Shenandoah Valley

While Mom was visiting we headed up to Shipman, Virginia to visit some friends, Barbara and Alan. We stopped in Charlottesville on the way there. We had great fun shopping the pedestrian mall on Main Street, eating lunch and finding great books, notecards, chocolates and onesies! After touring downtown we went to the University of Virginia's campus. We joined a tour of the rotunda and then gave ourselves a self-guided tour before heading off to Barbara and Alan's house.
UVA's Rotunda, completed in 1826, designed by Thomas Jefferson modeled after the Pantheon

Mom outside living quarters in the Academical Village 

We visited Edgar Allan Poe's former room

UVA's non-denominational chapel
 When we arrived at Barbara and Alan's house we happened upon Alan who was preparing to leave for the Nelson County Natural History Museum grand opening and we got to go along with him. At the reception we sampled local pulled bear, venison chili and hard cider - Nelson County supporting the locally grown movement.
Mountain views from Barbara and Alan's house
 The following day Barbara took us on a wonderful two mile hike up the Saunders-Monticello trail to the Monticello Visitor's Center and History Center. After lunch, a movie, gift shop browsing and playing in the discovery center we made the trek back down to the car.

Barbara and Mom enjoying a break along the trail

Mom testing out a replica of Thomas Jefferson's bed

Mom tries her hand at Jefferson's duplicator

Mary and Mom cozy up with a founding father
 Later that evening Barbara and Alan treated us to a wonderful meal at Duner's restaurant outside Charlottesville where Barbara's daughter, Emily, works a few nights a week. Mom and I enjoyed (and shared) tuna with risotto and trout with a potato pepper hash respectively. Capped by a beautiful peach cobbler.

On Saturday, per tradition, we found ourselves at the Farmer's Market. The Nelson County Farmer's Market was stunning; ituated in a field overlooking the Shenandoah mountains. We were happy to find apricots, peaches, beets, cheese and Armenian pastries to take home as we strolled along through the stalls to the music of the Buzzard Hollow Boys.
Buzzard Hollow Boys

Mom with Alan and Barbara, our fantastic hosts
 After the Farmer's Market Alan told Mom and I the scenic route to take home so we followed the James River Valley country roads from Shipman to Richmond then hopped on the freeway for the rest of our trip home.


  1. No wonder I felt tired at the end of the week- LOL. thanks for the memories!


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