Hotel at a Glance: Prospect Hill Plantation Inn
Couples are invited to settle in for 2 nights of romance at Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, a historical property set on 40 picturesque acres in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills. Stroll amid the inn’s gardens and trees, or simply admire the verdant view from its spacious porch. In the evening, savor seasonal cuisine during a candlelit dinner in the onsite restaurant (for an additional fee).
- Individually decorated rooms feature antiques and private bathrooms; many have wood-burning fireplaces.
- Start the day with housemade pastries, locally grown organic fruit, and entrees such as whole-wheat pumpkin pancakes. You can even have breakfast delivered to your room.
- Sip wine during a wine tasting at Keswick Vineyards, included with your stay (complimentary tasting for 2 with the purchase of bottle of wine or chocolate sauce).
- Recent accolades: Prospect Hill won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017 and 2018.
Louisa, Virginia: Historical Sites in the Blue Ridge Foothills
Louisa is set in Virginia’s Piedmont region, amid the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As you drive past farmland along rural Route 15, you’ll pass through the Green Springs National Historic Landmark District. Its 14,000 acres feature 35 homes and other buildings, some from before the Civil War, that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore more of the countryside and you’ll find more than 20 vineyards and Lake Anna, where you can fish for largemouth bass all year.
Charlottesville, home to the renowned University of Virginia, occupies an idyllic patch of woodlands about 35 miles from Louisa. With a setting like that, it’s no wonder Thomas Jefferson, William Faulkner, and Edgar Allan Poe all resided here. Thomas Jefferson’s majestic home, Monticello, remains one of Charlottesville’s most visited attractions. An onsite museum chronicles the Founding Father’s history as a statesman and president, and you can take a guided tour of the estate, including the mansion and the gardens.