NEWS FROM MONTFAIR RESORT FARM

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Summer Evenings at Montfair

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During these hot Virginia summers, evenings arrive as a welcome relief. Montfair offers much to vacationers who wish to relax in this calming cool at the end of an active day.

Montfair Event Supervisor, Aila Juvonen, reports that as she tends to wedding reception bonfires, she listens for our resident beaver, who never fails to let her know of his presence: he slaps his tail, thwack! against the surface of the water.

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Leora Vincenti, who grew up at Montfair, recalls how her father, Phil Sheridan, would haul out his fishing rod at dusk to catch bass in the Montfair lake.

“He enjoyed the quiet of being outside that time of day. Maybe the fishing was better but mostly it was for the stillness, how the air felt, wind rustling, frogs, crickets, cicadas,” she says.

He might too have heard owls: Screech and Great Horned and Barred, calling out to each other through the deepening trees.

And of course there are stars, twinkling so bright you get lost in space with them, watching them circle in the upturned bowl of the sky, held by dark outlines of mountains. The Milky Way drifts overhead like a silk scarf.  We can’t really capture these indelible moments in photos to splash on our website or post on Instagram. But trust me, summer evenings are Montfair at its core: Nature, comfort, simplicity.

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Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas

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We all know weddings can be costly to our pocketbooks, but how often do we think about their effect on our environment? From re-thinking invitations to diverting trash from the landfill, there are many ways to make weddings more eco-friendly. Here at Montfair, we incorporate as many eco-friendly practices as we can – from using eco-friendly cleaners and laundry detergent to purchasing green building supplies – all in an effort to be good stewards of our land and business. Here are some great ideas to make your dream wedding at Montfair a little more eco-conscious.

Invitiations

You can start with your invitations. One option is to print your traditional invitations on recycled paper with vegetable-based inks.  You can also send out a traditional invitations but have your guests RSVP on your wedding website instead of mailing back a card. For a more informal, but paperless option, try E-vites!

Dress

Buying a vintage wedding dress is a great eco-conscious decision and will save you money too. If you don’t want your dress hanging in your closet taking up space after your wedding, sell it again so someone else can use it. Buy vintage for bridesmaid dresses too!

Flowers

Buying local flowers is an easy way to have beautiful flowers that don’t have to have shipped in for your wedding day. Local flower farms will use flowers that are in season at the time of your wedding.  Flower farms close to Montfair include Harmony Harvest Farm, Pharsalia Flower Farm, Ted’s Last Stand Farm and Gardens, Barn Swallow Blooms, Blue Heron Farm, and Innisfree Herb Garden.

Food

Pick a caterer that uses local and organic food! Caterers near Montfair that use local organic foods include, The Local, Claudia Gibson Catering, Harvest Moon Catering, Cakes By Rachel, Have Food Will Travel and many more.

Favors

When it comes to your wedding favors you can choose something that can be reused like a cup or a wine glass. We have seen couples give out succulents, seeds for their gardens, or trees from the Arbor Day Foundation.  Shop local for favors, choosing businesses that you know practice fair-trade and sustainable sourcing. Frolic Chocolate in Charlottesville, or Hungry Hill Farm (honey), for example, make delicious, gourmet treats.

Waste

Reduce your wedding waste by composting and recycling. Montfair has single stream recycling pick up. If you would like composting, Natural Organic Process Enterprises (NOPE) provides collection services for events and can come to Montfair after your wedding to collect your food waste.

Montfair Resort Farm would love to support you in making your eco-friendly wedding come true!

Spacious one bedroom cottage features comfortable organic latex mattress.

Cool Summer Vacation Sale at Montfair Resort Farm

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Summer vacation sale for family fun and romance now through August 31, 2016! Enjoy 15% 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. Or best yet find yourself rejuvenated after a meander on our wooded hiking trails and see what Virginia native plants you might discover. Try out some birding and you may spot a Great Blue Heron, Night Heron, Green Heron, or a Belted Kingfisher on the Montfair lake! Join a SUP Paddleboard Yoga class held every Wednesday now through October 12, 2016 on Monfair Resort Farm’s lake with Mango Yoga Adventures! 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  Mormon’s River. You can take in a peaceful mountain side lake swim at nearby Mint Springs Park. 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!

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What’s in the Woods: June

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The longest days of the year are upon us. Our wedding ceremony garden is bursting with color and winged visitors; larkspur, tiger lilies, milkweed, swallowtail butterflies, silver spotted skippers. And around the Montfair property, animals take advantage of the long light and warm weather; Baby birds fledge, turtles and frogs slip into the high water and black bears amble down from the mountains. We have had recent sightings of Belted Kingfishers, a Night Heron and ghostly-white Indian Pipes pushing up from the leaf litter. Hike along our trails or canoe in the lake and you’ll be witness to these sounds and sights.

While you stay at Montfair at this abundant time of year, you can also explore the nearby Shenandoah National Park or drive and hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take a peek at this Bloom Schedule and Wildlife Guide to get an idea of what wild beauties you might glimpse during your explorations.

We wish you happy trails, lush and lazy afternoons, and spontaneous, magical encounters!

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Wedding Dates Available For Fall 2016!

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Have you always dreamed of a fall wedding? Are you recently engaged but don’t want to wait over a year to get married? You are in luck!  We still have available fall wedding dates! We also host rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, bridal showers, bridesmaids luncheons, etc.

Our current availability:

Saturdays

September 17th and October 29th

Fridays

September 16th, October 28th, and November 11th

Sundays

September 18th, October 30th, November 6th and November 13th

Holiday Mondays

September 5th (Labor Day) and October 10th (Columbus Day)

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If you are interested learning more about our event space or setting up a tour of the venue please contact our events manager Katie Teel today! events@montfairresortfarm.com or 434-823-5202

Love at Montfair!

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C&C-0058This spring has been full with weddings and love at Montfair Resort Farm!!

TeelLatta-349We are happy to finally see the blue skies around here again! It rained almost everyday here from the end April through most of May. Luckily even with the rain all of our wedding couples were still able to get married outside at our wedding field with the gorgeous mountain range behind them. Even on a cloudy day the views from the wedding field are still breathtaking! There were a few weddings this spring that we thought we would have to implement the rain contingency plan but each time the rain either held off until after the ceremony was over or it stopped raining just in time for the ceremony.

Each wedding so far this spring had it’s own unique touch. We had one couple who got married on a Wednesday afternoon. One wedding the bride was a member of the band so she joined in to play a few songs with them during her reception. A couple weddings were creative with the desserts whether it was a candy-dessert bar or renting the Carpe Donut truck. Every wedding this spring transformed the lodge into a space that fits their own style.

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Even though every wedding has it’s own unique feel they have all ended with an evening full of dancing followed by socializing by the bonfire on the lakefront. We are looking forward to all of our June weddings coming up!

If you are newly engaged and looking for wedding venue contact us today to set up a tour at events@montfairresortfarm.com or call us at 434-823-5202.

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New SUP Paddleboard Yoga Class Offered at Montfair!

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Sup Paddleboard at Montfair Information:
SUP Paddleboard Yoga every Wednesday now through October 12, 2016 at Monfair Resort Farm with Mango Yoga Adventures!
Class size is limited to 7 boards unless people choose the BYOB (bring your own board rate option). Pre-registration is absolutely required as space is limited. Sign-ups are through the schedule on the www.mangoyogaadventures.com website. Must sign up 12 hrs before class. Cost is $35/person which includes board rental. People must be able to swim and have some yoga experience. With cancellations due to weather, I will contact people the morning of class. They will receive a detailed confirmation including directions, what to wear, bring, etc when they sign. Folks can give Catherine a call at 434-960-0681 if they have questions.
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May at Montfair

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This week I tasted my first strawberries of the season. Lady’s Slipper orchids appear in the woods. In our wedding ceremony garden, the irises, lupins and bachelors’ buttons unveil new blooms each day. The spring rains and warming weather bring a bounty of growth to central Virginia and fun May activities beckon­- all just a short drive from Montfair. May is an invigorating time to experience the Blue Ridge Mountains, the famous Shenandoah National Park, and our local vineyards and farms. You can also enjoy the beauty of our own property, perhaps while attending a Wednesday Paddleboard Yoga class on the lake.

Are you ready? Summer’s around the corner, but the secrets of spring still call. Here’s a small sampling of things to do during your stay in May:

 

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Montfair Resort Farm earns the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2016!

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Our amazing wedding reviews have earned us the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2016, awarded to the top 5% of wedding professionals. Thank you to all the couples who chose Montfair for their weddings, all the fantastic vendors and all of our staff who worked so hard to make it happen! We are so honored to be in a location where the landscape speaks to our guests in a manner that makes Montfair a meaningful place to be married and for their loved ones to witness. We are excited to continue to improve our services; all the while respecting the spirit and beauty of the place we call home.

Tie the Knot at Montfair in Spring 2016!

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Spring is a beautiful time to be married in Virginia!   
In March and April the flowers burst forth from their winter slumber including the daffodils, redbuds and dogwoods.  The mountains are covered with a bright green freshness as the new leaves of the Tulip Poplars appear.  On those chilly evenings, relax with a s’mores and wine gathering by the bonfire or stay indoors with the roaring 13′ fireplace.
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 In May, as the days grow longer, the leaves turn a darker hue with maturing foliage and the Iris burst forth with the sweet scent of purples and blues.  Our wedding field is thick with grass and dotted with clover.  Wake up to a relaxing morning of pre-ceremony yoga with your wedding party and enjoy all the day’s preparations before your ceremony!
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June quickly welcomes the summer months but not before offering an assortment of Lily blooms that line the wildflower garden at the Montfair Wedding Field.   On the lake the Lily Pads offer a beautiful lakeside accent for smaller, intimate ceremonies.   Dance the night away on our tented deck with your family and friends.
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Weekend dates during March, April, May and June are available and now at a 20% discount off the listed prices.  Montfair’s rustic ceremony and reception venue is located 25 minutes west of Charlottesville in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Our cedar cottages and Beauchamp House may accommodate a maximum of 48 guests while our event lodge and tented deck can accommodate up to 200 guests.  Lakeside yard games, two sets of banquet chairs, tables, evening bonfire and an onsite supervisor is included in all of our wedding packages.
Call us today for more information and to schedule a tour!  We’d love to have your join us for your big day!