With fall in full swing here in Richmond and the surrounding areas, it is time to get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather and some beautiful Charlottesville landscape. Charlottesville is just a quick hour jaunt from the Mansion, and once you see all that it has in store, you won’t be disappointed.
Charlottesville sits snuggled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the edge of the Rivanna River. With so many different options of attractions in Charlottesville, we thought we would just share a few of our favorites: Carter Mountain Orchard, Blenhiem Vineyards and the Downtown Mall.
Carter Mountain Orchard is in the midst of apple picking season and has plenty to keep you occupied all afternoon long. With rows and rows of several different varieties of apples, apple cinnamon donuts made fresh, hot apple cider and a throw in some wine tasting, you might just want to stay and enjoy the orchard all day!
Right around the corner at Blenhiem Vineyards, a beautiful, tranquil winery owned by bona fide Charlottesville native Dave Matthews, is the perfect place to sip away the evening. Wine tastings are available for $5 a person with a souvenir Blenhiem wine glass included while private cellar tours and tastings are available for $25 a person. Tucked back off the road in a quaint A-frame building you will feel as though you left the world behind and all your cares will disappear. A beautiful patio over looks the rows of grapes waiting to be picked. And if you’re lucky, Dave himself might just stop by.
As the evening winds down, you might find yourself in need of some dinner and the Downtown Mall is filled from one end to another with delicious restaurants. Unique shopping is also available to pick up some unique items to remember your trip. So, take a short ride from the Mansion and enjoy the gorgeous Charlottesville countryside.
See you soon,
~Paula and Martin Ramirez
Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.
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