The Volcano and Mr. Jefferson: Charlottesville Notebook

Patrick and Edward enjoying our impromptu holiday in Virginia.

A few weeks ago, my family and I flew to the States for my oldest daughter’s college tour. Little did we know that the volcano in Iceland would delay our return back home to England for a week.

Luckily, our trip took us to Charlottesville, Virginia, where my in-laws live for part of the year. I’ve always loved Charlottesville and our impromptu extended stay turned out to be a delight. With it’s perfect weather, stunning architecture, and earnest respect for early American history, I think that Charlottesville is the best college town in the country.

Monticello

My children particularly loved walking around the campus of the University of Virginia and touring Monticello, the beautiful plantation Thomas Jefferson designed as his family home.  The trip turned into a crash course on this Renaissance man president.

My boys are 12 and 13 and enjoyed the adult tour. But for families with younger children, Monticello offers special family friendly tours where children are able to do hands-on activities in every room of the house.

Other tips include: Dinner at C & O, where the Steak Chinois is an old favorite. We also love eating at Duners, which is just outside of town, and Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar. The most charming place to stay in the area is The Clifton Inn.

Please add your own tips for visiting Charlottesville or the surrounding area. And if your travel plans were delayed by the volcano, I hope you are home safe and sound.

1 Response to “The Volcano and Mr. Jefferson: Charlottesville Notebook”


  1. 1 Jillian May 10, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Hello,
    I am a Charlottesville Native and am so glad you got to spend sometime in the area! It’s such a unique place, next year you should look in to the Historic Garden Tour of VIRGINIA, it is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, walking the historic grounds of different estates throughout the state is a privilege in itself! It sounds like you hit all the right restaurants, although CONTINENTAL DIVIDE is a must! I’m not sure if you were able to take a drive through Farmington or Keswick, exquisite golfing communities rich in history. Also, another fun Cville past-time which I miss dearly is scooting around all the vineyards throughout Albemarle County, Veritas & King Family are my favorites (they are all GREAT though). We hope you will come back and visit! Maybe for a horse race or two ? Foxfield!
    jillian traugott


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