In Charlottesville, August may bring on the heat of the dog days of summer, but the entertainment is just as hot. We're squeezing in as many concerts, festivals, and wine tastings as we can before the college students once again take over the town at the end of the month!
Events at Monticello
You can visit Thomas Jefferson's celebrated home any time of year, but here are some additional workshops
offered in August to enhance your visit. Be sure to benefit from the knowledgeable staff and unique learning resources.
8/9 Heirloom Tomato Tasting
8/16 Sequential Vegetable Planting, Pt 3
8/23 Summer Fruit Tasting
8/26 Fellows Forum: An Enslaved Family's Blood Ties to Thomas Jefferson
8/30 Tufton Fern Walk
Fiddler on the Roof at the Paramount Theater
Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 (2pm)
Ash Lawn Opera's summer season continues with performances of this musical classic. Purchase tickets online in advance here.
Starry Nights at Veritas Vineyard & Winery
Saturday, August 9 (7-11pm)
Take a Foxfield Inn picnic or reserve a space at a table for the buffet. Sip their award-winning wines and dance the night away under a blanket of stars. Purchase tickets online in advance here.
Summer Concert Series at the Paramount Theater
Tuesday, August 12 (8-9:30pm)
The Charlottesville Municipal Band plays the best of the "big bands" in this free concert.
Tins for Tunes at Cardinal Point Winery
Saturday, August 16 (5-9pm)
Bring a non-perishable food donation for the local food pantry to receive half-off admission. Enjoy good wine, good music, and good food.
Blue Ridge Mountain Music Festival at Wintergreen Resort
Saturday, August 16 (12-7)
Celebrate the best of our region's musical heritage. The sounds of bluegrass, old time, and Americana will be strummed, plucked, and sung by some of our region's most talented ensembles. A mountain retreat is the perfect setting for mountain music.
Mosaic Lessons at FIREFISH Gallery
Thursday, August 21 (5:30-8pm)
A fun idea for a date night or girls' night out. Learn how to create a mosaic mirror, flower pot, or tray and take your creation home. Early reservations recommended.
Night at the Museum at Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
Thursday, August 21 (5-9pm)
The Aboriginal Art Museum always has an interesting exhibition on display, but on this evening they are pulling out all the stops in an after-hours celebration complete with live music, beer from local Devil's Backbone Brewing, food trucks, and more.
Virginia Craft Brewers Fest at Devil's Backbone Brewery
Saturday, August 23 (2-7pm)
Craft beer enthusiasts, unite! August is Craft Brewers month in Virginia. Raise a glass and partake in the celebratory festivities at popular Devil's Backbone Brewery. Come early and camp out or just come for the day, but don't miss the judging of the Virginia Craft Brewers Cup. Click here for ticket information.
Paint the Town Orange
Friday, August 29 (7:30-9:30pm)
Beginning on the Downtown Mall, UVA's Cavalier Marching Band will get Charlottesville ready for the start of football season. Put on your orange shirts and learn the words to the Good Ole Song to get in the spirit.
Some of the Charlottesville goings-on that we described in previous posts are still going on through the month of August, including: the Hatton Ferry, Sunset Series at Carter Mountain, Tailgate Thursdays at Stinson Vineyards, Fridays After Five, City Market, and Roseland Polo at King Family Vineyards.
What are you looking forward to doing in Charlottesville this August? Let us know how else we at Foxfield Inn can make your stay special.
Dan & Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville, VA Bed and Breakfast
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
It's no secret that Foxfield Inn guests enjoy great food. Fortunately, Charlottesville has many fantastic dining establishments to choose from. In fact, Charlottesville was recently named one of America's five new foodie cities by Wine Enthusiast! Perfect timing, because one of our most popular bi-annual traditions, Charlottesville Restaurant Week is upon us once again - July 19-26.
Here's how it works: Dozens of local restaurants create a three-course, fixed price menu at $16, $26, or $36 per person (tip and beverages not included). Preview the menus online here, then make a reservation at the restaurant(s) that meet your tastes and price point. $1 of each meal is donated to a local charity or organization; this July it's the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
We like to peruse the menus for ideas in our own kitchen. But if we were dining out, here are our top picks for Restaurant Week 2014.
For $16: The Southern
As the name suggests, The Southern offers simple, Southern food with a fun, nostalgic twist. Great place to catch a bite to eat before a show in their music hall or before wandering the Downtown Mall. We feel cooled off just thinking about their watermelon-cucumber salad with mint and feta! For a main course, this summer they're offering a variety of sandwiches and paninis, and we'd pick The Walter: turkey, bacon, apple, and onion jam on wheat bread. The Fancy Grahams dessert would be a fun way to end the meal: baked dark chocolate and marshmallow with graham crackers for dipping.
For $26: Threepenny Cafe
We always try to support new restaurants in Charlottesville, and Threepenny Cafe is one of our newest, so we're glad to see them as a Restaurant Week participant this summer. For an appetizer, we're torn between the Yucca Fries and the Tempura Asparagus, both lightly fried and served with garlic fritessaus. Several seafood options are on tap for the main course, and we're intrigued by the tuna, served with a sesame seed crust, spicy cabbage slaw, cucumber, guacamole, and blood orange cream. For dessert, we'd bet on the seasonal sorbet, a light, refreshing way to cleanse your palate with a little something sweet.
For $36: Fleurie
Preparing beautiful dishes in the classic-modern French style, dining at Fleurie during Restaurant Week is a steal. We sincerely want to try everything on the menu! But if we had to narrow it down, we'd opt for an appetizer of Gnocchi with bleu d'auvergne fondue, sweet pecans, and cherry tomatoes. Next, Le Surf and Turf for the best of both worlds: roasted lobster with sweet garlic and potato puree and beef with red wine sauce. And we simply must save room for a dessert of Fleurie's apple tart with vanilla ice cream. This might be a good spot to dine with friends, assuming everyone's willing to share!
So there you have it. Whose menus have your mouths watering? We'd love to know. Will we see you for Charlottesville Restaurant Week this summer? Book your stay at Foxfield Inn now to take advantage of this great dining deal and enjoy all that our fair foodie city has to offer.
Dan & Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville, VA Bed & Breakfast