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Things to Do in Charlottesville, Virginia

You’ll never run out of things to do in Charlottesville, the home of former U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.  Visit the most popular Charlottesville attraction - Monticello, Jefferson’s mountain-top home and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a tour of the University of Virginia, known as one of the most historically prominent colleges in the country. All these great things to do in Charlottesville are near the Prospect Hill Plantation Inn. Let us know if you need our help in planning your trip!
For even more things to do during your visit, check out our
Charlottesville, VA Vacation Guide!


Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902 - (434) 984-9822
Charlottesville is Thomas Jefferson’s town; Monticello is his home. No other home in the United States more accurately reflects the personality of its owner than Jefferson's architectural masterpiece and beloved mountaintop home. Monticello is the only home in America recognized by the U.N. as a World Heritage Site. Guided tours of the house are offered daily throughout the year.


The Lawn & Rotunda of UVA

1717 University Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903 - (434) 924-7969
Originally Thomas Jefferson’s “Academical Village”, the Lawn and the Rotunda are iconic figures in what is now one of the premier universities in the country, The University of Virginia. Named a United Nations’ World Heritage Site, the Rotunda is a half-scale tribute to Rome’s Pantheon and offers free guided tours daily.


Spectacular Virginia Wine Tours
Multiple Central Virginia locations

More than two centuries after Thomas Jefferson first took winemaking from the province of backyard hobbyists to a focus on refining exceptional varietals, Virginia winemaking has hit its stride. With over 20 Charlottesville area vineyards strewn throughout our beautiful region, and each with its own unique tasting rooms, you'll find yourself in vino heaven. Among our favorite wineries and vineyards are Blenheim, Jefferson, Trump, King Family, Pippin Hill Farms, Cooper, and Barboursville.


The Monticello Artisan Trail

The Monticello Artisan Trail is a regional trailway that connects destinations (craft artisan studios, galleries, agri-artisan farms, markets, local restaurants, and area points of interest) in Albemarle and Nelson Counties and the City of Charlottesville. Travel the Monticello Trail and discover the beauty of the mountains and valleys that local artisans call home.


James Madison’s Montpelier

11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957 - (540) 672-2728
Visit the lifelong plantation home of James Madison, the fourth U.S. President and the “Father of the Constitution”. Montpelier would also later become the home of his wife, Dolley, whose graciousness and hospitality inspired the term “First Lady”. Madison called this 2,700 acre estate “a squirrel’s jump from Heaven”.


James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland

1000 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902 - (434) 293-9539
Restored home of the 5th president of the U. S., author of the “Monroe Doctrine”, and close friend of Thomas Jefferson. James Monroe's 550-acre estate recreates the atmosphere of a working farm. Stroll through the ancient boxwood gardens, tour the charming frame and brick house, and observe spinning and weaving demonstrations as you admire the 360-degree views of this piece of Americana.


The Historic Downtown Mall

Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 - (434) 295-9073
A visit to Charlottesville isn't complete without a stop at the Downtown Mall, one of the most beautiful and successful pedestrian malls in the nation. Ours contains a vibrant collection of more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants (many with outdoor cafés) housed in the historic buildings on and around old Main Street. Ice skate, enjoy a movie or play, or simply relax under magnificent oak trees along the red-bricked mall. Convenient parking in nearby garages makes a visit easy for guests of all ages.


The Unforgettable Shenandoah National Park

Located just West of Charlottesville, Shenandoah National Park is 500 miles of hiking trails (including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail) and 20,000 acres of recreation and re-creation. Cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, quiet wooded hollows... it’s all there! Skyline Drive is the scenic roadway that takes you through the park, and four separate entrances provide access. Whether it’s an exhilarating hike, a meander along Skyline Drive, or a picnic with the family, you’ll be glad you made a Shenandoah escape!


Michie Tavern (circa 1784)

683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902 - (434) 977-1234
Located 1⁄2 mile below Monticello, this historic tavern accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through an historical journey which recreates 18th-century tavern life. Servers in period attire offer bountiful Colonial midday fare. The rustic tavern setting renders a dining experience rich in Southern culture and hospitality.


Bonaire Hot-Air Balloon Charters

(434) 589-5717
Escape on scenic sunrise or sunset flights over the majestic and tranquil Virginia countryside. Choose private, romantic flights for two, or take a group flight and meet other adventure-lovers.


James River “Reeling & Rafting”

265 Ferry Street, Scottsville, VA 24590 - (434) 286-4386
Tube, canoe, kayak, or raft down the historic James River. Choose between Class 1, 2 or 3 rapids, with trips spanning from 4 to 12 miles. Enjoy nature as you observe deer, herons, osprey, and bald eagles... and then end your adventure with on-sight hot showers.


James River Runners, LLC

10092 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, VA 24590
Offering exciting tubing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting and camping trips down the scenic James River, this is the oldest and largest tubing company on the James River.


Spring Creek Golf Course

109 Clubhouse Way, Gordonsville, VA 22942
(540) 832-0744

Spring Creek Golf Course is a Nationally Recognized golf facility (Golf Digest has rated Spring Creek #58 on its America's 100 Greatest Public Courses List)! Only 4 miles from Prospect Hill, this award-winning course offers a strategic challenge in a placid setting, giving the golfer a feeling not found anywhere else in the country.


Lake Monticello Golf Club

51 Bunker Boulevard, Palmyra, VA 22963 – (434)-589-3075
This beautiful year-round, semi-private, course features 18-holes (par 72) with four sets of tees. Thoughtfully designed to flow with the natural contours of Piedmont Virginia's rolling landscapes. State-of-the-art golf cart are available, but walking is permitted.


Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library

160 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, VA 22904 - (434) 243-1776
Within the University Archives, this library administers over 12 million manuscripts; 2.5 million items; 300,000 rare books; 4,000 maps; 4,000 broadsides; 125,000 photographs and small prints; 8,000 reels of microfilm and microfiche; and substantial holdings of audio recordings, motion picture films, and ephemera. Open Monday through Saturday.


Battle of Trevilian Station
(Historic Marker)

Louisa Road and Trevilian Square, Louisa, Virginia 23090
Identified by a commemorative roadside marker, this site memorializes the largest all-cavalry battle of the Civil War. At this spot, on June 12, 1864, Sheridan’s cavalry, coming from Trevilians, attacked Wade Hampton, who had taken position across the road. A bloody engagement followed. Fitz Lee joined Hampton, and the Union cavalry was driven back. That night Sheridan retired eastward. Nearby, Custer positioned himself between Fitz Lee’s division and the rest of Wade Hampton’s cavalry, capturing wagons. The Confederates recaptured the wagons but withdrew to the west after a fierce conflict.


Edgar Allan Poe’s Room

McCormick Road, UVA Campus, West Range #13 - Charlottesville, VA 22902
The iconic author and poet’s room, restored to the 1826 time period, when he was a student at the University of Virginia. Features an historical recording about his life.


Walton’s Mountain Museum

6484 Rockfish River Road, Schuyler, VA 22969 - (434) 831-2000
Step back in time with a visit to the quaint childhood village of Earl Hamner, Jr. (the creator of “The Walton’s” television program). The museum includes 4 rooms replicating the TV sets of “Ike Godsey’s Store”, “John Boy’s Room”, and more.


Hatton Ferry

10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, VA 24590 - (434) 296-1492
Experience times past, and cross the James River on the Hatton Ferry, the only poled ferry still operating in the United States. Under ideal conditions, a round-trip crossing takes about 30-45 minutes, and no more than two cars and six people can be taken at one time. The Hatton Ferry operates free of charge (subject to river levels).


Jack Jouett’s Ride (Historic Marker)

East High Street & Park Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
This road-side marker commemorates the site of the historic Cuckoo tavern. It was from this tavern, on June 3, 1781, that Jack Jouett rode to Charlottesville, by the Old Mountain Road, in time to warn the members of the Virginia government of the coming of Tarleton’s British cavalry.


Lewis & Clark and Sacagawea Statue

West Main Street & Ridge Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
This impressive statue commemorates the 1803-1806 journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The statue sits upon a block of pink granite, which includes an inscription describing the explorers and their lofty mission. The figures of Lewis, Clark and Sacagewea face West, and are considered historically accurate with lovely proportions and beautiful details.


Virginia Discovery Museum

524 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 - (434) 977-1025
An exciting world of education and fun for children and their families. The Museum has two exhibit spaces: the Back Gallery exhibit changes every six months, and the Museum's Front Gallery is full of interactive exhibits about science, history and the arts. Also of note is the historic Carousel featuring six painted “Mangells”. The last known kiddie carousel of its type in this country, the carousel revolves, but the horses do not go up and down.


“The dining room dinner and breakfasts were excellent. You can even have breakfast in your room if you prefer. Some B&Bs we have been to in the past the food was passable and that was about it, but this one is totally different. The chef does an excellent job and his presentation of the food is the same as a top restaurant. We had Sunday Brunch reservations at another establishment and cancelled them after our nice breakfast on Saturday morning at the B&B because it was so good.”
TripAdvisor (January 2017)



“If you want a historic B&B with great service, privacy in cottages, tranquility and all near the Charlottesville wineries, then you must stay at Prospect Hill Plantation Inn. Enjoy!!”
TripAdvisor (January 2017)


“Hands-down, the BEST B&B experience we’ve had. The staff (and pets!) at Prospect Hill warmly received our family of three (including our 4 year old). The grounds were great for wandering, the location to other destinations was ideal, and above all… the staff and owners treated us as though we were a fixture instead of strangers. Impressive service, impeccable dinner & breakfast, and friendly faces at the end of weary travel days. I most certainly hope to return.”
Trip Advisor (June 2016)


“Best hide-away by far with the most gracious & delightful staff! We felt like our anniversary celebration was important to all. The chef prepared a most elegant dinner with such an artistic dessert - amazing! The cottages are such a treat- can't wait to try them all.”
TripAdvisor (March 2016)


“We arrived after some hiking in the nearby Shenandoah National Park. The Inn is lovely, our room was clean, quiet and very pretty. Had Friday night dinner there and my wife said the sea scallops with risotto was the best she ever had. My lamb chops were exactly as they should be, tender and tasty. We walked the grounds and the cats enjoyed purring in my lap. Well worth a visit from the DC metro area.”
TripAdvisor (September 2016)

“This inn is beautiful. People and service were amazing. I wish we would have stayed longer than 2 nights. We are already planning a visit back. I would have liked to explore the inn much more. The inn is pet friendly and our dog definitely had fun… she got to interact with the inn's dogs and they seemed to have fun together. Breakfast was amazing!”
TripAdvisor (September 2016)


“We had read that they had a chef on staff so we knew it would be good. Instead, it was amazing! An elegant 4-course meal that can only be described as sublime.”
TripAdvisor (February 2017)


“Service was brilliant, food was delicious, the bed was one of the most comfortable, the history was palpable - what else could you want?”
Iloveinns.com (January 2015)


“Great dining experience particularly for central Virginia. Delicious meals, excellent service, classy ownership. We've been here before and we will come again. Thank you!”
Open Table (January 2017)


Some of the best food my husband and I ever had, and the presentation was beautiful. Will definitely return.”
Open Table (August 2016)


“What a find! The setting is beautiful, the service terrific, the food, both presentation and flavor… outstanding. This is a special place. We had a wonderful experience and will definitely be back!”
Open Table (April 2016)


“Love the location; very peaceful. Every room has its own history which adds to the overall experience. The staff is wonderful and staying for dinner is a must! The food is delicious and presented beautifully… definitely one of my most memorable meals.”
Facebook (February 2016)


“My wife and I enjoyed our 2nd honeymoon with Doc and the Prospect Hill Plantation Inn. Everything was wonderful: hospitality, great food, breakfast in our cabin, the history... we were able to slow down, just relax, and take a deep breath. This is now a certain destination when we need a quick get-away from suburbia.”
Facebook (March 2016)

 

 

 

Charlottesville Area
Calendar of Events


The Harlem Globetrotters
Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, 22903
The iconic Harlem Globetrotters’ unrivaled family show features some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family – creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The Great Russian Nutcracker
Date: December 11 & 12, 2017

Location: Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
2017 marks the Moscow Ballet’s 25th consecutive year touring North America performing the acclaimed story ballet the Great Russian Nutcraker. This performance of the spectacular ballet is the must-see event this Holiday season! Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as forty world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. The New York Times raves “Knock Out!” Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger-than-life puppets, growing Christmas trees and life-sized Matrushka dolls.

Phil Vassar & Kellie Pickler, A Christmas Tour
Date: Saturday, December 23, 2017

Location: The Paramount, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, 22902
Bringing their first joint tour to Charlottesville, Phil and Kellies’s A Christmas Tour, celebrates their new original holiday single, “The Naughty List”. Vassar’s incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies captures audiences of all ages. With 10 #1 songs, Vassar was Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, and received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Song. Pickler gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of “American Idol.” Having established herself as not only a powerful vocalist but also a songwriter, Pickler’s third studio album, 100 Proof, was named the No. 1 Country Album of The Year by Rolling Stone.

Cole Swindell
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Location: Jefferson Theater, 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville 22902
This Platinum-selling recording artist and record-breaking seven-time No. 1 hit maker, released his second album, “You Should Be Here” and it shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums Chart within hours of release. The album is now certified Platinum by the RIAA, and boasts over 115 million streams, 1.6 million track equivalents and over 52 million YouTube views. Swindell was nominated for the 2017 CMT Video of the Year Award for his No. 1 single “Middle of a Memory.” In 2015 the No. 1 hit-maker won the ACM New Artist of the Year, was named to Billboard’s Top New Country Artists, and was awarded his first CMA “Triple Play Award” – the only performer to claim the title in 2015.

The Rock & Worship Roadshow
Date: Friday, February 16, 2018

Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville 22903
Presented by Compassion International, join chart-topping artists for King & Country, Matthew West, Natalie Grant, Bethel Music, Zach Williams and the Social Club Misfits for Christian music’s most uplifting and entertaining family-friendly concert series.

Luke Bryan
Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Beginning his musical career by writing for his high school friends Travis Tritt and Billy Currington, Bryan shot to fame with a string of #1 singles including "Rain Is a Good Thing", "Someone Else Calling You Baby", "I Don't Want This Night to End", "Drunk on You", and "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye", "Crash My Party", "That's My Kind of Night", "Drink a Beer", "Play It Again", "Roller Coaster" and "Kick the Dust Up", became his 13th number one hit, followed by his 14th number one "Strip It Down”. A winner of the Academy of Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year award, he has sold over 7 million albums and 27 million singles worldwide. Bryan will be joined on his “What Makes You Country” tour by special guest Kip Moore and The Cadillac Three.

Graham Nash
Date: Friday, March 9, 2018

Location: The Paramount, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, 22902
This legendary Grammy award-winning artist is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies, as well as a two-time Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee.
Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his first seventy-five years on this planet stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half-century. His remarkable body of work, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies opus from 1964 to ’68, including “Stop Stop Stop,” “Pay You Back With Interest,” “On A Carousel,” “Carrie Anne,” “King Midas In Reverse,” and “Jennifer Eccles,” continues all the way to This Path Tonight (2016), his most recent solo album.

2015 Virginia Festival of the Book
Dates: March 21-25, 2018

Location: Various locations throughout Charlottesville
This 24th annual event is a 5-day festival of literary events which brings together writers and readers to honor book culture and promote reading and literacy. The 2017 event hosted more than 30,000 attendees from more than thirty states. Readings, panel discussions and book signings are held throughout the area during the festival. There are more than 250 total programs scheduled, including adult and children's programming, and admission to everything except for special luncheons and receptions is free and open to the public. (www.vabook.org)

Tom Tom Founders Festival
Dates: April 9 - 15, 2018

Location: Multiple locations around Charlottesville
The 5th Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week of music, art, and innovation that celebrates innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The festival converges over 70 bands, 400 speakers, 400 community organizations, and nearly 45,000 attendees with the purpose of celebrating creative founding. Spilling across outdoor spaces, theaters, galleries, and concert halls, the festival is a real opportunity to launch ventures amidst ideas and parties in one of America’s most beautiful and historic small cities. (www.tomtomfest.com)

Straight No Chaser
Date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville 22903
Straight No Chaser is a professional a cappella group which has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act. Originating in 1996 at Indiana University, in 2007 their video of "The 12 Days of Christmas" went viral with over 8 million views and subsequently led to a five-album record deal with Atlantic Records in 2008. The YouTube video has been viewed over 20 million times. Since their 1996 breakout, SNC has earned prestigious honors from the CARA for Best Holiday Album, and was nominated for Best Holiday Song.

P!NK
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville 22903
Known for her incredible and entertaining live show, international pop icon P!NK will bring her Beautiful Trauma World Tour to Charlottesville. Recognized for her strong signature vocals and acrobatic performances, Pink has sold over 47 million albums worldwide. Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, a Daytime Emmy Award and seven MTV Video Music Awards (including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award). In 2009, Billboard named Pink the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade.

Historic Garden Week
Dates: April 21-28, 2018

Location: Multiple locations throughout region
Coinciding with the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, the 87th Annual Historic Garden Week offers a rare opportunity to visit over 250 of Virginia’s most gracious homes and lavish, hidden gardens during “America’s Largest Open House”. This 8-day, statewide event showcases unforgettable gardens and beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by more than 3,400 Garden Club of Virginia members. Since its beginning in 1927, Historic Garden Week has raised some 17 million dollars for the restoration of public gardens across Virginia, including Mount Vernon, Monticello, and the grounds of the Executive Mansion in Richmond. (www.vagardenweek.org)

Foxfield Spring Races
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Location: 2215 Foxfield Track, Charlottesville, 22901
For over 40 years this alluring but challenging course has provided a beautiful setting for one of steeplechasing’s premier events. These Spring races tend to attract the younger UVA crowd (as opposed to the Fall “Family Weekend”, and students and other attendees dress in a Southern aristocratic style, with a plethora of seersucker, bowties, and pastel colors predominating the atmosphere. According to locals, “If you spot a horse during the race, you’re doing it all wrong!” (www.foxfieldraces.com)

Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Location: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, 22902
Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation, and sustainable agriculture. Come celebrate his agricultural and epicurean legacy in this 12th annual fun, family-oriented educational event promoting gardening, sustainability, local food, and the preservation of heritage plants. Participants will enjoy traditional tastings, workshops, hands-on demonstrations, interpretive walks, and a variety of garden tours and exhibits.

Fall Fiber Festival and Sheep Dog Trails
Dates: October 6 & 7, 2018

Location: James Madison's Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
Love wool? Join us for the 31st Annual Fall Fiber Festival, held opposite the main entrance of Montpelier and the Montpelier Train Depot on VA-Route 20. This family-fun event showcases fiber animals, sheep shearing demos, hands-on crafts demos and workshops for children and adults, sheep dog trials, craft vendors, food, and music. The Fall Fiber Festival proposes to present a wholesome, fun event for the entire family and at the same time show the beauty of a little known industry in this area. By presenting an educational display of sheep and fiber products, the public can develop their interest and skills in these areas as well as obtain the supplies and products they need or desire. (www.fallfiberfestival.org)

 

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