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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

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

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.

– 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.


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!

Returning to Eden: Polyculture Gardening with Steven Martyn

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Montfair is excited to host an afternoon with Steven Martyn and Megan Spencer, co-creators of The Sacred Gardener School in Golden Lake, Ontario. Steven’s talk will be based around his new book, “Sacred Gardening,” in which he explores concepts and practices of polyculture forest gardening. Steven has over 30 years’ experience practicing traditional living skills, including gardening, foraging, building, herbalism and healing. This event will be hosted at the Events Lodge at Montfair Resort Farm. Light refreshments provided. Visit our facebook event page or call for more information: 434 823-5202.

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Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Where: Montfair Events Lodge

Tickets: available online or at the door: $15

We’d love to see you there!


Visit the Sacred Gardener website for more information about Steven and Megan’s work, and to see lovely photos of their farm and school in Golden Lake.

Spring Wedding Special at Montfair!

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Spring is a beautiful time of year to get married at Montfair and we are currently offering 20% off of our spring 2017wedding rates! Personally, I think it is the best time of year to get married. I got married here in April of this year! There is a fresh crisp smell to the air as the Redbuds and Dogwoods are starting to bloom. The new green color of spring fills the woods. Our ceremony garden is full with Irises, Daffodils, Geranium, Columbine and Violets. The temperatures are perfect for an outdoor ceremony with dramatic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains behind you. The nights are still cool enough to enjoy sitting around our bonfire pit eating s’mores and drinking apple cider.

We would love to show you around the property and share our beautiful mountain view and our events lodge! Call the office today at 434-823-5202 or email to set up a tour!

Since we still have multiple spring dates available we have a spring 2017 discount of 20% off the wedding rates for April, May and June.

The current available dates are listed below.

April 2017:

  • 14, 15, 16 
  • 21, 22, 23
  • 28, 29, 30

May 2017:

  • 5,6,7
  • 12,13,14
  • 19,20,21
  • 26 (Friday)
  • 28 (Sunday)

June 2017:

  • 9,10,11
  • 16 (Friday)
  • 18 (Sunday)

The Irises are in full bloom!

Outdoor Wedding Weather Tips!

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There can be a lot of positives to choosing an outdoor ceremony. For example if you choose to have your ceremony at Montfair Resort Farm on our wedding field you will have breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains behind you! One aspect of an outdoor ceremony that you can never avoid is the weather. There is a chance that it will be a blue sky day with the prefect temperatures but you won’t know for sure until your wedding day is here.  Since weather could be a concern it is good to think through what you would do in certain situations.

  • Rain: Have a rain plan! At Montfair we have a tented deck that you could use as your ceremony site if the weather is really bad. If you are getting married in the summer and an afternoon thunderstorm rolls through you could start with cocktail hour and postpone your ceremony time until after the storm has past. If it is just a drizzle you could have umbrellas for your guests and still get married outside like you had planned. The wedding party could all wear matching rain boots! It would make for cute pictures.
  • Sunny and Hot:  If you know your getting married in the summer you could prepare for the heat and have fun with it. Setting up a cute table at the ceremony site with water, sunscreen and bug spray is never a bad idea on a hot day. Your wedding favor could be a pair of sunglasses! Make sure your guest have access to water during the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.  You can make your wedding program double as a fan or leave a fan on each seat.  At Montfair we have an air conditioned events lodge that can be used for the reception.  Being able to move inside after the ceremony is nice on those hot wedding days.
  • Cold Weather:  You can have a basket of shawls and blankets up at the ceremony site that guest can use during the ceremony and into the evening if they did not dress warm enough. Think about the food you are planning to serve and choose hot dishes.  Have coffee, hot chocolate and cider available! At Montfair we have a big wood burning fire place in the events lodge and central heat to keep your guests warm. We also have a bonfire pit that your guests can gather around in the evening to make s’mores and drink hot chocolate

These are just a few fun tips to think about when planning your outdoor wedding ceremony. If you are interested in having your wedding at Montfair Resort Farm call Katie Teel our Events Manager today! 434-823-5202

Summer Evenings at Montfair

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During these hot Virginia summers, evenings arrive as a welcome relief. Montfair offers much to vacationers who wish to relax in this calming cool at the end of an active day.

Montfair Event Supervisor, Aila Juvonen, reports that as she tends to wedding reception bonfires, she listens for our resident beaver, who never fails to let her know of his presence: he slaps his tail, thwack! against the surface of the water.


Leora Vincenti, who grew up at Montfair, recalls how her father, Phil Sheridan, would haul out his fishing rod at dusk to catch bass in the Montfair lake.

“He enjoyed the quiet of being outside that time of day. Maybe the fishing was better but mostly it was for the stillness, how the air felt, wind rustling, frogs, crickets, cicadas,” she says.

He might too have heard owls: Screech and Great Horned and Barred, calling out to each other through the deepening trees.

And of course there are stars, twinkling so bright you get lost in space with them, watching them circle in the upturned bowl of the sky, held by dark outlines of mountains. The Milky Way drifts overhead like a silk scarf.  We can’t really capture these indelible moments in photos to splash on our website or post on Instagram. But trust me, summer evenings are Montfair at its core: Nature, comfort, simplicity.

What’s in the Woods: June

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The longest days of the year are upon us. Our wedding ceremony garden is bursting with color and winged visitors; larkspur, tiger lilies, milkweed, swallowtail butterflies, silver spotted skippers. And around the Montfair property, animals take advantage of the long light and warm weather; Baby birds fledge, turtles and frogs slip into the high water and black bears amble down from the mountains. We have had recent sightings of Belted Kingfishers, a Night Heron and ghostly-white Indian Pipes pushing up from the leaf litter. Hike along our trails or canoe in the lake and you’ll be witness to these sounds and sights.

While you stay at Montfair at this abundant time of year, you can also explore the nearby Shenandoah National Park or drive and hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take a peek at this Bloom Schedule and Wildlife Guide to get an idea of what wild beauties you might glimpse during your explorations.

We wish you happy trails, lush and lazy afternoons, and spontaneous, magical encounters!


Wedding Dates Available For Fall 2016!

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Have you always dreamed of a fall wedding? Are you recently engaged but don’t want to wait over a year to get married? You are in luck!  We still have available fall wedding dates! We also host rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, bridal showers, bridesmaids luncheons, etc.

Our current availability:


September 17th and October 29th


September 16th, October 28th, and November 11th


September 18th, October 30th, November 6th and November 13th

Holiday Mondays

September 5th (Labor Day) and October 10th (Columbus Day)


If you are interested learning more about our event space or setting up a tour of the venue please contact our events manager Katie Teel today! or 434-823-5202