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James Madison’s Montpelier Upcoming FALL Events!

The Five Freedoms
FREE, 7 pm
October 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th
The Five Freedom Lecture Series will help Americans better understand the freedoms guaranteed to them under the First Amendment, and encourage them to exercise these rights.
To learn more and register, visit our website.

Fall Woods Walk
October 16, 10 am-12 pm
$25/Adult, $13/Child (6-12), Under 6 Free
Join Montpelier’s Horticulturist and the Virginia Master Naturalists on a walk through James Madison’s beloved woodlands. Enjoy the fall foliage and learn about the ecological and economic contributions a well-managed forest provides to our society.
Learn more and register here.

Constitution 101: Jay Wexler – The Odd Clauses
October 17, 5 pm
Free/Members; $5/Nonmembers
Join us for a virtual conversation with Professor Jay Wexler, as he demonstrates how the “odd clauses” have incredible relevance to our lives, our government’s structure, and the integrity of our democracy.
Learn more and register here.

Artifacts Tell a Story
October 23, 1:30 pm
$25/Adult, $13/Child (6-12), Under 6 Free
Join Montpelier archaeologists to learn the stories artifacts hold, see objects that are being uncovered, and learn about the people who used them.
Learn more and register here.

Montpelier Hunt Races
November 6th
Join us for the 86th running of the Montpelier Steeplechase.
Learn more and purchase your tickets here.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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FALLAPALOOZA 2021 Virtual Fall Festival: Exploring the Beauty of Orange County, VA

Photo/Video Contest from October 1st – November 19th

The Orange County Chamber of Commerce is happy to be hosting a photo/video contest that will consist of a person’s favorite photo of an Orange County destination, location, or business.
The photo/video entry should include two sentences explaining your photo/video.

A winner will be announced on Friday, October 22nd, and Friday, November 19th

Grand Prize Winner

Will receive four tickets to the Orange Uncorked Wine Festival May 7th & 8th, 2022, LOVE Orange Canvas Tote Bag
Under the age of 21 will receive a $50 gift card.
The grand prize winner will receive accolades in the Orange County Review, on www.orangevachamber.com and all social media pages.
All content received will be the property of the Chamber and be used in marketing materials online and printed collateral materials.

Contestants may submit their photo/video entries to:occcexec@gmail.com
Thank You to our Fallapalooza Sponsors!
Prizes:
The Arts Center in Orange offering one free class
Paint It Orange, offering a free session
LOVE Orange canvas tote bag courtesy of Orange, VA Tourism

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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All you need to know about the lifestyle in Orange County, VA

Living in a big city is fantastic. Such a lifestyle brings many benefits when it comes to job opportunities, social life, and entertainment. However, city life also brings high costs of living, limited housing options, and a lot of everyday stress caused by commute and other factors. Not to mention the financial burden, because it’s never enough no matter how much you earn. Being in the center of the happening has a high cost. And as we grow older, we realize that relocation to a healthier and more affordable location is a game-changer. Unlike fast city pace, the lifestyle in Orange County, VA, is a different story. Here, you can slow down, enjoy nature and the people around you without losing essential location amenities. If you’re considering turning your life for the better, here is all you need to know about life in this charming county.

County location amenities

When choosing your future home, it is essential to know what you are looking for in a place. For instance, the location is one of the most critical factors of relocation because it will often dictate the job opportunities and other amenities the town provides. Thus, living near industry hubs and city centers is relevant, especially for working people. That is why many professionals have chosen Orange County as their new home in the past few years. Surrounded by Washington D.C. to the north, Richmond to the south, and Charlottesville to the southeast, this county has some great opportunities in business and educational fields.

Yet, since it is a growing county, some work on providing more gainful employment for the youth could be useful. The primary industries lay in agriculture, manufacture, and commercial services. However, recently a tourist and investors influx has given a boost to the development of this charming community. Thus, we can expect many more entrepreneurs and startup industries to choose Orange County as their base.

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Orange County is famous for its vineyards and wine tasting tours

Pace of life

Orange County community is surrounded by farms and rich agriculture, with plenty of wineries where residents can enjoy some of Virginia’s best vines. That, and being the birthplace of James Madison, the founder of the U.S. Constitution, attracts many tourists to these parts. The residents are proud of the rich history of the place, which is incorporated in every part of the town.

Taking a stroll in downtown Orange County, you can see the cutest local shops and venues. And you will be surprised by the culinary mastery of the local chiefs. You can be sure to have some of the best dining experiences visiting town restaurants. Still, unlike in big cities, you won’t have to wait for meal reservations or get annoyed by the crowd and noisy streets. The town is a haven of enjoyment and relaxation, perfect for a retiree and family life. But, according to Virginia’s moving experts at Po’s Moving & Storage, in the past two years, a lot of their clients have been young professionals working remotely. Affordable costs of living, and a healthy lifestyle in Orange County, lately make many city people re-consider their living conditions.

Leisure opportunities in the area

Even for lovers of outdoor recreation, the O.C. has a lot of fun opportunities. Golf lovers can enjoy some of the numerous courses, while Lake Anna, Lake Orange, and Angler’s Landing are known to be a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. For more active nature lovers, especially those in water sports, kayaking tours on the Rapidan waterways will provide an unforgettable experience. And if you’re into more extreme outdoor activities, you can skydive with the help of the local experts. However, wine tasting tours, farm visits, and historical and nature trails are available for those who fancy a slower pace.

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The lifestyle of Orange County can provide some of the best outdoor activities for people who are into water sports

What makes people move to Orange County, VA

Due to a slow life pace, the O.C. is a common moving destination for the retiree community. But also, it is popular with people who want to live a quality and peaceful life while growing their family. Unlike high-priced housing markets in Northern Virginia, this place provides more comfortable and bigger homes at affordable costs. Whether it comes to better housing options or the desire to switch to a more eco-friendly way of living, the number of new homeowners in Orange County is growing lately.

Nowadays, we connect to the World Wide Web and often disconnect from the people and the world around us. That could make it hard to meet new people after the move. The quality traits, where people are friendly and traditions matter, are getting harder to find every day. It is the close-knit communities where you can easily make new friends and have a fresh, healthy lifestyle that restore the true values.

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Virginia is famous for its stunning nature and agricultural potential. Thus, many young families move when switching to an eco-friendly way of living

Local festivities

Even though a relatively small community, Orange County enjoys celebrating numerous year-round festivals and sporting events.  At Downtown Orange Street Festival, you get to challenge your senses with some of the best cuisines, music, art, and beverages. As a community awareness promotion, the festival draws over 5,000 visitors from all over Virginia, especially families with kids. However, that’s not all. People in Orange County love to celebrate and have a good time. Thus, they use it to throw many other festivities, such as Office Costume Contest, Liberty Ride, Fallapalooza, Town Scavenger Hunt, Sunflower Orange Festival, Restaurant Week, and other cultural, music, and social events. 

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The state-renowned event, the Montpelier horse, and Jack Russell terrier races are making people flock here every November

Conclusion

If you are tired of city hustle and financial burden and want to take a slower pace, the lifestyle in Orange County could be a perfect choice for you. Here, you don’t have to sacrifice visits to your favorite shops and city amenities. The town itself has some of the most charming shops and local businesses in Virginia. From numerous town festivals to exquisite outdoor recreational opportunities, there is something for everyone’s taste. Still, when the nostalgia hits, big cities such as Richmond, Washington DC, and Charlottesville are just a short ride away.

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Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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Orange County, Virginia Restaurant Week is August 20 – 29th!

Have you been waiting to try a certain restaurant in Orange County, Virginia? Maybe the timing wasn’t right, or you weren’t sure where to start- we’ll now is the perfect time to start planning!

Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Tourism, and LoveOrangeVirginia are celebrating their 2nd annual restaurant week. There are so many amazing local restaurants and culinary talent in Orange County, it’s their time to show them off, so everyone can give them a try! Participating restaurants will have a pre-fixed menu to select dishes from (typically an appetizer, entrée, and dessert) so you may truly try a bit of everything on their menu. What a wonderful opportunity to try something new from one of your favorite restaurants or find another new favorite!

Participating restaurants include, but are NOT limited to Bella Cusina, Vintage, Provisions, La Naranja, El Vaquero West, Clearwater, Krecek Kakes! There are more being added each week, check out the most up-to-date and complete list here. If you are a restaurant owner and would like to participate, learn more here.

Orange County, VA Economic Development wants to encourage people to support our local restaurants and is offering a chance to win a $25 gift card to an Orange County eatery of your choice for participating! Visit here for more details on how to win the gift card!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

17071 Waine Dr, Orange VA 22906 for sale

17071 Waine Dr, Orange, VA now SOLD by the Licata Group Exp Realty LLC!

Welcome to 17071 Waine Drive! Imagine sitting on your front porch swing watching the skydivers floating down gracefully with your favorite beverage. Once inside, you are welcomed by gleaming hardwood floors, elegantly painted and space to roam. The open floor plan boasts a family room with a gas fireplace, fine finishes and built-in bookshelf. The main level living areas flow effortlessly, into one another, it is perfect for entertaining or daily life. The dining room is full of natural light and perfectly sized with access to the deck. Enjoy cooking in your kitchen featuring upgraded appliances, breakfast bar, and recessed lighting. Your owner’s suite is spacious and offers an en-suite bath with soaking tub and double vanity. The lower level will excite with a work-out room that will make exercising at home a breeze or watch the latest movie in your own home theater room, this home has it all. You will love watching the deer and other wildlife from your deck as you relax and hear nature sing. A country setting, so close to town and perfectly situated on over 3 acres, you can forget about all of your worries. There is plenty of room for your horse and room to create your own oasis away from it all yet so close to everything!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Blooms and Butterflies at Liberty Mills Farm

July 23 through July 25th, Liberty Mills Farm is hosting a Blooms and Butterflies event! Friday, July 23rd & Saturday, July 24th from 10AM – 3PM. Sunday, July 25th from 11AM – 3PM.

The featured butterflies species showcased are Painted Ladies. They are ordered and delivered to the farm from a small butterfly farm in Massachusetts called Butterflies and Blueberries. Did you know, they are the most widely distributed butterfly in the world? Painted Lady adult butterflies can cover up to 100 miles per day and reach speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour! Butterflies will be available to purchase to release yourself for $10 per butterfly.

Additional activities will include you-pick flowers (the pre-sale price of $25 each), giant zinnias, cosmos, music, a hayride, a farm market, and so much more!

Don’t fear going hungry on Saturday and Sunday, the Firefly on the Fly food truck will be at the farm to support all hungry bellies.

Tickets for this event will be $8 per adult and $6 per child. No tickets are needed for children ages 4 and under. Tickets and additional information about this event can be found here.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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Sunflower Festival at Liberty Mills Farm!

Check out the beautiful Sunflower Festival by Liberty Mills Farm and Firefly on the Fly Food Truck. There will be multiple opportunities to attend the festival starting August 28th, August 29th, Sept 4th, 5th, and 6th during various times.

There will be 30 different varieties of sunflowers available for your viewing pleasure. Over 5 acres of flowers showing off an array of colors, sizes, and even shapes, making this the perfect place to create your own beautiful bouquet to take home. This festival will also feature local vendors, food trucks, homemade ice cream (yum!) fresh-made fudge, and music. Bring all the kids, family, and friends for a fun time, relaxing in the country!

The current music lineup consists of Austin Boggs & Billy Caldwell.

Address for Liberty Mills Farm is 9166 Liberty Mills Rd, Somerset, Virginia 22972

Tickets are only $10 (ages 11+) and $6 (ages 5-10) per person/child. Presale tickets begin on August 14th! Buy your tickets before August 20th online and save $2 per ticket! There is a *Special Golden Hour* from 6pm – 8pm where tickets are available for $15 each but MUST be purchased in advance! Tickets are limited per day, so be sure to buy yours sooner rather than later, and can be purchased online here or at the farm on the day of the event (if available!).

Please note: no pets, smoking, or alcohol are allowed on the farm!

For the most up-to-date information, please click here.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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Lake of the Woods Open Houses Saturday, July 17th from 1pm – 3pm! Check them out!

Learn more about 421 Harrison, here and learn more about 107 Fairway Drive, here!

See you Saturday!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

31342 Paynes Farm Dr, Locust Grove VA 22508

31342 Paynes Farm Dr, Locust Grove, VA 22508 Now Under Contract by the Licata Group!

Welcome to 31342 Paynes Farm Dr. This beautiful custom-built home is nestled in the trees and perfectly situated on 4+ acres. You are welcomed by an expansive front porch with ceiling fans and room for a porch swing. Once inside, you will notice the hardwood floors, and huge foyer leading to the great room. The great room has a gas fireplace, built-ins and access to the deck. You will love how open the kitchen is, featuring a huge island, pantry and dining area. The formal dining room is just to the right and creates an incredible open area for entertaining family and friends. There are two spacious owners’ suites with en-suite baths. Imagine the main level office that could also be a playroom, craft room or classroom. The laundry/mudroom will amaze you with wall-to-wall cabinets, countertop and sink. And that’s not all…the three-car garage will provide amazing storage, while the shed outside will accommodate all your lawn equipment. With the acreage, you could create a backyard oasis. Plant a garden, add a swimming pool, play area or whatever you desire. You will enjoy the sounds of nature and watching the deer graze from your deck. Conveniently located close to the Town of Orange, Culpeper and Fredericksburg.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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Moving from Maryland to Virginia to Start a Family

First of all, congratulations. You have chosen a great state to start a family in. Virginia is a safe and wholesome state that has a lot to offer. It is a family-friendly state, as raising kids in it is easy. However, you have to get there first. Moving from Maryland to Virginia is considered an interstate relocation, and those kinds of relocations need to be well organized. So, make sure to stick with us to the end if you want to find out how you can move to Virginia with the least amount of trouble and start a family there!

There are a lot of things you can do in Virginia

Virginia is one of the most famous states in and outside the US. This means that it is an old state, with a lot of history and many things to do in it. 

One of the best spots in this well-known state is certainly Orange County. There are many things to do in Orange County, and it is no wonder why many families decide to start a new life here. As we already mentioned, Virginia is a safe state, with a plethora of opportunities for children and adults alike, as it offers excellent education and many job opportunities!

Make sure to plan your move and create a strategy

Planning is essential for every relocation. Moreover, no relocation is possible without proper organization, let alone an interstate move. This is why you need to take moving organization seriously and create a strategy of how and when you are going to move to Virginia.

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For everything in life, it is good to have a plan. Moving from Maryland to Virginia isn’t an exception

Find a good moving company

Moving organization starts with searching for a good moving company that can take you to Virginia. There are many movers on the scene, but you need to hire real professionals if you want to organize the process in a flash since interstate moves such as those from Maryland to Virginia can be very time and energy-consuming.

Make sure to compare different moving companies online, look at their reviews, and get in touch with as many moving companies as you can. You also need to remember that you need to book your move at least two months in advance.

Calculate the costs of the move

In the early phases, it is impossible to precisely calculate how much your move will cost you. However, you can get a rough estimate if you include all potential expenses. Good moving calculation always leaves some space in the budget for unexpected circumstances. This means that you have to leave a financial margin in your estimate if something goes wrong.

The main cost you’ll want to include in your calculations is the cost of hiring a moving company. Every respectable moving company has a moving calculator, which enables customers to roughly calculate the cost of the move. Keep in mind that online estimation doesn’t have to represent the price in the real world.

Also, you need to include the cost of moving insurance, the cost of renting a storage unit, hiring professional packers, etc.

Pack for the move or hire professionals

Most people choose to pack themselves for the move. Sure, that way you might save some money, but in return, you’re going to lose a lot of energy.

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It might not be a bad idea to hire professional packers for your relocation.

However, if you choose to do so, here’s what you need to buy:

  • boxes, plastic bins, and similar containers
  • packing tape
  • a marker
  • some kind of protective material like packing peanuts
  • crates

You can get most of these materials at the nearest supermarket, and they are not that expensive. However, if you don’t want to lose time and energy on that or have special items you wish to move to Virginia, we recommend hiring professional packers trained to do that.

Renting a storage unit in Virginia is preferable

Many people forget the importance of storage units. Storage units are handy when moving to a new location since you can never exactly know how much space you’ll have for your stuff. In short, it always helps to have a place in which you can leave your things after the move.

A storage unit
Many people forget to rent storage after a relocation. This can cause a lot of trouble. Don’t let this happen to you when you’re moving from Maryland to Virginia!

But, if you want to take two pigeons with one bean, you might want to find a moving company, such as Helix Transfer & Storage, which can offer storage solutions as well.

Find good housing 

As we already mentionedOrange County in Virginia seems very attractive to families, especially ones with children.

One of the reasons behind that is the excellent state of the real estate market in the county. In Orange County, you can get a fantastic home for a reasonable amount of money and live in friendly suburban neighborhoods, perfect for anyone who wants to start a family in Virginia. 

Also, buying a home in Orange County is an excellent opportunity for some serious investment. It is predicted that the prices will continue going up, and many experts recommend that investors jump on the train and reap the benefits of coming to market early.

All in all, Virginia is a prosperous state with its own little renaissance at the moment, as it offers an excellent opportunity for families to develop and grow properly. This is why we think that Moving from Maryland to Virginia to start a family is a great choice.

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Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.