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MORE THAN A WILDERNESS WINTERGREEN’S FACE LIFT • BEER BIRTHDAY 16 30 NELSON C O U N T Y L I F E NelsonCountyLife.com October 2012 No. 91 PRICELESS (FREE!) 26 farm f lower the
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  • MORE THAN A WILDERNESS WINTERGREENS FACE LIFT BEER BIRTHDAY16 30

    NELSONC O U N T Y L I F E

    NelsonCountyLife.com

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  • 2 NELSON COUNTY LIFE OCTOBER 2012

    WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN402 BlackRock ciRcle$745,000 MLS#: 502547

    50-YARD-LINE VIEWS DAY AND NIGHT! Daytime view is expansive and multidimensional with vineyard, valley, rolling hills, and layered mountain views. Birds eye view of area fireworks on July 4th, shooting stars and satellites darting across the night sky. Beautiful furnishings and decor. Near ski slopes, market, and more.

    WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN 162 MouNTAIN INN CoNDoS

    $158,000 MLS#: 448033

    WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN20 FAIRWAY oAkS

    $389,675 MLS#: 502713

    a great value for a comfortable well designed golf front home in an exclusive neighborhood on the 3rd Green of Devils knob Golf course. Furnished and well maintained.

    WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN1469 LEDGES CoNDoS$169,000 MLS#: 492052

    sTONEy cREEk AT WINTERGREEN 560 HuNTERS PoINT

    $998,000 MLS#: 498318

    On Golden PondThis well-built architect-designed home has the one of the most sought after locations in Stoney Creek! Rare location directly on Lake Monocan, stunning views of the water, golf course, and the mountains from all levels! Extra waterfront build-able lot incl. with assessed value of $150 k.

    WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN481 THREE RIDGES CoNDoS

    $149,900 MLS#: 500453

    Nicely redone Villa with stone fireplace and a third sleeping area for the kids. You can walk to the slopes. Furnished with new appliances, flooring, cabinets and more. A Must See.

    sTONEy cREEk AT WINTERGREEN 17 LAuREL CouRT

    $410,000 MLS#: 502602

    Filled with light in every room, mountain views from front and back porch, this home is beautifully positioned in a convenient, private, well-landscaped setting overlooking the golf course. open plan with floor to ceiling windows, screened-in porch, gourmet kitchen, and luxury master suite.

    NElsON cOUNTy 179 kENNEDY LN

    $395,000 MLS#: 500116

    unique property located across from Veritas Winery in Afton. Well-maintained brick ranch with breathtaking 360-degree views, mother-in-law suite, and other guest area separate from main house. Would make a great investment property with three rental units. convenient to Wintergreen, charlottesville and Waynesboro.

    sTONEy cREEk AT WINTERGREEN178 MAY APPLE LN

    $565,000 MLS#: 502724

    This fine custom home offers great privacy, seclusion, and wonderful views of the 3rd fairway of Shamokin par 3. Located on 1.22 acres and protected on two sides by the golf course it has a large deck, a great floor plan where daily living activities can be enjoyed on the main level.

    www.wintergreenrealestate.com 800.325.2200

    Possibly, the most attractive unit in the building and in the association. Wide body floor plan. Fully furnished with sleep sofa in the living room. Walk to day and night skiing, pool, restaurants and shops. Western sunset view. New Tile floor in kitchen and a new kitchen sink faucet.

    $10,000 PRICE REDuCTIoN! of the two-bedroom floor plans with the South Eastern exposures this is the only one that is on the top two levels and the Southern end of the building. It captures the afternoon sun from the side balcony and side windows. easy access from the entry bridge level to the front door (only 7 steps).

    SCAN CODE FOR PROPERTY LISTINGS

    AND MORE!Or Call 800.325.2200

    visit our two convenient locations! wintergreen Mountain (next to spa) & stoney creek (at the entrance)

    $10,000 PRICE REDUCTION!

    NEw PRICE!

  • OCTOBER 2012 NELSON COUNTY LIFE 3

    Stoney CreekWintergreen

    Nelson County164 Sunnyside LaneImmaculate 4 BR, 3.5 BAhome on nearly 4 acreswith gorgeous mountainand pastoral views!Hardwood flooring in theliving areas, spaciousgreat room, full finishedbasement with custombar and movie room,wired for surround

    sound. Master bath offers a tiled steam shower. Fenced area with pasture hasa 12 x 24 run-in shedideal for horses. Basement features a kitchen areawith fridge and dishwasher. $499,500

    355 River Bluff Lane Stylish loghome on 13.28 acres with 755 feetof frontage on the Rockfish River!This 4 BR, 3 BA home was built in 1999, and had significantupgrades in 20092011 with newbathrooms, refrigerator, fireplace,landscaping, impressive newgarage and much more. Largedecks on 3 sides. The garage (2009) has full heat/AC, half bath and a separateapartment. Private location, with easy access to Charlottesville (35 minutes),Nellysford and Wintergreen. Currently arranged with 4 bedrooms in thehouse. There is also a 1 BR, 1 BA apartment at the rear of the garage. Enjoythe river lifestyle! $549,000

    4110 Perry Lane Wonderful 5 BR, 3 BA family home on a5.49-acre wooded parcel withstocked pond, creek, 2ndgarage/shop, wonderfulprivacy and mountain views.This property has it all! Thelocation10 minutes fromLovingston for shopping, 20minutes to the Blue Ridge, 35minutes from Charlottesvilleis very convenient. Lots of elbow room here for family and friends with pooltable, wet bar and exercise areas upstairs. Hot tub in rear. $549,000

    (Offered with 46.9 acres for $749,000)

    244 Fortunes Ridge DriveThis classic Adirondack-style 4 BR, 2 BA cabin issited with stunningmountain and sunset views.Constructed of hardyGreen Oak with over 1000square feet of decking. Newgas hot water heater, newgas heat for lower level,new Hydronic electric heat

    on the upper level. Stained glass in kitchen window, new deck railings,walkways, granite countertops, both bathrooms, and furniture. $484,500

    188 Shamokin Springs TrailA great getaway! This multi-level 4 BR, 3 BA home hasplenty of space for everyoneto come enjoy all the fun atWintergreen withoutbreaking the bank. The firstfloor has its own entry,family/billiard room, kitchen,laundry, BR, BA and bonus/bunk room. The main level

    includes the great room with cathedral ceiling, kitchen, dining, 2 BR and BA.Upstairs is a large BR, BA and loft. Fully furnished and just $110 per squarefootit won't last long. $292,000

    Nelson County its a lifestyle!Nelson County its a lifestyle!

    Standing: Charlie Wineberg, Ed Funke, Marlo Allen, John McKeithen, Pam McKeithen, Lois Armel, Hunter Price, Meredith Jackson, Dondi Brandon and Bo Newell

    Sitting: Tom Kubiak, Sara McGann, Nancy Hernandez, Julie Bendle and Chastity Morgan

    1562 Afton Mountain RoadFabulous opportunity to own20+ acres, well under appraisedand tax value in Afton, completewith streams & meadows.Charming 3 BR, 3 BA homefeaturing tongue and groovewalls and ceilings, Pella windowsand doors, granite counters inkitchen, rec room in basement,workshop area and large garage.

    Automatic generator complete with backup outside wood furnace. Add somefencing and bring the horses! Numerous fruit trees and plantings. $349,900

    348 Cedar Glen CloseMountain and valley viewsfrom the front porch andprivacy on the back decks;adjoining woods owned byWintergreen. Professionallandscaping for minimal careand no mowing. One owner,like-new 4 BR, 3 BA homewith hardwood floors, vaultedceilings, great room withfireplace, custom kitchen with Corian counters, family room, first floormaster suite and a second master suite or in-law suite with private patio,home office/BR; short stroll to resort amenities. $434,900

    (800) 361-5155 (434) 361-2440 www.MountainAreaRealty.com

    2788 B Rockfish Valley Highway Nellysford, VA 22958

  • 4 NELSON COUNTY LIFE OCTOBER 2012

    NELSONC O U N T Y L I F E

    Editors & PublishersYvette Stafford, Tommy Stafford

    [email protected]

    ContributorsLynn Coffey An email address for Backwoods Lynn up in the hollow? Ha! Ph: 540.949.0329

    Marcie Gates [email protected] Tal Williams [email protected]

    PhotographyMarcie Gates [email protected]

    Hayley Osborrne [email protected] Purpura [email protected] Shafer [email protected]

    Address:The Afton Group, LLC P.O. Box 455, Wintergreen, Virginia 22958

    434.361.0104

    Have a story idea? Email us at [email protected]

    Nelson County Life magazine is published monthly by The Afton Group, LLC and is distributed free of charge. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.

    Advertsiing deadlines are the 15th of every publishing month. For advertising information, download our ratecard at NelsonCountyLife.com or contact us at [email protected] Views reflected by our advertisers do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher or the company.

    Nelson County Life Magazine, published by The Afton Group, LLC is pledged to the letter and spirit of Virginias policy for achieving equal housing oppotunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap.

    All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginias fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination. This magazine will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this magazine are available on an equal opportunity basis.

    Visit our Officein the Mountain Inn

    Extension 8018

    115 Rosewood DriveNew to the market! This Rosewood Villa boasts the best views and location! Custom finishes, high end appliances, hard wood floors, bay window, plantation shutters, bright and sunny are just a few reasons to visit this home. This is the lowest priced 2BR and will not be undersold. $379,000, call J. Mummery @434-361-9402. (502584)

    380 Fawn Ridge DriveGreat location on the mountain among very nice homes. Gently sloping lot - great building site. Priced at recent comps. An excellent value. $35,000 for a nearly half acre lot! Call Rod & Christy Phillips 434-987-6399 (496464)

    150 Rosewood DriveRoseWood at Stoney Creek: Models and building sites available, a 55+ living community in the valley of Wintergreens Stoney Creek. Spacious villas & condos, superb craftsmanship, many Universal Design features. Maintenance-free living with sensational views and care-free convenience. Villas from $349,000 / Condos from $297,000. Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (462918)

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    8 Fernwood CourtCharming Log Cabin Home in the heart of Wintergreen Resort. Brand new Roof, Heating System, and appliances. 4 beds, 2 full baths makes this a perfect family retreat. The great room has two sitting areas, a dining area, a open kitchen and a cozy wood stove. The home is located on a quite street, but close to everything in the resort. A rare find a Wintergreen! Offered at $315,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (502711)

    310 Fortunes RidgeOne of the few view lots available under $200K. This lot has views to the west and south, and lots of mountain laurel too. Front of lot is level for a driveway. Quiet location almost at end of cul de sac. Bring your builder or let me introduce you to one! Listed by Steve Marianella for only $169,900 tel 434-566-1293, [email protected] (501048)

    24 Barn Owl LaneRare opportunity to purchase a water-front, Lake Mono-can lot. Priced to sell, this special lot offers 85 of lake frontage, long water views, intimate views of Monocans par 3 hole number 5 tee boxes and green that plays across the lake. Plus, expansive mountain vistas. $179,000. Listed by Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (499200)

    466 Three Ridges Condo Cozy & convenient to the Mountain Inn, Shopping, Ski and Dining make this a perfect rental opportunity. Freshly painted and priced to sell! This one bedroom, one bath condo with a wood burning fireplace and open floor plan awaits your personal touch! Back deck convenient for pets as it is ground level. $108,500. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498 (497221)

    78 Fox Run ~ Stoney Creek1+ acre lot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Right around the corner from the Lake Monocan beach and picnic area, and just 2 minutes to golf, tennis, hiking, dining, fishing. Nearly level for easy building. Bring your own builder or contact us for recommendations. Reduced $10,000!! Now just $43,100. Listed by Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (488833)

    47 Bucksaw LanePrivate wooded lot on cul de sac at Winter-green. Priced to sell, hold as investment or build here now. Seasonal views. Listed by Steve Marianella at $45,000, 434-566-1293 or [email protected] (498182)

    195 White Oak Drive Only $199,000 for a refurbished home at Wintergreen! Check out this 3 bedroom, 2 bath furnished home, only a short walk from the Mountain Village. Private and quiet lot, large decks, kitchen upgrades and more. Listed by Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or [email protected] (488191)

    67 West Elkwood DriveFreshly Remodeled ! Located within walking distance to the Mountain Village. Very well maintained 3 bedroom / 2 full bath home. Hardy Plank sliding & roof recently installed. Features a 2 car garage/family room/billiard room.What a bargain at $239,000.Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498 (502937)

    70 Dogwood RoadSouthern views. Large lot at end of cul-de-sac, exceptionally generous property line on Park. (open space) - easy walk along trail to rear to waterfall.Orange tape at front of lot is located on APPROXIMATE lot lines.Please refer to plat for more exact measurements or obtain survey.Possible seller financing available. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293; www.ExperienceWintergreen.com or [email protected] (494734)

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  • OCTOBER 2012 NELSON COUNTY LIFE 5

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    from

    insidebasic necessities ........................... 7cover story ..................................... 9this old/new house .................... 18moneywise ................................. 22at home with marlo ................... 23sams garden .............................. 24ask the dr. ..................................... 25the perfect fit ............................. 25datebook .................................... 36leisure guide .............................. 37classifieds ................................... 38comics ......................................... 39

    on the coverPhotographer: Hayley Osborne.

    Dahlias in bloom at Blue Heron Farm. Story on page 9.

    30beerbirthdayNelson Countys first brewery is old enough for Kindergarten.

    9in bloomAt Blue Heron Farm, the fields are full of flowers.

    26 $6 millionWintergreen Resort invests in snow, even if Mother Nature has other plans.

    Lets see how long Adam stays on the front porch playing bike and tractor mechanic. Tommy and Peyton are at the beauty shop and judging by the 2-day stubble on his face, I bet its daddy whos getting the beauty.

    I spoke too soon.Theres a workbook on my desk

    and as he points to the letters Adam says D-O-G, dog!

    Above that book is a bankers lamp. Mom is no banker but she does like that lamp. So does her son. It has a chain and with a mischievous smile, he yanks it. I pretend to ignore him.

    Yank on. Yank off. Yank on. Yank off. Then the chain gets tangled inside the assembly and as Adams dirty fingers reach in to unwind it, he burns himself. Hot and dangerous! he tells me. Truth.

    Theres nothing about a Pilates ball/desk chair that implies that two people can sit on it at the same time. But as I type this paragraph, the young man has his knees up against the small of my back and his arms clutching my sensitive, unprotected voice box.

    The phone is ringing and someone named Greg in the 434 area code wants to chat. Hell have to talk to the gentle-man in the recording. Hope he can send us an email. Ive gotten pretty good at

    typing replies with one hand.I could have just handed the phone

    over to Adam, who would have told this fine man that mommys green lamp gets very hot, or that taking off the pedals of your bike is easy but screwing them back on is hard.

    If Peyton were around, she could have chatted about her baby doll and how her socks never stay on. Hed be able to hear her sniffles, which her brother gave her. Or was it the other way around?

    Here comes Adam again, this time with his dingy pillow, the same one he took outside with him for this months classy family portrait. As parents, our pillows will be very much appreciated tonight!

    Enjoy!Yvette & Tommy Stafford

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    CRISPER weathers coming ... Tune in to Tommys weather online ....NelsonCountyLife.com

  • 6 NELSON COUNTY LIFE OCTOBER 2012

    Restaurant Brewery Sports Bar Shopping Village Covered Patio

    October Music LineupMONDAY, Oct. 1, 7-10 .............................................. Dennis ThorneWEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 7-10 ........................................... Chris CernakTHURSDAY, Oct. 4, 7-10 ............................................. Flat Top FredFRIDAY, Oct. 5, 8-11pm ................................... Juke Joint Junkies featuring Lisa MillerMONDAY, Oct. 8, 7-10 .............................. Gina Sobel WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 7-10 ................... Erik the RedTHURSDAY, Oct. 11, 7-10 ................. Travis BookFRIDAY, Oct. 12, 8-11 ......,...................................... Bootsie DanielsMONDAY, Oct. 15, 7-10 ......................................... Circus MuttWEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 7-10 ............................... Hot Twang TrioTHURSDAY, Oct. 18, 7-10 ....................................................... Eli CookFRIDAY, Oct. 19, 8-11 ............... Travis Elliot & Tucker RodgersMONDAY, Oct. 22, 7-10 ................................................. Steve SmithWEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 7-10 ........................................... Byron MassieTHURSDAY, Oct. 25, 7-10 .................................................. Jason RingFRIDAY, Oct. 26, 8-11 .................................................... The DesignMONDAY, Oct. 29, 7-10 .............................................................. TBDWEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 7-10 ............Hunter Wolfe & ARE with Children of OZ

    SPECIAL EVENT:Tuesday November 6, 7pm - Five course

    BEER and CIDER PAIRED DINNER.Reservations required.

    Call now to reserve your space.

    Awesome ViewsDog Friendly

    Every SUNDAY night - Ribs NiteEvery TUESDAY night - LIVE Trivia

    Every THURSDAY Night - Steak & Mussels NiteEvery MONDAY/WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY/FRIDAY - Music

    Interested in brewing? Call us to see when our next home brewing demonstration is scheduled!Or, check our Facebook page for updates.

    Jewelry & Scarves Accessories Unique Gifts Key West Aloe Skin Care & Fragrances Wallets, Purses and So Much More! Halloween Decor Plus, Our Great Card Selection!

    You can find updates on all of our stores here in NCL, on Facebook, and on our website:

    www.zestivities.comOr better yet, just come on in and peek in our windows! Were sure that youll like what you see! Oh, and while youre here, check out our stores, and have a great meal and a beer at Wild Wolf Brewery. Were a great destination combination!

    Next to Wild Wolf Brewery and Brewpub2469 Rockfish Valley Hwy, (Rt. 151) Nellysford

    Now open 7 days a week! 434.361.0004 [email protected]

    The

    Shoppes at Wild Wolf Shopping Village

    We are still hammering away at what is going to be one very unique

    and fun gift store!We cant wait to get

    this one open, because we know that you

    are going to LOVE it! Watch for updates here,

    and in Facebook!Casual Lifestyle & Gifts!

    Libation Accessories Home Bar Supplies Hot Sauces & Salsas Unique Glassware Home Brewing & Wine Making Supplies The Largest Tervis Tumbler Selection in the County!

  • OCTOBER 2012 NELSON COUNTY LIFE 7

    By Kay Pfaltzwww.basicnecessities.comwww.kaypfaltz.com

    basicnecessities

    Spain & Portugal May 2013. For more details, [email protected]

    Old Trail Village, 1005 Heathercroft Circle, Suite 400, Crozet, VA 22932

    (434) 823-7896Open 365 days a year providing convenient and affordable care.

    CLINIC HOURS: Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 5pm

    COME VISIT OUR NEW CONVENIENT CARE CLINIC IN CROZET

    CafWine and Cheese Shop2226 Rockfish Valley Highway

    Nellysford, Virginiaph: 434.361.1766

    www.basicnecessities.us

    A taste of Europe in the Blue Ridge!

    Hours:Tuesday Thursday 10am-6pm

    Friday-Saturday 10am-10pmReservations advised for weekend dinners.

    Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm

    Taking reservations for private parties.Call in advance.

    Come party !!!Sunday, October 28.

    Join us in the back yard of Basic Necessities for fun and laughter at our Halloween party. Come celebrate fall, Halloween, wine, life, whatever tickles your fancy ... Prizes for best costume!

    Call for more info.

    Friend BASIC NECESSITIES

    Stand by your wineLove is not love which alters

    when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove. Since quite a few people wrote exclaiming over quotations in past columns (alas not my words but famous others) I thought, why not continue? The above, written by that playwright and poet fellow, most people will rec-ognize. Those who read Shakespeare will know it as sonnet CXVI which begins, Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments. Those who love movies will remem-ber in the Hollywood adaptation of Sense and Sensibility the talented Kate Winslet murmuring the lines as she gazes across the moors to Wil-lougbys estate.

    I have long admired that particular sonnet and while to compare it to wine might prove an imperfect analogy and a wee stretch, I think theres a case. Just as I have always admired those couples who work out differences, gaining a deeper love and apprecia-tion for one another, so too do I admire those winemakers whose wines reflect the varying weather patterns and off

    vintages. There are certain wines I love even when they fail to live up to some previous and unforgettable incarnation which first spoke to my heart. This is why Im bothered when a person dis-misses a wine simply because it tastes different from a prior vintage.

    To borrow from a great wine maker, Serge Hochar of Chteau Musar: You will learn not to condemn any wine until you have stayed with it through all its stages. When you understand that, then you can learn not to condemn any person until you have watched him through many stages, too. You can learn to tolerate life through all its stages, never to make a complete judgment.

    Therefore, unless we want to see the wine world populated with monocul-ture wines the likes of Yellow Tail and its ilk, wines that taste exactly the same year in year out, I encourage you to stand by your wine even (or especial-ly) if it tastes different from one year to the nextthat means its alive.

    Domaine Richeaume, Cuve Tradi-tion 2010 Ive long since forgotten the first time I tasted Richeaume, but the impression it left has remained. In a

    world where once mediocrity predomi-nated (Provence in the 70s) Richeaume has been making organic wines of exceptional character for decades. The Tradition is made from the unorthodox combination of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Sexy Gr-enache gives feminine opulence, while sturdy Cabernet lends its masculine weight. The resulting wine is dark, rich with notes of vanilla and blackberries, and full and smooth on the palate. $33

    Chteau Pibaron Bandol, 2007 South of Richeaume lies the Mediter-ranean sea and the small appellation of Bandol. Bandol offers a unique microclimate which often presents a cloudless sky when beyond the protec-tive Sainte-Baume mountains it may be pouring with rain across the rest of Provence. Ideal, as strong sun is neces-sary in order to fully ripen Bandols Mourvdre grape. Hailed as the apogee of Mourvdre, Bandol makes a distinc-tive addition to any collection of fine reds. Notes of plum, dark cherry and tobacco box. $42

  • 8 NELSON COUNTY LIFE OCTOBER 2012

    Carole Saunders, GRICaroleSaundersRealEstate.com

    434.981.3089

    James WoodJamesWoodRealEstate.com

    434.263.4371

    Nanette Kirt, [email protected]

    434.962.6602

    Mark Brashears540.570.2874

    Carter Montague, Broker434.962.3419

    152 Front Street, Lovingston, VA 22949 434.263.5088 local 800.422.6698 toll free

    Montague, Miller & Co. REALTORS

    Serving Nelson Countyand the surrounding Central Virginia region

    Bring plans for your dream home! Very private wooded lot in great Ivy location with multiple good home sites. Quiet setting at end of well-maintained private road.

    Convenient access to Charlottesville or Crozet. MLS 499782.

    Rolling, open and wooded land perfect for grazing located West of US 29 less than 10 min. to Lovingston. Numerous house sites with perfect lake location nearby plus raise your own gar-den and animals on this farm. Quaint barn for storage. Presently fenced for cattle but horses

    would be perfect for this parcel. Enjoy the quietness of this location plus mountain views. Located on a paved state road. 34+/- acres $272,000. 46+/- $334,000. MLS 502595, 502596.

    ROSELAND $272,000 & $334,000

    Montague, Miller & Co. REALTORS

    Serving Nelson Countyand the surrounding Central Virginia region

    Dream of fishing along a river bank? Love to own a Log Home? Snuggle in for the winter in this 2 BR., 2 BA., Log home on 28.95 wooded acres with Tye River frontage. Enjoy the Outdoors with the Appalachian Trail, the National Forest, Crabtree Falls,

    and the Blue Ridge Parkway closeby. Fully furnished w/Pine walls, floors, & cabinetry; stone,gas-logged FP in 11x23 Great Rm.; & walk-out basement. MLS 502983

    NEW! TYRO $315,000

    $5000 TOWARD BUYERS CLOSING COSTS W/

    ACCEPTABLE OFFER! Open & Wooded 15.66 AC. plus a Custom-

    built 2006 home surrounded by Mountain Views. Hidden down a long driveway off a paved state road, this meticulous-maintained

    home features Stainless Steel Appliances, Custom Cabinetry,

    Jotul Swedish Wood Stove, Heat Pump, Workshop & Storage

    Shed. Level to Rolling land with stream perfect for animals or just

    for enjoyment. Convenient to Charlottesville. MLS 495154

    Hidden in a peaceful location minutes from Lovingston, this custom-built, 2015 fin. sq. ft., 5 BR., 3 1/2 BA Brick home on 2+- Ac. has outstanding features with FP in 14x21 Living Rm. w/Built-in Bookcase, Formal Dining Rm. w/Built-in China Cabinet, Oak Flrs., Country 11x18 eat-in Kitchen, Walk-out Basement, Plus lovely landscaped

    yard with fruit trees, grapevines, & perennials. Enjoy quiet walks by the serene, nearby lake. MLS#499073

    LOOKING FOR A BARGAIN! Visit this 1900s 1552 sq. ft.

    Farmhouse on 15.65 open and wooded acres. Elevated on a private knoll off a quiet state

    paved road close to Lovingston and fenced for horses with 24x40

    Barn/Stable. Detached 15x23 Studio w/Electric and Water.

    Pine floors throughout with gas-logged stove, recent Appliances, Built-in China Cabinets, enclosed

    rear porch and new tilt-out windows. MLS 501549

    REDUCED! SHIPMAN $183,000

    IVY $320,000 REDUCED! LOVINGSTON $198,500

    New siding-Roof-Front Porch Totally remodeled New kitchen w/new appliances. Hardwood floors, deck basement. New washer/dryer, stove, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator. MLS 501405

    New custom modular on 1.8 acres with mountain views! Convenientto Wintergreen, Charlottesville & Lynchburg.

    ARRINGTON $124,500 ROSELAND $149,500

    SHIPMAN $219,900

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    You cant do this on five wooded acres.STORY by YVETTE STAFFORD

    PHOTOGRAPHY by HAYLEY OSBORNE

    If you want to grow flowers and you want to grow them well, you need sun. And this place has plenty of it.

    I lived for 25 years in a house on 5 acres in the woods and couldnt grow many flowers, says Nellysford flower farmer, Bev Lacey. So when I moved here and Keith was farming vegetables I thought Oh, sunshine! I can grow flowers.

    A match made in agricultural heaven, Blue Heron Farm is a place where Bev and Keith can get their hands dirty.

  • 10 NELSON COUNTY LIFE SEPTEMBER 2012

    Id always gardened, but Id never farmed. It was moving here that did it.

    In their early days, Bev and Keith ran a CSA that focused mostly on vegetables. Keith was growing some zinnias and sunflowers before Bev took over that niche. It was then that her flower fascination blos-somed and, at Keiths encouragement, Bev began going to National Organization of Specialty Cut Flowers Group meetings.

    I learned theres a big difference between gardening and farming, Bev says. In farming youre growing what sells. I had just puttered in what I loved prior to this. Now Im growing what you can get in an 18 inch length and something that will hold in a vase.

    So she starts her day at about 6:30 and is out on the farm an hour later, early enough to take advantage of the cool morning air. At prime flower picking time, the quiet fields scream with color.

    It can become overwhelming. Im old enough to have arthritis, my knees and my hands, which is why I have the young women come and help me!

    Young women like Heidi Reed, who just came on board. Maria Borgman and Kelsey Vergin helped launch the season. And the woman who took these pictures, Hayley

    Osborne, has been helping at Blue Heron for seven years.

    Take a look around and the farm is knee deep in orders and waist high in dahlias waiting to be cut.

    The dahlias are probably my favorite now and thats because its dahlia season. Theres so many dif-ferent ones.

    Grown from tubers, Bev admits

  • she may have gotten some of the love for dahlias from her mother who used to grow them in Penn-sylvania. After her passing in 1993, Bevs father kept digging up the dahlias and putting them back into the ground where they would multiply.

    I find that fascinating that you can start with one dahlia tuber, grow it for a year, enjoy the flowers, dig it up and have four or five tubers that you can share with people.

    Virginias not exactly known as dahlia coun-try but so far, they seem to be doing well at Blue Heron. They reveal their color in the fall when not much else does. But once the first frost arrives typically in October theyre done until next year.

    I dig every one up and then I clean them, store them above freezing for the winter, says Bev. Divide them, put them back in the next spring, probably May. And they multiply! Thats just real exciting!

    She wont do the floral design thats for area florists like Amy Webb and Ken Ward but the flowers are available at pretty much wholesale, Bev explains. Theyre also available seasonally at Basic Necessities (Bev and Keith own the Nellys-ford wine and cheese shop). And brides have been known to buy them by the bucket.

    Ive always said it does feed my soul ... They (flowers) bring joy to people. Who doesnt smile? NCL

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    Soggy weather didnt keep people from enjoying the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival at Devils Backbone Brewing Co. The festival featured various craft brews from across the commonwealth.

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    Guests enjoyed a five course beer dinner at Wild Wolf Brewing Company that started off with an oyster and Ginger Lager pairing. Desert was Dark Chocolate Tres leches with tart cherries and coconut cream paired with WolfNstein.

    Costume Contests LIVE MUSIC by Second Nature Gourmet Dinner paired with WinePHOTO BOOTH Dance Contest Live and Silent Auctions

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    WHENFriday, October 26th6:30 PM

    For sponsorship information or to reserve a seat,go to www.nelsonfund.org and click on Opportunity Ball.

    For more information, call 434-226-0078.

    The Nelson County Community Fund, a committee advised fund of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation,

    raises money through the Opportunity Ball anddirect contributions from people in our community.

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    Scores of tennis players hit the Devils Knob courts at Wintergreen Resort for the USTA Senior District Tournament. Roughly 300 people participated in the 4-day long event.

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    Its More Than a WildernessSTORY by LYNN COFFEY

    Drumhellers Orchard (434) 263-50361130 Drumheller Orchard Lane, Lovingston, VA 22949

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    Hey Dad, Whats down there? Nothing, son, its just a big wilderness. I was sitting on a rock ledge below the retaining wall, hidden from the eyes of the father and son who were discussing the view from 20 Minute Cliff at milepost 19 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just three miles from my home at Love, this is the place I come when I want a bit of peace. Manys the time Ive packed an early breakfast and ate it out on the rocks watching the sun come up and then drive back later that evening to enjoy hot coffee from a thermos, waiting for the huge red sun to sink slowly behind the mountains. I never tire of looking down on the deep crevice that runs from Montebello through the Tye River Valley below. It was the home of so many people Ive known and heard about since moving here. Thats why I found the conversation between the boy and

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    Lynn would like to thank everyone who helped her compile the Backroads back issue.She has them in hand and will soon be archived at the Library of Congress.

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    his father so amusing. Unknowingly, all the father saw was an uninhabited endless wilderness of trees. Looking down the steep cleft, my eyes saw an entirely different picture. One that is heaped with memories. The first time I realized the view from the cliff was vastly different from what it used to be was the time I took my neighbor, Johnny Coffey, then in his 90s, for a ride to the overlook. Johnny, with a sweeping motion of his hand, said the sentence that has never ceased to amaze me. Son, its hard to believe that 75 years ago you could look out and see no trees on those mountains. What was he talking about; as far as the eye could see, every ridge was covered in a dense forest. Not thinking I heard him correctly I asked for more details. Why, son, when I was a young boy, the mountains here were covered with Kentucky bluegrass ... grazing land for peoples cattle and sheep. There were a few trees here and there but for the most part it was all open land and you could see folks homeplaces along Fork Mountain and down below at White Rock. I instinctively glanced downward at the white house far below, belonging to Hercy and Burgess Coffey. It was now the only visible house you could see from the cliff. It was said the overlook got its name from the people of White Rock who used it as a timepiece, knowing when the evening sun hit the rock face, they had exactly 20 minutes before dark would fall. Twenty minutes in which to shut the door to the chicken house and put the cows in the barn for the night. In addition to the Coffeys, families by the name of Fitzgerald, Allen, Taylor, Campbell and Carr lived on these steep ridges, carving out a self-sufficient living from the rocky land. What a treasure-house of memories I have driving up through White Rock visiting Preacher Billy Morris who lived in Mitchell Fitzgeralds old home and Annie Carr who had a perfect view of Squaremouth Rocks from the porch of her home. Attending family reunions at Raymond and Maggie Allens camp, high above Durhams Run; or watching Annie Ramsey making biscuits on her wood cook stove. And the times I made the trip over to White Rock the night before trout season began to listen to the traditional music being played at all the camps along the river. Johnny would make the old time revivals come alive in my mind as hed tell of people walking to the night meetings with lanterns in hand. Why the mountains were lit up like lightening bugs there were so many folks walking to church back then. Time has a way of changing everything. One generations memories are never the same as the one before. And seventy five years can make an amazing difference between one man seeing a wilderness and another one seeing home. NCL

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    thisnewhouseLocation:5047 Patrick Henry Hwy, Roseland, VirginiaOffered at: $149,500Comments:New custom modular on 1.8 acres with mountain views! Convenient to Wintergreen, Charlottesville & Lynchburg.Contact:James Wood Montague, Miller & Co. Lovingston434-263-5088

    thisoldhouseLocation:5556 River Rd, Faber, VirginiaOffered at: $1,950,000Comments:Broad bottom land, rolling hillsides and forested upland comprise the 242 acres of River Run Farm. Near Charlot-tesville and Wintergreen Resort, this working cattle farm offers panoramic Blue Ridge views. Traversed by the North Fork Rockfish River, there are more than 100 acres of pasture, the remainder in hardwood forest. The me-ticulously restored home has 3,972 square feet of living space. Features include a copper roof, original woodwork & floors and pocket doors. Managers residence and barns.Contact:Lois Armel Mountain Area Realty434-361-2440

    This amazing custom built home on over 17 acres has vaulted ceilings, hardwood and ceramic tiled floors, skylights, gas fireplace, and lots of light filled living space. The property is bordered by the North Fork of the Rockfish River and there is access to it from the house. It also features a first floor master suite that has a large walk in closet and a bathroom with a very nice soaking tub and double vanity. The walk out basement has a large family room/recreation room and a full bathroom for lots of family fun and would be a perfect place for the guests to stay in! Conveniently located to Wintergreen, Waynesboro and Charlottesville. MLS# 501990. $425,000.

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    PHOTOGRAPHY by YVETTE STAFFORD

  • 472 Cedar Meadow DriveExceptional home on beautifully landscaped double lot; breath-taking great room features stone wood-burning fireplace extending to top of 15 foot wood-paneled ceiling, large casement windows and built-in book-cases, overlooked by balcony; family room features gas fireplace with soapstone hearth; enjoy outdoor living with screened porch, extensive deck and lovely yard with fish pond and waterfall; other features include greenhouse, sun room, stone chimney and stone pillars on front porch. $599,000 Call Joan Mummery (434) 531-5033. (489183)

    650 Pedlars Edge DriveA wonderful lot for skiers and non-skiers. Perfect for a basement. Private with open space behind and views up toward the main resort. Orange tape at front of lot is located on APPROXIMATE lot lines. Please refer to plat for more exact measurements or obtain survey. Owner financing available. $99,000. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293; www.ExperienceWintergreen.com or [email protected] (494732)

    380 Cedar DriveCompare this luxury mountain home to any other - incred-ible value! Home on 1 acre adjoining National Forest. Gourmet kitchen, hardwoods, master bath with granite double vanity, 3 fireplaces (2 gas/1 wood), superb mountain views, 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 2 car garage, extensive decks. Reduced to $795,000! Contact Brian Chase. www.goWintergreen.com (483491)

    415 Pedlars Edge DriveLevel lot in quiet area of resort on Blackrock side of Wintergreen Resort. Mature hardwoods throughout lot, lots of privacy. Bring your builder or let us introduce you to one of ours. $52,500. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293www.ExperienceWintergreen.com (489885)

    165 Rosewood DriveThis 2008 golf course villa in RoseWood Village located in Stoney Creek, features high-end appliances, custom finishes and universal design ap-propriate to 55+ living. Interior offers hardwood floors, Corian countertops, a full bay window, high ceilings (9 and tray) and year round sun room. Exterior maintenance, lawn care and trash removal provided. Property is within walking distance of shopping and all Wintergreen amenities. Future construction of an assisted living facility is planned. Available for quick occupancy if desired. $399,000. Call Joan Mummery at 434-531-5033. (461979)

    25 Devils BendCharming 3 bedroom 2 bathroom mountain cabin for only $329,900. Furnished and including WPI right, this like new home has hardi plank siding, hardwood floors in living area,and stainless appliances in kitchen. Wood ceiling and stone fireplace in family room give a great chalet atmosphere. High efficiency heat pump, great location within short walk to Spa and golf. Free shuttle bus stop only steps away from front door. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 ,[email protected] (496221)

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    106 Deer Springs LaneLike new GOLF FRONT home overlooking Devils Knob Hole #7. Three bedrooms with three full bathrooms, a 2 car detached garage, hardwood floors, fireplace and more. Large trex deck also has views of pond and lovely summer ferns. Listed by Steve Marianella for only $429,900. tel 434-566-1293, [email protected] (501064)

    702 LaurelwoodFormerly a 1 bedroom unit, the owner transformed space into a 2nd bedroom complete with a bunk bed! New flooring in kitchen and bath 2010. Easy walk to skiing and Mountain Inn. Recently replaced stove, fridge, heat pump, dishwasher. $99,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (479168)

    716 Laurelwood CondoBest value & opportunity! Two bedrooms with updated kitchen, floors, and furnishings. Resort rental program revenue stream in place. Walk to private Laurelwood swimming pool, The Market, ski slopes, Mountain Village shops. Furnished. Reduced! $118,000. Contact Brian. www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (489504)

    1429 HighlandsSpectacular year round views overlooking ski slopes & multiple ridges of mountains! Fully furnished, 2BR/2BA mid-level unit with new AC unit. Walk to Ski slopes, Golf, Tennis & Wintergarden Spa. Turn-key investment and/or mountain get-away for sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. $180,000 Contact Dawn Perusse 800-417-1890, [email protected] (490911)

    2113 Fairway Woods 2113 & 2110 are both upgraded, Golf front properties (18th fairway) with neighboring patios. Perfect for friends or multi-generational families. 2113 has upgraded Kitchen & baths, and newer appliances, flooring & furniture. Fully furnished. Motivated sellers! Contact Dawn at 800-417-1890, [email protected] (MLS 499210) $128K.

    3207 North RidgeOnly $109,500 for a furnished condo with mountain views, two full baths, a full kitchen and a great location near Wintergreen amenities! Walk to golf, tennis, skiing and restaurants. Pergo floors, family room fireplace, separate dining area. This may not last long, great investment to use or rent this ski season. Call today, Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, [email protected] (492139)

    166 Mountain InnGreat location in the Mountain Inn priced to sell. Many recent upgrades including new cherry cabinets, granite counters, refrigerator w/ ice maker, kitchen faucet, hot water heater, flex flooring and bedding - Nov 2011. New flat screen TVs and lighting summer 2011. New mattresses in 2010. Turn key and beautifully done. Immaculate and ready to enjoy immediately or keep the income rolling in from rentals. $119,000.Call Rod Phillips at 434-987-6399 (494790)

    10 Mulligan Lane Stoney CreekUnique double lot offers ability to build unat-tached single home in 55+ RoseWood Village community. Property carries WPI; near shop-ping and all Stoney Creek amenities; also has views of mountains and golf course. $99,990 call Joan Mummery 434-361-9402 (496472)

    2204 Tanners RidgeFantastic Price ($78,900) & Location (Devils Knob)! The perfect, ready-to-use Sports, Spa, & Nature get-away! Fully-furnished 40 wide, End-Unit Patio condo w/10 windows. 30x9 patio. Futon sofabed in Liv Rm creates 2nd BR. Full Kitchen, W&D. Slopes, Golf, Tennis, Spa & 3 quality restaurants in 3 min. On Shuttle route. Call Dawn Perusse at 540-454-3300. (466971)

    258 TimbersUpdated Timbers Condo on Wintergreen Resort Rental Program. Great location, slopeside condo, walk to amenities. Priced to sell. $100,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (493414)

    105 Saddleback KnollDesigned and built for retirement couple, this quality home provides easy one level living on main floor. Impeccably maintained and improved on 1.3 acre water-front lot. Great outdoor living spaces, gourmet kitchen, 3-car garage, living room with stone gas fireplace. A best value in Stoney Creek! 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths. Reduced! $749,325. Contact Brian Chase.www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (448607)

    17 Pine Siskin LaneAmazing New Construction Value! This mountain home is situ-ated on a quiet corner in a great neighborhood among newer homes. Open floor plan has kitchen, family and dining room with high ceilings. 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms complete the main floor. Stone fireplace, solid wood cabinetry, hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless appliances, Pella windows, hard-plank siding are all featured in this great value. $329,000. Call Rod Phillips at 434-987-6399. (500741)

    17 Blue FlintBuild this great mountain layout on a great lot at Wintergreen. Seasonal views and premier craftmanship in construction from one of the areas respected local builders. Hardwood floors, granite counters, custom cabinets. Call or e mail to discuss how we can make this your mountain getaway at Wintergreen! Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, [email protected] (490374)

    603 White Oak CondoGreat location in White Oak. First building closest to Mountain Inn and all amenities. This unit is very clean and ready to move-in. Owner lives here and the unit has never been rented. Very open floor plan and large deck. 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths with spacious living area. $135,000 Call Rod Phillips.434-987-6399.(497928)

    Blue Ridge Mtn AcreageExtraordinary parcel w/ 280 degree mountain and valley views. Supremely private w/ multiple streams/springs. Adjacent to thousands of Wintergreens per-manent wilderness acres. Elevations 1600-2200. Minutes to golf, tennis, skiing, dining, shopping, area wineries & micro breweries. $975,000. Contact Brian Chase for details. www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (497651)

    364 Chestnut PlaceThis is a beautiful site with a view! Priced to sell quickly. Seller financing. $129,000. Call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293. (494289)

    193 Mountain Inn Only $99,999 for a furnished one bedroom condo in the Mountain Inn! Walk to slopes and village shops and restaurants, or use as an investment rental. Has full bath and kitchenette. overlooks courtyard. Ground level, minimal steps. Priced below recent sales. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293,[email protected] (498517)

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    19 Lost Pond ~ Stoney CreekOne acre corner lot on quiet cul-de-sac in the foot-hills of Stoney Creek. Among homes of significant value. Enjoy a gently sloping lot with hardwoods - slope ideal for a walk-out basement! Three minutes to amenities (golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, dining, fishing). Community water available. Reduced $10,000! Now just $48,400. Listed by Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (488830)

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    The Mountain Inn | P.O. Box 706 | Wintergreen, Virginia 22958 | Toll Free 866.905.9777 | 434.325.8018 | Fax 434.325.8017 | wintergreenresort.com | [email protected]

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  • 472 Cedar Meadow DriveExceptional home on beautifully landscaped double lot; breath-taking great room features stone wood-burning fireplace extending to top of 15 foot wood-paneled ceiling, large casement windows and built-in book-cases, overlooked by balcony; family room features gas fireplace with soapstone hearth; enjoy outdoor living with screened porch, extensive deck and lovely yard with fish pond and waterfall; other features include greenhouse, sun room, stone chimney and stone pillars on front porch. $599,000 Call Joan Mummery (434) 531-5033. (489183)

    650 Pedlars Edge DriveA wonderful lot for skiers and non-skiers. Perfect for a basement. Private with open space behind and views up toward the main resort. Orange tape at front of lot is located on APPROXIMATE lot lines. Please refer to plat for more exact measurements or obtain survey. Owner financing available. $99,000. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293; www.ExperienceWintergreen.com or [email protected] (494732)

    380 Cedar DriveCompare this luxury mountain home to any other - incred-ible value! Home on 1 acre adjoining National Forest. Gourmet kitchen, hardwoods, master bath with granite double vanity, 3 fireplaces (2 gas/1 wood), superb mountain views, 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 2 car garage, extensive decks. Reduced to $795,000! Contact Brian Chase. www.goWintergreen.com (483491)

    415 Pedlars Edge DriveLevel lot in quiet area of resort on Blackrock side of Wintergreen Resort. Mature hardwoods throughout lot, lots of privacy. Bring your builder or let us introduce you to one of ours. $52,500. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293www.ExperienceWintergreen.com (489885)

    165 Rosewood DriveThis 2008 golf course villa in RoseWood Village located in Stoney Creek, features high-end appliances, custom finishes and universal design ap-propriate to 55+ living. Interior offers hardwood floors, Corian countertops, a full bay window, high ceilings (9 and tray) and year round sun room. Exterior maintenance, lawn care and trash removal provided. Property is within walking distance of shopping and all Wintergreen amenities. Future construction of an assisted living facility is planned. Available for quick occupancy if desired. $399,000. Call Joan Mummery at 434-531-5033. (461979)

    25 Devils BendCharming 3 bedroom 2 bathroom mountain cabin for only $329,900. Furnished and including WPI right, this like new home has hardi plank siding, hardwood floors in living area,and stainless appliances in kitchen. Wood ceiling and stone fireplace in family room give a great chalet atmosphere. High efficiency heat pump, great location within short walk to Spa and golf. Free shuttle bus stop only steps away from front door. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 ,[email protected] (496221)

    Located in the Mountain Inn Do you love Wintergreen as much as we do? When you buy or sell with us, you are investing in Wintergreens future

    Call us or stop in and be a part of Wintergreens future.

    Contact any of these outstanding Realtors at our Mountain Inn office for

    information about Wintergreen and Stoney Creek real estate.

    106 Deer Springs LaneLike new GOLF FRONT home overlooking Devils Knob Hole #7. Three bedrooms with three full bathrooms, a 2 car detached garage, hardwood floors, fireplace and more. Large trex deck also has views of pond and lovely summer ferns. Listed by Steve Marianella for only $429,900. tel 434-566-1293, [email protected] (501064)

    702 LaurelwoodFormerly a 1 bedroom unit, the owner transformed space into a 2nd bedroom complete with a bunk bed! New flooring in kitchen and bath 2010. Easy walk to skiing and Mountain Inn. Recently replaced stove, fridge, heat pump, dishwasher. $99,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (479168)

    716 Laurelwood CondoBest value & opportunity! Two bedrooms with updated kitchen, floors, and furnishings. Resort rental program revenue stream in place. Walk to private Laurelwood swimming pool, The Market, ski slopes, Mountain Village shops. Furnished. Reduced! $118,000. Contact Brian. www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (489504)

    1429 HighlandsSpectacular year round views overlooking ski slopes & multiple ridges of mountains! Fully furnished, 2BR/2BA mid-level unit with new AC unit. Walk to Ski slopes, Golf, Tennis & Wintergarden Spa. Turn-key investment and/or mountain get-away for sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. $180,000 Contact Dawn Perusse 800-417-1890, [email protected] (490911)

    2113 Fairway Woods 2113 & 2110 are both upgraded, Golf front properties (18th fairway) with neighboring patios. Perfect for friends or multi-generational families. 2113 has upgraded Kitchen & baths, and newer appliances, flooring & furniture. Fully furnished. Motivated sellers! Contact Dawn at 800-417-1890, [email protected] (MLS 499210) $128K.

    3207 North RidgeOnly $109,500 for a furnished condo with mountain views, two full baths, a full kitchen and a great location near Wintergreen amenities! Walk to golf, tennis, skiing and restaurants. Pergo floors, family room fireplace, separate dining area. This may not last long, great investment to use or rent this ski season. Call today, Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, [email protected] (492139)

    166 Mountain InnGreat location in the Mountain Inn priced to sell. Many recent upgrades including new cherry cabinets, granite counters, refrigerator w/ ice maker, kitchen faucet, hot water heater, flex flooring and bedding - Nov 2011. New flat screen TVs and lighting summer 2011. New mattresses in 2010. Turn key and beautifully done. Immaculate and ready to enjoy immediately or keep the income rolling in from rentals. $119,000.Call Rod Phillips at 434-987-6399 (494790)

    10 Mulligan Lane Stoney CreekUnique double lot offers ability to build unat-tached single home in 55+ RoseWood Village community. Property carries WPI; near shop-ping and all Stoney Creek amenities; also has views of mountains and golf course. $99,990 call Joan Mummery 434-361-9402 (496472)

    2204 Tanners RidgeFantastic Price ($78,900) & Location (Devils Knob)! The perfect, ready-to-use Sports, Spa, & Nature get-away! Fully-furnished 40 wide, End-Unit Patio condo w/10 windows. 30x9 patio. Futon sofabed in Liv Rm creates 2nd BR. Full Kitchen, W&D. Slopes, Golf, Tennis, Spa & 3 quality restaurants in 3 min. On Shuttle route. Call Dawn Perusse at 540-454-3300. (466971)

    258 TimbersUpdated Timbers Condo on Wintergreen Resort Rental Program. Great location, slopeside condo, walk to amenities. Priced to sell. $100,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (493414)

    105 Saddleback KnollDesigned and built for retirement couple, this quality home provides easy one level living on main floor. Impeccably maintained and improved on 1.3 acre water-front lot. Great outdoor living spaces, gourmet kitchen, 3-car garage, living room with stone gas fireplace. A best value in Stoney Creek! 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths. Reduced! $749,325. Contact Brian Chase.www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (448607)

    17 Pine Siskin LaneAmazing New Construction Value! This mountain home is situ-ated on a quiet corner in a great neighborhood among newer homes. Open floor plan has kitchen, family and dining room with high ceilings. 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms complete the main floor. Stone fireplace, solid wood cabinetry, hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless appliances, Pella windows, hard-plank siding are all featured in this great value. $329,000. Call Rod Phillips at 434-987-6399. (500741)

    17 Blue FlintBuild this great mountain layout on a great lot at Wintergreen. Seasonal views and premier craftmanship in construction from one of the areas respected local builders. Hardwood floors, granite counters, custom cabinets. Call or e mail to discuss how we can make this your mountain getaway at Wintergreen! Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, [email protected] (490374)

    603 White Oak CondoGreat location in White Oak. First building closest to Mountain Inn and all amenities. This unit is very clean and ready to move-in. Owner lives here and the unit has never been rented. Very open floor plan and large deck. 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths with spacious living area. $135,000 Call Rod Phillips.434-987-6399.(497928)

    Blue Ridge Mtn AcreageExtraordinary parcel w/ 280 degree mountain and valley views. Supremely private w/ multiple streams/springs. Adjacent to thousands of Wintergreens per-manent wilderness acres. Elevations 1600-2200. Minutes to golf, tennis, skiing, dining, shopping, area wineries & micro breweries. $975,000. Contact Brian Chase for details. www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (497651)

    364 Chestnut PlaceThis is a beautiful site with a view! Priced to sell quickly. Seller financing. $129,000. Call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293. (494289)

    193 Mountain Inn Only $99,999 for a furnished one bedroom condo in the Mountain Inn! Walk to slopes and village shops and restaurants, or use as an investment rental. Has full bath and kitchenette. overlooks courtyard. Ground level, minimal steps. Priced below recent sales. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293,[email protected] (498517)

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    304 Chestnut Place One of the most sought after areas in Wintergreen. Potential year-round views, private and quality homes throughout. A short drive to all amenities and beautiful winter views of the slopes make this a must see.Orange tape at front of lot is located on APPROXIMATE lot lines.Please refer to plat for more exact measurements or obtain survey.Possible seller financing available. $159,000. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293; www.ExperienceWintergreen.com or [email protected] (494735).

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    19 Lost Pond ~ Stoney CreekOne acre corner lot on quiet cul-de-sac in the foot-hills of Stoney Creek. Among homes of significant value. Enjoy a gently sloping lot with hardwoods - slope ideal for a walk-out basement! Three minutes to amenities (golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, dining, fishing). Community water available. Reduced $10,000! Now just $48,400. Listed by Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (488830)

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    Horizons VillageHorizons Village - a preservation community nestled into the Rockfish Valley below Winter-green Resort. 10 acre parcel offers seclusion, privacy, hardwoods, and elevations with poten-tial mountain views. $89,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (502092)

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    204 Shamokin Springs TrailOnly $49,000 for this nice lot overlooking Shamokin Springs Nature Preserve at winter-green. Quiet area yet convenient to amenities ie golf, hiking, skiing and more! Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 Owner financing available. (MLS 494295)

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    44 Bucksaw LaneLovely, wooded lot with seasonal views and interesting rock formations. Located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac near Chestnut Park and Pool. Building plans available upon request. $69,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399 [email protected] (484231)

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    The Mountain Inn | P.O. Box 706 | Wintergreen, Virginia 22958 | Toll Free 866.905.9777 | 434.325.8018 | Fax 434.325.8017 | wintergreenresort.com | [email protected]

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  • 22 NELSON COUNTY LIFE OCTOBER 2012

    By Julia RogersJulia Rogers is a licensed CPA residing in Nelson County

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    (434) 361-9650www.R-CPA.net

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    Every Day is a Snow Day. WintergreenResort.com | 434-325-8165

    A Golden CircleChristmas Day, 1807. That was the

    day that the Virginia General Assem-bly created Nelson County from 472 square miles of our neighbor, Am-herst County. And, what a Christmas Gift! A region that is diverse as any other in Virginia home to rugged mountains, mountain streams and river bottoms with rich farming land.

    Early European settlers matched the diversity of the geography. The first to arrive were those who managed to acquire land patents from the Colonial Governor. Indentured servants and slaves who provided the hard labor necessary to manage the operations in such a remote area accompanied these wealthier families. Waves of hard working immigrants followed Scotch-Irish, Germans, Dutch, French Huguenots, and English. Each group arrived with their own religions, cus-toms and languages.

    As the region grew from a frontier to a more mature development, busi-ness operations started to appear small local stores and mills that pro-vided goods and services. A few large businesses temporarily operated at a

    feverish pitch in Nelson County dur-ing the late 1800s and early 1900s mostly timber and mining operations that closed down when their harvest was complete or their products were no longer in demand.

    Sprinkled throughout the county were family stores and businesses that met the needs of the citizens groceries and hard goods, utilities, funeral homes, medical services, and auto repairs. Family farms, orchards and packing operations survived and adapted as well - benefiting from the railroad services built and left behind by the timber operators. These busi-nesses became the real backbone of Nelson County.

    This month, the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce will recognize some of these businesses as members of the Golden Circle those locally owned businesses that have been in operation for at least 50 years. Those of us who have operated a small business are well aware that this is no small feat.

    One of the businesses can trace its beginning to the 1750s and many oth-ers date to the late 1800s. As you can imagine, they have many stories to

    tell. Collectively, they have over 1500 years of providing goods and services to the citizens of Nelson County and employment to their friends, neigh-bors and family members.

    My advice for many new small business owners is to reach out to other members in the business community. Have you considered starting your own business? Are you struggling with the management of your current business? Imagine the resource that we have in our community leaders of these small businesses that have decades of experi-ence in surviving economic recessions and tragic storms.

    Would you like to meet these leaders of our business community? On October 16th, the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce will honor the Golden Circle of Businesses at their annual dinner.

    The Chamber is an association of business leaders that fosters the strength of small businesses in Nelson County and cultivates social relations among its members and the community. Join the Chamber as it grows and adapts to the changing needs of the 21st century business community in Nelson County.

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    Insist on that girl!

    Marlo G. AllenAssoc. Broker 434.996.3525Email: [email protected]: InsistOnThatGirl.comMarket Data: HomeValueMarketReport.com

    Get real-time market data for Wintergreen, Nelson, & Charlottesville Area at HomeValueMarketReport.com

    Enjoy low maintenance living with all the comforts of a detached home, but with a lot less chores! This spacious end unit townhouse with backyard patio is surrounded by open space and mountain views. Live on one level with minimal steps; first floor has master bedroom, office, morning room, great room, extended gourmet kitchen with double ovens; Extras: 2 car garage, security system, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, Verizon DSL; only 30 minutes to Charlottesville!

    Bland Wade Lane; Afton2.62 acres; #501765; $269,900

    Resort homes that are impossible to replicate at these prices!!!

    Great price per sq ft - more than 3000 sq ft of indoor living space and nearly a 1000 sq ft of outdoor living space! Big on space and upgrades: multiple covered porches with wood lined ceilings, cathedral ceiling, hardwood floors, granite countertops, walk-in pantry, fireplace, built in bookshelves, first floor master suite, and finished basement with second family/recreation room. Situated on an easy to maintain lot with little to no mowing. Walking distance to Clubhouse, pool, golf, and Nellysford for shops, banks, doctors.

    Mountain view, golf front, Tectonics built home on coveted Devils Knob! Great multi-family home with 4 private bedroom/bathroom suites. Recently renovated with new roof, exterior paint, flooring, kitchen countertops and appliances, bedroom furniture and more. Many extras: wall of windows, skylights, vaulted ceilings with wood trim and beams, floor to ceiling stone fireplace, multiple decks, great room with open flow. Sold furnished. Just a few minutes to spa, pool, golf, and ski slopes!

    20 Apple Blossom Ct2,605 sq ft; 3Br/2.5Ba; #496184; $274,900

    453 Cedar Glen Close3,841 sq ft; 4Br/3.5Ba; #502541; $379,900

    1063 Devils Knob Loop2,310 sq ft; 4Br/4.5Ba; #489989; $399,900

    By Marlo AllenMarlo Allen is a licensed Realtor residing in Nelson County

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    To build or not to buildIf you can find it, buy it! If you cant find it, build it!

    Marlo Allen, frequently referred to as That Girl, calls Nelson County home. In fact, she grew up in Nelson and besides being a Realtor, is a family business partner at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery in Nellysford. Marlo provides real estate services in Nelson and surrounding counties.

    Ever been shoe shopping and even though the store has hundreds of options, you leave empty handed? With so many different styles, colors and designs, certainly you should have been able to find at least one pair to meet your needs. Sometimes it isnt just about what you need, but what you want. This same scenario could be applied to our real estate market. There is a lot of inventory, yet prospective home buyers may not be finding that special place. If the shoe fits so to speak, buy it. If not, it may be time to think outside that box! Here are a few reasons to consider new construction.

    Site selection; The road block is the road. Seriously, the problem with not being able to find the perfect home may not be an issue with the home itself, but with the site. You may not like the proximity to the road, the blue giraffe next door, or the lack of

    views or privacy. The solution is to start with your perfect building site. When you build, you can choose the land. Keep in mind that the land that has everything, except the blue giraffe next door, may be in demand. Be pre-pared to pay a premium for a premium parcel. FYI: There are currently more than 240 parcels of land for sale in Nelson County.

    Creative input: Sally home seller may have like cramped, dark spaces or polka dot wall paper. When Sally seller built the home, the trend may not have been for bright, open floor plans with neutral paint colors. When you build, you get to choose your home style, floor plan, and favorite cabinets, countertops, flooring, appli-ances, lighting, and fixtures

    Budget friendly planning: If you dont have a butler, you may not need the butlers pantry. Why pay for granite if you are a Formica kind of guy. There are features and systems

    in a home that may not add value to your life and there is no sense paying more for something that you wont appreciate.

    Less maintenance and repairs: Existing built homes may be dated with systems and structural com-ponents nearing the end of their functional life span. Whether it is the HVAC unit or the roof, the home may need routine maintenance or replace-ment. With a new home, repairs, and repair expenses, should be minimal. New homes have warranties. In Virginia a one year builder war-ranty is a minimal standard. Many homes will convey with a 10 year warranty against structural defects. Before building, make sure that you understand the warranty terms and coverage.

    More energy efficient: Building materials and practices change over time. Todays windows, doors, and insulation materials are more ad-

    vanced. Energy efficient appliances and mechanical systems offer consid-erable savings. How a home is built and equipped can make a big differ-ence in your energy consumption and your bottom line. Some practices may be standard and others optional; make sure that you understand the cost saving features available to you.

    That new feeling: You know that new car smell that high comes with homes too! Sometimes you just have to have it.

    An existing built home can be the right option for many buyers. How-ever, if you have been looking and looking and not finding that perfect home, it may be time to build.

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    By Sam SaundersSaunders Landscapes, LLC

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    From Seed to Stone

    Design & Installation Natural Stonework Retaining WallsWater Features Walkways & Patios Outdoor Fireplaces

    Renovation & Installation Tree Pruning & Removal Naturalizing Structures

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    The Club HouseIn October of 2011, I decided that

    my driveway had to change from go-ing between my house and my garage to route traffic around the backside of the garage (old shed) and above the house. The reason was mostly to protect my young son from com-mercial and workers vehicles while they enter and leave the property. Obviously the impact was greater than just moving the drive or I would not be writing about it. Immediately after moving the driveway, I began to notice things that I really had not noticed before, mainly that the trees on that side of my driveway were spectacular and that my garage (old shed) was in desperate need of a facelift. The project began in 2011 and terminates this October.

    The grandeur of large deciduous trees and expanses of lawn cannot be over emphasized. Behind my garage is a grove of poplars that stand over 50 feet in height in a sea of rolling fescue. After marveling at this new and much nicer vantage point for my entrance, I decided that the first thing that was needed was more. Not more shrubs, bulbs or perennials but more poplars spaced out, intertwined with grass. My thought that the very heart of an entrance to a landscape is simplicity flowing lines, a high canopy (or vertical element) and a common thread that connects the entire landscape as one (grass). This does not mean that a variety of high canopy trees are not an option along a drive, but sometimes consistency in your choices can tend to allow the canopy and trunk to become like that calming voice in the background along the route.

    The garage (old shed) was a dif-ferent story. The day that the sid-ing was removed, a unique view of a neighbors vineyard, the rolling hills around my property and the proximity to my house enticed my

    wife and me to give the garage a utilitarian change from garage to entertainment/project area. Consider-ing how we would use the structure dictated how the structure would be built mainly the need for an open structure with electricity and water with a semi-controlled environment (wood stove and very large doors


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