Hotel at a Glance: The Mark Addy Inn
Tucked into central Virginia’s the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Mark Addy Inn is a boutique bed and breakfast housed within a pre–Civil War manor. Each of the 10 themed rooms features distinctive decorations and amenities. The Schloss room brims with baroque style, and the Tiger Lily is accented with elephant figurines.
- Sample beers and wines from the award-winning local craft breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries located within the Monticello Wine and Brew Ridge trails or join one of the Tours for Tunes. Visit here to learn more.
- In-room amenities: flat-screen televisions, two-person showers or tubs with showers, and personal porches, depending on the room; pet-friendly rooms available.
- Enjoy a three-course breakfast that includes delicious pastries, fresh fruit, and coffee.
- Homegrown herbs and vegetables go into the entrees at the Fountain Room, the on-site restaurant.
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 2-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 alfresco café. A free trolley connects the mall with the historic campus of University of Virginia.