Rural Virginia, near Jefferson’s Monticello and his University of Virginia
We call our property "Glen Laurel" comparing it to the glens of Scotland and the native mountain laurel on the property. Our 18 year-old home is on 10 acres (4 hectares) of hardwood forest with Linda's perennial garden surrounding the house and my vegetable garden 100 meters from home. Our summers are dedicated to gardening. We maintain the gardens to supply us with year-round beauty and sustenance. Linda cans and freezes vegetables and uses our home-grown garlic when appropriate. I make wine from grape concentrate. We have a cat named Peaches.
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Charlottesville is a university town with Jefferson's University of Virginia at the epicenter. National Geographic’s list of the 25 Happiest Places in the United States includes cities from Ann Arbor to Austin, San Diego to Charlottesville. (//www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/north-america/united-states/happiest-cities-united-states-2017/) Charlottesville has also been selected as the 5th most livable city in the USA (//livability.com/va/charlottesville). The old part of town, close to the University, has a pedestrian mall with shops and many restaurants. Charlottesville has five malls with one indoor mall. There is a Wegmans, Sam's Club (we have a Sam's club membership), Costco and Aldi in Charlottesville. There are a number of micro breweries in town and restaurants with cuisine from international to pizza and burgers.
The Amtrak station has routes through Chicago, New Orleans and New York.
We live in rural Virginia, near Charlottesville (25 miles), the University of Virginia, James Monroe's Highlands home, and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello (18 miles). There are numerous other historical sites near and many award-winning wineries, including Trump Vineyards. Our 30-lot subdivision with 26 homes is named Hidden Valleys. There is a horse farm (25 acres) across our common boundary of a creek and two other horse farms of approximately 30 acres within a half mile to the north of our property. Our neighbor to the south of us, but not in our subdivision, lives in a 150 year-old home on about 60 acres of meadow and forest. We live in a secluded wonderland but have access to two nearby farmer's markets that sell local produce and baked goods.
We hesitate summer travel as we care for our gardens at that time.