Located on a formerly prominent local estate, Glenmore Equestrian Center offers private or group riding lessons within their riding center or on their extensive and pastoral trail network.
Hot Air Ballooning
Guests will float over the area’s magnificent scenery for an hour, taking in some of Virginia’s most breathtaking natural sites, and historical landmarks. Bonaire Charter’s experienced crew will arrange every detail from the traditional celebratory bottle of champagne to a complete set of personalized photographs from the trip.
Nothing appeals to Virginia’s sporting lifestyle more than shooting clays throughout the changing seasons. Visitors can test their aim at Central Virginia Sporting Clays (CVSC), located approximately 25 minutes from Keswick Hall.
When the morning is cool and casting a nearly weightless lure for trout or smallmouth bass over the James River or the Shenandoah River, the hotel can set up a fly fishing excursion for a full or half day. The season will determine which fish are running and whether a float trip or a wade trip is more appropriate. All equipment is provided if needed, and is included in the price.
Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, author of the Declaration of Independence and founder of the University of Virginia. Tours are available throughout the day.
Montpelier is a National Trust Historic Site and was the home of James Madison, father of the Constitution, author of the Bill of Rights, fourth president, and chief architect of the American Republic. The house has been returned in size, structure, form, and furnishings to the home that James and Dolley Madison knew in the 1820s.
Ash Lawn- Highland
The restored home of the fifth president of the United States and close friend of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe’s 550-acre estate creates the scene of a working farm for guests.
Barboursville Vineyards & Historic Ruins
Barboursville offers three great destinations in one historic estate: Virginia’s most honored winery, creative Northern Italian dining at Palladio Restaurant, and a historic landmark.
One of the oldest homesteads in Virginia, Michie Tavern, circa 1784, is located on a mountainside near Jefferson’s Monticello. Michie (“Mickey”) Tavern was originally located in northern Albemarle County. The tavern is typical of 18th-century architecture. Visitors may dine on hearty midday fare in the Tavern’s Ordinary.
University of Virginia
Thomas Jefferson wished to be remembered as the “Father” of the University, which embodied his vision as an educator and his passion for architecture. This “Academic Village” opened in 1891; its original course of study was designed by Jefferson himself. UVA is recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding universities, as well as a supreme architectural achievement. Also, guests can visit Edgar Allan Poe’s room and the West range. Complimentary daily tours of the Rotunda and Lawn begin at the Rotunda. Home of the Virginia Cavaliers, many exciting sporting events take place on campus as well.
Shenandoah National Park (Skyline Drive)
Shenandoah National Park lies astride a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains bordering Albemarle County. Skyline Drive—a 105-mile road that winds along the crest of the mountains through the length of the park— provides vistas of the spectacular landscape to the east and west. The 200,000-acre park has more than 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and gorgeous waterfalls, breathtaking vistas, and lovely wooded hollows. Many animals, including deer, black bears and wild turkeys, flourish among the rich growth of an oak-hickory forest. The park is open year round and has four distinct seasons.