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Virginia Peanut Pie

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 17, 2017

This pie is inspired by the version served at the Virginia Diner, a landmark restaurant in Wakefield, Virginia, that's renowned for this dessert. If you are hosting Thanksgiving in your apartment in Blacksburg, VA or headed to a loved one's home, this is the perfect dessert.

Hethwood Apartments, VAPie Crust:

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
7 to 8 tablespoons ice water


1. Pulse flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with some pea-size pieces remaining. Drizzle 5 tablespoons water over mixture; pulse several times to combine. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse until mixture holds together when pinched.

2. For a 9-inch pie, shape dough into two disks and wrap each in plastic. For a slab pie, shape dough into a rectangle and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day, or freeze up to 3 months; thaw overnight in refrigerator before using.



3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 disk of the pie crust (above)
3 large eggs, room temperature
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
3/4 cup golden syrup, such as Lyle's
2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more for serving (optional)
1 1/2 cups roasted unsalted Virginia peanuts
Vanilla ice cream, for serving


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to an 11-inch round. Transfer to a 9-inch pie dish; trim edges to a 1/2-inch overhang. Tuck overhang under and crimp edges with the tines of a fork; freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.

2. Line crust with parchment and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until bottom no longer looks wet, about 25 minutes. Carefully remove parchment and beans; continue baking until light golden, about 10 minutes more. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

3. Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Add butter, brown sugar, syrup, vinegar, flour, salt, vanilla, and cayenne; whisk until smooth. Coarsely chop 1 cup peanuts and stir into egg mixture, then pour into cooled crust. Scatter remaining 1/2 cup peanuts evenly over top.

4. Bake until crust is golden brown and filling is puffed slightly and set, 40 to 50 minutes (if crust is browning too quickly, tent with foil). Let cool completely on wire rack. Slice and serve, with scoops of ice cream lightly sprinkled with cayenne.

Image/Recipe - marthastewart.com

More Baby Boomers are Renting

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 10, 2017

Hethwood Apartments, Blacksburg, VAGone are the days when the rental market was filled with recent college grads who were looking to move in with a few friends in order to save money to one day buy a house.

The demographic of those seeking apartments has changed in a big way.

In fact, the new renters are the parents of the millennial generation.

“We looked at the renter population between 2009 and 2015 by age group, education level and family type. And we found the fastest-growing segment of the country's rental population were those age 55 and older. They increased by 28 percent nationally. The highly-educated renter, holding a bachelor degree or higher, increased by 23 percent nationally," said a spokesperson for Rent Cafe.

You are seeing older couples, empty-nesters, highly educated, who are choosing the renting lifestyle for various reasons.

2.5 Million Strong

On a national level, about 2.5 million households of people age 55 or older joined the renter cohort nationwide between 2009 and 2015, compared to a mere half million new renters under 34, according to the study.

We are seeing more seniors looking to rent as the prices of the traditional empty nest downsizing options -- condos and co-ops on one level -- continue to go up.

They [baby boomers] are looking for low-maintenance, high-convenience, and no stairs to walk. They get all of this, and no unexpected repair and maintenance expenses in rental buildings, with the additional benefit, a fixed monthly housing expense.

Not Enough Savings

Many Realtors say part of the issue is many baby boomers failed to sock away enough money for retirement.

The sad reality for baby boomers is the fact that a large segment of this generation has failed to put aside enough money for retirement in their 401(k) or retirement plans.

Unfortunately, social security benefits are not enough to make ends meet. As a result, some are forced to sell their homes in order to lower their living expenses. As the findings note, this is one way that retirees can simplify their lifestyles and expenses.

For more information on renting an apartment in Blacksburg, VA contact Hethwood.



Blacksburg: The Perfect Place to Retire

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hethwood Apartments, Blacksburg, VAThe Town of Blacksburg is among the country’s best places to retire, according to Forbes.com.

2016 was the third consecutive year that Blacksburg was ranked as one of the 25 Best Places to Retire.

The ranking includes more than 500 cities nationwide. Ratings take into consideration financial and economic factors, as well physical security, accessibility to health care, and attributes that encourage an active retirement.

Forbes.com praised Blacksburg for its robust economy, walkability, and low crime rate rank, among other factors.

Home to Virginia Tech's main campus and about 44,000 residents, Blacksburg offers the charm of a small town combined with the modern conveniences of a metropolitan area. Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the community has many restaurants and stores, arts venues, historic attractions and museums, sporting events, outdoor recreation, and a temperate climate.

More than half of those who have retired from Virginia Tech since 1990 continue to live in the New River Valley.

This ranking is among the many the Town of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech have received that speaks to the quality of life that helps the university recruit and retain high-caliber faculty and staff.

Other recent rankings include:

  • Best Workplaces for Commuters Race for Excellence: Virginia Tech wins gold award for commuting effort, January 2016
  • CommonHealth: Virginia Tech receives statewide certification for commitment to employee wellness, January 2016
  • Virginia Values Veterans Governor's Award: Virginia Tech recognized for hiring more veterans than any other state agency, September 2015
  • Active Times: Virginia Tech named the fittest college in America, August 2015
  • Movoto.com: Blacksburg ranked fourth happiest small place in America, September 2014
  • Glassdoor.com: Virginia Tech ranked in top 10 universities to work for in 2014, September 2014

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Moving to Blacksburg, VA: What you Need to Know

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hethwood Apartments, Blacksburg, VALooking to move to Blacksburg, VA? Below is everything you want to know about the key factors that could make this the best place for you, including things to do. Let’s start with the basics: Blacksburg, VA is located in Montgomery County. It has a population of 43,530, the median age is 22, and the town is very ethnically diverse.

What about cost of living in Blacksburg, VA? The median income in Blacksburg, VA is $31,936 and the median home value is $275,400 while the median rent for a one bedroom apartment is $935. This should give you a pretty good idea of its affordability. Blacksburg, VA is also the perfect place to break in your new shoes, because Blacksburg is very walkable.

Places to Eat in Blacksburg, VA
The Blacksburg, VA restaurants range from pizza places, wing joints, to late night burger spots.

History and Arts in Blacksburg, VA
When it comes time to taking in local culture, both past and present, the choices are plentiful

Sports and Recreation in Blacksburg, VA
Sports and recreation in Blacksburg, VA consists of softball, many hiking trails, rugby, and more.

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Apartment Homes in Blacksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hethwood Apartments, Blacksburg, VAIf you are looking for an apartment in Blacksburg, VA bordered by history and nightlife look no further than Hethwood Apartments. Attractive and convenient, we are minutes to shopping, dining, recreation, and Virginia Tech. Hethwood Apartments is a master planned community which is nestled in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our spacious apartment homes are the perfect choice for the family, professional, retiree, graduate student and you! Take advantage of our expansive outdoor spaces or our indoor amenities. Living here means you can enjoy all of Blacksburg’s hidden treasures, and the town’s best dining and entertainment venues, historic sites, and outdoor recreational activities.

We have various apartment floor plans with luxurious apartment amenities. Our one-bedroom apartments range from 693 to 759 sq ft, and we have three-bedroom apartments with a range from 1008 to 1121 sq ft. We encourage you to make an appointment, and see what Hethwood Apartments and Blacksburg have to offer.

Considered a Great Place to Retire, a Great State to Live In, and a Great College Town, and surrounded by natural beauty, Blacksburg, VA is home to restaurants, dynamic nightlife, historic landmarks, cultural entertainment, and recreational opportunities. We boast beautiful weather as well as local events and happenings throughout the year.

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Things To Do Around Blacksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hethwood Apartments, Blacksburg, VAIf you live in an apartment in Blacksburg, VA and are looking for some fun and different things to do, here are a few ideas.

Blacksburg Dog Park - 2100 Toms Creek Road
Enjoy the park with your furry friend from sunrise to sunset. Dogs must have a current dog license and wear an owner identification tag at all times.

Mountain Lake Conservancy - 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke
This is a mountain top getaway just 30 minutes north of Blacksburg. Enjoy hiking, biking, tennis, wagon rides, outdoor recreation, and family entertainment.

Mabry Mill - 266 Mabry Mill SE, Meadows of Dan, Virginia 24120
A special and unique part of history is found at Mabry Mill. Originally built in 1910, the historic water-powered grist mill, sawmill and nearby blacksmith shop provide the visitor with a view of pioneer life along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Nellie’s Cave Park
A 10 acre park in Blacksburg featuring a soccer field, basketball court, T-ball field, playground, horseshoe pits, picnic tables/shelters, barbecue grills, bleachers, benches, walking trails and restrooms.

Claytor Lake State Park, Pulaski
It's an ideal setting for boating, swimming, camping, hiking and picnicking. Sport fishing is especially popular. Boating supplies, fuel and refreshments are available at the marina. Twelve cabins overlook the 4,500-acre lake.

New River Trail State Park
A "Rails to Trails" project, the New River Trail State Park meanders through southwestern Virginia and parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, and boating are just some of the possibilities.

Pandapas - 3151 Pandapas Pond Road, Montgomery County
An 8-acre man-made pond that features warm-water fishing and canoeing. A one-mile circuit trail goes around the pond, and several other popular Jefferson National Forest trails connect to it.

Virginia Tech Duckpond - Duckpond Road, Blacksburg
A perfect place to picnic, the duck pond has picnic tables, park benches and a gazebo. It is located on the Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg.

Hahn Horticulture Gardens
The Hahn Horticulture Garden encompasses nearly six acres of teaching and display gardens on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Established in 1984 by Horticulture faculty, the garden serves undergraduate students and the local community as a learning resource for plant material, landscaping concepts, and environmental awareness.

Downtown Blacksburg
At the Heart of Your Kind of Town

There’s always something to do in downtown Blacksburg, home to excellent food, interesting boutiques and art galleries, the local farmers market, and the historic Lyric Theatre, which screens films and hosts all sorts of performances and events.

Pedestrian-friendly Main Street is lined with a variety of restaurants, many of them regularly offering live music. The weekly jam sessions at Market Square Park are especially popular. The area’s night life features activities for all ages: comedy shows, live performances, outdoor movies, special happy hours, and community gatherings.



Apartments in Blacksburg, VA offer Luxury and Location

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Hethwood Apartments, Blacksburg, VAIf you are looking for a one-bedroom, two-bedroom, or three- bedroom apartment in Blacksburg, VA, stop your search at Hethwood Apartments.

Conveniently located off Prices Fork Road, just a half mile from US 460, two miles from the Virginia Tech campus, and walking distances to Kipps Elementary, Blacksburg Middle, and High Schools. Catch the Blacksburg Transit just steps away from your apartment home. Add in neighborhood shopping and banking locations in the community and you have the perfect location!

Hethwood is a luxury apartment community that offers the best in apartment amenities. You can choose from a number of innovatively designed floor plans in our prestigious master planned community. Our spacious apartment homes are the perfect choice. Surrounded by delightful scenic views, you will find an apartment to reflect your lifestyle.

Our apartments in Blacksburg, VA have been designed for your lifestyle. In addition to the community we offer, our location is premier because of its quick access to major roads and highways.

For more information on making Hethwood Apartments your home, contact us.


One-Bedroom Apartments in Blacksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hethwood Apartments, Blacksburg, VAVirginia is a very popular area to visit and to live. We regularly receive accolades as a wonderful place to retire, one of the “Best States,”packed with wonderful small towns, a state where your money can go farther, and surrounded by beautiful scenery. In fact, Virginia has an excellent, mild, and four-season climate in addition to having so much to do. Blacksburg is a beautiful and classy area with universities, art, history, theater, and restaurants galore. We've even been named "One of the Best College Towns." Great food at your fingertips and overflowing with charm, people from all over love their decision to move here.

If you are looking for an apartment in Blacksburg, VA look no further than Hethwood. These apartment homes have a community environment and exclusive amenities. There are four different styles of one-bedroom apartments with luxury community amenities as well. Hethwood is in the heart of Blacksburg’s historic, retail, and business community. Get a taste of the great college-town, small-city living, and comfort with a built-in community too. This is a distinctive apartment community environment made for those seeking apartment amenities, spacious and inviting floor plans, and the dedication of a committed management team.

For more information on apartments in Blacksburg, VA, contact Hethwood.


Moving to Blacksburg, VA? These Tips Make it Easy and Fun!

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hethwood, Blacksburg, VAMoving to a new place can be so overwhelming. There always seems to be that time when the furniture is moved in, the utilities are hooked up, the address changed and you sit back and go, “OK, I’m here…now what?”

Here are 10 things that will really help you become familiar with your new surroundings if you are moving to an apartment in Blacksburg, VA.

1. Take the 16 Blocks walking tour. It’s a great way to learn about the history of Blacksburg and get some exercise as well.

2. Sign up for the Blacksburg Citizens Institute. Offered once per year, this is a fantastic way to learn all about the various town departments, how the town operates and also the great amenities available.

3. Pick up copies of the Blacksburg and Montgomery County Parks and Rec guides. These can be found at the local libraries, town/county offices as well as the recreation venues themselves. There are many ongoing classes and activities; some of which provide insight into your new area.

4. Sign up for a Virginia Tech campus tour. They’re free and give you a great overview of the campus. While you may not be affiliated with the University, it is an integral part of our community and offers many benefits for town residents.

5. Go get a library card. We have a great library system in Montgomery County. The libraries are modern, spacious and rarely crowded. In addition, they offer e-books and even e-readers for check out.

6. Blacksburg Farmers Market

7. Sign up for Blacksburg Alerts. This is a town-run notification system which keeps you updated on road closures, meetings, construction updates, and inclement weather. You can customize your account to receive only the alerts in which you are interested.

8. Follow DTBlacksburg on Twitter. Every day, they let us know about specials, events and news going on in our town.

9. If you have kids in the Montgomery County School System, sign up for Cafe Prepay, a system which lets you put funds into your students’ school meal account (no more bringing cash to school for lunch!). Also, make sure your school puts you on the email distribution list.

10. Become a supporter of The Lyric theater. For just $30 annually, you and your family can receive a 50% discount on all movie tickets plus advance registration privileges for special events. It’s also tax deductible!

Take your time. Things tend to move slower here than in many places. If you expect a fast pace, you will be let down, so just learn to take it easy and enjoy your new surroundings!

On a side note, there is also a group for new residents; the Blacksburg Newcomers Club.



Fun Things to Do this Fall Around Blacksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hethwood, Blacksburg, VABlacksburg is located in the northern Blue Ridge Highlands region of Virginia. Home to Virginia's 2nd largest public university, Virginia Tech, residents can walk the campus and visit the popular Moss Arts Center, home to the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. Galleries and performances will create a night of splendor when coupled with a leisurely stroll to Downtown Blacksburg to window shop. You can also tour Smithfield Plantation which was built in 1773 and was the home where Revolutionary War patriot William Preston and his wife, Susanna Smith Preston raised their twelve children. Enjoy beautiful vistas and the artisanal touch of this cultural crossroad and go to town!

Fall Festivals

Here are some events that those who live in apartments in Blacksburg, VA

Bristol - Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion is a three day music festival held annually in downtown Bristol. The festival showcases the past, present, and future of everything Appalachia, all held in the city that is known as the Birthplace of Country Music.

Richmond -The Richmond Folk Festival features more than 30 performing groups on seven live stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with a Virginia Folk life demonstration area, children's activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods, and much more. Admission is free!

Norfolk - The Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival presented by AT&T, Hampton Roads' most anticipated Wine Festival of the fall season in Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. This fall festival favorite will showcase over 200 of Virginia's finest wine varieties and encapsulate the elegant flavor and flair of the region.

Weekends in October in Syria -Graves' Mountain Apple Harvest Festival - Come and see nature's way of blanketing the mountains with beautiful fall colors as you enjoy local food, bluegrass music, a hay maze, hayrides, and plenty of other fun-filled activities for the entire family.

Ferrum - Experience what life in the Blue Ridge is like, both now and in the past, at Ferrum College's Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, which celebrates western Virginia's folkways. The festival includes four music and storytelling stages, two dozen Blue Ridge foods, 50+ old-time crafts, and much more.

Urbanna - This is the 60th Anniversary of "The Official Oyster Festival of the Commonwealth!" - the Urbanna Oyster Festival. Come by BOAT or come by LAND because we have got everything oyster and more! The charming Town of Urbanna closes it's streets for this big celebration of oysters. This is where the Oyster Trail Began...

Charlottesville - The Virginia Film Festival has been celebrating the magic of the movies and inspiring audiences for over 28 years. Every autumn, the Festival showcases celebrated new features and documentaries, fresh perspectives on timeless classics, and local filmmakers from right here in Virginia.

Williamsburg – Don’t miss out on the 2017 Williamsburg Taste Festival. We invite you to EAT+DRINK+LEARN in Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, with 35+ culinary inspired events highlighting Virginia's Finest.

Richmond - Fire, Flour & Fork is a four-day culinary event, organized by Real Richmond Food Tours, celebrating the best the Richmond region has to offer: its complex history, its rich artistic community and its established and rising culinary stars.



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