Monticello and Lancaster

1 Aug

Sorry its been a little quiet in SP/SE land! On Wednesday, I took the Amtrak from New York City to Charlottesville, VA to meet up with my dad, stepmom, and brother and to visit Jefferson’s Monticello.

Amtrak was a first class way to travel—seven hours in my own little corner of heaven to read buckets of magazines, books, and watch THREE HOURS of True Blood.

Monticello was a real treat—I found out that Jefferson’s favorite food was peas, favorite pet was a mockingbird, and he had cats!  I hope they didn’t hunt the mockingbirds.  Jefferson was a fan of putting beds into little alcoves surrounded (in most cases) on three sides. Cozy!  He also designed Monticello to look as if its one story tall, but in fact its three.

Jefferson's Monticello

The next day we drove from Charlottesville to Pennsylvania to visit the famous Lancaster Central Market.  I enjoyed a nice chat with an Amish vendor and purchased a few goodies for friends including chow chow and pickled watermelon rind.

Chow Chow stand at Central Market

After visiting Central Market, I made my way to Building Character, an eclectic shop that carries antiques and vintage and hand crafted local goods based on a recommendation I found in Budget Travel. I took home three pieces:

An unusual and cheery mid century top, very vintage and needs some love, but pairs well with a circle skirt and pearls. Price – $14

This is a modern Nanette Lepore top, I was really on the fence about this one—especially since its silk cost and $22.  However, I think its neutral enough that it will garner a bit of mileage.

This little brown, red, and black scarf will lend a bit of vintage color to my fall wardrobe – hard to pass up for $4.


After visiting Building Character, I accidentally stumbled into Mommalicious—a quirky vintage shop I could have spent hours in—and found a tailored mid-century white top for $15.

Mommalicious Display

The selection at Mommalicious was impeccable, I’m really sorry I didn’t have more time to dig.  Oh well, it’s a reason to return to Lancaster!

There was quite a bit of driving time from VA to PA, so I filled it by knitting a child’s hat.  I’m not one to sit around in the car and nap!

Child's Pink Hat One

More vacation tales to come!!


2 Responses to “Monticello and Lancaster”

  1. SomeGirlinBklyn August 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Chow chow! Sounds like a wonderful vacation, can’t wait to hear more about Lancaster and of course, my favorite place on earth. Isn’t the train just the perfect way to travel?!


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