Thanks so much for the time and the ideas you have shared with me!
Very good advice about the timing - due to home game schedule. We have adjusted our trip.
We will arrive Charlottesville early AM - and rent a car and probably take scenic 231 up to the Luray area or even further north. . We're not interested in the Cavern however - more the scenic views. We are just plain old - still walk a good bit but not like we used to.
We will want to stop at some of the wineries. We were visiting friends from Sterling last summer and found a great little vineyard that had Tannat grapes which make great wine. But that winery is up around Hillborough - a little too far for us to drive this time.
We'd like to visit Madison's Montpelier and that area, and Staunton.
Granddaughter may be too busy for us to visit this time around.
But there are so many places we're interested in - could spend a month here!
We'll probably take the parkway down - cutting across to Harrisonburg which has some interesting B&B's/Inns.
One stop will be Lexington - lots to see there - and then back to Charlottesville. We have 6 nights so will need 2 places for 3 nights or 3 places for 2 nights each. Have a B&B picked out in Charlottesville for the last 2 nights.
And yes, we are taking the Cardinal into Chicago! Supposed to be one of the more scenic Amtrak routes.
Thanks again and please make any comments of suggestions if you have the time and inclination.