Tucked into central Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, The Mark Addy Inn is a boutique B & B housed within a stately Victorian manor. Each of the 10 themed rooms features distinct decorations and amenities. The Schloss standard room brims with Baroque style, while the Tiger Lily is accented with elephant figurines and rattan furniture. At the on-site restaurant, The Fountain Room, chef and innkeeper Rafael Tal concocts gourmet entrees from homegrown herbs and vegetables.
Nifty in-room amenities: Flat-screen televisions, two-person showers, and personal porches, depending on the room
Included meal: A daily three-course gourmet breakfast
Other included perks: A bottle of wine, chocolates, and coupons toward local wineries and breweries
Recommended entree: Norwegian salmon, served with a champagne butter dill sauce, at the Fountain Room
Friendly residents of the inn: The innkeepers’ two pet Pomeranians and a Red Lorid Amazon parrot
Must-see nearby attraction: Thomas Jefferson’s estate, Monticello
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.