Porches Writing Retreat
Porches Writing Retreat
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.
— Nabokov

The Porches Writing Retreat welcomes writers and artists to an historic farmhouse built in 1854, on the James River in the Virginia countryside. Compared to other writing retreats, Porches offers a unique experience. Spacious porches and large private rooms provide peaceful views of wooded river bluffs and pastures. After a day of writing enjoy sitting on the porches, sipping wine as you watch deer browse among the fruit trees. We are half hour from the Appalachian Trail, 50 minutes from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, 3 hours from Washington, D.C.

Our mission is to provide writers and artists uninterrupted time in a unique historical space within an environment of natural beauty. 

Surrounding Area and Activities:

When the muse needs a break, there are many outdoor activities and cultural destinations. The Porches is a pleasant drive from the homes of 4 US presidents, including Jefferson’s fascinating Monticello. Across the river, The James River State Park provides canoeing, tubing, kyaking on the James River. Half an hour away are the Blue Ridge mountains and Appalachian hiking trails, Crab Tree Falls, and Wintergreen ski resort. The local award-winning wineries offer tours and tastings. Or never stray far from the Porches and enjoy country walks, inspiring views, and historical sites.

Yogaville, an ashram across the river, is open to the public for yoga and vegetarian meals.

In Lovingston you’ll find an excellent restaurant/lounge and an eclectic book and coffee shop with open-mic, jazz, blues and folk blue-grass musicians performing on weekends.