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August
1

Hidden Gems in Richmond That Locals Love

RVA Hidden Gems

Nearly eight million people visit Richmond each year, but some of the more fascinating attractions remain known only to locals. Get in on the fun at these hidden gems that are particular favorites of our real estate agents.

  • Pipeline Walk - 310 S. 14th St., Richmond, VA 23219
    You'll feel like a true insider when you visit the Pipeline Walk, part of the beautiful James River Park System. Once you reach the parking lot, descend a metal ladder that leads to the catwalk on top of the pipeline. When levels are high on the namesake rapids, the churning waters offer mesmerizing views. Low levels expose massive granite boulders. See how many birds you can spot on nearby Bailey's Island and Devil's Kitchen Island. Hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

  • Whilom Goods - 1 N. 2nd St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Everything old is new again at Whilom Goods, a charming vintage shop. "Whilom" is an old-fashioned term referring to "something that once was," which is fitting for the carefully curated collection of finds from flea markets, estate sales, and thrift shops. Items range from art and accessories to clothing and home decor. Whitney, owner, and curator of Whilom Goods, also creates handmade clay jewelry and soy candles that are sold in the store. Whilom Goods is open weekends from noon - 4 p.m.

  • Capitol Waffle Shop - 1110 E. Main St., Suite B, Richmond, VA 23219
    When it comes to sweet and savory mash-ups, chicken and waffles just scratches the surface. Capitol Waffle Shop features an incredible 18 savory waffle options, including classic chicken and waffles and chicken Philly, topped with melted queso, arugula, sundried tomatoes, and sauteed peppers and onions. Their decadent sriracha baked mac & cheese queso waffle was featured on Food Network's Cheat Day USA. Can't wait for the weekend? Waffle and mimosa brunch is served daily. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily except Monday and Tuesday when doors close at 2 p.m.

  • Institute for Contemporary Art - Virginia Commonwealth University, 601 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    World-class art is available just minutes from Richmond homes for sale at the Institute for Contemporary Art. This incredible facility is part of VCU's School of the Arts, but it's open to the public. The ICA showcases a fascinating selection of exhibits, performances, films, and cultural programs to encourage open discussion and innovation. Current exhibits include Doing Language: Word Work, which explores the role of language in expressing life experiences. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free for all visitors.

  • Sandman Comedy Club - 401 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Aristotle declared that laughter is "a bodily exercise, precious to health." If that's the case, a visit to Sandman Comedy Club is better than an apple a day. Enjoy dinner and signature cocktails as you watch some of today's top comedians perform. If you have a joke or two of your own, stop by on Sunday for Sandman's popular open mic night. Shows are scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with ticket prices starting at $15. Visit the website for a full calendar of events.

Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for all your real estate needs. 

May
9

5 Things to do This Spring in Richmond

Richmond Spring Activities

Spring is the perfect time to get out and partake in all the entertaining events and activities around Richmond homes for sale. Check out these incredible options that our real estate agents have on their must-list. 

  1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228
    April showers bring May flowers, and there's probably no better place to view nature's handiwork than Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Walk the 50-acre grounds that include upwards of a dozen themed gardens, including Cherry Tree Walk, Asian Valley, and the spectacular 11,000 square-foot Conservatory, dubbed the "Jewel of the Garden." Kids get a hands-on experience exploring a treehouse, planting seeds, and viewing wildlife in the Children's Garden. The whole family will enjoy special visiting exhibits such as Butterflies LIVE!, which runs through October 22. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, with extended Thursday hours through September. Admission is $17 for adults and $8 for ages 3-12.

  2. Metro Richmond Zoo - 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd., Moseley, VA 23120
    No matter what your age, everyone's a kid when they visit the Metro Richmond Zoo. Located just minutes from Moseley homes for sale, the Zoo features more than 2,000 exotic animals as well as a large number of barnyard animals, such as chickens, sheep, and goats. Add to your adventure at Treetop Zoofari, the area's first zipline course. Try your hand at 40 challenges across 15 ziplines that span more than 3,000 feet. The smaller Junior Explorer Course lets the little ones join in on the fun. Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tickets are $21.95 for adults and $15.95 for ages 2-11. Separate admission for Treetop Zoofari is $55 and $22.50 for the Junior Explorer Course.

  3. Richmond Flying Squirrels - The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23230
    Watch the next Mike Trout or Bryce Harper take the field for a game with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. As the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, the Squirrels have included MLB players such as Brandon Crawford, Hunter Strickland, and Brandon Belt on their roster. Nearly every game features a promotion such as fireworks, kids running the bases, and t-shirt giveaways. The regular season runs through Sunday, September 18. Visit the website for the full schedule and ticket prices. 

  4. Richmond Scavenger Hunts
    Whether you're a lifelong resident or newly transplanted, you'll learn something fascinating during Richmond Scavenger Hunts. These self-guided interactive tours take you through culturally and historically important neighborhoods, including Downtown Richmond, Capitol Square, Museum District, and Church Hill. There is no time limit, so you can proceed at your own pace and make side trips as you like. Fee is $28 for teams of up to four people. Visit the website to purchase tours and download the app.

  5. Dominion Energy Riverrock
    With activities ranging from biking to stand-up paddleboarding, Dominion Energy Riverrock is a great kickoff to summer outdoor fun. Founded in 2009, Riverrock is a pet-friendly outdoor sports and lifestyle festival taking place at various venues throughout Richmond. In addition to the competitive events, Adventure Zone offers a great opportunity for all ages to try slacklining, bouldering, and other activities at no charge. There will be food, beverages, and live music on hand when you need some downtime. Riverrock is set for Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22. Visit the website for schedule and competition registration fees.

Life in Richmond is always exciting, no matter what the season. If you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for experienced help.

February
21

5 Tips for a Pet-Friendly Home

Pet Friendly Home

Many households view their pets as family members, so it only makes sense that you would consider your pets when searching for a new home. Our real estate agents suggest following these tips to ensure you buy a pet-friendly home. 

  1. Look for Flooring That's Easy to Clean
    Despite your best efforts, it's almost inevitable that your pet is eventually going to make a mess on your floors. If your pet is elderly or has a finicky stomach, these messes may occur more frequently. A pet-friendly home should have flooring that's quick and easy for you to clean, like laminate or tile. If you don't want this type of flooring throughout your whole home, search for a property that has pet-friendly flooring in the areas where your pet will spend most of their day. 
  1. Make Sure a Potential Home Has Space to Exercise Your Pet
    Your pet needs exercise, and the right home will give you space to provide your pet with the exercise it needs. This space doesn't necessarily need to be a large yard. A walkable neighborhood or a home that's close to a park are both terrific alternatives. Or, if you know from experience that you prefer the convenience of opening the door to give your pet room to play and exercise, make a spacious yard with a fence a top priority on your homebuying wishlist. 
  1. Check That a Potential Home Has Space for Your Pet's Equipment
    If your dog uses a crate or if you own pets that require a cage (like birds, rabbits, snakes, or guinea pigs), make sure that a potential home has ample space to house your pet's equipment. A large crate or cage can quickly take up much of the floor space in a smaller room. Or, if you have multiple cats, you'll likely need an area to house multiple litter boxes. When touring Richmond homes for sale, keep in mind the amount of space that your pet's equipment needs. Homes with an under-the-stairs area provide a great spot to house your pet's crate or litterbox. 
  1. Search for Homes with a Mudroom
    A mudroom is an excellent addition for any pet owner. It gives you a space to house your pet supplies so that they're conveniently located but out of sight. You can use your mudroom to clean your pet before granting them access to the rest of your home. Some mudrooms even come with wash stations ideal for washing muddy paws. 
  1. Consider if the Home Will be Accessible as Your Pet Ages
    As your pet gets older, they may have issues climbing stairs. A single-story home is a good option to ensure that your pets can easily navigate your home. Or, if you're interested in a multi-story home, look for one that offers the space your pet needs on the main level. 

Ready to move to a home with more space for all your family members? Contact us today to get started!

February
14

Get to Know Richmond With These Tours

Richmond Tours

Richmond is a place where a rich history and vibrant present come together, and if you're thinking about making this area your new home, then we're here to help.

Just like any city, the best way to get to know Richmond is to put boots on the ground and explore it in person. If you want to get to know the city a little better, our real estate agents recommend these fascinating Richmond tours!

  • RVA Trolley Tour - 1301 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219
    Offered by the RVA on Wheels tour company, RVA Trolley Tours provides a chance to experience Richmond's landmarks and historic architecture aboard a classic vintage trolley. The narration from the tour guide on this 2-hour tour is often hilarious, and always fascinating. You might spot some beautiful Richmond homes for sale along the way, and you'll certainly experience a few sides of Richmond you've never seen before. RVA on Wheels also offers electric bike and Segway tours. 

  • Discover Richmond Food Tours - Various Locations, Richmond, VA 23219
    If you want to get to know a city, the best way to do so is to get to know its food. Richmond is home ro a rich and diverse culinary scene, and there's something here to delight every palate. You'll get a broad taste of what Richmond has to offer on a Discover Richmond Food Tour. Discover Richmond leads guided food tours in several different neighborhoods—The Arts District, Carytown, Church Hill, and Scott's Addition—so you can really savor what makes each part of the city special. 

  • Basket & Bike - 1301 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219
    Richmond is known as an eminently bike-able city, and you can really get a feel for its streets on a Basket & Bike tour. The Basket & Bike company offers several different tour options that offer a chance to explore the Virginia Capital Trail, Downtown Richmond, and the city's unique urban art and murals. Every Basket & Bike tour comes with a free drink voucher at Urban Farmhouse and Cafe, a beloved local cafe and market with locations in Richmond and Midlothian, VA.  

  • Riverfront Canal Cruises - 139 Virginia St, Richmond, VA 23219
    You get a different view of Richmond from the water. With their fleet of authentic canal boats, Riverfront Canal Cruises offers unique tours of Richmond's waterfront along the James River and Kanawha Canal. Your boat will follow a route that parallels the historic Canal Walk, the Virginia Capital Trail, and the Low Line gardens, while your knowledgeable guide provides insights into the development of the city over the course of four centuries. Keep an eye out for wildlife including deer and great blue heron along the wilder portions of the route. 

  • Eerie Nights Ghost Tour - 100 N 17th St, Richmond, VA 23219
    No visit to Richmond is complete without an exploration to the city's spookier side. On an Eerie Nights Ghost Tour, you'll have a chance to see and learn about some of the city's most notorious haunted and historic sites. This walking and/or trolley tour departs after nightfall, and you will be accompanied by guides in period costume and ghoulish makeup. It's a fun, frightful way to spend an evening in Richmond, and you'll leave having learned some fun facts about the city's ghostly past.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Richmond, and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Central Virginia. 

January
24

About Downtown Richmond's First Fridays

First Fridays

Once a month, Richmond's thriving arts community takes center stage in one of the city's most popular traditions. Our real estate agents love visiting Downtown Richmond for First Fridays from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. During these monthly events, make sure to stop by these wonderful galleries, shops, and restaurants that are right down the street from Richmond homes for sale.

  • Big Secret - 120 W. Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Lasers may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but Big Secret uses them as a tool to create "future artifacts." The artists use the energy and precision of laser beams to turn wood, metal, glass, and fabric into toys, jewelry, home accessories, and other works of art. Even non-traditional materials such as shoes, leaves, and film stock can be a canvas for this creative form. Big Secret's studio is open by appointment and for special events such as First Fridays.

  • Quirk Gallery - 207 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Art is meant to be shared. In addition to exhibits of innovative work from top and emerging artists, Quirk Gallery has a boutique of curated items that make wonderful gifts. The Quirk also hosts pop-up shops, one-day-only shows, and workshops that let you unlock your own creative spirit. Hours are 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Lift Coffee Shop & Cafe - 218 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    The creatively designed and decorated drinks at Lift Coffee Shop & Cafe are works of art in their own right. All coffee drinks, such as Mayan Mocha and Banana Bread Latte, are made with fair-trade organic beans that are roasted locally. If you're looking for a light breakfast or lunch, Lift offers a nice selection of sandwiches, paninis, and salads. Relax with friends over a beer, wine, or cocktail. Lift is open 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

  • Blue Bones - 310 N. Laurel St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Lauren Healy-Flora worked for iconic designer Anna Sui, while Jeremy Flora has had a lifelong passion for vintage. Together, their fashion instincts and knowledge have turned Blue Bones into Richmond's hippest vintage and consignment shop. When you visit, chances are that Lauren herself will be helping you pick out the perfect outfit, accessories, or home decor items. Blue Bones is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 6 p.m.

  • Vagabond - 700 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Vagabond serves a menu of upscale Southern favorites in a stylishly casual ambiance. Customers give high marks to the shrimp po'boy, fried catfish, collard greens, and mac 'n' cheese. On weekends, head downstairs to the Rabbit Hole, a speakeasy-style bar with live entertainment. Vagabond is open for dinner and drinks Thursday through Sunday, as well as Sunday through Wednesday on show nights at the National.

Be a part of the creative energy in Richmond. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for cheerful and dedicated help from our experienced agents. 

November
8

Historic Buildings in Downtown Richmond

Richmond Historic Buildings

Richmond has a long, interesting story that spans centuries, and residents have always had a love of local history. Many of the city's historic buildings have been preserved to the present day, and are just waiting to be explored. Whether you're a history buff yourself or you're searching for fun, educational family activities in Richmond, a historic tour is a great way to spend a day in the city. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 6 historic buildings in downtown Richmond to explore.

  • The Valentine – 1015 E. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Located near Richmond homes for sale and dedicated to exploring local history, The Valentine is the perfect place to start your historical journey in downtown Richmond. The museum is home to tons of fascinating artifacts from the 400-year history of the Richmond area, with rotating exhibits that complement the permanent collections. They also host history tours, which will take you to a variety of historic locations around Richmond.|

  • Byrd Theatre – 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    Ever since it first opened its doors in 1928, the Byrd Theatre has been one of Richmond's most popular cultural destinations. The Baroque architecture and spectacular murals are more than worth a visit, while the theater also still operates as one of the most unique places to watch movies that you'll ever find. The theater shows both new and historic films, with a busy schedule that ensures you'll always have something to look forward to on the schedule.

  • Main Street Station – 1500 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Historic Main Street Station has had an interesting story since it first opened in 1901. It was one of Richmond's biggest transportation hubs for nearly 75 years before closing its doors in 1975. But it has since been reopened and revitalized, serving as a transportation hub once again while also being a destination for lovers of historic architecture.

  • Maymont Mansion & Estate – 1000 Westover Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Once belonging to a wealthy local couple, Maymont Mansion & Estate has been transformed into a 100-acre public landmark that is enjoyed by visitors of all ages. The mansion is an elegant stone structure that would fit in nicely in historic Europe. The grounds are also home to some amazing gardens, inspired by flora from different parts of the world like Japan and Italy. It's easy to spend a full day exploring all that this historic site has to offer.

  • Old City Hall – 1001 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219
    An imposing, gorgeous Victorian Gothic structure built in 1904, Old City Hall is one of Richmond's most distinctive historic buildings. While most of the structure now serves as a private office space, visitors can still tour the first floor of Old City Hall and explore the building's amazing exterior.

  • Virginia Capitol & Executive Mansion – 10th and Banks Streets, Richmond, VA 23219
    The oldest legislative assembly in America, the Virginia Capitol & Executive Mansion was designed by none other than Thomas Jefferson. There are daily guided tours that will take you through the historic halls, filled with historical statues, paintings, and exhibits. You can even tour the legislative chambers, which have been recently restored. The Executive Mansion is still in use today and has been continuously inhabited since 1813.

Ready to find your own outstanding home close to all of the history and attractions of Richmond? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA area.

November
1

Plan a Visit to the Virginia Capital Trail

Capital Trail

Officially opened in 2015, the Virginia Capital Trail unites the state's past and present. Pedestrians and bikers can travel just over 51 miles between Jamestown, Virginia's first capital, and Richmond. 

Our real estate agents enjoy visiting these exciting attractions along the trail, just minutes from Richmond homes for sale.

  • Belle Isle - 300 Tredegar St., Richmond, VA 23219
    How many cities can boast a scenic island right in the heart of downtown? Just cross the Tredegar St. pedestrian bridge to reach Belle Isle, a natural oasis in the James River. Activities include hiking, biking, rock climbing, and fishing. Water is too rough for swimming, but the large, flat rocks found around the island are perfect for sunbathing. Belle Isle is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

  • The Valentine - 1015 E. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Take a walk through years of Richmond history with a visit to the Valentine. For more than a century, the Valentine has served as a repository for collections and exhibits that bring Richmond's past to life for a current audience. One of the highlights is the Costume & Textiles Collection, featuring more than 30,000 pieces of clothing and accessories spanning the late 18th century to the present day. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids under age 18.

  • Canal Walk - 139 Virginia St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Stretching 1.25 miles along the James River, the Canal Walk serves as an outdoor museum. A fascinating series of medallions, statues and exhibits depict major events and themes throughout 400 years of Richmond's history. George Washington, an early supporter of canal transportation, was instrumental in the passage of legislation authorizing the Kanawha Canal. The Canal Walk is open 24/7 to walkers, bikers, and leashed pets.

  • Deep Bottom Park & Four Mile Creek - 9525 Deep Bottom Rd., Henrico, VA 23231
    The Virginia Capital Trail isn't just for landlubbers. Deep Bottom Park & Four Mile Creek, not far from Henrico homes for sale, has two boat ramps and a canoe launch providing access to the James River. Try your luck fishing or just enjoy a leisurely day on the water. Be sure to bring Fido along, as leashed dogs are welcome. Park hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

  • Great Shiplock Park - 2803 Dock St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Located at mile marker 51.2, Great Shiplock Park is the western trailhead for the Virginia Capital Trail. The park is one of the quieter, less-visited parts of the trail, making it a nice place to get away with a good book or simply take in the scenic views of downtown Richmond and the James River. Cross the footbridge to Chapel Island and fish for shad, white perch, and smallmouth bass. Great Shiplock Park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

  • National Battlefield Park - 470 Tredegar St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Take the whole family for a living history lesson at National Battlefield Park, which encompasses 13 war-related sites around the city. Follow the self-guided driving tour or walk the pet-friendly trails at Gaines' Mill, Totopotomoy Creek, Cold Harbor, and Malvern Hill. Battlefield areas are open daily from sunrise to sunset and there is no charge for admission.

Blaze your own real estate trail in Richmond. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more.

October
25

Run the VCU Health Richmond Marathon

Richmond Marathon

If you're moving to Richmond, you're in luck. You're just in time for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon! Always tremendous fun, the annual event is eagerly anticipated by runners and spectators alike. And there's still time to sign up! There are plenty of Richmond homes for sale that put you just a stone's throw away from where the action will be. Here's what to expect.

Signing Up

The VCU Health Richmond Marathon will be held Saturday, November 13th, beginning at 7:45 am. Heralded as "America's Friendliest Marathon," anyone 16 years or older can sign up to run. Registration spots had initially all been filled, but due to popular demand, more spots have been added for those still wishing to run. However, be advised that anyone signing up at this point will receive their medal by mail sometime in early 2022 rather than on race day.

Registering for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon is also a great way to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Unlike Richmond, Boston has strict time requirements you must meet, based on your age and gender, if you want to run in the marathon. Richmond is one of the most popular qualifiers for running in Boston.

If you sign up for the marathon between now and November 7th, you'll pay a $130 entry fee. If you wait until the last minute and sign up in the week leading up to the race, that goes up to $140. However, anyone who makes a $50 to Kids Run RVA can get $20 knocked off their entry fee.

The Course

The VCU Health Richmond Marathon begins at Grace St. and 5th and follows a circuitous route to the Canal Walk on the scenic riverfront, at 5th and Tredegar St. Plenty of help and amenities are stationed along the route. Water and Nuun Replenisher gel are available every 2 miles until mile 20 and every 1 mile after that. Bathrooms are also available at each water stop. GU energy gel will be available at Mile 14 and Mile 21, and there are Junk Food Stops at Miles 16 and 22 and Pickle Juice at Mile 23. Medical aid will also be available along the course if needed.

There's no hurry to finish the race, but the course will only be open for 7 hours total, and provided services will be shut down sequentially as the day progresses. Therefore, to continue availing yourself of the water and other amenities, you must maintain a minimum speed of around 4 miles an hour - a brisk walk.

Other Courses

If 26.2 miles seems daunting, there are several other races being run that day. The CarMax Richmond Half Marathon starts just one block over but covers an entirely different city area. And the Allianz Partners 8K is just under 5 miles, starting at 7 am.

Even if you're not available on the 13th, you can still run. If you sign up to compete virtually, you can run anytime in November and get all the perks of competing in person - as well as all the swag. If you're ambitious, you can do the Richmond Challenge: Run one race on race day and the other two virtually throughout the month for a chance at even more glory and prestige.

There are marathons all over, but Richmond's is one of the most fun. Plus, the area has many local running trails for you to work on your marathon time. And that's just the tip of the iceberg of what the area has to offer. Contact us when you're ready to make Richmond your home. Our real estate agents can help you get settled and find everything you need.

September
13

National Comic Book Day: Comic Book Stores Near Richmond

RVA Comic Book StoresNational Comic Book Day is on September 25th and is a terrific time to explore local comic book stores or treat the comic book lover in your life. Richmond homes for sale benefit from the city's creative culture, and comic books have long been a part of the area's publishing scene. If you take a little time to plan ahead, you could end up starting your own comic book collection just by visiting all of the comic book stores near Richmond!

Here are a few that stand out:

  • Velocity Comics – 819a West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Velocity Comics has one of the biggest selections of comic books in Richmond. Its customer service is second to none, as the team will automatically pull your favorite comics for you based on the list you submit rather than wandering the shelves – not that doing so can't be fun all on its own! Open seven days a week, Velocity has a reputation for always being up to date on the latest big events from Marvel, DC, and many more.

  • Alpha Comics & Games – 1601 Willow Lawn Drive 300B, Richmond, Virginia 23230
    Alpha Comics & Games has new releases every week and is known for its collection of vintage comics – it touts "The Best Vintage Section in Central Virginia." If you've fallen behind on all the latest developments in comics, the staff will be glad to catch you up with its weekly events on Wednesdays. A family-owned and operated business with a long local history, you might remember it under the name Nostalgia Plus.

  • Richmond Book Shop – 808 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Richmond Book Shop has it all, giving you the unbeatable feeling of venturing through the eclectic collection of a beloved community bookseller. Its stunning selection of comics runs the gamut from vintage to modern, with graphic novels and manga added in for good measure. It's easy to spend a whole day browsing the shelves!

  • Richmond Comix – 14255 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Richmond Comix earns its reputation as one of the top comics stores in Midlothian by topping off an excellent selection with plenty of live events, a book club, and much more. The store has been around since 1987, and its dedication to quality shows in its curated selection, slick website, and emphasis on uplifting local creators. It's yet another stellar reason to choose Midlothian homes for sale.

  • Stories, Comics – 9040 West Broad Street, Henrico, VA 23294
    Stories, Comics may have an unassuming name, but it has an incredible collection of contemporary and classic comics with a "neighborhood comic shop" feel. It has a robust selection of action figures, comic book storage supplies, graphic novels, and even magazines, in addition to its treasure trove of comics. Top brands include Action Lab, Boom Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Image, and Vault – all minutes from Henrico homes for sale.

Our real estate agents know local shops are one of the many things you'll enjoy when living in the Richmond area. Contact us to discover more about Richmond real estate.

July
26

Where to go Kayaking in Richmond

RVA Kayaking

Ready to hit the water? Central Virginia offers some truly amazing paddling opportunities, and our real estate agents are excited to share their favorite summer kayak spots. 

Nestled along the mighty James River, Richmond, in particular, is a great place to explore by kayak (there's a reason they call it the River City). Here's where to launch your kayak, join a guided trip, or gear up for your next kayak adventure in Richmond, VA!

  • RVA Paddlesports - 1320 School St, Richmond, VA 23220
    One of the top destinations for rafting and paddling on the James River in Richmond, RVA Paddlesports provides outdoor adventure for all ages and experience levels. That includes guided whitewater kayaking and flatwater kayaking trips on the James River, as well as an intro to kayaking classes with expert teachers and guides. You can learn the ropes if you've never set foot in a kayak or challenge yourself if you're more experienced. Located just minutes from these Richmond homes for sale, RVA Paddlesports also offers boat and gear rentals and repairs. 

  • Richmond Waterfront - 415 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219
    The revitalized Richmond Waterfront offers a lovely stretch of green space along the James River shoreline, with a spectacular view of the city skyline. It's a popular place to launch kayaks, do a little fishing, or simply relax along the riverside. The waterfront overlooks a section of river that is typically calm and easy to navigate by kayak, especially during the summer months, though there are some more challenging waters not too far downstream. Hourly kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals are available onsite. 

  • Riverside Outfitters -6836 Old Westham Rd, Richmond, VA 23225
    No matter what type of adventure you have in mind—kayaking, rafting, tubing, cycling, rock climbing—the folks at Riverside Outfitters have you covered. They provide several different guided kayaking trips for large and small groups, including a whitewater trip from Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek (ages 12 and up) and a flatwater kayak trip in the Huguenot Flatwater (ages 10 and up). Of course, you can always go off on your own adventure, too, with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, flatwater canoes, and tandem kayaks available for rent. 

  • James River Park - 1200 Brander St, Richmond, VA 23224
    James River Park consists of numerous launch areas throughout the Richmond metro area, all of which provide some of the city's best opportunities for paddling, fishing, hiking, and biking. For kayakers, the Ancarrow's Landing site is one of the best places to launch, with a newly-renovated stretch of riverbank and a brand new, well-lit parking area. Other James River Park units, including Pony Pasture Rapids and Huguenot Flatwater, are also great places to start a paddling trip. With several sites up and down the river, James River Parks provide numerous options for put-in and take-out. 

  • Tandem Adventures - Pump House Dr, Richmond, VA 23221
    Specializing in calm, flatwater kayak trips on the James River's tranquil canals and backwaters, Tandem Adventures is the perfect option if you're new to kayaking. And since tandem kayaks are their thing, it's also an excellent choice for couples looking for a relaxing, romantic paddling excursion. Whether you choose to paddle through the historic Kanawha Canal or meander along the James River shoreline beneath the Richmond skyline, a memorable experience is all but guaranteed.

Contact us today to learn more about all the adventures that await in Richmond and the surrounding areas! Our team can't wait to help you find your dream home in Central Virginia. 

March
9

Learn About Butterflies Day: Explore Butterfly Gardens in Richmond

Richmond Butterfly Gardens

For centuries, butterflies have captured human imagination, serving as inspiration for art, poetry, and song. Explore the fascinating story of these stunning insects during National Learn about Butterflies Day on Sunday, March 14. Join our real estate agents by planning a visit to one of these wonderful gardens around Richmond.

  1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228
    With more than a dozen themed gardens across 82 acres, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers plentiful opportunities to spot butterflies in their natural habitat. In 1926, Grace Arents bequeathed her beautiful farm, along with the sum of $100,000, to Richmond. She asked that her gift be used to establish a garden honoring the memory of her uncle, local businessman and philanthropist Lewis Ginter. Today, Grace's dream has landed on several lists naming the top ten botanical gardens in North America. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $14 for adults and $8 for kids up to age 12. The garden is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

  2. Maymont - 1000 Westover Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Butterflies are just one of many reasons to visit Maymont, a picturesque estate on the banks of the James River. The one-time home of James and Sallie Dooley is now the site of an arboretum and several specialty gardens, including a wetland, grotto, and ornamental lawn. Marie's Butterfly Trail opened in 2009, features signage with helpful information about the life cycle of butterflies and why they're attracted to specific plants. While the grounds are open to the public with free admission, a $5 donation is suggested. Hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily between April and September. Closing time is 5 p.m. during the offseason.

  3. Bellemeade Park - 1800 Krouse St., Richmond, VA 23224
    Bellemeade Park is a labor of love for a dedicated group of volunteers working to develop and maintain the beautiful six-acre public facility. Their goal is to promote the park as a valuable environmental asset benefiting the community around Richmond homes for sale. Butterflies, turtles, hawks, and owls are just a few of the park "residents" that may be spotted during a walk along trails that pass through forests and gardens. The park is open to the public free of charge.

  4. Bryan Park - 4308 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, VA 23227
    Butterflies add a colorful touch of the present to Richmond's past at Bryan Park, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. Named for the founder of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the property on which the park resides was donated to the city in 1910 by Joseph Bryan's widow. See a wide variety of butterflies at the popular 17-acre Azalea Gardens and the pollinator garden in the Nature Preserve. Park hours are sunrise to dusk, seven days a week.

  5. James River Park - 4001 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23225
    Enjoy a refreshing getaway without leaving the city with a visit to James River Park. This spectacular location in the heart of Richmond draws nearly two million visitors each year. Don't miss Williams Island, a densely vegetated area that is home to butterflies along with other insects, birds, and wildlife. James River Park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. 

Whether you're a social butterfly or cocooning is more your thing, we can help you find a home in Richmond that suits your lifestyle. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more.

February
15

How to Start Your Garden Indoors This Month

Richmond Indoor Garden

If you have plans for a garden this year and prefer to save money and start your own plants from seed, now is the time to start those seeds indoors. Even if you're planning on selling your home this year, our real estate agents advise moving ahead with your normal gardening plans, as adding pretty flowers to your landscaping or to pots around the front door and porch can dramatically improve your home's curb appeal. Here are a few tips to help you successfully start seeds inside.

  1. Know what plants need to be started indoors.
    Plants that are native to warmer climates closer to the equator tend to require long growing seasons. These include fruits and vegetables like melons, squash (including pumpkins), peppers, tomatoes, and many others. The same goes for many flowers. Some vegetables, on the other hand, don't need to be started indoors or don't do well if transplanted, such as carrots. Do your research now and make sure you know what needs to get started indoors this month.

  2. Choose an appropriate soil.
    Seedlings are picky about soil, and the wrong soil can doom your starting attempts. The soil needs to be light and fluffy and should be fertilized so you don't have to worry about fertilizing for a little while. It should also be clean and disease-free. Seed starting kits should have everything you need to start your garden indoors, or you can buy bags of appropriate soil.

  3. Provide enough light.
    Many people think that simply putting seedlings in a kitchen window will provide enough sunlight, but remember, you're trying to mimic a climate that has more hours of sunlight throughout the growing season. Insufficient light will leave your seedlings leggy and weak if they make it at all. Instead, position lights 3 to 4 inches from your seedlings, set on a timer so the plants get around 16 hours of light per day. Even just goose-necked desk lamps will do. This will help ensure that your seedlings leaf out and are strong enough to transplant.

  4. Start your seeds far enough in advance.
    Seeds need to be started far enough in advance that they are stable by the time you transplant them into your garden. This means 4 to 6 weeks for most plants, with as much as 8 weeks for warmer weather plants, such as tomatoes and peppers. Starting vegetables far enough in advance ensures that you'll be able to harvest your garden before the first frost. Likewise, if you start your flowers now, you'll have plenty of flowering plants to boost your home's curb appeal and help it to stand out among other Richmond homes for sale.

A successful garden takes some preparation, so start your research and get your seeds started now! In a few months, you'll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor (pun intended). For help deciding what touches like flowers and landscaping your home might need, or determining when the best time is to list your home on the market, contact us today.

January
25

Bird Watching Trails in Pocahontas State Park

Richmond Bird Watching

Need a break from the fast pace and digital overload of daily living? Our real estate agents recommend bird watching as a perfect way to connect with nature and restore a peaceful state of mind.

Whether you go alone or with family and friends, check out these great bird watching trails in Pocahontas State Park, just minutes from Chesterfield homes for sale.

  • Beaver Lake Trail
    Bodies of water always attract great numbers of birds. As a bonus, they provide a beautiful background for bird-watching scenes. Stunning scenery is one of the reasons that make Beaver Lake Trail one of the more popular destinations in Pocahontas State Park. The dog-friendly 2.3-mile trail offers a moderate challenge suitable for families. Please note that, unlike several other trails in the park, biking is not permitted. 

  • Forest Exploration Trail
    When you really want to get away from it all, head to Forest Exploration Trail. The densely wooded grounds create a peaceful serenity that lets you focus on spotting birds. Leashed dogs are welcome on the 2.2-mile trail, which is also a good spot for mountain biking year-round.

  • Bright Hope Trail and Otter Lick Loop
    Want to combine bird-watching with an invigorating workout? Bright Hope Trail and Otter Lick Loop may have a tongue-twister of a name, and at 6.8 miles, it's one of the longer trails in Pocahontas State Park. On any given day, you may share the trail with hikers, mountain bikers, runners, and horseback riders. Bring your leashed dog along when you visit the trail, which is accessible all year long. 

  • Parallel Trail
    Enjoy an outing with the kids and get them hooked on bird watching with a hike along Parallel Trail. Measuring just over one mile in length with minimal elevation, the trail accommodates both newbies and experienced hikers. The forest setting allows for easy conversation along with opportunities to view different trees and plants. The kids will be happy that they can bring Fido along as well. 

  • Pocahontas State Park Red Trail MTB
    Mountain bikers, rejoice! Pocahontas State Park Red Trail MTB is reserved exclusively for bikers. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of birds and wildlife as you cycle around the 3.2-mile looped route. February through November are the best months to visit this trail.

Bird Watching Tips

  • Avoid dressing in bright colors. Birds have poor color vision, but the greater the contrast, the more you'll stand out from the natural background. Stick with dark colors and earth tones in order to blend in with the surroundings.

  • Be patient. Birds are not on a schedule. They will eventually reveal themselves on their own timetable. Also, avoid sudden movements and loud noises that are likely to frighten birds away.

  • Keep the sun behind you. When you're facing the sun, resulting shadows make it harder to distinguish actual bird sightings.

  • Bring a bird identification guide along. National Geographic and Peterson are considered the gold standards by most bird watchers. Today, many guides are even available for download on a smartphone. Take a picture with your cell phone camera to make identification easier.

  • Binoculars are a must-have for even casual bird watchers. Without a decent pair of binoculars, you'll miss out on many details of a bird's appearance and behavior. 

Where will you be feathering your nest this year? Find out why Chesterfield is a wonderful place to call home. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more.

December
28

7 Reasons You Should Move to Richmond in 2021

Move to Richmond

As we move into the waning days of 2020, Richmond homes for sale are still getting plenty of attention from buyers. For all kinds of reasons, people from around the country are learning what our real estate agents already knew: Richmond is the place to be in 2021!

Let's look at seven of the biggest reasons why:

  1. The James River
    Richmond got its name from the river, as the breathtaking views from Libby Park's Church Hill reminded early residents of Richmond, England. There's plenty of space along the James to go hiking or bicycling – and yes, boating is popular, too! Plenty of picturesque neighborhoods sit right by the water.

  2. A Promising Future
    Richmond has one of the best post-COVID unemployment rates for large cities in the United States and is gaining ground in its employment outlook. There's a highly active downtown area with plenty of new development. Plus, RVA boasts an active startup scene and colorful small businesses.

  3. The Perfect Location
    With its central location – literally – Richmond is a convenient home base no matter where in the state you wish to journey. Sitting at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Interstate 64, it's two hours to the astonishing Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville, or even Washington, DC.

  4. Vibrant Arts and Culture
    A truly creative city, Richmond has an array of museums, galleries, and musical venues to suit any taste. The Carpenter Theater is home to the Richmond Ballet. The Altria Theater brings Broadway right to your door, and both the Virginia Opera and Richmond Symphony are world-class.

  5. Family-Friendly Fun All Year Around
    Dotted with parks and playgrounds, Richmond is ideal for keeping the kids entertained. The Children's Museum of Richmond is an award-winning interactive experience, and the Science Museum of Virginia enthralls older kids. Local botanical gardens hold family days, and there are three amusement parks too.

  6. Unbeatable Culinary Scene
    Richmond is known for its culinary delights. Famous chefs flock here, and some of the top names in the industry got their start in the area. James Beard Award Winner Sally Bell has been offering classic boxed lunches since 1924, and Alton Brown of Good Eats called Proper Pie the best pumpkin pie he's ever had.

  7. A "Festive" Atmosphere
    There's always something going on in Richmond, with a social calendar packed with unique local events. Some favorites include the Irish Festival in Church Hill, the Easter Parade on Monument Avenue, Arts in the Park, Broadappetit, the Carytown Watermelon Festival, Hogtoberfest, and much more.

In 2021, Richmond is set to continue growing. It's a thriving city that will always pleasantly surprise you. There's plenty more to see, and your next home could be waiting!

Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more about the area or get started.

December
21

Order Holiday Cookies from These Richmond Bakeries

Richmond Bakeries

The holidays are right around the corner — have you put in your cookie order yet? Though our real estate agents love baking cookies, this is one of those years where we could all use one less to-do on our plates. Instead of baking yourself into a frenzy, order holiday cookies from these Richmond area bakeries.

  1. Red Eye Cookie Co. — 935 W. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Get a true taste of Virginia with the cookies at Red Eye Cookie Co. This locally owned bakery locally sources all of its ingredients so that their cookies are a true representation of the Richmond culinary scene. With cream-line milk from Burnt Chimney and whole-wheat grain flour from Ashland, you'll taste a little bit of Virginia in every bite.


  2. Buttermilk Bake Shop — 257 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Should you choose to purchase one of our cozy Petersburg homes for sale, you'll be pleased to know that a classic American bakeshop is right around the corner. Located in Old Town, Buttermilk Bake Shop makes all of their pastries from scratch. Call in an order of holiday cookies so you can check it off of your to-do list. When you swing by to pick them up, help yourself to a fresh sticky bun or cupcake…and don't forget to grab your dog a treat, too!


  3. Westhampton Pastry Shop — 5728 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    If you've lived in Richmond long enough, chances are high that you have fond memories of holiday cookies from Westhampton Pastry Shop. Since 1952, they've provided dazzling desserts to thousands of families over the holiday season. Ordering holiday cookies from Westhampton Pastry Shop is one Richmond tradition that you dare not break.


  4. Morsels — 4040 MacArthur Ave., Richmond, VA 23227
    Don't leave even the tiniest crumb up to chance this holiday season; order your cookies from Morsels to ensure that every bite is the best. This Bellevue bakery cooks up everything from snickerdoodles and macaroons to Italian pignoli cookies and cookie sandwiches. Prefer bars over traditional cookies? Morsels will gladly bake a tray full of one of two-dozen different bar styles like a Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bar, Kitchen Sink Cookie Bar, and Bourbon Apple Pie Bar.


  5. That Much Sweeter — 1640 Featherstone Dr., Midlothian, VA 23113
    How do you make sure your holiday cookies are as sweet as can be? You let That Much Sweeter take care of the baking. They believe that cookies possess superpowers, and while you may not gain superstrength after munching on some morsels, you will be flying high after one bite. Order up a few boxes of chocolate chip cookies and make your whole family proud. Thankfully, you don't need to hope that these cookies give you x-ray vision to peer into our Midlothian homes for sale — you just need to schedule an appointment.

Are you searching for a sweet home in the RVA? Let us help you find it. Contact us today to browse our best Richmond homes for sale.

November
9

National Homemade Bread Day: Bakeries for Delicious Homemade Bread in Richmond

Bread in Richmond

Raise your hand if you've spent the last few months making homemade bread. If you're in the same boat as our real estate agents, then you can agree that it's time to leave it to the professionals. Thankfully, National Homemade Bread Day is right around the corner and we encourage you to visit one of these local RVA bakeries for a loaf of homemade bread on Tuesday, November 17th.

  1. Idle Hands Bread Company – 407 Strawberry St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Baking delicious bread is no easy task; baking the best sourdough in the RVA is even harder! Idle Hands Bread Company specializes in only baking sourdough bread and pastries. Located in the Fan, Idle Hands Bread Company is a perfect place for bread lovers who are also vegan and gluten-free to enjoy a tasty loaf that meets a variety of dietary restrictions.


  2. Antbear Bakery – 1 S. Allen, Richmond, VA 23220
    Chances are high that if you've dined at a few local eateries around the RVA, you've already sampled the fine baking skills from Antbear Bakery. Although their bakery is a single location, you'll find them all around the RVA. From providing their wholesale breads to local restaurants to use across their menu to offering free loaves for those who donate to organizations that better the community, Antbear Bakery breaks bread with the RVA in more ways than one.


  3. Sub Rosa – 620 N. 25th St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Sub Rosa Wood Fired Bakery may have had to suspend their eat-in service, but you can still order your favorite bread for pickup through their website. Check out their updated bread baking schedule to know when their Sub Rosa Classic, Miller's Wheat, Ryes, Polenta, and Pide Flatbreads are ready to grab hot and fresh from the oven.


  4. Montana Gold Bread Co. – 3543 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    For more than 25 years, Montana Gold Bread Company has started each day by milling their own wheat, kneading their own bread, and making all of their products from scratch. Their selection of over a dozen daily breads includes pumpkin bread, banana bread, Blue Ridge Mountain herb bread, Montana 9-grain bread, and honey whole wheat bread. Stop by and pick up a loaf or celebrate National Homemade Bread Day by baking up one of the recipes listed on their website.


  5. Great Harvest Bread Co. – 13541 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    If you're moving into one of our Midlothian homes for sale, you'll surely be stopping at the Great Harvest Bread Company. Their phenomenal bread-making process uses pure, simple ingredients to produce every item from scratch. Great Harvest doesn't rush the process, instead of making bread the way it ought to be baked using traditional methods that have stood the test of time. Trust us, you'll immediately taste the difference that Great Harvest Bread Co. brings to the table!

Are you searching for a house with a kitchen that you can fill with the smells of freshly baked bread? We can help. Contact us today to schedule private tours of our coziest Richmond homes for sale.

October
12

Soup Season: Order a Bowl of Homemade Soup in Richmond

Soup in Richmond

With temperatures cooling, it's the perfect time to check out the soup of the day! Richmond is no stranger to delicious dining, and that of course includes fall soups. Our REALTORS® recommend these wonderful local restaurants for homemade soups that'll warm your belly and your soul during the chilly weather.

  1. Home Sweet Home - 3433 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
    What else would you call a restaurant specializing in grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup than ... Home Sweet Home? This classic comfort food combo is updated for 21st-century palates with a number of gourmet add-ons, including kimchi, hummus, and green apples. Customers come back for the specialty Mac and Me, which features house-made macaroni and cheese and bbq smoked pork. Sandwiches are served with HSH's own chicken stock-based tomato soup. This is the perfect spot for a lunch break when you're looking for your own home, a sweet home among Richmond homes for sale. Hours are noon - 2 a.m. daily except weekends when doors open at 11 a.m.

  2. HogsHead Cafe - 8902 W. Broad St., Henrico, VA 23294
    HogsHead Cafe specializes in two iconic cuisines that are near and dear to the hearts and taste buds of Virginians: BBQ and seafood. The latter is highlighted in the cafe's rotating selection of scratch-made soups posted in the chalkboard specials. A typical day's choices may include lobster bisque, shrimp and corn chowder, and she-crab. Enjoy the soup solo or accompanied by a plate of pork wings or the signature clamwich. Stop in after a day of viewing Henrico homes for sale. HogsHead opens at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

  3. Tarrant's Cafe - 1 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    The corner of Broad and Foushee Streets has been a significant part of Richmond's history. As the current occupant, Tarrant's Cafe carries on the tradition of serving the local community. The decor includes signs and other memorabilia from the building's turn-of-the-century incarnation as Tarrant Drug Co. Rich and flavorful she-crab soup is the star of the menu, but you can add variety by ordering the second flavor, which changes daily. Tarrant's Cafe is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  4. Fresca on Addison - 22 S. Addison St., Richmond, VA 23220
    As vegetarian lifestyles become increasingly popular, restaurants are turning toward more meatless dishes. Not only is the menu at Fresca on Addison 100 percent vegetarian, but every item is available in a vegan option. The velvety-smooth curried butternut squash soup is made with coconut milk and toasted almonds and comes gluten-free and nut-free on request. Try a bowl of creamy tomato soup with a freshly-made whole wheat pita for dunking. Order online for pickup or delivery from 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  5. Bella Sicilia Italian Restaurant - 2913 River Rd. W., Goochland, VA 23063
    It's late Saturday afternoon, you've had a great day touring Goochland homes for sale, but now the kids are starving. What's the solution? Pick up a freshly-baked pizza and some homemade soup from Bella Sicilia Italian Restaurant. Choose from regular or Sicilian pan pizza along with minestrone or New England clam chowder. 

Noted French chef Louis Diat called soup "important, basic and essential," much like finding the right home. Whether you're buying or selling a house in Richmond, contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to get started.

September
11

Become A Tourist In Your Own Town

Take a Look at RVA in a new light!

Richmond at Dusk
It's easy to forget about Richmond's many museums, historic sites and attractions when you're scrambling to keep up with the day-to-day. But why not take a break and explore the city as a tourist would?
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many of us indoors for extended periods of time, but the good news is we live in a beautiful city with lots to see all from the comfort of our own vehicles! If you can do so in a safe way, many of these destinations offer a great opportunity to get out and stretch your legs while taking in the views.
 
We've outlined a few traditional sites to enjoy, plus a few you may not have experienced yet!
 
Top 10 things to do on your day trip:
    1. Have a picnic lunch at Maymont Park
    2. Grab your bike and head for the Capital trail
    3. Take a walk in the Fan or Church Hill and point out your favorite homes
    4. Use a mural map and bike the city taking pictures of your favorite murals along the way.
    5. Search for a secluded spot with a little privacy and just breathe the fresh air, or spend some time meditating
    6. Be your own tour guide as you cruise through Hollywood Cemetery
    7. Pick a classic Richmond restaurant for takeout like Shagbark, Stellas, or Gelati Celesti
    8. Catch a sunrise by the Nickel Bridge or on the James River and capture that quintessential Richmond photo
    9. Sketch the city from the vantage point of the Virginia War Memorial
    10. Finally, grab a local growler to-go and toast your favorite town

Wherever you decide to go, there's no need to leave town to take a vacation — there's plenty to discover right here in RVA.

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Inspired by: Richmond Magazine
Photo: Adobe Stock

August
10

Geocaching Day: Where to Go Geocaching in Richmond

Geocaching in RichmondFor International Geocaching Day this August 15th, our REALTORS® want to introduce the fun and excitement of geocaching!

Geocaching is a hobby that's being adopted in ever greater numbers by urban adventurers near the best Richmond homes for sale. Anyone who is interested in spending more time outdoors and has a mobile device, like a smartphone, can participate.

What is Geocaching, Exactly?

In geocaching, you use your smartphone to navigate to a "hidden treasure" stored somewhere in a publicly accessible outdoor space. These unique geocaches are left by other players.

The usual geocache is a small container, sealed from the elements, that includes a logbook and pen. When the cache is found and logged, the player should return it to its original location so it can be found again and again.

Players might be from the local area or just passing through. Likewise, many geocaches contain small items like toys or other trinkets, so each new discoverer can find an item and leave an item.

Get Started With Geocaching in the Richmond Area

Of course, we can't tell you precisely where to find active geocaches in Richmond!

That would take away the fun of discovering them all for yourself. But there are many areas around the city where caches can commonly be found. Geocaching has become so popular that the Virginia State Park System is in on the act, too.

When exploring a Virginia state park, you can expect to find at least one cache. These may be quick grabs you can find near an established trail or multicaches that require you to find a final location by consulting other cache sites throughout the area.

Let's check in with some of the parks known to harbor geocaches:

  1. Pocahontas State Park – 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Just half an hour from downtown Richmond, most geocaching journeys start in Pocahontas State Park. Boating, picnicking, and camping can be enjoyed in season. The park is well known for its camping cabins and three lakes providing abundant fishing.
  2. Powhatan State Park – 4616 Powhatan State Park Road, Powhatan, VA 23139
    A few more minutes away – 45 minutes from Richmond center – you can discover Powhatan State Park. Seated on the historic James River, it features diverse wildlife habitats from fields to hardwood forests. Full-service campsites and primitive campgrounds are available.
  3. Twin Lakes State Park – 788 Twin Lakes Road, Green Bay, VA 23942
    Approximately an hour west of Richmond, Twin Lakes State Park sprawls 548 breathtaking acres. You can choose the 33-site campground or 11 climate-controlled overnight cabins as you venture through the land in search of your latest geocache find.
  4. Belle Isle State Park – 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster, VA 22503
    Ready to go further afield? Gear up and head out an hour and a half northeast of Richmond to Belle Isle State Park. With seven miles of lovely shoreline along the Rappahannock River, it is one of the best places to explore Virginia's tidal wetlands.

Geocaching is fun, but you don't have to range far and wide to find the right Richmond home for you. Contact us today for expert advice on local real estate opportunities.

August
3

International Beer Day: 5 Richmond Area Breweries

International Beer Day

Wouldn't it be nice to live in a city where every day felt like International Beer Day? The actual holiday falls on August 7th this year, and our REALTORS® are happy to report that Richmond's vibrant craft brewing culture means that you can celebrate in style close to home. Get ready to raise a glass, with our guide to 5 Richmond area breweries that you definitely won't want to miss.

  1. Strangeways Brewing – 2277A Dabney Rd., Richmond, VA 23230

    Sure, you could visit an ordinary brewery, but this is no ordinary holiday! Why not try something unusual, new, and unique from Strangeways Brewing? Conveniently located close to Richmond homes for sale, Strangeways Brewing strives to serve the most unusual, flavorful brews, created in styles scoured from every corner of the world. Founder Neil Burton has traveled far and wide in search of strange brews, and you can taste the results of that journey at the award-winning Strangeways Taproom.

  2. Garden Grove Brewing – 3445 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221

    Garden Grove Brewing is known for its innovative takes on craft beer, wine, and hard cider. The team at Garden Grove believes that the best beer deserves to be served fresh so that you won't find its brews in bottles at the corner store. Visit the taproom, however, and you'll be treated to an amazing selection of beers, all barrel-aged for up to one year.

  3. Fine Creek Brewing Company – 2425 Robert E Lee Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139

    Family owned and operated from a rustic farmhouse among rolling, rural fields, Fine Creek Brewing Company is your source for the best craft brews close to Powhatan homes for sale. If you love variety, this is the place to be. Fine Creek doesn't believe in flagship beers, instead choosing to rotate flavors and brewing styles regularly. You never know what you'll find at Fine Creek!

  4. Stone Brewing – 4300 Williamsburg Ave., Richmond, VA 23231

    In addition to welcoming leashed pets, the Stone Brewing taproom in Richmond serves one of the most diverse selections of craft beer in the city. Along with a regular selection of year-round brews, Stone Brewing offers special, limited-release beers to bring home by the growler or keg. You never know what you'll find, from rare beers that have never been bottled to vintage batches of your favorite seasonal Stone brews from years past.

  5. Veil Brewing Company – 2256 Dabney Rd., Suite F, Richmond, VA 23230

    The Funkhaust Cafe, operated by Veil Brewing Company, is a one of a kind taproom with a menu of funky, wild brews that always includes something new to try. There are always four "normal," easy-drinking beers on tap, along with a selection of more unusual options for when you're feeling adventurous. If you're searching for creations that push the limits of what beer can be, you'll fit right in with the folks at Veil Brewing Company.

If you love to immerse yourself in the craft brewing culture of your home city, then there's never been a better time to call Richmond home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Richmond.

May
4

10 Apps to Help You Stay Connected While Social Distancing

Social Distancing Apps

It's a trying time for most of us, when not only are we concerned for our physical health and safety, but also for our economic and emotional health. But at least we have the internet and social media to keep us connected, and happily, there are a number of apps that help you do just that. Here are some of our favorite apps for overcoming social distancing and connecting with friends and family members. Plus, some are also a great way for talking to your real estate agent. 

  1. FaceTime 
    Look for this in any Apple device. You can call and talk to people around the world -- as many as 32 at one time. This app requires your contacts' phone numbers to connect with them, and only works with other Apple devices.

  2. Google Duo
    It's a video conferencing platform that allows you to make video calls to just one person or up to eight. Also, leave video messages. Plus, you can play messages over and over.   

  3. Google Hangouts
    Use Google Hangouts for messaging, or voice calls with one person or more. It's free and can be a smartphone app or Google Chrome Extension. Use it on your smartphone. Enjoy emojis, photos, stickers, and more.

  4. Houseparty
    It's another party app, but one that lets you video chat as if you're in an intimate gathering of friends— no matter the physical distance. A split-screen feature allows up to eight participants to chat face-to-face. It's for both Android and iOS.

  5. Marco Polo
    Not everyone wants to stop what they're doing to jump on a video call. Marco Polo lets users send video messages that are to be responded to at the recipient's convenience. Texts, photo messages, and live video talks are also in the mix. 

  6. Netflix Parties
    An extension of Google Chrome, Netflix Parties lets you and your friends watch movies and TV shows together. If chatting about videos in real-time is your thing, this is for you.

  7. Snapchat
    For the selfie-obsessed (and those who want them to disappear quickly), Snapchat is still a thing. But this app also has a free quick video call function, which lets you check in with far-away pals.

  8. Skype
    Skype has been around for a while, but still enjoys great popularity for video or conference calls -- and it's free. Use it on the computer, as an app, through the web, or as a smartphone or tablet app.

  9. WhatsApp
    Who doesn't know about WhatsApp? Send text messages, make phone calls, send and receive documents, videos, and voice messages (to 256 friends or acquaintances at the same time). Syncs with Android, Apple, and Windows PCs, and has free and secure messaging. 

  10. Zoom 
    Many of us have already used Zoom to get together with friends we're missing. Whether it's a group of five or a thousand, Zoom can bring you closer. They're using it in classrooms and for meetings everywhere. You can even have virtual cocktail parties. Get 40 minutes free, then up to $19.99 a month for more for one-on-one calls.

Looking for a team that will use the latest technology to help you reach your real estate goals? When the time is right for you, our real estate agents are happy to discuss Richmond homes for sale. Contact us today. 

April
27

How to Stay Productive While Working From Home

Working From Home

More people than ever are working from home in the Richmond area and around the country. If you have never worked from home before, it's normal to feel that it can be a challenge to juggle family, work, and other obligations the same as if you were going to an office on a daily basis. Our real estate agents understand the struggle and compiled these seven strategies you can apply to make working from home a bit easier.

  1. Ease into the New Routine 
    Don't feel as if you have to become a work-from-home professional overnight. It takes time to adjust to working from home. You may feel isolated, frustrated, and a bit anxious. That's entirely common, and it's alright to ease yourself through the transition gently. 
  2. Dress for Success
    It may seem silly, and while you can work in your pajamas or sweats, wearing your "work clothes" can help you maintain a professional mindset and protect your morale.
  3. Manage Your Time Wisely
    You should stick to a set schedule that mimics as closely as possible to your regular routine. Sticking to a set schedule during remote work helps keep you on schedule with work-related tasks. While you will need to make some adjustments to take care of children, don't give in to the temptation to knock off early for shopping errands, yard work, etc.
  4. Establish a Workspace
    If you're one of the fortunate few who still have a home office, this is the time to use it. If not, establish a workspace in the bedroom, kitchen, or living room where you can go to work without interruption. Make sure your spouse or partner and children understand that this is a work area and encourage them to respect that. Similarly, establish study areas for your children where they can get schoolwork done.
  5. Learn the Technology You Will Use
    Many companies already have established programs and tools for employees who work from home. However, many are jumping into the deep end without dedicated programs, computers, etc. in place. If you are suddenly using new programs and tools, set aside some time to familiarize yourself with the technology your employer wants you to use to communicate with clients and co-workers.
  6. Create Lists
    Lists are a great way to help keep your day on course. Making a list each morning can help you accomplish your goals for the day. Moreover, it can boost your morale significantly as you check off tasks and can see the progress you are making toward your goals.
  7. Stay Away From Distractions
    The news can be depressing, and distractions, such as neighbors who drop by or family members who call, can take away your focus. Stay off social media, and do your best to maintain a sustained focus on work-related responsibilities.

Looking for a home with the home office space you need? We encourage you to contact us for more information about Richmond homes for sale.

March
2

Where to Play Basketball in Richmond

Richmond Basketball Courts

Sure, a lot of our real estate agents are glued to the TV on March weekends catching the big games. But the fun and excitement of your full-court action are never far away here in Richmond.

There are plenty of gyms and community sports centers where you can enjoy a game or get your brand of exercise. Basketball, softball, tennis, swimming, and more are popular here.

Because the weather is so mild most of the year, you'll find plenty of indoor and outdoor courts to choose from. Plus, many communities have adult leagues and weekend teams to join. Of course, kids, teens, and twenty-somethings will find plenty of opportunities.

Let's look at five favorites for basketball in and around Richmond:

  1. RockIt Sports – 3001 East Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23228
    RockIt Sports is just outside central Richmond and only a "full-court drive" away from Henrico homes for sale. Established in 2013, RockIt provides quality personalized instruction in a range of athletic pursuits. In addition to its NCAA regulation-size hardwood court, there's also an additional hardwood loft court upstairs, bullpen setups, and a 10"x10" indoor infield.
  2. Big Ben's Home Court – 2206 Westwood Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230
    Big Ben's Home Court is dedicated to providing the authentic basketball experience to young people. It leads a variety of basketball camps aimed at kids and teens. Not only that, but it also offers social events to have fun and build ties within the community. There's a state of the art hardwood court, men's and women's locker rooms, and bleachers. All this is just minutes from Richmond homes for sale.
  3. Woodlake Swim & Racquet Club – 5000 Woodlake Village Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Woodlake offers fitness and athletic equipment in a beautiful environment a short way outside of Richmond and close to Midlothian homes for sale. The Woodlake Swim & Racquet Club is an ideal option for an energetic adult lifestyle. Besides basketball, you can find dedicated personal trainers, one of the region's best aquatic centers, and the Kid Zone featuring age-appropriate active play outdoors.
  4. Henrico County Open Gym Programs – 6800 Staples Mill Road, Henrico, VA 23228
    Henrico County Open Gym Programs are operated by the Department of Parks & Recreation. Two different county facilities are actively offering open gym time, including Eastern Henrico Recreation Center and Deep Run Recreation Center. Both these modern, stylish facilities are fully stocked with indoor and outdoor b-ball opportunities as well as fun for the whole family.
  5. Shady Grove Family YMCA – 11255 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Shady Grove Family YMCA is one of the most beloved of the 17 YMCA campuses sprinkled throughout the Richmond area. Conveniently located near Glen Allen homes for sale, it's been helping kids and adults build healthy habits since 1995. It currently offers seasonal sports, a weight loss program, pre-school, and much more. There is something for everyone here!

This March or any time of year, you haven't seen all Virginia has to offer until you've seen Richmond. Joyner Fine Properties will introduce you to the perfect home in the heart of this captivating city. To find out more or get started, contact us today.

February
18

VMFA Schedule of Exhibitions and Installations in 2020

 

VMFA 2020 Schedule

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Interested in knowing what's coming to Virgina's Museum of Fine Arts this year? Look below to find a plethora of amazing exhibitions and installations. We hope to see you there!

At the Museum

 

Robert McNeill Playing Keyboard

Robert McNeill 1938: A Collective Portrait of African American Life in Virginia

By the time he was twenty years old, photographer Robert H. McNeill had already completed an important photo essay on the plight of domestic workers in New York City. His series of thirteen photographs, which was published in Flash, a "weekly newspicture magazine" for African American readers, caught the attention of Howard University professor Sterling Brown. At the time, Brown was supervising an unprecedented project supported by the New Deal's Federal Writers' Project that sought to record the complete history of African American life in the Commonwealth of Virginia, from the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in 1619, to the present day. Unsatisfied with the images of African Americans he had already procured, Brown reached out to McNeill hoping he could gain access to communities that were wary of white photographers with government credentials.

Published in 1940, The Negro in Virginia featured eight of the hundreds of photographs McNeill captured as part of this project. This exhibition contains some of those images with other unpublished photographs that demonstrate McNeill's interest in the people who lived and worked in segregated communities. Though he was not given explicit instructions about what subjects to photograph, McNeill later recalled, "I understood what they wanted were pictures of people at work, pictures that would show the soul of people in their jobs." While deftly avoiding both stereotypes and propaganda, McNeill's photographs are incisive portraits of Virginians in their homes, places of work, and communities.

Read more at: https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/robert-mcneill-african-american-life-virginia/

 

Robinson House Photo

Across Time: Robinson House,
Its Land and People

On view in the newly refurbished Robinson House on the VMFA campus, this 600-square-foot history exhibition shares the remarkable multilayered story of the site's land, buildings, and former inhabitants from the seventeenth century to the present. It includes the region's native peoples and English colonists, the growth of Richmond in the early republic, the Robinson family and the enslaved individuals who worked on and sometimes escaped from their antebellum estate, the mansion's changing architectural form, and the impact of the Civil War and Emancipation.

The exhibition offers richly illustrated panels, an interactive touch screen, vintage film footage, and audio clips. Historic Robinson House also offers a Visitor Center, open daily and operated by Richmond Region Tourism. 

Read more at: https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/across-time-robinson-house-land-people/

 

Ed Hopper Photoo

Edward Hopper and
the American Hotel

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents the premiere of Edward Hopper and the American Hotel, the first in-depth study of hospitality settings depicted in the works of one of the most celebrated American artists. Edward Hopper (1882–1967) found artistic value and cultural significance in the most commonplace sites and settings. Hopper's spare depictions of familiar public and private spaces are often understood within the contexts of isolation, loneliness, and ennui of early and mid-20th-century America. As this exhibition shows, however, Hopper's immersion in the world of hotels, motels, hospitality services, and mobility in general presents a new framework for understanding the artist's work.

The only East Coast venue, VMFA presents sixty-five paintings and works on paper by Hopper, along with thirty-five works by other artists including John Singer Sargent, David Hockney, Berenice Abbott, and others who explored similar themes. 

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel at VMFA is presented in galleries that include simulated spaces and other uniquely engaging design components. The tour de force of the experiential concept is a room that has been constructed adjacent to the exhibition space inspired by Hopper's Western Motel setting. The room serves as a functional "hotel room" where guests may stay overnight by reserving a Hopper Hotel Experience package.

Read more at: https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/edward-hopper-american-hotel/

 

Rhythm Of Art Photo

Rhythm of Art

Art and music have a lot in common! Find your own rhythm as you improvise, sketch, compose, and collage to create music and visual works of art! Engage with a tactile version of Three Folk Musicians, collaborate on a magnetic mural and delve into the sound bar to connect music and art.

Read more at: https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/rhythm-of-art/

 

Kawase Hasui Photo

Beauty of Harmony: Japanese Landscape Prints by Kawase Hasui

This exhibition features 12 woodblock prints by Japanese landscape artist Kawase Hasui. Documenting the VMFA Member Trip to Japan in May 2018, the selected prints display historical and religious landmarks in cities such as Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, and Nara, as well as countryside scenes. They are among nearly 700 Hasui prints donated to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts by René and Carolyn Balcer.

Read more at: https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/kawase-hasui/

 

Krishna Photo

Krishna: The Blue-Skinned Lord

An avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu, Krishna descended to Earth to kill Kansa, the king of Mathura who had gained excessive power and threatened to upset the world order. Indian literature and art is filled with depictions of Krishna's mischievous youth, heroic encounters with demons, and romantic ventures that are metaphors for his devotees' emotional relationships with God. Blue skinned, usually in a saffron-colored loincloth and a peacock-feather crown, the young lord often carries a flute that, when played, enchants all who hear it.

Read more at: https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/krishna-blue-skinned-lord/

 

Faberge And Russian Decorative Arts

Fabergé and Russian
Decorative Arts

After an international tour, VMFA's renowned collection of Fabergé has returned to the museum. Five new galleries have been prepared to showcase 280 Fabergé objects and other Russian decorative arts. The galleries feature both innovative displays and a range of interactive components designed to inform, engage, and delight.

Read more at: https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/faberge-and-russian-decorative-arts/

 

McGlothlin Photo

The McGlothlin Collection
of American Art

Longtime patrons James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin have given their collection of 73 works to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for permanent installation in the McGlothlin American Art Galleries. The value of the McGlothlin Collection exceeds $200 million.

Read more at: https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/the-mcglothlin-collection-of-american-art/

 

Early 20th Century Euro Art

Early 20th Century European Art

VMFA's new permanent galleries of Early 20th-Century European Art bring together works from the collections of Ludwig and Rosy Fischer and T. Catesby Jones for the first time. The T. Catesby Jones Collection includes leading figures in French art such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and André Masson.

Read more at: https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/early-20th-century-european-art/

  

Fellowship Exhibitions Photo

Fellowship Exhibitions

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline. Since its establishment in 1940 by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg, the Fellowship Program has awarded nearly $5.5 million in fellowships to Virginians. 2015 marked the 75th anniversary of VMFA's Fellowship Program.

As part of our commitment to Virginians, the Pauley Center Galleries, Amuse Restaurant, the Claiborne Robertson Room, and select spaces at the Richmond International Airport are dedicated to showcasing the work of VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship recipients.

Read more at: https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/fellowship-exhibitions/

 

UPCOMING

Treasures of Ancient Egypt Photo 

Treasures of Ancient Egypt:
Sunken Cities

Dive into one of the most astonishing underwater discoveries of all time. VMFA presents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the recovered treasures of two powerful Egyptian cities that sank into the Mediterranean 1,200 years ago after cataclysmic events. The exhibition includes stunning works of art brought to the surface by archaeologists beginning in 1996. See what remains of these mighty centers of trade, where Egyptian and Greek cultures merged in art, worship, and everyday life.

Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities is organized by the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology with the generous support of the Hilti Foundation and in collaboration with the Ministry of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Read more at: https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/treasures-ancient-egypt/ 

Louis Draper Workshop Photo

Working Together: Louis Draper
and the Kamoinge Workshop

Inspired by the archive of Richmond native Louis Draper, VMFA has organized an unprecedented exhibition that chronicles the first twenty years of the Kamoinge Workshop, a group of African American photographers he helped to found in 1963. More than 140 photographs by fifteen of the early members—Anthony Barboza, Adger Cowans, Danny Dawson, Roy DeCarava, Louis Draper, Al Fennar, Ray Francis, Herman Howard, Jimmie Mannas Jr., Herb Randall, Herb Robinson, Beuford Smith, Ming Smith, Shawn Walker, and Calvin Wilson—reveal the vision and commitment of this remarkable group of artists.

In the continuing spirit of Kamoinge, Shawn Walker, Beuford Smith, Herb Robinson, and Tony Barboza have also made significant archival contributions and are among the nine members who recorded oral histories to provide the fullest account of the group's first two decades. In addition, through a generous grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, VMFA has digitized the Draper archive—which will be available online.


Read more at: https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/working-together-kamoinge/

 

(Text and photos are from VMFA.museum)

 

 

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February
10

Say it with Chocolate - Richmond Chocolate Shops for Your Valentine's Day

Richmond Chocolate Shops

Give something extra sweet this Valentine's Day with some help from local chocolatiers. Treat your special someone to luscious creations from these fine chocolate shops around Richmond recommended by our REALTORS®.

  1. Gearharts Fine Chocolates - 306 B Libbie Ave., Richmond 23226
    After serving as a cook in the Marine Corps, Tim Gearhart blazed a global trail as a pastry chef before opening Gearharts Fine Chocolates near Richmond homes for sale. The shop's signature line of chocolates includes mouthwatering flavors such as Michigan cherry, tequila lime, and brown butter caramels. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday.

  2. Chocolate Cravings - 6929 Lakeside Ave., Richmond 23228
    Encouraged by friends and family who raved about her holiday chocolates, Cathy Churcher became certified as a professional chocolatier on the way to opening Chocolate Cravings. Barks, truffles, brownies, and all other products are made by hand using premium Colombian chocolate along with the finest quality local and seasonal ingredients. Chocolate Cravings is open 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

  3. Taylor Made Chocolate - 241 E. Hundred Rd., Chester 23836
    Taylor Made Chocolates was born when a love of sweet treats met a commitment to social responsibility. Steve and Kim Taylor invested Steve's retirement savings in starting their chocolate shop, and proceeds are used to fight human trafficking both locally and abroad. The Taylors also leverage their purchasing power to support fair wages for farmers and laborers involved in growing cocoa beans. Stop by and treat yourself to some delicious artisan chocolate after a day of touring Chester homes for sale. Store hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday.

  4. Chocolates by Kelly - 11800 W. Broad St., Suite 2136, Henrico 23233
    Henrico homes for sale have convenient access to the delectable sweets of Chocolates by Kelly. As the fifth generation in a long line of chocolatiers, Kelly learned from the expertise of her ancestors. If you want to change things up this Valentine's Day, why not sign up you and your sweetheart for one of Kelly's chocolate classes? For only $35, you can each make two dozen truffles customized to your particular tastes. CBK is open 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  5. GODIVA Chocolatier - 11800 W. Broad St., Henrico 23233
    When it comes to world-class chocolates, GODIVA is the gold standard. Founded nearly 100 years ago in Belgium, where excellence in chocolate-making dates back centuries, the company took its name from Lady Godiva in honor of her boldness, generosity, and pioneering spirit. GODIVA's Gold Collection is the best of the best, featuring their top chocolates specially packaged in the shop's iconic gold boxes and ribbon. Experience the magic of GODIVA from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  6. Kilwins - 3115 W. Cary St., Richmond 23221
    Kilwins has been a respected name in chocolate-making since 1947. The store kitchen has a huge window where visitors can see first-hand the care that goes into their home-made confections such as fudge, caramel apples, and chocolate-dipped pretzels. Visit family-owned Kilwins from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Are you and your family looking for a long-term relationship with a Richmond home? Contact us today! 

December
16

Housewarming Party Etiquette Guide for Hosts and Guests

Housewarming Party Etiquitte

One of the most joyful parts of the home buying process is just after closing when the pressure is finally off for everyone, and the homebuyer is ready to move in. Time to throw the housewarming party! If you're throwing this bash or you've been invited to one, there are certain rules of etiquette our REALTORS® want to share so you can have a blast without any faux pas.

Etiquette Tips For Homeowners

When you're planning your first housewarming party, you may not know where to begin. Good etiquette comes before you send out your first invitation. It all begins with when the party is scheduled. You may be impatient to have it as soon as possible, but it is important to make sure that your house is in good order before you plan. You shouldn't be living out of boxes or luggage when your guests show up at the front door. A housewarming party is a presentation, and you want to give yourself enough time to make a good impression.  

Other important points of etiquette include:

  • Invite new neighbors first to make a good first impression
  • Request that guests who are driving in RSVP to ensure sufficient parking spaces
  • Skip the gift registry and permit your guests to gift freely without pressure
  • Be prepared to provide snacks and refreshments in an easy-to-access area
  • Make sure there is enough well-prepared food for everyone during mealtimes
  • Be a personable host and greet each visitor in person, mingling with different groups throughout the event
  • Send thank-you notes for attendance, especially for any gifts that were received

Proper Etiquette For Guests

When it comes to etiquette slip-ups at a housewarming, it can be tougher on the guest than the host. It can be awkward visiting someone's home for the first time. Just remember these points of visitor's etiquette, and you should be fine.  

  • Ask in advance if it is acceptable to bring children, pets, or strangers
  • Be punctual and do your best not to be early or too late, keeping to a 15-minute window
  • Always let the host greet you before you enter the home, even if they're busy
  • Don't show up empty-handed and present any gifts at the door
  • Compliment the home authentically and sincerely
  • Allow the host to give you a tour before wandering off on your own
  • Go easy and don't party too hard, being very careful to prevent any messes
  • Do not linger overlong if the party seems to be breaking up and depart gracefully

Gift Ideas 

If you're unsure what your host needs, a modest gift card may be the best bet. Traditional gifts include bottles of wine, decorative items, and household necessities, such as kitchenware. Avoid bringing food items unless the gathering is planned explicitly as a potluck. If you do have any concerns and have no idea what to get, it is acceptable to ask your host.

Joyner Fine Properties is here to answer all your questions about the home buying process. Check out our selection of  Richmond homes for sale and contact us for answers to all of your real estate questions.

December
9

National Sangria Day: Where to Raise a Glass in Richmond

National Sangria Day Richmond

Sweet, fruity sangria is refreshing on a warm summer day, but its versatility makes it a delightful beverage year-round. Raise a glass in honor of National Sangria Day on Friday, December 20, at one of these restaurants around Richmond recommended by our REALTORS®.

  1. Tazza Kitchen Scott's Addition - 1500 Roseneath Rd., Richmond 23230
    "Tazza" is an Italian word for a wide, shallow bowl on a tall stem used initially for drinking red wine. It should be no surprise a restaurant named Tazza Kitchen Scott's Addition features sangria starring applejack brandy and orange liqueur. Pair your drink with a brick oven-fired pizza or assortment of small plates after a day of viewing Richmond homes for sale

  2. Casa del Barco Restaurant & Tequilaria - 11800 W. Broad St., Suite 2516, Richmond 23233
    Every day's a fiesta at Casa del Barco Restaurant & Tequilaria, located in the upscale Short Pump Town Center. Relax on a sofa in the second-floor bar and choose between red or white sangria, available on its own, or as part of the tequila flights. The food menu includes traditional Mexican favorites such as tacos and enchiladas made with fresh, local ingredients. 

  3. The Boathouse - 4708 E. Old Main St., Richmond 23231
    Sip on a red or white sangria while you take in the sweeping views at The Boathouse, Richmond's only riverfront restaurant. Local seafood, from the raw bar to dishes like Boathouse's signature crab cakes, is a staple of the dining menu. Dinner is served seven days a week, with lunch and Sunday brunch available on weekends.

  4. Havana '59 - 16 N. 17th St., Richmond 23219
    Take a trip back in time to colorful 1950s Cuba with a visit to Havana '59. During weekday Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., red and white sangria is only $5 glass. The same price gets you an order of pork morsels, Cuban nachos, or wood-grilled tacos. Finish in true Cuban tradition with one of Havana '59's selection of fine cigars. Hours are 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4:30 p.m. -11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Havana '59 is also open for Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  5. Sedona Taphouse - 5312 Wyndham Forest Dr., Glen Allen 23059
    Sedona Taphouse brings the vibrant flavors of the Southwest to the community around Glen Allen homes for sale. Share a variety of small plates such as Desert Fire Jalapeños, handcrafted guacamole, and Southwest roasted wings to accompany a glass of red or white sangria. Hours at Sedona Taphouse are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday. Brunch and Bloody Mary bar served until 2 p.m on Sundays.

  6. East Coast Provisions - 3411 W. Cary St., Richmond 23221
    You're craving sushi, but your significant other insists on steak? Problem solved at East Coast Provisions. With a selection of seafood and meat dishes such as roasted salmon, rack of lamb, and vegetarian succotash with grits, you'll find something for everyone. The popular Sangria Smash gets some Asian flair with the addition of sake. East Coast Provisions is open for lunch on weekdays and dinner seven days a week. Brunch is available weekends from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Buying or selling a Richmond-area home is a cause for celebration. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for experienced help with your real estate needs.

October
7

Family Fall Activities in Richmond You Don't Want to Miss

Richmond Fall Activities

Are you ready to celebrate the return of harvest season in the Richmond area? Whether you're shopping for Richmond homes for sale or already live in the area, there's plenty of local family fun to look forward to this fall. Our real estate agents know fall fun, and we've got the inside scoop on autumn activities for families in the Richmond area.

  • Outdoor Fun at Ashland Berry Farm – 12607 Old Ridge Rd., Beaverdam, VA 23015
    Start your fall family fun with a trip to Ashland Berry Farm in Beaverdam, where participating in the harvest is just the start. You can pick your pumpkins to create the perfect Halloween decorations, or take a harvest tour to see what a local working farm looks like during harvest season. Ashland Berry Farm is also home to Terror on the Farm, one of the area's most famous haunted walks. Later in the fall, you can come here to shop for Christmas trees and other decorations for your home.

  • Autumn Art at All Fired Up – 4668 Commonwealth Center Pkwy., Midlothian, VA 23112
    Looking for a fun, local place to explore the arts and create some art of your own this fall? Head to All Fired Up, where people of all ages can develop artistic skills in a fun, supportive, encouraging setting. There's a class for every interest during the fall at All Fired Up, from children's pottery classes to workshops on creating the perfect hand-print turkey. Stop by for Kids Fun Night on a Friday evening, or slip out for a date night at one of All Fired Up's fun classes for couples. The husband and wife team who operate All Fired Up strive to create an inviting, family-friendly atmosphere during every class.

  • Explore a Corn Maze at Liberty Mills Farm– 9166 Liberty Mills Rd., Somerset, VA 22972
    Outdoor fun is always on the menu during the fall season, and Liberty Mills Farm is the perfect place to stretch your legs in the great outdoors. Located in Somerset, Liberty Mills Farm is home Virginia's largest corn maze, which is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Your maze ticket allows you to explore all four unique maze trails, enjoy a haywagon ride, and visit the autumn activities area. The full maze experience takes about two hours to complete, so plan for a full day of family fun on the farm.

  • Culinary Adventures with River City Food Tours – 3199 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    Fall is an especially good season for tasting all that the city has to offer. But where do you start when there are so many options? Plan a trip with River City Food Tours, and sample some of the best dining spots in Richmond's many unique neighborhoods. There's a tour available to suit every taste.

When you live in the Richmond area, there's always another fresh, fun, and unique activity to look forward to on the calendar. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA, area.

July
22

6 Places Around Richmond for a Girlfriends' Getaway

Richmond Spots for a Girlfriends Getaway

Your best friends are always there to celebrate the highs and cheer you up during the lows. August 1 is National Girlfriends Day, so show your gal pals how much you love and appreciate them with an outing to one of these great places around Richmond suggested by our REALTORS®.

  1. Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa - 7204 Hancock Village Dr., Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Take time out from your many responsibilities to enjoy some pampering with your BFFs at Hand & Stone. Their comprehensive menu of services includes a full range of massage styles as well as facials, aromatherapy, exfoliation, hair removal, and hot towel treatments. New customers receive special pricing on a one-hour massage or facial. Reservations are recommended, but they also accept walk-ins. Hand & Stone is open seven days a week, so it's a perfect treat after a day of viewing Chesterfield homes for sale.

  2. Beacon Theatre - 401 N. Main St., Hopewell, VA 23860
    Beacon Theatre, centrally located to Hopewell homes for sale. began its life nearly 100 years ago hosting silent movies and vaudeville shows. Today the fully restored Beacon is an intimate venue for both contemporary and classic performers such as the Oak Ridge Boys and Blue Oyster Cult, along with tribute acts honoring Motown, Elton John, and other favorites. 

  3. Virginia Rep at Hanover Tavern - 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd., Hanover, VA 23069
    Instead of dinner and a movie at a generic multiplex, why not have dinner and live theater at a charming tavern? It's only minutes from Hanover homes for sale to historic Hanover Tavern, a unique setting for performances staged by Virginia Repertory Theatre. The showtime menu includes Southern favorites such as fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and pork cassoulet. Can't make the show? Lunch and dinner are served Wednesday through Sunday.

  4. Stony Point Fashion Park - 9200 Stony Point Pkwy., Richmond, VA 23235
    Is "shop 'til you drop" your personal mission statement? You and your BFFs will be in seventh heaven at Stony Point Fashion Park, conveniently located near Richmond homes for sale. Browse the latest in fashion at upscale stores such as Anthropologie, Lucky Brand and Talbots, then relax over a late lunch at Fleming's, La Hacienda or P.F. Chang's. Check out the classes, demonstrations, and workshops at Live 360°. Hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  5. Old Towne Studio 7 - 230 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Everyone's an artist at Old Towne Studio 7, not far from Petersburg homes for sale. Owner Denise Tipton expands the popular "paint and sip" concept to "create and sip," in which you and your friends may find yourself pouring candles or making a macrame plant hanger as well as painting. It's ladies only from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Wine Down Wednesdays. Fees are just $20 and bring your own beverages and snacks. 

  6. County Seat Restaurant - 3883 Old Buckingham Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139
    Weekend brunch is a traditional way to share time with good friends. County Seat Restaurant refers to itself as a "Gathering Place" close to Powhatan homes for sale, so they specialize in creating an ambiance encouraging warm and leisurely get-togethers. Weekend brunch buffets include biscuits and gravy, breakfast meats and an assortment of fresh baked goods with the addition of a waffle and omelet station on Sunday. Hours are 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Sunday. There's also a Sunday lunch buffet from noon - 3 p.m. for late risers. 

Richmond is a great area to put down roots and nurture close relationships. If you're buying or selling a home around Richmond, contact us for personalized service.

July
8

This week in RVA: Sporting Events!

This week in RVA there are a few special sporting events for your calendars!

The 2019 Eastern League All-Star Week is in town and has many events scheduled over the next couple of days. Check out the schedule to get involved, GO SQUIRRELS!

Second in town, we have the 2019 World Overall Flying Disc Championships! Today the disc-related events are out in West Creek but will be moving closer to town starting tomorrow.  Check out their schedule for a list of all the events!

On Saturday, July 13th at 7PM the Richmond Kickers will have a home game at the City Stadium. They will be battling North Texas SC and the game will be shown on WTVR CBS 6.3, ESPN+. Click here for tickets.  

Last but not least, we have the IQA Pan-American Games for 2019! The IQA Pan-American Games 2019 is co-hosted by the International Quidditch Association, Richmond Region Tourism, and US Quidditch (USQ). It is being held July 13-14, 2019 in Glover Park in Richmond, Virginia. The event is co-hosted by the International Quidditch Association and US Quidditch, in conjunction with Richmond Region Tourism. 

Admission is free and spectators can RSVP on Eventbrite to receive event updates and information. All games will be livestreamed.

 

July
1

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer

Richmond Family Fun

Celebrate National Anti-Boredom Month

Now that summer is here, are you dreading the first time you hear those inevitable words, "I'm bored?" In honor of National Anti-Boredom Month in July, our REALTORS® share this list of fun kids' activities in the Richmond area.

  1. Three Lakes Park & Nature Center - 400 Sausiluta Dr., Henrico 23227
    With a wide variety of interactive exhibits featuring air, land, and water, Three Lakes Park & Nature Center is an ideal place for outdoor summer fun near Henrico homes for sale. The impressive 6,500-square-foot Nature Center has displays of plant and animal life native to the area along with a 50,000-gallon aquarium that lets you get an up-close look at the marine world. Pack a picnic lunch and fishing poles and make a day of it. Hours through August are 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays except Monday and noon - 4:30 p.m. weekends. General admission is free for all visitors.
  2. Summer Movie Express - Regal Southpark Mall Theaters, 300 Southpark Circle, Colonial Heights 23834
    Spend a morning with Shrek, Batman, Kung Fu Panda and other animated favorites at Regal Cinema's Summer Movie Express. A pair of family-friendly movies screen each Tuesday and Wednesday through September 4 and tickets are only $1 per person for all ages. Head to the mall afterward for lunch at Chick-fil-A or Firehouse Subs before an afternoon of viewing Colonial Heights homes for sale.
  3. Pamplin Historical Park - 6125 Boydton Plank Rd., Petersburg 23803
    Pamplin Historical Park is only minutes from Petersburg homes for sale, but a visit transports you back in time more than 150 years to the Civil War era. The 424-acre campus on the site of a Civil War battleground includes so many engaging activities that your kids won't even realize they're learning some history. Tour a restored plantation, watch accurate portrayals of military life and walk the same trails used by Confederate troops. Don't miss the award-winning National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and its interactive exhibits. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily through November. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for kids from 6-12. 
  4. The Monster at Fighting Creek - 2270 Mann Rd., Powhatan 23139
    Add some challenge to the popular activity of Frisbee-tossing with a game or two at the Monster at Fighting Creek, Virginia's longest disc golf course. The 18-hole course runs two miles across varied terrain, with half of the holes measuring more than 400 feet. Fighting Creek Park, just down the road from Powhatan homes for sale, is also home to several athletic fields, walking trails, picnic sites and a large playground along with Powhatan Public Library. Park hours are 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.
  5. Maymont - 2201 Shields Lake Dr., Richmond 23220
    Magnificent Maymont, one of the most beloved attractions close to Richmond homes for sale, is so rich in activities it can easily provide several summer days' worth of entertainment. Animal lovers will go straight for the Nature Center or Maymont Farm, while others will enjoy a stroll through one of the many specialty gardens. The stunning 100-acre Victorian country estate that was once the home of local financier James Dooley offers a glimpse into life during the Gilded Age of the late 1880s. Maymont is open seven days a week except for the Nature Center and Mansion, which are closed Monday. Entrance to the grounds and gardens is free, while other exhibits charge a nominal fee of no more than $5.

Are you and your family ready to put down roots in the Richmond area? Contact us for help finding the home that's right for all of you.

May
20

Five Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend

 

Richmond Memorial Day
Memorial Day is May 27.  Our REALTORS® know that Memorial Day Weekend is a busy time for our residents. With parades, festivals, ceremonies and other events happening around town, you've got quite the options to fill your weekend with fun. Here is our pick of five great activities you and your family can attend this Memorial Day weekend.

  1. America's First College & Memorial Day Celebration – 251 Henricus Park Rd., Chester, VA 23836
    Henricus Historical Park is celebrating Memorial Day in a very cool way on May 25th. Just around the corner from Chesterfield homes for sale, come out for a celebration where the first American formal school was formed. Interpreters will host lectures and living history presentations for visitors. They'll even fire muskets and cannons to salute the men and women of the armed forces that have sacrificed their lives throughout American history.
     
  2. The Memorial Military Murals by Charles Hoffbauer – 428 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
    The Virginia Historical Society, in the Museum District surrounded by Richmond homes for sale, invites residents and visitors view The Memorial Military Murals by artist Charles Hoffbauer. Admission is free to see these paintings depicting Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Memorial Day originated shortly after the Civil War as a way to honor those who fought, making this exhibit an appropriate way for your family to honor the fallen on this annual holiday.

  3. Gallmeyer Farms Memorial Day Celebration – 3622 Darbytown Ct., Richmond, VA 23231
    Take a quick drive just north of Hopewell homes for sale and spend the day on the farm! On May 25th, come out to Gallmeyer Farms for hayrides and activities for the whole family. Kids will love picking strawberries and playing on the farm as live music fills the air.
     
  4. 25th Pamplin Historical Park Anniversary/Memorial Day Commemoration – 6125 Boydton Plank Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Pamplin Historical Park is one of the many gems located around Petersburg homes for sale. Join them during Memorial Day Weekend as they celebrate their 25th anniversary. They'll debut a new exhibit and host plenty of activities throughout the weekend. Visit on Memorial Day for special events including a Breakthrough Battlefield Tour, a showing of War So Terrible, an artillery salute, the presentation of colors and a ceremony honoring our fallen troops.

  5. Sandston Memorial Day Parade 2019 – 11 JB Finley St., Henrico, VA 23250
    Extend your Memorial Day weekend an extra day and join one last celebration. The Sandston Memorial Day Parade takes place on May 27th. Watch as a lively parade travels through town passed Henrico homes for sale. A ceremony recognizing veterans will be held before the parade at Seven Pines National Cemetery. After the parade, the celebration continues with music, activities for kids and plenty of vendor booths full of food and more fun!

We wish a Happy Memorial Day to all of our Richmond residents whose family members have served in the armed forces. Contact us when you're ready to make Richmond your home. Our REALTORS® are ready to help start your search for local homes for sale.

May
6

Six Richmond Bike Trails to Explore Our Area

 

EXPLORE RICHMOND BY BIKE

May is the perfect time to be a bicyclist and Richmond is the ideal place to ride! The League of American Bicyclists sponsors National Bike Month each year during May. The month also features National Bike to Work Week (and National Bike to Work Day for those who don't want to risk getting caught in a spring shower). Our REALTORS® love telling clients about all of the wonderful things to do and see in our community.  Why not start by exploring Richmond on two wheels with this list of six top bike trails.

  1. Virginia Capital Trail
    Route: From the Corner of E Cary St./Dock St. in downtown Richmond to Jamestown Beach Events Park in Williamsburg
    Distance: 52 Miles

    We're kicking off this list with the ultimate Richmond ride! The Virginia Capital Trail takes you through some of the most beautiful places along the river while weaving you in and out of towns with plenty of food and attractions. The entire trail is paved and features restrooms, shuttle stops, picnic areas and repair stations. It even takes you through campground areas and near hotels if you want to take a full weekend to enjoy the ride! You could also pick out one of the great Richmond homes for sale on the way and travel this trail any time you wish.

  2. North Bank Trail
    Route: Boulevard Bridge to Tredegar
    Distance: 3 Miles

    Let's slow down our speed and tackle a much shorter trail. The North Bank Trail is only three miles long, but it offers riders a bit of a challenge with its rocky climbs and rugged descents. It's a quick drive from Hanover homes for sale and is perfect for a fun ride that'll give you a workout.

  3. Monument Avenue Historic District
    Route: Down Monument Avenue
    Distance: 5 Miles

    Whether you're moving down into the city or you're looking at Petersburg homes for sale, all avid bikers in the RVA area need to travel this route at least once. Take a relaxing ride through Monument Avenue Historic District and marvel at the dazzling architecture and statues. This is also a perfect ride for the family to enjoy as it has plenty of areas to stop off for snacks and to rest little legs.

  4. Valentine Bicycle Tours
    Route: Varies by the tour, areas include Forest Hill and along the James River.
    Distance: Varies by the tour, lengths usually around 2 hours.

    Looking for a great way to see the Richmond Riverside without going too far from Chesterfield homes for sale? Join the Valentine for historical bike tours around some of the most scenic parts of Richmond. Tours are offered weekly between April and October which is the perfect time to enjoy the RVA's beautiful biking weather.

  5. Bryan Park/Ginter Gardens
    Route: From Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens to Joseph Bryan Park.
    Distance: 3.5 Miles+

    Head over towards Henrico homes for sale to see a different side of Richmond. We suggest starting at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, heading south through Belmont Park then cutting into Joseph Bryan Park before stopping in Bellevue for a bite to eat. This route is a nice mix of street and scenic riding that will introduce you to a fantastic area of the city.

  6. Bucolic Battlefields
    Route: Through Richmond National Battlefield Park from Rocketts Landing to Fort Harrison Visitor Center.
    Distance: 7-10 Miles 

    Colonial Heights homes for sale are within a quick trip to a route filled with history. The Bucolic Battlefields Route will take you away from the downtown Richmond to Fort Harrison National Cemetery. You can take a direct 7-mile route by following the Osborne Turnpike or extend it to 10 miles each way by weaving through Fulton Hill towards the airport then booking it south to the cemetery.

Do you want many more miles of bike routes through Richmond? Contact us today and let our REALTORS® guide you through the best bike trails that pass by gorgeous Richmond homes for sale.

April
29

Kings Dominion Virginia's Ultimate Family Fun Adventure

 

Kings Dominion Virginia
Spring is back in Virginia, and that means one thing for thrill-seeking families: Kings Dominion is back too. Our state's biggest amusement park opened for the season on March 30, and its rides and interactive attractions just might be the most exciting things between Richmond and Washington, D.C. If your family is looking at Richmond homes for sale, head north to Doswell for a preview of the adventures you could have all summer long.

What makes Kings Dominion Amusement Park so much fun for Virginia families? Here are some of our favorite things to do while visiting this 400-acre playground:

  • Ride a World-Class Roller Coaster
    Ready to get your blood pumping? More than 60 rides are spread out across the park, but the main attraction is a collection of awe-inspiring roller coasters. Try all 12 coasters while you're there, including the aptly named Intimidator 305 (which takes you 305 feet into the air) and the Coney Island-inspired wooden beast The Grizzly. And don't miss the latest addition, Twisted Timbers! This mid-Atlantic first puts a steel track on traditional wooden supports, and it simulates the path of a mysterious 1950 disaster in Hanover Hill Orchard.
  • Join the PEANUTS™ Gang at Planet Snoopy
    Are some of your family members too small for the park's most extreme attractions? Planet Snoopy was made just for them. This 14-acre kids' area is based on Charlie Brown's world, with 20 family-friendly rides like the Great Pumpkin Coaster and the Kite-Eating Tree. Young drivers can even get behind the wheel themselves at several attractions, including the bumper car course Lucy's Crabbie Cabbies, the self-driving truck track Road Rally, and an enclosed expressway with its own traffic lights and signs.
  • Take a Refreshing Plunge at Soak City
    What would summer at a theme park be without water slides? Soak City is a sprawling water park right next door to the main amusement park, and it has 20 acres of refreshing, relaxing, and extreme aquatic attractions. Climb the 65-foot tower to slide down Hurricane Heights, take the young ones to kid-friendly Splash Island, or rent a poolside cabana for a day of pampering. Soak City has all the slides, rafting rides, wave pools, and lazy river bends you need to cool off as a family.
  • Camp Out with the Kids at Camp Wilderness
    Turn your theme park adventure into a whole weekend of fun at King Dominion's official campground. Whether you park your RV, pitch a tent, or rent a deluxe cabin for ten, you'll have access to a pool, playground discounted park tickets, and free shuttle service to and from the park. Camp Wilderness is a Kampgrounds of America site, which guarantees certain amenities and service standards, and it's a great way to immerse yourself fully in the Kings Dominion experience.
  • Sample Local Cuisine at Taste of Virginia
    One of the state's newest food festivals is giving Chicago a run for its money. Taste of Virginia takes over Kings Dominion for several weekends each May, bringing homegrown food, drinks, and music to the park. Grab a Tasting Card and choose six different dishes inspired by regions in Virginia (for example, Chesapeake Bay crab mac and cheese, or Blue Ridge Mountains apple bread pudding). Or opt for the Wine Tasting Card, and sample six different Virginia vineyards and wineries.

Are you ready to start your next adventure in Virginia? Our REALTORS® know how important it is to accommodate the whole family while you're looking for a home. Contact us today to sell or start your search for a home in Richmond, Virginia.

February
18

Get a Taste of Richmond: One of Virginia's Best Food Towns

Best Richmond Restaurants

At Joyner Fine Properties, our REALTORS® won't rest until you have the chance to move into one of the most appealing Richmond homes for sale. We'll help you find your Richmond dream home so you can enjoy all that this amazing, historic city has to offer.

And one of the main attractions: Delectable gourmet food.

If you're in town to look at homes, you should make time to try out some of the best local specialties. Chesapeake Bay blue crab is the headliner when it comes to Virginia's seafood, but you won't want to miss out on our oysters – or the snacks of freshly roasted peanuts.

But the menu doesn't start and end with seafood. Not by a long shot!

You'll find many different cuisines ready to enjoy when you take a closer look at the dining scene in Richmond. Our team has picked out five of our favorite places for dinner, lunch, or just about any time.

  1. Sub Rosa Bakery - 620 North 25th Street, Richmond
    Sub Rosa Bakery is a wood-fired bakery that provides delicious pastries in the midst of historic Church Hill. Organic, regional, and heirloom grains are the secrets to bread with remarkably rich, complex flavors. No matter if you're looking for something delicate like the croissant or seasonal fruit tart or a delicious indulgence like the lamb borek, everything comes from the masonry oven.

  2. L'Opossum - 626 China Street, Richmond
    Seeing is believing: L'Opossum is one of the classiest stops for your culinary tour of Richmond. In sumptuous surroundings, you'll sample the French fare of James Beard Foundation Award winner Chef David Shannon. He takes you on a journey with upscale dishes of venison, foie gras, and more. Fine cocktails and imported French vintage wines round out remarkable meals.

  3. Peter Chang - 2816A West Broad Street, Richmond
    Visit Peter Chang for a refreshingly modern take on Chinese and pan-Asian cuisine that elevates familiar tastes to a spectacular new level. Chef Chang is known for mouth-watering signature dishes including lamb chop, Szechuan-style stir-fried hotpot, and duck served in a stone pot. The chef also holds tastings and demonstrations in his restaurants throughout Virginia.

  4. Saison - 23 West Marshall Street, Richmond
    For a truly unique meal, Saison is one of your best bets in Richmond. Here, you'll find lovingly handcrafted meals that blend influences from the American South, Central America, and the Caribbean. A reservation is recommended for sampling this menu centered around delicious small plates. It also has one of the most expansive wine menus in the city.??????

  5. Maple & Pine - 201 West Broad Street, Richmond
    One of the newest arrivals in Richmond is Maple & Pine, found on the grounds of the Quirk Hotel. Led by master chef David Dunlap, it brings fresh, seasonal delights to the table blending mid-Atlantic and international flair. New American-style entrees include Great White oysters, steak tartare, Arctic char, duck breast, honey-soy glazed salmon, and many others.

Extraordinary food is only the beginning of what Richmond has to offer. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to discuss your real estate opportunities!

January
28

9 Reasons Why Living in Richmond, VA is Amazing

Richmond Virginia Living

If you are considering a move to Richmond, Virginia--a.k.a., the RVA--you'll soon come to understand there's much more to love about our hometown than just being the capital city of Virginia.  Our REALTORS® are sure that after we introduce you to the community, you'll understand what we already know:  Buying one of our Richmond homes for sale is an amazing idea.  The following are nine reasons why Richmond is considered a southern treasure.

  1. Richmond Makes the Right "Great Places to Live" Lists – Our city has made a lot of lists in recent years. It has been hailed as the "most content area" in America by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, one of the best places to find employment by Forbes, and one of the world's top destinations by Frommer's, to name just a few of its accolades.

  2. Richmond is Historic – Richmond is steeped in history and isn't shy about sharing it. It is the site of Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty, or give me death!" speech, the stomping grounds of Thomas Jefferson, and home to the Edger Allen Poe museum.  

  3. Richmond is Modern – Richmond isn't all about the past, by any means. It is a modern city with a lot to offer, including a vibrant nightlife, diverse employment opportunities and tons of festivals, attractions and activities for people of all ages.

  4. Richmond's Unique Culture – Richmond is a large city by all accounts, but its unique culture offers a hometown feel that rivals any in small-town America, making it the best of both worlds.

  5. Richmond's Natural Beauty – The Richmond area is stunning. Its location ensures that residents experience all four seasons and that opportunities to experience natural beauty abound. There are nature trails, parks, and lovely river views. It is the perfect environment for runners, hikers, bikers, kayakers and anyone else who feels most at home in the great outdoors.

  6. Richmond is Perfect for Food Lover – Ranging from barbecue spots to fine dining establishments, old fashioned southern cooking to eateries that cater to the tastes of vegetarians and vegans, there is something for everyone in Richmond's rich and varied restaurant scene.

  7. Richmond is a Haven for Music Lovers – Music is very much a way of life in Richmond. Live music venues abound in the city, and you're sure to find your groove no matter whether it is jazz, bluegrass, folk, heavy metal, pop or hip-hop music you most enjoy.

  8. Richmond is Awesome for Sports Lovers – From the Monument Avenue 10k to college hoops and NASCAR, to name just a few, there are loads of events in and around the city to satisfy sports lovers.

  9. Richmond is Home to the Arts – Our city is home to a vibrant arts culture, promoted by the presence of a large art school. There are stunning murals, impressive theaters that host prestigious productions, galleries, art festivals and much more for art lovers to enjoy.

These nine points barely scratch the surface when it comes to reasons why living in Richmond is fantastic. If you'd like to find out more, contact us. We'd be happy to help you explore the many advantages of becoming a Richmond homeowner.

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