Prospect Hill – The Virginia Plantation Inn,
Bed & Breakfast Inn and Restaurant

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Charlottesville Area
Things to Do, Places to Go


Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902 - (434) 984-9822
Charlottesville is Thomas Jefferson’s town; Monticello is his home. No other home in the United States more accurately reflects the personality of its owner than Jefferson's architectural masterpiece and beloved mountaintop home. Monticello is the only home in America recognized by the U.N. as a World Heritage Site. Guided tours of the house are offered daily throughout the year.


The Lawn & Rotunda of UVA

1717 University Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903 - (434) 924-7969
Originally Thomas Jefferson’s “Academical Village”, the Lawn and the Rotunda are iconic figures in what is now one of the premier universities in the country, The University of Virginia. Named a United Nations’ World Heritage Site, the Rotunda is a half-scale tribute to Rome’s Pantheon and offers free guided tours daily.


Spectacular Virginia Wine Tours
Multiple Central Virginia locations

More than two centuries after Thomas Jefferson first took winemaking from the province of backyard hobbyists to a focus on refining exceptional varietals, Virginia winemaking has hit its stride. With over 20 Charlottesville area vineyards strewn throughout our beautiful region, and each with its own unique tasting rooms, you'll find yourself in vino heaven. Among our favorite wineries and vineyards are Blenheim, Jefferson, Trump, King Family, Pippin Hill Farms, Cooper, and Barboursville.


The Monticello Artisan Trail

The Monticello Artisan Trail is a regional trailway that connects destinations (craft artisan studios, galleries, agri-artisan farms, markets, local restaurants, and area points of interest) in Albemarle and Nelson Counties and the City of Charlottesville. Travel the Monticello Trail and discover the beauty of the mountains and valleys that local artisans call home.


James Madison’s Montpelier

11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957 - (540) 672-2728
Visit the lifelong plantation home of James Madison, the fourth U.S. President and the “Father of the Constitution”. Montpelier would also later become the home of his wife, Dolley, whose graciousness and hospitality inspired the term “First Lady”. Madison called this 2,700 acre estate “a squirrel’s jump from Heaven”.


James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland

1000 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902 - (434) 293-9539
Restored home of the 5th president of the U. S., author of the “Monroe Doctrine”, and close friend of Thomas Jefferson. James Monroe's 550-acre estate recreates the atmosphere of a working farm. Stroll through the ancient boxwood gardens, tour the charming frame and brick house, and observe spinning and weaving demonstrations as you admire the 360-degree views of this piece of Americana.


The Historic Downtown Mall

Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 - (434) 295-9073
A visit to Charlottesville isn't complete without a stop at the Downtown Mall, one of the most beautiful and successful pedestrian malls in the nation. Ours contains a vibrant collection of more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants (many with outdoor cafés) housed in the historic buildings on and around old Main Street. Ice skate, enjoy a movie or play, or simply relax under magnificent oak trees along the red-bricked mall. Convenient parking in nearby garages makes a visit easy for guests of all ages.


The Unforgettable Shenandoah National Park

Located just West of Charlottesville, Shenandoah National Park is 500 miles of hiking trails (including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail) and 20,000 acres of recreation and re-creation. Cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, quiet wooded hollows... it’s all there! Skyline Drive is the scenic roadway that takes you through the park, and four separate entrances provide access. Whether it’s an exhilarating hike, a meander along Skyline Drive, or a picnic with the family, you’ll be glad you made a Shenandoah escape!


Michie Tavern (circa 1784)

683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902 - (434) 977-1234
Located 1⁄2 mile below Monticello, this historic tavern accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through an historical journey which recreates 18th-century tavern life. Servers in period attire offer bountiful Colonial midday fare. The rustic tavern setting renders a dining experience rich in Southern culture and hospitality.


Bonaire Hot-Air Balloon Charters

(434) 589-5717
Escape on scenic sunrise or sunset flights over the majestic and tranquil Virginia countryside. Choose private, romantic flights for two, or take a group flight and meet other adventure-lovers.


James River “Reeling & Rafting”

265 Ferry Street, Scottsville, VA 24590 - (434) 286-4386
Tube, canoe, kayak, or raft down the historic James River. Choose between Class 1, 2 or 3 rapids, with trips spanning from 4 to 12 miles. Enjoy nature as you observe deer, herons, osprey, and bald eagles... and then end your adventure with on-sight hot showers.


James River Runners, LLC

10092 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, VA 24590
Offering exciting tubing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting and camping trips down the scenic James River, this is the oldest and largest tubing company on the James River.


Spring Creek Golf Course

109 Clubhouse Way, Gordonsville, VA 22942
(540) 832-0744

Spring Creek Golf Course is a Nationally Recognized golf facility (Golf Digest has rated Spring Creek #58 on its America's 100 Greatest Public Courses List)! Only 4 miles from Prospect Hill, this award-winning course offers a strategic challenge in a placid setting, giving the golfer a feeling not found anywhere else in the country.


Lake Monticello Golf Club

51 Bunker Boulevard, Palmyra, VA 22963 – (434)-589-3075
This beautiful year-round, semi-private, course features 18-holes (par 72) with four sets of tees. Thoughtfully designed to flow with the natural contours of Piedmont Virginia's rolling landscapes. State-of-the-art golf cart are available, but walking is permitted.


Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library

160 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, VA 22904 - (434) 243-1776
Within the University Archives, this library administers over 12 million manuscripts; 2.5 million items; 300,000 rare books; 4,000 maps; 4,000 broadsides; 125,000 photographs and small prints; 8,000 reels of microfilm and microfiche; and substantial holdings of audio recordings, motion picture films, and ephemera. Open Monday through Saturday.


Battle of Trevilian Station
(Historic Marker)

Louisa Road and Trevilian Square, Louisa, Virginia 23090
Identified by a commemorative roadside marker, this site memorializes the largest all-cavalry battle of the Civil War. At this spot, on June 12, 1864, Sheridan’s cavalry, coming from Trevilians, attacked Wade Hampton, who had taken position across the road. A bloody engagement followed. Fitz Lee joined Hampton, and the Union cavalry was driven back. That night Sheridan retired eastward. Nearby, Custer positioned himself between Fitz Lee’s division and the rest of Wade Hampton’s cavalry, capturing wagons. The Confederates recaptured the wagons but withdrew to the west after a fierce conflict.


Edgar Allan Poe’s Room

McCormick Road, UVA Campus, West Range #13 - Charlottesville, VA 22902
The iconic author and poet’s room, restored to the 1826 time period, when he was a student at the University of Virginia. Features an historical recording about his life.


Walton’s Mountain Museum

6484 Rockfish River Road, Schuyler, VA 22969 - (434) 831-2000
Step back in time with a visit to the quaint childhood village of Earl Hamner, Jr. (the creator of “The Walton’s” television program). The museum includes 4 rooms replicating the TV sets of “Ike Godsey’s Store”, “John Boy’s Room”, and more.


Hatton Ferry

10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, VA 24590 - (434) 296-1492
Experience times past, and cross the James River on the Hatton Ferry, the only poled ferry still operating in the United States. Under ideal conditions, a round-trip crossing takes about 30-45 minutes, and no more than two cars and six people can be taken at one time. The Hatton Ferry operates free of charge (subject to river levels).


Jack Jouett’s Ride (Historic Marker)

East High Street & Park Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
This road-side marker commemorates the site of the historic Cuckoo tavern. It was from this tavern, on June 3, 1781, that Jack Jouett rode to Charlottesville, by the Old Mountain Road, in time to warn the members of the Virginia government of the coming of Tarleton’s British cavalry.


Lewis & Clark and Sacagawea Statue

West Main Street & Ridge Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
This impressive statue commemorates the 1803-1806 journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The statue sits upon a block of pink granite, which includes an inscription describing the explorers and their lofty mission. The figures of Lewis, Clark and Sacagewea face West, and are considered historically accurate with lovely proportions and beautiful details.


Virginia Discovery Museum

524 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 - (434) 977-1025
An exciting world of education and fun for children and their families. The Museum has two exhibit spaces: the Back Gallery exhibit changes every six months, and the Museum's Front Gallery is full of interactive exhibits about science, history and the arts. Also of note is the historic Carousel featuring six painted “Mangells”. The last known kiddie carousel of its type in this country, the carousel revolves, but the horses do not go up and down.

 

 


 

 

“The owners and staff definitely understand the importance in the name of Bed and Breakfast. The bed was most comfortable and the breakfast was great - available in the dining room or brought to our room - our choice. The room seemed to have the right blend of modern needs and plantation appearance - it all added up to a most pleasurable experience. We were most interested in visiting Monticello, only a 20 min ride - which was a very good historical visit.”
Glenn (July, 2012)
TripAdvisor.com



"One of the great things about Prospect Hill is breakfast, which comes with the price of the room. You can eat in the Manor House or, as we prefer, they will bring breakfast to you. This is just plain decadent and so enjoyable. Breakfast consists of things such as French toast, Poached Eggs, or Belgian Waffles. Coffee, cream, a fresh fruit cup, fruit juice and necessary condiments accompany each breakfast.

Podge (February, 2013)
TripAdvisor.com


“This is an amazingly beautiful property. My husband and I visited in late September and we had a wonderful time. The innkeepers were so welcoming, we felt like part of their family... my husband literally did not want to leave. In addition to the great food, beautiful quarters and gorgeous views, there are many animals including chickens, cats, dogs and horses. This was our favorite B&B on our trip and we are hoping to visit again in 2013!”
(December, 2012) – Bedandbreakfast.com

 

Charlottesville Area
Calendar of Events


Courtroom Sketches of
Ida Libby Dengrove
Dates:  October 28, 2014 - June 01, 2015
Location: Arthur J. Morris Law Library, 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Ida Libby Dengrove worked from 1972 to 1987 as a courtroom illustrator for NBC-TV in New York. She sketched some of the most noteworthy trials and notorious offenders of the twentieth century, working at a time when cameras were forbidden in most courtrooms. Using chalk pastels and charcoal pencils, she captured John Lennon as a defendant, Jackie Kennedy Onassis as a plaintiff, Mick Jagger as a witness, and Sid Vicious as an accused murdered.  She sketched mobsters John Gotti, Carmine “The Snake” Persico, and Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno as they tried to escape the grip of the law. Her work on the David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz trial and Craig Crimmins “Murder at the Met” trial earned her two Emmys.


The Art of Mark King
Dates:  November 09, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Location: Graves Fine Art Gallery, 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville,
Virginia 22942

Art aficionados won’t want to miss this "Mark King Legacy Exhibit" commemorating 35 years representing the Internationally Acclaimed "Champion of Impressionism" who passed away in April at the age of 83.  Featuring his last paintings, including "Fishing Boats at Cassis", "Oceanside", "Portofino", "Virginia Hunt", and his final painting, "Thunderheads".


Florida Georgia Line
Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Reigning CMA Vocal Duo-of-the-Year Florida Georgia Line is coming to Charlottesville. FGL’s Top 5-and-climbing hit “Dirt” has been certified PLATINUM by the RIAA for selling over 1 million copies and is the lead single from their highly anticipated sophomore album ANYTHING GOES.


Scotty McCreery
Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
Location: Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street
Charlottesville 22903

The surprisingly deep vocals of 16-year-old Scotty McCreery not only snagged him a ticket to Hollywood in the 11th season of “American Idol,” but it also earned him the top spot and a record deal with Mercury Nashville. His 2011 major label debut “Clear as Day” topped The Billboard 200 upon its release, spreading his fresh take on throwback country across the continent. McCreery, who draws comparisons to the baritone vocals and country twang of Randy Travis, supported superstar Brad Paisley and The Band Perry on tour before taking off on his own string of U.S. headlining concerts.


The Harlem Globetrotters
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, 22903

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters’ unrivaled family show features some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family – creating memories that will last a lifetime.


Fleetwood Mac
Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, 22903

It’s still magical! Between Lindsey Buckingham’s epic guitar solos, Mick Fleetwood’s massive drumming, John McVie’s strong bass work, Stevie Nicks’ patented spins to punctuate the lovely 'Gypsy' and Christine McVie’s lush vocals, Fleetwood Mac is ready to take on what Buckingham has called ‘the next chapter’.


2015 Virginia Festival of the Book
Dates: March 18 - 22, 2015
Location: Various locations throughout Charlottesville

This 21st annual event is a 5-day festival of literary events which honor book culture and promote reading and literacy. Readings, panel discussions and book signings are held throughout the area during the festival. Admission to everything except for special luncheons and receptions is free and open to the public. There are usually about 150 total programs, including adult and children's programming.


Lily Tomlin
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Location: Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street
Charlottesville 22903

Lily Tomlin is a consummate entertainer whose wit and presence of mind makes her one of the best comedians of the century. Her life experiences have given her a plethora of material for her one-woman show. Laugh, cry and remember as she steps into her iconic characters, including "one ringy-dingy" telephone operator Ernestine, lounge singer Tommy Velour, R&B singer Pervis Hawkins, punk rocker Agnes Angst, and Edith Ann, a precocious little truth-teller perched in a giant rocking chair.


Tom Tom Founders Festival
Dates: April 13 – 19, 2015
Location: Multiple venues throughout Charlottesville

The Tom Tom Foundation is a not-for-profit which hosts this seasonal public festival to celebrate new ideas and community in Charlottesville (this past spring’s festival assembled 13,500 attendees for 5 block parties, 116 speakers, 75 concerts, and pitch competitions that seeded start-up businesses with over $700,000. The Foundation exists to educate the public about entrepreneurship and innovation, with proceeds funding the creation of public art.


Historic Garden Week
Dates: April 18 – 20, 2015
Location: Multiple locations throughout Charlottesville area

Coinciding with the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, the 87th Annual Historic Garden Week offers a rare opportunity to visit over 250 of Virginia’s most gracious homes and lavish, hidden gardens during “America’s Largest Open House”. This 8-day, statewide event showcases unforgettable gardens and beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by more than 3,400 Garden Club of Virginia members. Since its beginning in 1929, Historic Garden Week has raised some 17 million dollars for the restoration of public gardens across Virginia, including Mount Vernon, Monticello, and the grounds of the Executive Mansion in Richmond.


Foxfield Spring Races
Date: Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Location: 2215 Foxfield Track
Charlottesville, 22901

For over 30 years this alluring but challenging course has provided a beautiful setting for one of steeplechasing’s premier events. These Spring races tend to attract the younger UVA crowd (as opposed to the Fall “Family Weekend”, and students and other attendees dress in a Southern, aristocratic style, with a plethora of Seersucker, bowties, and pastel colors predominating the atmosphere. According to well-seasoned race visitors, “If you spot a horse during the race, you’re doing it all wrong!”


Monticello Naturalization Ceremony
Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Location: Thomas Jefferson’s      Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
Charlottesville, 22902

There is no more inspirational place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Monticello, the home of the author of the Declaration of Independence. Since 1963, more than 3,000 people from every corner of the globe have taken the oath of citizenship at the annual Monticello Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony (the largest naturalization ceremony held outside of a courtroom).


Lockn’ – Interlocking Music Festival
Dates: September 10 – 13, 2015
Location: Oak Ridge Estate
2300 Oak Ridge Road
Arrington, VA 22922

A 4-day music & camping festival with an emphasis on world class music, locally sourced food and sustainability, all situated in the Blue Ridge foothills of Central Virginia. Lockn's two side-by-side main stages feature full sets running seamlessly from one to the other without breaks between performances, giving the audience a unique and singular experience. The emphasis is on quality over quantity, as fewer bands play longer sets. Scheduled acts include Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The String Cheese Incident, and The Doobie Brothers.


9th Annual Heritage and
Harvest Festival
Dates: September 11 & 12, 2015
Location: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
Charlottesville, 22902

Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation, and sustainable agriculture. Come celebrate his legacy in a fun, family-oriented, educational event promoting gardening, sustainability, local food, and the preservation of heritage plants. Participants will enjoy traditional tastings, workshops, hands-on demonstrations, interpretive walks, and a variety of garden tours and exhibits.

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