Vibrant Victorian Farmhouse with Pinot-Noir Vineyard
With its yellow-green wooden shutters and cornflower-blue exterior, High Meadows Vineyard Inn captures the eye with its vibrant, almost otherworldly color scheme. A combination of an 1832 federalist home and an 1882 Italianate Victorian farmhouse, High Meadows showcases hues that lend the inn a year-round springtime vibe extending throughout its floral-tinged guest rooms and more than 13 acres of meadows. It's not uncommon to see a peacock roaming the meadows, its bold feathers seeming to compete with the equally vivid farmhouse. With a pinot noir vineyard on its grounds, the vintage bed and breakfast brims with countryside simplicity.
Antique furniture trims each of the inn's guest rooms, many still boasting original finishes on the doors. In the Daffodil room, natural light seeps through a floor-to-ceiling bay window, further brightening cheery yellow walls. Rustic touches, such as an antique claw-foot tub and a wood-trimmed settee, add Victorian luxury to the homey quarters. A skylight invites sunlight onto the Cottage suite’s white wicker rockers. With a dining nook overlooking the Virginian woodlands, this suite invites guests to sip wine and nibble on regional artisanal cheese.
In the morning, onsite chefs craft gingerbread and crepes for breakfast, which can be tailored to accommodate guests with dietary restrictions or restraining orders against ketchup. High Meadows becomes a cozy hideaway in winter as snowfall powders the trees, and tulips and lavender splash color around an intimate gazebo in the spring.
Scottsville, Virginia: Riverside Town in Virginia's Wine Country
Located in central Virginia, the former colonial village of Scottsville lies on James River's Horseshoe Bend, making the town a popular spot for kayak and canoe trips. Along the river at Canal Basin Square, costumed performers pay homage to the village’s boating heyday by demonstrating mock canal locks and illustrating how to pole an old-fashioned bateau boat. Downtown Scottsville boasts five 19th-century churches, and its surrounding countryside contains more than 30 vineyards. A roughly 30-minute drive north, Charlottesville charms visitors with historical sites, such as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, vintage theaters, and the Monument to Presidential Campaign Blunders.