Dinsmore House in downtown Charlottesville. It was in a great location, super close to shops and restaurants. We had a great free breakfast in the morning and parking right behind the hotel. I loved that the inn was built and originally owned by the same architect that built Monticello. It was very charming and had great character. I didn't love that the building across the street was under major renovations or that they only served breakfast until 9 A.M. But it was cozy and the bed was comfortable and we were happy.
normal tour of the lower floor. This tour includes the entry hall, parlor, sitting room, Jefferson's bedroom, study and office, a guest bedroom where Madison often stayed, dinning room and tea room. The second tour took us upstairs to see the family bedrooms, sitting rooms, the dome room and the nursery.
All in all, we were so glad we did the tours and visited Monticello. We met some seriously interesting characters, including the dorkiest guy who had to film and photograph EVERY. SINGLE. WINDOW. and door. and wall. And he tried to really prove his knowledge. Which annoyed the bejesus out of me. There was also a very traditional, orthodox Jewish couple who were appalled that the tour guide referred to Thomas Jefferson's daughter as Martha Jefferson, instead of Martha Jefferson Randolph (her married name). THE HORROR! The day also made me so thankful that I have a fiance who is willing and enjoys going to these sorts of activities. I know they are not everyone's cup of tea, but since history is my profession, it's nice to have someone I can share it with.
As a future historian, I love seeing all things old and testing my knowledge against these sorts of tours. I always do a little happy dance on the inside when I know the answer to the question and the tour guide doesn't. I'm sure that makes me a terrible person, but it's nice to know my education and hard work is paying off in some weird way. Since there isn't much in the way of monetary gain in the historical profession, I like to think that having this knowledge is a reward. Ok, I'm really grasping at straws here, but don't rain on my parade!