The question is really what would you like to do, not what is there to do. Outdoors there’s fishing, biking, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing/kayaking and golf. Indoors there’s history, art galleries, antiquing, museums, theater, music and college sports. An exciting wine community offers tasting opportunities and there’s no shortage of wonderful places to shop.
If you are fortunate to be staying at Keswick Hall, you’ll be given a temporary membership to their private club which is a wonderful golf course. Birdwood Golf Course at the Boar’s Head Inn is the next best thing and the favorite of many locals. Birdwood is currently undergoing extensive renovations overseen by Davis Love III.
Keswick Hall, the Clifton Inn and the Boar’s Head Resort, three of our Featured Properties have tennis facilities. Charlottesville, Albemarle and Monticello high schools and UVA have lit courts and the Wintergreen Resort just west of the City has 19 clay courts and 3 indoor courts. Non-guests pay a fee.
Three great places to take advantage of the beautiful countryside; Shenandoah National Park, Rivanna Trails, Sugar Hollow with its 48-acre reservoir and Sanders Monticello Trail.
Boar’s Head has a wonderful trail system over its nearly 600 acres.
Keswick Hall has three pools, a spectacular Infinity pool overlooking the sprawling golf course below, a pool at the spa and a pool at the Tennis Center. Both have drink and snack service. The Clifton Inn also has an Infinity pool with a waterfall set back in the forest, walking distance from the Inn. Boar’s Head Inn has an outdoor pool and ACAC, the downtown fitness center has an indoor pool.
ACAC, downtown at 111 Monticello Ave, is a fully appointed fitness center with racquetball and squash courts and an indoor aquatics center. Keswick Hall and Boar’s Head have fitness centers.
You can fish on your own in Shenandoah National Park or for someone who really knows the local fishing holes, contact the Albemarle Angler for guided tours. Half and full day trips from $195.
James River Runners has been outfitting boating enthusiasts for over 30 years. Canoe, kayaking, rafting and tubing trips are available on the James River.
There may be no better way to experience and appreciate the beauty of the area than on horseback the way Thomas Jefferson and James Madison did so many years ago. Oakland Heights Farm offers rides any skill level and will even take you on the actual trails our former presidents used. $40pp
Oasis Day Spa and Body Shop, W. Water Street. Voted the “best” by the locals, they do it all and at very reasonable prices. Most massages are under $100 which is almost unheard of these days. Keswick and Boar’s Head have their own spas.
No visit is complete without a stop at Jefferson’s beloved Monticello and it is worth the trip to experience the genius of this man. Two other presidents, James Madison and James Monroe, also made their homes here and are popular tourist stops. Madison’s Montpelier and Monroe’s Ash-Lawn Highland are wonderful examples of that period’s architecture and property. Historic Michie Tavern was the social center of the community in Jefferson’s day and visitors can tour the original tavern and participate in an interactive tour.
In town everyone’s favorite is Circa at 17 Allied St. They’re goal is to fill the void between junk stores and pricey antique “shoppes.” and they do a pretty good job at it. Pick up a copy of Sunday Driver Directories for a complete list of antique stores on Rt. 29 North and the surrounding area.
The (UVA) Virginia Cavaliers play in the exciting ACC and field 12 men’s and 13 women’s sports.
Vineyard Tours & Tastings
Charlottesville has a dynamic art community with galleries and museums for the art lover to enjoy. McGuffrey Arts Center, located one block from the Downtown Mall, is one of the oldest artist-run cooperative art centers in the country
Every Friday from early May to early September, national and local acts in many genres are staged at the Sprint Pavilion for free outdoor entertainment. The historic Paramount Theatre opened in 1931 and today presents just about any kind of music you can image from classical, pop, jazz, opera, folk and more. Movies too. Very cool Greek Revival-influenced façade. Interior evokes thoughts of Radio City Music Hall. UVA’s John Paul Jones Arena is a 15,000 seat venue that is the home of the school’s basketball teams and hosts popular artists like Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton and others. The Charlottesville Symphony at UVA is a unique blend of professional musicians – many of whom are also music faculty members at the University of Virginia – accomplished community members and talented university students from diverse academic fields. Fridays After Five continues to be Charlottesville’s favorite live concert series. of free live music and fun. April-September.
Barracks Road Shopping Center on Rt 29, has the national chains like Old Navy, Barnes & Noble, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Ann Taylor and others of that kind, but it is the local stores that hold the most appeal like; The Happy Cook, The Virginia Shop, Oil & Vinegar, Shenanigans, Scarpa, Quilts Unlimited to name a few. Downtown Mall has lots of interesting boutiques like The Jeweler’s Eye, Clock Shop, Yves Delorme, novel, Caspari and more.
The Virginia Festival of the Book, attracts big names in literature for five days of signings and readings. Charlottesville Opera, is one of the world’s leading opera festivals, held mostly at the Paramount Theater. The Know Good Beer Festival features local beers and beers from around the country. held in January. Lockin’ 4 day music festival drawing 30,000 people and 50 acts. June.