Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Fall at Wintergreen Resort

The trees on the mountains are just starting to turn crimson and gold. The colorful fall leaves will be here before you know it. But the beautiful views are not the only reason that Wintergreen Resort is a destination for the fall. Here are the best ways to enjoy the season at the resort.

10. Go Hiking in the Fresh Autumn Air

father and son at a mountain resort

Did you know that Wintergreen Resort has over 30 miles of trails? Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll around a garden or a trek over rocky terrain, you can find the perfect trail to enjoy the fresh air and cool fall weather. Here are the top 10 hiking trails at Wintergreen Resort.

9. Play Tennis in the Cool Breeze

ball on a tennis court

Wintergreen Resort has two tennis facilities — one at Devils Knob and one at Stoney Creek — with a total of 19 outdoor tennis courts. Devils Knob’s outdoor courts offer cool mountain breezes, while Stoney Creek’s outdoor courts offer breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountain views.

8. Visit the Resort on These Weekends

pumpkins at a festival

There’s no shortage of things to do at Wintergreen Resort. If you are planning a weekend getaway, you don’t want to miss these upcoming events. Wintergreen Resort’s Harvest Fest (October 22-23, 2016) will feature pumpkin carving and spooky fun, while Thanksgiving weekend (November 23-27, 2016) features the Be Thankful 5K and traditional Thanksgiving feast.

7. Love Apples? Visit These Nelson County Events

apples in an orchard

In addition to the events at Wintergreen Resort, the communities in Nelson County, Virginia offer fun festivals of their own. Drive to Lovingston on October 15 for Drumheller’s Orchard Apple Festival, or visit Piney River on November 5 for apple butter making at Saunders Brothers Farm Market.

6. Visit This Halloween Carnival at a Local Brewery

pumpkins at a halloween carnival

Don’t forget about other fun Nelson County events held at local breweries. Take a trip to Roseland on October 29 for a Halloween carnival at Devils Backbone Brewing Company.

5. Take a Scenic Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway

scenic Blue Ridge Parkway near Wintergreen

Pack a picnic lunch and take a trip to Virginia’s famous Blue Ridge Parkway. Since the parkway borders the resort, the mountain views and beautiful fall leaves are just a quick drive away.

4. Take the Scenic Loop Through Nelson County

mountain road in the fall

The Blue Ridge Parkway isn’t the only way to see the colorful fall leaves. Alternatively, you can drive along Route 56. You can hike to Crabtree Falls, visit local apple orchards, and enjoy the red and orange leaves along the way!

3. Take a Trip to Local Vineyards and Breweries

beer from Virginia brewery

There are several vineyards and breweries within a short drive of Wintergreen Resort. Plan your trip using our Wintergreen Visitor’s Directory and let us know about your favorites!

2. Enjoy the Fall Views While Golfing

fairways and autumn leaves

Golfing at Devils Knob Golf Course or Stoney Creek Golf Course is always enjoyable. But it’s even better when your game features a breathtaking view of green fairways set against red and orange foliage.

1. Enjoy the Mountain Views from Your Condo

diamond hill condos overlooking ski slopes at wintergreen resort

There’s nothing better than sipping cider and enjoying the fall colors from your own vacation home. Among these desirable Wintergreen Resort condo communities, the ones that offer the best mountain views include The Cliffs, Diamond Hill, The Ledges, and Highlands.

Thinking of Investing in a Vacation Home?

Wintergreen Resort is a popular destination in Virginia and an excellent real estate investment. If you have been thinking about purchasing a vacation home, talk to the Wintergreen Resort real estate experts by calling (877) 296-9860.

Wintergreen Resort’s Best Ski-Front Condo Communities

The ski slopes may be just one of many award-winning amenities at Wintergreen Resort, but they are a highlight of any winter vacation. Ski season will be here before we know it; now is the best time to decide where to stay at the resort. If you want to be just steps from Wintergreen Resort’s ski slopes, these condo communities are a top choice.

Dobie Mountain Condominiums

view of ski chairlift from Dobie Mountain CondominiumsThese ski-front condos are located at the summit of the Dobie and Diamond Hill ski slopes, close to the Blue Ridge Express chair lift for quick and easy access to skiing. Dobie Mountain Condominiums (also called Dobie Condominiums) also feature spacious decks and patios, mountain and ski slope views, and easy access to the Mountain Village.

Why We Love Dobie Mountain

Getting on the ski slope is quick and easy from Dobie Condominiums.

 

Diamond Hill Condominiums

condos facing the Wintergreen Resort ski slopesBecause of their easy ski-in and ski-out accessibility, Diamond Hill Condominiums are ideal ski-front condos at Wintergreen Resort. Many of the properties offer mountain and ski slope views, convenience to the Mountain Village, and floor plans ideal for entertaining.

Why We Love Diamond Hill

These condos are private and secluded, but they are also close to the resort amenities.

 

The Timbers Condominiums

sign outside The Timbers communityThe Timbers is another excellent choice for ski-front condos at Wintergreen Resort. This community is nestled against the ski slopes for easy access to this favorite winter pasttime. But it is also close to the Mountain Village and just a few minutes from the Wintergarden Spa & Fitness Center and Wintergreen Nature Foundation.

Why We Love The Timbers

Of all the ski-front condos, The Timbers has the best location: close to the slopes and close to the shops.

 

Now is the Time to Buy a Ski-Front Condo

Wintergreen Resort is a popular winter resort destination, and it is an ideal place to purchase a vacation home. If you have been considering buying a condo close to the ski slopes, we can help you make the best decision. Call us today at (877) 296-9860 to discuss the next steps.

A Vacation Home ~ Wintergreen Resort

What You Haven’t Considered About Owning a Vacation Home

Wouldn’t it be great to own a place at the beach, in the mountains, or by the lake? If you are seriously considering buying a vacation home, you have probably weighed many of the pros and cons already.

But you should carefully consider everything before you buy a vacation home. Have you taken these additional costs and benefits into account?

The Overlooked Costs of Homeownership

As any experienced home buyer knows, there are additional annual costs that come with owning a home, such as property taxes, home insurance, and any association fees.

Make sure you consider maintenance costs, as well. If you decide to rent out your property, you might want to invest in housekeeping or property management services. MarketWatch outlines a few additional costs you may face.

Additional Fun: Resort-Style Amenities

golf course at sunriseIn popular vacation destinations, such as Wintergreen, you can purchase a second home in a resort community. This gives you access to a range of award winning amenities that include two golf courses, spa services, skiing, winter sports, tennis, swimming pools, and dozens of events. For more details, visit Wintergreen Resort.

Just remember, you may have to pay additional fees for these amenities.

It’s a Good Investment, But Not a Guaranteed Money Maker

Many vacation homeowners rent their property out to other vacation-goers as a way to earn extra money.

But, as US News & World Report points out, you may not always make money with your vacation home.

Location is Crucial

picking a locationWhen buying any property, whether it’s a primary or second home, location is one of the most important factors in your decision. When choosing a vacation home, consider how much time it will take to get to your home, whether you will need to drive or fly, and if you will be able to visit as often as you want.

You should choose a home that is close to your favorite vacation features (such as a ski resort or private beach) and close to the grocery store, major roads or an airport, and fun things to do.

We Can Help You Weigh Your Options

Investing in a vacation home can be a great decision, but it should not be taken lightly. We can answer any questions you have about finding, buying, or renting out Wintergreen Real Estate. Contact Us and let’s talk.

Top 5 Year-Round Activities at Wintergreen Resort

Wintergreen Resort is famous for winter skiing at the terrain park and summer fun at Lake Monocan. But did you know that Wintergreen Resort is a year-round destination?

There is always something fun to do at the resort. If you have been searching for your new favorite vacation spot or your own private getaway at this resort, here are the top 5 activities you can enjoy no matter the season.

5. Swimming

children playing on a trampoline on the lakeWintergreen Resort has more than one place to relax in the water. While Lake Monocan is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the resort’s award-winning Wintergarden has an outdoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tubs, and a heated indoor pool for fun any day of the year.

The Ledges is located across the street from the Wintergarden, while several homes in Stoney Creek are close to Lake Monocan.

4. Having Adventures at Discovery Ridge

Whether you enjoy indoor or outdoor adventures, Discovery Ridge Adventure Center has plenty of things for you to enjoy year-round. Though hours vary by season, all of its activities include:

  • archery range
  • bungee trampoline
  • climbing wall
  • gaming consoles
  • indoor inflatables
  • miniature golfing
  • The Plunge tubing park
  • The Zip

3. Spending Time at the Spa

a person getting a hand massageNo vacation is complete without a visit to the spa. The Wintergarden not only offers swimming, but it also has a fitness center and spa services.

Professional services range from Swedish massages to Shiatsu, all to help you relax and enjoy the most of your vacation at Wintergreen Resort.

2. Mountain Biking

The mountain terrain makes biking a popular year-round activity at Wintergreen Resort. Bring your bike and tackle the intermediate and expert trails, or participate in the Wintergreen Tread & Trail Series. The mountain bike portions of the series take place on Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, and Columbus Day Weekend.

Want to find a condo closest to the biking trails? Try the Mountain Inn Condominiums or The Timbers (an ideal ski location in the winter).

1. Hiking

someone wearing a hiking shoeWintergreen Resort boasts an extensive trail system, featuring dozens of trails that vary in difficulty and length for the perfect excursion through the woods. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Trillium House garden or test your skills on the Old Appalachian Trail.

Want to plan your next hiking trip at the resort? View our list of the top 10 hiking trails.

Find Your Own Year-Round Retreat at Wintergreen Resort

Don’t miss out on the best vacation destination in Virginia. Wintergreen Resort offers condominiums and mountain homes that can turn any ordinary getaway into the ultimate resort experience, no matter what time of year.

As Wintergreen real estate experts, we can help you easily find your perfect vacation home. If you have a dream location or property in mind, call us at (877) 296-9860 for your personal tour.

red, white, and blue fireworks at night

3 Summer Events You Should Put on Your Calendar Right Now

There’s something special about spending the summer at Wintergreen Resort. Each week there is something new going on, like summer movies under the stars and fun at Discovery Ridge Adventure Center, but there are a few major summer events that make a weekend at Wintergreen one to remember.

Make room on your calendar for these three festivals. You don’t want to miss them!

The 4th of July Jubilee

diamond hill condos at wintergreen resort

Diamond Hill Condominiums have great views of the 4th of July fireworks.

Dates: July 1st-4th, 2016

Details: Starts Friday evening and ends Monday afternoon. See the full schedule here.

You haven’t spent a summer at Wintergreen Resort unless you’ve celebrated America’s Independence Day on the mountain.

Spend the first weekend of July at the resort this year and come out for live music at The Edge, the Arts & Crafts Showcase at the Blue Ridge Terrace, chairlift rides, Beach Olympics at Lake Monocan, and — of course — a spectacular fireworks show. (Diamond Hill condominiums have a front-row seat!)

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival

Dates: July 9th – August 7th, 2016

Details: This year’s theme is “Expect the Unexpected.” See a full schedule of performances and order tickets online.

Summer at Wintergreen Resort also brings the joy of music to the mountains. This year, the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival is celebrating 20 years with a fantastic performance by the US Army Chorus (July 6th), “Bach with a Twist” at Bold Rock Hard Cider (July 14th), a Wine and Paint fundraiser (July 18th), a performance by Albemarle Pipes and Drums at Rockfish Valley Community Center (July 26th), and too many more to mention.

Summer’s End Festival (Labor Day Weekend)

Dates: September 2nd-5th, 2016

Details: Labor Day Weekend kicks off with a bonfire on Friday and ends with a day at Lake Monocan. See the full schedule here.

Summer has to end sometime, but the fun at Wintergreen Resort doesn’t. The Summer’s End Festival during Labor Day Weekend concludes the resort’s summer activities and welcomes its winter ones. Come out to the Mountain Village for an array of activities, or participate in the second mountain bike race and trail run in the Wintergreen Tread & Trail Series.

 

Find Your Favorite Place at Wintergreen Resort

view of the mountains at The Highlands condos at Wintergreen ResortWintergreen Resort is a fun-filled retreat during any season, but summertime means there are longer days to enjoy all of the resort’s award-winning amenities. Why not find a place of your own and experience the resort any time of year?

If you’re looking to be near all the fun of the Mountain Village, check out The Timbers, Dobie Condominiums, and the Mountain Inn Condominiums. Want to be close to the Wintergarden? Explore Highlands, Trillium Place, or Stone Ridge.

Call us at (877) 296-9860 when you want to tour your favorite properties.

Investment Home Sales ~ Wintergreen Resort

Investment Home Sales

Investment Home Sales Rebound in 2015 | Simplifying The Market

Investment Home Sales

Some Highlights:

  • 2015 marks the first year-over-year increase in investment home sales since 2011.
  • 62% of all investment homes purchased were single family homes.
  • The South saw the highest percentage of investment home sales (39%) with the West coming in second (28%).

Wintergreen real estate and Resort

Wintergreen Resort is the Premier Four Season Resort on the East Coast. Check out recent and past accolades. Wintergreen Mountain Homes and Wintergreen Condos at Wintergreen Resort and Stoney Creek Homes in the valley have always been popular for vacation, full time living, and investment. A current Vacation Home Buyers Survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) indicates investment home sales jumped 7% in 2015. (Info-Graph).

Contact Us to discuss your Wintergreen real estate options.  With housing trends moving in a positive direction, investing may be a good option and where better to do that than at Wintergreen Resort.

Wintergreen Resort view in the summer

3 Events You Must Not Miss During Wintergreen Resort’s Memorial Day Weekend

The summer fun arrives next weekend at Wintergreen Resort, and though there are plenty of activities planned throughout the long weekend, there are three in particular that you should not miss when you’re visiting the resort.

Cliffhanger Challenge Mountain Bike Race & Trail Run

biking in the moutainsAre you up for the challenging terrain of Wintergreen Resort?

The Cliffhanger Challenge Mountain Bike Race is on Saturday, May 28th, with last-minute registration and bib pickup starting at 7:30 AM. The race itself starts at 10 AM.

On Sunday, you can participate in the Cliffhanger Challenge Trail Run, with registration starting at 7:30 AM and the race beginning at 10 AM.

The 2016 Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival

It’s a battle for the best blues band and the best microbrews at this Memorial Day Weekend favorite. The Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival takes place Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th, with music performances by:

  • Crooked Road
  • Bluezonia
  • John Spear Band
  • Cashless Society
  • Eli Cook

A Day at Lake Monocan

fun at Lake Monocan

Fun at Lake Monocan

On Monday, Lake Monocan is open for the season!

Enjoy the fresh air and soft sand and have fun participating in Beach Olympics. Featured activities include a blind water balloon toss and sand castle building contest.

View the Full Schedule of Weekend Events

Planning your getaway to Wintergreen Resort for Memorial Day Weekend? Don’t miss out on any of the fun activities at the resort. View the full schedule of events here.

ActivityDateTimeLocation
Bonfire with StorytellerFriday, May 27th8 PMDiscovery Ridge Adventure Center
Live Music - Marshal ArtzFriday, May 27th9 PM - MidnightThe Edge
All American Breakfast BuffetSaturday, May 28th7 AM - 11 AMThe Copper Mine Bistro
Registration for Cliffhanger Mountain Bike RaceSaturday, May 28th7:30 AM - 9 AMTreehouse
Treehouse Children's ProgramSaturday, May 28th9 AM - 4 PMTreehouse
Cliffhanger Challenge Mountain Bike RaceSaturday, May 28th10 AM - 1 PMBlue Ridge Terrace
Arts & Crafts ShowcaseSaturday, May 28th10 AM - 5 PMBlue Ridge Terrace
Blues, Brews & BBQSaturday, May 28th11 AM - 5 PM
Outdoor MovieSaturday, May 28th9 PMDiscovery Ridge Adventure Center
Live Music - Matt Johnson from MoonSaturday, May 28th9 PM - MidnightThe Edge
Registration for Cliffhanger Trail Run ChallengeSunday, May 29th7:30 AM - 9:30 AMTreehouse
All American Breakfast BuffetSunday, May 29th8 AM - NoonThe Copper Mine Bistro
Interdenominational Church ServiceSunday, May 29th9 AMLookout Building
Treehouse Children's ProgramSunday, May 29th9 AM - 4 PMTreehouse
Cliffhanger Trail Run ChallengeSunday, May 29th10 AMBlue Ridge Terrace
Arts & Crafts ShowcaseSunday, May 29th10 AM - 3 PMBlue Ridge Terrace
Blues, Brews & BBQSunday, May 29th11 AM - 3 PM
Kids Block PartySunday, May 29th1 PM - 3 PMBlue Ridge Terrace & Courtyard
Day at the LakeMonday, May 30thNoon - 3 PMLake Monocan

Find Your Mountain Getaway at Wintergreen Resort

Wintergreen Resort view in the summerAre you eager to experience mountain fun year-round? At Wintergreen Resort, the fun never ends, and you can find your perfect vacation home or second home at this popular mountain resort destination.

It’s easy to find properties and condominiums that you will love to call your own; simply use our Wintergreen Resort home search tool or explore condo buildings.

When you want to tour available properties in person or start the process to buy a home in Wintergreen Resort, call us at (877) 296-9860.

Buying Wintergreen Resort Real Estate ~ 5 Resources You Must Use

a couple searching on a computerScrolling through online listing photos, scouting for the best location, and pondering décor in your home or condo is fun. But the home search itself is not the only enjoyable experience; the entire Wintergreen Resort real estate buying process can be pleasant when you have access to the best tools.

Here are the top five resources you should use to make buying a Wintergreen or Stoney Creek home easier and enjoyable.

1. A Wants vs. Needs Checklist

First determine what price, location, size, and any special features you must have. Then you can hone in on your favorite properties by searching for additional features that you would prefer.

2. A Mortgage Payment Calculator

What do you want your monthly mortgage payments to be? We have an easy mortgage payment calculator you can use to find out how much you can afford for a home. This tool takes into account the length of the loan, the interest rate, and annual tax and insurance to calculate how much you will pay every month.

3. A Reliable Home Search Tool

a person holding a magnifying glass over a houseIf you are using national real estate sites to search for Wintergreen homes for sale, keep in mind that you are not seeing all the properties that are for sale. HousingWire reported that websites such as Zillow show fewer listings than are available in many areas, which means you could be missing out on the best option.

The best source for your home search is a Wintergreen Resort real estate agent with a database of available properties called the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

4. A List of Recently Sold Homes

a line graph with a magnifying glassResearching the real estate market will also make your home search much easier.

If you are thinking of buying, ask us for recent comparable sales.  It’s the only way you can really know how the value of the home you’re considering stacks up against what others have recently paid.

You should also ask us about current Wintergreen Resort real estate market conditions.  Want to take a peak under the door mat first?  We have some captured some macro-level market stats about the local real estate market you can review now.

5. A Local Wintergreen Resort Real Estate Expert

Your best resource for buying a properties in this area is the local Wintergreen Resort real estate expert. We have all of the tools you will need!

Are you ready to buy a home? Let us help! Contact Us today and we can work with you to find your ideal property.

Invest and Buy a Home (or Two) ~ Wintergreen Resort

GREEN-COINS

Invest and buy a home …or two

Three years ago, John Paulson gave a keynote address at the CNBC/Institutional Investor Conference. In his speech, he told those in attendance that he believes housing will continue its strong recovery for the next 4 to 7 years, saying that:

“The housing market has bottomed. It’s not too late to get involved. I still think buying a home is the best investment any individual can make. Affordability is still at an all-time high.”

When asked how the average person could take advantage of the current real estate market and invest at the time, Paulson said:

“Invest and Buy a home and, if you can, buy a second home.”

Two years ago, Paulson reiterated his statement, saying:

“I still think, from an individual perspective, the best deal investment you can make is to buy a primary residence that you’re the owner-occupier of.”

Who is John Paulson and why should you listen to him?

Paulson is the person who, back in 2005 & 2006, made a fortune betting that the subprime mortgage mess would cause the real estate market to collapse. He understands how the housing market works and knows when to buy and when to sell.

What do others think of Paulson?

According to Forbes, John Paulson is:

“A multibillionaire hedge fund operator and the investment genius.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Paulson is:

“A hedge fund tycoon who made his name, and a fortune, betting against subprime mortgages when no one else even knew what they were.” 

So… Is what he said still true? Should we invest?

The core reasons behind Paulson’s statements still ring true today! invest!  Why does he believe homeownership is such a great investment?

Paulson broke down the math of homeownership as an investment:

1. “Today financing costs are extraordinarily low.”

The latest numbers from Freddie Mac show us that you can still get a 30-year mortgage at historically low rates of under 4%.

2. “And if you put down, let’s say, 10 percent and the house is up 5 percent,” as many experts predict, “then you would be up 50 percent on your investment.”

How many are seeing a 50% return on a cash investment right now?

Paulson goes on to compare the long term financial benefits of owning versus renting:

3. “And you’ve locked in the cost over the next 30 years. And today the cost of owning is somewhat less than the cost of renting. And if you rent, the rent goes up every year. But if you buy a 30-year mortgage, the cost is fixed.”

Bottom Line

Whenever a billionaire gives investment advice, people usually clamor to hear it. This billionaire gave simple advice – if you don’t yet live in your own home, go buy one! 

Wintergreen Resort is the east coasts premier four season resort. Check out their recent accolades. If you would like to discuss property ownership options at Wintergreen for vacation, investment, or even full time living Contact Us. We are your complete Wintergreen real estate resource.

living room at 11 Ravens Roost Pt in Wintergreen Resort

Why 11 Ravens Roost Makes the Perfect Investment Property

Looking for the perfect investment property at Wintergreen Resort? Consider this home for sale at 11 Ravens Roost Point, a custom built home surrounded by the National Forest and open spaces. Whether you are in the market for a vacation home or rental property, this house is a prime investment opportunity with plenty to offer.

It Offers Impressive Seasonal Views

Not only does this one-owner home sit on a beautiful private lot, it is surrounded by some of the best views at Wintergreen Resort. One side of the property adjoins the National Forest while the other side features platted open spaces.

In addition, you can catch seasonal glimpses of the Shenandoah Valley and the mountains beyond. This makes 11 Ravens Roost a perfect getaway for you or your tenants.

This Home’s Great Room is Beautiful

living room at 11 Ravens Roost Pt in Wintergreen Resort

Featuring vaulted ceilings and a beautiful stone fireplace (reaching 17 feet to the ceiling peak), the great room is ideal for entertaining and serving as a central gathering place.

11 Ravens Roost Features Modern Upgrades

kitchen in 11 Ravens Roost Point house with recent upgradesThis home features recent improvements in the kitchen and exterior, including:

  • granite counters
  • stainless steel appliances
  • rebuilt decks
  • 50-year dimensional shingle roof
  • freshly stained/painted exterior

Easy Access to Wintergreen Resort’s Award-Winning Amenities

Wintergreen Resort is a popular mountain retreat that has earned a reputation as one of the coolest places on Earth, not to mention national recognition for its tennis programs, golf course, snow skiing and terrain park, and year-round fun.

But this home has much more to offer. Find more details and a virtual tour on the property page here or call us at (877) 296-9860 with any questions.

Eager to Invest in This Home at 11 Ravens Roost?

This home at 11 Ravens Roost Point is in a great location offering beautiful views and easy access to Wintergreen Resort’s amenities, making it a top choice for your vacation home or investment property. If you are considering investing in this property, we can offer you more information and take you for a showing. Just call us at (877) 296-9860 to request a showing of 11 Ravens Roost Point.