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Christmas Tree Farms to Visit this Season


December 5, 2018 | Ivy Publications

‘Tis the season to bundle up and make holiday memories while hunting for the perfect tree. Scroll on for a few local farms and markets you can visit this season. Many offer hot cocoa, homemade wreaths, ornaments and other holiday festivities to make your outing even more special.

Hunt for the perfect tree at these locations:

Bees & Trees Farm (Elkwood)
540-423-9020, beesandtrees.biz

Belmont Christmas Tree Farm (Spotsylvania)
540-854-6757, facebook.com/belmontchristmastreefarm

Claybrooke Tree Farm (Mineral)
540-872-3817, claybrookefarm.com

Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm (Earlysville)
434-971-8796, chisholmvineyards.com

Christmas Trees at The Market at Grelen (Somerset)
540-672-7268, themarketatgrelen.com

Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm (Scottsville)
434-286-3445, foxfireva.net 

Greene Meadows Farm (Stanardsville)
434-990-1999, greenemeadowsfarm.com

Long Meadow Tree Farm (Waynesboro)
540-649-4307, facebook.com/longmeadowtreefarm

Saunders Brothers Farm Market (Piney River)
434-277-5455, saundersbrothersfarmmarket.com

Spruce Rock Farm (Brightwood)
540-543-2309, sprucerockfarm.com

Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm (Leon)
540-547-2576, facebook.com/stonehearth-christmas-tree-farm-181376008540160

 

From Ivy Publications, online and print publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes direct mail; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book book with our popular daytrip section, as well as directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a relocation handbook and a guide to local attractions like Monticello, vineyards and the University of Virginia.

Continuing to develop our newest brands, Ivy Publications opened the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA, a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginia artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire to locally made artisan foods, water, wine, beer and cider, and more. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Thanksgiving in Charlottesville


November 21, 2018 | Ivy Publications

It’s a wonderful time to be celebrating Thanksgiving – Charlottesville Wine & Country style. From sports and holiday celebrations to special shopping events, there is plenty to do in and around town to welcome the holiday season.

Our favorite Thanksgiving tip: Serve made-from-scratch butternut squash soup inside small pumpkins! This is a holiday tradition that gets everyone talking and excited for the beautiful Thanksgiving meal to come.

The perfect local wine pairing: Sommelier Will Curley of Brasserie Saison had some great recommendations last week at Charlottesville Wine & Country’s Wine Pairing Class. He said, “A local Viognier will go beautifully with any Thanksgiving dinner.”

Popular “work it off” Ideas: To work off those Thanksgiving feast calories, these runs are always a great way to connect with the community and support wonderful causes. A few to consider are the “Earlysville Turkey Trot 2018” and the Madison County “Turkey Trot 5K and Senior/Stroller 2K Walk,” both on Thursday, November 22, as well as the “Be Thankful 5K” at Bold Rock Hard Cider’s Nellysford location on Friday, November 23.

Grand Illuminations: These delightful outdoor ceremonies showcase some beloved parts of town and include holiday activities and fun. This weekend, you can enjoy the “Grand Illumination at Boar’s Head Resort” on Friday, November 23. This free event includes horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate and, of course, a tree-lighting ceremony. Be sure to also save the date for “Charlottesville’s Grand Illumination” on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall on Friday, November 30. If you are ready to have your own grand illumination, many local Christmas tree farms also open this weekend. Here is a guide to local tree farms and markets.

The Blessing of the Hounds Tradition: This annual event is held each year on the morning of Thanksgiving Day. Now in its 20th year at Grace Episcopal Church, the event will showcase our local foxhunting tradition and its English origins, as well as include a brief blessing ceremony, with bagpipes, a soloist, hounds and horses. Participants can enjoy cider and donuts and see the beginning of the hunt. Learn more about the historic sport of foxhunting in Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, Book 1.

Shopping Events: If you are ready to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping, check out fun local shopping events this weekend, including “the Downtown 3-Day Mall Crawl” from Friday, November 23–Sunday, November 25, at the Charlottesville Downtown Mall, Starr Hill Brewery’sStarr Bazaar” on Saturday, November 24, and Early Mountain Vineyards‘ “Deck the Halls” holiday event on Saturday & Sunday, November 24 & 25. And, of course, you can check out the NEW Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy this Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11am-5pm for all your holiday needs, from award-winning local wines and artisan foods to gift or add to any holiday celebration, to our beautiful collection of servingware and custom linens.

Whether you are traveling for the holiday or will be spending it in our beloved Charlottesville, we wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday weekend. Be sure to follow our Instagram for a few entertaining and recipe ideas.

If you are looking for more local events, you can find an online calendar at our sister publication, Charlottesville Welcome Book.

 

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

A Day at the Races


November 7, 2018 | Ivy Publications

It was a beautiful autumn day at the Montpelier Hunt Races on Saturday as Shannon Hill Farm’s All Out of Aces took the Montpelier Foundation Cup and Apple Equipment LLC’s Winner Massagot won the afternoon’s featured race, The Noel Laing Handicap. Among the many eight-race winners, female jockey Bethany Baumgardner and Gerard Galligan’s Mavourneen were awarded the Montpelier Cup.

We joined in the festivities and put out our own tailgating spread at Vendor’s Village while tailgaters filled the grounds with food and drink to celebrate the day. Tailgaters used vintage silver, royal plaid linens and equestrian-themed serving ware to showcase their delicious foods, while also incorporating art and other decor in their perfectly arranged spreads.

Wine & Country sponsored the Tailgate Contest again this year and tailgating entrants were challenged to incorporate the theme—French blue, old rose and silver, inspired by Marion duPont Scott’s racing silks. Linens, floral arrangements, candles and even pink champagne and food items appeared on tables alongside tempting arrays of cocktails and drinks. The panel of judges included representatives from Spaces Design Studio and Wine & Country, as well as Celebrity Chef Judge Danilo Orofino of Orofino Restaurant of Fredericksburg.

After tasting and reviewing all the entrants, the panel awarded prizes to four tailgates who stood out from the crowd. Delicious homemade foods on display ranged from crab bisque, deviled eggs and assorted quiches to tenderloin, chili, ham biscuits, chutneys and corn pudding that tasted as fresh as summer. An array of delicious desserts, from charming cut-out horse cookies sporting pink and blue sprinkle saddles (which make an appearance each year at Montpelier) to blueberry and strawberry cupcakes, demonstrated baking skills and a flair for design.

The Legacy Tailgating Prize went to Hugh Craig, who at the age of 91, has attended the Montpelier Hunt Races, now in its 84th year, since his childhood. His father had worked as groundskeeper at James Madison’s Montpelier and his family still has deep ties to the land, coming together every year to put on a beautiful spread of homemade chowder, cakes and delicious nibbles at the races.

Spectators enjoyed good food, friends and the horse racing on this perfect sunny day—a welcome respite from the recent rains. In addition to the tailgate contest, the day included stick pony races for the children, a hat contest, Jack Russell Terrier Races and even a drawing for a special Omega Watch from Schwarzschild, Keller & George Jewelers. A guest artist was also in the VIP area painting the festive scene on canvas.

We had a wonderful time at this year’s races and enjoyed meeting so many Wine & Country readers. If you want to dress up your table for the next tailgating contest, visit our new shop in the village of Ivy. And, of course, we look forward to seeing you again next year!

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

Wine and Country Hosts 1st Wine-Paired Dinner in New Food and Wine Series


October 31, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Last night, our new Food & Wine Pairing Series continued with an intimate wine-paired dinner at Brasserie Saison. The affair was held in the restaurant’s private Library Room, a cozy space that harkens back to old England with its wood paneled walls.

The evening began in The Coat Room, where guests sipped Prosecco and mingled. Once seated in the Library Room, Sommelier Will Curley with Brasserie Saison took the head of the table with guests filling the seats along the farm table. The menu and wine selection were created with the upcoming holidays in mind. Throughout the evening, Curley introduced each wine as it was presented, explaining the characteristics of each selection, as well as how each best pairs with foods. The meal was carefully created for the Charlottesville Wine & Country Experience by Chef Tres Pittard and Curley.

For the first course, guests enjoyed Gravlax, a Nordic dish of thinly sliced raw salmon, topped with fennel, dill, lemon and caper. This dish was paired with three sparklings: Royal Provence “Rivarose” Sparkling Rose, Domaine Bergerie “Crémant de Loire” Chardonnay/Chenin Blanc and Laherte Freres “Ultradition” Champagne.

During the second course, guests enjoyed braised pork served in Sauce Robert, a brown mustard demi-glaze, and garnished with red onion confit. Curley selected three reds to pair with this dish: a 2016 Afton Mountain Vineyards “Tradition,” Berthet-Rayne Côtes du Rhône and a 2015 Domaine Matrot ‘Maranges’ Burgundy.

Guests finished the dinner with a pumpkin pie waffle served with foie gras and roasted figs. This was paired with Afton Mountain Vineyards‘ “VDN” Port-Style Vin Doux Naturel.

After dessert, guests were joined by Chef Pittard, who shared some insights about the evening’s selected dishes and answered questions.

We had such a wonderful time working with Brasserie Saison and Sommelier Will Curley on the first wine-paired dinner in our new series. We cannot wait to see the menu they prepare for our next dinner in November, which will also feature guest winemaker Emily Pelton of Veritas Vineyard & Winery. You can learn more about our Food & Wine Pairing Series here, and find the upcoming dinner classes below!

Class III:  Tuesday, November 13 at 6pm with Guest Winemaker Emily Pelton of Veritas Vineyard & Winery
Class IV:  Tuesday, December 4 at 6pm with Guest Winemaker Shannon Horton of Horton Vineyards

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

Wine and Country Launches New Food and Wine Pairing Series


October 29, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Yesterday, on a beautiful autumn day, we launched the first class in our new Food & Wine Pairing Series. Attendees joined Winemaker Damien Blanchon at Afton Mountain Vineyards for an afternoon tasting, and learned about our region’s superb wines and the local boutique wine industry that has continued to impress both national and international wine connoisseurs.

Focusing on the old-world techniques of creating beautiful wines, Blanchon walked the class through his process of wine production, showcasing his French influences and education. His behind-the-scenes tour began in the vineyard’s fermentation room, where Blanchon explained the process of harvesting and processing the grapes grown at Afton Mountain Vineyards, and even let participants sample some of the wines in the fermentation stages. His love for the land and attention to the grapes were evident in his anecdotes describing the impact of weather and soil on the wines we drink.

The tour continued through the wine processing building, where Blanchon showed participants the winery’s analysis lab, as well as the in-house pressing process and machinery used after harvesting. During his tour of the naturally insulated underground barrel room, he gave the class tastings directly from the barrels, allowing participants to compare the unique flavors and tastes brought about by different harvests, blends and ages.

Following the tour of the wine processing facility, the class strolled through the vineyards down to the scenic tasting pavilion. The beautiful weather showcased the winery’s stunning views and fall foliage.

At the pavilion, the class enjoyed light snacks from the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop before enjoying a formal wine tasting with Blanchon. Participants tasted the released 2017 varietals of the same wines they had sampled in both the production and barrel stages earlier.

We thoroughly enjoyed working with Winemaker Damien Blanchon and Afton Mountain Vineyards for our first class, and learned so much about winemaking and the work and passion that go into each bottle produced. We would like to thank everyone who participated, and we hope you will join us for one of our upcoming pairing classes!

The three final classes in our Food & Wine Pairing Series will be wine-paired dinners at Brasserie Saison. During each class, participants will enjoy talks by Sommelier Will Curley and will be joined at the dinner table by a local winemaker. You can find more information about the course here, and email concierge@ivypublications.com to sign up (classes available as a bundle or individually, and seating is limited).

Class II:  Tuesday, October 30 at 6pm with Guest Winemaker Damien Blanchon of Afton Mountain Vineyards (*Please note, registration for this class closes tomorrow, October 30, at 8am) 
Class III:  Tuesday, November 13 at 6pm with Guest Winemaker Emily Pelton of Veritas Vineyard & Winery
Class IV:  Tuesday, December 4 at 6pm with Guest Winemaker Shannon Horton of Horton Vineyards

 

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From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

5 Things to Love About Fall Horse Races


October 23, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Fall in Virginia means crisp air, colorful leaves and, of course, steeplechase events like the upcoming International Gold Cup Races and the Montpelier Hunt Races. A time-honored tradition, these races bring together Virginians to celebrate equestrianism with old-age style and refinement. These affairs include much more than just cheering on the majestic thoroughbreds and their jockeys. With polished tailgating, dapper fashion and elaborate programming, it is customary for guests to spend the entire day at the races, enjoying the gourmet foods, cheerful company and competitive steeplechase. Scroll on for 5 things we love about these events!

1. The Hats. Carrying on the tradition of the original high-profile horse races in the U.S., which were both social and fashion events requiring full morning dress, today’s races include the donning of lavish hats and fascinators. Both The International Gold Cup Races and the Montpelier Hunt Races host hat contests each year. (Below, bottom right photo by John Nelson Photography, courtesy of The International Gold Cup Races)

2. The Food. Festive tailgating with seasonal decor, overflowing floral arrangements, fine linens and gourmet foods served on silver and crystal are a staple during these events. In fact, both The International Gold Cup Races and the Montpelier Hunt Races host tailgating contests each year, where equestrian fans compete to captivate judges with both mouthwatering and picture-worthy spreads. Once again, Charlottesville Wine & Country will serve as tailgating judges for the Montpelier Hunt Races, and we cannot wait to see all the alluring displays. (Below, top photo by Anna Purdy Photography, courtesy of The International Gold Cup Races)

3. The Fashion. From “Sunday Best” to “Country Chic” attire, Virginia horse races continue to be fashion events. From fall dresses, sport coats and ties, to riding boots, vests and plaid scarves and ponchos, attendees don chic ensembles for a day at the races. These events also include curated vendors for a luxury shopping experience. (Below, top left photo by Richard Clay Photography, courtesy of The International Gold Cup Races)

4. The Drinks. Horse races and cocktails go hand-in-hand, as many larger horse races in the U.S even have their own signature drinks. Virginia races continue this tradition with special drink recipes served at tailgates, and even by incorporating local craft brews and wines. The Mint Julep is the official drink of The International Gold Cup Races, and Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery is the official winery of the Montpelier Hunt Races.

5. The Races. Of course, no day at the races is complete without exciting steeplechases. The proximity to the horses makes for an exhilarating spectator sport where fans watch brightly colored jockeys and their horses race around the bends and over the hills and hedges. Click here to learn more about the history of steeplechase in Virginia. (Below, photos by Richard Clay Photography, courtesy of The International Gold Cup Races)

This season, you can enjoy the  International Gold Cup Races on Saturday, October 27, at Great Meadow, The Plains and the Montpelier Hunt Races on Saturday, November 3, at James Madison’s Montpelier. You can also learn more about the Montpelier Hunt Races in the brand new Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, Volume Seven and purchase tickets for the event at the newly opened Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop.

(Lead photo by John Nelson Photography, courtesy of The International Gold Cup Races)

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

The Road to your Dream Property: Selling Tips


September 5, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is known for year-round natural beauty and small-city sophistication. Even USA Today featured Charlottesville as a great place to invest in a home. “Take one of the nation’s quintessential college towns, throw in a big slice of American history, add golf courses and wineries, set it all in prime horse country, and the result is Charlottesville,” said Larry Olmsted for USA Today. However, when it comes to buying and selling a home, many of us are left with a plethora of questions about the process and what we can expect. So, we took some of our questions to one of our local agents, Gayle Harvey of Gayle Harvey Real Estate, to learn more about the process. Be on the look out for future posts as we continue this realty series in months to come!

Is there a best time to sell and buy?

“It depends. Most people think about the spring market, which generally means inventory will be at its highest level and more buyers will be stirring. That gives buyers a greater selection but also gives sellers more competition. Generally, inventory is at its lowest at the end of the year which could translate to a higher sales price for sellers.

Think about the buyer profile for your property. Who would want to live in your house or neighborhood? Do those people have any timelines that they would need to meet? If so, then place your property on the market about six months before those timelines begin. If your property appeal is “lifestyle” (farm, estate or historic homes) then those buyers generally have time to wait for their dream property and are ready to move, when they find their “ideal” place.”

Are there any exterior elements that affect selling a home?

“The exterior of your home is the most important element. Quite often, if buyers don’t like the exterior and drive into the property, they won’t even get out of the car to go see all the great things you have done to the interior.

Make sure the grass is cut and the flowerbeds and shrubbery are tidy. You don’t want the buyers to think about maintenance. The front door area should be clean and inviting. The exterior of the home is that first impression of how well you have taken care of your home and how much money the buyer will need to spend to address your deferred maintenance.”

How do you stage your house for selling? 

“Make sure your home is sparkling clean and you have decluttered and depersonalized it. Stand at the entryway to each room and try to imagine seeing it for the first time. What grabs your attention? Is that a negative or a positive? Sometimes it is better to ask a friend or your real estate agent to walk through with you. Quite often, it is just too hard to be critical of your own living space.

Once you have decluttered, declutter once more. Most people don’t take out enough to show how spacious the rooms can be. You are planning to move, so help your house sell faster and start moving out from day one. Don’t pack up boxes and store them in the garage or basement—rent storage space. This helps let the buyer know that you can move out in the time frame that the buyer needs, if they need to have a quick closing. So often I hear from buyers, there is no way the seller can pack up and move “all of this” in 30 days.”

(Staged country chef’s kitchen from Spring Oak Farm, listed with Gayle Harvey Real Estate)

Gayle specializes in the sales of farms, estates and historic homes throughout Charlottesville and the central Virginia region and can be reached at GayleHarveyRealEstate.com. Be sure to check each edition of Charlottesville Wine & County Living for our featured Dream Properties, as well as the blog for more posts from our realtor series with insight into the process of finding your dream home and exclusive looks at some of the premier properties and homes in our area.

Lead image: Lynn Haven Manor listed with Gayle Harvey Real Estate

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

Biking Charlottesville Wine Country


August 29, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Jefferson’s Virginia has been attracting cyclists for years with a plethora of routes, a challenging landscape and stunning views. But, what may surprise some is that cycling has also become an exciting new way to experience both the natural beauty of Virginia’s scenic environment and the exquisite offerings of our renowned vineyards and breweries. The area’s “Tour de Vine,” as it has been dubbed, allows cyclists to try the remarkable array of wines, beers and ciders that are crafted right here in Virginia, exploring the flavor profiles of the local terrain as they traverse it by bicycle.

We caught up with Professional Cyclist Ben King, who grew up in Charlottesville, to learn what he enjoys about biking the region. Scroll on to learn more from King and for a list of biking trails and tours you, too, can try!

King’s passion for biking began as a kid in Charlottesville. After his dad, who also raced professionally, saw the growing passion and potential in his son, the two began riding together regularly. And the rest, as they say, was history. Today, and multiple national championships later, King finds that Charlottesville is still one of the best places for cycling because of the incredible businesses one finds along the way. Despite having traveled internationally for competitions, riding through the beauty of the Virginia countryside remains to be one of King’s favorite pastimes.

In fact, cycling the area offers numerous stops along the way at wineries, breweries, distilleries, charming roadside shops and eateries, and B&Bs. King himself has visited the likes of White Hall VineyardsGlass House Winery, Stinson Vineyards, and a plethora of others while cycling.

This area, with its love of wine culture and dedication to supporting cycling, indeed seems to reinforce this marriage between cyclists and explorations of local establishments. Easy access to routes such as the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail or the Monticello Wine Trail give cyclists the opportunity to take their love of wine and beer into account while exploring their passion for the outdoors.

King encourages everyone to take part in the unique experience of cycling through the picturesque back roads and explore Virginia like never before. You can learn more about Ben King in Book Six of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living

Wondering how to get in on the area’s “Tour de Vine”? Here are a few ways you can also enjoy the stunning views and trails:

  • Cville Tours offers a Charlottesville Winery Guided Tour that’s perfect for starters who want a leisurely ride through Charlottesville’s wine country.
  • Looking for something a little more intense? Enjoy a four-day ride through back roads around Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley with Velo View Bike Tours‘ Charlottesville Wine Country Tour. Traveling over 100 miles, this tour will allow you to visit the area’s finest wineries while taking in the incredible scenery of the Virginia countryside.
  • For those who are confident in your cycling abilities, skip the tour and take on a trail yourself! Bike a trail at a vineyard, like DelFosse Vineyard & Winery‘s trail, or bike the entire Monticello Wine Trail. For a long distance ride, explore the Shenandoah National Park Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway .

Photos by 3 Cats Photo

Original story by Sarah Pastorek in Book Six of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

Historic Downtown Mall: Beloved Charlottesville Attraction


August 22, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Autumn is almost upon us and it is a lovely time to visit Charlottesville. With beautiful foliage, cooler temperatures and the bustle of the University of Virginia starting a new year, our city’s hub for dining, arts, shopping and, of course, people watching is more vibrant than ever. One must-visit destination in the fall is Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall—a staple in our city. With historic buildings, performance venues and theaters, local restaurants, shops and attractions, there is much to enjoy along the pedestrian mall. While this outdoor mall is one of the oldest of its kind, it is actually relatively new to Charlottesville, which was founded in 1762. Scroll on to learn a little about the history of our beautiful mall from Purple Cherry Architects and for some things we suggest you do and see when you visit!


By Cathy Purple Cherry and Ashley Marshall

When the creation of a pedestrian mall became the topic of conversation in Charlottesville between the 1950’s and the 1970’s, the goal was to revitalize the downtown district. After more than 20 years of conversation, the City finally decided to close off five blocks of Main Street and transform the section into a pedestrian mall. On February 8, 1975, the City began construction with the Market Street Parking Garage and a year later, they officially began blocking traffic and working on the mall.

Architect Lawrence Halprin was chosen to design the mall. Recipient of the University of Virginia Thomas Jefferson Medal in architecture, Halprin utilized a number of features to create the city center visitors enjoy in this now successful pedestrian mall. From planning bricks and pavers at varying scale along the ground, to lined trees and lampposts at a ceiling level height, every last detail was planned for a comfortable experience. However, it took over 25 years for the mall to become the life center of Charlottesville. Prior to its current success, the City implemented multiple modifications of the original design including vehicular road crossings and small side street expansions. In 1983, the City itself even invested in building a $20 million Radisson hotel (now the Omni Hotel) at one end in the hopes of energizing the area.

Eventually, once mall parking and access were managed, people began to frequent the “pedestrian” street. Restaurants and cafés started putting tables outside and great meals and drinks became available to enjoy under the mall’s interior tree canopy on warmer days. Mom & Pop shops “popped” up along the street with specialty and unique items. Today, you will not see a Hard Rock Café or a Barnes & Noble Bookstore on The Downtown Mall. The shops are all local—some with histories as old as the buildings they occupy, like the New Dominion Bookshop (established in 1924) or The Paramount Theater (established in 1931).

Any endeavor needs time to be successful. It may have taken time to plan, time to build, and time for people to realize that change can be a good, but today the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall is one of the longest pedestrian malls in the country and continues to attract visitors with its charm, history and unique offerings.

Looking for ways to make the most out of your visit to the Historic Downtown Mall? Here are a few ideas!

  • Visit one of the stunning historic theaters, like the Jefferson Theater and The Paramount Theater.
    • Tip: The Paramount Theater occasionally offers tours if you do not have tickets to a show!
  • Attend the Charlottesville City Market (a local farmer’s market held beside the mall) on Saturday mornings.
  • Shop unique gifts, books, antiques, clothing, accessories and more at one of the over 120 quaint shops!
  • Write a message on the chalkboard wall on the eastern end of the mall.
  • Are you a Dave Matthews Band fan? Be sure to visit Miller’s, the restaurant/ pub where Dave Matthews used to work in the 90s.
  • Enjoy visiting one of the attractions.
  • Grab a cup of local coffee or sweet treat to enjoy while you stroll the mall.
  • Choose one of the over 30 stellar restaurants for a bite to eat.
  • Enjoy a concert or show at one of the music venues, like The Southern Café & Music Hall or the Sprint Pavilion.
  • Browse local art galleries.
    • Tip: Visit in the evening on the first friday of the month for “First Fridays,”— a monthly art event that includes exhibition openings and receptions at many of our local art galleries.
  • Stop and listen to a street performance.
  • Catch a movie at the Violet Crown Cinema or The Paramount Theater.
  • Make a wish and toss a coin into the water fountain on the western end of the mall.
  • Make it a weekend at one of the local hotels or inns!


Co-written by Cathy Purple Cherry/Founder and Principal, Purple Cherry Architects
and
Ashley Marshall/Project Manager, Purple Cherry Architects

Blog photos by Jennifer Jones

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

 

 

7 Things to Love About Charlottesville


August 17, 2018 | Ivy Publications

At its heart, Charlottesville is a unique community full of love and diversity. In fact, it is this beautiful community that inspired us to take pen to paper and create the Charlottesville Wine & Country Living publication. In our magazine, we celebrate the people and stories that make this place so special. So, we took our “Charlottesville Loves,” tote around town to share and showcase a few of the many reasons we love this place known as Jefferson’s Virginia. Scroll on to see more of our Charlottesville Loves…

The foodie culture and local restaurants. From amazing farm-to-table cuisine to internationally-influenced establishments, there is much to love about the lively food scene in Charlottesville. (Pictured below: MarieBette Café & Bakery)

The vibrant art scene. Charlottesville is full of talented artisans who are creating everything from paintings and kitchenwares to jewelry and furniture. (Pictured below: IX Art Park)

The pet-friendly culture. Charlottesville is a pet-friendly city and whether you are spending the afternoon at a vineyard or strolling The Downtown Mall, you are sure to run into some furry friends. (Pictured below: Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA)

Our local vineyards. Our local award-winning vineyards boast stellar wines and stunning vistas. (Pictured below: Veritas Vineyard & Winery)

The University of Virginia. Charlottesville is a college town, with a beautiful and historic campus, also known as “grounds,” and a strong academic community.

Local Craft Beverages. From breweries and cideries to distilleries, Charlottesville’s craft beverage scene is continuing to blossom. (Pictured below: Starr Hill Brewery)

The Historic Downtown Mall. One of the largest pedestrian malls in the country, the Downtown Mall features boutique shops, restaurants, cafés, concert venues, museums and more.

While we could not possibly capture all the things we love about Charlottesville in one blog post, these are a few of the places that make our area so wonderful. Be sure to check out our magazine, Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for a deeper look at life in Charlottesville and the people and places that inspire us each day. If you would like your own “Charlottesville Loves” bag, you can find them at Roxie Daisy, Darling Boutique, Lynne Goldman Elements, Finch or Verdigris.

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.