Local Attractions

Virginia with its beautiful countryside, history, wineries, and wide range of outdoor activities, unquestionably is a “must see” place on everyone’s check list. Charlottesville itself is a home to the nationally acclaimed University of Virginia, founded in 1825 by then-Charlottesville-resident Thomas Jefferson. This unique city includes numerous historical sites situated in one of the most beautiful areas in the country. Not far from Charlottesville’s downtown area, you can tour homes of ex-presidents Thomas Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson, and James Madison.
Charlottesville is situated within the upper Piedmont Plateau approximately 120 miles southwest of Washington D.C. and 70 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia.  

University of Virginia – University of Virginia Rotunda and Central Grounds, designed and built by Thomas Jefferson, have been named to the World Heritage List, www.virginia.edu

Monticello - home of Thomas Jefferson the third U.S. President, and the only house in the U.S. on the World Heritage List of International Treasures, www.monticello.org
Montpelier – James and Dolly Madison’s residence, located 30 minutes north of Charlottesville in Orange County, www.montpelier.org
Ash Lawn Highland – Home of fifth U.S. President James Monroe, located a short distance from Monticello at site selected by Monroe’s friend, Thomas Jefferson, www.ashlawnhighland.org
Michie Tavern – this 18th century inn invites visitors to dine on traditional midday fare. Afterwards, one may tour the original Inn or visit the Virginia Wine Museum, www.michietavern.com


Barboursville Vineyard – located 30 minutes north of Charlottesville, has been appointed by The Thomas Jefferson Foundation as exclusive producer of wines in the Monticello Collection, www.barboursvillewine.com
Jefferson Vineyard – since 1986 this vineyard has crafted fine wines from fruit grown on Thomas Jefferson’s original 1774 vineyards sites, www.jeffersonvineyards.com
Keswick Vineyard – located 10 minutes from Charlottesville at the historic 400-acre Edgewood Estate in Keswick, www.keswickvineyards.com
Monticello Wine trailwww.monticellowinetrail.com

Charlottesville is as well a home of several fine restaurants and delicious food. From five star restaurants to small, local family owned businesses, everyone can find a place to match their tastes. 

Downtown Grille - in the hart of historic district of Charlottesville, www.downtowngrille.com   

L`Etoile Restaurant – on the West Main Street, operated since August 1993, www.letoilerestaurant.com 

Hamilton’s – on the Downtown Mall, contemporary American cuisine, www.hamiltonsrestaurant.com 

Oxo – situated on the edge of the Downtown Mall, modern interpretation of classical French cooking, www.oxorestaurant.com 

Palladio Restaurant – at Barboursville Vineyards, fine restaurant offering culinary traditions from northern Italy, www.palladiorestaurant.com  


Outdoors Activities



Skyline Drivewww.nps.gov

Blue Ridge Parkwaywww.virginiablueridge.org


James Riverwww.reelingandrafting.com/closeby.htm


Oakland Heightswww.oaklandheightsfarm.com


Natural Bridgewww.naturalbridgeva.com
Luray Cavernswww.luraycaverns.com