Discover the Magic of Charlottesville: UVA's Enchanting Surroundings

Discover the Magic of Charlottesville: UVA's Enchanting Surroundings
Embrace the evolving city while preserving its warm and inviting atmosphere.
The Corner, the vibrant seven-block hub on University Avenue across from the University of Virginia, has always been the heart of student life in Charlottesville. It's the perfect starting point for exploring this charming college town. This pedestrian-friendly district is lined with charming brick buildings, offering a variety of bars, coffee shops, boutiques, and, of course, Mincer's - the go-to destination for all UVA fans looking for branded apparel, coffee mugs, and garden flags.
Over time, the Corner has transformed with the addition of beloved Bodo's Bagels on the north end and the stylish 134-room Graduate Charlottesville hotel, taking over the former Red Roof Inn, on the south end.
Food Tours by Charlottesville Guide offers delightful walking food tours that allow visitors to experience the famous Bodo's housemade bagels and indulge in The Spot's renowned Gus Burger (a cheeseburger topped with a fried egg).
Although there have been changes, the vibe of Charlottesville remains unchanged, according to Cheryl Tan, an Oakton native and UVA alumni with two sons currently attending the university. "Every time I step onto the campus, it still feels the same." Tan, now a frequent visitor, enjoys revisiting her favorite spots from her student days, including Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Bar.
Charlottesville has expanded beyond the Corner, extending north along Route 29 with new shops and restaurants. To the south, trendy eateries like Black Cow Chophouse on West Main Street and Basta Pasta in the Dairy Market offer a diverse culinary scene. The Dairy Market is a food hall concept on Grady Avenue featuring multiple farm-to-fork vendors.
The wine scene in Charlottesville has blossomed, with the Monticello Wine Trail boasting 40 wineries. Among the highlights is the award-winning Jefferson Vineyards, which earned multiple medals at this year's Virginia Governor's Cup wine competition.
Charlottesville is brimming with historical attractions. Experience the grandeur of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello with a mansion tour or a stroll through the beautiful gardens. At Michie Tavern, a historic landmark dating back to 1784, indulge in Southern favorites like fried chicken, black-eyed peas, and cornbread, served as part of their daily buffet.
Outdoor enthusiasts can easily access the breathtaking Shenandoah National Park, just a short 25-minute drive from campus. Explore scenic hiking trails like Blackrock Summit and Turk Mountain - a perfect escape from campus life. Afterward, head to the Downtown Mall, an eight-block pedestrian district filled with over 150 restaurants, bars, bookstores, boutiques, and an open-air concert pavilion.
Unleash the adventures that await in Charlottesville!

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