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Lake Front Film Series: Part 3 Getting Back to Real Food the Southern Way

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​The team at Montfair has been delighted to explore the history of local food while supporting the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. The first two events in our Film Series have raised $485 for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank! With those donations, BRAFB is able to provide almost 2,000 meals to local families in need. Our final film in the three part film series will be presented this Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 PM.

Enjoy an evening with our cherished local food historian Leni Sorensen of Albemarle County as we present two films. The first, “Dori”, by award winning documentary maker Joe York is a part of his work for the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Dori Sanders is from Filbert, SC where her family operates one of the oldest African-American farms in the region. Farming has inspired Ms. Sanders as a writer throughout her career. “I guess I started writing because I wanted to leave something for my nieces and nephews, as a way to tell them what life was like on the farm. Food is universal. A must for survival. Food in its own way unites, it nourishes the body and soul.”

The movie showing will be followed by a discussion on traditional growers and food producers, local food tastings​ and a second film showing of “Whole Hog”, a film also by Joe York.

Our event is free, but a suggested donation of $15 benefits the local Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Pre-register or call our office between 9 and 5 daily 434.823.5202.

Highlights:
– Locally sourced food tastings of BBQ and sweet tastes of the season.
– Cider samplings from Albemarle Ciderworks.
– Educational talk and discussion led by local culinary and cultural historian Leni Sorensen.
– Documentary film showing of Dori and Whole Hog at 8:30 pm
– For every $25.00 donation, one hundred meals will be provided for area families by the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

 

Fall at Montfair

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Autumn is the season of falling leaves, crisp days and pumpkins!

At Montfair, September brings a change to the air and many regional festivals to enjoy the finest Virginia has to offer.

  • On Saturday, September 16 Charlottesville Pride Festival will be held at the Sprint Pavilion with entertainment, a beer & wine garden, food trucks, vendors, bouncy houses & activities for kids. While you’re Downtown, take a stroll to the Charlottesville IX Arts Park and enjoy the Cville Sabroso Latin Music and Culture Festival with Latin dance, music, art and food.
  • Don’t miss the 6th Annual TomTomFestival September 22 & 23.  This massive block party celebrates local founders with two days of concerts, food trucks, entrepreneurs, and art in downtown Charlottesville.
  • Caramont Farm, well known for their locally made goat cheese, will be offering tours of their dairy farm, time to hang out with the goats, tastings and a pop-up cheese shop on Saturday, September 24. Visitors are welcome any time between 11am and 4pm.
  • Virginia agriculture has so much to offer and what better way to experience this bounty than at the Virginia State Fair just outside of Richmond. Food, animals, rides and fun!  After your trip to the historic Capital Region, take the two hour drive to Montfair for a cottage get-a-way nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Bring your jackets!  Hiking is a favorite past-time of ours in October with the change of the fall leaves. 

 

Montfair offers a mile and a half leisurely stroll accessible from our cottages. Many nearby hikes are available as well. Sugar Hollow is a local favorite which follows the Moormans River along an easy 2 mile trek to a waterfall before steeply climbing the ridge for several miles to the Skyline Drive. On a warm day, take a dip into a swimming hole and enjoy the filtered shade of the mature mountain forests.

For those more adventurous types a drive to Ravens Roost along the Blue Ridge Parkway offers spectacular panoramas of the Shenandoah Valley at 3,200′ above sea level. Nearby Humpback Rock is a short but strenuous mile hike to a rock outcropping that juts out of the mountains into the sky and offers a birds-eye viewpoint of the valley below.

The Shenandoah National Park from Rockfish Gap to Thornton Gap is the perfect drive for viewing the yellows of tulip poplars and hickory and the reds of maples and sassafras between mid October and early November. Blackrock Summit at MP 84.4 is a short hike with nearly 360 degree views and offers a unique look into the geology of our mountains.

We look forward to seeing you this fall at Montfair! Call us today to reserve your cottage stay. 434.823.5202

Ravens Roost Overlook at Mile Post 10.7 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

 

September Vacation Sale at Montfair Resort Farm

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Late summer vacation savings for family fun and romance now through September 30, 2017! Enjoy 20% off daily cottage rental rates and multiple day packages! Call 434-823-5202 or book online today.

Relax in a cozy cottage, canoe, fish, star gaze and bike. Best yet find yourself rejuvenated after a meander on our wooded hiking trails, see what Virginia native plants you might discover or catch sight of a painted turtle. Try out some birding and you may spot a Great Blue Heron, Night Heron, Green Heron, or a Belted Kingfisher on the Montfair lake! Enjoy a serene paddle in a canoe on the small Montfair lake or fish for bass and brim and discover your inner fisherman.

Take in breweries and wineries. Explore local offerings at a variety of roadside, Crozet, and Charlottesville Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Stop in at one of the local country stores for a cold coke and a yummy homemade sandwich. Make sure you save time to explore the Sugar Hollow entrance to Shenandoah National Park, you will discover this gem tucked away  in the “holler” by following Sugar Hollow rd. that follows the Moormon’s River. You can take in a peaceful mountain side lake swim at nearby Mint Springs Park.

Apple season is beginning at Henley’s Orchard and Chile’s Peach Orchard, both have pick your own options.

The new Wildrock play-scape has opened up and is a ten minute drive from your Montfair cottage right next to the Patricia Byrom Forest Preserve that also has five hundred more acres of hiking trails.

These are just a few of our favorite activities. Come on up to the mountains of Virginia and join us to savor these gorgeous late summer days! There is plenty of fresh air, natural beauty and room to roam on our family property. We hope to see you soon!

Cool Summer Vacation Sale at Montfair Resort Farm

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Summer vacation sale for family fun and romance now through September 30, 2017! Enjoy 20% off daily cottage rental rates and multiple day packages! Call 434-823-5202 or book online today.

Relax in a cozy cottage, canoe, fish, star gaze and bike. Best yet find yourself rejuvenated after a meander on our wooded hiking trails, see what Virginia native plants you might discover or catch sight of a painted turtle. Try out some birding and you may spot a Great Blue Heron, Night Heron, Green Heron, or a Belted Kingfisher on the Montfair lake! Enjoy a serene paddle in a canoe on the small Montfair lake or fish for bass and brim and discover your inner fisherman.

Take in breweries and wineries. Explore local offerings at a variety of roadside, Crozet, and Charlottesville Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Stop in at one of the local country stores for a cold coke and a yummy homemade sandwich. Make sure you save time to explore the Sugar Hollow entrance to Shenandoah National Park, you will discover this gem tucked away  in the “holler” by following Sugar Hollow rd. that follows the Moormon’s River. You can take in a peaceful mountain side lake swim at nearby Mint Springs Park.

Peach season is in full swing at Henley’s Orchard and Chile’s Peach Orchard, both have pick your own options and homemade peach ice cream is available at certain times.

The new Wildrock play-scape has opened up and is a ten minute drive from your Montfair cottage right next to the Patricia Byrom Forest Preserve that also has five hundred more acres of hiking trails.

These are just a few of our favorite activities. Come on up to the mountains of Virginia and join us to revel in the warm lazy days of summer! There is plenty of fresh air, natural beauty and room to roam on our family property. We hope to see you soon!

Spring Fly Fishing Retreat at Montfair

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We are honored that Therapeutic Adventures has hosted their Women’s Spring Fly Fishing Retreat at Montfair for many years. This retreat is a chance for breast cancer survivors to come together in community and learn about fly fishing. Therapeutic Adventures reserves the Montfair cottages for the women’s shared accommodations and the Event Lodge for all communal activities. During the day the women split into groups, one group stays in the lodge and learns how to tie fishing lures while the other group goes to Sugar Hollow and fishes in the Moormans River. The groups switch activities after lunch. They gather in the lodge in the evenings for meals, yoga, massages, fellowship and music before heading back to a cottage to rest up for the next day. We always love sharing Montfair with this wonderful inspiring group!

 

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Photo Credit: Theresa White – Custom Art and Photography

This annual event is possible due to efforts and support from Therapeutic Adventures, Thomas Jefferson Trout Unlimited, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital – Cancer center, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Women’s Committee, as well as foundations, businesses, and wonderful volunteers.

Upcoming art workshops at Montfair

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There’s no doubt about it; Montfair steeps in creative energy. It helps that the founding family, the Sheridans, have had the arts in their blood for generations. Step into the office and you’ll see landscape paintings by co-owner Leora Vincenti and drawings and rustic chairs made by her brother and co-owner, Joe Sheridan.

When Leora and her husband Dave began to breathe new life into Montfair fifteen years ago, they envisioned the Events Lodge as a space not only for weddings, but also for community gatherings, workshops and retreats.

“We’re excited at Montfair to be at a point now where we can further develop our event programming and support of local artists,” says Leora.

After a successful workshop in February with Steven Martyn of the Sacred Gardener School, Montfair will continue to fill the lodge with eager learners during two upcoming art workshops:

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Impressions from Nature: Block Printing on Fabric

March 25th, 11am–4pm

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Learn the practice and technique of fabric block printing during this workshop hosted by local artists Emily Vanderlinden and Susanna Byrd.

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Rustic Furniture Workshop with Joe Sheridan

May 6th and 7th, 9am–3pm

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Master Artisan Joe Sheridan teaches this two-day class where participants will learn the techniques of rustic chair making.

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We can’t wait to see what attendees of these workshops create! Hope to see you there!

Meetings in the Mountains

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Planning your company’s next business meeting or conference? Tired of always having your meetings in the office? For a change in scenery hold your next meeting at Montfair Resort Farm’s Events Lodge surrounded by nature and beauty. Montfair is located 15 mins north of Crozet in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Events Lodge is a great place to escape to and be disconnected from your normal day to day in the office but still have all the essential that you’ll need for your meeting including wifi, screen, projector, tables and chairs, a full kitchen, and bathroom. The lodge is temperature controlled and has a large wood burning fire place for cold days. If you have breaks in your meeting throughout the day your group will have access to hiking trails, mountain bikes, and canoes. The lodge deck overlook our 6 acre lake which might be a nice spot for a lunch break. We also have 9 vacation cottages onsite if you have any out of town staff traveling in for the meeting. Meetings at Montfair foster a sense of community and the natural environment inspires innovation!

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Check out our events page for more information on our pricing and services! Call our events manager, Katie today to book a tour of the lodge and learn more information about our meeting and retreat packages.  434-823-5202

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Returning to Eden: Polyculture Gardening with Steven Martyn

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Montfair is excited to host an afternoon with Steven Martyn and Megan Spencer, co-creators of The Sacred Gardener School in Golden Lake, Ontario. Steven’s talk will be based around his new book, “Sacred Gardening,” in which he explores concepts and practices of polyculture forest gardening. Steven has over 30 years’ experience practicing traditional living skills, including gardening, foraging, building, herbalism and healing. This event will be hosted at the Events Lodge at Montfair Resort Farm. Light refreshments provided. Visit our facebook event page or call for more information: 434 823-5202.

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Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Where: Montfair Events Lodge

Tickets: available online or at the door: $15

We’d love to see you there!

 

Visit the Sacred Gardener website for more information about Steven and Megan’s work, and to see lovely photos of their farm and school in Golden Lake.

15% Off Winter Vacation Sale at Montfair Resort Farm

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Enjoy 15% off daily cottage rental rates and multiple night packages now through January 9, 2017! Call 434-823-5202 or book online today.

This is the time to gather with family, loved ones and friends to experience the best of the season as we transition into Winter. Does a cozy cottage in the mountains of Virginia sound ideal? Winter brings a deep quiet and peace to our landscape.

Canoe, fish, star gaze, bike. Best yet find yourself rejuvenated after a meander on the gorgeous now windswept wooded hiking trails. Observe the magical winter light and breathe in the fresh mountain air.

We still see the Hawks in migration, Great Blue Heron, the Green Heron, and Belted Kingfishers on the Montfair lake on a daily basis! We have even caught sight of the breathtaking American Bald Eagles!

Our local is abundant with breweries, cider works, wineries, farm shops and  artisan studios that are bustling with activity for the holiday season.

You will want to have a hot cup of coffee or cocoa and a warm homemade sandwich at one of the local country stores for a quick lunch and maybe even hear a bit of local gossip.

Make sure you save time to explore the Sugar Hollow entrance to Shenandoah National Park, you will discover this gem tucked away  in the “holler” by following Sugar Hollow rd. that follows the  Mormon’s River. Enjoy hiking along the path of the gurgling river and see amazing icicles hanging from the cliffs. These are just a few of our favorite activities. Come on up to the mountains of Virginia. There is plenty of fresh air, natural beauty and room to roam on our family property. We hope to see you soon!

Thanks for a great Open House!

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It’s been a late fall season this year, with 80 degree days in November and colors slow to peak. But there’s no denying those early sunsets and the blankets of leaves now covering the forest floor. At night winter edges in, leaving hints of itself as pockets of frost in the fields. We’re reminded that this time of year is best for quiet reflection, rest and cozy nights in a warm cabin. Where better to be than Montfair?

Last week we were excited to host our second-annual Montfair Open House. We celebrated the season with hot apple cider, chili and cornbread, chicken-noodle soup and caramel apples (made by Cakes by Rachel). Though the day was beautiful and warm, visitors roasted marshmallows at the bonfire.

One of our favorite parts of the day’s events was the old-time bluegrass tunes struck up by the Doyles River Cut-Ups out on the lodge deck. It was enough to inspire flat-footing and twirling and even some spontaneous harmonies. Can’t quite imagine it? Click on the video below for a taste of a joyful day at Montfair!