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Montfair’s Winter Wonderland

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Reflections on the Montfair Lake

The first snow of the season blanketed the Blue Ridge over the weekend and what a sight to behold! Our cottage guests enjoyed pines draped with snow and inspiring reflections on the lake. Winter is a wonderful time to experience quiet and solitude in the mountains. Bring your dog, a good book, your favorite snacks and let all your troubles melt away. Wi-fi in our cottages will allow you to stay connected to the outside world if needed and if it snows, we’ll keep the drive clear so you can venture out to experience some of our favorite local winter traditions.

The Dogwood, Sycamore and Hazelnut Cottages

No visit to Central Virginia is complete without a trip to Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall. Enjoy seven blocks of holiday shopping in locally owned shops and dine in one of the many restaurants that line the bricked streets. Near the historic Jefferson Theater is The C’ville Arts Cooperative featuring art and jewelry from local craftsmen and artists of Virginia. On the west end of the mall stop for lunch or dinner at The Whiskey Jar for the best locally sourced Virginia foods. Free parking is available through January 2 along streets and in the Market Street Parking Garage. The Charlottesville Holiday Market is open on Saturdays in December and is sure to offer that special gift for a loved one this holiday season.

If your plans take you west across the Blue Ridge, make sure to take a detour through picturesque Staunton, VA. Stroll along Beverly Street for holiday shopping with a break for lunch at The Pampered Palate Cafe. Afterwards, travel back in time during a holiday lantern walk at the Frontier Culture Museum. This horse-drawn wagon ride will take you from the Old World to the New World and back featuring plays set in olden days during a holiday winter storm.

The heated Sycamore Cottage covered in snow

Sometimes, however, a cottage retreat begs for simplicity. Put your car keys away and just relax. When booking your cottage stay, inquire about having a bonfire party along the lakefront. We’ll supply the bonfire and scenery, you bring the s’mores! Stop by the markets in White Hall on your drive in and pick up all the supplies you’ll need for a warm and hearty meal cooked in your cottage kitchen. Unpack and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind.

Enjoy special winter rates on cottage stays now through January 31 as well as our year-round discounts for stays over three days.  We’d love to hear from you in 2018!  (434) 823.5202 or montfair@montfairresortfarm.com

From all of us at Montfair, to all of our guests past, present, and future, Happy Holidays and have a very Happy New Year!

The wedding arbor in winter

Montfair Celebrates Fall with Its 3rd Annual Open House 

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The Open House idea was begun in 2015 to celebrate our 50th year of business. This year’s festivities will begin at noon and will include hiking the wooded 128-acre property, fishing on the lake, canoeing and mountain biking. We are hosting this popular fall event, free of charge, to celebrate the natural beauty of the area.

“We love this time of year and we love sharing Montfair with the local community,” states Leora Sheridan-Vincenti, one of four sibling co-owners of Montfair Resort Farm. “We welcome our community to come see why Montfair is a popular wedding and vacation venue and to tour our rustic cabins that are open year round for the public.” Cabin tours will begin at 1 PM and 3:30 PM.

Mouth Wide Open, a local food truck, will be onsite, local bluegrass music will start at 2 PM and Henley’s Orchard will be on site with their old time cider press. They will press fresh cider, give out samples as well as sell ½ gallon and gallon jugs of cider.

Joe Sheridan, co-owner of Montfair and founder of Rustic Arts, has a passion for rustic creations and will provide a rustic chair making demonstration focusing on “Rush Weaving” or the seating of his rustic chairs at 2 PM.

Artist Leora Sheridan-Vincenti will lead a nature sketchbook walk at 3 PM. Bring your own journal and drawing pencils for this workshop. Participants will take a walk through the Montfair forest and will be encouraged to find something in nature that resonates with them to draw.

Montfair is teaming up with the International Refugee Committee GenR’s to collect coats for our local refugee community. Please bring any gently used or new adult medium and large sized coats and winter gear to the Open House. Size medium and large are needed most.

The day will conclude with a s’mores bonfire from 4 PM to 6 PM by the lake and a Children’s Lantern Walk lead by Tinkergarten Charlottesville at 5:30 PM.

For more information, please visit Facebook or contact our office at (434) 823-5202.

 

Fall Vacation Sale at Montfair Resort Farm

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Fall vacation savings for family fun and romance now through November 30, 2017! Enjoy 15% 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. 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 Moorman’s River.

Apple season is in full swing 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 days of autumn! There is plenty of fresh air, natural beauty and room to roam on Montfair’s family property. We hope to see you soon!

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!

Cool Summer Vacation Sale at Montfair Resort Farm

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Summer vacation sale 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.

Peach season is in full swing at Henley’s Orchard and Chile’s Peach Orchard, both have pick your own options and homemade peach ice cream is available at certain times.

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 revel in the warm lazy days of summer! There is plenty of fresh air, natural beauty and room to roam on our family property. We hope to see you soon!

Spring Fly Fishing Retreat at Montfair

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We are honored that Therapeutic Adventures has hosted their Women’s Spring Fly Fishing Retreat at Montfair for many years. This retreat is a chance for breast cancer survivors to come together in community and learn about fly fishing. Therapeutic Adventures reserves the Montfair cottages for the women’s shared accommodations and the Event Lodge for all communal activities. During the day the women split into groups, one group stays in the lodge and learns how to tie fishing lures while the other group goes to Sugar Hollow and fishes in the Moormans River. The groups switch activities after lunch. They gather in the lodge in the evenings for meals, yoga, massages, fellowship and music before heading back to a cottage to rest up for the next day. We always love sharing Montfair with this wonderful inspiring group!

 

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Photo Credit: Theresa White – Custom Art and Photography

This annual event is possible due to efforts and support from Therapeutic Adventures, Thomas Jefferson Trout Unlimited, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital – Cancer center, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Women’s Committee, as well as foundations, businesses, and wonderful volunteers.

Upcoming art workshops at Montfair

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There’s no doubt about it; Montfair steeps in creative energy. It helps that the founding family, the Sheridans, have had the arts in their blood for generations. Step into the office and you’ll see landscape paintings by co-owner Leora Vincenti and drawings and rustic chairs made by her brother and co-owner, Joe Sheridan.

When Leora and her husband Dave began to breathe new life into Montfair fifteen years ago, they envisioned the Events Lodge as a space not only for weddings, but also for community gatherings, workshops and retreats.

“We’re excited at Montfair to be at a point now where we can further develop our event programming and support of local artists,” says Leora.

After a successful workshop in February with Steven Martyn of the Sacred Gardener School, Montfair will continue to fill the lodge with eager learners during two upcoming art workshops:

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Impressions from Nature: Block Printing on Fabric

March 25th, 11am–4pm

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Learn the practice and technique of fabric block printing during this workshop hosted by local artists Emily Vanderlinden and Susanna Byrd.

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Rustic Furniture Workshop with Joe Sheridan

May 6th and 7th, 9am–3pm

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Master Artisan Joe Sheridan teaches this two-day class where participants will learn the techniques of rustic chair making.

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We can’t wait to see what attendees of these workshops create! Hope to see you there!

Meetings in the Mountains

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Planning your company’s next business meeting or conference? Tired of always having your meetings in the office? For a change in scenery hold your next meeting at Montfair Resort Farm’s Events Lodge surrounded by nature and beauty. Montfair is located 15 mins north of Crozet in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Events Lodge is a great place to escape to and be disconnected from your normal day to day in the office but still have all the essential that you’ll need for your meeting including wifi, screen, projector, tables and chairs, a full kitchen, and bathroom. The lodge is temperature controlled and has a large wood burning fire place for cold days. If you have breaks in your meeting throughout the day your group will have access to hiking trails, mountain bikes, and canoes. The lodge deck overlook our 6 acre lake which might be a nice spot for a lunch break. We also have 9 vacation cottages onsite if you have any out of town staff traveling in for the meeting. Meetings at Montfair foster a sense of community and the natural environment inspires innovation!

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Check out our events page for more information on our pricing and services! Call our events manager, Katie today to book a tour of the lodge and learn more information about our meeting and retreat packages.  434-823-5202

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