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(Laurel Ridge 50) $310,000.00 MLS#482968

(Laurel Ridge 21) $319,000.00 MLS#551875

98 Windthistle Ct.

(1-E D13) $549,675.00 MLS#542266

150 Apple Blossom Ct.

This four bedroom, 3 bath home offers nice seasonal views into the Rockfish Valley and a private location at the end of Dogwood Ln.

Spacious and dramatic living in the treetops, and exceptional seasonal views. Very cost efficient, well insulated house. Very private setting. Level driveway. 3 bedrooms, each with a private bath, and another room for storage or additional sleeping space. Expansive double decks create fabulous indoor/outdoor living spaces with views. 2 fireplaces. Walk-out finished basement with entertainment room. Big fenced-in yard for animal lovers.

This home is as close to perfect as one can get. Meticulously kept and in mint condition. 3 zone HVAC, wired for a generator, native stone fireplace, master bedroom on main level, Kitchen Aid appliances and soapstone counters, over-sized garage, “man cave” over garage, gourmet kitchen, wet bar, hardwood floors. There is an office and reading area off the main level master bedroom. Owners are willing to offer a year’s Home Warranty. The house is walking distance to Stoney Creek Clubhouse. Formal gardens are established by current owners. Private pergola and deck on rear on home.

This townhouse was built by one of the best builders at Wintergreen. It has been recently painted, new carpet, new wood floors, finished space over garage is being completed for extra space. Located near the 9th Tuckahoe fairway. Stone Orchard is a maintenance free neighborhood offering breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This villa has a unique floor plan that would not be repeated in the future townhouse buildings. This also is the largest attached villa to be offered at Stone Orchard. There are many quality upgrades though out this villa.

779 Blue Ridge Dr.


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. PR IC E! RE DU CE D

(Shamokin Springs 71) $209,000.00 MLS#538701

A very attractive chalet nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A lovingly maintained home in pristine condition. Never rented. Views from every room. Owners have made considerable upgrades, including: new central heating & cooling systems, new asphalt driveway, and hardwood flooring on the main level. Home is away from the major activities but within easy access to all the facilities. It is nicely furnished and a great and safe place for kids. It is one of the best values at Wintergreen.


615 Laurel Springs Dr. (Pryors Camp II 27) 287,500.00 MLS#549322

314 Shamokin Springs Trl.



(Chestnut Springs 27) $399,500.00 MLS#542749

(Stone Orchard 28) $329,000.00 MLS#529177

This charming mountain getaway backs up to the George Washington National Forest, offering plenty of protection and privacy. The home was thoughtfully designed and built by current/original owners, and has been immaculately maintained and updated since. There are 3 master suites, each with its own full bathroom and private deck access, plus there’s an additional half bath. Landscaped beautifully, a rarity on the mountain. Generous stone lined driveway and parking area. Easy level entry into the home. The stone fireplace has a beautiful gas log insert, but it can easily be removed if the new owner prefers to revert back to authentic woodburning. One level mtn living with charm!

22 Wood House Ln.

(VFH 1) $249,000.00 MLS#551413 A charming, one level gem in Stoney Creek. This well maintained house is situated on a low maintenance 1.23 acres. It features a large wrap around deck, sun room and ample storage space throughout, all in a gorgeous setting. Plenty of parking space and a circular driveway. The main living area has a great feel and open flow. The kitchen is equipped with a new ceramic top electric stove and microwave. The large master bedroom has an attached office separated by french doors. A great value in Stoney Creek not to be missed!


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185 Meadow View Lane Within 25 minutes of Charlottesville and UVA is a picturesque, 82.78-acre country estate with custom home, 4-stall stable/workshop, miles of private riding/ hiking trails, boardfenced paddocks, pasture, mountain views, and North Fork Rockfish River frontage! Nature and views are front and center when traversing the trails, relaxing on covered back porch/deck, or cozying up to the fireplace beside the floorto-ceiling windows framing the landscaped back yard, meadows and woods. Open flow, gourmet kitchen with butlers pantry, 1st floor master suite, wood floors, vaulted ceilings, generator, 3-car garage, full basement, stable with 900-squarefoot tack room/workshop, equipment building and 2 wells. $1,250,000

9704 Patrick Henry PRICE REDUCED! Highway This 1840 Virginia farmhouse offers a huge living room, cozy den and wet bar, country kitchen, dining room, sunroom, 3 BR (with private baths), bonus/loft room and another full BA. Original old bedroom has a sitting room, making it a private apartment with its own entrance. Hardwood floors throughout. Porches, decks, gazebo gorgeous landscaping, views and multiple building sites on this 47-acre farm. Several outbuildings. Fenced for horses or cattle and there are springs, streams and creeks. Close to Nelson County amenities and Wintergreen. $579,000

401 Dogwood Lane A premier location overlooking the South Rockfish Historic District. This well-maintained, 2300-squarefoot home boasts 3 BR and 3 BA. The great room soars to a 15-foot ceiling and has windows all around. The full-length deck provides ample space to entertain or just relax and watch the sunsets. Numerous quality features include a balcony off the second floor master, deck access off the 1st floor master and skylights. Mature landscaping and paved drive enhance the private “end of lane” location. A short stroll to Devils Backbone Brewery and minutes from Wintergreen and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Can convey mostly furnished. $299,000

11 Walk Around Lane Built in 1970, this adorable 2 BR, 1 BA home was totally renovated—new roof, new siding, custom kitchen cabinets, kitchen granite countertops, refinished hardwood floors, ceramic tile in bathroom and kitchen, new heat pump, new refrigerator, 200 amp service. Two sheds. Beautiful park-like yard, with Reed’s Creek on one side and large mountain views. $154,500

16275 Patrick Henry Highway Amazing PRICE REDUCED! opportunity to own a 116-acre farm just minutes from Nelson County attractions, Wintergreen Resort, and Nellysford. Post-andbeam home with rock chimney, 2 stone fireplaces, renovated kitchen, hardwood floors on the main floor, 4 BR and 3.5 BA. New 2-car garage, 1 BR, 1 BA log cabin, large shop/storage building, barn, shed, 2 stocked ponds, streams and mountain views. Lots of privacy. Only 35 to 40 minutes to C-ville without a single stoplight!


Wintergreen Resort 21 North Forest Drive This is a wonderful, 4 BR, 3 BA family home with the “open floor plan,” floor-to-ceiling windows and stone wood-burning fireplace in the living room. Downstairs, the large family room, with a 2nd fireplace (propane) and pool table, offers another area to unwind and enjoy. The two decks, one covered, allow you enjoy the mountain climate. The Catoctin Forest section here is very popular and is centrally located in the resort. Square footage is approximate. $459,000

60 Hickorynut Road Short walk to skiing from this 4 BR, 3 BA Energy Star post-and-beam home. Great room has paneled cathedral ceiling, stone fireplace and wall of glass. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, handsome cabinets and stainless appliances. The main living area, with a BR, BA, gracious foyer and wrap-around deck, is ideal for enjoying family and friends. Upstairs master has sitting area, bath and private deck. Down has family room with fireplace, wet bar, 2 BR and deck. Handsomely furnished! $399,900

72 Pedlars Edge Drive Spacious 4 BR, 3 BA home with seasonal mountain views. The great room has soaring ceilings, a handsome stone fireplace, a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and hardwood flooring. Home offers two master suites, two additional bedrooms, and a large family/rec room in the lower level with a gas stove. Large deck and screened porch with views of the ridge. Conveniently located in Blackrock Village close to skiing, dining, The Plunge, and more! $412,500

44 Arrowwood Lane This gorgeous Arts and Crafts home with year-round mountain views is the definition of luxury and style. Boasting 3 BR, 3.5 BA, a gourmet kitchen, 2-car garage, covered porches, first floor master, luxury baths, tongue and groove vaulted ceilings. Recently finished lower-level entertainment room has two additional bedrooms (without windows) for a total of 5 BR. Paved driveway and much more. $599,900

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LAND FOR SALE Hickory Spring Road $45,000 - Great buildable lot 749 Pedlars Edge Drive $79,000 - Ski access

19 ROCK DOVE LANE $349,000

Brand New Construction 4 Bedrooms, 2400 Sq ft Quality Craftsmanship


4 Bedroom, 4 Full Baths, 2800 Sq. Ft, Updated

238 TIMBERS CONDO $59,000 Ski-In/Ski-Out, Great Rental Income & Value Convenient To Everything

2204 TANNERS RIDGE CONDO $67,500 First Level Walk-Out Unit Completely Updated

85 Oak Lane $85,000 - Great location 10 Beech Drive $85,000 - Nice view lot 186 Hemlock Drive $179,000 - Beautiful views 22 Knob Hill Place $229,900 - Stunning views 988 Devils Knob Loop $349,000 - Amazing views Wintergreen Drive $1,870,000 Development opportunity

1505 CLIFFS CONDO $119,000 Incredible Value, Updated Outstanding Views


4 Bedrooms, 3000 Sq Ft Mountain Views

134 EAGLES COURT CONDO $159,000 Ski-In/Ski-Out First Level Walk-Out

29 BRIARWOOD LANE $239,000 Exceptional Value, Over 2100 Sq. Feet 4 Bedrooms, Garage

RECENTLY SOLD 39 Split Rock Trail $340,000 957 Diamond Hill Condo $224,000 305 Dobie Condo $184,000 306 Dobie Condo $316,000 2230 Tanners Ridge Condo $104,000


4 Bedrooms, Over 2400 Square Feet Near Hiking And Waterfall

1206 BLUE RIDGE DRIVE $279,900 6 Bedrooms, Over 2500 Square Feet On Wtg Rental Program With Great Income


3700 Square Feet, 4 Bedrooms Townhouse W/ Private Elevator, Low Fees

103 EAGLES COURT CONDO $319,000 Rare 3 Bedroom, Ski-Front Unit Outstanding Mountain Views

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950 Diamond Hill Condos $213,000 519 Black Rock Circle $160,000 791 Laurelwood Condo $900,000 1724 High Ridge Condo $282,500 13 Shenandoah Ridge Court $250,000

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2 Trillium Lane Townhome

5 Trillium Lane

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 $279,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (535180)





184 Mountain Inn Condo






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 $599,000. Call 434-566-1293, (535481)







749 Pedlars Edge Drive

960 Diamond Hill Condo

Location, Location, Location. Come build your home right across from the ski access on Tryo Slope. Extra wide frontage. Nice buildable lot near very high-end homes. Great neighborhood and location. Offered at $79,900. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (554007)

This incredible 2 bedroom, 2 bath ski-in/ski-out condo features beautiful views and is located in the heart of Wintergreen Village! Turnkey furnished in Exquisite Victorian antiques this amazing unit is a short distance to all the activity on the mountain! Offered at $223,500! Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211 (527911)

672 Fawn Ridge Drive

One of the last Golf front lots at Wintergreen with Mountain and Valley views! Corner lot #42 on the resort map is a great location! Adjoins the 2nd hole on the Devils Knob Golf Course. Walk to the Devils Knob Golf and Tennis Center. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity. $150,000. Have Shenandoah Valley Construction build your custom dream home. Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211. (518823)




186 Hemlock Drive Very buildable lot on the view side of Hemlock Drive. Rock outcroppings make for an appealing home site. Surrounded by luxury homes with great views! Offered at $179,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399 (516673) ING


22 Knob Hill Place

Amazing mountain views from this pristine lot at wintergreen. Come build your dream home on the nicest view lot on the mountain. Huge year around views in all directions from this beautiful lot. Call agent for building ideas on this lot! Offered at $299,900. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (532806)








This terrific condo is the ultimate in flexibility, offering one of the largest floor plans available in the Mountain Inn and being one of the few Mountain Inn units with a deck. Renovated and updated, unit is in excellent condition and boasts winter mountain views. $102,500. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (542007)



11 Ravens Roost Point


29 Briarwood Lane

Totally updated 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath townhouse in a great location at Wintergreen. These Westwood town homes rarely come to market. The townhouse was renovated in 2014 and new flooring and painting added in 2015. This home has large bedrooms, huge deck on the Devils Knob Golf course, and a gourmet kitchen. Some features included are, high end granite throughout, new LG appliances, vessel sinks, double deep stainless sink, all new faucets, and much more. Enjoy Blue Ridge and Valley views from some rooms. Two master suites! Recent exterior upgrades include new roof, chimney, and exterior paint. Westwood has very low association fees. $239,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (539621)





One-owner home adjoins the National Forest with seasonal views into the Shenandoah Valley and mountains beyond. Features two full kitchens and designed to function as either 4 bedrooms + office or 5 bedrooms. Recent improvements: Granite counters; stainless appliances; new roof; freshly stained exterior; rebuilt decks. Top-of-the-line furnishings are included. $472,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (534628)









Tons of living space and priced to sell! This bright, spacious 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath golf-front townhome features a large wrap-around large deck and is an easy walk to Spa, Nature Foundation, and Ski shuttle. Enjoy gorgeous golf views of the 17th par 3 on Devils Knob. All furnishings convey. Get this great value before it’s gone! $239,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (540825)



1206 Blue Ridge Drive

Six bedrooms, 4 full baths and two fireplaces! This house is currently on the wintergreen resort rental program and doing well. Enjoy the private setting of the woodlands from the two large decks. This is a great house for entertaining and can easily be shared by multiple families. This house needs a little updating to make it a gold standard on the rental program... the rental income will increase if updated. Offered at $279,900. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (549341)

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on the cover Photo credit: Yvette Stafford A tote full of bloody butcher corn awaits the sheller at The Five Maples Farm in Amherst County. Story on page 11.


thepublishers Just last night, as the adults were bundling up in jackets and solving the problems of the world with glasses of cheer, a small gang of under dressed children attacked the wild night with sticks and squeals. It’s been just over a week since the day we bolted out the door to hit the polls and by god, we’ve needed a night like this. For the former TV news junkies we are, election day is like a Super Bowl to us. Chatting with friends at the polls, forking a stack of pancakes cooked up by local Rotarians, grabbing a drink at the nearest brew pub, bringing home a “newsroom pizza” as you settle into the office, opening multiple tabs on your browser. I had printed out a pair of blank electoral maps and gave each kid five different colored pencils representing each presidential candidate on the Virginia ballot. Reflecting the large portion of the electorate who chose not to cast a vote, Adam scribbled all over the map before flipping it over to draw a family of dinosaurs. Peyton on the other hand, sitting next to a newly acquired life-size Elsa doll (creepy), happily colored in her map, handing electoral victories galore: Clinton got Texas, Trump got Colo-

rado, Stein got South Carolina, Johnson scored Florida, and McMullin took the wild and woolly state of West Virginia. The next morning, I loaded the final electoral map on my phone and showed it to Peyton. “Only red and blue?!” she cried. “That’s crazy!” “Remember the White House I showed you when we went to the museum last month? The new president is going to be living there,” I explained. “He’s going to live next to the dinosaurs.” Adam added. We are living in amazing times, drenched with history. As winter approaches, I am reminded of the words of Peyton’s Elsa doll: Let the storm rage on. The cold never bothered me anyway! Enjoy! Yvette and Tommy Stafford


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basicnecessities By Kay Pfaltz Bringing out what’s best about the Holidays Holiday Libations, Under $20 If the holidays have a preternatural knack for bringing out both what’s best and worst in humans, I’m all for betting on the best. As we celebrate similarities, while accepting differences, let’s bet on the winning combo lotto ticket of compassion and generosity, demonstrating the best by donating food or time to others less fortunate. We can also be grateful for family and friends—human and furry friends alike. Such joining together in mutual appreciation, traditionally and historically involves the preparation of food and its accompanying wine to celebrate. I love the holidays not the least because of all the different kinds of foods: traditional dishes, sweet treats and delicacies, which while often shunned for their caloric content during the rest of the year, remain sanctioned, even encouraged during the holidays. And with the ever growing number of wineries, consumers can have their wine and drink it too. A few fine and festive bottles needn’t

dent the bank account. Dolin Blanc, Vermouth de Chambéry – Nothing says cool sophistication like real Vermouth, just as nothing says 1970s embarrassment like its opposite. Vermouth is aromatized wine, and of the four categories in the world that stand out for enduring impact on classic drinks, Vermouth is the only one that, like Absinthe, is based on wormwood. The word Vermouth comes from the German word for wormwood, vermut, and recalls a Germanic tradition dating to the Middle Ages. Infusing wine with wormwood in any meaningful quantity imparts herbaceousness and a bitter undertone that does wonders for aiding digestion as well as for killing off unwanted critters. There is perhaps no better choice of aperitif than the elegant Dolin Blanc. Clear and slightly sweet with distinct notes of hazelnuts on the finish, it stimulates your digestion, helping you with what’s to come, ready or not. Serve chilled with a splash of soda, or best, just on its own. $18.99 Willm Riesling, Cuvée Emile, 2014 –If pressed to pair only one wine with an

array of foods, I’d opt for an Alsatian Riesling. In this example the fruit and its accompanying sweetness balance perfectly with a piercing acidity that can cut through any amount of goose fat or other holiday cheer. Tart apple notes, with pear and honeysuckle. $24.99. Holiday special: $19.99. Valle dell’Acate, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, 2013 –From the Jacono family, one of the great Sicilian producers, this is elegance in a bottle. It’s a silken blend of Frappato, offering light raspberry notes and finesse, blended with Nero d’Avola, for a velvety structure, with rich notes of black cherry, prune, carob, dark chocolate, licorice and leather. Nero d’Avola can have the big, full body of a Cabernet or Syrah without the price. 91 pts. Wine Advocate. $26.99. Holiday special: $19.99. As we bid this year adieu, we wish great wellbeing, love, joy and peace to you and all beings, and to our planet. Gently rolling hills, dotted with vineyards and châteaux, and long, lazy rivers: The Loire Valley, playground to the kings, and now to some of the most innovative wines in France. May 2017. If interested:

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Amherst Office 434.946.5522 • 434.263.5088 198 South Main St, Suite 102 PO Box 1020 Amherst VA 24521

Lowesville - $435,000 - 38 acres bordering the George Washington Nat’Forest, 6 bedroom, 6 bath retreat. Malcolm Fleming: 434.942.9376

Tye River - $329,900 - 35 acres of pastoral perfection with well-maintained large 3BR brick ranch. Andy Youngs: 434.942.9795

Shipman - $329,900 - 4 br, 3 baths on 12.17 acres, lovely kitchen w/ granite, beautiful grounds, 2 car garage. Andy Youngs: 434.942.9795

Arrington - $299,000 - Spectacular 2/3 bedroom log home on 6.12 acres, open flr plan, library, media area, bar. Malcolm Fleming, 434.942.9376

Lovingston - $159,995 - 3BR, 2BTH, 0.88 ac., County water/sewer, Renovated, refinished oak flrs., Garage. Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

Norwood - $145,900 - 28.02 acre with outstanding views of the James River, Road frontage, timber value. Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

Lovingston - $145,000 - 3 bedroom Ranch w/ 2 full baths, FP in Living Room, Large deck, fin. basement apt. Sue Harvey: 434.426.3755

River Rock Estates - $136,500 - 7.49 ac. w/ accessible Buffalo River frontage, perced, well, electric, Pavillion. Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

Lovingston - $122,000 - Multi building sites on 35.005 ac. w/hdwoods, state rd frontage, stream, 2 rds into property. Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

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

Tyro - $55,000 - Enjoy the sounds from Campbells Creek on this private 6.86 ac. Borders National Forest. Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

Schuyler - $50,000 - 7.01 Beautiful acres on Green Creek Rd w/3 ac. open & 4 ac. wooded, road in w/gate.. Christiane Gathright: 540.222.8415

Shipman - $44,900 - Charming 2BR home, priced below county assessment, Convenient location. Sue Harvey: 434.426.3755

Shipman - $24,900 - No Restrictions. 6.03 acres. Numerous building sites, Perked and electric on site. Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

Arrington - $24,500 - Level 2 ac. building lot w/ mixed hardwoods, perked, rd front., electric, Mtn. views. Carole Saunders: 434.981.3089

Schuyler - $15,000 - 1.57 Acres Mostly wooded w/stream. No restrictions. Very private w/easy access. Christiane Gathright: 540.222.8415

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Recently retired, Jake Garland’s new passion is an heirloom corn called



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“For years they called it Thomas Family Farm corn ... The old Thomas family in Clifford used to grow this corn. It’s kinda sorta back home where it started.” – Jake Garland The Five Maple Farm


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The twinkle in Jake Garland’s eye and the smile on his face can only mean one thing. “So I’m still like I’m on vacation. I’m the giddy retiree on steroids.” It was just months ago that this handsome 64-yearold career Sysco food guy quit his day job for good and checked out. He’s now free to do what he wants and for him, that means ignoring the buzzing of his cell phone and puttering around the farm where he’s planted four fields, totaling roughly six acres, of bloody butcher corn. “When I get tired of picking corn, I may take up golf, but not today!” he says, as we drive up in his Kubota tractor with his dog Belle, tagging alongside us. When a pair of donkeys in the adjacent field see that orange machine chugging up the hill, they know it’s picking time. Stopping the tractor above a row of corn that has yet to be picked, and wearing a pair of muck boots and what my husband calls logger pants, Jake hops off the Kubota and attacks a stalk. It helps that he’s tall because the ears on bloody butcher tend to emerge several feet from the ground. “Most of the time these things are like 10-12 inches. Like specimens almost. They’re beautiful.”

He’s a corn ninja. Crack, shuck and thump go the ears into a plastic tub. “I started with four pounds two years ago. I planted that four pounds and that year I got a 300 pound yield out of it. So last year, I planted about 20 pounds and we got over 5000 pounds of seed last year. Out of 20 pounds of corn!” No pesticides. No herbicides. But he did use a little 10-10-10 to kickstart things. “It’s amazing, really. This corn has an amazing germination rate. Every single seed I put in the ground has come up so I’m happy about that. It looked really pretty until I had that first wind and it’s still as tall but the ears aren’t as pretty as they were last year.” Even so, this is shaping out to be a decent harvest. The spring rains delayed planting until June 5 and the wind Jake mentioned, stunted things a bit. But it’s not like Bloody Butcher’s a new kid on the block. “For years they called it Thomas Family Farm corn,” Jake explains, as he rips off another ear. “The old Thomas family in Clifford used to grow this corn. It’s kinda sorta back home where it started.” In the old days, people may have eaten this stuff but it’s generally a feed corn that needs to be dried, shelled and ground. And there just happens to be a water-powered mill in Lowesville that can do just that. Jake was at the Local Food Hub’s warehouse in Crozet when he ran into the owner of the mill, Will Brockenbrough. “It turned out we were neighbors and he had grown a little bit of corn the year before.” DECEMBER 2016

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Will’s late father, J. Gill Brockenbrough, Jr., owned the mill which uses the power of the Piney River to turn the wheels that turn corn into grits or meal. Built in 1794, Will’s father purchased it in the early 1980’s and began the restoration process. “In starting the mill, the really difficult thing has been being able to obtain really good high quality corn. There is very little organic corn available ... so I’ve had to go find small farmers willing to grow this for me. It’s taken years to get enough people on board to grow what we want, things like bloody butcher and Hickory King. It is that relationship that is so important and that’s the way it was done 200 years ago.” It’s the kind of thing many chefs are into these days – Chefs like Ian Boden who owns The Shack in Staunton. “Corn being a staple in Appalachia, and southern cooking in general, we use it quite a bit,” Ian explains. “We do a whole corn ferment and then grind that into our grits and then cook … It accentuates the corn flavor and gives it a little bit more sweetness. It makes for a more dynamic grit.”


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Ask Jake how he likes his grits and his eyes brighten up like a kid on Christmas morning. “We’ve tried them all different ways. These are true stone ground grits. You’ve got to cook these things 30, 35 minutes. We like to put them in four cups of chicken stock, 1 cup grits. You stir them in slowly, a little bit of salt, add butter – I like salted butter in mine – add a little bit of heavy cream, you feel the consistency changing.” And then the cheese. “Smoked Gouda is my favorite.” As I leave, Jake’s handing me a sack of grits to take home and I’m reminded that this man knows how to sell it. But when you can spend an afternoon in a field and hand pick corn that predates anyone alive, Bloody Butcher sells itself. Up the road in Lowesville, Will would probably agree. “Something we’ve been trying to do from the very beginning is get back to the origins of what food is in Virginia and to be able to use heirloom corn in a completely water powered mill really is getting back to what it’s all about.” BRL


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CONDOS 1633 Overlook

$325,000.00 MLS#548805

This condo is a top floor, 3 bedroom, with one of the best views anywhere at Wintergreen. Ski shuttle stops at front door. Easy walk to restaurant, golf, tennis and hiking trails.

1719 High Ridge

$139,500.00 MLS#530836

Comfortable two bedroom unit with a spectacular year round view of the Rockfish Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ready to move into with new appliances, this property is a great get-a-way destination to enjoy both the comfort of the summer season and the excitement of the winter white.

257 Timbers

$109,900.00 MLS#541630

Price Reduced!Great opportunity to be right on the ski slopes for both winter and summer views. This updated Timbers unit overlooks the slopes and the Mountain Inn area, providing direct access to the center of the activities. The perfect retreat for both the winter ski season & enjoying a pleasant cool summer season. This unit is currently in the Wintergreen Resort Rental program as a Gold unit.

3220 North Ridge

$82,500.00 MLS#544645

A direction of living awaits you. This spacious 2 bedroom unit is the winning combination for you and your family to enjoy all that the Wintergreen Resort has to offer both for the winter and summer seasons. Tastefully decorated. Motivated Seller.

255 Timbers

$130,000.00 MLS#554128

Luxury two bedroom cabin rentals in the heart of Nelson County’s Brew Ridge Trail For rates and availability: 434.361.1613

Beautifully renovated ski front condo with wonderful mountain and ski slope views. In the heart of Wintergreen Resort Village. The perfect retreat for the ski family. Spacious loft bedroom, built-in bunk beds in a large closet and a pull- out sofa allows this condo to sleep 6 people comfortably. Interior has been completely renovated. Conveys fully furnished. Condo association fees for Timbers villas are some of the lowest on the mountain, only $650/ quarter and they do include the basic cable TV service. Common washer and dryer. Ice maker in the building. This condo is on a private rental program and generates a steady income.

1578 Vistas

$310,000.00 MLS#551217

Top 2 levels, right hand (Southern) end, with magnificent views. 2 master suites- the left master is very large with a generous master bath, 2 jetted tubs/spa, skylights, separate shower.

Call or come by today! 800.325.2200 DECEMBER 2016

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DECK THE HALLS of the farmhouse that found you.

It’s safe to say that most Nelson County transplantresidents have stories of falling in love with the area after visiting, and subsequently relocating. In the tale of Mike and Deb Verplank, Nelson County found them all the way in Pittsburgh. The new owners of the Orchard House B&B didn’t originally intend on starting a new chapter of their lives in Lovingston, but as fate would have it, they’re here to stay. Mike had worked for the same company for 30 years and had a chance to move with the company or pack it in. Meanwhile their two kids were enrolled at the same college in Ohio, and Deb was ready for a career change herself. “We have traveled to B&B’s throughout our 30-year marriage and we would always leave them saying, ‘That was fun’ and ‘We could do that.’ The more we

started talking, the more we thought that now was our chance.” “It all just started to line up,” continues Deb. “We actually both enjoy wine, so we started Googling up-and-coming wine regions, and Nelson County kept popping up no matter how we approached it.” Having never heard of Nelson County or even visited Virginia, they relied on Google for information on B&B’s for sale in the area. The Orchard House was among the results. Deb recalls, “When we called the owners they said, ‘How did you find us? We’re not even for sale.’ “We had been looking at an old listing, but they called us back in about five days saying, ‘Let’s talk.’ We do think in some odd way it was meant to be. We love the atmosphere, this property, the people. It just feels like home.” continued on page 18


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An Afternoon with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Pharsalia Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm We are so excited to welcome the REAL Santa back to Pharsalia for the fourth year running! Forget the long lines at the Mall, at Pharsalia your children will have an ‘up close and personal’ visit with the esteemed couple. Four sessions available. Book Early! 434-277-5231 Nelson County, Virginia 18

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The previous owners had run the business for the past 14 years and were ready to retire, but they wanted to make sure it went to the right people. And if anyone doubted whether Deb was supposed to be there, the fact that she happened to have enough Christmas decorations to fill the sixbedroom farmhouse should seal the deal. “I really have a soft spot for Christmas. A lot of the things I love are things that help this job be so much fun. I love entertaining, I love decorating, I love making people feel special. And those are the elements I think that Christmas brings out.” Deb was clearly born to play the part of warm and caring hostess, but she’s not the only one filling roles in the household. “As well as jumping in and taking the role as head cook, Mike is also an outstanding visionary and big-picture thinker. So he’s able to look at this not just as getting up and making breakfast, but he’s got a whole business plan. It’s been

exciting and I have to say, kind of fun to get to work side-by-side with him. We’ve raised two kids but we’ve never really been business partners, so that’s kind of been an exciting opportunity.” In their short time at the Orchard House, the Verplank’s have already made big improvements to the property, including fixing the driveway and putting a functioning fountain in the pond. Not to mention the man-hours that went into redecorating and refurbishing the home. All without missing a beat as far as guests are concerned. “We sealed the deal April 29, 2016 so were entering our sixth month,” tells Deb. “We moved in on a Wednesday and that Friday we had two full houses. We jumped in with both feet and we haven’t looked back. It’s such a huge change from the corporate roles that we both came from, but we’re embracing those changes and enjoying every day.” BRL

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23 Kestrel Point - Offered at $399,000




Beautiful wooded corner lot in a relatively low traffic area at Wintergreen Resort. Close to hiking and many resort amenities including Devils Knob Golf Course, Devils Knob Grill, and the Wintergarden Spa. The Mountain Village is a short drive. This is a great home site for a private place to enjoy the mountain! Offered at $25,500. Call Gavin Sherwood – 434-962-6399. (553916) ! IEW V ING AZ AM

This charming luxury log cabin routinely sleeps a dozen or more, and has lots of upgrades. Furnished and ready to enjoy, or rent, this home had a two story addition to the original log cabin, and updates include central heating and a/c, new granite kitchen counters and stainless appliances, new flooring, new roof, new doors and windows new furniture and a fantastic outdoor deck and garden with hot tub and fire pit. Lovely mountain cabin decor and dramatic wood burning stone fireplace make this a great place to relax. Close to mountain village shops, restaurants and slopes and located on a quiet cul de sac. Steady rental through VRBO. Offered at $284,500. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (547768)





17 Pitcher Plant Lane Great value for this beautifully maintained home. This home has nice seasonal views and is located in a very private setting on a quiet street. 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths, just under 2500 sq. Feet of living makes this a must see for under $300k. The home is located just above Shamokin Springs trail for hiking and enjoying the water fall. $275,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (545515)











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957 Diamond Hill Condos - Offered at $227,900




39 Windthistle Lane

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)


Stoney Creek - This gorgeous, custom golf-front home is nestled into a 1+ acre lot with stunning mountain and golf views. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity. Home has been substantially upgraded & improved with $163K+ invested by owner in the last four years. You will love the quality, gourmet kitchen, views, 1st floor master suite, private setting, screen porch, easy one-level living. $555,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (552354)










67 Gray Birch Lane This home features a panoramic golf-front setting and generous landscaped buffer. Treat yourself to a like-new home that exudes the feeling of the mountain chalet you’ve always wanted. At the center of the home is a soaring great room w/ floor-to-ceiling windows and a wood burning fireplace w/ stonework that rises to meet a tongue & groove vaulted wood ceiling. The gourmet kitchen is open to the great room and features stainless appliances, granite counters, maple cabinets. The master suite is also located on the main level. Below is a spacious family room and recreation room w/ woodstove while above are two bedrooms and a home office. A circular driveway, detached garage, exterior stonework, and lovely landscaping complete this offering. $549,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (548187)






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134 Eagles Court Condo


1462 Ledges Condos - Offered at $159,000

Location, size, and investment income with this exquisite resort home. This beautiful 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath home is located on a quiet street that is close to the Mountain Village and resort amenities (skiing, restaurants, concerts). Tastefully decorated, this airy home has plenty of room to entertain a crowd. Sold furnished & ready to enjoy. Large kitchen with cherry cabinets opens to the dining room, great room and deck with seasonal mountain views. Four fireplaces throughout for a cozy mountain feel. This home boasts three sizable living areas, two spacious Master Bedrooms with fireplaces and sitting areas. Large mudroom with bench and ample storage. Many built-in cabinets. Fiber cement exterior siding. Multi zone central air and heat. One of the top 5 rental income properties at Wintergreen Resort! Offered at $629,900! Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (546513)

Best of what the mountains have to offer. True ski in/ski out location...first level walk-out to Eagles Swoop. Enjoy beautiful mountain vistas from this 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. This unit has a very open floor plan with a cozy fireplace. Great location across from the WTG market and other amenities and dining options. Tastefully furnished. Highly desirable location in Eagle Court. First level units now approved to have hot tubs. Great rental potential if desired. Offered at $159,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (541716)














415 Pedlars Edge Drive

This luxury 5 bedroom custom home being built by Shenandoah Valley Construction has seasonal mountain views, with a quiet wooded setting. Ready for your interior finishes and customizations. Come preview this amazing custom home; our Newly Constructed Model, boasts two family rooms, 3,700 sq. ft. and an attached garage. Enjoy the 2,500 square foot of expansive decking! Many upgrades include hot tub, steam shower, wet bar, 2 wine coolers, granite counters, two fireplaces, stainless appliances and custom tile work. Pre-wired for sound, security system, generator & smart house system. Offered at $645,000. Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211. (551974)










1724 High Ridge Condos - Offered at $399,900



2073 Stone Ridge Condos - Offered at $139,500

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 $299,500. Call or text Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, or email: (549755)

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664 Shamokin Springs Trail

606 Blackrock Circle




P.O. Box 706

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 $319,500 - Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (532319)


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1447 Highlands Condos 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. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (540329)


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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 $119,900. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (553586) ON LC


2204 Tanners Ridge Condos



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Complete ($90K+) modern remodel with warm, mountain chalet details: Gutted to the studs and reconfigured from the ground up. Redesigned by Italian Architect; calculations provided by local engineer; custom steel and wood work produced by Charlottesville fabricators. Walk to Mountain Inn and ski slopes. $185,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (541799)






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 SpaAquatics-Fitness Center, Devils Knob Tennis & Golf. Reduced! $160,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (508360)




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 $67,500 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (550552)

601 White Oak Condo

598 Pedlars Edge Drive


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Top level condo on the 18th fairway of Devils Knob! This meticulously maintained 2-story, 3 BR, 2 BA condo features laminate wood flooring in the entrance hallway, 1st floor BA, & kitchen; stainless appliances; & plenty of space for you and your guests. Short walk to the Wintergarden Pool and Spa; Devils Grill; & The Nature Foundation. Fully furnished. Condo is on the Resort Rental Program! Come experience the joy of living in the mountain air on the golf course! Offered at $129,900. Call Gavin Sherwood – 434-962-6399. (550904)



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 $355,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (547428)




107 Eagles Court Condos True “walk out” 2 bedroom furnished ski condo on Eagles Swoop slope at Wintergreen. Full kitchen, wood burning fireplace in family room, 2 bathrooms. Patio overlooks slope and mountains, great location a short walk to mountain village shops and restaurants. Snow Tubing Park and Discovery ridge activity center nearby. Could be great rental unit. Low condo fees, exterior renovated with hardie board siding recently, gate activated parking. Ready to enjoy this ski season! Listed by Steve Marianella for $159,000. 434-566-1293 (549172)




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SKIERS, WALK TO THE SLOPES from this renovated 2 BR/2BA condo. The slopes and Mountain Village are only a three minute walk away!Very clean carpet throughout condo. Vaulted ceilings in the great room give a spacious feel. Large kitchen pantry and utility room provide lots of extra storage space. All appliances and furnishings convey! Large back deck can accommodate many family and friends. Condo Association provides firewood! This condo is already a member of the Resort’s Rental Program and produces nice rental income. Offered at $114,900. Call Gavin Sherwood – 434-962-6399. (553935)




103 Squirrel Tree Lane




31 Deer Springs Lane This chalet-style home captures the spirit of an era of mountain home designs loved through the generations. The vaulted great room is anchored by a real stone fireplace and flows seamlessly to the dining area and kitchen. A new master suite addition was completed in 2007 along with a new roof and skylights. $329,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860. (554282)


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)















29 Stonewall Court


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 $599,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (532704)



Shenandoah Ridge End Unit on Private Ct. - Facing the Majestic Blue Ridge! Enjoy your morning coffee from your choice of 3 spacious decks. 4 levels - Total privacy - 2 Master Suites! Golf decorated theme extras include. Wood Flooring! Tile - Flat Screens TV. Dining Room and many more. Warm and waiting for your family. Offered at $284,500. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498 or email (553370)


71 Rosebay Lane

67 Hickory Spring Road






Well cared for furnished 4 bedroom plus home on level and private lot. Brand new stainless appliances and water heater installed Fall 2016. Convenient location not far from Devils Knob amenities. Large wrap around private decks, conditioned crawl space, beautiful floor to ceiling stone fireplace, wet bar in family room. Unique master bedroom with bonus loft space. Recently re stained decks. Augusta Co. location (lower tax rate). One of the best layout and conditioned homes in this price range at Wintergreen. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (553985)


Incredible value for 3,700 square feet of living..... newer construction with very high finishes....Viking appliances, Granite counters, solid wood craftsman style doors throughout, high ceilings, hardwood flooring and much more. Great location next to spa/ pool and ski slopes. This floor plan allows for multiple families to enjoy. $479,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (526929)






24 Wintergreen Drive

20 Trillium Townhome

Spacious 2 bed, 2.5 bath Trillium townhome with deck overlooking 1 acre Trillium nature preserve with mature hardwoods and native plants. Immediately across from Wintergarden Spa & Fitness, Trillium is the ultimate in walking convenience plus just two minutes to golf & tennis. $130,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (552699)





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) DECEMBER 2016

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Holiday “Honey-Do” List! A list of repairs that can protect your home and family


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

With gift lists, grocery lists, and guest lists, it just doesn’t seem like the time to ruin the festivities and introduce another to-do list. In reality there is no better time than the holiday season, when family and home may closest to your heart, to slip in one more check list to protect your home, investment, and the ones you love. Plain and simple, it makes good sense (and cents) to routinely perform and invest in these home maintenance tips. • Test smoke detector sensors and alarms. Batteries should be changed once or twice a year. • Test carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in America. If you have only one detector, place it in a hallway outside the bedroom mounted 14 inches off the floor to face height on the wall, but never where there is a draft.

• Test auto reverse safety feature on garage door openers. A ga rage door is often the heaviest and largest moving equipment around the home. Consult the owner’s manual for maintenance and lubrication tips. • Test the pressure and temperature relief valve for proper operation. A temperature setting of 120 to 130 can economize utility bills. An operable temperature relief valve (TPR) can prevent a pos sible explosion by releasing pres sure buildup in the water heater. • Check water purification and water softener filters. Excessive levels of calcium and magnesium in hard water can lead to buildup in water heaters and eventually clog pipes and diminish plumbing efficiency. • Clean and freshen your drains. To keep sinks running freely, throw a handful of baking soda into the drain and follow it with

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hot water OR pour in 1 cup of vinegar and let it sit for 30 min utes; chase down with very hot water. • Degrease and freshen your garbage disposal. Turn on the disposal and throw in ice cubes made from equal portions of water and vinegar. • Clean range hood filter. Remove and clean the metal mesh filter that keeps grease from getting into the ductwork. Soak in hot water and liquid dish detergent and rinse clean with hot water. • Clean appliances. Use an allpurpose, handy dandy cleaner made from 1 teaspoon borax, ½ teaspoon washing or baking soda, 2 teaspoons white vinegar, ¼ teaspoon dishwashing liquid, and 2 cups hot water. • Remove and clean range burners and keep range top clean as spills occur. Immediately sprinkle food spills with table salt. This will

absorb the moisture and make the spill easier to clean up when the range top cools. • Clean and brighten tile and grout. Try hydrogen peroxide OR a solution of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar along with a new hard toothbrush. • Clean and replace furnace and air conditioner filters. Filters are cheaper by the dozen. Label each filter by month to serve as your monthly installation reminder. Once you have made your lists, and checked them twice, pause and just enjoy spending time with your family and friends. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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 Wintergreen in the valley ... 631 Stone Chimneys Rd; $289,000 #551086; 3Br/2.5Ba Renovated and move-in ready! Many extras: first or second floor master, full basement with hobby space/workshop/home office, kitchen with granite, two stone fireplaces, hardwood floors, picture windows, covered front porch, screened porch, DSL, and more!

... and on the mountain. Buying or selling, Marlo is the name to know in Wintergreen, Stoney Creek, and Nelson County. Marlo G. Allen

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673 Devils Knob Loop; $274,900 #551222; 4Br/2Ba NOT a cookie-cutter design! One owner, custom built deck house with vaulted, wood lined ceilings, exposed beams, and lots of windows to enhance the character, strength, and function. Open flow, covered parking, paved drive, mountain views; Sold furnished.

Marlo is a top-producing agent throughout Nelson County, Stoney Creek and Wintergreen. DECEMBER 2016

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Location: 16 Coleman Place, Nellysford, Virginia Offered at: $437,000 Comments: Beautiful and low maintenance home located on a private lot in Stoney Creek community at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The property backs up to land owned by the Wintergreen Nature Foundation where you can find a nice hiking trail. Home was custom built for the owners only 2 years ago. High end interior and exterior finishes. Low maintenance hardi plank siding and trex decks. Beautiful open floor plan that is very functional and offers main floor living. Spacious master with luxury bath. Contact: Dima Holmes Wintergreen Real Estate 434-325-7933

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Location: 8331 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston, Virginia Offered at: $159,995 Comments: Charming brick 3 Br., 2 Ba., Cape Cod located in Lovngston with County water/sewer has been renovated with new roof, 200 amp. upgraded electric service, new tilt-sash windows, refinished oak floors throughout, ceramic floor in bath, and interior repainted. Home captures the past with high ceilings & crown molding, FP in Living Rm., formal 12’x 12’ Dining Rm. w/chair rail, 11’x12’ Eat-in Kit. w/Pine Breakfast Bar & all Appliances convey. Add’l features are Enclosed rear porch serves as Mud Rm., 12’x13’ Master BR. on main level with adjoining 8’x17’ Bath Contact: Carole Saunders Montague, Miller & Co. - Amherst 434-981-3089


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Meet Duppy. He’s a SnodBOT. He has one purpose: To dream Craig Snodgrass – Husband, Father, Artist, Space Cowboy – Attempting to navigate through both time and space, on a journey inside the creative chasm that is his own mind. “There is a whole world in there, and I’m not sure what’s going on in it. There’s definitely some themes that are always present, and usually they go back and forth between space girls and robots,” Craig tells me from atop a colorful stool in his immaculately decorated workspace that wreaks of artistic influence. On his bright and fresh website,, Craig explains, “I like to think I tell stories with these pretty little pictures. Stories that are inspired by retro science fiction, rock and roll posters and old stuffed animals.”

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This inspiration he speaks of is plastered across the walls of his Staunton home/studio in the form of vinyl covers and posters for bands like Gogol Bordello and David Bowie. These pieces are intermixed with some of his own sci-fi artwork, and also his most recent and most impressive work of art, DUP-1 or Duppy; a robot whose primary function… is to dream. “I was looking to take my art in a different direction. So this past summer I started tinkering around with some 3D programs, to start mashing pieces together.” After raising more than $6,500 on Kickstarter through his “Adopt a SnodBOT” program, Craig was able to finally bring his designs to life. “I designed the models, made some masters via 3D printing, and then sent those masters to these guys that know how to work with those materials, and they cast them out,” says Craig. “There’s a niche market for that, in the designer toy world, to make your own toys. That is another science that I was not about to get evolved in. I don’t do this art thing full-time, I do web development for another magazine. This is just something I’ve been pursuing.” What Craig is so gently stating is that, this is what he does in his spare time, instead of watching TV or thumbing through his phone.

“I get one little idea and then it explodes. When I made the toy I said, ‘Oh gosh, I can’t just have a toy. If you have a toy, he needs a comic book, and if he’s a comic book, he needs a backstory. And then we’ll need a board game too!’ It’s all these things that I want to execute, but I’m just one guy.” “I’ve got a very busy mind, is what some teachers have told me.” This past year was one of much exploration for new artistic outlets that could satiate that perpetually creative mind. In addition to making Duppy a palpable reality, Craig wrote, illustrated and self-published his first children’s book, The Clever Girl. He was also an award winner in 2015 at Staunton’s Art in the Park for his paintings and illustrations. All while working a full-time job and contributing to his family and household. (Maybe he’s a robot too?!) “I am always creating, to some degree ... I’ve got a better idea of how to do this now,” says Craig, referring to his SnodBOTS venture. “So it might make it easier going forward, but this was a lot of work just to get the whole thing put together. Everything was unknown, every step of the way was another thing.” And like all things collectable, a limited amount of Duppies were made to exist in this world, never to be reproduced again. For those lucky few who acquire this rad little robot, he just might become the next statement piece that sits upon your bookshelf till the end of time. “This is a very new project, and it’s something I have no experience in whatsoever, but it came out successfully. I’ve been lucky, encouragements really helped me, seeing people respond to my artwork, that’s what pushed me to keep going.” It’s the positive response from the public that keeps this man traveling to another dimension; ‘a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey to a wondrous land of imagination’. Next stop, Geartown – A place that is not as it seems. BRL DECEMBER 2016

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NEW! Christopher Staebell’s school day starts when he logs into his laptop and opens up Counter-Strike, a computer game that he and his friends play competitively. Here at Raw Learning, a homeschool resource center in Staunton, students are given freedom to pursue their interests with few limits. As long as thirteen-year old Christopher observes the 20-minute technology break, he may play computer games all day. Parents often serve as teachers or facilitators of Raw Learning’s project-based focus. “It’s hard to train our minds to trust kids to learn independently,” says Jen Kidd, parent and lead facilitator at Raw Learning. But that’s exactly what the four learning facilitators do each day as they interact with students throughout the many open learning spaces at the center.

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Classes, focused around topics requested by the students, are offered throughout the week. (Wednesdays are field trip days, when everyone turns out to experience a local attraction such as Luray Caverns, Rope Adventure Park, or a pottery workshop.) Many students chose to learn independently rather than attend classes while at Raw Learning, particularly those who have recently transitioned from other environments where classwork is mandatory. Christopher, who left public school to attend Raw Learning just over a year ago, was one such student. “Last year was a detox year for me,” he explained. “I needed time to get into a routine and detox from peer pressure, bullying, that kind of stuff.” Each Monday the students write their goals for the week on sticky notes and put them on a large white board. Goals include building a computer, getting a job, making cupcakes, leveling up in a game, doing research, learning times tables, forming a book club, having a lemonade stand, and catching a Dragonite in Pokémon GO. When I visited on a Thursday morning, the majority of students were not in class. Groups of kids ranging from ages three to thirteen tumbled on mats, compared notes about computer games, and played with modeling clay. A class about water experimentation designed for preschool age children attracted some of the older kids, who stood at tables happily mixing baking soda with other substances alongside shorter classmates on stools. Raw Learning affords the opportunity for homeschool students to learn with other children. For parent Whitney Swales, who brings her three daughters several times a week, the benefits go beyond socialization. “They get more freedom here [than at home],” she said. This is slightly ironic, since there are 72 rules that everyone – both children and adults – must follow while at Raw Learning. These rules govern behavior related to safety, sharing, privacy and food. For example, rule #3 establishes that when someone is using something and another student wants a turn, a timer is set for 20 minutes. The complete list of rules, which was agreed upon by both students and staff, is posted on a wall. Anyone can call a meeting at any time to modify, change, or add to the list of rules. Each child and each adult has one vote. Whitney’s daughter Nariah shows me the cartwheels she’s been practicing down the long hallway. A few minutes later, I find her with sister Nalani in the detective class working with the instructor to decode messages. The eight and nine-year-old sisters are, in fact, the only students in the class, as other children have chosen to play kickball outside or engage in craft projects with facilitators in other rooms. Gleamer Sullivan, a homeschooling parent, founded Raw Learning after reading Alfie Kohn’s books on parenting and intrinsic motivation. Gleamer believes that all children are inherently motivated to learn. “We see emotional, physical and social learning as important as academic learning,” she noted. It doesn’t bother her that classes at Raw Learning aren’t always well attended. In a recent class, for example the teacher didn’t get the kids involved hands-on during the first session; the next time the class met, only five of the original twenty students attended. “Students don’t want to be talked at,” Gleamer said. “They expect interactive learning.” When asked what they like about Raw Learning, kids express satisfaction at being able to pursue their own interests. Christopher sums up his feelings about the center in two sentences. “At my old middle school, we always wondered why we needed to learn something the teacher wanted us to learn, and they never told us. Here, I see why.” BRL


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• Always be courteous with law enforcement. These men and women risk their lives daily on our behalf. If something is done in error it will be settled in the calm arena of the courtroom, but remember, you have a right to remain silent. Exercise that right. • Always read the fine print. Does your car insurance cover your expenses if your windshield breaks? How often does your homeowner’s insurance require you to clean your chimney? Are you allowed to have that grill on the deck of your rental property? What documentation do you need to file when you buy a new dog? So many legal issues can be resolved before they begin if you know the answers to these kinds of questions. • Know your rights and duties. Whether you’re a landlord, a student, a business owner, a caregiver, a spouse, or any other role in life, the laws of our Commonwealth and sister states give you certain privileges and responsibilities. Take the time to understand what the laws mean for you. • If you’re ever in doubt about a legal matter, consult a local attorney. The lawyers in this area know how to help people just like you, because they are just like you. Get the answers you need from professionals who practice in this community. Keep these points in mind and you’ll be ahead of the game. I’ve truly enjoyed connecting with you every month. Stay tuned—perhaps another Nelson County lawyer will be along shortly to share his thoughts with you. Sincerely, Daniel Rutherford

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What a year! This year, the Virginia Off Road Series visited the Nelson County area multiple times for some awesome mountain bike and trail running races that included three at Wintergreen, one at Walnut Creek Park, three in Staunton, one at the Miller School of Albemarle, and two over in Charlottesville. Plus, Bold Rock Hard Cider was our Presenting Sponsor, hosting our Champion’s Ceremony to wrap up the season. Mountain biking has deep roots in the surrounding countryside and Virginia as a whole. Our oldest race is the Tidewater Challenge in Toano and will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017. Wintergreen Resort has been hosting races for the last three years. This year, Wintergreen took it up a notch and created a miniseries of mountain bike and trail running races called the Tread & Trai.. Then a short drive down US

29, Walnut Creek has been the host for the Chimney Chase mountain bike race off and on for the last 5-7 years. Massanutten Resort has its 29th anniversary of its multiday event, the Massanutten Hoo Ha coming up in 2017. Recreational mountain biking isn’t easy. Can you imagine racing one? This is a sport of trial and error best enjoyed with friends. That way you can enjoy your friends’ mishaps and vice versa. “Over the handlebars and through the woods we go” is the typical mantra. You are guaranteed to have mishaps. But as you practice, as with most things worth doing in life, practice makes perfect. It’s at that point you may wish to take on the trails at Wintergreen to challenge yourself versus your competition on a 4 mile lap with 800 feet of climbing per lap. It’s tough and rewarding when you cross that finish line.

Which brings us back to the Virginia Off Road Series. In 2016, we had 24 event weekends from April to October with more than 1,900 athletes participating. From the Tidewater/Central regions to the heights of Wintergreen, men and women mountain bike athletes cranked out results to earn points towards standing on the podiums at Bold Rock Hard Cider in Nellysford this year. One of our largest and most competitive categories was the Beginner Men and Women. The Virginia Off Road Series had more than 275 beginner athletes competing in more than 480 races. The Top 10 in Men and Women did more than 100 races themselves. That’s a lot of racing for first timers! So if you are thinking about it, you have company and lots of it. With 2016 in the books, you have time to train up for your first race next spring.

Here are some local places to hit for gear and trails: Shops: • Crozet Bicycle Shop – coming soon • Rockfish Gap Outfitters (Waynesboro) Trails: • Walnut Creek – beginner to advanced trails. • Sherando – intermediate to advanced and with plenty of acres to embrace your next adventure • Whetstone – advanced. So come on and get it in gear this winter. Find the mountain bike that best fits you and your style of riding. Then find some friends and embrace the adventure. Mountain biking is a great way to expand your horizons and find your limits. We’ll be waiting with some great racing in 2017.


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The Winter Landscape Wish List It should come as no surprise that once again, winter is here. Deep, dark and cold winter where the leaves of most trees and shrubs litter the barren landscape and the only sign of life, for many houses, is the smoke from the chimney and soft glow of lights inside a framed window. Unfortunately for many homeowners and their picturesque homes, winter lasts around five months in this area. That is just under half a year where many find themselves attempting to control a sick, deepened depression upon the realization that their landscape has nothing to offer guests more than twigs, trunks and silhouettes. It doesn’t have to be that way. Through bark, berries, modified hardscapes and other methods, your winter landscape can continue to show your hard work – even when it is only viewed from the warm side of a kitchen window or car door. Houses that sit against virgin forests have a unique setting that I covet. Tall hardwoods and evergreens are at the very heart of my dream home’s backdrop. Removing twiggy undergrowth and small scrub trees while limbing up the taller giants exposes a myriad of textured tree barks – some smooth, some deeply grooved, some shaggy, all fantastic. Where applicable, add in other trees that compliment this interesting bark including birch, Sango Kaku Japanese maple, paperbark maple, dawn redwood, Natchez crape myrtle, red twig dogwood and others. The important thing is to gradually tame the natural area with the aforementioned specimens as you approach your home or structure. Berries serve many purposes – they are aesthetically pleasing to an otherwise drab landscape during the winter months, they adorn our homes during the most wonderful time of the year (Christmas) and ultimately serve as a gourmet meal for our feathered friends when pickings are slim. Some

of my favorites are winterberry, American holly and heavenly bamboo. Don’t forget the male as some of these require a male to ensure berry production in the fall/winter. Your hardscapes can now take on a different role as the weather turns cold. Where there are none, add them. A figurine, birdbath, birdhouse or other hardscape creates focal points in an otherwise sea of tan and brown. Fill birdbaths and containers with pine cones, boughs of winterberry, magnolia and spent blooms of hydrangea. Consider planting dwarf conifers in containers. Walls can hold wreaths – even those that know no holiday, often times a mixture of hardwood twigs and winterberry. Experiment. The only wrong way is to leave them dark, cold and devoid of any attempt to create something interesting from an otherwise ordinary object. Evergreens are the backbone of any landscape – in particular, during the winter. The best evergreen settings are a combination of upright, mounding and low shrubs scattered throughout the landscape. Their uses go from framing doors to outlining walks and landscape beds to offering a strong, pyramidal, dark green hue in an otherwise sea of deciduous trees. Never underestimate their aesthetic value in your landscape and ultimately the resale value of your home. Finally, lighting. Winter lights are perhaps more of a reason to extend the UF wires to the landscape than in the summer. Nothing is more inviting or spectacular in the winter months than a sprinkling of snow onto a lighted patio or wall or an up lit statue with a blanket of snow forming on its crest. Always opt for a dimmer switch when installing lights in the landscape as you will dial down in the heat of summer and dial up when a coating of snow is in the forecast.

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Gout is a painful problem to have. It is caused by an inflammatory reaction to extra uric acid in the body and affects the joints. Some people make extra uric acid; others don’t get rid of it as fast as they should. Either way, too much of that stuff in your system and you will probably get gout eventually. When the inflammatory reaction occurs, you get a very painful, red, hot joint. It usually comes on fairly quickly (over a few days). Often people tell me it hurts so much that a slight breeze hitting the joint is excruciatingly painful. They can’t allow a bed sheet to touch the joint. We’re talking pain! If you don’t do anything, it will usually go away in 1-3 weeks, but those will be some unhappy weeks! If you do have a painful, red, hot joint, you ought to see your doctor sooner than later, because whether it is gout, infection, or injury it should be cared for quickly. Your doctor

can give you medicine to calm down the attack and prevent more attacks. He or she will likely do some blood work to see how much uric acid is in your system to help guide treatment. Diet can have an effect on gouty attacks. Studies show that red meat or seafood can bring on attacks, while increasing the amount of dairy might help stave them off. Also, it is probably true that all of the following can cause a gout episode: alcohol, sardines, anchovies, liver, sweetbreads, oatmeal, peas, beans, lentils, spinach, mushrooms, and cauliflower. So, if you have a tendency towards gout, try to avoid the above. Also, make sure you do seek treatment, because gout attacks over time can lead to long lasting arthritis. Happy holidays to all of you reading this. I sincerely hope that the joy of the season touches each of you.

Dear Dr. Steve, I have a horribly painful big toe. My brother says it is gout. What can you tell me about that?

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HOLIDAY WREATHS AND DÉCOR Start: Dec. 1, 2016 10:00 am End: Dec. 1, 2016 1:30 pm Venue: Pharsalia Phone: 434-277-5231 Address: 2333 Pharsalia Road Tyro, VA 22976 (NELSON)

Winter Warmer Start: Dec. 10, 2016 11:00 am End: Dec. 10, 2016 6:00 pm Venue: Virginia Distillery Company Phone: 434-285-2900 Address: 299 Eades Ln, Lovingston, VA 22949 (NELSON)



DIRT TO THE GLASS 5K Start: Dec. 3, 2016 9:00 am End: Dec. 3, 2016 4:00 pm Venue: Wood Ridge Farm Brewery Phone: 434-422-6225 Address: 165 Old Ridge Road Lovingston, VA 22949 (NELSON) COMMUNITY BREAKFAST Start: Dec. 3, 2016 8:30 am End: Dec. 3, 2016 10:30 am Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center Phone: 434-361-0100 Address: 190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON) WATCH WREATHS BEING MADE Start: Dec. 3, 2016 9:00 am End: Dec. 3, 2016 5:00 pm Venue: Saunders Brothers Farm Market Phone: 434-277-5455 Address: 2717 Tye Brook Hwy, Piney River, VA 22964 (NELSON) COMMUNITY MARKET Start: Dec. 3, 2016 9:00 am End: Dec. 3, 2016 12:00 pm Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center Phone: 434-361-0100 Address: 190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON) ANNUAL CHRISTMAS WEEKEND Start: Dec. 3, 2016 10:00 am End: Dec. 4, 2016 3:30 pm Venue: Walton’s Mountain Museum Phone: 434-831-2000 Address: 6484 Rockfish River Rd, Schuyler, VA 22969 (NELSON) CONCEALED DARKNESS RELEASE Start: Dec. 3, 2016 10:00 am End: Dec. 3, 2016 8:00 pm Venue: Blue Mountain Barrel House Phone: 434-263-4002 Address: 495 Cooperative Way Arrington, VA 22922 (NELSON)

SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS Start: Dec. 11, 2016 1:00 pm End: Dec. 11, 2016 4:00 pm Venue: Pharsalia Phone: 434-277-5231 Address: 2333 Pharsalia Road Tyro, VA 22976 (NELSON)

DECEMBER 14 WEDNESDAY HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA Start: Dec. 14, 2016 4:00 pm End: Dec. 14, 2016 7:00 pm Venue: Blue Mountain Brewery Phone: 540-456-8020 Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Rd, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

DECEMBER 16 FRIDAY BETHLEHEM VILLLAGE Start: Dec. 16, 2016 6:00 pm End: Dec. 16, 2016 9:00 pm Venue: Hebron Baptist Phone: 540-456-6863 Address: 66 Tanbark Dr, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

DECEMBER 18 SUNDAY YULETIDE CABIN CELEBRATION WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS Start: Dec. 18, 2016 1:00 pm End: Dec. 18, 2016 5:00 pm Venue: The Shops at Front & Main Phone: 434-361-0100 Address: 605 Front St. Lovingston, VA 22949 NELSON)


HOLIDAY BAZAAR Start: Dec. 3, 2016 10:00 am End: Dec. 3, 2016 4:00 pm Venue: Charlottesville Waldorf School Phone: 434-973-4946 Address: 120 Waldorf School Rd Charlottesville, VA 22901



PUBLIC HEARING FOR BIOLSOLIDS LAND APPLICATION Start: Dec. 8, 2016 7:00 pm End: Dec. 8, 2016 9:00 pm Venue: Lovingston General District Court House Phone: 540-574-7842 Address: 84 Courthouse Square Lovingston, VA 22949 (NELSON) 36

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businessdirectory Breweries BLUE MOUNTAIN BARREL HOUSE 434-263-4002 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA NELSON COUNTY Come visit us at the Barrel House brewery and tasting room and discover where tradition meets innovation. Our tasting room is open 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.

Construction (cont.) 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 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.

FIVE PEAKS AT WINTERGREEN – DOG FRIENDLY RETREAT 434-906-0496 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!


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Visitor Centers WILD WOLF BREWING COMPANY 434-361-0088 2461 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. For private events contact

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

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.

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.


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

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

Family Medical Physician’s office specializing in preventive care, acute care,chronic illness care, pediatric and newborn care, women’s health, sports medicine, and geriatric medicine. All ages are welcome.

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.

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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G REAL ESTATE Country Home with VIEWS!! 3 Bedroom; 2 bath; kitchen; 2400 sq ft; washer & dryer hook ups; gazebo with large deck; basement; one car garage & storage, Coy fish pond; paved driveways; VIEWS!!! Posted By: DIane Harvey 22920 - Afton 434-9062136 $1500/mo Quiet apartment Quiet, onebedroom apartment. Hiking trails, space for garden. Furnished or unfurnished. Pets negotiable. References required. Posted By: Kay 22967 - Roseland/ Lowesville/Massies Mill (434) 277-9163 $550/mo Moble Home for rent 3 bdrm, 2 fbath, dishwasher, electric range, built in microwave, side-by-side refrig/ freezer, washer/dryer hookup, $650 deposit. Posted By: Helen White 22938 Faber (434) 263-8211 $650/mo Wintergreen Two Bedroom, Two Bath Two BR, two Bath condo, close to Spa and Nature Foundation. Fully furnished. Utilities and basic cable provided. Internet not provided, but is available. Posted By: Erlene Hendrix 22958 - Nellysford/ Wintergreen 757-377-1209 $875 monthly, off-season rate Post it online

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Prime Lovingston location! Nelson County! Seeking business proposals for prime Village of Lovingston commercial buildings. Will renovate to suit based on business plan viability, credit and use. DESIRED USES: Small market (great corner location), coffee and sandwich shop, barber shop, hair and nail salon, possible day care. Prefer uses that will generate foot traffic to increase the vitality of the Village! Will consider others. Posted by: John Bradshaw, Jr. 22938 - Faber (703) 7426161 $n/a 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)2636278 $750/month

FURNITURE Four drawer file cabinet good condition. Posted By: roger nelson 24599 - Wingina 434-236-6915 $35 obo computer desk/work station medium oak finish, 48W 67H 24D, adjustable shelves, very good

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condition. Posted By: roger nelson 24599 - Wingina 434-236-6915 $125 obo Pine (light) coffee table Yellow solid wood pine coffee table 38” square x 16 1/2” high. Posted By: B Graves 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 540-422-9400 $30 Ridgeway Grandfather Clock Ridgeway Grandfather Clock for sale. Approximately 20-25 years old. Cabinet in excellent condition. Has not been set in recent years. Posted By: MJ Robinson 22971 - Shipman/Rockfish 540-471-9224 $250 Futon sofa and arm chair Futon sofa folds to queen bed. Red fabric arm chair. Both in good shape.Posted By: Barbara Fincham 22971 - Shipman/ Rockfish 434-962-4286 $free Sleeper Sofa extra large 88” long. Colors are black, brown, gold, white plaid. Good condition. Posted By: Jean Brent 22922 - Arrington/Tye River 434-263-4395 $150

BABY STUFF Pack and Play GRACO PACK AND PLAY NEURAL COLOR. GREAT CONDITION. Posted By: Anna 22932 - Crozet 434-2277987 $50


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kids desk and chair kids colorful desk and chair great condition. Posted By: Anna 22932 - Crozet 434-227-7987 $55

CARS & TRUCKS 1926 Ford Model T 4-Door Touring Car ( Grandkids Parade Car) Serial #12229528 Manufactured 08/05/1925.By using reprinted Model T Service Manual, the owner finds Ford made it relatively easy to maintain. Using that manual, the following items have been repaired or replaced–Modern distributor, 4 tires with tubes & flaps, Antique tire changing tool, Rear wheel puller tool, Starter switch, Ignition switch, Fan Belt. Original radiator rebuilt, soldered with modern core fins, fuel tank internally coated plastic. Car is not Pristine complete restoration .Posted By: Robert Deames 22932 - Crozet 434205-4234 $7500 2002 Ford F-250 Lariat Diesel 7.3 Pickup Truck 2002 Ford F-250 Lariat Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4 with a 7.3L Powerstroke Turbo Diesel Engine and an automatic transmission. With only 103,911 original miles. Posted By: Ruth Wilson AUGUSTA COUNTY 312-509-8750 $60619

HOME & GARDEN Vari-Kennel, extra large extra large, airline approved for dog 70-90 lbs.; chrome has rust, but could easily be painted or replaced, otherwise in excellent condition; used once to ship a dog. Posted By: Susan Gardner 24581 Norwood 434-996-7028 $75 Large windows for sale 100+ wood window sashes, approximately 48” x 52”, 6 panes of glass each, peeling paint outside, stained or painted inside. Reserve your choice of color and condition, available for pickup from mid September thru November. Posted By: Sara Taylor 22920 - Afton 434-361-0100 $20/ea Hearthstone Wood Burning Cook Stove Hearthstone Wood Burning Cook Stove. Deva100. PurchaseD new in 2008 or 09 from Acme Stove Company In Harrisonburg but never used Been in dry storage. New today is $4299.00 Must pick up Posted By: Martha Snyder 24476 - Steeles Tavern/Spottswood 540-377-9662 $3600

SERVICES Precise Painting Plus! Interior,exterior painting. Flagstone and stackstone fireplaces. Professional work with Competitive prices. State certified licensed contractor. Posted By: PRECISE PAINTING 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-996-3039 $TBD


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Welcome Home David and Dayna now call Stoney Creek home. You can too! Marlo connects buyers and sellers. Currently under contract in Stoney Creek:

411 Cedar Glen Close

51 Woodhouse Ln

922 Black Walnut Dr

Marlo is a top producing agent in: Stoney Creek - Wintergreen - Nelson County







245 Cedar Glen Close; #519828; $99,000

When you can afford not to settle‌ Prime location fronts water, golf course, & mountains! Has electric & public water/sewer; .86ac

20 Sawmill Creek Dr; #544123; $475,000

Water & mountain views! 2 story family room with stone fireplace, 1st floor master, basement, garage; 3,995 sq ft; 5Br/3.5Ba; 1.75ac






80 Front St; #549987; $299,000




Commercial building and adjoining vacant lot in heart of Lovingston business district; 2,520 fin sq ft with three store front entrances

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13155 Crabtree Falls Hwy; #544026; $399,000

Privacy & 1,000+ ft of Tye River frontage; Borders US Forest; log cabin with pool, fireplace, hardwood floors, granite; 3Br/3Ba; 18ac

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

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Marlo Allen DECEMBER 2016

Blue Ridge Life, Issue #141  

Blue Ridge Life, Issue #141 (December 2016)