Love where you live in 2017!
As we say goodbye to 2016, now is the perfect time to reflect on our goals for the new year and especially, look at adding a new home as a goal for 2017!
It’s so important to be near family over the holidays, and spending more quality time with loved ones is always a positive goal for the year. Our residents enjoy the accessibility of our beloved Maryland community which is perfectly situated near Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, DC; not to mention a short half-hour drive to Balitmore-Washington International (BWI) Airport, which means staying connected with family and friends is just a short drive or plane ride away!
Check out our latest video on the official Two Rivers TV and find out why now it the time to buy a new home in the New Year.
Get Outside & Enjoy the Local Parks Nearby
If you ask us, there’s no better way to take advantage of the brisk winter weather than to take a nice, long walk around our community or in one of the local public parks nearby. Fortunately for our residents, there is a wide variety of local park options to choose from that are close to our community’s location in Crofton, Maryland.
Quiet Waters Park
Located in Annapolis, Quiet Waters Park is situated in a waterfront area, between the South River and Harness Creek. There are various scenic trails you can take advantage of, as well as a playground for the little ones and over 300 acres of park land to enjoy. During the winter season, there’s also an ice skating rink!
If you’d like to host an event at the park, there are six outdoor pavilions to choose from. If you prefer to host an event inside, the park has an indoor facility that’s ideal for parties. When the weather is warmer, enjoy water activities such as kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddleboarding.
Another waterfront area, Greenbury Point is a 231 acre peninsula at the mouth of the Severn River, located in Annapolis. The area serves as an important home for various forms of wildlife. The main trail loop is about three miles long, making it perfect for a walk or jog. While visiting, be sure to check out the Nature Center!
Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Trail
The WB&A trail occupies old railway corridors that were in use between 1908 and 1935, and the trail is now used for walking, jogging and biking. The northern section of the trail runs through Anne Arundel County and starts in nearby Odenton! This section of the trail is 3.8 miles long and runs mostly through beautiful wooded areas.
Kinder Farm Park
Located in nearby Severna Park, Kinder Farm Park serves as the home for the local youth sports leagues, but as you could guess from the name, also includes a farm with various farm animals. There are seasonal events held at the park, as well as beautiful scenery to enjoy as you jog, walk or bike around the 3-mile trail!
Unique & Healthy Restaurant Options
The holiday season is busy enough without having to worry about what to whip up for lunch or dinner. Luckily for our residents at The Villages at Two Rivers, there are endless restaurant options within a short drive. As an added bonus, many of these restaurants offer plenty of healthy options for those looking to eat well, too, especially as we often indulge a bit too much during the holiday season!
Delicious and healthy meals within a quick drive from your home in The Villages at Two Rivers–what more could you ask for! Read on to learn about our personal favorites for restaurant options in the area:
If you’re in the mood for a classic lunch combo of soup, salad and sandwiches, Newk’s Eatery in Waugh Chapel is the place to go! They offer a 600 calorie menu that’s perfect for those looking for healthy dining options. And with delicious menu items such as Broccoli & Cheese soup, Pesto Chicken Sandwich, and Kale Caesar Salad, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds and keep you in check during the holidays.
Love sushi? Then Hana Japanese Cuisine on Piney Orchard Parkway is a must! The menu features fresh, delicious sushi, as well as various other Japanese entrees. Heavy in vegetables and fresh fish, Japanese food is always a delicious and healthy option.
Fine dining, a casual atmosphere and delicious food come together at Allison’s Restaurant on Defense Highway. The menu is full of fresh of American classics and the atmosphere can’t be beat!
A charming farm-to-table restaurant in the Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis, VIN 909 is a favorite for locals in the Annapolis area. The menu is always seasonal, always changing and always delicious! You can also find a diverse selection of beer and wine and a social, buzzing atmosphere.
Another local favorite in Eastport, this charming seafood spot offers an extensive menu and a local vibe. From brunch to lunch to happy hour to dinner, you’re sure to find something on the Boatyard menu you love! A variety of seafood options as well as American options are available on the menu.
Holiday Events in Maryland Enjoyed by Two Rivers Residents
‘Tis the season to be jolly and for our residents at The Villages at Two Rivers there are plenty of local events to spread the holiday cheer! Our community’s ideal location in Odenton gives residents easy access to some of Maryland’s most exciting attractions, especially during the holiday season with plenty of opportunities to celebrate.
Lights on the Bay.
This is certainly one of the more popular holiday events in the area, and for good reason! There’s nothing quite like driving along the Chesapeake Bay and admiring the magnificent light show displays lining the shore. Lights on the Bay runs through January 1 and is located at Sandy Point State Park. You can find more information here.
On December 1 and 8, from 6 pm-12 am (and Dec. 15 from 6-11 pm at Eleventh Hour), stroll along Main Street, Maryland Avenue and West Street in historic downtown Annapolis for excellent holiday shopping, including musical performances and food and refreshments!
Jingle Bell Hayride.
Visit Kinder Farm Park in nearby Millersville on December 3 and get into the holiday spirit with a hayride! Ride through the park on a decorated hay wagon, complete with jingle bells, and enjoy hot chocolate and coffee. Learn more here.
Also on December 3, enjoy the Historic London Town and Gardens annual wreath workshop in Edgewater! Using greenery from the gardens, as well as ornaments and other festive decorations, attendees can make their own centerpieces and wreaths for the holiday season. Learn more here.
Eastport Yacht Club Light Parade.
Visit the Annapolis City Harbour and enjoy a parade of more than 70 boats, lit with holiday lights and decorations! Find more information here.
Illuminated London Town:
Every Friday in December from 6-9 pm, visit Historic London Town and Gardens for an evening full of holiday magic! Enjoy festive lighting in the gardens, s’mores, hot cider, performances and colonial charm. Find more information here.
Baltimore Christmas Market.
Make the quick trip to downtown Baltimore to enjoy a classic German Christmas market at the Inner Harbor! The market is open through December 24 (but closed December 6 and 13) and is modeled after a traditional Christmas market in Germany. There are vendors in over 50 booths offering European food, drinks and sweets. Enjoy some holiday shopping as well from vendors offering a variety of gifts, jewelry, arts and crafts, and ornaments. Find more information here.
Our residents at Two Rivers enjoy these local holiday events and other fantastic community amenities and social gatherings! Call today to schedule your appointment to tour 12 decorated models by the area’s top builders including NV Homes, Ryan Homes, and Classic Group.
Pickleball at Two Rivers
Have you heard about pickleball? It’s a paddle sport combining elements of badminton, tennis and ping-pong, and it’s one of the hottest sports trends for active adults right now. In fact, many residents at The Villages at Two Rivers are avid players! If pickleball sounds like something you’d be interested in, read on to learn all about this fast-paced and fun activity!
Pickleball can be played by all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple, so it’s an easy game for beginners to enjoy and for those pickleball experts, the game can quickly climb to fast-paced and competitive.
The game can be played on an indoor or outdoor court–built specifically for pickleball, or modified from an existing tennis or badminton court using a modified tennis net. The court is similar to a tennis court, with right and left “service areas” and a non-volley section on either side of the net, referred to as the “kitchen.”
Players use a plastic ball with holes and paddles. Paddles are smaller than a tennis racquet, but larger than a ping pong paddle and are primarily made of lightweight composite materials.
Pickleball games can be played as a doubles or singles match, making this activity a great way get to know your new neighbors at The Villages at Two Rivers. And though this game can be competitive, it is also a social activity and a favorite among active adults.
Our residents at Two Rivers enjoy pickleball and other fantastic community amenities and social gatherings! Get ready to have some fun!
Call today to schedule your appointment to tour 12 decorated models by the area’s top builders including NV Homes, Ryan Homes, and Classic Group.
Crofton Chamber of Commerce After Hours Mixer
This Thursday, October 27th, the Crofton Chamber of Commerce will host its Monthly After Hours Mixer in the Ballroom of our award winning Villages Club at The Villages at Two Rivers. Classic Group’s Vice President, and Builder and Developer of Two Rivers, Bill Gerald, will kick-off the event with a special welcome message to all guests and attendees.
The Village Club officially opened its doors this past May with a special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and reception. This 15,000 sq. ft. clubhouse is a beloved amenity for the residents of the Odenton, Maryland active adult community. Situated in the heart of The Villages at Two Rivers, the Villages Club boasts both an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, culinary kitchen, meeting rooms, grand ballroom and is home to the community’s Welcome Center, open 7-days per week.
We’re thrilled to welcome the Crofton Chamber of Commerce and guests at this monthly Chamber event. Come mingle with fellow Chamber members and supporters and friends of Two Rivers and enjoy a selection of light refreshments, as well as Cash Bar. This event is free to Crofton Chamber of Commerce Members and $10 for non-members.
Purchase your tickets today!
All-Natural Cleaning Products You Already Have In Your Home
Cleaning probably isn’t high on your list of favorite past times, and it can be made more unpleasant from harmful ingredients often included in conventional cleaning products, such as various detergents and ammonia. Not to mention that constantly buying new cleaning products can cost a pretty penny!
We’re here to help and make your home cleaning process a little more enjoyable with suggestions for all-natural cleaning products you already have in your home. Unlike traditional cleaning products, the following all-natural products aren’t detrimental to your health or the environment – and since you likely already have them in your home, they’ll save you a trip to the store as well!
Black tea window and hardwood floor cleaner.
Put away that Windex and use black tea to clean your windows instead! The acid in the tea helps dissolve grease and dirt. While you’re at it, you can use black tea to clean your hardwood floors as well!
Scented vinegar laundry rinse.
Instead of using fabric softeners in your next load of laundry–which can include harsh chemicals–consider a splash of scented vinegar instead. Try using either fresh herbs or essential oils for the scent!
Cookie sheet cleaner.
Tarnished cookie sheets? Make a paste out of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, spread it evening over your pan, and wipe away after a few hours.
Homemade countertop disinfectant.
Spray your countertop with a layer of hydrogen peroxide, then a layer of vinegar, and wipe clean for a countertop disinfectant, free of bleach.
Grapefruit Bathtub Scrub.
For a great-smelling and all-natural bathtub scrub, sprinkle half of a grapefruit with salt and scrub, squeezing as you go.
There’s no need for Drano to unclog those drains if you have two simple ingredients instead–baking soda and vinegar!
SOURCE: The Huffington Post, Tipnut, Apartment Therapy
Decorating Tips for Your Brand New Home
Decorating Tips for Your Brand New Home
Buying a new home is exciting for a multitude of reasons, and one of those reasons is the freedom to decorate however you choose! It’s a great opportunity to infuse your personal style into your new living space–from the kitchen, to the living room, to the bedroom and beyond.
If you’re excited about the prospect of decorating your new active adult home, but are intimidated by interior design, don’t fret! You do not need a professional for your home to look incredible. Read on for our favorite tips for decorating your new house, and it’ll truly feel like home in no time!
Don’t forget about function.
It may seem like a no-brainer, but you’ll want to think about the function of each room you’re decorating, before choosing the furniture and decor. For example, if you like to entertain and plan on hosting large parties, the function of your kitchen and dining room change. They’re not just for you and your family–they’ll need to be functional rooms for your parties.
Perhaps there’s a room in your new home that you thought would serve as a den, but have now decided a study would better serve your home needs. This will change the look and feel of the room, as well as the furniture needs. Analyze your lifestyle first, before deciding on the decor.
It’s all about lighting.
Lighting is a key factor to consider when decorating your new active adult home. Consider where all sources of natural light, and which part of the room will be brightest and dimmest throughout the day. Utilizing multiple layers of light–such as floor lamps and table lamps–will allow you to control the mood of each room.
Consider proportion and scale.
Any interior designer will tell you–never ignore the importance of proportion and scale. Especially in homes with large, open floor plans, such as our new homes in the Villages at Two Rivers. Be cognizant of the size of your furniture and accessories, and how that size compares with the overall proportion of the room. If the size of your furniture and accessories are disproportionate with the space you’re decorating, that space will lack harmony. When you buy furniture and accessories, think of how they’ll work together in the overall space, instead of how they will look separately.
Test paint colors.
Many homeowners have learned the hard way–paint doesn’t always look the same on the walls, as it did in the can or on the paint swatch! Before you have your heart set on a particular shade and start to decorate the rest of your room, test out our chosen color on the walls to double check it is a color you love! Keep in mind that the paint color on walls tends to look more subdued once all furniture and accessories are in place–so don’t be afraid of bold, rich colors.
Feel free to move the living room furniture from the walls.
For many homeowners, the instinct is to push the living room furniture flush with the walls. Make a room feel more cozy and inviting by moving the furniture away from the walls and closer together to create a conversational space. Consider placing a large area rug under the living room area to further unify the pieces together.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
Ideas for the Ultimate Tailgating Party
Fall is officially underway, and with the cooler weather comes a favorite time of year for many – football season! There’s no better way to celebrate than with the ultimate tailgating party at your home in The Villages at Two Rivers. Our beautiful, newly constructed homes offer the perfect space to host family and friends to cheer on your favorite team and enjoy each other’s company.
Whether you’re a football fanatic or more interested in the party aspect, read on to learn tips for hosting the ultimate tailgating party:
Football finger food
You can’t host a proper tailgate without plenty of food options. When it comes to tailgating party food, your opportunities are endless – just search “football party food” on Pinterest and you’ll see what we mean! Though the abundance of options may seem overwhelming, we’d suggest sticking with a variety of finger foods that are easy to consume, in addition to being tasty.
Your guests may be expecting the classics, such as buffalo chicken dip, wings, nachos and the like, but don’t be afraid to mix it up with some out-of-the-box recipes as well. You can also look for healthier alternatives of your favorites, for a more nutritious spin.
Luckily, residents at The Villages at Two Rivers can turn to fresh food options at many of the retailers at the local Waugh Chapel, including Wegman’s which always has fresh entertaining ideas ready at hand, and bulk organic produce perfectly priced for your upcoming party.
Keep your guests’ thirst quenched
Whether they prefer alcoholic beverages or non-alcoholic refreshments, your guests will likely expect something refreshing, so keep those coolers stocked and plenty of ice on hand. Many of our homes offer screened-in-porch options which are perfect for stashing those coolers stocked with ice and extra beverages, during your party. It’s also a great place for guests to mingle as they relax and enjoy the atmosphere of your new home! To keep those coolers nice and chilled, try labeling each cooler to prevent guests from constantly opening and closing them. Be sure to save an extra beverage bucket or space on a table in the event guests also bring refreshments your gathering.
And of course, don’t forget the drink accessories! Place cups, bottle openers, wine glasses, and koozies by the coolers for easy access.
Decorate before you tailgate
Feeling crafty? There are so many options for DIY tailgate party decorations for your ultimate tailgating party! Do some Google searching for inspiration, swing by your local craft store for supplies, and most of all, have some fun! If you’re not much of a DIY-er, trying to incorporate the colors of your favorite team into the food and party decorations. This is always an easy way to show your team spirit!
More than football fun
Be sure to provide options guests who may not be quite as interested in football. A game of cornhole is always a classic crowd pleaser and a fun way for guests to enjoy social time together.