Charlottesville Journals

Virginia in the Fall

A November 2006 trip to Charlottesville by daph24ne

Quote: In May of 2003 and then later in November and December of 2006, I traveled to Charlottesville, VA, and the surrounding area to attend a training conference for work. Never have I enjoyed a business trip so much! I can't wait to go back again—the sooner the better.

English Inn

Hotel | "The English Inn"

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I have stayed at two hotels in Charlottesville—the Omni and the English Inn. The English Inn has been my favorite of the two. When I arrived at the English Inn, I was greeted with freshly baked homemade cookies which was an early sign of the hospitality I felt while staying there.The English Inn is located right next to Bodo's Bagels (a great place for breakfast or lunch) and is within about a 15-20 minute walk of both the University of Virginia and a new upscale shopping center. My room was quiet, comfortable, and very clean. In the morning, the English Inn provides a hot continental breakfast. This isn't just donuts and coffee, but includes eggs, hash browns, grits, bacon, past...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

English Inn
2000 Morton Dr.
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
(434) 971-9900

Omni Charlottesville Hotel

Hotel | "The Omni Hotel"

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I stayed at the Omni Hotel in May of 2003. Therefore, things may have changed since then. At the time I stayed there, I found my room to be quiet, clean, and comfortable.

If you want to stay near the historic downtown area of Charlottesville, this is a good choice. If you want to be close to the university, there are better choices, however.

I found the Omni to be nothing special—just your average hotel chain. They don't have a free continental breakfast, but they do have a decent restaurant within the hotel. There are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

Omni Charlottesville Hotel
235 W MAIN ST
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
(434) 971-5500

Crozet Pizza

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Restaurant

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I first learned about Crozet Pizza through the National Geographic a few years back. Does it seem strange that National Geographic would review a pizza place? I thought so too. But, I figured that if it would earn National Geographic's approval, it must be quite a place.Therefore, I decided to go on an adventure. I took my little rental car, a trusty map, and took Route 29 to I-64 West and then took the Crozet Exit. I drove around a little until I found the place, but it was no problem. Crozet is a small little town. The pizza wasn't a disappointment!It was about $15 for a pizza, and the atmosphere is nothing special. Only a few small tables are in the place—it's mostly a carry...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

Crozet Pizza
5794 Three Notch'd Rd.
Crozet, Virginia
(434) 823-2132

Bodo's Bagels

Restaurant

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Bodo's Bagels specializes in…well, bagels! Here, you can get an assortment of freshly made bagels, with or without a variety of toppings. They also have breakfast sandwiches and other sandwiches made with bagels. In addition, they offer a few Greek food dishes.

It seems to be a favorite hangout of the University of Virginia crowd, and you can eat very inexpensively—for about $5 per meal. It's very clean. It's also very busy.

Be prepared, when I was there they didn't accept credit cards, have some cash on you.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

Bodo's Bagels
1418 Emmet Street
Charlottesville 22903
(434) 977-1619

Michie Tavern -Ca 1784

Restaurant | "The Ordinary at Michie Tavern"

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Eating at the Michie Tavern is a must when in Charlottesville. While the food is good 18th century "Southern" fare (fried chicken, homemade biscuits, fruit cobbler, etc.), visitors really go for the atmosphere.The Michie Tavern has been standing for over 200 years. When you arrive, you have the opportunity to take a tour of the tavern with a costumed guide. They greet you as "stranger"—a term for traveler used many years ago. I found it very interesting to tour through the tavern and see how many of the artifacts were used.We took the tour first, and then ate lunch. It was definitely a high point of our trip to Charlottesville. They also have a gift shop on-site, and we found i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

Michie Tavern -Ca 1784
683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
(434) 977-1234

Little John's

Restaurant

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Little John's is a classic New York-style deli, and specializes in sandwich combos. Located at "the Corner" near University of Virginia, it has been catering to campus lunch appetites and late-night cravings since the mid-1970s.

Comfortable, although a tad noisy, the deli is a great place to pick up on local gossip or just read the paper over the turkey-and-sprout-heavy Blue Max, the club-and cole slaw-inspired Five Easy Pieces, or the monstrous Sampson and its 12 glorious inches of roast beef, turkey, horseradish mayo, and thousand island dressing.

Little John's is a favorite of mine every time I visit Charlottesville.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

Little John's
1427 University Ave.
Charlottesville, Virginia
(434) 977-0588

Monticello

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Attraction

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In touring Monticello, I felt that I was able to catch a glimpse into the life of one of America's founding fathers. I found it very interesting that he had spent so much of his fortune on Monticello and trying to "keep up appearances." During the tour, I was surprised to learn that Jefferson had died in debt due to the huge costs of operating Monticello and entertaining guests there. If you choose to visit Monticello, you have a choice of either taking a bus or walking from the parking lot up the house. Once you reach Monticello, you will wait for a costumed staff member to take you on a tour of the home. It's a very elegant home, and I found it very interesting that Jefferson was such an inv...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

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

Ash Lawn-Highland

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Attraction

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I must admit that I was rather disappointed in visiting Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of President James Monroe. I suppose that I was expecting a grand estate, and what I found was more of a regular farm house. From a historical perspective, I found it to be very interesting, especially in comparison with Monticello. As one can see from visiting Monticello, President Jefferson felt a large need to keep up appearances when entertaining and spent more than he earned to do so. On the other hand, the Monroe's appear to have lived within their budget, and lived a pretty average life. When touring Ash Lawn-Highland, you'll see Monroe's home, along with several items that belonged to him and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

Ash Lawn-Highland
1000 James Monroe Pkwy.
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
(434) 293-8000

James Madison's Montpelier

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Attraction | "Montpelier, Home of James and Dolley Madison"

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First, you'll want to visit the gift shop where you'll purchase your tickets for the grounds. While you're there, you will get an "Acoustiguide"—which is something sort of like a tape player with headphones. You can use it to go on your own little self-guided tour. In addition, there are staff members who give tours every so often. When you check in at the gift shop, the staff will be able to give you a schedule so that you can be sure to get in on these. The guides take you to places within the house that you cannot go on your own. When I was there in Spring of 2003, our guide took us upstairs and showed us areas that were being restored. It was amazing to see "historic graffiti."...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

James Madison's Montpelier
11407 Constitution Hwy.
Montpelier Station, Virginia 22957
(540) 672-2728

Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive

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Attraction | "Shenandoah National Park"

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When I saw Shenandoah Park for the first time, the song "Oh Shenandoah" came to mind. It is absolutely breathtaking. Make sure that you plan several hours or even days to appreciate this natural beauty.

There is so much to do here. Before planning your visit, go to http://www.nps.gov/shen/pphtml/planyourvisit.html. We enjoyed stopping along the way and taking a few short hikes along the Appalachian Trail system.

In addition, be sure to watch for deer! We saw deer everywhere. Be cautious as they are quite tame, and are very curious. Unfortunately, people have started feeding them over the years. We had a couple come right over to our car window and want us to feed them.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive
3655 Us Highway 211 East
Shenandoah N.P., Virginia 22835
(540) 999-3500

Manassas National Battlefield

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Attraction | "Manassas National Battlefield Park"

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To me, Manassas Battlefield was like stepping on hallowed ground. On the day we visited it was a misty, May morning. We arrived early and there were only a few visitors. As we stepped onto the battlefield and saw the long line of cannons arranged as they were during the fateful battles, it was easy to imagine what it must have been like. For historical buffs, Manassas (or the Battle of Bull Run) is a must. It's about $3 per person, and another $3 to see the movie there. The park service has done a great job with the museum. There are plenty of artifacts, and there are a couple of scale models that are animated with sound, so that you can truly understand what happened during Manassas I and Mana...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

Manassas National Battlefield
12521 Lee Highway
Manassas, Virginia

The Rotunda and Lawn at UVA

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Attraction

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UVa is definitely more than just another university. In my opinion, historically speaking, it rates right up there with Monticello and Montpelier. UVa was the brain child of Thomas Jefferson and opened in 1825. Jefferson set to work on building plans that would mirror his philosophical vision. For Jefferson, the college experience should take place within an "academical village," a place where shared learning infused daily life. Plans were developed for ten Pavilions—stately faculty homes with living quarters upstairs and classrooms downstairs—attached to two rows of student rooms and connected by an inward-facing colonnade. Each Pavilion was identified with a subject to be studied and inhabi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

The Rotunda and Lawn at UVA
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
(434) 924-7969