Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Charlottesville, VA

Charlotte is in a great location. We are so close to so many big and fun cities (on top of being a fun city ourself!) It's so easy to have a quick weekend trip to places like DC, Nashville, Wilmington, Boone, Asheville, Savannah, Atlanta, and more. I'm going to do some posts on these cities that we've been to and plan some imaginary itineraries of where we want to go! 

First up, Charlottesville. 

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I don't know if most people have heard of or thought of visiting Charlottesville (home of the University of Virginia) but it needs to be on your list ASAP!



My best friend Kristin lives there and over the last two years I've been to visit a few times (and we have another trip planned in October so look for a follow up post)! In that time, I've really had time to pick out my favorite things to do there. 


EAT 

Bluegrass Grill. So, this one is SO good and everyone knows it. There is almost always a wait so I suggest hitting it up early and take a nap if you need it later! Local tip: the list to put your name on is right inside the door on the wall to the left - there isn't a host/hostess. 


Jack Brown's. I wish I could explain how good these burgers are. It's a little hole in the wall down one of the side streets on the Mall (more on this in a sec) and there's a little patio that is awesome when the weather is nice! 

Shenandoah Joe's Coffee. Local and delicious. At the location I went to, you can watch them roasting the beans right there! 


The Flat Takeaway Creperie. GOD I CANNOT EVEN EXPLAIN THIS AMAZING PLACE. THERE ARE NO WORDS. This is a legitimate hole in the wall. Truly, just a window. You are going to walk up to a little window that is covered in vines and see two tiny benches and two tiny chairs and think I've lost my mind. Do. Not. Leave. Walk up to that tiny window and order yourself a sweet crepe. I suggest the Chocolate Delight, but there's no way you can go wrong. 


The Nook. This is an amazing brunch spot on Sunday before you head out. The biscuits and gravy are so amazing. 

The Whiskey Jar. I have only eaten here for brunch but Kristin has told me it's good for dinner, too! They have a nice little patio, too, which was glorious on the August afternoon I ate there! 

Bodo's Bagels. I don't know if I've had a better bagel. Again, locals know this and there's probably going to be a line. Accept this and love it. It will be worth it. 


DO 

Hike! Seriously, the views in Charlottesville are amazing. Take advantage of it! 


Brewery hop. There are some delicious breweries around town. You can't go wrong with any of them, but I really enjoyed PRN on my last visit. 


Go to a polo match. Sadly, we were rained out last time I was there, but this is so cool! There is a winery that has a polo match on Sundays! You can bring snacks and enjoy the wine and the views. 

Explore the downtown mall. Almost every restaurant I listed above is the on the Mall. But, there are so many shops and things to explore. 

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Friday's After Five. If you get in town in time on a Friday, this is so fun! There are food and beer vendors and live music. Very family and dog friendly if you've got the kiddos in tow! 

Visit an apple orchard. This is on our list for October and I CANNOT WAIT! 

Hopefully this gave you an idea for your next weekend getaway! I hear Fall is fantastic so I can't wait to get up there in 3 weeks! 

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