Get to Know The Lodge

Marketing Director, Kristina Paré, has had the opportunity to speak to hundreds of people during her two decades working in senior living.  For the last two and a half years she has been sharing her passion for what we affectionately call “The Lodge Lifestyle”. As part of any discussion about The Lodge, Kristina highlights our unique setting, the beautiful views, opportunities to stay engaged in life, and our strong focus on creating amazing food.  However, it’s our core philosophy and the vision of owner David Hilliard that that really makes The Lodge different from traditional retirement communities.

While Kristina’s enthusiasm for The Lodge is infectious, those that get to hear her speak usually come away with more than just information about The Lodge at Old Trail.

What if you had the opportunity to not only hear Kristina speak, but also enjoy a delicious summer themed lunch prepared by The Lodge Culinary Team?

Sounds like a win win, right?

Here is your chance… The Lodge offers Lunch and Learn sessions that give you the opportunity to learn about The Lodge with a short presentation by our very own Kristina Paré.  You also get a lunch that is not only beautiful, but absolutely delicious. Then, as if it could get any better, you get a tour and question and answer session with Lodge Executive Director, Judy Bowes and owner, David Hilliard.

Join us.

For anyone interested in learning about The Lodge because it is a part of Old Trail Village, because you haven’t heard of us before, or simply that you haven’t had the opportunity to hear Kristina speak, you must come and see what you’ve been missing.

Please call to RSVP today as Lunch and Learn sessions regularly sell out.

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The Lodge Residents and Staff Walk to Scotland

In an effort to promote wellness and staying active, The Lodge at Old Trail launched a walking campaign that paired residents and staff on walking teams. The brainchild of Executive Director Judy Bowes, every team member was given a pedometer to track their daily steps. The teams created names and submitted ideas for their walking destinations.

The first destination picked… Scotland!

On April 1, 2014 – the race to Scotland was launched.  At the end of every week, walking teams tallied up their cumulative steps and submitted them.

On June  24th, residents and staff celebrated their arrival in Scotland with food, games, music and dancing.

Lodge owner, David Hilliard, the Master of Ceremonies, himself a Scotsman, dressed in his kilt and judged “The Highland Games.” The games consisted of putt-putt golf, the caber toss – (log), the sheaf toss – (bale) and the stone put.

The Lodge’s culinary team created a traditional Scottish dinner of:

 Cock-A-Leekie Stew (Chicken stew with leeks, carrot, barley and herbs)


Shepherd’s Pie (Lamb and beef braised in Scottish lager with tomatoes, peas, carrots and onions topped with mashed potatoes and baked until golden brown)


Scottish Salmon Cake (Smoked salmon cake served with a roasted potato medley, whiskey glazed carrots and a chive cream and malt sauce)


Freshly baked Shortbread Cookies dipped in Chocolate with Strawberries

Since The Lodge is equipped with its own Pub, there were drink specials as well; Whiskey Tea (Hot tea with Scottish whisky and a splash of milk) and a Rusty Nail (Drambuie and Scotch whiskey over ice with fresh lemon).

Dinner was followed by music and dancing.  The Blue Ridge Scottish Country Dancers from Ivy, Virginia entertained Lodge residents and staff with their high energy movements. Bag pipers drew the attention of some Old Trail Village neighbors as they warmed up out in front of The Lodge.
It was a great day of celebration to end our first walking adventure.

The next leg of our journey will take us down under – Look out Australia… here we come!

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The Lodge Welcomes a New Medical Director

Help us in welcoming our new Medical Director, Marisa Christensen!

Dr. Christensen received her M.D. degree from the University of Virginia, and completed a residency in family medicine, followed by a fellowship in geriatric medicine at Duke University. Prior to joining Charlottesville Family Medicine in 2013, Dr. Christensen worked with UVA Health System in Waynesboro, VA for 8 years.

Dr. Christensen is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, and has board certification in geriatric medicine. She has a special interest in geriatric medicine, chronic disease management, and preventive care.

Dr. Christensen has weekly on-site hours and will be available for resident and/or family consultations by appointment.

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Delicious Summer Recipes from The Lodge Chef

Lodge Executive Chef, Jesse Kaylor, joined us just over a year ago and has been busy creating amazing food, based on The Lodge’s philosophy of using many fresh and local options.  Jesse, his sous chef, and pastry chef, prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for over 100 people daily.  Choices such as:  shrimp and grits, salmon wellington, pomegranate glazed chicken, and our famous fried chicken are enjoyed by residents and their guests.

In between dinner service, his immensely popular wine pairing dinners (that always sell out), and his cooking classes with the residents, Chef Jesse was able to provide a few of his favorite summer recipes.

Seared Salmon with Pesto Couscous & Grilled Carrots
Serves 2

-12 ounces fresh salmon cut into two 6 ounce filets
-10 ounces middle eastern couscous
-6 each Malibu Carrots

Salmon Marinade

-2 lemons, juiced
-1/4 cup olive oil
-2 tsp minced garlic
-1 tsp minced shallot
-4 sprigs fresh thyme
-1 tbsp chopped parsley
-1 tbsp chopped dill
-1tsp old bay

Combine all ingredients in salmon marinade, mix well and poor over salmon filets.  Rub in marinade by hand to ensure salmon is properly covered.  Wash hands, wrap salmon and set aside, refrigerated, for at least 30 minutes.  Season salmon with kosher salt and cracked pepper right before cooking.  Heat sauté pan over med/high heat with a Tbsp of vegetable oil.  Sear salmon on one side until it starts to brown, remove from sauté pan and finish cooking in a 350F oven for about 12 minutes or until salmon reaches 140f.


-2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
-2 cloves garlic
-1/4 cup pine nuts
-2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
-Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
-1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese

Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.


Pick your favorite middle eastern couscous from your local grocery store and follow the directions on the box for suggested preparation.  After couscous is done mix in your desired amount of freshly made basil pesto and it’s ready to be served

Grilled Carrots

Cut your Malibu carrots in half and toss with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh thyme and minced garlic.  Once grill is hot, grill carrots on both sides until done.

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Calling All Tennis Lovers…

The Lodge at Old Trail has partnered with Christopher “Cubby” Cubbage, Founder and Exclu­sive Provider of Matilda Blue QuickRe­Start Adaptive Tennis.

Matilda Blue Tennis is a wonderful program for anyone wanting to improve agility, balance, coordination, focus, and reaction time.  It is a fun interactive, recreational experience and helps to redevelop motor skills and sharpen mental health.

We are real fans of the QuickReStart tennis program here at The Lodge at Old Trail. Our residents have embraced this class and their instructor, Cubby, making it one of the most popular and well attended fitness programs we offer.

A family of one of our newer assisted living residents was shocked when he saw his mother participating in the class and swinging her racket because she had not been active for many years and was usually not interested in group activities.


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The Lodge at Old Trail is Getting a New Neighbor

We are so excited to announce that we are getting a new neighbor!  Our owner, David Hilliard, is building The Rutherfoord Hotel in Old Trail Village.

The Rutherfoord, a four-story Boutique Hotel, will be located at the corner of Claremont Lane and Golf Drive.  It will boast 52 beautiful rooms, a restaurant and bar, a large rooftop event space and meeting rooms.

David believes the hotel would benefit the residents of Old Trail and of his senior living community, The Lodge at Old Trail, by providing a place for their loved ones to stay when they visit.  It will also provide the long needed lodging to those couples looking to get married in this scenic part of Western Albemarle.  The Rutherfoord will host such visitors in its large bridal suite and bridal porch.

David will be partnering with Crozet again, to not only bring more jobs to the area, but to work with the various wineries, cideries and breweries to promote the area’s already strong agritourism.  They will work with local vendors on various tours of the area, social events and local offerings in The Rutherfood’s restaurant.

They expect The Rutherfoord to welcome its first visitors in the spring of 2015.

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Design House Preview Returns to The Lodge

On April 17, 2014, The Lodge was pleased to host a Behind the Scenes Look at Design House 2014 as part of its ongoing Third Thursday at The Lodge series.

For the second year in a row, guests, with an interest in interior design, came together to hear about the work and secrets of this year’s Design House and to learn how the essential funds raised support an important not for profit organization – Charlottesville’s Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE).

Designer Sheilah Michaels shared the journey of acquiring her room for this year’s project (the children’s room) and explained how she came up with her color and design plan.  Cartie Lominack, Executive Director of the Shelter for women and their children explained what they do and how their work helps these women in need to launch a new and safer life for themselves.  Their motto Peace Begins at Home is one we can all appreciate and value.

More information can be found including tickets via their Facebook page This year’s Design House runs from May 13 to May18.

If you have never been to a Design House tour, I encourage you to attend. It is inspiring and exciting to view the finished house and meet some of the designers.

Grab some friends or make it a mother-daughter tradition for Mother’s Day.  Either way, it is time well spent, it’s fun and it brings vital support to a worthwhile cause. What could be better than that? See you at Design House 2014!

To learn more about the Shelter for Help in Emergency, go to:
or Design House 2014, go to:

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A Patriotic Morning at The Lodge at Old Trail

On Monday April 14th, with rain clouds threatening, Lodge residents gathered with Old Trail Village neighbors to witness a bright, new American flag and a new Virginia state flag being raised over The Lodge at Old TrailThe American Legion Post 74 Color Guard presided over the ceremony which included a 21 Gun Salute.

Lodge resident Robert Buzzard, an Army World War II veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 74, addressed the crowd with a history of this important and moving ceremony.

Ranging in age from 2 years to 90+ years, the audience joined together to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and then sang The National Anthem and America the Beautiful.

The ceremony was held to retire a previously raised flag, a gift from Virginia Congressman Robert Hurt, which had been flown over the Capital in Richmond, before being raised at The Lodge last year.


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Driving to Work

Every morning I wake, get myself ready, get in the truck, and drive the 8 miles to The Lodge at Old Trail, in Crozet. After the frantic pace of the other places I have lived, including New York City and San Francisco, it seems that driving to work has a whole new meaning.

First, and most important, I don’t consider my time at The Lodge work!

I think I have to rename what I do to… visit.  Yes.  I visit every day at The Lodge, and see the other wonderful visitors there as well.  Not to mention the interesting people that live there. The days are consistently different, with different conversations and actions needed. The conversations are quite incredible, learning about the lives of the residents that live there. I learn not just about their past, but their present and future; their thoughts and ideas on so many different topics.

I digress, because the point of this story is really about the drive to The Lodge.  The Lodge is located just outside of Charlottesville, in the multi-generational community of Old Trail, in the Town of Crozet, VA.

Crozet has its own interests and businesses, but also serves as a bedroom community to Charlottesville.  It is located only 10 miles to the West with expansive views of The Blue Ridge Mountains.

Every day I drive against that traffic.  I find it calming.  It is the wonderful effect of the beautiful countryside I see.   No matter if in snow, rain, or clear sky, it relaxes me.  I drive the speed limit! How many of you actually drive the speed limit on a back road?

Maybe it is the waving that happens between drivers on these roads. I’m not sure if people wave because they think they know me, I mean, I do see them everyday behind the windshield. Or, is it that they are wishing me well, because I am driving in the other direction, the direction as a visitor not a worker.  Either way, I have honed my wave to the slight move of the index finger lifting off the steering wheel pulling the next two fingers of the hand upward to a happy open palm above the steering wheel. Waving and being waved at is a full time occupation on these great back roads of Virginia. But I don’t mind the work.  Actually, it is so much nicer than the single finger wave of some many city folk!

So whether you are working or visiting, think about the people that are driving toward you, and see if the back country road wave brings a smile, or at least lessens the load of the person driving in the other direction.

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Did You Know?

Did you know that The Lodge at Old Trail has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Central & Western Virginia Chapter to form an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group?

The support group is on the first Saturday of every month at 10:00 am at The Lodge.  It is facilitated by Alzheimer’s Association staff members and is a great way to form relationships with other caregivers that are caring for loved ones dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. They help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as care for the person with dementia. 

Please join us for a support group meeting or call for more information.  Suzanne Stephens (co-facilitator) at 434-242-0783.


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