We love Charlottesville for all its beauty and things to do.  Here are few of our favorite things that we recommend while visiting:

University of Virginia & The Corner

Home of the Virginia Cavaliers and Ashton’s alma mater, no visit to Charlottesville is complete without visiting the breathtaking grounds of the University of Virginia. The Rotunda at the University of Virginia was designed by Thomas Jefferson as the architectural and academic heart of the University.  Jefferson named these original buildings the “Academic Village” based on the Jeffersonian principle that learning is a lifelong process, and that interact between faculty and students is vital to the pursuit of knowledge.

The Rotunda is open daily from 9 AM – 5 PM.  During the academic year, historical tours are offered free of charge and meet daily at 10 AM, 11 AM, and 2 PM in the Rotunda’s Lower East Oval Room.

Historical Sites

If you are interested in history, be sure to visit homes of three of our founding fathers during your stay:

  • Highland – James Monroe’s home is located adjacent to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.  Guided tours are available daily.
  • Monticello – Thomas Jefferson’s architectural masterpiece and beloved mountaintop home, Monticello is the only home in America recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site.  Guided house tours are available daily throughout the year and outdoor garden/plantation tours are offered daily in the month August.
  • Montpelier – James Madison’s home is located a short distance from the Inn at Willow Grove.  It was at Montpelier where Madison studied 400 years of democracies past to create the U.S. Constitution.  Guided house tours are available daily.

Vineyards, Breweries, & Cideries

Charlottesville has become the heart of the east coast’s wine country.  Home to over 30 vineyards along the Monticello Wine Trail, be sure to set some time aside to tour the local wineries and enjoy the beauty of central Virginia while sipping a glass of wine on a patio or veranda overlooking the vineyards.  Some of our favorites include: King Family, Pippin Hill, Pollak, and Veritas.

If wine isn’t your thing, there are plenty of breweries along the Brew Ridge Trail to explore as well as a number of cideries including Albemarle Ciderworks and Bold Rock.

If you have never been to Charlottesville before, we hope you enjoy your time here and find it to be as magical as we have!  Click here for more information regarding things to do while visiting!


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