We are excited to be welcoming participants to Grounds this Fall for a full slate of in-person programs in Charlottesville. In addition to the unique learning experiences in the classroom, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the area’s world-famous historic attractions and a few local favorites.

  1. Find a Good Place (or 10) to Eat and Drink!

    Charlottesville has a vibrant food scene. Start the day like a Charlottesvillian with a bagel from Bodo’s or stuffed French toast at MarieBette Café and Bakery. For dinner, no matter what type of cuisine you like, you can find it. Spanish-inspired tapas at Mas Tapas, American fine dining at the Ivy Inn and country French fare at C&O Restaurant are just a few of the many options. In the evenings, program participants often get together at one of the nearby craft breweries. Three Notched Brewing Company downtown is a local favorite along with Kardinal Hall, especially if you are looking for a pickup game of bocce ball.  If cocktails are more your speed, Alley Light and the Lost Saint are home to some of Charlottesville’s best cocktails.

  1. Explore UVA

    A trip to Charlottesville isn’t complete without a tour of the University’s historic grounds. See how Thomas Jefferson’s vision for the academical village continues to thrive today on central grounds, a World Heritage site. Download the Walking Tours of Grounds App for thematically driven tours developed by the UVA Library or join one of the daily historical tours that start at the Rotunda.

  1. Walk the Mall

    The downtown mall is one of the longest pedestrian malls in the United States. Unique shops, a wide variety of restaurants with outdoor seating and street performers make it a cultural hub of the community.

  1. Catch a Show

    Explore the local music scene with big names performing at John Paul Jones Arena and Ting Pavilion or discover an up-and-coming artist at more intimate venues like the Jefferson Theater and the Southern Café and Music Hall. Check local events calendars to see what is scheduled while you are here.

  1. Enjoy the scenery

    If you extend your stay or arrive on the weekend, Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park offers breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. And the beautiful colors during autumn peak can’t be beat. The Rockfish Gap Entrance Station is just over 30 miles west of the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport. Take a relaxing drive or hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail.

Skyline Drive Blue Ridge Mountains

This is just a small taste of what Charlottesville has to offer. We hope to see you this Fall!