Hotel at a Glance: The Mark Addy Inn
Tucked into central Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, The Mark Addy Inn is a boutique bed and breakfast housed within a pre–Civil War era manor. Each of the 10 themed rooms features distinct decorations and amenities. The Schloss standard room brims with baroque style, and the Tiger Lily is accented with elephant figurines. At the onsite restaurant, The Fountain Room, chef and innkeeper Rafael Tal concocts entrees from homegrown herbs and vegetables.
- Included perk: You'll get $50 credit toward a driver from Tours for Tunes, which will take you on a Nelson County Pub Crawl or on a winery or brewery tour at any of the locations along the Nelson 151 Corridor which has 7 wineries, 3 craft breweries, a cidery, and a distillery.
- In-room amenities: flat-screen televisions, two-person showers, and personal porches, depending on the room; three pet friendly rooms
- Included meal: a daily three-course breakfast
- Recommended entree: salmon fillet sautéed in fresh herbs and champagne butter dill sauce, at the Fountain Room
- Friendly residents: the innkeepers’ two pet pomeranians and a red-lored amazon parrot
- Nearby travel destinations: Brew Ridge Trail and the Monticello Wine Trail for Virginia craft beer, wine, and spirits, as well as a host of outdoor activities in Monticello and historic Charlottesville.
Nellysford, Virginia: Historic Estates amid the Blue Ridge Mountains
The town of Nellysford sits on the outskirts of the Lesesne State Forest, tucked amid the Blue Ridge Mountains’ rolling foothills. The scenic, 469-mile-long Blue Ridge Parkway wends through the area, traveling across the Appalachian Mountains and offering close-up views of local flora and fauna.
It’s worth it to travel the 30 miles to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s estate. The Federal-style manse is filled with artifacts from the third President’s lifetime, including a bust of Benjamin Franklin and an engraving portrait of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. You can also hike to and from Monticello on the two-mile (one-way) Saunders-Monticello Trail—park in the parking lot at the trailhead and then follow the scenic path until you reach Monticello.
When you’re done, swing by nearby Charlottesville and its pedestrian-friendly Historic Downtown Mall to browse boutiques or grab a bite to eat in an al fresco cafe. A free trolley connects the mall with the historic campus of University of Virginia.