Nelson County, where we’ve lived and worked since 1978, is a beautiful place! We’re about 25 miles southwest of Charlottesville, Virginia, next to the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you want to come visit, I suggest you follow these directions, instead of relying on mapquest. They will get you here by way of a long, winding, narrow gravel road. It’s an adventure, to be sure, but not the easiest route!
If you come from afar, here are some suggestions on places to stay, suggestions on local wineries and restaurants, and places to visit.
Places to Stay (listed in order of distance from the studio)
Acorn Inn (less than 2 miles/ 5 minutes)
Acorn Inn is a European-style Bed & Breakfast and unique meeting facility in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Nelson County.
Fallen Oak Bed & Breakfast (less than 2 miles/5 minutes)
Fallen Oak is located on 38 acres of high meadow and woodland just down the road from my pottery.
The Mark Addy Inn (about 6 miles/10 minutes)
The Mark Addy Inn, located next to Wintergreen Resort, offers luxurious accommodations with great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding Nelson County.
Le Bleu Ridge B & B (about 7 miles/13 minutes)
Le Bleu Ridge’s home is the 1840 Page House estate, a five acres pre-civil war era landmark located in the heart of Nelson County, VA.
Orchard House B & B (about 9 miles/14 minutes)
The 1874 farm house sits in what was one of Nelson County’s premier apple orchards. The B&B’s motto is “where friends become family.”
Afton Mountain B & B (10 miles/15 minutes)
Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast, an 1848 Victorian farmhouse, is located in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in historic Nelson County.
The Inn at the Crossroads (17 miles/22 minutes)
The Inn at the Crossroads, located in North Garden, was built in 1818 and is registered as a National Historic Place and a Virginia Historic Landmark
Harmony Hill B & B (18 miles/24 minutes)
Harmony Hill is a cozy log cabin Bed & Breakfast located in Nelson County, offering exceptional hospitality and memorable service.
Rockmill Farm Bed and Breakfast ( 20 miles/26 minutes )
The Rockmill Farm B&B, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Lowesville, offers guest rooms with fireplaces, quiet porches and lovely mountain views.
Belle Hearth B & B ( 21.5 miles/31 minutes )
Belle Hearth B&B is a peaceful retreat offering award winning breakfasts in the historic district of Waynesboro, featuring craftsmanship of the late Victorian/NeoClassical period.
Cedar Spring Inn (42 miles/54 minutes)
Cedar Spring Inn is located on 36 scenic acres 11 miles north of Charlottesville, within 30 minutes of 10 wineries.
Ebenezer House Bed & Breakfast (approx 45 miles/55 minutes)
Family-friendly country chalet, close to historical sites, the Blue Ridge Mountains, antique shops and wineries.
Buckhorn Inn (47 miles/ 1 hour)
The Buckhorn Inn, a Shenandoah Valley landmark in Churchville, VA, was built circa 1811 and is known for its country and seafood buffet and comfortable lodging.
The William Cox Inn (49 miles/ 1 hour 10 minutes)
The William Cox Inn is a 1770 historical home in Stanardsville, overlooking the Shenandoah National Park.
Holladay House B & B ( 57 miles/1 hour 10 minutes)
The Holladay House is a historic inn (circa 1830) located in the small town of Orange that offers luxury accommodations in central Virginia wine country.
Mayhurst Inn (57 miles/ 1 hour 10 minutes)
Mayhurst Inn is a luxurious Virginia Bed & Breakfast in Orange, VA, located near three Presidential Mansions, six Civil War Battlefields and several Virginia wineries.
By the Side of the Road B & B ( 57 miles/ 1 hour 10 minutes)
By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast, circa 1790, is located in the city of Harrisonburg, offering three romantic cottages with fireside whirlpool tubs for two and four private Main House Suites in a home rich with Valley history.
Inn at Westwood Farm (59 miles, 1 hour 11 minutes)
An elegantly appointed 1910 farmhouse on fifteen acres, offering four guestrooms, furnished in a blend of antique furniture and contemporary furnishings and art. The Inn owners provide complete concierge services.
These agencies offer other nearby places to stay
Country Cottages of Virginia
Weekly and weekend rentals of cottages and houses near the Blue Ridge.
Guesthouses of Virginia
Guesthouses Reservation Services provides unique accommodations in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. Select from guest rooms in private homes, private suites, a cottage or a whole house.
House and Condo rentals at Wintergreen Resort.
Wineries (listed in order of distance from the studio)
Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery (11 miles/20 minutes)
Family owned and operated, Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery lies in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge, in the shadow of Afton Mountain
Mountain Cove Vineyards (12 miles/ 21 minutes)
Mountain Cove Vineyard and Winegarden is Virginia’s oldest winery located next to Fortunes Cove Preserve in Lovingston.
Veritas Vineyard and Winery (17 miles/23 minutes)
Veritas Winery, a family business owned by Andrew and Patricia Hodson, is located in Afton at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Places of Interest in Nelson County
Inglewood Lavender Farm Inglewood Lavender Farm has ten acres dedicated to growing five varieties of lavender. There are about 6500 lavender plants, each planted, pruned and harvested by hand. Open Saturday and Sunday during the summer.