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The Best of Charlottesville, Virginia

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In Charlottesville, the influence of Thomas Jefferson looms large. The University of Virginia, which he founded, and Monticello, the fascinating house he built and rebuilt over many years, are the city's two must-see sites. It's a sophisticated, intellectual city that appreciates the best of everything—food, music, art, design, and sport—and revels in its beautiful setting. The gorgeous surrounding countryside offers scenic drives and destination restaurants, wineries, farms, and inns.
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Charlottesville, VA, USA
Founded in 1819, UVA is one of America’s great universities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village is the heart of campus. The expansive Lawn is anchored by the grand Rotunda—the original library—and flanked by...
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Charlottesville, VA, VA, USA
A work in progress throughout his adult life, Monticello truly reflects Thomas Jefferson’s many passions: architecture, philosophy, science, music, literature, art, and food. Check out the excellent visitors' center first and take a shuttle...
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Charlottesville, VA, USA
Eliminating cars made Charlottesville’s downtown shopping district one of the country’s best—and longest—pedestrian malls. Paved with red bricks and shaded by towering oaks, it’s a wonderful mix of renovated buildings housing more than 120 shops...
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Charlottesville, VA, USA
Stretching for seven blocks along University Avenue and West Main Street, The Corner is home to Mincer's, selling UVA sportswear and accessories, Paul Victorius, selling historic prints, and dozens of restaurants and nightspots including Bodo's...
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1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
Head five miles out of town for great scenery and a fun family outing. Pick your own seasonal fruits and vegetables (or buy them at the farm stand) and enjoy casual farm-to-table dining, Prince Michel, wines and Bold Rock hard cider—all with an...
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227 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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We popped into the Whiskey Jar on a late Thursday evening, drawn in by the bluesy tunes pouring out the door. A brick wall lined with bottles faces the bar. Over ninety brands of whiskey spanning the sublime (Jefferson Reserve bourbon) to the...
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400 Preston Ave #150, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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If you're the type of person who appreciates the versatility of a good waffle, and thinks that Waffle House is almost sacrilegious, look no further than Milli Joe's on Sundays. The owners make the dough by hand the night before, so that the sugar...
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515 Water St E, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
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The C&O has been a mainstay of Charlottesville fine dining for decades. The vegetable soup and Steak Chinoise are justifiably beloved, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the French- and Southern-influenced menu. The historic building...