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Charlottesville: A Little History and Lots of Food

Andrew and I had a blast during our short 24-hour jaunt to Charlottesville.

After battling through typical DC traffic, we left Saturday morning and made it down to C-ville just in time for lunch at Bellair Market, a sandwich shop connected to a gas station near the UVA campus. Per the cashier’s suggestion, we got the Ednam and Farmington sandwiches, both of which were made with delicious smoked turkey and fresh avocado on warm french rolls. So good. Perfect start.

Next stop was Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s famous mountaintop estate, where he lived with his family and slaves between 1772-1826. We took the more intimate ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’, during which we got to poke around the second and third floors of the house, see the bedrooms, the Dome room and the Nursery. We thought the whole place was really fascinating and definitely learned a lot, maybe even more than we needed to.

In typical tourist fashion, we bought a few knick-knacks at the gift shop and we’re pleasantly surprised to get a real $2 bill back in change, a Thomas Jefferson souvenir in and of itself.

Later that night, we gussied up and headed to dinner at Continental Divide, a small, but hoppin Mexican joint that came highly recommended by UVA alumna Malarie. Finding the place was kind of challenge, since the only thing indicating it’s an actual restaurant is a bright neon sign that says ‘Get In Here’:

And that we did. Everything we ordered totally hit the spot: goat cheese nachos, chicken and veggie fajitas, a Santa Fe Enchilada and house margaritas. I was impressed. Excellent tip, Mal!

After dinner activities involved bar-hopping around the ‘Downtown Mall’ (Zocalo, Miller’s and South Street Brewery) and a delicious cinnamon sugar crêpe from The Flat, a basement crêperie shack that Mary Anne suggested we try. I’d have a taken picture, but it was gone in near milliseconds. Oops.

When we woke up Sunday to rainy, dreary weather, we decided to forgo our vineyard tour and ended up sleeping in until NOON (a true triumph for early-risers like us). Before heading home, we stopped by the ‘legendary’ Bodo’s Bagels, another local hotspot everyone said we had to try, and absolutely fell in love with their Everything Bagel. I regret not getting a few to-go. A place as good as this would do so well in DC.

All in all, I thought Charlottesville was a very cool place… the perfect balance of small-town historic charm and a trendy college scene. If you haven’t been, I think it’s definitely worth a visit. I can’t wait to go back for this pretty girl’s Bachelorette Party in June!

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Andrew and I are finally planning a weekend trip out to Charlottesville, VA!
Neither of us have ever been and everyone always rants and raves about how much fun it is, so we figured it’s about time we go see for ourselves! Here’s what we have on the agenda so far (thanks to the advice of my savy UVA alumnae pals Malarie & Amanda):
Tour of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello 
Picnic with sandwiches from Bellair Market
Shopping and people-watching around the ‘The Corner’
Pre-dinner cocktails at Zocalo on the Downtown Mall
Dinner, including to-die-for goat cheese nachos, at Continental Divide
Live music at The Southern
Tasting and Vineyard Tour at the Kluge Estate Winery
If anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know! We’re really excited!
*UPDATE: Thanks to LL’s comment, I learned that the Kluge Estate Winery recently faced foreclosure and has been shut down. Bummer… Rumors claim the property is being bought by Donald Trump, along with Patricia Kluge’s other real estate holdings. More details here.

Andrew and I are finally planning a weekend trip out to Charlottesville, VA!

Neither of us have ever been and everyone always rants and raves about how much fun it is, so we figured it’s about time we go see for ourselves! Here’s what we have on the agenda so far (thanks to the advice of my savy UVA alumnae pals Malarie & Amanda):

If anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know! We’re really excited!

*UPDATE: Thanks to LL’s comment, I learned that the Kluge Estate Winery recently faced foreclosure and has been shut down. Bummer… Rumors claim the property is being bought by Donald Trump, along with Patricia Kluge’s other real estate holdings. More details here.

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