We had some free time so drove the two miles from our B&B to Monticello to check out the new welcome center. It’s about time! When we moved here in 2000, tickets were purchased in an old mobile unit, and the only food available was at a little outdoor stand.
It’s beautifully done in wood and other elements that blend in with the surrounding forest.
We found that they moved the nursery to the front which we love. They don’t have much to offer right now as winter is approaching, but you can see that it will be beautiful when spring and summer hits.
The building is designed around a courtyard. Right now the Welcome Pavilion, the Café at Brix, and the Monticello Museum Shop are open. Down the road they will also have the Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center. I thought I saw some areas that will house artist studios, but I’m not sure yet.
In the past when guests planned to tour Monticello, lunch was another trip to either Brix for fabulous sandwiches, salads, pastries and more for outside picnics, or to Michie Tavern or Kluge.
Now you can see above that the Café is lovely and allows visitors to lunch right there after touring Monticello. And we can still visit
Brix’s other beautiful location in Pantops in Charlottesville to get our sandwiches for our Wine Tour lunches.
We didn’t have time to enter the Museum Shop, but noted that it sure is spacious compared to the little shop up by Monticello! Lots of room to walk around and check out all the wares.