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Trip List by Artie44

Charlottesville VA in 2 fun days

Jan 22, 2012  Presidents and good food
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In the winter early spring...
Start your day at 10 am tour

U VA 400 Emmet Street (P Garage) Charlottesville 434-924-7969. Historical tours are free and meet daily at 10, 11, 2, 3, & 4 p.m. inside the main entrance of the Rotunda. The tour gives you lots of interesting history on the Univ that TJ designed. Architecture is unique, very forward thinking for its time. This Univ. educated many important men and women who have played a role in shaping American history. The Rotunda is stunning!!!! Tour guides are fantastic and helpful!

After this drive to:
Ash Lawn-Highland 1000 J Monroe Parkway (434) 293-8000 (9539) Tour guides do a great job of educating you about Colonel Monroe, considering the actual home is rather un-exciting. Their love of history and James Monroe more than make up for the home. The surrounding land, with the long drive way is absolutely beautiful.

After lunch go to Monticello 804 (434)-984-9822 Monticello is the best part of the day trip. It is so unique with many historical rooms, gadgets, furniture, buildings, and artifacts tell us a lot about Thomas Jefferson, the president who built it and lived there. It is one of the top 10 places to visit in America!!

After you go back to your hotel or B and B, to freshen up to:
Downtown Pedestrian Mall
This area of Charlottesville is fabulous. All of the shops are locally owned and very unique. It's a pedestrian mall, down the brick-lined street, which gives it a very, cozy, European feel. There were plenty of outdoor cafes and wine bars lining the middle of the walkway perfect for people watching and enjoying the beautiful weather.

Go to Splendora's Gelato! They have flavors like passion fruit, salted caramel, chai tea, dulce de leche, as well as all the regulars

After the mall, go to Pad Thai, or any of the great restaurants in the mall.

After a good night’s rest, and breakfast go to:

James Madison Montpelier in Orange, VA, 45 minutes N of Charlottesville
A must stop for the historically astute. The homestead is being restored to authenticity--. Do not compare this house to Jefferson's Monticello--. It is a good way to appreciate the construction and living conditions of the 19th Century. The grounds are well kept, there is a lot of walking, as you might expect. A walk to the family cemetery where the former president is buried is a must!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Charlottesville, Montpelier Station
  • Category: Roadtrip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Fall