(540) 923-0119

Things To Do

From dozens of shops and antique stores, Revolution-era historical homes and Civil War museums, farmers markets and local bands, and the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway the options are endless when you visit Central Virginia. As part of the Inns at Montpelier B&B network we work with many local partners and have discount coupons to many of our local shops, as well as Montpelier, Liberty Mills Farm, Rapidan River Kayaking, and the Market at Grelen. If you have any questions about our coupons or if you need any help planning your trip please contact us!

TOUR HIGHLIGHT: Are you interested in learning more about Orange County, Virginia and the Civil War history of this area? Tour Guide Phil Audibert has been conducting local history tours since 2008 and offers full (8 hour) and half (4 hour) day tours. Please contact us at (540) 923-0119 for pricing and scheduling information.

Antiques

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Backwoods Antiques

434.990.4232
14936 Spotswood Trl
Ruckersville, Virginia

All kinds of antiques available that you will enjoy for years to come. 

Gateway Antique Center

434.985.3649
14843 Spotswood Trl
Ruckersville , VA

6000 square feet of antiques, vintage, mid-century modern–glassware, china, furniture, lamps, clocks, books, tools, etc. From primitive to elegant and everything in-between. You never know what you’re going to find. New inventory coming in daily.

Gordonsville Antique & Flea Market

540.832.7376
403 James Madison Hwy 
Gordonsville, VA

Antiques, Collectibles and much much more. Over 20 vendors always bringing in interesting unusual items and the mundane too.

Greene House Shops

434.985.6053
14843 Spotswood Trl
Ruckersville , VA

Browse through 55 unique antique collections in our expansive two-story antique mall.

Joan Palmer Antiques

434.985.3602
8332 Seminole Trail (29N)
Ruckersville , VA

Joan Palmer has been buying and selling American and Continental antiques in the Charlottesville area for over 40 years. 18th, 19th to early 20th c. furniture, art and decorative accessories..

J.S. Mosby Antiques & Artifacts

540.672.9944
125 East Main St.
Orange, VA 22960

J.S. Mosby Antiques & Artifacts was founded in 1998 by U.S. military historian, author, and publisher Stephen W. Sylvia. A collector since childhood and a relic hunter since 1970, Mr. Sylvia has enjoyed a life-long fascination and study of Civil War artifacts.

Lindenlaan Antiques & Artifacts

434.906.2855
101 S Main St.
Gordonsville, VA 22942

Welcome to Annette La Velle Antiques where you can find the finest antiques carefully handpicked in Europe.

Melrose

540.661.1004
101 East Main Street
Orange, Virginia 22960

Featuring one of the finest collection of 18th & 19th Century furniture and Oriental rugs in Virginia. Melrose Antiques occupies over 12,000 square feet of gallery space.

The Odd Chest

434.296.0047
123 West Main Street
Louisa, VA

Welcome to The Odd Chest where you will find antiques and distinctive furniture from the finest homes and estates of the English Midlands and The United States. Each piece has been selected for uniqueness and durability and refurbished when necessary to add many years of useful enjoyment.

Crafted from solid mahogany, oak, walnut, myrtle, and yew, these fine English pieces include elegant features such as decorative carving, inlay and marble.

We have a wide variety of gift ideas: Ganz Candles, Webkinz Pets and Accessories, Roman Seraphim Angels, Precious Moments, and David Winter Cottages just to name a few.

So if you are in the neighborhood come by and enjoy a cup of piping hot English tea as you browse!

Old American Barn

571.643.3286
107 Martinsburg Avenue
Gordonsville, VA

A beautiful selection of antiques and collectables in the little town of Gordonsville...

Painted at Poplar Haven

434.960.3332
109 S Main St
Gordonsville, VA

Downtown Gordonsville shop located right on Main Street, offering an eclectic mix of painted furniture, antiques, primitives,home accents and gifts.

Ruckersville Gallery

434.985.1944
8287 Seminole Trail
Ruckersville, VA

Welcome to Ruckersville Gallery, Charlottesville’s antique mall with 80+ dealers and 150+ consignors offering antiques, art, decorative objects, and Mid Century vintage.

Virginia’s leader in estate sales, we offer consignment options to fit every need – from single items to downsizings and large estates. We even buy outright.

You’ll find items for every budget and taste: old favorites plus specialties like vintage jewelry, rare coins, historic militaria, and unique functional furniture. Visit our Showroom and Latest Arrivals, and find something to love today!

Shabby Love

540.406.3432
112 E. Main Street
Orange, VA

At Shabby Love, we take things that already exist and upcycle them. Sometimes things are broken, beaten up, or mistreated. We take these things and fix them, turn them into something else, make them pretty again, and give them a second, third, or fourth life.

Farmers And Orchards

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Carter Mountain Orchard

434.977.1833
1435 Carters Mountain Trail
Charlottesville, VA

For over one hundred years, the Chiles Family has been carefully tending its orchards. Beginning with a card table, cigar box, and roadside stand, the first generation of the Chiles Family sold the fruit of their labors to neighbors and folks passing through. Since that time, the orchards have grown to become community favorites and destinations for visitors far and wide.

Eastern Orange Farmer’s Market

540.972.4956
32345 Constitution Highway
Locust Grove, VA

The Eastern Orange Farmer's Market is a great place to find fruit, including melons of many varieties, vegetables, baked goods, canned goods, both traditional and exotic, made from fresh, local ingredients, garden plants, decorative plants, and herbs, both plants and fresh cut.

Gold Hill Blueberry Farm

540.222.7954
12290 Daffodil Ln
Unionville, VA

You need to taste our berries to discover how sweet and juicy they are. Grown free of any chemicals & herbicides We'd love to see you on the farm.

Grelen Nursery

540.672.5462
15111 Yager Rd.
Somerset, VA

Grelen Nursery is a high-quality supplier of plants, shrubs & trees, all grown on our 600-acre Somerset farm in Orange County, Virginia. We offer superior landscaping, hardscaping, planting and maintenance services. From start to finish, Grelen Nursery provides all the services you need to create and maintain a beautiful landscape.

Layz S Ranch

434.591.0898
2253 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
Palmyra, VA

We are a farm, garden, and greenhouse operation in Fluvanna County, Virginia. In the spring, summer, and fall we offer our fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables through our CSA and Farm Stand. We also raise all natural, grass-fed beef and pastured pork. We strive to provide high quality products that are free of harmful chemicals to keep your family healthy and safe and to be good stewards of our land.

Liberty Mills Farm

434.882.MAZE (6293)
9166 Liberty Mills Road
Somerset, VA

Located in Central Virginia, just 30 minutes northeast of Charlottesville, Liberty Mills Farm wants you to have a Farmtastic Adventure. Pick Fun and find yourself winding through our 25 acre fall corn maze, picking flowers, strawberries or pumpkins or selecting fresh produce and delicious salsas in our Farm Market.

Miller Farms Market

540.850.5009
12101 Orange Plank Road
Locust Grove, VA

Family owned and operated for three generations, come meet your local farmers at the Miller Farms and fill your crisper with fresh, healthy produce from the Market. You can still sign-up for a CSA. Call or email for prorated information.

Orange County Farmers & Artisans Market

540.672.2540
197 North Madison Road
Orange, VA

Summer Market (May-October) - Saturdays 8am - 1pm (Parking Lot in Front of Faulconer Hardware) Winter Market (November - April) - Saturdays 8am-1pm (inside Historic Train Station)

Fine Arts

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The Arts Center In Orange

540.672.7311
129 East Main Street
Orange, VA

The mission of The Arts Center In Orange is to increase the quality of life in our community by promoting an appreciation for fine contemporary arts in diverse styles and ideologies. This is done by providing: a forum to promote artistic excellence; scholarship and education; a venue for artists and artisans to work, teach, exhibit and sell work; and a place for the community to learn skills, and to participate in and enjoy the arts.

Ed Jaffe Studio

914.715.2055
561 Highland Ave.
Torrington CT

Marble Sculpture, Abstract Paintings & 3D wall hangings. Touchable stone and textured paintings by the artist Ed Jaffe from his studio/gallery.

Four County Players

540.832.5355
5256 Governor Barbour Street
Barboursville, VA

Four County Players is Central Virginia’s longest continuously operating community theater. A nonprofit organization, Four County relies on volunteers for most of its operations.

The Fralin Museum at UVA

434.924.3592
155 Rugby Road
Charlottesville, VA

The Fralin exhibits art from around the world dating from ancient times to the present. In addition to its permanent collection, the Museum offers changing exhibitions, accompanied by related programs and publications.

Nichols Studio & Gallery

540.832.3565
5420 Governor Barbour St
Barboursville, VA

Visit the gallery, studio and printmaking workshop of landscape artist Frederick Nichols. Nichols’ paintings and silkscreen prints have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout this country and abroad for over 25 years, most recently at the 2005 International Biennale in Florence, Italy, and the international exhibition, “Renascence,” a commemoration of the 1995 Kobe earthquake, at the Hyogo Museum of Art in Japan.

Stokes of England Blacksmiths

434.295.9848

4085 Keswick Rd
Keswick, VA

 

Founded in 1981, Stokes of England is a full service custom metal-smith shop serving central Virginia and the world, specializing in handmade ornate architectural ironwork.

Sun’s Traces Gallery

434.973.3700
5449 Governor Barbour Street
Barboursville, VA

Sun’s Traces Gallery features ceramic work created by Paula Brown-Steedly who also creates stunning one-of-a-kind equine pieces. The gallery also represents more American Craft Artisans.

Todd Brown Paintings

434.591.0898
319 Madison Road, Suite A
Orange, VA

Todd received his BA in Fine Art from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1980. From that time on he has operated a sign business where there has always been a fuzzy distinction between “sign” and “art”. In recent years, he turned “serious” in his pursuit of fine art and opened a studio in Orange, Virginia. Todd has worked in oil and watercolor but now works in acrylic for its versatility and permanence. He has sold hundreds of prints and originals. Favorite subjects include the railroad, scenes from the town of Orange, Virginia landscapes, Williamsburg and beach scenes from Nags Head, North Carolina.

Historical

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Barboursville Ruins

540.832.3824
17655 Winery Road
Barboursville, VA

Barboursville is the ruin of the mansion of James Barbour, located in Barboursville, Virginia. He was the former U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of War, and Virginia Governor. It is now within the property of Barboursville Vineyards.

Civil War Museum at the Exchange Hotel

540.832.2944
400 South Main Street
Gordonsville, VA

Before the Civil War, the Exchange Hotel with its high ceiling parlors and grand veranda welcomed passengers from the two rail lines: the Virginia Central Railroad and the Alexandria Railroad. Soon war began. Troops, supplies, and wounded were transported on these railroads to Gordonsville. The Exchange Hotel became the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital which provided care for 70,000 soldiers, both Confederate and Union. In the reconstruction period, this hospital served the newly freed slaves as a Freedman’s Bureau Hospital. As the United States healed and the railroads boomed, this graceful building returned to its role of hotel. Now fully restored, the hotel is a museum dedicated to the Civil War era.

Historic Orange Train Station

540.661.1004
122 Main Street
Orange, VA

The Orange Train Station was built in 1909-1910, in a colonial revival style. Passenger train service was discontinued in the early 1970’s. The station was renovated in1977, and it’s the home of the Orange County Visitors Center. Stop in for information about the area, as well as free maps and brochures.

James Madison Museum


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540.672.1776
129 Caroline St
Orange, VA

The James Madison Museum located in Orange, Virginia is a museum dedicated to 4th President of the United States James Madison and his wife, Dolley Madison.

James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland

434.293.8000
2050 James Monroe Parkway
Charlottesville, VA

Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of President James Monroe, has hired Nancy Stahon to be its first full-time business and operations manager. “We are pleased to welcome Nancy Stahon to Ash Lawn-Highland,” said Executive Director Sara Bon-Harper. “Her enthusiasm, leadership experience and commitment to excellence make her an asset to our growing administrative team.” Previously a contracted role, the business manager position puts the historic site at its fourth full-time hire this year, representing the institution’s emphasis on growth, programming and community engagement. “History plays an important role in how we work today—presumably, we’ve learned lessons and gained experience from great collaborators of the past.

Michie Tavern

434.977.1234
683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA

Michie Tavern’s dining room, the Ordinary, features Hearty Midday Fare offered by servers in period attire and is open daily 11:15-3:30. The rustic restaurant setting provides a lunch dining experience rich in southern culture and hospitality for families to enjoy. Our buffet is based on 18th-century Southern recipes. Patterned after the southern tradition, many guests choose our bountiful midday fare as the day’s main meal. During the colder months guests enjoy our Midday Fare before a roaring fire. A variety of beverages including hot mulled apple cider, traditional lagers, ales and wine are available to complement your meal.

Montpelier

540.672.2728
11350 Constitution Highway,
Montpelier Station, VA

Montpelier, located near Orange, Virginia was the plantation estate of the prominent Madison family of Virginia, including James Madison, fourth President of the United States.

Spotsylvania Courthouse and National Military Park

540.693.3200
120 Chatham Ln
Fredericksburg, VA

Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania–this is America’s battleground, where the Civil War roared to its bloody climax. No place more vividly reflects the War’s tragic cost in all its forms. A town bombarded and looted. Farms large and small ruined. Refugees by the thousands forced into the countryside. More than 85,000 men wounded; 15,000 killed–most in graves unknown.

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

434.984.9800
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA

When visiting Monticello you can tour the mountaintop house that Jefferson designed and built for himself and his family, enjoy the beauty of its grounds and sweeping vistas, and explore the complexities of Jefferson’s enduring global legacy.

Wilderness Battlefield

540.693.3200
120 Chatham Ln
Fredericksburg, VA

The Battle of the Wilderness was fought on May 5-6, 1864. It was the beginning of the Overland Campaign, the bloodiest campaign in American history and the turning point in the war in the Eastern Theatre.

Outdoor

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Gold Lake Orange

540.899.4169
1320 Belman Road
Fredericksburg, VA

Lake Orange is a 124-acre Department-owned public fishing lake in Orange County that was impounded in 1964 and opened to fishing in 1967. The lake is located a few miles east of Orange, VA and offers a scenic setting surrounded by gently rolling farmland and hardwood forests. Access to the lake is off of the main lake peninsula on the western side where the boat ramp, concession, fishing pier, parking lot, picnic facilities and plenty of great shoreline access can be found.

James River Reeling & Rafting

434.286.4386
265 Ferry Street
Scottsville, VA

Come float the historic James River with the area’s Premier Outfitter. There’s nothing better than sharing the experience of a day on the river with family and friends. Relax while our professional staff readies your equipment so you can enjoy spending a day on the wild and scenic James River. As you’re coursing through the wooded foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, don’t forget your fishing tackle and pole for the best small mouth bass fishing in central Virginia. Or you may just choose to simply unwind with a cooler for a riverside picnic and let the river take you along the tall, woodland banks where you can, look for the Deer, Blue Herons, Ospreys and Bald Eagles.

Lake Anna

E-mail: info@visitlakeanna.org
Mineral, VA

No matter what you like, if it’s near the water, you’ll find it at Lake Anna! Boat or Jet-Ski (bring yours or rent one here), splash, swim or relax on the beach at the state park, fish or dine overlooking the water, Lake Anna has it all.

Market at Grelen TRAILS

540.672.7268
15091 Yager Rd.
Somerset, VA

​Grelen has over 3.9 miles of trails to discover! Whether you're looking for a full day excursion, or a light stroll after lunch, we highly recommend you save time for a hike. There are options for all ages and skills...take a walk up to a beautiful vista overlooking The Nursery or go for a long run/hike through the nursery, meadows & forest over to James Madison's Montpelier Trail System. With Montpelier's trails, there are over 9 miles of beautiful trails to explore. The Grelen walking Trails are FREE & open to the public.

Meadowcreek Golf Course

434.977.0615
1400 Pen Park Road
Charlottesville, VA

Located in the heart of the City of Charlottesville and the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, bold innovation and unmatched tradition walk hand-in-hand alongside an abundance of natural beauty. Capture the views on the greens of Meadowcreek Golf Course.

Meadows Farms Golf Course

540.854.9890
4300 Flat Run Rd
Locust Grove, VA

Situated 75 minutes from DC and Richmond, 45 minutes from Charlottesville, and only 15 minutes from Fredericksburg this course is easily accessible to thousands of golfers. The Uphill House B&B is proud to partner with Meadows Farms to provide our guests a discounted rate and assistance with scheduling tee times. Please call us for more information!

Montpelier Hiking Trails

540.672.2728 x450
11350 Constitution Hwy
Montpelier Station, VA

Montpelier’s 8+ miles of well-marked walking trails are one of the Virginia Piedmont’s best-kept secrets, located just two hours south of Washington, D.C., and a half hour north of Charlottesville. Winding through horse pastures, wildflower meadows, and forests, including the Old-Growth Landmark Forest, the trails offer spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and intimate encounters with native plants and wildlife. The Montpelier Trails are open to the public seven days a week during business hours and may be accessed from the trailhead kiosk just below the parking lot at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.

Oakland Heights Farm

540.222.6576
17110 James Madison Highway
Gordonsville, VA

Located in the heart of Central Virginia Oakland Heights Farm is dedicated to the preservation of the art and sport of horseback riding. Started in 1979 by David and Sally Lamb the farm has grown to be one of Virginia’s most recognized horse farms. The farm is located in Orange County, VA. At the base of the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, in an area steeped in Virginia history. We are easily accessible for the surrounding counties and a short hour and a half drive from Washington D.C. we also offer trail riding packages with some of the areas B&Bs and hotels.

Preddy Creek Trails

3690 Burnley Station Road
Charlottesville, VA

NOTE: This is one of Sam and Scott's favorite trails close to home! Check out Sam's blog about the trails here.

10 miles of trails for hiking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding. Topography gently rolling trails easy to moderate.

Rapidan River Kayak Company

540.308.0630
12449 Spicewood Rd
Orange, VA

Located on the scenic Rapidan River in historic Orange County, Virginia. Specializing in guided kayak tours and instruction. All equipment and safety gear is provided.

Rose River

703.209.2832
3099 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike (rt.670)
Syria, VA

Dry fly and nymph fishing at its finest – our private water on the Rose River is cold, crystal clear, spring fed water that has a river rock base with very little sediment. The water is rich in the kind of natural trout food that produces trophy conditions. Come and spend a day on our private water – or add a night or two in our luxury cabins and make it a Virginia fly fishing vacation.

Spring Creek Golf Club

540.832.0744
109 Clubhouse Way
Zion Crossroads, VA

Spring Creek Golf Club is a nationally recognized golf course located only minutes from Charlottesville, Virginia and a short drive from Richmond, Virginia. Bent grass fairways, beautiful greens and the natural contour of the land help make Spring Creek a unique, exceptional golfing experience.

Upper Rapidan

804.367.1000
dgifweb@dgif.virginia.gov

The Rapidan Wildlife Management Area has an exceptional native trout fishery. Healthy populations of brook trout abound in its rivers and streams; most notable of which are the Rapidan and Conway Rivers. The Conway River also contains numerous wild brown trout to entice the adventurous angler. Small, swift-flowing head water streams grade into larger boulder adorned rivers. Cascading white water interspersed with shallow and deep quiet pools filled with native trout provide a wonderful experience for the trout angler. Fish-for-fun regulations apply on the Rapidan River and all its tributaries within the boundaries of the wildlife management area and Shenandoah National Park.

Shopping

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The Alpaca Boutique

540.832.3075

107 South Main Street,
Gordonsville, VA 22942

Tucked in among other specialty shops on Main Street in historic Gordonsville, VA, The Alpaca Boutique has quickly earned a reputation for being the place to shop when you want individualized, personal service. Sales associates will help you make the ‘right’ choice whether the purchase is a gift or a treat for yourself. If your size or color is not in stock, it can be ordered for you with no obligation. Your clothing purchase will be of the highest quality and at the forefront of today’s fashion choices.

Jill's Candy Cottage

434.282.1379
109 S. Faulconer St.
Gordonsville, Va. 22942

Great little candy shop! (PS: their cake truffles are AMAZING!)

Laurie Holladay Interiors

540.832.0552
123 S. Main Street
Gordonsville, Va. 22942

Laurie's family has been in the furniture and lamp business for 60 years.  Laural and Leonard LaPlaca started Nassau Interiors in Princeton New Jersey in the late 1940's and Laurie is continuing the tradition in Gordonsville.  Having grown up in the business, Laurie has extensive knowledge in all aspects of interior design.

Madyson on Main

540.832.5537
107 S. Main Street
Gordonsville, Va. 22942

Madyson on Main is a gift and home decor store for the country and cottage style decorator at heart ...

Posh

540.406-5103
107 S. Main Street
Gordonsville, Va. 22942

Not only are the sisters who run Posh warm and friendly, they both have an excellent eye for fashion. A modern twist on vintage, accessorizing with flair and panache...

Raindrops in virginia

434.242.9729
206 N Main St
Gordonsville, VA 22942

Makers of unique handcrafted Furniture, Jewelry, Home Decor, and Body Care products. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Come in for a tour of our Jewelry and Furniture Studios. See where the magic happens.

Relics to Rhinestones

804.551.3352
117 S Main St
Gordonsville, VA 22942

Relics to Rhinestones is a lifestyle brand featuring everything from one-of-a-kind 'found objects' to designer jewelry. They source high quality, unique items both locally and from around the globe.

Sara’s Jewel Box

540.832.3075
107 South Main Street,
Gordonsville, VA 22942

Expanding into the space next door, the Alpaca Boutique will now offer a larger collection of jewelry and accessories in Sara’s Jewel Box.

This website is a great resource directory for the shops in the town of Gordonsville.