Beer Tastings and so much more at Homearama This Weekend


We want to thank Hamilton Riley, from Virginia Brew Review for writing this great wrap up of local beer options just in time for the Beer, Brats, and Boats weekend at Homearama! If you decide to go to Homearama you’ll be treated to some awesome tasting options of some of these beers.

You’ll also be able to tour some amazing homes too. Happy Weekend!


By Hamilton Riley, Virginia Brew Review

Welcome to Hampton Roads. If you have just moved here and are busy unpacking boxes, congratulations! Why not celebrate with a beer? If you are thinking about moving here and are searching for houses, that can be exhausting as well. Why not stop for a beer? You really don’t need a reason to stop and enjoy a beer.

The Commonwealth of Virginia and Hampton Roads have been brewing beer dating back to the first colonies in and around Williamsburg, but the local craft beer history only dates back about 20 years when the first ‘microbreweries’ started to appear around Richmond. A lot has happened since then and Virginia breweries are starting to make a name for themselves on both the national and world stage. Here are some places that you really should make some time to visit and check out for yourself.

Alewerks Brewing Company, Williamsburg, VA

Hidden off Rte. 60 close to the Prime Outlet Mall is one of the better breweries in all of Hampton Roads, Alewerks has been a staple of great beer to the residents of the Peninsula since 2006. They have found the perfect blend of year-round options with superb seasonals that make it a great destination multiple times. Their Washington’s Porter and Tavern Ale headline their year round offerings, both on the darker side of the spectrum: be on the lookout for their Brewmaster’s Choice, which pops in and out of circulation. Bitter Valentine is a Double IPA and is considered one of the best beers in the state. Keep your eyes out in the Spring for the Springhouse Ale, which is a citrusy, spice-laden farmhouse ale that is perfect during the summer months and really makes you feel that you are back in the Colonial Era.

Brass Cannon Brewing, Williamsburg, VA

If you are feeling a little adventurous and are willing to take a ride up to Toano and Anderson’s Corner, stop by this newcomer. Brass Cannon has only been open a few years, but has made a decent dent in the maltier, Scottish styles of beer. While their list is not overly expansive yet, the Angry Scot is one to take a look at. It is a Wee Heavy (think a lot of caramelized malt) and one of the only places in the state that actually turns out this type of beer in Virginia, usually reserved for breweries across the pond.

O’Conner Brewing Company, Norfolk, VA

Right smack dab in the heart of Norfolk, this brewery was built from the tide up, leading the way in the ‘craft beer’ movement in and around Ghent. They have built solid year-round beers, with their Red Nun Ale (all the beers are nautically themed) being the top of the lot. It is an Irish Red Ale that starts slightly malty and citrusy, but finishes clean. Other favorites include their Great Dismal Black IPA, where malt meets hops, and their El Guapo, which is a medium hopped IPA with an Agave sweetness.

Smartmouth Brewing Company, Norfolk, VA

Not too far away from O’Conner is newer brewing company that has really exploded in Hampton Roads. Built around 3 flagship beers, Smartmouth has been delivering some quality products to Southern Hampton Roads and the Peninsula these past few years. They also made a dent here recently by putting those beers in aluminum cans, something that had not be done in the Hampton Roads region often, if ever. The Rule G IPA, Alter Ego Saison (citrus/spice wheat beer), and Murphy’s Law Amber are always quality and extremely tasty. Two others to try at their brewery are their Notch 9 Double IPA, which has won several awards, and their Cowcatcher, which is an extra smooth milk stout.

St. George’s Brewing Company, Hampton, VA

Near Magruder Blvd and NASA Langley, this homegrown brewery has really evolved in the past few years. Expanding their repertoire to over 20 varieties of beer, it would be hard to find a beer from them that you would not enjoy. The best from these guys have to be the most straight forward as their Pilsner and Porter are worth the trip alone. While they get into the Old World styles as well, their Golden Ale stands out as a malty/citrusy beer that is very light.

Young Veterans Brewing Company, Virginia Beach, VA

Talk about a beer with a story. Located off of Dam Neck Road near NAS Oceana and founded by two veterans with a passion for beer, they have been making some very good beer for only being around 2 years. While their list is fairly small, you must try the Pineapple Grenade Hefeweizen, aptly named for the tropical fruit aftertaste, and the Night Vision Stout, that is very light and tastes of coffee and chocolate.

About Virginia Brew Review: A site for beer lovers from Virginia sharing our opinions on beers, breweries, and great places to find them. Although we will be talking a lot about beer from The Commonwealth, we will also review beers from all over the east coast, US, and anywhere else that we find beer done right. You can follow them on Twitter @vabrewreview

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Celebrating a Wonderful Career in Real Estate


Rose & Womble’s Peninsula Office celebrated the retirement of Libby Downey, REALTOR® on Wednesday October 22.

Libby began her real estate career in 1991 as an agent with JoAnne Davis Real Estate. Sbe became an agent with Rose & Womble in 1999 after the company merged with JoAnne Davis Real Estate. Her primary real estate focus was in the Gloucester and other areas along the Peninsula.

To celebrate her retirement the Peninsula office hosted a breakfast that was attended by Ron Foresta, President of Rose & Womble’s Resale Division, Terri Stickle, Rose & Womble ‘s Vice President of Operations, and Ron Foresta, Jr. Vice President of Rose & Womble’s Resale Division. The office gave Libby a basket of baking supplies as Libby hopes with retirement to have more time for baking.

“I admire Libby because she wants to do the right thing for her clients. She is taking time to focus on her family and becoming a referral agent so that she can assist her clients by finding great, full-time representation,” said Dale Chandler, Managing Broker Peninsula Office. We want to wish Libby best wishes and congratulations.

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Hump Day Hot Property: Seasons at Cahoon Plantation

Seasons at Cahoon

There is a reason why Seasons at Cahoon Plantation was our best selling New Homes community in September. Actually there are numerous reasons. Perhaps it is the easy living with great layouts and upgrades. First floor master bedrooms with beautiful bathrooms. Location doesn’t hurt, centrally located in Chesapeake this condo is close to golfing, shopping, and outdoor activities. The prices start in the mid $200s and the added bonus of a great craftsmanship of a Platinum Builders Home.

Platinum’s beautiful carriage homes at Seasons at Cahoon offer the convenience of modern living tucked away in Chesapeake’s prestigious Cahoon Plantation. Desirably located at the entrance to Cahoon Plantation Golf Course, residents enjoy bike and walking paths, as well as shopping, dining, and their favorite services, all within strolling distance.

Want to know more about this or any of Rose & Womble’s New Homes? Just Ask Jen at 757-774-6999

Take a tour of this lovely new home by going here

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Flavor of Suffolk Night Brings Out the Crowd


Three Rose & Womble represented properties feed the crowd at Tidewater Builder Association’s Homearama

Restaurant night at Homearama is always popular and this year’s edition really brought out the crowds. Rose & Womble is pleased that the three locally owned and operated Suffolk restaurants were able to feed the hungry folks and delight the taste buds.

House # 2 – “The Water’s Edge” built by HDS,  hosted the dining crew from Harper’s Table. The Downtown Suffolk eatery featured James River Oysters with a tarragon and butter crumb topping, flaky hand pies filled with either pulled pork barbeque or home-made pimento cheese, and pork belly biscuits with strawberry jam. For dessert they had pumpkin and white chocolate macrons.


House # 3 – “The Isabelle” built by Christopher Kait Construction featured Barbeque Cheddar Meatloaf Sliders from Riverstone Chophouse in the Harbour View Section of North Suffolk. This is an item that the restaurant has on its bar menu or it comes in an entree portion. The crowd couldn’t get enough


House #6 – “The Lilleigh Monroe” built by Preston Homes was all about family and the delicious and creative donuts from O’doodle Doos Donuts.  Cherry, vanilla, and lemon filled were decorated for Halloween including monsters, ghosts, and spooky fall trees.


Take a look at some of the other shots of the evening and make sure to check out Homearama this weekend as they are celebrating Brats, Beer, and Boats with some fun events.

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Halloween Decorating Ideas

Some spooktacular decorating ideas that are fun, creative, and inexpensive

Can you believe that it’s less than two weeks until the little ghouls and goblins show up at the front door saying “Trick or Treat?” There is still plenty of time to get your home in its finest spooky glory. Need some ideas – we’ve found a few from our Pinterest account.


Spider Pumpkins

What a cute idea! Take small or mini pumpkins, add pipe cleaners for legs and then scoop out room for a tealight candle. #Halloween #DIY

What a cute idea! Take small or mini pumpkins, add pipe cleaners for legs and then scoop out room for a tealight candle. #Halloween #DIY

You know the great mini pumpkins that are usually 2 for $1 at the supermarket? Well scoop some up, get your glue gun out and turn them into these adorable tea light candle holders. Just remember our candle safety tips.

Toilet Paper Roll Bats

Great green project to do with little kids. These toilet paper roll bats are super cute for Halloween #DIY #Crafts

Great green project to do with little kids. These toilet paper roll bats are super cute for Halloween #DIY #Crafts

What a great project to do with the tiny humans – and its a green project cause you’re recycling. Take toilet paper rolls – or you can cut down paper towel roll or wrapping paper tube – and following the super easy instructions create these fun bats.

Halloween Mason Jar Luminaries

Super Cute for Halloween - these mason jar luminaries will delight for many spooky years

Super Cute for Halloween – these mason jar luminaries will delight for many spooky years

There seems to be an endless amount of jar craft projects that run through Pinterest faster than a mom looking for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the trick-or-treat bag – this is a no judgement blog. These are super cute and, unlike the previously picked projects, should last for a few Halloweens.  The mummy jar is a personal favorite.

Hanging Ghosts

These are easy - cheese cloth and spray starch help create a whole gang of ghosts.

These are easy – cheese cloth and spray starch help create a whole gang of ghosts.

Spooky indeed – these ghosts are a great addition to your Halloween decor.

Silhouettes on the Windows

Using black card board - hese are fun for houses to use light to spook trick-or-treaters

Using black card board – these are fun for houses to use light to spook trick-or-treaters

A great way to customize your Halloween decor but not break the bank. Black poster board is inexpensive and can be found almost anywhere. Cut out the shapes you want and bingo – cute windows.

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Top RWNewHomes Communities for September 2014

We’re pleased to announce the top ten selling Rose & Womble New Homes Community sites for September 2014

1. Seasons at Cahoon, Platinum Homes – site agents Rob Mitchell and Carmon Pizzanello

Seasons at Cahoon

2. Buckroe Bayfront and Carter Estates, HH Hunt – site agents Penny Boyd and Pam Strahorn-Roe


3. Stockbridge at Tanglewood, Hearndon Construction – site agents Melissa Ivey and Ray Bauer


4. Summer Park, Stephen Alexander Homes – site agents Tricia Hubbard and Bridgette Espinosa

summer park sq house

5. Bribra Building Corp – site agent Rob Mitchell


6. Culpepper Landing, Vintage Homes – site agents Joan Revell and Doreen Giuliano

Culpepper Landing

7. Northshore at Ridgely Manor, Terry Peterson Homes – site agent Monique McClellan


8. Sajo Farm, Lake and Mano Homes, Napolitano Homes – site agents Tara Strauser and Gene Grady

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9. Lakes of Joliff, Hearndon Construction – site agents Julie Scott and Delores Morgan


10. Culpepper Landing, HH Hunt – site agents Patty Finein and Linda Jones


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Humpday Hot Property: Saddlebrook offers Families Wonderful Homes in Suffolk


Come see the new homes by Hearndon at Saddlebrook Estates, a beautiful community of southern-style, single-family homes in Suffolk. Choose from seven different plans and enjoy country living at its best with a new home in a pastoral setting. Located off Kings Fork Road, Saddlebrook Estates is convenient to Kings Fork Middle and High Schools, Obici Hospital and numerous shops and restaurants. In addition to horseback riding trails through the neighborhood, many home sites are located with woods and horse pastures behind to ensure a peaceful, country feel. Want to take a tour check out this virtual tour.

Want to know more about this, or any of our Rose & Womble New Homes Communities? Just Ask Jen at 757-774-6999.

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Top Resale Agents for September 2014

We’re happy to share our top resale sales and listing agents for September 2014

Top Sales Team: Brenda Rawls Star Team

Brenda Rawls

Top Sales Agent: Anna Staylor

Anna Staylor, Lynnhaven

Top Listing Team: Livernois, Terranova, & Associates

livernois and terranova

Top Listing Agent: L. Ellen Drames

Ellen Drames, Greenbrier Office

Ellen Drames, Greenbrier Office


Top Agents By Office:

Beach Office: Top Sales Brenda Rawls Star Team; Top Listing Cynthia Welch

Chesapeake Office: Top Sales Your Extreme Team; Top Listing Anna’s Home Team

Ghent Office: Top Sales Andrea Moore; Top Listing Sherri Paris

Greenbrier Office: Top Sales and Top Listing L. Ellen Drames

Holland Road Office: Top Sales and Listing The PerfectHouse Team

Lynnhaven Office: Top Sales Anna Staylor; Top Listing Livernois, Terranova, & Associates

Peninsula Office: Top Sales Kalpana Patel; Top Listing David Tortollini

Shore Drive Office: Top Sales Judi McArthur; Top Listing Sue Lentini

Suffolk/Harbour View Office: Top Sales Lori Gomoke; Top Listing Ryan Benton

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What to Do in Hampton Roads: Pumpkin Patches


Maybe it’s all the Pumpkin Spice in the air – but Autumn is one of the best times to really love living in the Hampton Roads area. The tourist have moved on, the weather is brisk, and there are so many fun activities planned. From art shows to spooky haunted houses – there is plenty to do in the Hampton Roads area.  But nothing beats a good, old fashion pumpkin patch.  Here is a list provided by the folks at

Bergey’s Breadbasket: Chesapeake

With a huge corn maze, corn cob shooter, and tractor rides – this is so much family fun. Plus you can get plenty of pumpkins, local produce, and homemade baked goods like seasonal pies and other treats. This family-run operation has been in Chesapeake for over 75 years and is sure to help your family create great fall memories. The corn maze will be open until November 1st

Cullipher Pumpkin Patch: Virginia Beach

A great place to pick your own pumpkins and gourds. This local farm has two mazes, wagon rides, and a huge kids play area including sand pile, two hay mountains, and rope maze. Open Saturdays and Sundays through October.

Green Hand Farm Park: Gloucester

Worth the drive over the Coleman Bridge- lots of pumpkins, free hayride to over 2 arches of pumpkin picking glory. Plus there is a corn maze and other family friendly fun.

Woods Orchards Farm Market: Hampton

Open seven days a week – this Peninsula staple has lots of large pumpkins and an entire field of white pumpkins. Plus the farm stand has locally produced and grown produce and other food items. Did we mention President and Mrs. Obama once got pumpkins from this very farm stand when they were visiting Langley Air Force Base in 2011?

What are some of your favorite places to spend family-friendly fun in Hampton Roads?

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Happy Closings – Yay!

The best day is when there is a closing – at least in our business. Closings signal that we’re doing our jobs, helping individuals and families move into home or on to their next destination.

Here is a collection of some of the closings we’ve seen around social media the past few weeks – congratulations to our clients and our agents.

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