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Touring Virginia Wine Country

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Photo: Ball & Albanese

East of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont region of Virginia still has the same rolling hills and fields that captivated Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe—only now it lures the likes of locals John Grisham and Robert Duvall. Country lanes wind through villages of trim clapboard structures and around pastures framed by white fences. Recently, progressive farms and serious wineries have blossomed, but life continues at a blissfully slow pace.

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Inspired by: 3 Northeastern Weekend Getaways — by Peter Jon Lindberg, Published Mar. 2009

Hotels (2)

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    Dinsmore House

    Built by a master carpenter on the edge of the University of Virginia campus in 1817, the eight-room hotel retains its Federal-era charm with carve

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    1804 Inn at Barboursville Vineyards

    The restored interior of this intimate inn’s Georgian villa, in Virginia’s burgeoning wine region 20 miles from Charlottesville, is a refined mix o

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Restaurants (4)

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    Pig N' Steak

    The juicy pulled-pork platter draws ‘cue fans from across the state. Sides of sugary baked beans and heaps of crispy fries don’t hurt either.

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    The Local

    Dishes at wood-beam–ceilinged The Local showcase homegrown ingredients, as in Blue Ridge Mountain brook trout with Cajun rémoulade. Virginia gets i

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    Más, Charlottesville

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    Inn at Little Washington Restaurant

    The restaurant at the Inn at Little Washington, a 90-minute drive from Washington, D.C., and its chef, Patrick O'Connell, have received five James

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Activities (9)

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    University of Virginia

    Tour this Jefferson-built institution.

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    Pillow Mint

    The shop sells John Robshaw quilts and Blissliving bedsheets.

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    Georgie

    The shop stocks dresses by Alice + Olivia and 3.1 Phillip Lim.

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    Bittersweet

    The Warehouse District shop sells flirty silk tops and Frye boots.

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    White Hall Vineyards

    The winery makes a jammy Petit Verdot.

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    Calhoun's Country Hams Shop

    For more than 40 years, folks have flocked here for hand-rubbed, air-cured meats. Sandwiches are piled high with silky slices; pick up a bone-in wh

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    Main Street Market

    A hive of shops perfect for supplying a picnic basket.

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    Monticello

    in 1770, Jefferson sold some of the land surrounding Monticello, his sprawling Palladian home up in the hills just outside Charlottesville, to an I

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    Barboursville Vineyards

    Pamper your palate tasting the award-winning wines at this winery and hotel, owned by northern Italians; then take in the views of the Blue Ridge M

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