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1809 High Ridge Court With breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rockfish Valley and ski slopes, this updated and handsomely furnished 2 BR, 2 BA condo makes the perfect second home or rental property. Elevator access and underbuilding parking! Enjoy the views from the great room, dining, kitchen and master suite. Relax in the whirlpool tub after a day of adventures. Easy walk to golf, spa, tennis and short shuttle to skiing. Turnkey and ready to enjoy! $249,900

122 Shamokin Springs Trail This classic 2 BR, 2 BA mountain chalet is close to the Nature Preserve, the Appalachian Trail and the community pool. Enjoy seasonal mountain views from the large front deck. Large bedrooms with seating areas. The loft is great for overflow guests! Major upgrades from 2005 to 2014 include new entry/bathrooms floor tiled, kitchen hardwood floor, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, new furniture, repainted interior, new deck, new roof, improvements to siding, and driveway. $229,000

78 Split Rock Trail Great value! Grand 3-story home with seasonal mountain views on a private wooded lot. Spacious great room with fireplace for those cool evenings. Features 6 BR (2 private suites), 4.5 BA, chef's kitchen with granite countertops, family room and an attached 1-car garage. Oversized, covered wrap deck with seasonal views. Surrounded by native rhododendron and mountain laurel. Driveway recently paved. Excellent rental income. $449,000

Nelson County Rockfish River Road Lots River frontage! Hanging at the “rivah” in your dreams? These properties can make that dream come true. Swim, fish, kayak… it’s all possible from these two special lots. Both have open glades along the river plus elevated forested sites up and out of the floodzone for your river cabin. Riverview Lot 13: 6 acres improved with a screened river playhouse. $82,500 Riverview Lot 14: 5.18 acres.


Both Lots 13 and 14: 11.18 acres. $140,000

1623 Old Stoney Creek Road This 31-acre property has it all! Listen to Stoney Creek rushing by, enjoy the mountain views, hike, hunt and fish in total privacy and still be minutes from Nellysford, wineries, breweries, restaurants, and Wintergreen. Charming old home on the property could be restored. Hardwood flooring, standing seam metal roofing, well/ septic and electric. Acreage made up of two adjoining parcels. 35 minutes to Charlottesville or Waynesboro! $155,000

5 Dogwood Lane This PRICE REDUCED! charming 3 BR, 2 BA house is nestled in a peaceful setting with seasonal mountain views, the sounds of a meandering creek, wind through the trees and chirping birds. Soaring ceilings and lots of windows allow natural light to flow throughout the home’s open, airy layout. The renovated gourmet kitchen has granite counters, eat-in island, large pantry, BOSCH dishwasher, stainless refrigerator and microwave and electric stainless range. Minutes to Wintergreen, breweries, cideries and Nellysford. This is the life! $325,000

116 Sunnyside Lane Great mini horse farm in northern Nelson! Sits on just under 10 acres with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Board fenced, with run-in sheds, 3-stall “Barnmaster” barn, sand riding ring and 3-bay garage with finished 2 BR, 1.5 BA apartment. The barn is a metal building, wood floor, power and water, wash stall and 60 feet of covered space. The apartment is 14 x 48 feet, fully insulated, 2-zone heating and cooling, with kitchen on lower level. Gorgeous homesite overlooking the farm just waiting for your home plans! $399,900

790 Pounding Branch Road When PRICE REDUCED! privacy is paramount! Live life on your terms with no HOA or restrictions. With nearly 8 acres, there is ample land for animals and recreation such as hiking or hunting. Nearly new 4 BR, 3 BA home with fiber cement siding, Pella windows/ doors and Trane HVAC. Hardwood flooring, wood stove, gas fireplace. Kitchen has wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, pantry, and breakfast bar. 1st floor master and bright, walk-out basement with family and rec rooms. Convenient Afton location. $399,900

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Excellent cul-de-sac lot with seasonal mountain views. Walk to the Mountain Village shops and restaurants. Gently sloping lot offers great building options - perfect for a home with a walk-out basement. Build now or hold for investment. $39,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (527328)





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Check out this increasingly hard to find yearround mountain view lot. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac. Bring your own builder or ask us for builder recommendations. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. Offered at $179,900. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (554457)





204 Shamokin Springs Trail

Nice lot for initial home overlooking the Shamokin Springs Nature Preserve. Quiet area and easy access to hiking and other resort amenities. Perfect for morning walks and all the mountain has to offer. Owner financing available. Offered at $30,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (560026) N!








Walk across to the Chestnut Springs Park and enjoy swimming (Memorial Day to Labor Day), grill stations, and enclosed pavilion – a great amenity available to all owners! This corner lot offers an easy-to-build gentle slope with winter mountain views. $54,900. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (531593)


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GREAT building lot within a 5 minute walk to the heart of The Mountain Village! Easy access to the slopes, The Market, restaurants, and shopping. A perfect place to build your dream mountain home. Let’s talk about your design ideas and we can have you home in no time! Offered at $35,000. Call Gavin Sherwood at 434-962-0226 or email (555373)


142 Hanging Rock Lane


Wonderful home site of more than 2 acres boasting panoramic mountain views across the Rockfish Valley. A dramatic knoll is the ideal building site. Parcel overlooks the historic Crawford House. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. $49,900. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (528099)


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 $37,500. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (543675)








Terrific homesite of more than 2.5 acres boasting panoramic mountain views across the Rockfish Valley. Easily accessible road frontage for construction of a driveway to 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 $68,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (539331)


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Build your Wintergreen home on this cul-de-sac lot with seasonal golf and mountain views. Easy walk to Wintergreen’s Spa, Fitness, and Aquatics Centers. Less than 5 minutes to golf, tennis, skiing, dining. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. $38,750. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (540776)







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) O CH




521 Far Knob Climb

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 $25,000 Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (563924)

650 Pedlars Edge Drive

A wonderful lot for skiers and non-skiers. Perfect for a basement. Many new homes in the area and priced to sell. Private with open space behind and views up toward the main resort. Orange tape at front of lot is located on APPROXIMATE lot lines. Please refer to plat for more exact measurements or obtain survey. Owner financing available. Offered at $69,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293 (560006)

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thepublishers I remember the first time I said the d-word out loud. I was about 10 years-old, playing dodge ball (which I loved) at a summer day camp. I barreled the red rubber ball to my intended victim and missed. “D***!” I said it loud enough that a fellow male playmate noticed. He glanced over to me, slightly cocking his head. A few minutes later, I felt the sting of the same red rubber ball on my face and let out another, but stronger, “D***!” “Wow, Yvette. You’re cussing a lot,” he said. I’m not sure if he was shaming me for my newly acquired potty mouth or if he was amused. Fast forward the hands of time about 30 years and the kids and I are headed home when we see the red blurry streak of a fox dash across the road in front of us. “Grrr ...” I muttered, under my breath. But Adam must have read my thought bubble. “That d*** fox!” he shouted. “That darn fox, Adam.” I responded. “Well, if he kills one of our chickens, he’s a d*** fox!” He had a point. A few days ago a friend of mine

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Jane strolls up to the harvest table toting a big enamelware pot full of birdhouse gourds and an armful of cotton still on the stalk. She’s beaming her garden smile. In the eighteen years I have known Jane she always smiles the brightest when she’s showing me the pinkest zinnia, the tallest hollyhock, the jars packed with her glowing tomato crop. I grab an enamel pot, in keeping with the dress code, and we head to the butter bean patch. We’re in our comfort zone as friends, neighbors, gardeners, and today harvesters. We tease the plump pods out of the 30 foot row and settle in on the porch to shell them, flutes of Champagne between us. One never knows when a tradition will stick and it’s my birthday week. It feels celebratory, we’re having a Brunswick Stew tonight. A few days before I might have had the beans picked but I startled from my lima-plucking revelry and realized I was late calling Joe Haynes. Groveling my apology to his voicemail I hoped that somehow the author of Brunswick Stew: A Virginia Tradition might find my vegetative transport a valid excuse. He returned my call so perhaps he did. Joe’s answers to my questions, mainly about the execution of the recipe, were quick and sure. I was talking to an authority of the stew pot. Joe responded to me with secure, respectful deference. A confident teacher will send you on your own path just as Joe sent his blessings and reassurances to me. Late in our conversation Joe tells me of his concern for the “Virginia Barbecue Aesthetic.” Apparently there are those around the country capitalizing on the good name of Virginia born and bred Brunswick Stew and serving it improperly, on paper. Me, Miss Fussypaws, feels his pain. “In the depths of Brunswick’s Stew’s tradition how would it have been served?,” I ask. Joe pauses, then replies, “In a gourd.”. 12

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My husband Timmy agrees to cut Jane’s birdhouse gourds in half with his band saw with the same enthusiasm as if I had asked him to lop off some digits. I say a prayer for his fingers and tend to another project. Soon guests are given spoons to scoop, and save, the seeds out of the gourds. According to Haynes, it was common for hosts to ask guests to provide their own flatware and cup. I think we’re on our game. An earlier call placed to my neighbor Anne brought out stacks of hand-turned and hand-carved bowls and trays, even some spoons. These the nascent efforts of her daughter, Jennifer, now a recognized woodworker. In Southeast Virginia, Brunswick County, a roadside marker, those mobile Cliff Notes of history, reads, “According to local tradition, while Dr. Creed Haskins and several friends were on a hunting trip in Brunswick County in 1828, his camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, hunted squirrels for a stew. Matthews simmered the squirrels with butter, onions, stale bread, and seasoning, thus creating the dish known as Brunswick stew. Recipes for Brunswick stew have changed over time as chicken has replaced squirrel and vegetables have been added, but the stew remains thick and rich. Other states have made similar claims but Virginia’s is the first.”

Written by Joe Haynes, Brunswick Stew: A Virginia Tradition, is due to be released in paperback October 9.

Haynes digs in, debunking other states’ claims to originating the stew. It is with careful investigation by Haynes that there is no question that Brunswick Stew belongs to Virginia but when exactly the technical first pot was stirred, that sounds like a conversation best pondered with Joe Haynes over a steamy cauldron. He suggests that “Uncle Jimmy Matthews” probably cooked up a maiden pot around 1816, years before that idolized hunting party. continued on page 14


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The very sporting publisher of this magazine, Yvette Stafford, and I discussed the practicality of acquiring and dressing squirrels. Erroneously we thought rabbits to be a fine alternative, however, Joe Haynes points out that both of these game critters were surpassed by the domestic chicken for urban accessibility. Emboldened by Joe’s confidence in me I began by spatchcocking the three local chickens thawing in my sink. Utilizing the cast iron skillet seasoned from the morning’s breakfast sausage, I brown the chicken pieces, in batches, in liberal amounts of salt, pepper, and cayenne powder, the freshest I can find. The seasoning heats in the oils and the fragrance is elevated. The cooked chicken goes into a large stockpot and is just covered with water and set to simmer. Meanwhile in the skillet I fry about 14 ounces of bacon end pieces then add 5 chopped onions to them. In another pot heirloom tomatoes from the garden stew down to about five quarts of solids and liquids. I pick the chicken free from the bone and set it aside. To the chicken stock I add Russet potatoes, valued for their ability to break down unlike waxy varieties. The potatoes cook until they begin to soften. All of these flavorsaturated components conjoin in the big 20 quart pot. I add about three quarts of Nelson County grown shoe peg corn. While Jane stirs I toss in handfuls of just picked butter beans until the ratio looks about right. The “Virginia trinity” of corn, beans and tomato is complete. Hours of bubbling later the chicken has a finely shredded consistency, the potatoes are barely discernible, the flavors have melded like guests around the fire, 14

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“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:21 After quoting the apostle Paul, Joe Haynes writes, “Virginia’s food traditions fall into the ‘good’ category. They are a reminder to Virginians of who we are and where we came from. They reflect the diversity of Virginia’s population throughout the centuries and transcend race, religion, politics and class.” A swift crack on the table and Yvette’s homegrown watermelon is jarred open in ragged spikes of sweetness. Fiona takes up

a sharp carving knife and slices tender fresh figs in half. The delight of the right tool for the job is evident on her face as her mother, Kate, stands on the table snapping overhead shots. The sun drops behind the mountain and we are left to our gourds and pot of stew with an appreciation for the tradition of sharing, in every way. Joe’s book has given us a thorough history of an iconic dish but as he writes, “This book isn’t as much about the past as it is about the future.” There will be more of this in our futures. BRL


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9 7 0 4 PAT R I C K H E N R Y H I G H W AY his handsomely renovated 1840 Virginia farmhouse is a must see! Huge living room, cozy den and wet bar, country kitchen, formal dining room, sun room, 3 BR (all with private baths), bonus/loft room for extra guests and another full bath. The original old BR has a sitting room too, making it a private and delightful little apartment with its own staircase and entrance. Hardwood floors throughout the living areas. Porches, decks and a gazebo for entertaining and relaxing. Gorgeous landscaping and mountain views on this 10-acre property. Adorable 1 BR, 1 BA cottage that was an antique shop. Outbuildings include shed with sitting area and a small barn. Great rental options. Close to breweries and cideries. Tons of storage! More acreage available. $399,000


84 LIT TLE STON EY L AN E ocated just minutes from Nellysford, Wintergreen, breweries, cideries and shopping and with extensive frontage on Stoney Creek, this modular home has 4 BR and 2 BA and lots of living area. Open, sunny area for gardening but it also is very private with no other homes in sight! The bathrooms, kitchen and mudroom all have tiled floors. There is a spacious great room as well as two decks for entertaining or relaxing. Sitting area by a very bold Stoney Creek. Do some flyfishing or just have a soak in the swimming hole! $195,000


PATR I C K H E N RY H I G HWAY PAR C E L his gorgeous 36-acre (plus or minus) property is covered in native dogwoods with mountain views, bold creeks and springs and great building sites. Located in one of the most scenic parts of Roseland, this parcel is just 10–15 minutes into Nellysford and all of the amenities it has to offer and a short drive to Wintergreen Resort as well. In the opposite direction is the Tye River (amazing for fly fishing and swimming holes), Crabtree Falls and the Appalachian Trail. Great recreational getaway spot or perfect for your year-round dream home! $195,000


14 3 5 J A C K S H I L L R O A D magine a stunning view of the Blue Ridge accompanied by the rushing waters of the Piney River, all from your living room! This private, 6.8-acre slice of paradise serves as a quiet retreat as well as a threshold to adventures at the National Park, Appalachian Trail, Crabtree Falls, Wintergreen Resort, wineries, craft brewery/restaurants, orchards and more. The 2 BR, 2 BA cabin includes a brand new roof, new sliding glass door, Rheem hot water heater, carpet, paint, and oven. Refrigerator and dishwasher are fairly new as well. Double deck with a SunSetters brand retractable awning. Whirlpool bathtub, fenced yard for garden and pets complete with new fire pit and bench set. Storage shed, carport and best of all, 214 feet of frontage on the Piney River. $198,000


5265 C U B C R E E K R OAD erfect property for a permanent residence or a mountain getaway! Just minutes away from Nellysford, breweries, cideries, Wintergreen Resort and the Appalachian Trail. This well-maintained, 3 BR, 2 BA, cedar-sided home is surrounded by lush woods, has all-season mountain views and overlooks a bold creek. Sit on the spacious decks and listen to the rushing water go by. “Hang out” in the adorable log cabin below the house or hike the 4.13 acres through the rhododendron, mountain laurel and fern gardens. Handsome rockwork around the house and parking area. 1-car garage and small shed for storage. Very private! $295,000


116 W H I P P O O R W I L L L A N E ovingly constructed 2 BR, 1.5 BA home on 24 acres with privacy and pastoral views. Spacious great room with hardwood floors and tiled kitchen area. Woodstove conveys and heats entire living space. New decking and patio with herb/ kitchen garden. Large vegetable garden and a fenced area for chickens. Approximately 4.5 acres on the other side of Whippoorwill could be sold off. The current entry is a right of way but could put in a private drive on this property. Substantial wooded area and two streams. $215,000


W I N T E R G R E E N 121 C H E S T N U T L A N E f you saw this 4 BR, 3 BA home before the renovation, you won't believe it now! Freshly-painted exterior, along with landscaping and a brand new deck, make this charming cottage appealing to everyone. The interior has been painted and both main floor bathrooms have been upgraded. The kitchen and sitting area are unrecognizable now. The new flooring and appliances finish out this handsome area. The basement apartment has its own entry and a kitchenette, BR and BA and is perfect for extra guests or for rental. Both floors have laundry facilities. This like-new, attractive home won't last long! $279,000


16 B R IAR WO O D L AN E harming 2 BR, 2.5 BA townhome with gorgeous mountain views from the master bedroom! Handsomely furnished with new flooring on the main level. There is a cozy, sunken living area with wood-burning fireplace for those chilly mountain days and evenings. New roof, newly painted exterior, deck staining and re-surfaced parking pad. This convenient location is just a short stroll to the Wintergarden and Devils Knob golf, tennis and dining. Scenic overlook and the ski shuttle bus stop are close by as well. A great buy! $139,900


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Michael Dubova prides himself on being a self-taught, non-traditionalist when it comes to making his musical instruments. “I’ve never built two instruments the same. And I’ve done almost seventy-five mandolins, thirty guitars and other random pieces. There are so many different ideas and color schemes and grain patterns, why not tap into those and just kinda let each piece of wood dictate how the instrument’s gonna be,” he says. Dubova and I sat outside his home/studio, drinking out of Muddy Creek Pottery mugs, proving just how small the world really is. We’re friends with Noah, the guy who made them. Amidst his garden, he told me, “I’ve never been interested in building just your classic guitar that everybody has and everybody sees. I kind of have thought from the start that there’s enough of those in the world, why do I need to add my copy of that to the pile of what already exists.” Dubova has been a luthier since 2009 – crafting acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, banjos, lap-steels, violins, and ukes – but his self-proclaimed “rambling story” really begins in 2007. “It’s not your classic story of how my Papa built mandolins and guitars, but instead I think it’s been a long eight or nine years of trial and error,” Dubova begins. “I graduated JMU with a nursing degree and I took my boards, but I had already decided I wanted to ride my bicycle across country. So, I packed up my bicycle and camping and fly-fishing gear, flew out to Portland and pedaled back home, and I ended my cross-country trip at Sugar Hollow.”

A year or so later, Dubova had the itch to pedal the southern part of the U.S., from San Diego to Virginia. “And I was five days into the trip, biking away, climbing mountains, and got really depressed and sat on the side of the road, just not sure if I could make it back to Virginia by pedaling,” Dubova explains. “I was really missing music, music is such a big part of my life and I didn’t have anything to listen to, didn’t have any instrument to play. So, I turned my bike around, shipped it back and flew home.” continued on page 20


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Dubova came back and only started looking into building instruments because he saw his father-in-law working on a kit. “I got into it and I’d gotten a kit but didn’t know anything about wood-working, I didn’t understand sandpaper, or how to use a chisel, basic wood things like grain runout,” says Dubova. “So maybe I should have started with making a bird box because I just started with the mandolin and it was pretty complicated. And the first one was really bad.” The whereabouts of this first piece is currently and forever unknown, unfortunately. “I knew I could do better, I had a bunch of ideas to keep trying. The second one I made was totally from scratch, everything on my own, cutting the lumber down, carving everything, and that was also really bad.

“But it was different, I went in a totally different direction and then I think I just got addicted and kept trying. I kept trying and trying. I’d figure one thing out but then something else would be really bad, so on the next one I knew I had to fix both of those things.” From start to finish, every decision Dubova makes in the construction process is done for a reason. “It all starts from raw lumber and I get to mill it down and look for grain patterns that might compliment the flow of whatever instrument.” And almost like an homage to his hometown, he uses wood that can be found right in our backyard. “I think it’s neat if you can use woods that are from the Blue Ridge mountains. There’s so much potential in these forests, using Maple, Oak, Walnut, Sycamore, Poplar, all things that are domestic and in Virginia forests that are overlooked. I want to be true to where I’m from and the forests around us,” says Dubova. “I want there to be visible imperfections or visual disturbances throughout a piece that kind of make you stop and really look at it and not just briefly glimpse at it. Some of them reflect different thoughts I’ve had about things or current situations in the world. “If I do what speaks to me as far as an idea, there’s somebody out there that will also get it.” Turns out, Dubova’s work speaks to a lot of folks. continued on page 22


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$590,000.00 (Black Rock 86) MLS#566225

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$415,000.00 (Chestnut Springs 23) MLS#562351

A contemporary living in a private mountain setting. This beautiful craftsman home offers a very generous, open and bright floor plan. Home was built in 2000 but has had several upgrades over the years and has been meticulously maintained. Shows beautifully. Good size decks on both levels. The spacious master suite on the main floor features cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, walk-in closet, steam shower, Toto toilet and Jacuzzi tub.

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Charming mountain home located only 200 feet from a couple of hiking trails. Home has had many major upgrades in the last few years. This is a very dramatic floor plan with a large and open great room and kitchen. Large windows in every room to enjoy the beautiful nature setting.With 5 bedrooms and a TV loft with a pull out couch you can comfortably sleep 12 people in this home. On a rental program generating a great income.

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A charming well maintained 4BR home with outstanding privacy. First floor master bedroom, plus another master bedroom in the loft. 2 additional bedrooms downstairs, plus a second living room. Many upgrades. Great light flows into the spaces through the walls of windows and skylights through late spring. Soaring vaulted ceilings. Built in audio system. Flat with easy ingress-egress to and from the home. Covered entry at front door. Expansive wrap around decks. A wonderful floorplan that allows you to easily expand or contract into the space as needed.

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$375,000.00 (Pryors Camp 65) MLS#565528

Look at all the pictures and the drone video and then decide if this might be your next first or second home. Located on the 7th Green of Devils Knob Golf Course and two fairways away from the spa, tennis, golf, bar & restaurant, exercise facilities and a short walk to the AT and hiking trails. The perfect location for all the family.

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$529,000.00 (Devils Knob II 3) MLS#564946

This is a very high end custom built home on popular Craftsman Style, located behind the 12th green on Devils Knob Golf Course. Walk to everything on the upper mountain; Spa, tennis, golf, restaurants, hiking trails, etc. Ski shuttle bus stops nearby. Many unexpected extras in the house.

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“I have a back-order of eight custom orders that I’m working on right now, but then you also have the people that don’t want to wait three to six months, so you try to have in-stock stuff,” tells Dubova. At this point in his career/obsession, Dubova is focused and driven, but respects the process of putting life into a musical instrument. “There are days when I just toss stuff out the window that is just not working, and it just turns into mulch. That’s why there’s no screen

on the studio window. If you could wander through these gardens or under the trees, you’ll see cut-outs of mandolins, just slowly decomposing.” Very circle of life. As our interview ended, I did a quick scope of the ground as we left the garden, hoping to see a graveyard of remnants scattered throughout. It wasn’t until my second visit that I spotted a wooden outline of a guitar hiding, unassuming under a pine tree. BRL

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31 Summit Circle - Offered at $489,900




5 Trillium Lane

32 Grassy Overlook - Offered at $659,000

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. $264,950. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (529037)

RELAX in this elegant and tastefully decorated & updated 4BR/3.5BA Golf Front end unit. New carpet, wood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, plumbing fixtures & ceiling fans. Recessed lights throughout all 3 levels. Prof decorated with designer paint colors. Propane gas fireplace. Windows on 3 sides w/views of 17th hole from large, wrap-around deck. Only one shared firewall w/ no noise above! Private 2-car pkg pad in front & only 3 steps to covered entrance w/separate ski closet. Extensive storage behind Bedrooms #3 and 4. Pull-down stairs to entirely carpeted attic storage area. Walk to Spa. Trillium HOA ($383/ mo) covers ext. paint & landscaping, house checks, etc. Feels like detached home w/o the maintenance! Offered at $269,000 – Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (535180)


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24 Trillium Close

Spacious 4 bed, 3.5 bath townhome with deck overlooking 1 acre Trillium nature preserve with mature hardwoods and native plants. If you need space for all the gear you use when enjoying Wintergreen without the responsibility of a detached home, Trillium is for you. Immediately across from Wintergarden Spa & Fitness, the Trillium neighborhood is uniquely situated for walking convenience to the spa, Nature Foundation, and ski shuttle. Two minutes to golf & tennis. Offered at $224,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (557781)










38 Valley View Lane - Offered at $275,000



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39 Windthistle Lane - Offered at $555,000




F &E

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 (566544)

152 Mountain Inn Condos

Own a Mountain Inn Suite! In Addition to being the single largest unit in the Inn, this condo also offers some views of the ski slopes and mountains. Enjoy easy walking access to all Mountain Village amenities including dining, shopping, skiing, festivals, etc. Renovated Suite is already generating revenue in the Resort’s rental program. Keep it there or take it out and use exclusively for yourself! Offered at $145,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (563346)






103 Squirrel Tree Lane

You must see this custom built mountain retreat to appreciate it! Exquisite finishes throughout this home include reclaimed wood floors, antique accent window glass from England, Italian tile, custom wood carved mantel, beveled glass in entryway, artisan crafted stone bear above fireplace and more. Fireplaces in family room & a unique English Pub room make this a fun yet cozy & comfortable place to relax or entertain. Lovely screened porch, landscaped rear patio, weather resistant fiber cement siding, dual fuel central heat & air, 2 car oversized garage w/ ample storage. Multiple sitting areas, 3 master suites, plus an office and a bonus room for “overflow”. Kitchen has high end appliances, a warming oven, compactor, breakfast nook & more! Offered at $750,000. Contact Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or (562837)






103 Eagles Court Condo - Offered at $319,000




107 Eagles Court Condo - Offered at $275,000





205 Crawfords Edge

188 Shamokin Springs Trail This spacious and efficient 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is a rare offering. Situated on a quiet street this home is perfect for anyone who wants to get away and enjoy the beauty of Wintergreen Resort. Sold turnkey furnished. Great rental potential! Call for a private showing! Offered at $279,900. Call Tim Craig – 540-416-8498 or email (561065)

Panoramic year round views from throughout this one of a kind custom home on Wintergreen Mountain! L’Etoile du Nord ( The Star of the North ) is a unique Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design, over 3600 square feet of finished space plus multiple decks and screened porch. Great room with cathedral ceiling, 6 fireplaces, including each bedroom and 2 family rooms. Many built ins, hot tub, pool table, steam shower, security system, bar in second family room, 2 car covered carport. Three zone HVAC is heat pump with AC and gas furnace backup. Level drive & parking. Offered at $975,000 – Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (559650)















278 East Catoctin Drive

Lovely 3 bedroom plus golf front home remodeled and with additions in 2003. Many upgrades by full time resident allow this to be your primary home or vacation getaway. Upgrades include 2 car garage with finished bonus room, central AC and heat pump, backup power generator, heated floors in kitchen and laundry area, Bosch kitchen appliances, floor to ceiling real stone fireplace in Great Room, dual water heaters, and COPPER piping throughout. Paved driveway with plenty of parking, lots of native and rare wildflowers, 50 yr. roof, handicap ramp and other accessible features. Offered at $349,500. Please Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293. (566528)



415 Pedlars Edge Drive - Offered at $645,000



1447 Highlands Condo - Offered at $137,000

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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 $289,000. Call or text Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, or email: (555754)

This 3 level immaculate home was renovated from top to bottom, inside and out in 2004 including a 3 story addition. 5 Bedroom home on an oversized lot (two lots). Upgrades include steam shower, hardwood floors in main areas. 6 paneled wood doors. Stainless appliances in kitchen. Ample storage. Central Air and Heat. 2 family rooms plus sleeping and reading loft. Tastefully furnished. Quality throughout!! Hardiplank exterior. Wraparound deck with complete privacy overlooks conservation area. Walk to Tyro. Plenty of parking. This home was never rented. Offered at $299,000. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, (547428)

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P.O. Box 706


Wintergreen, Virginia 22958

1219 Blue Ridge Drive

This golf front 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath mountain getaway has been reduced to well under assessed value (by $139,950!) With two family rooms, both with beautiful stone fireplaces, you’ll have lots of room for your family and friends to spread out and relax. Large deck overlooks the third hole of private Devils Knob Golf course. Expansive great room has wood ceilings and open layout to kitchen and dining areas. Comes completely furnished and ready to enjoy. Nelson Co tax assessed at $489,900- great value at $349,950! Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (563257)


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71 Rosebay Lane

Panoramic views of Crawford’s Mountain from this 5 bedroom mountain getaway. Soaring floor to ceiling stone fireplaces, hardwood floors, two family rooms, updated kitchen appliances and counters, huge decks and covered side porch. Attached garage, paved driveway, almost a full acre lot. Year round views from many rooms, including family and dining rooms, and main floor master bedroom. Nature conservation area borders rear of property. Walk to Chestnut Springs Pool and park. Quiet street with minimal traffic, but still close to many recreational amenities. Offered at $575,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (554794)




163 Mountain Inn Condos

Enjoy a Mountain Chalet feel and a convenient central location. This large floor plan condo is also one of the few with a deck. Walk downstairs to shops, courtyard, restaurants, special events, and skiing. This renovated and updated unit is in excellent condition, and is already generating revenue in the Resort’s rental program. Keep it there for investment purposes or take it out and enjoy all that Wintergreen has to offer exclusively for yourself. Offered at $95,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (563893)

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293 Cedar Drive

Some of the best year round views at Wintergreen from this home on an oversized lot (formerly known as an estate parcel) of 2.4 acres. Enjoy two wood burning fireplaces with heatilators and take in the great views from every room. Large decks, a screened porch, a THREE car garage with a hobby room above it that could be a 4th bedroom if needed. Lots of storage, hardwood floors, extensive landscaping and native wildflowers across the lot, a paved and level circular driveway and a low traffic secluded area of the resort, but not far from amenities. Nice floor to ceiling stone fireplace in the family room and a high cathedral ceiling. Listed by Steve Marianella for $549,000. Call 434-566-1293, (535481)








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. Offered at $79,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (554834)





458 Deer Springs Lane A better location does not exist at Wintergreen Resort! This immaculate 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home sits on a very private lot at the top of a gentle slope behind the 1st green of Devil’s Knob Golf Course. Grab your clubs & improve your short game with your own putting green in the backyard! You can walk to the golf course, Devil’s Grill (Wintergreen’s 4-Star Restaurant), Tennis Center, & the Wintergarden Spa in less than 7 minutes. Also, enjoy seasonal views of the Blue Ridge Mountains & Shenandoah Valley from the large deck which offers plenty of space for you, your family, & friends. Upgrades completed in the past 5 years include central A/C, stainless refrigerator and stove, storm doors, & toilets. Offered at $319,950. Contact Gavin Sherwood – 434-962-0226 or (563793)


2077 Stone Ridge Condos

No steps to this furnished two bedroom two bath condo in one of the newest buildings at Wintergreen! Located next to the Wintergarden Spa and Aquatics Center and convenient to Devils Grill Restaurant, Golf and Tennis, this condo is ready to enjoy this summer. Wood burning fireplace in living room, central AC and heat, separate dining area and nice deck to enjoy the cool summer breezes. Currently in Wintergreen resort rental program with good rental revenue and rating. Priced to sell and under tax assessment. Offered at $119,500. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (563761)

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431 Hunters Point

Located in the preferred Hunters Pt area of Stoney Ck. this well cared for home is golf front and stream side on Monacan Hole # 4. One level main living area and master bedroom, with many upgrades including screened porch, sun room w/ custom windows, built in shelving, hard wood flooring, vaulted and tray ceilings, crown molding, chair railing, oversized garage, and well established landscaping and irrigation. Exterior is fiber cement with stone facade and 2 x 6 construction. Seasonal mountain views at rear of home. Dual zone heat pump with AC, lots of storage and walk up attic space. Bonus rm above garage can be 4th bedroom or 2nd family room. Gas fireplace, ceiling fans in all rooms, 2 attic fans. Excellent value for this quality of home. Offered at $449,900. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (562176)





424 Hunters Point

Build to Suit! Fabulous golf-front and mountain view lot in the coveted Hunters Point section of Stoney Creek. Panoramic golf views are complimented by towering mountain views. A nearly level lot offers easy building options. $70,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (550327)


















449 Three Ridges Condos Walk to the slopes in this fine condition 2 bedroom, 2 bath Three Ridges Condo. Furnished and ready to enjoy this ski season, one level unit with very few steps to enter. Tax assessed value of $145,900. Upgraded lighting, wood burning fireplace, central air and heat. Offered at $114,900. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, (561841)


1450 Ledges Condos If you’re looking for a place to spend this July 4th then here it is! This beautifully decorated 1 bedroom / 1 Full bath unit offers so much & more! Spacious Open Floor Plan! Views Galore! With- New Trex Decking! Tile flooring, nice kitchen & appliances! Money maker in The Resort Rental Program! Priced to move! Offered at $126,000. Call Tim Craig – 540-416-8498 or email (563216)




75 Oak Grove Lane

This well maintained 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath custom contemporary home is your perfect getaway! Located in a Golf community (Stoney Creek) and situated on almost 2 acres of privacy; this home boasts, soap stone countertops, premium hickory hardwood flooring, new lighting, expansive wrap around craftsman decking, and an attractively landscaped yard. Enjoy entertaining guests in style or relax while enjoying the magnificent star filled skies from your picturesque stone patio. This is a must see for anyone who desires privacy and functionality. Offered at $359,900. Call Tim Craig – 540-416-8498 or email (565446)



Enjoy the best of both worlds as you savor the Shenandoah Valley AND golf course views from this immaculate 5 bedroom home. Two master suites, renovated kitchen and bathrooms and gorgeous hardwood floors throughout the main living area are just a few of the upgrades here. Enjoy two fireplaces, a huge wraparound Trex deck and fire pit, paved driveway and more. Nice open layout in main level, great for entertaining. Meticulously maintained and lightly used. Bonus room for kids to use or possible media room. Golf frontage on Hole #12 of private Devils Knob course, close to amenities. Quiet, lovely and unique offering and priced to sell. Offered at $549,500. Call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or (564291)



77 Den Tree Lane









Private and secluded, this 4 bedroom 4 1/2 bath furnished home has an attached garage, screened porch, lots of deck space and a bright and open layout. Vaulted ceilings, central air, fireplaces in family room and master bedroom and more! This well cared for home had a new 40 yr. roof in 2016, new furnace in 2014. Each bedroom has a separate bath, two are masters with double vanities, jet tubs and walk in showers. Home was completed by builder Richard Bupp for present owners. Never rented. Offered at $479,000. For more information contact Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or (563020)







39 Pitcher Plant Drive

Many high quality upgrades in this amazing custom home on 1.4 acre lot overlooking Shamokin Gorge and stream. Great room features include cathedral ceiling, post and beam architecture, ceramic tiled floors, built in bookcases and massive stone fireplace. Open gourmet kitchen has beautiful hardwood floors, marble counters with glass front custom cabinets, gas range, kitchen island with breakfast bar and high end stainless kitchen appliances. Dining area opens to GR with fireplace and beautiful stone wall accents. Large second family room with fireplace on lower level. Listed by Steve Marianella for $645,000. 434-566-1293 (566525)

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3213 North Ridge Condo Attractively updated end unit with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, on one level. Updated flooring and elegant furnishings. Ground level access off the deck to grassy area. Short walk to Spa-Aquatics-Fitness Center, Devils Knob Tennis & Golf. Reduced! $150,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (508360)







512 Hunters Point This water-front home offers long lake views, views of the 5th green, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Abundant windows/ doors bring the naturescape inside while patios, decks, and a free-flowing interior make indoor/ outdoor living a breeze and entertaining a joy. $815,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (546795) OCTOBER 2017

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Did you know ... ? Interesting tidbits of information about our local real estate market


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

Keeping things simple, here are some interesting fun facts regarding the Nelson County real estate market. (Statistical data was pulled from the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors MLS as of September 14, 2017.) What is the distribution of residential properties – for sale, pending sale, and sold? There are currently 252 residential properties for sale countywide in Nelson County. There are 42 under contract or pending sale and 265 have been sold in the past 12 months. What is for sale? Of the 252 residential properties for sale, the asking price ranges from $39,900 to $3,450,000. The median asking price is $297,000. There are 11 properties with an asking price greater than 1 million and 29 properties priced less than $100,000. Majority (86%) of the offerings under $100,000 are condos at Wintergreen.

What can you get for the money? There is literally something for every buyer at every budget. The least expensive property offered at $39,900 is termed by the listing agent as a “fixer upper” with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, on a half acre of land. For considerably more cash at hand, one could get a “breathtaking” 247 acre estate with a main house, a stone guesthouse, stone barn, and renovated 1800s log house. What is the make-up of properties under contract? The median asking price of properties under contract is $242,449 with an asking price range from $45,000 to $1,650,000. Two pending properties are priced more than a million and 7 are under 100k. What has sold in the past 12 months? Sales have increased with the current number of sold residential properties for the past 12 months exceeding what is currently for sale. There have been 265 sales ranging

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from $28,000 for a foreclosed home in Lovingston with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and just under half an acre to $4,500,000 for a lodge style home along the Blue Ridge Parkway with 1,000 acres. The median selling price is $224,000. What area within the county has seen the most residential sales in the past 12 months? Wintergreen accounts for majority of the countywide sales across localities with 137 sales. Stoney Creek had 30 sales. There were 98 non-resort sales within the county. Excluding resort properties, the locality in greatest demand has been Afton with nearly a quarter of the sales. Afton is carrying a higher price tag as well; the sold median for that locality is $294,450. Have distressed sales made an impact? Nelson County continues to see some distressed sales, but not as many as in years past. There were 19 distressed sales in the past


Afton is on the RISE! Afton accounts for nearly a quarter of all non-resort sales. The median selling price in Afton is 31% higher than the countywide median.*

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12 months accounting for about 7% of all residential sales. What is the longest that a home has been on the market before selling? There are 9 homes that took more than 1,000 days to sell. A large estate in Wingina took 1822 days (4.99 years) to sell. Shortest days on market? On the flip side, 36 properties sold in less than 10 days. What was the largest acreage sold? The largest unimproved property to sell was a 1,631 acre parcel in Lovingston at $1,275,000. Smallest parcel sold? The smallest was a .39 acre parcel at Wintergreen, which also sold for the lowest price of any parcel at only $5,000.

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.

Great Values in Afton! 1037 Pounding Branch Rd $284,900 Log home nestled in the woods! Complete renovation including high-end kitchen and baths; Features: 2 master suites, 2 living/family rooms, open flow, cathedral ceilings, woodstove, wood and tile floors, covered porch, deck, paved drive; great full time residence, vacation retreat, or investment cabin rental! #564445; 3Br/3Ba; 2,832 sq ft; 1.89ac

790 Pounding Branch Rd $399,900 Privacy and views with 8 acres for hiking, hunting, and outdoor recreation! No HOA or restrictions; zoning permits chickens; built 2011 w/ 2x6 walls, fiber cement siding, Pella windows/doors, Trane HVAC, hardwood floors, 9’ ceilings, wood stove, gas fireplace, 1st floor master, and basement w/ family and rec rooms. #563294; 4Br/3Ba; 3,136 sq ft

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Location: 75 Oak Grove Lane, Nellysford, Virginia Offered at: $359,000 Comments: This well maintained 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath custom contemporary home is your perfect getaway! Located in a Golf community (Stoney Creek) and situated on almost 2 acres of privacy; this home boasts, soap stone countertops, premium hickory hardwood flooring, new lighting, expansive wrap around craftsman decking, and an attractively landscaped yard. Enjoy entertaining guests in style or relax while enjoying the magnificent star filled skies from your picturesque stone patio. Contact: Timothy Craig Wintergreen Resort Premier Properties 540-416-8498


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Location: 186 Shiloh Loop, Faber, Virginia Offered at: $130,000 Comments: This Cr. 1894, Farmhouse on 1.63 +- ac., located in the small village of Faber off US 29 is an easy commute to Charlottesville. Freshly painted inside and outside, this home offers 3 BR., 2 BA., Spacious rooms with pine floors, Forced air heat, Metal roof, Family Room with wood stove, Main level bedroom, Outbuilding & Much More! Relax and Swing your cares away on the front porch. Affordable with great opportunity to own instead of rent or Investment for Rental. Sold in “As Is” Condition. Home Inspection for Informational Purposes Only! Contact: Carole Saunders Montague, Miller & Co. - Amherst 434-981-3089

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FIDELIS GREENS On one side of a gravel driveway on Randy Caldejon’s farm are rows of grapes that will be turned into wine for a nearby vineyard. On the other side of that farm road is a gleaming white 40-foot long shipping container bearing a green logo: Fidelis Greens. Marines mean business and this one could revolutionize ag technology.

Randy’s boots on the ground are two young men named Kyle McCrory and Joel Shindeldecker. Kyle’s an industrial designer who previously worked for Gotham Gardens, a New York City-based firm developing rooftop gardens. Joel has the business and sales background and came to Fidelis after working at a tech startup.


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Back in February, the area’s vineyard and orchard growers were worried about an early frost that was threatening their fruit. Meanwhile just yards away from rows of Cabernet and Petit Manseng, sat a 320 square foot controlled growing environment immune to Mother Nature’s moods.


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“We realized how fortunate we were to be able to grow without really any regard to the outside conditions with the environmental factors. Assuming we don’t lose power, we can grow,” Joel explains. “We were growing in over 100 degree heat the other day. We’ve grown in snow, hail has come through. Our plants aren’t affected.” Itching to move back to his native Albemarle County, Kyle began designing the Fidelis Greens shipping container while still in New York, after he had left Gotham Greens. The end result is a tiered production system, with six growing tiers within that space. “We’re controlling our temperature, humidity, light levels, CO2, all of our nutrients that go into our plants through hydroponic techniques. The whole idea behind that is to mitigate our risks in growing and increase our yields as well as utilize our resources efficiently. All of those things combined, we are a much more efficient operation. The goal of this project is to have a self sustaining, profitable, growing system, that can be operated with one or two people in a part time basis.” Mobile and modular. It’s a philosophy advocated by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms in neighboring Augusta County, and the idea is spreading. Today happens to be the day before me and a friend are to process 50 meat chickens at my farm that were raised in a Salatin-style movable pen. Facilities that are portable and scalable can save farmers money and time without tethering them to costly property and equipment investments. That’s the kind of money talk that gets Joel Shindeldecker excited. “We could theoretically join several shipping containers, they’re so modular. We could really create local food farms anywhere.”

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You could deploy one of these shipping containers anywhere that has electricity and water. Like a vacant lot in the middle of a food desert. Or your back yard. Joel swings open the door to the modest container to reveal a narrow array of flats resting under the glow of grow lights and under the surveillance of multiple sensor modules keeping tabs on things like temperature and light. Whereas greenhouses let in sunshine, the Fidelis Greens environment affords seedlings longer stretches of light as well as a consistent supply of water. Make no mistake, this is a laboratory sitting silently in Virginia wine country. Keep it tight. That’s one of the phrases that kept coming up during the startup process. On the one hand, it emphasized keeping the systems tight, as in, no leaks. On the other hand, it meant dialing in financial inputs and outputs. Kind of like when Kyle tacks on a candy order to some building materials. “When he buys jelly beans on the company credit card along with thousands of dollars of hardware materials, I notice that,” Joel says, chuckling. “But he hasn’t done it again.” The duo may seem all business but they’re not. Kyle and his wife are expecting their first child this fall. And Joel insists his socks aren’t all neatly arranged in his dresser drawer. “We wanted to join this [company] partially because of the lifestyle and mostly the team,” Joel explains. “We’re not completely bottom line people. What we’re doing could really revolutionize ag tech.”

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And it could revolutionize the chef salad and sway the crankiest of chefs who have grown frustrated with a food movement that champions seasonality at the expense of consistency. Kyle gets it. “Coming from a produce background, I understand because if your quality is inconsistent, or if your varieties are inconsistent, or if your delivery schedules are inconsistent, that really can affect a chef’s livelihood. They consider themselves artists. I consider them artists. I can’t imagine a painter that couldn’t the same type of paint for their paintings. I think hopefully we can make chefs a little less cranky about it by providing a consistent, quality product yearround at the same price point.” Joel says they’re already getting positive feedback. “[They say] ‘not only are you growing beautiful things that actually taste good,’ I think come winter they’re going to realize how much more valuable it is to grow in such a controlled environment. They’ll be able to incorporate us into their menus rather than somebody driving buy and saying, ‘I have micro greens, do you want them this week or not?’” So for the chef who needs a consistent supply of high quality micro greens, Fidelis is currently growing red cabbage, arugula, a spicy mustard mix, one variety of mustard greens, and amaranth. Unlike conventional delivery methods, in which these greens would be clipped and delivered to restaurants and caterers in clamshell boxes -- trucked around for miles, ironically, in shipping containers -- chefs receive their greens on a living flat. The plants remain alive on either a jute or rockwool substrate until the chef picks them with his fingers and before spiraling them over a salad. “Not only do they get a living product that will last in the heat of the kitchen for 5 to 9 days ... we are growing within 15 miles of most of our restaurants,” Joel says. And that’s the goal: Chefs can keep local greens on their menu year round from the little shipping container that could. Always faithful, Semper Fidelis. BRL

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Enjoy the peace and serenity of this private setting on a cul-de-sac. This well maintained home offers convenient one floor living, with guest bedroom or library on the main level. Screened porch with bluestone floor and terrace to enjoy the summer breeze. No grass to cut, just come and enjoy the tranquil setting! Large rooms throughout makes this a gracious and inviting home.

48 Coleman Place

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Beautiful home located in Stoney Creek, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Custom built in 2012 with high end interior and exterior finishes. Three-story home with main floor living. The floor plan is open, gracious and flows easily. A fantastic entertainment room with a wet bar on the lower level. Home Gym, 3- car garage, whole house generator... this home has all the perks! The 1.19 acre lot is extremely private and offers seasonal mountain and golf fairway views. Located on a quiet street.

76 Coleman Place

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Charming craftsman home privately located on 1.43 acre that backs up to a Nature Preserve. Beautiful and mature landscape welcomes you at arrival. Enjoy the soothing sound of running water in a small waterfall from the front porch. Koi pond and water lilies are surrounded by lush bushes and ground cover. The front yard is a true gardener’s masterpiece. The floor plan is spacious, bright and very functional. Cathedral ceilings in the family room, main floor master suite, spacious living room/den on the lower level. High-end finishes throughout this beautiful home. Large deck off of the main level and a spacious patio off of the lower level. Some mountain and even golf course views in the winter.

LOT 200 Rosewood Drive

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Rare opportunity to build a single family home in the sought after community of Rosewood Village, in Stoney Creek. This home site has a wonderful view of the golf course and mountains beyond and is on a walking path to shopping in the village of Nellysford. Stroll to the bakery for a coffee and pastry, or to the grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants or bank. It is all right there. Rosewood is a retirement community, over 55, with maintenance provided on landscaping and buildings (additional community fees apply.)

NELSON COUNTY 100 River Ridge Lane, Afton $479,000 MLS#565894

One look and you’ll fall in love! This charming home offers quality, convenience and comfort. Spacious, open floor plan, two family room areas, and a game room. Also, the large, sunny deck overlooks a lovely in-ground pool, with a natural woodsy background. Conveniently located to Charlottesville, Waynesboro, local breweries, wineries and much more.

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Matt Nucci, Mandi and Taylor Smack in late 2006 before breaking ground on Blue Mountain Brewery. Nelson County’s first brewery is celebrating its tenth year in business. FILE




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Taylor Smack in 2006, holding the brewery’s original site plan. Since then, the operation has expanded in size and scope with Blue Mountain Barrel House in Arrington, and South Street Brewery in Charlottesville.

Mandi and Taylor Smack and Matt Nucci are celebrating a decade of business with Blue Mountain Brewery – the very first brewery in Nelson County – and they couldn’t be hoppier! Back in 2006, we featured a photo of Mandi, Taylor and Matt on the back of a pickup truck, (childless), in the middle of an open field, where the future Blue Mountain Restaurant and Brewery would soon break ground and set its foundation. The doors finally opened on October 24th, 2007 – it was a Wednesday – offering more beer options than food. “We offered something unique at Blue Mountain by getting folks out of the city and reconnecting beer to agriculture and just the whole experience,” explains Taylor Smack. “It became a domino effect after a while…every new visitor resulted in two more, etc., until you get to today, where we service over a quarter of a million visitors every year at our original location.” In 2010 the Afton location expanded to accommodate the overwhelming clientele hoping to enjoy their buds and suds while overlooking the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains – including a full food menu. There may not be 99 bottles of beer on the wall, but there are numerous awards and medals for their tasty brews. continued on page 40


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It’s hard to believe that a decade ago, Blue Mountain Brewery was a modest business plan with a stake in the field. Ten years later, the popular brewery is a landmark on the heavilytraveled Route 151 stretch of the Brew Ridge Trail.



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In October of 2011, these folks picked a second location and set up shop in Arrington with the Barrel House – their main brewing, bottling and distribution center. And as a cherry on their sundae of success, the owners decided to purchase Charlottesville’s South Street Brewery, a nostalgic and important starting point for both Mandi and Taylor. Their ten-year anniversary may officially be in October, but on Friday the 16th of September, Mandi and Taylor Smack started celebrating early at Misty Mountain Music Festival VII, where they’ve been a proud sponsor for all seven years. “This whole year we’ve kind of been celebrating,” laughs Mandi. “Every time we make up a new idea or a new beer, we kind of relate it to, ‘Ya know what? It’s our tenth year, let’s go all out!’” Between business hours, the three owners are an unstoppable force of drive and professionalism. There are few restaurant’s that I know of where the owner can be found at the host stand on a busy Saturday, but Mandi is always there, armed for battle, just like the rest of the staff. “I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Mandi explains. “I think it’s really important to be part of what you want the vision of your company to be, and you gotta be on the front-lines.” But after hours, they’re just regular people like you and me. And they still know how to have a good time – maybe now more than ever. I may have only worked at Blue Mountain for three out of the ten years they’ve been in business, but there have been several festivals in the past where Mandi and I have stood at the front of the crowd, stainless-steel Blue Mountain pint glasses in hand, swaying and singing together as one. So, it seems rather fitting to have conducted our interview at Misty Mountain Music Fest, beverage in hand. “Festivals are my favorite location to work,” Mandi tells me at the beer tent. “I love being with my staff and meeting new people. You need to relate to your customer and see how things are changing or how they just love that Full Nelson. We always want people to have a good experience, and we have since day one.” Blue Mountain wants you to help them celebrate their first decade down by joining together for ten days of fun! There will be live, local music as well as fun giveaways each day at the original location in Afton – not to mention they will be hosting ten tap-takeovers at different venues across the state from Richmond to NOVA to Charlottesville. Each event will offer ten varieties of Blue Mountain beers, with real throw-backs and tributes to the original brews offered on day one. Cheers! BRL


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2 BR, 2 BA villa with nice mountain and Shenandoah Valley views that become even more dramatic in the winter. Fantastic sunsets. Open, spacious, and bright floor plan. Only 7 steps from parking to the entry of the condo. Many recent upgrades. Condo is a successful rental property. Conveys fully furnished and ready to move in and enjoy. Walk to all Devils Knob amenities and sport facilities.

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Rare combination for a Wintergreen condominium. High level complete renovation. Superior view — especially for a ground floor walkout. You, your children and your family pets will appreciate the ground access and very high end appointments.

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Change your life with style! Life is more fun at Wintergreen. This unit has a wide ranging view, upgraded furnishings, granite counter tops and ceramic tile. Spend the winter season overlooking the Highlands Ski Slopes and enjoy the distant, yearround mountain and Rockfish Valley views.

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Look out on the ski slope from this fully furnished and renovated condo which has achieved a gold rating on the Wintergreen Rental program. Right in the heart of the action, enjoy being right on the slopes, and taking a short stroll to the shops and restaurants in the Mt. Village. So convenient!

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Pansy Like elves working in Santa’s workshop, nurseryman around the country each year work on improving goodies for gardeners from sea to shining sea. Of these genii that decorate every garden center from now until Christmas, one particular genus excites me each year more and more due to their innate ability to draw me into my favorite time of year – fall. They are the pansy. And aside from their name, there is nothing ‘pansy’ about them… In choosing your pansies for the fall, remember one rule that will determine whether they decorate your landscape for the next 6 months or just a few days post-purchase – that rule is timing. Once you make it to about the end of September, pull out those pruning sheers and/or shovel and begin making space for them – whether it be removing old, spent annuals or improving soil for a new area. This may contradict your better garden sense because your annuals may actually be perking up from the decreased humidity and cooler nights and therefore could be putting on a show similar to their early spring display. Trust me, ripe them out. Even though pansies are tough, without time to put our new root growth, frost and freeze are tougher and Father Time does not offer countless warm opportunities in the fall for them to grow as we approach record cold and snow falls this fall (and yes, this is wishful thinking!). In regards to varieties, you have dozens to choose from. The biggest factor that should dictate which ones go where should always be bloom size – close to the house, bigger blooms (2 ½ inches); away from the house, smaller blooms (1-1 ½ inches). The reason is actually quite simple. Smaller blooming varieties typically have many more flowers per plant while bigger blooming

varieties have fewer blooms per plant. Therefore close to your house you can actually appreciate the size, texture and color much better than while moving along at, let’s say, 20 miles per hour. However, when you choose the smaller flowering varieties and plant them in mass, an F-14 approaching Mach 1 would be able to appreciate the color (Ok, that may be a stretch, but you get my point). Remember also that the smaller flowering varieties typically recover faster from inclement weather since they have more flower stalks per plant and each bloom has less surface area to be affected by ice, snow and freeze than the larger blooming varieties. As for color, I try to keep dark colors (blues and purples) planted with lighter, complimentary colors just behind (whites and yellows), especially when it comes to roadside plantings. I feel that this tactic helps to draw the eye to the darker color – especially if the two colors are indeed complimentary. So if you go for the blue with a yellow eye near the mailbox, try a yellow or off-yellow as its backdrop. If a total mix is your medicine, implement this planting near the house so that a guest can appreciate each and every color and not just see a mosaic of shades if viewed from a car window. Remember, the closer you get to your house, the more detail can be appreciated. As always, after planting water well and feed with a well-rounded, slow release fertilizer. By the way, if you don’t want to deadhead your pansies then don’t – research has shown that it really does not help that much. My personal favorite series are the Sky (Clear Sky & Skyline), Majestic Giant, Delta, Matrix and Bingo Series. With these series, in regards to color, the sky is the limit.

asktheDr. By Dr. Steve Schmitz Afton Family Medicine Dear Dr. Steve, My knee hurts. Would a cortisone shot fix it? Cortisone (or steroid) shots can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal pains. Cortisone is a steroid chemical that the body naturally produces. In a shot, we use a man made version. Its purpose is to reduce inflammation. Often a joint or bursa hurts a lot when there is inflammation from an injury, overuse, or arthritis. The steroid is put directly into the joint where the inflammation (and resultant pain) is by a shot. This allows us to use a high dose of steroid into one specific area so that there really aren’t many side effects in the body overall. The following are a few situations where a steroid shot may be considered. A painter who works with his arms overhead starts to get shoulder pain. We try exercises and medicines by mouth, but he is still having a lot of trouble. A shot of steroid in the shoulder may cut down inflammation enough to both stop his pain and allow his joint to heal. Another example might be a runner with knee pain. After careful determination

Discover Why that there is no broken bone or torn tendon, a steroid shot placed into the knee may give great relief. Or, an otherwise healthy person starts to have hip pain every time she lies down on her left hip. There is a bursa there that can get irritated and does quite will with a steroid injection. Cortisone shots can be used many other places as well, these are just a few examples. Certainly there are risks from a steroid shot, but they are generally minor and rare. It does hurt a little as it is a shot! But we use a numbing spray before inserting the needle. Skin color change in the injection area is possible. On occasion people get a “steroid flare” where the pain gets worse before it gets better. Finally, joint infection is possible (but very uncommon). Doctors use careful sterilizing techniques to prevent this. So, if you have joint pain that is not going away, see your doctor. Perhaps a steroid injection would help you. 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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HOOPLA FESTIVAL Start: Sept. 28, 2017 11:30 am End: Oct. 1, 2017 11:55 pm Venue: Devils Backbone Brewing Company Basecamp Phone: 434-361-1001 Address: 200 Mosbys Run Roseland, VA 22967 (NELSON)

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST Start: Oct. 7, 2017 8:30 am End: Oct. 7, 2017 10:30 am Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center Phone: 434-361-0100 Address: 190 Rockfish Lane Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

OKTOBERFEST AT BLUE MOUNTAIN Start: Sept. 29, 2017 11:00 am End: Oct. 8, 2017 9:00 pm Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery Phone: 540-456-8020 Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

APPLE BUTTER MAKIN’ FESTIVAL Start: Oct. 7, 2017 10:00 am End: Oct. 7, 2017 4:30 pm Venue: Silver Creek & Seaman’s Orchard Phone: 434-277-5824 Address: 5529 Crabtree Falls Highway, Tyro, VA 22976 (NELSON)

DONKTOBERFEST Start: Oct. 1, 2017 12:00 pm End: Oct. 1, 2017 5:00 pm Venue: Bold Rock Cider Meadow Phone: 434-361-1030 Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON) SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Start: Oct. 1, 2017 2:00 pm End: Oct. 1, 2017 4:00 pm Venue: Humpback Rocks Visitor Center Phone: 540-943-4716 Address: MP 5.8 Blue Ridge Pkwy Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

OCTOBER 5 THURSDAY 8TH ANNUAL FESTY EXPERIENCE Start: Oct. 5, 2017 10:00 am End: Oct. 8, 2017 11:55 pm Venue: Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Phone: 434-245-9000 Address: 1500 Diggs Mountain Road, Arrington, VA 22922 (NELSON)

OCTOBER 6 FRIDAY WINTERGREEN TREAD AND TRAIL SERIES Start: Oct. 6, 2017 9:00 am End: Oct. 9, 2017 6:00 pm Venue: Wintergreen Resort Phone: 434-325-2200 Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive Roseland, VA 22967 (NELSON)

MONTEBELLO SWEET SIMMERIN’ Start: Oct. 7, 2017 11:00 am End: Oct. 7, 2017 4:00 pm Venue: Montebello VF&D Phone: 540-377-2145 Address: 119 Fork Mountain Lane Montebello, VA 24464 (NELSON)

OCTOBER 11 WEDNESDAY DRIED WREATH WORKSHOP Start: Oct. 11, 2017 1:30 pm End: Oct. 11, 2017 4:30 pm Venue: Pharsalia Phone: 434-277-5231 Address: 2333 Pharsalia Road Tyro, VA 22976 (NELSON)

OCTOBER 14 SATURDAY NELSON FFA BLUEGRASS BENEFIT Start: Oct. 14, 2017 4:00 pm End: Oct. 14, 2017 9:00 pm Venue: Nelson County Middle School Phone: 434-263-48011 Address: 6925 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 22949 (NELSON)


OCTOBER 7 SATURDAY CROZET FALL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL Start: Oct. 7, 2017 End: Oct. 8, 2017 Venue: Claudius Crozet Park Phone: 434-326-8284 Address: 1075 Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet, VA 22932 (ALBEMARLE) NELSON FARMERS MARKET COOPERATIVE Start: Oct. 7, 2017 8:00 am End: Oct. 7, 2017 12:00 pm Venue: Nelson Farmers Market Phone: 434-244-2399 Address: 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON) 44

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businessdirectory Accounting ROGERS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 434-361-9650 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY Call today to schedule your complimentary “get-acquainted” meeting with one of our CPAs. Specializing in quality tax and accounting services for individuals, small businesses, trusts and estates. Visit for additional information.

Construction ELK MOUNTAIN CONTRACTING, LLC 540-241-9075 221 Old Tyro Lane, Tyro, VA AUGUSTA 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.

Come visit us at the Barrel House brewery and tasting room and discover where tradition meets innovation. Our tasting room is open Sunday-Thursday, 12PM-8PM, Friday 12PM-9PM, & 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.

R.M. GANTT CONSTRUCTION 434-316-0090 NELSON COUNTY R.M. Gantt Construction is a family owned business which has served the Central Virginia area since 1992. We concentrate on higher end residential construction by providing our team of professionals, consisting of our well trained and specialized Framers, Millwork Specialists, Project Managers, Estimators, and Interior Designers. We offer a turn key project.

Lodging BLUE MOUNTAIN BREWERY 540-456-8020 9519 Critzers Shop Rd Afton, VA NELSON COUNTY

SENTARA MARTHA JEFFERSON AFTON FAMILY MEDICINE 540-456-6710 10950 Rockfish Valley Hwy Afton, VA


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.

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.


Breweries BLUE MOUNTAIN BARREL HOUSE 434-263-4002 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA NELSON COUNTY

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Resorts & Recreation

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

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

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Real Estate MARLO G. ALLEN, ASSOCIATE BROKER 434-996-3525 Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY

150 Five Star Reviews tell it all about this thoughtfully designed private hideaway in the Rockfish Valley of Nelson County. Minutes to wineries and breweries and restaurants. 15 minutes to the ski slopes. 35 minutes to Charlottesville. A favorite honeymoon retreat, yet comfortably sleeps 6 for family gatherings. 2 master suites, hot tub, and fully equipped chef’s kitchen. Reasonable rates!

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.


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

Plan a visit to Wild Wolf and experience Chef Chris Jack’s amazing creations made with locally sourced ingredients, enjoy your meal inside or out with one of our 13 craft beers on tap then take your favorites home with you our awesome to-go beer selections.

Situated on 200 beautiful acres, our two bedroom log cabins offer modern amenities that include central air, Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens and comfortable furnishings. Whether you’re fishing or kayaking on our private lake; enjoying the views from your porch or walking the trails; your mind, body and soul can’t help but relax and become one with nature.

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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.

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.

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.

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 Building Lot 3.08 Acres. Mostly cleared, with year round mountain views. Close to elementary school and all Route 151 activities. Afton area. Posted By: David Marshall 22920 - Afton 540-456-6046 $64,000 hunting-recreational land (Lovingston) Over 8 wooded acres in Wingina VA. Driveway already put in. Large stone clearing for RV parking. No electric on property however transformer at edge of driveway. Close to several hunt clubs, BREWERY’S and winery’s. GREAT FAMILY FUN LAND , with lots of privacy. tax map number 71-A-31C Red Bud Ln. Nelson County. Posted By: donna stepien 24599 - Wingina 540 872 6698 $29,000

SERVICES Wintergreen’ s Precise Painting When you want it nice... Precise Painting. Clean work guaranteed. Posted By: Dave and Jessica Brown 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434 996 3039 $TBA

FARM & TOOL Woodturners Chuck Woodturning Chuck -- by Robert Sorby— from 1980s—but almost new in steel box. Similar to $300 Stronghold Chuck. Post it online

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Posted By: Chuck Strauss 22938 - Faber 434-263-8294 $200 obo Portable Generator 5 kw Portable Generator. Gas. 120/240 volts. used for power outages only. Coleman model 5000. Kohler 10 hp engine. Good condition. Posted By:Gary Evans 24464 - Montebello 540-377-6059 $275 Miter Box- DeWalt 10” stationary,power miter box Reconditioned,in good shape. Posted By: Grant Heggie 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-325-1254 $110

MUSIC SOLD! - Huss & Dalton 0-SP Guitar Serial# 3993, Rosewood B/S, Sunburst spruce top, slotted peghead, pyramid bridge, no pick guard, original TKL case included. Posted By: James Felock 22980 - Waynesboro $2000

WANTED Server Server wanted. Must be over 21 and able to work weekends. Posted By: Kay 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-361-1766 $8/hr+tips HIRED! House Cleaner Biweekly house cleaner Posted By:Jane Strauss 22938 - Faber $20/hr

JOBS Sunday School Teachers/ Nursery Workers Sunday School Teachers and Nursery Workers needed for new church. Applicants must be at least 18yo, have reliable transportation, and willing to submit to a background check. Please email outlining your experience working with children and include 3 references to schedule an interview. Posted By: Dan Magan 434-981-3268 $20/wk HIRED! - Weekend Receptionist Must be dependable, pleasant and comfortable in an office environment. Saturday & Sunday 9:00am to 5:00 pm. We offer a pleasant workplace with friendly co-workers. Nicely compensated. Posted By: Barbara Frazier 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen $Negotiable

Virginia Distillery Co. Brand Ambassador Virginia Distillery Company, an American Single Malt Whisky distillery based in Lovingston, Virginia, is seeking Brand Ambassadors in the Central Virginia area. Seeking highly interested individuals who want to learn about the growing spirits industry in Virginia and beyond, who enjoy interacting with the public in support of brand development.


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The core responsibilities will include conducting tastings at consumer events in the local area. Posted By: Jessica Bullard 22949 - Lovingston 434-285-2900 $Hourly Based On Experience Virginia Distillery Co. Guest Experience VThe Virginia Distillery Company is seeking a Guest Experience Associate who will welcome, educate and entertain visitors, chiefly by guiding them through the tour and tasting experience. The Associate must ensure all visitors receive a courteous, friendly and professional experience at all times. Flexible schedule, primarily weekends (This is a part time position averaging 8-30 hours a week. Posted By: Jessica Bullard 22949 - Lovingston 434-285-2900 $Hourly Based On Experience

ELECTRONICS SOLD! - Hi-Fi Equipment Klipsch RF 82 II floor standing speakers, $300/pair. Klipsch RB 51 II bookshelf speakers, $100/pair. Klipsch RB10 sound bar w/wireless sub, $50. Harman Kardon HK3770 stereo receiver, $100. Cambridge Audio SR20 stereo receiver, $200. Dynaco FM5 tuner, $50. Posted By: James George 22980 - Waynesboro

HOME & GARDEN Garlic for Sale Nelson grown without pesticides. Large bulbs great for planting and/or cooking. Free growing instructions provided. Call evenings before 9PM. Posted By:Keith Dix NELSON COUNTY434-361-0091 $10 lb. or 8 lb. for 5 lbs. or more Wooden skis and poles Wooden skis and bamboo poles. Great for display on wall or over fireplace. Made in Maine or Norway. Posted By:Albert Coleman 22920 - Afton 540-456-6884 $250 Pet Containment Pen A 6-sided pet yard with door......adjustable panels... like new !! Great for small or large dog... especially a new puppy ... Our pup loved i!!. Posted By: SANDRA GALLAGHER 22920 - Afton 540-256-8986 $40 OBO

REUNIONS Truslow Family Reunion The Truslow Family Reunion will be held Sept. 10 at Rockfish Valley Fire Department in Afton, at 1pm. All relatives & friends attending are asked to bring a covered dish to share. All drinks, paper products, &rolls are being furnished. For more information, call Doris Drumheller at 434263-5286, Beth Spitler at 540-241-5758, or Janice Moyer at 540-942-1722. Posted By: Doris Drumheller 22920 - Afton 434263-5286 $FREE


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80 Front St; #549987; $199,000 Includes extra building parcel

19 Trillium Cl; #563864 4Br/3.5Ba; $254,999

Get more for less; both parcels included at one low price!!! Commercial opportunity in the heart of Lovingston’s business district just off Rt 29 - 2,520 sq ft building with 3 store fronts and 10,000 sq ft paved parking area; Includes adjoining parcel for future expansion or business development. Zoned B1 with by right uses: retail, offices, restaurants, banks, hotel/motel, and more.

Well-maintained, turn-key townhouse overlooking the golf course; private back deck and many extras/upgrades: 2 car garage, open flow, fireplace, wood floors, spacious master suite, new roof and HVAC, and more. Sold fully furnished. Superb resort location – walk to Wintergarden Spa, Aquatics and Fitness, golf, tennis, ski shuttle and more.




1246 Carter Hill Rd; #564396; 3BR/3Ba, 54 Acres; $559,900

Spectacular mountain views! Log home nestled in the mountains with privacy, trails, creek, woods, and ample cleared land for horses, farm animals, or gardening. Features: vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace and woodstove, wood floors, covered porches, deck, garage/workshop, and nearly 60k in recent improvements. Minutes to Appalachian Trail, Crabtree Falls, & Wintergreen.

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

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Blue Ridge Life, Issue #151  

Virginia Brunswick Stew, Fidelis Greens, Dubova Musical Instruments, Blue Mountain Brewery's 10th Anniversary

Blue Ridge Life, Issue #151  

Virginia Brunswick Stew, Fidelis Greens, Dubova Musical Instruments, Blue Mountain Brewery's 10th Anniversary