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Explore the Area

Things to Do & See in Charlottesville VA

Charlottesville and the surrounding countryside provide a myriad of things to do and attractions to explore. Interested in visiting wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries? There are more than 50 tasting rooms for you to visit.

How about learning more about the early history by exploring Presidential homes? This area is home to 5 US Presidential residences.

If you enjoy the great outdoors, there’s hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park, or you could go for a hot air balloon ride, take a horseback ride through the woods and vineyard, and there is cycling along the Intercontinental Bikeway right outside our door.

From active to relaxing, the activities in this area can provide you with an abundance of fresh air and fun to fill your days. Check out each of the links for our recommendations. We’ve even come up with suggestions for a few self-guided excursions for wineries & breweries, historical sites and hiking trails.

Enjoy your adventures!

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Historic Sites

This part of Virginia abounds in the history of this country’s early years. You can visit the homes and cabins of 5 presidents all within a 25-45 minute drive of Foxfield Inn. See the map for locations.

Start by visiting the three homes of former presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and James Madison.

 

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While in the area be sure to drop by Michie Tavern just a short distance from Monticello. There is a restored tavern from around 1784, metal shop and general store with local goods for you to explore among other things.

The next morning tour the grounds of the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson. Then head west to visit Woodrow Wilson’s birthplace, The Manse, in Staunton. It is also his Presidential library where his Pierce Arrow limousine is on display. It is a short drive from our bed and breakfast.

Last stop on your Presidential home tour is Pine Knot – Edith and Theodore Roosevelt’s rustic retreat. It is the most unpretentious home ever owned by a president – no electricity, heating or plumbing. It was truly a place for “rest and repairs” as described by Edith. Currently it is only open by appointment.

As you can see, you will need several days to see them all.

Presidential home tours:

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Wineries

Did you know that Virginia has over 300(!) wineries and is named “Birthplace of American Wine”? Our local Monticello Wine Trail fulfills Thomas Jefferson’s vision of having vineyards “standing shoulder to shoulder” with the great wines of the world.

The Charlottesville area itself is home to more than 40 wineries. Wines produced here have received national and international acclaim. If you are unsure which winery to look for, check out the annual Virginia Governor’s Cup Medal Winners and let your curiosity lead the way.

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Still wondering where to start?

To help you plan your day, we put together a list of our favorites and clustered them according to their geographical location. Many wineries offer snacks or lunch, but our area also has great sandwich shops. We’ve included them in our tour, so you don’t miss them while you are on your way.

We recommend planning for no more than 3 wine tastings per day. But since “grapes don’t grow in ugly places” you might stop at other wineries just to enjoy the view and add them to your bucket list for your next visit.

To the West:

Total driving time for round trip: 1 hour 30 mins

  • Stinson Vineyards – our neighbors just down the road with a lovely view and award-winning wines
  • Grace Estate Winery – pair wine and dancing with their Salsa Social on every first Sunday
  • Although our gourmet breakfast will keep you satisfied for quite a while, we recommend making a pit stop at the Greenwood Gourmet Grocery Store, which offers amazing sandwiches and locally produced delicatessen.
  • King Family Vineyards – exquisite winery, sample their wines while enjoying a Sunday polo match
  • Pollak Vineyards – local family-owned winery with wines made in the French tradition and a beautiful vista of the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Veritas Vineyard and Winery – beautiful room with great fireplace & mountain views; its restaurant also offers delectable wine-pairing dinners

To the South:

Total driving time for round trip: 1 hour 50 mins

To the Northeast:

  • Total driving time for round trip to the East (Keswick, Barboursville): approx. 1.5 hours;
  • Total driving time for round trip to the North: (Early Mountain, Hark, Glass House): approx. 1.5 hours
  • Total driving time for round trip to all wineries listed below: approx. 2 hours
  • Right after you leave the inn, grab a sandwich at the Hunt Country Store just 0.5 miles down the road; or combine a wine tasting with one of the tasty lunches the following wineries offer
  • Keswick Vineyards – award-winning wines, light lunches, miniature golf for a fun day
  • Barboursville Vineyard – slightly northeast from us, their reds are our favorites, one of the busiest vineyards of the area
  • Early Mountain Vineyards – lovely family-owned winery, wonderful wines
  • Hark Vineyards – another family-owned winery;
  • Glass House Winery – wine tasting in the tropical flair of a glass house, paired with handcrafted chocolates

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If dry wines are not your thing but Sweet and Fruity Wines are

  • Hill Top Winery – Sweet wines made of anything else but grapes (such as blackberries, plums, peaches etc.)

Transportation:

Wine Tour Companies – Need a designated driver or a knowledgeable local guide? Check out these services. Be sure to mention that you are staying with us when you talk with them.

Another great (and economic) way to visit without having to drive is C’ville Hop-on Tours: Take the shuttle, hop off at the winery, brewery, cidery or distillery of your choice, stay as long as you like and then hop on again for the next stop.

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Breweries, Cideries and Distilleries

Along with wines, this area is also home to some of the finest hard cideries, craft breweries and distilleries. Most of them offer fun events and music on the weekends. So, if you are in the mood for something other than wine there are some exquisite places nearby to quench your thirst:

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Cideries

  • Albemarle Ciderworks – locally owned apple orchard and cidery with a mix of heirloom and recent varieties; also has a nursery for fruit trees
  • Castle Hill Cider – award-winning ciders, scenic views and a lovely tasting room
  • Potters Craft Cider – lovely ciders, some of them with a fruity note, and fun cocktails
  • Bold Rock Hard Cider – one of the country’s most well-known regional hard cider brands with a homebase in Virginia; visit their outpost at Carter Mountain Orchard, close to Monticello; their green apple hard cider is one of our favorites

Our Favorite Craft Breweries

(and yes, there are more on the Charlottesville Ale Trail)

  • Starr Hill – locally owned brewery since 2002; lots of different craft beers; nice tasting room in downtown Charlottesville (Dairy Market)
  • South Street Brewery – established in 1998; rustic brewpub in downtown Charlottesville offers drafts and canned drinks
  • Three Notch’d Brewery – award-winning craft beers since 2013 with a tasting room in downtown Charlottesville
  • ProReNata – enjoy beer, lots of music and a big outdoor space with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Blue Mountain Brewery – locally brewed craft beers, some with seasonal flavors; popular destination with a pub-like restaurant and a big patio with wonderful views of the mountains
  • Devil’s Backbone – well-known brewpub in Nelson County with a laid-back atmosphere; beer, music and seasonal canned cocktails

Distilleries

Want to try something different? Charlottesville is also home to the

Explore breweries and cideries with C’ville Hop-on Tours: Take the shuttle, hop off at the brewery, cidery or distillery of your choice, stay as long as you like and then hop on again for the next stop.

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Hiking

If you are looking for some great hiking trails, this area has quite a few within a short 10-20 minutes’ drive from the inn.

Whichever hike you do be sure to end your outdoor adventure at one of the local wineries or breweries for a relaxing beverage before heading back to the inn.

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Check out our blog Best easy to moderate hikes near Charlottesville for some of our favorite hikes:

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Artisans, Antiques and Food Specialties

The Arts and Artisan community in the Charlottesville area has been expanding rapidly in recent years. This area is recognized for its beauty, history and artisan traditions. Take some time to leisurely drive from one artisan’s shop to another – the countryside is beautiful. Our artisans offer everything from jewelry, sculpture, furniture, pottery, photography, glass works, cabinetry to mosaics.

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Looking for something to take home with you as a memento of your visit that you haven’t found yet? Or it’s a rainy day? Why not spend some time in one of our many antique stores? Or peruse our food specialty stores that offer everything from international specialties to regional and local delicatessen? Charlottesville and the surrounding area have a great selection of places for you to shop.

Artisans

Artisan Venues

Antiques/New to You Stores in Charlottesville

Food Specialty Shops

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Other Outdoor Activities

Still looking for something else to do during your visit? Or want to try something new? There are plenty of other things to do when in Charlottesville. Check out the list below for some ideas.

 

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Take to the Skies…

Hot Air Ballooning

Go for a Horseback Ride

  • Indian Summer Guides – 10 minutes from here in Crozet; offering beautiful rides in several vineyards, for the beginner to experienced
  • Mahalo Farm – 11 miles from Charlottesville, for the beginner to experienced
  • And, of course, the Foxfield Races – Steeplechase races less than one mile from Foxfield Inn (OK, this isn’t horseback riding but it sure is a lot of fun); races take place twice a year on the last weekend in April and the first weekend in October

Water Sports

Golf

  • Birdwood Golf Course – Golf Magazine named it #7 of the Best Golf Courses in Virginia; newly designed in 2020; 10 minutes from the inn
  • Old Trail Golf – located in Crozet, 20 minutes west of the inn; opened in 2005
  • Meadowcreek Golf Course – 20 minutes east of the inn, affordable rates

All these golf courses have 18 holes.

Birding

  • Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail – network of outdoor sites with the best places to see birds and other wildlife (click on “Piedmont Region” for further details)

Biking

  • Many roads in the area are “Share the Road” designated and not recommended for longer rides. There are, however, numerous routes for your enjoyment. We’ve put together helpful information on the best Biking Trails near Charlottesville.
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Restaurants near Foxfield Inn

Restaurants in Charlottesville, Virginia offer exciting and delicious food. Our thriving local food scene contributes to creative menus in numerous styles of cuisine.

We have put together a list of our favorites for you to sample from.

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As many restaurants are still suffering from staffing shortages, reservations are strongly recommended.

Contemporary American

  • Ivy Inn – Local, seasonal, intimate. Perfect for a special occasion (Ivy)
  • The Farmhouse at Veritas – Wine pairing dinner with wines from the vineyard; wonderful for a memorable evening. (Afton, 30 minutes from the inn)
  • C&O – A Charlottesville legend: European fusion, impressive wines. (Downtown)
  • Duner’s – A local favorite and only 10 minutes from the inn (Ivy)
  • Hamilton’s – Wonderful lunch and dinner (Downtown)
  • Public Fish & Oyster – Fresh seafood and oysters (Main Street)
  • The Local – Classic comfort foods for creative palates (Belmot)
  • Citizen Burger Bar – Locally-sourced meat and great toppings. (Downtown)

Italian/Mediterranean

  • Tavola – Lively and intimate featuring seasonal ingredients. (Belmont)
  • Orzo Kitchen – Mediterranean-influenced seasonal, locally sourced. (Main Street)

Southern

  • Whiskey Jar – Tasty food, impressive whiskey menu. Open late. (Downtown)
  • Maya – A Main Street mainstay featuring creative Southern classics. (Main Street)

French/European

  • Fleurie – Elegant, contemporary dishes in a classy atmosphere. (Downtown)
  • Alley Light – Shareable plates, “speak-easy” atmosphere, great cocktails. (Downtown)
  • Petit Pois – Casual bistro fare. (Downtown)

Ethnic

  • Milan – Authentic Indian with excellent service. (Emmett Street/Rt 29)
  • Mas – Spanish tapas-style small plates and great wine list. Open late. (Belmont)
  • Zocalo – Spanish-inspired dishes with flair. (Downtown)
  • Conmole – Authentic Oaxaca-Mexican cuisine with a focus on Moles (small plates)
  • South and Central – Wood-fired Latin Grill & Steakhouse. (Grady Ave/Dairy Market)
  • Sultan Kebab – Authentic Turkish Cuisine. (Downtown)

And there are many more great restaurants that you can enjoy here in Charlottesville! If you would like something more casual or “pub-grub” just ask – we have a list for you!

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Wellness

Are you ready for some Me-Time and stress relief? Charlottesville has some wonderful spas that offer soothing massages and facials.

Or how about attending a yoga class? One of the local yoga studios offers outdoor classes at the venues of wineries and breweries with their beautiful vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains – a treat for body and soul.

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Charlottesville also is home to a flotation center: guests float effortless in a private saltwater tank and enjoy a unique and peaceful experience.

So relax and unwind and enjoy the tension relief!

Massages

All spas are 15-20 minutes from the inn.

Yoga

  • Salute the Sun Yoga – small, boutique yoga studio; offers classes outdoors at local wineries & breweries
  • Fly Dog Yoga – popular yoga studio especially with UVA students

Both yoga studios are 10 minutes from the inn.

Flotation Center

Aquafloat – effortless floating in private saltwater tanks; also offers massages and sauna (Downtown)

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