Thursday, September 22, 2011

Monarch Butterfly Migration: a Sign of Fall in Sugar Hollow

There are few certainties in life (besides death and taxes, of course) but folks who've had a chance to come to The Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm in the fall will tell you with absolute certainty that, rain or shine, the Hollow is breathtakingly beautiful in the fall.  And some fated few will tell of witnessing one of the world's great wonders first hand: the annual migration of Monarch butterflies as they pass through the Hollow making their way south from distant lands in the north. It is a certainty as old as the Blue Ridge that occurs every year around this time without a lot of fanfare.
We have several purple butterfly bushes around our patio on the western side of the Main Inn. Butterflies of all kinds adore the purple bushes and we adore sitting out there to admire the butterflies as they feed and flutter around. This time of year we are especially lucky in that we are treated to the migration of the Monarch Butterflies stopping to feed here in this peaceful place before proceeding on with their long journey home. Some mornings we've admired over a hundred Monarchs swooping down for a brief respite on the purple butterfly bush blossoms.  Now try as I may, I can't think of a better way to spend a morning or an afternoon. Breakfast on the patio in the morning is the perfect way to start the day.  Linger over coffee and enjoy the Monarch's dance as you plan your day (don't worry, we'll help you find your way). Like the Monarchs, destine to follow their path home, perhaps you'll decide to follow the Appellation Trail to sample some of the region's finest wines before returning to the Hollow.  You can come back to enjoy the afternoon antics of the Monarchs (or the deer, fox and turkeys as they scurry about) over a glass of wine. Our second story deck is just the right setting for such an afternoon. 

Over the next few weeks we will continue to see a flourish of Monarchs passing through on their way to the mountains of northwest Mexico. If you want to witness one of natures truly spectacular dramas unfold before your eyes, hurry.  Clear your calendar. Ask mom if she'll watch the kids. Leave out some extra dry food for the cat and head out of town to Sugar Hollow. Of course, this time of year we stay pretty busy, especially on the weekends. You can check availability here.  If the room you want is not available for Friday and Saturday, all the more reason to take a few days off during the week.  Tell your boss you need a couple of mental health days. What are you waiting for?  A trip to the Hollow in the fall is worth the effort. And, I can tell you with absolute certainty, the Monarchs just won't wait.  Come see us!

Dick and Hayden Cabell
The Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm
(Near Charlottesville, VA)
6051 Sugar Hollow Road
Crozet, VA 22932

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