Downtown Charlottesville

Charlottesville Visitors Guide

People visit Charlottesville for all kinds of reasons, and Charlottesville Insider has tips on enjoying your stay for everyone from foodies to family visitors to lovers of the great outdoors.

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Real Estate Agents to Find Your Dream Home

Charlottesville has a wealth of talented, knowledgable real estate agents. Whether you’re looking for a pied a terre or a country estate, you won’t go wrong with our Insider picks.

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Landscape Firms for Gorgeous Gardens

Whether you’re landscaping a postage stamp-sized city yard a country estate, Charlottesville landscape firms are up to the task.

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Parks for the Outdoor Activities You Love

Various Charlottesville-area parks offer playgrounds and trails, swimming, boating, biking and ultimate frisbee.


Charlottesville Coffee Shop Hot Spots

Charlottesville is packed with comfortable coffee shops perfect for any working remotely, writing, or visiting with friends.

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Trendy Charlottesville apartments you’ll love

Luxurious lobbies, pools, fitness centers and fire pits are just a few of the amenities you’ll find at these trendy Charlottesville apartment developments.

Plan Your Bachelorette Party in Charlottesville

Just like promposals and baby gender reveal celebrations, destination bachelorette parties are no longer the exception, but the norm. Gone are the days of the one fun night out.  Those about to say ‘I do’ are taking two-day, three-day, even...

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Six Charlottesville gift ideas for romantic occasions

For most, gift-giving is an intimidating concept. Lucky for us, Charlottesville offers up a slew of retail stores and artisans that make it easy to find something for everyone on your list.

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Romantic Italian restaurants in Charlottesville

Is there anything more romantic than eating Italian food by candlelight? These are five of our favorite  Charlottesville Italian restaurants to help to set the mood, from a classic Belmont spot to pasta-at-home. That’s amore!


Sweets for your sweetie: Four shops to get chocolate in Charlottesville

It’s the perfect gift. It melts in your mouth, it comes in multiple flavors, and it’s an aphrodisiac to boot! Here are four places to get chocolate in Charlottesville.


Bloomin’ beautiful romantic gestures from Charlottesville florists

Whether you’re showing up to your beloved’s parents’ home or trying to make an impression on a first date, say it with flowers from these Charlottesville florists.

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Fantastic Florists for Charlottesville Weddings

From simple bouquets of roses and baby’s breath to ornate centerpieces featuring exotic flowers like orchids, these Charlottesville wedding florists create one-of-a-kind arrangements that represent the beauty of your love and commitment.


The Most Instagrammable Places in Charlottesville

If you’re traveling to Charlottesville, or you already call it home, you’ll want to visit these Instagrammable spots and post the pics on your own ‘gram!

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Charlottesville Caterers for Dream Weddings

These Charlottesville caterers will ensure a culinary experience you and your wedding guests will remember for a lifetime!

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Gorgeous Wedding Cakes in Charlottesville

From traditional tiered cakes to more contemporary designs with personal flair, your wedding cake is the artistic centerpiece for your reception. Charlottesville wedding cake makers are up to the task of creating a masterpiece that will leave your guests awestruck.

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Great Places to Find Home Dècor

Home is where the heart is, and it’s where we spend most of our time, so make it gorgeous! Whether you’re looking to outfit your own home decor or gift a friend with something special, we always find a treasure at these Charlottesville home decor stores. Photo by Charlottesville Insider @JenFariello

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Amazing Charlottesville Wedding Photographers

When planning a Charlottesville wedding, every detail is important but none moreso than the photographer you choose. It’s through their eyes and their lens that each moment and precious detail of your big day will be documented and preserved. Luckily,...

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Jewelry Designers to Bring Your Engagement Ring Vision to Life

It’s cuffing season, and Charlottesville’s community of makers includes some of the finest goldsmiths, artisans, and jewelry designers in the biz. Here are local faves to tap for a unique engagement ring when you’re ready to pop the question. Gabriel Ofiesh:Expect...

Amazing Cocktails for Winter Nights

Cocktails on cold nights will warm you from the inside out, and who doesn’t enjoy that! Charlottesville restaurants are known for their amazing drinks from simple classics like gin martinis to craft cocktails with creative names. Whether you’re stepping out...

Great Take-Out for Romantic Date Nights at Home

You don’t have to eat out to have a romantic dinner for two, and that doesn’t mean you have to cook either! Take-out from some of Charlottesville’s top restaurants brings the delicious dishes right to your home.

Winter Survival Guide

Amazing Cocktails for Winter NightsCocktails on cold nights will warm you from the inside out, and who doesn’t enjoy that! Charlottesville restaurants are known for their amazing drinks from simple classics like gin martinis to craft cocktails with creative names...

How to Live and Work Remotely

Working from home has its perks, for sure. Throwing a load of laundry in while you’re on a conference call? Check. Wearing PJ pants all day? Sure. But you don’t have to be at your own home to do all...

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Fun ways to stay active all winter

Even in the best of times, winter can be a long and unforgiving season. Shorter days and wind chill can make you feel like hibernating ’til it’s over, but it doesn’t have to be unbearable. In fact, our insiders have found some pretty sweet ways in and around Charlottesville to beat cabin fever and make the most of the season.

Places to get Toasty by a Fire

Think outdoor dining or wine-tasting are out for the winter? Think again! Wineries and restaurants around Charlottesville know that a roaring fire does more than warm chilled fingers and toes; It creates ambience that make winter nights memorable. Here are...

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Gorgeous Spots for Holiday Family Photos

There’s no escaping it: The pandemic means a lot of things are different this year. With many extended families celebrating the holidays from a distance, holiday family photos to share with loved ones near and far will be more cherished than ever. And the good news is, Charlottesville has a wealth of gorgeous outdoor locations for perfect family photos.

Best Area Outdoor Activities

Did you know Country Roads isn’t actually about West Virginia, it’s about Western Virginia? And honestly, it could have been written about Western Albemarle- “Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River…