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Stephanie’s Guide to Visiting Charlottesville, Virginia

“This is Not My Beautiful Life…How did I get here?” — Talking Heads, 1981



Steph’s Guide to Charlottesville


Places to Stay


The Clifton Inn


Comfortable walking flats
Hat (if hiking)
Bug spray
Market bag for farmer’s market & estate sales
Camera / iphone


Map with Links Below

🍸The Alley Light
🍸C&O Downstairs
🌮City Market
🍴Oakhart Social
🍴Petit Pois
🍴Prime 109
🍸Public Oyster
Tea Bazaar
🍷Wine Shop
🍴The Flat Creperie
🍴Keevil and Keevil
Petit MarieBette

🍰Albemarle Baking Co.
💄Glo–Out Bar

IVY (West of town)

🛍Ivy Square Shops: The Eternal Attic, Shade Shop, Kenny Ball Antiques
🛒Foods of All Nations
Ivy Nursery
🥡Peter Chang’s China Grill – The New Yorker
📚Rare Book School
Blue Ridge Swim Club

A Weekend in Charlottesville


  • Fly into CHO Airport ( Just 1 hour by plane from LGA)

  • Check into The Clifton Inn. Go for a dip in the swimming pool to clear your head and relax a bit.

  • No-res required casual drinks and dinner at Tavola where you can have a craft cocktail at Chicchetti around back before they seat you for dinner.

  • Late night dessert / digestif at Mas down the street or the C&O downstairs (my favorite).


  • Saturday morning: Stroll through the City Farmer’s Market for breakfast. I love Maria and Ignacio’s Mexican Tacos (steak with everything, a little spicy & crema), a Carpe Donut, Shenandoah Joe’s iced coffee, and many many more. Pickup some local heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh cheese and a baguette across the street for later.

  • Walk across the street to the Downtown Mall and on your way stop into Roxie Daisy for french country essentials. Around the corner to the Downtown Mall: Caspari, Treasures Through Time, The Second Yard, Yves Delorme, Low Vintage, Daedalus Books, and more.

  • For a quick and easy lunch, stop into Feast! on Main Street. After lunch stop by Circa for epic furniture and housewares.

  • Back to The Clifton for a nap / swim


  • Drive out to Swannanoa Palace and on the way back stop into Greenwood / Crozet for more antiques, Strawberry picking, and Greenwood Grocery for an afternoon coffee where you can also find bottles of local wine and other delicious provisions. Stop into Ivy Nursery for garden inspiration and more European-inspired country decor, linens, soaps etc. On the way back downtown are the Ivy Square Shops for (yet) more antiques, The Eternal Attic / The Shade Shop / Kenny Ball Antiques.