When my bridesmaids asked me where I wanted to go for my bachelorette party, I didn’t have to think about it. I knew I wanted to have a girl’s weekend in Charlottesville wine and history country, and I wanted to stay in a yurt. They did a stellar job planning the perfect weekend!
To kick it off, Michelle and I began with a tour of Monticello. You can’t go to Charlottesville for history or wine without first visiting the “Founding Father of American Wine” himself, Thomas Jefferson. We spent a few hours at Monticello, starting with lunch in their café then heading up for the house tour. Afterwards, we set off to check-in to our overnight accommodations: a yurt!
Our next trip to Charlottesville, I would definitely book a yurt at Shenandoah Crossing through BlueGreen Vacations again. Located less than 30 miles from Monticello and close to many popular wineries in Charlottesville, the location was convenient and the grounds beautiful. On arrival, I first noticed the putt putt course and tennis course free for those staying on site. On checking in, we were warmly greeted and even offered a complimentary wine tasting for happy hour by one of the vendors there. We went to check out our yurt, and I was in a camping dream.
First, let me explain: a yurt offers glamorous camping. It is a permanent tent-like structure, and ours came complete with air conditioning, a full kitchen, electric (including a television), a nice bathroom with hot-water for showers, two bedrooms, and a pull-out couch. It’s basically a cabin with canvas walls. Surrounding the yurt was a deck with great views into the woods. And our yurt was near a lake and easy-access hiking trails. I felt like I was in Harry Potter’s world in one of those magical tents!
The yurt was a unique accommodation I recommend for your next visit to Charlottesville. And Shenandoah Crossing had a lot to offer guests with beautiful grounds and activities for the whole family. The only down-side was the family staying in the yurt near us had young kids who woke up early to watch Saturday morning cartoons, and you can hear them since the walls are canvas. But those canvas walls let in the noise of the birds and frogs too, which added to the relaxed ambiance of the woods around us as we fell asleep or hung out.
Shenandoah Crossing is also conveniently located less than 15 miles from each of the wineries (and cidery) we wanted to visit, including: Horton, Barboursville, Keswick, and Castle Hill. We booked a shuttle (which was actually a personal SUV) to take us exploring comfortably and safely, and our driver was fantastic. She even saved a picnic table for us at one of the wineries during our tasting and set up our lunch we had brought along. I definitely recommend booking a shuttle with friends for a wine tour – it’s the safe and fun way to explore different wineries!
My next blog posts will have more on our experience at each winery. It was the perfect combination and great location for a girl’s weekend, bachelorette party, birthday celebration, family reunion… whatever you are planning!
Our weekend in Charlottesville was everything I could have asked for and more. I had a very nice time spending my bachelorette weekend in Virginia’s wine and history country with the best friends a girl could ever wish for.
Cheers to Virginia history, Virginia wine, and amazing friends!