Nestled in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville, Virginia is a largely undiscovered destination for weekend travel, yet offers everything you would want for an enjoyable getaway; great accommodations and dining and plenty of interesting things to do. Charlottesville is best known as the home of the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Monticello and while a visit to Monticello is worth the trip alone, Charlottesville is so much more than just that.
Two other presidents, Madison and Monroe had homes here that are major tourist attractions and this city of 45,000 residents has a vibrant music scene, wonderful art galleries, ACC college sports, nationally recognized wineries, terrific shops and cafes in a Downtown Pedestrian Mall, great golf courses and a host of other indoor and outdoor recreational activities.
Known affectionately by the locals as C-Ville, Charlottesville is one of those places you visit where you think, “I could live here”. Physically it is a small town with small town manners, but it’s got big city lodging, dining and activities, making it a perfect weekend getaway.