It’s still hard to believe that there are less than two months left in 2016. Thanksgiving is nearing, and we’ll soon be ready for Christmas parties, holiday celebrations, and then finally, New Year’s Eve. Let’s end the year with something fun and festive, ringing in 2017 with a glass of champagne in hand, musical accompaniment in the background, and friends at your side.
The approach of Thanksgiving also signals the “official” beginning of the holiday shopping season—Black Friday. While Black Friday focuses on the crazy sales of big retail, more and more people are preferring to keep their shopping on a local level at nearby small businesses. If you’re one of these individuals, then get ready to “shop small” with special deals on Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2016.
Did you know that October 25 is World Pasta Day? Nope, we’re not kidding! World Pasta Day has its origins in Rome, Italy and started as an annual event during the first World Pasta Congress in 1995. In honor of this holiday and the country that produced it, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite local Italian restaurants, which offer some amazing dishes that will have you wanting to celebrate World Pasta Day every day.
How often do you “check in” to a location Facebook? Maybe you let your online friends know the last time you ate at a local restaurant, attended a sporting event, or visited a vacation destination. What if your small social media action could contribute to a larger cause?
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is more than just a portrait of historic architecture. This Charlottesville landmark offers a peek into the history of Virginia wine, presidential pastimes, gardening indulgences and more. Furthermore, they offer a variety of events and activities with everything from harvest festivals to house tours. Here’s a quick snapshot of the fun upcoming events that you can enjoy during your fall stay at Afton Mountain B&B:
Autumn is our favorite time of the year. As October approaches, orange and black decorations come out in full force, along with plenty of “spooktacular” fun to celebrate the Halloween season. Autumn is also one of the best times to explore Afton and the wondrous natural colors of the Blue Ridge foliage. And if your interest is piqued by the supernatural, you can have a frighteningly good time in and around the Afton area. Here are just of the few spooky activities that you might enjoy:
Fall has arrived, and there’s already a hint of change in the leaves here in Afton, Virginia. The shifting of seasons is always an exciting time, as it brings about something new and something to celebrate. Fall is no exception. With the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween décor also comes a few of our favorite seasonal aspects of autumn in the area—the Three Fs of Fall in Afton.
We are fans of Devils Backbone Brewing Company for a number of reasons. Firstly (and maybe most importantly!), we like their tasty, locally-brewed, award-winning craft beer. Secondly, we love their beautiful Virginia local with scenery that spans a hundred acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Thirdly, we enjoy the fun variety of events that they host, including everything from regular trivia nights to special 75-mile bike rides.
Grab your favorite local brew, and raise a glass to Virginia Craft Beer Month! If you’re looking for a great way to finish off the beer bash of August 2016, then let us suggest a pathway of local breweries to quench your thirst.
It’s no secret that food made from fresh, local ingredients packs a tasty and nutritional punch. Combine these local ingredients with skilled hands and a great location, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic restaurant like Hamiltons’ at First & Main.