July Newsletter: Latest Market Activity & Spotlight on Loudoun Cares

This month’s newsletter is ready for you. View it below or click here to download. The newsletter’s helpful articles include:

  • Handling Pressure
  • Virtual House Hunting
  • Hygge Decor Tips to Bring Calm To Your Home
  • Latest Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Statistics
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In this month’s local profile Valerie Pisierra, Executive Director of the nonprofit Loudoun Cares, shares about the organization and how it helps people in Loudoun County. Loudoun Cares is a “matchmaker” of sorts, connecting volunteers with organizations seeking help, and those in need with those able to help. Watch the video to learn more!

Northern Virginia: Plants I Love (Part 2)

Here I build on my Part 1 video, take you through my side garden bed, and share my wisdom on what plants I love (and hate!) for Northern Virginia. I’m sharing plants that are easy keepers, stand up to deer, and are perennial so you don’t have to replant each year!

For details on each plant mentioned, visit my blog article with more information:

Here are links to each plant I mentioned in the video, in the order they are mentioned in the video:

Pencil Holly

Juniper Blue Rug Ground Cover

Fig Trees

Rosa Rugosa

Northern Virginia: Plants I Love (Part 1)

I’ve been in Northern Virginia 9 years now, and I have learned a lot about what plants do well here (and are low maintenance!) over that time.

In this YouTube video I take you through my front garden bed and share my wisdom on what plants I love (and hate!) for Northern Virginia. I’m sharing plants that are easy keepers, stand up to deer, and are perennial so you don’t have to replant each year!

Here are links to each plant I mentioned in the video, in the order they are mentioned in the video:

Pencil Holly

Rhodedendron

English Ivy

Irises

Juniper Blue Rug Ground Cover

Lavender

Catmint

Dwarf Alberta Spruce

Hybrid Willow

Dwarf Globe Japanese Cedar

Lilac

Dead Horse Lily

Forsythia

Ornamental Grass

Hydrangea

New Video: What is a Dry Hydrant?

Curious what a dry hydrant is? Maybe you drove by one and wondering “how in the world does a DRY hydrant work, shouldn’t there be water?!” Watch and learn what it is, and why it’s great!

P.S.: like the house in the background? It’s for sale! 17229flintfarmdr.adriennegreen.com

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May Newsletter: Buyer Webinar, Contractors & COVID, Just Listed!

May’s newsletter is ready for you. View it below or click here to download. The newsletter’s helpful articles include:

  • Indoor Fitness Tips
  • First-Time Home Buyer Checklist
  • Memorable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
  • Latest Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Statistics
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The newsletter also includes an interview with Holt Barrineau, Sales Manager with Beautiful Home Services, LLC. Holt shares how he and the company are continuing to work hard helping clients with home remodeling while keeping everyone safe in today’s COVID-19 climate. Watch the video on YouTube now!

Leesburg Diner Review: Delicious Breakfast in Downtown Leesburg

A local favorite for breakfast or lunch is the Leesburg Diner, located in the heart of downtown on King Street. My family loves to stop in occasionally as a special treat after church on Sunday.

This is not your stereotypical greasy spoon diner, it’s elevated, healthy, and delicious breakfast and lunch fare. One classic diner trait that I love is that the server leaves a carafe of coffee on the table, so you never have to wait for refills!

During this particular meal, enjoyed in February prior to the COVID-19 stay at home recommendation, we enjoyed Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros, a chocolate chip pancake for the kids, and cinnamon rolls.

This restaurant has a kid friendly atmosphere, but be aware that there is no kids menu. Our kids have been satisfied with the a la carte breakfast menu items, so the lack of a kids menu has not been a problem for us. The restaurant has enough ambient noise that children are not a disruption to others, and the televisions in the restaurant provide distraction to the kids when they’re done eating. As it is in a historic building, the bathrooms are small and do not have changing tables.

Watch my YouTube video to see the full review of the Leesburg Diner. I highly recommend stopping in for a bite once we can frequent restaurants again!

Stone Tower Winery Review: Part 1 of 2

A popular weekend activity in Loudoun County is visiting the area’s wineries. Locals love Stone Tower Winery because of its high quality wines, great views, and two tasting rooms: one is family and dog friendly, the other is for adults only and more upscale.

This review is of the Harvest Barn, the area that is welcoming to dogs and children. (I’ll review the 21+ Tower View Tasting Room in a Part 2 Post.) We found the Harvest Barn a warm and welcoming place to get out of the house and enjoy ourselves, as well as entertain the kids, on a cold February day. Since it was cold, we stayed inside the Harvest Barn, which is heated with space heaters and was quite comfortable. On warmer days, there’s a beautiful patio outside with lots of seating. It is adjacent to a hillside, where kids love to play.

Both on the patio and inside the Harvest Barn you can bring your own meal or snacks, or buy food from the winery. The winery has a barbecue menu that’s cooked at the Harvest Barn. (There’s a wood-fired pizza oven at the Tower View Tasting Room, and you can have that pizza ordered and delivered to the Harvest Barn.)

Be aware that dogs are allowed both inside and outside at the Harvest Barn.

Be sure to view my YouTube video about Stone Tower Winery’s Harvest Barn, too!