Jan 11

You need a winter recharge … you can leave work a little early on Friday … and you want to make Friday night a truly relaxing beginning to a truly relaxing weekend.  Plan to check-in to Cedar Spring Inn between 4:00pm and 5:00pm.  Then head to Early Mountain Vineyard, an easy 18 miles north of the Inn, right off Route 29.  Every winter Friday night from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Early Mountain hosts a local band in their gorgeous and comfortable tasting room.  Choose a cozy couch or relax at a table, then order from their menu of sandwiches and platters and choose a wine or hard cider tasting flight from their menu of options.  Enjoy the music and the ambience.  Such a perfect spot to begin the perfect weekend!

Cedar Spring Inn & Spa is made for relaxation.  Our near-Charlottesville location provides access to wineries, history, arts, theater.  Our spa amenities and quiet location with peaceful mountain views accommodate a break from everyday stress.  We hope to see you soon!

May 14

Yes, there’s lots to do within 15 miles of Cedar Spring Inn.  But add another 10 miles to your exploration options and look what’s possible:

Visit the homes of three early U.S. Presidents:  Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson; Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe; and Montpelier, the home of James Madison.

Enter Skyline Drive to enjoy the view from the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  You can see the Shenandoah region to the west and the Piedmont to the East.

Hike in the Shenandoah National Park.

Go horseback riding at Oakland Heights Farm.

Visit 8 additional wineries (that’s a total of 15 wineries within 25 miles, see previous post dated May 1).

Visit 2 cideries (Albemarle Ciderworks and Castle Hill Cider).

Visit 2 breweries (South Street Brewery and Star Hill Brewing Company.

All this and we haven’t touched upon the crafts, arts, theater and MUSIC … but that’s another 15 mile blog for another day! 

May 1

There’s no shortage of activities within 15 miles of Cedar Spring Inn. Here are just a few:

Go antiquing in Ruckersville’s 3 antique malls and one antique dealer, just 6 miles away.

Mountain bike on over 8 miles of trails at the new Preddy Creek Trail Park, just 5 miles away.

Play golf at four different golf courses, or hit some practice balls, or play miniature golf.

Fish from a canoe at Chris Greene Lake, just 7 miles away.

Visit 7 wineries.

Take a free tour of Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village at the University of Virginia.

Eat and shop on the historic Charlottesville Downtown Walking Mall.

Ride in a hot air balloon.

Swim in our pool, enjoy the hot tub, steam room and sauna. Hike the three miles of trails on the property.

Apr 21

This is the time of year we work on updating information on the Cedar Spring Inn website. Researching our Activities section is always most interesting; we see so clearly what has changed in the Charlottesville area. Amazingly in the last year there have been five new wineries added to the Monticello Wine Trail, and two existing wineries now have significant new ownership.  Here are the changes:

Early Mountain Vineyards (previously Sweely Estate Winery); www.earlymountain.com  18 miles from Cedar Spring Inn

Grace Estate Winery, Crozet;  www.graceestatewinery.com  

Kilaurwen Winery LLC, Stanardsville;  www.KilaurwenWinery.com   14 miles from Cedar Spring Inn

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard, North Garden; www.pippinhillfarm.com   25 miles from Cedar Spring Inn

Reynard Florence Vineyard, Barboursville; www.raynardflorence.com   8 miles from Cedar Spring Inn

Stinson Vineyards, Crozet;  www.stinsonvineyards.com   17 miles from Cedar Spring Inn

Trump Winery (previously Kluge Winery);  www.trumpwinery.com   25 miles from Cedar Spring Inn

You will find more about each of these wineries at www.monticellowinetrail.org

Apr 4

This is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the Shenandoah National Park.  The trees are just beginning to bud … in our own woods the flowering redbuds and dogwoods dot the hillsides; that means they will be dotting the mountains in the next few weeks.  From Cedar Spring Inn you can enter Skyline Drive and thus the Shenandoah National Park in just a 20 minute drive.

From Cedar Spring Inn you will enter Skyline Drive at Rt. 33, which is Milepost 65.5 miles, Swift Run Gap.  Nearby at milepost 62.8 is the hike to South River Falls.  Reaching the falls is a hike of 2.6 miles roundtrip, with a climb of 850 feet.

If you would like to review all the hiking options in the Shenandoah National Park go to http://www.nps.gov/shen/planourvisit/hiking.htm.  Click on the printable maps button and review the hikes in the Central or Southern Districts, both easily accessed from the Swift Run Gap entrance.  If you would like to see the waterfalls in the Park visit www.nps.gov/shen/planourvisit/waterfalls.htm.

Spring in the mountains can be even more beautiful than fall.  Without the full leaf cover the views are really different; the wonder of the natural topography is so much more apparent.  The color is special as well, with the budding trees

Mar 29

Sometimes we forget the natural beauty that is closest to home.  Of course, we have 2 miles of hiking trails on our own property, a spring-fed stream and the beauty of the mountains in the distance.  But just 7 miles from here is Chris Greene Lake, a beautiful county park of 239 acres including 53 water acres and 2 beach acres.  The park is spectacular this spring for hiking or biking the 3 miles of trails or fishing off the fishing pier or from a canoe.  Canoe rental is $5.00/hour; fishing does require a Virginia State Fishing License.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day you can swim from 11:00am until 7:00pm in the lake (if you prefer that to our pool).

Another nearby option is the newly opened Preddy Creek Park just 4.5 miles from Cedar Spring Inn.  This Albemarle County park was opened last year and encompasses 571 acres with 8.6 miles of trails for hiking, running, mountain biking or horseback riding. 

Not far from Preddy Creek are two vineyards, one of the oldest in Virginia (Burnley, family owned and operated since 1977, just 3.8 miles from Preddy Creek) and one of the newest (Reynard Florence, family owned and operated since 2011, 4.9 miles from Preddy Creek).  

To check out the parks go to www.albemarle.org; under Departments and Services click on Parks and Recreation.  To find out more about the wineries go to www.burnleywines.com or www.reynardflorence.com, or check out all local wineries at www.monticellowinetrail.org.    

Mar 14

It’s been a wonderful winter here in Central Virginia … mild, beautiful days with just one or two short-lived but beautiful snows. This week the daytime temperatures are in the 70’s. The mulching is done and the pool will be opened soon. I feel like the bears hiding in the woods; surely they are ready to awaken from their winter naps!

It’s time to begin posting the happenings of the season … what’s new at Monticello and Montpelier, what’s happening at UVA, the fantastic diversity and excitement of the Monticello Wine Trail, the Blue Ridge Brew Trail and the really new “Hard Cider Trail”. Plus, the restaurants … so many, so good, literally something for everyone. And then there are the music and arts events which are prolific to say the least! From the John Paul Jones Arena to The Paramount to the Jefferson Theater to the restaurants hosting local talent; you will be surprised how much wonderful talent performs in Charlottesville.

Don’t forget the beauty of spring on the Blue Ridge Parkway … and right here at Cedar Spring Inn. The redbuds are already perking up our woods. In town the Bradford Pear are in full bloom. The Inn has new televisions in the rooms (a gift from Santa) and a new firepit up on the ridge, perfect for spring sunsets.

So check back often to find the special something that would make your spring or summer getaway an experience you will long remember!

Dec 4

Santa has come early to Cedar Spring Inn … bringing new televisions to each of our rooms!  Larger screens in every case … the largest we can fit in the space … Still with DVD’s … and all the channels of Direct TV … Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night! 

Dec 2

Here’s the schedule for the Paramount Theater through April.  New show (*) tickets go on sale today!

December 2 (Today) - White Christmas

December 17 - Oratorio Society:  Christmas at the Paramount

December 21 & 22:  Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”

December 31:  First Night Virginia

February 2:  Ron White*

For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.theparamount.net.

 

February 12:  Food, Wine, Film & Passion*

March 17:  Golden Dragons Acrobats*

March 21:  Moscow Festival Ballet “Romeo & Juliet”*

April 18:  Josh Turner*

Nov 19

On the evenings of December 2, 3 and 4, Montpelier, the home of James Madison, will host a candlelight mansion tour.  Scheduled from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, the tour will include a session with James Madison’s wife Dolley.  There will be an update on the search for the original Madison furnishings, and you will see the gowns used in the PBS series on Dolley Madison.  There will be Christmas songs from the 1860’s, along with refreshments and dancing by the Assembly Dancers of Madison County N.C.  Check out the full program at www.montpelier.org.

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