The Inn at Monticello is your base for Virginia adventure travel. From hot air ballooning, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, and boating, to hiking the Appalachian Trail, there are many outdoor activities for you to enjoy during your stay at the Inn at Monticello.
Here are some of our favorites:
Charlottesville has some superb exercise facilities. ACAC operates a beautiful new gym with swimming pools, exercise machines, indoor running track and treadmills, free weights, and separate rooms for yoga and aerobic training. It is located in downtown Charlottesville, about a five-minute car ride from The Inn. Ask us about obtaining a guest pass.
Running, Walking, Hiking, Biking:
Did you know you could walk from The Inn at Monticello to Monticello? The trail starts at Secluded Farm, right across Route 20 from our property, and continues on the Saunders Trail at Kemper Park to the Monticello Visitor Center, a distance of 2.4 miles. There are also many other well-defined trails that start at Secluded Farm and lead to places such as Carter Mountain. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is exploring the possibility of extending the Saunders Trail to the top of Montalto, the mountain that rises 400 feet above Monticello. The views looking west to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and looking east to the horizon are absolutely spectacular, and they make it easy to understand why Thomas Jefferson longed to return to Monticello after his service as president.
The Rivanna Trail is another great place to run, walk, or bike. It stretches 19.7 miles throughout Charlottesville, and it is a scenic and well-maintained trail.
For the hiking enthusiast, there are miles of beautiful trails in Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains. A favorite trail that features lots of waterfalls is the Crabtree Falls trail. Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Crabtree Falls is a succession of cascades dropping almost 1,500 feet over a distance of 3.5 miles. At the end of the Crabtree Falls trail, hikers can connect with the Appalachian Trail.
There are lots of competitive and recreational events for runners and joggers in Charlottesville. The Charlottesville Track Club sponsors many races, including the Charlottesville 10-Miler, held in April; the Women's 4-Miler, held on Labor Day Weekend; and the Men's 4-Miler, held in December. The Charlottesville Running Company is devoted to fitness through running and organizes or participates in 18 races each year, including the Charlottesville Marathon, also held in April.
Fishing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Float Trips
There are some great trout fishing streams that come down out of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the George Washington National Forest. For a magnificent day of fly-fishing for large rainbows, or for current trout fishing conditions, contact our friend and fellow B&B owner, John Roberts, at www.vatrout.com. In Charlottesville, the Albemarle Angler runs trout fly-fishing trips on nearby streams. And in Scottsville, about 17 miles south of The Inn, several outfitters offer bass fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and float trips on the James River. See www.jamesriver.com. For those who wish to stay closer to The Inn, next door is Willow Lake, which has some nice size fish, just waiting to be caught.
Charlottesville has some beautiful horse farms that are available for riding. Our friend, Patty Swygert, offers horseback riding and lessons at Mahalo , her farm in Earlysville. Please call 434-973-3229 for information and reservations. Fairhunt, near Scottsville, offers trail and rink riding. Carriage Hill Farm in Keswick, and Oakland Heights Farm, 540-832-3350, around Gordonsville, also feature trail rides and lessons.
Hot Air Ballooning:
Enjoy the beauty of central Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains from the air! Take a magical hot air balloon ride with Bear Balloon, Blue Ridge Balloon, or Monticello Country Ballooning.