Realtor’s Perspective: How is Tourism and Growth Affecting Nelson County

Visitors drive millions into Nelson County tourism economy, boosting interest in short term rentals.

Even now, visitors are streaming down Route 151 and US 29 to Nelson County…and not everyone is happy about it. As farmers take advantage of dry weather to bale the last batch of hay for the year, roads are crawling with motorists headed to this weekend’s events, such as the usual hoopla at Devils Backbone Brewery in Beech Grove, or the Overland Expo at the historic Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation announced last week that travelers spent $61 million dollars per day last year statewide, ballooning Virginia’s tourism revenue to $25.2 billion for 2021. Out here in Nelson County, that’s an awful lot of craft beer, wine, and short term rental bookings.

How long can a rural county stay rural with so much tourism interest?

When my real estate clients ask me how the market is doing in Nelson County, I tell them we’ve never seen anything like it.

To learn more about this topic and get the inside scoop on the growth of tourism in rural Virginia, how that affects home prices, and where you fit in, visit Yvette’s blog on Substack now.

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