Six Go-to Looks for a Long Weekend in Charlottesville, VA

Guest curator: Audrey Lewis of Eloise

tsg_audrey_lewis_eloise Thanks to stunning vineyards and other wedding venue-ready settings, a venerable university, and an impressive variety of dining and entertainment options, Charlottesville has become a popular fall destination. To help those who may be traveling to the central Virginia city pack the perfect looks and spend a long weekend like a stylish local, we asked Audrey Lewis, owner of the beloved Charlottesville boutique eloise, for recommendations on what to wear and do during an autumn visit to TSG HQ’s hometown. 

Thursday evening

tsg_thurs_evening_eloise Where to go: Lewis recommends arriving in town in time for drinks and dinner at Tavola (826 Hinton Avenue). Located in the Belmont neighborhood, the restaurant, which serves delicious rustic Italian fare, doesn’t take reservations, but patrons can now enjoy a drink in the recently opened craft cocktail lounge in the back while waiting for a table. What to wear: (clockwise from top left): Clyde patchwork print dress with exposed back zipper accessorized with o-ring knotted leather necklacepyrite bracelet with pave diamond bead, and open-toe ankle booties.

Friday Daytime


Where to go: Lewis advises antiquing like a local at And George (3465 Ivy Road), The Curious Orange Store (2845 Ivy Road), August 93 (407D Monticello Road), and Stedman House (201 E High Street). Break for lunch at Mediterranean restaurant Orzo (416 W. Main Street [editor’s note: eloise is located just one block away at 505 W. Main Street—be sure to stop in and say hello to your tour guide!]), then enjoy an afternoon facial at Signature Medical Spa so you’ll feel refreshed for your night out. What to wear: Augustina button-up lace shirt, black ankle-length skinny jeans with leather-like coating, striped flannel top.

Friday night


Where to go: Lewis recommends pre-dinner drinks and oysters at Public Fish & Oyster (513 West Main Street) before heading next door to Oakhart Social (511 West Main Street) for delicious small plates. What to wear: Pair your favorite skinny jeans with a bias cami in a champagne-hued silk-like cotton fabric and wool vest with button detail at shoulder and side. Accessorize with an African brass bead necklace by The Woods Fine Jewelry and a 14 carat gold open ring with bicolor tourmaline by Ana Cavalheiro Fine Jewelry.

Saturday sightseeing


Where to go: Enjoy brunch and the beautiful view at the picturesque Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards (5022 Plank Road, North Garden, VA), then treat yourself to a tour of the University of Virginia grounds. What to wear: Silk crepe flare sleeve dress accessorized with a Feather pendant bracelet and leather bag.

Saturday night


Where to go: Lewis recommends heading to the downtown mall for the evening, beginning with drinks at the stylish bar at the sleek Japanese restaurant TEN (120B E. Main Street) followed by dinner at Fleurie (108 3rd Street NE), a charming restaurant located just off the mall that serves delicious modern French cuisine. What to wear: A yellow, red, and white reef-print Bella dress paired with a Silk thread necklace and Romanesque stackable rings.

Sunday OUt On the town


Where to go: Lewis’s advice for those with a somewhat adventurous side is to take a hot air balloon ride (TSG co-founder Christy Ford agrees that this is an excellent way to take in amazing views of the city!), then enjoy a coffee from Greenberry’s (1049 Emmet Street N) before heading out of town. What to wear: A silk charmeuse mock neck shirt, wool and cashmere Tie-dye poncho, and le garcon boyfriend jeans.   

Read more about Audrey Lewis here, and follow TSG Charlottesville for additional local recommendations when visiting the city.

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‘Joaquin’s Closeout’ by Mary Heilmann

SCOUTED_Joaquin_rev1 We adore this eye-catching work by Mary Heilmann. Part of PRINT: A Group Exhibition, which is opening today at Richmond’s Page Bond Gallery and features stunning pieces by a number of artists, “Joaquin’s Closeout” measures 40 inches by 30 1/2 inches and truly makes a statement. Stop by and see it for yourself now through October 31.

Page Bond Gallery // Richmond, VA // 804.359.3633

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The Scouted Calendar / September 2015

TSG_Sept_2015_Scouted_Calendar The start of the school year, a return to fall commitments, the promise of a new season right around the corner…September is almost upon us—which means it’s time to get serious about our calendars. Along with more structured routines, the upcoming month will bring a variety of exciting festivals, events, exhibitions to our Scouted cities. Here’s a rundown of what we’ll be up to in our Scouted cities this September:


With a thriving culinary scene, it’s not surprising that Charleston will host two food-themed celebrations during the same September weekend. Now in its 35th year, The Southern Living Taste of Charleston, a three-day showcase for Charleston restaurants, will take place from September 25 – 27, while the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Foundation hosts a star-studded benefit dinner on Friday, September 25 and cooking demonstrations on Saturday, September 26. {Find additional local recommendations on what to do in Charleston here.} 


The 9th annual Heritage Harvest Festival, a celebration of “America’s first foodie,” Thomas Jefferson, takes place at (where else?) Monticello on Saturday, September 12, and offers something for everyone, including workshops and lectures, heirloom fruit and vegetable tastings, chef demonstrations, a seed swap, and more. The event kicks off with an “Epic Tomato” event on Thursday, September 10; pre-festival workshops all day on Friday, September 11 (including a session on “Designing Your Holiday Feast” with designer Jan Roden, mother of TSG co-founder Christy Ford, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.!), and festival headliners The Fabulous Beekman Boys delivering a keynote talk at The Paramount Theater on Friday evening. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Charlottesville here.}


Now in its second year, the Rendezvous Music Festival (which is put on by the Nashville-based Be Entertainment) will return to Beaver Creek September 11-12, promising a dynamic experience including performances by the Indigo Girls, John Oates, Chris Stapleton, and more, as well as food and wine. And in what will undoubtedly be a fascinating exhibit, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver will present Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty from September 18 through January 31. The exploration of the painter and photographer’s work will invite attendees to consider the artist in a whole new light. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Denver here.}

Greenville, South Carolina

If a festival is named Euphoria, you know it has to be good. TSG Greenville editor Paula Lipsey says the event, which takes place from September 17 – 20 and includes tastings, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, fabulous dinners, and live musical performances—and draws high-profile chefs and master sommeliers—is a can’t-miss experience. {Read editor Paula Lipsey’s “Insider’s Guide to Greenville” here, and find additional local recommendations for what to do in Greenville here.}


Labor Day weekend in Loudon County, Epicurience Virginia highlights Virginia’s finest wine and food. Featuring celebrity chefs, live music, and a variety of tasting opportunities, the event, which takes place at beautiful Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia, promises to be a delicious—and delightful—experience. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Hunt Country HERE.}


Jackson residents, get your sharpie ready and make room on the coffee table. On September 17, designer Barbara Westbrook (of TSG Atlanta!) will be signing her gorgeous book, Gracious Rooms, at the lovely furniture boutique SummerHouse. The TSG Editorial team loves our copy and would jump at the chance to have Westbrook sign it. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Jackson here.}


There are always so many things to do in the Triangle! Combining two of our loves, lunch in a beautiful setting and books, “Cooks & Books: Lunch with Chef Patrick O’Connell” at Fearrington is our ideal way to spend an afternoon. Find details about the event, which will take place on September 13, here. On September 18, CAM Raleigh hosts “Exposure Time,” a party celebrating photographers and their work that promises to be an unforgettable evening (and an opportunity to take some fantastic selfies). And on September 24, the SEEDS Harvest Dinner will bring celebrated local chefs together for a feast benefitting the amazing organization, which offers a variety of sustainable and organic garden-based programs (TSG Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill editor Hopie Avery is helping with this event, so keep an eye out for her if you go!). {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill here.}

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Equestrian Boot Bags

scouted Whether you’re an equestrian or simply appreciate a really great riding boot, protecting your prized footwear is always a must. These breathable, waxed canvas bags with removable and washable drawstring sleeves are the perfect solution for on-the-go fans of equestrian style. Call and order now and you’ll never need to worry about your boots getting scratched during transport again.

Oughton Limited  //  Manchester, VT  //  802.236.3780

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Time Travel: Newport Inspiration

Beaulieu: Newport Inspiration There’s been a lot of discussion in the news lately about how Instagram has instilled a strong feeling of fear of missing out among the desk-bound set. And while we’ve had our fair share of summer fun, we are not immune. Fortunately, TSG co-founder Susie Matheson offered to spend some time during her annual family trip to Newport, Rhode Island, capturing some inspirational images for us. Matheson has treated us to a peek at Beaulieu, her husband’s grandmother’s lovingly restored Newport retreat, before, but this time focused on the details that make the house so special. So while we’re still a little jealous, the eye candy is utterly transporting.

Beaulieu Newport Inspiration Above, a gorgeous rug, settee, and sconces are eclipsed by a beautiful portrait of the owner, who at 97 is truly the most inspirational aspect of Beaulieu.

Newport There are no words to describe how incredible the molding is, so we’ll just let the photo speak for itself. Beaulieu Newport Inspiration Stunning mirrors  like the one shown above, left, reflect back the beauty of the house, which was decorated by the legendary Valerian Rybar. Throughout, chairs bearing amazing details beckon.

Beaulieu : Newport Inspiration We are absolutely in love with the breakfast room. Can you imagine a better place to start the day?

Beaulieu: Newport Inspiration How amazing is the light-filled bedroom? And everything about the space shown above, right makes us swoon.

Beaulieu Newport Inspiration Again, it’s really difficult to pick what we love most about this room, so we’ll just let it all sink in.

Beaulieu Newport Inspiration This space is simply dreamy. We can just imagine getting lost in conversation in the sitting area above and feeling like time is standing still.

Inspired by the beauty of Beaulieu, we browsed through the TSG network for pieces that gave us a similar sense of gilded-age glamour. Here are our favorite finds:

Feeling Gilt-y

  Newport Inspiration Set of four (only one shown) Louis XVI-style painted boiserie fragments // French 19th century flamboyant gold gilt mirror // French 19th century painted and Ggilt Louis XVI trumeau, all available from Fireside Antiques in Baton Rouge.

tsg-newport-inpriration-needlepoint-chairs-mirror Pair of French neoclassical fauteuils upholstered in an ornate, floral design available from Bremermann Designs in New Orleans  French crystal chandelier with grape clusters available from Digs in Nashville // 19th century Italian painted and gilt mirror available from Caroline Faison Antiques in Greensboro.

tsg-newport-inspiration-green-room Carved and painted Divano available from Robuck in Atlanta // Portrait in plaster by New York artist Auguste Garufi and pair of George III black polychrome painted armchairs painted with a gold floral band both available from Bremermann Designs in New Orleans // French 19th century bureau cylinder roll-top desk available from Fireside Antiques in Baton Rouge.


Pair of French antique walnut armchairs available from Caroline Faison Antiques in Greensboro.

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19th Century French Oak Door

Scouted: Oak French Doors Those interested in making an elegant entrance should call and inquire about this rare 19th century French oak door today. Measuring 3 feet and 9 1/2 inches wide by 9 feet 9 inches high by 1 3/4 inches thick, and featuring a beautiful cast iron grill, it will elevate any entry.

Architectural Accents // Atlanta, GA // 404.266.8700

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