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The James River in Scottsville

Scottsville James River

Looking for a fun day activity near Chester Bed and Breakfast? Take a day and visit the James River in Scottsville! On its way from Botetourt County to the Chesapeake Bay, the James River takes a sharp horseshoe bend in the center of Scottsville’s downtown area and treats visitors and residents of Scottsville to a variety of river activities. Enjoy canoeing, kayaking, tubing, rafting, fishing and more, all within easy access from Downtown Scottsville. From downtown, you can access the James River from a boat launch just off of main street or, a few miles west of town, there is a small public park and the Hatton Ferry.

The Hatton Ferry is another hidden treasure of Scottsville, as it is the last poled ferry in the United States. Establish in 1870, the Hatton Ferry still takes visitors across the James on weekends in April and October and offers a unique step back in time to see how the ferry got folks across the river before the Scottsville bridge was built. Now completely run on donations, it’s definitely worth a little drive to see the ferry and visit the newly installed exhibit about the ferry and its history.

Even if you are a visitor, getting on the water is easy with the help of Scottsville’s many river outfitters, who offer canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and tubing trips and equipment, as well as guides and shuttle services. They make a day on the river easy to plan and stress-free, so all you have to worry about is whether or not you’ll get a good tan.

The James River is also known for some of the best small mouth bass fishing in the nation, so bring your own gear or rent equipment. Many river outfitters offer high-quality fishing equipment for rent for full or half days, and will let you in on what’s biting, the best bait, and where the sweet spots are.

For a special treat, come by Scottsville’s leg of the James in June for a glimpse at the James River Batteau Festival! This year, the eight-day festival will stop in Scottsville on June 21st, giving you the chance to check out the authentic replicas of the sleek, shallow-draft merchant boats that used to travel the James for trade. Stay for the evening festival and be treated to the cultural heritage of this legendary river basin in music, song, dance and storytelling.

If you are in Scottsville for a day, a weekend, or a week, be sure to fit the James into your schedule somewhere. Whether it’s just for an hour or a whole weekend, one thing is for certain, nothing is better than spending a hot summer day relaxing in the James.

Summer in Charlottesville and Scottsville

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With music events and concerts, festivals and fairs, and entertainment and nightly happenings, summer is one of the best times to enjoy Charlottesville, the Blue Ridge and all of beautiful Albemarle county! Whether it is for an overnight trip, a weekend getaway, or a week-long vacation, Charlottesville offers some of the best entertainment for Virginia summers.

Beat the heat by taking a shady hike in Shenandoah National Park, or visiting a local swimming hole, like our favorite Crabtree Falls. Get to know the local history by visiting Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Monroe’s Ash-Lawn Highland, or the Albemarle Historical Society, which has over 1500 artifacts of Charlottesville history. Bring the kids along and enjoy family-friendly museums, activities and festivals all summer long! Like the Virginia Discovery MuseumAlbemarle County Fair, Carter Mountain Orchard’s Peach Festival, and Monticello’s Heritage Harvest Festival, just to name a few. Enjoy arts and culture at the Fralin Museum of Art and the 24 hour IX Art Park.

That’s just a handful of the parks, museums, and festivals that Charlottesville offers. There is so much to do in Albemarle, the hard part will be fitting it all into your summer!


Don’t Forget Scottsville!

But along with bustling Charlottesville, don’t forget the perfect place to take a weekend getaway is right here in scenic Scottsville! Our own Chester Inn is less than a mile from beautiful downtown Scottsville and the James River. For history buffs, look no further than the Scottsville Museum and take a walk through the Historic District to enjoy almost one hundred old buildings, homes, and shops from the 18th and 19th century. On Saturday mornings visit the Scottsville Farmers Market, which features local food, music, and crafts; and once a month enjoy the Scottsville Second Saturday Art Walk, which turns downtown Scottsville into an art gallery and also features live music, activities for kids, and local food and wine tastings.

So whether you are planning a family vacation, wine tour, weekend getaway, honeymoon, or just a relaxing overnight stay, our Chester Inn is the perfect home base for any summer break to beautiful Albemarle county!

July 4th in Scottsville – a true slice of Americana!

paradeIf you’re looking for a true small-town celebration that makes a big bang this 4th of July, you’ll find it in Scottsville. Each year, the town kicks off the day with one of the oldest and largest parades in the state of Virginia. From members of the armed forces (from the Revolutionary War forward!), a bagpipe clan, and fire trucks from many counties to pageant winners in convertibles, Shriners in small cars, and floats galore, there’s something to entertain everyone. (You’ll even get to meet many local politicians along the parade route!) For our granddaughter, nothing beats the candy that is tossed to the spectators along the way.

Following the parade, it’s time for lunch at one of the local restaurants, and a chance to try out the delicious brews at the James River Brewing Company. Or maybe you’d like to hop onto the river for a canoe or tubing adventure with James River Reeling and Rafting. Regardless, you’ll want to make your way down to the riverfront pavilion as the afternoon gets later to make sure you get a good spot on the lawn for the live music that starts at 5 pm, featuring Redlight Rodeo, a popular bluegrass band.

fireworks1As the sun sets, you’ll want to turn those blankets around or climb up and sit on the levee to enjoy one of the most spectacular fireworks displays we’ve ever seen in a town of our size. The fireworks start at 9 pm, and are usually a good 30 minutes long!

Come and spend the 4th of July with us, get a true taste of Americana and celebrate the liberty and freedom of our country and a nice weekend away from it all! Rooms are available at the inn, and we can’t wait to see you.fireworks2