Clifton Inn via Virginialiving.com
In this month of love, I’d like to share with you some things I have found that I am truly loving. The travel ads have said it for years. Virginia is for lovers. I have been to Williamsburg several times and enjoyed it, but I think I would really love Charlottesville, Virginia. Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, its rolling hills and forests would no doubt be beautiful. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is located there, so the area is rich in history. (In fact, President Obama and France’s President Hollande will be touring Monticello on Monday.) Charlottesville is also home to the University of Virginia – which means that there are probably some cute little shops and great places to eat…and bookstores! Perhaps some of this is what made author, Jan Karon leave the charming town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina and move to a farm near Charlottesville. Which brings me to this news that I am loving. Have you seen this????
Sweet reader, Victoria, alerted me to this in a couple of emails this week. (Thank you SO much Victoria!) Yes, Jan Karon has another book coming out in September…and it’s a Mitford book- actually set in Mitford. I can hardly wait! You can read more about it and pre-order a copy if you would like by clicking on the link below:
Isn’t that just the best news?! Another thing I am loving is the gorgeous Clifton Inn in Charlottesville.
The inn was originally the home of Thomas Jefferson’s daughter and her husband, Thomas Mann Randolph (who was governor of the state and a member of the U.S. Congress.) It was sited on a 2400 acre parcel that has been sold off through the years (to at least 15 different owners) down to its current 95 acres.
The grounds now have miles of walking trails, clay tennis courts, an infinity pool, a private lake, and the Rivanna River. In fact, there are seven levels of terracing down to the river. A number of the original ancillary buildings have been converted into guest rooms. Not surprisingly, the landscaped areas are a frequent site for weddings.
Don’t you think it is pretty? Now let’s talk about the interior of the inn. Most of the downstairs in the main building is the restaurant.
Would you like to see the guest rooms? They don’t disappoint. There are 14 suites in the main house and 3 cottages – all of which are furnished with luxury bed linens and antiques. Here are just a few beginning with my favorite, the carriage house:
Yes, I think Charlottesville and the Clifton Inn need to be on our list of “places to visit.” I would love to sit by that pool and enjoy Jan Karon’s new book when it comes out. Sounds like a good plan, doesn’t it?!
Have any of you visited Charlottesville before? I’d love to know some recommended places there if you know of any.
Until next time…