There are sandwiches and then there are SANDWICHES.
Salt Artisan Market specializes in sandwiches, but don’t expect your run of the mill sandwiches. Salt was an experience for the taste buds like I’ve never had at lunch.
Salt opened in 2013 in a 1930s-era gas station and farm store. They use foods sourced from Charlottesville-area farmers and producers. Their menu is unique and creative and I’m SO glad I decided to get the special of the day – “Le Petite Chaud” (hot) with fig jam, gruyere cheese, and rock bar bacon. My husband had the Spicy Andouille sausage with peppers and onions.
About Montpelier – home of President James Madison
After lunch, we were supposed to head on a private tour of Montpelier but were deterred by the tornado warnings in the vicinity. We decided to play it safe, but were really disappointed to have to miss the tour.
Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, fourth President of the United States, Father of the Constitution, and Architect of the Bill of Rights; and Dolley Madison, America’s first First Lady. There is much to see and do at Montpelier – there are 2,650 acres to explore!
In addition to mansion tours, guests can visit the archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites, the Madison family and enslaved community cemeteries, the Annie duPont formal garden, the South Yard (site of the domestic slave quarters), Mr. Madison’s Temple, the Gilmore Cabin (a freedman’s farm) and 1910 Train Depot, and more.
The David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center houses two galleries, a museum shop, and the Exchange Cafe, where you can dine on award-winning barbeque, sandwiches, salads, and soups. There are miles of walking trails, including a Civil War trail and the Montpelier-Grelen Interconnector Trail.
Montpelier offers a variety of tours. The Signature tour is the classic, keystone experience that touches on a bit of everything: Madison the man, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, Dolley Madison, and slavery. There are three thematic tours: Madison and the Constitution, Dolley Madison and the Women of Montpelier, and Slavery at Montpelier.
During the summer, special family-friendly tours are offered twice daily. Other tours offered monthly or quarterly include the Historic Landscape tour, Big Woods Walk, Working Woods Walk, and Journey from Slavery to Freedom. All of the tours are family-friendly. Find out more HERE.
Have you been to Charlottesville, Virginia? It had been a while since I had visited, and we just barely scratched the surface of what we could do and see there. We can’t wait to go back!
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