Charlottesville Journals

Jeffersonain living in Charlottesville, VA

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A travel journal to Charlottesville by Carmen

The Academical Village Photo, Charlottesville, Virginia More Photos
Quote: A look at Charlottesville, VA, and some of the great things it has to offer, from the slightly prejudiced eyes of a University of Virginia alumni.

Jeffersonain living in Charlottesville, VA

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Ok, I'll be honest with you. I'm a little bit prejudiced. Come on, I WENT to the University of Virginia. Virginian by birth, Cavalier by the grace of God. :) (my favorite bumper sticker sold in the bookshop). But I've got to say that one of the primo highlights of a trip to Charlottesville is to see a football game in Scott's Stadium. I'm sorry, that would be David A. Harrison Field at Scott Stadium in the Carl Smith Center. (Thanks to donations, we have the longest name ever for a football stadium). You get caught up in the action, whether you're a football fan or not, and you find yourself on your feet rooting for the home team (you'd better, if you're in C-ville.) :) Another highl...Read More

St. Maarten's Cafe

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Restaurant | "St. Maarten's "

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St. Maarten's is the only place, that I know of anyway, that makes my favorite drink, a Berry Collins. (Like a Tom Collins with a raspberry flavor) I guess that's why I like it so much. Plus, it was one of my haunts when I was a fourth-year student at UVA. Don't be scared off, though, because the clientelle at St. Maarten's is a little older than at some of the other bars in the area. It's on the far end of what Charlottesville residents call 'The Corner' so a lot of students never make it there. It's got a Jimmy Buffet kind of atmosphere, and a wide variety of mixed drinks and shooters, which are colorfully displayed on a placemat and framed on the wall in each booth. It's sort of a 'nook' pla...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2000

St. Maarten's Cafe
1400 Wertland Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
(434) 293-2233

Bodo's Bagel Bakery and New York Sandwich Shop

Restaurant | "Bodo's Bagels"

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There are no bagels like Bodo's Bagels, believe me, I've looked. The smell when you walk in is enough to make your mouth water. There are your standard choices of bagel flavors, with your choice of toppings. You can choose their homemade cream cheese flavored with things like strawberries or chocolate chips, drizzle them with honey, ply them with peanut butter, smother them with lox or make them into a deli sandwich. Mornings are, obviously, peak time, and you may find the line coming out the door. But the lines move quickly, and you'll smack yourself for not waiting.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2000

Bodo's Bagel Bakery and New York Sandwich Shop
505 Preston Avenue
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
(434) 293-5224

The Academical Village

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Attraction | "The Rotunda and Lawn at UVA"

The Academical Village Photo, Charlottesville, Virginia
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OK, I'm a little prejudiced, being a Virginia graduate and all, but in my opinion, there's nothing quite as magical and historical as walking down the Lawn in the center of the campus of Jefferson's Academical Village (UVA). At the far end is the majestic Rotunda, designed by Jefferson and based on the Parthenon, which he meant to be used as a library. Stand on the Rotunda steps and look out down the lawn, with the Lawn rooms and the Pavilions lining the edge. The Pavilions were meant to be houses for the professors, and the students would live in the Lawn rooms, so that they could mix and discuss classes and issues of the day. The Pavilions are joined by a walkway, which was supposed to be so ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2000

The Academical Village
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
(434) 982-3200

Monticello

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Attraction

Monticello Photo, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Thomas Jefferson is rarely given the credit he deserves for being an extrodinary American. Yes, there's scandal, but that's not what Jefferson was about. That's quite obvious at your first look at Monticello, which mean's 'little mountain.' His home is full of intersting and unique ideas. Such as the clock over the entrance that measures the days of the week and the month of the year, as well as the time. (He ran out of room on the wall, cut a hole in the floor, and Saturday and Sunday are marked on the floor below.) He kept fossils that he found and other interesting artifiacts that he enjoyed. It's also neat to learn that Jefferson didn't like to waste space with stairs in his arch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2000

Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
(434) 984-9822

Historic Downtown Mall

Attraction | "Downtown Mall"

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The Downtown Mall is unique because it's not a mall at all, but rather shops lining a brick walkway. Each shop is an array of gifts and 'knick-knacks' and antiques. There's even a shop for cat lovers, and a paint-your-own pottery store (you pick out an un-painted plate, cup, etc. and then use their materials to paint and design the piece, and then they fire it.) Then, you can eat at the Hardware Store restaurant, which has a great candy shop, and foot-long beers.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2000

Historic Downtown Mall
Between Water and Market Street
Charlottesville, Virginia
(434) 977-1783

UVA vs. Clemson Photo, Charlottesville, Virginia
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During the fall of the year, Charlottesville is transformed. It''''s not the leaves or the change in weather, it''''s FOOTBALL. Home of the University of Virginia Cavaliers, Scott''''s Stadium has recently undergone rennovation. 20,000 seats were added, along with some architectural elements that make it blend in more with the rest of the school''''s Jeffersonian look. On any given Saturday, you can hear the roars from the stadium a mile away,especially if UVA is winning. If you''''re a college football fan, a game at UVA is certainly a way to enjoy the Charlottesville atmosphere.