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The Charlottesville Area
The Charlottesville Area Travel Guide
Articles about The Charlottesville Area
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Hotels in The Charlottesville Area
Owners Linda and Bill Willoughby happily arrange everything from picnics to fly-fishing along the Rappahannock River. It’s an enchanting place.
Restaurants in The Charlottesville Area
Virginia is one of the country’s fastest-growing wine regions, and Palladio is one of the best restaurants in the state—it’s built on the grounds of a now-ruined estate designed by Thomas Jefferson, and the food is as noteworthy as the wine.
Things to do in The Charlottesville Area
The music scene was fertile here B.D.M.B.—that is, before the Dave Matthews Band, which formed in Charlottesville in the early 1990s. These days, alternative rock, country, and reggae acts—as well as, of course, jam bands—get crowds moving at the Paramount Theater.