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Sweetnova at Creeks Edge Winery

On a recent visit to Creeks Edge Winery, I encountered a really great sounding Folk Pop/Jazz Duo performing, and I thought I would write up a quick note on the experience.

Sweetnova, Amy and Luke Denton
Courtesy of Sweetnova: Amy and Luke Denton

While I didn’t get a chance to stay for their whole set, I can honestly say that I was blown away by the range of Amy’s voice and Luke’s piano and guitar accompaniment.

During my time watching their performance, Amy did her own version of “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra, and it got a solid round of applause from a crowd that was mostly interested in enjoying Valentine’s Day with their significant other. I consider that a strong affirmation of how great they sounded because Amy’s voice really got the attention of the Valentine’s Day lovers.

If you liked their performance as much as I did, please check them out at an upcoming show (under Shows…Some events may be private). I hope you enjoy their music as much as I did.

Sweetnova (Amy and Luke Denton)
512-779-2281
sweetnovamusic@gmail.com
http://www.sweetnovamusic.com

 

 

Interested in finding a home to enjoy more performances like this in Loudoun County? Take a look at these Lovettsville close by homes for sale with the Bush Realty Group and Loudoun Homes!

Creeks Edge Winery

Its a cold Saturday and I am traveling the backroads of Lovettsville heading to a listing appointment looking to kill a few minutes, so I stop into another of Western Loudoun’s great vineyards, Creeks Edge Winery. I sit down at a beautiful natural wood table and order their Valentine’s Day special and drink in the ambiance of the place. There are quite a few couples milling about, and for a moment I wished that I was here with my wife, because the place is so romantic.

Creeks Edge Winery Fireplace
Fireplace at Creeks Edge Winery

For a place that opened in the Spring of 2014, it is impressive how many people have started following this vineyard and their offerings of Merlots, Vidal Blancs,  and Chardonnays. The crowd turning out on this cold Saturday speaks volumes to how popular this place is becoming. I imagine that they have quite a few events booked where many of the couples I saw will be celebrating another “special day”.

Bar at Creeks Edge Winery
Bar at Creeks Edge Winery

In addition to offering a wide variety of wine, they have a light menu provided by Market Table Bistro, and live entertainment most weekends. I would imagine that on a warm weekend, sitting out on their balcony enjoying a nice glass of Pinot Gris or a glass of sangria (which I had here in the fall) would be pretty nice.

Vines at Creeks Edge Winery
Vines at Creeks Edge Winery

Creeks Edge is located in downtown Taylorstown,  just around the corner from Lovettsville and offers a nice alternative to some of the large vineyards that are in Loudoun (but equally good).

Creeks Edge Winery (Yelp)
41255 Annas Lane
Lovettsville, Virginia 20180
540-822-3825
info@creeksedgewinery.com

 

Interested in finding a home close to this jewel in Loudoun County? Take a look at these Lovettsville close by homes for sale with the Bush Realty Group and Loudoun Homes!

Sunset Hills Vineyard

Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun
Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun

While returning from another home showing in Lovettsville, I decided to visit another local vineyard, Sunset Hills. On a cold Saturday, on the eve of the Super Bowl, I found the place packed with customers, all enjoying glasses of their award-winning wine.

History of the Vineyard (From their Website)

From the planting of the first vines in 1999, Mike and Diane Canney, owners of Sunset Hills Vineyard, had a vision of making fine wine of the highest quality in a manner which was gentle on the land. That vision is reflected in the sustainable farming practices employed today.

Sunset Hills Vineyard’s completed its first harvest in 2001, with more than six tons of Chardonnay picked and sold to local wineries. In 2004, the Canneys expanded the vineyard from three to seven acres, planting Cabernet Franc and Viognier, two of Virginia’s signature varietals.

They opened their tasting room in 2008 and they are one of the most popular vineyards that I have seen in Western Loudoun.

While I didn’t get a chance to enjoy any of their wines (the lines for tastings were five deep!), I do plan to go back and learn more about their business and what services that they have to offer, since they have some great looking facilities for weddings, etc.

The next time you are out in Western Loudoun, head north out of Purcellville up Rt. 287 towards Lovettsville, and you will find them a couple miles outside of town on the right side of the road.

Local Entertainment on a Cold Day
Local Entertainment on a Cold Day
Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun
Sunset Hills Vineyard and Vines
Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun
Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun, Main Building
Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun
Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun, Tasting Room
Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun
Sunset Hills Vineyard in Western Loudoun, Outside Venue

Sunset Hills Vineyard LLC
38295 Fremont Overlook Lane
Purcellville Virginia
540 882 4560
http://www.sunsethillsvineyard.com/

http://www.yelp.com/biz/sunset-hills-vineyard-purcellville

Interested in finding a home close to this jewel in Loudoun County? Take a look at these Purcellville close by homes for sale with the Bush Realty Group and Loudoun Homes!

Financing Homes In Loudoun County

Financing homes in Loudoun County is about to become a bit easier and less expensive as a result of new programs announced in the last few weeks by President Obama and Freddie Mac.

The first announcement came from Freddie Mac in December 2014 where they announced a program that would allow for a 3% down payment called the “Freddie Mac Home Possible Advantage“. This program, along with a similar offering from Fannie Mae, gives home buyers a variety of options when purchasing a home with a low down payment (including the existing one with the Federal Housing Administration-FHA). Some highlights of the new program are as follows:

  • Maximum loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of 97 percent and total LTV ratio of 105 percent.
  • The mortgage must be a fixed-rate mortgage secured by a 1-unit property other than a manufactured home.
  • Maximum debt payment-to-income ratio of 43 percent for manually underwritten mortgages.

FHA Insurance Reduced by .5%

Beyond the new down payment option from the FHA, President Obama announced yesterday that the FHA would be reducing their annual mortgage insurance premium from 1.35% to .85%. This change will result in a nine hundred dollar per year savings for the average new borrower.

And, with this additional money in their pocket, borrowers should now be able to afford more house for their money. This will most likely help first time home buyers in places like Loudoun, where the average home price hovers around $460K, thus placing a large upfront and monthly burden for a new homeowner.

Have Questions? We can help!

For many home buyers, financing homes can be scary and a daunting process. The good thing is that when you work with the Bush Realty Group, you get the benefit of a relationship with Mclean Mortgage and Champion Title, to make the finance and closing process an easy one.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, or if you are thinking about buying a new home and want to know what you would qualify for, contact Melissa at Mclean Mortgage or Nicole at Champion Title, and they will be happy to help you navigate these changes.

Special Note:

Since Western Loudoun is considered rural, there are some options through government sponsored programs that might allow for 0% down. Melissa at Mclean Mortgage has details.

Crushed Cellars Winery in Western Loudoun

Crushed Cellars Winery
Crushed Cellars Winery, Live in Western Loudoun

Yesterday, after finishing a showing for a client interested in purchasing one of Western Loudoun’s vineyards that is for sale, I headed down Route 9, and happened upon Crushed Cellars. After passing the place several times throughout December, I finally made it a point to stop and I was glad I did.

Crushed Cellars Winery Vines
Christmas Colored Vines at Crushed Cellars

Crushed Cellars is a family owned and operated winery in the heart of Virginia’s wine country, in the Waterford Cluster.  Their wines are sold exclusively at the winery and by phone order, so if you haven’t been there, you probably haven’t had a chance to try their wine unless you have had it at a private event.

While I was there, I tried out their 2011 Vidal Blanc, and as someone who does not drink a lot of wine, I found it to be sweet and refreshing (I like sweets, just don’t drink a lot of sweet wine). I then ventured down to the pond just past the vines that they have in front of the building and fed the coy fish that were recently added as something for kids to see when their parents are visiting the winery.

Crushed Cellars Pond
Coy Fish Pond at Crushed Cellars

If you get a chance, go by, try out their wine and say hello to Bob, the owner. He’s a great guy to talk to and he really makes you feel at home. And tell him that we sent you!

Crushed Cellars (Yelp)

37938 Charles Town Pike
Purcellville, Virginia 20132
1-571-374-WINE (9463)
http://www.crushedcellars.com/

The Twelve Days of Western Loudoun Christmas…

The Bush Realty and For You Groups (Affiliated with Keller Williams Realty), would like to thank you for participating in our Twelve Days of Western Loudoun Christmas! We hope that you enjoyed visiting a few of Western Loudoun’s Businesses and finding a gift for that special someone! If you haven’t, there is still time, so get out there to one of the places below, and pick up a last minute gift:

First Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the First Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…the Instrument of My Dreams!

10% off all accessories with the purchase of any instrument priced at $499 or more.

Shamrock Music Shoppe,
108 N 21st Street
Purcellville, VA 20132
http://shamrockmusicshop.com/
540-338-3313

Second Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Second Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…Two Bottles of Spirits!

Check out the newest sensation on Main Street with the first distillery located in Purcellville since prohibition! Tours, Gin, Bourbon, Maple Syrup and more!

Catoctin Creek
120 W Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-751-8404
http://www.catoctincreek.com
Hannah@catoctincreek.com

Third Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Third Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…three Grandfather Clocks!

Eastern Standard Time
192 N. 21st Street
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-338-3959
http://www.easternstandardtime.NET
easternstandardtime.@gmail.com

Fourth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Fourth Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…Four Outdoor Survival Kits!

Appalachian Outdoor Readiness and Survival
198 N 21st Street, Suite B (Behind Magnolias)
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-338-2437
http://www.appalachianreadiness.com
chuck@appalachianreadiness.com

Fifth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Fifth Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…Five Scents to Make me Smell and Feel Good!

doTerra
198 N. 21st Street, Suite B (Next to Appalachian Readiness)
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-338-2437
http://www.appalachianreadiness.com
cindy@appalachianreadiness.com

Sixth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Sixth Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…Six Spices and a New Pan to Cook with!

Butterfly Gourmet
148 N. 21st Street
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-441-7094
http://butterflygourmet.com/
bttrfly055@aol.com

Seventh Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Seventh Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…SEVEN HUNDRED UGLY SWEATERS!

Re-Love It Consignment
138 N. 21st Street
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-751-0707
http://reloveit.com
reloveit@aol.com

Eighth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Eighth Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

… a 4.19 Carat, EIGHTeen Karat Yellow Gold Aqua Store Necklace for $975!

Hunt Country Jewelers
105 E Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-338-8050
http://huntcountry.com/
info@huntcountry.com

Ninth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the ninth day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…nine locally made candles!

Twigs
613 E Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-338-4438
http://www.twigsva.com
https://www.facebook.com/twigsva

Tenth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Tenth day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…ten toppings for my hamburger!

Market Burger
145 West Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-751-1145
http://www.marketburger.net

Market Table Bistro
13 East Broad Way
Lovettsville, VA 20180
540-822-3008
http://www.markettablebistro.com

Eleventh Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Eleventh day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…eleven bicycles (and a cup of coffee)! (See the history for the rest of the days.)

Veloville USA Bicycles and Coffee
609 E Main Street AA
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-216-BIKE
http://www.velovilleusa.com
velovilleusa@gmail.com

Twelfth Day of
Western Loudoun Christmas

On the Twelfth Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…twelve “Kick Butt” Beers and a membership in the Black Heart Society!

Adroit Theory Brewing
404 Browning Court, Unit C
Purcellville, VA 20132
703-722-3144
www.adroit-theory.com
info@adroit-theory.com

 

Buying or Selling a Home
in Western Loudoun
(Before Next Christmas)?

If you enjoyed this presentation, imagine what we could do to get you into a new home before next Christmas! Check out property values and prices through the searches below, and then contact us!

What’s My Home Worth?

Bluemont Homes
Hamilton Homes
Lovettsville Homes
Leesburg Homes
Middleburg Homes
Purcellville Homes
Round Hill Homes
Waterford Homes

http://www.loudoun-homes.com/whats-my-home-worth/

Ian Bush
http://www.loudoun-homes.com/about-me/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBushRealtyGroup

Erin Kavanagh
http://www.theforyougroup.com/atj/user/ContactUsGetAction.doFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheForYouGroup

On the Twelfth Day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Twelve Beers at Adroit Theory
Twelve Beers at Adroit Theory

…twelve “Kick Butt” Beers and a membership in the Black Heart Society!

Does your true love enjoy craft beers from a local brewery? Do they want to be part of a secret society that gets them early access to a beer that has never been tasted by ANYONE before (except the brew master, of course)?

Then get your true love a membership in the Black Heart Society, a members-only club for fans of Adroit Theory Brewing! Members receive access to six special beers brewed exclusively for BHS members and are entitled to special benefits throughout the year!

Adroit Theory Gift Bags
Adroit Theory Gift Bags

 

About Adroit Theory

Adroit Theory Brewing Company is a new nano brewery specializing in esoteric brews with an emphasis on Barrel Aging. Located in Purcellville, Virginia in Loudoun County.

Recent Comment on Yelp:

Great beers, friendly service, cool atmosphere.”

Adroit Theory Brewing
404 Browning Court, Unit C
Purcellville, VA 20132
703-722-3144
www.adroit-theory.com
info@adroit-theory.com

12 Days of Western Loudoun Christmas, Sponsored by:

Ian Bush
http://www.loudoun-homes.com/about-me/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBushRealtyGroup

Erin Kavanagh
http://www.theforyougroup.com/atj/user/ContactUsGetAction.do
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheForYouGroup
(All of the days will be shown on December 23, 2014)

On the Eleventh day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Veloville USA Bicycles
Veloville USA Bicycles

…eleven bicycles (and a cup of coffee)! (See the history for the rest of the days.)

Veloville USA Bicycles and Coffee is one of Purcellville’s newest businesses, but you wouldn’t know that from how busy they were on a recent day when we visited. With half the business dedicated to selling and repairing bicycles, and half to a good cup of coffee, it makes a visit to their business one that might have you sipping a cup of Espresso while thinking about your next bicycle tour around Western Loudoun. Check out their large selection of bikes today, and bring your true love something that will make them happy (and healthy) in the new year!

Veloville USA in Purcellville
Veloville USA in Purcellville

About Veloville USA

Veloville USA has searched for and stocked a unique blend of cycling gear and apparel that we feel represents the quality, comfort and style best suited for riding in our area.

Please stop by the shop and try on some great apparel, helmets or shoes that will make your next ride more comfortable while making you look great!

We currently carry apparel items from: SIDI, Giro, Bell, Catlike, Endura, Shimano and DeFeet. The list of accessories is endless, but includes favorites from Michelin, Challenge, Hutchinson, Continental, Prologo, Fizik, Deda, Terry, Lizard Skins, Blackburn, HED, ENVE, Zipp, Chris King, White Industries, Stan’s No Tubes, Brooks, Crank Brothers, SRAM, Campagnolo, FSA…

 Veloville USA Bicycles and Coffee
609 E Main Street AA
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-216-BIKE
http://www.velovilleusa.com
velovilleusa@gmail.com

 

12 Days of Western Loudoun Christmas, Sponsored by:

Ian Bush
http://www.loudoun-homes.com/about-me/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBushRealtyGroup

Erin Kavanagh
http://www.theforyougroup.com/atj/user/ContactUsGetAction.doFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheForYouGroup
(All of the days will be shown on December 23, 2014)

 

On the Tenth day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Fresh Toppings at Market Burger
Fresh Toppings at Market Burger

…ten toppings for my hamburger! (See the history for the rest of the days.)

Have you been to Market Burger, or their “upscale restaurant, Market Table Bistro? If not, you need to go and get a gift certificate immediately (and have lunch or dinner)!

About Market Burger

At Market Burger, you get a handmade burger on an amazing roll from a local bakery, with fresh toppings that you won’t find at that joint with the “clown”.

Market Burger Fries & Shakes takes a local approach to the traditional hamburger. Whenever possible, we source our ingredients locally, ensuring you the freshest food right to your table!

And at the Bistro, you will find special recipes from Chef Jason Lage, who with his partner, Rebecca Dudley, will make you feel like you are eating in their personal dining room, with great food and wonderful hospitality.

Finally, on Yelp, great reviews for both:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/market-burger-purcellville
http://www.yelp.com/biz/market-table-bistro-lovettsville

Gift Certificate at Market Burger
Gift Certificate at Market Burger

Market Burger
145 West Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-751-1145
http://www.marketburger.net

Market Table Bistro
13 East Broad Way
Lovettsville, VA 20180
540-822-3008
http://www.markettablebistro.com

12 Days of Western Loudoun Christmas, Sponsored by:

Ian Bush
http://www.loudoun-homes.com/about-me/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBushRealtyGroup 

Erin Kavanagh
http://www.theforyougroup.com/atj/user/ContactUsGetAction.doFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheForYouGroup
(All of the days will be shown on December 23, 2014)

On the Ninth day of Western Loudoun Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Twigs, Live in Western Loudoun
Twigs: Sydney Hale Candles

…nine locally made candles! (See the history for the rest of the days.)

About Twigs

Twigs has been a local destination for women’s clothes and house décor for over ten years, and now they have the Sydney Hale Candle line, which people are have been calling Twigs to order from as far away as Arizona! The scents are legendary and you need to stop by Twigs today to check them out before they are all gone!

Located in a historic farmhouse in downtown Purcellville, it is hard not to fall in love with the charm of this store. Be it the special women’s clothing found on the first floor, or the unique decorations and home furnishings on the second, you can count on finding a gift for anyone at any price range.

And beyond the wonderful gifts, you can count on great customer service from the owner and her daughter. Recently on Yelp  a reviewer said, “Amy is the owner and she is one of the sweetest women I have met. I love looking around and buying special Christmas and birthday presents. My favorite boutique in the U.S! The store is a old farmhouse, gorgeous. And they are opening a cool antiques section! Worth the visit!”

So, visit their store today in Purcellville and make sure to pick up a gift for that special person in your life!

Upstairs at Twigs in Purcellville
Upstairs at Twigs

Twigs
613 E Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-338-4438
http://www.twigsva.com
https://www.facebook.com/twigsva

12 Days of Western Loudoun Christmas, Sponsored by:

Ian Bush
http://www.loudoun-homes.com/about-me/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBushRealtyGroup

Erin Kavanagh
http://www.theforyougroup.com/atj/user/ContactUsGetAction.do
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheForYouGroup
(All of the days will be shown on December 23, 2014)