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Favorite things to do in Charlottesville VA

Downtown CharlottesvilleCharlottesville offers a huge range of things to do while visiting Virginia Wine Country.  Everything from history, to hiking, wineries, breweries, a gorgeous college campus, shopping, the nation’s largest outdoor pedestrian mall, and more.  We look forward to our Charlottesville adventures, and wanted to share just a few of our family favorites!

  1.  Monticello.   Home of Thomas Jefferson, the tour is well worth an advance booking.  The talented team of Monticello is constantly updating and changing the tour offerings, so you can visit multiple times and enjoy something new each visit.  Have lunch at Michie Tavern before or after your tour…the fried chicken buffet and period costume staff are wonderful!
  2. University of Virginia campus.  Designed with influences of Thomas Jefferson, this campus is absolutely stunning.  There is a complimentary trolley from the downtown mall that winds through parts of the campus, if you’d prefer to observe from a seated, chauffeured position.
  3. Regardess of your political views, Trump Winery does not disappoint.  Spectacular views, good wines, and a collection of fun MAGA swag, this winery has become a family favorite.  Managed by son Eric, the tasting room is a well-oiled machine, but the real magic occurs when you’re seated in the Adirondack chairs overlooking the vineyard.
  4. Looking for a celebratory meal for a special occasion?  Ivy Inn restaurant in Charlottesville knows how to make your event even more magical.  Locally inspired, seasonal American cuisine in an history house originally built in 1789.  Several of our guests have enjoyed meals there are rave about their experience.

These are just a FEW of our favorite things to do in nearby Charlottesville.  An easy 30 minute drive north of the Orchard House Bed and Breakfast, our guests enjoy traveling into the “big city” but then returning back to our little slice of heaven here in Nelson County.  

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