Initially planting vines for neighboring wineries, Virginia Mountain Vineyards' staff slowly began to dabble in the art and science of winemaking. Then, in 2006, they began crafting their own varietals on-site. Today, staffers tend to more than 5,000 vines across nearly 10 acres of picturesque land, plucking ripe grapes to transform into red, white, sweet, and specialty wines. Events are regularly held at the vineyards, including a summer concert series, special tastings, and trying wines straight from their barrels.
Against the serene backdrop of the Appalachian Mountain foothills, the ancient Eastern traditions of aikido and yoga are alive and well. Blue Ridge Aikido & Yoga’s cofounder Irene Malochowky is a registered nurse and certified yoga instructor equipped with exactly the skill set she needs to help students safely discover their bodies’ potential during gentle or challenging yoga sessions. As a certified advanced teacher in cardiac yoga, yoga for osteoporosis, and yoga for multiple sclerosis (MS), she is uniquely positioned to help students who struggle with injuries or chronic health issues. The studio’s cofounder Ron Malachowsky has achieved the rank of sandan in aikido—the equivalent of a third-degree black belt. He infuses his martial-arts practice with mindfulness and body-awareness principles from yoga, which he has practiced for over 20 years. The result is a marital-arts class that not only teaches self-defense techniques but also the mental focus and discipline required to get through to you inner child when he’s busy texting.
For nearly a century, five generations of Ikenberry farmers have worked among the crooked arms of apple trees and listened to the rustle of branches heavy with sunset-hued peaches. Family members harvest 10 varieties of apples and seven types of peaches at the peak of their freshness, carefully inspecting and washing fruit before displaying them in the shop. Crimson and bottle green mix in the marbled skin of fuji apples, and granny smiths crunch sharply. Alongside the bushels of in-season produce, still fresh with dew and the cologne of scarecrows, light dances off jars brimming with jams, pickled vegetables steeping in brine, and old-fashioned apple butter crafted inside a copper kettle. As the air grows cooler and the last leaves whisper on the trees, the farm celebrates another year’s harvest with a weekend festival with samples of all of the apple’s spiced and preserved permutations.:m]]
At Oasis Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Tom Baader helps patients of all ages overcome chronic pain and live healthy lives without the need for invasive treatments or drugs. The good doctors treat illness and aches at the source with nutritional counseling and chiropractic adjustments, as well as an extensive health and weight-loss clinic through Dr. Tom's Metabolic BootCamp.
You could say Jason Focht's love for grass is rooted in his love for golf. He started playing the game in childhood, then went on to become captain of the golf team at Fluvanna County High School. After graduation, he pursued a double major in horticulture and turfgrass management at Virginia Tech. There, his two loves combined: he spent his summers working at high-end golf courses, and semesters honing his expertise at the university's Turfgrass Research Center. Today, Focht puts his experience to use as the head of Paradise Landscaping. He and his team focus on turfgrass, landscape planning, and ousting pests from greenery as they tend to lawns and gardens around Botetourt County.