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June
27

Take a Walking Tour of Richmond This Summer

Richmond Walking Tour

There's no better way to discover all that Richmond has to offer than by taking a walking tour, and there are fascinating local tours available for every interest. Whether you want to tour historic neighborhoods, discover the city's vibrant arts scene, enjoy a self-guided tour, or try a spooky ghost tour, there are so many fun ways to build a deeper connection with Richmond. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 of the best ways to take a walking tour of Richmond this summer.

  • GPSMYCITY Self-Guided Walking Tours – Mobile App
    While there are many expert-guided tours available near Richmond homes for sale, you don't necessarily need a guide to enjoy a great tour. With the GPSMYCITY Self-Guided Walking Tours mobile app, you can take a self-guided tour at your own speed. Popular tours on the app include the Richmond Introduction Walking Tour, Historical Homes Walking Tours (I & II), Maymont and Carytown Walking Tour, and Richmond Civil War History Walking Tour.

  • Richmond Tour Guys – 405 N. 3rd St., Richmond, VA 23219
    With a variety of weekly tours that can take you to nearly every corner of Richmond, the Richmond Tour Guys have the city covered like few other tour services. The Richmond Tour Guys offer six distinctive experiences, including Public/Private Signature Tours, Group Tours, Specialty/Seasonal Tours, Experience Richmond Tours, and Step-On Tours. Signature Tours are available for Downtown Richmond, Church Hill, Shockoe Bottom, and the Virginia Capitol building.

  • Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours – 5 S. 20th St., Richmond, VA 23223
    The team at Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours has been helping people tour the spooky side of Richmond history for nearly 20 years, with 90-minute ghost tours through some of the city's most historic neighborhoods. In addition to haunted walking tours for kids and adults, Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours also offers a series of private haunted dinners and pub crawls perfect for a fun social gathering.

  • RVA First Fridays Art Walks – Richmond Arts District, Richmond, VA 23220
    If you want to get in touch with Richmond's artistic side, then RVA First Fridays Art Walks are the perfect place to start. On the first Friday of every month, many of the art galleries, dining destinations, and small businesses in the Richmond Arts District stay open late with fun special events to explore. RVA First Fridays present the perfect opportunity for a self-guided walking tour of the Arts District.

  • Walking the Ward – Jackson Ward, Richmond, VA 23219
    The Walking the Ward tour series from expert guide Gary Flowers highlights the many sites found throughout Jackson Ward. Each tour covers 20 stops throughout Jackson Ward, including the Black History Museum and the Maggie Walker Historic Site. The basic tour lasts for 75 minutes, while the enhanced tour is a 2-hour journey which includes historic videos at the Black History Museum.

  • Petersburg National Battlefield – 5001 Siege Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
    There are many fascinating places to visit around Petersburg homes for sale as well, including the historic Petersburg National Battlefield. Start your journey at the Visitor Center, where you can learn more about the historic site you're about to experience. Then tour the historic battlefield where the nine-and-a-half-month Siege of Petersburg took place.

Discover a neighborhood you'd love to call home during a walking tour? Whether you're buying or selling, our team is here to help with all of your Richmond real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

June
6

Summer Reading: Take Your Books to These Central Virginia Spots

Richmond Reading

Reading is fun for all ages, and our real estate agents know the right environment makes it even more satisfying. As you visit Richmond homes for sale, you are sure to find plenty of cafes, restaurants, and other spots where you can take your latest summer read or books to study.

With its strong culture of learning and vibrant educational institutions, Central Virginia will entice you with places where you can sit and sip your favorite coffee or tea as your stories unfold. 

Let's take a closer look:

  • Ellwood Thompson's Local Market – 4 North Thompson Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Ellwood Thompson's Local Market is a small, independent organic market known as a hub for plenty of interesting events throughout the year. You can dine right on-site with its hot bar, juice bar, or salad bar, or just pick something up from one of the many local suppliers. Events have recently returned to the sit-down cafe at The Beet – classes, breakfasts, screenings, seminars, and tastings are held.

  • Pomona – 2025 Venable Street, Richmond, VA 23223
    Pomona is a retail and cafe space right in the heart of the desirable Union Hill area. You can find just about anything local to RVA here, including houseplants, coffee, and handmade gifts. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 o'clock, readers love the casual atmosphere. Light and fresh food comes from the local Sub Rosa Bakery, while the coffee is from Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

  • Bryan Park – 4308 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23227
    Looking for an outdoor space where you can get away from the crowds? As one of Richmond's many beautiful green spaces, Bryan Park may be exactly what you need. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it now attracts birdwatchers from all around the state on the first Saturday of every month. A farmer's market also calls the park home from May through November.

  • Greenbriar Cafe and Coffeehouse – 1211 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Greenbriar Cafe and Coffeehouse will delight you with its "from scratch" home cooking paired with some of the best coffee in the RVA. Breakfast and lunch are both served all day, with mainstays like a smoked salmon bagel or the breakfast sandwich with egg. Lunchtime fare has many vegetarian and vegan options and thrives on unique sandwich combinations leveraging fresh ingredients.

  • Restored Cup Coffee Shop – 105 West Bank Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Formerly known as the Sweet Blis Cafe, Restored Cup Coffee Shop is a local cafe where you can sit, relax and unwind with your latest read. Located in historic Old Towne Petersburg just minutes from Petersburg homes for sale, it has coffee, pastries, juices, smoothies, and much more to choose from.

  • Art Factory Play Cafe & Party Place – 4810 Market Square Lane, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Art Factory Play Cafe & Party Place is a fun and exciting place to visit not too far from Midlothian homes for sale. Here, you can enjoy the full-service coffee shop or visit the open studio to choose a project to make. There's even a play area for kids five and under.

Ready to start your story in the Richmond area? Contact us to find out more about Central Virginia.

February
7

6 Dog-Friendly Places in Central Virginia

Dog Friendly Richmond

For many of us pet owners and dog lovers, quick access to pet-friendly amenities is essential. Things like boarding and pet stores are important, but sometimes your pup needs a little bit of luxury too. Central Virginia has it all -- from options for pet-friendly outdoor activities, doggie spas, and even upscale overnight accommodations. Our real estate agents love pets, so it only made sense that we'd create a quick list of our favorite places around Central Virginia to treat our pups.

  1. Dog Krazy - 3310 W. Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
    If you're looking for some of the highest quality pet products around, a stop by Dog Krazy is in order. This specialty pet store offers a wide selection of quality dog food as well as essentials, toys, and treats. You'll also enjoy checking out their assortment of doggie baked goods. 

  2. Ruff Canine Club - 1924 Ellen Rd, Richmond, VA 23230
    This members-only dog club offers a recreational haven for your pup. Dogs have plenty of room to run around and play at Ruff Canine Club, while owners can enjoy a drink at the dog bar. Memberships are available on a monthly or annual basis, but you can also buy a guest pass for the day if you want to check it out.

  3. Dogtopia - 13615 Hull Street Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Looking for some great boarding options? Dogtopia is a premier destination for daycare, boarding, and spa services. However, this is more than just a place to drop off your dog -- the staff at Dogtopia offer training to help pets learn valuable social skills during their stay. The daycare is an off-leash setting, so your dog will have complete freedom to explore. Dogtopia is a great option for pet boarding, especially if you're considering one of these great Midlothian homes for sale nearby.

  4. Swift Creek Animal Hospital & Pet Resort - 2331 Colony Crossing Pl, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Easy access to high-quality medical care can be found at Swift Creek Animal Hospital. This vet clinic offers comprehensive services to help keep your dog feeling healthy. Emergency services, basic health care, dental care, and even laser treatments, you'll find everything you need and more. They also have an onsite pet resort for daycare, boarding, and spa services.

  5. Scott Memorial Park - 6680 Courthouse Rd, Prince George, VA 23875
    If your pet is in need of some fresh air, a nice walk Scott Memorial Park could do you both some good. This beautiful park consists of ballfields, playgrounds, walking trails, and obstacle courses, spread across 10 acres of land. It's the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon. If you love this park, you might enjoy checking out some great Prince George homes for sale just down the road.

  6. Dorey Park and Recreation Center - 2999 Darbytown Rd, Henrico, VA 23231
    Head on over to Henrico and check out one of the best dog parks in Central Virginia. Dorey Park has an excellent outdoor, off-leash dog park. It's about 1 acre and is surrounded by a 6-foot fence. The park has its own section for small pups and another one for large dogs. There is also a trailhead for the Virginia Capital Trail right next to the park, so you can head on a nice walk in the woods. There are also plenty of gorgeous Henrico homes for sale not too far away.

Access to amenities and resources for your pet is important when selecting a new place to live. Contact us for more information on all the great things Central Virginia has to offer.

October
4

Where to Practice Yoga in Central Virginia

Richmond Yoga

Looking for a new hobby to try in the Central Virginia area? Practicing yoga has so many benefits for both mind and body while fostering a sense of community that makes everyone feel welcome. Whether you're interested in trying yoga for the first time, looking for an advanced class where you can learn new things, or even becoming a yoga teacher yourself, there's a local yoga class with your name on it. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 5 of the best places to practice yoga in Central Virginia.

  • BareSOUL Yoga & Wellness – 13 S. 13th St., Richmond, VA 23219
    With a convenient location near Richmond homes for sale and a great community of students, BareSOUL Yoga & Wellness offers a ton of options for pursuing your yoga passion. If you have a busy schedule, BareSOUL Yoga has you covered with both morning and evening classes nearly every day of the week. Practice yoga with an in-person class at the studio, or try one of the many virtual classes available to enjoy a class from the comfort of your own home.

  • Richmond City Yoga – 212 E. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Are you a beginner looking to practice yoga for the first time and learn the basics from friendly, experienced instructors? Richmond City Yoga offers an excellent selection of Mysore yoga classes designed to be accessible for beginners while still providing more advanced instruction for experienced practitioners. There are morning and evening classes available on weekdays, along with a special Saturday morning class that's perfect for adding some wellness to your weekend.

  • Project Yoga Richmond – 112 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    The team at Project Yoga Richmond works hard to provide accessible yoga classes for all community members, with a "pay what you can" program that allows yoga to fit within any budget. This is possible thanks to the support of other local yoga studios and to the donations of many people who attend classes at Project Yoga Richmond. Stop by for evening yoga classes every night at the studio, or visit the Saturday Salutations program for outdoor, public, family-friendly yoga classes every Saturday throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

  • Yoga One Studio – 306 N. Sycamore St., Second Floor, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Searching for a great yoga class close to Petersburg homes for sale? Ever since it opened its doors in 2007, Yoga One Studio has been providing amazing wellness experiences to the local community. Stop by for one of the many regularly scheduled classes, schedule your own class at the studio for up to four students, or bring Yoga One to you with a special private session at your home. Classes are designed to be affordable for all, with special discounts for military members, college students, and anyone who wants to pay for multiple classes in advance.

  • Guiding Tree Yoga – 12097 Gayton Rd., Henrico, VA 23238
    You won't have to travel far from Henrico homes for sale to enjoy some outstanding community yoga classes, thanks to local studios like Guiding Tree Yoga. Classes here are a mix of community yoga, private yoga, and virtual yoga, with something to fit every schedule. Everything is lead by experienced yoga instructor Caleigh, who founded the studio as a way to provide accessible yoga for people from all backgrounds.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the amazing health and wellness amenities around Central Virginia? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us today.

September
20

Plan Ahead for the Richmond Folk Festival

Richmond Folk Festival

The Richmond Folk Festival is back and better than ever! After holding a virtual event in 2020, the festival returns to its place on the riverfront for an in-person event in October 2021. As always, you will be treated to live performances from a diverse, international collection of bands in a fun festival atmosphere with activities for all ages to enjoy. There's no admission fee for this outstanding event, and its convenient location near Richmond homes for sale attracts visitors from throughout Virginia. Our real estate agents have all of the details on what you can expect at the Richmond Folk Festival this year.

Plan Ahead for the Richmond Folk Festival

The Event: Richmond Folk Festival

When: October 8 – 10, 2021

Where: Downtown Richmond Riverfront

Admission: Free

Enjoy a Free, Culturally Diverse Live Music Festival

The highlight of the Richmond Folk Festival, as always, is the amazing lineup of artists set to perform. There will be six performance stages located throughout the riverfront area, with performances happening all day throughout each of the event's three days. The first group of artists announced for the festival includes Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, the Nava Persian Trio, Joanie Madden & Cherish the Ladies, Plena Es, Rare Essence, and Sean Jones. In addition to the live music, there will also be dance performances that highlight cultures from around the world.

Fantastic Food and So Much More at the Marketplace

It's not just great music that makes the Richmond Folk Festival such a must-visit event. The Marketplace is where you'll find food from some of the best food vendors from Richmond and beyond, all in one place. Sample a unique selection of multi-cultural cuisine, and be sure to save room for dessert! In the Marketplace, you will also be able to shop from a selection of artisans offering unique gift items, clothing, home décor, and crafts of all kinds. Stay tuned to the Richmond Folk Festival website to learn more about which artisans and vendors will be setting up shop in the Marketplace this year as they're announced closer to the start of the festival.

An Epic Scavenger Hunt and Fun Family Activities

The Richmond Folk Festival is geared toward families and visitors of all ages, with a wide variety of fun activities available in the play area for kids. And you don't have to wait for the festival to start having a great time. There are also two scavenger hunts that you can participate in to learn more about the festival, discover new artists, and get excited about the big event. 

A History of Excellence in Richmond

The Richmond Folk Festival has been one of the city's favorite annual events ever since it was first established in 2004 and has grown into one of the largest festivals in Virginia. It all started with the goal of celebrating the many unique cultures that combine to make Richmond such a special place to live, and festival organizers find new ways to add to that celebration every year. 

There's always another exciting event coming up on the calendar in Richmond, and our team would love to help you find your next home close to all of the action. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA, area.

September
13

Richmond Favorites: Winners From Richmond Magazine's 2021 Survey

Richmond Favorites

Want the inside scoop on the top activities and destinations around Richmond's lively social scene? Thousands of Richmond Magazine's readers sent in their votes for the 34th annual Best & Worst survey, highlighting some of the area's top options. Our real estate agents know there's a lot to love about living in Central Virginia, too. Below are some of the favorites mentioned in the survey by Richmond Magazine.

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is such an iconic part of Richmond that it ranked at or near the top in several categories. People voted VMFA as "Best place for a first date" and "Best nonprofit art gallery or museum" as well as #3 in "Best place to take a first-time visitor," "Best place to picnic," and "Best place to people-watch." Admission is free for all guests, making it accessible to everyone. Hours are 10 a..m - 5 p.m. daily except Wednesday through Saturday, when doors are open until 9 p.m.

  • Deep Run Park - 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy., Henrico, VA 23233
    A wide-ranging assortment of passive and active recreation opportunities earned Deep Run Park the top spot of  "Best county park." Cycling enthusiasts near Henrico homes for sale are "pumped" about the latest addition to Deep Run Park's attractions. The new pump track features a never-ending loop of rollers and berms that let cyclists propel themselves by shifting their weight instead of pedaling. Enjoy basketball, pickleball, and other team and partner sports at the onsite recreation center. Park hours are dawn to dusk, seven days a week. 

  • Lillie Pearl - 416 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
    When a restaurant opens in the midst of a pandemic, it faces an uphill climb. Lillie Pearl, which debuted in November 2020, rapidly gained a following thanks to its fusion of Southern classics and African flavors. The signature dish at this year's "Best new restaurant" is Obe Ata Braised Lamb Shank, topped with West African tomato and bell pepper sauce and served with jollof rice and pickled collard stems. Owners Michael Lindsey and Kimberly Love-Lindsey plan to spin off their popular fried chicken into a spot at Hatch Food Hall. Lillie Pearl is open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • River City Roll - 939 Myers St., Richmond, VA 23230
    River City Roll may have been voted "Best bowling alley," but it's much more than that. "Richmond's social spot" is one of only eight facilities in the world to offer HyperBowling, in which lighted targets on the bumpers add multipliers to your score. The live music schedule includes weekly "Brunch Unplugged" on Sunday. Relax on the pet-friendly patio as you dine on upscale fare such as truffle fries and spicy lamb meatballs. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. - midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday. River City Roll is 21 and up after 7 p.m.

  • The Fan District - 208 Strawberry St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Named for the unusual layout of its streets, the Fan District was recognized as the "Best neighborhood in the city of Richmond." Spend an afternoon strolling the streets and view the collection of spectacular homes built in a variety of architectural styles. Houses for the Holiday Tour, scheduled for December 11 and 12, is one of the most popular local fundraising events. 

Looking for the scoop on Richmond homes for sale? Contact us to learn more.

August
2

Late Summer Blooms: Gardens Around Central Virginia

Gardens in Richmond

Central Virginia is always in full bloom when late summer rolls around. It's a season our real estate agents look forward to all year! Our local farms and gardens are bursting with life this season, and we're thrilled to share these great places to see the colors and taste the flavors of the season.

  • Agecroft Hall & Gardens - 4305 Sulgrave Rd, Richmond, VA 23221
    A splendid Tudor manor house and estate overlooking the James River, Agecroft Hall & Gardens offers splendid scenery in the heart of Richmond. It has several unique gardens, and the Shakespeare Garden is especially not to be missed, with its historic 1920s fountain tucked away among the boxwood trees. Agecroft Hall's beautifully manicured gardens have earned it a place on the Richmond Garden Trail, which includes some of the most picturesque sites in the city near these Richmond homes for sale

  • Fresh Branch Farm - 13801 N Ivey Mill Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23838
    There's always something new growing and something fun to explore at Fresh Branch Farm. You-pick sunflowers are always a highlight of their summer season, and visitors can pick their own blooms from vast fields of towering sunflowers. They're usually in full bloom by August. Located just minutes from many Chesterfield County homes for sale, Fresh Branch Farm also offers grass-fed Piedmontese beef shares and fresh eggs from their large flock of free-range chickens.

  • Lavender Fields Herb Farm - 11300 Winfrey Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    If you're in Virginia in June, be sure to stop at Lavender Fields Herb Farm to see their 200 lavender plants in full bloom. But if you're planning a visit later in the summer, rest assured that there's still plenty to see at this lovely farm just outside Richmond. They offer dozens of herb, vegetable, and fruit crops that are seasonally available, and many of their specialties, like lavender ice cream and lavender lemonade, are available throughout the warmer months. You'll find them just a short drive from these Glen Allen homes for sale, among the rolling hills of Henrico County. 

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - 1800 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA 23228
    Spanning more than 50 acres, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a prime destination to immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world. With more than a dozen themed gardens, including the Rose Garden and Cherry Tree Walk, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens offers something special in every season. Late summer visitors can delight in finding the roses, daylilies, hibiscus, gardenias, and sacred lotus in full bloom. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is located a stone's throw from these Henrico homes for sale, just outside Richmond. 

  • Going for Green Farm - Merchants Hope Rd. Prince George, VA 23875
    Bring home locally grown flowers when you stop by Going for Green Farm. Sarah is the owner and "chief flower grower" who started her business near Prince George homes for sale. Be sure to check out their schedule for farmers markets they'll be attending with their locally grown sunflowers and other late summer blooms. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Richmond and the surrounding areas.

June
28

Play Volleyball in Central Virginia This Summer

Volleyball RichmondIf you're into volleyball or would like to start playing this popular sport, summer is the perfect time for it. From indoor courts to ones that are situated on sand, Central Virginia has plenty of places to play. 

Our real estate agents suggest trying out the following places to play volleyball in Central Virginia this summer:

  1. Glover Park – 11217 Greenwood Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059  
    Glover Park, an 88-acre athletic complex in Henrico County, has 8 premium sand volleyball courts. The sand is washed, screened, and well rounded, and you can play doubles or fours or sixes on the courts. And if you'd like to watch some serious players in a tournament, the Richmond Volleyball Club hosting tournament play in July and August, as well as a tentative date in September. You'll also find plenty of free parking and a restroom building at the park, which is located near Glen Allen homes for sale.

  2. Huguenot Park – 10901 Robious Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23235
    Located just around the corner from Chesterfield homes for sale, Huguenot Park has 2 volleyball nets located near the picnic shelters. One is 80 feet from Shelter 1, and the other is 50 feet away from Shelter 2. And while you're at the park to play volleyball, take time to see the azalea garden and walk the fitness trail in this flat, heavily wooded park that attracts birds and small animals you'll enjoy seeing.

  3. Central High Cultural and Educational Complex – 2748 Dogtown Rd., Goochland, VA 23063
    The Central High Cultural and Educational Complex is a versatile space with indoor and outdoor public recreational amenities, including an auditorium, a museum with historical exhibits, and more. The Center, located near Goochland homes for sale, also has a quarter-mile walking track, soccer field, and volleyball courts.

  4. Deep Run Park & Recreation Center – 9900 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA 23233  
    You'll find plenty to do at Deep Run Park & Recreation Center, located within a beautiful park near Henrico homes for sale that's complete with ponds, walkways, and playgrounds. Open Gym activities include badminton, pickleball, and volleyball, and you can play any of them for free by picking up an access pass at the recreation center. Volleyball for ages 35 and up is also scheduled for on Tuesdays from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. throughout the summer. And if you're into bicycling, check out the Center's deep run pump track, where you can shift your body weight to maneuver your way around the track.

  5. Humphrey Calder Community Center – 414 North Thompson St., Richmond, VA 23221  
    Play volleyball at the Humphrey Calder Community Center sand volleyball court, and bring the kids along to burn off their energy on the playground. And if you're into other sports, the Center, located near Richmond homes for sale, has basketball courts, soccer fields, and more recreational opportunities. You can also participate in some of the many programs and classes offered, including crafts, computers, games, and self-improvement.

Contact us to learn more about the abundant recreational opportunities and other amenities that make Central Virginia a great place to live. Our agents are ready to help you find your dream home! 

June
21

Where to go Horseback Riding in Central Virginia

Richmond Horseback Riding

It's hard to imagine a better way to explore Central Virginia than on horseback. 

Fortunately, our real estate agents have found a lot of outstanding riding destinations in Central Virginia. If you're looking for places to ride—or learn more about horseback riding—we have some great recommendations we're excited to share!

  1. Brandywine Farms & Pony Rides - 13705 Bundle Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23838
    A picturesque farm that's been offering trail rides and riding lessons for more than 25 years, Brandywine Farms is one of Central Virginia's best destinations for anyone who wants to enjoy a day on horseback. Located just minutes from many Chesterfield homes for sale, the farm offers everything from hunter/jumper lessons to pony rides and trail riding. Brandywine Farm spans 55 acres of meadows and woodlands, with many miles of trails for riding. They also host birthday parties with pony rides for kids. 

  2. The Riding School at James River Equestrian Center - 414 Huguenot Trail, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Whether you've never been on a horse before or simply want to hone your existing equestrian skills, there's no better place than the Riding School at James River Equestrian Center. Options include hour-long group lessons for three to four riders and private 30-minute one-on-one lessons. Conveniently close to these Midlothian homes for sale, the James River Equestrian Center also offers a summer camp for kids and a working student program that gives students ages 12 and up a chance to learn the ins and outs of caring for horses. 

  3. Foxmeade Farm - 12150 Robious Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113
    There's something for everyone at Foxmeade Farm, but it's an especially great place for kids to learn to ride. Lessons are available for ages 6 and up, with dedicated, experienced riding instructors. This picturesque farm just outside Midlothian, VA, includes a 170" by 100" sand riding ring and a wide selection of well-trained horses and ponies to ride. Foxmeade Farm also hosts a summer camp for kids every year. Each camp is week-long and includes daily riding lessons and hands-on learning about horse care. 

  4. Mesa Vista Farm - 2650 Judes Ferry Rd, Powhatan, VA 23139
    With a focus on therapeutic riding and horseback riding for those with special needs, Mesa Vista Farm is a unique riding school and farm. Located a stone's throw from these Powhatan homes for sale, Mesa Vista Farm is home to a beautifully equipped stable with horses that are suitable for riders of all ages and experience levels. In addition to horseback riding therapy, they also offer traditional riding lessons in various styles, including hunter/jumper, dressage, and western. They also host birthday parties and summer camps. 

  5. Cedar Knoll Farm - 15549 Stone Horse Creek Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    A family-owned boarding and riding academy since 2006, Cedar Knoll Farm offers riding lessons for all skill and experience levels. They have a team of calm, well-trained horses and a staff of experienced equestrian experts who can help anyone become a better rider. Private and group lessons are available, as well as boarding, training, and other services. Cedar Knoll Farm is located on a spacious tract of land just outside Glen Allen, VA, minutes from many Glen Allen homes for sale

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia. It's a beautiful place for anyone who loves spending time in the outdoors, and our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Richmond or the surrounding areas. 

June
1

Upcoming 5Ks and Marathons in Central Virginia

Richmond 5k

Participating in a 5K or marathon is a great way to get some exercise as you train for and then run or walk in the event. You'll also be able to meet other people as you race and socialize afterward and get to see some beautiful local scenery. Our real estate agents suggest checking out these upcoming fun runs scheduled in Central Virginia this summer and fall:

  1. Give a Dog a Job 5K – Sept. 18, 2021 – Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln., Richmond, VA 23220
    The Give a Dog a Job 5K, held near Richmond homes for sale, offers a virtual and in-person option for the 5K. If you participate in person, you'll also be able to enjoy music, prizes, and vendors. Bring your pup along to get some exercise with you as you run, walk, or roll since 100% of race proceeds go to Canine Companions for Independence. This organization trains feeds, and provides veterinary care for highly trained assistance dogs who will be given free to adults, children, and wounded veterans who need them.

  2. Virginia Brewery Running Series – Sept. 18, 2021 – Steambell Beerworks, 1717 Oak Lake Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23112  
    The Virginia Brewery Running Series consists of courses – all around 5K – that start and end at local breweries. In Midlothian, the race is set at Steambell Beerworks, a popular brewery located near Midlothian homes for sale. As a reward for racing, you'll get a free craft brew and a collector's pint glass or seasonal swag item. At least 10% of the proceeds from this race will go to REACHcycles, a local non-profit that provides adapted cycles to children and veterans who need them.

  3. Colonial Relay/70 – Sept. 25, 2021 – Courthouse Park, 7232 Courtland Farm Rd., Hanover, VA 23069
    The Colonial Relay/70 is a one-day relay race designed for teams of 2 to 6 people who split the race's 12 legs. Teams provide support vans for runners to use at drop-off and pick-up points along the way. The race is meant for everyone from serious runners to casual joggers, and the course is run over 70-plus miles through the heart of Virginia, starting near Hanover homes for sale and ending in historic Williamsburg.

  4. Pocahontas Trail Festival – Oct. 23, 2021 – Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield VA 23832  
    Runners have their choice of several distances – marathon (as a single runner or as a relay), half-marathon, and 10K – at the Pocahontas Trail Festival. This race loops through Pocahontas State Park, a picturesque location near Chesterfield homes for sale. Good footing is available most of the way since some new trails have been built.

  5. Healthy Kids Running Series – May 23-June 20, 2021 – Quioccasin Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Rd., Richmond, VA 23238  
    A fun event specifically for kids! The Healthy Kids Running Series is a 5-week program designed to help kids pre-K through the 8th grade develop healthy exercise habits. The five runs are conducted in Richmond, close to Glen Allen homes for sale. Events include the 50-yard dash, 75-yard dash, quarter-mile, half-mile, and 1-mile run. Kids earn points throughout the races, and those with the most points at their distances will win trophies.

Our agents know the Central Virginia area. Contact us if you'd like to buy or sell a home in the area. 

May
25

Mini Golf Courses in Central Virginia for Summer Fun

Mini Golf Richmond

Warm weather has returned to Central Virginia, and while it might not quite be summer yet, our real estate agents are already dreaming of summer fun in the sun. And is there any more enjoyable way to spend a sunny day than at your local miniature golf course?

Many of us have fond memories of playing putt-putt golf as youngsters. So whether you're looking for a place to take your kids now that you're grown-up—or maybe you want to relive some childhood nostalgia of your own—these are the best mini golf courses in Central Virginia!

  1. Putt-Putt Fun Center - 7901 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
    You're always in for a good time at the Putt-Putt Fun Center. With three 18-hole miniature golf courses, they have more than enough entertainment to keep the whole family happy for hours and hours. The courses even offer great practice for experienced golfers looking to improve their putting skills. The Putt-Putt Fun Center also offers arcade games, go-karts, and bumper boats, and it's a great place for birthdays and other parties near these Richmond homes for sale

  2. Ironbridge Sports Park - 11400 Iron Bridge Rd, Chester, VA 23831
    Specializing in non-stop family fun, Ironbridge Sports Park offers an endless array of outdoor activities. They have a great miniature golf course, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. You can also enjoy a covered driving range, outdoor laser tag arena, nine batting cages, and a go-kart track. Plus, their on-site cafe serves all kinds of tasty goodies. Located just minutes from many Chesterfield County homes for sale, Ironbridge Sports Park is open year-round. 

  3. Windy Hill Golf Course - 16500 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Windy Hill Golf Course is a great destination for fans of mini-golf and golf. In addition to two 18-hole miniature golf courses, Windy Hill also offers beautiful 9- and 18-hole regulation golf courses, along with a fully-stocked pro shop. There's really something here for golfers of every age and skill level, along with other attractions like batting cages and a go-kart track. Windy Hill Golf Course is located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale.

  4. Swaders Sports Park - 4725 Whitehill Blvd, Prince George, VA 23875
    You'll find two professionally designed miniature golf courses at Swader's Sports Park, each complete with waterfalls, fountains, and streams. Mini golf here is always equal parts relaxing and challenging, and you can also try out a wide range of other outdoor family fun, from batting cages and bowling to a driving range and laser tag. Swaders Sports Park also hosts all kinds of events,  and they're located just up the road from many beautiful Prince George homes for sale

  5. Hanover Sports Park - 11000 Washington Hwy, Glen Allen, VA 2305
    Open year-round and lit up well after dark, the mini-golf course at Hanover Sports Park is one of the most popular in the area. It's always a challenge to avoid the hazards and beat the par of 42 on this 18-hole course. Hanover Sports Park also offers a fully covered driving range with 28 teeing areas and seven batting cages that throw both baseballs and softballs. With numerous Glen Allen homes for sale nearby, you never have to go far for outdoor family fun. 

Central Virginia is a fun place to be in the summertime, with endless opportunities to enjoy the warm, sunny weather. Contact us to learn more about life in Central Virginia, and talk to our team of dedicated real estate agents about finding your dream home today!

April
19

Disc Golf Courses Around Central Virginia

Central Virginia Disc Golf

Disc golf is a great way to spend some time outdoors with friends, immerse yourself in natural scenery, and enjoy some fun, healthy exercise in some of your favorite local parks. You don't need much equipment to get started, yet disc golf still offers many of the same enjoyable challenges of a traditional round of golf. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 of the best disc golf courses that you can enjoy around Central Virginia.

  1. Gillies Creek Park – 4425 Williamsburg Ave., Richmond, VA 23231
    Start your tour of disc golf courses near Richmond homes for sale at Gillies Creek Park, which has been a popular destination for disc golf for more than 25 years. This is a perfect course to play if you're looking to enjoy a quick round, with relatively short holes surrounded by beautiful, wooded terrain. There are multiple tees for each hole to accommodate players of all experience levels, and the course is conveniently located close to some of Richmond's most popular neighborhoods.

  2. Dunncroft/Castle Point Park – 4901 Francistown Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    With two names and one great disc golf course, Dunncroft/Castle Point Park is a fun place to enjoy a round of disc golf near Glen Allen homes for sale. This course offers a wide variety of terrain, which adds to both the challenge and beauty of playing here. You will find thick forests, meandering creeks, and hilly terrain at Castle Point Park. This course is 9 holes long, so it's perfect for playing a quick round.

  3. Dorey Park and Recreation Center – 2999 Darbytown Rd., Henrico, VA 23231
    Dorey Park and Recreation Center 
    is a beloved local destination for outdoor fun of all types close to Henrico homes for sale, and it features one of the best disc golf courses in the area. This is an ideal place to play if you're in the mood for a longer, more challenging round of disc golf. The course plays over 6,200 feet from the back tees, with various elevation changes and tree-lined holes that add to the fun challenge of playing a round here.

  4. Bryan Park – 4308 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, VA 23227
    If you're searching for a challenging disc golf course with long holes and beautiful scenery, then be sure to plan a visit to Bryan Park in Richmond. The course at Bryan Park is one of the most popular in the Richmond area, with hilly, wide-open holes and fewer trees than some of the other courses on our list. The terrain makes this a perfect place to play on a warm, sunny day, and the length of the holes adds plenty of challenge to this fun course.

  5. White Bank Park – 400 White Bank Rd., Colonial Heights, VA 23842
    Searching for a fun, scenic place to enjoy a round of disc golf near Colonial Heights homes for sale? Then it's time to plan a trip to White Bank Park, where you'll find a fun disc golf course and a wide variety of outdoor activities to keep the whole family entertained. This course makes outstanding use of the surrounding terrain to create unique holes, with layouts that reward players with great technique.

Ready to find your next home near fun outdoor attractions and excellent disc golf courses? Let our team help. Contact us today.

    April
    12

    Fun Features to Add to Your Landscaping

    Landscaping Ideas

    With landscaping season finally upon us, it's time to start thinking about how you can boost your home's curb appeal. Your yard and landscaping are the first things guests, and potential buyers see when visiting your home. As a result, good landscaping not only makes your home look nice but can help to boost your home's value. 

    Consider incorporating these fun features into your landscaping this spring before listing your home among Central Virginia homes for sale.

    1. Add Outdoor Furniture
      With a record-breaking number of people spending more time outside of the house last year, stylish outdoor furniture has definitely become a major trend. Creating an outdoor oasis with a comfortable sitting area near the patio, pool, or garden can create the best outdoor feeling. Just make sure to pick styles, sizes, and designs that fit the surrounding area.

    2. Optimize Your Lighting
      Outdoor landscaping lights are generally inexpensive and a great way to add a romantic vibe to your lawn this summer. String lights over the patio, LED lights along your flowerbed, or lantern lights along your walkway -- these are all great ways to shine a little extra light on your landscaping this spring. 

    3. Add a Fire Pit
      What better way to spend time with friends and family than to gather around the fire pit on a cool spring evening. Not only does a fire pit provide a source of heat, but it can also serve as the focal point of an outdoor gathering space. Consider a stylish fire pit made of brick, stone, or concrete.

    4. Create a Grand Entrance
      Our real estate agents love using spruces or shrubs to create a grand entrance. By planting two trees or shrubs on either side of your driveway, front door, or garden, you can really define your entrances and impress your visitors. 

    5. Incorporate Levels
      Adding terraced levels to your yard or garden is not only visually appealing, but it can actually make your yard look larger. If your yard slopes, consider creating defined spaces or sections. Terracing your yard can allow you to define specific spaces for dining, fire pits, or gardens.

    6. Add Some Native Plants
      It's easy to see why native plants are popular these days. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they're also easy to take care of since they thrive locally. Not only do they look nice, but they also are important for supporting natural wildlife. 

    7. Try a Vertical Garden
      Vertical gardens are really becoming popular these days, and they're incredibly easy to create. Just choose a location and grab a vertical frame, a plastic sheet, and some fabric. You can then plant whatever you'd like - flowers, edibles, or succulents. For a more traditional look, you can even try adding some vines or ivy.

    Beautiful landscaping is the best way to make a great first impression when visitors stop by your home. For more tips on how to make the most of your yard, contact us today.

    March
    29

    Where to Stargaze Near Richmond

    Stargazing Richmond

    Tracing constellations, watching for shooting stars, picking out planets and distant galaxies—there are endless discoveries waiting right over our heads.  

    With warmer nights on the horizon, spring is a great time to go stargazing around Richmond, and we have some great local parks where you can enjoy an incredible view. Join our real estate agents and other amateur astronomers at some of these great stargazing spots in the Richmond, VA area. 

    1. Bryan Park - 4308 Hermitage Rd, Richmond, VA 23227
      One of the best stargazing locations within the Richmond City Limits, Bryan Park is a picturesque public green space with great views of the night sky. Besides open picnic areas and lawns, the park also has more secluded, wooded areas with trails and a pond. The Richmond Astronomical Society sometimes hosts Skywatch events, which are open to the public, at Bryan Park. You'll find the park north of Downtown and a short drive from many Richmond homes for sale

    2. Pocahontas State Park - 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
      Spanning 7,950 wild, scenic acres, Pocahontas State Park is a great place to get away from the city and reconnect with nature. The park has several picnic areas and open lakeshores that provide unbroken views of the night sky. Camping is available for overnight visits, and the park also offers 90 miles of trails to explore. Pocahontas State Park is located just minutes from many Chesterfield homes for sale and has frequently been the location of stargazing programs with the Crewe Astronomy Club. 

    3. Science Museum of Virginia - 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
      In addition to being an amazing attraction for anyone interested in science and the natural world, the Science Museum of Virginia is also a hub of activity for local stargazers and astronomers. Skywatch events are hosted on the museum lawn by the Richmond Astronomical Society on the third Friday of each month, and they're open to anyone who would like to attend. Feel free to bring your own telescope or take a look through one of the Society members' telescopes, which will be set up on the lawn and made available for anyone with an interest in the stars.

    4. Powhatan State Park - 4616 Powhatan State Park Rd, Powhatan, VA 23139
      Though less than an hour from Richmond, Powhatan State Park is far enough away that the city lights are a little dimmer and the night sky quite a lot clearer. It's a beautiful place to set up your telescope and cast your gaze skyward. The park's picnic areas, open meadows, and wildlife observation areas provide great views of the night sky, and light pollution is minimal. Located on a bend in the might James River, Powhatan State Park is also a great place for camping, canoeing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. 

    The key to enjoying the best view of the night sky is getting as far away from man-made light sources as possible. These local parks are great places to start. Be sure to check out the latest information from the Richmond Astronomical Society to find out which stars, planets, and constellations are visible in the sky at any given time. 

    There's nothing quite like gazing up at the clear night sky on a warm spring night. Contact us today to learn more about life in the Richmond and Chesterfield areas, and talk to our team about finding your Virginia dream home. 

    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.  

    September
    21

    Richmond: Where to Play Tourist for a Day

    Richmond Tourism

    World Tourism Day is on Sunday, September 27th, and although we may not be able to grab our passports and jet off to parts unknown around the globe, we can still explore the many wonders of the world in our own backyards. Have you ever tried to act like a tourist in your own town? Our real estate agents encourage you to view the RVA through the eyes of a visitor with stops at these fantastic local places.

    1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228
      50-acres of outdoor gardens are waiting for you at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. As one of the top gardens in the country, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has over a dozen themed gardens, including a Rose Garden, Children's Garden, and Cherry Tree Walk. Ideal for taking a relaxing stroll around gorgeous scenery, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a must-visit for anyone who wants to see one of the most beautiful areas of the RVA.

    2. The Poe Museum – 1914 East Main St., Richmond, VA 23223
      Edgar Allan Poe, one of Richmond's most famous residents, is immortalized at The Poe Museum. Featuring the world's most comprehensive collection of Poe memorabilia and artifacts, including first editions, movie posters, and handwritten letters. Whether you can quote The Raven by heart or if you only know a little about this world-renowned author, a visit to The Poe Museum is a fun and interesting way to learn about the life, death, and legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.

    3. Maymont – 1000 Westover Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
      Maymont
      is a sprawling historic park and estate containing gardens, arboretums, a nature center, historic buildings, and many more interesting sights. Covering 100-acres, this estate and park is a popular space for both public and private events throughout the year. From watching and petting wildlife to viewing the carriage collecting and learning about the history of the property, Maymont's engaging atmosphere has earned it a Best of Virginia Award in 2020.

    4. Three Lakes Park and Nature Center – 400 Sausiluta Dr., Henrico, VA 23227
      When you're touring Henrico homes for sale, take a moment to learn about the natural area surrounding these charming neighborhoods at the Three Lakes Park and Nature Center. The Center offers 6,500-square-feet of exhibits, an aquarium, and interactive displays in nearly every field of natural interest. Three Lakes Park and Nature Center is a great stop for children of all ages. Outside of the Nature Center, the park offers fishing, a playground, hiking trails, and a picnic area where you can spend hours getting in touch with nature.

    5. Lavender Fields Herb Farm – 11300 Winfrey Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059
      Close to Glen Allen homes for sale is Lavender Fields Herb Farm, where you can stock up on unique gifts from the farm and, of course, all things lavender. Their website is updated regularly to show what's in season on their farm. While their lavender fields are at their peak in June, you can visit at any point in the year and enjoy their Lavender Tour. 

    6. Keystone Antique Truck and Tractor Museum – 880 West Roslyn Rd., Colonial Heights, VA 23834
      After looking at nearby Colonial Heights homes for sale, take a trip back in time when you visit Keystone Antique Truck and Tractor Museum. Featuring a rare collection of tractors, this museum is the perfect opportunity to learn about this history of agricultural equipment. The tractors on display are always changing, making this a great place to visit multiple times. 

    7. Centre Hill Mansion – 1 Centre Hill Ave., Petersburg, VA 23803
      Petersburg is packed with history, and one of the best places to learn about it is Centre Hill Mansion. Constructed between 1818 and 1823, this mansion now serves as a museum displaying 19th and 20th-century furniture and art. Tours are available Saturday and Sunday. Stop by for a tour and learn about the area after looking at Petersburg homes for sale

    Did you discover charming new neighborhoods during your tour of the RVA? Contact us today to schedule tours of the many great Richmond homes for sale.

    August
    10

    7 Campgrounds Near Richmond the Whole Family Will Enjoy

    Richmond Campgrounds

    While many people aren't quite ready to travel to far-away places this summer, this doesn't mean you have to be stuck at home! Spending some time in the great outdoors can be the ultimate socially-distant vacation for the whole family. 

    Our REALTORS® have created a list of their favorite area campgrounds. Check it out, then pack up your tent or RV (or reserve a cushy cabin!) and start planning your next trip! 

    1. Picture Lake Campground: 7818 Boydton and Petersburg Plank Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
      Looking for a family-friendly camping trip where you can reconnect with your loved ones? Picture Lake Campground is a great option! With a large pool, playground, volleyball, fishing, and kayak rentals, there's always plenty to do. Choose from waterfront tent camping, RV camping in pull-through sites with 30 and 50-amp service, or rent a camping cabin. Before you head home from your adventure, we suggest taking a drive around so you can get a look at some of the great nearby Petersburg homes for sale. You might just decide to stay! 

    2. Cozy Acres Campground: 2177 Ridge Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139
      If you're looking for a bit more activity, Cozy Acres Campground is a great option! Here you'll find a swimming pool and kiddie pool, horseshoe pits, beach volleyball, a stocked fishing pond, a game room, and more! They also offer planned activities and have a trading post on site where you can shop for supplies or relax and play some board games or billiards. Campers can choose from tent camping, pull-thru 50-amp "super-sites" with a patio, 20, 30, or 50-amp full hookups and big-rig waterfront sites with patios. If you prefer a bit more comfort, rent a rustic cabin with air conditioning or a "kottage" with a kitchen, bath, and AC. If you've been considering Powhatan homes for sale, you'll love being so close to this fun family getaway. 

    3. Camptown Campground: 22802 Camptown Dr., Petersburg, VA 23803
      Want to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world and enjoy a few days of peace and quiet? Camptown Campground is the perfect destination! Without the distraction of so many amenities, you can really relax and enjoy simple pleasures like bonfires, s'mores, hiking, and horseshoes. It's a family-friendly campground that doesn't believe in charging pet deposits. So make sure you bring Fido along as well!

    4. Pocahontas State Park 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832
      Take the whole family with you for a camping adventure at Pocahontas State Park. Not only are there tons of hiking trails to explore, but there are also multiple overnight options for your stay! Choose between staying in a cozy yurt, a camping cabin, or bring your tent or camper to one of their campsites. All campsites are equipped with electric and water hookups. Plus, you can stop by Chesterfield homes for sale in the area if you decide you never want to leave.

    5. South 40 Campground: 2809 Courtland Rd., Petersburg, VA 23805
      At South 40 Campground, the entire family will love spending time splashing in the pool, riding paddle boats, and hiking the nature trails. When you're ready for some modern conveniences, you can make a reservation at Shaker's Restaurant, located on-site, or head over to the comfortable rec room with free WiFi. Camping options here include shaded tent sites with their own fire pits, pull-through RV sites with water, sewer, cable, and a fire pit, rustic cabins with electricity, heat, and beds, or regular cabins with a full kitchen and bath. 

    6. Americamps RV Resort 11322 Air Park Road, Ashland, VA 23005
      Enjoy full amenities at this RV resort right down the road from Ashland homes for sale. Americamps offers 198 full hook-up sites for you to park your RV and spend a memorable and relaxing time with the whole family. This campground is also a perfect one to take your dog with you. The RV resort has its own fenced canine camp so your pup can enjoy the great outdoors too! 

    7. Cedar Dam: 25119 Smith Grove Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
      If "glamping" is more your style, you'll love Cedar Dam Campgrounds. This wildlife paradise features a beautiful lake where you can fish for your dinner or enjoy a relaxing paddleboard or boat ride. You'll love the peace and solitude and the creature comforts like hot showers, cozy cabins, and a screened-in kitchen where you can prepare your meals. 

    If you're thinking of making a move this summer, the pros at Napier Realtors can help. Contact us today to start looking at Richmond homes for sale

    July
    21

    Picnic in a Parklet: Dine in the Streets Around Richmond

    Roadways take us from Point A to Point B, but what if the street suddenly became the spot where we drank, laughed, and dined with our friends and family? Prepare to park yourself in the middle of the road for a picnic: parklets are coming to Richmond! If you're unfamiliar with the relatively new concept of the parklet, our real estate agents have a feeling that you'll love this innovative idea that brings the RVA community out into the street!

    What is a Parklet?

    Outdoor dining has always been a popular option, particularly in Richmond where our warm weather is limited during the winter. Having the opportunity to dine outside with our friends and family, enjoying the sunshine and cool breeze, is perhaps even more of a luxury in today's world. Richmond is preparing to turn streets within the Richmond city limits into a parklet so that restaurants can expand their seating options for diners to safely gather.

    Think of a parklet like a tiny oasis right in the heart of Richmond. This temporary pop-up park is built in an area that is predominantly used for vehicular traffic like metered parking spaces or smaller roadways. The parklet takes this space and connects to the sidewalk to increase the pedestrian space available. In many instances, these spaces are positioned around popular areas such as restaurants and coffee shops to provide more space for patrons.

    The concept of a parklet dates back to 2005 when a design group in San Francisco repurposed a parking space into a "people space". This was joined by a larger movement called PARK(ing) Day which is an annual act to bring attention to the need for more public spaces within urban areas.

    Parklets in the RVA

    Venture Richmond is taking the concept of parklets and using them to help restaurants while indoor capacities are still limited. The project called Picnic in a Parklet is easy for businesses to apply for online and will help them with design and getting permitting assistance for their parklet.  

    Parklets may be temporary or permanent structures and there are already many businesses around Richmond interested in this idea, including The Stables in the Museum District and Soul Taco.

    Other past parklet projects have included Robinson Street Association Parklet Project, which brought parklets near Stuart & Robinson and at Cary & Robinson, and Park(king) Day 2019 which brought parklets to local restaurants like Saison Market.

    This initiative is one of the many ways our community is coming together to support small businesses. If these parklets are created, Richmond's community will be offered a new space to enjoy the outdoors comfortably and safely.

    Would you like to live within walking distance of these proposed parklet locations? Want to be a part of a community that loves supporting local businesses? We can help! Contact us today to browse our Richmond homes for sale.

    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!

    June
    23

    Build a Summer Fire Pit with These DIY Tips

    Summer Fire Pit

    There's no better way to spend a summer evening than gathering around a fire pit with a refreshing beverage, your friends and family, and everything you need to make tasty s'mores. 

    A fire pit makes an excellent addition to any property on the list of Richmond homes for sale. If your home is lacking a fire pit, consider creating your own for a custom look. Make your backyard fire pit enjoyable and safe with these tips below.  

    1. Set Your Budget
      Building your own fire pit is a fantastic way to save money. However, depending on the design, the project can cost you anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. Before you get started, decide how much you want to spend on your DIY fire pit. If you're on a tight budget, you can still build a gorgeous firepit. Look around your property and see what items you can repurpose. Old pavers, cement blocks, or retaining wall bricks are perfect materials for building a fire pit. Just a layer of sand to hold the pavers in place. Or, if you have an old koi pond, you no longer use, remove the water and transform it into a fire pit. Just make sure that the rocks in the pond are non-combustible. Should you have a little wiggle room in your budget, there's no limit to the design possibilities for your fire pit. Use concrete and mold to cast an inviting fire pit, or add glass walls to a metal planter for a contemporary look.
    1. Decide on Your Preferred Fuel Source
      Another detail to keep in mind is what kind of fuel you'd prefer to use. If you have your heart set on a wood-burning fire pit, you'll want to check that your fire pit's design provides ample space for the logs and allows enough airflow for the fire to thrive. Gel fuel canisters are another popular fuel source for DIY fire pits. These canisters are available at many home improvement stores and retailers that sell home goods. A benefit of these canisters is that you can use them to customize the appearance of the flame. Just add more canisters for a larger flame. They also work well in smaller fire pits. You can add stones or glass rocks to use with the gel fuel canisters to customize the aesthetics of your fire pit.
    1. Make Sure Your Fire Pit is Safe
      While our real estate agents know the value that a lovely outdoor space can add to a home, it's important that these spaces are safe for your family and your home. Fire pits should be at least 10 feet away from your home or any outside buildings. Make sure the fire pit is in an open area clear of trees, vegetation, or brush. If you plan to house your fire pit on your deck, you'll want to add a fireproof mat underneath the fire pit if you prefer a wood-burning fire pit. This will prevent the flames from damaging your deck or catching it on fire. Or, you can stick with gel fuel canisters that are considered safe for deck usage.

    Looking for a new home in Richmond with plenty of outdoor space? Contact us today to start your search!

    March
    16

    Your Spring Checklist for Richmond

    Spring in Richmond

    Spring is the perfect time to get out and about in Richmond, as the weather warms and gardens bloom. You'll find plenty of places to have fun as you celebrate the spring weather.

    Richmond is a wonderful place to call home all year long, but there are certain activities that are just more fun in the spring! Our real estate agents suggest the following locations to add to your checklist of places to visit in Richmond this spring! 

    1. River Front Canal Walk, access points are at nearly every block between 5th and 17th streets, Richmond, VA 23219
      The River Front Canal Walk is a popular destination and activity in Richmond, offering plenty to do as well as beautiful scenery. You can buy fresh produce at one of the country's oldest public markets or visit the Poe Museum, which commemorates the famous author's time spent living in Richmond. The walk covers 1.5 miles and travels along the James River and Kanawha Canal, making it the perfect stop while you're touring Richmond homes for sale.

    2. James River Park System, 4001 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23219
      Richmond's natural beauty is on full display at the James River Park System, which includes more than 550 acres of shoreline and islands. This oasis in the city offers many activities, including hiking, navigating a climbing wall, braving the Pony Pasture Rapids, and exploring Williams Island, which is open to the public and is accessible only by water.

    3. Agecroft Hall & Gardens, 4305 Sulgrave Rd., Richmond, VA 23221 
      Agecroft Hall - a 16th-century manor - is a unique sight, with a Great Hall, leaded glass windows, intricately carved staircases, and more. Stop for a visit, which includes a one-hour guided tour, after which you can take your time strolling through the property and its beautiful gardens that are truly beautiful during the spring!

    4. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228
      The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is worth a stop year-round, but especially in the spring. The historic property has more than 50 acres of gardens in addition to dining and shopping. You'll find more than a dozen themed gardens, including Cherry Tree Walk and a Children's Garden, and if your interest in gardening is piqued, the Botanical Garden offers many classes.

    5. Spring festivals, various locations in Richmond
      When the weather gets warm, Richmond hosts some festivals that offer the perfect excuse to get out of the house have fun in the city. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Shamrock the Block, which draws a big crowd each year. Or head out to Monument Avenue on Easter Sunday to see a unique type of parade. The attractions remain in place, and it's the spectators that parade around to get a good look at everyone and everything! To check out a list of Richmond's spring festivals, visit River City Food Tours online.

    Contact us to learn more about what to see and do in Richmond. Our agents are well versed in what Richmond has to offer and are the experts when it comes to buying or selling your home. 

    September
    19

    Tuckahoe Plantation - Childhood Home of Thomas Jefferson & Popular Wedding Venue

    Tuckahoe Plantation - Napier ERA

    Living in Richmond, VA, means you don't have to look far to find history all around you. Some of America's most compelling historic sites are a mere stone's throw from many Richmond homes for sale.

    One of those sites is Tuckahoe Plantation. Less than 30 minutes from the heart of Downtown Richmond, this incredible 18th-century historic plantation is one of the best-preserved structures from its era in Virginia. It was also the boyhood home of future president Thomas Jefferson. 

    Formative Years

    A picturesque house set on a rambling estate in Goochland County, Tuckahoe was originally built for the Randolph family around 1712. Additional construction between 1730 and 1740 expanded the home to its current configuration – a unique H-shaped floor plan rarely seen in its time – and made space for William Randolph's wife and children.

    After Randolph's death in 1745, the home was passed to his cousin, Jane Randolph and her husband, Peter Jefferson. Together they moved to Tuckahoe with their four children, including two-year-old Thomas. 

    Thomas Jefferson, who would become the third President of the United States, spent the next seven years of his life at Tuckahoe. These were formative years during which he was educated at a small one-room schoolhouse on the property.

    Stepping Back in Time

    Tuckahoe is a rare example of the early architectural Georgian style, with two long gabled wings connected by a broad central block. The home still sits on its original site, with high brick foundations and four chimneys – two on the south end and two on the north. Much of the interior paneling and embellishments are intact as well.

    Amazingly, the outbuildings are also still intact, leading historians to consider Tuckahoe to be one of the most complete 18th-century plantations in North America. The plantation "street," gives a rare glimpse into the full range of plantation life. The barn, kitchen, smokehouse, storehouse, and plantation office are all still intact. Along with two slave quarters, and the schoolhouse where young Thomas Jefferson received his education. 

    Visiting Tuckahoe

    Located at 12601 River Road just outside Richmond, Tuckahoe Plantation was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1969. Although the home is currently privately owned, it is open to the public for tours. 

    You can take a self-guided tour of the house and grounds for only $5.00 per person. Guided tours are also available; contact the house tour guide by phone to learn more or schedule a tour. It is also possible to reserve the grounds for private events. 

    Visit the house in spring to see the rambling gardens in full bloom, or in fall to see the trees around the property changing color. Be sure to check for upcoming events on the Tuckahoe Plantation facebook page as well. The house hosts numerous annual events, including Thomas Jefferson's Birthday Bash in April, and Haunted History in October. 

    Contact us today to learn more about life in Richmond, VA. Finding your dream home to make it yours. Our real estate agents are committed to helping you live your best life in Richmond, VA. 

    July
    1

    Best Spots for a Picnic Around Richmond

    Richmond Picnic AreasCelebrate National Picnic Month at One of These Area Parks

    July is National Picnic Month.  What better time to pack a picnic basket and head out to your favorite park with family and friends.

    Part of the Richmond area's draw is our wealth of green spaces.  It's not hard to find a soft patch of grass to spread out a blanket for the ultimate al fresco dining experience. With so many options available, we thought we would help you narrow down your choices.  

    Our REALTORS® take a look at five favorite parks and picnic spots in and around Richmond.

    1. Armour House at Meadowview Park – 4001 Clarendon Road, Henrico, VA 23223
      When you're in the market for one of our Henrico homes for sale, you'll soon discover why Armour House & Gardens is an ideal setting for an afternoon picnic. Enjoy the view of the Victorian-style historic home located on the grounds. Visit the scenic walking trail, manicured gardens, or the flowing fountain before or after your meal. It's all located just minutes from the local elementary school.  Many of the area's cultural and art events take place here, too.
    2. Bryan Park – 4308 Hermitage Road, Richmond VA 23227
      A visit to Bryan Park is a fantastic way to get a breath of fresh air. It's especially rewarding for those who've just purchased one of the beautiful Richmond homes for sale! Found on the National Register of Historic Places, Bryan Park is known for its bird walks as well as its full calendar of festivals and events. A seasonal farmer's market takes place on Tuesday afternoons.
    3. Crump Park Playground and Meadow Farm Museum – 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
      Crump Park Playground is adjacent to the Meadow Farm Museum, an appealing historic site not far from Glen Allen homes for sale. Crump Park features one of the nicest and most expansive playgrounds, perfect for the kiddos to get their extra energy out. It's also adjacent to the Meadow Farm Museum, one of the county's last surviving 1800s-era farmsteads.
    4. Pocahontas State Park – 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA 28382
      A short drive from Chesterfield homes for sale, you'll encounter the natural splendor of Pocahontas State Park. In addition to any number of places to host a picnic, you'll also discover an array of other outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and horseback riding. The 200-acre Swift Creek welcomes all kinds of boating, complete with rentals, and two beloved fishing lakes are nearby.
    5. Robious Landing Park – 3800 James River Road, Midlothian, VA 23113
      Looking for a walk out in the great outdoors? Robious Landing Park is for you if you're considering Midlothian homes for sale. Robious Landing is one of the most convenient ways to picnic on the picturesque shores of the James River. With more than 100 acres of land, you'll find a wide range of picnic shelters and playgrounds to appreciate. There are plenty of scenic trails, too.

    Often the process of buying a house seems like "no picnic." With help from Napier ERA, it can be easier than you ever imagined. Napier ERA combines local real estate insight with reliable customer service. 

    Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond real estate area.

    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/

     

    April
    1

    Celebrate Spring at Lewis Ginter Museum with a Million Blooms

    Richmond-Lewis Ginter Million Blooms

    Spring is here, and our real estate agents at Napier ERA are ready to help you get a fresh start with the top Richmond homes for sale. If you haven't had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Richmond in spring, you're in for a treat this season.

    There are plenty of gorgeous green spaces distributed all along the Richmond area. Nature and the striking architectural achievements of Richmond work together to create a place where you can feel at home: Everything you want from a city provided to human scale.

    Not surprisingly, the Richmond region is also home to top nature preserves of various kinds. In addition to parks and zoos that draw visitors from miles around, you'll also find some of the leading botanical gardens anywhere in Virginia.

    One of the stand-out examples of these is the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

    The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Will Give You a True Taste of Spring

    Found at 1800 Lakeside Avenue right in Richmond, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden holds a wide range of awards. In recent years, it has received write-ups from USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, TripAdvisor, and the Canadian Garden Tourism Council.

    In 2011, it earned the highest honor in the United States for museum and library service: The Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal. It has since lived up to that great moment by expanding its programs and reaching out to share nature with all Richmond.

    "A Million Blooms" is one of the linchpin events of the year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

    Taking place between April 1 and June 1, A Million Blooms is the best way to see all that the garden has to offer as a new season of glorious growth settles in. Every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to see a parade of blooms unfurl up close.

    There's Something to See and Do All Throughout Spring at Lewis Ginter

    A whole spectrum of events will also be going on throughout the season. Lewis Ginter is known for some of the best children's programming focusing around the natural world. There is even a special Children's Garden set aside from young people to appreciate.

    Butterfly fans will have good reason to rejoice, too. Between mid-April and mid-October, kids and parents alike can enjoy the vibrancy of tropical butterflies. These butterflies live in the North Wing of the Conservatory and include hundreds of specimens.

    Thanks to the nature of these fascinating creatures, the experience is always changing. No matter when you come, however, you'll be treated to several fun options for family-friendly activities. It's a thrill to see butterflies take flight right here in Richmond!

    It Could Be the "Spring" of Your Life Here in Wonderful Richmond

    Are you wondering if Richmond is the right place for you?

    Napier ERA will make it easy for you to explore your real estate opportunities here. Our team consists of the area's leading experts in choosing and buying the right home for you.

    Not only do we understand the local market inside and out, but we also pride ourselves on outstanding service. You'll feel the confidence that comes from complete support every step of the way.

    Don't settle for a real estate agent who'll leave you feeling like you are "on your own." We'll equip you with the insights to make informed decisions. Soon, you will become a Richmond local.

    To find out more or get started, contact Napier ERA today. We are always here to help you reach your goals.

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