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Monticello in the Moment

Beautiful at any time, the house and grounds at Monticello are particularly enchanting in the light of early winter – no matter the time of day. This exquisite collection of images was captured by two talented photographers: Bill Bergen, Monticello guide and historian, and Charlottesville Videographer Ian Atkins, who works regularly with Monticello on livestream […]

A Cookie Kind of Day

Nana’s Snickerdoodle Cookies American Heritage Gourmet Hot Cocoa For so many of us, it wouldn’t be the holidays without sharing a plate (or several) of holiday cookies. If you haven’t made these at home yourself, we suggest you start with Nana’s Snickerdoodle recipe – a treasured seasonal tradition shared by Monticello Director of Events and […]

Love at First Bite

Monticello Farm Table Fall Salad Bowl Ingredients 2 oz. chopped, organic spring mix (may contain some or all of the following: baby leaf greens, mizuna, tango, green oak, green chard, baby spinach, arugula, frisée, tatsoi, mache, red chard, red leaf, lolla rossa, red mustard, radicchio, red oak, beet tops) 2 oz. chopped Kale (baby kale, […]

Hello Gourd-geous!

In Jefferson’s day, a variety of pumpkins and winter squashes were cultivated in the Monticello garden and his writings are filled with references to them. As early as 1774 he noted in his Garden Book “Zucche bianche” and “Zucche nere,” which he described as white and black pumpkins. In his only published book, Notes on […]

Jumpstart Your Holiday Shopping

As if pandemic and election stressors weren’t enough, we now find ourselves smack in the middle of a holiday shopping season unlike any we’ve known. With an unending barrage of ads pushing us to grab anything and everything “before it’s gone,” can buying presents ever be wonderful again? To this we say a resounding yes! […]

Apples in a Glass: A Spirited Guide to Virginia’s Apple Heritage

Posted by Robert Yule, co-author of Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World Autumn in Virginia evokes two things for me – the splendor of fall colors and the taste of fresh apples. One is a feast for the eyes, the other for the palate. It was my experience as a guide […]