cartermountainThings To Do in Charlottesville

Charlottesville is best known as home to movers and shakers in our nation’s history, welcoming visitors eager to see Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello and his lasting academic legacy at the University of Virginia.

And while it’s true that a walking tour of downtown Charlottesville offers a deep look into early-American history, the destination offers far more than just historic sites.

A respite and retreat for handfuls of accomplished musicians, authors and actors, Charlottesville has developed a rich, sustained arts and entertainment scene, especially when it comes to live music. Downtown marquees with famous names in lights pack historic theaters for legendary blues artists, rockstars and internationally acclaimed musicians who bridge genres from folk to classical.

In contrast, just beyond the city, Albemarle County has diligently preserved vast swaths of undeveloped forest and fields around pockets of rural life. The resulting scenic drives are unlike anywhere else in the country, with miles of gentle roads winding over hills and low mountains, opening suddenly to dramatic vistas of open space.

Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the same sites from a different perspective, kayaking the James or Rivanna Rivers, hiking miles of wilderness trails or pedaling miles of bike trails and quiet country roads where farmers work land that’s been in their families for generations.

Residents and visitors alike love the orchards along those roads, flowing into the fields at harvest times throughout the year to wrap their fingers around strawberries, and cherries, peaches and apples.

At the same time, those passionate for another fruit – the grape.  Wineries galore in the Charlottesville area and for hops-lovers taste, the area’s award-winning small-batch breweries.

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Suggested Places To Stay In The Charlottesville Area


Mark Addy Inn

Nellysford, VA (22 miles from Charlottesville)

Stunning Blue Ridge Views! 10 wineries & breweries within 10 miles -Pets Welcome!

The Inn at 400 West High

Downtown Charlottesville, VA

The Inn brings the eclectic flair of an upscale European bed and breakfast to Charlottesville!

Foxfield Inn

Charlottesville, VA

Luxurious modern B&B located in the countryside just outside of Charlottesville – wineries, UVA

The Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm

Charlottesville, VA

A Virginia Farmhouse Inn near Charlottesville, Shenandoah National Park, and many wineries.

Oakhurst Inn

Charlottesville, VA

World class service and modern amenities across the street from the University of Virginia.

200 South Street Inn

Charlottesville, VA

Old world elegance and pleasant lodging come together in historic downtown Charlottesville.

The Inn at Court Square

Charlottesville, VA
Here, you’ll discover two beautifully restored houses known for their architecture.

 Clifton Inn

Charlottesville, VA

The Clifton is Charlottesville, Virginia’s premier boutique hotel, restaurant and wedding venue. We offer luxury amenities and exceptional service. Whether staying with us to experience Charlottesville’s wine and horse country, presidential homes, or simply dining with us for an evening, we look forward to making it memorable.

The Inn At Monticello

Charlottesville, VA
Gracious country home with award winning service and attention to detail.

The Inn At the Crossroads by Pippin Hill Vineyard

Charlottesville, VA
Historic Inn where you can walk to the tasting room at Pippin Hill Vineyard

Dinsmore Boutique Inn

Charlottesville, VA
Completely renovated boutique inn located in midtown Charlottesville, one block from the UVA

 Arcady Vineyard B&B

Charlottesville, VA

Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast offers 14 beautiful acres of peace and quiet, only 6.5 miles from the excitement of the downtown pedestrian walking mall of Charlottesville, Virginia. Here, you can hear the pileated woodpecker tapping away in the surrounding forest, wander through our vineyard, watch the deer graze outside your window, and at night really SEE the stars stand out against the evening sky.

The Farmhouse at Veritas

Afton, VA (19 miles from Charlottesville)
The Farmhouse at Veritas was built in 1836 and is surrounded by vineyards and is in walking distance to Veritas Winery.

The Iris Inn

Waynesboro, VA (23 miles from Charlottesville)
Enjoy tasting at 28 vineyards within 30 miles. The Iris Inn offers a full experience-we pair wine touring with a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities, world-renowned historical sites, phenomenal culinary options and enchanting Main Street America venues.

Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Orange, VA (24 miles from Charlottesville)
Built in 1860, Chestnut Hill has been skillfully renovated to preserve the master craftsmanship of this renowned historic home and professionally decorated to provide our guests with an opportunity to appreciate the past while enjoying the comforts of the present.

Orchard House Bed & Breakfast

Lovingston, VA (28 miles from Charlottesville)
Relax and rejuvenate in an elegant country atmosphere. Leave feeling better than when you arrived!

Harmony Hill B&B

Lovingston, VA (34 miles from Charlottesville)
Unwind and relax in a the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains where HOSPITALITY is at its best.

Prospect Hill Plantation Inn & Restaurant

Louisa, VA (17 miles from Charlottesville)
Eleven unique B & B rooms and cottages on an historic 1732 Southern plantation.

Glass House Winery Bed and Breakfast

Free Union, VA (12 miles from Charlottesville)
Glass House Vineyard, Winery and Bed and Breakfast is nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The B&B is located on a hill overlooking the winery, vineyard and lake.

Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast

Afton, VA (19 miles from Charlottesville)
A quaint, relaxing Victorian farmhouse near Charlottesville, fantastic wineries and craft breweries.

Uphill House Bed & Breakfast

Gordonsville, VA (14 miles from Charlottesville)
Quiet. Natural. Simple. Escape and come relax with us in the middle of Virginia’s wine country!

Montfair Resort Farm

Crozet, VA (14 miles from Charlottesville)
Eco-friendly vacation cottages overlook lake in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, pets welcome!

Mountain Valley Farm

Stanardsville, VA (18 miles from Charlottesville)
B&B on a 180 acre working cattle farm w/rolling hills will delight you from sun-up to sun-down.

Inn at Westwood Farm

Orange, VA (22 miles from Charlottesville)
1910 farmhouse with contemporary style, farm to table breakfast, and award winning service!

 The Mayhurst Inn

Orange, VA (24 miles from Charlottesville)
Luxurious, Historic & Romantic 1859 Manor House on 37 acres with 8 stunning guest rooms

Holladay House Bed And Breakfast

Orange, VA (24 miles from Charlottesville)
Historic inn with modern amenities, locally-sourced made-from-scratch breakfasts, + awesome cookies.

Inn on Poplar Hill

Orange, VA (24 miles from Charlottesville)
28 Acres of country charm in the heart of Virginia wine country. Pet and family friendly. A+ Service

Fenton Inn

Roseland, VA (28 miles from Charlottesville)
Come and enjoy a stylish European village nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains between the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and the Ski slopes of Wintergreen Mountain.


Boar’s Head Inn

Charlottesville, VA
Sometimes, an overnight getaway is all it takes to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Breathe the mountain air and get a great night’s sleep. In the morning, invigorate yourself with a workout and delicious breakfast at Racquets Restaurant located in the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
Charlottesville, VA
Adjacent to the historic downtown Pedestrian Mall, the Omni Charlottesville Hotel blends the area’s unique history with modern luxury. Relax in guest room accommodations featuring contemporary comfort and a host of amenities designed to make your visit unforgettable.

Oakhurst Inn

Charlottesville, VA
Located in the geographic heart of Charlottesville in one of its most historic and prestigious residential neighborhoods, the Oakhurst Inn is surrounded by history and only steps away from Scott Stadium, the UVA Health System and the University Grounds.  A short complimentary trolley ride will take you to the historic Downtown Mall for boutique shopping and dining.

Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA
Admire rolling hills and swans swimming in the pond at Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville in Charlottesville, VA. Located on the property formerly owned by Thomas Jefferson’s father, our hotel is accessible from I-64 and off US 250 bypass. Drive three miles to historic downtown Charlottesville, VA, 12 miles to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, or four miles to the University of Virginia. Call for our complimentary shuttle, serving all Charlottesville destinations.
You’ll love the downtown location and fresh, new look of the Courtyard Charlottesville – University Medical Center. Our newly-renovated Charlottesville hotel is near the University of Virginia and the UVA Medical Center. We’re also just minutes from John Paul Jones Arena, Monticello, and Scott Stadium, as well as the Monticello Wine Trail.

Graduate Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VAGraduate Charlottesville
Our hotel rooms are ready for a night like you’ve never had before, where little moments of surprise and discovery will meet you down every corridor and around each corner, including Malin + Goetz amenities and complimentary Wi-Fi.
When you choose Residence Inn Charlottesville for your short or extended stay, enjoy the amenities of home in-between exploring the city. Spend your day sightseeing or conducting business in lively downtown Charlottesville, located just minutes away, and easily access University of Virginia, Monticello Wine Trail and Charlottesville Albemarle Airport. Designed to meet the needs of today’s traveler, our hotel suites feature ample space for working and recharging. 

Holiday Inn Charlottesville-Monticello

Charlottesville, VA

Welcome to Holiday Inn Charlottesville Monticello . We are nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains , we are 2 miles from the Historic Downtown Mall . We are the closest hotel to attractions such as: Monticello; Ash Lawn-Highland and Michie Tavern , and only 1 mile from the University of Virginia.

Hampton Inn & Suites Charlottesville-At the University

Charlottesville, VA
Free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a location one mile from UVA are just some of the amenities offered by the non-smoking Hampton Inn and Suites Charlottesville-At the University. The five-story Hampton Inn features a colonial-style lobby with a fireplace and hand-painted wall murals depicting Charlottesville’s colorful history.
Charlottesville, VA

Homewood Inn

Charlottesville, VA

Holiday Inn Express at Ruckersville

Ruckersville, VA

You’ll Love Our Charlottesville-Area Hotel’s Proximity to CHO Airport.  Welcome to the new 100 percent non-smoking Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Charlottesville – Ruckersville . Our hotel near CHO airport is conveniently located on Route 29, four miles north of the Charlottesville