Our days have been warm (not hot), crystal clear and perfect for taking the Skyline Drive, hiking in the Shenandoah National Park and/or meandering through the Virginia countryside. Here’s a fun day: Leave the Inn and enter the Skyline Drive at Rt. 33. The entrance to the park is just 20 minutes from the Inn, and you will be at the top of Hightop Mountain at the Swift Run Gap Entrance Station. Ask the Park Ranger to guide you to the perfect hike, based on your skill level and desires. Or just drive North, stopping at the various overlooks and watching for bear. Exit at Thornton Gap Entrance Station and follow Rt. 522 North to Little Washington, home of the five star Inn of the same name. After touring the town, head South on Rt. 522 through some beautiful farm land. Stop in Culpepper for lunch or dinner at It’s About Tyme, or dinner at Foti’s. Then back to Rt. 29 South to the Inn.
Enjoy live music, fine wine, great food and a good time rain or shine at Veritas Winery, September 10, 7:00pm until 11:00pm. Enjoy the retro rock ‘n roll music of King Cadillac and dinner of Caprese Salad and Salmon Wellington. This is the last Starry Nights of the season! For more information and to order dinner in advance visit www.veritaswines.com.
Great weather means the polo matches will continue every Sunday afternoon through September at King Family Vineyard. The tasting room opens at 11:00am and the match begins at 1:30pm. You are welcome to bring shade and a picnic; your wine must be purchased on-site. This is a great time of year to learn about the harvest and enjoy polo. The winery will have tours every Saturday and Sunday at 12:00noon and at 3:00pm. The tours are free (so is the polo). For more information go to www.kingfamilyvineyard.com.
Plan a weekend or weekday getaway around a new golf course voted Golf Digest’s 2007 #1 New Course and Golf World’s 2010 #12 Best of the Best Public Course. Spring Creek Golf Club is Charlottesville’s best kept secret, providing affordable, exceptional golf. Located 32 miles from Cedar Spring Inn, you can plan on playing the course, then stopping for lunch or dinner at Restaurant Pomme in Gordonsville. This French restaurant located in a quaint country town is also an exceptional experience. Back at the Inn, take a swim or enjoy the steam room or sauna. For more information go to www.springcreekgolfclub.com.
Many of our guests stay here because we are within an easy drive of Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park. Hiking Upward says Old Rag is one of the most popular hikes in the Mid Atlantic region, primarily for its spectacular views. It’s also one of the toughest hikes (per our guests) because of the challenging rock scramble. What a perfect way to spend a late summer or early fall day! Then return to the Inn for a swim, a steam or a sauna. For more information go to www.hikingupward.com/SNP/OldRag/.
Wondering what to do in Charlottesville? Of course, we have Monticello, Montpelier, great food, great wineries, great music. We also have great art. Check out the galleries listed on www.cedarspringinn.com under Activities. Or check out these additional galleries:
Piedmont Virginia Community College Galleries, College Drive
UVA Ruffin Hall Galleries, 179 Culbreth Road
The Niche in the Fine Arts Library, Bayly Drive
The Bridge, 209 Monticello Road
Chroma Projects Art Laboratory, 418 E. Main Street
Warm Springs Gallery, 105 Third Street
Angelo, 202 E. Main Street
Elmaleh Gallery at the UVA School of Architecture, Campbell Hall, Rugby Road
Dean’s Gallery at the UVA School of Architecture, Campbell Hall, Rugby Road
The Gallery @5th&Water, Fifth and Water Streets
And here is the schedule of Special exhibitions at the University of Virginia Art Museum:
Figure Study, the 14th Street School and the Woman in Public, August 26-December 23
The Dancer and the Dance, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, July 29-December 23
Variety, Archeology, and Ornament, Renaissance Architectural Prints from Column to Cornice, August 26-Dec. 18
For more information on the Special Exhibitions go to www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.
There’s always something happening at a winery on the Monticello Wine Trail. This weekend August 6 and 7 our neighboring winery Burnley will be holding their Annual Summer Norton Tasting. This is a vertical tasting of four vintages of Norton and two vintages of Norton in the port style red. For more information go to www.burnleywines.com.
On Sunday, August 7 enjoy music by Emme St. James at Cooper Vineyards in Louisa. For more information go to www.coopervineyards.com.
Also on Sunday, August 7 DelFosse Winery in Faber will be hosting a wine and food pairing manu by Genevieve DelFosse. Reservations are required. For more information go to www.delfossewine.com.
Charlottesville/Albemarle has so many great restaurants you can go out for dinner every night for a month and still not hit them all. For that reason we generally recommend that our guests head south, toward the city. But from our location in Advance Mills there are other directions for great food. For example, go east on Rt. 33 and you find Stonefire Kitchen with lunch and dinner menu options, boxed lunches and picnic baskets for winery travelers or guests who want to take-out and eat back at the Inn. Not far from Stonefire Kitchen is Palladio Restaurant at Barboursville Winery, the perfect spot for a very special lunch on Wednesday through Sunday or for dinner on Friday or Saturday. Back to Rt. 33 and on to Gordonsville where you can dine at Pomme for a classic French dining experience at lunch or dinner. Just a little further you come upon the Barbeque Exchange which just tied for first place in the Cville Magazine local Barbeque Contest, complete with Kansas City Barbeque Society-certified judges. All these options while driving just about the same distance as downtown Charlottesville.
Charlottesville has history … Albemarle has wineries … both have fantastic food … but we also have a vibrant music scene. Here’s just an example:
The Southern Cafe and Music Hall has the following on their upcoming roster: July 22 Sinclarity, Kingsfoil and Andy Waldeck; July 23 Carl Anderson & Andrew Combs at 7:00pm, The Eli Cook Band and Joe Lawlor and Friends at 9:30; July 26 The Devil Makes Three and Phillip Roebuck; August 1 Jolie Holland; August 5 Kings of Belmont; August Galen Curry and Rob Martin & Willie DE; August 12 Corsair and Disastronaut; August 14 Songwriter Showcase with Andy Zipf, Michael Coleman & Dean Fields; August 17 Six Organs of Admittance; September 2 Kings of Belmont; September 10 Xiu Xiu. For more information go to www.thesoutherncville.com.