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December
13

7 Things to do in Richmond This Winter

Richmond Winter

Winter is a wonderful time in Richmond, with a great mix of holiday and traditional attractions to explore with the whole family. It's the perfect time to check out some of the city's most popular cultural attractions, enjoy events that will get you in the holiday spirit, or see some of your favorite outdoor attractions transformed for the winter. Our real estate agents have 7 fun Richmond activities to keep you busy this winter.

  • Holiday Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228
    An annual holiday classic close to Richmond homes for sale, the GardenFest of Lights sees the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden transformed for the holiday season. This lovely event is open every night from November 22 through January 9, featuring holiday lights, great food, delightful decorations, and so much more. Tickets are only available online, so be sure to purchase them before your visit.

  • Festive Beers at Trapezium Brewing Co.​​​​​​​ – 423 3rd St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Richmond's brewing scene is well known among craft beer fans! Head south of Richmond to the Petersburg area and check out what seasonal beers Trapezium Brewing Co. has on tap. Make a day of it and check out Petersburg homes for sale while you're in the area.
     
  • Family Fun at the CMoR – 2626 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Looking for a way to keep the little ones entertained? Kids of all ages will have a great time at the Children's Museum of Richmond, where educational family fun is always on the schedule. The museum is open every week from Wednesday through Sunday, with online tickets that make it easy to plan your visit.

  • Shopping at Short Pump Town Center – 11800 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23233
    An open-air mall with over 100 stores and more than 20 restaurants, Short Pump Town Center is a great place to have some fun while you check items off of your holiday shopping list. While you're there, enjoy some holiday decorations, pictures with Santa, pet nights with Santa, and other fun events throughout the holiday season.

  • Discover the Story of Virginia at VMHC – 428 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Operated by the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture is an excellent destination for learning more about the stories that have shaped the wonderful state that we call home. Check out great exhibits like The Story of Virginia, Landscapes of Virginia, and Partners of History, along with a busy schedule of special events.

  • See a Show at Altria Theater – 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Settle in for a show that the whole family will love at Altria Theater. Plus you can catch some of the biggest live music acts to visit Richmond all winter long. Or give the gift of theater and buy tickets for those still on your holiday shopping list.

  • Skating at Richmond Ice Zone – 636 Johnston Willis Dr., Richmond, VA 23236
    Why wait for the winter weather when you can enjoy some frozen fun anytime at Richmond Ice Zone? One of two ice skating rinks in the city that is open all winter long, the Ice Zone offers public skating most days of the week, lessons, and all of the equipment that you need to enjoy your time on the ice.

Is shopping for a home at the top of your to-do list this winter? Let our team make your life easier. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA area.

November
29

2021 Central Virginia Holiday Event Guide

Richmond Holiday Events

The holidays are a time to gather and celebrate in an air of cheer and goodwill. And throughout the Richmond area, there are plenty of local events to keep your calendar full of festive fun. Our real estate agents eagerly anticipate these upcoming events around Central Virginia. 

  • Holiday Brunch - Publix Aprons Cooking School at Nuckols Place, 5400 Wyndham Forest Dr., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Want to wow family and friends at this year's gatherings? Pick up some tasty recipes at the Holiday Brunch class conducted by Publix Aprons Cooking School, down the street from Glen Allen homes for sale. Learn how to prepare elegant eggnog crepes, pear and cranberry Bellinis, lobster eggs Benedict, and other brunch items. Finish with cream-cheese frosted gingerbread scones for a sweet treat. Wine will be served for anyone over the age of 21. The class starts at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 20. Tickets to the age-18-and-up event are $55.

  • 2021 Holidays at the Branch - Branch House, 2501 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA 23220
    In its third year, Holidays at the Branch is well on its way to becoming a favorite tradition near Richmond homes for sale. Stunning Branch House, which dates back to 1916, was once the private residence of financier John Kerr Branch and his family. Today, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design. Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 16 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125.

  • Christmas with the Celts - The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Rd., Richmond, VA 23229 
    Enjoy an evening of traditional holiday songs performed in unique style at Christmas with the Celts. This live edition of the popular PBS pledge show adds some Celtic flavor to "Little Drummer Boy," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and other classics, with Irish dancers completing the picture. Christmas with the Celts takes place at the Tin Pan on Thursday, December 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $41.50 at the door, with dinner reservations available.

  • Christmas Cookie Decorating - Steam Bell Beer Works, 1717 E. Oak Lake Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23112
    What are the holidays without the delightful smell of cookies baking throughout Midlothian homes for sale? The whole family will have fun picking up tips at Christmas Cookie Decorating, sponsored by Steam Bell Beer Works. Mom and Dad can sip on a craft farmhouse ale while the kids express their creativity decorating tasty cookies. The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 18, from noon - 2 p.m., and free admission.

  • Christmas on High Street - High St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Experience an old-fashioned holiday while supporting a good cause at Christmas on High Street. A candlelight tour takes you through eight beautiful homes as you get hot chocolate and wreaths along the way. Purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Brickhouse Run, a delightful tavern located in a historic building just minutes from Petersburg homes for sale. Proceeds benefit Young Ladies Boarding House, a local homeless shelter. Festivities run from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 4.

There's still no place like home for the holidays. Whether you're buying or selling a home in Central Virginia, contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for cheerful and knowledgeable assistance. 

December
28

Fireplace Safety Guide to Follow This Winter

Fireplace Tips

One of the best ways to warm up this winter is to curl up by the fireplace with a good book. A fireplace adds a cozy touch to your home in colder weather, but if it's not maintained and used properly, it can pose a fire hazard.

Our real estate agents suggest the following fireplace maintenance and safety tips you need to know this winter:

  1. Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned annually
    Creosote and soot – byproducts of fires that aren't burning efficiently – can build up and coat the inside of your chimney. Once this happens, these substances can catch fire. To prevent this from happening, call a professional to clean and inspect your chimney before using it this season.

  2. Take care of ashes properly
    After using your fireplace, take care of the ashes properly, so a smoldering one doesn't start a fire. Don't vacuum them up because live coals can still remain and could cause a fire in your vacuum cleaner bag. Instead, remove them from the firebox by using the ash dump or scooping them out from the firebox once the ashes are cold. 

  3. Use a non-flammable rug
    Buy a non-flammable rug – which you should be able to find at a fireplace supply store – to put in front of your fireplace. That way, if sparks fly out, they won't damage your carpet.

  4. Protect your kids
    Never leave a fire unattended if you have children in the house. Now's the time for them to learn to stay away from the fireplace as well as the tools you use for it.

  5. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
    Make sure you have enough working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. This will help your family stay safe in case of a fire or if there's a buildup of carbon monoxide – an odorless, clear, and tasteless toxic gas. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested monthly, and their batteries should be replaced annually.

  6. Your fireplace should have a door
    Make sure your door has a tight-fitting door rather than a screen. A door will keep sparks inside the fireplace, while a screen may let some escape.

  7. Check the flue or damper
    Before starting a fire, check your damper or flue to make sure it's open by looking up into your chimney with a flashlight or mirror. It should remain open to let smoke out of your house, so keep it that way until all the embers have stopped burning.

  8. Use wood that's dry and well-aged
    Avoid using wet or green wood in your fireplace. These woods cause more smoke and make more soot build up in your chimney.

  9. Keep the area around your fireplace clear
    Keep all flammable items – including draperies, newspapers, and furniture – away from your fireplace. If they get too close, they could catch fire from a sparking ember.

  10. Never leave a fire unattended
    Never fall asleep or leave your home with a fire burning, even if it's just for a brief moment.

  11. Keep a window cracked
    If you can, leave a window slightly cracked when you have a fire going. That way, you'll be keeping the room ventilated and give any smoke or gasses a chance to escape.

Contact us today at Napier ERA if you're interested in Richmond homes for sale. If a fireplace is on your list of must-have items for your new home, we can show you houses where one or more fireplaces creates a beautiful focal point.

December
21

Your Guide to Last Minute Holiday Shopping in Richmond

Richmond Shopping Guide

If you're like our real estate agents, then there are a few people still on your gift-giving list. This year, it's more important than ever to think, shop, and buy local. By purchasing from locally-owned stores, your money goes back into the community and supports your family, friends, and neighbors.

Think. Shop. Buy. Local.

No matter how long you've lived in a place, there are surely a few hidden gems you've yet to stumble upon. Think. Shop. Buy. Local helps you discover the wonderful mom and pop shops around Richmond. If you prefer in-store browsing, you'll be happy to know that these shops all have made adjustments to provide safe, socially distant shopping experiences. However, these shops will also offer curbside pickup for those who order online. For a completely zero-contact experience, you can order from these businesses and have your products shipped directly to your front door. Some of our favorite shops highlighted by Think. Shop. Buy. Local include:

  • AR Hot Southern Honey, selling tasty Virginia honey products.

  • Disco Sports, a staple of the Richmond sports scene for over half of a century who knows how to get you game-ready.

  • Little Nomad, housing a collection of clothes, toys, and other products for young children.

  • Re-Funk-It, a funky art shop with works created by artists from in and out of Virginia.

  • The Boho Basement, perfect for gifts for the upcycler in your life.

  • Thistles, a Richmond tradition for delivering distinctive gifts to those you care about most.

Local Shops Around the RVA

It's no secret that there are plenty of other great locally owned shops around the city. If you've explored everything you could in downtown Richmond, there are a few other towns to check out. If you're still searching for that special gift, may we suggest visiting one of the many shopping areas near Midlothian homes for sale, or venturing further south to downtown Petersburg:

  • Cottage Lane — 1353 Sycamore Square, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Though Cottage Lane is not offering in-store shopping right now, you're welcome to buy online and retrieve your purchase at the curb. Gifts and home décor are available from a number of wonderful shops. 3 Marthas stocks quality products for infants while Catstudio produces geographic towels, glasses, and pillows. Jelly Cat has plush animals for children or the young at heart, and you will never go wrong when gifting a box of Byrd's Famous Cookies.


  • Old Towne Petersburg — 216 N. Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the once burned down Old Towne of Petersburg has found new life as a district boasting unique shops and renovated homes. The antique lover will find great pieces at Sycamore Antiques and Architectural Art or at The Oak Antique Mall. Second Hand Rose, Mad Biddy's, and Camera & Palette also have interesting items for sale that make for one-of-a-kind gifts for the antique collector on your list. Be sure to stop by after browsing Petersburg homes for sale in the area. 

Is a new home in the RVA on your shopping list as well? Let us help you cross it off your list. Contact us today to tour our many Richmond homes for sale.

December
14

Holidays at Home: 7 Ways to Step Up Your Decorating Game

Richmond Holiday Decorating

Ask any of our real estate agents, and they'll tell you that the holidays are a big deal around here! From enjoying delicious baked treats to over-the-top decor, we love everything about it. If you're ready to step up your decorating game, we've got plenty of excellent tips. Here are a few of our favorites! 

  1. Decorate Your Front Porch
    Boost your curb appeal and make sure your guests get a festive feeling right from the start by decorating your porch. A wreath is a simple way to add a touch of class to your front door. Take things a step further by adding some garland and ribbon to your banister. If you have space, place matching evergreen trees on either side of the door or choose other festive decor like vintage sleds, a statue of a woodland creature, or a painted porch leaner. 

  2. Don't Stop with the Entryway
    Many homeowners beautifully decorate their front porch and entryway, but that's as far as they go. If you want to step up your decorating game, make sure you continue your decor theme throughout your home. Adding small, simple touches in each room will make a huge difference! 

  3. Deck the Halls (And the Stairs)
    Some of the best Richmond homes for sale have multiple stories. If you're lucky enough to have a staircase in your home, take advantage of this great decorating opportunity. For a simple, classy look, add some greenery or garland down your banister and accent it with red, green, or gold bows. Are you an expert wrapper? Show off your style by stacking elegantly adorned gifts on the edge of each step. You can also use your stairway to hang stockings or other treasured trinkets.

  4. Bring Nature Indoors 
    One of the most beautiful ways to decorate your home for the holidays is to incorporate natural elements into your interior decor. Think sprigs of pine, poinsettias, pinecones, and natural wreaths. 

  5. Rock Your Christmas Tree 
    In most homes, the tree is the centerpiece of the holiday decor. Whether you buy a fresh new tree every year or opt for a pre-lit artificial tree, knowing a few simple decorating tips can help you create a stunning look time and again. After you've strung up your lights, it's time to add some garland. Feel free to get creative with this. Use beaded strands, wide ribbon, or any other style that appeals to you. 

  6. Don't Forget the Base 
    If you want to take your holiday decor to the next level, don't forget your tree's base! Start with a coordinating tree skirt that matches your decor, or choose a neutral white or off-white skirt that matches everything. Then, add something under the tree to create visual interest. Think a train track, snowmen, or even a vintage wagon or sled. Pull everything together by wrapping gifts or empty boxes, so they coordinate with your decor and place them under the tree. 

  7. Dim the Lights 
    The soft glow and twinkle of your holiday lights will look much more attractive when the other lights in your house are slightly dimmed. If you don't already have dimmer switches on your lamps, it's time to get some. This is an easy and inexpensive way to add instant ambiance to your home. 

Are you dreaming of a new home this holiday season? We can help turn your dreams into a reality! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

December
23

New Year's Eve in Richmond: Where to Celebrate

Richmond New Year

There is plenty to celebrate as the year comes to a close, especially in the Richmond area!  As the year winds down and 2020 is set to begin, the following venues are the perfect place to say farewell and adieu to the past and welcome in the new year.

  1. New Year's Eve Moonlight Masquerade - DoubleTree Hilton, 1021 Kroger Center Blvd, Richmond, VA 23235
    If you are looking for a fancy yet affordable way to ring in 2020, this event is for you! The DoubleTree Hilton knows how to do New Year's right. Their Moonlight Masquerade starts at 9 pm and goes until the wee hours of the morning. Early bird tickets are just $45 per couple. Dressed in semi-formal attire, you will spend the night enjoying fabulous music, delicious appetizers, and lots of fun and frivolity. Book a room before you go, and you can save yourself a trip home and treat yourself to a fabulous night you won't forget. 
  2. New Year's Eve Family Frolic - L. Ginter Botanical Gardens, 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228
    From 2 pm to 5 pm on December 31st, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is hosting their annual New Year's Eve Family Frolic. This year's party will feature live music, a parade, and a chance to check out the local botanical gardens. There's plenty of fun for the whole family, and you might make it an annual tradition to roll down the hill towards the Cochrane Rose Garden with your kids and neighbors in the community.
  3. Noon Year's Eve - Science Museum of Virginia - 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
    From 10 am to 1 pm, the Science Museum of Virginia is hosting its annual Noon Year's Eve party. It's the perfect place to catch a quirky ball drop and celebrate the end of the year with your kids who might not be able to stay awake until midnight. Entry to the party is included with your ticket to the museum. Admission is limited to only 2,500 guests, and no advance tickets are available. The event is growing in popularity, so if you want to be sure to get in, then be sure to get there early.    
  4. Glow All Out New Year's Eve 2020 - TopGolf - 2308 Westwood Ave, Richmond, Virginia 23230
    If you love getting out on the golf course, why not celebrate the New Year playing your favorite game! TopGolf's Richmond location is hosting a New Year's Eve event golfers will love. Packages include live entertainment, chef-inspired menu items, and unlimited TopGolf gameplay from 9 pm -1 am. Perfect your golf swing in 2020 when you start your year at this TopGolf event. 

Our REALTORS® wish you a happy and exciting 2020! If one of your goals for 2020 is to start looking at Richmond homes for sale, our team is here to help! As your year takes shape, we invite you to contact us to learn more about real estate in the area and to start the process of finding the perfect Richmond home for you and your family.  

December
16

13 Gift Ideas for First-Time Homebuyers

Homeowner Gift Ideas

For first-time buyers, furnishing a new home is equal parts fun and intimidating. Give a gift this holiday season that will help warm up a new home.

Get holiday gift inspiration from this baker's dozen list of holiday gifts for first-time homebuyers compiled by our REALTORS®.

  1. Throw Blankets and Pillows
    You can never have too many throw blankets and pillows. Create a new look in five minutes just by changing them out based on season, theme, or mood. Throw blankets and pillows also create a cozy, comfortable ambiance.

  2. Pizza Baking Stone
    A pizza baking stone lets first-time homebuyers maintain the regular pizza night schedule without denting the budget. Great for baking homemade bread as well.

  3. Meal Delivery Service
    When the pressures of work and home get to be too much, cooking is the last thing on your mind. Make it more comfortable with a gift card for Blue Apron, HelloFresh, or another convenient meal delivery service. For those stressful days, go with a gift card for a restaurant delivery service like DoorDash or Uber Eats.

  4. Instant Coffee Maker
    Today's K-cup coffee makers deliver a fresh cup of java instantly with no guesswork. Include a K-cup sampler of different brands and flavors so they can expand their coffee horizons.

  5. Basic Toolbox
    Being responsible for home maintenance can be a rude awakening for many first-time buyers. A toolbox filled with a hammer, pliers, screwdriver kit, tape measure, level, wrench, and other essentials eases the transition.

  6. Doormat
    Help the new homeowners welcome guests in style with an eye-catching doormat. Personalize it with names, sayings, or themes revolving around personal interests. 

  7. Amazon Prime Membership
    It's Amazon's world, and we're just living in it. A Prime membership includes free two-day delivery and automatic shipment options on an unbelievably wide range of products along with streaming video and music for at-home date nights.

  8. Snap-On USB Outlets
    Between phones, tablets, e-readers, and other high-tech devices, old-school electrical outlets aren't enough. Outlet cover plates with built-in USB ports take just minutes to install and provide power access for all your gadgets.

  9. Bartending Kit
    Entertaining is one of the joys of homeownership. Get the party started with a pro-style mixology set including a cocktail shaker, corkscrew, ice tongs, and mixing spoon. Many kits come in attractive cases and stands that look good even when they're not in use. 

  10. Linens
    Towels and sheets are another category of household items that are always needed. Before buying sheets, make sure you know the correct bed size.

  11. Personal Assistant
    With Amazon Echo or Google Assistant, a busy owner can check the weather, make a shopping list or turn on some music even in the middle of other tasks.

  12. Vases
    Vases are one of those items that are rarely thought about until they're needed. They come in an endless variety of colors and styles to fit any decor. Some vases even perform double duty, such as bookend vases.

  13. Subscription Boxes
    Traditional wine- and cheese-of-the-month services have exploded into subscription boxes tailored to any interest. Choose from makeup and skincare, vegan products, pet toys and accessories, wellness care, hot sauces, crafts, and even clothing and underwear. 

Any of these items would make wonderful accents for the beautiful Richmond homes for sale. Whether you're buying or selling, contact us to get started.

June
17

July 4 Celebrations Around Richmond

 

Richmond Area July 4 Celebrations
Just like our clients, our real estate agents are looking forward to the chance to enjoy a classic Fourth of July party in and around the Richmond area. Richmond real estate offers many wonderful opportunities to homeowners, including the chance to enjoy some of the state's best Independence Day bashes.

If you're looking for something to do to celebrate our nation's freedom, check out these events:

  1. Chesterfield Fourth of July Celebration – 10300 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA
    Chesterfield homes for sale will light up this summer thanks to the always fun Fourth of July Celebration in town. Live music will set the scene starting at 5 p.m. while you dine from the tastiest local food trucks. Little ones will love it thanks to the children's inflatable play area. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. The night closes at 10 p.m. with fireworks.
  2. Independence Day and Artillery Demonstration – 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA
    Not far from some of the top Petersburg homes for sale, the Independence Day and Artillery Demonstration is something you can really sink your teeth into! Beginning at 9 a.m., there'll be a detailed color guard demonstration and you'll be able to see real period artillery in action. The Haversacks and Hardtack String Band will be playing authentic Civil War ballads, too.
  3. 4th of July Fireworks Show – Southgate Square, Colonial Heights, VA
    Owners (and future owners) of Colonial Heights homes for sale get to enjoy the 4th of July Fireworks Show just a short distance from home. The show's official viewing areas will be off Interstate 95, Exits 53 and 54, in the Southgate Square area. For best viewing, bring blankets and lawn chairs. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and usually last for around an hour.
  4. Independence Day Celebration – 428 North Arthur Ash Boulevard, Richmond VA
    Sponsored by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, the Independence Day Celebration in Richmond is one of the top family-friendly events of the summer. The fun kicks off at 9 a.m. and includes live music, a scavenger hunt, and a picnic out on the lawn. Since it ends at 5 p.m., you still have the opportunity to relocate to your favorite fireworks viewing spot.
  5. Red, White, and Lights 2019 – 2999 Darbytown Road, Henrico, VA
    Situated in Dorey Park, just a short distance from Henrico homes for sale, the aptly-named Red, White, and Lights is an annual tribute to everything that makes America great. Gates open at 4 p.m. for live entertainment, popular food trucks, and the Family Fun Zone. At 8 p.m., you can enjoy a concert by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra capped off with brilliant fireworks!

Independence Day is one of the most important – and the most fun – holidays around. Get in touch with our real estate experts, however, and you'll have a milestone of your own to cheer for. It's never been easier to find the Richmond home of your dreams than it is with us.

Contact us to find out more. We look forward to meeting you soon.

June
3

Best Spots to Celebrate Father's Day Around Richmond

Richmond VA Fathers Day Events

Richmond real estate isn't just about beautiful homes, but the communities you live in.

Our real estate agents work overtime to let clients know about the amenities, sights, and activities they can enjoy in our area. There's something to do for everyone, and that definitely includes Dad.

Wondering about the best ways to celebrate Father's Day in the RVA?  We've got you covered with these suggestions:

  1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA
    Richmond homes for sale are not far from one of the biggest and best botanical gardens in the whole United States. Lewis Ginter Father's Day weekend will run Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16. Saturday will feature kid-friendly arts and crafts, while Sunday centers around live music and a cookout. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is pet-friendly and ADA-compliant.
  2. Father's Day Celebration at James River Cellars Winery – 11008 Washington Hwy, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Join us at James River Cellars Winery on Father's Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for "Bagels at the Bar with Dad."  James River Cellars is a short drive from Glen Allen homes for saleAny wine purchase (tasting, glass, or bottle) includes the mini bagel bar with cream cheese! Bagels will be available from 11:00 a.m. - until we run out!
  3. Father's Day at Southpark Mall – 230 Southpark Circle, Colonial Heights, VA
    Colonial Heights homes for sale have the benefit of being just down the street from some of the best shopping in the region: The Southpark Mall. For Father's Day, Southpark Mall shopping gets even better with a wide range of deals on gifts for any kind of Dad, not to mention fun discounts from many different eateries. Whether the Big Guy likes Firehouse Subs to IHOP, you'll find everything from formal dining options to the quirky and offbeat.
  4. River Street Market – 30 River Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    The River Street Market will be open for the season this June just a short hop from Petersburg homes for sale. Bring Dad out to enjoy a day out exploring this blend of arts, produce, and culture: One of the best places to get farm-fresh produce in the area. Since it's right in the heart of Old Town Petersburg, you can also explore historic sites in the area and the relaxing riverside. Artists will be on hand to display and sell unique souvenirs, too.
  5. RRRC Thanks Dad 5K –13872 Coalfield Commons Place #102, Midlothian, VA
    Midlothian homes for sale are "on track" to be part of one of the biggest local Father's Day celebrations. The Thanks Dad 5K run highlights the special bond between fathers and their kids. Participants can choose to register as part of a competitive team, non-competitive team, or as individual runners. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and is touted as a dog-friendly event.

Whatever day it is, there is always something to celebrate when you live here in the Richmond area. Our team will make it easy for you to find the home of your dreams and close without a hitch. Contact us to find out more. We look forward to advising you.

December
17

6 Henrico Gyms to Jump Start Your Resolution

Henrico Area Gyms

Resolutions: We all make them. Unfortunately, according to U.S. News & World Report, we let roughly 80 percent of New Year's resolutions fail. They can be noble ("I'll get more exercise"), or they can be nagging ("I'll go to the gym tomorrow"). If you have the determination to keep a New Year's resolution to get in shape, here are six fitness centers in and near Henrico, Virginia that can help. 

  1. Crunch - 5420 Glenside Drive, Henrico
    This Glenside location in Henrico is smack in the middle of some great Henrico homes for sale that reflects the upbeat mix of Henrico residents. Crunch gives out endless encouragement with every class. From cozy homes that may not have enough room for a complete home fitness center to historic farmhouses big enough for your own running track, you can find a great home close enough to Crunch to keep your resolution and your good health.
     
  2. Total Training - 7900 Shrader Road, Suite 100, Henrico
    Located on Patterson Avenue, Total Training specializes in individualized strength training for athletes. It also offers a non-athlete or adult program designed for either three or four days a week, for anyone who spends a little too much time behind a desk.

  3. Balance Pilates Training Center - 2123 Staples Mill Road, Richmond
    Balance Pilates Training Center is surrounded by attractive Richmond homes for sale and is here to help you keep your resolutions and your flexibility through year-round Pilates training. Feeling tired and grumpy? Get to the core of your problem with core training and feel better, fast! If you're new to Pilates, consider the introductory series, or simply try a single session.

  4. Mayhem Fitness & Cross Training - 7503 Ranco Road, Henrico
    "Mayhem" may be an odd name, but the attention at Mayhem Fitness & Cross Training is personal, intense, and extremely helpful, starting with a free transformation session.
     
  5. Phyzique Fitness & Wellness Club - 3693 Deep Rock Road, Richmond
    Phyzique Fitness & Wellness Club offers helpful, personal training, yoga, and other touches like nutritional guidance and massage therapy.
     
  6. Phoenix Fitness & Martial Arts - 3957 Deep Rock Road, Henrico
    You can let your New Year's resolution rise again at Phoenix Fitness & Martial Arts, since you can get the personal training you need and branch out into new ways to feel better about yourself, like Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, and boxing. If you feel a little uncomfortable with individual training, consider starting out in a group training session. These are typically three, 45-minute sessions a week. 

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to find a great home in the Henrico, Virginia area, contact Napier Realtors ERA! We serve the Henrico, Napier and Richmond area with helpful, personal attention to your needs. Whether you want a place convenient to a fitness center, or prefer a house that will hold a lot of couches, we can get you into a lovely home just right for you. 

November
28

5 Spots for Santa Meet & Greets in Central Virginia

Central Virginia Meet Santa
Here at Napier ERA, our real estate agents love all the excitement of the holiday season. The hustle and bustle of the holidays are worth it to see the looks of joy on children's faces. It's the season to dream big, and that means none other than Santa Claus makes an appearance!

No matter whether you're visiting Richmond to look at homes or you've already set down roots here, you're sure to find some real Christmas excitement in Virginia. Towns, museums, and malls will have cheerful holiday displays headlined by "the big guy" himself.

Let's look at five local favorites:

  1. Sensitive Santa Sensory-Friendly Visit - Children's Museum of Richmond - 626 W Broad St., Richmond
    The Richmond Children's Museum is offering a visit with Old St. Nick through its Sensitive Santa program. It's a calm, quiet experience for kids who sometimes find things overwhelming. Visitors will have access to Children's Museum Downtown exhibits and the Genworth Holiday Village, too – hey, who knew that the North Pole was so close to Richmond homes for sale?

  2. Storytime with Santa - Southpark Mall - Southpark Circle, Colonial Heights
    Storytime with Santa is a real treat for kids that you can enjoy not far from the best Colonial Heights homes for sale. The fun starts at 9 am at the nearby Chick-fil-A restaurant for a brief breakfast. Then, kids will head to the magnificent Santa set over at the Southpark Mall for a Christmas story they'll never forget. Maybe afterward, it'll be time to pick out some gifts, too!

  3. Santa's Arrival & Tree Lighting - Short Pump Town Center, 11800 West Broad St., Richmond
    Santa is coming! Why not get a seat close to the action for Santa's Arrival & Tree Lighting, the cornerstone of Christmas celebrations here in Richmond? There are two stars of this annual event: Santa, of course, and the 60-foot, walk-through tree. It even features a 22-foot reindeer!

  4. Brunch with Santa - Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro, 11720 W. Broad St., Richmond
    Enjoy favorite dishes from Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro when you take your family to Brunch with Santa December 15. Kids will love the cookie decorating station, hot chocolate bar, and holiday crafts, as well as a visit with Santa. A photographer will be on hand to help you remember the occasion. On your way home, be sure to check out Glen Allen homes for sale.

  5. Santa's North Pole Annex Train Station - Westchester Commons, 317 Perimeter Drive, Midlothian
    Midlothian homes for sale have a special surprise: They're right along the route of the famous North Pole Express! Westchester Commons has hosted the popular Santa's North Pole Annex Train Station event for years. Smiles will be on every face as families have professional photos taken with Santa and his 19-foot train engine. There will be fun holiday decorations and plenty of other surprises for good girls and boys!

If a new home tops your Christmas list this year, contact Napier ERA for help today.

November
21

Holidays Happenings in Hopewell: Light Up the Night Parade & Tree Lighting

Hopewell Holiday Events
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year with all kinds of opportunities for enjoyment. Anyone looking for homes for sale in Hopewell knows that the area is among the very best when it comes to holiday happenings. There's always something to do when you spend holidays in Hopewell!

Hopewell, Virginia has attracted plenty of new faces over the last several years. The city of about 22,000 is beloved for its riverfront views, broad industrial employment market, and long history – it is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement established by the English as City Point in 1613.

It also really knows how to throw a party! Our real estate agents share what you can expect from the holiday events calendar:

  1. Holiday Boat Parade - December 1
    Hopewell City Marina - 1051 Riverside Avenue, Hopewell, VA 23860
    Hopewell City Marina does the Holiday Boat Parade in style. Each year, the Appomattox River lights up in a spectacle that's truly unforgettable. This year, it's launching at Jordan Point Yacht Haven promptly at 5:30 p.m. before continuing toward the Anchor Point Marina. Hopewell City Marina provides viewing opportunities along with food trucks, holiday music, and a warm fire.

  2. Hopewell Parade and Tree Lighting - December 2
    Ashford Civic Plaza, 302 N. Main St, Hopewell, VA 23860
    In a place with a name like Hopewell, you'd certainly expect a beautiful Christmas Parade. It's all happening between 4 pm and 8 pm on December 2 as part of Light Up the Night, the cornerstone downtown event of the holiday season.

    Light Up the Night starts with a parade beginning at Cavalier Square Shopping Center, though you'll be able to enjoy the scene from various viewing locations all the way up and down 15th Avenue until the procession ends at Ashford Civic Plaza.

    After the parade comes the Grand Illumination of Ashford Civic Plaza. The ceremony happens on the front steps of City Hall. Once it concludes, elementary school students will put on a choral performance for the crowd.

    From there, the free holiday concert at Beacon Auditorium kicks off. You also won't want to miss the holiday carriage rides, which will be available on Cawson street all that evening. It's a great way to see downtown Hopewell all lit up for the holidays.

  3. Beacon Theatre Concert – Begins December 2 
    401 N. Main St, Hopewell, VA 23860
    Right after the Grand Illumination on December 2, you'll be able to walk on over to the historic Beacon Theatre for the annual holiday concert. Not only will you be able to enjoy some of the top songs of the season, but a special guest of honor will be in attendance: Santa Claus himself.

    The Beacon Theatre, one of Hopewell's top cultural institutions, is home to some of the most celebrated annual shows in Virginia. Throughout November and December, The Beacon Theatre hosts a wide range of shows for the whole family. The schedule for the rest of 2018 includes Doug Church, B.J. Thomas, Bill Anderson, and Pat Russell.

This Year, Why Not Come Home to Hopewell, VA for the Holidays?

Hopewell has a lot to offer its residents year-round, including the holiday season. When you want to explore Hopewell, look to Napier ERA. Our team knows the local market inside and out. We'll advise you every step of the way to help you find your dream home. Then, we'll get you to closing day faster than you ever thought possible.

Contact Napier ERA to find out more about Hopewell real estate opportunities.

November
13

7 Tips for Buying a Home in Henrico During the Holidays

Henrico Buy a Home for the Holidays
Fall is in the air and the holiday season is gearing up. As you prepare to do your holiday shopping, our real estate agents want you to know that there is no better gift to your family than a new home. As you consider homes for sale in Henrico, the following are seven tips that can turn your homeownership dreams into a reality this holiday season. 

  1. Golden Geese Lay Great Deals
    Holidays are not prime season for home sales which means that when you find a good deal, it is often a bargain. Sellers who list their home between November to January are typically highly motivated to make a deal. If you are willing to be patient and work with buyers on move-in dates, etc., you will find plenty of opportunities to pad your nest egg with plenty of gold.  

  2. Watch Interest Rates Closely
    Many factors can influence interest rates, and you should pay close attention to news reports about potential rate changes. This will help you determine the best time to purchase and whether you want to lock in a 30-year fixed mortgage or another mortgage product.

  3. Get Pre-Approved
    Sellers are eager to wrap things up quickly during the holiday season. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage will give you leverage at the negotiating table. For sellers, it shows that you are serious about making the purchase and that you have the ability to seal the deal. On your end, it also helps simplify your search and help you plan for the monthly payments. 
          
  4. Shop Early
    While everyone else is getting ready for Black Friday sales, spend your time searching out the perfect property for your family. The thousands you can save in property prices far outweigh the deals and discounts offered by retailers. Our real estate agents can help you find a home in Henrico that fulfills your vision as the perfect setting to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. The sooner you start, the sooner you can move into your new home.

  5. Talk to Your Accountant
    Homeownership offers some significant tax advantages. These include deducting mortgage interest. Of course, it is a two-sided coin and you will also be liable for property taxes. Purchasing a home will have a considerable impact on your tax liability. You will want to discuss this beforehand with your accountant so that you know exactly what to expect when the ink dries on the contract.

  6. Bring Your Imagination
    It is easy to see the beauty of a home in the spring and summer. It's not so easy during the fall and winter. When searching for properties during the holiday season in Henrico, you will need to imagine and envision what the home and landscape look like when the flowers are in bloom and the trees are lush and green.  

  7. Use Your Vacation Time
    Do you have a week or two of vacation time saved up? As things slow down at the office, now is the time to make the most of them. You can use your vacation days to scout neighborhoods, view properties, and seal the deal with the lawyers and bankers.

When visions of new homes replace the sugarplums and fairies in your dreams, Napier ERA Real Estate can help you make your home ownership dreams a reality. Contact us to start searching for homes for sale in Henrico this holiday season and to learn more about our services.  

November
7

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots for Central Virginia Families

Central Virginia Turkey Trots Family Fun
The Thanksgiving "turkey trot" is an annual tradition our real estate agents love – and we're not the only ones. Plenty of area families sign up for a turkey trot each year. It's a great way to earn that extra slice of pumpkin pie! Luckily, there are plenty of options across the Richmond area.

The turkey trot is the most popular racing trend in America. In 2015, Thanksgiving became the single busiest day of the whole year to run a race, finally unseating the Fourth of July. Believe it or not, the turkey trot tradition goes all the way back to 1896.

That's right – 1896!

The first turkey trot ever took place in Buffalo, New York and was hosted by the local YMCA. While there were only six participants in that original race, today's turkey trots attract hundreds!

  • Colonial Heights Virginia Chamber of Commerce 2018 Turkey Trot  3600 Conduit Road, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    The Colonial Heights Turkey Trot will take you past some of the best Colonial Heights homes for sale as you get started in a brilliant new tradition. That's right: This is only the 2nd annual event, but the first had an astounding 1,100 participants. Each racer's registration will provide $5 to help local schools be the best they can be.

  • Turkey Trot 13.1 M/10k/5k/1k Richmond Remote
    Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a remote run.  A remote run is not a traditional turkey trot, but physical activity is involved. It's a race without competition jitters, other runners, and a racing route that doesn't make sense.  You choose the distance--Half Marathon/10k/5k/1k/your own distance, and location--it doesn't have to be near one of our homes for sale in Richmond. I can be a local park, beach, stadium, gym, favorite place, treadmill--it's up to you. 

  • SPC Turkey Waddle 5K Run & Walk – Salisbury Presbyterian Church, Midlothian, VA 23113
    An annual tradition, the SPC Turkey Waddle 5K Run & Walk is right in the neighborhood of top Midlothian homes for sale. Organized by the Salisbury Presbyterian Church, this run in the heart of Richmond takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 22. It's fun for the whole family. Participants of all skill levels are invited to this truly enjoyable family get-together.

  • Wegmans Turkey Trot 10K – University of Richmond - Tyler Haynes Commons, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173
    The Wegmans Turkey Trot is one of the biggest events of its kind here in Virginia. Sponsored by one of the area's most beloved grocery stores, it has been running for 41 years now. It boasts a limit of 1,600 participants, which typically sells out every single year. In addition to the 10K road race, there's also a children's fun run – all within the lovely University of Richmond campus.

  • West End Orthodontics Turkey Trot – Glen Allen Community Center, 10800 Brookley Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    If you're looking for a way to help others in your community while having a unique racing experience, the West End Orthodontics Turkey Trot is for you. It benefits We Heart Harlie and Friends, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families of children with extensive medical needs meet their financial obligations and maintain treatment. The event takes the form of a 4-mile Turkey Trot through the West End, the first local trot of its kind to be chip-timed. Participants will engage in two loops of the 2-mile course before completion. After the race, refreshments will be available including light snacks and beer. Don't forget to slow down and check out Glen Allen homes for sale, too!

Contact Napier ERA today to find out more about real estate options here in Richmond.

December
27

Best Things to Do in Richmond This New Year's Eve

Richmond New Years Eve Things to Do
Richmond's New Year's Eve Going-Out Guide

New Year's Eve is one of the most exciting days of the year no matter where you are – but if you're lucky enough to spend it in Richmond, fun is elevated to a whole new level!

Richmond homes are at the center of the action when it comes to ringing in the new year right. Whether you're a resident or visitor, you're sure to find events to suit any taste.

Let's look at five big bashes scheduled for New Year's Eve this December:

  1. New Year's Eve at 7 Hills
    7 Hills Brewing Company is famous for its Sunday brunch buffet. It has one of the top selections of domestic and imported beers in Richmond and plenty of fine seafood to pair it with. Not surprisingly, it's poised to be one of the top spots for "beats and eats" on New Year's Eve. Doors open at 10 p.m. and dancing will go on well into the night!

  2. NYE 2018 Moonlight Masquerade
    Richmond's #1 New Year's Eve party is Moonlight Masquerade. Situated at posh DoubleTree Hotel Southside, it will feature multiple DJs playing hot hits. Semi-formal dress is expected, but that won't detract from a fun and friendly atmosphere you'll never forget! This 5-hour party with complimentary buffet and premium cash bar is selling out fast, so get your ticket soon!

  3. New Year's Eve 2018 Fiesta @ Havana59
    Havana59 is known for its smokin' Latin flair, and it's going all out on New Year's Eve! Running from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., this is the place to be if you want to enjoy salsa and Latin mix from the incomparable DJ Renzo. A live viewing of the Times Square ball drop will be seen on a 60-inch TV along with a champagne toast at midnight. Early bird tickets are just $20!

  4. Casino Night New Year's Event
    How about a pulse-pounding NYE get together like nothing else? It's all happening at Good Tymes Restaurant and Wine Bar. This classy restaurant and lounge combine service and sophistication in a chic atmosphere. Party-goers have the chance to try their luck at games including craps and blackjack. Get a ticket now for your shot at door prizes, a buffet, and more.

  5. Year's Eve Murder Mystery at Maggiano's
    Maggiano's Little Italy is a beloved family restaurant serving hearty Italian cuisine. You can find it coast to coast throughout the United States, but it's especially popular in Richmond! The New Year's Eve Murder Mystery is an interactive all-night event that welcomes younger guests. For $65 per ticket, you'll get a three-course family-style dinner and all sorts of other fun perks!

It looks like another big year for New Year's celebrations in Richmond! Why not kick off 2018 by taking your first steps toward your ideal Richmond home?

At Napier ERA, our team can help you find a home you'll love and get the deal you want. Our real estate agents live and work right here in the area. Contact Napier ERA to start your Richmond home search.

Consult our Richmond City Guide for more information about living in Richmond. 

December
4

Our Favorite Christmas Towns in Virginia

It's a Wonderful Life in These Six Local Communities 

Six Local Christmas Towns

There's no shortage of Christmas cheer here in Virginia, but six towns truly capture the spirit of the holiday season. At Napier ERA, our real estate agents love helping families create new traditions in their homes and these towns are great places to do just that.

  1. Richmond, VA
    Our state capital, Richmond, is a big city with a small-town feel, especially when it's time to celebrate Christmas. While you're looking at Richmond homes this holiday season, make sure you check out all the family-friendly events (and adult-friendly night life) that comes to Richmond this month too. On December 15, visit the historic and beautiful Tuckahoe Plantation for their annual Christmas Open House.Then ring in 2018 at the Moonlight Masquerade, a New Year's Eve tradition at the Doubletree Hotel downtown.

  2. Glen Allen, VA
    Did you know the North Pole has a branch right here in Virginia? Every December The Virginia Cliffe Inn, one of the most historic old homes in Glen Allen, transforms into the Glen Allen Christmas Cottage, complete with children's workshops for creating holiday crafts and toys. Visit Santa in his cottage and tinker in four different holiday children's workshops this December 9 at the beautiful inn, just 15 minutes away from downtown Richmond. Next year, get tickets ahead of time to enjoy breakfast with Santa the morning of the workshops.

  3. Petersburg, VA
    From a festive holiday parade to a town-wide holiday party, picturesque Petersburg knows how to celebrate the season. If you or someone you love went to Petersburg High School, don't miss the 11th Annual PHS Alumni & Friends Holiday Party at the Civic Center on December 23. People who grew up in Petersburg (or currently have homes in Petersburg) look forward to this party all year long, and it's right before Christmas to make sure the reunion is as big as possible.

  4. Midlothian, VA
    Midlothian is a Richmond suburb with a personality of its own, and holiday activities are as abundant here as its creeks. For families with homes in Midlothian, holiday cards are a cinch too. Kids can take photos with Santa at the Art Factory (this year's photo-op happens on December 7). A few days later, take the whole family to have brunch with Santa at Independence Golf Club, which is hosting the special holiday event on December 10. On December 11 and 16, Clover Hill Church hosts Christmas Mansions & Festival, a ticketed tradition that now includes an outdoor festival with food trucks, a hayride, and more.

  5. Powhatan, VA
    Known for its horse pastures and rolling hills, Powhatan is a lovely place to celebrate the holidays, but make sure you visit one place in particular. At first glance, Mabel's Espresso Bakery Café looks like one of many adorable Powhatan homes. But inside, it's a charming and timeless little restaurant where you can grab a bite with friends or neighbors – or even Santa Claus himself. Don't forget to get tickets for their Santa Brunch on December 16 and their Christmas Cookie Decorating Class on December 19.

  6. Henrico, VA
    Families who want a quick commute to Richmond have plenty of homes in Henrico County to choose from. Once they move in, they have plenty of seasonal activities to enjoy too! Our favorite is the Jingle Jam 2017, a huge holiday party at HOPE Church's West Creek campus on December 9. This interactive Christmas event includes farm animals, Christmas characters, a photo booth, and a show that tells the Christmas story in unique and hilarious ways.

Need a new home for the holidays near Richmond, VA? Contact Napier ERA for advice and help with your search.

November
13

Richmond Celebrates the Holidays at The Jefferson Hotel

Richmond The Jefferson Hotel Tree Lighting
The Jefferson Hotel is one of Richmond's true historic gems with spectacular interior design, loads of luxury and fascinating stories around every corner. The Jefferson is also an excellent place to spread some holiday cheer! Every year, starting just after Thanksgiving, The Jefferson Hotel hosts a series of holiday events at its five-star facilities that always rank among the most popular in Richmond, VA. The fun begins on Monday, November 27 with the 31st Annual Tree Lighting.

Richmond Holiday Fun: 31st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Jefferson Hotel

Our REALTORS® have spoken, and the tree lighting ceremony at The Jefferson Hotel definitely ranks among our favorite events of the season. The luxurious Jefferson Hotel is a living example of Richmond history and a spectacular setting to spend some quality time with your favorite people during the holidays.

  • A Scenic Setting
    Richmond homes for sale 
    are located in one of the country's most historic cities and locations like The Jefferson Hotel are a big reason why that's the case. Visit The Jefferson throughout the holiday season for live music, delightful decorations and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The holiday season begins with the tree lighting ceremony on Monday, November 27.  

  • The Ceremony
    The tree lighting ceremony has long been a local tradition and is entering its 31st year. Everything kicks off at 5:00 PM on November 27 with live holiday music before the big show begins. The ceremony takes place in the regal Palm Court Lobby with the tree lighting getting into full swing at 5:45 PM. Of course, it wouldn't be a true holiday celebration without a little help from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

  • Free Fun for the Whole Family
    The Jefferson Hotel is a very luxurious facility, but it also has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for all who visit. The tree lighting ceremony is a free event and a great opportunity to have some fun with the kids during the holiday season. All of the kids (and adults!) in the crowd love seeing the moment when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to start the tree lighting celebration.

  • Holiday Cheer throughout the Season
    Can't make the tree lighting ceremony or simply looking to spend some more holiday time at one of Richmond's most unique destinations? The Jefferson has plenty of holiday events scheduled throughout the season running straight through New Year's Eve. Stop by during the afternoon for a rotating schedule of live musical performances or visit anytime to see all of the gorgeous decoration throughout the property. The Jefferson Hotel is also a great place to enjoy a holiday meal or plan a luxurious getaway of your own.

  • Plan Your Own Party
    If you're looking for the ideal place to plan a holiday event of your own, The Jefferson has you covered. Whether you're looking to plan an event with the whole family or treat your employees to some holiday cheer, staging your event at The Jefferson Hotel is sure to lead to great memories for everyone who attends.

Are you searching for the right home in Richmond and the real estate team who will help your holiday dreams come true? Contact Napier ERA for all of your real estate needs throughout the Richmond, VA area.

June
26

Richmond VA July 4 Celebration Guide

Best Places to Spend a Star-Spangled July 4 in Richmond

Richmond VA July 4

Where better to bring in the Fourth of July than a city rich in early American history? Whether you're a local or just visiting, Richmond is a great summer destination. Here are just a few ideas we've come up with so you, your family and friends can enjoy a memorable July Fourth holiday in Richmond.

  • Innsbrook Taste of Virginia
    Start celebrating America's birthday a few days early at this amazing, family friendly event. On Saturday, July 1st, The Second Annual Innsbrook Taste of Virginia, will feature live music, artisans, a kid's zone, and of course plenty of craft beer, wine and delicious cuisine from local restaurants competing for the "Taste of Virginia" title! The fun begins at 3:30 and ends after dark with a dazzling fireworks display. All proceeds to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

  • James River Park
    There is something for everyone in this vast 600 plus acre park, situated along the James River. With so much to do, it's the perfect place to spend the day.

    Pack your blankets, chairs, and picnic and head to park areas like Belle Isle and Texas Beach where you can swim, fish, hike and bike. If you just want to take it easy, grab your binoculars to do some bird watching, sunbathe on the flat rocks, and don't forget your camera so you can capture some beautiful nature photographs. Some park areas can only be reached by bike or boat, but located off Riverside Drive, Pony Pasture has easy access, the most parking available and has water areas calm and shallow enough for small children.

  • Dogwood Dell July 4th Concert and Fireworks
    Located in beautifully landscaped Byrd Park, the Dogwood Dell Ampitheatre will host a free night of live music starting with jazz band, Simply Kevin at 5:30, followed by Carillon bells and at 7:30, the Richmond Concert Band. Come early to ensure a seat, or bring your own blankets and chairs. Pack a picnic dinner, enjoy the music and stay for the fireworks.

  • Liberty or Death Re-enactment
    On Saturday, July 4th, the St. John's Church Foundation will present a historical reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention of 1775, an event they've hosted since 1976. Doors of the Historic St. John's Church open at 1 PM and although the event is free, it is strongly suggested you purchase tickets in advance to ensure a seat.

  • Louis Ginter Botanical Gardens
    To help celebrate Independence Day, Louis Ginter Botanical Gardens is offering free admission all day, from 9 AM to 5 PM. Decorate your wagons, strollers and yourselves for the parade at 2 PM in the Children's Garden, enjoy live music and visit their incredible butterfly display, "Butterflies Live"!

  • Hit the Richmond Beer Trail
    For adults looking to bring in the 4th of July with a bang, see for yourself why Richmond is quickly becoming a popular craft beer destination. Grab a Beer Trail Map at your first stop, and have it stamped in each place you visit to earn trail gear! You will surely eat, drink and be merry with over 20 breweries to choose from.

Live the Richmond Lifestyle

Richmond is a vibrant area full of scenic parks, restaurants, culture, beautiful neighborhoods and opportunities. If you're thinking of buying a home in our area, our local real estate experts at Napier ERA Real Estate will be more than happy to assist you.

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