“The Monticello Trail includes the beautiful landscapes of Nelson County and Albemarle County. Travel the Monticello Trail and discover the beauty of the mountains and valleys that local artisans call home. A wonderful place to explore with family and friends, it will surely create lasting memories!”
Nelson County is the perfect backdrop for the Monticello Artisan Trail. A 471-acre outdoor playground of unspoiled beauty, its borders include the first thirty miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the James River. In between, there are mountains and valleys that are home to artisans as well as agri-artisans. Nelson County has three farmers markets and orchards, ten wineries, three breweries and a single malt whisky distillery. Its local restaurants and lodging options make it an enjoyable trip for the entire family.
Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, Albemarle County offers an abundance of cultural, historical, recreational and leisure opportunities for our visitors’ enjoyment. Our area is well known for its natural beauty and a variety of accommodations, attractions, events and activities that make our community an exciting and ideal destination for families and visitors of all ages and interests. Our rural countryside and agricultural heritage provide many opportunities for an engaging, authentic experience with local farmers and artisans. Our neighbor the City of Charlottesville offers a complementary thriving and energetic urban experience providing a flourishing arts and culture environment with music, theatre, fine dining and exciting night life. Taken together, our community provides a rich, diverse experience that is appealing to residents and visitors alike!