The University town of Charlottesville Virginia blends the best of southern hospitality with the quaintness and charm of a New England coastal village. Those visiting will not be let down by the many Charlottesville things to do. From historical homes to scenic mountain views, this Central Virginia get away truly has it all.
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Nestled comfortably in the Blue Ridge Mountains, BBonline recommends a drive to Monticello. This historical home of the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson offers the perfect blend of knowledge and beauty. The quick drive out of Charlottesville to the home is just the beginning of the experience with the lush scenery of the mountains literally a stones throw away. The home is packed full of living history as guides take you through the many rooms where Thomas Jefferson, wrote, read and created his many inventions. Monticello’s hours are daily from 9am-4:30pm with the grounds remaining open for one extra hour. Monticello is a wonderful site to see at any time of the year despite the season. Guests of Monticello may wish to stay in a charming Charlottesville Inn, of which there are many.
Kluge Wine Estate and Vineyard
100 Grand Cru Drive
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Just a short drive away from Monticello, BBonline recommends the Kluge Wine Estate and Vineyard. With over 2000 square acres of land at their disposal this winery is quickly fulfilling its dream to become one of the most prestigious wineries on the east coast. Visitors will surely be taken in by the beauty of the land and surrounds. Those that are driving had better allow plenty of time or designate a driver because this winery has a reputation for being quite portion generous when it comes to wine tasting. The hours for wine tasting vary according to the season. From they are open daily from 11am-5pm; from April to June as well as the months of November and December they are open Sunday to Thursday 11am-5pm and Friday-Saturday 11 am to 6pm. From July to October they are open daily from 11am to 6pm. Staying in a charming Charlottesville Bed and Breakfast can add to the experience of the Kluge Wine Estate.
The Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive
Route 64 and Blue Ridge Parkway
Rockfish Gap, South Entrance Station
For one of the most majestic and scenic drives in the country BBonline recommends The Shenandoah Valley National Park and Skyline Drive. The Rockfish Gap entrance lies about 25 miles southwest of Charlottesville and is easily accessible from route 64. Once inside the Shenandoah National Park your drive north for over 100 miles of scenic views. The route provides over 70 stopping points for views and photos. If you plan to drive the entire route you need to arrive early as the maximum speed allowed is 35 miles per hour. Visitors are mesmerized by the beautiful scenery as well as abundant wildlife that have made the park their home. Deer, Wild Turkeys and one of the nation’s largest populations of Black Bears are permanent residents of the park. Hours will vary according to weather and season. The National Parks commission recommends calling ahead for advice on hours and possible park closures.