This year we expanded our vegetable and flower garden. The results were quite mixed. We planted 8 kinds of heirloom tomatoes, almost 50 plants. The Brandywine True Black tomatoes started out strong, quickly producing healthy vines and large beautiful fruits … Continue reading
We love Michie Tavern. It’s close, about a mile and a half up the hill from the Inn. You can walk there in about 20 minutes and drive there in less than 5. And it has great classic southern food … Continue reading
About this time of year, we begin making regular “peach runs” to Carter Mountain Orchard, just up the hill from the Inn at Monticello. The Orchard is part of a 1729 land grant to John Carter that consisted of more … Continue reading
We’re often asked what prompted us to move from Baltimore to Charlottesville in 2006, and to buy and operate The Inn at Monticello. The idea to move here began forming in 1990, when Bob, a UVA grad and former football … Continue reading
Visitors to the Charlottesville area every October expect to see the leaves on the trees and vines turning to brilliant shades of red, gold, orange and yellow. But this year, due to a prolonged hot and dry spell, the foliage … Continue reading
Whether you’re a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, or someone who simply appreciates well-made, thought-provoking films that present interesting characters and stories, you will enjoy attending some of the screenings, interviews and discussions at the … Continue reading
If you are planning to be in Charlottesville later this month, and you like local craft beers, you’ll want to attend the Know Good Beer SiBEERian Express Festival on January 28th. Held at the IX Art Park (5 minutes from the … Continue reading
There’s much to do here before the end of 2016. On December 31st, Charlottesville will host its 35th First Night Virginia, a festival of local performing singers, actors, comedians, musicians and other performing artists. It’s our community’s version of Times … Continue reading
Carolyn spent some of her teenage years on a 300-acre farm in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. She became interested in raising peacocks, pigeons and chickens, and eventually developed a sizable flock of pet birds.
After nearly ten years here at the Inn, her mother-hen urge returned (with the encouragement of our Assistant Innkeeper, Marcia, who keeps lots of chickens on her farm in Louisa). We now have 6 beautiful chickens (5 hens and 1 rooster) in residence at a luxurious coop under the black gum tree. The hens, including Simone and Lucille, are starting to provide “Inn-fresh” eggs for breakfast. The rooster,, Bruce J., keeps watch over the ladies and chases away hawks and other predators.
Our chickens are very tame, so if you stay with us, or just stop in, we hope you will enjoy visiting with them.
Recently our friend and hiking guide Melanie took us to Cedar Run in Shenandoah National Park. From the parking area, the hike was a little over 2 miles, uphill. It was a muggy 90-degree day, and when we got to the … Continue reading