In Albemarle County Where Tradition is Always New

A Bit of History

Highland, the home of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, is adjacent to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in the Charlottesville area. Purchased by Monroe in 1793, the property was home to the Monroe family for nearly 25 years. Acquired by William & Mary (Monroe’s alma mater) in 1974, Highland offers tours each day, hosts community and private events, and features a robust museum shop including a Virginia Artisans Room. For more details about James Monroe’s Highland, visit or call 434.293.8000.

Recently named the “locavore capital of the world” and home to Thomas Jefferson, our nation’s “Founding Foodie,” the destination has a wide array of culinary assets and festivals for visitors and locals alike to enjoy throughout the winter season.

What’s New 

The Ridley Restaurant will be a top destination for upscale-casual dining and fresh seafood offerings. Located within The Draftsman Hotel (an Autograph Collection property, The Ridley will combine convenience and accessibility with an unparalleled experience. The concept pays tribute to Dr. Walter N.Ridley, the first black student to receive a graduate degree from the University of Virginia. The menu will include items such as soft shell crab, fried lobster tails, branzino, and red snapper.

The Broadcloth Restaurant is set to open in 2021 and become the signature restaurant at TheWool Factory. This food and beverage destination is located in the historic Woolen Mills neighborhood. Designed  to make guests feel as if they have been invited into Executive Chef Tucker Yoder’s home, the space will feature an intimate dining room, cocktail bar, private dining room for up to 18 guests, and chef’s table seating four right in the kitchen. The menu will be built around Chef Yoder’s strong relationships with the local farmers and purveyors.

Where to Stay

Visitors to the Charlottesville area can enhance their vacation experience by staying at an “Inns of Charlottesville” B&B while visiting nearby area attractions. Early American history buffs might enjoy overnighting at historic properties such as The Inn at Court Square (1785), the Dinsmore House (1800’s), The Inn at the Crossroads (1820), Prospect Hill (whose oldest building dates to 1699) or The Inn at Monticello (1856). Those visiting wineries or the Shenandoah National Park might appreciate the convenience of lodging at The Inn at Sugar Hollow, Cedar Spring Inn, Foxfield Inn or Arcady Vineyard B&B – all are close to some of the best area wineries, and Arcady even has its own vines! For those who enjoy city life, restaurants, cafés, and the arts, the Inn at 400 West High is located within a few blocks of the Downtown Mall. And for area residents who have never been tubing on the James, or who want to visit Scottsville, there’s High Meadows Vineyard Inn, a Victorian era inn.

Designed to fully engage the imagination, The Looking Glass at IX Art Park is considered to be Virginia’s first fully immersive art space. They are now open for business. More than a dozen artists collaborated to create this one-of-a-kind art experience, which will send visitors on a whimsical and interactive self-guided journey similar to that of Alice in Wonderland. Tickets for adults are $15. Children ages 13 and under are $12.

No open, the Quirk is the first boutique art hotel in downtown Charlottesville. An aesthetic blend of chic and vintage is built into every lobby, room and hallway, with stunning attention to detail. Unique headboards were designed by Kiki Slaughter, an artist who grew up in the area and studied art at the University of Virginia. A steady rotation of original works of art will be featured in the hotel’s gallery and throughout many of the common areas. The modernity of the Quirk stands in contrast to two historic homes that are adjacent to the property, which the hotel will repurpose into a private guest room & suite, a coffee shop and a whiskey bar featuring locally distilled whiskies. Additionally, the property will feature an expansive rooftop bar with panoramic views of Charlottesville and the surrounding mountains.