Things to Do in Charlottesville, VA
Like any community, there are plenty of great things to do in Charlottesville, VA. Sometimes these events, attractions and restaurants are well known, while other times it takes a well-trained eye or local guide to introduce you to them. If you are looking for more variety, the more populous cities in Virginia are certain to accommodate your desires of activities.
Charlottesville is widely known as home to our nation’s third, fourth and fifth presidents - Jefferson, Madison and Monroe - allowing its residents to do something that seems impossible for even the most skilled orator: deliver three presidential addresses at once. The most famous is Monticello, the home of third President Thomas Jefferson. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1987, Monticello is of Jefferson’s own design and a favorite destination for residents and visitors.
According to the February 2010 issue of Men’s Journal magazine, Charlottesville is one of the top five healthiest cities in the country. The city made the grade for its availability of local produce and farms, short commute times, low pollution levels, expanding and available green spaces, mild climate, sidewalk access and pedestrian-friendly community. The magazine used information by Sperling’s Ranked and Rated and looked at quality of life as one of criteria for a healthy lifestyle.
Turn off the TV‚ get off the couch and walk along one of the numerous trails that exists in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Fresh air and exercise are coupled with great scenery along dozens of footpaths that grace this part of central Virginia. And if a recent county survey is any indication‚ rustic trails are just what local citizens want.
To get an understanding of what has made Charlottesville such a soccer hotbed – both at the collegiate level and in the recreational leagues – flash back to the late 1970s. At that time‚ youth soccer was just beginning to take hold here at the grassroots level. A handful of soccer enthusiasts of all ages were getting together for pickup games‚ and out of this rising interest the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville-Albemarle – widely known as SOCA – came into being several years later.
During his lifetime‚ Thomas Jefferson was a passionate wine connoisseur and gourmet. So the nation’s third president no doubt would be pleased with the multitude of fine dining and wine choices available today near his beloved Monticello. From 10-year-old Hamiltons’ at First and Main to newcomer Vavino‚ a wine bar exclusively carrying Virginia wines‚ locally owned establishments are plentiful here – and the offerings are first rate.
Recreational opportunities come naturally to the Charlottesville area. Boasting some of the East Coast’s best hiking and skiing‚ and home to some of the most gorgeous scenery anywhere‚ the region offers opportunities for fun and fitness in every season and for just about every interest.
If you want to play golf on manicured‚ rolling‚ tree-lined fairways with pristine greens surrounded by concentration-shattering views – and who doesn’t – then you’ve come to the right place. Charlottesville is definitely for golf lovers. Public‚ private‚ semi-private or resort‚ Charlottesville can meet the demands of discerning golfers on a year-round basis. With sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Piedmont foothills‚ meandering streams or stately lakes‚ golfers of all ages and skill levels will find something guaranteed to bring them back for more.
"I am an enthusiast on the subject of the arts. But it is an enthusiasm of which I am not ashamed, as its object is to improve the taste of my countrymen, to increase their reputation, to reconcile to them the respect of the world, and procure them its praise." – Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1785.
Staring with the Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA is a great place to see a show. “The Paramount is an incredible facility‚” says Chad Hershner‚ executive director. “The whole theater was built and crafted in reverence and homage to Thomas Jefferson.”