Apr 10

On April 21st you have the unique opportunity to watch reenactors rebuild the huts occupied by Confederate General Samuel McGowan’s South Carolinians during the winter of 1863-1864.  The original encampment, and the reenactment, will be held at Montpelier, the home of James Madison, just 25 minutes from Cedar Spring Inn.  If you are interested please visit www.montpelier.org to find out more. 

While visiting the web site, be sure to check out the many new Special Interest Tours Montpelier is introducing this spring.  Here are some tour titles just to whet your interest:

“The Constitution Tour”

“The Montpelier Enslaved Community”

“Montpelier Garden and Grounds”

“The Journey From Slavery to Freedom”

“Meet the Madison’s: In-depth Mansion Tour

“In the Ground and in the Lab:  Special Tour with Archaeologists

“Let it be Red:  Behind -the-Scenes with the Curators”

Mar 21

This gorgeous spring weather (in March, no less) makes for perfect hiking in the Central Virginia Mountains of the Shenandoah National Park.  With daytime temps in the 70’s the trees are budding quickly, but there is still time to schedule your perfect hike before the tree cover obstructs a perfect view of the topography.  Cedar Spring Inn & Spa is located an easy 20 minute drive from the Rt. 33 entrance to Skyline Drive.  From this entrance you can quickly access any number of hikes for all types of hikers.  But if you want to do your homework before you leave, try these websites:  www.hikingupward.com, www.slackpacker.com, www.wildernet.com, www.trails.com.

Our guests have two favorite hikes, Old Rag and Humpback Rock.  You’ll easily find out more about these and other hikes on the websites above.

Our pool opens April 1st, and if this weather continues the pool water will be up to 84 degrees F. shortly thereafter.  Of course, the hot tub, steam room and sauna are available year round to soothe aching muscles.  This may be the best April we’ve seen for hiking the Shenandoah!  Plan your getaway now!

Mar 18

Thinking of upgrading your landscaping? If you need some inspiration, (or if you just love beautiful gardens) definitely plan on attending the Virginia Garden Week tours in Central Virginia. With the beautiful weather the gardens should be perfect … and our pool will be open and heated!

Here’s a quick recap of the events near Cedar Spring Inn, in Charlottesville, Albemarle County and in Orange, Virginia:

Saturday, April 21 - Morven House & Gardens as well as some special events at Monticello.

Sunday, April 22 - Three estates in Keswick (Oak Hill Farm, Round Hill Farm and East Belmont Farm) along with Keswick Hall, Keswick Hunt Club and Grace Episcopal Church.

Monday, April 23 - All of the Sunday locations, plus additional special events at Monticello.

Tuesday, April 24 - Special events at Monticello plus the UVA Pavilion Gardens.

Saturday, April 28 - Mr. Madison’s Neighborhood, including Somerset Plantation, Woodley, Mayhurst Inn and Montpelier.

To review the very comprehensive full color guide, go to www.vagardenweek.org. There you will get comprehensive information about each location as well as ticket and lunc information.

Mar 16

Montpelier, the home of James Madison, the scholar behind much of the U.S. Constitution and the fourth U.S. President, offers would-be archaeologists an unique opportunity in the month of April.  The weeks of April 15, 22 and 29 provide the opportunity to become a member of the archaeological Research Team at Montpelier.  You can work alongside the professional archaeologists to unearth evidence of the stables and servant quarters on the Madison property.  Learn more at www.montpelier.org.

Oct 12

The John Paul Jones Arena has a spectacular schedule of Broadway performances planned between now and July 2012.  Plan now to attend one or all of the following:

My Fair Lady - October 24, 2011

Rock of Ages - December 4, 2011

Fiddler on the Roof - February 21, 2012

Young Frankenstein - April 4, 2012

Mamma Mia - July 12, 2012

For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.JohnPaulJonesArena.com.

Sep 16

The Tuesday Evening Concert Series will begin their presentations October 4th and continue through April 2012.  Here is the schedule:

October 4, Vassily Primakov, Piano

October 18, Maxim Rysanov, viola and Eldar Nebolsin, piano

November 15, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

February 28, Alexander String Quartet

March 20, Vadim Gluzman, violin and Angela Yoffe, piano

April 3, The Tallis Scholars

April 24, Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo

For more information go to www.tecs.org.

Apr 13

Not only are we having the best April weather in the six years we remember … but things are happening all around us! Here are just a few events for the coming week:

April 14 - Zoso-Tribute to Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Theater.

April 15 - Klezmer Ensemble with special guest Socalled, Old Cabell Hall; Flaming Lips, The Pavilion; Lisa Lampanelli, The Paramount; Jaime McLean Band, The Southern Cafe and Music Hall; Eli Cook, The Batesville Store.

April 16 - Fridays After Five, The Pavilion (Chickenhead Blues Band); Baseball vs. Virginia Tech, Davenport Field; Palladian Chamber Orchestra, Newcomb Hall Ballroom.

April 17 - Carter Mountain Orchard Spring Fling grand opening; Charlottesville Marathon; Morven House and Gardens, part of Virginia Garden Week; Men’s Lacrosse vs. Duke, Klockner Stadium; University Singers and UVa Chamber Singers, Old Cabell Hall.

April 18 - Larry Kee; & Natural Bridge, The Pavilion; Lift Evry Voice, The Paramount; Women’s Tennis vs. Clemson, Snyder; UVa Chamber Music Series, Old Cabell Hall; Three Charlottesville home gardens on the Historic Virginia Garden Week tour.

April 19 - Raging Bull, The Paramount; Three Charlottesville area home gardens on the Historic Garden Week Tour.

April 20 - Thomas Jefferson, Gardener, Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center; Pavilion Gardens, University of Virginia; A Night of Percussion, Old Cabell Hall.

Apr 9

The unseasonally warm temperatures this April should result in a very special Garden Week in Virginia. There are many local Albemarle-Charlottesville events April 17 through April 20, including University of Virginia Pavilion Garden Tours and University of Virginia Art Museum “Flowers Interpret Art” show.  To see the schedule visit www.vagardenweek.org.

Apr 7

Lots going on this weekend in Charlottesville … here are just a few highlights:
African Children’s Choir at The Paramount, April 9
Spring Wildflower Walk at Monticello, April 10
Home and Garden Show at JPJ Arena, April 9-11
Corey Smith at the Jefferson Theater, April 9
UVA Baseball vs. Georgia Tech, April 9-11

Mar 30
Montpelier in April
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Here are a few special events in April at James Madison’s newly restored home:

March 28 through April 3 - Archaeology Expedition and Excursion.

April 11 - Spring Big Woods Walk.

April 30 - New Forest Trail Opens.

For more information on any of these events, please go to www.montpelier.org.

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