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Arcady Vineyard Amenities & Features

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bose radio/CD player
  • Fresh flowers
  • Robes, hair dryer, iron, ironing board
  • Comcast cable Smart TV
  • Bottle of sparkling wine, bottled water and soft drinks in room
  • Heated tiled bathroom floors & towel racks
  • In-room port and local artisan chocolate tray, refreshed daily
  • Farm-fresh breakfast served daily at tables set for two
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Things to Do in Charlottesville, Virginia!

Discover all of the attractions and activities available in the vibrant Charlottesville area of Central Virginia during your vacation at Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast.

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Aerial view of a lush green vineyard with valley and mountains in the background

Winery, Brewery and Cider Touring

Grab a map at our registration desk or head to Virginia Wine/Monticello Wine Trail to explore the many options of our award-winning region. Let a local tour company do the driving for you or order up an Uber and you’re all set! 

Free Friday Afternoon Wine Tastings:

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 and Monday (closed). If you are with us on a Friday night, they usually offer a complimentary tasting of several wines between 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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Wine Tour Itinerary – all within 10 miles of Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast

Jefferson Vineyards – Just a mile and a half from Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast! Currently open Wednesday – 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 Thursday – 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 just 7 miles from Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast.

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 Vineyard Bed and Breakfast 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.

Brewery Trail

For beer lovers, there are many great breweries to visit!

In Charlottesville:

Champion Brewing Company
Decipher Brewing
Random Row Brewery
South Street Brewery
Three Notch’d Brewing Company

Beer Trail West of Charlottesville:

Starr Hill Brewery
Blue Mountain Brewery
Wild Wolf Brewery
Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company
James River Brewery

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Historic brick home with cream trim, several windows and columns in front of large pond

History

Historic Day Itinerary – all within 4 miles of Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast

Monticello

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.

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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.

James Monroe’s Highland – The third historical stop is also about 2 1/2 miles from the inn – 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 Wednesday through Sunday.

Montpelier – 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 on site offers a nice menu selection.

Branch of bright red apples hanging in an orchard with view of expansive valley in background
Branch of bright red apples hanging in an orchard with view of expansive valley in background

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 Wednesday and Thursday evenings (May-Sept) enjoy a light dinner and live music at sunset. Purchase tickets for this event on their website.

Saturday Morning Farmers’ 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 work of many area artists.

Rainbow colored hot air balloon suspending in the sky over a large valley dense with trees
Rainbow colored hot air balloon suspending in the sky over a large valley dense with trees

Ballooning

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

Monticello Country Ballooning
Blue Ridge Ballooning

View of a horse's head with expansive vineyard and grassy lawn in the foreground
View of a horse's head with expansive vineyard and grassy lawn in the foreground

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding in the Vineyards! A beautiful experience for those who enjoy the outdoors. Ride through a scenic local vineyard with a guide, and enjoy a wine tasting at the end.

Small curved bridge with stone walls amidst a forest of trees
Small curved bridge with stone walls amidst a forest of trees

Hiking

There are several notable hikes – Humpback RocksOld Rag MountainCrabtree Falls are among the most popular and scenic in our area.

Saunders Three-Mile Trail – A great way to work off that big Arcady breakfast is the gentle hike at the Saunders-Monticello trail, through a native hardwood forest. Located about 4 miles from the inn, the trail winds its way toward Monticello and back in a manageable four miles with a maximum grade of 5%.

Skewered shrimp on a golden cracker with diced red onion
Skewered shrimp on a golden cracker with diced red onion

Restaurants

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

Restaurants on and near the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Charlottesville

Bang! – Asian fusion – funky and fun – tapas style- great martini menu – inside and outside dining
The Bebedero – Modern Mexican cuisine for an affordable price
Bizou – Contemporary bistro – sophisticated comfort food in a retro setting with inside and outside dining
C&O Restaurant – Celebrated local favorite – French country cuisine in a serene setting
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
Fleurie – Intimate setting; upscale modern French cuisine
Hamiltons’ – Upscale – inside and outside dining contemporary American cuisine

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Maya Restaurant & Bar – Southern fare with fork tender ribs
Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar – Industrial-chic spot serving Mediterranean fare
Public Fish & Oyster – Great raw bar in a rustic-chic space
Tastings of Charlottesville – Old World wine bar and restaurant, currently offering take out only
Ten or Now and Zen – Both favorites for sushi!
Zocalo – Contemporary – Latin influenced dining inside and outside tables

The Belmont area restaurants:

Conmole – Traditional Oaxacan cuisine with an ever-changing menu
Mas Tapas – Spanish eatery offering tapas – lively bar and patio
The Local – Local new American cuisine in a warehouse vibe brick/wood space
Tavola – Our absolute favorite Italian restaurant, open Mon-Sat

Other Charlottesville restaurants:

Maya Restaurant & Bar – 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 us but still 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

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

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