Prospect Hill – The Virginia Plantation Inn,
Bed & Breakfast Inn and Restaurant

540-967-0844

Charlottesville Area
Things to Do, Places to Go


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 owners and staff definitely understand the importance in the name of Bed and Breakfast. The bed was most comfortable and the breakfast was great - available in the dining room or brought to our room - our choice. The room seemed to have the right blend of modern needs and plantation appearance - it all added up to a most pleasurable experience. We were most interested in visiting Monticello, only a 20 min ride - which was a very good historical visit.”
Glenn (July, 2012)
TripAdvisor.com



"One of the great things about Prospect Hill is breakfast, which comes with the price of the room. You can eat in the Manor House or, as we prefer, they will bring breakfast to you. This is just plain decadent and so enjoyable. Breakfast consists of things such as French toast, Poached Eggs, or Belgian Waffles. Coffee, cream, a fresh fruit cup, fruit juice and necessary condiments accompany each breakfast.

Podge (February, 2013)
TripAdvisor.com


“This is an amazingly beautiful property. My husband and I visited in late September and we had a wonderful time. The innkeepers were so welcoming, we felt like part of their family... my husband literally did not want to leave. In addition to the great food, beautiful quarters and gorgeous views, there are many animals including chickens, cats, dogs and horses. This was our favorite B&B on our trip and we are hoping to visit again in 2013!”
(December, 2012) – Bedandbreakfast.com

 

Charlottesville Area
Calendar of Events


Cirque Du Soleil - Dralion
Dates:  October 22, - October 26, 2014
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

After 15 years performing around the world, Dralion will make its final curtain call in January 2015. Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.  In Dralion, the four elements that govern the natural order take on a human form as cultures blend, man and nature are one, and balance is achieved.


20th Annual Spirit Walk -
Oakwood Cemetery
Date:  October 24th, 2014 & October 26th, 2014
Location: Oakwood Cemetery, Oak Street Entrance, Charlottesville, VA 22902

As the air begins to cool and the trees shed their leaves, the spirits of former citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County gather one last time before consigning themselves to the earth for the long, cold winter.  Join the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society on its 20th Annual Spirit Walk to meet these memorable residents from our community’s past. Come learn their stories as they are vividly brought to life before you.  Officially opened in 1864, Oakwood houses the remains of many citizens, both well-known and long-forgotten. Tours depart every 15 minutes and last approximately 1.25 hours (and guests are encouraged to bring flashlights).


Courtroom Sketches of
Ida Libby Dengrove
Dates:  October 28, 2014 - June 01, 2015
Location: Arthur J. Morris Law Library, 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Ida Libby Dengrove worked from 1972 to 1987 as a courtroom illustrator for NBC-TV in New York. She sketched some of the most noteworthy trials and notorious offenders of the twentieth century, working at a time when cameras were forbidden in most courtrooms. Using chalk pastels and charcoal pencils, she captured John Lennon as a defendant, Jackie Kennedy Onassis as a plaintiff, Mick Jagger as a witness, and Sid Vicious as an accused murdered.  She sketched mobsters John Gotti, Carmine “The Snake” Persico, and Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno as they tried to escape the grip of the law. Her work on the David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz trial and Craig Crimmins “Murder at the Met” trial earned her two Emmys.


Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale
Dates:  November 08, 2014 - November 16, 2014
Location: Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Thousands of high-quality books and recordings of all types and genres on sale at great prices. Proceeds benefit the programs and special projects of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, the public library system that serves Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.


The 20th Annual Artisans Studio Tour
 Dates:  November 08, 2014 & November 09, 2014
Location: Multiple studios throughout Charlottesville and Nelson, Albemarle, and Greene Counties

The 20th Annual Artisans Studio Tour is a region-wide tour of artisan studios centered in Charlottesville and her surrounding counties.  Host studios will feature dozens of Virginia’s finest handmade craft professionals providing an intimate, detailed look at the life and work of local artisans, as well as artisan-prepared food and beverages at each stop.  The tour provides an excellent opportunity to purchase work of talented area artisans as unique gifts or for your own collection. The tour is self-guided and is free and open to the public.


The Art of Mark King
Dates:  November 09, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Location: Graves Fine Art Gallery, 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville,
Virginia 22942

Art aficionados won’t want to miss this "Mark King Legacy Exhibit" commemorating 35 years representing the Internationally Acclaimed "Champion of Impressionism" who passed away in April at the age of 83.  Featuring his last paintings, including "Fishing Boats at Cassis", "Oceanside", "Portofino", "Virginia Hunt", and his final painting, "Thunderheads".


TedxCharlottesville RefleXions
Date:  November 14, 2014
Location: Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Following the success of last year’s inaugural sold-out event, the all-volunteer committee is committed to re-inspire the community with a dynamic program. The conference will include a wide array of speakers and performers, including speakers “from all walks of life, representing the fields of design, technology, and environmental studies”.


Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition
Date:  November 15, 2014
Location: Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The 8th Annual Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition Returns to the Paramount Theater for its 4th Consecutive Year.  This competition produces a fusion of dance and step teams competing for their share of $1,500 plus a trophy the size of a child, in addition to the bragging rights for being the best in this highly competitive event. Some of the top college, high school and community teams throughout the region will share the stage for one night only.  The Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition is age appropriate and enjoyed by seniors, children and everyone in between.


The Great Russian Nutcracker
Date:  December 07, 2014
Location: Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

This performance of Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker 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.

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