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Activities & Attractions

Yeah, we've got it all.  Really, we do.  Where else can you watch a horse race with 15,000 people, write in chalk on the one of the nation's premier public monuments, perform a double lutz on ice, hop on a guided wine tasting tour of area vineyards, visit where Edgar Allan Poe lived, eat famous peach ice cream and see an upcoming musicial star all in one day?

But that's just one day, and there is just too much to do to stay for only 24 hours.  Visitors must tour the homes of presidents -- Jefferson and Monroe, ride on the only poled ferry operating in the United States, watch the one of the nation's top collegiate baseball teams, attend the concert of a Grammy winning artist, look at an early printing of the Declaration of Independence, drink America's most award winning Irish Stout and eat dinner on the tables that Dave Matthews once waited on as an emerging musician. 

But then there is plenty more to do and see on day three, when you can tour a UNISESCO World Heritage Site,  learn how to grow mushrooms,  play 18-holes of championship golf among ACC golfers... better yet...scope out the listings below.  If something strikes your fancy, click Add to Trip Builder and see how your however many days you can stay shapes up.

Of course our regional attractions are well worth the short drive, and they include another presidential home, James Madison's Montpelier.

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Norm's Transportation

Sit back, relax and leave the driving to us as we take you on a Private, Chauffeured Tour of the local Vineyards, Breweries, Hard Cideries and Distillery. Don't forget to ask us about lunch options. Norm’s Transportation offers a variety of tours to Charlottesville area wineries. You can choose and customize your tour to a variety of wineries or p... MORE >>

Monticello

  • 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 984-9822 | Fax: (434) 977-7757
  • Region: Monticello Area
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No other home in the United States more accurately reflects the personality of its owner than Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's architectural masterpiece and beloved mountaintop home. Monticello is the only home in America recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. Guided tours of the house are offered daily throughout the year; outdoo... MORE >>

Wish Wish Wine Tours

Affordable Private & Hop-On Wine Tours To Charlottesville's Best Wineries. See Availability & Pricing Online. Tour Our Top Routes or Set Your Own. Let’s Go ! MORE >>

Boar's Head Cooking Classes

  • 200 Ednam Drive
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Toll-Free: 855.692.6538
  • Region: University Area
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Boar's Head, a 175-room resort situated on 573 acres in the Virginia countryside, offers Four-Diamond dining, a state-of-the-art sports club, award-winning tennis, championship golf, a luxury spa, children's programs, and 22,000 square feet of event space including the expansive Pavilion. Making The Boar's Head even more attractive is its close pro... MORE >>

Blue Ridge Wine Excursions

Let us escort you in comfort and style as you taste some of Virginia’s finest wines in the idyllic countryside of central Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you are a couple looking for an intimate getaway, a small group celebrating a special occasion, or a business team looking for a creative outing, we can handle all of the details s... MORE >>

Blue Ridge Brew Excursions

  • 175 South Pantops Drive
  • Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • (434) 531-5802
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THE CRAFT BEVERAGE REVOLUTION IS UPON US, AND BEING ON THE FRONT LINES IS INTOXICATING. Central Virginia’s experience of local breweries started in the late 1990’s with the establishment of a brewery in the old grain building on South Street, and another in the Starr Hill neighborhood off of Main Street. For nearly a decade these two breweries we... MORE >>

The Gardens of Monticello

  • 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 984-9822 | Fax: (434) 977-7757
  • Region: Monticello Area
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The historic gardens at Monticello were a botanic showpiece, a source of food, and an experimental laboratory of ornamental and useful plants from around the world. Find out what's "In Bloom at... MORE >>

Gearharts Fine Chocolates

  • 243-B Ridge-McIntire Rd.
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 972-9100
  • Region: Downtown Mall Area
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Gearharts Fine Chocolates is an artisan chocolate shop and dessert cafe in historic downtown Charlottesville. Gearharts features a display production kitchen, private event space, coffees, wines and beer. At a time when ingredients like cardamom, chilis and fresh herbs simply weren’t found in American chocolate, a globetrotting chef dared to ... MORE >>

Monticello Wine Tour and Coach Co

  • 400 East Water St. Suite B
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 260-7143
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Whether you are looking for a local wine tour, event or wedding transportation, executive travel, or an airport transfer, Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Company is prepared to take you. Personal and professional with one of the most modern fleets in the area, MWTCC will cater to your plans by pairing our experience and familiarity with the area with ... MORE >>

JnJ Transport

JnJ Transport: A Premier Provider of Unforgettable Wine Tours In Charlottesville. We are JnJ Transport, a locally owned and operated, full service Charlottesville transportation company at your service always. At JnJ Transport, we not only believe in organizing the best wine tours in Charlottesville, but also going the extra mile to ensure ... MORE >>

Top Shelf Tours

  • 1869-C Seminole Trail
  • Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • (434) 295-9462 | Fax: (434) 295-9032
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Top Shelf Tours is a premium tour company, specializing in wine, brew and history tours around C'ville, with the most knowledgeable guides in the industry. If you are looking to make the right impression, create the perfect setting for that special occasion and make treasured memories for a lifetime, don't settle for the ordinary, choose extraordin... MORE >>

Michie Tavern ca. 1784 - A Virginia Historic Landmark

  • 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 977-1234 | Fax: (434) 296-7203
  • Region: Monticello Area
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MICHIE TAVERN, located ½ mile below Jefferson’s Monticello, accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through an historical journey which recreates 18th-century tavern life. Servers in period attire offer bountiful COLONIAL MIDDAY FARE. The rustic tavern setting renders... MORE >>

James Monroe's Highland

  • 2050 James Monroe Parkway
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 293-9539 | Fax: (434) 293-8000
  • Region: Monticello Area
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Restored home of the United States' fifth president and last founding father. The historic house museum on James Monroe's 550-acre estate offers daily guided tours of the Monroe home. Thomas Jefferson encouraged James Monroe to purchase the land adjoining Monticello to form "a society to our taste" in rural Albemarle County. Monroe and his family o... MORE >>

Chiles Peach Orchard and Farm Market Crozet

  • 1351 Greenwood Road
  • Crozet, VA 22932
  • (434) 823-1583 | Fax: (434) 979-6277
  • Region: Crozet
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Chiles Peach Orchard was established in 1974. The original card table sales area has since been replaced with a beautiful new farm market. Open early May through Thanksgiving, the market is surrounded by peach and cherry trees, and a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

Pick Your Own Strawberries, Sweet Cherries, Peaches... MORE >>

Adventure Farm of Albemarle County

  • 1135 Clan Chisholm Lane
  • Earlysville, Virginia 22936
  • (434) 971-8796
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Adventure Farm had been a family owned and operated sustainable farm since 1950.In addition to our vineyard and fine wines we produce beef, turkeys, and crops ( corn,soybeans,wheat and pumpkins. In ... MORE >>

African-American Cultural Arts Festival

  • 910 Rockcreek Road
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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From its beginning in July 1989, this festival celebrates the rich heritage of people of African ancestry and their contributions to the community, the nation and the world. Inspired by the 1988 ... MORE >>

Alakazam Toys & Gifts

  • 100 E Main Street
  • Charlottesville, VA 29902
  • (434) 971-1717
  • Region: Downtown Mall Area
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WE ARE A LOCALLY OWNED TOY STORE... opened in the spring of 2005 by us, a couple of California girls who landed in the south after a whirlwind tour of the universe. We knew in our hearts we wanted ... MORE >>

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society

  • 200 Second Street, NE
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 296-1492 | Fax: (434) 296-4576
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Founded in 1940, the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society seeks to study, preserve and promote the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. The Society strives to accomplish ... MORE >>

Historical Walking Tours

  • 200 Second Street, NE
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 296-1492 | Fax: (434) 296-4576
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville boast an unusually rich and striking history. Men and women, both well-known and unknown, remarkable and ordinary helped build Charlottesville for over ... MORE >>

Howardsville

  • Howardsville Turnpike and James River Road
  • Scottsville, VA 22902
  • Fax: (434) 296-4576
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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After being admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1854, the future Colonel John S. Mosby set up his own law practice in Howardsville, a once thriving community on the James River and Kanawha Canal and at ... MORE >>

Albemarle Cider Works

  • 2545 Rural Ridge Lane
  • North Garden, VA 22959
  • (434) 297-2326
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Albemarle CiderWorks is a family-run Cidery and Tasting Room that produces cider from heritage varieties of apples that can thrive in Albemarle County,Virginia. Thomas Jefferson experimented with 18 ... MORE >>

Albemarle County Courthouse

  • 501 East Jefferson Street
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 972-4083
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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The courthouse is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. There is no admission fee. Closed for state and federal holidays. Court Square buildings are visible from the street at all ... MORE >>

Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center

  • 5791 Three Notched Road
  • Crozet, VA 22932
  • (434) 293-6789
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The Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center is located in the Historic Crozet Train Depot and is open Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday Noon - 5:00 p.m. to assist visitors during ... MORE >>

AlbemarleFamily

  • 4282 Ivy Road
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • (434) 984-4713 | Fax: (434) 984-4813
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Ivy Publications is the parent company of AlbemarleFamily Living, a monthly publication dedicated to serving families in Charlottesville-Albemarle with useful comprehensive community resources ... MORE >>

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

  • 160 McCormick Road
  • Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • (434) 243-1776 | Fax: (434) 924-4968
  • Region: University Area
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Special Collections administers over 12 million manuscripts, 2.5 million items in the University archives, and 300,000 rare books, as well as approximately 4,000 maps, over 4,000 broadsides; more than ... MORE >>

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