If you caught one of our last blogs, you know that winter in and around the Shenandoah Valley is full of activity from skiing to cold-weather hiking. We now have a few more itinerary suggestions for you of a more historic variety. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA will be offering three different activities coming up towards the end of January 2015, so if you’re planning to stay at the Iris Inn around that time, consider adding a trip to Monticello to your calendar.
- Monticello’s Winter Woodlands– This outdoor excursion is a must for any nature lover: “Join Jerry Therrien on a two-hour hike through Monticello’s rich forests, and help identify trees and shrubs by observing their habitat, structure, form, texture, and buds.” Grab your sturdy walking or hiking shoes, a few layers of warm clothing, and get ready for a fun (and possibly muddy) winter woodland walk.
- Owl Prowl– Is there anyone who doesn’t like these adorably wide-eyed avians? Go on your own educational owl prowl for “for an evening of listening to the hoots, wails, and shrieks of owls and learning about their habits.” Monticello recommends hiking boots, binoculars, water, and a flashlight (as the hike will begin at 5:30 when it’s already dark).
- Sequential Vegetable Planting Part I– “Join Amy Jeffries at the Center for Historic Plants’ propagation facility for this two-hour, hands-on workshop full of gardening tips and practical advice for spring gardening.” The best part is that after you’ve experienced the workshop and learned a number of tips from Amy Jeffries, you’ll be able to take home your very own start seeds from Monticello’s gardens.
Happy 2015, everyone! Enjoy the new year, and don’t forget to give yourself a break with an Iris Inn getaway.