A university town surrounded by farmland, vineyards, and the historical homes of some of the United States' founding fathers, Charlottesville, Virginia, is a graceful and welcoming city. Reserve a room in one of the fine Charlottesville hotels and explore all the parks, art, and tasty treats that this charming Southern city has to offer.
Your first stop in Charlottesville should be Monticello. Take the tour of Thomas Jefferson's home, and marvel at the architecture, art, and lush grounds that have been immaculately maintained. From there, enjoy the picturesque farmhouse at Ash-Lawn-Highland that was home to the United States' fifth president, James Monroe. Book a stay at one of the hotels in Charlottesville, and you'll be well-positioned to learn about the historical aspects of the city, and to take in a performance or public lecture at the University of Virginia. Want to get a better look at the mountains standing sentry in the not-so-far distance? Jump in a car and travel on Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park and into the Blue Ridge Mountains. With an abundance of picnic stops and overlooks, you will be able to treat yourself to breathtaking views of the valleys below. Staying in one of the cheap hotels in Charlottesville also means that you can easily enjoy the shops, art galleries, and popular restaurants of the Downtown Pedestrian Mall.
These downtown restaurants offer a wide variety of local flavors for breakfast, from flaky biscuits and Southern-style grits to duck-egg omelets. Your sweet tooth will not be denied here, either. Whether you opt for the popular dulce de leche gelato, or get a princess cake to go, feel free to indulge. And no matter where you decide to dine, you'll be treated to the farm-to-table philosophy that drives this growing foodie town.
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