The Inn at Monticello
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The Inn at Monticello, our bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, Virginia, carries on a tradition of gracious southern hospitality on 5 wooded acres, with mature trees shading the house, and a pristine creek running through the stately grounds.
The Inn has five guestrooms, all with private baths, and a separate cottage that is sometimes available for guests. Several rooms have fireplaces or private porches. All are decorated with antique or reproduction furniture from the colonial or Victorian eras. In the fall and winter, guests often enjoy a glass of wine by the hearth in the living room. In the spring and summer, they love to sit on the front porch while being entertained by the birds and the deer.
Breakfast at the Inn at Monticello is a celebration of fine food and great company. We serve a full gourmet breakfast each morning, with guests seated like family around the dining table. We offer beverages in the afternoon, and homemade cookies or brownies in the evening.
Although guests can enjoy the peace and quiet of our award-winning Charlottesville, VA bed and breakfast inn, most choose to take advantage of our convenient location to explore some of the natural and historic sites that are located nearby. We are situated just five minutes from Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and Ashlawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe; and less than 10 minutes from historic downtown Charlottesville's pedestrian mall, and the University of Virginia. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and more than 20 Virginia wineries are within 30 minutes, including Jefferson Vineyards, where our nation's third president, the "Father of American Wine," first tried his hand at viniculture. See why Life Magazine, Drinks Magazine and National Geographic Explorer magazine named the Inn at Monticello as the perfect place to stay when visiting Virginia wineries, or when taking the journey through hallowed ground.
The Inn at Monticello is also located in the midst of a thriving performing and culinary arts community. The Paramount Theater and the Charlottesville Pavilion, located on the downtown pedestrian mall, and the John Paul Jones Arena, located on the grounds of the University of Virginia, offer headliner entertainment throughout the year. There are more than 50 great restaurants located with a 10-minute drive of the Inn, offering traditional and internationally-inspired foods.
Come and stay with us and see why Frommer's and Cities Ranked & Rated recently named Charlottesville as the #1 city in which to live, and why Money magazine and Relocate America identified it as a great place to relocate.
For your comfort and convenience, the Inn at Monticello is centrally heated and air-conditioned, and we offer secure wireless high-speed Internet connections.
Throughout the mid-Atlantic, we are known for our gracious hospitality and service. As Thomas Jefferson said in 1816, "You know our practice of placing our guests at their ease."
The Inn at Monticello is the perfect place for your Virginia vacation.
In the spring, summer, and fall, our front porch is a popular place for talking with other guests or watching the birds. In the winter, the living room fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere for sipping wine or drinking tea. We have many interesting books and magazines about Charlottesville, which guests are free to read.
There are plenty of outdoor places for guests to explore. We are situated on five picturesque acres, with a beautiful creek and magnificent trees and gardens. Next door is Willow Lake, where guests may cast a line. Across Scottsville Road from our property are safe, well-maintained trails which allow guests to easily walk to Monticello, Michie Tavern, or Carter Mountain Orchard. We are located within 30 minutes of the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and the Appalachian Trail.
Our rooms feature plush linens, towels, and robes. In the colder months, we place down comforters on the beds. We proudly feature comfy Downlite pillows on our beds. Throughout the year, we offer premium soaps and lotions from Gilchrist & Soames and Greenwich Bay Traders in our bathrooms. We serve our own special blend of coffee at breakfast and fine Virginia wines and other beverages in the afternoon, in the living room or on the porch. In the evening, we usually put out freshly baked cookies or sweets.
The Inn at Monticello also offers wireless Internet connections and CD players in our guest rooms.
For dog and cat lovers, our Norwich Terrier dog, Rudy, and our Birman cat, Daisy, enjoy being petted and hugged by our guests.
If you would like to enjoy the skilled hands of a licensed masseuse during your stay, we can recommend a reputable therapist.
We will do everything we can to make your Virginia bed and breakfast experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Gourmet Country Breakfast
Breakfast is a celebration of fine food and great company at our bed and breakfast in Virginia. Wake up to the aroma of our own special blend of freshly brewed coffee from Escalera Roasters, and enjoy a cup on the porch or in the living room. Or, sip a cup of fine tea and read the newspaper as you await a lavish gourmet breakfast featuring wonderful country cooking.
Served at 8:30 a.m. in our dining room, breakfast at our Virginia inn includes fresh fruit and juice, home-baked muffins, scones or coffee cake, and an ever-changing menu of delicious entrees. Some of our most requested dishes are Orange Marmalade French Toast, Heavenly Scrambled Eggs, with smoked Gouda cheese and fresh dill, and a Southern favorite -- Lemon Blueberry Buttercream Pancakes. Bob gets special requests for his grits recipe! Many of these scrumptious recipes are featured in national cookbooks, as well as in the Virginia Bed and Breakfast Association Cookbook.
"You love to cook...and it shows!" remarked a recent guest. The menu is designed to make the most of seasonally available foods. Individual dietary needs and restrictions are always considered as we prepare our morning specialties. Please notify our staff at the time of booking if you have special requirements.
Four Seasons At The Inn at Monticello
The Inn at Monticello, our Virginia country inn, occupies a charming manor house built in 1856. The property originally served as a farm consisting of more than 1,200 acres. In 1988, the house became a bed and breakfast inn. The Inn is now situated on five acres of beautiful wooded land, with a stream running through the property.
Our bed and breakfast is located in an historic part of Charlottesville. Guests sometimes ask, "Did Thomas Jefferson own the land where the Inn is situated?" No, but he was a close neighbor. The Inn at Monticello is located on Route 20, the "Constitution Route," just down the hill from Mr. Jefferson's own Monticello Mountain. Guests can drive the 2.5 miles to Monticello in less than 5 minutes, or they may walk there in 30 minutes on the beautiful Saunders trail that begins just across the road from the Inn.
Other notable former neighbors include Benjamin Franklin Ficklin, who helped to start the Pony Express in 1860, and who also briefly owned Monticello during the Civil War, and Commodore Uriah Levy and his nephew Jefferson Levy, who owned Monticello after Thomas Jefferson's death.
We are also just around the corner from historic Michie Tavern. Originally built in 1784, the Tavern was moved to its current location in 1927 to accommodate visitors to Monticello.
About four miles from us is Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe, fifth President of the U.S. Guests can get an aerial view of his estate from the apple and peach groves of Carter Mountain Orchard, located next to Michie Tavern.
On the way to Ash Lawn-Highland, visitors will pass Jefferson Vineyards, the site where Thomas Jefferson first tried winemaking. In 1773, Jefferson met Filippo Mazzei, an Italian farmer and businessman, who was interested in producing and selling wine in the British Colonies. Jefferson gave Mazzei 400 acres near Monticello to establish a vineyard, and Mazzei began planting vines in 1774. He built a house named Colle, which still stands today. In 1779 Mazzei returned to Europe and became a secret arms merchant for Virginia during the American Revolution, and later a diplomat.
Innkeepers Bob and Carolyn have welcomed guests to the Inn at Monticello since 2006. Bob is a University of Virginia alumnus and was previously a lawyer in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Carolyn, a Georgetown alumna, recently retired from a pharmaceutical company job in clinical research. Both grew up in Maryland and met in Philadelphia.
The Inn's Norwich terrier, Rudy, and its Birman cat, Daisy, have also been greeting guests since 2006. Rudy is frequently mentioned in the Inn's guest book and in TripAdvisor reviews, and he sometimes receives fan mail.
Awards & Affiliations
Our Inn at Monticello has recently been recognized in the following publications:
2011 - Sweet!!! Inn at Monticello featured in AAAWorld January
2011 - cover story about Jefferson's Monticello and "Sweet Charlottesville."
2010 - Featured on the cover and in the Charlottesville Association of Realtors' publication Real Estate Weekly and story "B&B's: A Home Away from Home for the Holidays", Vol. 19, No. 50, December 16 - December 22, 2010.
Named a “perfect base for touring, whether your interest is in wine or history,” “Virginia Vines: Take a Scenic and Historic Tour of Virginia’s Vibrant Wine Country,” Drinks magazine.
Mentioned in“Journey through Hallowed Ground," National Geographic Traveler, March 2006.
Named the best place to stay in Charlottesville, “10 Perfect Escapes for a Summer Weekend,” Life, June 24, 2005. In recognition of Virginia’s growing wine industry, the article gave our city the award for “Best New Place to Drink Wine.”
Named “Best Inn Near a College or University,” Life.
Named “Top 10 Best Inns in the U.S.,” Arrington’s Bed and Breakfast Journal.
We are proud to be featured in the following directories and travel guides:
American Automobile Association (AAA) Regional Guides-- Inspected and approved Affiliate and 3-Star Property.
Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) Directory -- Inspected and Approved Member.
Mobil Travel Guide -- Inspected and Approved property.
AAA Bed and Breakfast Guide.
Fodor's Travel Guide.
Frommer's Bed and Breakfasts of North America and Frommer's Virginia Travel Guide.
Inn Spots and Special Places Guide.
The Christian Bed and Breakfast Guide.
Mid Atlantic Best Bed and Breakfasts Guide.
The Bed and Breakfast Encyclopedia.
American Historic Inns – Member.
The Annual American and Canadian B&B Guide.
Annual Directory of Southern Bed and Breakfasts.
Lanier's Bed and Breakfast Inns and Guesthouses.
The National Trust Guide to Historic B&B’s and Small Hotels.
Country Inns magazine.
The Washington Post, travel section.
How to Find Us
The Inn at Monticello, our award-winning Charlottesville, Virginia bed and breakfast, is conveniently located approximately 2 ½ hours driving time from Washington, D.C.; 1 hour from Richmond, VA.; and 3 ½ hours from Raleigh/Durham, NC.
Our B&B is less than a mile south of I-64 on Rt. 20. Exit from Rt. 64 at Interchange 121, and turn on Rt. 20 heading south. Proceed through 2 traffic lights. After the 2nd light, the road will narrow from 4 lanes to 2. Immediately look to the right for the Inn's red and white "airplane" mailbox, lighted sign, American flag, and driveway. Turn right into the driveway and be prepared to enjoy some gracious southern hospitality! Please do not rely entirely on standard GPS, as you will often be directed past our driveway by about 1/4 mile.