Charlottesville, Virginia is known for Jeffersonian architecture, an eclectic dining scene, and—especially in recent years—the burgeoning wineries in it lush countryside. Now the city is promoting another local industry: its breweries.
The "Brew Ridge Trail"--a collection of six local micro-breweries with tasting rooms open to the public, all located in the Charlottesville area--will officially kick-off its first season with a concert on August 22nd.
Visitors on the Trail will sample everything from hard cider (made from local apples), award-winning limited-production ales, and traditional Scotch-whiskey distilleries at stops like downtown’s South Street Brewery, the brand-new Albemarle Cider Works, Blue Mountain Brewery and Hops Farm, located on misty Afton Mountain, and the rural Eades Whiskey, which uses 19th-century techniques to distill single-malt whiskey.
A night at the Leather-Snyder House B&B (doubles from $100), which was recently restored to its 1844 glory as one of Charlottesville’s most illustrious homes, is the Second Empire cherry atop this Federalist era delight of a trip.
Catesby Holmes is an assistant editor at Travel + Leisure.