Discover the Area
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with its extraordinary beauty, the Piedmont Area of Virginia is a premier destination for regional and international visitors. Steeped in history, this picturesque region boasts a wide assortment of places to visit and activities that will satisfy the most discerning visitor.
Outdoor activities abound: Enjoy horseback riding or hot air ballooning or skydiving. Try fishing or kayaking on the numerous lakes, rivers and streams. Wander the largest corn maze on the East Coast. Tackle hiking on the many scenic trails, biking on the most beautiful of Virginia By-Ways or just playing a round of golf.
History lovers will find a treasure trove of places to visit: Three Presidential Mansions (Madison’s Montpelier, Jefferson’s Monticello and Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland), 10 Civil War Battlefields and exceptional museums.
Fine Dining, farm fresh and organic foods, culinary festivals and award winning Virginia Wines are hallmarks of the Piedmont area. Keep an eye out for numerous Farmers Markets, Food Fests, Wine Tastings and other culinary events that feature the bounty of the region.
A multitude of restaurants can be found in the Piedmont area, and most serve locally grown produce and Virginia wines. They range from traditional southern cooking, to lip-smacking barbeque, to exceptional semi-fine and fine dining that easily rival any experience in the world.
Over 40 of Virginia’s finest wineries grace our rolling hills and provide ample opportunity to taste the exceptional wines grown in Virginia. It only takes a few tastes for visitors to understand why Virginia wines are challenging, and beating, other established wine regions in the world. Most wineries offer tastings and their tasting facilities often have some of the best scenic views in Virginia.
Art studios, antique shops, and boutique shops may be found throughout the Piedmont. Art galleries sell pieces from regional artists through those with international acclaim. Antiques can be found in large multi dealer buildings to small one room locations. Boutique shops carry everything from Made in the USA to fine French linens.
Virtually everything you are looking for can be found in the Virginia Piedmont and the best possible consigner or tour planner is you Innkeeper. Just ask!
Make sure to visit some of the areas historic attractions during your visit!
James Madison's Montpelier
Constitution Hwy/Route 20, Orange, VA
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA (GPS Address Only)
James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland
2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA
17665 Winery Road, PO Box 136, Barboursville, VA
Route 20, Locust Grove, VA
Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum
400 N Main St, Gordonsville, VA
Germanna Foundation Vistors Center
PO Box 279, Locust Grove, VA
James Madison Museum of Orange County History
129 Caroline St., Orange, VA
Wilderness and Chancellorsville Battlefields
Route 20 and Route 3, Locust Grove, VA
Journey Through Hallowed Ground
From Gettysburg to Monticello: The Land of; Leadership, Beauty, Conflict and Reunification
Virginia Historical Marker Guide
Ever wonder what that historical maker was you just passed? Check out this web site!
Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries
Today, the Commonwealth of Virginia is the 5th largest producer of wine in the United States. The surrounding area is included in the Monticello AVA in the central Piedmont area. The Inns at Montpelier are all nestled within this region along the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains and encompasses the small ridge known as Southwest Mountain. The region that Jefferson referred to as the “Eden of the United States”
SPECIAL OFFER - A special opportunity for Inns at Montpelier overnight guests only: Stay with participating inns and book a private winery tour in a luxury Cadillac Escalade. The Inns at Montpelier have partnered with Central Virginia Wine Tours to create two transportation packages:
- The Local - Visit 3-4 wineries in the Orange and Madison County areas. $225 M - Th; $275 F - Su for the entire private vehicle.
- The Regional - Visit 3-4 wineries and breweries in the Charlottesville and Afton areas. $345 daily for the entire private vehicle.
Contact your innkeeper for details and to book your private tour!
Below is a list of several wineries located in and around the area:
Barboursville Winery - www.bbvwine.com
One of the oldest wineries in the region, it was established in 1976 by the Zonin family, a 7th generation of wine makers in Italy. Its Bordeaux blend Octagon wine is the most consistently awarded red wine in the Eastern United States.
Despite the efforts of local officials who said the only thing to grow on this acerage was tobacco,
Gianni Zonin decided to plant grape vines. To show how very right he was, drive through the winery gates to see all the incredible plantings and then visit the beautiful tasting room for a selection of their wines.
Early Mountain Winery - www.earlymountainwinery.com
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on land once owned by Revolutionary war veteran Lt. Joseph Early, the winery was recently purchased by Jean and Steven Case and is run as a social enterprise with all profits returned to benefit local and state venues.
Presently offering tastings of local and estate grown wines, Early Mountain welcomes you to enjoy their beautiful facilities, sit in the tasting room by the fire for those chilly days, or bring the kids and the dog for a picnic on the patio.
DuCard Winery - www.ducardvineyards.com
A small boutique winery at the edge of the Shenandoah National Park in Madison. Established for over a decade, wonderful wines come out of DuCard and are presented in their VA Green certified new wine tasting room. They encourage their visitors to relax, enjoy the view (often accompanied by live music) and soak in the Virginia winery experience.
Belmont Farm Distillery - www.belmontfarmdistillery.com
Virginias' hills have been home, albeit not always legally, to fresh whiskey for over 400 years.
Belmont Farm was originally an old English land grant in 1836. During the Civil War it was occupied by the North and was involved in the Battle of Cedar Mountain. The main house was burned to the ground during its occupation. The present brick colonial house was built in 1975.
Belmont Farms has 195 acres where all the corn, wheat and barley used in the production of their traditional copper pot whiskey is grown. The only distillery in the United States that does so.
Closed during the winter months Belmont opens its doors to tours and tastings from April 1st through the end of December.
Beer Hound Brewery - www.beerhoundbrewery.com
A nanobrewery located in downtown Culpeper, Virginia, Beer Hound Brewery strives to keep beer local by brewing and serving our beer direct to customers at the brewery. Founder, Kenny Thacker, originally got into brewing beer as a business opportunity with a full-service homebrewing store, the Fermentation Trap. Since that time, he has fallen in love with beer and brewing and felt compelled to do it professionally, and in 2012, Kenny opened Beer Hound Brewery. All of the Beer Hound beers are named after famous hounds in movies and history, with an attempt to link the beer style to the hound. Beer Hound Brewery serves a variety of beer styles fresh daily, so stop by and enjoy a pint.
Burnley Winery - www.burnleywines.com/burnley/
Tucked away on Rt 64l in Barboursville is Burnley Vineyards, home of the Reeder family and one of the oldest wineries in the area.
Planted in the spring of 1977 their first vintage was in the fall of 1984 and consisted of a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay. They now produce fifteen wines with their latest being Chambourcin, barrel aged for one year and a dry but light to medium-bodied red, beautifully smooth and fruity.
Chateau MerrillAnne - www.chateaumerrillanne.com
"A most unlikely place to find such good wine!" A comment made by one of their first customers. You will not expect to find such good wine on a working farm sold out of an old barn. But what they lack in grand buildings they make up for with excellent wine, great service and a relaxing country atmosphere.
Chestnut Oak Vineyard - www.chestnutoakvineyard.com
Chestnut Oak Vineyard is a small boutique tasting room three miles south of Barboursville Vineyards. Focusing solely on Petite Manseng and Cabernet Sauvingnon, they are produced in small quantities and barrel aged in oak.
Far Gohn Brewing Company - www.fargohnbrewing.com
A “Tavern Brewery” in Culpeper serving the Culpeper area that celebrates the German immigrant contribution to the American beer tradition but also embraces the variety of beer styles from all over the world. Brewing and serving are all done in the same space, modeled after the small taverns that dotted the landscape before prohibition. Our house beers are the classic German ales : Kolsch, Hefeweizen, and Altbier. There will always be a rotating variety of additional styles, including British ales, Belgian styles, and the American craft brews that are the envy of the world.
Gray Ghost Vineyards - www.grayghostvineyards.com
Situated in Rappahannock County close by the Blue Ridge Mountains where their vines are sheltered from inclement weather is the Gray Ghost Winery, where the owners Al and Chery Kellert lovingly tend their grapes and wines. Opening in 1994 this award winning winery offers a variety of events each year and where you can sign up as a volunteer to help pick their annual harvest.
Civil War buffs may also know of a Confederate Colonel Mosby who came to be known as The Gray Ghost and for whom the winery is named. For much more fascinating information visit their web site.
Honah Lee Vineyards - Honahleevineyard.com
A wine tasting room for several well known wineries in central Virginia and also a farm market that sells fresh produce, jams, jellies and sauces, baked goods and crafts.
This newest vineyards tasting room and market reflect the rustic ambiance of rural Americas’
old country stores.
Horton Winery - www.hortonwine.com
In 1988 Dennis Horton bought 55 acres on Rte 33 to establish the Horton Winery. After traveling in France he decided that the Viogner grape was perfect for this area. In 1992 with his wines well received in a national competition the building began for the present day winery, with stunning below ground wine cellars and a vaulted ceilinged tasting room.
Well known for his popular Horton wine, the tasting room now offers a selection from 50 plus
wines - they suggest a limit of 12 for safeties sake.
Keswick Vineyards - www.keswickvineyards.com
Established in 2000 by Al & Cindy Schornberg, is a family owned and operated winery specializing in small lots of high-quality wines. Originally from Michigan, the Schornbergs chose Virginia to pursue their dream of owning a vineyard after an extensive search that spanned coast to coast. Al’s goal was straightforward: “I just wanted to be able to enjoy a really good wine that I made. There’s something very natural and satisfying about that.”
With their first vintage in 2002 winning the honor of "Best White Wine in America" at the Atlanta International Wine Summit, the Schornbergs knew they had made the right decision. In 2009 they were awarded the Virginia Governor's Cup for their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, further transforming their dream into a reality. Now, in 2016 Keswick Vineyards received their second Virginia Governor's Cup for their 2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve.
Narmada Winery – www.narmadawinery.com
Narmada Winery was established in Rappahannock County, VA in 2009. Owners Pandit and Sudha Patil had a long-standing dream to own a vineyard one day. The couple arrived in the US from Mumbai, India, some 40 years ago and have finally achieved their goal. The Patils began construction in 2009. The combination of art and science is a given in making wine. Sudha Patil’s competence in both areas has made Narmada Winery something special right from the start.
With attention to using the best quality grapes, diligent sorting of the berries, and maintaining proper chemistry of acidity and pH, Sudha’s medical background ensures clean processing of the fruit from harvest through the aging process. Sudha’s knowledge of complex spices acquired during her childhood in India enable her to coax latent flavors from her grapes that perhaps would be overlooked by others. Her focus is to create graceful wines that are a true reflection of the fruit and to produce Virginia wines of the highest possible quality.
This goal has been evident even as Narmada Winery released its first wines to critical acclaim. Gold medals were awarded to Narmada Primita in 2009, and to Narmada Mom – the winery’s signature blend – as well as to Narmada Viognier in 2010. In the following years, Narmada wines have achieved more than 40 gold medals in national and international competitions.
Old House Vineyards - www.oldhousevineyards.com
From an abdandoned farm house with overgrown fields, to a productive winery, this is a tale of imagination and hard labor, but with an abundance of fun thrown in.
Visit the invitingly restored 18th century farm house and see the finished result while you enjoy a tasting of their award winning wines. Check their web site for some fascinating vineyard facts and figures.
Prince Michel Winery - www.princemichel.com
Established in 1981 in Madison County by Jean & Sylvia LeDucq because of its close resemblance to their beloved France; Prince Michel is also home to Rapidan river wines.
Presently owned by Kristen Swanson Holzman, one of only a handful of female winery owners in the world, Prince Michel continues to grow and enjoy success not only in Virginia, but also in the world market.
Reynard Florence - www.reynardflorence.com
One of the newest in the area, a family owned boutique winery, producing hand-crafted, high quality award winning wines. Relax on their patio with a glass of wine and enjoy some of Orange County’s spectacular mountain views.
Open weekends or by appointment.
Other local wineries in the Orange and Madison area include:
Brightwood Winery - www.brightwoodvineyardsandfarm.com
Castle Gruen Winery - www.castlegruenwinery.com
Cooper Vineyards - www.coopervineyards.com
Gray Haven Winery - www.grayhavenwinery.com
Weston Farm Vineyards and Winery - www.westonfarmvineyardandwinery.webs.com
All of the member Inns provide a hearty breakfast to start your day. Two of our member Inns have outstanding onsite restaurants with world class chefs. If you decide to head out into the surrounding area you will find a wide selection of choices, from down home BBQ to 5 star dining!
The Inn at Meander Plantation, 800-385-4936. Exquisite gourmet four course dinner at a historic inn. $65 + Wine, Tax and Tip. Dinner served Thursday-Saturday. 7 miles North of Orange, VA on Rt. 15. www.meander.net
Vintage at The Inn at Willow Grove, 540-672-7001 Dining at it’s finest. 1 Mile North of the Town of Orange on Rt 15S. Entrees $25-$40 innatwillowgrove.com/vintage/
Madison County Restaurants
The Bavarian Chef, 540-948-6505. Fabulous German and American cuisine. Plentiful servings. Dinners from $15-$24. Rt. 29, Near Madison. www.thebavarianchef.com
The Madison Inn, 540–948-5095. Unique and cozy restaurant located in Madison, VA. Extensive menu that changes quarterly with many local favorites. Entrees: $17-$30. Main Street, Madison. 20 Miles West of Orange, VA. www.madisoninnva.com
The Lafayette Inn, 434-985-6345. Culinary Delight. Extensive American and Continental menu. Lunch and Dinner daily. Entries: $17-$30. Main Street, Standardsville. 14 Miles West, of Rt 20-Rt 33 Intersection on Rt 33. www.thelafayette.com
Pig and Steak, 540-948-3130. Real pit cooked barbeque and fresh cut steaks. Entrees: $10-$20. Washington Street, Madison. www.pigandsteak.com
Palladio at Barboursville Winery, 540- 832-7848. Excellent Northern Italian gourmet cuisine. Four course $65, with wine accompanying each course $90+. Lunch $28/$52. Just off intersection of Rt 20 and Rt 33. Reservations Required www.bbvwine.com/our-restaurant
The BBQ Exchange, True open pit BBQ. 102 Martinsburg Avenue, Gordonsville, VA
Entrees: $6-$15 Menu www.bbqex.com
Rochambeau, 540-832-0130. A true French Restaurant with a talented chef. Entrees $19 to $30. Lunch and Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday. 9 miles South of Orange, VA in Gordonsville, VA. 115 S. Main Street, Gordonsville. www.restaurantrochambeau.com
Forsett’s at Keswick Hall, 434-979-3440 19 miles south of Orange, VA on Rt. 231. Gourmet meals from award winning la carte menu. $50-70. www.keswick.com/fossetts.aspx
Town of Orange
Forked on Main, 540-308-7660. Americana cuisine with a twist. 124 West Main Street, Orange. Entrees: $10-$28. www.forkedonmain.com
My Avocado, 540-360-4191. Mexican Grill with a Mediterranean twist. 100 Berry Hill Road Orange. Entrees: $6-15. www.facebook.com/myavocado100/El Vaquero, 540-672-3800. Authentic Mexican food prepared perfectly. Extensive menu. Lunch and Dinner daily. Entrees: $8-$16. Rt. 15, Orange, VA www.el-vaquerorestaurant.com
Silk Mill Grill, 540-672-4010. Sports Bar and restaurant serving dinner sandwiches, chicken, seafood and beef in former silk mill complex. Dinners $9-19. Rt 15, Orange, VA. www.silkmillgrille.com
The Light Well Tavern, Lively bar style food. Live Music on the weekends. Main Street Orange, Entrees: $10-$25 www.thelightwell.com
Town of Culpeper
Foti’s Restaurant, 540-829-8400. Fusion of local ingredients, creativity and Mediterranean influences. Entrees: $18-$35. E. Davis Street, Culpeper. www.fotisrestaurant.com
Flavor on Main, 540-321-4510. Creative American fine dining and creative cocktails in a speakeasy-styled dining room. Entrees: $20-38. S Main Street, Culpeper. www.flavoronmain.com
Thai Culpeper, 540-829-0777. Extensive selection of Thai favorites as well as several delicious chef specials. Entrees: $10-29. E Davis Street, Culpeper. www.thaiwinchester.com/thaiculpeper.htm
Piedmont Steakhouse, 540-825-4444. Classic steakhouse with fantastic ambiance of American. Entrees: $18-$35. E Cameron St, Culpeper. piedmontsteakhouse.com
It’s About Thyme, 540-825-4264. European Country Cuisine, with the emphasis on fresh ingredients and herbs. Entrees: $15-$22. E Davis St, Culpeper. www.thymeinfo.com
Scenic Driving: Route 231 and Skyline Drive are gorgeous!
Skydiving: Skydive with Skydive Orange!
Hiking: Old Rag Mountain is a favorite in the area. There are other trails and hikes according to skill level - just ask your innkeeper!
The Montpelier-Grelen Trail, A designated "Virginia Treasure", links Montpelier’s Landmark Forest Trails and Grelen Nursery. Hikers can now explore 9 miles of trails through old-growth forests, meadows, and tree nursery rows, in an area steeped in history with magnificent views of the Blue Ridge and Southwest mountains.
Horseback Riding: Oakland Heights Farm will take you on a western-style trail ride, for all levels of riders.
Kayaking: Guided kayaking for the novice or expert on the Rapidan River with Beth at Rapidan River Kayaking.
Fishing: Lake Orange offers boat rentals (during operational hours), general fishing, the marina, the handicapped-accessible pier, and picnic area year round. Angler's Landing tackle shop is located at Lake Orange offering live bait and lures as well as a snack bar.
Bull Riding Show: Oakland Heights Farm is host to BLM Bull Riding events the second Saturday of the month May thru September. A family-friendly atmosphere includes live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing plus food concessions benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Department.
Shopping > Farm Stores
Liberty Mills Farm
9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset, VA 22972
BerryWood Farm Store
James Madison Highway (15) and Liberty Road, Orange, VA
Shopping > Art Galleries
Orange Art Center
129 East Main Street, Orange, VA
Barboursville Gift Gallery
Route 20/Constitution Hwy, Barboursville, VA
Mud Dauber Pottery
4225 Earlysville Road, Earlysville, VA
Noon Whistle Pottery
328 Main Street, Stanardsville, VA
Sun's Traces Gallery
5449 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA
Shopping > Antiques
8287 Seminole Trail, Ruckersville, VA
D&J Thrift Shop
Byrd Street & Route 20, Orange, Virginia.
Indigo on Madison
290 Madison Street, Orange, VA
JS Mosby Antiques & Artifacts
125 E Main Street, Orange, VA
Melrose Antiques & Interiors
101 E Main Street, Orange, VA
New 2U Thrift
646 S Main St. Madison, VA 22727
Plow + Hearth Outlet Store
49 Commerce Ln, Rochelle, VA
The THRILL of The HUNT
209 Byrd Street, Orange, VA
Shopping > Specialty Shops
Laurie Holladay Interiors
123 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA
Objects on Main
107 East Main Street, Orange, VA
Relics to Rhinestones
117-A South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA
Noelle Niche (seasonal)
231 S Seminole Trl, Madison, VA
5309 South Seminole Trail, Madison, VA
Stokes of England
117 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA
19154 James Madison Highway, Gordonsville, VA
205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA