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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

April in Charlottesville

Ready to plan your trip to visit us at Foxfield Inn this spring? Wondering what exciting adventures await you in April in Charlottesville?

Spring Wildflower Walk: Saturdays, April 6 and April 13, 9-12. ($15) Put a little spring in your step with this guided hike through the woodlands around Monticello to view some of Virginia's wildflowers in bloom. An invigorating start to your weekend.

Jefferson's Birthday Celebration: Friday, April 12. (free) Thomas Jefferson is a household name in Charlottesville. Join the festivities at Monticello, or stop by The Lawn at the University of Virginia for the students' birthday wishes to our third President.

Taste of Monticello Wine Trail wine festival: Saturday, April 13, 1-6pm. If you enjoy a good glass of wine and want to learn more about what Virginia vineyards have to offer, you won't want to miss this! Where else can you sample wine from dozens of Virginia wineries all in one place? Pick up lunch on the Downtown Mall on your way to the nTelos Wireless Pavilion and make a picnic of it. We recommend purchasing tickets online in advance.

Enjoy live music at Fridays after Five at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall. (source)
Fridays after Five: each Friday, beginning April 19, 5pm. (free admission) Hang out with the locals at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall for live music and concessions. A fun place to be before your dinner reservations.

Virginia's Historic Garden Week: April 20-27 (Check the full schedule here). One of the most celebrated springtime rituals in the state, Garden Week attracts novice and master gardeners alike, as well as folks who just want to stop and smell the flowers. This year, Charlottesville's highlights include the gardens at Monticello and the University of Virginia.

The Foxfield Races: Saturday, April 27. Whether you want to admire the horses, the sun dresses and fancy hats, or ascertain whose picnic spread looks tastiest, this is the place to see and be seen. A much-anticipated annual event, the Foxfield Races is beloved by University students, alumni, and Charlottesvillians alike. If you decide to attend, may we encourage you to wear plenty of sunscreen!

A day at the races: our namesake race track. (source)
Center for Historic Plants Spring Open House: Saturday, April 27, 9-3. Rounding out Virginia's Historic Garden Week is the Center for Historic Plants' Open House at Monticello. You can pick up your favorite varieties of heirloom vegetables and herbs to bring a little bit of Charlottesville home to your own garden or sunny windowsill.

Cirque du Soleil: Numerous dates throughout April. If you're looking for entertainment that is stunning, captivating, inspiring, and beautiful, you won't want to miss the Cirque du Soleil while they are in Charlottesville. Check them out at the John Paul Jones Arena, a wonderful venue for this spectacular show.

We can't wait to share the spring beauty of Charlottesville with you. Let us know what questions you have and how we can help you plan your spring get-away!

(Can't make it in April? Check out our list of events happening in March here).

Sunday, March 10, 2013

March (or drive) Down to Visit!

Ready to head out to visit us at the Foxfield Inn this spring? We've gathered together a list of exciting events, festivals, and things to do in Charlottesville as the weather warms up and the flowers start blooming.

Winter Wonderland Winery Passport: March is the last month to take advantage of this special offer from the Monticello Wine Trail. Purchase a ticket ($15) and enjoy tastings at four area wineries at your own pace: Keswick Vineyards, Castle Hill Cider, Jefferson Vineyards, and Glass House Winery. What a great deal!

Many local vineyards have outdoor seating at their tasting rooms - perfect for enjoying a spring day. (image source)

Starting a Vineyard: Saturday, March 9, 9:30-12. Okay, wine lovers. If you've ever been curious about producing your own wine by growing your own grapes, this is the workshop for you! Hosted by the Center for Historic Plants at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, the introductory viticulture class is $15 and reservations are required. 

Charlottesville 10-miler: Saturday, March 16, 7:15am. Whether you're running or spectating, the Charlottesville 10-miler is one of the most popular races of the year. Let us send you off with a power breakfast, or bring your favorite race day snacks and keep them in our convenient guest pantry. Runners may register for the race through Wednesday, March 13.

Virginia Festival of the Book: Wednesday, March 20 - Sunday, March 24. This festival draws authors, poets, writers, readers, and book lovers from all over the country. Sign up to attend a reading, workshop, or panel discussion at one of dozens of book-minded locations around town. Check the  full schedule of events online here; many events require tickets to be purchased in advance. Don't miss the opportunity to meet your favorite writer!

Gardening with Wildflowers and Native Plants: Saturday, March 23, 9-3 (ongoing). It's no secret that Thomas Jefferson was an avid gardener, and the beautifully restored gardens at Monticello are a testament to his green thumb. Benefit from the wealth of knowledge at the Center for Historic Plants and learn the benefits of growing the local flora and fauna of Virginia. You can even purchase plants to grow in your own garden! This open house is free.

Spring is the perfect time to visit the gardens in bloom at Monticello. (image source)
Luke Bryan at John Paul Jones Arena: Saturday, March 23, 7:30pm. Fans of pop country music won't want to miss this concert at this impressive John Paul Jones Arena.

Painting & Sketching in the Garden: Saturday, March 30, 9:30-11:30. Find inspiration for your next masterpiece at this workshop hosted by the Center for Historic Plants at Monticello. $15 tickets may be purchased in advance, and reservations are required.

So, whether you're looking for a fun adventure, or simply want to get away to relax, this is just a taste of all the great events Charlottesville has to offer this spring. Let us know how we at the Foxfield Inn can help to make your visit memorable. We'll be back soon with more spring events to lure you to our fair city.