Harpers Ferry’s Best: Canal House Cafe

Hey everyone! Hope your week’s going good so far! I’m back with my Best Restaurants series, and today I’m featuring Canal House Cafe in Harpers Ferry, WV–one of the most popular restaurants in town! If you’re from or live near Harpers Ferry, you may have heard of this place before, otherwise you should definitely check it out!

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Canal House Cafe is a historic home-turned-restaurant, and it goes way back to the 1820s! The cafe prides itself in serving fresh, delicious comfort food in a friendly, casual atmosphere. If you are a vegetarian or allergic to gluten, they also have a flexible menu to cater to every customer’s needs. You can also bring your own drinks for a corkage fee of $5.

“Ate here two nights in a row while visiting and bicycling the area. Yes the menu is short but everything is fresh and well prepared. Enjoyed the homemade bread too. The food is reasonably priced. The menu is different every night because they use fresh and seasonal items. Your stomach is full when you leave, but it feels good!”

“We were delighted! The food was mouth watering, the hostess/waitress delightful, the setting charming and the chef talented. The chef, by the way, was wearing a Wegmans hat that he acquired while working at the flagship Wegmans 3 miles from our home in Rochester, NY. Wegmans is good, but your chef brought a huge amount of talent of his own to your cafe.”

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If you’re curious, they have a copy of their menu on their website.

Canal House Cafe is located at 1226 W. Washington St. in Harpers Ferry, WV. For reservations, call 304-535-2880.

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

Colorful Christmas Decor

Happy Friday, everyone! With Christmas only a little over a week away, I’m sure you’re all busy but excited as I am! Have you got your holiday decorations set up? If you haven’t started on anything yet or you feel like what you have now is lacking pizzazz, here are some fun and festive holiday color ideas that will definitely light up your home this year!

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Green, White, and Brown
Just looking at the combination above and you know that these mix of colors bring in the holiday cheer without looking overwhelming or tacky. It’s simple, modest, and brings in just the right balance to make anyone feel comfortable. Also try incorporating wood pieces to give that earthy, natural mood an extra kick.

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Blue and White
Utilize the season’s colors and be different and sophisticated with blues and whites. In the picture above, birch logs, frosted pinecones, and branches in white ceramic vases provide the indoor winter wonderland. Accents of blue help for cool pops of color. It’s minimalistic and stunning at the same time and will definitely wow anyone who comes near your Christmas table!

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Red, Cream, and White
Spice up the traditional red and green scheme by using cream or beige as the dominant color and use the reds and whites as the accents instead. This gives your holiday decor a classy boost that will surely impress your guests.

And remember–if you’re on a budget (aren’t we all?), use what you have! It’s all about the colors, not the items!

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Feeling excited yet? I for one sure am! For more ideas and color schemes, feel free to check out the rest of the article here.

Have a great weekend everyone!

(Images and concept from BHG.com)

Clear Spring Market Insider

Hey everyone! It’s that time of the month for another edition of Market Insider! This week I’m featuring the lovely town of Clear Spring, MD. If you happen to be buying or selling a home here, you might want to take a quick read at this!

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The number of active listings in Clear Spring dropped by 5.3% from the previous month. The percent of unoccupied properties is -8.5% below the national average.The median listing price for homes in this area is $229,950.

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Median household income in Clear Spring is $62,150 with 53 households earning between $35,000 to $40,000 annually.

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The Crime Risk Index compares the likelihood of different crimes happening within this community to the national average. The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 100. A score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk.

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Median Age
39%
Married
2,034
Number of Homes
745
Homes with Children

The above data was gathered from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions.

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If you’d like to read more statistics on the current housing market in Front Royal, visit my website here. You can find more information on it such as local schools, a list of establishments (categorized and searchable by map), and you can even compare areas/neighborhoods according to zip code. It can really provide you with a thorough insight so you have a better idea of the community you want to move into.

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

8 Simple Tips to Weatherproof Your Home

Winter or summer, one thing is almost certain – the temperature outside your home doesn’t match the temperature within. But, unless your home is properly sealed and weatherproofed, the conditions outside have a good chance of affecting your comfort inside. A leaky house also means extra energy consumption for your heating and air system, leading to higher utility bills and environmental stress. The solution is simple: Weatherproof your home with a few quick, easy methods that won’t break your wallet.

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1. Break Out the Caulk

If you measured every gap, crack, and air leak in your house, you would likely find you have the equivalent of a window open year-round. Perhaps the most important step you can take to combat drafts and keep the heat either inside or out is to load a caulk gun and hunt down the holes. Choose a quality caulk (you generally get what you pay for) and create a homemade draft detector to test for leaks with a hairdryer and a candle or stick of incense.

2. Fill it With Foam

Expanding foam insulation not only insulates well, it’s a natural air barrier, unlike fiberglass insulation. Sold at most department, hardware or home improvement stores, it’s fairly inexpensive when used for small areas. (For wall insulation, it’s better applied by a professional using industrial machines.) Use low-expansion formulas, sometimes specified as window and door formula, and follow the instructions regarding the application – a little squirt goes a long way. To remove excess, once it has cured as specified, cut it flat with a utility knife. If it gets on fiberglass, on the other hand, wipe it away immediately to prevent an almost impossible removal.

3. Seal Your Attic

Unless you have a finished attic area with a regular staircase, the only thing sealing your attic entry may be a piece of drywall covering the hole in your ceiling or a bit of plywood with a pull-down staircase attached. Neither is much barrier to heat transfers, which means you’re losing a lot of your heat and air through your roof. To fix it, purchase an attic stair cover at a home improvement store or make one yourself. The effect will be worth the money.

4. Treat Your Windows

Even the newest windows transfer more heat and cold than insulated exterior walls. Older windows, often single-paned and possibly glazed in place, are even worse. Of course, a house without windows isn’t the solution, and upgrading windows is costly.

5. Install Insulation

Insulation is the single most important thing standing between your family and the weather outdoors. Insulation isn’t just for cold climates, either. Proper insulation levels will help keep your home cooler in the summer. It really does pay for itself.

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Have a good weekend, everyone!

Decorating Small and Saving for the Holidays!

Hey everyone! How was your long weekend? I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving! Now that December is here, I’m sure everyone is busy getting ready for the holidays. Gotta save up for those presents, right? Well, if you also happen to be considering making some decor changes before the year ends, or if you’re planning to set up some Christmas decorations, here are some tips on how to do it on a budget!

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The holidays mean friends and family coming over for dinner, so what are you going to do with all that clutter if you don’t have enough storage? Invest in reupholstering furniture or add space in nooks and crannies! Being creative and inventive with a small house can do many practical wonders for you and your family.

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Whoever said white was boring clearly had no idea what he was talking about! Time and time again I say that white is clean and minimalistic–the perfect color that goes with anything! Plus, it’s also a default color, so if you already have white walls to begin with, you really don’t have to worry about anything else. No need to pay up for a costly paint job! Besides, white also matches perfectly with wintertime!

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But if you do feel that your room needs a bit more color, remember that there’s no need to buy new furniture or decor. In the living room above for example, the owner simply added colorful patterns to her throw pillows to bring life and contrast into the room. You can also use blankets or rugs as an alternative, all of which are cheap and definitely won’t harm your budget.

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Ready to decorate for the holidays yet? Have fun and good luck!