Aug 16

 The Ivy Creek Natural Area is a 215-acre park with over six miles of walking trails and much natural vegetation.  Located off Earlysville Road the Ivy Creek Natural Area is about 20 minutes from Cedar Spring Inn.  On the first Saturday of every month the Monticello Bird Club offers a bird walk at Ivy Creek Natural Area at 7:30am.  The Bird Club also offers these upcoming events:

Tuesday, August 30 - Nighthawk Migration: Circus in the Sky, 7:00pm

Thursday, September 1 - Nighthawk Migration: Circus in the Sky, 7:00pm

In addition the Virginia Native Plant Society has the following planned presentations:

Saturday, August 20 - Native Plant and Wildflower Walk, 9:00am

Saturday, September 10 - Fruits and Flowers, 9:00am

Saturday, October 15 - Plant Walk: Invasives, 9:00am

For additional activities and learning opportunities please visit www.ivycreekfoundation.org.

Aug 5

If you are missing Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones this Sunday August 7, you might want to plan to attend some of the other concerts scheduled for late summer at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville (including a couple events at other venues):

August 18 - Gillian Welch (at the Paramount Theater, not the Pavilion)

August 24 - My Morning Jacket Circuital

September 15 & 16 - The Avett Brothers

September 17 - Earth, Wind & Fire

September 21 - Pretty Lights with Big Gigantic

September 22 - Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs with Brandi Carlile

Aug 2

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.

Jul 24

If you missed Restaurant Week, try these weekly opportunities for great food in Charlottesville:
Orzo in the Main Street Market will offer each Monday a two course dinner (any salad and any pasta) for $18/person. www.orzokitchen.com.
L’etoile, also on Main Street, will offer on Wednesday and Thursday nights three courses for $30/person.
www.letoilerestaurant.com.

Jul 22

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.

Jul 19

The Shenandoah National Park celebrates it’s 75th year this summer.  Plan now for your next hike by making it a real vacation.  Cedar Spring Inn is just 20 minutes from an entrance to the park where you can access the Big Meadows area/Byrd Visitor Center and take advantage of the programs scheduled for the summer.   Visit Rapidan Camp, President Hoover’s summer retreat; learn about the park bears and birds of prey; take the Appalachian Trail Hike, the Meadow Walk, the Hawksbill Mountain Hike or the Discovery Walk.

After all this, return to the Inn, enjoy the pool and hot tub or take a steam or sauna. 

To find out more about Shenandoah or to plan your next visit go to www.nps.gov/shen.

Jul 14

Come join the fun at DelFosse Vineyards this summer:

July 23 - Concert with the Worx from 6:00pm until 11:00pm.

July 31 - French Crepe Day from 1:00pm until 5:00pm.

August 7 - Wine and Food Pairing at 1:00pm.

August 14 - French Crepe Day from 1:00pm until 5:00pm.

August 20 - Wine Club Member Appreciation Day from 1:00pm until 9:30pm.  Pig Roast and Full Moon Saloon Concert.

Reservations are required for some events.  For more details go to www.delfossewine.com.

Jul 14

Here are two special cooking events at Barboursville Winery to put on your calendar: On Tuesday, August 9, plan on attending the Grilling Class at 6:30pm. The class is $95/person which includes a light meal. On Tuesday, September 13, plan on attending the Gnocchi Class at 6:30pm. This class is also 3 hours in length and includes a light meal for $75/person.

On Saturday, August 20, Palladio Restaurant at Barboursville Winery will host the Guest Chef Diego Gottardo of Casa Vinicola Zonin in Italy. The restaurant will feature a 4 course meal paired with 5 Barboursville wines to celebrate the first production of Petit Verdot.

For more information and reservations for any of these events go to www.barboursvillewine.net.

Jul 6

Here’s a vacation idea:  Become a member of the archaeological research team at Montpelier, James Madison’s home.  You can spend the week (Sunday through the following Saturday) this August working on the dig at Montpelier, learning from professionals uncovering the hidden story of this historic treasure.  Cedar Spring Inn is located halfway between Montpelier and the city of Charlottesville.  Spend the days at Montpelier and the nights enjoying the restaurants of Charlottesville.  Add a dip in the pool or use the hot tub, steam room or sauna when you return for the night.  What could be better!

Jul 1

Every Sunday in the summer (and sometimes into fall) the property at King Family Vineyard is the site of the Roseland Polo Match beginning at 1:30pm.  Guests are invited to bring shade and a picnic and enjoy the match, weather permitting.  King Family Vineyard also hosts First Wednesday Roast and Toast on the first Wednesday of each month.  On Wednesday, July 6th, the tasting room will be open until 8:00pm and there will be music by Applejack Jam.  For more information go to www.kingfamilyvineyards.com.

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