Do we have to dress up for dinner in Charlottesville?
Not here. Charlottesville is a “college town”. Unless you are a 20-something fashionista out to impress, the style is usually jeans and a shirt or sports attire. There is maybe one or two hotel restaurants here that may require a jacket.
Are the wineries open during the week?
You can check before you go as to who is open when by checking at The Monticello Appellation website, where tasting routes and links are listed for you.
What Kind of Wines are offered for Tasting?
The grapes on the East Coast ripen high in acid, lower in sugar. The grapes on the West Coast ripen high in sugar, lower in acid. This means some grapes work better for wine on the East Coast, some better on the West Coast. Here in the Charlottesville area you’ll find: Viognier, Chardonnay, Petit Mansang, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Vidal Blanc Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Touriga,Pinotage and more. Wineries and vineyards are constantly testing new varietals. You can check for route advice and what the current tastings are at the Monticello Appellation website.
Do you have parking?
I would say that all B&Bs in our area have parking or have arranged parking for you. In town, B&Bs like The Inn at Court Square while in a historic building in town, has parking behind it. Others arrange parking next door to them. Country inns such as ours, Inn at Sugar Hollow, Inn at High Meadows, Afton Mountain, and Le Bleu Ridge, all have on property parking just steps from the entrance.
We like to hike. Anything in the area?
Absolutely! If you don’t have a lot of time, there is a lovely gently sloped walk called Saunders-Monticello Trail which is a two mile trail starting at the bottom of Carter’s Mountain. Driving south on route 20, turn left onto route 53 towards Monticello. There is a small parking lot on the right. If the parking lot on the right is full, turn around back to 20 south. Turn right onto 20 heading north towards Charlottesville. The take your first right, after which you will see on your right another parking lot.
If you have more time, the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway is about a 40 minute drive west of Charlottesville on Highway I 64. Take exit 99 and follow the signs heading west. (Heading north puts you on Skyline Drive). Off this route you can find several hikes, including Crabtree Falls which has a number of waterfalls, and Humpback Rocks which has some amazing views. You can see the rating of the hikes and their milepost locations here.
Any orchards there for apple picking?
You bet! Carter’s Mountain is just outside downtown on the way to Monticello. About 4 miles from Arcady Vineyard B&B! Many different fruits during the season, great views of Charlottesville, music in the warmer weather on Thursdays. All around great fun!