Things to Do
Home of two U.S. Presidents, as well as many other figures in early American history, Charlottesville is the county seat of Albemarle County, Virginia. With a population just under 50,000, Charlottesville epitomizes Southern small-town friendliness and hospitality while offering many of the sophistications of a larger metropolitan area.
No surprise, the Charlottesville area has a plethora of antiques and shops of all styles to satisfy your treasure-hunting desires. Your Innkeeper can direct you to the antique malls, hidden treasures, and rural markets that will best suit your fancy.
Art Museums and Galleries
- The Fralin Museum at the University of Virginia features a permanent collection of over 13,000 pieces including European and American painting, photography, Native American art, and African art, as well as traveling exhibitions.
- The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the exhibition and study of Australian Aboriginal Art.
- Located right off the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, the McGuffy Art Center has monthly art exhibits from mostly local artists as well as working studios you are welcome to tour and First Friday art talks open to the public.
Charlottesville is a great place to eat. The localvore movement is strong here, with several farm-to-table restaurants offering seasonal menus of locally grown produce and meats. International fare is impressive: in the downtown area choose from South African, Thai, French, Italian, Indian, Latin-American, and more. And we are far enough South to really appreciate some good old fashioned home-style cookin’ as well.
The Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, are popular and easy drives from your Charlottesville Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy the scenic overlooks, or bring your hiking shoes and venture forth on one of the many trails: the views make it all worthwhile! Combine your hike with a visit to one of our local vineyards, wineries, breweries, cideries, or distilleries for a well-rounded experience of the local countryside.
For options closer to town, the Monticello trail offers 2.5 miles of well-groomed trails and boardwalks through the woods between a lower parking lot and the Monticello Visitor Center.
Floating in a colorful balloon over the early morning or dusky evening mountain tops — it sounds like a dream. That dream can come true on your Charlottesville, Virginia vacation with one of many local balloon ride providers. See the stunning landscapes of the Shenandoah from a completely new perspective as you float through the clouds…
Charlottesville has an impressive music scene. The Downtown Mall alone boasts three major music venues, and the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia offers stadium shows on a regular basis. Local talent abounds as well, the town where Dave Matthews got his start shows strong support for up and coming artists in many genres. Stroll past live acts on the Downtown Mall, or enjoy jazz, folk, or rock performances at many local restaurants and bars.