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Tess’ guidebook

Tess

Tess’ guidebook

Food
Local bakery known for their delicious pastries and coffee. This is the place Charlottesville locals go to get their chocolate croissant fix!
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MarieBette Café and Bakery
700 Rose Hill Drive
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Local bakery known for their delicious pastries and coffee. This is the place Charlottesville locals go to get their chocolate croissant fix!
Close local coffee shop that roasts their own coffee beans in-house. The atmosphere inside is cozy, and there are a few tables outside. Washington Park is right across the street for additional outdoor seating.
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Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roasters
945 Preston Avenue
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Close local coffee shop that roasts their own coffee beans in-house. The atmosphere inside is cozy, and there are a few tables outside. Washington Park is right across the street for additional outdoor seating.
This Japanese restaurant is known for having some of the best sushi in town!
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Now & Zen
202 2nd Street Northwest
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This Japanese restaurant is known for having some of the best sushi in town!
Asian-inspired tapas and cocktails with outdoor seating
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Bang!
213 2nd Street Southwest
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Asian-inspired tapas and cocktails with outdoor seating
Classic southern food with a great atmosphere for lunch and dinner. Some outdoor seating.
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The Whiskey Jar
227 West Main Street
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Classic southern food with a great atmosphere for lunch and dinner. Some outdoor seating.
Bodo's is a local favorite for breakfast or lunch. Fresh bagels, bagel sandwiches, soups, and salads. The line may be long, but it moves quickly. There are two other Bodos locations in Charlottesville on Preston Avenue and Emmet Street.
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Bodo's Bagel Bakery
1609 University Avenue
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Bodo's is a local favorite for breakfast or lunch. Fresh bagels, bagel sandwiches, soups, and salads. The line may be long, but it moves quickly. There are two other Bodos locations in Charlottesville on Preston Avenue and Emmet Street.
Gourmet grocery store very close to our house with delicious sandwiches. Order ahead of time and take your sandwich to Washington Park to eat!
Mona Lisa Pasta Inc
921 Preston Avenue
Gourmet grocery store very close to our house with delicious sandwiches. Order ahead of time and take your sandwich to Washington Park to eat!
Just below the Belmont Bridge, Barbie's Burrito Barn is one of our favorite lunch or dinner picks! It's fresh and it's delicious. It's a cozy spot with 3-4 tables inside and tables to sit outside. Barbie cooks everything herself, including delicious salsa. Call ahead if ordering for a large group!
Barbies Burrito Barn
201 Avon St
Just below the Belmont Bridge, Barbie's Burrito Barn is one of our favorite lunch or dinner picks! It's fresh and it's delicious. It's a cozy spot with 3-4 tables inside and tables to sit outside. Barbie cooks everything herself, including delicious salsa. Call ahead if ordering for a large group!
Lot's of fresh specialty pizzas and calzones. The people who run it are friendly. There is outdoor seating to people-watch while you eat. We recommend the fresh mozzarella pizza!
Vita Nova New York Style Pizza & Restaurant
310 East Main Street
Lot's of fresh specialty pizzas and calzones. The people who run it are friendly. There is outdoor seating to people-watch while you eat. We recommend the fresh mozzarella pizza!
Downtown burger joint with great fries! Their specials offer a creative twist on traditional burgers that adventurous eaters will love.
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Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint Cville
109 2nd Street Southeast
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Downtown burger joint with great fries! Their specials offer a creative twist on traditional burgers that adventurous eaters will love.
Roots is one of our favorite lunch places. Fresh bowls with choice of rice, greens, vegetables, chicken. Very popular with students. My favorite is the Mayweather!
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Roots Natural Kitchen
1329 West Main Street
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Roots is one of our favorite lunch places. Fresh bowls with choice of rice, greens, vegetables, chicken. Very popular with students. My favorite is the Mayweather!
Drinks
If you're looking for a great afternoon out of the city, this spot is only 15-20 minutes from our house. They serve craft cider, wine, and snacks. There is also an option to purchase a "picnic basket" with sandwiches and and snacks.
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Potter's Craft Cider
1350 Arrowhead Valley Road
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If you're looking for a great afternoon out of the city, this spot is only 15-20 minutes from our house. They serve craft cider, wine, and snacks. There is also an option to purchase a "picnic basket" with sandwiches and and snacks.
30 minutes away from our house, this winery serves artisan wines, hand-crafted chocolates, and frequently hosts live music.
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Glass House Winery
5898 Free Union Road
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30 minutes away from our house, this winery serves artisan wines, hand-crafted chocolates, and frequently hosts live music.
Local brewery around 30 minutes away from our house. Located in the shadow of the Blue Ridge mountains, you'll be able to take in the scenery with plenty of outdoor seating options.
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Blue Mountain Brewery
9519 Critzers Shop Road
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Local brewery around 30 minutes away from our house. Located in the shadow of the Blue Ridge mountains, you'll be able to take in the scenery with plenty of outdoor seating options.
The Wool Factory is a great new destination in Charlottesville in a reimagined industrial space on the banks of the Rivanna River. The outdoor patio has couches and tables. Selvedge has great beer and delicious food. I loved trying their tomato salad this summer! Additionally, The Workshop is a coffee shop and wine bar right next door with incredible pastries and local Grit coffee. https://thewoolfactory.com
Selvedge Brewing
1837 Broadway Street
The Wool Factory is a great new destination in Charlottesville in a reimagined industrial space on the banks of the Rivanna River. The outdoor patio has couches and tables. Selvedge has great beer and delicious food. I loved trying their tomato salad this summer! Additionally, The Workshop is a coffee shop and wine bar right next door with incredible pastries and local Grit coffee. https://thewoolfactory.com
Sightseeing
The center of UVA grounds and an area steeped in history, the Lawn is a great place for a stroll or to enjoy from a picnic bench. We recommend exploring the gardens on the back side of each of the pavilions!
The Lawn
The center of UVA grounds and an area steeped in history, the Lawn is a great place for a stroll or to enjoy from a picnic bench. We recommend exploring the gardens on the back side of each of the pavilions!
The Corner is an easy walk from our house. This is the area students go to eat, to get coffee, to celebrate, to study, and to shop. A few of our favorites restaurants here are Bodo's Bagels, the Corner Juice, Roots and Mellow Mushroom. There is also a Sheetz store where you can find basic groceries.
The Corner
1501 University Ave
The Corner is an easy walk from our house. This is the area students go to eat, to get coffee, to celebrate, to study, and to shop. A few of our favorites restaurants here are Bodo's Bagels, the Corner Juice, Roots and Mellow Mushroom. There is also a Sheetz store where you can find basic groceries.
Main Street was bricked over and turned into a pedestrian mall back in the 1970's. Today it is a vibrant local hub for restaurants, bars, shopping, movie theater, live performance theater, live music, and street musicians. Many restaurants have outdoor seating on the mall. McGuffey Park is one block off of the mall with a modern playground and picnic benches. There is free parallel parking on side-streets nearby. Additionally, the Water Street Parking Garage and Market Street Parking Garage are located on either side of the mall.
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Downtown Mall
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Main Street was bricked over and turned into a pedestrian mall back in the 1970's. Today it is a vibrant local hub for restaurants, bars, shopping, movie theater, live performance theater, live music, and street musicians. Many restaurants have outdoor seating on the mall. McGuffey Park is one block off of the mall with a modern playground and picnic benches. There is free parallel parking on side-streets nearby. Additionally, the Water Street Parking Garage and Market Street Parking Garage are located on either side of the mall.
Hip outdoor art scene just a few blocks from the downtown mall. This area is also home to Brazos Tacos and Three Notch'd Brewing Company.
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IX Art Park
522 2nd Street Southeast
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Hip outdoor art scene just a few blocks from the downtown mall. This area is also home to Brazos Tacos and Three Notch'd Brewing Company.
Hiking
Short but steep hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This hike is about 40 minutes from our house and a favorite for UVA students. https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/humpback-rocks-trails.htm
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Humpback Rock
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Short but steep hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This hike is about 40 minutes from our house and a favorite for UVA students. https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/humpback-rocks-trails.htm
Old Rag is one of the most popular hikes in our area. The drive from our house takes a little over an hour. M https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/old-rag-hike-prep.htm
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Old Rag Mountain
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Old Rag is one of the most popular hikes in our area. The drive from our house takes a little over an hour. M https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/old-rag-hike-prep.htm
From the Riprap trailhead you can choose between a shorter out and back trail( ~3.5 miles) or the full loop trail (~10 miles). Instead of hiking to the top of the mountain, this hike offers a variety of classic Virginia elements (open views, wooded paths, river crossings, and plenty of elevation change). *This trail is inside of Shenandoah National Park, so you must purchase a park pass at the kiosk at the park entrance https://www.nps.gov/thingstodo/hikeriprap.htm
Riprap Trail Parking
From the Riprap trailhead you can choose between a shorter out and back trail( ~3.5 miles) or the full loop trail (~10 miles). Instead of hiking to the top of the mountain, this hike offers a variety of classic Virginia elements (open views, wooded paths, river crossings, and plenty of elevation change). *This trail is inside of Shenandoah National Park, so you must purchase a park pass at the kiosk at the park entrance https://www.nps.gov/thingstodo/hikeriprap.htm
Bearfence is a short hike( ~1 mile) about an hour from our house. This hike features an exciting rock scramble and a 360 degree view of the park from the summit! *This hike is inside the Shenandoah National Park. Visitors must purchase a park pass upon entry https://www.nps.gov/thingstodo/hikebearfence.htm
Bearfence Mountain Trailhead
Bearfence is a short hike( ~1 mile) about an hour from our house. This hike features an exciting rock scramble and a 360 degree view of the park from the summit! *This hike is inside the Shenandoah National Park. Visitors must purchase a park pass upon entry https://www.nps.gov/thingstodo/hikebearfence.htm
"O-hill", as locals call it, is a little mountain right in the middle of Charlottesville and only 10ish minutes from our house. The property is owned by UVA and is home to their observatory. This spot is used by runners, bikers, and walkers. If you're looking for a quick hike without driving outside of the city, this a great option. Be prepared to share the trail with mountain bikers and friendly dogs! This link has a map of the trails and recommendations for parking. If you map yourself to the observatory, you will see lots of pull-offs for parking once you head up the hill and get up to the observatory loop. http://cambc.org/trail-information/o-hill/
Leander McCormick Observatory
600 McCormick Rd
"O-hill", as locals call it, is a little mountain right in the middle of Charlottesville and only 10ish minutes from our house. The property is owned by UVA and is home to their observatory. This spot is used by runners, bikers, and walkers. If you're looking for a quick hike without driving outside of the city, this a great option. Be prepared to share the trail with mountain bikers and friendly dogs! This link has a map of the trails and recommendations for parking. If you map yourself to the observatory, you will see lots of pull-offs for parking once you head up the hill and get up to the observatory loop. http://cambc.org/trail-information/o-hill/
The Rivanna Trail, named for the river that runs through our city, forms a full loop through/around Charlottesville. The entire trail is about 20 miles long. If you are looking for a little adventure within the city, choose a section to explore. Riverview park is on a section of the trail and is a nice paved paved choice for a casual stroll along the Rivanna River. http://www.rivannatrails.org
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Rivanna Trail
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The Rivanna Trail, named for the river that runs through our city, forms a full loop through/around Charlottesville. The entire trail is about 20 miles long. If you are looking for a little adventure within the city, choose a section to explore. Riverview park is on a section of the trail and is a nice paved paved choice for a casual stroll along the Rivanna River. http://www.rivannatrails.org