Three Day Tour
Menu with a View - upon arrival, as the hotel staff take your things to your room for you, head straight over to Keswick Club's Palmer Room for a relaxing lunch. Exclusive to hotel guests and club members, the Palmer Room features bistro-style cuisine that showcases local ingredients. Take in expansive views of the Arnold Palmer-designed golf course while unwinding in the classic hunt club atmosphere.
Orientation & Introduction to Keswick - to walk off lunch, come back to the Great Hall for an orientation to all that Keswick has to offer on the full 600 acre estate. There is something for everyone for every time of year.
Rain, Rain, Drop Therapy - after a long day of traveling, why not pamper yourself to a full menu of services at the Keswick Club Spa. For ultimate relaxation, try the Raindrop Therapy body treatment, which uses more than nine aromatherapy essential oils. Or choose the rejuvenating Hot Poultice Massage, and get the combined benefit of warm oil, heated muslin bags filled with healing herbs and spices, and oriental massage techniques.
Take refuge in "The Santuary" - now that you're rejuvenated and refreshed, retire to the Library with a specialty cocktail from Fossett's Bar. Sit on the overstuffed leather sofa by the fireplace and warm up with The Sanctuary, a smooth combination of Maker's Mark, honey syrup, lemon juice, muddled sage, and cranberry juice. Feel free to take any of the antique books lining the Library's walls back up to your room with you, where you can slip into a plush robe and order room service, which includes the full menu of Fossett's, Keswick Hall's renowned fine-dining restaurant. In-room dining is the perfect end to a hectic day of travel.
18 Divided by 9 = 2 Times The Challenge - if you're a golfer, you will definitely want to experience the 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. With ancient oak trees and sweeping mountain views, the course is as scenic as it is challenging. Watch out for holes nine and eighteen—they can be round killers!
Stocked to the Gills with Fun - ask the restaurant to put together a picnic lunch for you, and head out to Charlottesville's Walnut Creek Park, just 8.8 mi. away, to enjoy some of the beautiful scenery more intimately. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or more laid back, there's an activity here for you. The mountain biking trails at Walnut Creek are fun for riders of varying skill levels, the lake is stocked with sunfish and largemouth bass, and there is even a Frisbee-golf course. Dogs are welcome, so bring your canine friends along if they're with you.
Winding Down The Wine Trail
With all the different wineries in the area, choosing which ones to visit can be daunting. So, why not just have our concierge call Camryn Limosines and let them put together a wine tour for you, then travel in comfort and style without the worry of getting lost on winding country roads. Choose the Eastern Charlottesville and Monticello Wine Trail Tour and end the day at Barboursville vineyards, one of Virginia's premier vineyards. Be sure to tour the ruins of Governor James Barbour's estate house, designed by Thomas Jefferson. And don't forget to take home a bottle of the award-winning Octagon, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.
Steps in the City - in Charlottesville's Downtown Historic District, choices abound, so get an early start and spend the whole day there, but make sure to bring your walking shoes! Make City Market, on the corner of Water and South Streets, your first stop. The city market offers everything from gourmet coffees and decadent deep-fried donuts, to ethnic fare, music and crafts, to locally grown produce every Saturday, April through November, from 7:00 am until noon. Pick up a selection of heirloom tomatoes or a showpiece of locally made pottery.
A Vantage of Vintage - then, strolling down the eight city blocks of the Historic District's well-traveled Pedestrian Mall, you can stop in at many varied stores. The New Dominion Book Store is a delightful place to lose yourself amongst used and rare books, and even catch a poetry reading. Be sure to visit the C'ville Arts Cooperative Gallery to get a taste of the local artistry in Charlottesville - don't miss Leslie Allyn's whimsical watercolor and ink paintings. Among the many clothing boutiques, you can find a special dress at the mother-and-daughter owned Eloise, or look for an abandoned treasure at Bittersweet Vintage. When you need a break, stop in at the atmospheric Twisted Tea Bazaar and let one of their tea experts prepare you an energizing brew, or visit the popular Mudhouse Café and try the decadent Bora Bora latte.
Peas to Pancakes - grab a table at one of the outdoor cafés and watch the downtown weekend crowds go by as you have lunch. Petit Pois, the newly opened, more casual restaurant from the owners of Fleurie, serves excellent French Bistro food. Make sure to grab a table by the outdoor fountain, located on one of the main squares of the mall. For a quicker bite, stop by The Flat Creperie, a tiny little red-brick building with a serving window, offering both savory and sweet crepes. Try the Ham, egg, and Jarlsberg Crepe - you won’t regret it.
Some Real Do-see's - for children, the Virginia Discovery Museum is an ideal downtown destination. All the exhibits are interactive, and your child will come away with so much new knowledge. Or catch a matinee at the Paramount Theatre or the more casual Live Arts Theatre.
The Art of Culinary Transformation - reserve this, your last evening this trip, for a relaxing and memorable meal at Fossett's, Keswick Hall's renowned fine-dining restaurant. Executive Chef Craig Hartman will wow you with his culinary alchemy showcased in masterpieces such as Wild Striped Bass Chowder or his Summerfield Farm Lamb Tasting selection. With each savory bite, you'll appreciate this fine partnership where "local farms meet culinary genius". Let our incomparable Master Sommelier, Richard Hewitt, pair your dinner with his locally driven yet exquisite and award-winning Wine Spectator List. Be sure to ask about the Keswick Hall Guest Farm Program set to launch this spring.
Seal the deal - wind down and seal your Keswick memories in style, with a Fossett's Bar nightcap - traditional or signature - skillfully served to you by the glow and comfort of your favorite wood-burning fireplace.
Day of Departure - you can take it with you! Take a little of the countryside with you by savoring your jump-start of choice - perhaps our Virginia Countryside Breakfast of farm fresh eggs made to order, cider cured bacon, country sausage, turkey sausage or Virginia ham, stone-ground grits or country potatoes, toast, bagel or English muffin.