Fresh Local Foods
The City of Charlottesville lies within the great and beautiful county of Albemarle, whose rich agricultural history and farm community is well loved and supported by our many local restaurants. Area chefs take great pride in using only the freshest local produce and products. It's no wonder that Forbes Magazine recently named Charlottesville the "Locavore" Capital of the World and that Southern Living named Charlottesville one of the Top Ten Tastiest Towns in the South! To get started on your taste journey around Charlottesville, check out our dining and gourmet hot spots.
Jefferson's Love of Food & Wine
The restoration of Monticello’s wine cellar was big news for history buffs and wine aficionados alike. A platform above the brick floor allows visitors entry to the wine cellar of our third president, also sometimes called “America’s first wine expert,” to see what it looked like during Jefferson’s retirement years in the first part of the 19th century. Known for advising presidents Washington, Adams, Madison and Monroe on the best wine choices for executive functions, Jefferson’s own cellar contained bottles from France, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Germany and Italy. Keep reading!
Scenic Drives & Fall Foliage
Each fall when Virginia's leaves turn brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange Charlottesville and the surrounding countryside become a favorite destination for those who love the splendor of autumn foliage. The tranquility and beauty of autumn in Virginia provides the perfect setting in which to reconnect with each other. It's a natural season for enjoying the best of togetherness with loved ones. Please enjoy our favorite drives through the countryside.