Beaulieu Guidebook

Chris

Beaulieu Guidebook

On the Farm
Beaulieu offers a host of outdoor activities and beautiful views. Please see below and contact us at beaulieu1888@gmail.com to coordinate excursions during your stay on the farm.
Hiking: Beaulieu sits on 690 acres of beautiful rolling hills and pastures. For a fee, let us design and guide you through a custom hike that meets your needs - shorter loops to see the horses or several hour hikes through miles of woodland and pastures are all options on our farm that rivals the size of New York City's Central Park. Please inquire via e-mail at beaulieu1888@gmail.com and send preferred hiking times if you’re interested. More notice than less is preferred so that we can coordinate a guide.
6228 Buffalo River Rd
6228 Buffalo River Road
Hiking: Beaulieu sits on 690 acres of beautiful rolling hills and pastures. For a fee, let us design and guide you through a custom hike that meets your needs - shorter loops to see the horses or several hour hikes through miles of woodland and pastures are all options on our farm that rivals the size of New York City's Central Park. Please inquire via e-mail at beaulieu1888@gmail.com and send preferred hiking times if you’re interested. More notice than less is preferred so that we can coordinate a guide.
Tubing / Kayaking: Beaulieu offers over two miles of winding and private river through the 690 acre property. For a fee, let us help you put in and take out tubes or kayaks at the best access points. Depending on water levels, this can be a 2-5 hour float and offers beautiful views, wildlife, and swimming holes throughout. If interested, please send an email inquiry to beaulieu1888@gmail.com.
North Fork Rivanna River
Tubing / Kayaking: Beaulieu offers over two miles of winding and private river through the 690 acre property. For a fee, let us help you put in and take out tubes or kayaks at the best access points. Depending on water levels, this can be a 2-5 hour float and offers beautiful views, wildlife, and swimming holes throughout. If interested, please send an email inquiry to beaulieu1888@gmail.com.
Clay shooting: Beaulieu offers guided skeet shooting in our back pastures ($100 per person for 50 clays with a two person minimum). Dress appropriately (wear closed toe shoes, preferably boots, that you don’t mind if they get muddy, bring bottled water, camera/phone, a hat, sunglasses, etc. if a sunny day, raincoat if rainy and wear layers as weather can change on a dime.) Please give us a week’s notice by sending an email inquiry to beaulieu1888@gmail.com and send preferred hiking times if you’re interested in this, so we can coordinate a guide for you.
6228 Buffalo River Rd
6228 Buffalo River Road
Clay shooting: Beaulieu offers guided skeet shooting in our back pastures ($100 per person for 50 clays with a two person minimum). Dress appropriately (wear closed toe shoes, preferably boots, that you don’t mind if they get muddy, bring bottled water, camera/phone, a hat, sunglasses, etc. if a sunny day, raincoat if rainy and wear layers as weather can change on a dime.) Please give us a week’s notice by sending an email inquiry to beaulieu1888@gmail.com and send preferred hiking times if you’re interested in this, so we can coordinate a guide for you.
Fishing: The North Fork of the Rivanna River (also known as Buffalo River) runs through Beaulieu (10-15 minute walk from the main house), so local fishing access is available on this smaller river (access to the river and a map provided for a small fee (catching fish can be hit or miss depending on the time of year and whether the river is stocked), a limited number of poles are available upon request). If interested, please send an email inquiry to beaulieu1888@gmail.com.
North Fork Rivanna River
Fishing: The North Fork of the Rivanna River (also known as Buffalo River) runs through Beaulieu (10-15 minute walk from the main house), so local fishing access is available on this smaller river (access to the river and a map provided for a small fee (catching fish can be hit or miss depending on the time of year and whether the river is stocked), a limited number of poles are available upon request). If interested, please send an email inquiry to beaulieu1888@gmail.com.
Sunsetters: As offered on Safari, enjoy cocktails and light horderves at a beautiful view just before the sunset. We welcome you to bring whatever alcoholic beverages you choose and offer off-road transportation to the view, a table and tablecloth, horderves and other light refreshments. Contact beaulieu1888@gmail.com for inquiries.
6228 Buffalo River Rd
6228 Buffalo River Road
Sunsetters: As offered on Safari, enjoy cocktails and light horderves at a beautiful view just before the sunset. We welcome you to bring whatever alcoholic beverages you choose and offer off-road transportation to the view, a table and tablecloth, horderves and other light refreshments. Contact beaulieu1888@gmail.com for inquiries.
Camping: Let us set up and take down your camp site, equipped with a fire pit and wood, off-road transportation to some of the more scenic enclaves on the farm. Pricing depends on number of people and duration of your camp. Contact beaulieu1888@gmail.com for information.
6228 Buffalo River Rd
6228 Buffalo River Road
Camping: Let us set up and take down your camp site, equipped with a fire pit and wood, off-road transportation to some of the more scenic enclaves on the farm. Pricing depends on number of people and duration of your camp. Contact beaulieu1888@gmail.com for information.
Hiking Off the Farm
If you're looking for a low key hike in Charlottesville, check out the Jefferson Trail. It's probably only a mile or two each way and gets you some decent views of the city and surrounding areas at the top. Monticello is also right there which is another Charlottesville site not to be missed. Very close by is also Carter's Mountain which has even better views and an apple orchard on top. Don’t miss the apple cider donuts!
Saunders-Monticello Trail
If you're looking for a low key hike in Charlottesville, check out the Jefferson Trail. It's probably only a mile or two each way and gets you some decent views of the city and surrounding areas at the top. Monticello is also right there which is another Charlottesville site not to be missed. Very close by is also Carter's Mountain which has even better views and an apple orchard on top. Don’t miss the apple cider donuts!
30 mins away from Beaulieu: The gateway into the Shenandoah National Park is right off of Route 33 (25 minutes from the farm). Amazing hikes and trails throughout Shenandoah and of course don’t miss the famous Appalachian Trail.
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仙納度國家公園
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30 mins away from Beaulieu: The gateway into the Shenandoah National Park is right off of Route 33 (25 minutes from the farm). Amazing hikes and trails throughout Shenandoah and of course don’t miss the famous Appalachian Trail.
If it’s a hot day, Sugar Hollow, also known as Blue Hole, is another good summer day hike to check. It's got a fun swimming hole (bring sandals and a swimsuit) at the end of the trail and is only about 20 minutes west of Charlottesville.
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Sugar Hollow Trail to Blue Hole
6796 Sugar Hollow Rd
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If it’s a hot day, Sugar Hollow, also known as Blue Hole, is another good summer day hike to check. It's got a fun swimming hole (bring sandals and a swimsuit) at the end of the trail and is only about 20 minutes west of Charlottesville.
Also west near Crozet is a hike called Buck’s Elbow Mountain. There was a plane crash on Buck’s Mountain in the 60's so if you do your research and take the right trails and venture a little off trail you can find the remains of the plane.
Bucks Elbow Mountain Road
Also west near Crozet is a hike called Buck’s Elbow Mountain. There was a plane crash on Buck’s Mountain in the 60's so if you do your research and take the right trails and venture a little off trail you can find the remains of the plane.
Easily our favorite hike in Central Virginia. Will take up a good chunk of the day and requires quite a bit of exertion, especially near the top where you get to boulder for roughly a mile to the summit.
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Old Rag Mountain
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Easily our favorite hike in Central Virginia. Will take up a good chunk of the day and requires quite a bit of exertion, especially near the top where you get to boulder for roughly a mile to the summit.
Easy hike up to the top of a beautiful waterfall.
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Crabtree Falls
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Easy hike up to the top of a beautiful waterfall.
Beautiful hike South of town
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Fortune's Cove Preserve
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Beautiful hike South of town
Local Dining
American fare, good beer selection. North of town not too far from Beaulieu.
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Timberwood Grill
3311 Worth Crossing
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American fare, good beer selection. North of town not too far from Beaulieu.
Chain restaurant, North of town not too far from Beaulieu.
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Bonefish Grill
269 Connor Dr
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Chain restaurant, North of town not too far from Beaulieu.
Local favorite for burgers and other greasy food. North of town not too far from Beaulieu.
Martin's Grill
3449 Seminole Trail
Local favorite for burgers and other greasy food. North of town not too far from Beaulieu.
Delicious food in Ruckersville, not too far from Beaulieu. Adjoins a darling antique shop.
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Jack's Shop Kitchen
14843 Spotswood Trail
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Delicious food in Ruckersville, not too far from Beaulieu. Adjoins a darling antique shop.
Delicious Peruvian chicken, and especially good take-out set-up for COVID-19 precautions.
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Al Carbon Chicken
1877 Seminole Trail
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Delicious Peruvian chicken, and especially good take-out set-up for COVID-19 precautions.
Libations
Chisholm Vineyards f/k/a Adventure Farm Vineyard is a 10 minute drive from Beaulieu and has nice wines, live music and food trucks. Find out more here: https://www.chisholmvineyards.com/
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Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm
1135 Clan Chisholm Lane
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Chisholm Vineyards f/k/a Adventure Farm Vineyard is a 10 minute drive from Beaulieu and has nice wines, live music and food trucks. Find out more here: https://www.chisholmvineyards.com/
A friend of ours, Aaron Hark, recently started this vineyard. It's a beautiful drive from Beaulieu to the vineyard and offers great wine and great views once you're there.
Hark Vineyards
1465 Davis Shop Rd
A friend of ours, Aaron Hark, recently started this vineyard. It's a beautiful drive from Beaulieu to the vineyard and offers great wine and great views once you're there.
One of the first craft breweries outside of town with beaultiful views. Great beers, great pizza (and other food), entertainment space outside, and less of a drive than Devil's Backbone!
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Blue Mountain Brewery
9519 Critzers Shop Road
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One of the first craft breweries outside of town with beaultiful views. Great beers, great pizza (and other food), entertainment space outside, and less of a drive than Devil's Backbone!
Founded by a dentist, this place offers nice views and good beer closer into town on the outskirts of Crozet
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Pro Re Nata Brewery
6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike
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Founded by a dentist, this place offers nice views and good beer closer into town on the outskirts of Crozet
At the base of Wintergreen resort, offers beautiful views, good food, and obviously great beer options.
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Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub
200 Mosbys Run
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At the base of Wintergreen resort, offers beautiful views, good food, and obviously great beer options.
Equestrian Activities
If you’d like to get in the saddle yourself, this is one of our two recommend outfits for lessons and trail rides. 2067 Scottsville Rd. Charlottesville, VA 22902 (35 minute drive from Beaulieu) Contact: Mark Gephart: 434-906-5049 info@brookhillfarmkinc.com 434-295-7484 Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday 8am to 7pm. Closed on Mondays. http://www.brookhillfarminc.com/
Brookhill Farm
2067 Scottsville Road
If you’d like to get in the saddle yourself, this is one of our two recommend outfits for lessons and trail rides. 2067 Scottsville Rd. Charlottesville, VA 22902 (35 minute drive from Beaulieu) Contact: Mark Gephart: 434-906-5049 info@brookhillfarmkinc.com 434-295-7484 Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday 8am to 7pm. Closed on Mondays. http://www.brookhillfarminc.com/
If you’d like to get in the saddle yourself, this is one of our two recommend outfits for lessons and trail rides. 2070 Millington Stable Ln. Free Union, Virginia 22940. (15 min. drive from Beaulieu) Contact: Liz King: (434) 953-9822; lizbo1@aol.com Baily Dent: (434) 260-4641
Millington Stable Lane
If you’d like to get in the saddle yourself, this is one of our two recommend outfits for lessons and trail rides. 2070 Millington Stable Ln. Free Union, Virginia 22940. (15 min. drive from Beaulieu) Contact: Liz King: (434) 953-9822; lizbo1@aol.com Baily Dent: (434) 260-4641
Other Activities
Four season resort offering skiing, tubing, golf, hiking, and beautiful views.
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Wintergreen Resort
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Four season resort offering skiing, tubing, golf, hiking, and beautiful views.
Albermarle Angler offers great experiences and expertise through their guided fly fishing trips (http://albemarleangler.com/guiding/). They also sell self-serve access to a variety of private local streams and rivers within a 30-90 minute drives.
Albemarle Angler
1129 Emmet Street North
Albermarle Angler offers great experiences and expertise through their guided fly fishing trips (http://albemarleangler.com/guiding/). They also sell self-serve access to a variety of private local streams and rivers within a 30-90 minute drives.
Hot air ballooning: You will often find when you’re outside on a beautiful day in Charlottesville that you look up and find a pack of large, colorful hot air balloons floating over you. These trips can be easily set up through Boars Head Inn (http://www.2comefly.com/reservations-rates/) and a handful of other local trip providers.
BOAR'S HEAD BALLOONING
200 Ednam Dr
Hot air ballooning: You will often find when you’re outside on a beautiful day in Charlottesville that you look up and find a pack of large, colorful hot air balloons floating over you. These trips can be easily set up through Boars Head Inn (http://www.2comefly.com/reservations-rates/) and a handful of other local trip providers.
One of the local favorite summertime pastimes is to head down to Scottsville (about a 45 minute drive) and to hop on the river in a black inner tube with a cooler of beer. Friends tie up and float a few miles down the river stopping at beaches and jumping rocks along the way. Just be sure to plan the sober driver. Check out James River Runners: http://jamesriver.com/tubing/
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James River Runners LLC
10092 Hatton Ferry Road
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One of the local favorite summertime pastimes is to head down to Scottsville (about a 45 minute drive) and to hop on the river in a black inner tube with a cooler of beer. Friends tie up and float a few miles down the river stopping at beaches and jumping rocks along the way. Just be sure to plan the sober driver. Check out James River Runners: http://jamesriver.com/tubing/
Not as nice as shooting in private at Beaulieu, but if you're up for the drive and want to check out a great sporting clays course, this is your place to go
Central Virginia Sporting Clays
442 Middle Fork Road
Not as nice as shooting in private at Beaulieu, but if you're up for the drive and want to check out a great sporting clays course, this is your place to go
Orchards
Beautiful views in all directions, close to downtown Charlottesville, and offers great events in the Summer and Fall
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Carter Mountain Orchard
1435 Carters Mountain Trail
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Beautiful views in all directions, close to downtown Charlottesville, and offers great events in the Summer and Fall
Local favorite with great produce that you can pick yourself
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Chiles Peach Orchard
1351 Greenwood Road
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Local favorite with great produce that you can pick yourself