A Weekend at the Inn
Arrive at the Inn just in time for an afternoon snack (fresh chocolate chip cookies are waiting…) . Then, spend some time unpacking in your room, touring the property, and taking in the view.
Walk over to the downtown mall and stop in at an art gallery or poke your nose into a few shops or just find a quiet bench and people-watch for a while. There’s plenty to see and do.
Do dinner. If you’re feeling upscale, try a fine French dinner at Fleurie, New American cuisine at the C & O, or sushi at Ten. Want something nice that won’t break the bank? Mono Loco has fresh burritos and the Blue Light Grill has some of the freshest shellfish in town.
Head back to the Inn for a hot shower and a good night’s rest.
Get up in time for a delicious breakfast at the Inn. Whether we’re serving Belgian waffles with real maple syrup or pastries from the local Great Harvest Bread Company, you won’t leave without a full stomach and a fresh cup of coffee.
Head out to see the sights! But before you hit the historic trail, make a quick stop at the nearby City Farmer’s Market. Be ready for a fabulous array of local flowers, veggies, arts and crafts, and some great music.
Next up: Monticello, the home of our nation’s third president. Take a tour of the house, the grounds, and the gardens, and then stop inside the gift shop to pick up a book on the history of the plantation as well as a bottle of wine from Jefferson’s still active vineyard.
Already been to Monticello? The lesser known vacation home of Thomas and Martha Jefferson, Poplar Forest is an hour and twenty minute drive from the Inn, but it is well worth the picturesque travel. See inside Jefferson’s newly restored villa and tour the five acres of grounds while learning about the restoration process from one of Poplar Forest’s well-informed guides.
Once you’ve toured Monticello, head over to the nearby Michie Tavern, a historical watering hole that has been serving hungry passersby for over two hundred years. With waiters in period costume dishing up eighteenth-century recipes for fried chicken, black-eyed peas, and pulled-pork, the tavern is a perfect way to taste what the south would have been like during Jefferson’s time.
If you’ve just finished up at Poplar Forest, stop in at the nearby Mill Stone Tea Room. Serving only local produce, organic eggs, and farm-raised meats, this hidden dining gem serves a brunch that you will be raving about for years to come.
If you’re a wine lover, take a tasting tour of a few of the areas best vineyards. Whether you choose King Family, Veritas, or Dave Matthew’s own Blenheim, these Virginia vineyards create fabulous wines and provide a beautiful atmosphere in which to taste them. Let us know if you need transportation for a day at the wineries!
If wine isn’t your thing or if you have the family in tow, take a trip up Carter Mountain and do some fruit picking at the Carter Mountain Orchard. Pick peaches and nectarines in the summer months, or a wide variety of apples in the fall. And don’t forget to treat yourself to a glass of hot cider and one of the orchard’s famous cider donuts!
Since you had dinner on the downtown mall last night, take a five-minute car ride to Charlottesville’s up-and-coming Belmont neighborhood where hip restaurants and hangouts abound. Try Spanish tapas at Mas, a big Italian supper at Tavola, or a delicious gourmet burger at The Local. Finish off your night with a cocktail at La Taza; in the summer, their tiki bar is one of the most happening spots in town.
Have one more breakfast at the Inn before you depart. Got an early flight? No worries. We’re happy to provide you with coffee and a scone to go. Come back and see us again soon!