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March
9

Mountain Biking Trails to Explore This Spring

Richmond Mountain Biking

The Richmond area offers some of Virginia's best mountain biking trails, and spring is a mighty fine time to go for a ride. From technical skills parks to tranquil woodland paths, our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite mountain biking trails in RVA.

  1. James River Park System - 1 Belle Isle, Richmond, VA 23225
    The network of trails collectively known as the James River Park System offers an incredible resource for mountain bikers in the Richmond area. In total, the system spans a loop of nearly 18 miles, including sections of several Richmond city parks and trails on either side of the James River. The trails are easily accessible from several trailheads and parking areas near Richmond homes for sale. One of the most popular spots is Belle Isle, an island on the James River with a skills park and several miles of trails connected to the mainland via a pedestrian bridge.

  2. Pocahontas State Park - 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Pocahontas State Park encompasses more than 8,000 acres of wooded hills. The park is one of Virginia's greatest destinations for mountain biking, with three distinct trail systems for riders of all skill levels, offering features ranging from tight turns and steep grades to creek crossings and rock gardens. The longest loop, known as the Lakeview Trails, provides up to 12 miles of continuous riding. Pocahontas State Park is located less than 20 miles from Richmond and just minutes from many Chesterfield homes for sale

  3. Powhite Park - 7200 Jahnke Rd, Richmond, VA 23225
    A splendid urban oasis not far from the heart of Richmond, Powhite Park offers more than 100 acres of shady hardwood forests, rolling hills, and rich bottomlands. It's all ripe for exploration, and with an extensive trail system, this park is popular among hikers, trail runners, and cyclists alike. For mountain bikers, the 2-mile singletrack route known simply as the Powhite Park Loop is the most popular, offering an exciting ride with an abundance of steep climbs and fast descents. Keep an eye out for wildlife like deer and beaver along the way. 

  4. Washington Lacy Park - 13400 Woodside Ln, Ashland, VA 23005
    Located about 20 minutes north of Richmond in the small city of Ashland, Washington Lacy Park is a picturesque destination to immerse yourself in the outdoors. Offering picnic areas and a meandering network of trails, the park is shady, secluded, and peaceful. While advanced mountain bikers won't find the kinds of challenges offered by some other parks in the area, the trails here are smooth and gently-rolling, offering opportunities for a relaxing hike or bike ride. Washington Lacy Park is also open to horseback riding. 

  5. Deep Run Park - 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23233
    A popular Richmond destination for outdoor recreation of all kinds, Deep Run Park offers picnic pavilions, fishing access, ball fields, playgrounds, and nature trails. The 164-acre park also has a great system of mountain bike trails. Cyclists will enjoy the winding 2.4-mile singletrack route that loops through the park—there's are also 3.4 miles of paved trails. The trails are largely created and maintained by local volunteers and are frequently being improved and added to. 

  6. Encampment Loop Trail - 5001 Siege Rd, Prince George, VA 23875
    Located near Prince George homes for sale, Encampment Loop Trail offers a moderate ride on a 3.4-mile loop through the forest. This historic site offers plenty of other outdoor activities, including hiking, birdwatching, and even horseback riding. Or bring your dog along to help you explore this trail! 

Richmond is not only a hub for arts and culture, but it's also a stone's throw from some of Virginia's most spectacular outdoor adventures. Contact us to learn more about life in Richmond, and talk to our team about finding your dream home today. 

March
1

National Day of Unplugging: How to Unplug in Richmond

Richmond Nature Retreats

Now that 2020 is in the rearview mirror, do you find you've become even more tethered to your cell phone, laptop, TV, and other electronic devices? Spend time away from your screen on Friday, March 5, during the National Day of Unplugging. Plan your nature retreat at these places near Richmond!  

  1. RVA Paddlesports - 1320 School St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Getting tired of the day-to-day routine? Make some waves with RVA Paddlesports. Take in a stunning blend of natural and urban scenery with whitewater rafting on the James River. If you prefer something a little more relaxing, opt for the serenity of kayaking. Landlubbers don't get left out thanks to RVA Paddlesports' rock climbing classes at Manchester Climbing Wall. Visit the website for information about schedules and rates.

  2. Virginia Capital Trail - 200 S. 3rd St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Hiking may be the perfect outdoor activity. It requires no special equipment or expenses. There's no better place to hit the trails than Virginia Capital Trail, a 51.7-mile, dog-friendly, multi-use path that stretches from Richmond to Williamsburg. Pack a lunch and take a break at one of the picnic areas along the way. Be sure to check out the Virginia State Capitol, Tyler Pottersfield Bridge, and other nearby attractions. 

  3. Eco Trek Adventures - 1604 Fine St., Prince George, VA 23875
    According to the owners of Eco Trek Adventures, they founded their company as a proactive solution to their self-professed "boat addiction." Eco Trek is a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteer kayak and canoe instructors and tour guides. Boat rentals, tours, and lessons are offered at hourly, half-day, and full-day rates. Enjoy the thrill of spotting blue herons or leaping sturgeon just minutes from Prince George homes for sale. Call ahead for information about availability.

  4. Fort Clifton Park - 100 Brockwell Lane, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    Enjoy the great outdoors with the whole family at Fort Clifton Park, one of the appealing features around Colonial Heights homes for sale. Ballfields, basketball courts, a playground, and a fishing pier provide fun for the whole family. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., with expanded hours until 9 p.m. between April 1 and October 31.

  5. Canopy Adventure Park - 600 Founders Bridge Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23113
    Get a bird's-eye view of the beautiful area surrounding Midlothian homes for sale from the thrilling rope courses at Canopy Adventure Park. Four different courses incorporate 10 ziplines along with aerial bridges, cargo nets, and other challenging obstacles. Degrees of difficulty range from easy to expert, so you can spend as much or as little time as you choose on each course. Admission for a two-and-a-half-hour session is $45 for adults and $40 for kids between the ages of 10-14. Advance purchase on the website is required. Canopy is open on weekends from 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

After a day of unplugging, what's better than heading back to the comfort of your own Richmond home? Whatever your real estate needs, contact us at Napier ERA for dedicated and professional assistance.  

July
13

5 Richmond Parks to Explore this Summer

Richmond Parks

Living in the Richmond area means you are never far from exciting outdoor adventures. Home to many parks and nature trails, outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring all Richmond has to offer.

Our REALTORS® encourage you to embrace these wonderful natural areas around the RVA this summer. 

  1. Pocahontas State Park — 10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Nature lovers will enjoy Pocahontas State Park just a few miles from our best Chesterfield homes for sale. Hikers will have plenty to do with over 90-miles of trails to explore. And if getting out on the water is more your thing, Swift Creek Lake offers 225-acres and plenty of seasonal water-based activities. The whole family will enjoy spending the day at this state park. 

  2. Powhatan State Park — 4616 Powhatan State Park Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139
    Another picturesque state park, Powhatan State Park is a lovely green space located on the James River. With a full-service campground and miles of multi-use trails, you could spend an entire week exploring the park! If you're only visiting for a day, we suggest you bring your boat or another water vessel so you can relax on the serene waters of the James and appreciate everything this area has to offer, including plenty of nearby Powhatan homes for sale.

  3. James River Park — 4001 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23225
    Discover wilderness surrounded by Richmond homes for sale at James River Park. The James River Park System encompasses the majority of the fall line of the James River, including wetlands, the meadows, rapids, forests, the Virginia Capital Trail, and the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge. Receiving over one million visitors each year, James River Park is a fantastic place to explore this summer. 

  4. Byrd Park — 600 South Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Relax and take in the views at Byrd Park near the West End. Nearly 300-acres of space creates one of the city's most popular parks. With the warm weather moving in, now is a perfect time to enjoy an afternoon by one of Byrd Park's lakes. Fountain Lake, Shields Lake, and Swan Lake are ideal for pedal boat rides, fishing, and sunbathing. The park also has an exercise trail, softball fields, picnic areas, a playground, and a tennis complex. No matter how you choose to spend your time outside, a trip to Byrd Park has everything your family needs for a day of outdoor fun!

  5. Powhite Park — 7200 Jahnke Rd., Richmond, VA 23225
    For those who would rather explore nature on two wheels will love the Loop Trail at Powhite Park. Powhite Park covers 100-acres, devoting nearly two-miles of land for walking, running, and biking. The Loop Trail is a trail of moderate difficulty that's moderately trafficked, allowing explorers to view wildlife. Great for mountain biking, the Loop Trail at Powhite Park is also a perfect place to hike with your dog on a lovely summer day!  

Would you like to live in a home surrounded by these beautiful green spaces? Contact us today to start your search!

August
19

Pickleball Popularity - 5 Places to Play Pickleball Around Richmond

Richmond Places to Play Pickleball - Napier

Pickleball has been exploding in popularity across the U.S., and the Richmond area is no exception. Our REALTORS® highlight five places to play pickleball in our area.

Why Pickleball?

Pickleball is like a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. The game combines elements of each, making it fun, fast-paced and easy to pick up for beginners. Some people describe it as giant ping pong, except you're standing on the table. However you look at it, it's a lot of fun!

One element making made pickleball popular is, even though it packs a lot of action into a quick game, it's not too physically demanding. It's an excellent game for all ages. This year's West End Pickleball Classic, held by the Pickleball Club of Chesterfield County, included more than 200 participants, with an age range from 10 to 83. 

Play Pickleball in Richmond

Pickleball has become increasingly popular in the Richmond area in the last few years, and public demand for more pickleball facilities have paid off. Our local Parks & Recreation Department committed to building 18 new pickleball courts last year, and Richmond now has more places to play than ever before. These are some of our favorites:

  1. Harry G. Daniel Park, 6600 Whitepine Rd, Richmond, VA 23237
    The six outdoor pickleball courts at Harry G. Daniel Park opened in 2018 to meet the growing demand for pickleball facilities. The courts are open to the public year-round, free of charge. 

  2. Rockwood Park, 3401 Courthouse Rd, Richmond, VA 23236
    When it opened up in 2014, the Scott Pickleball Center at Rockwood Park was one of the only places to play pickleball in Richmond. Today, it's not so hard to find great places to play pickleball near Richmond homes for sale, but Rockwood Park is a favorite place for locals.

  3. Pouncey Tract Park, 4747 Pouncey Tract Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Some of our best Glen Allen homes for sale are just around the corner from Pouncey Tract Park. The site where four pickleball courts were recently built and where eight more are scheduled to be completed by fall 2019. The courts are free and open to the public daily from dawn to dusk, and the park also offers lovely picnic areas, multipurpose fields, and hiking trails. 

  4. Chesterfield Career and Technical Center, 13900 Hull Street Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112
    The 12 pickleball Courts at the Hull Street Campus of Chesterfield Career and Technical Center – known as CCC Hull, for short – offer plenty of opportunities to play pickleball. Local pickleball leagues utilize these courts throughout much of the year, and there are beginner practice courts as well. CCC Hull is also just minutes from these Midlothian homes for sale

  5. Central High School Cultural and Educational Complex, 2748 Dogtown Rd, Goochland, VA 23063
    You'll find numerous Goochland homes for sale near the Goochland Central High School Cultural and Educational Complex. The complex has both outdoor and indoor facilities, including a 14,000-square-foot gymnasium with pickleball courts. The courts are open for play on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Balls and paddles are provided, and new players of all ages are always welcome. 

Contact us today to learn more about opportunities to have fun and stay active in Richmond, and be sure to talk to our team about finding your dream home in Chesterfield County.

May
29

Richmond VA Summer Events

Summer Events Near Me Richmond VA

There are always lots of things to do in the river city, especially during the summer festival season. We've picked our top events for each summer month for you to check out throughout the metro Richmond area – enjoy the many events and get out and about this summer!

May Highlight: Greek Food Festival

Greek Food Festival – the best way to start summer with a bit of "Opa!" enthusiasm. Recently voted as Richmond's Best Food Festival in Style Weekly, the Greek Food Festival celebrates classic Greek cuisine and culture with all sorts of folks right in the Carytown neighborhood. 

Where: Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Ave.

When: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1; and noon-7 p.m. Sunday, June 2

Cost: free entry; pay as you go

More info: www.greekfestival.com

 

June Highlights: Broad Apetit, Village Vibe, Powhatan Music Festival

Broad Apetit – also known as the foodie's must-attend event, this food festival returns for its 12th year with some of Richmond's favorite restaurants, food trucks and vendors dishing up $3 sample plates.

Where: West Broad Street between Henry and Adams

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 2

Cost: free entry; pay as you go

More info: www.broadappetit.com

 

Village Vibe with The Flashback Band – this annual concert event is sure to delight Powhatan people and beyond. With concerts going on all summer long in the Village Meadow, the community of Powhatan is rocking out monthly, especially in June with the Flashback Band. Go join our friends for music, brews, food, and raffles that benefit the community and local organizations.

Where:  Village Meadow, 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA

When: 7-10 PM, Friday, June 7

Cost: Free, donations and raffle purchases appreciated

More info: https://www.powhatanchamber.org/events/village-vibe/

 

Powhatan Music Festival – one day of awesome musical talent centered around a family friendly festival environment. All types of music will be played – rock, blues, R&B, funk, jazz, and more. Napier ERA is a proud sponsor of this event because we're honored to be part of an effort that recognizes extraordinary local music.

Where:  Village Meadow, 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA

When: 11 AM - 7 PM, Saturday, June 22

Cost: Free for children under 10, $20 tickets at the gate for adults, or for sale for $15 on Eventbrite

More info: https://powhatanmusicfestival.com/

 

July Highlights: Henrico County's July 4th Celebration, Music For Massey, International Disc Sport Championships

 

Henrico County's July 4th Celebration – Red, White, and Lights in Dorey Park! Parks in Henrico County are great, and Dorey Park is an excellent example. The largest park in all of Henrico is Dorey Park, making it perfect for Independence Day celebrations. Join Richmond Symphony's Big Tent for an evening of community fun on July 4.

Where:  Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road Henrico, VA 23231

When: 4 PM - 11 PM, Thursday, July 4

Cost: Free

More info: https://henrico.us/calendar/red-white-and-lights-2019/

 

International Disc Sport Championships – if you love alternative sports, trying new things, or throwing around a frisbee, this is for you! You may have seen a casual game of frisbee before, but nothing like this. Check out international champs of disc sports throwing and showing their stuff at local parks all around Richmond on the week of July 8 - 13.

Where: Bryan Park, Dorey Park, Forest Hill Park, and more. See the full schedule for details.

When: July 8 - 13, Times vary each day.

Cost: You must register to get in on the championships, but watching and throwing for fun is free!

More info: https://www.rvadisc2019.com/

 

Music For Masseya fundraiser for VCU Massey Cancer Center, taking place at Maymont!  For the past 13 years, Napier Realtors ERA has raised over $222,000 for pediatric cancer research thanks to community involvement with this fun, Americana-focused concert series. Join us this year for performances from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers and Amos Lee. There are still sponsorship spots available for other local businesses interested in supporting pediatric cancer research.

Where: Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, Virginia 23220

When: Gates open at 6 PM on Saturday, July 20

Cost: Tickets start at $41, and children under 10 can attend for free

More info: On Napier ERA's website



August Highlights: Richmond Jazz Fest, Innsbrook Afterhours

Innsbrook Afterhours – if you're looking at homes in Henrico, you need to know about Innsbrook Afterhours! This outdoor concert series is a classic Richmond event, bringing internationally acclaimed artists to our suburbs for 34 years. In August, catch artists like Chris Young, Boyz II Men, and Brett Young in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Where: Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Drive, Henrico

When: All summer long!

Cost: $16 early bird and up

Info: www.innsbrookafterhours.com

 

Richmond Jazz Fest – For the 10th year in a row, there are four days of jazz and its direct descendants—blues, R&B, funk, soul, hip-hop, and fusion—at one of the most beautiful venues in Richmond, Maymont Park.

Where: Maymont Park

When: August 8th - 11th

Cost: Tickets are currently cheaper with early bird pricing

Info: https://richmondjazzfestival.com/

 

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