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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


Chris Stapleton
Date: November 3, 2018
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville 22903

Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton brings his All American Road Show to Charlottesville. Stapleton has written over 170 songs (including six number-one country songs) for artists such as Kenny Chesney, George Straight, Luke Bryan, Adela, Brad Paisley, and Dierks Bentley. He has also won five Grammy Awards, seven ACM awards, seven CMA awards, five Billboard Music awards and nine ASCAP Country awards

 

The 22nd Annual Artisans Studio Tour
Dates: November 10 & 11, 2018

Location: Multiple studios throughout Charlottesville, Nelson, Albemarle, and Greene Counties
The 24th Annual Artisans Studio Tour is a region-wide tour of more than 28 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. (www.artisanstudiotour.com)

 

Dave Matthews Band
Date: December 14 & 15, 2018

Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville 22903
DMB returns to where it all began! Working as a bartender in Charlottesville in 1991, Dave Matthews began jamming with two other musicians and the rest, well… the rest is history! Since then, the Dave Matthews Band has sold more than 31 million albums, 80 million tickets and 68 million CDs and DVDs. They won the “Favorite Group” award during the 2000 VH1 Music Awards Show. A portion of proceeds from the concert will go to support the redevelopment of public housing in Charlottesville.

 

Panic! At The Disco
Date: January 23, 2019
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville 22903
The Grammy-nominated, and MTV 2006 Video of the Year winning, band brings their Pray For the Wicked North American Tour to town. Released earlier this summer, Pray For the Wicked sold 180,000 copies its first week of release, breaking a record formerly held by the band U2. Alternately described as pop rock, pop punk, electropop, alternative rock, and emo pop, the band has been known to change their sound with each new album.

 

Luke Combs (with LANCO and Jameson Rodgers)
Date: February 23, 2019
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville 22903

Luke Combs’ first-ever headline arena tour, the “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour”, culminates a massive breakthrough year for the musician. This One’s For You, his platinum-certified debut album is currently the most-streamed country album of 2018, having achieved over one billion streams. It was also the largest album debut from a new country artist in 2017.

 

The Harlem Globetrotters
Date: March 15, 2019
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville 22903

The Globetrotters recently wrapped a busy 91st year tour of showcasing incredible basketball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled family fun. Since 1927 the Globetrotters have entertained more than 146 million fans in 123 countries. During their 2019 World Tour, the famed team will feature a star-studded roster and their classic theme song, “Sweet Georgia Brown”.

 

Mumford & Sons
Date: March 16, 2019
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville 22903

This Grammy-winning British band, with four studio albums and three live albums, has won a number of other music awards throughout their career, with Sigh No More earning the Brit Award for Best British Album in 2011, a Mercury Prize nomination and six overall Grammy Award nominations. The live performance at the 2011 Grammy ceremony with Bob Dylan and The Avett Brothers led to a surge in popularity for the band in the US. The band received eight total Grammy nominations for Babel and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The band also won the Brit Award for Best British Group in 2013.

 

Annual Virginia Festival of the Book
Dates: March 20 – 24, 2019
Location: Various venues throughout Charlottesville

This 25th annual festival brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past fifteen years. More than 250 programs will be presented, ranging from traditional author readings and book signings to children’s programs and hands-on workshops. The majority of Festival programs are free to attend. Headliners of the 2019 festival include authors Laurie Halse Anderson, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jason Reynolds, Lisa See, and Don Winslow.

 

Charlottesville Marathon
Date: April 6, 2019
Location: Downtown Charlottesville

One of the most scenic courses in the U.S., this has been defined as “America's Destination Marathon” because of its scenic beauty and historical background. A true community event, the race showcases the area's natural beauty (the course has been voted as “One of the Most Scenic in the East”), engaging running community, historical background, architectural heritage, vibrant music and nightlife, and booming craft beer industry. (www.charlottesvillemarathon.com)

 

Tom Tom Founders Festival
Dates: April 8 - 14, 2019
Location: Multiple locations around Charlottesville

The 8th Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of music, art, and innovation that converges hundreds of bands, start-ups, artists, and visionaries with the purpose of celebrating entrepreneurship, culture, and innovation in Charlottesville (and inspiring small-city excellence everywhere). Coinciding each year with Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, it's a concrete opportunity to launch ventures amidst ideas and parties in one of America’s most beautiful and historic small cities. (www.tomtomfest.com)

 

Jeff Dunham
Date: April 12, 2019
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville 22903

Ventriloquist/comedian Jeff Dunham is a global comedy superstar and one of the world’s most inventive entertainers. With over a million YouTube subscribers amassing over a billion views, he has carved out his own unique space in the comedy world, leading to a Guinness World Record for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour”. This PASSIVELY AGGRESSIVE Tour will include his delightfuly twisted cohorts… Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño and Achmed the Dead Terrorist.

Virginia’s Historic Garden Week
Dates: April 27 & 28, 2019
Location: Various locations in Albemarle County (Ivy) and Orange County

Coinciding with the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, the 90th Annual Historic Garden Week offers a rare opportunity to visit Virginia’s most gracious homes and lavish, hidden gardens. This 8-day, statewide event showcases more than two hundred fifty unforgettable gardens and beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,300 fabulous flower arrangements created by more than 3,300 Garden Club of Virginia volunteers. The rich cultural heritage of Thomas Jefferson’s era is on display in Charlottesville’s portion of 2019 Historic Garden Week, as four houses in Orange County will be featured on Saturday and five properties in the small hamlet of Ivy will be featured on Sunday.

 

Final Exercises – The University of Virginia
Date: May 17 – 19, 2019
Location: University of Virginia, 1001 N Emmet St, Charlottesville 22903

Congratulations… they made it! Join hundreds of degree candidates, faculty, family and friends as they gather on Grounds each year to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class.

 

twenty øne piløts
Date: June 9, 2019
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville 22903

This American musical duo has received 31 awards from 93 nominations, including the APMA Artist of the Year, the APMA Album of the Year, the AMA Favorite Alternative Rock Artist award, the Billboard Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Song & Top Duo/Group, and a Grammy for the Best Pop Duo Performance. This international Bandito Tour begins the band’s first live shows in over a year.

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