Things To Do In The Charlottesville Area

Go Wine Tasting

Wine tasting and vineyard touring is very popular, and we have numerous wineries within a few miles of our bed and breakfast (see map) . For more information check out the Monticello Wine Trail, and if you don't have a designated driver, consider Blue Ridge Wine Excursions or even our friend Norm at Norm's Transportation!

From our bed and breakfast and follow the "Appellation Trail" of local boutique vineyards, or venture a little further and sample from vines all around the region, including the popular King Family Vineyards in nearby Crozet. We have maps and directions at the inn to get you started! Some local wineries are often open late through Spring, Summer and Fall! Check their website for events!

Wine Wednesdays - King Family Vineyards is open until 8:30pm. 

Tailgate Thursdays - Stinson Vineyards is open until 9:00pm. Tailgate Thursdays end after Labor Day Weekend.

Fridays at Grace - Grace Estate Winery is open until 9:00pm

Sunset Saturdays - Mountfair Vineyards is open until 8:00pm.

Sunday Polo Matches - King Family Vineyards from 1pm - 3pm.

Try a Cold Refreshing Craft Beer


Any time of year is Craft Beer season with summer lagers, fall pumpkin ales, winter stouts, and spring saisons rotating on taps throughout the Charlottesville area! In nearby Crozet, don't miss the newly renovated tasting room at Starr Hill Brewery, or try the brand new Pro Re Nata brewery on your way out to the Nelson 151 Route and the rest of the breweries on the Brew Ridge Trail.  The Blue Mountain Brewery (try the apple, onion, bratwurst pizza!), Wild Wolf Brewery, and Devils Backbone on down the line await! Back in Charlottesville, you have other terrific options such South Street Brewery, Champion Brewery, and Three Notch'd Brewery new on the scene. If you just want to stay in one place and sample great beer from our region and beyond, check out the taps at Fardowner's Pub in Crozet!

Get To Know A President and Tour an Historic Presidential Home

Spend a day with Thomas Jefferson at Monticello or James Madison at Montpelier, both an easy drive from our bed and breakfast. Along with many other historical sites. (see map) Come away with a better understanding of our founding fathers after an enlightening tour of these homes. For more information check out and

After a tour at Monticello, stop by one of the local wineries or enjoy a stroll downtown on the Historic Pedestrian Mall for dinner at one of many fine restaurants before coming back for the evening at the inn.

Go Hiking, Try Horseback Riding, or Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Experience the outdoors on a hike along a mountain stream (see map of good hiking trails), go horseback riding through a vineyard, or even sign up for a hot air balloon ride over the majestic Blue Ridge and Charlottesville! For more information check out these sites or ask your innkeepers, Hiking UpwardIndian Summer Guide Service, and Blue Ridge Ballooning or Bon-Aire Charters.

More from us on hiking in our blog.

Combine a hike up on the Blue Ridge Mountains with a hearty meal and cold beer at Blue Mountain Brewery located along Nelson 151, on your way back from Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway.

For the complete hiking experience, take a guided hiking tour with certified naturalist Melanie Perl, and tap into her extensive knowledge of local trails for a half day or full day in the Blue Ridge Mountains. To reserve a guided hiking tour with Melanie, call 540-717-2821, or email

Great Restaurants, Shopping, and Live Music at The Downtown Pedestrian Mall

The Historic Downtown Mall is one of the most beautiful and successful pedestrian malls in the nation. Eight city blocks of restored and renovated buildings with specialty retail shopping, a variety of dining options including much outdoor seating, art galleries, theater, cinema and live music, all along the brick-paved pedestrian area.

Our guests can also attest to the excellent dining experience at Three Notch'd Grill or Fardowner's Pub in nearby Crozet, known for a high quality selection of craft beer on tap, great food, and free live music shows. (see map of our favorite restaurants)

Local Artists, Taltented Artisans and Antique Shops Thrive Here

Go antiquing, visit art galleries, and meet local artisans in Charlottesville and all throughout the area. For more information see Monticello Artisan TrailCharlottesville Antiques, and The Fralin Museum of Art.