A mere 10 miles away, enjoy the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway by car, bike or foot. To learn more, see:
- "Few roads anywhere can top the Skyline Drive, which twists and turns 105 miles along the Blue Ridge crest in Shenandoah National Park." - Frommers
- "Taking the leisurely Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains is nothing short of divine." - US News & World Report
Vineyards and Breweries
Two dozen wineries in the Monticello American Viticultural Area (named for Jefferson's home) are considered among the best produced in the Eastern US. A wealth of wineries are within very close range: Glass House Winery, Grace Estate Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, Montfair Vineyards, Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards, Pollack Vineyards, Stinson Vineyards, and White Hall Vineyards.
The aptly named "Brew Ridge Trail" boasts a growing number of craft breweries, chief among them is Star Hill Brewery which is just minutes away in Crozet. Also visit South Street Brewery, Champion Brewing Co., Devil's Backbone Brewing Company and Blue Mountain Brewery.
Monticello and Montpelier
Monticello is the masterpiece of Thomas Jefferson and no visit to the area is complete without a guided walking tour of his magnificent house and organic gardens. For information and tour schedules, visit: www.monticello.org.
Also open for tours in neighboring Orange County, Montpelier was home to President James Madison, “Father of the Constitution” and Dolley Madison, America’s “first” First Lady. For more information, visit: www.montpelier.org.
The University of Virginia
Consistently ranked as one of America's best values in public education, Thomas Jefferson's "academical village" is not beyond being named Playboy Magazine's "best party school in the country." The cornerstone of Charlottesville, UVa offers walking tours of it's historical campus and nearby corner shops. To learn more, visit: http://www.virginia.edu