It’s time to head to Woodville Bed & Breakfast (B&B) in the rural historic area of Southern Albemarle in Esmont, Virginia, about ½ hour from Charlottesville. The drive there was breathtaking, down winding freshly paved 2 lane scenic colorful tree lined byways that twisted and turned along the zig zag of the creeks. I felt like an Indy car racer with all the twists and turns following those creeks through the outskirts of Charlottesville. I wanted to jump out of my car every mile or so to take pictures. There were beautiful gentlemen farms lined with miles and miles of black wooden painted fences and on the farm hills were cows, goats and horses. I even passed by a few cute little white steepled churches along the way. Not sure how they do it but the roads in this part of the country are as smooth as glass and all freshly paved with not a pothole to be found.

When I arrived, I was offered a warm southern hospitality greeting from both Desiree and Stefan, the Innkeepers. Woodville is an elegant country manor home built in 1892. It’s been restored beautifully with all the modern amenities, yet keeping its yesteryear charm.

Woodville isn’t just a B&B, it’s also a working farm with a vineyard, chickens, ducks and pigs. I thoroughly enjoyed walking the grounds, exploring every nook and cranny. They even have a lovely in-ground pool. My room was beautiful. I even had my very own large white deck off it with marvelous views overlooking the vineyard and their vast well-kept grounds and gardens. I sat outside on my deck for a while taking in the scent of hickory wood from nearby fireplaces mingled with the cool crisp air—the aroma was intoxicating.

I don’t know what it is about B&B’s but I sleep so deeply and completely when I’m at one. Not sure if it’s the fresh air or just that their beds must be made from clouds. They’re absolutely perfect and there’s never a wrinkle in the sheets. The next morning I awoke and the first thing I did was put on my jacket and head out to my deck. It was nippy and the air was so fresh and clean. I could hear the faint crowing of the roosters. I went downstairs to get a hot cup of coffee to sip on while I sat there taking in all this natural beauty.

The whole house was starting to smell of homemade southern cooking. Both Stefan and Desiree are amazing chefs. Day 1’s breakfast started with a warm homemade blueberry and apple bread and then followed with homemade yogurt sprinkled with granola and thin slices of Virginia apples—best yogurt I’ve ever eaten. Then it was followed by scrambled eggs made with both chicken and duck eggs. I’d never eaten a duck egg before. They explained that duck yolks are bigger and creamier tasting. All I know is that farm fresh eggs are extra yummy!!! There was fresh bacon too, orange juice and a fabulous challah bread French toast stuffed with cream cheese covered in fresh blueberries and strawberries.  Whenever I go to B&B’s, I never have to get lunch because they’re breakfasts are so hearty.

😍 I’ll be planning our next adventure together so stay tuned!!! 😍

Huggles and Smoochies,

Your Friend, Susan

Here are some historical things you can do while in the Charlottesville area:

  • Monticello—The home of Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President
  • Montpelier—The home of James Madison, our 4th President
  • Ashlawn Highlands—The home of James Monroe, our 5th President
  • Michie’s Tavern—savor authentic 18th century fare in a rustic tavern setting

Other fun things to do:

  • Caromont Farms in Esmont, Virginia, where they offer snuggle sessions with goats
  • Go on a relaxing ride down the James River either by canoe, kayak or raft. You can rent any of these at James River Reeling & Rafting in Scottsville, Virginia
  • Delight yourself in the finest dining restaurants
  • Head downtown to stroll Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Outdoor Mall
  • Spend an afternoon at some of the many orchards, vineyards or local breweries