#1 The University of Virginia could be said to have the presidential touch, as Founding Father Thomas Jefferson was responsible for its conception and – after the school’s establishment in 1819 – the development of its awe-inspiring campus. Jefferson’s original vision still makes an impact on the University of Virginia’s now 1,682-acre grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, most notably through the stunning, Palladian-style Rotunda – which in its design draws inspiration from Rome’s celebrated Pantheon. Finished in 1826, the Rotunda holds the honor of being among just a trio of man-made modern U.S. structures to be designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In 1976 the campus as a whole was also named “the proudest achievement of American architecture in the past 200 years” by the American Institute of Architects.
Cheers to our Guest of the Month, Kristen! Below are the three simple questions we asked Kristen to get a glimpse into her visit to our great city!
1. What property did you book for your STAY?
2. What did you like most about the property?
It was cozy and updated with a great outdoor area where the family could gather and enjoy one another’s company.
3. What was your favorite thing you did while in C-Ville?
Hmmmm, we enjoyed visiting Monticello and the Monticello Wine Tour (Pollak was our favorite). Also hiking at Sugar Hollow and blue hole for swimming on a hot day, but most of all, cooking, eating and celebrating family in a beautiful setting.
Tour photo cred: Anna Quillon
Thanks Kristen and the family for being STAY’s August Guest of the Month!
By Judah Witkower
1. Stay Charlottesville
Stay Charlottesville offers you the chance to stay in CVille’s finest carriage houses, apartments, historic homes and estates! You’ll find yourself in some of Charlottesville’s most charming city neighborhoods on a nearby bucolic farm or on a mountain overlooking a valley. Perfect for getting away from home for a few days without all of the expensive and exhausting travel!
2. Montfair Resort Farm
Bring the family for a stay in one of Montfair’s delightful cottages and spend your days canoeing, biking, fishing, hiking or just relaxing!
3. Peach Festival
Plan a fun weekend for the family at the July 26 and 27 Peach Festival at Carter Mountain Orchard! Featuring games, contests, hayrides, great food, wine tastings (for the adults) and much more, one day of fun just won’t be enough.
4. Oakhurst Inn
Stay at this beautiful Boutique Hotel in CVille, adjacent to the University of Virginia’s “South Lawn,” and spend the day wandering The Corner, eating good food and seeing the sights!
5. The Wintergreen Summer Music Festival
From July 7-August 3, you can choose from more than 200 events and performances highlighting South American music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, history, food and wine. Bring the family and have a great time at the Wintergreen Resort!
6. James River State Park
Bring your tents and camp on the banks of this historic river. Here you can spend your days relaxing or pick any of a number of fun activities. Don’t miss the chance to take a canoe, kayak or tube out onto the river!
7. Endless Caverns & RV Resort
Bring the RV and the kids to this amazing vacation spot where you can get a glimpse of some of the amazing caves we have here in Central VA. If you get tired of the caves, you can always relax at the pool, check out the game room, fish at the catch and release pond or try one of the nature trails!
8. Albemarle County Fair
Plan some fun-time for the family on the weekend of July 31-August 2. You can see animals, exhibits and pageant queens, enjoy entertainment for the whole family and have some great old-time country fun!
9. Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast
4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and sleeps up to 8 peopleComfortably sleeping up to 8 people, Birdwood North is the perfect getaway! It’s ideal for your wedding party, or that weekend getaway with your friends who are wanting to explore all the wonderful wineries the surrounding area has to offer. Located directly across from Birdwood Golf Course, and right beside Farmington Country Club the location doesn’t get any better. It’s only a few minutes drive to UVA or Downtown, so you certainly have the best of both worlds.
This newly built home has an inviting open floor plan that makes you feel instantly welcomed! It’s elegant appeal is sprinkled throughout with it’s many marble counter tops, high-end commercial appliances, and luxury bedding in every room. Everything about Birdwood North is well appointed, and is sure to delight the senses.