Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Upcoming Event: Historic Garden Week in Virginia, April 16 - 23

"Cultivators of the earth are the most virtuous and independent citizens."  -- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, c. 1781
 Spring is here and the crocuses, daffodils and forsythia are bursting forth in bloom.  In tribute to its agricultural heritage, and the natural beauty of its land, Virginia celebrates Historic Garden Week from April 16 - 23.  In Albemarle County, visitors may tour homes and gardens in the Farmington area, the Morven Estate and grounds, and of course, Monticello and Ashlawn Highland.  We still have a few rooms available during this time at the Inn at Monticello, so stay with us while you enjoy the beauty and bounty of our area.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Upcoming Event: The Virginia Festival of the Book, March 16-20

On June 10, 1815, Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Adams "I cannot live without books ..."

Taking Mr. Jefferson's sentiments to heart, the Virginia Festival of the Book will open its 15th annual celebration in Charlottesville beginning March 16th, for 5 days.  Some of the ticketed events are sold out, but there are numerous free lectures, panel discussions and presentations by authors, scholars and writers on a variety of fascinating fiction and non-fiction subjects.  Some of the events we want to attend:  chef, cookbook author and fellow Virginia innkeeper John MacPherson's cooking demonstration and discussion on Wednesday, March 16th at 6 p.m. at The Happy Cook, in the Barracks Road Shopping Center; former Monticello archaeologist, history professor and author Susan Kern's talk about her book The Jeffersons at Shadwell, an account of the daily lives of the Jefferson family at their ancestral home, on Thursday, March 17th at 5 p.m. at the Monticello Visitors' Center; and "Novels of Families: Eat, Laugh, Love", a panel discussion by 4 well-respected authors about their works, on Friday, March 18th at 4 p.m. at the New Dominion Bookshop, one of our favorite stores on the Historic Downtown Mall.

By the way, if you're attending the Festival and need a place to stay, call us -- we have a few rooms available, and you can still "book" one at off-season rates.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"And the Oscar goes to ..."

Mela and Carolyn on the red carpet!
The Inn at Monticello celebrated Oscar Night at the Paramount Theater on the Historic Downtown Mall. Dressed in our formal finery, and accompanied by our friends Alma and Mela, and Joyce and Ken, we posed for pictures on the red carpet, sipped wonderful Virginia wines, sampled exquisite food from Charlottesville's leading restaurants, and then enjoyed the awards show in high def on the theater's big screen.

This is the second year we've been to the Oscars at the Paramount, and we hope to return next year. Coincidentally, Randy Newman, who won the Oscar that night for Best Original Song ("We Belong Together" from the movie "Toy Story 3"), performed live at the Paramount just 2 nights later, which shows you the caliber of entertainment provided at Charlottesville's grand theater.

So, get your Armani gowns and your Tom Ford tuxedos ready and mark your calendar to join us for the Oscars in February 2012!