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  • 414luvtravels
    Milwaukee, WI28 contributions
    Tickets to Monticello are a little expensive, but our visit was a highlight of our trip to the Charlottesville area. I definitely recommend this as a stop if you are visiting Charlottesville and are interested in American history. There are numerous tours to pick from with varying price tags. We did not buy our ticket in advance and instead went to the ticket desk. Granted it was a "slow" day in November, but we had no problem getting a ticket for a tour that started within an hour of our arrival. The extra time allowed us to see the museum (an engraved copy of the Declaration of Independence is currently on display), visit the gift shop, and take the shuttle to the top of the hill for our tour. Our tour was given by an extremely knowledgeable docent. We learned so much about Jefferson and his life at Monticello. We were able to wander the grounds, see the slave area, and even have an outdoor lunch. You can tailor your trip and tour to spend as little or as much time as you want. It's a stunning property and if the weather had been warmer, we would have lingered even longer.
    Written 2 December 2022
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  • Karin D
    Millersville, MD126 contributions
    I would recommend touring Monticello and learning about Thomas Jefferson first and then visit here. It helps to understand how forward thinking and immensely talented Jefferson was. Wear comfortable shoes and add in some extra time. We took several wrong turns. The Visitor Center offers a Historic Tour of the campus. Students prepare their own tour after hours of training and lead the tours for free. Lots of walking on the tour but we learned so much.
    Written 12 October 2022
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  • Indy-ND
    South Bend, IN3,432 contributions
    We came for the view and left with cider, donuts, cookies, and an apple cider slush (excellent). The place was very busy on a Sunday in November. Back home, apple season was over, but it appears that it was in full swing in Virginia. We had a really good time. The views are excellent!.
    Written 17 November 2022
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  • Bob F
    Parkland, FL472 contributions
    Beautiful grounds and wine tasting area. They offer a lunch menu and cheese boards. No tours available.
    Written 11 August 2022
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  • freesmes
    11 contributions
    We were extremely pleased with Doug's very informative tour. It was interesting that Original buildings are still on the property. Actual Monroe owned items are on display. We also noticed that this could be used for gatherings. Josh answered all our questions in the gift shop, ensuring we knew about the beevpreservation project going on.
    Written 11 November 2022
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  • Valarie M
    Lakeland, FL13 contributions
    Wonderful 4 mile roundtrip hike. Well maintained and so many trails to choose from! Definitely recommend for something to do while in Charlottesville!
    Written 7 July 2022
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  • AnnaCu
    Swindon, UK52 contributions
    My two daughters (11 and 13) and I thoroughly enjoyed a couple of hours here! We had never done anything like this before, but are awaiting our finished pieces with anticipation! Everything was well organised, explained clearly and the team were very helpful (for example, finding specific colours that we needed for our designs). There is a huge range of items that you can make, ranging in price from $22 for a coaster to $75+ for larger bowls - and that is all you pay (no studio charge). Al pieces are designed/ made flat by you, and then take your chosen shape during firing. It takes a couple of weeks for your pieces to be finished, but they can be posted if you live away. All in all, an enjoyable couple of hours and I would fully recommend it!
    Written 20 August 2022
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  • Donald S
    1 contribution
    Staff was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the wines and the area.
    Would like to go back when its warmer out, would be more enjoyable.
    Written 15 November 2021
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  • Maura M
    New York City, NY60 contributions
    I ran through the downtown area this morning. A few homeless but certainly not a lot. There were very few vacant storefronts—a lot of cute restaurants, shops and no chain stores. If you are looking for that kind of an experience I would recommend.
    Written 9 November 2022
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  • Chad L
    Chadds Ford, PA63 contributions
    We enjoyed our time here, and found there to be nice views, good white wines, and a reasonably priced wine club. Smaller venue than we thought. It was a nice stop to grab a glass of wine.
    Written 23 July 2022
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  • Chad L
    Chadds Ford, PA63 contributions
    Thatch had a good variety of wines and a great ambience. They're tasting room ding room was patron friendly and relaxing. And their service was great!
    Written 7 April 2022
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  • Melissa M
    11 contributions
    One of the most beautiful romantic spots in the area. The Ragged Mule and the Bourbon Margarita was delicious! The sweet dogs that greet you as you arrive were the sweetest. The views are amazing you must see!
    Written 14 November 2022
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  • JNYCwriter
    New York City, NY6,856 contributions
    Just outside the University of Virginia campus you will find a street offering just about everything from pizza and booze to coffee and imprint shirts. For that late night moment you may want to visit the White Spot, assuming you are partying like you are an undergrad.
    Written 26 November 2021
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  • MissLoraLane
    Washington, PA284 contributions
    I had never heard of Mulberry Row until I visited Monticello. I came to find out that Mulberry Row was where Thomas Jefferson’s slaves had lived and worked for the betterment of the Monticello State and for Thomas Jefferson and his family.
    I read another review that there was a guided tour which we did not go on, because we didn’t even realize there was a tour for Mulberry Row. We toured it ourselves by traveling the long dirt road that was within the Monticello estate and quite close to the main house and toured the little houses and workshops that dotted the row.
    There were placards of information inside each of the little houses or on the outside of the areas where buildings were in ruins. There were some docents at a few of the areas along Mulberry row where are you could sit and listen to them talk about the history of mulberry roe and of the people that lived and worked there. There is a small house that was only 12 x 12 where slaves lived. There was also a video in one of the smaller buildings that you can sit and watch for about five minutes they gave you more history of Mulberry Row and the crafts the slaves worked on and how they lived supporting Thomas Jefferson.
    As you travel along Mulberry row from the beginning of the Monticello house estate down through the row it’ll take you to Thomas Jefferson cemetery where he is buried along with other of his family members. Once you are at the cemetery the free shuttle bus that drives around the Monticello Mountain estate can pick you up and take you back to the visitor center or you can go back in a circle up to the main Monticello entrance, since it is quite a walk up and down Mulberry Road to the cemetery.
    Beyond Mulberry Row is a working farm with vegetables and plants of which are still in working order however is overgrown and should be harvested at some point. We took a tour of Monticello’s gardens and orchards which took us into the large garden area beyond Mulberry Row.
    Such a poignant reflection when traveling by foot on Mulberry Row.
    Written 10 October 2022
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  • rkwieder
    Macungie, PA86 contributions
    Great selections, home made ...from jewelry to wreaths, to granola butter...so much to choose from and look at...the divine foods being sampled...great place, go hungry!!!
    Written 17 December 2019
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