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October is Virginia Wine Month and with it right around the corner, we thought it would be a fitting time to share some information about the nearby wineries and wine festivals in Coastal Virginia. There are plenty of opportunities to learn more about all the wonderful wines produced right here in Virginia, and one close neighbor just over the border.


There is a craft beer movement brewing in Hampton Roads. Pun intended. Over the past few years the Hampton Roads area has emerged on the brewing scene with a collective passion for well-crafted, good-tasting beer. Hot summer days are a perfect time to get out and explore the wide variety of craft beers in Hampton Roads. Here is a list to get you started.


Farmer’s markets create stronger, close-knit communities that support local farmers, encourage healthy lifestyles and serve as a gathering place to connect with neighbors. Here in Hampton Roads there is a thriving community of farm markets with a wide variety of goods for every taste. Skip the grocery store and check out some of these great farmer’s markets in Hampton Roads for some farm-to-table deliciousness.


The great outdoors is where dogs come alive with excitement and energy. And for us humans, seeing their joy as they run and play is priceless.  If you are looking for a great place to take your dog for some outdoor fun, check out this list of popular parks for dogs in Hampton Roads.


Vacation is an essential part of the summer for many of us. The weather is warm, we’ve been slaving away at work for months it seems, and we are ready for a break from the routine. Here are some tips on how you can take a vacation without taking out a second mortgage.


Shady areas can be a gardening challenge. Whether it be a yard full of trees, the north side of your home or areas around a deck or shed that do not receive much sunlight, it may seem as though only moss and weeds can flourish here. Daunting though it may be, it is quite possible to create a beautiful, lush garden beneath a canopy of shade. The key is understanding the growing conditions of your shady space and choosing the right types of plants that will thrive within those conditions. 


The Hampton Roads area has a very diverse and variable climate. When taking care of our gardens and lawns, working with our ever-changing weather can be a little tricky. So, it helps to have a basic understanding of our regional climate. If you love keeping a nice lawn and garden around your home, we hope this list will be helpful and inspirational.


Home ownership is likely the biggest financial investment most people make in their lifetime. So it stands to reason that we want to take care of, and protect our investment and it’s up to you to take care of all the fixes and repairs that are needed throughout a home’s lifetime.  To make such a large responsibility a little easier to handle, break up the tasks into a calendar and make them part of your routine.  Here is a list to help get you started. 


The AAA predicts that there will be approximately 98.6 million people traveling during the 2016-2017 year-end, holiday season. In short, there are going to be a LOT of people traveling this season and with that comes many of the frustrations of travel such as long lines, weather related delays, traffic jams, forgotten things, lost luggage, extra expenses, accidents, sleep deprivation and the list could just go on. So how can we get to our destinations, and home again, in a relatively stress-free manner?

How to host a stellar party

The end of the year means an abundance of all types of festivities. Parties, dinners, bonfires, parades, music, pot lucks, fireworks, and the list goes on.  If you are thinking of hosting a special event for your friends, family, co-workers or neighbors, then take a look at this guide for a successful and stellar party!


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