Explore the vineyards surrounding Thomas Jefferson’s hometown.
Charlottesville has long been known for the University of Virginia (the only university in the U.S. to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Monticello, former president Thomas Jefferson’s home. Now it is also attracting weekend travelers for its scenic wineries, many of which produce delicious blends.
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 Mountains from the lawn, and check out the on-property ruins of the Thomas-Jefferson-designed Barbour Mansion. Overnighters can bed down at the property’s inn, where restored interiors are a refined mix of damask, oil paintings, four-poster beds, and claw-foot tubs.
Virginia is one of the country’s fastest-growing wine regions, and Palladio is one of the best restaurants in the state—it’s built on the grounds of a now-ruined estate designed by Thomas Jefferson, and the food is as noteworthy as the wine.
Scarlett O’Hara would feel at home at this elegantly restored antebellum plantation with original Italianate windows and marble fireplaces.
The Inn at Meander Plantation
Classic dishes like rack of lamb (paired with local wines) are served in an intimate period dining room.