- Type: Historic Homes/Mansions, Tours
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Michie Tavern certainly has nostalgia in its favor. Originally erected in Earlysville, Va. in the late 1700s, it was the hub of for that town's passersby, providing food, drink and a cozy bed if necessary. In present day -- and relocated about 13 miles south in Charlottesville -- the tavern still serves up Southern comfort for its guests, with a staff donning colonial garb. But Michie is more of a novel historic house than a foodie sensation. In fact, there are several who say the cuisine isn't very good, particularly given how much it costs.
"Walking the adjacent Monticello trail, one is drawn to the Michie (pronounced Mickey) Tavern by the smell of something wonderful cooking," writes one on Yahoo! Travel. According to a TripAdvisor user: "The fried chicken is the best chicken EVER!" But another TripAdvisor traveler recounts only "so-so food."
Others say that the tours of the property, though no more than $9 for adults, aren't worth the price when compared with the grandeur of Monticello or Ash Lawn-Highland. The grounds' general store, gift shop and metal smith shop are worth your notice, however. If you're interested in judging for yourself, you'll find the tavern open every day save Christmas and New Year's Day. The Dining Room and shops have varying hours of operation by day and season. Continuous tours are generally run from 9 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. each day. Visit the official website for further details.