Charlottesville’s Bite-Sized Adventures
Foodie Bucket List
The food scene in Charlottesville continues to impress. With new food & beverages outlets, industry-leading wineries, cideries, breweries, cultural and outdoor institutions – it’s hard to pick just a few. We’ve put together our quintessential Charlottesville Itinerary – come explore all that this Virginia town has to offer.
Start Your Day
Hop In The Car
Sit and relax while having an enriching and tasty meal at Dairy Market. After your meal, head to Carter Mountain where you can pick apples, nectarines, peaches, or simply enjoy the view.
On your way there, stop at Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard and try some delicious wine and snacks if you’re still hungry!
Take A Stroll
Hit the downtown Charlottesville City Market for fresh-from-the-farm produce, fruits, and sundries. You can also stroll the popular Historic Downtown Mall, known for its boutique shops and independent movie theatre!
Visit The Grounds
Head over to the University of Virginia’s campus where you can get a student-led historical tour daily at 10am, 11am, and 2pm. Don’t forget to visit the newly opened Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, located between the Rotunda and The Corner.
Depending on your date, there may even be tours of the UVA Gardens – check their website for more information!
Grab a Drink
Head to Castle Hill Cidery, where their cider is inspired by the Albemarle Pippin apples grown on the property beginning in 1777.
The cidery allows outside food, so pick up some delicious tacos at Maizal before heading out!
Stop by Dairy Market’s Take It Away to pack your perfect picnic full of sandwiches made of all natural meats and cheeses, and freshly baked breads.
Raft Down the River
Head to James River Reeling and Rafting to rent canoes, kayaks, rafts, or tubes for a relaxing float down the river.
James River Reeling and Rafting allows for coolers as you float, so you can keep your Dairy Market sandwiches with you as you go!
End Your Trip
End your trip with a delicious meal from South & Central. This full-service restaurant located in the Dairy Market sources vegetables from Bee Conscious and Babylon Micro-Farm, and meat from Timbercreek Farm and New Frontier Bison.
Be sure and save room for ice cream from Moo Thru. With 18 flavors to choose from, their hand-crafted, slow-churned ice cream comes from dairy cows on a fourth-generation dairy farm in Central Virginia.
Lodging Insider’s Tip
For overnight accommodations, Charlottesville has a variety of options – here are some of our favorites – all within walking distance of downtown and the University of Virginia.