This post took forever to get together because I took a ridiculous amount of photos (trying to narrow them down was a real nightmare).
Last year, Joe and I headed down to Richmond, VA for our Summer vacation (with the added bonus of meeting Ashley and Jesse!) over the Fourth of July weekend. We liked Virginia so much that we decided to go back for our vacation this year – except this trip had us headed towards Charlottesville.
Prior to even heading out there, we used Kayak to book a hotel. Joe ended up accidentally booking an extra night so he had to cancel it. When you cancel reservations on these sites, they don’t immediately happen so he was unable to re-book the hotel so I jumped in. I, being the
cheap thrifty lady I am, I hopped over to Expedia and found a nicer hotel for $10 less than the hotel we originally booked (and ps – this hotel was about $40 more than the original hotel when we first looked)! Basically we were really excited about being so clever because that meant there was more to spend on food.
But then, we had to wait. Side note: doesn’t it feel like forever when you’re counting down the days until a vacation?
Finally, the day came and we got into the car at like 7AM and started driving. Joe does all the driving on these trips because I immediately fall asleep. Don’t worry – I planned ahead and wore my maxi skirt so I would be cozy for the drive.
I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Charlottesville, but it felt like they had the bluest skies I had ever seen. Maybe it was my rose-colored vacation glasses, or perhaps I’ve been living in NYC for too long.
After getting to C-Ville, Joe and I checked in and dropped everything off in our hotel room. We also had a killer view that we took advantage of it that night for the fireworks. The hotel we were at was right off the Downtown mall which meant we had tons of shops and restaurants to explore. We were not disappointed with the food.
I guess it’s time to get the cat out of the bag…
We loved Charlottesville so much that we bought a house!
Juuuuuust kidding – that’s Monticello (a must see for both Joe and I). My favorite part about this photo is that Joe and I are both accidentally dressed patriotically, which matches the bunting.
Since Joe and I are both history nerds, I didn’t really have to do much persuading to visit. I think I said “Hey, would you want to see Monticello while we’re in Charlottesville?”, to which Joe said “um, yeah”. Neither of us cared that the tickets were $24 each because getting to finally see this place was pretty darn awesome. After all, I’ve been hearing about it for so long (I first learned about this building in my senior year of high school).
On a more serious note, Monticello is amazing. It’s literally dripping with history, all while you’re up in the mountains with these beautiful views.
There is a garden area that’s still maintained. It’s filled to the brim with things like corn, basil rosemary, tomatoes, artichokes, and different types of lettuces/cabbages. Those were the biggest I’ve ever seen (hence my feet in that shot so you can get a sense of how big everything was).
Oh, and there are also some grapes for the wine. Can’t forget that.
After the tour inside the house (photos aren’t allowed), you’re able to explore the grounds some more. We found a kitchen under the house – which makes sense because I didn’t notice one during the house tour – and a bunch of fun items like that camera obscura. I felt compelled to take the photo of Joe taking a photo of me.
Guys – this was Thomas Jefferson’s view from his side porch. I nearly died when we walked out there because, again, there were amazing views. Immediately, I imagined T.J. hosting many dinner parties with guests enjoying some leisure time out there.
What a rough life.
Overall, Joe and I loved Charlottesville. It’s definitely a place we can see ourselves living – and if so, I would get the yearly Monticello pass so I could hang out there every day. There are mountains nearby for hiking, lots of historical things to see, and its’ still near some major cities. Also, the houses are adorable and everyone there was so friendly (three people said hello to Joe one morning when he was out for a run).
Have you snuck away this Summer? Maybe explored your own city while enjoyed a staycation? If you could buy and live in any historical home, which would you choose?