Romantic Places to Stay
Resorts, Bed and Breakfasts or Cabins can be ideal romantic getaways from the luxurious to the simpler pleasures, like sitting in front of a warm fireplace with a glass of wine. While there are many different options for romantic stays in Charlottesville the few accommodations mentioned here are suggestions which reflect three distinct types of experience.
For those seeking luxury, The Boar’s Head Resort, steeped in history, has uniquely furnished rooms and suites, some of which include fireplaces. Here guests can also enjoy a wide variety of services, including a full breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese reception, and in-room massages and other spa treatments.
For something more intimate, The Foxfield Inn, one of Charlottesville’s premier Bed and Breakfasts, has a few rooms with special amenities like a 2-person Jacuzzi tub and fireplace. Additionally, you can add a Romance Package to your stay which includes wine, flowers, and a three-course dinner.
If you are looking for something more secluded, then one of Lydia Mountain’s cabins may be ideal. There are a variety of cabins to choose from, most of which include a full kitchen, a hot tub, and fireplace. Here you can make your own romantic dinner. There is also a variety of packages to choose from should you wish to add something extra special to your stay.
Skyline Drive: Enjoy a Scenic Drive in the Mountains
Take a picturesque ride along Skyline Drive and enjoy the natural beauty of Albemarle and Nelson County. This National Scenic Byway winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and is just a few miles from Charlottesville. There are several overlooks along the drive, where you can stop, snuggle with your honey, and admire the views.
Monticello: Explore the Home of Thomas Jefferson
If you share a love of history and a passion for learning exploring Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson is ideal. Built in 1769, Jefferson’s original home has been preserved and is open to the public. You can take a guided tour of his home and explore the gardens, which have been restored to their original design. During the warmer seasons, the gardens are filled with flowers and plants that were grown in Jefferson’s time. Aside from the grounds and garden tours, other highly informative tours are available, such as Slavery at Monticello. Jefferson’s home is only five miles from downtown Charlottesville, making it easy to visit before or after exploring the city.
Carter Mountain Orchard – Pick Your Own Fruit
Carter Mountain Orchard can be an idealistic mini escape with its incredible scenic views, quant rustic market, and craft cider outlet. There are many things to do in the spring and summer such as wine and cider tasting or having a picnic while taking in the amazing view. Additionally in the fall visitors can pick apples and take a hayride. However, if you are looking for a more mellow experience, I would suggest visiting off season or avoiding the weekends in prime season otherwise you run the risk of being inundated by families with small children.
Downtown Charlottesville – Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment
One of the best things about visiting downtown Charlottesville is that it has everything you need in one place. Downtown Charlottesville is home to many shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, making it easy to find something to do. You can visit the Corner, the historic shopping district that is just steps from the University of Virginia. From there it is an easy drive to the Historic Downtown Mall. However, if you are feeling ambitious you can take a 30-minute walk from the UVA Corner down Main Street to the Downtown Historic Mall. Along the way you can find shops, coffee houses, breweries, and restaurants. Once at the downtown mall in addition to more shops and restaurants you will find art galleries and a few theaters.
Find a Winery
If you love visiting wineries, you can’t leave Charlottesville without stopping at one of its many wineries. Any winery can denote a romantic occasion, however there are a few which stand out. One excellent choice is Glasshouse Winery, here you can sit in the greenhouse garden, sipping wine among banana trees and tropical flowers while listening to live music. Veritas, Hazy Mountain, and Pippin Hill all have outdoor seating with amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, they also each have optimal indoor seating where they serve delicious fare from a full menu expertly paired with their wine. Should you be inclined, some of the wineries offer tours where you can learn about the winemaking process, do a tasting, and go home with a souvenir glass.
All or any of these options are ideal for a romantic getaway but in the Charlottesville area with its scenic views, history, and many wineries it is also easy to create your own experience. Make your own romantic adventure and explore the history, mountains, restaurants, wine and brew trails, and many activities Charlottesville has to offer.