Oct 16

Now is a beautiful time in the mountains.  From Cedar Spring Inn we see a Panorama of mountains just beginning to turn golden.  Get closer and you see the color is truly just beginning; imagine what a week from now will bring.

Here’s a terrific day trip:  Begin at Cedar Spring Inn and go North on Rt. 29 then West on Rt. 33.  Get on Skyline Drive just 20 minutes from Cedar Spring Inn and drive South enjoying all nature has to offer.  At Rt. 64 exit Skyline Drive and drive East one exit to Exit 107.  Now pick your favorites from a robust list of wineries and breweries:  King Family Vineyards, Pollak Vineyards, Veritas Vineyard & Winery, Afton Mountain Vineyards, Flying Fox Vineyard, Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery, DelFosse Vineyards & Winery, Pippin Hill Farm, Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery.  For lunch stop at Greenwood Market on Rt. 250 to get a picnic, or try Crozet Pizza in the heart of Crozet.  While you’re in the neighborhood stop in The Barn Swallow where you will find locally crafted pieces for home and garden.  If you prefer beer to wine visit Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet and Blue Mountain Brewery not far South.  If you’re willing to drive a little further South you can add Wild Wolf Brewing Co. and Devils Backbone Brewery to the list.  After a very full day, stop at Duners Restaurant on Rt. 250 as you head back Rt. 250 West.  After a great dinner a short drive will have you back at the Inn just in time for a steam and sauna before bed. 

Oct 15

This weekend spend the afternoon viewing Central Virginia’s local artisans’ works at White Hall Vineyards. The art will be on display from 11:00am until 5:00pm both Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16. For more information go to www.whitehallvineyards.com.

Oct 13

The Virginia Film Festival will hold it’s 24th year of festivities this November 3 through 6 in Charlottesville.  The schedule is packed with classics, independent films and music documentaries, along with appearances by filmmaker Oliver Stone and husband and wife film duo Sissy Spacek and Jack Fisk.  To see all the details and purchase tickets go to www.virginiafilmfestival.com.

Oct 8

Find out where the best hiking will be this fall. Hike a new area or revisit an old favorite hike. Drive Skyline Drive and examine the back roads during peak color. Find out more about the forests of Virginia at www.dof.virginia.gov/fall/index.htm

Oct 7

L’etoile Restuarant, featuring fine Virginia cuisine, offers a “taste” of Restaurant Week every week. On Wednesday and Thursday you can enjoy a 3 course dinner for just $30. For more information about l’etoile visit their website at www.letoilerestaurant.com.

Sep 28

As we approach the crisp days of fall, are you wondering about outdoor activities in Central Virginia?  A great place to begin your research is at www.trails.com.  Whether your preference is hiking, biking, rafting or skiing, you’ll get an overview of what’s available at this site.  Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park are just 20 minutes from Cedar Spring Inn.  The weather is still promising for a hike followed by a swim, a steam, a sauna and/or the hot tub. 

Sep 24

On Saturday, October 1, the Piedmont Environmental Council will sponsor a benefit to support local farms. Local painter Nancy Bass will hold a special preview of her exhibit “Living Local: 13 Paintings 13 Farms.” The paintings will also be available for purchase through a silent auction. Various cheeses and meats from the featured farms will be paired with local wines and beers as part of the event. The benefit will be held at Anchorage Farm in Charlottesville. For more information visit the PEC website at www.pecva.org.

Sep 23

Monday night is Pasta Night at Orzo in the Main Street Market. Each Monday night Orzo offers a two course dinner (any salad & any pasta) for $18/person. Or, try Thirsty Thursdays when all wines with dinner are $5/glass. For more information go to www.orzokitchen.com. Go early and while you’re at the Main Street Market don’t forget to visit Feast! for some special cheese and Gearharts for wonderful handmade chocolates.

Sep 21
Here are a few upcoming programs at the Southern Cafe:
Friday, September 23 - Yarn, Dangermuffin
Wednesday, Septmber 28 - Mike Pinto, Cas Haley
Friday, September 30 - Marc Broussard, Scars on 45, Chic Gamine
Sunday, October 2 - Stephen Kellodd and the Sixers
Monday, October 10 - Joshua James and Honeyhoney, Levi Lowrey
Tuesday, October 18 - Truth & Salvage Co, Brian Wright
Wednesday, October 19 - Those Darlins
Sep 5

Visit Monticello; the new visitor’s center is awesome, with various interactive learning displays.  When you go in good weather you probably won’t take full advantage of this treasure trove.  Included is a larger and more interesting gift shop as well as a lunch stop.

Visit Montpelier.  They also have a new visitor’s center which gives James Madison and his wife Dolley their due.   The gift shop is well curated and they also have a spot for lunch.

Visit the wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail.  Even better, combine your visit to Monticello or Montpelier with a stop at one or several of the wineries nearby. 

Come back tomorrow for more rainy day fun.


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