CHARLOTTESVILLE CHARMER OPENED LAST SEPTEMBER IN Charlottesville, Virginia, ;e Draftsman hotel got the inspiration for its name
from three Virginians—;omas Je;erson, James Madison
and James Monroe—who contributed to drafting our
country’s cornerstone documents. ;e hotel’s 150 guest
rooms and suites each feature a drafting desk, sliding
barn-style bathroom door, picture of the University of
Virginia’s rotunda, and orange-and-blue seersucker robes
(another nod to the university). Mini bars include Virginia
wines, beer and cider. Suite pluses: Japanese soaking tubs
and a wraparound window’s worth of Charlottesville and
Blue Ridge Mountain views, which guests in standard
rooms can also enjoy from the fitness center on the
Renewal, the hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant, serves
up an eclectic menu of locally sourced food and 36
brews on tap from a glass-enclosed pour-your-own beer
vault. Bulleit, the hotel’s lovable wheaten terrier, often
can be found hanging out in the lobby. ;e Draftsman
welcomes your pup or other pet, too (call the hotel for
details and prices).
Rates at ;e Draftsman, which is part of Marriott’s
Autograph Collection, start at $179 per night. 1106
W. Main St., Charlottesville, Virginia; 434-984-8000;
thedraftsmanhotel.com n O R C
Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square,
COME IN FROM THE cold and explore Longwood Gardens’
lush 4-acre conservatory, which is filled with thousands of
vibrant, artfully presented orchids. Grand orbs of the delicate
flowers dangle overhead, others spill from basins, and the
orchid rarity Phalaenopsis Sogo Yukidian “V3” is stunning
with its majestic white, pink and purple blooms. Grown
by experts in Taiwan, the V3 orchids are beloved for the
sheer number of flowers blooming at once. Outdoors, stroll
Longwood’s 3 miles of walking trails and the topiary garden,
featuring 20 whimsically-shaped yews—trees trimmed into the
forms of cones, spirals and more.
Stay the night nearby at ;e Inn at Grace Winery (rates begin
at $149; 610-459-4711, gracewinery.com). ;ree of the inn’s
cottages have a wood-burning fireplace; two have a gas fireplace.
Meander the grounds to visit alpacas, goats and donkeys.
Orchid Extravaganza runs from Jan. 19 to March 24.
Admission is $23; $20 for seniors ages 62 and older and college
students; $12 for ages 5-18; free for ages 4 and younger.
Pennsylvania; 610-388-1000; longwoodgardens.org