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An Insider’s Guide to Charlottesville, VA

The majestic mountains of Virginia, crisp Fall breezes, locally owned and operated wineries, and luxury accommodations at some of the finest bed and breakfasts are just a few of the things that you can appreciate when you visit Charlottesville, Virginia. Home to the University of Virginia and several US Presidents, our town is steeped in history and rich in cultural diversity. Charlottesville downtown is easily accessible and offers a wide variety of events. Whether it is a romantic getaway to the mountains of Virginia or a well deserved family vacation full of Charlottesville events, Charlottesville, Virginia is the ideal location!

Charlottesville, Virginia was rated the #1 city to live in by Frommers. You get the convenience of a big city, with Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport servicing several major airlines, and the hospitality of a small town. You can stay in a luxury hotel, or enjoy the coziness of a bed and breakfast getaway just for two. Don’t forget to plan a tasting trip to one of our many wineries Are you a history buff? Eight presidents came from Virginia, and two were born in Charlottesville. You can still visit the homes of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe at Monticello and Ash Lawn Highland.

At the top of my list for things to see and do in Charlottesville is Carter’s Mountain Orchard- Open Monday – Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5 mid April through November and weekends in December. It costs nothing to enter and if you so desire, you can just walk around and enjoy the view. For the more adventuresome, you can pick your own fruit in season and pay by the pound or if you want someone else to do the work, they have pre-picked stuff you can purchase as well. My cousin recommends the fresh baked apple donuts. She says they are definitely worth standing in line for.

The Virginia Film Festival returns to Charlottesville this November 4th-7th with actor and Director Peter Bogdanovich announced as this year’s film festival fellow according to NBC29.com. The director of the Virginia Film Festival, Jody Kielbasa, is trying to come up with the very best films that are out there, and hopes to promote and develop the program as time goes on. Last year, more than 19,000 people attended the event which was sponsored by the University of VA.

What films would you like to see at this year’s film festival? Have you attended in the past? What were your impressions? We want to know!

Not too far from Charlottesville, you’ll find a great place to visit called Luray Caverns. Here you will go on a guided underground tour of Luray Caverns and experience some of the greatest and most magnificent stalagtites and stalagmites. It is truly a detour worth taking.I went to Luray Caverns about 5 or 6 years ago and was very impressed with the way it has been preserved. The stalacpipe organ was my favorite. The stalactites are actually struck with a rubber tipped mallet thereby generating different pitches which are turned into music on the organ. They are open everyday of the year with tours departing every 20 minutes. Want more info? Go to http://www.luraycaverns.com.

I came to this town to visit a friend in 1991. Two weeks later I called home and informed my parents that I didn’t live in Virginia Beach anymore and would be back soon to get my belongings. 19 years later I call this town home. I would recommend a stop in Charlottesville by all who travel the East Coast.


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