We were excited that Wine Enthusiast named the area surrounding Charlottesville, VA, their 2023 Wine Region of the Year, so it’s natural that you want to set out for a tasting. That is just one of the many things to do near Charlottesville, VA.
To break up your day, we have created a varied itinerary. In it, you will visit several of our favorite vintage and antique shops, some wineries, a fantastic art collaborative, and a monastery that makes fresh cheese. Mix and match to suit your taste, and make impromptu stops when something looks appealing. We know it will be a day to remember!
First Stop: Some Antique Shops
These shops may change your mind about antiquing. We include a consignment shop and two that specialize in fine antiques. All are on Ivy Road; make sure you check hours or make an appointment to make sure you can visit.
- The Eternal Attic at 2125 Ivy Road carries consignment furniture, jewelry, silver, crystal, lamps and accessories.
- Kenny Ball Antiques at 2415 Ivy Road specializes in 18th- and 19th-century European antiques.
- And George is a mother-daughter enterprise at 3465 Ivy Road with a small showroom full of “treasures.”
Head Out West Towards Crozet
Once you have had your fill of wandering through shops searching for hidden gems, you will head out towards Crozet, with the first stop at a unique grocery/deli/market.
- If your adventure has made you hungry, pick a sandwich or the makings of a picnic at Greenwood Grocer. Even though you will visit some wineries, you may want to peruse their extensive selection of local wines and beer.
- The next stop is Crozet Artisan Depot, a consortium of artists of all different mediums. You never know what you may see—from textiles to pottery to jewelry, photography, and paintings.
- Are you ready for some wine? The next stop is Grace Estate Winery. The wines you will taste there are 100% estate-grown and exemplify the terroir of a Virginia farm winery. Take your pick of some lusty Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay for whites. They have a specialty tawny port and ice wine if you feel adventurous.
- Next up is a visit to Stinson Vineyards. Here, you will taste wines made with traditional French techniques. You may see some unfamiliar grapes, like Tannat and Rkatsiteli—make it a point to try these varietals, along with the more familiar Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
- The last scheduled stop for the tour is Our Lady of Angels Monastery. Why stop here? They make their own Gouda Cheese; you can purchase it and see the grounds where it’s made. Plan your trip so that you are there between 2 pm and 4 pm when they are open for sale.
Return to Foxfield Inn with Your Treasures
After a full day of adventures, you must be ready to relax and recount the day’s highlights. Tomorrow is another opportunity to explore even more of the many things to do near Charlottesville, visiting one or more historic sites or hiking.
Spend some time at the Inn and relax in your spacious room or the common area. With so many choices, you will want to return to the Charlottesville area again and again! We love to share our home and community with you!