Things to Do in Charlottesville, Virginia!
WINERY, BREWERY & CIDER TOURING
Our first recommendation, of course, is one of our ever-popular wine-tasting tours, which are a one- price all-inclusive intimate guided tour of three wineries!
For those who like to drive on their own, the innkeepers have lots of information to assist in designing a route sure to please.
Free Friday Afternoon Wine Tastings:
This popular wine shop is located around the corner from Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast, with Friday Tastings from 4:30 to 7:00pm. Snacks are typically provided too.
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Historic Day Itinerary – all within 4 miles of Arcady Vineyard
After our hearty country-fresh breakfast, drive just over two miles to Jefferson’s home at Monticello. We recommend you pre-purchase your tickets online to reserve a tour time for the inside of the home. Park and pick up your tickets at the Welcome Center, where you can also enjoy a free film, museum, souvenir shop, and snack area (The Café at Monticello is run by Foods of All Nations, a local specialty grocery store), or after your visit, continue up the road and enjoy a tasting and light lunch and the spectacular view at Trump Winery.
The Monticello Welcome Center will bus you up to Monticello, or you can walk if you like – it’s about a 15-minute walk uphill.
It can take most of the morning to visit the Welcome Center Museum, grounds and mansion.
Michie Tavern Museum
If you’re using the President’s Pass (includes Monticello, Michie Tavern Museum and Ashlawn-Highland) you may want to drive the 2 miles or so after Monticello to Michie Tavern for their Colonial Lunch. There you can visit the museum and shop in the Country Store for that gift for the baby sitter!
The third historical stop is also about 2 1/2 miles from the inn – Ashlawn-Highland, President James Monroe’s home. This is a smaller “Gentleman Farmer’s” home. Just park and walk up to the gift shop where you can purchase your ticket (unless you are already on the President’s Pass) and they will direct you to the front of the home to wait for your tour. Tours run about every 15 minutes.
On your way back to Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast, you may want to stop at Jefferson’s Vineyard for a tasting after all that hard work touring!
If you are a die-hard history fan (or JMU alum!), you’ll want to tour Montpelier, the home of James Madison, which is a scenic 25 mile drive north of the inn. Two hours is a suggested guideline to tour the home, galleries and 8+ miles of public walking trails. The Exchange Cafe offers a nice menu selection.
ORCHARDS, MARKETS & ARTS
Carter Mountain Orchard
Just 3 miles from the B&B is this wonderful orchard with a stunning view of Charlottesville. Guests can pick or purchase various fruits in season, taste wine, enjoy the local donuts and apple cider, and on Thursday evenings (May-Sept) enjoy a light dinner and live music at sunset.
Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market
The market runs from April through December and is quite an event! They offer not only fresh produce and plants, but also showcase artists and local foods. Park at the adjacent Water Street parking garage.
Shop the Artisan Trail!
Enjoy the many artists of the area.
Always fun but dependent on the weather, there are several hot air balloon companies in Charlottesville:
Horseback Riding in the Vineyards! A beautiful experience for those who enjoy the outdoors. Ride through a vineyard with a guide, and enjoy a wine tasting at the end.
Saunders Three Mile Trail
A great way to work off that big Arcady breakfast is the gentle hike at the Saunders-Monticello trail. Located about 4 miles from the inn, park your car and enjoy the walk!
All the information you need to plan your own wine tour route can be found at Monticello Appellation. Charlottesville has several clusters of wineries and breweries that make it an enjoyable experience between the tastings and the scenery! This website also gives information about dining in town.
Wine Tour Itinerary – all within 10 miles of Arcady Vineyard
Open from 10 am to 5pm or 6pm, depending on time of year. Tasting fee $12 per person and includes a crystal Riedel glass. Outdoor picnic tables.
Turn left out of Arcady’s drive. At the dead end, turn left at the stop sign. Jefferson Vineyards will be on your right.
Turn right out of Jefferson Vineyards Continue straight on James Monroe Parkway Continue straight on Carters Mountain Road
Turn left at Blenheim Road – Trump is on the right. Continue, and turn left at the SECOND Blenheim Sign – on Blenheim Farm Road for Blenheim Vineyards- You’ll see the winery sign
Blenheim has a great deck for picnicking after wine tasting, and Trump offers a tasting and cheese or charcuterie plates and light lunch until 3pm – 5pm depending on the season.
This is a “custom crush” winery, so no fancy tasting room – but you will taste some of the best wine in the area! Besides creating wonderful Reserve wines that have been identified in international blind tastings as French instead of Virginian by the experts, this is also the home of the first affordably priced and wonderful everyday drinking Virginia boxed wine in the Charlottesville area. We love that we can tap a box and drink a fresh glass of wine over a long period of time. Bottled reserve wines and wines from France are also available for tasting and purchase (Michael Shaps also has a winery in France).
Open 11 am to 6 pm Tasting fees – $10
Turn right out of Blenheim Farm Road onto Blenheim Road.
Turn left back onto Carter Mountain Road.
Drive until you dead-end at Route 20
Turn left onto Route 20
Turn right onto Harris Creek Road at the winery sign
Drive past First Colony Winery
The road will end at Virginia Wineworks
First Colony Vineyards
Under new ownership, this winery is getting some well deserved input of new talent and renovation. We look forward to great new wines and events at this lovely winery. It’s worth a stop after tasting at Virginia Wineworks, and has lots of indoor and outdoor picnic areas.
For beer lovers, there are many great breweries to visit!
Our local favorites, all within 6.5 miles of Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast:
Restaurants on and near the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Charlottesville
Downtown Grille – White tablecloth but comfortable for steak and seafood
Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar – New American fare with Latin accents; stylish venue
Orzo – Industrial-chic spot serving Mediterranean fare
The Bebedero – Modern Mexican cuisine for an affordable price
Zocalo – Contemporary – Latin influenced dining inside and outside tables
Bizou – Contemporary bistro – sophisticated comfort food in a retro setting with inside and outside dining
Hamilton’s – Upscale – inside and outside dining contemporary American cuisine
The Shabeen – Casual – exotic South African food & wines
Bang! Asian fusion – funky and fun – tapas style- great martini menu – inside and outside dining
C&O Restaurant – Celebrated local favorite – French country cuisine in a serene setting
Tastings– Old World wine bar and restaurant
Fleurie – Intimate setting; upscale modern French cuisine
Public Fish & Oyster – Great raw bar in a rustic-chic space
Citizen Burger Bar – If there’s game your honey wants to watch take him here! You can customize your burger – and they have lots more selection than just beef. Inviting and informal setting with inside and outside dining
Ten or Now and Zen – Both favorites for sushi!
The Belmont Area Restaurants
Mas – Spanish eatery offering tapas – lively bar and patio
The Local – Local new American cuisine in a brick/wood space
Tavola – Our favorite Italian restaurant! Go early – they do not take reservations and are closed Sundays.
Other Charlottesville restaurants:
Maya Restaurant – Southern fare with fork tender ribs
Ivy Inn Restaurant – Our “go-to” for special occasions; refined American fare in an early 19th century house – just under 12 miles from Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast in Charlottesville.
Restaurants in Albemarle County just a couple miles from the inn
Clifton Inn – just under 2 miles away
Fossett’s at Keswick Resort – or for more casual dining – Fossett Bar on the terrace – with a beautiful view – 4.5 miles away
And last but not least, 2017’s “The Charlottesville 29” – annual ranking of the top 29 restaurants with a Charlottesville mailing address.