- Monticello is the mountain top plantation built by Thomas Jefferson. Daily tours of the main house, gardens, Jefferson's grave and Monticello Visitor Center are offered. Ashlawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe is 2.5 miles from Monticello and offers tours as well. The area is famous for its vineyards and wineries, most of whom offer tours and tastings. The University of Virginia, designed by our third President, Thomas Jefferson, is an architectural attraction bringing in visitors from all over the world.
Recreation - Overnight primitive camping is available at James River State Park. The area is abundant with overnight and restaurant accommodations. Charlottesville is convenient to the Wintergreen Resort with it's nationally acclaimed golf, tennis, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing and horseback riding is close by in the Nelson County mountains.
Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The eastern portion of the state has winter temperatures averaging above 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The eastern portion of Virginia generally experiences temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.
Charlottesville is located in central Virginia, 60 miles west of Richmond off Interstate 64.