Charlottesville Review

We took a break near Charlottesville, VA and stayed at a brand new Uphill House B&B run by mother and daughter, Joyce and Lynn Russenberger. We stayed there as it was really close to the winery we were visiting –Barboursville Vineyard is only 2 miles away. There is a strong English connection (Joyce comes from and ran a B&B in Weston Super Mare). We were treated royally, had a superb breakfast and left thoroughly pleased with our stay, knowing we wanted to go back.

The rates include refreshments upon arrival with cookies/beverages available 24 hrs. Wine and cheese is served from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Breakfast bar and full cooked English Breakfast.

Keswick Vineyards

Tastings are held daily at Keswick Vineyards from 9 – 5 p.m. on site, and the different tasting levels are subject to the availability of wines.   Regular tasting: $5.00; Select tasting: $8.00

Location: on 231, between Charlottesville & Gordonsville

Jefferson Vineyard at Monticello

Jefferson Vineyard is open daily 10-6 for tours and tastings, Tastings are $10, which includes a high quality Riedel glass. They also hold regular wine tasting dinners which are listed on their website.  Jefferson’s house at Monticello is a short drive away and well worth a visit (there’s a lot to see so it may take some time).   Michie’s Tavern, a half mile away is hand for pub grub.
Jefferson Vineyards, 1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

Visit Montpelier

Montpelier is where James Madison spent most of his life.  Admission includes a guided tour of the home; admission to the 2,650-acre gardens and grounds; any seasonal and themed tours offered that day; the Gilmore Cabin: A Freedman’s Farm; the Civil War Trail; the Visitor Center and William duPont Gallery; Museum Shop; Landmark and Demonstration Forests; Madison Family Cemetery; Slave Cemetery; active archaeological digs and lab; 1910 Train Depot and segregation exhibit; and the Annie duPont Formal Garden.

James Madison’s Montpelier is located 4 miles south of Orange, Virginia, 45 minutes north of Charlottesville. (there is a town named Montpelier located on Route 33, outside of Richmond. This is not the home of James Madison.)

Places to eat in Charlottesville:

Palladio Restaurant

Gentlemen and Ladies are respectfully requested to adopt appropriate attire, “business casual” or better. Jacket for gentlemen at dinner, please. 17655 Winery Road, Barboursville, VA 22923.

Fabio’s Pizza

408 W Gordon Ave, Suite C, Gordonsville, VA 22492.


Expensive but very nice, locally sourced ingredients and inspired menu – 817 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903