Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Trip to Charlottesville

A few weeks ago on a beautiful day, Chad and I went to Charlottesville to visit Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello.  The weather was perfect; sunny and 72 degrees with a slight breeze! We started off the day with lunch at a little roadside cafe, Salt.

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! 

For supper we went to downtown Charlottesville where the roads have been blocked off from cars, and restaurants and shops take to the streets. We saw people walking their dogs, runners, hipsters, and families all walking up and down the quiet streets surrounded by beautiful old buildings.

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!


  1. Charlottesville looks super cute! My husband and I have been talking about taking a trip out East. I've actually spent a lot of time in Florida and New York, but not really anywhere in between. Do you have any other places you would recommend seeing?

    1. Hi Karin! We have only lived out here 2 years, so I am not really too qualified to answer, but I'll tell you about the places we love. :-) Colonial Williamsburg is fun and there is so much to do there besides the obvious history part. They have Busch Gardens and awesome outlets! Washington DC, of course, is a must see, Gettysburg, PA is full of history, and the Outer Banks in North Carolina is a great place for beach time! All of those are a short day drive from us. We love history, so we tend to gravitate to locations with a heavy history focus. With the exception of Boston, I have never been to the northeast, so unfortunately I can't help you out much there. We are headed to New York City in a few weeks so that will change! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.