Monthly Archives: September 2017

Lake Front Film Series: Part 3 Getting Back to Real Food the Southern Way

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​The team at Montfair has been delighted to explore the history of local food while supporting the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. The first two events in our Film Series have raised $485 for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank! With those donations, BRAFB is able to provide almost 2,000 meals to local families in need. Our final film in the three part film series will be presented this Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 PM.

Enjoy an evening with our cherished local food historian Leni Sorensen of Albemarle County as we present two films. The first, “Dori”, by award winning documentary maker Joe York is a part of his work for the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Dori Sanders is from Filbert, SC where her family operates one of the oldest African-American farms in the region. Farming has inspired Ms. Sanders as a writer throughout her career. “I guess I started writing because I wanted to leave something for my nieces and nephews, as a way to tell them what life was like on the farm. Food is universal. A must for survival. Food in its own way unites, it nourishes the body and soul.”

The movie showing will be followed by a discussion on traditional growers and food producers, local food tastings​ and a second film showing of “Whole Hog”, a film also by Joe York.

Our event is free, but a suggested donation of $15 benefits the local Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Pre-register or call our office between 9 and 5 daily 434.823.5202.

Highlights:
– Locally sourced food tastings of BBQ and sweet tastes of the season.
– Cider samplings from Albemarle Ciderworks.
– Educational talk and discussion led by local culinary and cultural historian Leni Sorensen.
– Documentary film showing of Dori and Whole Hog at 8:30 pm
– For every $25.00 donation, one hundred meals will be provided for area families by the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

 

Fall at Montfair

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Autumn is the season of falling leaves, crisp days and pumpkins!

At Montfair, September brings a change to the air and many regional festivals to enjoy the finest Virginia has to offer.

  • On Saturday, September 16 Charlottesville Pride Festival will be held at the Sprint Pavilion with entertainment, a beer & wine garden, food trucks, vendors, bouncy houses & activities for kids. While you’re Downtown, take a stroll to the Charlottesville IX Arts Park and enjoy the Cville Sabroso Latin Music and Culture Festival with Latin dance, music, art and food.
  • Don’t miss the 6th Annual TomTomFestival September 22 & 23.  This massive block party celebrates local founders with two days of concerts, food trucks, entrepreneurs, and art in downtown Charlottesville.
  • Caramont Farm, well known for their locally made goat cheese, will be offering tours of their dairy farm, time to hang out with the goats, tastings and a pop-up cheese shop on Saturday, September 24. Visitors are welcome any time between 11am and 4pm.
  • Virginia agriculture has so much to offer and what better way to experience this bounty than at the Virginia State Fair just outside of Richmond. Food, animals, rides and fun!  After your trip to the historic Capital Region, take the two hour drive to Montfair for a cottage get-a-way nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Bring your jackets!  Hiking is a favorite past-time of ours in October with the change of the fall leaves. 

 

Montfair offers a mile and a half leisurely stroll accessible from our cottages. Many nearby hikes are available as well. Sugar Hollow is a local favorite which follows the Moormans River along an easy 2 mile trek to a waterfall before steeply climbing the ridge for several miles to the Skyline Drive. On a warm day, take a dip into a swimming hole and enjoy the filtered shade of the mature mountain forests.

For those more adventurous types a drive to Ravens Roost along the Blue Ridge Parkway offers spectacular panoramas of the Shenandoah Valley at 3,200′ above sea level. Nearby Humpback Rock is a short but strenuous mile hike to a rock outcropping that juts out of the mountains into the sky and offers a birds-eye viewpoint of the valley below.

The Shenandoah National Park from Rockfish Gap to Thornton Gap is the perfect drive for viewing the yellows of tulip poplars and hickory and the reds of maples and sassafras between mid October and early November. Blackrock Summit at MP 84.4 is a short hike with nearly 360 degree views and offers a unique look into the geology of our mountains.

We look forward to seeing you this fall at Montfair! Call us today to reserve your cottage stay. 434.823.5202

Ravens Roost Overlook at Mile Post 10.7 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

 

September Vacation Sale at Montfair Resort Farm

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Late summer vacation savings for family fun and romance now through September 30, 2017! Enjoy 20% off daily cottage rental rates and multiple day packages! Call 434-823-5202 or book online today.

Relax in a cozy cottage, canoe, fish, star gaze and bike. Best yet find yourself rejuvenated after a meander on our wooded hiking trails, see what Virginia native plants you might discover or catch sight of a painted turtle. Try out some birding and you may spot a Great Blue Heron, Night Heron, Green Heron, or a Belted Kingfisher on the Montfair lake! Enjoy a serene paddle in a canoe on the small Montfair lake or fish for bass and brim and discover your inner fisherman.

Take in breweries and wineries. Explore local offerings at a variety of roadside, Crozet, and Charlottesville Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Stop in at one of the local country stores for a cold coke and a yummy homemade sandwich. Make sure you save time to explore the Sugar Hollow entrance to Shenandoah National Park, you will discover this gem tucked away  in the “holler” by following Sugar Hollow rd. that follows the Moormon’s River. You can take in a peaceful mountain side lake swim at nearby Mint Springs Park.

Apple season is beginning at Henley’s Orchard and Chile’s Peach Orchard, both have pick your own options.

The new Wildrock play-scape has opened up and is a ten minute drive from your Montfair cottage right next to the Patricia Byrom Forest Preserve that also has five hundred more acres of hiking trails.

These are just a few of our favorite activities. Come on up to the mountains of Virginia and join us to savor these gorgeous late summer days! There is plenty of fresh air, natural beauty and room to roam on our family property. We hope to see you soon!