Charlottesville City Guide
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia is one of those small town secrets that you never want to share with others for fear that it will become overly saturated with developments and tourists. Much of CHARLOTTESVILLE was the vision of Thomas Jefferson and it’s home to many of his greatest ideas from viticulture to the University of Virginia. So, this southern charmer in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a special place and over time has achieved a balance of culture and lifestyle that makes it one of the best places to live in America. It’s proven to be a welcomed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC for me and my family, and here’s what we love most about Jefferson’s hometown.
For fashionistas, there’s shopping at Blue Mercury, Eloise, Scarpa and Verdigris. Design fans will love And George, Caspari, C & A Camp, Curious Orange, Folly, Kenny Ball, Roxie Daisy, Second Yard, and The Barn Swallow.
MUSEUMS + ATTRACTIONS
The Charlottesville area is an outdoor lovers paradise with hiking and nature trails, white water rafting, hunting, fishing, skiing and wineries galore. Wineries worth a visit are Barboursville, Blenheim, King Family and Pippin Hill. Breweries worth a drive are Blue Mountain and Devils Backbone.
2050 James Monroe Parkway
Historic home of our 5th President James Monroe.
110 E Main Street
Cville’s most unique combination cinema + concert venue.
Kluge Ruhe Aborginal Art Collection
400 Worrell Drive
The only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the study of Australian Aboriginal art.
McGuffey Art Center
201 2nd Street NW
Three art galleries and artists’ studios open to the public.
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Historic home and plantation of our 3rd President Thomas Jefferson.
Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive
100-mile scenic drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s also hiking trails, but beware of bears!
215 E Main Street
Offering top-flight shows from Broadway to comedy to musicals.
Outdoor venue with a line up that amazes from Beck to Al Green.
University of Virginia
1001 N Emmet Street
From the rotunda to the special collection of historic documents, Thomas Jefferson’s academical village is worth an afternoon tour.
Virginia Film Festival
Every November the University of Virginia hosts this 4-day celebration of cinema.
The Charlottesville food scene is one of THE hottest in the country with young chefs opening truly promising restaurants.
The Alley Light
108 2nd Street SW
A James Beard semi-finalist for best new restaurant offering French-inspired shared plates and craft cocktails.
505 Preston Avenue
The only place to eat a bagel in Cville. Great salads too.
212 E Main Street
Inventive burgers done right in a fun atmosphere.
C & O
515 E Water Street
Thirty-year old Cville legend. Best bet for a rendezvous in the cozy downstairs bar.
422 E Main Street
Hip + energetic atmosphere with regional menu and see + be seen upstairs Skybar.
108 3rd Street NE
Modern french fine dining popular for special occasions.
2206 Ivy Road
Want a great sandwich? Head here for inventive breakfast and lunch offerings.
501 Monticello Road
A Cville favorite for tasty Spanish tapas.
633 W Main Street
Southern-French fusion made from local ingredients.
213 W Main Street
THE coffee spot.
511 W Main Street
New to the scene, but racking up cool points with its seasonal wood-fired food.
201 E Main Street
Classic French bistro perfect for Sunday brunch.
Public Fish + Oyster
513 W Main Street
Go for happy hour and the lobster roll.
2075 Bond Street, #180
New spot for fresh seafood and Virginia craft beers on tap.
Taste of China
612 Albemarle Square
Everyone sings the praises of Peter Chang China Grill — I just don’t get it. For authentic Szechaun, I head to Taste.
826 Hinton Avenue
Cville’s best for rustic Italian fare.
120 E Main Street
Sushi is about quality fish, not creative maki rolls. Ten is Cville’s BEST sushi.
The Ivy Inn
2244 Old Ivy Road
Angelo Vangelopoulos is considered Cville’s best chef. Ivy Inn offers a classic dining experience.
420 W Main Street
New to the scene, but gaining in popularity for its globally-inspired menu.
227 W Main Street
Go for the Southern comfort food, stay for the cocktails and live music.
Boar’s Head Inn
200 Ednam Drive
Southern heritage resort near UVA known for its hospitality, spa and golf.
1296 Clifton Inn Drive
This Relais and Chateaux property offers comfortable rooms and excellent service.
2100 Broad Street
Cville’s newest hotel near Stonefield with modern comforts and exceptional service.
Keswick Hall at Monticello
701 Club Drive
One of Virginia’s best hotels with the fantastic Fossett’s restaurant.
South Street Inn
200 W South Street
Bed + breakfast near the Downtown Mall with lots of southern charm.
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