Take a trip this weekend to a land where the lawns are manicured, the flowers are in bloom and summer is in full swing. A Friday afternoon drive can put you just outside Charlottesville to a landscape rich in American history and scenic vistas. Thomas Jefferson's Monticello features day and weekend public and private tours of the mansion and grounds of our third president and Virginia governor, including behind-the-scenes access and sunset skylines. This weekend's events offer an archeology walk, guides through the Jefferson gardens and classes on making natural dyes from plants. Take a trek with the family or celebrate the end of the work week with a significant other while enjoying the local cuisine at Hamilton's Restaurant, delicious wines from Trump Winery and intimate accommodations from The Inn at Monticello–all within 10 miles!