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August
29

Family Fun in Richmond: Plan a Weekend the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Richmond Family Fun

With the incredible assortment of activities around Richmond homes for sale, every weekend is a vacation. Our real estate agents and their families love spending quality time together at these exciting Richmond locations.

  • Swaders Sports Park - 4725 Whitehill Blvd., Prince George, VA 23875 
    Swaders Sports Park, located just minutes from Prince George homes for sale, offers so many activities that you won't even know where to start. Do you hit the go-kart course? Maybe you have a lively game of laser tag or a mini-golf match. Challenge your baseball skills in the batting cages. When you're ready for a break, head to the arcade or the Hologate virtual reality arena. Hours through Labor Day are 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon. Visit the website for pricing information.

  • Byrd Park - 1209 Admiral St., Richmond, VA 23220 
    Richmond is full of beautiful green spaces, and Byrd Park is the most popular spot for people to enjoy the great outdoors. The centerpiece of this sprawling 287-acre park is Fountain Lake, with activities including fishing and pedal boat rides. Get physical on the Vitacourse, a year-round exercise trail, or take part in a leisurely Frisbee toss. Leashed pets are welcome, so don't forget to pack some doggy treats in the picnic basket. Byrd Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

  • Escape Old Towne - 104 N. Sycamore St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Have you been bitten by the escape room bug yet? You'll be hooked after a visit to Escape Old Towne, right down the street from Petersburg homes for sale. Like a video game come to life, escape rooms challenge your problem-solving skills, logical thinking, and time management. Teamwork is essential as you work together to solve the puzzles before time runs out. Four themed rooms present different levels of difficulty to accommodate all players. Admission is $25 per person, with a fee of $22 for college students. Escape Old Towne is open 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Science Museum of Virginia - 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220 
    Rain or shine, a day at the Science Museum of Virginia is always entertaining. The 223,000-square-foot building is full of enthralling interactive exhibits that make STEM learning fun. Continue the "lessons" outdoors on the 22-acre grounds, which include displays ranging from a pollinator garden to an 80-ton aluminum submarine. Don't miss The Dome, a 76-foot theater screen that's the largest in Richmond, putting you right in the center of the action. Admission is $16 for adults, $13.50 for ages 6-12, and $10 for ages 3-5. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., seven days a week. 

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228  
    Find out why national sources such as USA Today and the Travel Channel have recognized Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as one of the top gardens in the country. Each year, nearly half a million people visit Lewis Ginter to marvel at more than a dozen themed gardens across 82 acres. Kids love to dig in the dirt or climb the Klaus Family Tree House in the Children's Garden. Admission is $17 for adults and $8 for ages 3-12. Lewis Ginter is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesday and Thursday through September.

Looking for a new home in Richmond for your growing family? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to get started.

August
22

Hiking Trails to Explore in Central Virginia

Richmond Hikes

Who needs an expensive fitness club? Our real estate agents stay fit while enjoying the beautiful sights at these great hiking trails, not far from Richmond homes for sale

  • Riverfront Canal Walk - 14th and Dock Sts., Richmond, VA 23219 
    Whether you're looking for a lunch hour break or a family-friendly outing, Riverfront Canal Walk fits the bill. The dog-friendly 1.25-mile path features a fascinating variety of artworks and exhibits that highlight Richmond's vibrant history. With multiple access points along the way, it's easy to make a side trip to one of Richmond's wonderful downtown restaurants.

  • Pony Pasture - 7200 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23225  
    Pony Pasture got its name from the charming animals owned by local families who once frolicked on the grounds. Now hikers and their dogs are equally entertained exploring the wooded trails and inland meadows. Hop across the rocks to Williams Island, a 100-acre place that's city-owned and open to the public. After your hike, cool off with a dip in the refreshing rapids or just soak up the sun. Pony Pasture is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

  • Buttermilk Trail - 4140 Hillcrest Rd., Richmond, VA 23225  
    Described as "fairytale-like," Buttermilk Trail is one of the more visually stunning paths around Richmond. Once named "Best Urban Trail" by Blue Ridge Outdoors, Buttermilk provides a welcome challenge with rocky sections, wooden bridges, and a moderate elevation gain. A profusion of wildflowers makes the trail particularly attractive during summer and fall. At the top, you can catch sight of the Virginia World War Memorial Carillon in William Byrd Park. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail. Hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

  • Forest Hill Park - 4021 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225  
    Like many other spaces in Richmond, Forest Hill Park has a long and colorful history. At various times throughout the years, the grounds have held a quarry, a residential estate, and an amusement park. Now it includes a dog-friendly 2.7-mile loop trail with waterfalls, forests, lakes, and boardwalks. Plan a weekend hike and combine it with a visit to the South of the James Market. Each Sunday, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., area farmers and artisans gather at Forest Hill Park to sell locally-grown produce and handmade items. The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

  • Beaver Lake Trail - Pocahontas State Park, 1301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832
    At 2.6 miles along a heavily wooded path, Beaver Lake Trail is a perfect outing for all members of the family, including Fido. The lily pad-covered lake and scenic spillway add to the aura of serenity. Add some length to the hike by connecting to the Ground Pine Trail. Parking fees are $7 on weekdays and $10 on weekends. Hours at Pocahontas State Park, just minutes from Chesterfield homes for sale, are 7:30 a.m. - dusk daily.

  • Fort Stedman Trail - Petersburg National Battlefield
    Petersburg National Battlefield isn't far from Petersburg homes for sale and has many trails to choose from, including Fort Stedman Trail. This trail is an easier hike, so it's a good option for kids or dogs to tag along. This 1-mile loop takes you by the remains of Fort Stedman and has several info panels posted along the trail. 

The best part of hiking? Going back to relax in your Richmond home. Whether you're buying or selling, contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for all your real estate needs.

August
15

Get Ready for Fall With These Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping Ideas

Now that summer is drawing to a close, you can no longer rely on lush greenery to make your property look its best. The final days of summer are approaching, and it's time to start thinking about fall landscaping ideas. Our real estate agents know how important curb appeal is in any season. Here are some of their favorite tips to help get your home ready for the fall months.

  • Use Dead Leaves for Mulch
    Fall weather means lots of dead leaves to rake up – or does it? While it's become common to rake away the last year's foliage before the winter sets in, this practice actually robs your gardens of valuable nutrients they need to grow.

    Instead of disposing of the dead leaves, gather them up and place them around your still-growing plants. If you want to keep your garden beds looking neat, you can use a leaf blower with an attached mulcher to grind up the leaves before scattering them. The result will look just like store-bought mulch but will provide much more nutrition for your plants.

  • Choose Plants That Flourish in Fall
    Fall landscapes may not be as rare with growth as spring and summer ones, but some plants thrive in this season. There are many impressive vegetable plants (such as kale and cabbage) and ornamental grasses that do well in cooler weather. Some fruiting plants (including roses, elderberries, and winterberries) continue to produce fruits well into the colder months. 

  • Add Pumpkins and Other Squashes
    Cliché or not, there's nothing like pumpkins to bring out the beauty of fall. Their fellow gourds may not be as well known, but squashes, in general, are still unmistakably connected to the autumn months.

    Squashes grow well in colder weather, which is part of why they are so deeply connected with the season. You can grow your own for an impressive display, but be sure to start early to give your gourds time to grow. If you don't have the time or money for this, you can try using plastic pumpkins and squashes instead. If they're viewed from afar, no one will know the difference.

  • Incorporate Gates and Archways
    Doors and arches are a classic symbol for transitions, making them an apt landscaping decoration during changing seasons. They can also serve a practical purpose by blocking access to parts of your property where you may not want animals or other uninvited guests.

    If you have a gate or archway in your garden already, dress it up with some vines, trees, or shrubs to draw attention to it. If you don't have one, add one. Stone arches are particularly good for creating a fetching fall look. 

  • Add Rock and Water Features
    Want to keep your garden looking great all year long? Try adding some rock and water elements to the mix. Rock formations and water features add some flair to a garden and look great in all seasons, not just the sunny summer months. 

    Fountains and sculptures are some of the most dramatic landscaping elements available and are sure to draw the eye as part of your fall display. If you prefer to keep things more low-key, a tranquil pond, a low stone wall, or some decorative path stones might be just what your need to bring new life to your outdoor spaces.

Wish you had a little more outdoor space to try out these ideas? Many of our Richmond homes for sale have sprawling yards and gardens. Contact us today to book a viewing of any of our stunning properties and see for yourself.

August
8

National Relaxation Day: 5 Ways to Relieve Stress in Richmond

Richmond Places

August 15 is National Relaxation Day, and our real estate agents have some pointers.

Our agents work hard, but we also know the value of taking some time to rest and unwind. When you're exploring beautiful Richmond homes for sale, it's easy to get caught up in the moment and "go, go, go" all day long. Take some time to stop and smell the roses – you'll feel better and make better decisions.

August 15 is dedicated to exactly that idea. No matter what your idea of relaxation is, the RVA area offers it. Commune with nature or enjoy the unique culture that makes this one of the most beloved places to settle in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Here are just a few opportunities to relax:

  • True North Yoga & Wellness – 4025 MacArthur Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227
    True North Yoga & Wellness offers a wide variety of yoga classes and holistic practices that will nourish your body and spirit. Classes are available for every level, including those who have never tried yoga. A visitor can enjoy acupuncture, Tai Chi, and many more with a wide variety of on-site experts. It is right in the center of the highly desirable Belleview neighborhood.

  • Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa – 10 North Nansemond Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa provides you with a huge range of opportunities to have a truly relaxing experience that meets your needs. There are nearly a dozen specialized massage options, from Swedish massage to hot stone and decompression therapy. Fifteen different facials also await, all with different spa enhancement add-ons.

  • Waterfront RVA – 415 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    Getting out in nature can be the key to a relaxing experience, and Waterfront RVA is your entry point to the area's famous waterways. From noon to 6 p.m. starting in May, you can rent boards or kayaks for a small fee of $25 per person per hour. With "Flow Flow," you can enjoy sunsets over the river while you take part in gentle yoga led by trained instructors.

  • Yoga One Studio – 306 North Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Looking for a calming experience near Petersburg homes for sale? You're in luck with Yoga One Studio. Since 2007, Yoga One has helped people from all over Virginia get in touch with their bodies and quiet their minds right in the heart of Old Towne Petersburg. There are seven different styles of yoga to pick from, most of which are accessible to all levels, with "Gentle" Hatha yoga ideal for absolute beginners.

  • The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen – 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen gives you the chance to contemplate wonderful artworks or make some of your own in a dedicated studio. One of the top cultural institutions near Glen Allen homes for sale, it welcomes all to explore five distinct galleries or contribute to the Community Gallery showcasing local talent. Low-cost art classes include 40 adult classes in 15 disciplines as well as teen and kid classes.

Contact us today to discover even more of what the RVA has to offer.

August
1

Food Truck Favorites in Richmond

Food Trucks in Richmond

The Richmond area has so much to offer, including gorgeous outdoor parks, entertaining festivals, and a lively downtown. And at all these spots, you'll probably spot a food truck! Whether you're in the mood for tacos, pizza, or something totally creative, chances are you can find it at a Richmond food truck. Check out these local options.

  • Babbs' Food on the Move
    Babbs' Food on the Move serves American classics all over town. Customers love their cheesesteaks subs, smoked sausage, and grilled hot dogs. This is the perfect place to grab lunch when you're on the go or stop for dinner on your way to an event.

    Babbs' Food on the Move updates their location often on Facebook, so you can find them easily. You'll also spot them at a lot of local concert series and at Midnight Brewery some Saturday nights.

  • Intergalactic Tacos
    Intergalactic Tacos serves tacos that are totally out of this world. Start your meal with an order of chips and salsa — the salsa is made in-house. Follow it up with the Local Pork Tacos or Local Steal Tacos, both of which are loaded with fresh sauces and veggies. Add a Mexican soda, and you have a great meal.

    Intergalactic Tacos posts their location on social media sites regularly. You'll often find them at Veil Brewing - Scott's Addition, and you may spot them while looking at Petersburg homes for sale.

  • Momma's BBQ
    Momma's BBQ likes to call itself "Richmond's Favorite BBQ truck," and our real estate agents really can't argue with that. They make real, pit-smoked, slow-cooked barbecue and comforting sides. Enjoy a pulled pork sandwich, cornbread muffins, mac-n-cheese, and country coleslaw.

    Momma's BBQ offers order-ahead services on their website. You can see where they'll be in the coming months on StreetFoodFinder.com.

  • Fireside Pizza
    Fireside Pizza
    keeps things simple, and it works for them. Their Neapolitan pizzas are so good they really don't need to serve anything else. They do have several different pizza options. The Heavyweight is a delicious pie topped with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, bacon, sausage, and pepperoni. The Maggie comes topped with roasted garlic and basil — vampires, beware!

    Fireside Pizza does offer online ordering via their website. They attend a lot of festivals but also park in various neighborhoods on weekends. You'll see them in The Grove, Bel Crest, and Winterfield Park.

  • JiJi Frozen Custard
    If you're in the mood for frozen custard, JiJi Frozen Custard is the place to go. This dessert food truck hand-dips their custard, and they have lots of tasty flavors. Order it in a dish or a giant waffle cone, and enjoy.

    JiJi can often be found downtown. They visit Walton Park, The Highlands, and Bexley. Look for them while you're out looking at Chesterfield County homes for sale.

  • Chili P's
    Chili P's does chili dogs right, topping each dog with a generous portion of their house-made chili. They also serve fries, which are seasoned with their own proprietary spice blend.

    Chili P's is a Veteran-owned company. They stop at a lot of locations around Richmond and post their location on Facebook often. You'll often find them at The Answer Brewpub and at local swim meets.

Food trucks are always one of the best things about events and festivals in Richmond. We hope you stop by a few food trucks and enjoy some of the area's best casual fare. Contact us if you're new to the area and looking for a place to call home.

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