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.
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.