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36 Serviceberry Ln.

550 Devils Knob Loop

23 S. Knob Ln.

123 N. Forest Dr.

(Deer Springs 34) $479,000 .00 MLS #540452

(Devils Knob II 44) $690,000 .00 MLS #532398

(Devils Knob 63) $850,000 .00 MLS #532733

(Catoctin Forest 11) $420,000 .00 MLS #542505

Beautiful energy efficient home located on the 3rd hole of Devils Knob Golf Course. Expansive 180 degree views of the fairway. Home offers a bright and open floor plan with A-frame construction in the great room with floor to ceiling windows. Beautiful two-story stone wood burning fireplace is the focal point of the great room. Three bedrooms and two and a half baths in the main home. Expansive guest quarters- bedroom with wood burning fireplace, kitchenette and a full bath, are located above the detached 2-car garage. Home also offers a spacious screened porch and large deck overlooking the golf fairway and a hot tub.

A luxury mountain home with some of the best Southern views. Located next to the Blue Ridge Overlook, off of Devils Knob Loop and bordering open space on the back. Truly breathtaking and extremely private views; like owning your own Overlook. Extensive decking to enjoy the year round views and majestic sunsets. Home has many high end finishes- maple floors and cabinets, granite counter tops, Viking gas range in kitchen, 2-story stone fireplace in great room, beautiful furnishings. Main floor living with 3 guest bedrooms and 2 guest baths upstairs.

Enjoy some of the best views at Wintergreen from this incredible five bedroom home. Cathedral ceiling, 2 massive stone fireplaces, 4 decks, 2 whirlpool tubs plus a full sized enclosed hot tub, and many extras make this home a unique find in the Wintergreen Community. Well maintained with many extra features. Views include the ski slopes and Black Rock Village as well as views into the Rockfish Valley. In the distance the lights of Charlottesville and Lynchburg can be seen at night. Ample room (5200 sq. ft.) and private decks on most bedrooms add to the experience.

You’ll love this charming, 2-story cottage with spectacular views of the 17th fairway. Imagine the family dinners or parties you can have in this open floor plan home with two large decks. Cook a tasty dinner on the Green Egg grill in the summer while watching golfers finishing up their game or relax in the hot tub on a winter night while watching the snow fall around you. Why are you still reading this? Call now!

779 Blue Ridge Dr.

897 Blue Ridge Dr.

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• STONEY CREEK at the entrance

(Chestnut Springs 27) $449,500 .00 MLS #542749 A very private home with open space bordering the site. Nicely furnished, freshly painted & stained inside and out and a great location on Devils Knob - close to everything, perfect layout for two or more families.

(Chestnut Springs 23) $495,000 .00 MLS #542573 Impeccably maintained home with outstanding extras. Contemporary style with seasonal views from two decks. Open floor plan on main level with Master bedroom boasting vaulted ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors, built in dresser, huge walk in closet, steam shower, Jacuzzi tub and Toto toilet! Call us to find out about all the EXTRAS!

(Shamokin Springs 84) $315,567 .00 MLS #540718 A delightful private home tucked into a small cul-de-sac and backing into open space with panoramic views of the mountains across Shamokin Gorge. A very affordable retreat.


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3222 North Ridge This handsomelyfurnished and centrally-located 3 BR, 3 BA North Ridge condo is located in the heart of Devils Knob Village next door to tennis, golf and the newly-renovated Devils Grill. A short walk to spa, swimming, hiking, and shuttle to skiing. Popular rental through Wintergreen grossing $22,600 in rental in 2015. You can begin enjoying the benefits of rental property, use as a second home or some combination. An exceptional property at a great price! $169,000

261 Sawmill Creek Lane This well-maintained 5 BR, 3.5 BA home is situated on 2.72 private acres with pond frontage. It boasts an open floor plan, a wall of windows overlooking the pond with seasonal mountain views. Excellent finishes in the kitchen with breakfast area, firstfloor master suite with a walk-in closet, media room, and attached 2-car garage. Storage is plentiful in the walk-in attic/ bonus room, workshop area and basement. The back yard features flower beds, vegetable garden, and wooded areas. Located only minutes from the clubhouse, Lake Monocan, Nellysford, and 30 minutes to Cville. $499,000


103 Waters Edge Lane Custom 5 BR, 4 BA home on a golf and water view parcel with stone walks, patios and low maintenance landscaping. Designed to provide privacy and view. Open flow with high ceilings, Brazilian Rosewood floors, 3 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, first-floor master with sitting area and 2 walk-in closets, sunroom, library, second family room, rec room with wet bar, covered front porch, rear deck with hot tub, multiple patios, oversized garage, sound and security systems, generator, 3-zone heat pump with propane back-up, paved drive and walking trails. 30 minutes to Charlottesville. $579,000

1411 Highlands At the top of the ski slope with breathtaking year-round mountain views, this adorable 2 BR, 2 BA condo is just what you have hoped to find. Beautifully maintained and attractively furnished. Highlands has just undergone exterior renovations with new siding, decks, and walkways. Located at the top of the slopes, across from the Wintergarden pool, fitness and spa facilities, walking distance to the nature center and close to hiking trails, Highlands is the perfect location for year-round recreating! $149,900

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2235 North Fork Road Nicely renovated and ready to move in. This 1 BR, 1 BA cottage is across the road from the North Fork of the Tye River, so the sound of the river is wonderful. A creek borders one side of the property, and from inside, you’ll have a view of Square Mouth Rock. 15 minutes to Crabtree Falls and a few more to Montebello and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Ideal for a permanent home or that $99,950 affordable mountain getaway.


3846 River Road Charming 3 BR, 1 BA home with many upgrades and improvements. Sunny and bright! Just across the road from the Rockfish River and convenient to all of the amenities

27 Chapel Hollow Road Here is a wonderful opportunity to own a piece of history and a thriving business at the same time. Le Bleu Ridge Bed and Breakfast (5 Star, Trip Advisor) is located in the heart of Nelson County's celebrated wine, beer and cidery region that has been described as the “Napa Valley of Virginia.” Built in 1887, the main house has two guest rooms, office/bedroom, a comfortable owners’ apartment, spacious living and dining rooms and kitchen. The separate guest cottage and the cottage used as a winetasting room add to the charm. High speed internet/fiber optic cable. Turn key and fully furnished. Two more cottages can be added. $675,000

of Nellysford and the wineries, breweries, restaurants and Farmer's Market on the Route 151 corridor. Easy access to Charlottesville and Lynchburg as well.


3141 Beech Grove Road This perfect mountain retreat awaits a new owner. Renovated with all new finishes, paint, appliances and fixtures. On 7 acres close to Wintergreen and the Appalachian Trail. This is a perfect home away from home or permanent retreat! An additional 30 +/– acres can be purchased in addition to this for $90,000. The 7-acre parcel with the house is subject to a ROW to access an adjoining 20-acre parcel. Larger parcel is in land use. $135,000

4300 Rockfish Valley Highway Treasure in downtown Nellysford for entrepreneur and/or developer seeking large acreage that is already zoned for business! Total of 13.02 acres with 6.08 acres fronting 151 with B-1 zoning, 4.79 acres fronting Virginia Lane with B-1 conditional zoning, and 2.15 wooded acres with A-1 zoning suitable for private residence for business owner. B1 by right uses: hotel/motel, retail stores, restaurants, offices, and personal/professional services, etc., with brewery approved in the B-1 conditional. 1,500+ foot road frontage including on Route 151 which has gained notoriety as “the travel destination for Virginia wine, craft beer, hard cider, spirits, and outdoor recreation” according to business affiliation known as Nelson 151. $349,000

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Lot 5C, Cedar Drive This photo is just a hint of the panoramic view potential of this special lot. With drainfield strategically located to maximize yearround 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. $125,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (542516)






620 White Oak Condo Updated and furnished two Bedroom, two bath condo with several upgrades. The White Oaks Condominium Complex offers quiet rustic surroundings while still in short walking distance to all Dining & Ski facilities. This Gold Rental Unit comes completely turnkey! Enjoy a warm Fireside living area with modern updated furnishings. Deck & Patio! Priced to sell! Motivated Seller! Offered at $129,000. Please call Tim Craig at 540-416-8498 (542963)



521 Far Knob Climb



606 Blackrock Circle

Well cared for furnished three bedroom home with seasonal views in the Blackrock area, close to Tyro slopes. Updates include nice hardwood floors, redone wood burning stone fireplace, and updated furnishings. Cathedral ceiling in family room gives home a more spacious feel, with lots of morning light. Very private lot with lots of privacy, level parking, and bordering on not to be developed green space. Two full baths with some updates and a unique nook for office space. Large master bedroom enjoys views and has access to a private loft area that can be storage space or a “kids getaway”. Short drive to mountain village area and its amenities and events. Offered at $324,000. Call or text Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, or email: (540951)





2036 Stone Ridge Condos

2041 Stone Ridge Condos

Top floor two bedroom condo in great location, across from Spa and Aquatics Center and overlooking golf and Shenandoah Valley. Very nice condition, not rented and lightly used. Offered generally furnished, fireplace in family room, full kitchen, and separate dining area. Walk to golf, tennis or Nature Foundation. Nicely maintained condo complex, dues include cable and propane. Offered at $127,500. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (540010)

Beautifully maintained 2 bedroom 2 bath condo at Stone Ridge. This condo is in great shape and very clean. It is located right on the 18th fairway of Devils Knob golf course. Open floor plan with a large deck facing the golf course. Great location near the spa and other attractions at Wintergreen Mountain. Offered at $139,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (532813)








Terrific homesite of nearly 2.5 acres boasting panoramic mountain views across the Rockfish Valley. Easily accessible road frontage for construction of a driveway into the parcel. Slope of lot provides potential for excellent year-round mountain vistas. Wonderfully private setting yet still an easy two minute drive to Stoney Creek amenities (golf, tennis, swimming, dinning, fishing). Bring your own builder or ask us for builder recommendations. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. Offered at $75,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (530147)






258 Timbers Condo


103 Squirrel Tree Lane

Nice condition “treeloft” three bedroom ski chalet, within walking distance of Tyro slope. Enjoy the wood burning fireplace, large loft, two full baths, outside deck and level parking. Ready to enjoy for ski season, or to appreciate the fall foliage. Well maintained, not rented. Offered at $219,500. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (536431)



This amazing one bedroom one bath updated Timbers Condo on Wintergreen Resort Rental Program has been freshly painted and is looking great! Fantastic location, slopeside condo, with a short walk to amenities. Priced to sell! $79,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (493414)




56 Laurel Springs Drive


142 Hanging Rock Lane

Excellent cul-de-sac lot with seasonal mountain views. Sloped lot offers great building options - perfect for a home with a walk-out basement. Enjoy the splendors of Wintergreen from your own vacation retreat. Public water and sewer available. Less than a five minutes to golf, tennis, skiing, dining, and spa services. Bring your own builder or ask us for builder recommendations. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. Offered at $42,500. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (543675)








Great location overlooking 11th hole of Devils Knob private golf club. Well maintained 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with level paved driveway, plenty of parking, $5,000 allowance for granite in Kitchen. Two master suites with fireplaces and another fireplace in open great room. Hardwood floors throughout main living area, vaulted ceiling, open layout. Large decks to enjoy the outdoors. New appliances in kitchen in 2009, new water heaters, gas furnace. Roof replaced in 2005. Walk to spa, dining and Devils Knob Golf and Tennis Center. $359,000. Call Steve Marianella. 434-566-1293 (542647)




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Lot 5B, Cedar Drive





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. $175,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (542515)




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2147 Fairway Woods Condos

This beautiful 2BR/2BA condo has Level floors - no step down. Appliances & water heater recently replaced. Escape the summer heat to play golf in the cool Mt. air! Watch golfers from deck, or thru wall of windows, as they come down the 18th fairway of Devils Knob championship golf course. Walk 2-3 min. to club house & upscale Devils Grill restaurant & bar. Walk to the Spa, tennis courts & Nature Foundation. Take the ski shuttle 2-3 min to Mt. Inn, ski slopes, shops & restaurants. Play Stoney Creek course in valley “all year.” Fully furnished. Unbelievable price! Assessed for $127,800. Asking price is only $83K! Contact Dawn at 800-417-1890, (540372)

Editors & Publishers Yvette Stafford, Tommy Stafford Contributors Woody Greenberg Rachel Ryan Jennie Tal Williams a mom & pop since 2005

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Beard trimming optional.


triple crown Luray’s BBQ hot spot, complete with corn bread.


honey bee festival

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basic necessities ................. 7 cover story ............................9 at home with marlo ......... 23 this old/new house ............ 25 embrace the adventure ... 33 sam’s garden ..................... 34 ask the dr. ......................... 35 event calendar ................. 36 business directory ............ 37 classifieds .......................... 38 games ................................... 39

on the cover Photo credit: Andrea Hubbell A skillet full of asparagus prepared on carbon steel cookware hand forged by the folks at Blanc Creatives. Story on page 9.


thepuplishers We’ve been here a few months now and I must say, not only are we the best beagles yet to hike their legs on this place, but we are incredibly good looking. And agile. We scrambled up this boulder. All. By. Ourselves. The kids call it Mystery Rock. I’m not sure what the big deal is. It’s just a big rock. No mystery. That Peyton sure is something. We are so sorry we make her squeal sometimes because we’re still jumpy and our nails are a bit sharp. And Adam. He can be a little too into us. But that’s okay because we’re dogs and every little boy needs a dog, right? But here’s what drives us crazy: the grill. We’ve seen our parents put some amazing pieces of meat on that thing, only to keep most of it for themselves. Grilling meat is such an unnecessary step because baby, we like it raw. We’re trying to establish diplomatic relations with the layer flock but I’m not sure they trust us. We can’t help it if our noses are drawn to the smells of their coop. Your Sharpie marker smell is my chicken litter smell. Intoxicating.

Just a few hours ago, momma came home with a box full of chicks. We hear they’re going to the freezer when they’re bigger but goodness gracious watching them go Cheep! Cheep! in the brooder is fun. It’s like watching fish in a tank at the dentist’s office. The kids spent at least an hour handling those fuzzy things. We weren’t allowed to do that, our momma made sure of it. I’m not sure she realizes we’re believers in attachment parenting and establishing the beaglechicken bond is so very necessary to our physical and psychological development. Pfft. Humans. Humans who’ve been publishing this priceless rag for 11 years. Enjoy! Otis and Martina 2.0 Stafford


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basicnecessities By Kay Pfaltz Sense of Smell and Wine One whiff of nutmeg. It was enough to transport me to Christmas festivities of yore, eggnog concoctions and the like. Or the smell of burning leaves to zap us into instant autumn. Now, out my open window, there is the smell of the viburnum, that fleeting, once-ayear, springtime aroma, whose power of evocation I forget every year… until it blooms again — big, white and poufy — and I smell it all anew. Smell is our most primal sense. Anyone who has caught a whiff of a woman’s perfume in a busy city, only to be reminded of first love or perhaps grandmother’s house, will agree. We call these experiences Proustian, after that great master’s descriptive powers, especially as he recounts the experience of dipping into tea a single Madeleine, which then sets afloat a river of childhood recollections. In wine tasting, smelling (or “nosing” if you want to hobnob with the Soms) is the most essential step, if not the most pleasurable (which is left to the palate). If you consider that we only have a mere 10,000 or so taste buds in our mouths, compared with some 100,000 olfactory sensors,

you begin to see why we can discern more about wine from its smell than from its taste. Sniff and let your nose tell you if the wine reminds you of something else, be that something else another wine you’ve tried or perhaps something altogether different like green peppers, a wet dog, a stable, or a bowl of cherries. When the wet dog enters the stable, the smell is due less to fermentation than to maturation and aging. Cellaring adds further layers of scent, or what we call the wine’s “bouquet” versus its “aroma.” Bouquet then refers to tertiary aromas developed through aging (think woody scents, truffles, barnyard), while aroma is the more immediate and forward smell you receive, varietal characteristics like cherries or berries. It’s no wonder that words are poor descriptors when it comes to something as subtle and subjective as smell perceptions, or as exciting and mysterious as a good bottle of wine. A grape that’s easily identifiable by smell, and a good place to start, is Sauvignon Blanc. With its hallmark grassiness or grapefruit notes, it can leap from the glass announcing itself. Reverdy Sancerre, 2015 – Softer



than some Sancerres, yet still offering the flinty minerality for which we long when sipping Sauvignon Blanc. Perfect pairings? Oysters on the half shell, or pair with an aged and crumbly chèvre. $22 For another smell experience, try a rosé Sancerre, made from Pinot Noir. Reverdy Sancerre, rosé, 2015 - Wine lovers have all probably heard enough descriptors about the wine’s aroma of “plum, cassis, fill in the blank.” I know, because I use the fruit analogies too. I once had a wine tasting student ask, “Are there really cherries in the wine?” Well, no, it’s just fermented grape juice. The Château Latour and the $5.99 white Zinfandel. Both the same. Well, sort of. But when there are thousands of wines, we seek to describe and differentiate, often mentally reaching for everything under the sun by way of comparison. This actually makes sense because grapes contain hundreds of compounds found in other fruits and vegetables. This Sancerre is a wine I feel truly merits my description of “aromas of strawberries and raspberries.” Not sweet, just elegant and luscious. $22

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Lovingston - $850,000 - 344 +/acres of beauty. Two bold streams. Mark Brashears: 540.570.2874

Amherst - $435,000 - Circa 1870 restored w/ addition on 3.8 acres elevated above Buffalo River. Sue Harvey: 434.426.3755

Wingina - $399,999 - 3BR, 3BTH Brick home on Private 65 ac. on the James River, Wonderful views, Garage Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

Lovingston - $345,000 - Updated 4BR, 2 ½ BTH, 15.12 ac., 3,374 fin. sq. ft., 24’x28’ Workshop, Mountain Views! Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

Amherst - $300,000 - Abandoned 145 acre mountain farm with long river frontage on Buffalo River. Paul Kilgore: 434.941.5922

Arrington - $299,500 Custom 3BR, 2.5BTH, 2,348 fin. sq. ft. home on 15.52 acres. Hardwood flrs, , Garage Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

Faber - $259,000 - 2007 3BR., 3 ½ BAS., 4.42 Ac., 1783 fin. sq. ft., WalkOut basement, Garage Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

Arrington - $249,900 - Reduced 4BR, 2BTH, 2 acres, Mountain Views, County water, Open flr plan. Lynn Bowling: 434.941.3126

Faber - $170,100 - 63+/- acres, mainly hardwood, stream, private, gently rolling topography, mtn views. Paul Kilgore: 434.941.5922

Massies Mill - $170,000 - 45.43 acres, Mountain Views, All hardwoods, Stream/Creek, road frontage. Malcolm Fleming: 434.942.9376

Lovingston - $169,900 - 3BR, 2BTH, 0.88 ac., County water/sewer, Renovated, refinished oak flrs., Garage Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

Tye River - $148,500 - 7.49 ac. w/ accessible Buffalo River frontage, perced, well, UG electric, 12’x12’ Pavillion. Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

Lovingston - $144,750 -Multi building sites on 35.005 ac. w/hdwoods, state rd frontage, stream, 2 rds into property Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

Arrington - $139,900 - One level living, 3BR, 2BTH on 10 acres w/ creek, Close to the Tye River access Pat Malchow: 434.946.9889

Arrington - $124,900 to $199,900 45 to 58 acre unrestricted parcels with frontage on the Tye River Lynn Bowling: 434.941.3126

Arrington - $24,500 - Level 2 ac. building lot w/ mixed hardwoods, perced, st. road frontage, electric Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

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Corry Blanc pounds away at the anvil to make a skillet handle. Located in Charlottesville, Blanc Creatives is a team of six that makes hand-forged carbon steel cookware and accessories.




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Tucked away in a garage workshop in the Belmont neighborhood of Charlottesville, Blanc Creatives is a small operation where founder, Corry Blanc, and his team of six, make hand-forged carbon-steel cookware. The products shot to fame last year after winning a best cookware award in Garden & Gun out of thousands of nominees. With orders coming in from across the country, Blanc and his team are working around the clock, but keeping up with demand is tough. The pans are currently on back order until August. “I guess that’s what people want, just that story behind it,” Blanc said. “Knowing that someone put some care into it and it wasn’t just a machine or a robot stamping it out.”

The Blanc Creatives workshop is a robust operation, where beardtrimming among employees is optional. Blanc, along with five employees, work arm’s length away from each other, hammering, sanding, welding, and using a hydraulic press to transform a 1/8”-thick piece of steel into a custom pan. “It takes about six man-hours per pan,” said Ezekiel Atwell, the manager of pan production. “In theory, we are getting about a pan an hour, which is still pretty slow.” The team repeats the process 40 to 50 times a week. Atwell says the repetition is the worst part of the job. “It definitely gets old making pans all day every day.” But the finished product makes it worthwhile.

Ezekiel Atwell smooths out the edges of a pan forged at Blanc Creatives. With each pan taking about six man hours to produce, orders are backlogged until August.


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“It’s definitely rewarding work because we put a bunch of hours into a pan and come out with something that’s going to last a lifetime,” Atwell said. continued on page 12

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As business continues to grow, so does Blanc Creatives’ product line. Carbon-steel cookware is the business’s bread and butter, but there’s also hand-shaped spatulas and cutting boards made from local wood, and a lifestyle line of handkerchiefs, bottle openers and cocktail muddlers. It’s all part of Blanc’s grand vision for life. “The ability to have everything in your life created by hand, that’s my grand goal,” he said. “This is just my start to get there.” A blacksmith by training, Blanc grew up in Georgia and worked for his uncle’s welding and metal fabrication business after graduating from high school. He followed a girl to Charlottesville, and while that relationship didn’t last, his love for art and working with his hands flourished. Blanc Creatives opened in 2007. A coalescing of his experiences working with metal, and training as a blacksmith, plus his time in a restaurant kitchen, led him to carbon steel and cookware. He started experimenting with carbon-steel skillets. “It’s nice to be able to have handcrafted tools while I’m cooking at the same time,” Blanc said. “It completes the lifestyle.” Blanc said the carbon steel is lightweight and nonstick. The casual cook isn’t the only one who appreciates Blanc’s cookware. Chefs at Brookville Restaurant, Mas Tapas, The Local, and Tavola all use the pans. Blanc says the more you use the handmade pans, the better they get. “You build up that seasoning,” he said. “After a few uses you can just throw a couple of eggs on there with just a tiny bit of butter and they will flip right over, nonstick.” As far as care goes, Blanc says less is more. “As soon as you’re done cooking, wipe out the grease and run it under some water and dry it off. You’re good to go.” No washing dishes ? What cook can’t get behind that? There’s also the lifetime guarantee that comes with each pan. “I think people are starting to realize that quality over quantity is a lot better,” Blanc said. “You can only throw so many things away. Why buy ten things and throw nine of them away when you can buy one thing and it’s going to last for years and you can use it over and over and over and it gets better with age.” BRL


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Smiles and biceps from the crew at Blanc Creatives as they take a break from work. The team produces hand-forged carbon steel cookware and other items such as garden tools (opposite top). Visit the online gallery at



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CONDOS 716 Laurelwood

$99,900.00 MLS #542012

Beautiful and well furnished 2 bedroom - 2 bathroom villa. End unit with enhanced privacy. Step down living area provides ceilings which are higher than normal. Good light, woodburning fireplace, updated kitchen & cabinets, nice back deck. Comfortably sleeps 6 people, or up to 8 people using the sleeper sofa in living room. Very close to skiing, shops, restaurants, the market ...making this very convenient for your own use ...but also an excellent rental candidate, if you so desire. There’s also a private pool for your use spring through fall.

901 Diamond Hill

$149,000.00 MLS #542151

Highly sought after “Honeymoon Suite”. Very large and highly designed studio with stone fireplace. Walk directly from private patio onto slopes. Prized location - center of Black Rock Village - front row to concerts, cookouts, fireworks, craft fairs and ski access.

1640 Overlook

$159,000.00 MLS #542362

Open, spacious and very bright floor plan. Beautiful views of the ski slopes, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Rockfish Valley. Walk to the Golf Club House, tennis center and fine dining. Ground floor villa with nice deck, offering stairs to the grassy area behind the building- your extended outdoor space. Fully furnished and ready to move in.

1828 High Ridge Court

$165,000.00 MLS #534495

This condo boasts some of the best views on the mountain for this price! AND... there are no steps to navigate to get there. Ride the elevator to the 3rd floor and you are at your destination. This 2 bed, 2 bath condo is beautifully decorated to make the view the center stage! Just enough to feel comfortable, cozy and at home while basking in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

1404 Highlands

$219,000.00 MLS #529281

This condominium has it all: Slopeside location and across the street from the spa; some of the best views of the slopes and into the Rockfish Valley and beyond. It has 3 bedrooms and baths, 2 fireplaces, a deck and a patio to the view and a great price. Additionally, the Highlands has been upgraded and modernized very recently. A Great Value.

336 Dobie

$305,000.00 MLS #536003

Spacious three bedroom, 3 bath condo located on the ski slopes. Top floor villa with cathedral ceilings in the great room and master suite. Third bedroom on the second floor used to be a loft but now is completely enclosed and private. The owners have also finished a spacious attic space into a walk-in closet and additional kids sleeping/ play room. Fully furnished with a few exceptions. In wonderful condition with some recent cosmetic updates. Wonderful property for the ski enthusiast. Build unforgettable memories with family and friends in this mountain ski chalet.

1715 High Ridge

$395,000.00 MLS #542085

Beautiful 4 bedroom/4 bath condo featuring a great room with a magnificent stone fireplace, handsome Brazilian cherry floors, cathedral ceiling, wet bar and a wall of glass for natural light and breathtaking views of the Rockfish Valley, 2500’ below. Kitchen renovation and expansion with generous granite countertops, tile back splash and granite caps on three sides of island & countertops. Three of the bedrooms are private suites and the 4th guest room has a full bath next door and its own glass slider to a French balcony.

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747 TWIN RIDGE LN - AFTON Scenic home on 6.4 acres, only minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Flowing floor plan, tall ceilings, wood burning FP & hardwoods. Luxurious main-floor owners suite, attached BA, walk-in closet, opens to rear deck. Gourmet kitchen has gas range, glass-door cabinets, breakfast room. Formal DR. Gazebo & swimming pool. $499,000

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Joanne Coleman, half of the husband-wife super team behind Triple Crown BBQ, stirs a tray of their famous pulled pork. The business has been a tourist hot spot since 2011. For more info, visit Triple Crown’s Facebook page.

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Less than half-a-mile from one of the Blue Ridge’s most fascinating natural attractions, Luray Caverns, lies one of its most mouth-watering eateries: Triple Crown BBQ. Since cutting the red ribbon in 2011, the secret heirloom methods, techniques, and recipes of husband and wife super-team, John and Joanne Coleman, have managed to generate a near-religious local following, and inspired the finger-licking contemplation of thousands upon thousands of tourists.

Blue Ridge Life: So what’s the story behind Triple Crown BBQ? Joanne Coleman: Well, we’d always had our own business—my husband still does custom woodwork—but in 2008, as the economy shifted, we started thinking about diversifying. Meanwhile, we’d always had this habit of cooking barbecue on the smoker at home as a hobby. How this developed was: My husband and I met in college, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. At the time, he was working as the manager of this really amazing, old-timey, ‘world famous’ barbeque place, Herlocker’s Park Drive-in. Thus, we’d go on picnics and he’d bring food that was always just amazing. When we got married, we got a little smoker, and, as kind of a nostalgic family activity, we’d spend a couple of days doing pork butt, chicken, ribs—you name it—and, by the end of the process, wind up with so much food we couldn’t eat it all. As such, we started having a lot of cookouts, that or we’d bringing baskets of leftovers over to the homes of friends and family members. At first, when they’d tell us how great it was, we just thought they were being cordial. However, over time, they started telling us that we needed to open a restaurant. We’d sort of shrug it off, but, as they kept saying it, and getting more and more serious about it, we started thinking about the idea ourselves. Eventually, John was surfing Craig’s List and saw a trailer with a smoker for sale. The unit looked like a food truck and he asked me if I thought we ought to go pro making barbeque. I thought, sure, let’s do it! And we did. The Triple Crown literature makes much of the fact you all are a family operation. Could you talk about where your recipes came from? Well, beyond the fact that John had a lot of experience in the business, I’d been spending quite a bit of time perfecting my sauces. My grandfather was a volunteer for the Lions Club in Washington State and was a Pit Master for many, many years. So, when John and I started getting into this, he got together with us, passed down his recipes, and told us some of his secrets. Also, we took some time getting in touch with older family members seeking out those delightful old church recipes from our mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and great aunt on either side—our recipes for coleslaw, baked beans, and corn bread came to us in this manner. And then there was a lot of tweaking on the both of our behalves. I’m from Washington, otherwise known as the apple state, so a personal twist I like to put on a lot of our recipes is through the use of apples and apple products. That’s one of my things. But really, generally speaking, I guess all those years of experimenting in the backyard and in the kitchen pressure-free sort of paved the way! Beyond the recipes themselves, you both put a lot of care into your food. What’re some of the things Triple Crown does that makes its barbeque so radically above and beyond? My husband has been making furniture for over 30 years, and, as an artisan, understands how important it is to provide the best product you possibly can. That’s a concept that we both take to heart. We take pride in making the best food we can—if it’s not right, it’s not going out the window. Along those lines, we use as many Virginia products as we possibly can. And we do small-batch cooking… During the high season, 75 percent of the time we’ll sell out by the end of the day, because we cook fresh, and we’d rather run out than sell old food. Everything that is cooked—except for our corn muffins—is cooked in our Southern Pride smoker. So there’s always that extra special burst of flavor. And then, John has his own special secret blend of wood that he uses, as well as a variety of rubs he’s worked very, very hard to develop. Furthermore, we do a lot of behind the scenes work over the course of the week prior to opening on Fridays. We spend full days in the kitchen together—we get the meats and spend time applying the rub, allowing them to marinate overnight; and we have to make sauces. What does the future hold for Triple Crown? We’ve talked about branching out one day. However, if we do that, we want to make sure we bring the same level of customer service and personableness to that venture. Right now, our customers make special trips to see us and we’ve developed great relationships—we know such-andsuch will be here on Saturday at 11:30 am, and if they don’t show up, we may send someone to find them, it’s that regular! So, whatever we do, we want to be sure to remain true to that bond with our customers. BRL

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4/23 North vs South Dinner Duel A first-time offered premier culinary event for the competitive “foodie” in all of us. 5/10 Peonies at their Peak Choose from thousands of our most famous blooms to create your own one-of-kind arrangement. 5/17 The Abundance of May Our prolific spring gardens await you and then learn practical tips about flower conditioning and arranging.

April 10 & April 17 Winemaker Presentations 4 to 5:30 pm $10/pp April 30 Classic rock, R&B and folk music with Ragtop 2:30 to 5:30 pm Mention this ad for $1.00 off wine tasting or glass of wine 585 Mountain Cove Road Lovingston, VA 22949 Just off Rt. 29 above the Village of Lovingston on Rt. 718. For information: 434-263-8463 or go to 434-277-5231 Nelson County, Virginia

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It seems like the Nelson Farmers Market has been here forever, but folks who have lived in the county for more than 19 years will tell you that’s not actually the case. “When we started, it was just for fun and there were maybe 10 or 12 vendors. We were all one of each - one mustard person, one bread person, one flower person,” said Foxie Morgan (the flower person). “And then it just grew from there.” Foxy, who was one of the original vendors in 1997, is still selling her plants and flowers as part of the Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative today, but stepped down from her position on the board a few years ago. She said that despite all of the changes that she’s seen over the years, the market is still a great place to be - for her, for the vendors and for the people who support it.

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“It’s a different ball game now,” she said of the market that now has 70-plus vendors and a waiting list every year. “But ti’s still fun. I really enjoy it. I love getting to know my customers. People are very loyal to the market and I think they really enjoy being there.” Dickie Brothers’ John Bruguiere, another founding member of the market, agrees. He’s quick to point out that they’re still a producer-only market (all vendors must produce their own good not more than 75 miles from Nellysford), but that while the new version of the market is indeed different, it’s for the better. “The market has morphed a bit,” said John. “The number of crafts people and artisans has increased and it’s quite a social atmosphere. Diehards come early to get what they want and leave, but there are folks who come to socialize mid-morning and they stay and chat and listen to live music.” This year’s market opens for the first time on April 9 with a brand new tent and a handful of new vendors. BRL

Rockfish River Gallery of Virginia fine art and exquisite crafts

at the Rockfish Valley Community Center 190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, VA 22920 We are open all year Weds. through Sat. from 10 AM to 4 PM. 434 - 294 - 4668 Check our website for info, map and news. 18

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OLD WORLD CARPENTRY “hoch die zimmererkunst” Jens Müller

6997 Rockfish River Road Schuyler, VA 22969 434.831.5998 CUSTOM SAWING WITH A WOOD MIZER PORTABLE BAND SAW

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Come Visit Wintergreen Resort’s Official Real Estate Office Located In the Mountain Inn

Do you love Wintergreen as much as we do? When you buy or sell with us, you are investing in Wintergreen’s future – Call us or stop in and be a part of Wintergreen’s future.

Preserving the Wintergreen legac Contact any of these outstanding Realtors® at our Mountain Inn office for information about Wintergreen and Stoney Creek real estate.







Brian Chase Managing Broker 434-960-4168

Tim Craig Sales Associate 540-416-8498

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. $145,000.Contact Dawn at 800-417-1890, (533486)







50 Ash Lane

Jody A. Morgan Sales Associate 540-461-1733


Rod Phillips Sales Associate 434-987-6399

Gavin Sherwood Sales Associate 434-962-0226

Jon D. Tsakis Sales Associate 540-836-9211


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155 Mountain Inn Condos Furnished ski front condominium. This one bedroom, one bathroom loft condo is located in the heart of Mountain Village. Gold status rental. Perfect for those who want a prime location, view of the ski slopes, and good rental potential for investment property seekers! Offered at $95,000 - Call Jon Tsakis, 540-836-9211. (539793)





WESTERN ALBEMARLE SCHOOLS - So hard to find! 3.89Acres mostly wooded-level lot in Signal Hill- an attractive, established small development. Convenient to Crozet and to Waynesboro/Fishersville. BOARD YOUR HORSE - Community covenants allow for the boarding of 1 horse on your property! Select your own builder or work with HIGH QUALITY builder -Shenandoah Valley Construction - to build a CUSTOM RESIDENCE of your choice. Offered at $79,500 Call Jon Tsakis 540-836-9211. (534458)





1445 Beacon Hill Lane

1444 Highlands Condos This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo boasts easy access, new beautiful decks, and some of the best views on the mountain for the price! This gorgeous unit will not last long! A must see! Offered at $122,900! Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (533675)

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238 Timbers Condos

Amazing deal. It sold in less than a month the last time it was on the market. Rated Gold on the Wintergreen Resort rental program, it is beautiful, convenient to everything but quiet with south facing views (in season). Walk to the Mountain Inn, ski slopes, restaurants and more. Comfortable and classic with updated furniture and furnishings. New bathroom, kitchen cabinets, granite counter tops and appliances and lighting fixtures. Offered at $74,900. Call Jody A. Morgan 540-461-1733. (535233)








194 Mountain Inn Condo


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Great investment rental rated Gold in Wintergreen Resort Rental Program. Renovations included new bathrooms, kitchen and furniture. Walk to restaurants, ski slopes, skating rink, music and craft events and festivals, conference and meeting areas. Gross rental revenue over $19K/ year both 2013 and 2014. Exterior of building upgraded with fiber cement siding in 2013. Invest now while prices are at 15 year lows! Owner financing available to qualified buyers. $73,900. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293







Gold Rated one bedroom loft condo in Wintergreen rental program. Rental revenue of over $21,000 in 2014. Sold furnished and ready to enjoy this winter or keep it in rental program. Walk to courtyard restaurants, festivals and music, shopping and of course the slopes! Full bathroom and kitchenette too. One of the few units in the Mountain Inn with an outside deck too. Listed by Steve Marianella for $115,000. Call 434-566-1293, (538273)





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Dawn Perusse Associate Broker 540-454-3300


15 Red Cedar Court Located in a charming and quiet neighborhood in the Devils Knob area. This home has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, open floor plan with lots of natural light, soaring high ceiling, and beautiful stone fireplace as a center piece. Two master suites both with private bathrooms makes this home desirable for multiple families. Nice winter views and home faces west for spectacular sunsets. This home is well maintained and ready to move in and enjoy Wintergreen. $279,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399 (520119)






118 Blackrock Circle





Beautiful year around mountain views from this updated home. This home sits in the very desirable Blackrock neighborhood of WTG. Great location near all the resort activities. This is a great family home with a very spacious floor plan and has a large deck for entertaining. Master bedroom has its own private balcony.....have fun in the hot tub while enjoying wonderful mountain views. This is a great value for year around mountain views and a renovated 5 bedroom home in this location at WTG. $549,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (535915)

On the corner of Ash Lane and Devils Knob Loop on a double lot, this home offers spectacular year-round mountain views, and 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. Amazing Price Reduction to $699,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (512525)

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10 Trillium Place

10 Mulligan Lane





RoseWood Village HOA dues cover exterior maintenance, lawn care, trash service, snow removal, etc. This unique double lot offers you the ability to build detached home. Bring your own builder or ask for local recommendations. Property offers views of surrounding mountains and golf course. $99,500. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (529607)



Wintergreen, Virginia 22958

1447 Highlands Condo Spectacular year ‘round views overlooking Wintergreen Village, ski slopes & multiple ridges of mountains beyond! Fully-furnished, mid-level End Unit has bright, open floor plan, plenty of windows on 3 sides & wood-burning fp. Walk to ski slopes, Spa (w/indoor pool), golf, indoor/outdoor tennis & Nature Foundation. Catch free shuttle 2 min to Mt. Inn, with other quality restaurants & activities. All furniture, appliances & electronics convey. Great rental income if so desired. You’ll never forget these views! Offered at $137,000. Contact Dawn at 800-417-1890, (540329)


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16 Powderhorn Drive

25 South Rock Tree Lane Custom Build your New Home & create a FULL View Year round ! Great corner lot, walk to the slopes, and quiet section of Black Rock Village at wonderful Wintergreen Resort. Easy build in skiers’ popular and preferred section. Currently Priced $30,000 under Tax assessment. A backyard destination, Wintergreen opportunity is knocking! Offered at $67,500. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (540322)










307 Dobie Condos



Gold rental status for those interested in an investment property. Great value! Offered at $95,000. Call Jon Tsakis, 540-836-9211. (539794)

479 Three Ridges Condo

Totally renovated inside & out! 2-story, 2BR/2BA, 907sf condo w/vaulted ceilings. Includes all appliances, furniture & fixtures! Sleeps 6. New hardiplank siding, W/D & showerheads; Newer Kit appliances, Maple cabinets & countertops. Newer bathroom vanities, faucets, light fixtures & toilets. Master BR on main level. Only 3 stairs fm pkg lot. Assoc supplies wood for FP. Ski closet. Short walk to ski slopes, Mt. Inn & great restaurants. Rental income is above average... $119,000. Contact Dawn at 800-417-1890, (533513)





1591 Vistas Condos

Breathtaking views of the Rockfish Valley and Wintergreen slopes from this furnished one bedroom, TWO bath condo. Great location near Devils Knob Golf & Tennis, Wintergarden Spa and Black Bear cafe. New carpet installed Jan 2016. Large family room with raised hearth fireplace, full kitchen and laundry, central air and heat. Walk out patio off family room and bedroom. Ready to enjoy this season or continue as a rental unit. Vistas condos has had recent upgrades including new windows and doors, siding, insulation, vapor barriers and dehumidifiers in crawlspace and improved drainage, all paid by owners. $134,000. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (541563)





2204 Tanners Ridge Condos


664 Shamokin Springs Trail Enjoy Fantastic Views of Crawfords Knob from your living room and deck! This recently remodeled 3 bedroom home offers a great open floor plan. Spacious Kitchen and Dining Room Area. Stone Fireplace and pine cathedral ceilings! NEW HOT TUB! Granite Counter tops and Kitchen Aid appliances. A warm decor awaits your touch! Must SEE!!! Offered at $329,900 - Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (532319)






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519 Blackrock Circle


Beautiful first level end-unit. Totally updated and ready to enjoy. New hard wood flooring, new carpet, new bathroom vanity, fixtures, and newer appliances. Just painted interior as well. Designer furnishings throughout convey with the sale. Lots of natural light in the condo. Huge patio which almost doubles living area. This is a must see unit at this price! Offered at $69,900 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (542685)




This home is in a great location in the Blackrock area of wintergreen. It is near the Mountain Inn, skiing, Wintergreen Market, and many hiking trails. Home is priced to sell under $250k in this desirable location. This home has 3 beds, 2 full baths, high ceilings, great room, open floor plan and comes fully furnished. The home sits on a beautiful level lot with lots of natural plant life. $175,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (527658)



178 Mountain Inn Condos

Updated and producing steady rental revenue in the Wintergreen resort rental program, this condo is located in the heart of the Mountain village at The Mountain Inn. Restaurants, shopping, festivals and bars are all within walking distance, along with slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Sold furnished and ready to use now and continue in the rental program. 2014 Gross rental revenue of over $17,000. 2015 YTD through September $13,353. Offered at $97,000. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (538856)





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37 Grassy Overlook


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This completely renovated (2013) and beautifully decorated, rustically trimmed 2 bedroom/2 bath unit is really a must see! This fully furnished condo boasts private parking, views from your covered patio, elegant granite countertops, and a true ski-out experience. Nestled close to the Mountain Inn, this unit is close to everything! Enjoy relaxing from a day of fun in your fire warmed conversation area! Firewood supplied all year! Offered at $227,500 - Call Tim Craig at 540-416-8498 (538049)


This beautiful 1 bedroom 1 bath condo is in the resort rental program. Please check with the front desk for rental reservations and key. Owner has three Mountain Inn Condominiums for sale and may consider negotiating price for purchase of all three units. Offered at $95,000 - Call Jon Tsakis, 540-836-9211. (539795)






One of the most amazing homes at Wintergreen Resort. Featuring infinite, unobstructed, panoramic views of the Rockfish Valley and beyond. Newly renovated by Shenandoah Valley Construction Company with custom built cabinetry by Virginia Craftsmen, new 50 year architectural shingle roof, gutters, skylights, all new Evergrain decks with oil rubbed bronze ballusters, Luckstone granite counter tops in kitchen and baths. All bathrooms and laundry area redone with new cabinetry, tile and vessel sink. New wide plank oak hardwood flooring, high end carpeting and custom Turkish mosaic tile work. Four beautiful Stone and masonary fireplace. Freshly painted inside and out. 3 zoned heating/air conditioning, with conditioned crawl space. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this amazing view property. $799,000. Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211 (519132)



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157 Mountain Inn Condos

Gold Rental on the Wintergreen Resort Rental Program. Located in the heart of the Mountain Village! Close to everything! This 1 bedroom 1 bath condo comes completely furnished - Excellent Rental Investment or Leisure! Short walk to all amenities, 2 restaurants, and SKIING! Call for a showing today! $99,000 Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (539168) I /SK


One of the last lots fronting the Appalachian Trail and the Shamokin Springs Nature Preserve with seasonal Rockfish Valley Views. This large lot #46 on the map, is a true nature lovers’ paradise. Private setting with no one building behind you. Located on a quiet cul-desac with mature hardwood trees. $99,000. Have Shenandoah Valley Construction build your custom dream home. Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211 (518825)

15 Shenandoah Ridge Townhome

This 5 bedroom townhome features a renovated kitchen (gorgeous Maple cabinetry and granite counters) and excellent sunset views to the Shenandoah Valley and mountains beyond. Shenandoah Ridge is centrally located for an easy walk to the spa, fitness center, tennis center, and Devils Knob Golf. $281,500. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (529037)





2231 Tanners Ridge Condo Ground Floor Walkout - Just Fully Renovated! New Cabinets! New appliances! New Floor covering! Fresh Paint! Turn Key for Rental or Private getaway! Close to Wintergarden Spa, Golf & Tennis! Winter Views from patio /Bedroom. $68,750. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (516633)






3227 North Ridge Condo

Looking for a great value in a 2 bedroom condo at North Ridge? Look no further! This quality and elevated unit has been well maintained and includes attractive furnishings. Plus, it’s an end unit with master bedroom overlooking landscaped surroundings. North Ridge is across from the Tennis Center and is a short walk to the Spa and Devils Knob Golf. $97,500. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (538893) APRIL 2016

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Spring into Action!


Staging your home to spring ahead of the competition


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

Spring can breathe new life into the housing market. With the April showers and May flowers come more buyers… and, oh yes, more sellers. If you are planning to sell your home this spring, you need to differentiate your home. How? Consider price, marketing, and condition. Set a market-driven price, hire an agent who will aggressively market your home, and make sure that your home is in tip-top shape. Here are a few staging tips that can help your home spring ahead of the competition. Give priority to these first three tips, some of which cost nothing more than a little time and energy: De-clutter! Have a yard sale or rent a storage unit. Remove books from shelves, pack the knickknacks, and clear the countertops. Pack away your shabby recliner and get rid of “I will use it one day” furnish-

ings and gadgets. You want just enough furniture to define a room’s purpose without over-crowding. If your house is jam-packed, it may not appear spacious enough to the buyer prospect. Fix it! Minor repairs and/or renovations can have major payoffs. Leaking faucets, squeaking doors, torn screens, un-caulked tubs, scuffed walls, and dated wall wallpaper or fixtures can dampen a buyer’s enthusiasm. Fix those problems, so the buyer feels excited about the possibilities, rather than overwhelmed with deferred maintenance. Spring-clean! A clean home is refreshing, rather than the depressing alternative. Go beyond dusting and vacuuming, and truly deep clean everything from floor to ceiling… yes even the cobwebs and dust gathered in the fans and those other hard to reach places. If you don’t do windows, than hire someone!

Marlo Allen

Other staging considerations: Create positive focal points. Pull furniture away from walls and arrange in appealing groupings allowing plenty of pass-thru space. Don’t block the rooms “wow factor” like a fireplace or a gorgeous window view. Highlight key rooms. Kitchens and bathrooms most influence a buyer’s decision. Even if these rooms are not the most modern, they can appear “newer” and more inviting with the right touches. Consider replacing light fixtures, faucets, or drawer pulls if needed. Otherwise, dress the rooms with a splash of color to accent the space. Kitchen: fresh flowers, bowl of fruit, new sink mat and towels. Bathroom: Fresh flowers, fragrant candle, new bath mat, towels, and shower curtain. Cultivate curb appeal and accentuate outdoor living space. Buyers may never get inside if the


outside doesn’t have curb appeal. Power wash, paint, landscape, and mulch as needed. Makeover the deck, porch or patio; cover the worn picnic table with a bright tablecloth, replace the faded chair cushions, and arrange greenery and flowers. Strive for cheerful and bright. Turn on lights and lamps and open blinds and curtains to let the sunshine pour in. Consider removing heavy, light-blocking window coverings. Appeal to all the senses. Just prior to a showing, toss a clean sheet and fabric softener into the dryer or boil water with orange peels and cinnamon. Buyers have options; make your home “The One”! Marlo Allen, frequently referred to as “That Girl,” calls Nelson County home. In fact, she grew up in Nelson County and helped found Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery of Nellysford. Marlo provides real estate services in Nelson and surrounding counties. 565 feet of Rockfish River frontage! 370 Ravens Nest Dr; #536014; $319,900 1,599 sq ft; 3Br/2Ba; 15.78 acres

Salesperson of the Year 2013, 2014, 2015 Spring into Action! Buying or selling, call Marlo. Specializing in: Nelson County – Wintergreen – Stoney Creek Marlo G. Allen

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Privacy, mountain views, and 565 ft of river frontage! Exceptional recreation property to enjoy swimming, fishing, and kayaking on the Rockfish. Cape has many personal touches that add charm: wood floors, doors and trim, Hearthstone soapstone woodstove, soapstone countertops in kitchen and bathroom, decorative tile bathroom, outdoor shower with soapstone patio, multi-tiered decking with hammock, water garden with 2 waterfalls; Other extras: new propane furnace, tar/gravel drive, carport for 3 cars or storage/workshop, extensive landscaping, garden area with spring fed irrigation tank, and pasture in lower field. No home owners association or restrictions! Easy commute - 5 miles from 29 and less than 30 minutes to Charlottesville!

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Location: 2235 North Fork Rd, Montebello, Virginia Offered at: $99,950 Comments: Cute and nicely renovated and ready to move in. This is across the road from the North Fork of the Tye River, so the sound of the river is wonderful. A creek borders one side of then property, and from inside, you’ll have a view of Square Mouth Rock. From here you are 15 minutes to Crabtree Falls and a few more minutes to Montebello and the Blue Ridge Parkway. I deal for a permanent home or that affordable mountain getaway. Contact: John L. McKeithen Mountain Area Realty 434-361-2440


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Students at Amherst County High School are busy as bees preparing for the first Amherst Honey Bee Festival this April. “It all came about as a way to connect with the community and also raise funds for education here in our area and also give real-world practical learning experiences to our kids,” said Steve Wilder, a teacher at Amherst County High School and the festival coordinator. Students in his entrepreneurship class are responsible for organizing the entire festival, including tasks like building the festival website, recruiting vendors and sponsors, and managing the different events. Christopher Tomlin is an eleventh grader at the high school and has been charged with creating the layout for the festival. With more than 100 craft and food vendors signed up, dozens of community sponsors, performers, and bee observation hives, that’s no easy task. “We’ve constructed a layout of the parking lot where the vendors will be and a layout of the gym where crafts will take place,” Tomlin said. “It’s been an interesting experience getting involved with the business world.” Wilder said the class decided on giving the spring festival the honey bee theme to highlight its importance in the local economy. “The honey bee is an incredibly important creature for our economy because we have so many orchards, with the apples and peaches,” he said. “All the fruits are pollinated by honey bees.” Along with several vendors dedicated to bee keeping, starter kits will be available. Glenn Clayton hopes to pass some of his knowledge about honey bees onto future generations at the festival. A beekeeper since 1964, or “for a few days now” as he describes it, Clayton retired to Nelson County from New Jersey and brought his bees with him. He will be manning the stand for Hungry Hill Farm at the festival, where festivalgoers can buy honey and bee keeping supplies. There will also be an observation hive for people interested in learning about bee keeping. “Most all of your beekeepers are like me, whitehaired - if they have any hair-and we need younger blood in the beekeeping industry,” Clayton said. “The only way you’re going to get that is by getting the word out and indoctrinating some of these youngsters interested in beekeeping.” BRL


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You’ve probably heard the term “Power of Attorney” or “Durable Power of Attorney” in the context of aging loved ones. It is important to know what these terms mean and how they might affect you or someone you care about. Giving someone “Power of Attorney” or “Durable Power of Attorney” over your affairs allows him or her to make financial decisions on your behalf. A traditional “Power of Attorney” authorization ends when the principal becomes physically or mentally incapacitated. A “Durable Power of Attorney” remains in force even if incapacity occurs. Both are great legal tools that we should all consider using—at any stage in life—so our financial needs are handled for us when we’re too busy to handle them ourselves or when unfortunate things happen. If you have a Power of Attorney authorization in place, whomever you designate as your agent can pay your bills, sign checks, manage your investments, and make other important decisions that might otherwise be overlooked as you focus on other things, like your health. Notably, Power of Attorney does NOT apply to medical decisions. For that, you’ll need an “Advance Directive,” which is a separate but equally important legal tool. Usually, agents given Power of Attorney act prudently when managing their principal’s affairs: Mortgages get paid on time; cash is safeguarded; and expenses are monitored. But what happens if an agent abuses his or her powers? Unfortunately, this happens more than you’d think. Too often, the agent mismanages their principal’s finances, leaving loved ones feeling helpless to prevent further waste and diminishment of resources. This usually occurs under a Durable Power of Attorney when the principal is incapacitated. When this happens to someone you care about, you have options. Close relatives and anyone else with “sufficient interest in the principal’s welfare” can ask a court to modify the Power of Attorney authorization. If good reason is shown, a judge can limit the powers of the agent, require a detailed accounting of their actions, and even terminate the agent’s authority. In extreme cases, the agent may be required to repay any money they may have lost or squandered. Do not hesitate to take action if you suspect your loved one’s agent is not carrying out their duties properly. Talk to a local lawyer about Powers of Attorney. Doing so can provide great peace of mind for you, your family, and your friends. They can evaluate your situation and create a customized authorization tailored to your specific financial needs, and help you choose the right person to handle your affairs. They can also help if you believe your loved one’s current agent under a Power of Attorney authorization is abusing that position. Get in touch today!

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Dr Livingston, where’s Indiana? The “Adventures of Mystical Paul’s Creek;” the source has been discovered and it’s amazing! Neil Richardson and I took a new approach on our quest to find the source of Paul’s Creek. True to the spirit of Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark – with whips and hats a blazin’ – we approached from Wintergreen’s Crawfords Knob Preserve (Top of Crawford’s Climb behind Stony Creek. Take the fire road to the right.). Fortunately, no natives were close on our trail with only a few squirrels to fend off. But if the natives were restless, this would be a great trail run as well since fire roads of moderate grade make up this trip. With a few zigs and zags at the beginning, the majority is straight-on fire road that comes in and follows Paul’s Creek to its source. And in true Indiana Jones style, you begin to hear the Falls of Pauls

in the distance as the fire road makes its turn to higher elevations. Again, a short lived moderate gain in the fire road is all we are talking. Thick underbrush kept us from discovering the mystical Falls of Pauls. We will return! Above the Falls of Paul’s, our long lost source of Paul’s Creek was discovered! Tap dancing across the rocks much like Indiana did in his lair, I found myself dangling from a vine with Neil screaming “Give me the idol!” Paul’s Creek’s source is a meeting place of many smaller creeks and springs. All flowing from slightly higher elevations, we were pretty close to the Lost Ark at that point.
The final twist to our expedition was a yellow gate across the fire road to the left of the intersection (Sorry, no FR numbers were found). We headed higher with provisions running low, we continued as daylight was still on our side in hopes of finding the Blue Ridge Parkway,

Much to our amazement our expedition concluded at an overlook across from Wintergreen Resort’s slopes. It’s a fascinating view this time of year because the slopes were the only source of white stuff called SNOW! Shifting gears, March 5th marked our first race of the season out at James River State Park, a 3-hour adventure race. We had teams of three and four scurrying around the park searching for our markers trying to win an entry for the upcoming Happy Mutant Adventure Race in early July out at Lazy Days Winery. Richmond ASR won an entry in the Happy Mutant’s 300-mile/72-hour event with a time of 2:05. Team CYS takes the entry into the Happy Mutant’s 100-mile/24-hour event with a time of 2:32. For more info, visit the Happy Mutants online at www. April 23rd, the Adventures on the James continues with the Adventure Triathlon:

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Early Spring Work = Better Gardens So we have turned another corner of this Blue Ridge life and winter fades into the history books. Now comes the time to whip your landscape into shape with a handful of quick fixes that Mother Nature and your snow plow driver may have left for you to fix up. Bare spots in the lawn from the plow, leaves and limbs in the grass from blustery winter days, leaves and debris in the drainage ditches from a host of leaves that hit the ground in November – now is the time to jump start your summer landscape and get things off to a positive mental attitude. Mainly, this is YOUR landscape – own it! Snow plow cuts in lawns can be severe when snow piles are deep and operators have no clear distinction between lawn and drive. First rake out the area and add high-grade topsoil where appropriate. Sod is the best but seed works as well. When using sod, cut out squares or rectangles in the damaged area(s) so that it fits well and then pack the added topsoil with your feet, leaving the grade about 1 inch shy of the existing lawn (this will allow for the sod to be at grade with the rest of the lawn). Water well. If you decide to use seed, add the topsoil flush with the existing grass and gently pack the area with your feet. Rake the area to get good soil to seed contact and then add turf-type tall fescue to sunny areas or red creeping fescue/bluegrass to shady areas. Gently rake again to get good coverage of seed and soil. Add a cover of straw (not hay) and water well. To both, add pelletized lime and fertilizer according to bag instructions. Remember, water is the key to both. A client of mine once said, “If you see a leaf in your lawn, grass is not going to grow there.” Truer words could not be spoken. This also

applies to limbs and other debris. A clean strong growing lawn is the result of frequent blowing and raking (when necessary). Now is the perfect time to both blow and rake the lawn of litter to allow for maximum coverage of new grass roots and seedlings. Most grass grows from modified shoots or rhizomes that creep under the soil and emerge as new grass. Keeping the lawn free of litter is imperative to not choke out these new seedlings. No matter the grass program you are under with a lawn professional, omitting this key step spells weeds and bare spots in summer. Drainage ditches are under assault in the fall due to falling leaves. Add in winter’s snow and ice weight and limbs find there way into the same area thereby creating a dam that will undoubtedly clog drainage areas and cause them to fail. Spring and summer downfalls are just around the corner and water can cause thousands of dollars of damage in minutes. Clean all debris from your drainage areas and replace any stones that may have been twisted or turned – the smoother your drainage area, the more litter and soil that rains will carry off. Early season weeding is imperative to a beautiful landscape. Weeds that are growing now will sink deeper roots and create a haven for the next batch of spring and summer annual weeds that are just around the corner. By weeding now, you can effectively remove the tender and shallow roots more easily and, with a small shot of mulch, repair the beds to cover the wound. Add pre-emergent herbicide if you are into such. I personally have two young-uns running and digging around (most of the time barefooted and scantily dressed) and I just bank on mulch, good plant coverage and a little elbow grease.

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Good question. As any parent knows, the sore throat is a very common symptom. I think every day I see at least one patient that has one. Most times it is caused by a virus. Also, especially this time of year, allergies can cause a sore throat. Strep, however is an important consideration. Strep throat is caused by a certain bacteria called Group A Streptococcus. It is most commonly found in kids aged 5-18, but can really occur in any age group. If left alone, a patient with strep throat will usually be sick for about a week, and the worst of it will last for the first few days. One might ask why we bother treating strep with antibiotics if it will get better on its own? If left untreated, it is possible for rheumatic fever to follow a strep infection. But if we destroy the strep, then that risk goes away. Common symptoms of strep throat include very sore throat,

Discover Why fever (often above 102), no cough, swelling of the lymph nodes (glands) in the front part of the throat, swelling of the tonsils, redness of or pus on the tonsils, and sometimes nausea. Mothers often can hear a difference in their child’s voice or even smell a difference on their breath. Sometimes the patient has a rash as well, red and sandpaper-like. When there is a rash with strep throat we call it scarlet fever. The treatment for scarlet fever is the same as that for strep. So, if you or your child has a sore throat and a fever that lasts more than a few days it is time to come in to the doctor. Sometimes it is possible to decide whether to treat or not just based on symptoms, but often we do a quick test to be sure. The treatment is antibiotics for 10 days. After 24 hours the patient is no longer considered infectious. Hope this helps! Dr. Steve Schmitz 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.

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COMMUNITY BREAKFAST Start: Apr. 2, 2016 8:30 am End: Apr. 2, 2016 10:30 am Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center Phone: 434-361-0100 Address: 190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

RESERVE TASTING Start: Apr. 10, 2016 1:00 pm End: Apr. 10, 2016 3:00 pm Venue: Afton Mountain Vineyards Phone: 540-456-8667 Address: 234 Vineyard Ln, Afton, VA (NELSON)

COMMUNITY MARKET Start: Apr. 2, 2016 9:O0 am End: Apr. 2, 2016 12:00 pm Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center Phone: 434-361-0100 Address: 190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

APRIL 15 FRIDAY TAX DAY BLUES SQUARE DANCE Start: Apr. 15, 2016 7:30 pm End: Apr. 15, 2016 10:00 pm Venue: Rockfish River Elementary School Phone: 434-361-2470 Address: 200 Chapel Hollow Rd, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

HERITAGE DAY Start: Apr. 2, 2016 9:O0 am End: Apr. 2, 2016 4:00 pm Venue: Graves Mountain Lodge Phone: 540-923-4231 Address: Syria, Afton, VA 22743 (MADISON)

APRIL 19 TUESDAY HERB DAY WORKSHOP Start: Apr. 19, 2016 10:00 am End: Apr. 19, 2016 1:30 pm Venue: Pharsalia Phone: 434-277-5231 Address: 2333 Pharsalia Rd, Tyro, VA 22976 (NELSON)

APRIL 3 SUNDAY FRENCH CREPES Start: Apr. 3, 2016 1:00 pm End: Apr. 3, 2016 5:00 pm Venue: DelFosse Vineyards and Winery Phone: 434-263-6100 Address: 500 DelFosse Winery Ln, Faber, VA 22938 (NELSON)

APRIL 23 SATURDAY ADVENTURES ON THE JAMES TRIATHLON Start: Apr. 23, 2016 8:00 am End: Apr. 23, 2016 4:00 pm Venue: James River State Park Phone: 804-840-2185 Address: 104 Green Hill Dr, Gladstone, VA 24553 (BUCKINGHAM)

APRIL 9 SATURDAY NELSON FARMERS MARKET COOPERATIVE Start: Apr. 9, 2016 8:00 am End: Apr. 9, 2016 12:00 pm Venue: Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative Phone: 434-760-6655 Address: Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON) PINEY RIVER MINI TRIATHLON Start: Apr. 9, 2016 9:00 am End: Apr. 9, 2016 2:00 pm Venue: Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail Phone: 434-263-7130 Address: Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail Rose Mill Trailhead (NELSON)

VIRGINIA HOT GLASS FESTIVAL Start: Apr. 23, 2016 9:00 am End: Apr. 24, 2016 5:00 pm Venue: Sunspots Studios Phone: 540-885-0678 Address: 202 S. Lewis St, Staunton, VA 24401 (AUGUSTA)


BE BOLD 4 MILER Start: Apr. 9, 2016 9:00 am End: Apr. 9, 2016 12:00 pm Venue: Bold Rock Cider Barn Web: Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON)

APRIL 10 SUNDAY ROCKFISH VALLEY FOUNDATION KITE FESTIVAL Start: Apr. 10, 2016 11:00 am End: Apr. 10, 2016 3:00 pm Venue: Bold Rock Cider Barn Phone: 434-226-0446 Address: 1368 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON) 36

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Come visit us at the Barrel House brewery and tasting room and discover where tradition meets innovation. Our tasting room is open Sunday-Thursday, 12PM6PM, and Friday & Saturday, 12PM-8PM. 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.

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.

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.

Music 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.

BLUE STAR MUSIC 434-263-6746 177 Main St. P.O. Box 493 Lovingston, VA NELSON COUNTY 434-277-9209 2nd Stage, Amherst, VA AMHERST COUNTY NELSON COUNTY’S FAVORITE SINCE 1988 Musical instruments, service, repairs, rentals and supplies. Lessons: all styles and levels of guitar, including advanced jazz, banjo, bass, vocals, keyboard, drums, beginning mandolin, dobro and accordion. Mon. Wed. Thurs. 12-8

WINTERGREEN RESORT PREMIER PROPERTIES 434-325-8018 Mountain Inn Loop Wintergreen, VA NELSON COUNTY The official real estate office of Wintergreen Resort. Contact us for sales and purchases of lots, homes and condos in Stoney Creek and on the mountain.

Wineries/Vineyards DEMOCRACY VINEYARDS 434-263-8463 585 Mountain Cove Road, Lovingston, VA NELSON COUNTY Boutique winery and tasting room featuring estate grown wines near Lovingston. For more info, contact or 434-263-8463. Hours of operation: Noon to 6 pm - Thursday through Monday [April to mid-December]; weekends in February and March.

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Brewery, Farm-to-Fork Restaurant, Sports Bar, Gift Shop and NEW Event Hall! (Ready for events starting in June - Now taking reservations). Plan a visit to Wild Wolf and experience a menu created with locally sourced Nelson County ingredients and 11 handcrafted beers on tap. Our menu is diverse and offers options for everyone, including Vegan & Gluten Free. Dog & Kid Friendly.

Real Estate 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.


WINTERGREEN RESORT 855-245-5011 39 Mountain Inn Loop Wintergreen, VA NELSON COUNTY

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WILD WOLF BREWING COMPANY 434-361-0088 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, 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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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.

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.

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G REAL ESTATE Country Cottage 1 Bedroom; 1 bath; eat in kitchen; includes kitchen appliances & washer & dryer; air conditioned; 1 car garage & work space; walking areas; pond view fenced in space for veggie garden; near Nellysford $850 month plus utilities – 750 sq.ft. References and credit report required. Pet negotiable with non refundable deposit Available September 1st 2016. Posted by: Dondi Brandon 22938 - Faber (540)456-7127 $850 Home near Nellysford Charming 3 bedroom, 1 bath home with many upgrades/ improvements. Sunny and bright! Convenient to all of the amenities of Nellysford, and easy access to Charlottesville and Lynchburg. Available April 1 for rent if not sold first. Posted by: Dondi Brandon 22938 - Faber (540)456-7127 $850 Home with a View Charming 3 bedroom, 1 bath home with Post it online

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many upgrades/improvements. Sunny and bright! Convenient to all of the amenities of Nellysford, and easy access to Charlottesville and Lynchburg. Posted by: Dondi Brandon 22938 - Faber (540)4567127 $92,500 Lovely Home in Shipman Recently renovated two-bedroom, one bath home for rent. $750/mo plus $750 security deposit required. No pets. Committed professional couples preferred. References required. Background/credit check required. Posted by: Ed Dowdy 22971 - Shipman/Rockfish (434)263-6278 $750/month Country Home For Sale Great starter or retirement home under $100K!!!! 3Br, 1 Ba 768 SQFT on .50 acres with Rockfish River views from porch, many renovations, new heat pump, gas heater for back up, new carpet in bedrooms, shown by appointment to serious buyers. Posted by: Dondi Brandon 22938 - Faber 540-4567127 $99,900

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Home for Rent This is a brick home in Green Acres. It has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, full basement, heat and AC. The kitchen has been updated. There is a front porch, carport and large yard. Convenient to route 29. Posted By: John Campbell 22949 - Lovingston 434 906-0718 $800/mo 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. Master suite with Jacuzzi tub & private deck. DR and LR look over bold stream and onto golf course. 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

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condition. Posted By: Jean Brent 22922 - Arrington/Tye River 434-263-4395 $150 Portable kitchen island Marble top 26” x 21”. Wooden cabinet (open) 35 1/2”h w/ 2 wine shelves & 1 solid shelf.. Posted By: Barbara Graves 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 540-421-9400 $50 2 bar stools 2 black wrought iron bar stools. Seat height 24”. Fabric seats. Posted By: Barbara Graves 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 540-4219400 $50 Bentwood rocker Black THONET bentwood rocker purchased new in Itlay in 1960’s. Posted By: Barbara Graves 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 540-421-9400 $100 Brass Metal Crafters andirons Brass Metal Crafters andirons..just front pieces. Posted By: Barbara Graves 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen

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SERVICES Painting and All Home Repair Exterior and Interior Painting, Renovation work, Deck and Roof Power Washing and RePainting. Visit our website for more info. Posted By: Paul Burns 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 540-430-0522 $Free Estimates

TICKETS Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament @ Stoney Creek HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GOLF TOURNAMENT to be held on Monday June 6, 2016 at Stoney Creek Golf Course. All proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Nelson County. We are looking for Hole Sponsors ($250) and Players ($145 which includes a box lunch and dinner). A Silent Auction will be held with many amazing gifts!. Posted By: Linda Calderone 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-566-2697 $145/ player


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Riverfront Cabin Oasis!





Marlo Allen

1,000’ of Tye River frontage; 100 year old log exterior w/ completion in 2011; 3Br/3Ba; 18 Acres; $424,999






Bland Wade Ln, Lot 1; #529706; $69,900

Braddock Ln, 7 Lots; #533598; $34,900

Expansive Mountain views! Mostly cleared w/ tree lined border and small creek; Perked for 3Br; 25 min to Charlottesville! 3.08 acres

7 parcels! Great investment OR beautiful building site surrounded by woods and privacy; gently rolling with some mtn views; 6.8ac









2035 Stone Ridge; #539696; $134,900

302 White Oak Dr; $179,900

Pristine condo with high-end renovations and park–like views! Superb finishes and furnishings; Sold fully furnished; 2Br/2Ba

Value! Beautiful parcel w/ mountain views and rock outcroppings; walk to Mountain Inn and ski slopes; Open flow, wood stove, loft; 3Br/2Ba






262 Pine Ridge Rd; #543752; $249,000

Ranch w/ full basement, oversized garage/workshop, attic expansion, and tremendous outdoor living space; 1,936 fin; 4Br/3Ba, 2.35ac


390 Dogwood Ln; #538416; $324,900



Open flow w/ vaulted ceilings, wood floors, 2 stone fireplaces, garage, porch, decks, and full in-law apartment! (owner/agent) 4Br/3.5Ba

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20 Sawmill Creek Dr; $519,900

Mountain and lake views! Spacious Craftsman w/ open flow, 1st floor master, gourmet kitchen, screened porch, garage, basement; 5Br/3.5Ba

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

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