New Year’s Eve is all about new beginnings and celebrating the possibilities of the upcoming year; another trip around the sun, and great things to come in the New Year. Julius Caesar dedicated New Year's Day to Janus, the Roman god of new beginnings. His two faces allowed him to see in the past and future at the same time. Although we may not be able to see the future like Janus, we still celebrate the possibility that the New Year brings.
When our guests ask us which one of our local craft breweries is our favorite, our answer is always the same: it’s whichever one we’re currently sitting in. And while that may be true, it’s not necessary very helpful to folks visiting our area. Luckily, there are other resources out there to help you decide which breweries to visit. One of the best resources available is a website called The Brew Ridge Trail.
Minimizing our impact on the environment is one of the key parts of our business philosophy. We try to take reasonable steps to reduce our carbon footprint wherever we can. Most notably, we installed an 8.6 kWh solar panel array back in 2015. We recycle, use LED light bulbs, rechargeable batteries and collect rainwater. We also try to incentivize our guests to be environmentally conscious.
Nelson County’s newest addition, Brent Manor Vineyards, is a boutique winery which aims to combine the best traditions of the old-world wines with the delicious flavors of the new world. Owners Jorge and Tracie are passionate about this blend of old and new, so passionate in fact, that they left their work in the insurance world behind to manufacture exquisite wines just south of Charlottesville.
From buying local ingredients for breakfast to our 30 solar panels, we pull our passion of sustainably enriching our community into every aspect of our business. That’s why we’re committed to supporting the local Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and Almost Home Pet Adoption Center near Lovingston.
Charlottesville’s newest distillery, Ragged Branch, is a nod to the ragged mountains of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding it. Situated on a knoll amongst the mountains Southwest of Charlottesville, the view from the tasting room is exquisite. The view is not the only thing to love about Ragged Branch, though. From beginning to end, their bourbon is independently, locally made:
Since the late eighties, the American Shakespeare Center has been running world class productions around the Americas, but it wasn’t until 1999 that it found its home in Staunton, Virginia. Ever since, it has specialized in plays by our favorite Elizabethan playwright and, occasionally, his contemporaries.
Charlottesville has a few distinguishing markers: an array of historic homes, a truly exquisite restaurant selection, and an outdoor pedestrian mall to boot. However, there is nothing more Charlottesville than Thomas Jefferson. From his stately home, Monticello, down to his influence on the University of Virginia, the founding father is all over the town. The Annual Tom Tom Founder’s Festival is a yearly birthday bash to celebrate the favorite founding father’s legacy.