Last weekend Tommy and I took my mom to Charlottesville for the weekend for her birthday present.
With the exception of Tommy, mom and I had never been here before and were very excited to be exploring this (what we heard) beautiful part of Virginia. It is about a 2.5 hour drive from D.C. to Charlottesville. There are a lot of wineries sprinkled throughout this area as well.
Our first destination in Charlottesville was Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home.
To start our tour, we watched a 10 minute informational video about Thomas Jefferson’s life and accomplishments. Then we took a shuttle up to his home.
A few interesting tidbits about Thomas Jefferson:
- He was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom
- Third president of the United States
- Founder of the University of Virginia
- As a public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.
The Boar’s Head prides itself on being a world-class retreat. In addition to offering golf and a spa, there is a gym, a “village” with shops, a world-reknowed restaurant, and just a stunning landscape to look at as you walk or run through the monstrous property.
The best part of the resort? A fireplace in our suite!
After cat-napping for an hour or so we all got ready to enjoy a yummy dinner out on the town. Thanks to the world of advice on Facebook I had plenty of suggestions on where we should dine that night. We choose to eat at Maya, naturally. 🙂
Maya is very close to the UVA campus and is self-described as a restaurant with a southern menu and local food.
For dessert we decided to pick a few things up at a store and take them back to our suite to enjoy by the fire as we played Rummikub. Have you ever heard of this game? Tommy and I hadn’t, but quickly grew to love it.
The next day we indulged ourselves with the resort’s buffet breakfast after walking the property for a bit. Tommy being the good soul he is worked out at the gym while mom and I power-walked.
I had gotten the Bed & Breakfast package for the weekend. The breakfast shouldn’t be confused with the Boar’s Head’s famous brunch. Personally both looked comparable, but I have heard such rave reviews about the brunch I would be intrigued to come back and try it. I think a few more options are offered.
After breakfast we decided to check out of our suite, drive into historic downtown Charlottesville to walk around for a bit. Before we left for D.C. we also stopped by Michie Tavern to look at its General Store. There were so many cute things in there! Mom bought a bottle of blueberry wine for me and a few bottles of hard apple cider for her.
Cheers to a wonderful weekend in Charlottesville! As I have told many people, I would go back here in a heartbeat.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. 🙂