Fall is fast approaching and is a great time of year to hold an event at Montfair Resort Farm. The fall weather will allow guests to enjoy all of our outdoor actives including yard games, hiking/biking trails, fishing or canoeing on our lake during the day but cool enough in the evenings to gather around a bonfire. Our events lodge is temperature controlled and has a large kitchen, grill, fireplace, bathrooms, Wi-Fi and a large tented deck overlooking our lakefront.  The events are endless that you could host including birthday parties, bridal or baby showers, retirement parties, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, company picnics or day retreats, holiday parties or even just an evening bonfire party with friends just get together.

Here are a few unique ideas of events you could host at Montfair but you could dream up your own ideas as well:

  • Stand Up Paddle Board Party: Mango Yoga Adventures will bring stand up paddle boards to our lake for your group and teach a lesson. She will also teach a stand up paddle board yoga class if your friends are adventurous enough. After spending the day on the lake you could have dinner in the lodge and end the night enjoying a bonfire by the lake.
  • Thanksgiving Family Reunion: We still have Thanksgiving day available at the events lodge! It would make a great spot to host a large Thanksgiving Family Reunion meal. Any guests who would be traveling from out of town could stay at one of 9 cottages or the house we have onsite.
  • Campout Party: Rent the events lodge full a whole evening and enjoy camping at the lakefront but still having the convenient use of a kitchen and bathrooms. Bonfire pit available and on a clear night the stars are unbelievable!
  • Children’s Nature Scavenger Hunt Party: Make up a scavenger hunt of things found in nature at Montfair and then hike the trails with the group to see who finds the most items on the list. Great way to keep the children entertained while also teaching them about nature.
  • Organize your own wellness retreat: Reserve the lodge for a couple days and plan a wellness retreat. Our location is a peaceful place to escape to and would be great to spot for guests to come and rejuvenate. Sche

We do still have a handful of weekend dates available this fall including September 7th, September 9th, September 29th, October 14th, October 21st, November 10th, November 23rd, November 24th, and November 25th and multiple weekend dates available this winter. We also have multiple weekdays available.


Autumn in the Shenandoah National Park

The Colors of Autumn

Skyline Drive, Virginia was voted the #1 place in North America to see the colors of autumn. This 105-mile stretch of highway in northern Virginia winds through Shenandoah National Park. It features almost 75 mountain overlooks and forests chockful of colorful sumac, locust, sassafras, scarlet oak, red maple and sweet gum trees—a combination that makes for a brilliant blending of reds and yellows that stretches on for miles. October is prime viewing month for the colors in the park. If you have time, pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway and continue through the southern part of the state, into the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. If you prefer to go on foot, Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails through the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park is about 75 miles from Washington, D.C., making it a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital and get back to nature.

You can make one of Montfair’s cozy cottages your home base and see these spectacular views. Montfair is centrally located a short 25 minute drive from the top of Afton Mountain where the Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway meet. You can also discover the two  hidden back entrance gems of the Shenandoah National Park a short 10 – 15 minute drive way from your cottage.

Give us a call at 434-823-5202 and we will be happy to help you plan your Skyline Drive itinerary, direct you towards local information and let you know Montfair’s cottage availability!


Simplicity
Have you ever heard the saying, “Keep it Simple”? Here at Montfair we strive to keep everything as simple as possible for our guests. From the booking process to your departure.
With recent updates to our website you can book online from any device. Very mobile friendly. Or if you like a more personal experience simply give us a call.
Once your reservation is placed all you have to do is pack the clothes you would like to wear and the food you would like to eat while your here. We provide the rest.
Our cottages come with linens and towels. The bathrooms are supplied with toilet paper, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, first-aid kits, and air freshener. The kitchens are fully equipped and have salt, pepper, coffee and filters, tea, paper towels, and dish detergent. Picnic tables and the provided grill make it easy to grill out.
What can be simpler than setting on the covered porch looking over the lake, listening to nature while enjoying a cup of coffee or glass of wine?
And to make things even simpler we provide bicycles, canoes with life jackets, trails for hiking, and a lake and two ponds for fishing. All free for our guest to use at their convenience during their stay. And you don’t need a fishing license since we are privately owned.


Time for a cool mountain escape! 15% to 31% off summer vacation cottage sale for family fun and romantic adventure, now through July 31, 2018! Call 434-823-5202 or book online today.

Experience and feel at home in the gorgeous atmospheric lush Virginia summer days with magical evenings highlighted by the bright twinkle of fireflies. Relax in a cozy comfortable cottage, canoe, fish, stargaze, bike and soak in the natural beauty of rural Albemarle County. Find yourself rejuvenated after a long walk on our wooded nature trails, see what Virginia native plants you might discover, catch sight of salamanders swimming at the water’s edge and spot a Painted turtle sunning itself or meandering on the trail. Cool off with a serene paddle in a canoe on the Montfair lake and enjoy the cool breeze that comes down from Pasture Fence Mountain. Fish for bass and bluegill to discover your inner fisherman. In the summer months birders will be excited to spot the threatened Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, the Great Blue Heron, Night Heron, Green Heron, a Belted Kingfisher and an occasional White Egret.

Peaches are in season now! Henley’s Orchard is only three miles from your Montfair cabin. This special family owned and operated orchard offers over 15 different peach varieties. Plan an outing to pick your own peaches or stop by their Shed. Tim Henley will describe each variety.

After picking peaches in the hot sun, go enjoy a swim at Mint Springs! Open til 7pm with lifeguards, a sandy beach and beautiful mountain views for old fashion lake swimming.

Enjoy the abundance of local ciderworks, breweries and wineries; many of these are family friendly and pet- friendly and have special music nights! Explore local offerings at a variety of roadside, Crozet, and Charlottesville Farmers Market  starting on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  We have two favorite local country stores three miles from Montfair. Piedmont Country Store and Wyants grocery both offer basic sundries, good home cooked deli kitchens and fishing bait. Stop in 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 Moormans River. Only an eight minute drive from Montfair.

The  Wildrock play-scape is open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays and now open on Sundays and is an ideal spot for families and children. Reservations are available online on the Wildrock website. Wildrock is a ten minute drive from your Montfair cottage right next to the Patricia Byrom Forest Preserve that has five hundred more acres of hiking trails.

These are just a few of our favorite summer activities. Come on up to the mountains of Virginia and discover this magical neck of the woods! We hope you will feel at home with the fresh air, natural beauty and room to roam on the Montfair family property.


Recently engaged? Dreaming of a Fall wedding but don’t want to wait over a year to get married? You’re in luck! We still have multiple Fall 2018 wedding dates available and we are currently offering 20% off our wedding rates. You can get married at our ceremony field with gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop. We also have a lakefront lawn you could use as a ceremony location. Our lodge is the perfect place to gather for dinner and has a large wood burning fireplace. Dance the night away on our tented deck and end the evening sitting by a bonfire. Guests can also book one of our cozy vacation cottages so they can stay on site the night of the wedding.

Our current remaining Fall 2018 weekend (Fri-Sun) dates include the following:

  • Friday, September 7th
  • Sunday, September 9th
  • Saturday, September 29th
  • Friday, October 12th
  • Sunday, October 14th
  • Sunday, October 21st
  • Sunday, October 28th
  • Saturday, November 10th
  • Full weekend of November 23rd-25th

We also have multiple weekdays available!

Photo Credit: Rob Garland Photography

 


Summer vacation cottage sale for family fun and romance now through June 30, 2018! Enjoy 15% off daily cottage rental rates and multiple day packages! Call 434-823-5202 or book online today.

Montfair is an ideal vacation destination for romantic couples getaways and family adventures. The gorgeous atmosphere of the lush Virginia summer with magical evenings highlighted by the bright twinkle of fireflies is yours to feel at home in. Relax in a cozy comfortable cottage, canoe, fish, stargaze, bike and soak in the natural beauty of rural Albemarle County. Find yourself rejuvenated after a long walk on our wooded nature trails, see what Virginia native plants you might discover, catch sight of salamanders swimming at the water’s edge and spot a Painted turtle sunning itself or meandering on the trail. Cool off with a serene paddle in a canoe on the Montfair lake and enjoy the cool breeze that comes down from Pasture Fence Mountain or fish for bass and bluegill to discover your inner fisherman. In the summer months birders will be excited to spot the threatened Wood Thrush, the Great Blue Heron, Night Heron, Green Heron, a Belted Kingfisher and an occasional White Egret.

Enjoy the abundance of local ciderworks, breweries and wineries; many of these are family friendly and pet- friendly and have special music nights! Explore local offerings at a variety of roadside, Crozet, and Charlottesville Farmers Market  starting 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 Moormans River.

The  Wildrock play-scape is open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays and now open on Sundays and is an ideal spot for families and children. Reservations are available online on the Wildrock website. Wildrock 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 discover this magical neck of the woods! We hope you will feel at home with the fresh air, natural beauty and room to roam on the Montfair family property.


Here at Montfair we love sharing the nature, comfort, and simplicity of this family owned retreat in the mountains of Virginia. And we do encourage our guest to disconnect from the social media, news, and politics of today that are dividing us. Whether you just need some solitude, need to reconnect with a significant other, or just really need to connect with your children this is the perfect spot for you.
Here you can totally disconnect by booking a stay in the Butternut, Magnolia, or Loblolly cottages where the only media is an Am/Fm radio with Cd player. There is Wi-Fi in all the cottages but some parents choose not to tell their children. Instead they will canoe across our beautiful lake while taking in splendid mountain views, sit on a bench and just simply listen to nature, or go for a hike and bike ride. It is amazing how close you can become with others when you put your phones, tablets, and laptops away for awhile and just talk and listen.

If you need a little more media that’s fine as well, as I said all of our cottages have Wi-Fi, it is your choice to use it. For TV with a DVD player, choose The Pawpaw, Holly, Hazelnut, Sycamore, Dogwood, and Sassafras cottages. There is reception of two local channels including the public TV channel. Bring your own DVD’s to play or choose some from the Montfair office’s small DVD library. For Cable TV reception you will want to book our lovely Beauchamp House.
But as I said in the beginning we do encourage everyone to step away from your screens and take in the world around you and learn about the people you love.


Spring vacation cottage sale for family fun and romance now through May 31, 2018! 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, stargaze and bike. Best yet find yourself rejuvenated after a meander on our wooded nature trails, see what Virginia native plants you might discover or catch sight of salamanders. Try out some birding and you may spot a Great Blue Heron, Night Heron, Green Heron, or a Belted Kingfisher on the Montfair lake! Eastern Bluebirds, Gold Finches and Robins are common sights at the moment. Enjoy a serene paddle in a canoe on the small Montfair lake or fish for bass and brim and discover your inner fisherman. Take a stab at cooking up your fresh caught fish for an amazing supper. They taste great breaded with cornmeal and fried up!

Take in the wide choices of ciderworks, breweries and wineries. Explore local offerings at a variety of roadside, Crozet, and Charlottesville Farmers Market  starting in April 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 Moormans River.

The  Wildrock play-scape is open on Wednesday, Saturdays and now open on Sundays and is an ideal spot for families and children. Wildrock 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  magical unfurling of spring! There is plenty of fresh air, natural beauty and room to roam on our family property. We hope to see you soon!


Play, move, get out in nature and experience an outdoor weeklong vacation adventure! Montfair is ready to book your weeklong stay for dates in July and August! Pick the 7 night package to receive 31% off Montfair’s summer rates.

Montfair’s cozy simple cottages with WiFi are an ideal base to explore the best the Shenandoah National Park, Albemarle County and Charlottesville have to offer. Our special neck of the woods is both an ideal family outdoor vacation spot and a romantic outdoor loving couple’s destination.

129 acres of woodlands and fields at Montfair with canoes, bikes, fishing and nature trails offer plenty of room to roam on site.

The beautiful vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains surround Montfair- teach your kids the named mountains of the Blue Ridge, Foxes, Pasture Fence, Bucks Elbow, Loft and Pigeon Top. Birding, stargazing, catching firefly’s and wildlife identification are favorite learning activities with all ages. End your evening with a lakeside campfire.

Surrounded by three large rivers, you can take time to explore and fly fish on the terrain of Moorman’s River. The Rivanna River Co. will take you out on river trips and Eco Tours on the beautiful RIvanna with shuttle service and the James River lies 45 minutes to the South for tubing and kayak tours!

You can pick up a President’s Pass to tour Monticello, Ash Lawn Highland, home of Jefferson’s friend and neighbor, James Monroe, fifth President of the United States, and the Michie Tavern ca. 1784 Tour.

Close by for families with young children make a reservation the Wildrock Playscape for a super relaxed time where kids have mud boots provided for playing in the creek, a mud kitchen, special guided nature programming and even a small hobbit house.

Make time for romance! Great restaurants in nearby Crozet. Check out Grace Estate, Stinson Vineyards and White Hall Vineyards only three miles of Montfair with many more close by. New Cideries, Beer Trails and Distilleries pop up monthly- most offer outside play areas that are great for kids too- call ahead to find out the pet friendly establishments. The Monticello Artisan Trail offers a host of local exploration of the local art and crafts scene.

And what is summer without a bite out of a fresh warm peach! Our favorite summer time activity of all is heading to Henley’s Orchard and Chiles Peach Orchard for farm fresh pick your own peaches. And to freshen up after a hot day of picking- head over to Mint Springs Park for authentic mountain lake swimming.  Open til 7 pm every evening.

You can be back on your cabin porch overlooking the Montfair lake to relax for the sunset in less than 15 minutes!

The Montfair team loves to help people chart their vacation plans- so give us a call and start planning today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Spring vacation sale for family fun and romance now through April 30, 2018! 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, stargaze and bike. Best yet find yourself rejuvenated after a meander on our wooded nature trails, see what Virginia native plants you might discover or catch sight of salamanders. Try out some birding and you may spot a Great Blue Heron, Night Heron, Green Heron, or a Belted Kingfisher on the Montfair lake! Eastern Bluebirds and Robins are common sights at the moment. Enjoy a serene paddle in a canoe on the small Montfair lake or fish for bass and brim and discover your inner fisherman. Take a stab at cooking up your fresh caught fish for an amazing supper. They taste great breaded with cornmeal and fried up!

Take in the wide choices of ciderworks, breweries and wineries. Explore local offerings at a variety of roadside, Crozet, and Charlottesville Farmers Market  starting in April 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 Moormans River.

The new Wildrock play-scape is open on Saturdays and is an ideal spot for families and children. Wildrock 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 early magical days of spring! There is plenty of fresh air, natural beauty and room to roam on our family property. We hope to see you soon!