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America's top college hotels: The Boar’s Head

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The Boar’s Head, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Built on the bucolic site of an old tavern and inn, from the timbers of a gristmill, the Boar’s Head shares Piedmont Virginia’s affection for all things historic. A southern colonial theme prevails—reproduction antiques, brick walkways, hunting scenes hung over mantels—but a 2011 overhaul has added a much-needed glow. The Boar’s Head, though owned by the university, seems idyllically removed from the hum of activity on the grounds. (Don’t call it the “campus” if you want to fit in; and Thomas Jefferson, by the way, is generally “Mr. Jefferson” in these parts.) If you’re up for one of the resort’s hot-air balloon rides, you can get a bird’s-eye view of the aforementioned Mr. Jefferson’s Monticello. boarsheadinn.com

—Ann Shields


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