TRAVEL

For those of you who are traveling from out-of-town, we are so grateful that you are making the trip to Charlottesville for our wedding celebration.

If traveling by air, nearby airports include:

  • Charlottesville (CHO) - Located approximately 30 minutes from our wedding location, Charlottesville Albermarle Airport is a small regional airport serviced by Delta, United Express, and American Airlines.  Non-stop flights are offered to and from Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York/LaGuardia, Washington/Dulles, Atlanta, and Chicago.
  • Richmond (RIC) - Located 1.5 hours from our wedding location, Richmond International airport is serviced by American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United.  From RIC, take I-64W to Charlottesville.
  • Washington-Dulles (IAD) - Located 1.5 hours from our wedding location, Washington-Dulles International Airport is serviced by all major airlines.  Traveling to Charlottesville from IAD is very convenient, simply take US29-S to Charlottesville.

If traveling by train, the nearby Amtrak station is:

  • Charlottesville (CVS) - Located 45 minutes from our wedding location.

No matter which method of transportation you choose to travel to Charlottesville, we recommend renting a car for the duration of your stay in order to best experience all our lovely town has to offer.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Inn at Willow Grove

This recommended boutique bed and breakfast is the location of all wedding weekend celebrations.

The 40 acre antebellum plantation turned bed and breakfast sits on some of the most bucolic countryside of central Virginia.  Recently named by Travel and Leisure as the #1 Best Hotel in the South and the #3 Best Hotel in the Country, guests will be able to relax and enjoy the company of the bride and groom while experiencing the very best in Southern hospitality.  While staying at the inn, relax on the porch and take in the view of the rolling Virginia foothills, set out to explore the picturesque gardens, or visit nearby vineyards and historic properties of the nation’s founding fathers.

Rooms exclusively held for wedding guests have all been reserved but there are still a few rooms remaining at the property.  To book, please contact the inn directly at (540) 317-1206 and mention the “Leone-MacMillan Wedding” to save 10% off the current rate.

Round Hill Inn

This hotel is located less than 2 miles from all wedding weekend activities.

A courtesy room block for wedding guests is available at a reduced rate of $159/night for Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th.  To make a reservation, either contact the hotel directly at (540) 672-6691 and mention the “Leone-MacMillan Wedding” or book online using the promo code: MLW.

 

 

THINGS TO DO

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!

 

PLACES TO EAT

For delicious meals, look no further than Downtown Charlottesville where several chef owned “farm to table” restaurants await you.  The Historic Downtown Mall is one of the most beautiful pedestrian malls and has a wonderful mix of restored and renovated buildings that can be enjoyed by visitors as they shop and dine along the brick-paved area.  Our personal favorites include: C&O Restaurant, Zocalo, Bang, and Citizen Burger.

Closer to our wedding site, the Barbeque Exchange offers the best BBQ in Central Virginia and Restaurant Pomme serves delicious French cuisine.

For more recommendations, visit Charlottesville 29 for lists and reviews of the top eats in town!  Bon Appétit!