It’s always a great time to visit us at Foxfield Inn, but we believe October offers even more appeal: Charlottesville, quite simply, pulls out all the stops. Between the crisp fall air and the trees putting forth their true colors, the football fever and the harvest festivals, October is our favorite month. Here are some interesting events and attractions you might consider adding to your autumn-in-Charlottesville adventure.
|Photo by J.F. (2012)
used with permission
Oktoberfest Beer Festival at Blue Mountain Brewery
October 1-6 (begins September 28)
Blue Mountain is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, known for both their excellent craft beers and for their spectacular mountain views. Find a spot on the expansive patio to watch the sun go down while you sip on your favorite brew or try a sample of them all. During Oktoberfest, enjoy special tastings and menu items as well as live music. Prost!
Held twice a year, this festival is a mecca of handcrafted art, furniture, jewelry, decor, and so much more. Meet the artisans and get a jump start on your holiday shopping, or simply browse for unique additions for your home. Take a break to taste some wine and enjoy a meal, if you’d like. The festival runs from 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5:30 on Sunday, and general admission is $6.
If you are a music lover, how about enjoying a concert with a legend at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall? Proceeds from this concert benefit the UVA Cancer Center and the Compassionate Care Initiative at the UVA School of Nursing. The show begins at 7 P.M. and tickets are available to purchase online.
Feel that chill in the air? Is is the brisk fall weather or a Charlottesville spirit in the shadows? With Halloween just around the corner, how about an animated tour from one of the guides at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society? Choose from a tour of the Maplewood Cemetery or the Court Square including the old jail house and learn of the legends and lore surrounding our fair city. Check the Historical Society’s website for tour departure information and to purchase tickets.
And if you’re not in town that particular weekend, consider trying a Ghost and Murder Walking Tour which follows the story of one of Charlottesville’s late mayors. Tours are held every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening at 8 P.M. and depart from York Place on the Downtown Mall.
Alternative rock fans will be thrilled to witness this powerhouse band at the incredible venue that is the John Paul Jones Arena. Tickets are available online, and the show begins at 8 P.M.
There are a few things that Virginia grows pretty well, and one of them is apples. Come fall, we are swimming in apples, apple butter, apple cider, and applesauce. If you’d like to pick your own and go home with a bushel, we have a couple of recommendations. (And if you don’t want to pick them yourself, don’t worry, there are plenty pre-picked to choose from). Carter Mountain Orchard is by far the most popular stop for apple enthusiasts, and each weekend in October is Apple Harvest Festival. A word of caution: allow plenty of time to visit the orchard on these merry days, especially if it falls on the same day as a UVA home football game (check that schedule here). In that case, you may want to check out nearby Henley’s Orchards for some delicious, unique varieties native to our region. We stock up there often to let their apples be the star in some of our breakfast dishes.
As you can see, there is a wide range of interesting events to add to your Charlottesville itinerary when you visit us this October. Let us know how we can make your stay at Foxfield Inn as special as possible. What other things do you like to do in the fall?
Dan & Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville, VA Bed & Breakfast