MONTICELLO WINE TOUR

THE BOARS HEAD INN

At The Boar’s Head, hospitality comes naturally.  Guests will each have a spacious suite. All of the suites are decorated in classic furnishings characteristic of country estates, featuring either an inviting four-poster king bed or two double beds as well as a comfortable sitting area with a queen-size sofa. Some suites feature working fireplaces and most have balconies or patios that overlook the rolling Virginia countryside.

Each suite offers plush bathrobes, high-speed Internet access, cable television and video games, personal safe, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, mini refrigerator and coffee maker.

Nestled in Virginia’s Piedmont countryside, The Boar’s Head promises world-class amenities in a setting uniquely Southern in character, charm and natural beauty.

An exceptional destination awaits, with AAA Four Diamond Award-winning dining, attentive service and first-class accommodations. Visitors enjoy golf, tennis, bicycling, hiking, fishing and a fitness club and spa, all within the grounds of the lush 573-acre estate. Add in the many attractions of Charlottesville and picturesque surroundings, and you will find yourself transported to a new place of reflection and discovery.

Experience the relaxing comfort of first-class accommodations at The Boar’s Head. Beautiful antique furnishings and unique décor highlight our rooms while keeping modern conveniences such as cable television and mini-refrigerators out of sight.

Set amid the rolling Charlottesville landscape, The Boar’s Head offers choice lodging and genuine hospitality not found elsewhere.

The Boars Head Inn is only about 10 minutes from the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport.

 

A BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF MONTICELLO

Monticello is the home of Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President, author and founder of the University of Virginia.

A typical day for Jefferson started early, because, in his own words, “Whether I retire to bed early or late, I rise with the sun.” He told of a fifty-year period in which the sun has never caught him in bed; he rose as soon as he could read the hands of the clock kept directly opposite his bed. Monticello is filled with Jefferson’s innovations, many of which he designed or adapted “with greater eye to convenience.” As in the rest of the house, the bedroom’s furnishings illustrate many of Jefferson’s ideas about the efficient use of time, space, and light, including prominently placed clocks, space-saving alcove beds, and light maximizing mirrors.

Jefferson researched and wrote many letters in what has been called the earliest modern office. Jefferson’s Cabinet was, in contemporary language, “user-friendly,” with a revolving bookstand, table and chair. Here Jefferson used a copy machine to make duplicate sets of his letters, which he kept in filing presses, tying them into bundles organized alphabetically and chronologically. This arrangement allowed Jefferson to pinpoint the location of any given letter, and even send for a particular one when he was away from Monticello.

Monticello is a majestic reminder of Jefferson’s creativity and talent. Tours range from the intimacy of his private suite of rooms to the sensations of his gardens, orchards and vineyards, and to the stories of slaves who worked on the plantation.

A new visitor’s center was just finished at Monticello and is partially built into the base of a mountain and largely surrounded by trees which blend into the central Virginia landscape. Invisible from Thomas Jefferson’s home atop the “little mountain” and half underground, the $43 million, 42,000 square-foot complex of five western-cedar pavilions was designed not to compete with or mimic the neoclassical architecture of the main attraction. Monticello’s curators and historians created the exhibits for the multimedia age, including a new introductory film that highlights Jefferson’s life and the impact his groundbreaking ideas have made in modern times – illustrated in part with a clip from the January inauguration of President Barack Obama.

 

LUNCH AT MICHIE TAVERN

Historic Michie Tavern, established in 1784 by Scotsman William Michie, served as the social center of its community and accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging. In 1927, the Tavern was moved 17 miles to its present location close to Monticello, serving as a prime example of the Colonial Revival period. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through a historical journey which recreates 18th-century life.

The Tavern’s dining room, the Ordinary, features hearty Midday Fare offered by servers in period attire. The rustic tavern setting renders a dining experience rich in southern culture and hospitality for families to enjoy. Virginia wines and traditional lagers are available to complement your meal. Lunch will be served in a buffet fashion. Guests are welcome to have seconds.

Your menu may include the following:

* Southern Fried Chicken
* Stewed Tomatoes
* Black-Eyed Peas & Green Beans
* Cole Slaw
* Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork BBQ
* Whole Baby Beets
* Homemade Biscuits and Cornbread
* Non-Alcoholic Beverage
* Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
* Baked Marinated Chicken

After lunch, guests can visit the Tavern Museum as well as the following sites:

The General Store: Housed within the Meadow Run Grist Mill, offers shopping opportunities in an old mercantile atmosphere. Two floors feature a variety of gifts from Virginia’s Finest foods, wines and old-fashioned candies from toys, jewelry, collectibles and a vintage Christmas shop. The new Reading Room offers period newspapers, history-related books, artwork, and chess sets.

The Tavern Gift Shop: Adjacent to the dining room, features a wide selection of historical reproductions and an attractive line of gifts which reflect the original Tavern.

The Clothier: Located along a wooded path between the Tavern and General Store, is the first in a series of Marketplace Shops and features period apparel, quilts and accessories.

Tour Package includes SUV Transportation with Tax and Driver’s Gratuity, Admissions for the Behind The Scenes Tour of  Monticello and Lunch Buffet at Michie Tavern. Lunch Buffet includes the full buffet, non-alcoholic beverage, dessert and gratuity.

 

TASTING AT JEFFERSON VINEYARDS

Since 1981, Jefferson Vineyards has produced Virginia’s finest wines, from Thomas Jefferson’s original 1774 vineyard sites, one mile south of his home, Monticello.

From those same vineyard sites, they have produced Virginia’s finest wines, enjoying what Wine Spectator calls “…the region’s most consistent track record.” Currently available award-winning wines include 2007 Viognier, winner of two Double Gold and three Gold medals in international competitions.

The wines they offer are entirely of Virginia. The grapes are grown right on the property and in select sites across the Commonwealth. They do not buy fruit from outside of Virginia, nor do they use any concentrates or additives to intensify their wines. These choices are consistent with their values, and they believe that they are true to Jefferson’s original vision of winemaking in Virginia. Further, they believe these choices create a better bottle of wine.

With a wide variety of wines including Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Meritage, their wines offer something for everyone. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide you through the tasting with insight and humor in the relaxed atmosphere of their tasting room and winery. Beautiful gardens, open spaces and stunning views complete your experience at Jefferson Vineyards.

 

TOUR AND PRIVATE TASTING AT KESWICK VINEYARDS

Keswick Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery specializing in small lots of high quality wines.  Originally from Michigan, Al & Cindy Schornberg chose the historic site that is Edgewood Estate for their dream vineyard after searching the country recognizing its potential of producing world class wines.

A minimalist approach is taken in making the wine focusing instead on the vineyards to produce the best possible fruit to work with. Most of their wines are fermented using natural or native yeast and all of their current red wines are bottled un-fined and un-filtered. While approachable when young, most of the wines produced at Keswick Vineyards will see 5-10 years quite easily in the bottle, reflecting the personal tastes of the owners and winemaker.

 

Tour Package includes SUV Transportation with Tax and Driver’s Gratuity
and Tour/Tasting Fees at the wineries.

 

Barboursville Vineyards is truly a unique venue. Located just 16 miles north of Charlottesville, Barboursville is in the heart of Virginia wine country. At Barboursville, they have created an environment where complementary Italian and regional American design elements culminate in visually stimulating and elegant yet comfortable spaces. In addition, the winery, tasting room and restaurant also feature commanding views of the vineyard, the ruins of the James Barbour mansion, and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Requiring some 8 years to construct (beginning in 1814, a year of war with Britain) and assessed at the death of its creator, James Barbour, as the most valuable residence in a county including James Madison’s Montpelier and Philip Barbour’s Frascati, this second-generation estate house at Barboursville plantation was designed by Thomas Jefferson, one of only 3 residences he designed for his friends. The Barbour family continued to occupy this residence until it was destroyed by accidental fire at Christmas, 1884, and returned to the elegant Georgian villa next door for several generations, now the 1804 Inn.

 

DINNER AT PALLADIO RESTAURANT

Gentlemen must wear jackets for Dinner at Palladio. It is recommended that weekend dinner reservations be made at least 2 weeks in advance.

Created to be the culinary expression of this estate’s unalterable vision – that the touchstone of nourishment is beauty, and of beauty, nourishment – Palladio has been cited time and again for surpassing all assumptions, with dining of arresting sympathy for the palate, the eye, and the spirit.

The restaurant’s name is no accident, given Andrea Palladio’s influence on the Jeffersonian mansion here, and the presence of his masterpieces throughout the Veneto, home to Gianna and Silvana Zonin, founders of this vineyard estate.

Northern Italian in inspiration, yet creatively indebted to the most seasonal and local resources of the earth and the sea, Palladio offers the handsomest gastronomic redemption there can be, of the promise only the finest food and wine can extend – recalling one, recurringly, to the beauty of this world.

* Reservations are required for Palladio. The first reservation time is 6:30pm. Dinner Hours are 6:30pm to 9:00pm. A Jacket for the gentlemen is required for dinner.