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The Virginia Film Festival 2013

Paramount TheaterIt’s not too early to book your room for Virginia Film Festival weekend! The festival runs November 7-10 at locations in and around Charlottesville!

The Virginia Film Festival is a four-day celebration of the magic of the movies featuring first-run features and timeless classics, high-profile industry insiders and up-and-coming stars, and filmmakers from throughout Virginia and beyond.  Every autumn at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, the Virginia Film Festival has brought the best in contemporary and classic cinema to its audiences for nearly twenty-five years.  An array of leading cultural experts lead fascinating lectures and discussions, providing unique insight into not only the world of film, but the world in which we live. A collection of special events throughout the weekend invites the entire community to dive into the art of film in exciting new ways.

Previous landmark screenings have included a 25th Anniversary tribute to In the Heat of the Night and Sidney Poitier; Distinguished Filmmaker presentations to Robert Altman, John Sayles, Emile de Antonio, and Arthur Penn; and Roger Ebert’s “shot by shot” workshops on classics such as Vertigo, Sunset Boulevard, and The Third Man. Memorable premiere events have included an advance screening of Mother & Child with actress Cherry Jones and director Rodrigo Garcia; and a live producer’s commentary of the show True Blood featuring its creator Alan Ball. Other guests have included Jimmy Stewart, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Hopkins, Sandra Bullock, Nicolas Cage, Gena Rowlands, Sigourney Weaver, William Styron, Ross McElwee, Matthew Broderick, and Cherry Jones.

Working closely with the Virginia Film Office, the Virginia Film Festival brings filmmakers from throughout the United States and abroad to Virginia to take advantage of its outstanding locations, communications, and talent. Filmmakers find the Virginia Film Festival a rare opportunity to screen and discuss their work with not only industry members and colleagues but also bright, appreciative audiences. The Festival also brings many visitors to Charlottesville, allowing them to discover the beauty of the area while learning about film.

Learn more at http://www.virginiafilmfestival.org/

Mention the festival when booking for the weekend and we’ll have a complimentary bottle of wine in your room when you arrive!


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Local Author Holds Book Signing at Chester

Scottsville is home to artists of all kinds–from photographers and painters to musicians and authors. Earlier this month, Chester Bed & Breakfast and The James River Arts Council hosted local author Kathryne Finn as she launched her first novel, And Tomorrow is a Hawk, the first in a trilogy about Dame Juliana Berners.

Kathryne’s interest in Dame Juliana was piqued when she edited Ernest Schweibert’s two volume classic Trout and learned about this English noblewoman, whom trout fishermen everywhere know and respect. Dame Juliana was the first person to write about fly fishing, as well as the first woman to publish under her name in the English language.  In addition to the treatise on fly fishing, this 15th century author wrote on hawking, hunting and heraldry. 

However, little was known about Dame Juliana and Kathryne set out to learn more. This first book of the trilogy is the result of her exploration of the life and times of this amazing fifteenth century woman.

Kathryne has written and published poetry and short stories and was an editor for Crown, McMilan and St. Martins presses. This is her first novel She and her husband John live with a relatively rational contingent of dogs in Howardsville, Virginia.

We are particularly fond of Kathryne here at Chester, as she and her husband lived in the cottage on the grounds for several months while their home was being completed. Her passion for history, creativity, and finding delight in ordinary things certainly rubbed off on all of us. Having read the book for ourselves, we find ourselves incredibly impressed by her writing as well, and are busy cheering her on as book two comes to fruition! To learn more about the book, visit here.


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Summer Fun!

Summer is an amazing time in Charlottesville! There are so many things to do, and so many restaurants featuring fresh, seasonal dishes and ingredients from local farms. Virginia is so wonderful an unique, and at Chester Bed and Breakfast, you have a home base for whatever you want to do. Visit our Plan Your Stay page to learn about all the great things you can do this summer!

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Springtree Farms

We were lucky enough to receive pictures of the Springtree Farms chickens greeting the warmer weather! Springtree Farms is a local commune and they provide all the eggs we serve our guests, making it easy to look forward to the “Breakfast” part of Bed and Breakfast! Come visit us and taste these amazing eggs! Check out more pictures on our Facebook page!

Springtree FarmsSpringtree Farms


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Welcome Back, Cafe Bocce!

We are thrilled that Cafe Bocce and owner/chef Chris Long (once fixtures in Scottsville) are back in business in Charlottesville. From Chris’ signature mushroom ravioli and fettuccine Carbonara to fresh seafood and rack of lamb, the choices are sure to please a variety of tastes. The innovative menu, wine list and romantic atmosphere make Cafe Bocce the perfect place to enjoy a fabulous meal.


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Beauty Treatment!

Our venerable oak and several other trees are ready for some trimming before their long winter nap. These “beauty treatments” will make our gardens even more lovely when spring arrives, and allow us to enjoy the beauty of snow-covered branches without worrying over the winter. Chester is the perfect setting to enjoy beautiful and mild Virginia winters – join us for a visit!

Tree Trimming at Chester Bed and Breakfast Tree Trimming at Chester Bed and Breakfast


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Plow and Hearth Photo Shoot at Chester!

Plow and Hearth LogoChester Bed and Breakfast rolled out the red carpet and displayed our holiday hospitality to welcome Plow and Hearth for their catalog photo shoot. They were drawn to Chester by our porches – particularly the floors – and also by the gardens and walkways. The shot took a full day, and thanks to a very respectful crew, our property was well-cared for in the process. Swings were hung in improbable places, and garden items were photographed throughout the gardens. Our white oak tree was highly praised!


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Eighteen Years of Chester

John and Carolyn Sangston

John and Carolyn Sangston

John and Carolyn Sangston have been coming to Chester eighteen years this week! They are obviously Virginia fans, and Jean and I are fans of theirs. We are so glad they are part of our “family” here at our Virginia bed and breakfast.


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Wedding Photos!

Chester Bed and Breakfast was delighted to host a small wedding for family only in early September under the old oak tree. We were delighted when they sent us the wedding photos to share with all of you! It is truly a pleasure to be able to help make this couple’s Charlottesville wedding a special occasion that they will always remember.  It is easy to see the charm and beauty of our Scottsville bed and breakfast in these pictures – Enjoy!


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James River Brewing Company

James River Brewing Co. opened its doors to the public on September 1st 2012, adding yet another delightful reason to visit Scottsville! The tasting room is particularly charming, invoking a turn of the century tavern feel.  Manroom Brews has reviewed the brewery on their blog, and you can follow the adventures of “Batteau Boy” on YouTube. They are currently offering 4 of their core beers as a flight in the tasting room, and the buzz is that “there is something special about Scottsville and James River Brewing is and will be a part of it”. We hope to see you there to enjoy a beer and the beauty of our special part of Virginia.


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