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Historic Garden Week in Virginia

30 Apr 2008  Been a life long gardener and love to visit private gardens for inspiration!
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Historic Garden week is held every April in Virginia. Sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia various garden clubs have garden and house tours spread over the week.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Richmond, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Charles City, Urbanna
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with teenagers, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring
  • 1. Historic Garden Week Tour - Sat April 19th to Sat April 26th

    The whole purpose of our trip was to attend as many events as we could during the week long Historic Garden Week in Virginia. The Historic Garden Week is when houses and gardens are opened for tours throughout the state on different days. This event held every April as a fundraiser for the Garden Club of Virginia. Funds earned help with the restorations of historic gardens in Virginia. We got the guidebook and consulted the web site and determined ahead of time the garden tours we would attend. By studying the guide book with a map of the roads we decided to minimize the number of hotel changes but still try to see different parts of Virginia. We enjoyed this week very much! What follows is the tours we attended, places we stayed and meals we enjoyed.

  • 2. Fairfield Inn & Suites Richmond NW - Stayed Sat and Sun night
    Fairfield Inn & Suites Richmond Short Pump/I-64, Richmond, Virginia

    Our trip began with arrival on Saturday night. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn for two nights (Saturday and Sunday) while exploring Charlottesville and Richmond. I'd highly recommend the Fairfield Inn a very clean and comfortable, non smoking hotel. Great free continential breakfast. Free wireless internet and public computers with internet access in lobby. Convenient access to I-64 and I-95. Travel time is one hour to Charlottesville and 10 - 15 minutes from Richmond center.

  • 3. Tara Thai - Saturday
    Tara Thai, Richmond, Virginia

    For dinner we had great Thai food in the Short Pump retail area.

  • 4. Monticello - Charlottesville - Sunday
    Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

    We started early Sunday morning with a house tour of Monticello (Jefferson's estate) in Charlottesville. Charlottesville is an easy one hour drive from Richmond via I-64. The gardens of Monticello were excellent! The house tour is interesting and well worth it. Take time to stroll the grounds. Allow at least 2 hours to tour house and grounds.

  • 5. Charlottesville and Albemarle County Area Garden Tour - Sunday

    Next onto the house and garden tour. The garden tour consisted of tours of five properties located in Albemarle County area. The properties included: Piedmont, Ramsay, Bellevue, Blue Ridge Farm, and Casa Maria. Fantastic southern mansions with gardens. Lovely views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • 6. University of Virginia - Charlottesville - Sunday
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

    A quick stop by the historic University of Virginia designed by Thomas Jefferson. Be sure to at least stop by this interesting university to see the lovely gardens and grounds. Tours offered of the rotunda and campus.

  • 7. Ruby Tuesday - Sunday
    Ruby Tuesday, Charlottesville, Virginia

    A quick bite to eat for tonight's dinner.

  • 8. Museum & White House of the Confederacy - RIchmond - Monday
    The White House and Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia

    Touring Richmond on Monday. First stop Museum & White House of the Confederacy. Great museum to visit to learn about Civil War history. Interesting tour of the White House of the Confederacy. Validated parking if you park in the hospital parking lot. Take your ticket to the museum with you. Allow at least 2 hours to visit.

  • 9. Virginia State Capitol - Richmond - Monday

    Next we walked to the restored and expanded Virginia State Capitol building. This is a short walk from the museum. Very interesting free tour. Be sure to visit the gardens and see the monuments in the Capitol Square park.

  • 10. Williamsburg Hospitality House - Stayed Monday thru Thursday

    After a day touring Richmond we drove approximately one hour south to Williamsburg. We stayed the next four nights in the Williamsburg Hospitality House. This hotel was very convenient to Colonial Williamsburg which you could easily walk over to. Also the hotel is next door to the historic College of William and Mary.

  • 11. Blue Talon Bistro - Monday
    Blue Talon Bistro, Williamsburg, Virginia

    The first night we had a fine meal at this bistro located in the Merchant Square area near Colonial Williamsburg.

  • 12. Williamsburg Area Garden Tour - Tuesday

    Next onto the house and garden tour. The garden tour consisted of a guided tour of Colonial Williamsburg gardens and three other gardens in the Walnut Hills area of Williamsburg.

  • 13. Sal's by Victor - Tuesday

    We enjoyed a tasty italian dinner at this family, locally owned restaurant.

  • 14. Colonial Parkway between Williamsburg and Jamestown - Wednesday

    On Wednesday morning, we drove the scenic parkway between Williamsburg and Jamestown. This was a nice way to get to Jamestown with beautiful views of the James River. Many places to stop and take photos.

  • 15. Historic Jamestown - Wednesday
    Historic Jamestowne, Williamsburg, Virginia

    Next we spent several hours exploring the Historic Jamestown site. This is the federal national park site where the actual Jamestown fort and town were located. The trails and grounds are great to walk around in. The museum is excellent -- displaying many artifacts found during the various archealogical digs.

  • 16. Berkeley Plantation - Wednesday
    Berkeley Plantation, Charles City, Virginia

    After touring Historic Jamestown, we drove Route 5 to Charles City, Virginia to see the historic plantations. We visited Berkeley Plantation just off Route 5. This plantation had some interesting history (first official Thanksgiving) and some lovely views of the James River. We drove by Westover and Shirley Plantations.

  • 17. Emerald Thai Cuisine - Wednesday
    Emerald Thai Cuisine, Williamsburg, Virginia

    We enjoyed another Thai restaurant during our stay in Virginia. We enjoy trying Thai restaurants on our travels. This restaurant featured tasty entrees, large portions and good prices made this a good choice.

  • 18. Tavern Ghost Tour at Colonial Williamsburg - Wed eve

    Fun, spooky ghost tour given by the Colonial Williamsburg evening program. The stories consisted of ghost sightings and unusual happenings of the CW staff and guests. None of the stories were particularily scary so I think it would be appropriate for children ages 8 and up. The tour often sells out so book ahead if possible. Each person going on the tour gets a collectible pin at the end of the tour. Kids take turns holding the lantern. The tour meets in front of Shields Tavern.

  • 19. Colonial Williamsburg - Thursday
    Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia

    We spent the whole day exploring Colonial Williamsburg visiting as many houses and buildings, viewing demonstrations and walking the streets of Williamsburg. A fun, education filled day!

  • 20. Paul's Deli Restaurant - Thursday
    Paul's Deli Restaurant, Williamsburg, Virginia

    Stopped here for a casual dinner. Located near to the College of William and Mary campus and the Williamsburg Hospitality Hotel.

  • 21. Middle Peninsular Garden Tour Saluda and Urbanna, Virginia - Friday

    Next onto the house and garden tour. The garden tour consisted of five houses and gardens in Saluda and Urbanna and two historic chruches.

  • 22. Atherston Hall Bed and Breakfast - Friday
    Atherston Hall Bed and Breakfast, Urbanna, Virginia

    We stayed only one night at this fantastic B&B located in Urbanna where this day's garden tour happened. The B&B in fact was on the garden tour. The B&B is warm and inviting with a wonderful cooked breakfast. A convenient stop while attending the Middle Peninsular Garden tour.

  • 23. Cafe Mojo Restaurant in Urbanna, Virginia - Friday

    We enjoyed a nice dinner at this local cafe within walking distance of the B&B.

  • 24. River's Edge Eatery in Urbanna, Virginia - Friday

    After dinner a great place to stop for ice cream! Open late in season.

  • 25. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Saturday
    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia

    Traveled back to Richmond to catch our flight home. Before flying home had time to visit the botanical garden. Fabulous gardens and green house to visit! Highly recommend it. Recommend 2 to 3 hours to see all the gardens.