CONTENTS 16 DELVING INTO HISTORY
86 GETTING OUT
16 JEFFERSON’S DELIGHT 20 EXPANDING THE NARRATIVE 24 HISTORIC SITES
92 DAY TRIPPING 92 NELSON COUNTY S MOUNTAIN MAN 98 ORANGE COUNTY S TO MARKET, TO MARKET 108 BLUE RIDGE LOOP S OH, SHENANDOAH 114 SCOTTSVILLE S LIFELONG RIVER RAT
26 SEEING & DOING 26 THE CORNER & MIDTOWN S THE SOUL OF MAIN STREET 32 DOWNTOWN S YOU CAN ALWAYS GO DOWNTOWN
118 SAYING I DO
THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION
DESIGN EXPERT CANDACE DELOACH TALKS SHOP
124 TURNING LOCAL SMALL TOWN CHARM, BIG TOWN ATTITUDE
48 MAKING MERRY 50 BECOMING CULTURED THE PLAY’S THE THING
56 FEASTING 62 THAI, THAI AGAIN 64 FRESH BAKED
68 DRINKING UP 70 HOPPY HOUR 74 THE CHAPEL OF APPLE 76 SAKE BOOM 78 VIRGINIA WINE RENAISSANCE
80 PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY WINE HARVEST 8
130 INDEX THE AVIATOR STATUE. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UVA OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS)
PUBLISHERS Roy Van Doorn, Bill Morrow EDITORIAL & PRODUCTION Design and Production Director Judy A. Bias Chief Writer Jennifer L. Stover Contributing Writers Danielle Bricker and Elizabeth Hope Derby Copy Editor Steven Blaski ADVERTISING Senior Account Manager Bill Morrow Senior Account Manager Roy Van Doorn Account Supervisor Saheel Mehta Copyright © 2019 ISBN 978-0-9981723-3 City Select 1140 E High Street Charlottesville, Virginia 22902 434.220.0020 DiscoverCville.com Discover Charlottesville is sold at The Virginia Shop at Barracks Road Shopping Center, Old Dominion Book Store on the Downtown Mall or call our office at 434-220-0020. Published by City Select, February 2019. All rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means in whole or in part for commercial use, without written permission of the publisher. Publisher assumes no responsibility to any party for the content of any advertisement in this publication, including any errors and/or omissions therein. Printed in the United States of America. COVER PHOTOGRAPH: READY FOR HARVEST AT CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF DARRON FRANTA — FRANTA PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIRGINIA WINE BOARD MARKETING OFFICE)
James Monroe’s Highland James Monroe’s Highland is open year round to visitors interested in discovering more about the life and legacy of the nation’s fifth President. The historic buildings, including the Presidential Guest House, kitchens, and outbuildings, invite exploration of Monroe’s contributions to American democracy. The grounds feature flowering plants, Monroeera trees, and productive kitchen and vegetable gardens. A part of the College of William & Mary since 1974, the site offers guided tours and hosts numerous community events throughout the year. Hours of Operation April-October: 9am– 6pm, November–March: 11am–5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville
Michie Tavern ca. 1784
Located next to Jefferson’s Monticello, this Virginia Landmark continues to capture 18th-century life. The dining room features hearty Midday Fare offered by servers in period attire. The rustic setting provides a lunch dining experience rich in southern culture and hospitality for families to enjoy. Our buffet is based on 18th-century southern recipes and many guests choose our bountiful fare as the day’s main meal. Additionally, local beers, wines and ciders are served in the oldest section of the Tavern throughout the afternoon. Shopping opportunities abound at our four unique shops housed in period structures.
Jefferson Vineyards is a family owned winery and vineyard, located where Thomas Jefferson and Philip Mazzei first began the American wine revolution. 38 years ago, we introduced quality modern viticulture to Virginia, helping realize Jefferson’s dream. Our winery offers select wines of superior quality and is considered to have “one of the region’s most consistent track records” (Wine Spectator). Located between Monticello and Highland, we are the closest winery to Charlottesville. Tastings of our current wine list are $12. Please visit our website for current operating hours and visitation policies.
Midday Fare: 11:30am–3pm Visit website for more details and discount offers
1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville
683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville
CONTRIBUTORS PHOTOGRAPHY & ILLUSTRATIONS Judy A. Bias, Map Illustrations Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Phone: 434.293.6789 | Toll-free: 877.386.1103 visitcharlottesville.org Darron Franta | Franta Photography frantaphotography.com Jason & Tammy Keefer| Jason Keefer Photography Phone: 434.989.4971 | jasonkeefer.photography Shenandoah National Park â&#x20AC;˘ National Park Service (NPS) Phone: 540.999.3500 | nps.gov/shen Skyclad Aerial Photography | Matteus Frankovich skycladap.com Tec Petaja for Easton Events Phone: 434.293.4898 | eastonevents.com tecpetajaphoto.com University of Virginia Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Phone: 434.243.1776 | small.library.virginia.edu University of Virginia Dan Addison and Sanjay Suchak Office of University Communications Phone: 434.924.3801 | communications.virginia.edu Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Phone: 804.344.8200 | virginiawine.org
ARTICLES We would like to thank the following people for sharing their stories about our community: Paul Beyer, Andrew Centofante, Richard Christy, Candace DeLoach, Andrea Douglas, Lynn Easton, Jennifer Flynn, Jeremy Goldstein, Leslie & Dan Gregg, Kat Imhoff, John Kokola, Ashley Denby Noble, Luca Paschina, Pong Punyanitya, David Sloan, Scott Smith, Brian Shanks, Mandi & Taylor Smack, Steven Warner, Melvin Walker, John Washburn, Richard Guy Wilson 12
SKYLINE DRIVE IN THE FALL. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF N. LEWIS AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE)
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country, whose buildings are of wood, can never increase in its improvements to any considerable degree. Their duration is highly estimated at 50 years. Every half century then our country becomes a tabula rasa [blank slate], whereon we have to set out anew, as in the first moment of seating it. Whereas when buildings are of durable materials, every new edifice is an actual and permanent acquisition to the state, adding to its value as well as to its ornament.” —Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia
When Thomas Jefferson wrote those words in the early 1780s, America was a brand new country where most of its people lived in log huts. He hoped to forge a new architectural identity for the fledgling nation and improve the taste of its citizens. Self-taught in architecture, Jeffersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knowledge of the subject came from books and his travels in Europe. His primary influence was Italian architect Andrea Palladio, whose own work was inspired by classical Greek and Roman antiquity. For Jefferson, it made sense to rely on classical and European influences, according to Richard Guy Wilson, Ph.D., the Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History at the University of Virginia. By incorporating the great architecture of Western civilization, Jefferson could show this new America was a country on an equal footing with the European powers. AUTUMN AT THE ACADEMICAL VILLAGE. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MATTEUS FRANKOVICH AND SKYCLADAERIAL.COM)
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Classical elements in many of Jefferson’s designs include white columns, the octagonal form and brick construction. In central Virginia, these elements are still seen today in UVA’s Academical Village, Monticello and the Barboursville mansion ruins. The most important example of Jefferson’s architecture, though, is the Virginia Capitol in Richmond, Wilson says. “His greatest, I think, is the University of Virginia, but the Virginia State Capitol is the first public building built after the Revolution.” It was a very different style from the Georgian architecture popular in England at the time — one that would set the new country apart from its former overseers. Completed in 1788, the Capitol was modeled after an ancient Roman temple in southern France. “The classical elements of it are really something that influenced American architecture for the next 150 years,” Wilson notes. 18
Those elements are visible at the University as well. Along the Lawn, he designed 10 unique Pavilions, with classrooms on the bottom floors and living space for professors upstairs. All five traditional orders of architecture are visible throughout — Tuscan, Doric, Ionic and Corinthian, as well as Composite, a combination of the others. He intended the fronts of the buildings on the Lawn to serve as teaching tools for architecture classes. The plainest form, Tuscan, can be seen in the design of the student rooms, while the more ornate orders are used for the Pavilions and the outside of the Rotunda. The most elaborate, Composite order, is reserved for the Dome Room of the Rotunda, UVA’s original library.
completed in 1927, sits across University Avenue from the Rotunda, reflecting Jeffersonian elements such as a front portico with four large columns. First Presbyterian Church on Park Street was completed in 1956, and its Jeffersonian elements include a portico, semicircular Palladian arch windows and decorative windows in Jefferson’s favorite octagonal shape. Jeffersonian elements are seen in other buildings — Venable Elementary School, the McGuffey Art Center and First United Methodist Church. Wilson, who recently curated an exhibit on Jefferson’s designs at the University’s Fralin Museum of Art, suggests driving around the countryside to see what Jeffersonian elements you can find.
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Design is also used to represent purpose at Jefferson’s personal home, Monticello, with a simpler style in the public entrance hall and more decorative designs in rooms such as the parlor. Wilson believes Jefferson saw Monticello as essentially a public building. “To public figures at that point in time, your building really is a representation of you and your values,” he says. For example, Jefferson put his own collection of art and artifacts on display. The entrance hall was one of the country’s first museums, with Native American artifacts, maps, sculpture and artwork, as well as natural specimens like antlers and bones. While the influences of Jefferson and classicism have waned, Jefferson’s imprint is still visible in central Virginia. In Charlottesville, several churches feature a Jeffersonian flair, even though they were designed long after his death. The aptly named Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church (Unitarian Universalist) on Rugby Road was built in 1954 and features a two-story portico and multiple circular windows similar to those found in the Rotunda’s Dome Room. St. Paul’s Memorial Church (Episcopal),
HERITAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL AT THOMAS JEFFERSON’S MONTICELLO. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ©THOMAS JEFFERSON FOUNDATION AT MONTICELLO)
Heritage Harvest Festival | Thomas Jefferson had many passions he explored at Monticello. While the neoclassical mansion reflected his love of architecture and innovation, the gardens expressed his interest in agriculture. Today, Monticello honors Jefferson’s agricultural legacy in partnership with the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and the Seed Savers Exchange in the annual Heritage Harvest Festival, held each September. The family-friendly event hinges on educational programs on organic gardening, seed saving and edible landscaping with a special focus on sustainability and the preservation of heritage plants. Taste local heirloom produce and artisanal honey, jams and chocolates, watch chef demonstrations in regional cookery or join the annual seed swap to take a little piece of Virginia home with you. For more information, visit heritageharvestfestival.com. Discover Charlottesville
DELVING INTO HISTORY THE MERE DISTINCTION OF COLOUR EXHIBIT AT MONTPELIER. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE MONTPELIER FOUNDATION)
Expanding the Narrative
ifteen-year-old Paul Jennings watched from a distance as Washington, D.C. was burned by the British on Aug. 24, 1814. Jennings — a man enslaved by President James Madison and First Lady Dolley — and other inhabitants of the White House narrowly escaped the inferno enveloping the city on that hot, dry day. Few items in the White House survived,
but Jennings and others had helped rescue a famous portrait of George Washington. Born into slavery on Madison’s sprawling Montpelier plantation in central Virginia, Jennings served James and Dolley for many years, until he was sold in 1844, eventually making his way to Massachusetts Sen. Daniel
Webster, from whom he bought his freedom. Jennings would go on to write a memoir of his time in the White House and organize an escape of 77 slaves who attempted to sail from Washington to New Jersey but were captured in the Chesapeake Bay. (Unfortunately, most were resold to areas in the Deep South, where conditions were often more physically violent.)
Many years before, in Philadelphia in 1787, Madison and his fellow delegates to the Constitutional Convention crafted an entirely new national government. In a speech on June 6 of that year, he said of slavery, “We have seen the mere distinction of color made in the most enlightened period of time, a ground of the most oppressive dominion ever exercised by man over man.” Madison and the other Founding Fathers were visionaries, but they were also men who owned and sold other human beings and derived profit from people like Paul Jennings. Madison may have believed the institution of slavery was “oppressive,” but he never freed his own slaves, nor did most of his contemporaries. This paradox is explored in an awardwinning exhibit at Montpelier. “The Mere Distinction of Color” tells the stories of Montpelier’s enslaved community and their descendants through thought-provoking exhibits and experiences, and confronts the legacies of slavery still alive today. Visitors can learn about the enslaved people at Montpelier through the voices of their living descendants, examine the factors that led to slavery and its long influence on our nation, and explore the day-to-day lives of enslaved people through reconstructed living and working quarters. TOP & BOTTOM: PARTS OF THE MERE DISTINCTION OF COLOUR EXHIBIT. MIDDLE: RECONSTRUCTED INTERIOR OF ENSLAVED PEOPLES’ LIVING QUARTERS. SECOND PANEL ON BOTTOM: PORTRAIT OF PAUL JENNINGS. (PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE MONTPELIER FOUNDATION)
and experts on teaching slavery and engaging with descendant communities. “We wanted to talk about the enslaved as people who were more than just a workforce. Our active descendant community shared with us so many rich oral histories and helped to guide our thinking and execution,” Imhoff explains. “What happened at Montpelier, and all across the fledgling United States in the 18th and 19th centuries has present-day manifestations, and without addressing that fact it’s nearly impossible to understand and combat many of the issues we face today.” Powerful community voices are also the focus of exhibits at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville. The Heritage Center is located in the historic former Jefferson School, a segregated high school for African-American students that opened in 1926 and later served as a segregated elementary school. Years of organized resistance to integration in Charlottesville meant that schools in Charlottesville THE PERMANENT EXHIBITION PRIDE OVERCOMES PREJUDICE AT THE JEFFERSON SCHOOL AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE JEFFERSON SCHOOL AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER)
DELVING INTO HISTORY Montpelier is not alone in telling the stories of its enslaved population. Other historic sites have broached the subject of slavery from a more comprehensive perspective in recent years. Monticello, home to University of Virginia founder and third President Thomas Jefferson, recently opened a restored room in the mansion’s basement that likely belonged to Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman who gave birth to six of Jefferson’s children. Both Monticello and Highland, the home of fifth President James Monroe, have reconstructed slave quarters and tours that delve into the lives of the people who lived there. Since the 1990s, Monticello has interviewed more than 200 descendants of its enslaved families through its Getting Word oral history project. Letting descendants lead the way in telling the story of slavery is key, says Kat Imhoff, president and CEO of the Montpelier Foundation, which recently hosted a summit for educators 22
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more holistic understanding through oral histories and uncovering narratives that have been lost for so long and not even considered important,” she says. “This is historic, but it’s also vital and living.” Through such stories, a more complete American history emerges, one that addresses long-standing and divisive issues of race in our country. The hope is that the lessons learned at these sites give us the tools for a greater common understanding of our shared past and a more cohesive nation that fully achieves the promise Madison and his fellow founding fathers imagined with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Admission to James Madison’s Montpelier, at 11350 Constitution Highway in Montpelier Station in Orange County, includes a guided tour of the mansion and access to “The Mere Color of Distinction” exhibition. Check montpelier.org for many other tours and exhibitions offered daily and seasonally.
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integrated at a snail’s pace. The Jefferson School was not fully integrated until 1966. Those young students who experienced segregation first-hand are now alumni who have shared oral histories of the school and life in Charlottesville during that time. Core programming at the center also includes exhibitions and contemporary art, films, theater and lectures, along with tours exploring the building and its surrounding neighborhoods. The postEmancipation story of African-Americans in the time of modernization and industrialization is not often explored in schools today, notes Andrea Douglas, the center’s executive director. “We describe our story as the American story given through the lens of black people,” she says. Douglas wants visitors to realize that injustice did not end with Emancipation. That was just a step in a long struggle that continues today. “We seek to provide a
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is located on the second floor of the Jefferson School City Center, with the main entrance on Commerce Street. The Heritage Center is closed Sundays and Mondays. Hours for specific exhibitions vary, so check jeffschoolheritagecenter.org for details.
JUNETEENTH 2018 HARRIET TUBMAN REENACTMENT. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE JEFFERSON SCHOOL AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER)
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Historic Sites James Monroe’s Highland
Home to the fifth president, James Monroe, Highland features recent research discoveries and an opportunity to explore a thoroughly charming historic landscape. Daily guided tours showcase a variety of original Monroe-family furnishings in a presidential guesthouse constructed in 1818. The 1799 Monroe main house is known through recent archaeology, and adds a new dimension to historical knowledge of James Monroe. Consult Highland’s website for information about annual programs and events, and offerings including drop-in discussions of slavery at Highland, augmented reality tours and after-hours programs. Highland is located at 2050 James Monroe Parkway in Charlottesville. For more information, visit highland.org.
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Perched atop an 850-foot mountain, Monticello was the beloved retreat of third president and University of Virginia founder Thomas Jefferson. Begun in 1769, Jefferson’s neoclassical house is filled with his love of literature, philosophy, history, architecture and agriculture. Guided tours explore the ground floor of the home, with special tours venturing upstairs. Day passes also include tours of Mulberry Row, home to the enslaved people who worked on the plantation. Monticello is located at 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway in Charlottesville. For more information, visit monticello.org.
Michie Tavern ca. 1784
Fill up on Southern favorites from fried chicken to peach cobbler at this Colonial-era tavern, featuring servers in period dress. Michie Tavern operated as a stagecoach inn and tavern until the mid-1800s. After years as a private home, the building was moved from northern Albemarle County to its current location and has operated as a restaurant since the 1960s. The dining room, the Ordinary, opens for lunch, and selfguided tours of the historic property are available daily. Michie Tavern is located at 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway in Charlottesville. For more information, visit michietavern.com.
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center
Introduce kids of all ages to Lewis and Clark’s expedition of the Louisiana Purchase. A variety of exhibitions and activities teach a love for exploration and the outdoors. The permanent exhibition features full-size historic boat replicas. Hands-on activities include carpentry, model boat building, nature journaling, hiking, compass and GPS games, and arts and crafts. Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center is located in Darden Towe Park in Charlottesville. For more information, visit lewisandclarkvirginia.org.
University of Virginia Grounds
The only university campus in the country to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Grounds at the University of Virginia center on the Jefferson-designed Academical Village. Residential and academic buildings surround the Lawn, a green space that serves as a vital gathering place for the community. Flanked by uniquely designed Pavilions and coveted student housing, the Lawn is also the setting for graduation exercises each May. Natural elements play a strong role in the Grounds’ design. Public gardens lie behind the Pavilions, enclosed by serpentine brick walls, and trees are often planted in honor of community members. The Pratt Ginkgo tree near University Chapel is especially beautiful, erupting into a brilliant yellow display each fall. Chief among UVA’s attractions is the Rotunda. Inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, this iconic symbol of the University originally housed the institution’s library. Recent renovations have restored the building to its original three-level design and uncovered a 19th-century chemical hearth, now on permanent display. Historical tours leave from the Rotunda’s Lower East Oval Room daily during the academic year. There are also special tours about women’s history and African-American history at the University, available on request. For more information about historical tours of the Grounds, visit rotunda.virginia.edu. Parking is available at Central Grounds Garage, Culbreth Road Garage or Elliewood Parking Garage.
HIGHLAND VIEWS. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF LARRY BOUTERIE AND JAMES MONROE’S HIGHLAND)
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The Corner & Midtown
f you arrive in Charlottesville by train or bus, as many University students do, Midtown is your first encounter with the city. Fed by the artery of West Main Street, this thoroughfare connects the Downtown Mall and the University of Virginia. Peppered with restaurants, coffee shops and retail spaces, Midtown blends longtime locals with tourists and commuters. On streets between brand-new hotels and apartment complexes, you will find close-shouldered houses of every era and description. Beneath a retro sign in the heart of Midtown sits Mel’s Café, an unintentional tribute to life as it used to be. Inside a tiny ’60s-era building that used to be a dry cleaner, owner Melvin Walker serves soul food cooked to order at prices that hearken back decades. The café itself feels like a cozy time capsule. A handful of tables with plastic floral tablecloths stand on a blackand-white checked floor. Newspaper articles celebrating former President Barack Obama’s election, faded motivational posters and hundreds of photographs paper the walls. “They’re pictures of family, friends and customers from over the years,” Walker says. Many of the children, he adds, are teenagers now. It is a testament to Walker’s genial approach that so many diners become friends. “We have all kinds of people come in here,” he says. “We’ve had a couple of celebrities come in. Danny Glover was here, and Lisa Bonet. But celebrities — that doesn’t make a difference. Everybody is the same to me. I treat everyone the same.” INSET: MELVIN WALKER. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ROY VAN DOORN) FREEDOM SUMMER CLASS AT MEL’S CAFE. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UVA OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS)
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When you ask how he feels about working so much, Walker grins. “I wear about 10 different hats,” he says. “But I’m still having fun.”
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Walker’s remarkable work ethic continues even today. Now in his 60s, he runs the café six days a week. His routine consists of dropping his kids at school at 8am, then working at the café until about 10pm. Not only does he manage the financial and legal sides of the business, but he also cooks and cleans too.
At 11, Walker got his first job, working as a dishwasher. “Nobody asked you for paperwork or anything. You just walked in and started washing dishes,” he says. Later, Walker began washing dishes and helping cooks at The Virginian, the oldest restaurant in
Walker’s menu represents the most popular foods from across his 50-year career. “I love what I do. I’ve worked in food service all my life.”
Charlottesville and the same place his mother worked. “One night the cook didn’t show up, so the owner told me that I would be cooking.” So the 14-year-old became a full-time night cook, manning the kitchen from 4pm to 1am then catching a few hours’ sleep before going to school.
“The adults felt differently about it, but I really liked the move. We had a brand-new house with five bedrooms and scalding hot water. We used to have to chop wood for heat, so for us kids, it was luxurious.”
These days, most of Mel’s customers are outof-towners, attracted by his consistently high rankings on TripAdvisor, Yelp and other websites. Though a glowing Washington Post article sends people here for the fried chicken, “everything on the menu is excellent,” he says.
Walker grew up on the edge of Midtown, in a thriving African-American neighborhood called Vinegar Hill. In the 1960s, the city razed Vinegar Hill, bulldozing 140 homes, 30 businesses and a church, in the name of urban renewal. Approximately 500 African-Americans were displaced and stripped of their community. At the age of 9, Walker and his family relocated to a development called Westhaven.
In his 30-plus years behind the counter, Walker has seen many changes to the neighborhood. “It mainly used to be small mom-and-pop shops on this strip. Then you had businesses and restaurants come in,” he says. “At one time, students ain’t even come to this area, now they living right up the street.”
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The historic Mount Zion Baptist Church 7 building holds deep roots in the local black
The Rotunda 2 is the ultimate icon of the University of Virginia, inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Recently remodeled to restore Thomas Jefferson’s original three-level layout, this is the starting point for historic tours of the UVA Grounds, offered daily when classes are in session. An Arrow Sundial 3 stands near the front steps to the Rotunda, bearing a poetic inscription. Presented by the Seven Society in 1968, the structure replaced a predecessor built many years before. The Aviator Statue 4 , created over 100 years ago by the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, honors James McConnell, a noted pilot who was the first UVA student to die in World War I. Nearby on a site adjacent to Alderman Library, are four panels from the Berlin Wall 5 that feature a mural painted by a West German artist just days before the wall fell. Charlottesville Union Station 6 welcomes passengers to Virginia’s heartland in the historic Railway Express Agency building, first built in the 1890s. Today, Amtrak operates passenger routes through the Charlottesville station.
community. Built in 1884, the national historic landmark has been a center for worship and a socialpolitical hub. Today it houses the Music Resource Center, an organization for teenage musicians. Tired of walking? Hop on the free trolley T , with stops at the Rotunda, The Corner and various points along West Main Street before circling the Downtown Mall. Download the free CAT Bus app for route schedules and live bus tracking.
SHOP Mincer’s 8 decks spirited ‘Hoos fans out in orange and blue from head to toe. Hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, socks, ties, scarves, pennants, water bottles, keychains … if you can fit a UVA logo on it, they have it in stock. Ragged Mountain Running Shop 9 uses professional gait analysis to fit you with the perfect shoe. Find just the right day hiker for hitting a local trail or get fitted for running shoes for one of the shop-organized local races, like the Women’s Four Miler in September.
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SEEING & DOING — THE CORNER & MIDTOWN ENJOYING A EVENING OUT AT THE OAKHART SOCIAL CLUB. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ROY VAN DOORN)
Shenanigans Toy Store 10 offers a hand-picked selection of classic, highquality children’s toys, books, games, puzzles, dolls and stuffed animals to put joy, creativity and imagination back into playtime. Eloise 11 is run by veterans of the New York fashion industry who stock their boutique with relaxed, contemporary designer clothes for women. Named for a beloved children’s book, the mother-daughter duo’s goal is to help you live “stylishly ever after.” The Spice Diva 12 makes life delicious with a wide variety of fresh and flavorful spices, salts, peppers and organic teas sold in bulk. Professional chefs teach occasional cooking classes in the 12-seat kitchen.
EAT & DRINK The quintessential Charlottesville visit is not complete without a visit to one of the iconic eateries on The Corner. Sink your teeth into a New Yorkstyle bagel at Bodo’s Bagels 13 , or pull up a chair at The Virginian 14 , dishing out comfort food classics since 1923. Kuma Sushi-Noodles & Bar 15 warms bellies with hearty bowls of ramen and udon, a variety of sushi rolls and hibachi specials, and a sashimi bar. 30
Grab a lunchbox special, or treat yourself to a mochi ice cream after a night out at The Corner bars. Hardywood Pilot Brewery & Tap Room 16 experiments with local ingredients and renewable energy for a truly modern brew. The taproom offers 16 draft lines of flagship and seasonal beers, plus kombucha and nitro coffee. Try one of the soft pretzels, made with Hardywood Singel. Parallel 38 17 pairs Mediterranean-inspired tapas with a wine list so long you have to order by call number. For a more modern American take on tapas, head down the street to Oakhart Social 18 . Both encourage a social meal, bonding over shared small plates. Continental Divide 19 keeps things simple with no name on the door — simply a bright blue sign reading “Get in here.” Answer its call to find Southwestern cantina-style fare, margaritas worth multiple visits and nomuss, no-fuss service. DOMA Korean Kitchen 20 goes beyond BBQ by putting fresh, contemporary twists on classic Korean dishes. Build your own entrée over stir fry, rice or noodles by selecting from a variety of proteins, veggies and housemade sauces, all packed with flavor and spice.
THE CORNER MURAL. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UVA OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS)
Rita Dove Mural | As you drive down University Avenue past the iconic businesses of The Corner toward Downtown, it is hard to miss the riot of color rising up the side of the Graduate Charlottesville hotel. The bright, exuberant design by muralist David Guinn is anchored by a few simple words: “The world called, and I answered.” Explore closer, at street level, and you will find the statement’s full text. The poem, “Testimonial,” is an optimistic call to action by UVA Commonwealth Professor Rita Dove. Prior to her 20-year tenure at the University, Dove was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995 and won the Pulitzer Prize, among a host of other awards. Spearheaded by the Charlottesville Mural Project and New City Arts, the mural displays what Dove calls the charge of the University: When the world calls, how will you answer? 23
Public Fish & Oyster 21 serves an array of fresh East Coast seafood. Choose from the raw bar, enjoy classics like oysters Rockefeller or moules frites, or stop in at happy hour for a lobster roll special. Wash it all down with a glass from the exquisite wine list. At Tavern & Grocery 22 At Tavern & Grocery (22) Joe Wolfson, named one of the Top 100 New Chefs in America by Food & Wine magazine, serves innovative fare with an extensive wine list in a historic building. Lost Saint, the intimate basement speakeasy bar, serves classic and inventive cocktails starting at 5:30pm Wednesdays through Sundays. Discover Charlottesville
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owntown Charlottesville is always changing — a place for work and play where locals and visitors alike come for food, music, peoplewatching and shopping. Visitors can spend an hour, a day or a weekend exploring Downtown, knowing that with each trip back Charlottesville will offer something familiar and something new. All of what Downtown has to offer is on display at the annual Tom Tom Founders Festival, held each April around Thomas “Tom” Jefferson’s birthday. The festival takes advantage of Downtown’s relatively compact but varied scene, giving festivalgoers a feel for different aspects of the city in a walkable area. A weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship, culture and innovation in the city and beyond, Tom Tom is spread across Downtown in a wide array of venues, from bars and art galleries to concert halls and parks. The setup creates a campuslike feel on the Downtown Mall and nearby environs, leveraging and showcasing the many spaces Charlottesville residents and visitors use daily. “This can’t be replicated anywhere else,” says festival director and founder Paul Beyer. “It’s not a conference center or a convention hall.” Tom Tom started in 2012 and grew organically from conversations Beyer had with a variety of community members. It is a celebration, he says,
FESTIVALGOERS HAVING FUN AT MARKET STREET PARK DURING A TOM TOM CONCERT. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF TOM DALY AND THE TOM TOM FOUNDERS FESTIVAL)
SEEING & DOING — DOWNTOWN of the unique things happening here. Visionary ideas have defined Charlottesville, he says, starting with Jefferson, who penned the Declaration of Independence and created the University of Virginia, the country’s first public university. “Tom Tom is about taking risks and building something new. We show how big ideas with global impact have started here before, and we want to tie it to Charlottesville’s identity for the future,” Beyer says. Today, Charlottesville is a world-class music destination, home to a renowned food culture and supports a thriving entrepreneurial scene. “The Downtown core is full of startups, from software to alternative energy,” he says. “These companies are inspiring a new wave of innovation that will define Charlottesville.” Entrepreneurship is only a part of the festival’s eclectic mix of events. Panel and workshop topics also cover art, biotech, music, food, government and more. A recent festival included workshops on affordable housing in small cities and bias in machine learning, as well as hands-on lessons in making ice cream cakes and sprouted grain bread. Local and regional artists created murals throughout the city, while the front porches of homes in the Belmont neighborhood were the sites of free concerts. Weekend block parties at each festival feature live bands, craft beer, food trucks and artisans. The block parties, a central gathering point for the festival, are held in Market Street Park, just a block north of the Downtown Mall. Formerly Lee Park and then Emancipation Park, this normally peaceful gathering place made national news in the summer of 2017 when white nationalists held a demonstration that turned violent. Tomtoberfest, the festival’s fall block party and tech mixer, was the first event to return to the park following the demonstration. Beyer is adamant when he speaks about keeping festival events at the park: “The park has always been a big part of Tom Tom,” he says. “It’s where we’ve hosted events in technology and the arts, as well as free concerts that bring the community together. It was unacceptable to see it hijacked last year as a symbol of hatred and bigotry. We’re a city that celebrates love and inclusion, and it is important that Tom Tom helps reclaim the park and reinforce those important values.” The Tom Tom Founders Festival is held the second week of April at a variety of venues across Charlottesville. Find the full schedule of events at tomtomfest.com. 34
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PARK & CHARGE Parking is available in the Market Street Parking Garage 1 24/7 and the Water Street Parking Garage 2 until 1am Thursday through Saturday, with earlier closing times other nights. The first hour is free. Electric vehicles can charge at the DC Fast Charger Station 3 at First and Market streets.
SEE & DO The Historic Downtown Mall 4 anchors a variety of locally owned shops, restaurants, coffeehouses and music venues around a beautiful bricked-in pedestrian street lined with historic buildings. From bustling festivals to typical sunny afternoons, this is a constant hub of activity for locals and visitors alike. The Charlottesville Downtown Visitors Center 5 provides maps, brochures and travel specialists to help travelers plan their trips, book tickets for Downtown venues and see the best Charlottesville has to offer.
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Get your groove on at one of the many entertainment venues Downtown. The outdoor amphitheater Sprint Pavilion 6 books national and regional acts and hosts the free summertime Fridays After Five concert series. Belly up to one of two full-service bars opened before a show at The Jefferson Theater 7 , or enjoy local and regional acts at the more intimate Southern Café and Music Hall 8 . The historic Paramount Theater 9 welcomes a variety of live performances and also frequently screens classic movies. For current releases, catch a flick at the Violet Crown Cinema 10 . Treat yourself to an hour or even a full day of pampering at a Downtown spa. Halo Salt Spa 11 uses authentic Himalayan salt therapy to help improve breathing, skin appearance and mood. If you prefer to keep things more traditional, Cityspa Day Spa 12 offers a variety of massages and facials.
McGuffey Art Center 13 rotates local exhibits monthly in multiple galleries. Admire work from a variety of mediums, from watercolor and photography to glassblowing, sculpture and wearable art, or see works in progress by popping in at artists’ studios during open house hours. Stretch your legs and get some fresh air with a stroll through the adjacent McGuffey Park 14 to Christ Episcopal Church 15 around the corner. Founded in 1820, this is Charlottesville’s oldest church.
C’ville Arts C’ville Arts is a vibrant space featuring handmade works by more than 50 Virginia artisans. Our cooperative gallery features a tremendous range of fine crafts and art, perfect for gifts or home décor. Find paintings, photography, wearable art such as jewelry and scarves, organic balms, woodwork, sculpture and more. Meet and chat with the artists on duty each day. Mon–Thu 10am–6pm, Fri 10am– 9pm, Sat 10am–8pm, Sun 2–6pm.
Bittersweet Clothing & Accessories Fashion for women, by women. Thoughtfully curated quality clothing and accessories for all women, for all ages, and for all occasions. Throw a graphic tee or cozy sweater over your new favorite pair of jeans, or find the perfect dress for your next party. Serving downtown Charlottesville for over 17 years. Come join us in finding your perfect style! Mon–Sat 10am–7pm, Sun noon–5pm.
118 E Main Street (Downtown Mall) Charlottesville, VA 22902
106 E Main Street (Downtown Mall) Charlottesville, VA 22902
Don’t you cry for thoughtful gift ideas - every inch of this downtown boutique is filled with joyful color, Southern charm, and creative handmade goods. Owner Suzannah Fischer carefully curates an inventory of stationery and cards, clothing, jewelry, and accessories. From baby showers to office holiday parties, O’Suzannah’s got you covered. Mon– Sat 10am–6pm, Sun noon–5pm.
Your friendly family full-service jewelry store since 1945. Tuel Jewelers offers watch, jewelry & silver repair along with sales of 14k gold, sterling & platinum. We offer Jefferson & Virginia cups, clocks, plaques, Bulova watches, rings, pendants, earrings & gifts. We provide bead restringing, battery replacement & jewelry cleaning. In addition, we have machine & hand engravers to serve our customers. We also wrap & ship. Mon–Fri 10am–5pm.
320 E Main Street (Downtown Mall) Charlottesville, VA 22902
319 E Main Street (Downtown Mall) Charlottesville, VA 22902
Rock Paper Scissors A community staple since 2002, Rock Paper Scissors is your go-to destination for custom invitations and well-crafted paper goods. Stop in to browse laughout-loud greeting cards, journals, desk accessories, beautiful calendars and planners, and gifts for everyone on your list. RPS loves working with brides and other event planners on memorable invitations, and connecting visitors and locals to the best paper goods around. Mon–Sat 10am–6pm.
Oyster House Antiques Direct wholesale distributor of Qinq Dynasty Chinese furniture and fine collectible accessories, hand-picked by the owner and carefully restored by an expert team using methods of over 4000 years. Locally owned for 20 years. 13,000 sq. ft. showroom on the Downtown Mall. Delivery service available. Mon–Sat 10am–7pm, Sun 11am–7pm.
321 E Main Street (Downtown Mall) Charlottesville, VA 22902
122 E Main Street (Downtown Mall) Charlottesville, VA 22902
SEEING & DOING — DOWNTOWN The Virginia Discovery Museum 16 caters to families with young children with a variety of immersive, imaginative and hands-on exhibits. Play doctor, firefighter or pioneer, or explore literacy, science or music. Farther down the Mall, older kids (and the young at heart) will enjoy solving puzzles and cracking codes at Cville Escape Room 17 . The IX Art Park 18 is a psychedelic playground of larger-than-life and interactive art exhibits. Add your bucket list dreams to the “Before I die” chalk wall or simply feast your eyes on colorful murals and sculptures. The Burning Man-inspired project also hosts a slew of events, from concerts and beer festivals to yoga classes and craft fairs.
SHOP Get lost in the labyrinthine nooks and crannies of used and antique book mecca Daedalus Bookshop 19 , or pick up something new at New Dominion Bookshop 20 . More into pictures than words? Telegraph Art & Comics 21 packs a punch with colorful prints, graphic novels and comic books. Let your inner child loose at The Candy Store 22 , whose shelves are lined with an endless rainbow of over 3,000 different candies. Other options for indulging your sweet tooth Downtown include chocolate and fudge at Kilwins 23 or a tall milkshake from classic 1950s-style scoop shop Chaps Ice Cream 24 . Get some bling at Tuel Jewelers 25 , a full-service fine jeweler since 1945, or Angelo 26 , a contemporary jewelry gallery run by a nationally acclaimed artist. Outdoor vendors 27 with booths up and down the historic Downtown Mall also sell jewelry, in addition to clothes, scarves, hats and gifts from around the world. Dress up in chic ladies’ clothes at Spring Street Boutique 28 or fashionable consignments at Darling 29 . You can make your undergarments as pretty as your outer layers with the high-end lingerie at Derriere de Soie 30 . Kit out your home with unique Chinese furniture from Oyster House Antiques 31 and elegant decor from Roxie Daisy 32 or fine linen from Palais Royal 33 , an Yves Delorme Outlet store. Tap into Charlottesville’s avid cycling scene at Blue Wheel Bicycles 34 , or get fitted for dance and yoga apparel and accessories at The Hip Joint 35 . 40
SEEING & DOING — DOWNTOWN For one-of-a-kind gifts, O’Suzannah 36 stocks everything from baby clothes to bath salts, while Ten Thousand Villages 37 gathers handcrafted goodies from around the world. Leaf through stylish paper goods at Rock Paper Scissors 38 or uncover a locally made artistic treasure at C’ville Arts 39 .
EAT & DRINK C&O Restaurant 40 overlooks the old Chesapeake & Ohio train station from a historic building. Local ingredients grace plates in six dining areas from the upscale upstairs to the more intimate mezzanine and bistro. A late-night menu shifts gears to simpler comfort food. Fellini’s 41 uses Virginia-grown ingredients to dress up authentic Italian dishes, from real deal Bolognese to fresh, sautéed calamari. Live music features daily and Sunday brunches are Mardi Gras-themed. Bluegrass Grill & Bakery 42 gets packed on weekends with hungry locals and visitors seeking the best brunch in town. Hearty Southern comfort dishes, including a huge array of hashes and variations on eggs Benedict, will fill you up fast. The Alley Light 43 lies tucked away off a side street, but classy French fare and some of the best cocktails in town are the rewards for hunting down the signless dining room. Monsoon Siam 44 serves authentic Thai home cooking. Favorite dishes like pad thai and tom yum soup are just a couple of highlights from an extensive menu of stir-fries, curries, and rice and noodle dishes. Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery 45 keeps the taps flowing with creative local brews in a large tasting room overlooking the IX Art Park. The Craft Kitchen infuses salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrées with the brewery’s most popular craft beers, like Minute Man IPA and No Veto English Brown Ale. Timberlake’s Drug Store 46 stays true to its roots with lunch counter specials. Opened in 1925, the store’s old-fashioned soda fountain pours fresh-squeezed lemonade and homemade milkshakes to accompany classic grilled sandwiches, soups and chili.
York Place York Place is the only enclosed shopping plaza located on Charlottesvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Downtown Mall. It features a unique collection of stores and restaurants with the opportunity for Downtown living in 1BR and 2BR apartments, each with a private terrace and views of the Downtown Mall. Pamper yourself with a manicure, new hairstyle, anti-aging spa treatment, and sweet treats. Have your suit tailored or drycleaned. Meet with friends or colleagues for coffee and breakfast. Enjoy lunch outdoors at one of the patio tables or enjoy cuisine from around the world for dinner at one of York Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurants. The plaza is located conveniently between 1st and 2nd Streets at the West end of the Downtown Mall. Look for the flags at the entrance. York Place is open every day of the week. York Place is Your Place.
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SEEING & DOING — DOWNTOWN Tilman’s 47 supplements its menu of cheese boards, bar bites and other light fare with a carefully curated wine list. Affordable happy hour specials make this a particularly good spot for an afternoon snack. Brazos Tacos 48 graduated from beloved pop-up to full-blown brickand-mortar thanks to its tasty Texas-style tacos. Breakfast tacos, topping scrambled eggs with a wide variety of ingredients, are especially popular with locals.
A SAMPLING OF THE ITEMS AVAILABLE AT LOW VINTAGE. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ROY VAN DOORN)
The Hipster Guide to Downtown | You can still get off the beaten path at one of Charlottesville’s most popular destinations, the historic Downtown Mall. Retro looks have never gone out of style at Low Vintage 49 , carrying fashions from the 1930s through 1980s. Melody Supreme 50 is a vinyl-only record store stocking the latest releases as well as rare vintage pressings, from Ella Fitzgerald to the White Stripes. Still on a treasure hunt? Explore the constantly rotating selection of everything but the kitchen sink at Ike’s Underground 51 . A healthy stock of vintage clothing, 1970s pulp fiction novels and Americana kitsch ensures a one-ofa-kind souvenir. When you’re tired of shopping, head upstairs to the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar 52 where you can curl up with a cuppa or a hookah in one of Charlottesville’s most ambient settings.
Angelo Jewelry Angelo is the contemporary jewelry gallery on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. It is owned and operated by nationally recognized jewelry artist, Lee Angelo Marraccini, and Pam Perugi Marraccini. Angelo offers a wide range of jewelry from high-end, special occasion to fun, everyday wear. Now you can choose from the finest hand-crafted jewelry by over 40 distinguished artists. Tue–Sat 10am–6pm.
Telegraph Art & Comics Stocking a wide selection of comics, posters, graphic novels, zines and collectibles, Telegraph is a comic shop unlike any other. Specializes in small publishers and independent artists. Carries books for children, young adults, and beyond. Mon–Sat 11am–6pm, Sun 11am–5pm.
220 E Main Street (Downtown Mall) Charlottesville, VA 22902
211 W Main Street (Downtown Mall) Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Explore, imagine, and more at the best hands-on discovery spot in Charlottesville for families with newborns to children age 8! VDM aims to foster intellectual curiosity in children through interactive exhibits, exploratory and imaginative play environments, and educational programs. Mon–Sat 9:30am–5:00pm.
For three generations Joseph Joseph & Joseph has been providing top designers, dealers and discriminating collectors with fine quality art, antiques and architecturals. Discover a curated collection of period and modern objects. Additionally, we can provide the service of locating, relocating, disassembling and reassembling historical buildings. Tue–Sat 11am–5pm, Mon by chance or appointment.
524 E Main Street (Downtown Mall) Charlottesville, VA 22902
508 E Main Street (Downtown Mall) Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ten Thousand Villages
A treasured resource for the Charlottesville needlework community, Magpie Knits is a full-service yarn shop that passionately believes in beautiful fibers and exceptional design. We carry a vast selection of gorgeous yarns, needlepoint canvases and notions. Check our website for classes, events and retreats! Mon–Tues, Thu–Sat 10am–5pm, Wed 10am–7:30pm, Sun 11am–4pm.
At Ten Thousand Villages, every handmade gift does a world of good. Shop fair trade gifts, home décor and jewelry, and impact the lives of 20,000 makers in 30 countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The store’s collection covers a wide range of ancient artisan traditions in ceramics, textiles, wood and more. Mon–Thu 10am–7pm, Fri–Sat 10am–9pm, Sun 1pm–5pm.
111 W Main Street (Downtown Mall) Charlottesville, VA 22902
105 W Main Street (Downtown Mall) Charlottesville, VA 22902
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“I tell a lot of people to stop into The Consignment House,” she says, which offers an assortment of antiques to modern Knoll furniture. For a beautifully curated shop, you can walk to Caspari with its tabletop displays, accessories, select furniture, cards and candles. DeLoach likes O’Suzannah for its mixture of baby clothes, stationery, books and cards, and she recommends Rock Paper Scissors for its many cards and paper goods. If you want to cap it all off with a sweet souvenir, she suggests a visit to The Candy Store.
Alternatively, your Downtown journey can center on ladies’ dresses and accessories. DeLoach taps Spring Street Boutique and Verdigris for “more unusual” contemporary items. In the market for wearable vintage finds? Try Darling Boutique, which carries an upscale blend of consignment, vintage and contemporary clothes, or The Jeweler’s Eye, which offers beautiful antique jewelry pieces. If you are willing to go farther afield, DeLoach offers this Charlottesville insider tip. “Scarpa is my secret shoe store,” she says. The shop, on north Barracks Road, has “some of the most beautiful shoes in town.” When it comes time to make your final shopping decisions, DeLoach says you will know something is worth the investment when it feels true to you. She speaks from experience, having grown up watching her parents sell antiques and work as interior designers. Now that she co-owns her own interior design firm (with brother Michael DeLoach) in addition to working as a retailer and hotelier, she has spent 26 years collecting retail goods and designing custom spaces that resonate with people. “Sitting on a sofa should feel as joyful as putting on a pair of boots that are the perfect fit,” she says. “The sofa needs to reflect your personality. When you sit on it, it should make you smile.” Contact Candace DeLoach at 434.979.7209, email@example.com, deloachdesign.com, deloachmodern.com or visit her antiques shop at 410 E. Jefferson Street.
LOCAL DESIGNER AND INNKEEPER CANDACE DELOACH. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CANDACE DELOACH)
Festivals & Events March Virginia Festival of the Book ~ Downtown & UVA Charlottesville Ten Miler ~ John Paul Jones Arena
April Charlottesville Marathon ~ Albemarle County Tom Tom Founders Festival ~ Downtown Foxfield Spring Races ~ Garth Road, Albemarle County Charlottesville Dogwood Festival ~ Charlottesville Historic Garden Week ~ Albemarle County
May University of Virginia Finals Weekend ~ UVA Orange Uncorked Wine Festival ~ The Market at Grelen Crozet Spring Arts & Crafts Festival ~ Crozet Strawberry Festival ~ Court Street, Stanardsville James River Runners Annual Chili Cookoff & Brewers Challenge ~ Scottsville Charlottesville Festival of Cultures ~ Washington Park Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival ~ Downtown
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN OVERLOOK. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UVA OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS)
Juneteenth ~ Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Orange County Fair - Orange County Fairgrounds
July Monticello Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony ~ Monticello Wintergreen Summer Music Festival ~ Wintergreen Resort, Nelson County Chihamba African American Cultural Arts Festival ~ Charlottesville Albemarle County Fair ~ James Monroe’s Highland
Lockn’ Music Festival ~ Infinity Downs Farm, Nelson County Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler ~ Garth Road, Albemarle County
Orange Street Festival ~ Town of Orange Somerset Steam and Gas Pasture Party ~ Somerset Cville Sabroso Festival ~ IX Art Park Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello ~ Monticello The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival ~ Charlottesville Constitution Day Celebration ~ Montpelier Virginia Clay Festival ~ Stanardsville Foxfield Family Day ~ Garth Road, Albemarle County Cville Pride Festival ~ Downtown Vegan Roots Fest ~ Downtown
Vintage Virginia Apples Annual Harvest Festival ~ Albemarle Ciderworks, Albemarle County Montpelier Hunt Races ~ Montpelier
October Fall Fiber Festival & Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials ~ Montpelier Crozet Fall Arts & Crafts Festival ~ Crozet The Best of Virginia in Orange – Chili & Brewfest ~ Orange County Fairgrounds
December First Night Virginia Festival of the Arts ~ Downtown
Noteworthy Ongoing Events Saturdays ~ City Market (April – Dec) ~ Downtown Fridays ~ Fridays After Five (April – Sept) ~ Downtown Summer ~ Charlottesville Opera ~ Paramount Theater, Downtown September & October ~ Apple Harvest Celebration ~ Carter Mountain Orchard, Albemarle County June through August ~ Heritage Theatre Festival ~ UVA Fall ~ Virginia Film Festival ~ Downtown & UVA
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hen you see a play, the actors onstage transport you, bringing a story to life and placing you in another world for a little while. If the production is well-done, you give no thought to the journey the show took to the stage — the countless hours of effort by a creative team of skilled artists and technicians. The origins of each show produced by the University of Virginia Drama Department begin backstage and underneath the theaters. A hallway contains row upon row of lockers filled with neatly labeled shoes of all styles, sizes and colors. In the prop shop, which looks like an extremely wellorganized antiques and collectibles store, sit multiple sets of old golf clubs, a skeleton, dishes and silverware, an old jukebox — just about anything else you could imagine. The costume shop houses racks of clothing and accessories, including dozens of men’s suits and tutus in an array of colors. The Drama Building houses three theaters: the Culbreth, a traditional 520seat theater; the Helms, a configurable black box space; and the 300-seat Ruth Caplin, a thrust stage surrounded by the audience on three sides. All are home to engaging, of-the-moment shows produced by undergraduate and graduate students alongside faculty and staff. The theaters also host the Heritage Theatre Festival, an annual professional summer festival. This is not a typical college theater facility, according to Assistant Professor and Technical Director Steven Warner, who previously worked for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil. An extensive renovation completed in 2012 includes flexible classroom and rehearsal spaces and theaters constructed for student safety, with a broad network of catwalks for classes working on lighting and rigging. Working with faculty and staff, students produce every aspect of a show, from acting and set construction to costume, lighting and sound design. They test colors and shapes in a lighting lab to find the right look for a show, and they create and cue special effects sounds. They use drafting and carpentry techniques to create scenery. For a recent production of
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the Tony Award-winning satirical musical “Urinetown” — set in a future where everyone must pay to use the toilet — many separate pieces of wood were measured and cut to create a curved door for a portable bathroom. A faculty committee chooses the shows produced each season, hoping to tell stories as well as educate. Recent shows produced by the Heritage Theatre Festival were wide-ranging, from the Broadway dance hit “A Chorus Line” to “Mountaintop,” which reimagines the last hours of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. Producing provocative stories such as “Mountaintop” and “Urinetown” can start conversations within the community as well as behind the stage, Warner says. “There’s no better place to do that than theater. When you’re forced to build a show and act out a character, it opens you up in ways that can be very important.” The UVA Box Office, located in the lobby of the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road, is open Monday– Friday, noon–5pm. Tickets are also available at 434.924.3376. Backstage tours are available by appointment. 1 The popular summer Heritage Theatre Festival features musicals, classic works and new plays by professional artists, alongside UVA faculty, staff and students.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR STEVEN WARNER IN THE SHOP AT THE CULBRETH. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ROY VAN DOORN)
FESTIVALS Virginia Film Festival screens over 100 films across the city each November with special lectures and discussion panels featuring actors, directors and filmmakers. The festival also presents monthly film screenings at the Violet Crown Cinema year-round. Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a citywide celebration of books and literacy. Established and first-time authors fill a schedule of speakers, discussion panels, and book readings and signings. Tom Tom Founders Festival celebrates innovation in all of its forms with a slate of guest speakers, workshops, discussion panels, competitions and free community events covering a wide range of topics, from technology to food and wine to the arts. Cville Pride Festival showcases the local LGBTQ community in a vibrant, weeklong celebration, culminating in a free, familyfriendly festival day with entertainment, food trucks, and a beer and wine garden. Cville Sabroso Festival highlights Latin American culture with a wide range of music and dance performances from various traditions. Food vendors provide a variety of authentic meals with roots in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
GALLERIES & MUSEUMS Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection 2 gathers art from a variety of mediums by indigenous Australians into the only aboriginal art museum in the United States. Frequent artist residencies and special events further an understanding and appreciation of indigenous Australian culture. CHARLOTTESVILLE FESTIVAL OF CULTURES. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF PIEDMONT VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
The Fralin Museum of Art 3 rotates exhibits of American and European paintings and sculpture, plus Native American, Asian and African art and artifacts. Admission is free, and special programming sometimes supplements temporary visiting exhibits. 4 Second Street Gallery displays contemporary art from across the country in central Virginia’s oldest nonprofit art gallery, located in Downtown Charlottesville. Exhibits rotate monthly, often accompanied by educational and outreach programming.
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 5 traces the history and legacy of the local African-American community. In addition to the permanent exhibit “Pride Overcomes Prejudice,” the center displays contemporary art and hosts lectures, concerts and films. New City Arts’ Welcome Gallery 6 hosts rotating exhibits by local artists in a Downtown storefront space. The nonprofit New City Arts Initiative also sponsors artists in residence, an annual collaborative artist exchange, and special workshops and events.
MUSIC & THEATER John Paul Jones Arena 7 brings international superstars to Charlottesville, from Jimmy Buffett to Pink, and also serves as the home court for the UVA men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Sprint Pavilion 8 presents nationally known artists, such as Old Crow Medicine Show and Mavis Staples, in its outdoor amphitheater. Local bands shine in the spring-throughsummer Fridays After Five free concert series. The Jefferson Theater 9 features two fullservice bars at its seated and general admission shows, with artists ranging from Ani DiFranco and Neko Case to Matisyahu and Gogol Bordello.
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The Southern Café & Music Hall 10 serves gourmet grilled cheese and other light fare before shows in its intimate 300-seat space. In addition to concerts with local and regional acts, the café also stages comedy showcases and burlesque performances.
The Garage 11 opens its real one-car garage door to local and regional musicians, exhibiting artists and the occasional amateur filmmaker for intimate public shows in warm weather. Market Street Park provides “stadium seating.”
local singer-songwriters, while by night Club r2 17 comes alive with DJs, weekly salsa and monthly ’80s nights. Beyond the Downtown Mall, local musicians play mainly old school rock at dive bar Durty Nelly’s 18 .
Get down while you chow down at a number of local restaurants with live music. Miller’s Downtown 12 , famed as an early gig for Dave Matthews, welcomes live artists every night in a range of genres from jazz to blues to rock. Country, roots and Americana fill The Whiskey Jar 13 several times a week, while traditional Irish tunes add to the atmosphere of Tin Whistle Irish Pub 14 . Fellini’s 15 often features jazz piano during dinner, with blues, rock and jazz ensembles later in the evening and Mardi Gras-themed brunches on Sunday. By day, farm-to-table restaurant Rapture 16 hosts karaoke and
Old Cabell Hall 19 is internationally lauded for its incomparable acoustics. In addition to the University of Virginia’s wide-ranging ensembles, the historic auditorium hosts the Tuesday Evening Concert Series and the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. Violet Crown Cinema 20 takes moviegoing to the next level with large, comfortable seats each featuring a fold-out table, where you can take food and drink from the onsite bar and kitchen. Films include both mainstream and indie releases. Discover Charlottesville
ICONIC SINGER-SONGWRITER PATTI LABELLE AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATER. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ROB GARLAND PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE PARAMOUNT THEATER)
The Paramount Theater 21 screens beloved classic films and broadcasts live performances from the Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre in its historic space, as well as hosting live performances of music, ballet, theater and opera.
CREATIVE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Live Arts 22 is a volunteer-run community theater where you are as likely to find an offthe-radar dark comedy or experimental drama as you are to enjoy a lively, big-name musical.
IX Art Park 24 forms a psychedelic outdoor gallery with larger-than-life sculptures and interactive elements, all contributing to a dream of collective creativity. Concerts, festivals and other art events round out the programming, including regular beer festivals, markets and dance parties.
Four County Players 23 has been operating in Barboursville for over 45 years, staging classic plays and hit Broadway musicals from its main stage. A separate black box cellar presents more intimate performances.
The Glass Palette 25 offers workshops and classes in a variety of glass art, including mosaics, stained glass, bead making and sandblasting. Special adults-only date nights are held every other Thursday.
Lazy Daisy Ceramics and the Pottery Paintinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Place 26 fires up the kilns for hands-on pottery painting for all ages. Choose your ceramic item and your paints, leave it all to be glazed and fired, and pick up the finished piece in seven days. Wine & Design 27 teaches step-by-step reproduction of beginner-friendly paintings at bring-your-own-wine classes held several times each week. After two hours, you get to take your landscape or still life masterpiece home with you. Swing Cville 28 revives classic dances of the 1930s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;40s, including the Lindy Hop, the Charleston and the Balboa. Weekly dropin beginner lessons start you off from scratch every Wednesday, followed by social dancing.
ften dubbed one of the tastiest towns in the South, Charlottesville has an astounding number of restaurants for its relatively small population. Over 400 eateries, many of which are locally owned and chef-owned, can carry residents and visitors through filling breakfasts, upscale dinners and late night treats. Several area restaurants pride themselves on using fresh, local ingredients from nearby farms, and while many dishes bear an undeniable Southern charm, variety is the name of the game. With French, Indian and even South African influences, Charlottesville’s dining scene has something to offer every palate.
BREAKFAST The Nook scrambles eggs and flips pancakes all day in classic American diner fashion. Open since 1951, this is a true Charlottesville institution. 415 E Main Street (on the Downtown Mall). Tip Top Restaurant hosts a bevy of loyal regulars for its all-day breakfast menu, full of fluffy three-egg omelets, oldfashioned buttermilk waffles and hearty breakfast sandwiches. 1420 Richmond Road (Route 250 Pantops). MarieBette Cafe and Bakery adds a dose of French flair to the Rose Hill neighborhood. Keep it simple with a classic croissant or fill up on a tartine piled high with smoked salmon, seasonal veggies, or ham and cheese. 700 Rose Hill Drive (northwest of Downtown). Rylie’s Diner serves down-home classics with true Southern hospitality. Tucked away behind fast-food joints on Route 29, this is Ruckersville’s diamond in the rough. 8726 Seminole Trail in Ruckersville (15 miles north of Charlottesville in Greene County).
BRUNCH The Shebeen Pub & Braai pays homage to South African cuisine with pub-style plates, while a practical rainbow of fruit juices dress up a variety of specialty mimosas. Saturdays and Sundays 10am-2pm. 247 Ridge McIntire Road (west of the Downtown Mall). A FUN NIGHT OUT AT ORZO KITCHEN & WINE BAR. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ROY VAN DOORN)
FEASTING Red Pump Kitchen puts a Tuscan twist on the beloved Southern Sunday brunch with service on its European-inspired patio in warm weather. Sundays 11am–2pm. 401 E Main Street (on the Downtown Mall). Beer Run goes above and beyond the typical craft beer store with creative and high-end takes on filling home cooking. Fresh seasonal ingredients become brunch dishes with Southern and Latin American roots. Sundays 11am–2:30pm. 156 Carlton Road, Suite 203 (southeast of Downtown).
LUNCH Bizou keeps the midday meal equal parts classy and casual with seasonal specials and a few locally favored standards, like fried chicken doused in herbes de Provence or crispy salmon cakes on a bed of baby greens. 119 W Main Street (on the Downtown Mall). Milan Indian Cuisine pleases vegetarians and carnivores alike with a daily lunch buffet and a menu of entrées served alongside naan, basmati rice, and soup or salad. 1817 Emmet Street N (north of UVA Grounds). Smoked Kitchen & Tap gives chicken, pork, turkey and brisket the hickorysmoked treatment before piling it high on plates alongside cornbread and other Southern sides. Salads, burgers and sandwiches are also available. 2025 Library Avenue in Crozet (12 miles west of Charlottesville). The Pie Chest offers more than just sweets from its two locations. Its fresh, seasonal, made-from-scratch pies include savory pot pies and hand pies. 119 Fourth Street NE (just off the Downtown Mall) and 1518 E High Street (just east of Downtown). Wild Wolf Brewing Co. takes ingredients from farm to fork, serving salads, sandwiches and beloved bar standards, such as jalapeno poppers and German-style pretzels with beer cheese. 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway in Nellysford (30 miles west of Charlottesville in Nelson County).
DINNER Duner’s changes up its casual fine dining menu daily to make the best soups, starters and entrées possible from seasonal ingredients. 4372 Ivy Road in Ivy (5 miles west of Charlottesville). Rhett’s River Grill and Raw Bar takes its commitment to seafood feasts seriously, offering weekly all-you-can-eat specials for shrimp, crab and fish fries. 2335 Seminole Trail, Suite 100 (north of Charlottesville). 58
FEASTING Junction delivers an upscale modern take on the saloons of the Old West, using fresh local ingredients to create unique Southwestern-inspired dishes. Behind the bar, housemade bitters, syrups and infusions liven up the craft cocktail menu. 421 Monticello Road, Belmont (southeast of the Downtown Mall). Petit Pois recreates the quintessential French bistro experience with patio service in nice weather and classic dishes from escargots to steak frites. 201 E Main Street (on the Downtown Mall). 1799 at The Clifton invites guests to savor Virginia’s natural beauty and bounty with seasonal menus in its sun-drenched dining room. 1296 Clifton Inn Drive (6 miles east of Charlottesville).
TREATS Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates meticulously handcrafts gourmet confections and serves pastries, specialty coffees and hot chocolate in its cafe. 243 Ridge McIntire Road (west of the Downtown Mall). Paradox Pastry bakes sugary sweetness in a kitchen open to the cafe where you can indulge in cakes, cookies, pies and tarts to your heart’s content. 313 Second Street SE, Suite 103 (south of the Downtown Mall).
LATE NIGHT C&O Restaurant swaps its French-inspired casual fine dining menu for a selection of after-hours comfort food, such as grilled cheese sandwiches with creamy tomato soup. 515 Water Street E (just off the Downtown Mall). The White Spot flips crave-worthy burgers in a pint-sized place across from the University of Virginia’s Grounds. Its iconic Gus Burger, topped with a fried egg, has fueled UVA all-nighters and bar crawls for decades. 1407 University Avenue (on The Corner). Miller’s Downtown serves its full menu of American appetizers, salads, burgers and entrées until 2am, often with live music rocking in the background. 109 W Main Street (on the Downtown Mall). 60
Thai, Thai Again T
he entrepreneurial bug bit restaurateur Pong Punyanitya at a very young age. Six or seven, to be precise. “My sister Pim and I used to make things to sell,” he says. “We made paper bags with glue on them and sold them to neighborhood shopkeepers. I would collect exotic flowers, dry them and sell them for Chinese herbs and medicine.” Punyanitya grew up in southern Thailand and moved to the U.S. at age 24. Despite being known as a co-founder of Thai!, the first Thai restaurant in Charlottesville, as well as Thai Cuisine & Noodle House and Chimm Thai & Southeast Asian, he spent most of his career working as an orthopedic surgeon. After going to school in Bangkok and Chiang Mai and graduating with his medical degree, Punyanitya applied for a training position in the U.S. Due to the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and an increasing need for medical personnel in the States, he was accepted at a St. Louis hospital in 1970. In 1974, he moved to Charlottesville for UVA’s orthopedic surgery program with the woman who would become his wife. “I went to work at UVA thinking that I’m going to go back [to Thailand],” Punyanitya says, “but then my wife, my late wife, who died in 2001, was an OBGYN. She was already in practice here. Then the kids started school, and it was hard to uproot them. So here I am.” Twenty-plus years after his arrival, Punyanitya grew restless. So did his sister, Pim, who worked nearby as a software engineer. Despite full workloads, they decided to open a restaurant, and Thai! was born. In 1997, Charlottesville had few eateries at all, let alone any Thai spots. “I guess the selfishness is we want to eat familiar food,” Punyanitya says with a laugh. These days, he prefers solving problems and washing dishes to cooking, but he remembers being a little boy and working as a prep cook at his mother’s feet, grating coconuts, collecting milk and making paste. Eating, he says, is a major facet of Thai culture. Five years after opening Thai!, Punyanitya and his sister sold the business despite growing demand and said goodbye to the culinary world. Even after his 2010 retirement from his medical practice, he
thought he was finished with food. Until his widowed cousin, Roj, came back from Bangkok with a wife, Sunun. “She was a professional chef back in Thailand, and after two, three years, she started to voice [her desire to work again],” he says. So Punyanitya joined his son Jay, Roj and Sunun to start Thai Cuisine & Noodle House. From the beginning, theirs was different from other Thai restaurants springing up around Charlottesville. “Most Thai chefs in the States are trained by second- or third-generation Thai chefs, so the taste seems to be a little bit varied from the original. Sweeter. It’s American style of Thai food,” he says. But their chef was trained in Thailand, so her dishes resembled the Bangkok style. Customers responded. Punyanitya points out that television shows and social media have exposed local palates to new cultures, so tastes are changing. It’s the same reason he gives free rein to the chef at Chimm Thai & Southeast Asian, which serves the street food commonly sold by Thai street vendors in wheeled carts — dishes like khao soi (coconut curry noodle soup) and grilled marinated pork skewers that are rarely seen in American Thai restaurants. Although the menus are culturally specific, he says, the decor and staff are not. “Most Thai and other ethnic restaurants tend to create an ambiance that reflects the architecture, art and culture of their respective nations, but we wish ours to be of a multicultural and international feel rather than having one being transported somewhere else.” A diverse staff combined with Punyanitya’s welcoming energy fills Chimm and Thai Cuisine & Noodle House with a wide range of customers. “I make a lot [of ] friend[s] here,” he says. “People would come, and I would chat with all of them. They become extended family.” As for the little boy collecting flowers, entrepreneurship is everything he hoped and more. “If I hadn’t been a doctor, my second choice was architect or engineer,” he says. “So I enjoyed the design part of [creating a restaurant]. And dealing with regulatory things, and doing accounting and learning a lot. That’s the fun of it.” Thai Cuisine & Noodle House is located at 2005 Commonwealth Drive and open Saturday and Sunday 11:30am–9:30pm and Tuesday through Friday 11:30am–2:30pm for lunch and 5pm–9:30pm for dinner. For more information, call 434.974.1326 or visit thaicuisinecville.com. Chimm Thai & Southeast Asian Restaurant is located at 365 Merchant Walk Square and open Tuesday through Sunday 11am–2:30pm for lunch and 5pm–9:30pm for dinner. For more information, call 434.288.1120 or visit facebook.com/chimmtaste.
LEFT: ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON TURNED RESTAURANT ENTREPRENEUR PONG PUNYANITYA. ABOVE: THAI CHEF EXTRAORDINAIRE SUNUN SARANAI. (PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF BILL MORROW)
ith over 420 restaurants to choose from, Charlottesville presents stiff competition for restaurateurs. But for John Kokola and Scott Smith, coowners of longtime local favorite Bodo’s Bagels, competition is a good thing. “The bar is set really high in this town,” Kokola says. “There’s a broad spectrum, and we don’t occupy just one little dot on it, and neither do other places.” Bodo’s variety of bagels, spreads and toppings gives patrons a chance to create their own gastronomical experience. Options range from classics like bacon, egg and cheese to upscale combinations like watercress, ham and fig spread. Culinary cross-pollination is a boon for Smith, who manages Bodo’s menu development. For the last 15 years, he has wanted to introduce fig spread but doubted the public’s readiness. Now, as a result of Charlottesville’s “inventive and fertile” food scene, he says, “we have a customer base that’s increasingly open to trying new things.” Bodo’s itself was a cutting-edge concept when its first store opened in 1988. Founded by Brian Fox, a New Jersey native, the bagel bakery was considered “out of kilter with the local culture,” Smith says. “What people didn’t get, especially back then, was that this would be the first place you ever had hot fresh bread. [Fox] anticipated what ended up being the artisan bread trend that popped up 15 years ago, and that gave us an appeal that wasn’t limited to any one narrow cultural demographic.” But the food is only one dimension of Bodo’s long-standing appeal. Customers point to fast service, great prices and a friendly waitstaff at all three locations, while Kokola and Smith say the secret goes even deeper than that. “When we train people, there’s a lot of emphasis on serving customers well and doing it with enthusiasm and engagement,” Smith says. “But once we’ve done that, development is all about our employees relating to each other. It’s about how they contribute to the work of the person next to them and how that makes us better as a group.”
Kokola, who became a Bodo’s manager in 1992, says previous experience in corporate kitchens taught him that what did not work was “running kitchens via percentages and numbers and expenses, without any relationship to how it actually affected the people in the place.” Smith, who came to Bodo’s from grad school, agrees. “In every workplace comedy, in shows like “The Office” or “Waiting,” the joke is always that the manager is there for themselves and everyone else can go hang. Basically, I want the opposite of that. I want everybody to be here for the place and for the employees, rather than for themselves.” When Fox sold Bodo’s to Kokola, Smith and General Manager Connie Jenson in 2006, he hoped they would care for the store as much as he did. “I knew Brian cared very much about being responsible to his employees, and I admired that,” Smith says. “It’s not the job we’re doing so much as the culture that makes it possible for us to do really well.” Both he and Kokola worked the line for years, taking orders, assembling sandwiches and cleaning shop in addition to their management roles. And of course, each one has a favorite meal. “My favorite these days is my default breakfast: egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, watercress, cucumbers, sprouts, mayo, mustard and horseradish on an everything bagel,” Smith says. “It gets me energized without making me sluggish. It’s a great, balanced sandwich.” Kokola, on the other hand, reaches for his longtime go-to. “I always recommend turkey with cheddar, herb cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and sprouts on an onion bagel,” he says. “It has yet to let anyone down.” Bodo’s Bagels offers three locations: 1418 Emmet Street (off Route 29), 505 Preston Avenue (near the Downtown Mall) and 1609 University Avenue (on The Corner).
LEFT: BODO’S CO-OWNERS SCOTT SMITH AND JOHN KOKOLA. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ANDREW SHURTLEFF) ABOVE: SOME FAVORITES FROM THE BODO’S MENU. (PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF ROY VAN DOORN)
The Downtown Grille The Downtown Grille, located on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall, serves only the finest in Midwestern corn-fed beef and fresh seafood while incorporating local ingredients. The restaurant has an extensive wine list which has been honored by The Wine Spectator with the Award of Excellence every year since opening in 1999. The Downtown Grille offers an elegant, private dining room with a seating capacity of 50 people and standing room capacity of 85 for cocktails and appetizers. Our lovely architecture and warm professional staff lend a superb ambiance to an already exquisite dining experience. Mon–Sat 5–10 pm Sun 5–9 pm 201 W Main Street, Charlottesville
Chimm Thai & Southeast Asian From the Thai word for taste, Chimm offers a wide range of traditional Thai and Southeast Asian street foods, including familiar Thai plates like drunken noodles, curries made with authentic homemade curry paste, traditional Isaan papaya salad and savory sticky rice, Vietnamese pho and Vietnamese fresh rolls, and authentic Bangkok street foods like tod mun pla fish cakes. Tasty veggie stir-fries fill up special vegan and gluten-free menus. Located in “The Yard” at 5th Street Station, next to Alamo Drafthouse. Tue–Sun 11:30am–2:30pm and 5–9:30pm 365 Merchant Walk Square, Charlottesville
Aberdeen Barn Established in 1965 as Charlottesville’s premier steakhouse. Dinner at “the Barn” has become as central to the Charlottesville experience as tailgating at Scott Stadium before the big game. Serving only the finest certified Angus steaks among the fires of our open charcoal hearth, award-winning roast prime rib, fresh seafood, exceptional wine & much more. Discover what has made the Aberdeen Barn a local favorite for more than 50 years! You can also enjoy fine wine, cocktails & cordials at our piano bar in this unique cocktail area. Featuring light jazz piano Friday and Saturday and three flat-screen televisions tuned into the latest sporting events. Open daily from 5pm 2018 Holiday Drive, Charlottesville
Wild Wing Cafe
Experience the craft of fine dining at C&O Restaurant, a decades-old Charlottesville institution. Overlook the historic Chesapeake & Ohio rail yard from upstairs, or cozy up for a romantic evening in the intimate mezzanine or European-style bistro. Dine al fresco on the patio or terrace, or reserve the gallery for a special occasion. Ingredients from local farmers, vintners, cheesemongers, and ranchers shine in the spotlight of the Frenchinspired dinner menu, while late nights feature simpler, comforting fare. Just off the Downtown Mall, C&O is the ideal place to enjoy fine Virginia produce and warm Southern hospitality. Dinner: 5–10pm (7 days a week) Late Night: 10pm–1am (7 days a week)
A laid-back sports bar in the historic downtown train station, Wild Wing is Charlottesville’s ultimate sports central. The kitchen’s full menu ranges from game-friendly finger food to an array of burgers, sandwiches and salads, but the focus is rightly on madefrom-scratch hot wings with your choice of 33 homemade sauces, including traditional buffalo, barbecue, and other bold, sweet and spicy flavors. Wash it all down with one of 30 local and craft beers. Unwind at weeknight happy hours with a variety of food and drink specials, or let loose with weekly live music, karaoke and trivia nights.
Renewal is an eclectic modern-day take on the old-world tavern, with hand-crafted cocktails, a wide range of bourbons, whiskeys, and scotches, exclusive wine selection and 36 taps. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch & dinner, brunch featured on Saturday and Sunday. The full-service dining room is both a cozy spot for date night and room for large parties. Our New Orleans inspired kitchen offers a mouth-watering menu that is sure to please. The bar and tavern offer a casual, laid back experience. The self-serve tasting wall provides 36 taps for customers to sample by the ounce from a wide range of local and regional craft beers.
515 E Water Street, Charlottesville
Sun–Thu 11am–midnight Fri–Sat 11–2am 820 W Main Street, Charlottesville
Sun–Thu 7am–11pm Fri–Sat 7am–1am Sat & Sun Brunch 7am–3pm
1106 W Main Street, Charlottesville
rapevines may take years to mature, but central Virginia’s craft beverage industry is growing like a weed with boutique wineries and craft breweries, distilleries and cideries popping up all over the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge. Wine is Virginia’s first love, with the region’s viticultural legacy stretching all the way back to Thomas Jefferson. While Jefferson’s experiments growing European vines at Monticello were ultimately unsuccessful, his vision and passion for Virginia-grown wine lives on. Since the 1970s, wineries in the Commonwealth have gone from a rare curiosity to a thriving web of producers. Today, the Monticello Wine Trail includes 33 member wineries, and there are many more vineyards sprinkled throughout the area. Cider also has experienced quite the renaissance from its original status as a Colonial beverage of choice. Modern cideries preserve heritage apple varieties from across the Commonwealth, and Virginia was one of the first states in the country to celebrate an official Cider Week (held each November). Craft breweries and distilleries are newer additions to the local beverage scene, ensuring that the Charlottesville area has something for every taste. Grab a pint or flight at multiple stops throughout the Blue Ridge on a local limousine tour. Area breweries, with flagship lagers and IPAs as well as unique seasonal brews, also come together at craft beer festivals throughout the year. Meanwhile, creative cocktails get their start with locally produced spirits at the handful of craft distilleries in the region. For more information about craft beverages in the Charlottesville area, pick up a copy of the Monticello Wine Trail (monticellowinetrail.com) and Craft Beverages of the Blue Ridge brochures from local hotels or the Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau, or check out our mobile site brcraftbev.com.
ENJOYING WINE, CIDER AND A CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD SUNSET. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SANJAY SUCHAK AND THE CHARLOTTESVILLE ALBEMARLE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU)
ne of the cornerstones of Virginia’s craft beer movement sits in a centuryold brick-walled warehouse just a couple of blocks from Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. South Street Brewery is actually the oldest brewery in operation in Charlottesville, and it is celebrating its 21st birthday in 2019 — hopefully, with a few cold ones. South Street co-owner Taylor Smack started brewing beer in Charlottesville in the late 1990s, first as a homebrewer and later as an apprentice at South Street. He and his wife, Mandi, opened their first venture, Blue Mountain Brewery in nearby Afton, along with partner Matt Nucci. Blue Mountain was the first brewery in Nelson County and a trailblazer in a county now dotted with breweries, cideries and distilleries. In 2014, they returned to their roots to buy South Street from its previous owner and set to work making changes both big and small. “The good thing about buying this brewery is it’s not like we had to make a new identity,” Taylor says of the place that has been popular for years with locals and visitors alike. While the Smacks kept a few of the original South Street beers — notably Satan’s Pony, a malty amber ale — new offerings aim to please the evolving and expanding tastes of craft beer drinkers. In the 21 years since South Street was born, tastes have matured. “We took the opportunity to revitalize and introduce new lines,” Taylor says. Instead of less hoppy drinks, such as amber and blonde ales, these days many beer drinkers gravitate to India pale ales and double IPAs, which are driving the growth of the craft renaissance. Barhopper IPA — a hoppy pale brew — is South Street’s most popular drink. This is the golden age of craft TAYLOR AND MANDI SMACK ENJOYING A BREW. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SOUTH STREET BREWERY)
Wild Wolf Brewing Company Wild Wolf Brewing Company is an award-winning brewery and farm to fork restaurant featuring gorgeous mountain views, a Biergarten with waterfalls, a four-season pavilion, cornhole, big screenTVs and live music. With 13 beers on tap and a made-fromscratch restaurant, there is something for everyone. Mon–Fri 11:30am–last call, Sat–Sun 11am–last call.
Blue Mountain Brewery The first brewery in Nelson County, we are a unique destination in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. All our ales and lagers are brewed, bottled, canned and kegged onsite in Afton or down the road in Arrington at our Blue Mountain Barrel House. Our full-service restaurant is open daily and features appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, specialty pizzas and desserts made from scratch using the highest quality ingredients we can find. Open 7 days.
2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA 22958
9519 Critzers Shop Road Afton, VA 22920
Basic City Beer Co.
Housed in the reclaimed Virginia Metalcrafters building, providing a contemporary, industrial but polished environment for guests to sample our craft beer. Honey-hued lagers, dark coffee porters, oatmeal stouts, and juicy DIPAs flow freely in the tasting room, with solid backup from the beerinfused cuisine from Hops Kitchen. Live music from local bands on Saturday nights. Tue–Fri 3pm–10pm, Sat noon– 10pm, Sun noon–8pm.
Pollak Vineyards is a small, familyowned winery founded in 2003. We have 27 acres of French vinifera used to make estate grown wine that has the finesse and balance of the traditional French varietals. Our tasting room and patio offer views of our first vines, the pond and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a scenic setting to enjoy a glass of wine and some of the best of Central Virginia’s wine country. Open daily 11am–5pm.
1010 East Main Street Waynesboro, VA 22980
330 Newtown Road Greenwood, VA 22943
Seven Arrows Brewing Company
Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery
A name inspired by a Native American blessing, Seven Arrows was founded by Aaron and Melissa Allen. Enjoy a pint with food from the kitchen, play indoor cornhole or experience the outdoor deck. From seasonal beers like dopplebock or cherry lambic, to award-winning pilsners and lagers, follow your compass to Seven Arrows. Sun–Mon 11am–9pm, Wed–Thu 11am–10pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm.
(Latin for “as needed.”) Pro Re Nata’s ales and lagers are just what the doctor ordered. Enjoy spectacular views of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains from our brewery, taproom and “Farmacy” Shipping Container Bar. A long line of flagship and experimental beers make up our list of elixirs, suiting every palette and season. Mon & Wed 3–10pm, Thu & Sun 11am–10pm, Fri & Sat 11am–11pm.
2508 Jefferson Hwy #1 Waynesboro, VA 22980
6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike Crozet, VA 22932
beer in Charlottesville, but some people are still coming over to what Taylor jokingly refers to as “the good side.” For them, South Street’s Virginia Lager, smooth and easy drinking, is a great transition beer — not at all bitter and with more flavor and color than a macro-produced beer. A half-million-dollar renovation of the South Street building included a new bar and a completely redesigned interior. The old copper bar top was replaced with a sturdier wood version, and the copper was repurposed into six art pieces hanging throughout the building. The charm and history of the 1899 warehouse remain — the brick interior walls, a giant fireplace and big wooden ceiling, plus the 20-year-old brew system. The space is lighter, brighter and more open, and a glassed-in kitchen makes it easy to see the latest creations on the revamped food menu. “It’s not radically different. It feels natural,” Taylor says. In addition to the 12 taps of housemade, award-winning beer and $2 Tuesday happy hours popular with young professionals and grad students, the menu features dishes made with local meats, pastas, breads, tofu and produce. “We took the food up a notch and elevated it,” Taylor says. The location makes it easy for visitors staying near the Downtown Mall to experience Virginia’s craft beers. “It’s a brewery within walking distance of where [you] are staying,” Mandi notes. South Street Brewery, located at 106 South Street W, is open seven days a week. Their $2 Tuesdays feature 12-ounce beers under 8% ABV for $2 from 11am–9pm. South Street offers free valet parking on Friday and Saturday nights. For more information, visit southstreetbrewery.com.
POURING ONE OF THE 12 HOUSEMADE BEERS ON TAP. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SOUTH STREET BREWERY)
The Chapel of Apple T
hirty years ago, John Washburn bought a 50-acre farm in Nelson County with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Rockfish River. Little did he know then that one day it would be the site of what USA Today recently said, “may be the most scenic place in America to drink cider.” After raising his family in the Charlottesville area, Washburn moved to New Zealand for 10 years, where he lived on a farm overlooking the Pacific Ocean. “I chose New Zealand because of its natural beauty,” he says. It was that love for nature that compelled him to do something more with his Virginia farm. Cider, he decided, was a sort of sweet spot between the state’s popular wine and craft beer industries. It just so happened that one of the world’s foremost cider experts also lived in New Zealand. Brian Shanks came with more than three decades of cider-making experience, including a stint as head of innovation for Bulmers, an iconic British cidery. After many lunches and several trips to Virginia, Shanks agreed to partner with Washburn, and the two created Bold Rock Hard Cider. The men started with scant funds and worked out of a little shed on the farm. With quick growth, plans were soon drawn up for a bigger building that would become the Cider Barn, or what Washburn refers to as the “chapel of apple.” Enter the building and weave your way to the back, where you look out over a 40-foot FRESH PRESSED CIDER. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER)
drop with unspoiled views of thousands of acres of mountains and meadows. Four decks provide ample space to admire the views, and a walkway leads visitors to meadows and a rushing mountain stream. Bold Rock is now one of the most popular hard ciders in the country — though distributed in only nine states — with hundreds of awards, two more locations in central Virginia and a cidery near Asheville, N.C. All the company’s apples are grown locally, where the soil and slopes of the mountains provide an ideal growing environment. The most popular ciders are the crisp Virginia Apple and a bright, light rosé. Seasonal drinks include the sweet and summery blackberry cider and Orchard Frost, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, for cooler months. A team of cider makers now works under Shanks, experimenting with an array of flavors. The recently opened Barrel Barn, a revamp of the company’s original barn, is a great place to watch innovative batches being made and sample the results.
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The beauty and the bounty of the Blue Ridge — where cider has been made since the days of Thomas Jefferson — make Bold Rock the ideal location for tasting and relaxing. “I want people to have a good time in a rural setting. That’s my mission in my life,” Washburn says. “I think we have a genuine, welcoming family-like atmosphere. People hang out. They’ll never get a [parking] ticket here.” Bold Rock is located at 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway (Route 151) in Nellysford. The cidery is open seven days a week; the Barrel Barn is open Friday–Sunday. Eight to 10 ciders are always available on tap. Menu options include sandwiches, salads and kids items. The cidery also hosts trivia and game nights as well as regular live music and many other events.
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Bold Rock also has tasting rooms at Carter Mountain Orchard just outside of Charlottesville and Chiles Peach Orchard near Crozet. Both locations are open seasonally, so check ahead for operating hours. Discover Charlottesville
THE BREWING OF SAKE. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF NORTH AMERICAN SAKE BREWERY)
ake — the unofficial party drink of Japan — has been around for thousands of years, but a pair of Charlottesville brewers are giving a fresh and decidedly American twist to the fermented rice alcohol. Andrew Centofante and Jeremy Goldstein recently opened North American Sake Brewery at the IX Complex just south of the Downtown Mall. It is Virginia’s first — and so far only — sake brewery. The two are 76
hoping to lead a sake movement that follows in the footsteps of central Virginia’s craft beer and cider booms.
After Jeremy fell in love with the drink during a visit to a Japanese restaurant in his native California a few years ago, the men decided they would try home brewing. “We’d make a batch and people kept drinking it. Our friends and family encouraged us,” Jeremy says. “Every time we had a tasting, we ran
out. There wouldn’t be a single drop in any bottle.” Eager to learn more, they traveled to Japan and also visited a number of craft sake breweries in North America. “We kept at it until we got better and better,” says Andrew. Sake, often called a rice wine, is actually more like beer since it is brewed by fermenting grains. Best served chilled, the drink’s flavors range from light and sweet to deep, earthy umami. The clean, simple drink is made from
ANDREW AND JEREMY SERVING A FLIGHT. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ROY VAN DOORN)
only four ingredients: rice, water, yeast and koji — a common Japanese fungus that helps convert the starch in sake’s rice to sugar. (Koji is also used to make soy sauce and miso.)
and jalapeño. “Sake is this beautiful thing that melds so well with all these other flavors. You can keep the sake taste and have hints of fruits that amplify them,” Andrew says.
North American Sake serves two flagship drinks: clear sake, similar to that served in Japanese restaurants; and so-called cloudy sake, which is less filtered for a creamier flavor and milky color. Other less traditional offerings include fruit and herb infusions such as pineapple and sage, mixed berry, tart lemon and lime, and mango
The brewery’s kitchen features a number of rice-based dishes, including sushi and poke bowls. A large patio looks out on to the eclectic IX Art Park, with its larger-than-life sculptures and frequent festivals and events. Inside is a stage for live music and karaoke nights.
Both men had good careers before opening the brewery, Jeremy in film and Andrew in brand marketing. There was no reason to change things up. “Except,” Jeremy says, “that sake changed our lives, and now we want to change everyone else’s lives.” North American Sake Brewery, located at 522 2nd Street SE in Charlottesville, is open Wednesday-Sunday for tastings. For more information, visit pourmeone.com. Discover Charlottesville
tanding in Barboursville Vineyards’ library tasting room, winemaker Luca Paschina prepares his staff for an upcoming tasting event. Glasses are lined up and filled with reds and whites as Paschina dispenses advice gathered from decades in the business. An older bottle has a little cork in it, so he opens the patio door and suddenly a small amount of wine and bits of cork go sailing to the ground. The bottle is now ready to serve. Paschina’s passion and curiosity for winemaking began early on in his native Italy. He learned the craft from his father and his uncle and produced his first wine when he was only 14 years old. He put that knowledge to work in 1990 when he arrived at Barboursville Vineyards — the first successful Virginia winery of the modern era, opened in 1976 — with its rolling, vine-covered hills and sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Virginia
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wine was still in its infancy in the ’90s, with only 45 wineries in the state. As California nurseries, where most Virginia grape plants originate, perfected ways to protect vines from disease, the time grew ripe for a change at the Italian Zonin-family-owned vineyard. Paschina set to work pulling up the property’s original vines and replanting with a new, hardier stock that produced Barboursville’s first world-class vintages in 1997 and 1998. The central Virginia climate has proven successful for winemaking, Paschina says. The diversity of climate, soil and slopes make for a broad spectrum of beautiful wines. “I don’t see it as unpredictable,” he explains. “There are just patterns. This variance gives more of an experience of discovery for people.”
The vineyard is a uniquely Virginia destination. Visitors in the tasting room can see the red-bricked ruins of the neo-Palladian Barboursville mansion emerge from the landscape. Designed by Thomas Jefferson for his friend James Barbour — Virginia’s 18th governor — the mansion was destroyed by fire in 1884. On a quest for the best wine he could make from the estate, Paschina created Octagon, named for the shape of the Jeffersonian ruins. The flagship Bordeaux blend put the vineyard on the map. The latest 2014 Octagon vintage is a bright and dry Old World-style wine. “We set a high standard early and helped others in Virginia set a high standard. If you don’t do that, you won’t be recognized,” Paschina says. Barboursville’s broad selection of red, white, sparkling and dessert wines range from an aromatic barrel-aged viognier to an elegant and earthy barrel-aged barbera. Barboursville offers a variety of options for discovering its bounty. In addition to the Tuscan-inspired tasting room, visitors can sip award-winning wines in the elegant yet cozy library, which offers special wine tastings, including rare older vintages, as well as local cheeses and housemade breads and charcuterie. The acclaimed Palladio Restaurant features a menu designed in harmony with the wines. Continuing his preparations for the library tasting, Paschina notes that the event will feature samples from his first vintage — he has kept tens of thousands of bottles of his wines over the years. “Who knew,” he says proudly, “Virginia would be a place where you could savor a beautifully aged 20-year-old bottle while looking at the Blue Ridge Mountains.” Barboursville Vineyards is located at 17655 Winery Road near Barboursville. The Tuscan Tasting Room is open seven days a week, and the Library 1821, which features seated tastings with food, is open Friday–Monday. Reservations for lunch and dinner at the Palladio Restaurant, open Wednesday–Sunday, are highly recommended. LEFT: BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARDS AT HARVEST TIME. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF DARRON FRANTA / FRANTA PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIRGINIA WINE BOARD MARKETING OFFICE) INSETS: THE VINEYARD’S FLAGSHIP WINE — OCTAGON AND LUCA PASCHINA IN THE VINEYARD. (PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARDS)
rom late August to early October, the dozens of vineyards near Charlottesville are in a state of near constant activity as grapes ripen for harvest. Workers start the day early, hand-picking fruit to be crushed and pressed into juice. White grapes leave their skins behind to start their journey into wine, while red grapes go straight into the fermentation tank. Once the grapesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugars have converted to alcohol, winemakers transfer the wine to stainless steel vats or oak barrels to age. The wine could be ready in as little as a few months or it could take years to reach its full expression. Located on the same parallel as the Mediterranean, Virginia has a climate ideal for Bordeaux-style red blends, and you will find many wines in the area with merlot or cabernet franc as the base. Chardonnay is also widely planted throughout the Monticello American Viticultural Area (one of six AVAs in Virginia), while other, less common varietals in the area include petit manseng, petit verdot and viognier, the official state grape of Virginia. These are just a few of over 30 varietals grown at local vineyards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a far cry from the early experiments of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Today, 33 wineries comprise the Monticello Wine Trail, offering tastings and tours. Photographs courtesy of Darron Franta â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Franta Photography and Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office.
he iconic backdrop of Charlottesville, the Blue Ridge Mountains, make a year-round natural playground, full of activity and adventure for outdoor lovers of any age or ability.
Mild spring temperatures and blossoming trees and flowers coax locals and visitors alike out of wintry hibernation to enjoy the city’s many beautiful parks. Charlottesville is home to avid cycling and running communities, and the first days of warm weather bring marathon trainers out in full force. Summer is, of course, a time to enjoy long days and plenty of sunshine. Savor picturesque views of the area’s foothills from a local golf course. Cool off at one of the city’s swimming pools, a nearby county lake, or on a lazy tubing excursion down the river. For a more heart-pumping introduction to the Piedmont landscape, try skydiving. The only thing that competes with the adrenaline rush is the majestic bird’s-eye view of Charlottesville’s lush forests. The area abounds with local produce, and many small farms open their doors to the public. Pick your own peaches, berries and apples for an authentic taste of central Virginia. Changing leaves in the fall draw many into the mountains for challenging hikes, exploring the waterfalls and scenic viewpoints that dot Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are also many trails in the area well-suited for novice hikers, families with children and people with disabilities. Autumn is also an ideal time to take to the skies in a hot air balloon and admire Albemarle County’s gently rolling countryside and verdant hills. The mountains don’t close for the winter. Area resorts make the most of their slopes, offering skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and ice skating in the year’s coldest months. No matter the season, Charlottesville and its surrounding counties offer countless opportunities to discover the beauty of the Blue Ridge.
WALKING & HIKING Spy Rock commands 360-degree views from a former Civil War espionage outpost. Beginning at the Montebello State Fish Hatchery off Route 690 in Nelson County, the moderate 2-mile hike briefly overlaps with the Appalachian Trail before leading to a rock scramble at the final overlook. White Rock Falls cascade over a natural wading pool at the end of this moderate 2.5-mile hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Parking is available at Slacks Overlook near milepost 20, and the trail entrance lies about 300 feet away. Montpelier’s Trail System stretches over 8 miles around the historic Orange County home of the fourth U.S president, James Madison. Highlights include the Old-Growth Landmark Forest, the archaeological remains of a Civil War camp and a connection to the trails at The Market at Grelen. Trails are free and open to the public during business hours. Whiteoak Canyon Falls rewards those who brave the challenging 9.5-mile trail with some of the most scenic waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park. Arrive early to snag parking near milepost 42.6 on Skyline Drive, wear shoes with good traction for particularly narrow and slippery trail sections and pack a swimsuit to take a dip in one of the swimming holes at the summit. All vehicles entering Shenandoah National Park are charged an admission fee. NORTH MARSHALL HIKER. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF NATIONAL PARK SERVICE)
A BEAUTIFUL MORNING AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MASSANUTTEN RESORT)
FLOATING Rivanna River Co. leads paddling and tubing excursions down a James River tributary from its office on East High Street in Charlottesville. Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent, and transportation to the river is provided so you can begin a guided or DIY exploration of a 2- to 6-mile stretch of the Rivanna River. Massanutten Water Park helps families splash into summer with a collection of outdoor and heated indoor pools, wave pools, and tube and body slides in Rockingham County. Hurtle head-first down the Rockingham Racer water slide, soak in a kid-friendly hot tub or tube down an indoor lazy river. Indoor spaces are open year-round, while the outdoor park season runs Memorial Day to Labor Day. 88
GOLFING Old Trail Golf Club in Crozet boasts some of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The course mixes links and parklands over 18 holes suited for all skill levels. A pro shop and practice facilities round out the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings. Swannanoa Golf & Country Club has a casual country atmosphere dominated by its views from atop Afton Mountain over the Piedmont and the Shenandoah Valley. The 18-hole course, designed by PGA professional Pete Lang, is one of the most affordable in the region and enjoys cooler temperatures thanks to its mountaintop location.
Massanutten Resort pleases powder hounds with 70 acres for skiing and snowboarding at 2,922 feet of elevation. Find your ski legs at a dedicated learner’s area before taking to one of the resort’s 14 runs. Ski season at the Rockingham County resort runs mid-December to mid-March, while a 16-lane snow tubing park is open in January and February.
Monticello Country Ballooning takes off at sunrise and sunset for tranquil floats over the rolling central Virginia countryside. Admire a bird’s-eye view of the Blue Ridge before celebrating your landing with a traditional champagne toast. Take-off times are available daily, weather permitting, and digital photography is provided.
Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County is open mid-December to midMarch, with 24 skiing and snowboarding slopes over 130 acres of terrain at an elevation of 3,600 feet. Late afternoon and evening ski sessions grant a unique view of local mountain scenery. Wintergreen also houses Virginia’s largest tubing park, The Plunge, where snow tubes reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
Skydive Orange facilitates solo, tandem and group dives for adrenaline junkies of all levels from the Orange County airport. Experienced instructors can help you earn your diving license or guide your first tandem dive to check this exhilarating activity off your bucket list. Jump times are available any weekend, weather permitting. Discover Charlottesville
ADA Accessible Trails | The Charlottesville area has outdoor adventures suitable for all ages and abilities. SaundersMonticello Trail winds over 2 miles with a gentle grade through Kemper Park to the visitor center for Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. A paved, three-quarter-mile trail connects the Ivy Creek Natural Area’s Education Building to a butterfly garden and historic barn. A paved section of the Rivanna Trail, GATHERING INFORMATION AT THE BYRD VISITOR CENTER. (PHOTOGRAPH an extensive network COURTESY OF MARY O’NEILL, circling the city, begins NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.) at Riverview Park and continues 2.3 miles along the Rivanna River. You can also follow the river on the Old Mills Trail, a 3-mile urban greenway starting at Darden Towe Park. Even Shenandoah National Park has ADAaccessible areas. The Limberlost Trail at milepost 43 on Skyline Drive travels through 1.3 miles of forest and over a boardwalk and bridge. For more information about accessibility in the area, visit accessiblevirginia.org.
TOP: “RIDE THE DRIVE” EVENT ON THE SKYLINE DRIVE. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF N. LEWIS, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE)
BIKING Pleasant Grove Park in Fluvanna County offers over 20 miles of trails on historic farmland and along the Rivanna River. You can hike, bike or horseback ride through various habitats of flora and fauna, walk the tree identification trail or explore the pollinator garden. Horseback riding picks up on weekends, so be prepared to share the trail. Preddy Creek Trail Park offers cyclists a range of trails from 10 miles of gently rolling terrain shared with hikers, runners and horseback riders to a newer trail for advanced mountain bikers. Enjoy a relaxing ride with no long climbs or descents, or pump up the speed to slide around smooth, fast corners. Park in the large lot on Burnley Station Road.
ORCHARDS & FARMS Carter Mountain Orchard spreads the love for all things apple just south of Charlottesville with pick-your-own fruit, apple cider doughnuts and on-site tasting rooms for wine and hard cider. Snag one of the best sunset views over Charlottesville at the summertime Thursday evening concert series, or shop apple cider, apple butter and pre-picked fruit in the country store. Sister orchard Chiles Peach Orchard grows peaches, strawberries and blueberries in nearby Crozet and hosts pancake breakfasts on weekends. Drumheller’s Orchard in Nelson County grows pick-your-own peaches and apples from June through October, culminating in a fall festival with hayrides, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze and lots of apple butter made from a generations-old family recipe. Liberty Mills Farm in Orange County packs fun into every season with a festive opening to the strawberry-picking season in May and a 25-acre corn maze come fall. Grab a unique local souvenir at the farm market, which carries farm-fresh popcorn, strawberry salsa and homemade pumpkin ice cream.
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hen you step into the remote Nelson County building and see paint cans, chopping blocks and wood chips on the floor, you may rightly assume that you have entered an artist’s studio. Watching craftsman Richard Christy work among hanging baskets and hatchets, apple crates and carved duck decoys, you would never guess he is a three-star Michelin chef who cooked personally for President Ford. “Gerald was a very interesting individual, and so was Betty,” Christy says. “He was a really laid-back guy who loved food, especially sweets.”
Christy considers himself fortunate to have worked as a White House chef. But from his current position as a juried artisan on the Monticello Artisan Trail and owner of Rock-n-Creek Cabin, a getaway where he offers pop-up dinners and meals cooked to order, he does not envy his former life. “Restaurants are very demanding, but working from a political perspective is even more stressful because things change all the time,” Christy says. “Working 16 hours a day, six days a week, I didn't get a whole lot of time to do the things I enjoy doing. Coming up to the mountains was always one of those simple enjoyments.” Though Christy grew up in Norfolk, Va., he spent childhood summers camping with the Boy Scouts at Crabtree Falls, a Nelson County hiking destination and home to the country’s tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. “We only had flatlands and the beach,” Christy says, “so the mountains were so memorable and stimulating.” Ultimately, the excitement of those boyhood adventures brought him back — in 2002, he began building a lodge home in Montebello, five minutes from the Falls. “When I started building up here, I had no idea that I was ready to be done with what I'd done for so long,” Christy says. But after eight months of overseeing the construction of the house, he realized his Virginia Beachbased restaurant and catering businesses were running smoothly without him. So he decided to conclude his culinary career. Christy was 16 when he began working as a cook at Little Creek Amphibious Base in Norfolk. He worked at mom-and-pop restaurants, country clubs, city clubs and resorts before he became a Certified Executive Chef and went out on his own. Running as many as five restaurants at once, Christy was named one of the Top 10 chefs in the Hampton Roads area. “I was a trend-setter. I would take cannellini beans, add a praline, and make a white bean candy,” he says. “A lot of chefs would follow my lead.” He went on to spend three and a half years at the White House, at which point public demand led him to start a catering business — one that lasted for 35 years. When Christy retired at age 45, he liquidated everything. Now he spends his days living in the lodge house he built. A separate nearby property includes his studio, a barn for surplus crafting materials and the cabin he rents to guests. He continues to offer Nelson County visitors personalized culinary experiences in the form of made-to-order meals. Offerings range from four-course dinners to portable picnic baskets, all prepared using locally sourced ingredients. “My favorite dish is whatever I'm fixing that day,” Christy says. “My repertoire is so vast that making a fish taco versus a stuffed veal chop with a Sauce Robert is all the same to me. If I've got to make a soufflé, I'm loving making that soufflé today.” LEFT TOP: RAVEN’S ROOST ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF PATRICK MUELLER) LEFT BOTTOM: CHEF RICHARD CHRISTY. RIGHT: SOME OF CHEF CHRISTY’S HANDIWORKS AVAILABLE AT BUCK ISLAND BAY DECOYS. (PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF RICHARD CHRISTY)
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To book a meal, tour the decoy workshop or participate in a hands-on workshop or cooking class, contact Richard Christy at 540.377.9383 or visit 964 Zinks Mill School Road. To browse culinary offerings, shop online or learn more about Buck Island Bay Decoys, visit rockncreekcabin.com. 1
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Blue Ridge Parkway 2 is one of the most scenic drives in the area, stretching south of Afton and Shenandoah National Park. Families and outdoor adventurers love to hike at Humpback Rocks 3 , near milepost 5.8.
THE NELSON DOWNRIVER CANOE AND KAYAK RACE ON THE TYE RIVER. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF NELSON COUNTY TOURISM)
DAY TRIPPING — NELSON COUNTY Appalachian Horse Adventures 4 leads horseback explorations of the Blue Ridge Mountains’ stunning trails. Adults and children 6 and up can enjoy one to eight hours of riding near Montebello. Online reservations are available at appalachianhorseadventures.org. Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail 5 passes picturesque rail cars, covered bridges, flora and fauna, and the Piney and Tye rivers are constant companions along its 14-mile out-and-back trail. A renovated 1915 train depot at the Piney River trailhead serves as a visitor center. Blue Mountain Barrel House 6 pours pints and flights in an intimate tasting room connected to the production facility for Blue Mountain Brewery and offers complimentary tours to customers. Food trucks are on-site Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Blue Moon Antique Mall and Bookstore 7 carries rare and one-of-akind books, antiques and collectibles — the sorts of things you find “once in a blue moon.” Nelson County Visitor Center 8 assists visitors and newcomers to the area with maps, brochures and information on local and statewide attractions from its Lovingston location. Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books 9 invites guests to cozy up with a cup of tea or coffee and a good book in its homey environment. While the space is only open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings, there is always live music on the deck. The Apple Shed 10 stocks a wealth of local produce but is named and best known for its incredible variety of local apples. Owner Russ Simpson is also a licensed marriage celebrant and hosts intimate ceremonies at the shop. The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen 11 fosters understanding and respect for the wilderness of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with educational programs, over 30 miles of trails and over 6,000 acres of protected wilderness in the Wintergreen area.
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Soapstone Quarries | Did you know one of the world’s largest veins of soapstone passes through Nelson County? Stretching north toward the quarry of Alberene, the Albemarle-Nelson Belt created jobs for thousands who mined the slick blue-gray stone. Soapstone quickly became a popular choice for kitchen counters, laundry tubs and farm-style sinks. At the industry’s peak in the 1920s, there were several quarries in the area, including the largest soapstone quarry in the country. Today, the Alberene Soapstone Co. 18 , founded in 1883 and later merged with the rival Virginia Soapstone Co. in Schuyler, is the only soapstone producer in the nation. The Quarry Gardens at Schuyler 19 have repurposed six shuttered quarries into a 600-acre preserve for native Virginia plants.
Basic Necessities Cafe, Wine and Cheese Shop 12 brings a taste of Europe to the Blue Ridge with imported cheeses, freshly baked breads and other casual French fare alongside affordable wines. The retail shop carries edible treats and beautiful crafts.
Rockfish Valley Community Center 14 hosts an eclectic mix of community events, from concerts and fundraisers to workshops, outdoor movies and sporting events. The building also houses a variety of fitness studios and shops, as well as the Rockfish River Gallery of Fine Art and Exquisite Crafts 15 , showcasing fine arts and crafts, and the Virginia Rock Shop 16 , selling unique natural jewelry.
Wild Wolf Brewing Co. 13 surrounds its biergarten with waterfalls, a gazebo and a large koi pond, all providing a scenic setting for enjoying its full menu of sandwiches, salads and bar food, and about a dozen draft beers, including the flagship Belgian-style Blonde Hunny.
Afton Mountain Vineyard 17 overlooks a large lake from its hilltop tasting room, where friendly staff pours the property’s white, red and sparkling wines. Many bottles, including bubbly Bollicine and the sangiovese-based blend Bacco, are Italian-inspired. Discover Charlottesville
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o matter the time of year, the entrance to The Market at Grelen in rural Orange County provides a feast for the eyes. Vivid lilacs, peonies, dogwoods and magnolias shine in the spring, while crepe myrtles and Shasta daisies delight in the summer. A medley of reds, oranges and yellows offer a burst of brilliance in autumn, and Lenten roses and large ornamental evergreens brighten the winter months. Grelen’s idyllic setting on a 600-acre tree nursery conjures the European countryside with its beautiful display of some of the best things central Virginia offers — delightful views, fresh local produce, outdoor adventure, and great food and beverages, as well as a delightful wedding venue. Owners Dan and Leslie Gregg purchased the Somerset property several decades ago for Dan’s growing tree nursery business, but only opened Grelen in 2013. Leslie had a background in retail — she previously owned two baby boutiques in Charlottesville and Richmond — and wanted to try her hand at something a little different. Originally, they only had plans for a retail garden shop, but those notions quickly changed, and the business expanded to fulfill customer demand.
LEFT: AERIAL VIEW OF THE MARKET AT GRELEN. TOP: ZEKE GALVIN, LESLIE CARTER GREGG AND DAN GREGG. (PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE MARKET AT GRELEN)
DAY TRIPPING — ORANGE COUNTY Within the first week Grelen was open, Leslie got unexpected inquiries about hosting weddings. Customers also began asking for food and drink, so she opened a cafe featuring casual food items, including dishes straight from the Grelen garden. “We really just fell into it. It’s a fun thing to put together a shop and sell plants, and it’s kind of just exploded,” Leslie says. Opening the Market at Grelen gave Leslie and Dan a chance to share and preserve a piece of rural Virginia beauty with their visitors — the nursery had never been open to the public, and the land was being eyed by developers before the Greggs purchased it. “Yes, it’s a business and we need to make money, but we are all about the experience — getting people to come and unhook and get off their phones and enjoy the outside,” Leslie explains. Visitors can do just that and explore the property on Grelen’s five trails that wind through rolling farmland, forest and nursery. Grelen sits adjacent to James Madison’s historic Montpelier, and several years ago, the two partnered with the Piedmont Environmental Council on a connector that joins up both properties’ trail systems to create a network of over 10 miles that is free and open to the public. The connector trail was designated a “Virginia Treasure” by the state in 2015. “We feel strongly that it’s a neat way to connect people to the land,” Leslie says of the trail system.
A BURST OF COLOR READY TO PLANT. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE MARKET AT GRELEN)
DAY TRIPPING — ORANGE COUNTY Grelen offers many more opportunities to explore the property, relax and learn gardening tips. You can pick your own berries, peaches and apples, as well as sample local beers, wines and ciders. Gardening workshops cover topics like container garden design and native landscaping, while laidback nighttime events feature live music and food. Grelen also hosts the popular Orange Uncorked Wine Festival, formerly the Montpelier Wine Festival, on land across from the Market in May. Leslie says she’s found the perfect location for her business. “I think Orange County is really special. There’s so much creativity here and a lot of potential. People are making lives here and still enjoying the rural lifestyle.” She also feels strongly that promoting other area businesses is good for her business. Grelen gets countless requests for recommendations, so Leslie founded the Rural Roots Consortium, a curated listing of recommendations for local shopping, dining, outdoor activities and more. “We just feel like we’re ambassadors,” she says. “We want people to come here and have a great time. The more fun they have, the better.” The Market at Grelen, located at 15091 Yager Road in Somerset, offers an array of plants and decor and is open Wednesday– Sunday from March to Christmas. Visit themarketatgrelen.com for more information and trail hours. 1 TOP: PICKERS IN PARADISE. BOTTOM LEFT: DRIED FLOWER WORKSHOP. BOTTOM RIGHT: A BASKET FULL OF GOODIES. (PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE MARKET AT GRELEN)
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Old American Barn 9 gathers 30 vendors for a vast and one-of-a-kind collection of antiques, collectibles and architectural salvage. You’re as likely to stumble across a reclaimed barn door or beautiful wrought iron piece as you are to find antique furniture or vintage jewelry.
nchored by the stately plantation of Montpelier, home to the fourth president, James Madison, Orange County combines Virginia’s rich history with its scenic natural beauty. Winding rural roads, stretching northeast from Charlottesville, make some of the most attractive drives in the area, dotted by charming small towns along the way.
Floradise Orchids 10 cultivates premium orchids for the Charlottesville, Washington DC and Richmond regions from its greenhouse near Gordonsville. Owners Janet Cherchuck and Stephen Shifflett use three decades of expertise to grow dainty miniatures and unique species.
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BBQ Exchange 8 smokes pork, chicken and brisket to top with Virginia, Carolina or Kansas City-style sauces and pair with Southern comfort sides like coleslaw, hush puppies, collard greens, and mac and cheese.
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Alpaca Boutique 5 warms up wearers of its luxe alpaca sweaters, coats and scarves. Next door, Sara’s Jewel Box 6 features creative metal, glass, bead and stone pieces handcrafted by female artisans.
Christ Episcopal Church 3 exemplifies late 19th-century Gothic Revival architecture in its main church building, built in 1875. Brick and flagstone walkways and English and American boxwood flourishing in the garden all make the landscape of the church as pleasing as its construction. Painted at Poplar Haven 4 gives new life to vintage furniture and antiques. A fresh coat of paint adds classic country style to dressers, nightstands, end tables and decorative accents.
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V ISIT O RANGE V IRGINIA . COM 540-672-1653 | 877-222-8072 Laurie Holladay Shop
Annie Gould Gallery
Located in charming and iconic historic Gordonsville, The Laurie Holladay Shop continues a family business for over 75 years! Founded by Laurie’s father, as Nassau Interiors in Princeton, New Jersey,The Shop specializes in exquisite gifts, one-of-a-kind accessories, treasures and exclusive collections; we specialize in expert lamp repair, fixture restoration and lampshades of every description! Mon–Fri 10am–5:30pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–4pm.
The gallery showcases art from local artists as well as regional talent from throughout the world. Works include paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography and textiles.
123 S Main Street Gordonsville, Virginia, VA 22942
121 S Main Street Gordonsville, VA 22942
BBQ Exchange Featuring hickory-smoked, slow-roasted pork shoulders, spareribs, beef brisket & chicken. Our meats are dry-cured, smoked in our specialized cooker & served with homemade sauces, fresh breads & sides like hushpuppies, mac & cheese & collard greens. Service is quick-counter & take-out style with a Virginia genteelness. The rustic building is warm & inviting, furnished with picnic tables lending to the comfortable family experience. Open daily 11am–8pm.
Hours: Tue–Sat 11am–5pm. Sun–Mon 11am–-4pm. Appointments always welcome.
The Alpaca Boutique ...and More! Discover the soft luxury and warmth of alpaca clothing without the prickle often found in wool. This apparel is lightweight and easy to layer making it clothing for all seasons. Sales associates will help you make the ‘right’ choice whether the purchase is a gift or a treat for yourself. Your clothing purchase will be of the highest quality and at the forefront of today’s fashion choices.
102 Martinsburg Avenue Gordonsville, VA 22942
107 S Main Street Gordonsville, VA 22942
Restaurant Rochambeau Focused on authentic French cuisine, Restaurant Rochambeau features a formal dining room with working fireplace, outdoor terrace dining, a separate bar and space for private events. Catering services are available. We partner with local/regional farmers and fishermen to shape our seasonally-driven menu around the finest natural/organic ingredients.
Sara’s Jewel Box An offering of wearable art handcrafted by female artisans from imaginative blends of materials and methods ... for that finishing touch! These distinctive combinations of metals, glass, beads and stones will inspire notice and comment wherever you wear them. They are complemented by pieces selected from the collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art/NYC and the Smithsonian/DC, offering classical as well as trendy options.
115 S Main Street Gordonsville, VA 22942
107 S Main Street Gordonsville, VA 22942
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mountain views are perfect for enjoying a glass of a Bordeaux-style blend or the winery’s award-winning house white — an expressive blend with petit manseng as the foundation. Horton Vineyards 20 , in Gordonsville, models its wines after beauties from the South of France, focusing on viognier (Virginia’s official state grape), petit manseng and syrah-based red blends. Tastings of the property’s award-winning wines are held in an Old World Tudor-style cellar.
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The Orange Historic Commercial District 12 marks the town’s oldest buildings, from picturesque churches to the historic train depot, all built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This is a classic American Main Street walk. The Orange County Visitors Center 13 , housed in the train station, assists guests with recommendations, maps and reservations for various area attractions and restaurants. The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage 14 displays exhibits on notable people throughout Orange County’s history, including fourth President James Madison, his wife Dolley and Orange-born President Zachary Taylor. The Light Well 15 serves burgers, sandwiches and entrées for lunch and dinner with a seasonally rotating wine list and brunch on weekends. In the back room, Willow Spring Brewery 16 pours pale ales and a unique stout brewed with locally harvested chicory. The Arts Center in Orange 17 exhibits fine and contemporary arts and offers classes for children and adults. Inside, the Virginia Artists Gift Shop stocks locally made artwork, pottery, sculpture, fiber art, glassware, metalwork and jewelry. James Madison’s Montpelier 18 shares the stories and lives of the Father of the Constitution, his wife, Dolley, and the enslaved people who made the historic country home function. Choose from a variety of tours or explore the grounds on the property’s 8-mile trail system. Reynard Florence Vineyard 19 , in Barboursville, pours red and white wines in its family-owned and -operated tasting room. The secluded 106
THE “LOVE” ARTWORK IN DOWNTOWN ORANGE MADE BY STOKES OF ENGLAND BLACKSMITHS. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BILL MORROW)
‘LOVE’ Artwork | Playing on the statewide tourism slogan “Virginia is for Lovers,” these larger-than-life sculptures make perfect photo ops all over Virginia. Many of the “LOVEworks” are in Orange County, each putting its own singular spin on the sculpture’s style. Local blacksmith Stephen Stokes contributed to the sculptures in downtown Orange 22 (Taylor Park, S Madison Road, Orange) and at Stony Point Market 23 (4370 Stony Point Road, Barboursville). Liberty Mills Farm 24 (9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset) welcomes visitors with hay bales and tractor tires, while The Market at Grelen 1 (15091 Yager Road, Somerset) creates “living LOVEwork” by filling its handmade frame with beautiful blooms. Share your photos online with the hashtag #LOVEVA.
V ISIT O RANGE V IRGINIA . COM 540-672-1653 | 877-222-8072 The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage A unique presidential, cultural and agricultural museum sharing the heritage of Orange County and the Piedmont Region of Virginia. The museum features the Presidents’ Room, Black History Room, Hall of Agriculture and Transportation, and a rotating exhibit room which changes every few months. Tue–Sat 11am–5pm.
Melrose Antiques & Interiors In the fine antiques and oriental rug business for almost four decades, we feature one of the most extensive collections of 18th- and 19th- century furniture and oriental carpets in Virginia. Come browse over 12,000 square feet of gallery space in historic Orange. Open Mon–Sat 10am–5pm.
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The well-known Market at Grelen has opened their newest venture located on Main St in historic downtown Orange. Grelen Downtown is a unique gift shop featuring baby gifts, pet gifts, best friend gifts, wedding gifts AND… delicious Grelen ice cream as well as a fabulous selection of Virginia beer, cider, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. Open Wed–Sat 11am–6pm, Sun noon–4pm. 112 E Main Street Orange, VA 22960
“An eclectic blend of yesterday and today.” Stop in and browse over 5,000 square feet of new, gentlyloved, vintage, and antique items to give your home and your life a little history, mystery, and uniqueness. We offer a wide variety of styles to accentuate any taste. Shop home furnishings, décor, lighting, tableware, jewelry, books, toys, collectibles, and much more. Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 10am–4pm. 108 W Main Street Orange, VA 22960
Orange County Visitor Center
The Arts Center In Orange
In Orange County you can walk in the footsteps of James Madison or stay at charming B&B’s; enjoy Southern hospitality or fine dining. Explore our many wineries, museums, outdoor activities, quaint shops and galleries. Our Visitor Center, in the old train station, has loads of information. Mon 10am–4pm, Tue 11am–3pm, Wed-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-3pm.
The Arts Center focuses on an appreciation for fine contemporary arts through rotating exhibits by local artists and artisans who work, teach, exhibit and sell their works. The venue includes a Fine Art Gallery, the Virginia Arts Gift Shop, studio classes for adults and ART Camps for Kids. Open Mon–Sat 10am–5pm.
122 E Main Street Orange, VA 22960
129 E Main Street Orange, VA 22960
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entral Virginia tempts with endless opportunities for exploration of the region’s scenic beauty. Parks and trails provide a refreshing break from everyday realities. Orchards and farms yield a bounty of fruits and vegetables. Rivers offer a place for lazy relaxation in the summer, while the mountains beckon as a skier’s playground in the winter.
Above it all is the 200,000-acre Shenandoah National Park, with the iconic Skyline Drive winding the length of the park along 105 miles of mountaintop vistas and scenic overlooks. To the west lies the Shenandoah Valley, and to the east rise the rolling hills of the Piedmont. Step off Skyline Drive and you are met with the sights and sounds of native flora and fauna, along with 500 miles of trails and a congressionally designated wilderness area. Shenandoah is a major destination for Virginia visitors, and during peak periods it is extremely busy. Rewards await those visiting during calmer times, especially on weekdays, says park Superintendent Jennifer Flynn. “If you’re flexible, you’ll see a very different park,” she says. A 27-year veteran of the National Park Service, Flynn appreciates the park’s four wonderful and distinct seasons, its cultural and natural history and its historic lodges. Flynn spends much of her time exploring the park on foot. Recently, she and her youngest son hiked all 106 miles of the Appalachian Trail within the park’s boundaries. One of her favorite hikes near Charlottesville is Blackrock Summit, a short, family-friendly hike with a big reward. “It’s a good hour or two hike that almost anybody can do if they take their time and go slow,” she says. At the summit, hikers are met with a massive pile of Hampton quartzite boulders and almost 360-degree views of the park and the surrounding landscape. SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT JENNIFER FLYNN. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF NATIONAL PARK SERVICE) SHENANDOAH PARK. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF KEVIN KELLEY)
The Rose River Loop near the Fishers Gap Overlook takes hikers on an old fire road and through designated wilderness. The trail offers glimpses of picturesque streams and waterfalls. “In four miles, you get a sense of the different types of trails in the park,” Flynn says. “It doesn’t have a big view, but you do get the water.”
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The beauty of Skyline Drive is indisputable. But a more complete experience awaits those who get out and see the park’s less traveled places. “There really is an opportunity for tranquility and solitude and quiet right outside Charlottesville’s back door,” she says.
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Other hikes she recommends include the Lower Hawksbill Trail, a more strenuous mile-long hike to the park’s tallest peak with an observation platform, and Compton Peak in the park’s northern district. Partly on the Appalachian Trail, Compton features nice views of Skyline Drive. More importantly, along the way is an outcrop of unique columnar jointing, a geometric-shaped geological feature formed from ancient lava flows. “I don’t think there’s a better example in the region,” Flynn notes.
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2 Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery lights up summer nights with a seasonal fire pit, perfect for gathering friends around to enjoy one of their handcrafted “elixirs,” including flagship beers and seasonal craft brews, like coffee stout, citrusy gose and tropically flavored American IPA. Live music features year-round.
The AlbemarleTourism and Adventure Center
Greene County Visitor Center
Located in the Historic Train Depot, the Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center connects visitors and locals alike with the arts, culture, music, food and outdoor attractions that make this area so enjoyable. Our expert Travel Specialists are happy to offer their guidance and provide you with materials on local attractions and so much more! Wed–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun noon–5pm.
Experience small-town charm as we greet and assist you with our expansive assortment of resources. As a State Certified Visitor Center, we offer brochures & maps covering the coastal sands to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Centrally located to many wonderful venues, we guide visitors to wineries, potteries, antiques, national parks & presidential homes. We invite you to stop in to enjoy a complimentary coffee & wi-fi.
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Stone Mountain Vineyards
Coppersmith’s Food & Spirits
Now under new ownership, Stone Mountain Vineyards is celebrating a record harvest for 2017, a new winemaker, and new and exciting events. Join us for a glass on our expansive deck and take in the breathtaking view from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Do not use GPS for directions. OpenThu noon–5pm, Fri–Sun 11am–6pm, Mon noon–5pm.
Enjoy an eclectic dining experience with family and friends at Coppersmith’s where you’re expectation of delicious food and great hospitality will be exceeded. Sit at the magnificent copper bar for a fun happy hour and a rotating beer selection to satisfy any palette. Accepting reservations! Sun brunch, lunch & dinner Tue–Sun.
1376 Wyatt Mountain Road Dyke, VA 22935
5924 Seminole Trail Barboursville, Virginia 22923
The Wooly Lam Whether you’re a casual antiquer or avid treasure hunter, you’re in luck! The Wooly Lam is an antiques and gift shop with an appeal and personality all its own. It is the bright and sunny home of 40+ vendors on two large floors. Here you will find an exciting mix of new and vintage goods such as furniture, collectibles, bottles, signs, tools, toys, as well as jewelry, glassware, primitives, shabby chic furniture and much more. Open daily 10am–6pm.
The Wolf’s Fixins Barbecue Self-taught pitmaster Keith Simmons invites you to come sink your teeth into a wide variety of tender and smoky barbecue meats. Enjoy watching your favorite team in our cozy farmhousestyle restaurant while feasting on our smoked wings, pulled pork, or sandwiches on a brioche bun. Mon 11am–9pm, Wed–Thu 11am–9pm, Fri– Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am–3pm.
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DAY TRIPPING — BLUE RIDGE LOOP Grit Coffee 3 sources high-quality beans for the perfect roast served alongside light meals and baked goods for an early morning start to the day or a much-needed afternoon pick-me-up. The Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center 4 points visitors to the county’s best outdoor activities and attractions from its office in the historic Crozet train depot. The adjacent Crozet Artisan Depot 5 features handcrafted works from over 70 local artists, including painting, pottery, textiles and even artisanal chocolates. Grace Estate Winery 6 provides a picture-perfect setting for admiring central Virginia’s vineyards. Sample unique varietals like petit manseng and tannat alongside a charcuterie board featuring regionally made salami and artisanal cheeses. Our Lady of the Angels Monastery 7 welcomes visitors to join them in their daily prayer and monastic liturgy. The self-sustaining community of nuns at this peaceful location makes 2-pound wheels of Dutch-style Gouda cheese, available for purchase on-site. Stone Mountain Vineyards 8 commands sweeping views over the Shenandoah Valley from its mountaintop tasting room. GPS and online map services may be inaccurate; follow the directions provided at stonemountainvineyards.com. The Greene County Visitor Center 9 is located on Route 29, south of the Route 33 intersection, and provides maps, brochures and information for regional and statewide attractions. Boot’Vil 10 fits customers with boots, hats and other Western wear. Comfortable American-made brands can suit any occasion from work to walking down the aisle. Jack’s Shop Kitchen 11 highlights seasonal ingredients from local Virginia farms with a frequently changing à la carte menu, including hearty breakfasts and inventive lunchtime soups, salads and sandwiches. The Wooly Lam 12 is a collector’s paradise with over 40 vendors supplying antique and vintage furniture, tools, toys, jewelry, glassware and other collectible treasures and keepsakes. Noon Whistle Pottery 13 spreads its enviable collection of ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, handblown glass, weaving, soaps and candles from 150 American artisans over three floors in historic Stanardsville. 112
Massanutten Resort 14 is best known for its winter wonderland ski slopes, but offers many other year-round activities as well, such as tubing, an indoor-outdoor water park, golf and a day spa. Grand Caverns 15 , opened in 1806, showcases some of the oldest and most striking cave formations in the country, including Cathedral Hall, one of the largest cavern rooms on the East Coast. Seven Arrows Brewing Co. 16 invites guests to kick back with a pint in its laidback tasting room complete with indoor cornhole and a menu of sandwiches, salads and starters. South River Greenway 17 meanders about a mile along the South River in Waynesboro, providing a scenic connection between the city’s popular parks. The Plumb House Museum 18 is the oldest structure in Waynesboro, built between 1802 and 1804. Now home to the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, the museum displays Civil War and Native American artifacts and hosts the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Waynesboro. South River Fly Shop 19 lies just one block away from its eponymous Waynesboro river where it guides full-service fly-fishing excursions. The store carries practical clothing and gear, including waders, vests, lines, rods, fly boxes and tying tools. P Buckley Moss Gallery 20 in Waynesboro is only 10 minutes from the artist’s barn studio, where she draws inspiration from the Shenandoah Valley to create pleasant abstract expressionist paintings of the valley’s scenery and Amish and Mennonite communities. Rockfish Gap Outfitters 21 makes the most of its location between Shenandoah National Park to its north and the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway to its south with an array of hiking, biking, camping and other outdoor gear. King’s Gourmet Popcorn 22 camps its mobile stand atop Afton Mountain, popping sweet and savory snacks galore in flavors like BBQ, cheddar, caramel and s’mores. The stand also sells hot dogs, pork rinds, ice cream and nonalcoholic beverages. For a scenic alternative to I-64, consider driving along Route 250, a charming country road passing by the village of Crozet, peppered with well-stocked antique shops, storied golf courses and bucolic farms. Portions of Route 250 follow the historic path of Three Notch’d Road, a major colonial-era route, which Virginian legislators used to flee the British during the American Revolution. Discover Charlottesville
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or longtime residents of Scottsville, the James River acts as the undercurrent shaping both work and life. And self-described “smalltown river rat” Ashley Denby Noble grew up as close to the riverbank as you can get. Her parents founded James River Reeling & Rafting, a canoe and kayak rental and shuttle service, before she was even born. “My dad grew up working in the original Scottsville flour mill building, and after acquiring the building in the late ’80s, my parents geared their sales more towards the demand for river activities and less on farm and garden supply,” she says. By the early 1990s, Denby and her siblings spent as much time by the river as in their own home. “If we weren’t down on the riverbanks helping people off of the water, we were in the back of the building making forts out of inner tubes and using life jackets for our beds!” Today Denby and her husband, Devin Noble, manage the business with two small children of their own. They offer locals and out-of-towners alike fishing, camping, kayaking and tubing down the long horseshoe
bend of the James as it passes by Scottsville. The water itself is great for novices and the introduction to water sports, she says, because it is a “lazy river” of Class I and Class II rapids with near-total visibility through the water. After customers take a bus ride from Denby’s headquarters on Ferry Street, they plunk into kayaks and inner tubes on the river and drift past a countryside panorama, passing bucolic farms with cows standing on the riverbanks and dense woodlands where turtles, blue herons and occasionally bald eagles perch in the shade. “It’s an entirely different view of central Virginia than you’ll get anywhere else on land,” Denby says. Reeling & Rafting offers a snapshot of the river-centric lifestyle cherished by Scottsville natives. “We hike, we bike, we hunt in season, but mostly we spend a lot of time on the riverbanks,” she says. “We look forward to late summer and early fall when the business starts to slow down so we can spend more quality time with our children out on the river fishing, swimming and teaching them about unplugging and a simpler way of life.”
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Ultimately, life with the James River “teaches you to be thankful for what you have,” she says. “Trying to pass on that love and gratitude to my own children is absolutely imperative. I hope that one day they 726 share the same love for all things outdoors and to take care of precious resources for generations to come.”
By and large, she says, Scottsville is a very laid-back community. “It’s a tiny town of 600 people but a very large community with a connecting tri-county area. There is always something going on.” Denby moved away after graduating from James Madison University but soon came back to Scottsville for good. “After spending a few years between Puget Sound and Tybee Island, I knew what I was missing and I returned to life on the river,” she says.
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DAY TRIPPING — SCOTTSVILLE Scottsville Historic District 2 sits at the horseshoe bend of the James River with a cluster of charming buildings spanning from the mid-18th century through the 1950s. See scottsville.org for a self-guided walking tour. James River Brewery 3 taps several of its refreshing beers in a 19thcentury brick warehouse on Valley Street. Sip on a flagship blonde or brown ale in the taproom or in the outdoor beer garden. Scottsville Supply Co. 4 stocks gear for novice beekeepers as well as unique bee-themed gifts and decor, such as honey-based candles, soaps, sweets and antiques. River Town Antiques 5 brings together over 50 vendors peddling antiques and collectibles ranging from home furnishings to vintage clothing, one-of-a-kind jewelry to antique signs. The Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature 6 helps students of all ages explore arts and the outdoors from its headquarters in the historic Victory Hall Theater. Opened in 1920, the theater screened silent films and Hollywood classics before becoming Scottsville’s municipal building. Scottsville Community Farmers Market 7 encourages locals and visitors to meet, greet and eat on Saturday mornings from April to midNovember. Farm fresh produce abounds while local artisans sell soaps, jewelry, leather and woodcraft. Levee Walk 8 offers great views over the James River from the A. Raymon Thacker Levee, dedicated in 1989. Begin your stroll from Canal Basin Square 9 , a park featuring displays about the river’s history, open for self-guided tours during daylight hours. Tavern on the James 10 serves lunch and dinner seven days a week from its Valley Street dining room and patio. American cuisine, from slowcooked pot roast to crab-stuffed mushrooms, dominates the menu.
THE FAMOUS HORSESHOE BEND IN THE JAMES RIVER AT THE TOWN OF SCOTTSVILLE. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ASHLEY DENBY NOBLE)
Scott’s Landing | The James River was the lifeblood of Colonial Virginia and of Scott’s Landing (now Scottsville), the town founded near the river’s iconic Horseshoe Bend in 1744. Here, flat-bottom boats called bateaux carried goods such as tobacco down the river to Richmond and later returned with dishes, furniture and clothing from England and France. Its importance as a commercial center led Scott’s Landing to play a role in government as well. The town served as the seat of Albemarle County’s government until 1762, when the county seat was moved to Charlottesville. Scott’s Landing continued as a hub of booming trade until the Civil War, when soldiers destroyed its canal system. Today, visitors come to this sleepy, historic town for its well-preserved 19th-century charm. But the river remains its heart and soul.
Lumpkin’s Restaurant 11 has cheerfully welcomed diners with its trademark roadside rooster “Rodney” for over 50 years. Inside, you’ll find classic American diner fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cash only.
James River Runners 13 operates fishing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking and rafting excursions from Hatton Ferry down the James River from April to October. Enjoy a lazy afternoon float or camp alongside the river on a longer getaway.
Hatton Ferry 12 crosses the James River in historic style with the last remaining pole-operated ferry in the United States. Take a ride on weekends from April to October, water levels permitting.
Thistle Gate Vineyard 14 pours red, white and late-harvest Port-style wines at its tasting room, just 5 miles east of Scottsville. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from March to December.
Scottsville Supply Company Ready to get buzzed on our honey? Come try different honeys from across the U.S. and Virginia at our Honey Tasting Bar. We carry raw honey, handcrafted beeswax candles and soaps, and a variety of bee-related gifts. In the spring of 2019 we will install two colonies of honeybees at the store, so bee sure to come see what the buzz is all about! Open Tue–Sat.
River Town Antiques River Town Antiques has over 50 different antique and collectible vendors housed in a 12,000 square foot store. Our large inventory offers everything from A-Z and customers enjoy GREAT prices! The store’s location provides abundant parking, a brightly lit space with wide aisles and a selection of antique items ranging from the 1700s to vintage collectibles. Mon closed, Tue-Sun 10am-5pm.
137 Main Street Scottsville, VA 24590
190 Scottsville Center Scottsville, VA 24590
Tavern on the James Our tavern has been awarded numerous accolades including: Trip Advisor 4.5 out of 5 stars, AAA Diamond, voted Favorite Overall Restaurant, Favorite Restaurant, Favorite Place for Outdoor Dining, Award Winning Menu Selections and voted one of the top Late Night Entertainment Destinations. Attentive service, generous portions and reasonably priced. “Worth the Ride” (Trip Advisor). Lunch and dinner daily, Breakfast on Sat and Sun.
Farmstead Ferments & Mercantile Delicious, healthy foods abound at this eclectic, Farm-to-Table shop featuring an array of sauerkrauts, kimchi, pickles, hot sauces and other fermented goodies. Pickle Bar with Kombucha and Water Kefir soda on tap. Weekly lunch specials including vegan and gluten-free options. Peruse our herbal tea selection and herbal apothecary. Open Tue–Sat 10am–4pm.
280 Valley Street Scottsville, VA 24590
330 Valley Street Scottsville, VA 24590
Lumpkin’s Restaurant Lumpkin’s Restaurant has been family-owned and -operated for nearly 50 years. Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner where we serve a full menu of comforting, down-home dishes in a quaint, welcoming atmosphere. Lumpkin’s feels just like home. Look for the gigantic rooster to greet you in front of our restaurant. Cash only. Closed Wednesday & Sunday. Open Mon & Tue, Thu–Sat 7am–8pm.
Barefoot Country Store A quaint country store featuring a full menu with house made and locally sourced food. Try our made from scratch baked goods or local beer and wine on our creek side patio! Explore our wide variety of unique gifts, outdoor gear, toys, old fashioned candy, and more. Seasonal ice cream parlor featuring Homestead Creamery ice cream out back! Mon–Fri 7am–6pm, Sat–Sun 8am–6pm.
1075 Valley Street Scottsville, VA 24590
635 Valley Street Scottsville, VA 24590
SAYING I DO
ynn Easton has orchestrated weddings in some amazing locales — Montenegro, Aspen and the Bahamas, to name a few. But it is the town she calls home that she considers one of the ultimate destinations for weddings. As the founder of Easton Events, a wedding and event planning company, Easton says Charlottesville is a popular choice not only with wedding couples but also with their guests, many of whom lengthen their stay to incorporate some time to explore the area. It all begins with the scenery: “Our majestic views are what romance would look like if it were a landscape,” Easton raves. “Add in our layers of history, our unique flavor celebrated in our Virginia wines, and of course our friendly and talented people, and Charlottesville delivers the whole package.” The area has become one of the more popular destinations for weddings in the United States, drawing many couples whether or not they have local ties. That popularity means options for wedding locales continue to grow all the time — from historic estates and churches to scenic vineyards and romantic resorts. Stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and rolling hills — eye-catching in any season — are a draw for many brides when they choose Charlottesville. Easton has a soft spot for the vineyards. “My dream wedding is a dreamy one indeed,” she explains. Guests would all arrive via hotair balloon for a locally sourced outdoor meal among the grapevines in full candlelight. Whatever your own dream, a Charlottesville wedding promises beauty and adventure. Easton Events accepts new wedding and private event clients through its contact form at eastonevents.com. For more information, call 434.293.4898. INSET TOP: THE KUNKLE WEDDING AT PIPPIN HILL FARM & VINEYARDS. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF TEC PETAJA FOR EASTON EVENTS) INSET BOTTOM: LYNN EASTON. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF JEN FARIELLO FOR EASTON EVENTS) RIGHT: THE GROUNDS AT PIPPIN HILL FARM & VINEYARDS. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF M.A.P. DRONES FOR EASTON EVENTS)
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SAYING I DO The Details Planner Easton Events
Photographer Tec Petaja
Venue Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Videographer Shaking Hands
Cake Favorite Cakes
Ceremony Musicians Morwenna & Jay
Rentals Beehive, Festive Fare, Small Masterpiece
Dance Floor + Band Wash Blue Ridge AV & Lighting
Florist Ariella Chezar
Chandni & Apurva
SAYING I DO The Details Wedding Planner Evelyn Keyes Events
Decorator Yaadein Events
Photographer Jason Keefer Photography
Musicians Pandya Music
Venue Castle Hill Cider
DJ & Dhol/Baraat DJ Dynasty
Priest Ravi Dave
Makeup Artist Salon SBS
Officiant Captain William Marshall
Wedding Cake Sweethaus
Caterer Bollywood Bistro
Videographer Citrus Ceremonies
Henna FAM Henna
Tent Central VA Rentals
Small Town Charm, Big Town Attitude
oth longtime locals and newcomers agree that Charlottesville blends the best of many worlds. From ascending the Blue Ridge Mountains to rafting the James River, outdoor enthusiasts can hike, paddle and ride to their heartsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; content. Culture seekers can soak up the vibrant arts, food and drink scenes or avail themselves of nearby Washington, D.C. Factor in worldclass education, healthcare and business opportunities, and it is easy to see why so many people choose to call Charlottesville home.
OLD TRAIL VILLAGE IN CROZET. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MATTEUS FRANKOVICH AND SKYCLADAERIAL.COM)
TURNING LOCAL “When most people look for a place to live, they’re looking for small-town charm with a bigger town attitude,” says local Realtor David Sloan. “I think Charlottesville holds its own against those type of places anywhere in the world.” Sloan himself has lived in the area for 61 of his 63 years. Despite brief stints in Denver, Seattle and Richmond, he always wanted to come back. “The people here range from the super intellectuals — smart, driven people that can guide a university — to the good old boys and girls that run hair salons, nail shops and plumbing companies,” he says. “There’s a balance here that I think is pretty unique.” He sums up that balance by LONGTIME LOCAL REALTOR DAVID SLOAN. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF DAVID SLOAN AND SLOAN MANIS REAL ESTATE) referencing a show he saw at UVA’s Scott Stadium, back when I go to the Downtown Mall, I can’t just run down to the post office and the Rolling Stones came to town. “I remember seeing Mick Jagger — back out again. It’s going to be an Andy of Mayberry kind of thing. You’re he is so used to saying, ‘Hello, London! Hello, Prague! Hello, Moscow! going to run into people who you went to high school with or who do Hello, New York!’ When he got to say, ‘Hello, Charlottesville!’ You could your taxes or live in your part of the county.” tell, he was like ‘Charlottesville? What the heck? What am I saying?’” Sloan sees Charlottesville as one of the few cities of its size to offer such a wide range of options for residents. “We have attracted a ton of people that can work anywhere in the world,” he says, pointing out the recent proliferation of restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, and medical and pharmaceutical companies as evidence of local popularity and growth. That college town status adds excitement to the local lifestyle, he says. “It ups your immediate IQ. UVA has got an outstanding reputation, so you’re attracting people that want to teach at, attend, be a part of a very, very fine institution.” But tourists who visit only to tour Monticello and UVA’s picturesque campus miss out on the full picture. “Charlottesville’s still got a core small-town feel about it,” Sloan explains. “My dad was a cop here in town, and my mother was born in southern Albemarle County. So when 126
As a Realtor, Sloan enjoys helping his buyers see his hometown with fresh eyes. “I get a lot of fun out of showing off Charlottesville. Letting buyers decide what part they want to live in and why. What’s good about it, and what could stand some improvement. What’s rush hour like at eight o’clock in the morning. That kind of stuff,” he says. “I had a UVA coach in my car recently who had lived here for 25 years. I took him to a bunch of neighborhoods that he never knew even existed.” Like Sloan himself, many people who grew up in Charlottesville or went to UVA move away only to return. They rediscover that the town they thought they outgrew is actually perfect for their next chapter in life. “Recently the daughter of a very good friend of mine moved back to Charlottesville with her husband,” Sloan says. “They’re expecting their first
TURNING LOCAL child, and they’re just wonderful people. They love the outdoors, they love people, and they had an opportunity to join a fairly new startup company, which is thriving right now. It was so much fun showing them around.” Even though she was originally from this area, Sloan says, the Charlottesville native was used to living in planned communities with neighbors right next to her. She and her husband expected more of the same but ultimately bought a small house in Ivy, an area a few miles west of the city with easy access to mountain biking trails. They even landed a big fenced-in backyard for their high-energy dogs. “I don’t want to sound like a real estate agent, but it hit all the buttons: great location, school district, price,” he says. “They’re just elated. They’re looking so forward to spending a long, long time there raising their children and being in that part of the world. And I don’t think they ever expected that.” “If you think about living in a nice little bungalow or cottage or Sears-Roebuck house in the Belmont neighborhood, you think about city life: noise, buses, sirens, neighbors. Now this couple is 15 to 20 minutes to everything, and yet, when they go to sleep at night, there’s literally this little deer family that beds down underneath their trees in the backyard. They’re a prime example of someone who had an idea about what they really wanted, but something else started growing on them,” he says. “I think Charlottesville offers you plenty of opportunities to push your limits without having to move out of the house you wanted to live in for most of your life.” David Sloan is a Realtor with Sloan Manis Real Estate. Homebuyers can view listings for available local properties at sloanmanis.com or call David at 434.962.8829.
EDUCATION The wealth of educational opportunities at every level inspire many to move to Charlottesville. The University of Virginia is, of course, a source of pride and offers more than undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UVA provides enriching classes tailored to older students. Piedmont Virginia Community College also offers higher education to locals of any age. Families with children thrive in the excellent public school systems of the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County and an array of superb private schools, including the Miller School of Albemarle (grades 8-12), St. Anne’s-Belfield School (pre-K-12), Tandem Friends School Home (grades 5-12) and the Covenant School (pre-K-6). 128
MAJOR EMPLOYERS Many people come to Charlottesville for job opportunities, with robust industries like healthcare, education, government and data analysis. The City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County governments employ many locals, including in their school systems. The University of Virginia is also a prominent employer in education. The United States Department of Defense has a prominent presence with the National Ground Intelligence Center headquartered about 10 miles north of Downtown. UVA Health System, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, State Farm Insurance and S&P Global Market Intelligence are also major employers in the area.
SENIOR LIVING Charlottesville is a popular retirement destination and filled with comfortable communities for seniors who enjoy the area’s rich history, temperate climate and excellent healthcare. Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, Morningside of Charlottesville, The Colonnades and Our Lady of Peace all cater to seniors’ needs with various combinations of assisted and independent living and skilled nursing care.
HEALTHCARE Charlottesville has world-class healthcare for such a small community, with many primary care physicians and specialists associated with the area’s two major hospitals: UVA Health System and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. There are also a variety of alternative medicine options in the area, like floatation therapy at AquaFloat, healing herbs at the apothecary-style shop The Elderberry, and cryotherapy at Rivanna Cryotherapy Recovery Center.
REAL ESTATE From the historic charm of Downtown to the comfortable suburbs in Albemarle County and the pastoral bliss of rolling hills throughout the region, the Charlottesville area abounds with attractive real estate options. The Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors serves over 1,300 real estate professionals and affiliate members. There are also a number of private real estate firms, including Nest Realty and McLean Faulconer, or you could design your dream home with a local architecture firm such as Purple Cherry Architects.
Albemarle Angler, The 1129 Emmet Street N 434.977.6882 albemarleangler.com Arts Center in Orange, The 129 E Main Street Orange, VA 22960 540.672.7311 artscenterinorange.com Boars Head Outfitters 200 Ednam Drive 434.214.4560 boarsheadoutfitters.com Carter Mountain Orchard 1435 Carters Mountain Trail 434.977.1833 chilesfamilyorchards.com Charlottesville Symphony University of Virginia 434.924.3139 cvillesymphony.org Chiles Peach Orchard 1351 Greenwood Road Crozet, VA 22932 434.823.1583 chilesfamilyorchards.com Cville Escape Room Downtown Mall 310 E Main Street 434.566.9499 cvilleescaperoom.com Fralin Museum of Art, The University of Virginia 155 Rugby Road 434.924.3592 uvafralinartmuseum.virginia.edu Grand Caverns 5 Grand Caverns Drive Grottoes, VA 24441 540.249.5705 | 888.430.2283 grandcaverns.com Halo Salt Spa Downtown Mall 400 E Main Street 434.234.3827 halosaltspa.com
Inn at Willow Grove 14079 Plantation Inn Orange, VA 22960 innatwillowgrove.com
IX Art Park 963 Second Street SE 503.421.4425 whatisix.com
James Madison’s Montpelier 11350 Constitution Highway Montpelier Station, VA 22957 540.672.2728 | montpelier.org
James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage 129 Caroline Street Orange, VA 22960 540.672.1776 thejamesmadisonmuseum.net James Monroe’s Highland 2050 James Monroe Parkway 434.293.8000 highland.org Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia 400 Worrell Drive 434.244.0234 | kluge-ruhe.org Massanutten Resort & Indoor Water Park 1822 Resort Drive Massanutten, VA 22840 540.289.9441 | massresort.com
Michie Tavern ca. 1784 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway 434.977.1234 | michietavern.com
Mill House Spa at the Inn at Willow Grove 14079 Plantation Way Orange, VA 22960 540.317.1206 innatwillowgrove.com/spa.html
Paramount Theater, The Downtown Mall 215 E Main Street 434.979.1922 | theparamount.net Unlocked History Escape Rooms 1717 Allied Street 434.664.1059 unlockedhistory.com
Jefferson Vineyards 1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway 434.977.3042 jeffersonvineyards.com
Citizen Bowl Shop Downtown Mall 223 W Main Street 434.234.3662 | citizenbowlshop.com
Pollak Vineyards 330 Newtown Road Greenwood, VA 22943 540.456.8844 | pollakvineyards.com
Citizen Burger Bar Downtown Mall 212 E Main Street 434.979.9944 | citizenburgerbar.com
Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery 6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike Crozet, VA 22932 434.823.4878 | prnbrewery.com
Seven Arrows Brewing Company 2508 Jefferson Highway #1 Waynesboro, VA 22980 540.221.6968 sevenarrowsbrewing.com
Coppersmith’s Food & Spirits 5924 Seminole Trail Barboursville, Virginia 22923 434.284.5763 coppersmithsdining.com
South Street Brewery 106 W South Street 434.293.6550 southstreetbrewery.com
Downtown Grille, The Downtown Mall 201 W Main Street 434.817.7080 downtowngrille.com
Stone Mountain Vineyards 1376 Wyatt Mountain Road Dyke, VA 22935 434.990.9463 stonemountainvineyards.com
Forked on Main 124 W Main Street Orange, VA 22960 540.308.7660 | forkedonmain.com
Lumpkin’s Restaurant 1075 Valley Street Scottsville, VA 24590 434.286.3690
Wild Wolf Brewing Company 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway Nellysford, VA 22958 434.361.0088 | wildwolfbeer.com
Maru Korean Restaurant Downtown Mall 412 E Main Street 434.956.4110
MidiCi The Shops at Stonefield 2055 Bond Street 434.284.8874 | mymidici.com
Paradox Pastry At the Glass House Building Downtown 313 Second Street SE 434.245.2253 paradoxpastrycafe.com
Public Fish & Oyster 513 W Main Street 434.995.5542 | publicfo.com
Aberdeen Barn 2018 Holiday Drive 434.296.4630 | aberdeenbarn.com
Violet Crown Cinema Downtown Mall 200 W Main Street violetcrown.com
BBQ Exchange 102 Martinsburg Avenue Gordonsville, VA 22942 540.832.0227 | bbqex.com
Virginia Discovery Museum Downtown Mall 524 E Main Street 434.977.1025 | vadm.org
Biltmore Restaurant, The 16 Elliewood Avenue 434.202.1498 thebiltmorecville.com
Virginia Film Festival 434.982.5277 virginiafilmfestival.org
Bluegrass Grill & Bakery At the Glass House Building Downtown 313 Second Street SE 434.295.9700 | bluegrasscville.com
C&O Restaurant 515 E Water Street 434.971.7044 candorestaurant.com
Chaps Ice Cream Downtown Mall 223 E Main Street 434.977.4139 chapsicecream.com
Chimm Thai & Southeast Asian 365 Merchant Walk Square 434.288.1120 facebook.com/chimmtaste
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Barboursville Vineyards 17655 Winery Road Barboursville, VA 22923 540.832.3824 | bbvwine.com
71 & 112 Basic City Beer Co. 1010 E Main Street Waynesboro, VA 22980 540.943.1010 | basiccitybeer.com 71
Blue Mountain Brewery 9519 Critzers Shop Road Afton, VA 22920 540.456.8020 bluemountainbrewery.com
Renewal 1106 W Main Street 434.984.8010 renewalrestaurant.com 105 Restaurant Rochambeau 115 S Main Street Gordonsville, VA 22942 540.832.0130 restaurantrochambeau.com 61 Sultan Kebab At the Glass House Building Downtown 333 Second Street SE 434.981.0090 sultankebabcville.com 60 & 117 Tavern on the James 280 Valley Street Scottsville, VA 24590 434.286.3500 tavernonthejames.com