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 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.

May 11
May/June Winery Events
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Here are a few events to plan to attend on the Monticello Wine Trail in May and June.  For more information on any event please go to the winery web site:

May 13 - White Hall Vineyards, Dinner at the Vineyard

May 22/23 - Ash Lawn Highland (James Monroe Home), 16th Annual Virginia Wine Fest

May 23 - Del Fosse Vineyards, Crepe Day

May 30 - The Evans Center at Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen Festival of Wine and Food

May 31 - Del Fosse Vineyards, Memorial Day Weekend BBQ

June 6 - Del Fosse Vineyards, Wine and Food Pairing Lunch

June 13 - Veritas Vineyards, Starry Nights with King Cadillac (Retro Rock ‘n Roll)

June 19 - Prince Michel Vineyard, Annual Wine Club Cook Out

June 19 - First Colony Winery, Pig Roast

June 20 - Del Fosse Vineyards, Father’s Day BBQ

We’ll provide more events as we become aware of them!

Apr 21
Monticello in May
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In addition to the daily tours at Monticello, the month of May offers several special activities relating to the gardens so loved by Thomas Jefferson.  Here are a few:

May 8 - Spring Bird Walk (plus don’t forget the Montalto Challenge 5K race on the same day)

May 13 - Tea-time talk on Jefferson’s Impossible Love

May 15 - Sustainable Gardening Workshop

May 22 - Center for Historic Plants Open House Lecture

For more information on any of these activities please visit www.monticello.org.