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Things to do in The Charlottesville Area

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in The Charlottesville Area. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite The Charlottesville Area attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in The Charlottesville Area to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in The Charlottesville Area.

  • Barboursville Vineyards

    Pamper your palate tasting the award-winning wines at this winery and hotel, owned by northern Italians; then take in the views of the Blue Ridge M... More
  • Bittersweet

    The Warehouse District shop sells flirty silk tops and Frye boots. More
  • C&O Bar

    A dimly lit college watering hole. More
  • Calhoun's Country Hams Shop

    For more than 40 years, folks have flocked here for hand-rubbed, air-cured meats. Sandwiches are piled high with silky slices; pick up a bone-in wh... More
  • Charlottesville Pavilion

    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, a... More
  • Chuck Miller

    Chuck Miller turns corn into Virginia Lightning, using an old family recipe and one of the state’s only legal moonshine stills. More
  • Feast!

    Artisanal cheese from nearby farms More
  • Gearharts Chocolates

    The shop spikes its ganache bonbons with ancho chile and candied ginger. More
  • Georgie

    The shop stocks dresses by Alice + Olivia and 3.1 Phillip Lim. More
  • Kluge Estate Farm Shop

    Patricia Kluge, an heiress and philanthropist, entered Virginia's wine game in 1999, and the estate was initially dismissed by many critics as a la... More
  • Main Street Market

    A hive of shops perfect for supplying a picnic basket. More
  • Monticello

    in 1770, Jefferson sold some of the land surrounding Monticello, his sprawling Palladian home up in the hills just outside Charlottesville, to an I... More
  • Mountfair Vineyards

    The just-opened Mountfair Vineyards focuses on small-batch, Bordeaux-style blends. More
  • Paramount Theater

    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, a... More
  • Pillow Mint

    The shop sells John Robshaw quilts and Blissliving bedsheets. More
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