The Charlottesville Area

Things to do in The Charlottesville Area

The shop sells John Robshaw quilts and Blissliving bedsheets.

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

in 1770, Jefferson sold some of the land surrounding Monticello, his sprawling Palladian home up in the hills just outside Charlottesville, to an Italian grower whose experiments with hybrid American-European grapes were among the first such plantings this side of the Atlantic.

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 whole ham to bring home.

Patricia Kluge, an heiress and philanthropist, entered Virginia's wine game in 1999, and the estate was initially dismissed by many critics as a lark until its wines—sparkling ones, in particular—began consistently garnering ratings in the mid-90's from wine writers.

The winery makes a jammy Petit Verdot.

A dimly lit college watering hole.

Tour this Jefferson-built institution.

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 Mountains from the lawn, and check out the on-property ruins of the Thomas-Jefferson-designed Barbour Mansion.

The just-opened Mountfair Vineyards focuses on small-batch, Bordeaux-style blends.

A hive of shops perfect for supplying a picnic basket.

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 Charlottesville Pavilion.

Artisanal cheese from nearby farms

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.

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