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Not every town has unparalleled vistas, a Cab Franc made at the hands of the same person pouring it, or Dave Matthews and John Grisham walking by as you enjoy lunch at a café on its historic pedestrian mall—but Charlottesville does.

It’s urban and bucolic, historic yet modern. There are boundless hiking trails, wedding venues, wineries, breweries, boutique retail shops, and theaters (not to mention more restaurant seats than there are people to fill them). It’s for the limitless adventurer, the wine-taster, the music-seeker, and the family searching for a new experience..

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Explore the Best Scenic Drives Virginia Has to Offer

Discover Virginia’s top scenic drives to see the state’s spectacular mountains, wineries, farms, and historic sites. In this guide, we reveal the essential routes like the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, ensuring you’ll experience the best visuals and cultural spots on your scenic drives around Central Virginia without wading through unnecessary information.


🥐 ☕️ Cumbre, Charlottesville’s new Argentine bakery is really something special! Two friends, Juan Pablo and Augusto, have set up shop in a tiny brick building on East Jefferson Street downtown to bring us traditional and unique flavors from their home country. While serving empanadas, pastries, cakes, coffee and espresso, with everything baked in house, these friends have created a comfortable and welcoming space to relax and treat yourself. We tried the savory artichoke and spinach, along with the knife-cut beef empanadas, both equally delicious! The vanilla cream pastry, Medialunas, and Submarino (milk with espresso and bar of chocolate) were also phenomenal. If you haven’t been by @cumbrebakery, you owe yourself a trip to this neighborhood bakery! ...

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🍽️ Thanks to Birch and Bloom for having us out to try their 4-course dinner as part of Restaurant week! @birchandbloomcville, whether you’re coming for brunch, or a special date night, never fails to provide an outstanding dining experience. With farm-to-table delights, a sophisticated ambiance, and exceptional hospitality, this modern steakhouse located inside the @theforumhotelcville is a must try for Charlottesville visitors and locals alike! We especially love dining in the bright and open “L’Orangerie”, a glass-enclosed solarium with striking views of the property’s five-acre botanical garden. While this room can be used for private events, we always love getting the chance to dine there for brunch, or in this case, a delightful early dinner! ...

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💕🥂 Looking for something fun to do with your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Check out our list of Prix Fixe dinner options and events around town! From 5-course dinners, to wine and dessert pairings, to Taylor Swift dance parties - there’s a little something for everyone! 🔗 LINK IN BIO! ...

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🇲🇽🌮 A new Mexican restaurant is now open in Ivy! Fiesta Azteca Taproom and Mexican Kitchen is located on the corner of Rt. 240 and 250, the same building as the former Ivy Road House. This family owned business has moved from their former location, restaurant Enigma Jalisco in Crozet, to provide an expanded menu of authentic Mexican cuisine, Mexican and local craft beer on tap, specialty margaritas, and live music! We stopped in and tried their Molcajete Lava Bowl - grilled steak, chicken, chorizo, shrimp and mixed vegetables topped with mozzarella cheese and a side of corn tortillas, rice and beans - a delicious little bit of everything you might like to pile into your hand made tortillas! We love the open space and large garage doors that will allow for open air and outdoor seating in the summer. This is a great addition to the neighborhood! ...

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📸 @visionbbqcville…Reposting this sweet shot of Mike and Gabi of @visionbbqcville getting their new location ready! From the beginning these guys have been passionate about good food, working hard from their humble beginnings (pop up events serving BBQ from Fellini’s window during the heart of COVID) to provide their local customer base, the “Visionaries”, with authentic, traditional BBQ and southern cuisine with from-scratch recipes. Mike, Gabi and the team will be moving from their current location in the Vinegar Hill Shopping Center off Ridge McIntire Road, a small shop used now for walk up and take out orders, into the space next door, former home to Shebeen and Siren. The new space will allow Vision to provide a full bar, table service, expanded menu, live music and more! We are so excited for this new Charlottesville gathering spot! ...

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🎨 This Thursday, Richmond-based artist, Frankie Slaughter, opens her newest exhibition at Quirk Gallery Charlottesville! Come out to the gallery from 5-8pm tomorrow to get a first look at her work. We were able to grab a sneak peak yesterday - this is an incredible exhibit! Frankie’s exhibition will fill the walls of with vibrant, colorful abstract works of paint and mixed media. If you can’t make it out tomorrow, you can visit the gallery on First Fridays in both February and March. February 2nd, along with art viewing, don’t miss the Lobby bar’s pop-up with @blenheimvineyards, Quirk’s new wine partner. March 1st will be another great opportunity, as @frankieslaughter will be giving an artist talk that evening! ...

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❄️ Welcome back @uva students! Let’s take down the Hokies tonight @uvamenshoops! 💙🧡
📸 We love this shot of the snowy UVA grounds by @aerowingva from January of 2022.


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❄️ Snowball fight! Happy first snow of the year, Charlottesville. Actually, make that two years. Enjoy, and stay safe! 🩵

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