Charlottesville, a historic Virginia city, was once the home to three of America’s founding fathers—Monroe, Madison, and Jefferson. Currently, Charlottesville houses the University of Virginia, so the attractions range from the historic downtown, to a bustling college campus, to nearby woodlands with nature paths and parks, and the modern cityscape with family-friendly activities and a thriving nightlife.
Virginia is considered a Southern state, so guests can expect classic Southern charms, like sweet tea and sunsets on wrap-around porches—complete with rocking chairs, of course. As a matter of fact, a huge portion of the Charlottesville population are descendants from generations of old Virginia families. In other words, you are sure to hear stories, legends, and folklore if you mingle with elder locals.
Stay in Charlottesville and discover this delightful city!
There are well-over 350 restaurants in Charlottesville, including The Ivy Inn Restaurant and Bodo’s Bagels. Named two of the best restaurants in Charlottesville, these places serve up dynamic cuisine with fresh Southern favorites.
For instance, The Ivy Inn Restaurant is a bit upscale, so dress your best. Most often frequented for special occasions, like dates, romantic interludes, and anniversaries, this restaurant serves up elevated versions of appetizing classics, like seafood chowder, shrimp and grits, pan-roasted chicken breast, Angus beef tenderloins, collard greens, and homemade cornbread cakes. The dessert menu is lengthy with homemade options, like crème brulee, apple crisp, key lime pie, and cream puffs.
Bodo’s Bagels is a bit different than the aforementioned Ivy Inn. Casual and laid back, the atmosphere is café-esque and pleasant with excellent service and a menu full of homemade, yummy options. For instance, locals love the breakfast bagels with bacon, egg, and cheese, the lox and cream cheese bagels, the Caesar salad, and the fresh-made BLT. Everything is made fresh daily, which means all of their breads and bagels are scratch-made, soft, and oh-so fragrant. Oddly enough, Bodo’s shuns toasted bagels, as toasting the bread makes it chewy, scratchy, and hard.
Charlottesville, Virginia, is home to a string of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where Shenandoah National Park sits. There are dozens of ways to traverse the mountains.
One way is by car on The Skyline Drive is a 105-mile paved road that cuts a line through the mountains, allowing drivers to admire the trees that grow untamed on either side. This is an especially beautiful sight in autumn when the leaves are changing colors and there’s a slight chill in the air.
Another way, and the most popular method, for exploring Shenandoah National Park is on foot. Parts of the Appalachian Trail are laid out through the park, as well as shorter nature paths, hiking trails, and numerous campsites.
You are likely to see abundant wildlife, such as black bears, deer, and chipmunks, as well as nature-made wonders, like waterfalls, cliff peaks, and steep, forested drops.
The Corner is a seven-block length of shops, restaurants, book shops, bars, craft stores, obscure shops, and nightclubs—all conveniently located on a stretch of University Avenue. You can start on one end of The Corner and work your way to the other. Sample all of the sweets shops, rack up souvenirs from Charlottesville crafters, and experience nightlife with club-hopping from one club and bar to another. If you opt for the nightlife route, women typically get in free at most night clubs, so ask around before you stop in somewhere.
Stay at the best Charlottesville hotels!
Charlottesville is a well-loved destination for all types of travelers, weekend trippers, tourists, and locals. Some travelers opt to stay a night, while others go for a full weekend, and the more adventurous travelers go for a week or longer. With the numerous top-ranked hotels in Charlottesville, you can start planning your stay with the following hotel suggestions—Comfort Inn Monticello, Residence Inn by Marriott, 200 South Street Inn, and Omni Charlottesville.
The Comfort Inn Monticello
The Comfort Inn Monticello on Inn Drive brings the basics to Charlottesville travelers. Awarded the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor reviewers, this hotel is clean, simple, and fair-priced. Alongside the usual hotel accommodations, like a comfortable bed and clean linens, the hotel offers in-room custom AC systems, well-equipped mini kitchens, a workout room with all-modern fitness equipment, and an outdoor swimming pool.
Breakfast is included, but head to The Garden Grill and Bar to finish your day with good wine, local brews, and a classic, delicious cheeseburger and fries.
Residence Inn by Marriott
Another good hotel in Charlottesville, is the Residence Inn by Marriott is a classic with a new style and modern décor. Their accommodations are all contemporary, from in-room k-cup machines, to stand-in showers with excellent water pressure, to ginormous, fluffed towels and spring-scented linens. Located on West Main Street, the hotel boasts a plethora of awesome amenities, such as an on-site restaurant, bar, and lounge, airport transportation and shuttle bus services, self-serve laundry facilities and dry-cleaning services, and continental daily breakfast. To unwind, dip into their heated indoor swimming pool after a long day of sight-seeing.
200 South Street Inn
More of a bed and breakfast than a typical hotel, 200 South Street Inn provides an intimate experience with popularity among newlyweds and anniversary celebrants. The personal feel is romantic, and the rooms are decked out in unique, beautiful, often-antique décor with a comfy, plush bed and plenty of extra linens and towels.
Past guests rave about the breakfasts, which can be served as you sit on the wrap-around porch for a true Southern vibe. For fun here, you never have to leave. Simply wine and dine on cheeses, local brews, juices, cookies, and fresh-baked breads with your loved one.
On Ridge McIntire Road, the Omni Charlottesville hotel is comparable to a boutique hotel, but with a modern vibe that shines through contemporary accommodations. Out of 1812 TripAdvisor reviews, over 90-percent of those reviews are positive. Considered a 4-star stay, the hotel features a daily breakfast buffet, clean and comfortable rooms, an on-site café, bar, and lounge, free high-speed internet, a heated indoor swimming pool, and a hot tub. The Omni was ranked the number one hotel for families in Charlottesville because of their family-oriented activities every summer.
For entertainment, take a stroll to The Paramount Theatre for beautiful, old-fashioned, onstage performances like the symphony, ballet, mini operas, plays, dance competitions and more!
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