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Find A Christmas Tree In The New River Valley

Thanksgiving is gone, and Christmas is upon us. While we moaned about seeing Christmas displays in August – TOO SOON – the reality is that Christmas is right around the corner. And before you finish the Christmas shopping, it’s time for the Christmas tree to go up.

If you’re one of those who likes to be Clark Griswold and chop down your own tree (and really, is there any other way?), here’s a list of Christmas tree farms throughout the New River Valley.

  • Idyllwood Farms, Blacksburg – technically not a cut-your-own, but still a recognizable location that’s been serving the New River Valley since 1984. Pre-cut, along with wreaths for sale.
  • Joes Trees, Newport – my personal favorite, Joe’s Trees is a great place to go and spend a couple of hours, wandering the many acres and getting lost among the trees. You can cut your own tree, or choose one of their pre-cut selections. They also have hayrides, and a full retail shop.
  • Rifton Farm Nursery, Pilot – Recently featured in The Roanoke Times, they have 40+ acres of trees, ready to help you cut and load.
  • Roll Out Farm, Pilot – Also located in Pilot, this farm has choose and cut options, pre-cut trees, and a full retail shop.
  • Spruce Ridge Tree Farm, Newport – if you’ve ever been down Spruce Run Road in Newport, you’ve almost certainly noticed the seemingly miles and miles of trees available at Spruce Ridge Tree Farm.
  • Sweet Providence Farm, Floyd – choose and cut at this farm in Floyd, and enjoy some of their delicious treats in their retail store. They also have a satellite location at Tanglewood Mall, in Roanoke.

There are plenty of other places throughout the New River Valley to get your Christmas tree this year – what are some of your favorites? Mention them in the comments and I’ll add them to this list!

Happy Everything, Merry Always

Santa’s come and gone, and taken the cookies on his way out the door. The kids have woken you early, and shrieks of laughter are hopefully filling your home. Ideally, the sound of a new drum set is not present.

May your Christmas 2012 be full of Happy Everything, and Merry Always, from all of us at Nest Realty.

Sparky, It’s Time To Put Up The Christmas Lights

Admit it – you head out late in the evenings around the Christmas holidays to look for houses decorated (in an over the top way) for Christmas. Kind of like this one …

Houses decorated crazy for Christmas
Natalie and I like riding around and looking at how people decorate for Christmas … I’ve mentioned it before. We like them all – the ones that are tastefully done, the ones that have a “whoa I’ve never seen that before!”, and especially the ones that make you slow down as you drive by, stop in the road, or even circle back around to see it two or three times (we call those Ho Ho houses).  Of COURSE you need to take pictures of those! We’ve seen you out cruising a street, driving really slow and peering out the window at all the lights, so we know you do it too – don’t judge!  And since SO many of us seem to enjoy it as well, a few years ago I decided to do a little map that shows different spots around the New River Valley – and a few a little further away – that people might want to check out.  It received so much traffic that I’m doing it even bigger this year, and I need your help!

(last year’s map)


View Christmas Lights in the New River Valley in a larger map

Have you seen your neighbors starting to decorate their house?  Snap a photo, email the photo to me along with the home’s address, and I’ll add it to the map.  Have you decided that you’re going to go all Clark Griswold this year?  Snap a photo of the finished product, email it to me with the address, and I’ll add it to the map.  Have you seen a house that defies all rules of energy usage?  Snap a photo of the finished product, email it to me, and … you get the drift.  I’ll use the photo and upload it to the map, along with the address (and a description, if you’d like to provide one) so that we all can enjoy the season a little bit together!

And I need a few elves this year – as the map has gotten bigger, it gets harder and harder to get around the New River Valley to get photos. If you’re willing to be on the lookout for New River Valley homes decorated for the holidays, let me know and you can help grow the Christmas Lights in the New River Valley map even larger this year!

It’s fun to watch the New River Valley modern pendant lights up this time of year, and hopefully, this map will serve as one way for you and your family to celebrate the season.

Photo Credit

Where To Dispose of Christmas Trees in Blacksburg, Christiansburg & Radford

That big green tree you cut down prior to Christmas is now a scraggly, Charlie Brown mess.  So what do you do with that Christmas tree if you live in Blacksburg, or Christiansburg, or Radford?

Town of Blacksburg:

  • Town residents can begin placing their Christmas trees at the curb, January 3 – January 14.  That should give all of us procrastinators plenty of time to finish the job.  See this link for more information.
  • In case you’re interested, trees will be chipped and used for an alternative fuel source. I love that …

Town of Christiansburg:

  • Trees can be placed on the street for curbside pickup during the week of January 3rd – January 7th.  There are no drop-off points in Town that can take trees, curbside pickup only.

Montgomery County:

City of Radford:

  • Trees will be collected at the curb, on your trash day, between January 3rd – January 17th.  You can also take them to the solid collection sites.

Photo from Laurenlme

Channel Your Clark Griswald and Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Growing up, we never had a real tree in the house for Christmas – it was always one of those fake plastic ones, and while they look better now they looked awful in the 70’s and 80’s (apologies to plastic Christmas tree manufacturers everywhere, but your product really was crap).  But Natalie and I have always enjoyed having a real tree for Christmas, so each year we go out to a local vendor who’s set up shop in some parking lot … we agonize over “is this one too crooked”, “is that one too tall” … and then we toss a tree on top of the car and head back to decorate.  Last year, the tree was too big for the nylon rope so we ended up holding the tree in place by hand as we drove back home … hello, Griswald.  This year, though, we wanted to cut our own tree.  But we hadn’t done it in years, and didn’t quite know where to go.

Enter Joe’s Trees.  Coworkers had said great things about this place out in Craig County, and they weren’t wrong.  If you’re looking for a place to chop your own tree this year, head out 460-West to Joe’s Trees.  They have an impressive venture going on there – think Sinkland Farms before they needed police directing traffic – and it’s well worth the visit.  Walking up, you can choose to cut your own tree – hacksaws are provided, along with a well-marked map (and price list) of the property’s inventory.  Thousands of trees in at least a dozen varieties, and all sizes … just choose your tree and leave it tagged beside any of the well-traveled paths that criss-cross the property, and the staff will pick it up, shake it down, and bale it for you in no time flat.  No heavy lifting!  And if cutting one down isn’t your thing, they have a ready stockpile of baled trees, as well.

And if you’ve already gotten your tree this year, head out to Joe’s Trees anyhow.  They have lots of things going on, all year round.

Play ball.  And Merry Christmas.

Christmas Lights in the New River Valley

Back by popular demand – well, back because at least one person requested it – it’s the New River Valley Christmas Lights map!  And this year I need your help


View Christmas Lights in the New River Valley in a larger map

Natalie and I like riding around and looking at how people decorate for Christmas … and admit it, you do too.  We like them all – the ones that are tastefully done, the ones that have a “whoa I’ve never seen that before!”, and especially the ones that make you slow down as you drive by, stop in the road, or even circle back around to see it two or three times (we call those Ho Ho houses).  We’ve seen you out cruising a street, driving really slow and peering out the window at all the lights, so we know you do it too – don’t judge!  And since SO many of us seem to enjoy it as well, last year I decided to do a little map that shows different spots around the New River Valley – and a few a little further away – that people might want to check out.  It received so much traffic that I’m doing it even bigger this year, and I need your help!

Have you seen your neighbors starting to decorate their house?  Snap a photo, email it to me with the home’s address, and I’ll add it to the map.  Have you decided that you’re going to go all Clark Griswald this year?  Snap a photo of the finished product, email it to me with the address, and I’ll add it to the map.  Have you seen a house that defies all rules of gravity or energy usage?  Snap a photo of the finished product, email it to me … you get the drift.  I’ll use the photo and upload it to the map, along with the address (and a description, if you’d like to provide one) so that we all can enjoy the season a little bit together!

Caption This

Continuing on the Christmas theme

A friend sent this to me earlier in the week, and although I can’t vouch for its’ validity (update 7:00pm – Snopes is researching – we don’t care, we still think it’s funny) it’s funny nonetheless and so I thought we’d play “Caption This” with it.  To play, include your thoughts in the comments below on what the most appropriate caption should be for the photo.  Multiple entries are allowed.  At stake this week will be a gift certificate to Easy Chair Coffee Shop, and we’ll choose the winner next Wednesday, December 16th.

Christmas ladder

Where Are The New River Valley Christmas Lights?

It’s Christmas time in the New River Valley, and holiday lights are starting to show on houses throughout the area.  Natalie and I enjoy hopping in the car, turning on Christmas music, and cruising the streets looking for lights.  Classy lights, gaudy lights, we like them all, and last night was our first trip out.

I was thinking that there are a lot of people in the Valley who know where the great spots are, so I thought I’d create a map we can all share – know where we can all find some really great Christmas lights? Just insert the location on the map yourself by adding a placemark, or email me the address and I’ll put it on for you!  Let’s see how many we can add leading up to Christmas – click on “View Christmas Lights in the New River Valley” below and start spreading the Christmas cheer!


View Christmas Lights in the New River Valley in a larger map

Oh … and Merry Christmas!