By Lynn R. Mitchell
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and $5 admission … great time to visit the home of America’s third President! We decided it would be the start of our colonial loop through a tiny part of our historic Virginia because, after all, that’s what history nerds do. Right?
Nearby Jefferson Vineyards was open and serving.
The winter Virginia landscape opens vistas not seen any other time of the year.
Historic Michie Tavern defines, “Eat, drink, and be merry!”
America’s fifth President, James Monroe, lived a few miles down the road from Jefferson.
Carter Mountain … it’s apple cider season.
The view from Carter’s Mountain looking east through the dormant apple trees …
… and looking west-northwest toward Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Donald! His wines have been gifts shipped to my Texas sister.
… with their view overlooking the vineyards.
Virginia countryside that looks in places much as it did in colonial days.
From Charlottesville’s historic attractions we drove down Rt. 20 to Scottsville and took Rt. 6 back over to Rt. 29 where we headed south toward these mountains before turning again onto Rt. 6 toward the Blue Ridge Mountains and home.
The cheapest gas we saw on our journey was $2.18 at Ashley’s Market on Rt. 151 as we made our way toward Afton.
Rt. 6 climbs up the Blue Ridge through the village of Afton as it makes its way toward Rt. 250. Straight ahead on the mountain is I-64, visible because of the bare trees at this time of year.
We didn’t stop at Afton Mountain Vineyards today but it is a beautiful spot with a great outdoor area for sipping wine with friends.
Top of Afton and the Popcorn Man was open for business. Check his Facebook page and the King’s Gourmet Popcorn website for times he is open and the flavors he is cooking up each day. Check also to see when he’s in Waynesboro at Lew DeWitt and Rt. 340 (old Shoney’s location near Outback Steak).
We made our way back home and ready for a busy week preparing for Christmas and the possibility of winter weather next weekend. Fa la la la la!
See also Day 1: Olde Richmond’s Christmas of yesteryear … Miller & Rhoads holiday windows and Legendary Santa
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
December 14, 2014