two neighborhoods with elevators in the building. No steps from parking to elevator so consider handicap accessible. Rented privately currently (you’d not know it is rented, interior is pristine) and bringing a steady rental income. Trex decks, hardi plank siding, new windows and doors. Must see!

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Views of Rockfish Valley,Crawfords Knob,and the Piedmont Valley and beyond. This condo is being sold furnished, with rental potential. One level living with wrap around deck. Located across the street from 2nd green and 3rd tee of Devils Knob Course. Short walk to tennis club house, restaurant, spa, pools and exercise facilities. All living areas are easily accessible and can be access by the elevator.

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thisoldhouse Location: 13131 James River Rd, Shipman, Virginia Offered at: $73,500 Comments: Charming 3 bedroom home less than 2 miles to Lovingston. Great starter home or an investors dream. Contact: Nanette Kirt Montague, Miller & Co. - Amherst 434-263-5088 ext. 112

Location: 160 Four Wheel Dr, Tyro, Virginia Offered at: $239,500 Comments: Come escape everyday life in your own like-new cabin near the GW National Forest! Located within walking distance to the Appalachian Trail, and only minutes to Crabtree Falls, and the BR Parkway. Cabin built with quality materials such as cypress siding, hardwood flooring, heat pump, and more. Relax on the front deck with Blue Ridge views. Rustic, mountain feel yet modern. Surrounded by natural landscaping. Come see for yourself!Tye River public access is just across the road. This is living! Contact: Chastity Morgan Mountain Area Realty 434-361-2440


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2129 Fairway Woods Condo

1719 High Ridge Condo

Beautifully furnished and updated unit at a great price! Views of the dog let on the 18th. Easy walk to Devils Grill, Nature Foundation, Wintergreen Fitness, Aquatics & Spa. Features: Tile kitchen floors & counters, updated kitchen appliances, tile baths, fresh carpeting, central HVAC. Furnished. $105,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (513404)

Great views from this well maintained High Ridge Condo. Priced to sell! This condo has new appliances, new cabinets, new window treatments.....very clean unit. The condo association has replaced roof and siding. HOA fees are among the lowest on the Ridge. Park out front and only walk a few steps to your front door.....great easement to this unit. Great value for a High Ridge condo. $215,900. Call Rod Phillips 434-9876399. (509734)

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67 Pedlars End

757 Laurelwood Condo

Only $126,000 for this lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath furnished condo with bonus sleeping area. Great location near Mountain Village and a short walk to Laurelwood Pool. Nice wood laminate floor and fireplace in family room, private deck, no steps from parking lot to condo. Fireplace recently upgraded. Great value and ready to move in. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, smsales1@ (510211)

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Joan Mummery Sales Associate 434-531-5033

Great location near slopes on a quiet cul-de-sac with .62 acres with more green space surrounding. Beautiful winter views of Highlands ski trails and mountains. Charming home with lots of windows for natural light. A must see and a great value for under $300K. Turnkey Furnished with some exclusions. $299,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (507237)




310 Fortunes Ridge One of the few view lots available under $150K. This lot has views to the west and south, and lots of mountain laurel too. Front of lot is level for a driveway. Quiet location almost at end of cul de sac. Bring your builder or let me introduce you to one! Listed by Steve Marianella for only $130,000 tel 434-566-1293, (501048)





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On the corner of Ash Lane and Devils Knob Loop on a double lot, this home offers spectacular year-round mountain views. Gorgeous interior details. Sauna, indoor hot tub, multiple living areas, his and hers master baths, and a top floor with 280 degree views are a few of the features that make this offering special. $1.25M. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (512525)

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CopperLeaf Homes CopperLeaf Homes and Solid Rock Properties create rustic mountain retreats with modern craftsmanship. Timberframe or classic construction. Over 40 homes built at Wintergreen - many references available. Custom home experts or choose from existing floorplans. Contact Rod Phillips 434-9876399

50 Ash Lane






710 Crawfords Climb


Dawn Perusse Associate Broker 540-454-3300


Only $34,900 for over 2 acres in Stoney Creek! Great investment opportunity or potential home site for vacation or retirement home. Let me introduce you to one of the fine local builders or bring your own. Quiet location in foothills of Wintergreen resort Stoney Creek subdivision. Nearby are golf, restaurants, hiking, Lake Monocan, wineries and many other attractions. Contact Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, smsales1@ (514019) CE IFI

11 Ravens Roost Court This log and timber home is the authentic mountain getaway you crave! Constructed in 2005, the home surrounds you with the warmth of real wood construction. A deep covered porch spans two sides and is irresistible space for entertaining and relaxing. For inclement days, there’s a game room and wet bar! $498,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (515654)









326 Laurel Springs Drive One of the best golf views at Wintergreen! This 4 bedroom post and beam vacation home overlooks Devils Knob holes 7,8 and 9. Nice hardwood floors, custom windows and wood burning floor to ceiling stone fireplace highlight this gem. Level paved driveway. Only $399,500, call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or (495116)








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232 Hearthstone Only $48,500 for this great value in Stoney Creek. Lot with views of the valley. Quiet street in the foothills above Stoney Creek. Build here with your builder or let me introduce you to one. Enjoy Stoney Creek golf and restaurant, Lake Monocan and local wineries only minutes away. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol. com (514020) S!





177 Crawfords Edge Once in a lifetime opportunity to own a luxury 10 bedroom, 10.5 bath mountain home. One bedroom configured as a state-of-the art conference center fully equipped with boardroom seating. Great mountain views. Double kitchen. Two wet bars. Elevator services all floors. This home is the Premier Rental Property on the mountain. (Blue Ridge Retreat). This is a must see for an investor! $1,429,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (514582)


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702 Laurelwood Condo

1453 Ledges Condo

Formerly a 1 bedroom unit, the owner transformed space into a 2nd bedroom complete with a bunk bed! New flooring in kitchen and bath 2010. Easy walk to skiing and Mountain Inn. Recently replaced stove, fridge, heat pump, dishwasher. $79,000! Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (479168)

BEST value for 2 bedroom condo with million dollar mountain views. Two generous bedrooms and 2 full baths. Large living area and dining room open to views. Summer breezes 10+ degrees cooler than valley temps. Walk to Highlands ski lift and Wintergarden Spa & Fitness Center. Furnished. $174,900. Listed by Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (491462)





65 Rosewood Dr ~ Stoney Creek New Price! RoseWood Village: The Madison Villa - 1 level living, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, gourmet granite kitchen, sunroom, hardwoods, superb craftsmanship, and many features of Universal Design. Never worry again about exterior maintenance, yard work, gutter cleaning, etc. - it’s all handled for you by the RoseWood Village Association. $379,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860. (455683)








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9 Great Owl Lane Charming cottage in the woods makes a great weekend getaway. Main living area with fireplace is open to dining and kitchen with gorgeous antique pine floors. Enjoy the woods on the screened porch or wrap around deck. $2549,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (504344)

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1418 Highlands Condo Desirable top floor condo: 2BR/2baths, updated with new carpeting, window treatments and is in immaculate condition ready for immediate occupancy! This ski out, walk to Spa and Mt. Inn unit is also offering an additional $40,000, to be held in escrow until the completion of the Highlands special assessment. Anticipated to begin Summer 2013, it’s expected completion is the end of 2014, Highlands will then be significantly restored to its original classic mountain design. Asking $160,000, call Joan Mummery @ 434-5315033. (505027)

70 Dogwood Road Southern views. Large lot at end of cul-de-sac, exceptionally generous property line on Park. (open space) - easy walk along trail to rear to waterfall. Orange tape at front of lot is located on APPROXIMATE lot lines. Please refer to plat for more exact measurements or obtain survey. Possible seller financing available. $129,000. Call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or (515963)





This classic timber frame Lindal Cedar chalet is perfect for the family that wants to be a short distance from the upper village amenities. Great open floor plan with lots of natural light. Floor to ceiling arched stone fireplace, exposed cedar ceilings, wood floors both upstairs and down, including bedrooms. Soaring vaulted ceilings with custom window features bring the light indoors. Quality features include, stainless steel appliances, dual heat pumps, oversized soaking tub, granite countertops. $420,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (508030)


150 Cedar Glen Close





Excellent elevated building lot. 5 min walk to Golf Club, tennis, pool, exercise room & restaurant. Potential for gorgeous views of Crawford’s Knob in upscale neighborhood that fronts No. 1 Tuckahoe hole. Public water & sewer. Little to no yard maintenance. 15 minutes to Wintergreen Resort, a top ski destination in the Mid Atlantic. Build whenever. Contact Dawn at 800-417-1890, (515636)


Lot 5B, Cedar Drive


Wintergreen Drive Excellent development opportunity in Wintergreen Resort. Approved for 22 townhomes or an 85 room hotel. Located in a very favorable area of the resort. Townhome owners or hotel guests would be able to walk to the resort’s full service spa, indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, ski shuttle and local cafe. Very short drive to the golf and tennis facilities as well as the resort’s shops and restaurants. This unique opportunity is available for $1,870,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (514993)



This photo is just a hint of the panoramic view potential of this special lot. With drainfield strategically located to maximize year-round views and more than 1 acre adjoining the National Forest, this is a unique Wintergreen mountain setting. Ideal for a significant mountain home. Adjacent 1+ acre parcel also available. $299,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (514029)




19 Lost Pond ~ Stoney Creek



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One acre corner lot on quiet cul-de-sac in the foothills of Stoney Creek. Among homes of significant value. Enjoy a gently sloping lot with hardwoods slope ideal for a walk-out basement! Three minutes to amenities (golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, dining, fishing). Community water available. $48,400. Listed by Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (513787)

1602 Overlook Condo End unit boasts spectacular mountain views not only from the deck, living room, and kitchen but also from the master bedroom. Large wrap around deck and wet bar plus a spacious master suite. Walk to Tennis, Golf, Grill, Fitness, Aquatics. $225,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-2969860 (515355)


Beautifully furnished and updated 3 bedroom 3 bath unit! Updated flooring throughout plus a renovated kitchen. Ground floor, walk-out to grassy area from living room patio. Views of 18th fairway on Devils Knob course. This turnkey unit feels like home! $175,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (514623)








759 Laurelwood Condo This quiet Laurelwood condo is a really nice 2 Bedroom & 2 Bath unit with unique floor plan. Private pool and rustic mountain views. Easy Parking! Easy access hardly any stairs. Many upgrades & extras. Priced to sell! $127,500. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (513690)




3234 North Ridge Condo Looking for a clean slate at a great price? This all-on-one-level 3 bedroom unit is it. Ready for fresh decor and furnishings. Updated flooring in kitchen and baths. Priced to sell! $129,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (515476)




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744 Laurelwood Condo Nicely furnished, Well-maintained 1BR/1BA unit on Wintergreen’s WPI Rental Program. Best location in the complex, RIGHT ABOVE THE LAURELWOOD POOL! Rental History Available! Very Motivated Seller! $118,000. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (514523) MARCH 2014

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Bed & Breakfast, Farm Winery, or Professional Office? 6222 Rockfish Valley Hwy MLS# 510341

Only $299,900

Classic Virginia four-over-four farmhouse on 7+ acres in the heart of Nelson County’s wine and brewery country. Convenient to Charlottesville and Wintergreen, the home has been a successful home office work environment for the publishers of Blue Ridge Life Magazine. Parlor, formal dining room, guest room/master w/ full bath, office, plus powder room on first floor. 4 bedrooms and full bath on second floor. Deck from 1st floor kitchen/den area overlooks pasture bordered by stream. Walk-out basement, 2 sheds, outdoor shower, mature trees and landscaping. Fiber internet (25x5 mbps) from Blue Ridge InternetWorks. Property suitable for livestock.


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The Dameron family enjoys an afternoon in the front yard, July 4, 1928. The home has been thoughtfully renovated and still boasts much of the original flooring and trim.

Livebeautifully in Nelson County Marlo G. Allen, Assoc. Broker 434-996-3525

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By Marlo Allen Marlo Allen is a licensed Realtor residing in Nelson County

It is that dreaded time of year again … tax time. As the April 15th deadline approaches it is time to gather financial data, some of which could save you money if you own a home. Home ownership never looks sweeter than at tax time; here is a tax saving summary. Mortgage Interest; the largest tax break for homeowners is typically the deduction of mortgage interest. Interest paid on a mortgage up to 1 million (OR $500,000 if married filing separately) is deductible when used to purchase, construct, or improve a home. Qualifying homes can be non-traditional, such as a boat or RV, as long as it has cooking, sleeping, and bathroom facilities. Interest paid on a second mortgage or home equity line of credit, secured by a home, is typically deductible too. Mortgage interest on a second home within the 1 million limit could also be deductible. Even when renting out a second

home it may still qualify as long as the owner vacations at the property for at least 14 days OR more than 10% of the total number of days that it is rented. Points; points paid to get a better rate on a home loan are deductible. The deduction can be claimed the year that the points were paid as long as the loan was for a primary residence and the points paid were customary and within the usual range for the area. Points paid on a refinanced loan will most likely require the deduction to span into multiple years, i.e., over the life of the loan. Points paid on a loan for a second home will typically be amortized over the life of the loan as well. Property Taxes; real estate taxes are fully deductible. Check the annual statement from the lender for a breakdown of escrow payments to including property taxes. Be sure to get a copy of the settlement statement for the year that the property was

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purchased because property taxes are prorated at settlement and a buyer may have pre-paid taxes upon closing on the home. Selling Profits; when selling a primary residence that the homeowner has lived in for two of the past five years, the sales gain/profit may be tax exempt up to $250,000 (or $500,000 if married filing jointly.) Tax relief may be provided to those who did not meet residency requirements in the event of hardships such as a change in health, employment, or an unforeseen circumstance. Unforeseen circumstances; hardships have caused many homeowners to have to restructure home debt or proceed with a short sale or even foreclosure. The lenders forgiveness of mortgage debt is known as canceled debt and it may be taxable income unless the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 is reinstated. That act, which previously provided exemptions for up to $2 million


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of forgiven debt (or 1 million for married taxpayers filing separately), expired on December 31, 2013; it is up for reconsideration by Congress in 2014, but there is no guarantee that it will be renewed. Tax relief is just one of many benefits of home ownership; you can typically own for less than the cost of rent when considering tax deductions. Contact a tax professional, lender, or Realtor to see if home ownership can literally open the door of opportunity for you!* *Tax programs are ever evolving; please consult with a tax professional to verify deductions.

Marlo Allen, frequently referred to as “That Girl,” calls Nelson County home. In fact, she grew up in Nelson and besides being a Realtor, is a family business partner at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery in Nellysford. Marlo provides real estate services in Nelson and surrounding counties.

River front retail space for sale or lease!

410 Cedar Glen Close; .36 acres, #516925; Build your vacation or full time residence within the heart of Wintergreen Resort and walk to golf, tennis, pool, and even into town hub of Nellysford for the farmers market, shopping, dining, banking, and medical care. Premier location to site a home on an elevated, wooded parcel, with great mountain view potential. Other perks include access to public water and sewer, high speed Internet/DSL, and only 30 minutes to Charlottesville. At this price this is a great investment opportunity too! – OR – 18 Stoney Glen; 1.08 acres; #515758; Tremendous value and privacy! This is one of the least expensive lots within all of Stoney Creek at Wintergreen, yet it has so much to offer. This mostly wooded, gently rolling parcel with seasonal mountain views is conveniently tucked on a quiet street neighboring Stoney Creek Park; enjoy the peaceful sound of flowing water from nearby Stoney Creek. Access to public water and underground electric. Customizable building plans also available.

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Assoc. Broker 434.996.3525 Email: Web: Market Data:

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71 River Rd; 7.45 Acres, 1,820 Sq ft #517286 at $199,500 or #517152 at $1,000 month

Charming stone building along Rockfish River at corner of Rt 6 & 29; formerly Walton’s Mountain Country Store operating as gift, antique, and/or garden shop; Features: stone exterior, spacious entry/display room, stone fireplace w/ woodstove, wood floors/trim, small kitchen with stainless steel sink, half bath, riverfront picnic area, ample parking, and multiple billboards. Includes concrete block structure that was gutted and framed for future renovation; Great investment opportunity!

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Over the span of nearly a decade, Rick and Sarah Ovenshire outgrew their popular yellow antique store in Covesville, and are now expanding into Nellysford as the new owners of the Tuckahoe Antique Mall, soon to be called “Tuckahoe Antiques.”



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Amazon, Zappos, and eBay have undoubtedly changed the way that folks - both young and old - decide what to buy and what’s a bargain. But there’s just something about antique furniture that you want to see, touch, and smell in person. Even so, antique shops like Covesville Store Antiques were not immune to the economic downturn of the last few years. Rick and Sarah Ovenshire, longtime owners of Albemarle County’s Covesville Store Antiques and recent buyers of Nelson County’s Tuckahoe Antique Mall, attribute their success to reasonable prices and hard work. “The secret to us keeping our heads above water and doing well in a bad economy has been low markup,” said Rick. “In our business, you have to sell a ton of volume to make a living. People don’t really need antiques, but they want them – if they are extreme values.” And it doesn’t hurt that the Ovenshires’ business came of age at the dawn of internet shopping, either. Even before they had a physical shop, they were one of the most successful sellers of antiques and art online, via eBay. Rick says they got through the lean years from 2008 to 2010 by focusing on advertising and working the web (including eBay and Facebook) as hard as possible. Now the couple and their store have come out on the other side with big plans for 2014. continued on page 26

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Sarah Ovenshire will have a new walkway to shovel the next time it snows. She and husband, Rick, are expanding their antiques business in Covesville to the old Tuckahoe Antique Mall in Nellysford.

“Over the last few years or so, we have outgrown The Covesville Store,” Rick said, adding that they have had to turn away dealers simply for lack of space in the 4,000 square foot retail space they opened in 2004. “A few months ago, we rented a large barn from a neighbor where we have over 100 pieces of antique furniture being stored that is for sale online, but people can’t really see it in person.” Which just wouldn’t do. So when the former owner of the Tuckahoe Antique Mall stopped by the Albemarle store in January offering the Overnshires a chance to purchase the Nelson County landmark, the couple jumped at the chance. Not only will having two buildings give them more space for their inventories, which can be marketed together, but the space was more than they could have imagined.

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“We were both amazed at how nice the building is, how beautiful the setting is, and how well everything has been maintained,” said Rick. “We literally made them an offer before we left.”

Fans of the Tuckahoe Antique Mall (now being rechristened “Tuckahoe Antiques”) should not fear the change - Rick says he and his wife plan to figure out what works well and keep doing it, only bringing over some of what works from Covesville to make Tuckahoe better and stronger. Rick said that Tuckahoe Antiques will eventually evolve into a group shop with fewer, more serious dealers and emphasis on value, quality antiques, and original art. “We want to have customers walk in the front door and say, ‘WOW!’” said the new owner. “We want to hear them calling their friends, telling them where they are and that they have to come check it out. We want to be open seven days a week; we want to increase the building’s curb appeal… we want to market the antique store along with the great restaurants, specialty stores, breweries, and wineries [in the area] so that people intentionally plan on visiting us.” BRL

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THEY SAY IT IS AN ACQUIRED TASTE. Well, for 56 years, the Piney River Volunteer Fire Department has had zero problem filling the fire house with people who make the annual pilgrimage to the Chitlin’ Dinner. Fried intestines served up with a side of green beans and mashed potatoes. Yum!

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When Robyn Keenan-Jones from Corkscrew Racing contacted Cardinal Point Vineyard grape-grower and wine-maker, Tim Gorman, about hosting the Wine Lovers 5K for Valentine’s Day, he agreed they’d pair well together. “I just didn’t want to be Cupid,” says Tim, who will also be running the race. In honor of the holiday, Robyn and Tim had coordinated with Henry Graff, who works for Cardinal Point and also WVIR-TV (NBC 29), to be in the race as a real-life amorous archer. “He will be cheering on people and get them motivated, maybe shooting them with arrows,” Tim continues. At least… that was their plan. Mother Nature had some ideas of her own. Due to the inclement weather, the race was rescheduled for March 1st. And, although Cupid may no longer be in attendance, there will still be plenty of entertainment. “We promote that it’s more than just a run, it’s an event,” explains Robyn. “Our post race party has live music, we coordinate with a local food vendor to allow runners to preorder food so they can stay longer and enjoy the music.” Even though they just acquired their LLC about a month ago, Robyn and her husband have actually been coordinating these events since 2010. “Autumn Toast 5K at Barren Ridge Vineyards was our first race,” says Robyn. As for the origin of the initial idea, “Actually it was my husband; he’s a Director, City of Waynesboro Parks and Recreation. He also is a runner, and he was running with some buddies on


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$395,000.00 (Afton) MLS#512784 This home has been completely and beautifully renovated over the past 2-3 years. You can think of it like built in 2012. 21 acres with open farm fields and some woods. Taylor Creek passes through the property and it is a perfect water source for your small farm. Nice barn with horse stalls and tack room. Mountain and pasture views. Only minutes away from wineries, breweries and restaurants. 25 min from Charlottesville. Across the street from Rita May Brown “Tea Time” farm. Great country retreat.

Barren Ridge Road early morning, and they’d run by the vineyards and think, ‘In the evening time it might be really pretty.’ And that’s how it got started.” Since then they’ve teamed up with several non-profit organizations around the area to work the events. In exchange for their participation, Corkscrew Racing donates a portion of the proceeds to each organization. “This race we’re going to donate to a couple, one being the Rockfish Valley Fire and Rescue, they will be here on race day, and then the Charlottesville Derby Dames are going to help with parking.” So if you are a wine-lover and a running enthusiast, or even if you just love wine enough to struggle through a few miles, then the Wine Lovers 5K is the race for you. “There’s no cash purse, it’s a bottle of wine. Run for wine,” Robyn explains. “And instead of a finisher medal, they get a wine glass and free tastings.” Yes, it’s a “race” and yes, there are technically “winners”, but at the end of the day, you’re all gonna be drinking in the same view and refreshments. BRL


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Down with the Predator For quite some time, I have listened to and participated in the quarrels, tribulations and downright bellyaches of sportsmen who attribute the supposed waning population of quail, turkey, rabbit and other small game to the predators found in the Blue Ridge – mainly the fox, bobcat and coyote. In short, it’s time to set the record straight. Within the matrix of this half truth lies a much more formidable predator that continually upsets the super sensitive balance of ecosystems worldwide. Like the pendulum of a clock moving back and forth throughout history, man’s blunders and miscalculations enacted on nature oscillate between destructor and protector – sometimes actually being both (as is the case here). Invariably our utopian wildlife dreams may need a shot of natural realism java to understand that many, many years ago, the balance of nature was no less than perfect for both predator and prey. I guess the short of this equation is yes, these predators do prey on the aforementioned animals, but the ever so sensitive balance never swayed so heavy in the favor of the predator until man moved onto the scene. Oh what a tangled web we weave … When we destroy native fauna and sow non-native species for whatever reason, the end result to an ecosystem can be devastating. The introduction of fescue into farming was perhaps one of the biggest bombshells that rabbits and similar game have ever faced. Reasons vary from it being very low or absent in their diets (often chosen as a last resort), to the presence of a dense lower growth that does not permit these animals to move freely beneath the canopy and thereby evade predators. Coupled with its naturally invasive nature which chokes out native species, fescue alone has been cited as the culprit for a huge loss in small game. Once again, native spe-

cies which have high canopies, mostly open understory and highly sought after seeds naturally enhance and protect all facets of an ecosystem. I consider that the worst enemy of these animals that practically ALL of us are directly responsible for lies in the very bowels of our nature as humans – mainly a clean & safe residential area. In the minds of just about every homeowner is a vision of their property with nicely mown lush green lawn, neighboring forest void of any briars and weeds and long flowing fields of fescue rolling in the breeze. The mower, the bush hog and the weed-eater have destroyed more habitat for these sought after fowl and other small game than any predator could catch in a hundred millennia. Even when we wield the newest arsenal in hunting, the ‘food plot’ or man-made food source specifically planted for hunted animals, in the absence of tall ‘cover’ predators can locate and secure prey with relative ease – to the extent that the minor stature of a tiny field mouse is easily exposed to the gaze and sharp talons of a Red Tailed Hawk. Unfortunately, many will only be able to marvel at the Appalachian stage and prey animals where these predators stalk – rarely seeing them due to their nocturnal nature. But to be an eyewitness of a predator fluidly moving through these Blue Ridge Mountains with both stealth and precision during a successful hunt is a sight that I will not soon forget – one that I would love to not only share but show my son Jack firsthand during a hunt deep in the Appalachia. And the thought of only being able to see a bobcat in the Natural Bridge zoo is both nauseating and infuriating to me. Could never happen here? Hmm. Remember the herds of MILLIONS of buffalo ranging the Great Plains? Me neither …

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asktheDr. By Dr. Charles Cole Afton Family Medicine Dear Dr. Cole, I switched to diet sodas in an effort to lose weight, but I have not lost any, and now I hear that diet sodas are bad for you. What’s the deal? Good job in trying to make healthier choices. Sometimes things that seem logical and make sense don’t turn out that way. Lots of people drink diet sodas in an effort to lose weight and be healthier, but studies have shown that this does not work. Studies show that those who drink diet sodas everyday consume more calories each day from solid foods. Over a 10 year period, diet soda drinkers had a 70% greater increase in waist circumference than those who don’t drink them. It isn’t the diet sodas that caused weight gain, but consuming more daily calories caused weight gain. Some of this may be due to the intense sweetness of artificial sweeteners and cravings for other sweet things. Some may be due to psychological reasons where we think we can get away with eating more because of the diet drinks. Drinking diet sodas daily may increase the risk of metabolic

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syndrome and diabetes. These conditions increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Some artificial sweeteners have been linked to headaches. Drinking diet or regular sodas increases the risk of tooth decay due to the acids they contain. Daily soda intake may increase the risk of developing depression. Women who drink colas tend to have lower bone density compared to those who avoid sodas. The best calorie-free drink is good old water. This may not seem very exciting but it is the perfect liquid. It may take some time to get used to drinking water, but before long the sodas will taste too sweet and you won’t want them anymore. I encourage you to go 2 weeks without soda. I think you’ll like the results. And remember to make healthy food choices and get regular exercise. After all, exercise is medicine! Dr. Charles Cole is a licensed medical doctor based in Afton. This column is provided as a service to readers of Blue Ridge Life Magazine and it does not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers of this magazine. If you have a question about your personal health, please consult your doctor.

theperfectfit By Agnes F. Schrider, PT Nelson Wellness Center

Mental Discipline The Sochi Olympics will be over by the time you read this, nevertheless, I can’t help but mention how enjoyable it is to watch the competition and learn about the athletes. One of the aspects I admire is the athletes’ dedication to their craft. The long hours of training, self-sacrifice and discipline, by choice, over years of time. We have been discussing in the 2014 BRL monthly issues strategies for life long health. And one of the characteristics for good health is mental discipline. It is the discipline to stick to an exercise program, the discipline to make nutritious food choices and the discipline to be pro-active about your health. It is a challenge for the best of us and so easy to get side tracked. It may be a stressful day and the entire bag of Cheetos is demolished. Or, a vacation throws you out of your exercise routine. What the Olympic athletes have that you may not have (yet) is a team to keep them practicing, feed them the right foods

and support them. However, it is ultimately the athletes who must possess the will and desire to practice to achieve their goal. When you watch Olympic or professional athletes- all who train at the highest level- what is it that enables an athlete to beat his/her opponent on any given day? Mental focus and mental discipline play a huge part. The ability of that athlete to put all the pieces of his/her training in place to culminate into a win. We make dozens of daily choices that concern our health each day. I am not saying give up all vices, however, make conscious choices about the amount you eat, keep track of your exercise program, push yourself to exercise harder(with proper training) and more frequently and get a team to support you. The team could consist of your partner or spouse, friends, doctor, physical therapist and personal trainer. We all need support to stay on track. A Somali proverb states: “The key to a healthy body is a good head.”

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eventcalendar MARCH 1 SATURDAY ANNUAL TRUCKERS PARADE UNITED AGAINST CANCER Start: Mar. 1, 2014 2:00 pm Start: Mar. 1, 2014 11:55 pm Venue: Massies Mill Ruritan Club Phone: 434-826-8011 Address: 5439 Patrick Henry Highway, Roseland, VA 22967 (NELSON) FIRST SATURDAYS WITH JIM WAIVE AT ALBEMARLE CIDERWORKS Start: Mar. 1, 2014 3:00 pm End: Mar. 1, 2014 5:00 pm Venue: Albemarle CiderWorks Phone: 434-297-2326 Address: 2545 Rural Ridge Ln, North Garden, VA 22959 (ALBEMARLE) THE MAPLE MIXER Start: Mar. 1, 2014 6:00 pm Venue: The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen Phone: 434-325-8169 Address: 3421 Wintergreen Drive, Wintergreen, VA 22958 (NELSON) WINTERGREEN PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS A FASCHING PARTY AUSTRIAN STYLE CARNIVALE Start: Mar. 1, 2014 7:00 pm End: Mar. 1, 2014 11:55 pm Venue: Wintergreen Resort Phone: 434-325-8292 Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967 (NELSON)

BREWERY BINGO Start: Mar. 3, 2014 7:00 pm End: Mar. 3, 2014 10:00 pm Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing Company Phone: 434-361-0088 Address: 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON)

MARCH 4 TUESDAY FAT TUESDAY CELEBRATION – MARDI GRAS BASH AT DEVILS BACKBONE BREWING COMPANY Start: Mar. 4, 2014 5:00 pm End: Mar. 4, 2014 10:00 pm Venue: Devils Backbone Brewing Company Phone: 434-361-1001 Address: 200 Mosby’s Run, Roseland, VA 22967 (NELSON)

MARCH 7 FRIDAY SPRING FLING WEEKEND AT WINTERGREEN RESORT Start: Mar. 7, 2014 10:00 am End: Mar. 9, 2014 5:00 pm Venue: Wintergreen Resort Phone: 434-325-2200 Address: 39 Wintergreen Dr., Wintergreen, VA 22958 (NELSON)

MARCH 8 SATURDAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST Start: Mar. 8, 2014 8:00 am End: Mar. 8, 2014 11:00 Am

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MARCH 9 SUNDAY “THE APPLE HERITAGE OF NELSON COUNTY” WITH TOM BURFORD AT THE NELSON CENTER Start: Mar. 9, 2014 2:00 pm End: Mar. 9, 2014 4:00 pm Venue: The Nelson Center Phone: 434-263-8400 Address: 8445 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston, VA 22949 (NELSON) SECOND SUNDAYS WITH PATRICK & AARON OLWELL AND FRIENDS Start: Mar. 9, 2014 3:00 pm End: Mar. 9, 2014 5:00 pm Venue: Albemarle CiderWorks Phone: 434-297-2326 Address: 2545 Rural Ridge Ln, North Garden, VA 22959 (ALBEMARLE) WINTERGREEN PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS ATLANTIC CHAMBER ENSEMBLE AT RVCC Start: Mar. 9, 2014 4:00 pm End: Mar. 9, 2014 6:00 pm Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center Phone: 434-325-8292 Address: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)




Venue: The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen Phone: 434-325-8169 Address: 3421 Wintergreen Drive, Wintergreen, VA 22958 (NELSON)

THIRD ANNUAL TURNING THE BLUE TOAD GREEN Start: Mar. 15, 2014 9:30 am End: Mar. 15, 2014 11:00 pm Venue: The Blue Toad Phone: 434-996-6992 Address: 9278 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON) ST. PADDY’S POT O’GOLD TRAIL RUN AT DEVILS BACKBONE Start: Mar. 15, 2014 2:00 pm End: Mar. 15, 2014 6:00 pm Venue: Devils Backbone Brewing Company Phone: 434-361-1001 Address: 200 Mosby’s Run, Roseland, VA 22967 (NELSON) JOHN TRACY LIVE ON THE DECK AT CARDINAL POINT VINEYARDS Start: Mar. 15, 2014 2:00 pm End: Mar. 15, 2014 5:00 pm Venue: Cardinal Point Vineyards and Winery Phone: 540-456-8400 Address: 9423 Batesville Road, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON) BILL ADAMS AT ALBEMARLE CIDERWORKS Start: Mar. 15, 2014 3:00 pm End: Mar. 15, 2014 5:00 pm Venue: Albemarle CiderWorks Phone: 434-297-2326 Address: 2545 Rural Ridge Ln, North Garden, VA 22959 (ALBEMARLE)


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businessdirectory Auctioneers MASON AUCTION COMPANY, INC. 540-836-0258 P.O. Box 160 Nellysford, VA 22958 NELSON COUNTY A full service auction company specializing in antiques, estates & liquidations. Stillie L. Mason, Auctioneer VA License 2881

Breweries BLUE MOUNTAIN BARREL HOUSE 434-263-4002 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA NELSON COUNTY Come visit us at the Barrel House brewery and tasting room and discover where tradition meets innovation. Our tasting room is open FridaySunday, 11AM-7PM. You can enjoy a tasting flight of our available beer selections, relax with a full glass of one of our fine ales or lagers, and take a complementary tour after your purchase if you’d like to learn about our special brewing process.


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MOUNTAIN AREA REALTY 434-361-2440 2788 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY

Elk Mountain Contracting has been building custom log cabins and barns for 14 years. Using stonework and reclaimed materials to compliment your project allows us to provide a historic appeal to your structure. Services Provided: Reclaimed building materials, Custom log cabins and barns, Chinking, Stonework, General Construction, Cabin and barn restorations.

Mountain Area Realty offers full real estate services for Nelson County, Wintergreen Resort, Stoney Creek, and surrounding areas. Call our office 7 days a week for immediate professional service from one of our experienced agents.

Visitor Centers NELSON COUNTY TOURISM 434-263-7315 8519 Thomas Nelson Hwy Lovingston, VA NELSON COUNTY Experience the Sunrise Side of the Blue Ridge. From our mountains to the mighty James River. Wear yourself out at our wineries, breweries, cidery, and eateries. Then hit the sack in a cozy cabin or bed & breakfast.


Legal LAW OFFICE ROBERT L. BROWNE 703-369-7850 (t) 703-542-4010 (f ) (e) Trials • Business Law • Wills, Estates and Probate. To request an initial consultation, visit our website, Advising and Representing Clients Since 1976.

WINTERGREEN REAL ESTATE 800-325-2200 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, MASSIES MILL 434-277-8926 Crabtree Falls Hwy & Tan Yard Road, Massies Mill, VA NELSON COUNTY We’re a small, caring, affirming congregation with a deep commitment to social action. Sunday services: 11 AM (Communion) and 5 PM (Celtic Evensong) Community dinner: Every Thursday at 6:30 PM. All are welcome!

Wintergreen Real Estate Company is the founding company of Wintergreen. We are experts in resort sales, rentals and county property. We are the only company with an office on Devils Knob as well the entry of Stoney Creek.

Medical BLUE MOUNTAIN BREWERY 540-456-8020 9519 Critzers Shop Rd Afton, VA NELSON COUNTY Blue Mountain Brewery is open 7 days a week bringing the revolution of real hand-crafted American beer to our corner of the world. Eight to ten Blue Mountain drafts available at all times, local foods for lunch and dinner, local wines & family friendly.

MARTHA JEFFERSON AFTON FAMILY MEDICINE 540-456-6710 10950 Rockfish Valley Hwy Afton, VA NELSON COUNTY Family Medical Physician’s office specializing in preventive care, acute care,chronic illness care, pediatric and newborn care, women’s health, sports medicine, and geriatric medicine. All ages are welcome.

Real Estate WILD WOLF BREWING COMPANY 434-361-0088 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY Brewery, Restaurant, Sports Bar and Shopping Village! Our menu offers something for everyone, including Vegan, Gluten Free, daily flatbread & sushi specials. Experience the delightful creations from our kitchen using fresh, local ingredients paired with a broad selection of our hand crafted beers. Dog & kid friendly.

MARLO G. ALLEN, ASSOCIATE BROKER 434-996-3525 Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY When buying or selling real estate in Nelson County or Wintergreen, you can count on “That Girl” to get you results! Besides being a family business partner at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery of Nellysford, I am also a recognized and trusted name in real estate throughout Nelson County and Wintergreen.

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Resorts & Recreation WINTERGREEN RESORT 855-245-5011 39 Mountain Inn Loop Wintergreen, VA NELSON COUNTY Wintergreen Resort is a four-season mountain retreat on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Championship golf; seasonal skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing; an award-winning tennis program; a full-service, destination spa; indoor and outdoor pools; miles of marked hiking trails; 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space; charming lodging; and a variety of enticing dining options.

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G REAL ESTATE RENTED! – Apartment for Rent One bedroom apt for rent in Nellysford. $400 a month plus SD and References. Call Mon-Fri or leave message for Dondi Posted By:Dondi 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen $400 Mini Farm for rent This 3 acre property has beautiful mountain views, 2/3 BR, sunporch, hardwood floors, ceiling fans, new heating and AC unit and back-up woodstove. Washer/dryer. Two screened porches and a gorgeous yard with mature plantings. Great for horses with fenced paddocks, barn and run-in shed. Minutes to Nellysford, the Devils Backbone, Wild Wolf, Bold Rock Cidery and Wintergreen Resort. Available immediately. Indoor pets considered. Owner/Agent. Posted By:Julie Bendle 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434.996.8669 $1200 For Rent Charming 2 BR, 2 BA home. Hardwood floors in living areas and kitchen. Tile flooring in baths. Refigerator, electric range, dishwasher, washer/dryer. Master has balconey and huge jacuzzi. Lovely mountain views and lots of privacy. Minutes to Rt. 29 and Lovingston. 35 minutes to Charlottesville. Pets considered. Posted By:Julie Bendle 22949 - Lovingston 434 996-8669 $925 Post it online

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room, partial basement, storage shed, all on 0.689 acres. Sold as is $60,000. A fixer upper. Great starter home. Posted By:Kate McGinnis 22971 - Shipman/Rockfish 434-263-5895 $60,000

Lovely Furnished Home Stoney Creek/Wintergreen Resort Lovely single fam home, large wooded lot. 3 BR, 2.5 bath, in Stoney Creek near Lake Monocan. Elegantly decorated, fully furnished. Master suite with Jacuzzi tub & private deck. DR and LR look over bold stream and onto golf course. Graceful LR w/ wood burning FP and baby grand piano. Marvelous windows. Attractive kitchen with all appliances. Laundry room, washer/dryer. Beautiful views, mature trees, DSL high speed Internet optional. Min 1-year lease. Posted By:Dana Frye 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-361-2444 $1600/ month

Charming home to share in Stoney Creek/Wintergreen Seeking compatible housemate – someone neat, responsible, quiet, enjoys privacy as well as sharing space. Furnished bedroom, sitting room, and private full bath in single family home. Common areas: kitchen, DR, LR, utility rm, decks, wood burning fireplace, large yard. Property on golf course, cheerful creek, mature trees, miles of beautiful walking and cycling trails?, nature conservancy area. Fast, easy access to main corridors. Posted By: Dana Frye 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-361-2444 $600/month

Property on Tye River 54.3 wooded acres, with 1/4 mile on the Tye River. Quiet area and very private.Land is located near Route 29 and easily accessible to Washington, DC, Lynchburg, Charlottesville and Richmond. Posted By: J Tinsley NELSON COUNTY 434.969.2345 $398,000.00

Homestead Homestead-2 acres gardens, apple trees, berries plus 10 acres woods. Mountain side. House built 1988, needs renovation. Sheds, good water via well. Quiet road, faces south-near Lovingston. Posted By:Deborah Turel 22949 - Lovingston 434.263.5228 $155,000

Blue Ridge Terrace, Afton UPPER 1 BEDROOM WITH HUGE DECK! Hardwoods throughout, large sized living area. Deck open to views and extended living space. Renting for $550/month and security deposit. Heat and w/s/t removal provided by landlord, tenant only pays electric. Small pet is negotiable. Posted By: MANS Property Management, Inc. 22920 - Afton 540-949-5246 $550

RENTED! – Two Bedroom, Two Bath Condo Wintergreen Resort rental.

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Fully furnished 2 BR, 2 BA with utilities and basic cable included. Close to Spa, Nature Foundation, and shuttle stop, but in a quiet area. $850 per month off-season rate. 22958 Nellysford/Wintergreen $850/mo

HOME & GARDEN refrigerator Refrigerator.maytag. white.23.7cu ft..Posted By: Cynthia 22967 - Roseland/Lowesville/Massies Mill 434 277-8728 $400 obo Polo sculpture Rod iron, Rodinesque sculpture of polo player with mallet. Great gift for horse-lover.Posted By: K 22967 - Roseland/Lowesville/Massies Mill 434 277 9163 $50 obo Riding Lawnmower 2013 Airens Riding Lawnmower, 22 HP, V-Twin, Auto 46” w/ 3 year extended warranty. Used 1 season. Excellent condition. Moving and do not need.Posted By: Dawn Thomas 22922 - Arrington/Tye River 757-450-1580 $1000 obo



FARM & TOOL Our website says it all! Contact us today for all your home improvement needs! Posted By: Paul Burns 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 540-430-0522 $TBD

John Deere 272 Grooming mower 1985 John Deere 272 Grooming Mower. Good condition. Garage kept, needs new blades and possibly one bearing on middle shaft. Posted By: Bill Mitchell 22969 - Schuyler 757-430-1715 $1000

FURNITURE 3 piece bedroom set Queen headboard, double dresser with mirror, 2 drawer night stand, modern design light woodgrain color, mattress and bedframe not included. Posted By: Helen White 22938 - Faber 434-263-8211 $200 Oak Dining Room Table and Hutch Oak dining table with six chairs and matching hutch with glass doors. In very good condition. Table can be used round or it has two leaves that can extend it. Posted By: N. Hughes 22920 - Afton 540-456-8289 $900

CARS & TRUCKS SOLD! – 1996 C4 Corvette Convertible Excellent inside and out. 1996 C4 Corvette Convertible. White with black canvas top (like new). Garage kept, never raced. Only 62,000 miles. Extras include all new spark plugs, oil change, diagnostic test, very good tires, Corvette C4 cover, interior is beautiful red and black, with red leather seats. Alpine detachable cd player/radio w remote. rug protectors that reads Corvette, console leather cover with embroidered logo. Automatic. Really a beauty! Posted By: Sheila M. Jones 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen

Shopsmith Mark V It was bought in 1983 with the 11” band saw and 4” joiner, the starter accessory pack, the handyman accessory pack, and the craftsman accessory pack. All of the accessories are go with it. It functions as a drill press, table saw, sander, lathe, and router. All of the original manuals and instruction manuals are in great condition. There are also a large number of additional saw blades, including a dado set; a number of the supplemental blades have never been used. The total system is $575 assuming it is picked up here. Posted By: David McKenzie 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-361-1917 $575 Organically Raised Grass Finished Beef We have reasonably priced USDA inspected beef for sale by the pound. Our animals live healthy happy lives. Can deliver to Nellysford/Afton area. Posted By: Anne Buteau 22971 - Shipman/ Rockfish 434-263-4946 $Call for price list Round bale hay feeder Round bale hay feeder in great shape. 8ft in diameter and 50in high. Please call or text Rob at 434-989-0614 Posted By: Rob Rebitzke 22920 - Afton 434-989-0614 $190 obo



Blue Ridge LIFE

MARCH 2014


MARCH 2014

Blue Ridge LIFE


Marlo Allen

434-996-3525 Mountain Views!!!



701 Rockfish Orchard Dr $389,000; 2,420 sq ft; 4.69 acres Meticulously maintained, one-owner home in upscale Afton community; Views from nearly every room; ~20 minutes to Charlottesville



Owning a home = tax deductions!

161 Apple Ln; $1,500 month

Panoramic views! Situated on nearly 4 acres with 1+ acre fenced with run-in shed for a horse; fenced back yard; 1 car garage; 2,295 sq ft; 3Br/2Ba (Pet allowed/No smoking)








Owning can cost less than renting; call Andy to qualify for a home purchase that can save you money for years to come!

Bland Wade Ln; #491286; $89,900

Mostly cleared 2.62 acres w/ panoramic mountain views! Has well; perked for 3Br; (Build: land + 1,985 sq ft Cape for total of $259,900)



Andy Zemon 434-529-8431

300 Afton Mountain Rd; #516199; $234,900

204 Graywinds Ln; #517132; $179,900

Owner financing available! Solid built brick ranch w/ tremendous mountain views; full basement w/ in-law suite; 2,159 sq ft, 3+Br/2.5Ba

Privately situated w/ breathtaking mountain views! Large yard; 2 car detached garage; creek; DSL! 1,554 sq ft, 3Br/2Ba; 2.39ac











470 Three Ridges; #; $87,900

Walk to ski slopes! Private ground level back deck; new: heat pump, washer/dryer, windows, and fiber cement siding; furnished; 1Br/1Ba

57 Deer Springs Ln; #517273; $239,900

Great resort value! Private, well maintained contemporary w/ open flow and multiple outdoor entertaining decks; furnished; 3Br/2.5Ba

Livebeautifully in Nelson County

3450 Ennis Mountain Rd; #515214; $675,000

Board your own horses! Custom home and mini-farm with great mountain views, pastures, barn, run-in sheds, pool; 2,629 sq ft; 8ac

Marlo G. Allen, Assoc. Broker 434-996-3525

434-996-3525 Blue Ridge LIFE

Marlo Allen MARCH 2014

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