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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...

2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Charlottesville VA

Our local shops offer the best gifts for every occasion.

Charlottesville Holiday Guide

Get ready for a great holiday season in Charlottesville. Here is our guide to where to shop, have fun, and get great family photos.

Fall Charlottesville Guide

Fall in Charlottesville is all about bright colored leaves on trees, great food and apple picking, along with a fireside wine tasting. Learn our favorite spots.


Charlottesville Stores for Cozy Fall Clothing

Charlottesville has divine boutiques with sweaters and other warm, comfy fall clothes that will help you keep the chill at bay.

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Great Ways to Enjoy Fall Foliage in Charlottesville

Charlottesville is the perfect place for enjoying fall foliage. The leaves are in full glory in October, and you can take in the visual spectacle by car or on foot, and even with a glass of local beer or wine in hand.

Apples in fall

Great Places to Pick Apples and Pumpkins

Charlottesville has a slew of food trucks with cuisine from around the world. There are mouthwatering dessert options too! The party won’t be thriving til the food truck is arriving!

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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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Six Charlottesville Food Trucks for Fabulous Parties

Charlottesville has a slew of food trucks with cuisine from around the world. There are mouthwatering dessert options too! The party won’t be thriving til the food truck is arriving!

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Worldly Charlottesville Dining for Adventurous Foodies

Sometimes it’s naan that calls your name. Other times, it’s the siren song of a Latin American steak. The Charlottesville dining scene is a melting pot of international influences, and we are here for it!


Super Sushi in Charlottesville

Making sushi is an art form, and these Charlottesville sushi restaurants are up to the task. Try gargantuan dragon rolls perfectly cut tuna sashimi, edamame and various other delicacies.

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2022 Charlottesville Restaurant Guide

Not all pizza is created equal, but whether you like your crust thick and chewy, thin and crispy or somewhere in between, you’ll find your idea of the perfect pie at one of these Charlottesville pizza places. So what’ll you...


Premiere Charlottesville Pizza Places

Art, history, and hands-on fun. Charlottesville has historical sites, museums and galleries that perfectly blend education and entertainment. You’ll

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Charlottesville Museums to Get Your Cultural Fix

Art, history, and hands-on fun. Charlottesville has historical sites, museums and galleries that perfectly blend education and entertainment. You’ll

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New Charlottesville Businesses to Check Out

Looking for fresh ways to spend your time in Charlottesville? From fitness studios to bubble tea and Latin American steaks, new businesses are popping up all over town.

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How Well Do You Know Charlottesville?

Whatever your connection to this town, there are some fun things all Charlottesville lovers should know about. Test your knowledge to see if you’re a true Charlottesville Insider!

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Cheap Summer Thrills in Charlottesville

Want to get out of the house and have some fun with your friends, your honey or the whole family? No need to drop wads of cash with these tips for how to have fun in Charlottesville on low funds.

Glam Locations for Special Occasions

Special occasions call for events in special places. Charlottesville is home to multiple full-service venues to help you pull off your celebration without a hitch!

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Charlottesville Bridal Boutiques for the Perfect Dress

From couture to bohemian, with silhouettes from A-line to trumpet to princess ball gowns, these Charlottesville bridal boutiques have a dress to match your dreams.

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Sweet Treats to Beat the Heat

Whatever your favorite flavor, Charlottesville’s ice cream and frozen yogurt shops have something to suit your taste. Warm summer days and nights are ice cream’s time to shine, and melt and make you happy.


Five Fab Charlottesville Distilleries

You’ll find locally distilled gin, rum, single malt whiskey and more at these Charlottesville distilleries.

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What to Do Every Day of the Week in Charlottesville

Every day of the week offers fresh ways to have fun in Charlottesville. From live music to wine tasting to taco and wing specials, we’ve rounded up seven ways to stay entertained from Monday to Sunday.


Five Places to Get Delectable Desserts

Looking for a sweet way to end your day? These desserts in Charlottesville are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, and they’re beautiful to boot!

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Hot Summer Events in Charlottesville

At long last, we’re seeing friends and enjoying in-person events. Here are some great ways to celebrate summer in Charlottesville by taking in live music and other entertainment!

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Charlottesville Spots for Pet Products and Pampering

Charlottesville is packed with businesses that provide anything a pet or pet owner could desire, from high-end pet stores with organic treats and luxury accessories to high quality doggy daycare, boarding and grooming services.

Charlottesville Celebrities You Just Might Spot!

If you’re looking for celebs, you don’t need to jet to Hollywood. Charlottesville has more than its share of famous people who’ve chosen to make their homes at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by natural beauty and history.

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Charlottesville’s Boastworthy Breweries

Beer lovers find hops-heaven in Charlottesville with city and country breweries perfect for tasting and time spent with friends.

Charlottesville Baby Guide

There’s no denying it. Having a baby changes your perspective, and not just on the big things like loving something more than yourself and being constantly worried. Nope, we’re talking much more logistical matters, like which restaurant is best for...

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Hip and Kid Friendly Charlottesville Restaurants

Picky eaters? High-pitched screechers? Not a problem at these Charlottesville restaurants, where the menu and kid-friendly vibes combine to create the perfect ambience for a family meal.

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Hot Spots for Stroller Walks

From tried and true trails like the Saunders-Monticello trail to newer ones like those through Greenbriar Park, Charlottesville’s stroller friendly paths have the tranquility and variety to keep you and your little ones peaceful, happy and entertained.

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Great Stores for Baby Clothes and Toys

These Charlottesville baby stores offer quality clothing, toys, books, decor and baby gear perfect for showers and any other occasion.

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Perfect Spots for Bridal and Baby Showers

Life’s biggest events call for celebrations. Whether you’re planning a baby shower or a bridal shower, Charlottesville has the perfect venue for any season.


Charlottesville Businesses that Boost Your Health

From locally grown medicinal mushrooms to herbal remedies and cold-pressed juices, the products from these Charlottesville alternative health businesses will help you feel your best.

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Charlottesville Wedding Planners for a Beautiful Big Day

These Charlottesville wedding planners know the best vendors in the area and how to ensure your big day best reflects your personalities and your unique love story.

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Cutting Edge Charlottesville Hair Stylists

The best stylists do way more than cut and color. They’re long-term relationships of the highest order and, as such, rely on trust above all else. Luckily, Charlottesville has no shortage of top-notch hair stylists to keep you looking your best!

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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.

Charlottesville Newcomer’s Guide

Welcome to Charlottesville! If you’ve just relocated here (or are considering it) congratulations! You won’t have regrets. It combines the charm of a small college town with the cultural offerings of a much bigger city and wraps the whole package in rich...

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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.

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Date Night Guide

What’s better than a date night to show your love but it can also bring pressure. After all, you want a perfectly romantic evening. Here are some tips for gifts, restaurants and flowers to sweep your sweetie of his, her…


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.

Charlottesville Wedding Guide

With breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and rich history tracing back to the founding fathers, Charlottesville has become one of America’s top wedding destinations. Our wedding guide gives you an insider’s view of Charlottesville’s best wedding venues, photographers,...

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Gorgeous Charlottesville Wedding Venues

Holding a wedding in Charlottesville means choosing among magical venues that will charm your guests and make memories of a lifetime.

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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...

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...

Gourmet Groceries to Stock Your Pantry

Even if the weather outside is frightful, there’s something so romantic about stopping by your corner store to pick up dinner (and maybe a hot chocolate?) to go. These gourmet groceries make the prospect easy, with everything from robust sandwiches to fixins’ for a fancy cheeseboard. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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Inspiration for Local Holiday Shopping

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 some of our favorites.

Family Pictures at UVA in Charlottesville

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.

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5 unique boutiques for a truly C’ville stay

Gotta get away? Charlottesville’s array of inns, hotels, and unhotels (just wait for it) provide lots of options for your home away from home. Here are five of our favorites unique and boutique, locally owned hotels.Quirk Hotel Charlottesville499 W. Main...

Charlottesville Downtown Mall People Walking

Top Ten Things To Do in Charlottesville

Charlottesville’s historic downtown mall is a round mile brick walk full of local shops, restaurants with plenty of outdoor seating, and vibrant buskers. A perfect place to browse and take in the city on a sunny day.

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Restaurants in and Around Charlottesville

Whether you’re a foodie or just plain hungry, Charlottesville area restaurants have something for everyone. From down home country cooking to authentic French cuisine, C’ville’s got it all, and we’ve compiled a list by area below to help you in...

Brunch in Charlottesville

Where to Brunch in Charlottesville

Charlottesville has a serious food scene, and the town’s brunch offerings don’t disappoint- though they can get a little crowded. Read on for some local picks that are guaranteed to fuel you up for a day out– or an afternoon in.

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Local Streaming Fitness

Support Charlottesville local fitness studios by taking a live streaming or online class during COVID-19

Local Live Stream

Live Streaming event in Charlottesville, VA during COVID-19 To submit your streaming event, please visit SceneThink and enter your event details. When asked for the event location, choose Online, Charlottesville, VA.   To submit your streaming event, please visit SceneThink...

Women hanging out at a Spa in Charlottesville

Great Spots for a Spa Day

Everyone deserves a day to relax, unwind, and be pampered.


This Weekend in Charlottesville

Jan 10-12, 2020 – Join us at these awesome weekend events in and around Charlottesville.


New Year’s Eve 2022 Celebrations in Charlottesville

Find great NYE events in and around Charlottesville

Holiday Fun in Charlottesville

Find great holiday events in Charlottesville, VA. Parades, concerts, Santa sightings, and more.

Off the Beaten Path Fun in Charlottesville

Try one of these awesome activities in Charlottesville to experience something new.

Where To Shop for Gifts in Charlottesville

Our local shops offer the best gifts for every occasion.

Come Support Charlottesville in August

If you’ve been to Charlottesville before, you know that it is a beautiful city filled with warm and friendly people. Incredible mountain views surround our area, but you will find amazing beauty right in the heart of the city, with...

Where to Shop for Women’s Clothing

If you want to express your own personal style and not follow the masses in what you wear, then shopping in Charlottesville is for you.


Experience July 4th in Charlottesville

The celebration of our nation’s birthday is a big deal around Charlottesville for many reasons. Having one of our founding father’s homes right in our backyard definitely sets the tone. And while that does give us a sense of pride,...

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…

Valentine’s Day 2022 in Cville 5 Restaurants

If you’ve been to Charlottesville and its surrounding areas before, you know that this is one of the most romantic places in the US. We’ve got beautiful mountains nearby, gorgeous grounds around UVA, perfectly set wineries and craft breweries, an...

Delivery and Take Out During Covid-19

Looking for a great option for delivery or takeout during the pandemic of 2020. Look no further.

Fall Festivals 2019

Join us for these amazing festivals this fall in and around Charlottesville.