Deep in the heart of Central Virginia, bucolic farmland supporting horse country and boutique vineyards, craft breweries and are set against a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, Charlottesville brings the vibrancy of a college town—offbeat music, food, young people, and all—to the rolling countryside. The city hasn’t lost touch with its Southern roots or historic legacy, but it still manages to embrace the creative energy swirling around the University of Virginia. After all, the Charlottesville area has always been a place for revolutionary thinkers, with Monticello and Montpelier both nearby.
The Ebenezer House Bed & Breakfast
Good things come in small packages, and the proof is in Madison, Virginia, just 17 miles from Charlottesville. Here, the historic Ebenezer House Bed & Breakfast has no shortage of charm. Built in 1901 in Culpeper, this former Methodist church was moved and reassembled in Madison in 1984. You’ll be welcomed with a unique gift upon arrival and shown to your cozy guest room, where you’ll find antique furnishings and family heirlooms. Start your day with a country buffet breakfast, then set out to explore Central Virginia’s historic landmarks—Ebenezer is a member of the Inns at Montpelier, so make sure to save time for a visit.
Hiking, Driving & History
Less than a mile off Route 29, the B&B is also 20 minutes from Shenandoah National Park. “Stretching for more than 100 miles through Virginia,” says Southern Living, “Shenandoah National Park has lured generations of nature lovers with its gorgeous mountain vistas, winding hiking trails, and tumbling waterfalls.” Not up for the hike, take a drive through Sky Line Drive along the park. Seven miles away is James Madison’s Montpelier, to which you’ll receive two tour tickets. Begin learning about Madison’s sizable contribution to the Constitution in the visitors’ center, then proceed to the main house and sprawling grounds. If you can’t get enough presidential history, you can make the 30-minute drive to see Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate or Ashlawn home of James Monroe.