PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP TO C-VILLE
The Dairy Market is a brand-new premier food destination located in the historic Monticello Dairy Building in downtown Charlottesville, VA. Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a Dairy Market gift card and follow along with our Foodie Bucket List Itinerary below to start planning your trip!
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
Start your day with a freshly brewed, and sustainably grown, cup of coffee from Eleva Coffee and a delicious pastry from Bee Conscious . Or fuel up with a sausage biscuit or a stack of pancakes from Angelic’s Kitchen, where you’ll find a full menu of scratch-made goodness all located in the Dairy Market downtown.
Hop In The Car
For your next foodie destination, head east to visit newly opened Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard. Here you’ll be whisked away into a fairytale setting reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.
What To Try
In warmer months, we recommend the light and crisp Viognier and for cooler temperatures, try the aged Petit Verdot with dark fruit aromas.
While the charcuterie board is a popular menu item, the real star is the Chicken Salad Share Plate. This rich and creamy salad is served with seasonal fruit, veggies, and locally made sourdough.
If you can, reserve a table on the Vine Terrace, where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the vineyard and nearby mountains.
Next stop on our food tour is Carter Mountain Orchard where you can pick your own apples, nectarines, and peaches. Or simply enjoy the view and your picnic lunch. Be sure and visit their country store and bakery full of specialty food items like apple butter, jams, jellies and other goodies.
Take A Stroll
After waking up refreshed, hit the downtown Charlottesville City Market for fresh-from-the-farm produce, fruits, and sundries. In the offseason, take a stroll through the Historic Downtown Mall, which is pedestrian-friendly, and a foodie favorite. You won’t go hungry here!
Visit The Grounds
No trip to Charlottesville is complete without a visit to the grounds (a.k.a campus) of the University of Virginia, where you can join a student-led historical tour. Don’t miss the newly opened Memorial to Enslaved Laborers located between the Rotunda and The Corner.
UVA’s historical tours are offered daily at 10 am, 11 am, and 2 pm (while classes are in session, except for football game days). Specialty tours highlighting women and African Americans are available upon request.
Grab a Drink
After working up a thirst, take a scenic drive to Castle Hill Cidery, where their delicious cider is inspired by the Albemarle Pippin apples grown on the property beginning in 1777.
What to Try:
They create a variety of cider “cocktails” (with their cider being the sole alcohol due to ABC regs) that are served seasonally. For fall/winter they have a Mulled Cider made with mulling spices from Forrest Green Farm (in nearby Louisa County) and a Cider Old Fashioned made with their Heritage Pommeau.
What They’re Pouring:
Right now, Levity is a special one! Serendipity is a flagship cider – not too dry and not too sweet, guests have referred to it as “adult apple juice” and they’ve termed it their goldilocks cider. (The 2020 vintage is awaiting bottling and will be available late November-early December 2021!)
Stock up on delicious wine and gourmet snacks, at the Dairy Market’s Springhouse Sundries, to enjoy at top of Humpback Rocks Trail. Just 35 minutes from downtown Charlottesville, take the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to milepost 5.8.
If you aren’t up for a hike, check out the Outdoor Farm Museum, located at the Visitor Center, where you can tour a single-room log cabin and outbuildings from the late nineteenth century.
This short but challenging hike is one of the most popular in the Blue Ridge. With stunning views as your backdrop, enjoy your Springhouse Sundries wine from the top of the trail!
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.
Lodging Insider’s Tip:
For overnight accommodations, Charlottesville has a variety of pptions – here are some of our favorites – all within walking distance of downtown and the University of Virginia.
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.