All this came in the Virginia area on Tuesday/Wednesday and by Thursday, when we arrived in Charlottesville, most of the roads were cleared of both snow and trees, and power had been restored at least in the city. A few of the outlying areas were still without due to trees down over power lines -- crews were working hard to get things back in order.
We stayed at The Inn at 400 West High, a very lovely bed & breakfast just a couple blocks from the downtown pedestrian mall. The present owner purchased the building a couple years ago, did massive renovations and has been open about 1 1/2 years. The breakfasts were amazing!! We were the only ones there for most of our stay as several others cancelled due to the storm. We really enjoyed relaxing by the fire place in the evenings.
|Kitchen area at the B&B|
|Living room at the B&B|
|Stained glass window in the bathroom of the 3rd level suite of the B&B|
Andrew had read about a winery owned by singer Dave Matthews. Quite by accident, our first stop was his Blenheim Vineyards. Unknown to me, Dave is also an artist and each year illustrates one of the wine labels.
|Poster of Dave Matthews wine label illustration for 2010|
There are also several micro breweries and a couple cider houses in the area. We stopped for lunch at Devils Backbone Brewery and Restaurant which was extremely busy on a sunny Saturday.
|A sampling of beers|
|Blue Ridge Parkway|
|Hiking along Rockfish Creek|
Here's Andrew's blog post and photos from around Charlottesville.