Area Attractions Monticello 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway Charlottesville, VA 22902 (434) 984-9822 Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monticello.org Mr. Jefferson began designing Monticello on a mountain peak outside of Charlottesville in 1768, when he was only 26 years old. Monticello, a testament to Jefferson's style and genius, is the only home in the United States to earn a slot on the United Nation's elite World Heritage List. It was designed with Classical Roman and Greek styles in mind. For example, Jefferson drew inspiration for the impressive front parlor from the Roman architect, Palladio. In time, Jefferson designed the University of Virginia's original buildings (including the Rotunda), all of which he could see from his mansion on the mount. Montpelier 11407 Constitution Highway Montpelier Station, VA 22957 (540) 672-2728 x 100 Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Montpelier.org James Madison, fourth President and contemporary of James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson, lived on this 2000- plus-acre estate in Orange County, "just a squirrel's jump" (as he used to note) from Charlottesville. The exquisite home, parts of which date from around 1760, was purchased by the DuPont family in 1901 and was given a series of massive renovations that nearly doubled its size. With beautiful sculpted gardens guarded by a Revival-style colonnade, today Montpelier sits almost majestically. The estate offers views of the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains. James Madison Museum 129 Caroline Street Orange, VA 22960 (540) 672-1776 Hours: Monday to Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sundays – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. JamesMadisonMus.org Take a quick trip on Highway-20 to the small Central Virginia town of Orange and find the nation’s only museum dedicated to the fourth president, James Madison. The old, red-brick building offers a unique collection including Madison's favorite chair, furniture odds and ends, personal papers and paintings. The museum's Hall of Transportation & Agriculture is a tribute to Madison's prowess as an agrarian – legend has it that Thomas Jefferson often referred to Madison as the world's best farmer. Appalachian Trail Appalachiantrail.org The Appalachian Trail leads hikers over soaring mountain peaks, along captivating waterfalls, and through lush forest areas that are home to a wide range of wildlife, including black bears and bald eagles. The Trail, which follows the Blue Ridge Parkway, has several access points as it passes through the valley. For details about other access points, contact the Appalachian Trail Conference at (304)-535-6331. Area Attractions Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive VisitShenandoah.org Just west of Charlottesville lies one of the nation's most scenic public routes, Skyline Drive. The scenic drive winds through mountain summits, waterfalls, and rolling green hills, all the while offering panoramic views of the majestic Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont Region of Virginia. Adjacent to Skyline Drive is a 101-mile section of the Appalachian Trail, the hiking trail that follows the mountains from Georgia to Maine. Those wanting to walk sections of the Appalachian Trail are treated to unparalleled vistas. If you are lucky, there may be a few brushes with foxes, bears, wild turkeys, bald eagles and other permanent residents of the park. Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins 17655 Winery Road Barboursville, VA 22923 (540) 832-3824 Tasting Room Hours: Monday to Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Winery Tours: Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment Barboursvillewine.net The tradition of the vineyards began at Barboursville during the mid-'70s and have been making a name for themselves ever since. Thomas Jefferson had tried to prove more than two centuries earlier that Orange County soil was ideal for vine growing. They soon discovered this for themselves and began growing them in the 70’s. The original Barbour home, designed by Jefferson, is now in ruins and featured the statesman's signature Classical style. The winery is open for tours and tastings. Michie Tavern 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway Charlottesville Virginia 22902 (434) 977-1234 Hours: Daily Tours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Michietavern.com Housed within the old Meadow Run Grist Mill, the Michie Tavern offers a general store and restaurant dating back to 1784.History and family fun merge at this mountainside eatery, where the staff is dressed in period attire. Guests learn about the life of founder William Michie, Colonial Virginia dance steps and what it was like to dine in a real tavern. Be sure to stop by the store to pick up a few Colonial-themed souvenirs for the folks back home. This is an experience the whole family will not soon forget. Starr Hill Brewery 5391 Three Notched Road Crozet, VA 22932 (434) 823-5671 Tasting Hours: Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m.; Tours: Saturday, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Starrhill.com What began on Main Street in Charlottesville has remained a staple of beer-making history and grown into the most award-winning brewery in the Southeast. The house beers Amber Ale, Pale Ale, Jomo Lager and Dark Starr Stout have won twelve medals in six years. Free tastings and tours are conducted on Saturdays. Occasional bazaars featuring live music and local arts and crafts are held on the premises insuring a good time for the entire family. Area Attractions Kluge – Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection University of Virginia 400 Worrell Drive Peter Jefferson Place Charlottesville, VA 22911 (434) 244-0234 Hours: Tuesday to Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Guided Tour: Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Virginia.edu/kluge-ruhe This grouping of original Australian aboriginal art was assembled by John W. Kluge in 1988. It is one of the world's most stunning private collections. In 1997, he donated his collection and that of Edward L. Ruhe to the University of Virginia, creating an art museum that can hold its own against any in the Land Down Under. The museum also features lecture series, educational seminars and rotating exhibits. University of Virginia Art Museum Thomas H. Bayly Building 155 Rugby Road Charlottesville, VA 22904 (434) 924-3592 Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – Noon to 5 p.m. Virginia.edu/artmuseum/index.php The museum boasts an international collection detailing the "Age of Thomas Jefferson," black and white photography, coins from the Roman and Gallic Empires, and contemporary 20th century American art. The University's renowned art museum is one of Charlottesville’s "must sees." Monthly programs and lecture series are also offered.