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Will Dozier

Holiday Shopping for Kids

Locally owned toy stores offer some of the most dazzling storefronts and cheerful interiors in town. We're lucky that so many do business here in Charlottesville and Albemarle County! Across the board, these stores exude positive energy and prioritize the safety of their customers above all. Whether…

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Top Adventure Towns 2020

This year's winners of the annual Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Top Adventure Towns contest are ALL in the state of Virginia. If you're looking for adventure, this is the place for you. Charlottesville is the Top Mid-Sized Town! Other winners include Floyd, VA (Top Tiny Town), Bedford, VA (Top Small…

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Fall Preview (2020)

The first day of fall—Tuesday, September 22 nd —is right around the corner. Though peak fall color won’t arrive till mid to late October, the boldest leaves have already begun to change from green to yellow. From the heights of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the banks of the Rivanna River, fall is…

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Day Trip to Charlottesville & Albemarle County

Downtown Charlottesville, the University of Virginia, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Crozet, Scottsville, the Rivanna River… It takes at least a long weekend to fully appreciate what makes our area so dynamic. Two activities with a break for lunch in between, however, is just enough time to enjoy the…

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Best Hikes in the Charlottesville Area

Downtown Charlottesville is a 25-minute drive from the southern end of Shenandoah National Park and the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It costs $30 per vehicle ($25 per motorcycle) to enter Shenandoah National Park, but the fee is well worth it. Because access is somewhat limited, the…

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Distilleries in Charlottesville

A preview of the best distilleries in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. A few great distilleries call Charlottesville home. The founders, distillers and principals are wonderful people. Expect to leave Ragged Branch, Vitae Spirits Distillery, or Spirit Lab Distilling with an expanded palate and…

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