WELCOME TO OUR TOWN!Charlottesville offers history and culture surrounded by gorgeous mountains. It is home to the University of Virginia, with its core campus designed by Thomas Jefferson. On the outskirts, Jefferson’s mountain-top plantation, Monticello, includes a mansion and rebuilt slave quarters. Highland, President James Monroe’s home, is also in Charlottesville. Our city is a gateway to Shenandoah National Park, along a gorgeous section of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Boar's Head ResortThe Boar's Head Resort, the new home to The Virginia Festival Of The Wheel, is a sensational destination for many reasons. It is situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just minutes from the University of Virginia and nearby downtown Charlottesville, only ten minutes from the airport, and just two hours from Washington, D.C. Boar's Head is the only AAA Four Diamond resort in Charlottesville. With a warm and intimate ambiance and exceptional southern hospitality, this award-winning Charlottesville hotel offers 175 elegant rooms and suites, excellent dining, a vast array of recreational activities, and a fabulous luxury spa..
At the Boar’s Head Resort, they celebrate what endures—the beauty of the land, the hospitality of our people and the grace of our traditions. Owned by the University of Virginia Foundation, with a mission to serve as stewards of our land and hosts to our visitors, The Boar's Head Resort mingles the best with the best—classic with contemporary, refined with casual, tranquil with dynamic. At the Boar's Head Resort, you're invited to explore our network of nature trails, play a round of golf at our Birdwood golf course or enjoy our state-of-the-art racket and fitness club. Renew your body and soul at their spa and then savor the delicious and nourishing fare at one of their convenient on-site restaurants. Your stay promises to be relaxing, replenishing and memorable.
Jefferson's Monticello & University Of VirginiaThomas Jefferson's legacy lives in Charlottesville, Virginia on the grounds of his home, Monticello, and at the University of Virginia.
MonticelloVisiting Thomas Jefferson’s estate engages the senses, stimulates the mind and provides a rewarding experience for all ages and interests. Get to know Thomas Jefferson—author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia—who voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.
Tour Thomas Jefferson's beautiful home and grounds at Monticello and soak up the history! For more information about tickets or tours, visit their website home.monticello.org/.
University Of VirginiaIn 1819, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and inaugurated a bold experiment – a public university designed to advance human knowledge, educate leaders and cultivate an informed citizenry. Two centuries later, Jefferson’s vision thrives. Across Grounds - and throughout the world - UVA students, faculty, staff and alumni challenge convention, break barriers and pursue the greater good.
The University of Virginia is an iconic public institution of higher education, boasting nationally ranked schools and programs, distinguished faculty, a major academic medical center and proud history as a renowned research university. The community and culture of the University are enriched by active student self-governance, sustained commitment to the arts and a robust NCAA Division 1 Athletics program. To learn more about Jefferson's University, take a look at their website virginia.edu.
The Monticello Wine TrailThe wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail have all been inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s vision of grape growing and winemaking. Come indulge in all the Monticello Wine Trail has to offer with its deep historic significance and lush vineyard views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All of our winery members take the greatest pleasure in welcoming visitors from around the world to sample their wines, relax in the bucolic countryside, and share their pride in Virginia’s winemaking heritage.
Thomas Jefferson, America's "first distinguished viticulturist", envisioned vineyards surrounding his mountaintop home, Monticello, and wines from his native state standing shoulder to shoulder with the greatest wines of the world. More than 200 years later, Monticello Wine Trail members are passionately working to fulfill Jefferson's dream. Our dynamic winemakers are shaping the Monticello American Viticulture Area (AVA) into a unique wine region that produces wine with an authentic expression of place. The AVA also comprises one third of Virginia's vineyard acres, has a desirable terroir, and produces wines receiving national and international acclaim. The trail currently has over 30 member wineries surrounding Charlottesville throughout the countryside of Albemarle, Greene, Madison, Nelson and Orange counties. Each takes the greatest pleasure in welcoming visitors from around the world to enjoy their wines, relax in the bucolic countryside, and share their pride in Virginia's winemaking heritage. The distinctive characteristics of this place will be evident as you explore the Birthplace of American Wine.
For a list of the wineries on the trail, visit https://monticellowinetrail.com/wineries
Blue Ridge ParkwayCharlottesville has been listed amongst America’s Top Ten Mountain Towns. Most of us feel that subtle gravitational tug of the Blue Ridge to our west, relishing that blue mountain horizon visible for miles. Many of us succumb to the call of the mountains for recreation, relaxation, and renewal.If you love hiking, camping and the great outdoors, bring your love to Charlottesville and Albemarle County, where outdoor enthusiasts can adventure at every altitude and speed! By land there's hiking, disc golf, and horseback riding, and if you are looking for something a little more splash, wet your appetite for adventure with tubing, canoeing, kayaking and rafting. There is even hot air ballooning, high ropes courses and skydiving if you prefer your adventures sky-high.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a ribbon of road that weaves through the region’s vibrant living traditions. From Cherokee life and agricultural history to Southern Appalachian crafts and music, the Parkway’s 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina offer many ways to explore rich traditions.