Things to Do in Charlottesville, Virginia!

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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:
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In Vino Veritas Wine Shop
This popular wine shop is located around the corner from us and is a great source for local and other very unique wines, snack and gift items. Open afternoons until 6:00 except for Sunday (closed). Free Friday tastings are temporarily suspended during COVID-19.

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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, fantastic gift 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
Just half a mile west of Monticello is Virginia Historic Landmark Michie Tavern offering a true Colonial Lunch Buffet. There you can visit the museum and shop in the Country Store for a special local gift or souvenir.

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 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, Jefferson Vineyards offers a lovely respite currently open Thursday through Sunday.

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.


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.


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Always fun but dependent on the weather, there are several hot air balloon companies in Charlottesville:

Monticello Country Ballooning
Blue Ridge Ballooning


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.

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There are several popular hikes (Humpback Rocks, Old Rag Mountain, Crabtree Falls) in the area of Charlottesville.

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
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Jefferson Vineyards
Just a mile and a half from Arcady! Currently open Thursday – Sunday on a first come, first served basis. Bring a picnic lunch from nearby Simeon Market! Traditional tastings have been suspended but flights are available as is bottled water and charcuterie type offerings.

Blenheim Vineyards & Trump Winery

Blenheim is owned by once local musician Dave Matthews and is currently open Friday – Sunday by reservation only. Current offerings are flights, glasses and bottles of their hand-crafted Virginia wines. A unique timber frame tasting room with outdoor patio space.

Trump Winery is open every day except Tuesday and offers a seasonal dining menu and breathtaking views. Wine flights, glasses and bottles are offered and no appointment is necessary.

Both wineries are on the same road and 7 miles from Arcady.

Thatch Winery
Under new ownership, this winery is getting some well deserved input of new talent and renovation. In fact Thatch harvests the chambourcin grapes grown here at Arcady for use in their port style wine. Thatch is the only winery in the United States with a custom thatched roof! We look forward to great new wines and events at this lovely winery. Plenty of outdoor space and open Thursday – Sunday with flights and light snacks.

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Our local favorites, all within 6.5 miles of Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast:

Restaurants on and near the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Charlottesville
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 – Great place to take in a game and create a custom burger – other selections besides beef as well. 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 – under 2 miles and closest to the B&B – recently updated lovely mid century venue offering local wine and seasonal fare.

Fossett’s at Keswick Resort – or for more casual dining – Fossett Bar on the terrace – with a beautiful view – 4.5 miles away. Currently undergoing renovations; reopening Summer 2021

And last but not least, 2017’s “The Charlottesville 29” – annual ranking of the top 29 restaurants with a Charlottesville mailing address.