While from Newport News, the four years I spent at college in Charlottesville cemented the Blue Ridge as my adopted home in Virginia. So over 15 years post-graduation, my husband and I went home for the holidays with our two boys in tow. For the first time we opted to rent a home and welcome visitors for a week rather than be visitors. There may be more people and a Target but the spirit of this college town persists. Sure I see it with eyes of a West Coaster or through the inquiries of my children but there is a lot of evidence that time has stood still. Traditions persist: Five Easy Pieces, Gooey Brownies and Bodo's. Should you find yourself lost in this region for a weekend, below are my recommendations.
STAY We rented a house through Stay Charlottesville. An extraordinary collection of residences of various sizes and all renovated so well, you'll never miss room service. We rented this Palladian-style home with a modern addition situated on 10 acres. The boys call it our Virginia home. Who am I to correct them?
Breakfast - Bodo's Bagels (3 locations)
Lunch - Gus Burger at The White Spot; Take it Away; Boar's Head sandwich at Bellair Market Fried chicken - Raising Cane's (my husband swears its the best)
Dessert - Arch's Frozen Yogurt (get the gooey brownies!
Fine dining - C&O Restaurant
PLAY Visit Mr. Jefferson's home Monticello. The entry hall is so relevant to today's bohemian chic.
Walk The Lawn at Mr. Jefferson's University (suggestion: visit his home before the school)
SHOP The best kept secret in Charlottesville is the Yves Delorme Outlet on The Downtown Mall. Yes, an outlet of some of the best linens available. I stock up on every trip back. This time I found 80% off on twin sheets for the boys from Kenzo.
HIKE Spy Rock and Old Rag Mountain are tops. More on all hikes here.
Go 'hoos! xXx