$55 for Two Passes to Wine Festival at Monticello ($110 Value)
The Wine Festival at Monticello will take place on the West Lawn of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello on May 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. General-admission passes grant participation in a variety of activities, including self-guided Monticello house tours of the restored vineyard and wine cellar, live music, and tastings of celebrated vintages from local wineries, such as Barboursville Vineyards, White Hall Vineyards, Wisdom Oak Winery and Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard. Customer can pre-order fruit-and-cheese picnic boxes from the Café at Monticello for an added $30 (each box feeds two).
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, evolved with him as he followed his storied career path, from author of the Declaration of Independence to third president of the United States. The home's evolution was quite literal: Jefferson had it constantly redesigned and rebuilt over the course of more than four decades. Today, the neoclassical mansion and its lush gardens, situated on 2,500 acres of Jefferson's plantation, remain perfectly preserved and open to the public. As they tour the premises, visitors learn about Jefferson's role in history, from his early days in Virginia's government to his key role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Along the way, they pick up fun historical factoids, too, such as Jefferson's preferred dinnertime—3 p.m.