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❤️OUR BEAUTIFUL HARBINGERS OF SPRING ON THE EASTERN SHORE 🌊- – OUR SPECTACULAR 💐BLOSSOMS !

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

Pink tree bay storage( This is a repost from 🌱Spring, 2019. Like everyone else, Blue Heron has been getting organized for #SocialDistancing with little time for photo 📷 taking. ) But, especially now, we all need to take a little cheer where it appears. Since 🌹Spring brings a whole Universe of Pink 🌸 to Virginia’s Eastern Shore 🌊 we decided to repost these beautiful Shore Spring photos. And when we say Pink we mean the whole Pink color 🌸🌺 🌷💐spectrum- – from fuchsia, magenta, rouge and softest rose to barely blushing apple blossom. (Need we say more, it’s truly Pink ! ) And we love it, because of course, Pink is the universal color of 💗love. So, blossoms blazing everywhere…. in yards, along roads, by offices and in woodlands, a special Spring ❤️ Valentine straight from Mother Nature.

And of course, there are other showy Spring colors, the sunny green 🌱stems and yellows and oranges of daffodil blooms, and jonquils, the Bradford pear trees 🌳with myriad white blossoms covering the entire tree with a snow- like blanket. Or the tiny dogwoods with delicate yellow centered blooms, variegated white and red 🌺 camellias, lavender azaleas, lilac- colored 💜laurels, all contributing to the joyful celebration of Spring. So ….Keep Calm, Spring has Sprung ! To borrow a phrase – Live in the Sunshine 🌞, Swim the Sea 🌊Drink the Wild Air 🌬! Because it’s Spring on the Eastern Shore 🌊 and even the Coronavirus can’t stop Mother Nature from showing her true colors 🌈!

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Gerry's Forsythia Sunset with Pear

“Freezin’ For A Reason” 2020

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

87957572_1276097459446576_3358553344732823552_oThe air may have been chilly, the water 🌊may have been icy but the spirits were warm ☀️and friendly at Eastern Shore of Virginia Habitat 🏡 for Humanity’s 2020 “Freezin for A Reason” benefit. A large crowd of supporters on shore watched as Celebrity Dippers Todd Burbage and Jamie Mahoney led the charge into the Bay from the Cape Charles beach 🏖. Ranging from young to old, the Dippers were an enthusiastic group, splashing 💦 into the water with abandon…. and racing back out with alacrity ! Kiptopeake Elementary School fielded a sizable team – Go, Kippers, go ! Members of the Cape Charles Coast Guard were on hand both as Dippers and to provide rescue help if needed and a Coast Guard cutter⚓️ patrolled off-shore throughout the event. Afterwards, lunch 😋and awards 🥇for the Dippers, a nice treat for lending a hand ( also their cold blue 🔹 toes ) for Habitat’s very important cause- helping to provide safe, affordable housing 🏡 here on the Shore.

 

 

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In another Cape Charles first, Bay Haven Inn launches cooking class program on Valentine’s weekend. Who wouldn’t 💕 that?

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

86350484_1270060220050300_6299163735424499712_oA new tradition got started Valentine’s ❤️weekend at Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles with the introduction of its first-ever cooking class program. Proprietors Tammy and Jim Holloway have had hundreds of requests over the years for recipes on how to make their Signature 🌟 Sweet Potato Biscuits and other yummy house specialties. So what could be more logical than to launch a series of cooking classes that guests can book when they reserve their rooms ? Planned for the winter season, November through March, Bay Haven Inn will present “What’s Cooking at Bay Haven” as a fun new offering for guests on selected weekends. Non- guests are welcome too if space allows.

For the kick-off last Saturday, Inn guests Kathy and Eric, along with Blue Heron Realty agent Montaigne Cree, joined Jim Holloway 👨‍🍳 in the Inn’s gorgeous new kitchen. An aficionado 🤗 of Southern style sweet potato biscuits, Montaigne was anxious to jump in and learn Jim’s techniques for his delicious biscuit flavor and pleasing texture. I was along as the unofficial 😋 Taster- which is very hard work but…. someone has to do it! After donning special Bay Haven Inn aprons, the group dove right into the 4 Lessons – compound butters, sweet potato biscuits, mile-high popovers, wrapping up with the truly decadent Ooey-Gooey French Toast.

First up, preparing various compound butters to complement the mile-high popovers of Lesson 3. Orange zest 🍊, lingonberry and rosemary/thyme herb butters 🧈were carefully mixed and rolled up log-shape87070696_1270059456717043_3729512929968521216_o in Saran wrap to chill- ultimate goal, spreading on the piping-hot-from-the-oven Popovers to come.

Next, Jim’s famous Bay Haven Sweet Potato Biscuits. Much measuring, sifting, 🥣 mixing, folding, stirring 🥄 plus more stirring and folding before the batter was ready to pat out and cut into biscuits. ( Tip- Jim lines his sheet pans with silpat non-stick silicon liners which he swears by as the only baking sheet liners to use. And he made me a convert after seeing his silpats in action, next stop Bed, Bath and Beyond.) Into the oven for these orange colored yummies and on to making mile-high popovers.

Without exaggeration, Jim and Tammy’s recipe for popovers produces the tallest, tenderest popovers I have ever had ! Mile-high and truly delicious! The secret ? Using an electric mixer 🍜 to blend the ingredients until super foamy and smooth, rest the batter for an hour. Ladle into some really tall, cool-looking popover pans. End result ? Spectacular to look at and scrumptious to eat – – crunchy on the outside and melt-in-the-mouth on the inside. And oh so wonderful with the compound butters from Lesson 1- quite surprised to enjoy the savory herb 🌿 butter best !

Last but definitely not least, the French 🍞 Toast Lesson. So what do you get when you foam butter, Karo Syrup and brown sugar over gentle heat, then separately mix lots of 🥚 eggs, half and half🍶 cream, Grand Marnier, nutmeg and cinnamon in a big bowl ? Well, when you pour the foamed butter mixture into the bottom of a stoneware or Pyrex pan, add bread 🍞 slices, pour the cream mixture over top, refrigerate overnight and then bake in the morning you get …… a magical breakfast of Ooey Gooey French Toast.

85123461_1270059983383657_1073371121077714944_oWhat a wonderful afternoon everyone had, cooking, conversation and delicious, fresh from the oven treats ! Jim is a natural 🧑‍🍳 teacher, patient and fun. The well-equipped kitchen, spacious and light-filled, made everything so pleasant. The “students” got to keep the goodies they made and the unofficial Taster went home with a bag 🛍 of goodies too. So a very successful kickoff for “What’s Cooking at Bay Haven.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cozy Cottage in the Woods on a 1.2 acre parcel priced at $239,000

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

84024502_1267523403637315_8166767050761437184_oCheck this listing on BlueHeronVa.com Near the quaint waterfront village of Bayford, is this well-maintained, low maintenance, custom built 2 bedroom, 2 Bath one story cottage with large 12’x46′ rear deck w/ screened enclosure for 6 person hot tub. The spacious living/dining area features a wood-burning masonry fireplace w/ heatilator. Andersen windows & patio doors throughout, vaulted ceiling, special lighting & ceiling fans. Large master suite with huge walk-in closet & ceramic tiled bath w/ double vanity & tub/shower. Guest bedroom offers twin closets & attached hall full bath, wall/wall carpeting. Has storm doors, central HVAC system.Lovely country setting with plenty of seclusion, easy access to the Chesapeake Bay from the private ramp at Bayford. Owner/agent.

 

 

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Cozy Ranch Home In Waterfront Neighborhood Offering Beach, Boating and Relaxation

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

82450063_1249701768752812_8819998423630479360_oLocated close to Cape Charles in Virginia’s Eastern Shore, this cozy 3 bedroom, 2 bath home listed at $199,000 is located in a waterfront neighborhood offering soft sand beach, boat launch ramp, swimming pool and tennis courts for residents and guests. Total first floor living with handicapped access to every room, bedroom and bathroom. Large living room with gas fireplace, eat-in kitchen, dining room with privacy French doors, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and separate office space. Enjoy outdoor living space on front porch, back screened porch or patio. Home is hardwired with backup generator. Just minutes away to some of the best fishing spots on the East Coast. Come for a visit, you’ll never want to leave!

 

 

 

 

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this lovely 4 bedroom 3.5 bath contemporary beach home on the dunes is priced attractively at $475,000.

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

82384325_1236265760096413_4598006277006688256_oLocated on Virginia’s Eastern Shore near Cape Charles, VA. Enjoy the best in beach living in this newly renovated home. Situated on a high dune only 1 lot back from one of the very best beaches on the Shore. New flooring throughout, updated kitchen with all new stainless steel appliances, new HVAC and 3 year old roof. Light & airy open floor plan offers plenty of room for guests & family. Many decks & huge screened porch make this the perfect place for relaxing or entertaining. Storage areas in the carport for beach toys. Short walk to community pool, tennis court and 30 acre pristine lake with dock for fishing, kayaking or enjoying nature at its best. Close proximity to Cape Charles for a day of shopping & dining as well as the metropolitan amenities in Virginia Beach about a half hour away.

 

 

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From The Whole Blue Heron Realty Team, Warmest Wishes For A Wonderful Holiday Season!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

79822731_1216624245393898_5579694844340600832_oTo our friends and neighbors, clients and customers, from the Blue Heron families to your family, our very best wishes for a joyful holiday season! We appreciate your support this year and look forward to being of service to you in 2020.

 

 

 

 

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GOODBYE EASTERN SHORE SUMMER 2019🌈

Friday, December 6th, 2019

36696286_795095574213436_8869024899788701696_oThough vivid colors of Autumn 🍁 now brightly greet us,
dull Winter’s 🌬 chill surely follows close behind.
But memories of our Summer ☀️ days shall to mind spring ever sweetly.

 

 

 

 

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO GAIL DREBES, WINNER 🍀 OF THE 1st 🥇 PRIZE IN THE BLUE HERON REALTY DRAWING CELEBRATING THE CAPE CHARLES SUMMER OF LOVE ♥️ FESTIVAL!

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

69542284_1108651932857797_7237632781298171904_nPresented by Blue Heron Realty agent Nicole Killebrew, Gail and husband Jim Drebes, local Cape Charles town residents, came by yesterday to pick up the $900 gift certificate to the fabulous “At Altitude” Gallery on Mason Avenue, the 1st 🥇 prize in our ♥️ Drawing. Gallery owner Gordon Campbell was on hand to congratulate Gail and welcomed them both to stop in the Gallery to browse as much as they wish before making that hard decision on which photo 🖼 to select.

2nd and 3rd prizes in the Blue Heron Drawing were both won by ladies who were visiting friends or relatives on the Eastern Shore when they stopped by to register.69691533_1108651209524536_2364476008658108416_o Cheryl Jones from New Jersey won the 2nd 🥈 prize of the $125 gift certificate to the Oyster Farm Eatery – Cheryl is looking forward to her next visit to Cape Charles to enjoy her delectable winnings ! The 3rd 🥉 prize of a $75 gift certificate to Gull Hummock Gourmet was won by Pat Lasome from Maryland. Pat visits the Shore frequently and now has some delectable treats and wine🍷 to choose on her next visit to town. ( Thanks again to Honey Moore of Gull Hummock Gourmet who helped Barrett Cree with the Drawing ! )

69489158_1108652686191055_2516419161177980928_oThe Cape Charles 50 Days of the Summer of LOVE ♥️ Festival was such fun – – so many exciting 🎉 activities all over town ! For 50 days ! Our thanks to everyone who entered our 🏅 Drawing. Even if you didn’t win one of our 3 prizes, you got a commemorative LOVE♥️ mug and our interesting new Cape Charles Landmarks map. The whole Blue Heron Realty crew enjoyed this Festival so much, we hope you did too !! Come see us at 113 Mason Avenue and catch a ride to find your dream 🏡 home on the HeronMobile

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MERCER FAMILY, THE BRAND NEW OWNERS OF THE VERY FIRST HGTV 🏡 HOME FILMED IN CAPE CHARLES !

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

69263712_1106352966421027_2185455123151454208_oTheir Blue Heron Buyer’s Agent, Gerry Forbes, says Tyler, Tiffany, twins Cole and Kiera plus dogs Copper and Scout are thrilled 🎉 with their new Randolph Avenue home ! ♥️ the beach 🏖 and ♥️ becoming part of one of the prettiest beach towns in America ! Wishing you all many, many happy 😊 years in your new home.