What an adorable place; it's a 1930's gas stationed turned into a cafe, and the food was local and delicious! We dined outside on the little patio tables sprinkled around the yard and enjoyed the sunshine and soft breeze. I had a chicken salad sandwich and Chad had grilled ham and cheese on artisan bread. I highly recommend this little spot if you ever head to Monticello! From there we headed down the road to Monticello where we spent the afternoon touring the estate, including a 45 minute tour of the house.
We walked up to his estate from the visitor's center which is a pretty, 1/2 mile walk through the woods. We stopped briefly at the cemetery where Thomas Jefferson is buried.
He felt being the third president of the United States was not noteworthy enough for his tombstone. Did you know he wrote the Declaration of Independence when he was 33? 33!! And he died exactly 50 years from the date when it was signed. His good friend, 2nd president John Adams, also died the same day.
The grounds are gorgeous! If only I could have a garden like this!!
The peonies were in full bloom!
I have always wanted to try my hand at growing grapes and making wine....maybe someday!
Thomas Jefferson's home was very cool, and I love the fact that it has been so perfectly preserved! Pictures were not allowed on the inside, but the clock that Thomas Jefferson had installed, Elk antlers from the Louis and Clark expedition, and paintings that hung on his parlor wall were a few things that I loved on the inside.
We spent some more time walking around the grounds before heading back to our car. We want to go back again someday, it was too much to take in just in an afternoon.
We stopped at Jefferson Vineyards on the way back to Charlottesville to relax a bit before heading into town for supper. It is a winery on the land where Thomas Jefferson started his own winery in 1773. The grounds and scenery are lovely and they had a cute little patio under the trees hung with little lights. Perfect for relaxing!
A folk singer had his banjo and accordion set up on a street corner, and we had live music during our meal!
To top off the evening we made a stop at Sweethaus for a little dessert! It was a hard decision!! But what a delightful little shop!
Of course I forgot to take a picture of what I chose.....I was SO excited to eat it, it slipped my mind! ;-) But rest assured it was delicious!
So that is a little recap of one of our fun trips this spring!