Friday, July 22, 2016

Written by Bev Kwiatkowski

You’ve enjoyed many fond years here at Sandbridge Beach and have made the decision to finally sell your property.  To get the most out of your investment and maximize your bottom-line, it's time to get your home ready for the market!

Here are some helpful tips to consider before listing your property:

Get Inspected - Be Proactive. 
Most buyers will have a homeowner’s inspection, so hire an inspector to determine the condition of your plumbing and electrical systems before listing your property. Have your decks inspected as well, and make all the necessary repairs in advance. You might be able to put a higher price on your house if all systems are in good working order. 

Interior Refresh
For the inside of your house or condo, a fresh coat of paint does wonders. Shampoo your carpets, and clean both the inside and outside of windows. Remove all clutter, and consider buying new bedspreads, decorative pillows, curtains and blinds. Remember how model homes and "Homearama" homes are decorated. Tasteful, yet impersonal. 

Outdoor Impression
Consider hiring a professional landscaper to freshen up your yard. Hanging plants and potted bright flowers make porches and decks very inviting. Have a pest control company come out and clear your decks, windows and overhangs of spider webs.  And don't forget... a new "Welcome Mat" is always a good idea. Also, painting the front door a fun, fresh color, as well as replacing worn hardware, can give a great "First Impression".  

Inform Your REALTOR®
Provide your REALTOR® with a list of the relevant home features including the age and type of heat pumps, major appliances and roof.  Note that your house was recently inspected and list the repairs made. Also, be sure to indicate whether or not you have a contract with a pest control company. 

Your next step is to contact a Siebert Realty REALTOR® for additional advice on making your home market-ready.  As trusted award-winning veterans of the real estate business, the agents at Siebert Realty look forward to chatting with you about how to maximize your return on investment and put our experience to work for you! Call 757-426-6216 today and discover the “Siebert Difference”!

Siebert Realty - "The Beach People"
Vacation Beach Home and Condo Rentals
Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
877-422-2200 / 757-426-6200

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Growers
Connecting Farms and People - Buy Fresh, Buy Local.

Hampton Roads encourages consumers to purchase locally grown and produced foods and products. By eating locally, you’re saving small family farms, supporting the local economy, keeping our community healthy, and preserving the environment. Use this food guide to find the markets, farms, watermen and restaurants that offer the freshest, most delicious local and seasonal products.

The power in buying locally comes from being able to ask your farmer questions that are important to you. We offer a few suggestions on things to ask or look for.  

Questions to ask your farmer:
• Did you grow this product yourself or was it purchased from another farm?
• What are your growing methods?
• What are your animals fed? Are they free range and/or pasture raised?
• Do you have any recipes or recommendations for this product?
• How long ago was this product picked? Is it ready to eat?  What’s the best way to store or preserve it?

Farms and Markets are often seasonal. Call or check websites for open dates.
PYO = Pick Your Own
CSA = Community Supported Agriculture

Virginia Beach - Fruit & Vegetable Farmers:

Brookdale Farm - Virginia Beach
2060 Vaughan Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23457
(757) 721-0558
U-pick strawberries at Vaughan Rd. Stand at 1300 Princess Anne Rd. plus seasonal produce and popcorn, ornamental corn, squash, zucchini, potatoes and other seasonal goods. Call for hours and avail. for both locations. PYO CSA

Cindy’s Produce
2385 Harpers Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
(757) 427-2346
Local fruit, veggies, honey, jarred goods, flowers, veg & herb plants, pumpkins, fall d├ęcor and much more! Open daily May - Oct 10am - 6pm. Dec 10am - 7pm.

Flanagan Farm
1880 Muddy Creek Road @ corner of Princess Anne Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Seasonal produce, u-pick strawberries, honey, eggs and specialty jarred items. Stand open late April-June, 7am-7pm daily. Check website for updates.  PYO

Thomas Produce Market
1166 Culver Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Seasonal produce. Local corn, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes, Watermelon, cantaloupes, plums and more! 11am - 6pm daily. 

Cromwell’s Produce
3116 New Bridge Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 426-7578
Seasonal produce: sweet corn, shelled butter beans and peas, tomatoes, melons, snap beans, beets, and greens. Open 9am - 6pm daily. Jul 1- Aug 30. PYO

Cullipher Farm Market
1444 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 721-7456
U-pick strawberries (certified organic & naturally grown), seasonal fresh fruits & veggies, cut flowers, honey, preserves, canned and baked goods. Open daily 8am-6pm during strawberry season. After berry season open daily 9am-6pm. Four off-site markets and three CSA plans.

Cullipher Berry Patch - U-pick Strawberries
772 Princess Anne Rd.
Virginia Beach VA 23457

New Earth Farm & Compost Co.
1885 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 427-6515
Natural & oganic products for farm & garden. Fresh veggies May-Sept Available at local markets, restaurants & through our CSA. PYO. 

Henley Farm Market 
1801 Princess Anne Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 426-6869
U-pick strawberrries. Already picked fruits and veggies. Open daily mid-April through Oct 8 am - 6 pm. Visit website for updates.

Henley Farms
3484 Charity Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 426-7501
U-Pick strawberries, blackberries, sweet corn, and other veggies. Find already picked at market. Christmas trees in season. Call for hours and availability. PYO

Apple Berry Farm
2601 West Landing Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 426-7390
U-Pick bluberries July & August. U-pick apples August & September. Call for availability and hours. PYO

Bay Breeze Farms
1076 Sandbridge Rd 
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 721-3288
Seasonal produce & strawberries. Open May 1 - Labor Day. Mon - Sat 8:30am - 6pm Sun 9am - 5pm.

Hearthside Farm
4188 Gum Bridge Court
Virginia Beach, VA 23457
(757) 506-5428
Farm fresh eggs, naturally and sustainably raised vegetables, wool, and honey. Homesteading classes and workshops. Open year round - call ahead for details and availability.

Pungo Blueberries, Etc.
3477 Muddy Creek Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 721-7434
PYO blueberries & thornless blackberries. Jams & jellies, and our special elephant garlic vinegar. Open early July- August Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 7am - 7pm. PYO

Salem Berry Farm
1763 Salem Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 818-3156
Pick Your Own Strawberries. Fresh Seasonal Vegetables. 8am-6pm daily during the season. PYO

Skipper Farms -Virginia Beach 
3640 Dam Neck Road
Virginia Beach VA 23453
(757) 368-0355
Located at the VB Farmers Market. Open daily through Dec. 24th, 10am-6pm.

Flip Flop Farmer - Bruce Henley
3244 New Bridge Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23457
(757) 426-9908
Fresh farm-raised fruits & vegetables. PYO strawberries in the Spring. Call ahead for hours. PYO

Vaughan Farms Produce
1258 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23457
(757) 615-4888
A Land Grant family farm. PYO & fresh picked homegrown seasonal veggies, flowers & herbs. Chicken & duck eggs. 

Siebert Realty - "The Beach People"
Vacation Beach Home and Condo Rentals
Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
877-422-2200 / 757-426-6200

Monday, July 18, 2016

Capt. Jack's Pirate Ship Adventure

Capt. Jack's Pirate Ship Adventure

LIKE PIRATES? Climb aboard the 65 ft. Spanish Galleon, “The Lost Pearl”, as it sails the high seas in search for lost treasure. **Click Here** for Capt. Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventures! It's a must do on your next Virginia Beach visit. Aaargghh! 

Letter from Capt. Jack...

Ahoy There, Me Hearties!

Jump aboard the Lost Pearl and we’ll set sail for adventures on the high seas in search of treasure! I only want the bravest pirates on board my Spanish galleon ship - because I’m expecting some trouble from that scallywag Blackbeard - but if you think you’ve got what it takes to handle a water cannon, then you’re welcome to join my gang! The truth is - I need your help, mateys! 

Blackbeard has stolen my treasure and I need a strong, fighting crew of pirates to help me get it back!

We’ll be docked in the port of Inlet Station Marina and from there we will set off to explore the seven seas of Virginia Beach. To keep us entertained on the voyage, my pirates will put on a show for you and you can join in as we sing sea shanties and dance the limbo. I know that being a pirate is hungry work, so there's a snack bar on board where ye can trade a bit of yer treasure fer some grub! We’ll keep an eye out for dolphins too, because they love pirates and often swim alongside us on our travels.

Then we’ll get down to the real business. We’ll search for that wicked Blackbeard and when we find him we’ll have to fight him and his evil men! Don’t worry; my trusty ship is equipped for battle. We’ll let loose the fury of my water cannons to win back our treasure, which I’ll happily share with you to thank you for helping me.  For all you older pirates, who like a drop of rum while you are seafaring, we offer a full cash bar, or you could join us for a 21+ cruise.

So if you are a pirate, or a pirate at heart, if you are fearsome and fearless, with a taste for nautical fun and adventure, then sign up to join my gang and I’ll welcome you aboard the Lost Pearl.

From one pirate to another - I look forward to meeting you soon… if you dare!
Shivers Me Timbers!  
~ Capt. Jack

Pirates' Quarters:
In need of calmer, more landlubbers-style quarters to rest your weary sea legs after your high seas adventure? Siebert Realty has hundreds of Sandbridge Beach Home and Condo Vacation Rentals perfect for your swashbuckling crew.  Best of all, many are still available at discounted rates this summer at Their deals are like finding your own treasure chest!  Go to their website to check availability, view interior photos and floor plans, and you can even book and pay for your reservation online.  Or simply give their friendly crew a call at 877-422-2200 for further assistance.   

So Mateys, as Capt. Jack always says... adjust your eye patch, grab your sword, and let's get this adventure started!    

Siebert Realty - "The Beach People"
Vacation Beach Home and Condo Rentals
Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
877-422-2200 / 757-426-6200

Friday, July 15, 2016

Virginia Beach has something awesome brewing... a really great craft brew scene! There's no better way to get a taste of the beach life than to pull up a bar stool and sample the coastal flavors of Virginia Beach (and nearby Norfolk). From pineapple IPA's to hearty pumpkin porters, Virginia Beach's local brewers pour their passion into every pint. For the perfect mix of suds and sun, visit a local Virginia Beach brewery or sample them all on a brewery tour.  

Back Bay Brewing Co.
Back Bay's False Cape Ale is a full bodied red ale. With a dark copper color and well rounded malt base; a bit sweet, with a lightly hopped tea-like flavor, and an even, dextrinous body.  614 Norfolk Avenue / (757) 531-7750

O'Connor Brewing Co.  
O’Connor Brewing Company is "A mighty yet humble craft brewery" located in an industrial section of Norfolk’s Ghent neighborhood/district.  Brewery tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during our tasting room hours. Cheers!  211 W 24th St, Norfolk, VA 23517 / (757) 623-2337

Commonwealth Brewing Co.
Commonwealth Brewing Company is a local family owned craft brewery housed inside a former fire station in Chic’s Beach. The facility includes an open air tasting room, event space, outdoor bier garden, and sour barrel house. We host live music and food trucks weekly, and offer a variety of outdoor leisure games.  2444 Pleasure House Rd / (757) 305-9652

Gordon Biersch Brewery
Casual dining with a sophisticated atmosphere. Fresh beer brewed on-site and a menu full of diversity. American cuisine with an Asian influence and homemade desserts. Reservations welcomed.  4561 Virginia Beach Blvd. / (757) 490-2739

Smartmouth Brewing Co.  
Located on the banks of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Virginia, our 20-barrel craft brewhouse typically churns out 250 barrels a month.
1309 Raleigh Avenue, # 300, Norfolk, VA 23507
(757) 624-3939

Pleasure House Brewing
At Pleasure House Brewing, they are passionate about two things: making great beer and serving their community! With five main taps and up to three experimental taps flowing, you're bound to find something interesting. 3025 Shore Dr / 757-496-0916

Reaver Beach Brewing Company
Reaver Beach Brewing Co. was founded in 2010 by newlyweds Justin & Kristin MacDonald. The philosophy behind what they do is simple: They seek to create assertive, flavorful beer with quality ingredients. 1505 Taylor Farm Rd  757 563-2337

Young Veterans Brewing Co. 
For us, the answer is simple: We love beer. We love to brew it; we love to drink it, we love to teach others about it.  2505 Horse Pasture Rd. Va Beach, VA (757) 689-4021

Taste Tidewater Tours
Taste Tidewater Tours offers wine, brew, farm and food tours from the comfort of our executive coach. Hear local lore and history as well as beer and wine education during your ride with VIP treatment at each location. So get off the beaten path and go where the locals go with Taste Tidewater Tours! (VA DMV Permit#64) 425 West Plantation Road  /  (757) 340-8687

Beach Lodging
In need of last minute lodging? Siebert Realty has dozens of Sandbridge Beach Home & Condo Vacation Rentals available for the remainder of the Summer.  **Click Here** for availability. Best of all, many are on special, so BOOK NOW & SAVE. You can easily book online or simply give our friendly rental agents a call today at 877-422-2200.  See you at the beach! 

Siebert Realty
Beach Home & Condo Rentals
Virginia Beach, VA

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge
July 23, 2016
The Crab is King at this one-of-a-kind event that’s fun for the whole family! The Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge will be held at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront right on the beach at 30th Street from 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday, July 23, 2016.  This is a free event.

The Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge was named to's 2010 list of the Wackiest Summer Events in America and to the New York Daily News 2012 list of the top 10 Wackiest Festivals in the WORLD.  Last year, a film crew from the popular BBC children’s show “All Over the Place,” broadcast in Scotland, filmed the event.  Approximately 300 hermit crabs participate in the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge each year.  Many of these come from out of state just to be with us!

Registration begins at 9:30am and all participants must be registered by noon in order to race. Preliminary hermit crab races lead to the Crustacean 500, where the winner is awarded the “Order of the Mercury Claw” trophy.  Crabs race on a specially-designed circular track, where all the “crabtestants” are placed in the center. At the sound of the starting horn, crabs scurry to the outer ring of the track. Whichever claw crosses the line first wins.  It’s the survival of the “crabbiest!”

Along with the Crustacean 500 race, participants may enter the Miss Curvaceous Crustacean Beauty Pageant.  At the pageant, hermit crabs are presented in uniquely-decorated displays and judged on beauty and creativity.  Hermit crab owners are encouraged to build a unique display for their crabs.  Past winners have included themed entries like “Spider Crab,” “Hermit the Hulk,” “Beauty and the Crab,” and “Pirates of the Crabibbean!” 

Aside from 1st, 2nd, And 3rd Place winners, special trophies are also awarded for the Friendliest Crab, Biggest Crab, Shyest Crab, Most Unique Crab Display, Prettiest Crab Shell, Most Athletic Crab, and Most Traveled Crab. ALL participants will receive a medal for being a part of the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge. There are no fees for entering the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge; the event is free for both participants and spectators.  For more info on the event, visit The Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge

In need of last minute lodging? Siebert Realty has dozens of Sandbridge Beach Home & Condo Vacation Rentals available for the remainder of the Summer, including this oceanfront beauty (shown at right).  **Click Here** for availability.  Best of all, many are on special, so BOOK NOW & SAVE. You can easily book online or simply give our friendly rental agents a call today at 877-422-2200.  See you at the beach! 

Siebert Realty - "The Beach People"
Vacation Beach Home and Condo Rentals
Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
877-422-2200 / 757-426-6200

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

from a Kayak!

Beautiful Back Bay is truly a special place where state of being and setting merge.  Its wildlife sanctuary will leave you in awe as you watch osprey fly by to nest... spot, egrets, herons, ducks, and otters. When you're not at the beach, you can retreat to the peaceful bay for a little canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, dock fishing, or crabbing. And at the day's end, picture how relaxing it would be to unwind to the brilliance of a romantic sunset over Back Bay. So this year, why not introduce your family to the "other side" of Sandbridge!  

Kayak Nature Tours - Let these experienced tour guides "show you the ropes" around Back Bay. Kayak Nature Tours offers guided tours for adults and children (even beginners). No previous experience necessary with professional instructions provided. Single and double sit-on-top kayaks. Ocean Dolphin Tours - North End of Va. Beach.  Advance Reservations required.  Daily/Hourly Rentals.  757-480-1999 / 888-669-8368  /  ** Kayak Nature Tours - Click Here **

Kayak Nature Tours - Ocean Dolphin Tours:

Back Bay Getaways - "Where the road ends... the adventure begins."  Located at the southend of Sandpiper Road with direct access to Back Bay and the ocean, they offer the best in outdoor equipment, and their knowledgeable staff will assist you in getting geared up and underway.  They provide both guided tours and daily rentals, and can even outfit you for an overnight camping trip to the remote beaches of False Cape State Park.  No prior experience necessary, and they tailor every trip to your personal needs.  757-721-4484

Moneysworth Kayak Rentals - If you prefer to venture out on your own without a tour guide, Moneysworth has kayak rentals available for your enjoyment.  Best of all, they offer free delivery to and pickup from your rental unit.  800-622-2122  /  757-468-3999  /

Sandbridge Rentals
Have you ever considered renting a beach rental on a waterfront canal or directly on beautiful Back Bay? There's a whole other world waiting for you on the west side of Sandbridge Beach! Many of our furnished vacation rentals are located on the bayside offering boat docks and breathtaking water views! Fish, crab, chill & relax, or launch your boat or kayak right from your own private vacation rental! 

Search for west side waterfront rentals offering discounts and availability at  See you on the water!

 Siebert Realty - The Beach People
Beach Home & Condo Rentals
877-422-2200  /  757-426-6200

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sandbridge Boat Parade & Fireworks!
Come celebrate our Nation’s 240th birthday by participating in the 13th Annual Sandbridge Boat Parade.  From its humble beginning in 2004, our parade has grown every year with more watercraft and spectators. With legal fireworks in Mill Pond for the fifth year, the parade should have a record number of boats.

The 2016 Boat Theme is... 
American Heroes! 
Patriotic themes are always a great choice for any July 4th boat parade, and this year is no exception!  Simply choose your favorite American Hero, be creative, and have fun! So come on out... and Celebrate your FREEDOM at the annual boat parade! Decorate your boat, assemble your crew and enter your boat in this year’s contest. Awards given for best decorated boat and more.

Compete for Trophies:
• Grand Prize     
• Best Decorated
• Best Theme Representation
• Best Costumes 
• Best Use of Humor   
• Most Creative
• Most Colorful   
• Most Unusual   
• Judges Special Award

With the exception of the Best Costumes category, judging will take place in Mill Pond as the parade arrives from Osprey Bay, circles Mill Pond, then enters the Bluebill and Wood Duck canals, and returns to Mill Pond.  The Best Costumes will be judged at the parade start point in Osprey Bay (no longer Mill Pond) prior to the 7:15pm parade start.  

Osprey Bay has a sandy bottom and is sufficiently shallow to allow participants to move from boat to boat.  Boats should arrive at Osprey Bay no later than 6:30pm to insure that their costumes are judged and each vessel receives a contestant number for boat judging in Mill Pond.  No number, no prize!  Category winners will be announced up on the return of the boats to Mill Pond.

Parade watercraft will return to Mill Pond prior to dusk and the start of the 9:10pm fireworks show.  A July 5 rain date is scheduled.  As was the case last year, watercraft will not be allowed to anchor in Mill Pond.  However, boats can be secured to the banks, i.e. dock, pier, bulkhead, etc. Boat owners who are planning to participate in the parade are requested to contact Fred Greene (288-0372) to receive detailed information, i.e. route map, Mill Pond anchoring and mooring information, etc.

Please note there is limited space to view fireworks at Mill Pond.  There also are not restroom facilities available.  We recommend that vacationers view fireworks from the beach near Whiting, Tuna, & Pike, where you will probably be able to view the Sandbridge fireworks, as well as the Virginia Beach Oceanfront/Boardwalk display.  

Celebrate Your Freedom!
Are you in need of lodging over the July 4th week or weekend? Siebert Realty has dozen of Sandbridge Beach home and condo vacation rentals still available for the July 4th holiday! 

Best of all, many are now being offered at discounted rates at **Red Hot July 4th Specials** Visit our website to check rental availability, view interior photos and floor plans, and you can even book and pay for your reservation online. Or simply give our friendly rental agents a call today at 877-422-2200 for further assistance.  

Come be a part of this great Sandbridge tradition.  Hope to see you on the bay!

Siebert Realty - The Beach People
Beach Home & Condo Rentals
877-422-2200  /  757-426-6200

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