Top Things to do in Charlottesville_ Virginia

Document Sample
Top Things to do in Charlottesville_ Virginia Powered By Docstoc
					                                            Area Attractions

Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 984-9822
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monticello.org
          Mr. Jefferson began designing Monticello on a mountain peak outside of Charlottesville in 1768, when he was
          only 26 years old. Monticello, a testament to Jefferson's style and genius, is the only home in the United States to
          earn a slot on the United Nation's elite World Heritage List. It was designed with Classical Roman and Greek
          styles in mind. For example, Jefferson drew inspiration for the impressive front parlor from the Roman architect,
          Palladio. In time, Jefferson designed the University of Virginia's original buildings (including the Rotunda), all of
          which he could see from his mansion on the mount.

Montpelier
11407 Constitution Highway
Montpelier Station, VA 22957
(540) 672-2728 x 100
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Montpelier.org
         James Madison, fourth President and contemporary of James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson, lived on this 2000-
         plus-acre estate in Orange County, "just a squirrel's jump" (as he used to note) from Charlottesville. The exquisite
         home, parts of which date from around 1760, was purchased by the DuPont family in 1901 and was given a series
         of massive renovations that nearly doubled its size. With beautiful sculpted gardens guarded by a Revival-style
         colonnade, today Montpelier sits almost majestically. The estate offers views of the magnificent Blue
         Ridge Mountains.

James Madison Museum
129 Caroline Street
Orange, VA 22960
(540) 672-1776
Hours: Monday to Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sundays – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
JamesMadisonMus.org
         Take a quick trip on Highway-20 to the small Central Virginia town of Orange and find the nation’s only museum
         dedicated to the fourth president, James Madison. The old, red-brick building offers a unique collection including
         Madison's favorite chair, furniture odds and ends, personal papers and paintings. The museum's Hall of
         Transportation & Agriculture is a tribute to Madison's prowess as an agrarian – legend has it that Thomas
         Jefferson often referred to Madison as the world's best farmer.

Appalachian Trail
Appalachiantrail.org
         The Appalachian Trail leads hikers over soaring mountain peaks, along captivating waterfalls, and through lush
         forest areas that are home to a wide range of wildlife, including black bears and bald eagles. The Trail, which
         follows the Blue Ridge Parkway, has several access points as it passes through the valley. For details about other
         access points, contact the Appalachian Trail Conference at (304)-535-6331.
                                            Area Attractions
Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive
VisitShenandoah.org
         Just west of Charlottesville lies one of the nation's most scenic public routes, Skyline Drive. The scenic drive
         winds through mountain summits, waterfalls, and rolling green hills, all the while offering panoramic views of the
         majestic Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont Region of Virginia. Adjacent to Skyline Drive is a 101-mile section of
         the Appalachian Trail, the hiking trail that follows the mountains from Georgia to Maine. Those wanting to walk
         sections of the Appalachian Trail are treated to unparalleled vistas. If you are lucky, there may be a few brushes
         with foxes, bears, wild turkeys, bald eagles and other permanent residents of the park.

Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins
17655 Winery Road
Barboursville, VA 22923
(540) 832-3824
Tasting Room Hours: Monday to Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Winery Tours: Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment
Barboursvillewine.net
         The tradition of the vineyards began at Barboursville during the mid-'70s and have been making a name for
         themselves ever since. Thomas Jefferson had tried to prove more than two centuries earlier that Orange County
         soil was ideal for vine growing. They soon discovered this for themselves and began growing them in the 70’s.
         The original Barbour home, designed by Jefferson, is now in ruins and featured the statesman's signature
         Classical style. The winery is open for tours and tastings.

Michie Tavern
683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville Virginia 22902
(434) 977-1234
Hours: Daily Tours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Michietavern.com
          Housed within the old Meadow Run Grist Mill, the Michie Tavern offers a general store and restaurant dating back
          to 1784.History and family fun merge at this mountainside eatery, where the staff is dressed in period attire.
          Guests learn about the life of founder William Michie, Colonial Virginia dance steps and what it was like to dine in
          a real tavern. Be sure to stop by the store to pick up a few Colonial-themed souvenirs for the folks back home.
          This is an experience the whole family will not soon forget.

Starr Hill Brewery
5391 Three Notched Road
Crozet, VA 22932
(434) 823-5671
Tasting Hours: Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m.; Tours: Saturday, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Starrhill.com
           What began on Main Street in Charlottesville has remained a staple of beer-making history and grown into the
           most award-winning brewery in the Southeast. The house beers Amber Ale, Pale Ale, Jomo Lager and Dark Starr
           Stout have won twelve medals in six years. Free tastings and tours are conducted on Saturdays. Occasional
           bazaars featuring live music and local arts and crafts are held on the premises insuring a good time for the
           entire family.
                                          Area Attractions

Kluge – Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
University of Virginia
400 Worrell Drive
Peter Jefferson Place
Charlottesville, VA 22911
(434) 244-0234
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
Guided Tour: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Virginia.edu/kluge-ruhe
          This grouping of original Australian aboriginal art was assembled by John W. Kluge in 1988. It is one of the
          world's most stunning private collections. In 1997, he donated his collection and that of Edward L. Ruhe to the
          University of Virginia, creating an art museum that can hold its own against any in the Land Down Under. The
          museum also features lecture series, educational seminars and rotating exhibits.

University of Virginia Art Museum
Thomas H. Bayly Building
155 Rugby Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904
(434) 924-3592
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – Noon to 5 p.m.
Virginia.edu/artmuseum/index.php
          The museum boasts an international collection detailing the "Age of Thomas Jefferson," black and white
          photography, coins from the Roman and Gallic Empires, and contemporary 20th century American art. The
          University's renowned art museum is one of Charlottesville’s "must sees." Monthly programs and lecture series
          are also offered.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Stats:
views:6
posted:5/2/2010
language:English
pages:3