Monticello Tells Thomas Jefferson’s Story to a Modern Audience

February 24, 2015 1:59 pm

Monticello, the historical estate that once served as the home of Thomas Jefferson, is probably Charlottesville's biggest claim to fame. All ages will most likely be able to find something interesting at the former homestead, now a tribute to both the founding father and to the enslaved people who lived and worked here.

A day pass gets you access to the grounds, parking, guided tours, and several museums and exhibitions, not to mention the gift shop. Tours last about 30 minutes, and Yelp reviewers rave about the tour leaders. If you’re traveling with kids, the children’s tour keeps kids’ attention with historical toys and appropriate answers to each child's questions. Kids under age 5 get in for free. Tours of the grounds are available seasonally.

Naturally, it’s busier during the peak summer season, but that’s a beautiful time to enjoy the grounds and the gorgeous views of the surrounding country. Consider eating at the visitor’s center with its lovely outdoor patio.

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 984-9822

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Snag a Picnic Lunch or Single Sandwich at Salt Artisan Market on the Monticello Wine Trail

February 17, 2015 11:10 am

It takes a village to pack a picnic basket—or at least that's the philosophy at Salt Artisan Market. The charming Charlottesville cafe sits right along the Monticello Wine Trail, making it the perfect spot to pick up a picnic when you're out and about at the area's various wineries. To pack the picnic baskets, Salt's kitchen team enlists the help of many local vendors and farmers.

Its list of local sources includes businesses like Oakecroft Farm, The Spice Diva, and Pickled Silly, all located in Charlottesville or nearby towns in Virginia. The same purveyors provide the goods for sandwiches and breakfast dishes that you can enjoy in-house at Salt Artisan Market. Sit down for a spicy andouille sandwich with onions and sweet peppers, the three-cheese grilled cheese, or a Local Soul sandwich stuffed with miso-marinated tofu, kimchi, and spicy plum chutney.

Salt Artisan Market
1330 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 270-2072

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The Boneyard: Home-Style Southern Cooking by a Charlottesville Local

February 10, 2015 11:19 am

The PBLT sandwich at The Boneyard is little like the childhood staple you might first associate it with—that is, the PB and J. However, it does have a few things in common with the classic BLT. Bacon, romaine lettuce, and tomato all crowd inside the sandwich with pimento cheese. Chefs stuff the unique fixings inside a brioche bun and serve it to awaiting customers at The Boneyard. It's one of the most popular items on the menu.

It's far from the only option, however. The Boneyard's Chef Casey also dishes out other sandwiches and brunch dishes to Charlottesville diners. One Yelp reviewer describes the shrimp and grits served at Sunday brunch as "out of this world," and another notes that they're made in-house, but so is most of the fare served here. You can also grab a cocktail and a nosh at the bar if you're not interested in sitting down for a full meal.

The Boneyard
1221 E. Market Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 282-2713

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