What To Do Around Charlottesville

In today’s post, members of the First Year Student Admissions Committee recommend their favorite spots in and around Charlottesville. Whether it’s dining out, wine tasting, attending concerts, hiking or touring historical landmarks, there is never a shortage of things to do in Charlottesville.


“My favorite bars are Michael’s Bistro, The Virginian, and SkyBar. My favorite places to grab something to eat are definitely Mas, Citizen Burger Bar, Revolutionary Soup, MotoPhoCo, and Bellair Market.”- Katie Koopman 
“There is excellent Italian place at the Downtown Mall called Bella’s, or you could check out a tapas restaurant, Mas. On the other hand, a game of golf at Birdwood Golf Course is just 5 minutes from Darden.”- Djordie Minic 
“One word…Wineries! (King Family, Trump, Blenheim in particular). Also, there are tons of parks for families and Carter Mountain Orchard is a great local spot right near Monticello.”- Matt Sullivan

“There are some great outdoors activities here: hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, walking the Saunders-Monticello trail, picnicking or reading in the UVa gardens. In the summer, I love to head to the Pavilion on the Downtown Mall for the weekly “Fridays After Five” free concerts.”- Colleen Arthur

“For a bite to eat, I’d recommend Citizen Burger, Positively 4th, Blue Moon Diner, or Mono Loco. For a weekend activity, my favorite thing to do is run on the Rivanna Trail and then grab a few drinks a SkyBar later that night.”- Kat Baronowski 
“I like to study at Greenberry’s Café. When it comes time for brunch, check out Blue Grass Grill or West Main. And, as a former New Yorker, I like to admire my closet space.”- Angie Alam
“Check out Taste of China for some authentic Chinese food. I love to go apple picking, too.”- Yue Zhu
“Grabbing lunch or dinner with friends at Feast, Continental Divide or Ten is one of my favorite things to do.”- Allie Czerepak
“I love biking or walking the Rivanna Trail and salsa-dancing at Escafe.”- Tayo Shodiya
“There is great live music at the Jefferson Theater and some great wineries in the area (Pippin Hill and Veritas especially).”- Emily Yee
“I have to go with the food: Feast Market, Revolution Soup, Positively 4th, Ivy Inn, Ace Biscuit and Barbeque, Belmont BBQ.”- Jon Payne
“I love close/quick hikes at Ivy Creek Natural Area, hitting up Cville Coffee, getting Arch’s gooey brownie froyo topping, visiting Castle Hill for some hard cider, and learning some history at Monticello.  For places to eat, definitely check out THE FLAT!!! (crepe shack on the Downtown Mall), The Virginian (mac and cheese!), Boylan and Citizen Burger (homemade veggie burgers!), and The Southern (live music).”- Genie Ko 
“Taking advantage of living in central Virginia: Carter Mountain Orchard, Skyline Drive, and Blue Ridge Mountains hiking.”- Scott Poitevent
“Go eat at Royal Indian. It is the best Indian food I’ve eaten in the US and I’ve lived here for 9 years and tried more than 100 Indian restaurants.”- Rohan Poojara
“Taking a drive out to Crozet to Crozet Pizza (amazing Pizza) and relaxing by the lake at Mint Springs Valley Park.”- Bryan Furman

Learn more about Charlottesville and the surrounding area on the Darden website.

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