Charlottesville, Virginia is a great escape destination for a long weekend. The city boasts a mix of historical landmarks and attractions with beautiful scenery as well as good local restaurants and wineries. Here, Bradley Thomas Giordano offers tips for visiting this historical city.
Stay: The Clifton Inn is located a short distance from downtown Charlottesville and sits on multiple acres of farmland. The restaurant located on-site, and Bradley Thomas Giordano says it is one of the best dining experiences in Charlottesville. Additionally, each stay is highly individualized as the Clifton Inn’s accommodations consist of 17 unique rooms and suites in various buildings located on the grounds. (clifton-inn.com)
Unwind: Charlottesville boasts a number of local wineries including Keswick Vineyards, Trump Winery, and Jefferson Vineyards. King Family Vineyards is definitely worth a visit. King Family Vineyards is set on a farm outside Charlottesville, and is known for its Meritage and Crose varietals. In addition to good wine and beautiful scenery, the winery hosts polo matches that are open to vineyard patrons. (kingfamilyvineyards.com)
Learn: Thomas Jefferson’s homestead, Monticello, is definitely worth a visit, according to Giordano. Not only did President Jefferson design and redesign the house and grounds over 40 years, he also invented many of the tools and agricultural processes used on site. Bradley Thomas Giordano reports that the house and gardens are as beautiful as they are informative. (monticello.org/site/house-gardens)
Explore: Another important contribution to the city by Thomas Jefferson is the flagship Virginia state university, UVA. The central grounds are highlighted by the Rotunda, which was modeled at half-scale after the Roman Pantheon. The Rotunda is flanked on both sides by a series of colonnades connecting large pavilions and student rooms. According to Bradley Thomas Giordano, this configuration is known as the Academical Village and was designed by Jefferson as a means of promoting academic immersion for students, while simultaneously avoiding health and safety issues present in other colleges at the time. (whc.unesco.org/en/list/442)
Eat: Bradley Thomas Giordano says Charlottesville boasts a number of outstanding restaurants. Duner’s, located about 5 miles outside Charlottesville in Ivy, Virginia is a local favorite. Duner’s offers elevated casual dining with local and seasonal ingredients, and a menu that changes daily. (dunersrestaurant.com)