Fall for the magnificent vineyards and country charm of Charlottesville, Virginia.
What: Check in to the manor house-turned-luxury hotel for a night in what was once Laura Ashley’s husband’s home. Then bike, swim, hike, and play golf ($255) to your heart’s content.
Why: Stay in for dinner at Southern-leaning Fossett’s Restaurant. Start with a $10 wine tasting.
When: You’re looking to make a getaway.
Where: 701 Club Dr., Rivanna (888-778-2565). Reservations online at keswick.com.
What: Yes, there’s Monticello. But don’t let it overshadow James Monroe’s charming residence, which has been transformed into a working farm, gathering spot, and performing arts center.
Why: Explore the house, walk the 500 acres, join an archeology workshop, and view one of the live performances (you can even cut your own Christmas tree in Nov. and Dec.).
When: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1000 James Monroe Pkwy., Charlottesville (434-293-8000). Admission is $5-$10.
What: Yarn-and-needle mastermind Wenlan Chia’s cozy knits adorned with whimsical creatures for up to 60 percent off.
Why: Stock up on Twinkle Home’s quirky but sweet sheets while you’re at it.
Where: Online at swirl.com.
King Family Vineyards
What: Visit the tasting room for the lowdown on local varieties and try six types for just $5.
Why: Select spreads, breads, and cheeses ($3-$10) from the shop and have a picnic overlooking the vines.
When: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet (434-823-7800).
What: Modern theater specializes in experimental performances, as well as funny and edgy interpretations of classic plays and Broadway shows.
Why: Morris Panych’s new dark comedy, The Dishwashers, about class in restaurant kitchens is up next.
When: Fri.-Nov. 14.
Where: 123 E. Water St., Charlottesville (434-977-4177). Tickets ($18.50) at 434-977-4177 ext. 108.
Photo: Courtesy of Keswick Hall