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"This is Thomas Jefferson Country..." Top 5 Page for this destination Charlottesville by Hopkid

Charlottesville Travel Guide: 300 reviews and 791 photos

...and it's Beautiful!

The seat of government of Albemarle County and founded in the 18th century, Charlottesville is a great little town nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Named for Princess Charlotte, wife of King George III of England, it is probably most famous as the location of the home of Thomas Jefferson, the man who wrote the U.S. Declaration of Independence, was the third president of the U.S., and who originated and organized the western exploration of the newly purchased Louisiana Territory that was headed by Merriweather Clark and William Clark. He also founded the University of Virginia, which today is regarded as one of the finest public universities in the country.

C'ville is mainly a college town of approximately 45,000 people and is often rated as one of the best small cities in which to live. Besides Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, there are other historical sites and some interesting restaurants as well. My tips here will cover some restaurants and hotels with the tourist traveler in mind. I hope they help!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quaint, pretty setting, interesting history
  • Cons:UVA students dressed in shorts, blazers, and orange and blue bow ties
  • In a nutshell:A great little town with lots of charm in a beautiful setting
  • Last visit to Charlottesville: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Niece #02 will be attending this Fall. Excited for her!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Nice page! We visited C-ville last summer on a college-scouting road trip. Didn't get to see anything of the downtown area but visited Monticello again.

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    i am building my custom virginia guide for summer trip to this part of the state. nice page on this town. i will definately like to see a movie at discounted prices after visiting the attractions :-)

  • Sep 4, 2007 at 1:02 AM

    You can't eat at the Hardware Store any longer. It's closed.

  • ellielou's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2007 at 6:51 AM

    yes....know you went to grad school in IA...grad school #1 for me was in next state over NE! I like parts of Iowa, actually, just that Waterloo was, uh, a bit of my Waterloo! (and good luck getting on a flight & have a blast!)

  • Apr 27, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    This restaurant is now closed. The owners retired. We'll miss it!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2006 at 1:17 PM

    Great culinary trip along the Mall, it's a pity I didn't read it before my visit to Ch. Good and accurate tip on lines to Monticello. I liked the South, Virginia and Ch. a lot :-)

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2006 at 12:46 PM

    All of those restaurants .... no wonder you have to go to the Sierra in your spare time. To keep the wasteline trim! ;-]

  • AlbuqRay's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2006 at 11:32 AM

    Andy, you write great tips, esp. about restaurants. Taeja would be pleased that you liked her restaurant. I used to go to C'ville on business. The downtown mall is great and you describe it well. I even saw Muhammad Ali in a restaurant there one time.

  • cnango's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2006 at 4:45 PM

    I make iced tea w/ tapioca balls at home, it's all the rage here in Southern California. The Hardware Store 'conversion' sounds good as well : p

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