Two U.S. Presidents called Charlottesville, Virginia home: Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Visit the famous Monticello and James Monroe’s Highland, explore the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, take the kids to the Virginia Discovery Museum, and stop by the unique Les Yeux du Monde Art Gallery. Here are the best things to do in Charlottesville, VA. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1. Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
2. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
3.Historic Downtown Mall
4. James Monroe’s Highland
5.Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia
6.Les Yeux du Monde Art Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia
7.Carter Mountain Orchard
8.Ivy Inn, Charlottesville, Virginia
9.The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio
11.McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, Virginia
12.Albemarle Baking Company
13.Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA
14. Virginia Discovery Museum
16.Michie Tavern, Charlottesville, Virginia
17.Birdwood Golf Course at Boar's Head
19.Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA
20 Best Things to Do in Charlottesville, Virginia
- Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Photo: Courtesy of LP - Fotolia.com
- The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Photo: The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
- Historic Downtown Mall, Photo: Historic Downtown Mall
- James Monroe’s Highland, Photo: James Monroe’s Highland
- Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Photo: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia
- Les Yeux du Monde Art Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia, Photo: Les Yeux du Monde Art Gallery
- Carter Mountain Orchard, Photo: Courtesy of Scott - Fotolia.com
- Ivy Inn, Charlottesville, Virginia, Photo: Ivy Inn
- The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio, Photo: The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio
- Feast!, Photo: Feast
- McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, Virginia, Photo: McGuffey Art Center
- Albemarle Baking Company, Photo: Albemarle Baking Company
- Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA, Photo: Beer Run
- Virginia Discovery Museum, Photo: Virginia Discovery Museum
- Shebeen, Photo: Shebeen
- Michie Tavern, Charlottesville, Virginia, Photo: Michie Tavern
- Birdwood Golf Course at Boar's Head, Photo: Birdwood Golf Course at Boar's Head
- Duck Donuts, Photo: Duck Donuts
- Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA, Photo: Jefferson Theater
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Konstantin L - Fotolia.com
More Ideas: Foxfield Inn
The Foxfield Inn is a modern and elegant bed and breakfast in Charlottesville that blends comfort and charm to bring guests an exceptional retreat. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Charlottesville's picturesque horse country, the Foxfield Inn presents the perfect place to escape from the hectic pace of city life and to kick back and relax in a calm, rejuvenating environment.
The Inn boasts five beautifully appointed guest rooms, designed and decorated for absolute comfort and luxury. Guest rooms enjoy exceptional amenities such as private bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and wood-burning fireplaces for cozy winter nights and guests are treated to a delectable gourmet breakfast every morning in the sunny dining room and afternoon refreshments of homemade cookies, fruit and hot and cold beverages. Other amenities at the Inn range from an outdoor hot tub beneath a pretty pergola covered in Clematis and Bittersweet covered pergola, spacious patios and common rooms where guests can relax and socialize and complimentary wireless Internet throughout the property.
Charlottesville and Albemarle County offer much in the way of things to see and do from historical attractions such as is Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, James Madison's Montpelier, Ashlawn-Highland and Michie Tavern to wine-tasting tours of more than 20 wineries in the area, as well as award-winning breweries and distilleries. Outdoor enthusiasts can partake in a variety of fun recreational activities such as hiking, cycling, horseback riding, bird watching, and hot air ballooning, and the region is home to the University of Virginia and its Cavaliers sports teams.
The Foxfield Inn has five beautifully appointed guest rooms, each individually decorated and furnished in comfort and style. Guest rooms luxurious linens, plush towels, and luxe bath products, as well as modern amenities such as remote-controlled gas fireplaces and Bose sound systems.
The Rose Room is a study in elegance with a gorgeous king-size bed and pillow-top mattress dressed in luxurious linens, feather or foam pillows and handmade quilts and a remote-controlled gas fireplace. A private en-suite bathroom features a walk-in shower and oversized whirlpool tub, and large windows boast beautiful garden views.
The Hunt Country Room is the biggest room in the Inn and is decorated in an equestrian theme. The room features a beautiful king-size bed with pillow-top mattress dressed in luxurious linens, feather or foam pillows and handmade quilts and a remote-controlled gas fireplace. A private en-suite bathroom features a walk-in shower and oversized whirlpool tub, and a romantic loveseat folds out into a double bed to cater for a third guest if required.
The newly renovated Audubon Room is prettily decorated in a bird theme, highlighting the bluebirds that nest on the property almost year-round. The room enjoys a comfortable king-size bed with pillow-top mattress dressed in luxurious linens, feather or foam pillows and handmade quilts and a remote-controlled gas fireplace. A private en-suite bathroom features a walk-in shower and oversized whirlpool tub, and a romantic loveseat folds out into a double bed to cater for a third guest if required.
The intimate Garden Room overlooks the park-like backyard of the Inn and the resident 200-year-old oak tree. The room offers a queen-size bed with pillow-top mattress dressed in luxurious linens, feather or foam pillows, and handmade quilts. A private en-suite bathroom features a walk-in shower and oversized whirlpool tub and a gas fireplace, and private gazebo adds extra touches to this romantic room.
One of the original bedrooms in the house, the Dogwood Room is a cozy and charming abode that overlooks the goldfish pond and the gardens. The room has a queen-size bed with pillow-top mattress dressed in luxurious linens, feather or foam pillows and handmade quilts and a private en-suite bathroom with a shower/bath combination.
A complimentary gourmet breakfast is served every morning in the sunny dining room or on the pergola-covered terrace overlooking the gardens. Breakfast consists of hot and cold options, fresh fruit and juice and freshly brewed coffee and tea. Refreshments of homemade cookies and hot and cold beverages are served in the communal lounge area or out on the patio each day.
The Foxfield Inn offers a range of amenities in addition to luxurious accommodations, including a delicious home cooked breakfast and refreshments in the afternoons such as homemade cookies, fresh fruit, and hot and cold beverages, and a guest pantry with refrigerator and microwave for common use. Other amenities include an outdoor hot tub covered by a pergola draped in fragrant flowers, spacious communal areas, patios and gazebos where guests can relax, a den with television, DVD player and a library of CDs and DVDs, and a Tesla charger for electric cars. Complimentary high-speed wireless is available throughout the property.
2280 Garth Rd, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901, Phone: 434-923-8892
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More Ideas: Mayhurst Inn Near Charlottesville
The Mayhurst Inn is a luxurious bed and breakfast near Charlottesville in the heart of Orange, Virginia that promises an idyllic countryside escape. Built in 1859 as a plantation home, the Italianate Victorian Inn has been beautifully restored to its former glory to offer an enchanting getaway with stunning gardens, elegant accommodations, sumptuous cuisine, and an array of things to see and do in the area.
Set on 37 acres of rolling Virginia Piedmont landscapes and surrounded by exquisitely manicured gardens, lawns and old growth fields and trees, the 155-year old manor house has eight individually decorated guest rooms and suites with period decor, private bathrooms, modern amenities, and inspiring views. Three-coursegourmet breakfasts are served every morning on the sunny terrace or next to the fireplace, and snacks, soft drinks, wine, and cheese are offered every evening in the library. Special treats such as bottled water, fine chocolates, deluxe bath products and complimentary wireless Internet add an extra level of luxury.
The 19th-century manor house is noted for its historical as well as architectural merit and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Steeped in history and romance that dates back to the Civil War, the Inn is built on the hallowed ground where Generals Robert E. Lee, A. P. Hill and "Stonewall" Jackson walked, and the Confederate troops pitched their tents.
Mayhurst is located within an easy driving distance of a variety of attractions and activities, ranging from Civil War battlefields, museums, and Presidential homes to wineries, antique malls, and art studios. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, golf and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and there are numerous excellent restaurants for casual and fine dining in the area.
The Mayhurst Inn features eight individually decorated guest rooms with private bathrooms, period decor, wood-burning fireplaces and lovely views of the gardens and grounds. All rooms feature air-conditioning, luxury bed linens, high-quality bath products, hair dryers, fine chocolates on arrival, and complimentary wireless Internet.
Designed to honor President James Madison, the Madison Room features a king-size four poster bed with ruby red bed covers and a marble fireplace. A private en-suite bathroom has a claw foot bath with overhead shower, and the room has lovely views over the pond.
The Magnolia Room is named for the large magnolia trees that grow in the gardens of the Inn and whose blooms cover the walls of this open chamber. The room features a queen-size antique French bed, a wood burning fireplace and an en-suite bathroom with 1890 marble lavatory, vintage bath, and overhead shower.
The Southern Charm Room is a sunny room in hues of blues and white with a large palladium window that overlooks the pond. Perfect for couples wanting an element of romance, this room enjoys a king-size bed, a wood-burning fireplace, and a private bathroom with double whirlpool tub.
The Italian Suite is a luxurious room with a handcrafted queen-size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower and bath, and a separate sitting room has a large marble and granite double whirlpool tub and gas fireplace. A private balcony boasts beautiful views over the gardens and fish pond.
The General’s Room features beautiful 1860 antique furnishings and decor and has a queen-size bed with luxurious linens, a private bathroom with bath and shower, a black marble gas fireplace and three enormous arched windows that embrace beautiful views.
Designed to reflect a quaint 1930s garden cottage, the Garden Room is decorated in hues of soft yellows, blues, and greens and has a beautiful exposed wooden ceiling. The cozy room features a king-size bed, a private bathroom with shower and bath, an electric fireplace and a private terrace with garden views.
Once the original Mayhurst Plantation School House that was built in circa 1837, the School House has been completely restored into a beautiful room with all modern amenities, including a queen-size bed, full bathroom with bath and shower, fully equipped kitchen and central climate control.
The Piedmont Suite is named after the gentle, rolling pastoral land at the base of the Blue Ridge is known as the Piedmont. This guest room is made up of two rooms divided by a central bathroom, which has a shower-over-bath combination and features a large bed chamber with a queen-size bed, fireplace and separate sitting room with comfortable armchairs and cable television.
A full gourmet breakfast is served every morning with hot and cold choices of eggs, breakfast meats, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, tea, and juices.
Amenities at the Mayhurst Inn include luxurious accommodations with modern amenities in for the form of eight beautifully decorated guest rooms, an elegant dining room in which a gourmet breakfast is served each morning, sunny patio for outdoor dining and special events and exquisitely manicured gardens with picturesque ponds and terraces.
The Mayhurst Inn provides a beautiful venue for weddings and other special occasions with a variety of venues ranging from gorgeous outdoor settings to elegant indoor chambers. Situated on 37 acres of pristine landscapes, which feature manicured gardens and lawns, ancient ash, poplar, pine, oak and magnolia trees, and picturesque ponds, Mayhurst can host wedding parties and other events for up to 300 people. Professional staff are available to help with all the details from venue choice to seating arrangements, and customized menus can be created by the kitchen’s expert culinary team.
Indoor venues range from the elegant dining room, library and parlor, which can seat 30, eight and 20 guests, respectively, while outdoor venues for ceremonies and receptions include the patio which can seat up to 64 people and the gardens where 300 guests can gather.
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12460 Mayhurst Lane, Orange, Virginia 22960, Phone: 540-672-5597
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More Ideas: Ivy Inn
Established in 1995 by Chef/Owner Angelo Vangelopoulos, Ivy Inn in Charlottesville is a family-owned restaurant that offers local residents and visitors the opportunity to experience a bit of history while dining in an elegant atmosphere. With a rich history dating back to the early 1700s, diners can enjoy a delicious assortment of food in a historically rich environment at the Ivy Inn.
Reservations are not required at Ivy Inn. However they are highly recommended. Reservations can be made online via OpenTable or by emailing the restaurant directly. Reservations can also be made by calling the restaurant directly at (434) 977-1222.
The menu at Ivy Inn consists of a variety of solid dinner appetizers, entrees, and desserts. There are several local favorite entrees available as well. Menu items offered are as follows:
· Dinner Menu
o Starters - Duck liver terrine, shrimp bisque, crispy pork belly, warm medley of amFog wild mushrooms, shrimp and grits, a selection of artisan cheeses, lacinato kale minestrone, sautéed fresh duck foie gras, crispy halloumi cheese, and more.
o Main Items - Local rag mountain trout, Maryland style jumbo lump crab cake, pan-seared sea scallops, sautéed duck breast, slow cooked bison short ribs, Angus beef tenderloin, duet of lamb, grilled Scottish salmon, and more.
o Sides - Crispy roesti potatoes, grilled broccolini, artichokes alla romana, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, and more.
o Desserts - Key lime pie, trio of chocolate, coconut tiramisu, orange blossom creme brulee, strawberry rhubarb crisp, sticky English toffee pudding cake, lemon meringue ice box cake, and more.
· Wine List - Ivy Inn has an extensive wine list offering wines by the glass and bottle. Other drinks are available such as ciders and beers.
Special Events Catering
Ivy Inn is a perfect venue for a variety of special occasions and events, and patrons will be quite pleased with the menu offerings at Ivy Inn. Ivy Inn has significant experience with special event catering, having provided catering services for weddings, business dinners, birthday and holiday parties, and cocktail and wedding receptions.
Ivy Inn offers several dining room options as well as a tented garden patio. The dining room options include:
· The Shenandoah Room
· The Winchester Room
· The Blue Ridge Room
· The Williamsburg Room
· Covered Garden Patio
Those interested in utilizing Ivy Inn for a special event are encouraged to tour the facilities in advance.
Ivy Inn can also help create a menu for a special event. The available menu options are based on the number of people attending the event. Additional offerings such as alcohol can be incorporated into the creation of a menu for a special event at Ivy Inn.
More information about special events catering is available by visiting the Ivy Inn website.
Ivy Inn hosts and participates in several events throughout the year. Patrons can keep abreast of these events by visiting the Ivy Inn website or by staying connected via various social media platforms.
Ivy Inn Restaurant, 2244 Old Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA, Phone: 434-977-1222
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