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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rock of Ages, Foxfield Inn

Our Charlottesville bed and breakfast has come up with a way for you to spend Sunday, December 6th.  Why not stay with us, visit a couple of wineries in the afternoon, have a light dinner and then go see Rock of Ages at the John Paul Jones Arena

Start your afternoon in Charlottesville by visiting Stinson Winery and White Hall Vineyards.  Both of these wineries are less than 10 miles from our bed and breakfast in Charlottesville VA.  The head out to Duner's for an early dinner before going to see the musical.

Rock of Ages is a wonderful musical of two young people chasing their dreams in LA during the late 1980's.  It is an insanely funny portrayal of these two young people as they meet and fall in love.  Drew is from South Detroit and Sherrie is from a small town.  Rock of Ages takes you to the time of big rock bands with big guitar solos and bigger hair.

Dan and Kathryn Bundy, Innkeepers at Foxfield Inn, our Charlottesville VA Bed and Breakfast

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Monticello Artisan Trail

The Monticello Artisan Trail recently launched a new website that you must check out if you are visiting the Charlottesville VA area.  It will take you on a personal journey of discovery on the byways and back roads of Nelson and Albemarle counties.  Artisans involved with the Trail represent studios, galleries, eclectic shops, agri-artisan farms, unique restaurants, lodging amenities and points of interest.  Foxfield Inn is proud to be an Artisan Trail site.

If you are staying with us we will gladly help you find the type of artisan you are interested in - whether it be pottery, painting, photography, basket weaving, quilting or sculptures.   If you are more interested in the agri-artisan farms and vineyards there are numerous farms, wineries, breweries and orchards to visit. There are craft related venues and points of interest that will keep you busy for several days.  While you are driving along the trail to the next artisan you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and valleys.

Some of the places you may want to visit:

                                                Monastery Country Cheese

Nan Rothwell Pottery                        

                                                     Serpentine Studio

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Virginia Film Festival

Charlottesville VA is home to the annual Virginia Film Festival.  This year it is Thursday November 3 - Sunday November 6.  Last year's festival was superb but this year's looks to be even better.  There will be over 100 films in 4 locations throughout the city.  Highlights this year are The Descendants starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Judy Greer; Albert Nobbs - starring Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Janet McTeer and Jonathon Rhys Meyers; and Thin Ice starring Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup and Alan Arkin.

There are six highlight areas this year:
  1. National Film Registry - Turner Classic Movies and the Library of Congress are presenting a series of classic movies.  National Velvet, Badlands, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The General.  Sissy Spacek and her husband Jack Fisk, both of whom were involved in the Badlands will be special guests at it's showing.
  2. Kartemquin Films (documentary filming) - a collection of nine films will be presented this year to highlight their 45 years of documenting and critiquing society.  They are best known for the film Hoop Dreams.
  3. Israeli/Jewish Voices - four films will be shown to spotlight Israeli film makers and four films will reflect Jewish culture and traditions.
  4. Focus on Local Food - two documentaries will be shown that examine the way we treat food.  Cafeteria Man and Farmegeddon.  Joel Saladin will be featured at Farmageddon.
  5. Virginia Filmakers Showcase - this year Virginia contemporary film will be celebrated
  6. Adrenaline Film Project  - 10-12 teams compete to write, shoot, edit and screen films all within a 72 hour time-frame.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

On the Blue Ridge Parkway, Charlottesville VA

We took the day off from working here at Foxfield Inn to enjoy a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It is only a short distance from Charlottesville and worth the 30 minutes along scenic country roads to get there.  The day was slightly overcast so the colors didn't pop quite as much as they would have if it was sunny but it was still very beautiful.  Peak leaf color is about a week away but it was great just enjoying nature as were others

We stopped at the Afton Mountain overlook and marveled at how the leaf colors were changing already.  We thought we might be too early to see much change but there was more than we expected.  Our next stop was at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center shortly after you enter the Parkway from the north.  There we saw the restored farmstead and talked with the rangers about the way of life that early settlers had in the mountains.  Another group's dog discovered chickens running around the farm - he wasn't quite too sure what to make of this animals.  There were several black walnut trees there and the rangers were drying some of them before cracking them open to remove the nutmeat.

Then it was off to several more overlooks and beautiful sights.  I wish we had more time to explore and hike the many trails that the park has to offer.  If you are in the area it is well worth taking a half day (or a whole day) to drive this scenic road.